Neu Fibers

Quilts and Fiber Art by Julie Brown Neu

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 […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Commit to Creativity

Six months ago I wrote about an article by David Brooks in which he introduced the idea of a second mountain in life, the one of meaning and purpose that an individual begins to ascend when they understand that the first mountain of achievement and financial reward is not the ultimate goal. Brooks’ book The […]

Creative Play handprints

New Lecture – “Let’s Play!”

Last week, I presented at the New England Quilt Museum‘s Meet the Teachers Day, but I was also there wearing my second hat as part of the programming committee for my guild (the Rising Star Quilters). I talked with a few other program chairs about the challenges we face filling workshops. Thinking about that challenge […]

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 […]

#HappierLaborDay

I have been listening to a podcast lately called “Side Hustle School” (still trying to find the magic bullet that will allow me to have an income from doing what I love, but alas, I think quilting is going to have to go back to being a side hustle).  In one of the recent Side […]

The Legend of Gunna Brown

Bertha Smith Brown raised four fine sons, including a set of twins (one of whom was my grandfather), but the legacy she left to me was the lesson she imparted to her granddaughters. To them she said (often enough that her words are well known in the family still), “It takes a good man to […]

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 […]