Orphan blocks

A few years ago I saw a collection of quilts that set vintage blocks in a modern setting. The quilter took blocks of unfinished projects and appliqu├ęd them on solid backgrounds. The combination of the antique blocks set with modern quilting in the negative space sparked my imagination. Of course I wanted to try it! … Continue reading Orphan blocks


Pins are my friend. Star and Crescent

"But it is so beautiful." My grandmother used those words to describe the block patterns she admired the most; a six-pointed star made of diamonds,  and hexagons used to construct the Grandmother's Flower Garden. She said this to me when I first started quilting and looked up at her. "Yes, they are," I said, "but … Continue reading Pins are my friend. Star and Crescent

Another word for patience? Applique

By some rights, I should be a knitter. I remember sitting with a hank of yarn hung from both hands while my mother wrapped it in balls. Next to my grandmother's Lazy-Boy sat her knitting workbasket with another pair of mittens for the grandchildren. I sat at her feet many times while she taught me how to cast … Continue reading Another word for patience? Applique