Shine Your Light

Yvonne porcella quiltShine Your Light, one of the quilts in the “Live Your Brightest Life, A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella hosted by Pokey Bolton” arrived home last night, rolled up, in plastic (to keep it dry in case!), and in just the perfect box with the info sheet with it.

Thank you Pokey, and Thank you Yvonne.

there is something amazingly special about this quilt, to me. In the last few days I’ve had reminders of the events going on in my life at that particular moment of time. I was out of my home 13 hours a day. I had to give up writing a book that I’ve longed to write, and the quilt shop where I worked was in the process of closing. Let’s just say that the physical tiredness, coupled with the heart wrenching decision to Let Go, and the emotional fatigue was off the charts. There is some other stuff that I’ll just hold onto. So to have a quilt like this happen, in a relatively short amount of time….ooooph.

Having the quilt selected to be part of the exhibit buoyed my spirits. Sometime soon it will hang in my sewing room as a reminder to Live my Brightest Life, to pour all of who I am into the quilt making that I get to do, the people I am privileged to teach, and work with in the quilting community.

Speaking of Bright Lights. I’m sharing this link to Lisa Sipe’s Go Fund Me page. She is, without a doubt, a bright light in our quilt community. As you may have heard Lisa lost the lower part of her left leg. She’s not able to work right now, however she’s made major strides (she would love the word play) being able to take her dogs out for a walk on her own. This is huge. At some point down the road she’s going to need a prosthesis…so I’m sure her goal of $25,000 isn’t going to quite meet her needs.

Quilt a Bright Life Friends,


Ribbon Candy

Kathy of Quirks Ltd messaged to remind me that Ribbon Candy is on my list of follow-ups with the July Block of the Month. I could draw it out. My friend, Debby Brown is one heck of a machine quilter, and quilting teacher. She has great vids on YouTube. Check out her ribbon candy on a home sewing machine

Head on over to her website for more amazing quilty stuff…including some off the hook thread!
Yvonne porcella quilt

Just signed a contract to teach in November. I’ll share where and dates as soon as it’s live on their website.

This quilt is on it’s way home soon. It’s been an honor to be part of the Live Your Brightest Life exhibit. See all the quilts here.

I have some of this fabric left over…I think I’m going to use it for the August Block of the Month. Stay Tuned.

Happy Quilting!


a moment of sharing


So this happened a Sizzix Big Shot Pro. It’s waiting for me to cut big hexies for a project, which is part of some magazine work that needs to happen. But first there are Ads to sell,  and copy to write (I’m transcribing an interview of a quilter) for the Fall Issue of said magazine. Yes, Ad Sales too, if you want info email me.

Then there’s this too:20170720_114952

Click on the picture to go to Melanie’s website to purchase this book. I’m going to review it for in our pages.

Saturday is the next Quilted Block of the Month post. Stay tuned. I’m going to reveal the next block

Happy Quilting,


Lucy’s Nickles
Teri Lucas Quilts
Generation Q Magazine

Dream Fulfilled

One thing I’ve dreamed of is having a quilt hang in the Sacred Threads Exhibit in Herndon, VA. I haven’t done much in the way of serious quilt exploring and making in the last few years so entering this show hasn’t even been on my radar. There’s this whole thing about eating and a roof over my head that is oddly appealing. But I digress.

Looking at the dates/deadlines a notation is now in my calendar for September to give consideration of entering a quilt in next years exhibit. We shall see.

Yvonne porcella quilt

So, ya know how you see something written on facebook, and think, “Oh! that’s cool” but never really make the connection with the coolness and yourself? Weird, right? Pokey Bolton of Crafting a Life posted that Live Your Brightest Life a tribute to Yvonne Porcella is on it’s way to Sacred Threads. And then the dime drops, the connection is made. MY Quilt is going to be in Sacred Threads. So if you’re going to the show would you send me a picture please? I’d love to see it hanging with the other quilts again.

The quilt will come home after that so I’ll have it with me at the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show in October.

Happy Quilting!



Lisa Calle OCQ eventI’m not usually at a loss for words related to quilting for this blog. I’m not really at a loss at the moment it’s just that the quilting world as it is in my life at this moment is refocusing and I’m slowly wending my way around the quilting world as it is for me right now. I’m starting week two with Missouri Star, which I’m loving. With new work, full-time, everything changes, including the rhythm of the quilting routine.

