Thursday, October 23, 2014

Passionately Pink

Quilter's World Fall 2014
Do you know someone who has had to deal with breast cancer?  I'm pretty sure you have several someones - as do I.  From those who passed away from breast cancer like my cousin's wife who had a lifelong battle with it and like a fellow guild member who generously willed her stash to the guild, to several friends and acquaintances who have battled (and continue to battle) and survived it, these women inspire and amaze us with their strength, courage and resilience.

For the Fall 2014 issue of Quilter's World magazine, I thought of these women and created the Pink Ribbon Quilt.
The Pink Ribbon Quilt.  Photo courtesy of Quilter's World Magazine.

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it seemed fitting to offer a class to make the Pink Ribbon Quilt.  So, on October 30, 2014, just a week from now, I'll be at the Round Bobbin Quilt Shop teaching how to make this Quilt.    

Taking it one step further, Susan, the shop owner, and I have decided to donate ALL the class fees to the Susan G Komen foundation!    


If you would like to take the class, I believe there are still openings so just contact the shop at 215-367-5596.  If you would like to support this effort but can't come to the class, you can donate online at the link given above or you can drop by the shop and give your donation then.  

Please do come and visit with us on that class day - and WEAR PINK! 

Our Passionately Pink Event ID # is 19281174.

Thank you for your support!

Pink Ribbon Quilt Passionately Pink Website

Thursday, May 8, 2014


At the last minute, I entered a block called "SOAR" in the AccuQuilt Design Contest.   It's basically a popularity contest so I need votes!   But, the neat thing about is that prizes are also awarded to your chosen guild (County Line Quilters in my case) and your chosen charity (Last Chance Ranch, a local animal rescue). 

For security and fairness, AccuQuilt does require you to register your email.  It's pretty easy to do!
You can vote once a day until May 27.  So, please do!  Here's the link to my entry:

Thank you!
My block, SOAR!

SOAR in a Quilt with an On Point Setting

SOAR in a Quilt with a Horizontal Setting


Monday, April 14, 2014

One Patch At A Time

This evening, I will be announcing the County Line Quilters Guild's annual challenge theme.  It is "One Patch At A Time" - a challenge to make a One Patch Quilt.  So, I combed the internet and my stash of projects and pictures for examples  (and non-examples!) of one patch quilts for inspiration.

In 2000, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine came out with a very helpful article on One Patch quilt and they also published several one patch shapes!  It was so exciting to find this article for not only does it include the templates, it includes some pictures of what the one patch shapes look like in a quilt.  So, click on this link:

Scrap Quilts
From Janet Wickell at

One Patch quilts are those that consist of one repeating shape.  The one that comes to mind right away is the Apple Core.

By Lynn Kough, 2013 AZQG show.

I also find this baby blocks quilt fascinating.  It's a tessellation quilt made with  half-hexagons.  And, it IS a One Patch Quilt.

By Terry Aske.
This next quilt is also a tessellation done with half-hexagons.  But, because some of the setting pieces are full hexagons, it cannot be called a One Patch Quilt.

As a rule, only some tessellation quilts may be considered one patch quilts.

Check out my "A Thimble Full" quilt.  While a One Patch Shape is used - the Tumbler, this quilt cannot be considered a One Patch Quilt.  The multi-color tumbler consists of fabric squares and the rows are separated by sashing.  Both of these fail to make this a One Patch Quilt.

Change it to one fabric per tumbler and eliminate the sashing and, voila!, it becomes a One Patch Quilt!

Pieced Cracker Block - NOT a One Patch

Most of us are familiar with the pieced Cracker block that is often used for signature quilts. 

Cracker - One Patch Quilt.

However, there is another Cracker block which is a One Patch Shape.  It looks like a rectangle with wavy sides.  
A great resource for One Patch Quilts is
Quilt Teacher/Author/Celebrity Pat Yamin.

This cracker quilt is her sample and she offers templates to make One Patch Quilts including the Cracker acrylic template.

By Debbie Moyes. 

A simply stunning One Patch Quilt is the Spinning Star. There is so much movement to this curvy shape.  Does it not look like an Apple Core that has been stretched on the bias?

