Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Last week, I went to see the exhibition of "New York Beauty" quilts at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. The exhibition is now in its last week, its final day is October 25th. It is also the last exhibition in the museum's current gallery space. A new gallery will soon open across town, connected with their office space and library. Here are some photos.

Christine Turner's quilt inside the front door, you could see it from the street
Three favorites from three different centuries
Recently made quilts inspired by Karen Stone designs 
As soon as the doors opened, people were in the gallery. 

two favorites, c. 1860 (left) & 1870 (right)
1960s quilt top finished by  Tim Latimer (right center)

Thank you, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for a job well done. Thank you to Quiltmania for sponsoring the exhibition. The books were selling out! Special thanks to Brenda Breadon for being there to greet me when I arrived. The future looks bright for the museum. The new location is not far from where they've been, and there will be more space. Hopefully I'll return one day to see it, and maybe even fill it up with quilts.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

I found it on eBay

1870s pieced quilt from Virginia
It's in my Quiltmania book,
and also on display through October 25th
at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado 
Not long ago I was telling a friend about how I built my collection buying online, especially through eBay. Truly remarkable, some of the things I've found. Here are ten of my favorites, in random order. 
Hawaiian scrap quilt, c. 1970 - unveiling a regional tradition
Crossroads, c. 1870, Texas - surprisingly modern!
It's in my "Modern Roots" book
1890s masterpiece of folk art embroidery
American Legion Auxiliary Quilt
1930s time capsule of Salem, Oregon history
Amish crib quilt, c. 1900
once part of the world famous Esprit Collection
blue resist wholecloth, c. 1760-1800 - extremely rare!
quilt from Gee's Bend made by Lucy Mingo - I still can't believe my luck!
Masterpiece 1970s quilt from Louisiana.
I was one of the few people collecting polyester at the time. 
c. 1800 pieced quilt from Rhode Island
rare as could be!!
About 75% of my collection came through eBay, and sometimes I can't believe what incredible things I've found. 

Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! A random drawing was held, and the winner of John Kubiniec's book "A New Spin on Drunkard's Path is Monica (icanquilt2) from Baltimore, Maryland. Congratulations, Monica! I will send you an e-mail with details.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sewing at Modern Domestic: The Cat Face Quilt

On wednesday I spent some time at Modern Domestic. I was working on my cat face quilt, the one inspired by Melissa Averinos.

Michelle Freedman provided some technical instruction. We worked on ways to edge-finish the appliqué. Some of my favorite raw-edge applique quilts have edges finished with a fine, tight zig-zag or satin stitch, so she showed me how to do that, and I practiced.

I was working on one of those fancy little Bernina machines, a classroom machine. It was all computerized, so I took a photo to remember how it was set.

About a third of the applique is now stitched down. I was having a little trouble getting the feed dogs to work after raising the foot to pivot the quilt. So, the stitching is a little inconsistent fot that reason.

You can see places where it got stuck, and where I had to push it a little to get it going again.

The subject of my funny cat face quilt is Lulu, my jet-black, talking, feral rescue cat. You can see the funny expression on her face in the original photo.

I'm going back soon to work on the quilt, maybe even finish it  One of my ideas for 2016 was to be more of a maker, but the year hasn't gone exactly to script. Making some quilts stayed in the back of my mind, so I'm happy to be working on a project.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

La Grange

exhibition opening day, photo courtesy of Texas Quilt Museum
My exhibition of New York Beauty quilts is now open at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas. La Grange...where have I heard that name before?

What were they singing about in the song? The Chicken Ranch, an infamous location a couple miles east of La Grange, the inspiration for Best Little Whorehouse in Texas! Although I do love Dolly Parton, I've never seen the film, or the original Broadway play.

Times have changed. The Chicken Ranch closed in 1973, and in 2011 The Texas Quilt Museum opened, giving La Grange an exciting new cultural venue especially for displaying quilts.

Deborah Hensel wrote a great article about it in Quilters Newsletter leading up to the museum's grand opening in 2011.

It was an honor to be invited to display quilts at the museum. I have seen pictures of the space, and it's gorgeous. I can't wait to visit!

exhibition opening day, photo courtesy of Texas Quilt Museum
one of the quilts on display, a favorite of mine
a beautiful space! photo courtesy of Texas Quilt Museum
when you drive through town, you can't miss it!
photo courtesy of Texas Quilt Museum
The exhibition runs from today, September 29th to December 18th, 2016. So, it will be up during this year's Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival in Houston!
an 1850s masterpiece, the oldest quilt in the exhibition
Several tour busses will be going, and I'm excited to know so many people from around the world will go see the quilts. For more information about the Texas Quilt Museum and the exhibition of New York Beauty quilts, visit the museum's website.