Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I Give Thanks — YES! Magazine

Kathryn Mostow is a singer-songwriter living in Fort Collins, Colorado. She and Mona Maser, a local filmmaker, shot this music video on location around Fort Collins and in the cohousing community where Mostow lives. Mostow says she hopes the video will "inspire people who would like to make a difference, and to bolster and support those folks who are already out in the world, doing good work, making positive change one day at a time."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace , love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:? "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009


Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

by John Lennon

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

4-Patch Stacked Posies

Make a gorgeous quilt using only ONE print fabric for the blocks and borders. Finished sizes will vary depending on fabric chosen and layout

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Quilts aren't the only thing I like

Made using "Allspice Tapestry" fabrics by Fig Tree Quilts for MODA.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wisconsin Whig Rose

A new twist on an old design...the flowers in the center are ruched, giving this 88" x 88" quilt dimension. Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Batik Triangle Stars

Download pattern at: (must register, free)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

BQ Quilt Pattern

Maple Island BQ pattern on

Lois Beauchamp used the BQ pattern to
set these photos for an anniversary quilt.

BQ using great big florals in the 18 inch blocks by Kay Smith

Jill's African BQ is my favorite, so far...

Puzzle Box

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

VS Ramachandran on your mind

Kim McLean's Flower Basket Medallion Quilt

Kim McLean's Lollypop Trees

Kim is an award winning quiltmaker from Australia who features imaginative use of Kaffe's fabrics in her quilts.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Quilting for Peace

About the book:
As crafters of all ages take to their sewing machines in unprecedented numbers, many of them join a movement to distribute hope and warmth to those in need through quilting. These are volunteers who have inherited a tradition of comfort and protest, and a belief that they can make the world a better place one stitich at a time.
Quilting for Peace, the follow-up to STC’s Knitting for Peace, profiles these quilters in more than 25 essays about individuals and organizations devoted to making quilts and other necessities for the needy. The efforts range from Newborns in Need, a group that makes clothing for premature babies at nearby hospitals; to Quilts of Valor, which makes quilts to honor wounded soldiers; to the Sleeping Bag Project, which distributes 100,000 homemade sleeping bags to the homeless every year. This timely book also includes 15 projects and guidelines for quilters who want to contribute to an existing effort or establish a new one.

About the author:
Katherine Bell is a writer, editor, and quilter. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2006, and she works as an online managing editor for Harvard Business Publishing. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Authors: By Katherine Bell; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Imprint: STC Craft
ISBN: 1-58479-804-1
EAN: 9781584798040
Availability: Prepublication
Publishing Date: 10/1/2009
Trim Size: 8 1/4 x 7 3/4
Pages Count: 136
Cover: Hardcover
Illustrations: 20 color photographs

article link:

Saturday, July 11, 2009


"Water is a paradox. Though resistant to pressure, it can change its state dramatically, forming steam or ice. As Lao Tse so eloquently shows in the Tao Te Ching, water always seeks the lowest level, and enters the most despised places, yet gives life to the Ten Thousand Things. Through yielding, water can wear down a stone or find a way in where tools could not."

~The Secret Language of Birthdays
by Gary Goldshneider & Joose Elffers

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pink Chocolate

The origin of chocolate brown used as a predominant color in printed fabric appeared with regularity in the nineteenth century. The color was worn by widows who had passed out of the stage of mourning, when they were expected to wear only black. The patterns used in these "mourning browns" were simple calicos, and not like the more stylized designs featured in this collection.

Later in the century brown as a color in printed fabric started moving to the forefront of European fashion. The idea is perhaps copied from hard to find Indian hand painted cottons. In the early to mid 1800's these Indian fabrics using rich colors painted on top of dark grounds were rarely seen in Europe. However, as a result of these beautiful imported fabrics, it is then that we began to see brown combined with the lively colors of red and pink emerging as a trend in Europe.

This Pink Chocolate Collection commemorates several of these stunning
European designs c. 1875.

Windham pattern:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Indigo, Pewter & Honey

Indigo, Pewter & Honey ~ from the collection of Judie Rothermel, Marcus Fabrics.

Judie Rothermel’s latest issue of historical range fabrics get an authentic color scheme. Honey, pewter, and indigo are some of the historically accurate dyes used in textile prints. Indigo, a blue pigment and a dye, was used in India in the earliest civilizations to dye wool. Pewter and honey dyes were added to give this line a bold and distinguished look for quilting.

Indigo, Pewter & Honey quilt designed by Jean Ann Wright: indigo_pewter_honey.pdf

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Reproduction Quilts


Calico & Old Lace

Hand Made Art by Calico & Old Lace
Quality cotton jacket machine quilted in free motion style using silk threads.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

19th block - Birds in the Air

from Barbara Brackman's Underground Railroad quilt

"After years of war, the end seemed tantalizingly near in 1864. Edward Taylor told WPA interviewers his perspective as a slave: " I used to hear the white folks reading the paper about the war and reading the Yankees beat them, and I wondered what in the world is Yankees. I thought they were talking about the birds of the air or something."

Facts & Fabrications ~ Unraveling the History of Quilts & Slavery
by Barbara Brackman

14th block - Trip Around the World

from Barbara Brackman's Underground Railroad quilt

"One step in the process toward emancipation was a national movement called Colonization, which developed early in the nineteenth century. Many people believed freed and escaped slaves should move to Canada, which had eliminated slavery with a program of gradual emancipation. Another idea, popular for a while, was a back to Africa movement."

Facts & Fabrications ~ Unraveling the History of Quilts & Slavery by Barbara Brackman

13th block - Underground Railroad

from Barbara Brackman's Underground Railroad quilt,

"Escapees were often hungry, lost, and terrified on their lonely trips North. In the 1830s, an organized network of help developed. Members of the movement known as the Underground Railroad offered assistance to runaways in the way to shelter, food, clothing, jobs, and transport to another station closer to freedom. At first, assistance came mainly from Quakers. As time went on, however, more white people, motivated by religious and moral beliefs, joined the Quakers and free and escaped blacks in helping fugitives."

Facts & Fabrications ~ Unraveling the History of Quilts & Slavery
by Barbara Brackman

Underground Railroad Quilt

from Barbara Brackman's Underground Railroad Quilt - center panel

Facts & Fabrications ~ Unraveling the History of Quilts & Slavery
by Barbara Brackman

Friday, June 12, 2009

I Spy Ugly Quilt

My husband does not have good taste in fabric hence the name I Spy Ugly

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dreams of Flying - by Jan von Holleben

This photographer has the most amazing series of work called - dreams of flying.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Better as Women?

Sorry I can't give credit, have no idea who did these photos...what a good laugh!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hearts & Hands

I just bought this pattern - I must be crazy...let's just call it my forever project.

McCall's Vintage Series - Hearts & Hands, from the collection of the York County Heritage Trust,
York, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Reproduction Quilts

Reproduction Quilts
123 Teal Lane
Winchester, KY 40391

Phone: (859) 333-6232