This has been in the planning stage for several years, as quilters are likely to do. Finally finished, this will be presented to a Marine Corps friend of ours. He knows nothing about it and I think his wife may only suspect. I named this quilt Broad Stripes and Bright Stars. The Top before quilting:
Sunday, November 29, 2020
First Quilt of Valor
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Going to HOUSTON this Year?
You CAN! The annual International Quilt Festival is VIRTUAL! December 3-5, 2020, you can visit the Show from the comfort of your home.
Four of the Special Exhibits at the VIRTUAL QUILT FESTIVAL:
For the small cost of $10 you can see over 30 Special Exhibits, including MINE!, featuring traditional. contemporary, modern, art, landscape, all kinds of wonderful quilts.
There are also MANY Exhibitors who will be offering special deals for those who attend--just like at the in-person International Quilt Festival. Here is the current list of Exhibitors.
In addition, there are a wide variety of Classes and Lectures offered, by the best teachers in the world, and because it's VIRTUAL, you won't miss out on the class you want--there is room for EVERYONE.
Find all the information on how to Buy A Ticket, and to how to Enroll in Classes, Forums and Lectures right here:
I may be just a bit biased, but one of the best Special Exhibits I want you to see is mine--My Joyful Journey. Featuring my early, humble quilts to the four Best of Show winners, this follows my journey to where I am as a quiltmaker today. Please don't miss it:
A look back (and ahead) at the life and work of quiltmaker Barbara Black. She began in 1985 with simple baby quilts from pre-cut fabric, and today creates challenging quilts filled with small pieces and complex design. This journey shows her progression from new quiltmaker to quilt artist. Precision piecing and beautiful color and design are the hallmarks of Barbara’s passionate quilt journey.
So, while we may not be walking through the beautiful red doors of the George R Brown Convention Center this year, we can all GATHER TOGETHER at the world's best quilt show:
Sunday, November 22, 2020
It's Chutney Time
Each year I have to publish this post about my favorite side dish, Cranberry Chutney. I made a double batch a few weeks back and it is stored in several containers in the freezer:
Here is the link to the post with the recipe: Thanksgiving Week I always double the recipe but DO NOT double the sugars. It is not tart or bitter, it is just not dessert-like super sweet. This dish is great with turkey or chicken, or used with appetizer cheeses, like Brie or even Cream Cheese and crackers.
Early October it is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. I know this because I got a lovely email this year from a Canadian follower who wrote to tell me her family now insists this dish be a staple at their holiday meal. She discovered it on my Blog last year and made it then. Now she just has to make it. My family feels the same.
Chutney is like a relish but includes fruit and vegetables. Onions and celery, apples and raisins and lots of spices. As soon as cranberries appear at the supermarket, usually in early October here, I grab two bags and throw them in the freezer. When I am ready to make it, I use the berries frozen--they cook up fine. I wish you could smell the scent of spices and the ingredients as they boil into a beautiful, colorful dish. The sound of the berries popping open make me smile. If you double the recipe, be sure to use a big pot--you don't want it to boil over.
Whatever your Thanksgiving looks like this year, I hope it is full of gratitude for the gifts you have. I will spend the day with just my beloved husband, roasting a small turkey with some simple sides. Yummy yeast rolls and pumpkin pie will round out the meal. At some point, he will say "A jug a wine, a loaf of bread, and thou beside me..." That makes me smile too.
Let's quilt--after we eat.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Ready for Fall
I know it's Fall when it's time to turn on the heat. Low's in the 30's, highs in the 50's, the air is crisp and the sun sparkles on the fallen leaves:
There are a few little Fall quilts I use to decorate and some pumpkins, not a lot because I just don't get excited to rearrange things to decorate seasonally:
Sunday, November 15, 2020
A TEACHABLE MOMENT
Often, I find that a lot of people don't know about all the Tutorials I have on my Blog. Or how to Search for something they are looking for.
Let's have a Lesson. The Pages that are circled in pink here are full of information. As I don't have a website and don't plan to, these Pages make it easy to find some basic things on my Blog.
The Workshops sand Lectures pages are designed so guilds and shows who want to hire me can easily see all the current classes and lectures I offer. These change over time--in fact, two great new workshops will be added soon.
My Teaching Calendar shows all the places I expect to be teaching for the next couple years. This makes it easy to see where and when I might be near you. I know things have changed a bit in 2020, but we will be getting back together again, I am sure of it:
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Big Top Finished
Ever since I saw a photo of an antique quilt I loved on a friend's post I have wanted to make that quilt. Fortunately, a published pattern already existed for it so I didn't have to reinvent the wheel.
This is my version, 111" square, of the wonderful old quilt:
Here is the original photo that inspired me:
|A few years ago...|
Sunday, November 8, 2020
AFTERNOON DELIGHT---Month 12
The good folks at The Quilt Show decided to release Month 12 early so you can finish the last four applique blocks and get to the layout process.
BIG REMINDER: If you haven't done it yet, be sure you save and/or print all 12 months patterns. They will no longer be available from The Quilt Show after December 31, 2020. After that date you will have to buy them from Sue Garman's website: Come Quilt.
Here is my Afternoon Delight, made with the Kit fabrics that were available from The Quilt Show. One IMPORTANT thing to NOTE--I increased the size of the narrow black border. Sue's instructions had it cut at 1", for a 1/2" finished narrow border. Mine was cut 1.5" to finish at 1". I also increased the size of the outer blue border, cutting mine 5.5" while the pattern has you cut them 4.5". It's your quilt, you get to decide:
I had amazing help from 7 of the Sunday Sew and Sews in cutting up the fabric for all the blocks so they made the fabric choices for the applique blocks. As I mentioned in the Month 11 blog, Sue Garman created this quilt with X and O applique blocks and laid them out in an alternating placement. You will decide how to lay your blocks out based on the fabrics you selected as you made each block.
Make your placement choice and take a photo. Do that BEFORE you ask others their opinions. After they rearrange your quilt many ways, you can put it back the way you like.
What if you've gotten tired and just don't want to make the entire quilt? That's OK. I made a small one earlier this year because I had to make some demo blocks for this blog:
I hope you had a good time on our Journey this year, as we celebrated the great Sue Garman, who I miss every day. This quilt had been on my bucket list for years so I am glad I now have two of them.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The BIG REVEAL!
Finally! I can show the world the 2021 Block of the Month quilt for The Quilt Show.
Designed exclusively for The Quilt Show by award-winning Australian designer, Wendy Williams, this quilt is only available on The Quilt Show through all of 2021. Color My World is a fun quilt that has so much to offer! It features Small buildings, Tall Buildings, Little Houses in the City, four landmark Skyscrapers and a beautiful Mariner's Compass center. All contained by Inner and Outer Roads and surrounded by Trees:
Here is my Sample quilt top, with my granddaughter, Stella, for size reference. I changed the Mariner's Compass center fabric choices to make this my own: