Monday, August 18, 2014

...make lemonade

One of the things I love about quilting is if I don't like the way a quilt turns out, I can change it.  With an antique quilt as inspiration, I made this straight furrows log cabin with a piano key border.  All those little pieces...all that work...and I didn't like it.  The border was wavy and the quilt didn't lay flat.  And frankly, it was a bit overwhelming.  I let it sit for a while, but had to face the music and do something about it.  Did I mention, I had already quilted it?

So as they say, when you have lemons, make lemonade.  I cut off the binding and then carefully removed the piano key boarders (which fortunately only had quilting stitches in the ditch).  I rebound what was left and ended up with this:

 Of course I couldn't waste those boarders (each piece is 1/2 wide!).  Here is what I did with them:

This one still needs to be quilted, but I am happy.  Two quilts for the price of one.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

At Long Last .... Books are here!!!!!!

Finally...after lots of hard book is in print and available for purchase.  "Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures".  I am so pleased with the result; I hope I have done justice to the topic!
The cost is $29.99 plus $4.01 for media mail rate shipping.  I accept Paypal or personal checks. 6% sales tax applies to PA residents.  
Visit my website at or simply email me at for details.  I have 75 copies sitting in my living room warehouse.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sweet little dresses

I did a little antique shopping out in the Lancaster, PA area.  I found two irresistible, 19th century little-girl dresses.  Here they are hanging in my living room, along with a little quilt I made.  See page 27 of Childhood Treasures, Doll Quilts By and For Children by Merikay Waldvogel, for the quilt inspiration.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hey Spring...about time

It's going to be in the high 60's today.  Woo hoo!  I've been doing spring cleaning--not my house, but my website.  

I changed the whole look and layout.  It's a work in progress but please take a look.  Constructive criticism is always welcome.
Book update:  I reviewed the page layout, this is the point in the process when I see the pictures and the text combined for the first time.  Corrections are underway and I get to review it one more time.  

Pretty Spring Quilt

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pincushions, needle cases, bunnies, oh my

The sun is shining and the snow is melting.  The winter blues are lifting just a bit.  I listed several hand made items on Etsy and will list some vintage textiles later today.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

quick little quilt

I cleaned out the bookcase where I keep my quilt books.  Behind the books I found an envelope of reproduction swatches from the Judy Rothermel collections, Lancaster County and Lancaster County II.  I had been saving them for future reference.  The repros will start showing up in quilts that may be miss-identified as antique quilts some day.  Rather than stick them back in the envelope and lose them again, I stitched them into a small quilt.  I made a label for the back identifying the collection.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pincushions and needlecase from antique fabric

The Pennsylvania German folk art show this past December was quite successful.  Lots of sales--good for the Mennonite Heritage Center and the artists.

I have one needle case left.  It is for sale, $24, includes a small pair of scissors and shipping (in continental US).  It measures 3.25" x 4.75" closed.  Made from antique cottons and lined with new wool. Perle cotton loop and a vintage button serve as the closure. See photo of front, back and inside.

I also have several pincushions available for $18, including shipping in continental US.  The pincushions measure 4 inches square, are made from antique fabric and have a vintage button in the center.  They are stuffed with sawdust (which gives them a nice weight).  contact me at if you are interested.