So the other night I posed the question on facebook, “who are the quilterati in your life?” Quilterati is a play on the word, literati, with the meaning of “well educated”, “literate”, “in the know”. Then, as the play continues, there is glitterati with a meaning of “famous, wealthy, and attractive”. I,  personally, was going for a combination of the two meaning who are the important quilt people in your life. The first time I posed the question several people said me. I thank them so very much because that means a lot.

jake laughs againPosing the question the second time yielded a richer and deeper conversation that leads me to this post. Many of the names I knew:

Kim Brunner, Jamie Wallen, Karlee Porter, Sherry Rogers-Harrison, Alex Anderson, Ricky Tims, Sue McCarty, Janet Stone, Jackie Kunkle, Marilyn Badger, Karen McTavish, Linda V. Taylor, Lizzy House, Linda M. Poole, Maddie Kertay, Joe Cunningham, Ruth McDowell, Mickey DePre, Jim Salinas, Shelia Frampton-Cooper, Jake Finch, Melissa Thompson Maher, Mary Ellen Hopkins, Gwen Marston, Doreen Speckmann, Linda Hahn, Marianne Burr, Pokey Bolton, Dee Fox Cornell, Pamela Allen, Sue Brenner, Judi Madsen, Claudia Pfeil, Claudia Myers, Lisa H Calle, Mary Wilson Kerr, Ruth Powers, Cheryl Sleboda, Lynn Krawczyk, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Sherry Reynolds, Stephanie Forsythe, Luke Haynes, Melanie Testa, Lisa Sipes, Alex Veronelli, Bob Purcell, Debby Brown, Barb Persing, John Kubinec, Joe Callaham, Holice Turnbow, Bruce Magidson, Diane Magidson, Hollis Chatelaine, Paula Reid, Paula Nadelstern, Judy Niemeyer, Kristin Girod Rodriquez, Lesley Riley, Frances Holiday Alford, Jean Ray Luray, Pat Barry, Angela Walters, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Judy Coates Perez, Tula Pink, Amy Butler, David Butler, Bonnie Browning, Pepper Cory, Diane Gaudynski, Sue Nichols, Pat Holly, Phillip Jacobs, Kaffe Fasset, Renee Brown Haddadin, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Laurie Tigner, Mandy Leins, Marybeth Krapil, Brenda Groelz, Jane Dunnewold, Shannon Hicks, Sarah Ann Smith, Karen K Stone, Myrna Ficken, Patrick Lose, Brandy Lee, Jessica Darling, Jo Leichte, Jeanne Cook Delpit, Gayle Schleimann, Bill Volkening, Roderick Kiracofe, Kim Niedzwicki, Michael Dunn, Karen Cunagin, Bert Klimas, Renee Fleuranges-Valdes, Mary Anne Ciccotelli, Anne Frascarelli, Donna Chambers, Sandra Parrott, Barbara Brackman, Pat Campbell, Tracy Mooney, Jamie Mueller, Denise DeSantis, Melissa Kanovsky, Scott Hansen, Bev Mabry, Susan Schrott, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Nancy Rosenberger, Sally Bramald, Jane Monk, Kela Weathers, Chana Charles, Rob Appell, Jenny Doan, Donna Thomas, Christa Watson, my sweetie. . . .

Debby HandiQuilter Teri BERNINAOkay so this list…it’s just a beginning. I’m not even sure I grabbed all the names listed on the fb post. Part of the point is to take a moment and recognize the people in our life who have influenced our quilting world in some way.

One of the things I see is the breadth of the quilting world right there spanning the quilting world, it’s inclusive of all types of quilting, and those in the “business” of quilting from fabric designers to editors and the “behind the scenes” people. This list includes people who aren’t in the business directly but still support and encourage.

And who are the quilterati in your life?

I’m off to work here shortly, have a great! quilterly day.




Modern Quilt and Serendipity As Well

But not necessarily in that order.

Here is the finished Serendipity As Well.  I popped it into the mail yesterday and by the end of the week it should be in MA, it’s new home.  When I started Serendipity As Well the intention was to make a small quilt for Pokey Bolton’s new office at Quilting Arts.   It’s also the 2nd in a series of smallish silk quilts.  I’m not sure when the 3rd one will be started I have several other projects to work on in the meantime.

The picture of the back of the quilt is turned the wrong way.  I need to fix it at some point but right now…blogging is a better idea.

In the last few weeks I’ve started an “artists” resume and it’s got me thinking about changing how I present my “style” of quilting.  That and a conversation with my friend Anne.  Until recently I’ve said, “short attention span quilting” which seems to have and evoke a sense of negativity which I do not want to .  When I’m quilting, sitting at the machine listening and moving there is a deep sense of freedom that comes along with the process.  As I teach the process of machine quilting that’s truly what I hope to instill in my students, a sense of freedom and joy.  Also that there is a lot of work that goes into developing skills as a machine quilter.  As I developed skill, as a quilter develops skill there is that sense of delight and freedom that comes over time and brings a great sense of joy in the process.   The “Serendipity” series is all about that joy, about enjoying the creative process and letting the quilting be the feature.

