Halloweenies Quilt

Last week, I shared the other quilts I have made recently from patterns by McKenna Ryan. Here’s the last one I finished, called “Halloweenies.” I finished it just in time too, at about 11 AM on October 31st. With this one completed, I have a quilt for every season to hang in my stair hall. […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Fear of the Blank Page

In an episode of the Creativity Habit podcast that I was listening to recently, the host Daphne Cohn asked artist and author of The Creative Sandbox Way Melissa Dinwiddie about facing the fear of the blank page. Melissa answered that the best thing is to just make a mark, any mark. That’s good advice, but […]

In Full Bloom Quilt

I now have a full collection of scenic McKenna Ryan quilts to hang in my stair hall and change with the seasons. In 2016, I finished “Storybook Farm”, which I had been working on since, um, 2007? Then, I finished “When Friends Gather” in 2017.  (The deer block in the lower left corner is from […]

Kima’s Chicks 2018

Well over a decade ago, I bought the rest of a bolt of fabric that I thought only I would love. It had a bright yellow background and was covered with drawings of chickens in kerchiefs and aprons with flowers and  phrases like “Farm Chicks are Cool!” and “Party on, Girls!” As a farm chick […]

Shoes and Bags

The inspiration for this quilt was a good friend who is far more feminine than I am. She is always beautifully attired in shades of pink and teal and always with a bag to match so when I decided to quickly make her a quilt, the design was pretty obvious. I started with the Dear […]

Stitch Quilt

Though this quilt can be viewed as just a fun, graphic modern quilt, it technically belongs in my Protest Series. The inspiration for this quilt came from a Blossom Magazine article about the Speak Your Silence organization. Speak Your Silence is an organization whose mission is “To inspire people to prevent sexual abuse and assault […]

#TBT – Rainbow Strips

Rainbow quilts have become something of a theme for me. I have always been attracted to jewel-tone colors, which may explain my love for rainbow brights and this quilt is no exception. To create this one, I sewed narrow strips of rainbow-hued fabrics together and then floated them in a background of pure white cotton. […]

“Bullet Holes” Quilt, 2018.

I made the decision when I started my “Victims” quilt series to limit the work to mass shooting events in which more than ten people died. To date, that totals 286 victims of major mass shooting events since the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. However, those 286 still represent a small portion […]

ACA Open Studios – Oct. 13th

I am thrilled to announce that I have been juried into the Arlington Center for the Arts Open Studios day on Saturday, October 13th. You’ll find me at the Central School building at 20 Academy Street in Arlington, MA. I will have thread paintings, quilts, and my books with me and I look forward to […]