Sunday, October 5, 2014

Folk Art Sale

Local folks!  Mark your calendar for the annual Folk Art Sale at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA, December 6-13, 2014.

I have finished quilts and ornaments for the show.  Next I  plan to design needle/scissor cases and pincushions, inspired by the quilts I made.  Last year the cases and pin cushions were quite popular, but I need a fresh design.  I am thinking of a tiny log cabin block for a pincushion and needle case done in same fabrics.  Hmmm....

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Project Progress

I finished two little quilt tops and a piece for a pincushion.  The quilts are 9" x 9" and 11.5" x 13".  The antique crib quilt that inspired me is in the back ground; you can see the difference in scale.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Little projects

I am working on a couple small projects to be sold at the Mennonite Heritage Center Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale this coming December.  Quilts are something I can't throw together at the last minute, so I have to start now.  First project is a small quilt (or maybe two) inspired by an antique crib quilt, shown in the background of the photo.  The original is not in great shape, is only tied in a few places, and has super ugly textured green 1940-1950's curtain fabric on the back.  Nevertheless, I think the colors are great and the design has a lot of potential.  The hour glass blocks in the original are roughly 3"; I am making mine 1 1/2" finished.

I am also making some six-pointed stuffed star ornaments for the sale.  They make nice, inexpensive gifts for the holiday season.

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