Another resource to check out is Ardco Templates.  They offer metal templates for a variety of quilt shapes.  The links I have included are for their Charm Templates and their Single Shapes pages as these are where most of the One Patch Shapes are listed.

This brings us to Charm Quilts.  A Charm Quilt is one where no fabric is repeated except maybe for the background or setting.   It does not have to be a One Patch Quilt though a lot of Charm Quilts are.

charm quilt, thousand pyramids quilt
One Patch Quilt -  Yoka's Thousand Pyramids CHARM Quilt
NOT A One Patch Quilt - Peggy's Snowball CHARM Quilt
So many other One Patch Quilts out there.  I may have to revisit this in the future!  

Have you made a One Patch Quilt?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Guild Show 2014

My quilt guild just had the bi-annual quilt show this past weekend.  What a fun but exhausting time!  The quilts were just amazing.  Anyhow, here are some pictures.  Enjoy!
This was the raffle quilt that I designed and the guild members put together.

Raffle Quilt detail.  Beautifully quilted by Kim Pope. 

Joined by a third Joyce (Joyce H's mom)!
My friends, Joyce O. and Joyce H.!

One of Joyce Hughes' quilts entered in a McCall's series of quilt competitions. 
Joyce's final quilt for the McCall's competition which won her the top prize! 2012 Quilt Design Star!
Setting up my booth on Friday.  Apparently, I've been indulging my love of brights lately.
A bit chilly on Saturday.  DH Mike's the best!  

I gave my Vendor's Choice award to Grace Katz for this
hand-pieced and hand-quilted project, "Worth the Wait".  Just amazing.
Detail on "Worth the Wait".  I just love it.

Carol Breinig and her stunning quilt that was hanging directly across my booth.
It won the Round Bobbin's Vendor's Choice!
Joyce Overberger's latest quilt (really big quilt, too!) that she made with her friend, Joan.  

A Vintage Yo-Yo quilt.
It's one of the Vintage quilts that the guild will be auctioning off in October.
Contact County Line Quilters Guild for more info.
What a surprise and a delight it was to see this quilt by Rosemary Malizia!
It was a shop hop quilt that I designed several years ago. 

From the talented Gretchen Gibbons comes this unique project.
These were Batik UFO blocks that she embellished with wool applique.  
Just her style!  
Our former guild president, Jeanne Malone, received
these signed oriental lantern blocks from the membership.  She did a great job finishing it!
I had to look 3 or 4 times before I found my block.  Lesson learned - go for contrast when signing blocks!

Innovative quilt by Mary Mollettiere(sp?).

Traditional quilt also by Mary Molly.  Awesome! 
One of the pansy pots scattered around the show.  So pretty.
Just one more... Marilyn Becker so happy to have won the raffle quilt!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sochi and Quilts

Have you noticed the colorful bibs all the athletes are wearing at the Winter Olympics?  Look a little closer - doesn't that look like a quilt design?  I just keep obsessing about all those diamonds with pinwheels and triangle shapes!  I want to make this quilt now.  Think Kaffe prints especially for the reds.  Yummy!

Canberra Quilters (Australia) also noticed the same thing and did a little research.  The designs are apparently intended to show Russian arts and crafts.
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Check out the blue diamonds in the forefront!
By secretlondon123 (Flickr: Ice Arena) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (],
 via Wikimedia Commons

Russia is counting down to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with clocks in cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow!   See more at
Well, I got a little more curious and did a bit more googling.  Next thing I found out is that the U.S. Snowboarding Team's official jacket is basically a patchwork created by Burton Snowboards. It is inspired by handcrafted patchwork quilts and the American flag.  It seems that snowboarders really love it, too! Who knew quilting and snowboarding would ever mix?!

 Here's a picture of gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg wearing the jacket and below is Shaun White with both the jacket and the bib!

File:SKotsenburg Olymics 2014 press conf.jpg
By Parke Brewer (VOA) (US Kotsenburg 'Stoked' on Winning First Sochi Gold)
 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
From Burton Snowboards.
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Shaun White wearing the bib and the jacket underneath!
It might also be worth looking into Norway's Curling Team's uniform.  Those pants look really interesting, too!

Have you seen any other quilty uniforms while watching the Olympics?