Joan Shay's African Violet Pattern

Quilting through Corona – Week 2

Of course I have plenty of projects from which to choose as I hole up in my house and practice more social distancing than I normally do. But, I decided today that I wanted a change of pace. So, I dug into my UFO drawer (oh yes, I have plenty of those too!) and pulled […]

Dear Daughter quilt under the sewing machine

Quilting Through Corona – Week 1

A week ago, I was all shiny and enthusiastic about the prospect of being at home for weeks. Yes, I was going to still be working and yes, I’d be at home with an energetic 7 year old, but she would be having school. I made a pile of quilting projects and thought about all […]

Massacre Map

I added a new quilt to the Victims Quilt Project. The entire series is about to hang at the Francesca Anderson Fine Art Gallery in Lexington, MA. It will be on display from February 19th to March 28th with an Opening Reception on February 29th and a Gallery Talk on March 14th. Francesca saw the […]

2019 Year in Review

How is it already the middle of January?  I didn’t think that the end of the year had snuck up on me, but somehow a third of January was already gone before I realized I’d missed writing my Year in Review post. So, better late than never! My focus for 2019 was really the Victims […]

In Process – Arabesque #5

I’ve finally gotten back to work on my Arabesque Series and have spent the past few months doing something really unusual for me – hand applique. I found a photo of a tile from the 15th century, copied the motifs from it, and have been appliqueing bit by bit for the last few months. I’m […]

Upcoming Victims Quilt Project Exhibit

The Victims Quilt Project will be on view at the Rising Star Quilters Guild Quilt Show. Dates: October 4 – 5, 2019 (Friday and Saturday) Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM Location: St Brigid Church,1995 Massachusetts Ave. Lexington, MA For more information about the Victims Quilt Project or to sponsor a block, see the Victims […]

Sources of Inspiration – Color

In this series on inspiration, I have written about how the designs of some of my quilts have arisen from a particular fabric or by thinking about the person for whom I am making the quilt and letting their personality be my guide. But color is also a great motivator for me when it comes […]

blue and purple delectable mountains quilt

Colorado Mountains

I’ve written a lot lately about the inspiration for my quilts and the process I go through when designing quilts for special recipients. Now that my sister’s wedding quilt has been delivered, I can share the thought process behind its creation. My sister and her husband live in Colorado and see the Rocky Mountains on […]

Creative Play Newsletter – New Beginnings

In last month’s newsletter, I discussed how to bring on spring after suffering through the dark time of a creative winter. I wrote about beginning new projects and the process for getting started.  I missed the connection at the time, but that turns out to have been a very appropriate article for July because it […]