Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Quick Tip ~ Quiltin Sizes

 Hey Quilt Buddies

Let’ Chat About Quilt Size 

Quilt  How big will your quilt be?  How many blocks will I layout?   Take a look at this Quilt Chart from the Sewing Loft to help choose a quilt that fits your bedding!!

Just remember that these are basic measurements!  The REAL finished quilt may vary 2-4 inches

Now.. for a quick mention about batting!

Batting.  vary. aka known as layers or sheets of raw cotton or wool or synthetic fiber materials—-used for lining quilts or for stuffing or packaging 

Batting can also be known as wadding or that soft middle layer of a quilt. It can be made from all types of fibers: cotton, wool, silk, bamboo, polyester, corn, alpaca, and recycled plastic bottles. Quilt batting comes in all different sizes, loft weights, and fibers

That’s my spill for today!!!

Keep Quiltin!

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Phenomenal Harriet Angeline Powers #1 - YR 2022

 I’m thrilled and enthralled —-submersed in the simplify of one woman’s life.   A life well lived!  1837 - 1910

I have a brick wall in locating my family’s generation … I dived as deep as possible into census and genealogical records as possible.  Here—-10-11 years 2024 might have new leads!

So I reimagine——I lay claim to the revealed life of women who walked and quilted creative tangibles!  Harriet Powers

This will be my second lecture on her life —- a it’s getting more grounded!  Lo and behold—I really lost-misplaced——CANNOT FIND THE QUILT !!!   

So I’ve stepped up in a new arena to the my Lady’s BIBLE QUILT


Friday, April 19, 2024

Returning to my first LOVE!

Hello to my world of quilt friends!  I chose college major to become a business classroom teacher.  But instead of a practical practical nine month profession, I signed into a thirty-four years of a corporate, competitive and satisfying job which involved seminars and leadership training with a variety of people.   

When the quilting bug caught me twenty plus years ago; I learned anew what really satisfied by "innards" as my Big Mama might have said!  Thus I learned and grew and stretched far into innovative artwork in my quilt designs and narrative quilt styles.   Here's a TRUE LOVE Valentine's quilt that I gifted to an auction event last February.  

But hey—-I’m back to my first love! There's just something magical and precise and mind-relaxing about a perfect quarter inch stitch and seams that presses evenly and matches almost perfectly all through out a lap sized quilt!   And the mistakes and reversed blocks are hilarious to remind me of everyday life.   I bet it's like that for you to!  

I nick-name my friends.... these two ladybugs are first-time quilters showing off their X's and O'x (hugs and kisses) beginner quilt blocks.  

My most recent adventure as a retiree moved me BACK into teaching basic block construction to senior women at my community Wellness Center two days a week!   Wow to the excitement of looking over their shoulders with tips, tricks and how-to’s.

And my newest best friend invited me to teach a really broad range of college students, staff and faculty.  The Culture of the Quilt was a four-week workshop that included mostly first-time and never-before sewists.  The group chose African wax designed fabric and we reflected on messages that may have been hidden and translated into quilts by enslaved person in America.  Good conversations for all who left the sessions knowing how to rotary cut, ruler and mat measurements, stitch a quarter inch and what exactly can you do with half square triangles (HST's). 

I marvel at my first calling to teach business classes! This is so much more fun!   It's still the same striving to touch and encourage another persons life.  A craft, a hobby, a skill.  Quilting is much more that just that.  Lastly my Professor girlfriend wanted me to join her along with my own granddaughter to tap into their heritage and tap into the "innards"... the innermost part of their young minds and souls to talk, laugh and to quilt a block.  

We, as quilters and artisans, know how we can change and enliven and enlarge our world.  We know that just by dropping a pebble, or a button, or a needle tip into the pond of water we send forth ripples of cherished memories and inspiration to keep on quiltin!

Truly LuvYa


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Layered & Stitch: An Art Quilt Experience is a two-day live, virtual event with fourteen expert quilting instructors. Dive into a whirlwind of art quilting excitement with a lineup of engaging sessions covering quilt improvisation, techniques, tips, materials, and beyond. Learn about landscape quilts, surface design, how to use fabric scraps and silks, finding your creative voice, and so much more! 

May 18-2024

Quiltin’ the Soul of Harriet Powers

Harriet Angeline Powers speaks to us today as a legendary folk art quilter born into slavery but used her quilts to tell the story of her daily and spiritual life. Her most famous quilt, The Bible Quilt, depicts scenes of the Bible along with local folktales of her community. In this session, get inspired by an overview of Harriet Powers and The Bible Quilt. Learn from this appliqué how-to session using lace and cotton figures of a dove, a camel, a high-stepping elephant, and a serpent, as depicted in her beautiful narrative quilt.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Reflecting Rainy Days

 I relished the stitching of this estate sale quilt!  Weather not yet warm on the patio.   Skies are gray and overcast!

Nevertheless and ….. all the more …. I spotted the first bloom of Spring 2024

Saturday, April 6, 2024


 We are women!  I’m thankful to share my life as a patchwork quilt.  

A best guy-friend laid to rest today.  Now— a second sister girlfriend has cancer—words like terminal and aggressive.  On and on as life is known by God from its beginning to end!   Springtime is rebirth — but death is definite 

Earlier this week, my group of quilters immersed our thoughts at our grandmother’s girls in her quilt during our show n tell gathering 

Several said Dutch girls… but I say Sunbonnet Sue!  I found the pattern history as such   Her warmth, her hidden face (for me) is a universal spirit of standing- feel and hands forward thru the good times and the bad times

We are women!

A year ago, another quilt friend enthusiastically bought these —say 1960 appliquéd blocks.  Endearing-makes us smile

Monday, April 1, 2024

Opinion Post. D minus rating

Hi good friends.  I think this is my first time publicly giving a rating to a patter!   

3 Yard Quilts.        No no no….. lust a nine-patch  INSTEAD—- A DISAPPEARING NINE-PATCH IS A BREEZE!!!

3  Yard Quilts.        Too much cutting/not in order

3 Yard Quilts.        Not simple -instructions wacky 

3 yard quilts            Too small 45” x 60 geesh 

3 Yard Quilts.        Just a moneymaker hype

3 Yard Quilts.        I mistakenly thought teaching 2nd quilt for beginners who learned really fast/enthusiastic

 3 yard quilts         I’m not being mean    Just no no no

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