May 2012

Married in May

Our nephew, George, married his college sweetheart, Allyson, this weekend in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Woodside, California. This is the quilt I designed and made for them as a wedding gift. I hope they will use it and enjoy it for years to come.


I am still having a hard time believing George is married. In my mind, he is still ten years old, sitting quietly in a corner playing video games during family gatherings. I did witness his marriage with my own eyes, so I know it’s so. Their families couldn’t be happier for them. Congratulations and blessings on you both, George and Allyson.

Until next time,

The QuiltCon Challenge

I have been mulling over possible block choices for the Modern Quilt Guild block challenge. I drew the first two and sewed them this week. Here are blocks one and two:

In my last post I explained the Modern Quilt Guild’s block challenge. You can submit up to three 12 1/2″ by any other dimension block, using only the colors in the Guild’s logo. I am going to submit a third block which will be more abstract than these. I have a preliminary idea but it needs a little more time to percolate.

These blocks were fun to design. Normally I would not use all solids in a block so I had to step a little out of my comfort zone, but once I got started it was a blast. Now I am looking forward to pushing myself a little further. There have been some beautiful and unusal blocks submitted so far. See them in the Flickr group here

This is sure to be a very special and unique quilt!

Until next time,

The Quilt Con Block Challenge

If you love modern quilt blocks, this Challenge is for you!

Don’t these colors sing? They are the colors used in Quilt Con’s logo. (Quilt Con is the annual quilt show sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild – but you knew that.)

So this is the challenge: make a 12 1/2″ inch tall by any width block (i.e. 12 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ or 12 1/2″ by 24″ – it is your choice) using the Quilt Con logo colors: tangerine, gold, citrine, lime, aqua, turquoise, white, and gray. You cannot add any other colors. You may submit up to three blocks. The contest closes on August 15th, 2012.

The challenge will be moderated by Elizabeth Hartman of After August 15, Elizabeth will select 20 or more of her favorite blocks and will use them to make a quilt that will be displayed at QuiltCon and awarded, by raffle, to a lucky winner. Raffle tickets will only be sold at QuiltCon, and ticket sales will benefit The Modern Quilt Guild.

Each submission must be accompanied by an entry form that can be found here Challenge Entry Form.

I am looking forward to seeing some amazing blocks in this challenge.