Culling the herd

Apr 5, 2016

I made my first quilt top the summer of 1979. It took 3 ½ years to actually finish quilting it, as I was in grad school for my MLS. 15 minutes here, 20 minutes there, and grumpy housemates who didn’t want the thing draped over the end of the couch! So I’ve been buying fabric…

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Post Voyage Blues

Mar 14, 2016

My mind is absolutely a seething hive of ideas and images and creativity. I just drove from Providence, Rhode Island to Asheville, NC in 2 days. I have music CDs and radio stations and I sing along, and listen to lyrics, and think about the quilts that I could make. A lot of them are…

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Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2015

In honor of the new year, I decided to finish up something that has been lingering a long time. The “Seven Sisters” patchwork pattern is a pattern-within-a-pattern. You can to a set of seven stars, as seen here, OR you can do 7 hexagons! These stars are leftover from the bigger quilt I made in…

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The moment of possibilities

Dec 8, 2015

This is, to me, the most exciting moment in making a quilt. Oddly enough, the finishing is second, although not by much. Here, all the work that went into designing, choosing fabrics, and sewing them together, arrives in an explosion of color and happiness. It’s been ironed flat, the backing taped to the floor, and…

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Réattu Museum, France 2015

Jun 21, 2015 On our visit to Arles, we ran across the Réattu Museum. We had seen they had some unusual Picasso material, so we popped in. The museum is housed in a late 15th century priory, and is as much an exhibition as the actual artwork. But the best part was the discovery of two new…

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A la Eloise

Jun 9, 2015

“My name is Paula. I live in a hotel.” Actually we are staying this week in a lovely “gîte”, a French b&b, in the Luberon region of France. Our apartement is below the house, and was clearly where the animals were housed long ago, with the head of the bed being up against the original…

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Meet Zach.

May 7, 2015

Meet Zach. At less than a year old, Zach had already been watching me play with fabrics and move them around. He saw me coloring, and I always gave him my scraps to mess around with. Then I bought a set of swatches from Keepsake Quilting, because it was hard to get to the local…

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Behind every great quilt is … a sleeve?

May 2, 2015

One of my wall hangings went to the Savannah, Georgia quilt show in March 2015. I brought it to the Modern Quilt Guild meeting here in Asheville, as it happens to be my first modern-style quilt. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it lacked a sleeve. I was horrified, because I have been putting…

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Fish are like houses

Apr 6, 2015

Caribbean vacations are, for me, an endless celebration of colors. Both the houses scattering the islands, and the fish schooling below the water, represent a million possibilities for designs. But this year my mind went in a new direction. A very “solid” direction, if you will. Modern quilts are primarily composed of solid color fabrics,…

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Déjà vu all over again-

Mar 4, 2015

Dear friends, Welcome to my world! It’s a world full of fabric, cats, music, dance, and general mayhem. My new website is attached, full of multimedia fiber art for sale, information on quilting and travel and all sorts of stuff. (And those pesky hackers can just ruin someone else’s day next time!) And cat pictures.…

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