• Quilting with a Walking Foot,  Quilts,  scrap

    Dream Map Quilt

    As girl I had recurring dreams of flying over mystical intersecting roads, but lost in the endless tasks of early motherhood, I felt I was losing my ability to dream. I began to have dreams where I attempted to fly, but no longer could. The improvisational piecing technique spun off of Elizabeth Hartman’s Mod Mosaic block. It was an attempt to get back in touch with daydreaming and exploration without purpose. The gray roads in this piece meander, intersect and connect landscapes of bright girlhood fabrics, creating a stained glass bizarre dream map of a city that doesn’t exist. I worked on this quilt on and off for two years.…

  • Applique,  Process Pledge

    Be Joyful – Wendell Berry Quilt

    I lost my mother when I was young; seeing her handwriting creates a bright line of connection to her. I turned my own handwriting into applique for a quote that I held in my heart when I decided to have children. This quilt is made with raw edge scraps from the mobiles that hung over my children’s cribs. Having my beautiful children was in part a way of showing my wild love for our planet, despite worries about global warming and political strife, and this is my advice to them. Above is my artist statement. Here is my quilter’s take. I was playing with construction methods. I used a glue…

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    Center Pivot Irrigation Quilt

    I actually finished this quilt a few months back, but just got around to doing nice pictures because I wanted to enter it into a few quilt shows. Like most quilters, I gaze out airplane windows and see endless landscapes of potential quilts. The scrap circles and white stained sheet were found in a garbage bag intended to be made into dog bed filling, cut by an unknown maker for an unknown purpose. The cheap polyester fabrics were a construction challenge, and the old sheet had a subtle color variation that seemed an interesting interpretation of the phrase “hand dyed.” I experienced constant self-doubt during the extravagant hours of quilting…

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    Stairs Through Burnet Woods Quilt

    There is a park near my house that is having an art show to celebrate the park. The park has some epic stairs, and when I saw the call for custom art, I immediately thought of those stairs through the forest. So many stairs! This is not my photo (source here) but gives you the idea of my inspiration: Cincinnati is a hilly city and has a lot of charming (and also spooky and decrepit) forested old staircases connecting neighborhoods. So this project is also a nod to the history of our city, and the generations of people who have appreciated the sunshine through the trees as they travel these…

  • Bag Making

    The Library Tote – A New Bag Pattern

      I am so excited to announce I published a bag pattern. If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know, and you might already be sick of looking at pictures of my tote bag. I just posted it on Craftsy (or bluprint?) and made my first sale! What should I spend my big money on? ….. Size Small on the left and size Medium on the right. The bag has an envelope bottom, which means you don’t box the corners. It creates a nice design feature and is a fun and easy way to finish a bag. I have been wanting to teach a tote bag class, but…

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    Half Square Triangle Party – and an Invitation to Party with Me!

      Like most quilters, I love a half Square Triangle! I have been developing some classes I want to teach and want to do one on the Magic 8 HST method and all the great blocks you can do. So the first step is to make a bunch of half Square triangles – I had fun making these and playing with a different layout. I think I’m going to offer this as a beginner quilt class in the fall. I have a beginner quilting class all set up for June I am pretty excited about it. Enrollments open this week so check it outif you live in the Cincinnati area!…

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    Circles Scrap Quilt

      So I need another project like a hole in the head. And this project has so many things wrong with it, but I just love it and can’t let it go. A while ago, a fellow quilter gave me a bag of fabric that she didn’t want, that someone else who didn’t want it had dumped on her. I know someone who uses old fabric to make dog beds, so I took the bag for that purpose, but of course I couldn’t resist looking through it real quick just to see if there was anything I had to have. There are a couple of big pieces of old floral…

  • Pieced,  Quilt Makeover,  Quilting with a Walking Foot,  Quilts,  Uncategorized

    Linen Stars Quilt

    Forever ago – I’m going to say about 10 years ago – wait I found a blog post from 2012!– I made a wedding quilt for a customer using some beige and pink linen fabric. I was I was really in love with the color combination so I used the small bit of scraps I had left to piece together this little mini quilt. Then I was on to the next thing, but I quickly quilted it with some really sloppy stars and swirls which I have always been unhappy with. Set the quilt set in a box forever. Or for 6 years to be exact. I was just talking…

  • Free Pattern,  Tutorials

    Free Motion Quilting Troubleshooting Checklist

    I have been trying to get back into teaching quilting in my area – and I have been really enjoying it! I taught my first Free Motion Quilting class as few weeks ago, and have another one tomorrow morning. The last class we had a lot of issues with getting our sewing machines to cooperate. It was a mix of inexperience quilting with the all important need to get that perfect balance set up on the sewing machine. This handout addresses both sides of the issue. To help (hopefully) with folks getting started off on the right foot (it is soooo frustrating to want to be able to sew and…

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    Dream Maps Quilt

      This is a quilt I am working on called Dream Maps. I have also been calling it my stained glass quilt but I like the idea of it being a map to a dreamed city. It is part of my #pinkgrayscrapsaga – basically and endless (ok 5 so far) series of quilts from my piles of pink and gray scraps. Others include my Mad Farmers Medallion Quiltand my Women Make Beauty from Garbage plus quilt. I started the piecing years ago and put it away in a box half done. Then in November I thought I might finish it to enter in Quiltcon, but decided not to rush a…