And here is how serendipity works as well – when I started quilt making nearly 18 years ago home decorating fabric samples is what I used to make those first patchwork place mats for my sisters wedding.  The silk pieces are no longer used home decorating samples from a co-worker.

Modern Quilt

“the fun quilt” is the title of this 15″ x 18″ quilt that will travel with a number of other NYC Metro Mod Quilters quilts with the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo.  I’m going to have to get to one of the shows sometime next year to see it hanging.

This quilt could be part of the “Serendipity” project.  I started out with the black & white circle print and the print with the blue background thinking I would limit the quilt to the two prints.  As I cut, stitched, repeated working toward seeing what would happen if I realized that something wasn’t quite working for me so adding fabric & color were important.  The first fabric, the hot pink, still not quite enough.  Then I added the batik stripe and finally the Moda print.

When I finally finished with the quilt top it was much larger than what it needed to be so some trimming was in order, but what to trim?  Rather than making the decision at that moment I chose to wait until I had a good bit of the quilting complete.

And here is where I finished.  Just needs a binding, sleeve, label and some editing of text that will accompany this and done.

It’s been a fun process, hence the name “the fun quilt”.

Just have to add that I am so grateful to my sweetie for encouraging, supporting and encouraging my quilt making journey.

Happy Quilting!


The Quilt Speaks

I’ve been working on Serendipity As Well for a few weeks.  What started out as an experiment learning, playing & practicing with Superior’s silk has become a series with two (nearly) complete pieces.  I have 3 pieces of silk left that will become part of the series.  One is a cream & light brown plaid is on the back of Serendipity as well and takes the color & texture of the silk very well.

When I started playing with the silk my original intention was to make a little art piece for Pokey Bolton’s new office.  After I started this piece I needed to put it on hold whilst I finished getting ready to submit for Mary Kerr’s book and preparation for the classes I’m teaching in Knoxville.  While I still have packing etc to do before I go I had a bit of time to quilt today (Wednesday).  Oh, did I quilt.


I needed to flatten out some of the areas because of the silk batting however adding color wasn’t what I wanted to do so tone on tone stitching became necessary.  Because of the space available I chose some micro stippling and other small stitching motifs.  The whole quilt is small stitching motifs in part ’cause I like to see how small I can stitch a motif and mostly because  the Kimono Silk is very, very fine taking up much less space than say – King Tut which is significantly thicker.

I’ve taken pictures of this (like the one above) quilt with the curves running horizontally across the surface of the quilt with careful intention.  Like “Twilight in the Bronx” & “Moon Over Manhattan” the quilt speaks sometimes in unexpected ways. . . yep, once I got finished quilting and looked at the quilt a little later the curves now run vertically.  There is just something in this direction that makes more sense to me as the quilter.  I think perhaps it’s the yellow stars that just anchor the quilt in a way that I wouldn’t have known until the quilt was finished.

I think too this is a response to Jane Davila‘s talk in May with the Pelham Quilters.  Jane’s talk presents the basic principles of design in Art.  Then Esterita Austin’s lecture Classic Rock and workshop “Creating the Illusion of Depth”.  As Jane talked I took notes in a dark room that now live in my sketchbook that have become part of my talk Quilting is a Beautiful & Complicated Art.  As Esterita worked with her students on workshop day I commented, somewhat naively, that she gave them permission to use all of the crayons in the box, however I see now that what both Jane & Esterita are working towards accomplishing is something more than the crayons analogy.  We’re working towards more of an understanding of the whole picture of quilting using color, shape, line, size, texture, direction, value. Whether we are “Art”, “Modern”, “Traditional” or “Contemporary” quilters these same principles of art apply to the quilt making process.  While we as quilters often apply the principles we aren’t familiar with the principles and how to use them effectively so we get stuck trying to figure out what comes next.

For a beginning to understand the principles and how to use them effectively check out Jane & Elin’s Art Quilt Workbook.  Take one of Esterita’s workshops (she loves teaching the portraiture workshop).  Whether or not the area of  “Art” quilting is where you want to go as a quilter both of these will be incredibly helpful in understanding the process of quilt making in a way that make the process easier.  As we understand more of what we’re doing the easier the process of quilt making becomes.


Yesterday as I made the copies for my upcoming classes my kitty Barnum decided that he needed to be right in the middle of things.  He’s sitting on the first set of copies and is taking notes on what works and doesn’t.

Happy Quilting!