Friday, June 27, 2008

Floral Log Cabin

My mom has always loved Log Cabin quilts. And had I made her one? No. Bad daughter.

And now, guilty no more!! Here is the Floral Log Cabin I recently completed and gave to her for her birthday. I machine-quilted between all the blocks to hold everything together, and then hand-quilted two concentric squares in each Log Cabin block. In two and a half days. (I had a deadline, and, lucky me, only drew blood once.) The border is machine-quilted. As you can tell, I'm no purist when it comes to machine-quilting and hand-quilting; I will use both in the same quilt. It's about 60" by 70".


Next stop: 136 yellow and cream half-square-triangle squares from a long-abandoned quilt project! Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 26, 2008


So, I've been holding back on you. I'm pleased to report that my entry for this year's Canadian Quilters Association National Juried Show received a Judge's Choice Award.

I finished the quilt in time for the February deadline, bit my nails hoping to get in, and got word of my acceptance the following month. I shipped it out to St. Johns, Newfoundland for the show, and a couple days after the show opened, received an e-mail from the president of the CQA about the Judge's Choice Award.

I was giddy for days.

The quilt is called "Downriver Industrial," measures about 31" x 66", and is fused, painted, machine-pieced and machine-quilted.

Check out the saucer-sized ribbon! And No, I didn't wear it out in public. :-)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


After a heads-up from my friend Ally, I arranged to get myself to Ann Arbor, Michigan to see and meet the wonderful Alex Anderson, Quilt Ambassador Extraordinaire and former host of HGTV's Simply Quilts. She gave a chatty and entertaining talk, sharing her lifetime of sewing and quilting with us, and then graciously spent several hours meeting us all and signing her books. Alex Anderson signed my book! We chatted! I met a famous quilter!!

Then I bought a whole bunch of fabric and ate some pie. Then I came home. All in all, I'd say that was a pretty great way to spend the day, wouldn't you?

(That thing in my hand is a photo album of some of my quilts, and I held it up because there is a photo of my daughter on the cover, and I wanted her to be in the picture. She's a quilter, too.)