Monday, January 19, 2015

Threading the needle

Still at Kanuga leading a workshop with lots of enthusiastic quilters. One of quilters, Maralee Veazy, came all the way from London, England. She met up with a long time friend from New Orleans to spend a weekend sewing together. We supplied a loaner sewing machine and she was challenged as she learned to thread it.

How happy can you be when you can finally start sewing!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Kanuga Year 'Round

For the past 8 years my sister, Janet Houts, and I have been leading a workshop at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. It is always Martin Luther King weekend. Check it out and plan to come next year!

Many of the quilters come year after year and have formed close friendships they maintain throughout the year. Yesterday everyone arrived to set up their work space and last night we had an impromptu show and tell with some of the quilters.

Several quilters decided amongst themselves to do round robin quilts to keep in touch. Here are some of the quilts that are currently in progress. Can't wait to see what they add for the next round of borders.
Jan is on the left, Charlotta is in the middle and Mary is on the right. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kanuga Time

Every January for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend my sister, Janet Houts, and I travel to Hendersonville, NC to lead a 3 day workshop. We each present a project or participants can bring their own project and we will help them.

When I travel I have to board my dog. Here in DC I decided to use the service called, Dogvacay. I found a wonderful couple who have a dog that has become Chloe's new best friend. Last night I dropped Chloe off and here she is settling in for the night (and a few nights to come). Chloe is the light colored dog and her friend is the black dog. And, yes, that is an antique quilt from the 1930's that Chloe likes to sleep on. My dog sitter's mother is a quilter from Raleigh, NC. I said, "please don't tell your mom that my dog sleeps on an antique quilt," but I bet she told her.

My Hexagon Trim Tool was created because Anne from Mississippi came to Kanuga and brought an antique quilt with rows of strips around the center hexagon. She wanted a pattern to make one like it so Janet and I worked one out for her. Naturally, I was inspired to do the Hexagon Trim Tool and you know the results! The rulers are available on my website:

Monday, January 12, 2015

There's No Place Like Home!

About 25 years ago I made this quilt. It was my first art quilt and my first strip pieced quilt. Then 20 years ago someone really wanted to buy the quilt. I didn't really want to sell it so I quoted what I thought was a hefty price - $400 - they would turn down. But they bought it! I had to say goodbye as my quilt moved to Chicago. I had even forgotten that I had named the quilt Midnight Musings.

Then 2 weeks ago my friend, Pepper Cory, sent me an email to tell me she saw a quilt on ebay for sale that had my name on it as maker. I followed the link and was surprised to see the quilt I had sold. Bidding followed and after several up bids I finally bought my quilt back for $58.00.

Today the quilt arrived, still in good condition so I could tell it had been well taken care of for all those years. Now it is home again. I could have called this posting "Coming Home" or "Home Again" but in the end I thought there is no place like home! Thanks Pepper for taking the time to let me know about the auction. I am very happy to have this quilt back in my own collection.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Moving Day

Well, I have done it. I have moved to Washington DC. I am living very near my youngest daughter, her husband and her daughter. Cymia is 7 and her school is just up the block. If you want to know what it is like to move an office and sewing space…this is it!
In the boxes, are fabric, Creative Grids© Trim Tools, Cut Loose Patterns, office supplies, irons, scissors, rulers, cutting mat, and you name it. Everything needed to make quilts, design rulers, and create patterns. When I get it all sorted out I will post another photo of what my work space really looks like. I hope it will be before Christmas. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Red Pepper Quilts

One of my quilting friends sent me a link to Red Pepper Quilts They just featured a quilt they made using a fabric line called Sugar and Flour (referring to the printed sugar and flour sacks from the early part of the 20th century). They also used my new 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool to make the blocks. Here is a photo of the full quilt and a detail. Red Pepper Quilts is a great blog for quilters. Check it out.

I don't know about any of the rest of you, but my mother made my summer play sets to wear out of flour, sugar and chicken feed sacks. I think mostly chicken feed because we lived in a rural area of Flint,  Michigan and we had a chicken coop and chickens. They were not for pets like today's backyard chickens, they were for eggs and Sunday chicken dinners. Who else had sunsuits out of printed sacks?

Monday, December 8, 2014


Teaching a 3 hour workshop sometimes feels like a "hit and run" event. It is impossible for any quilter to finish a project in such a short time. I always say "please send a photo of your project when it is finished, I would love to see it." Doesn't often happen, but last week at the Sewing Expo Chicago Terri Geeding brought a happy surprise to class when she showed a quilt top she made in a workshop last spring.

oops! what was I thinking…The Jelly Beans quilt was in our Log Cabin Quilts book, also by my sister and I. It was made using the Log Cabin Trim Tool Two. It is named that because the ruler makes 2 sizes of blocks, both 6" and 12". I used both of the blocks sizes in this quilt.
Here is Terri with her project. Good job Terri!