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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 […]

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 […]

Boston Globe article

There was a really lovely article printed in the Boston Globe yesterday about my Victims Quilt Project and the exhibit at the Arlington Center for the Arts. I do, however, have to offer a clarification. I did not “meticulously embroider” the letters onto fabric. I printed them out from the computer. I don’t know how […]

Arabesque #4 – “Stone Eden”

I have made quilts that have taken years to make. The first quilt I ever made took two full years of regular work because it was completely handmade – hand pieced, hand quilted, the seam in the backing sewn by hand, and hand-bound. I’ve also had quilts that have taken years because I got started […]

Disarming Exhibit Opens

Today we mark an anniversary. Twenty years ago, two teenagers went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School, killing 13 others before shooting themselves. When I began my Victims Quilt Project, I started with a memorial quilt for the victims of the Columbine shooting so it seemed right to open the exhibit to coincide […]

“Disarming” Exhibit Opens April 20th

An exhibit of my Victims Quilt Project quilts, entitled “Disarming: Memorial Quilts for Mass Shooting Victims” will open April 20th at the Arlington Center for the Arts, located at 20 Academy Street in Arlington, Mass. Opening Reception: April 27th, 4 – 6 PM at ACA The exhibit will include all 14 memorial quilts for shootings […]

Shenandoah Album

The rum cakes are out of the oven, the bread is rising, and my family is out doing some last Christmas shopping so I have a few minutes to catch up on the blog and share about my final quilt for 2018. For five weeks, beginning on the 3rd of November, I put all other […]

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. […]

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 […]