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 […]

Sources of Inspiration – For Love, cont.

In the last Sources of Inspiration post , I wrote about being inspired by the person for whom I am creating a quilt and about thinking of particular aspects of the person’s personality or background that I want to use as my starting point. Yet, for an entire series of quilts for one family, the […]

Sources of Inspiration – For Love

Last week I wrote about being inspired by a bolt of fabric to make a quilt for someone I love. Sometimes though, it is the desire to make a quilt for a loved one that comes first. In the past year, two people I care about were diagnosed with breast cancer. Because neither of them […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Bringing on Spring

Last month I wrote about the seasons of creativity and discussed how normal it is to go through cycles of active creation and rest. But, if you find yourself in a creative winter like I do right now, how do you bring on the creative spring?  Start a new project! Many cultures celebrate the new […]

Creative Play Newsletter – How to Be Inspired

Image by silviarita from Pixabay I have spent a lot of the past month talking about inspiration. As part of my trunk show lecture, which I delivered to several guilds this month, I talk about my first experience with receiving inspiration from some external, somewhat mystical source and how that changed the course of my […]

2018 Goals

2018 is here and that means it is time to think about goals for the year. I have a list of quilts that I want to get done, and of course, there’s the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge, but I received a gift from dear friends that perfectly sums up what I hope to […]

Light the World from Lyric Kinard

I was so touched by what Lyric Kinard wrote in her most recent newsletter that I wanted to share it (with permission): Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Ghandhi I have a simple message for you today. With turmoil and conflict everywhere, it is up to each of us to […]