Tribute to Yvonne Porcella

Lolipop by Judy Tucker

“Live Your BRIGHTEST Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella” will be a featured art quilt exhibit hosted by Pokey Bolton at this weekend’s Quilting in the Garden in the greenhouse at Alden Lane (Livermore, California).

Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery again offers hundreds of quilts from celebrated artists and the quilting community. These are hung for display throughout the nursery using their enormous and beautiful heritage oaks serve as both support structure and background for this wonderful 2-day display of color.  The quilts go up by 9:00 each morning supported by dozens of quilt lines. Quilts come down each night. My quilt titled “Lolipop” will be included in this years featured hosted exhibit.

Chicago Quilt Festival – Open Studio 2016

Chicago Quilt Festival Open Studio 2016

To those who are visiting please accept my apologies. Arrived home just in time to get good and sick. Two doctor appointments later I am now battling pneumonia. Please sign up or check back in about a week for tutorials on Silk Screening, Shiva Paint Stick and Machine Stitching Applique.

Simply Moderne Topiary

Have you heard of the magazine Simply Moderne?

This publication is fairly new and, in fact, NOV/DEC issue #3  came out. Yep, I am excited too!  Tell ya why in a moment.


As you look through the many inspiring pages of work and designs you will notice it is sooooo filled with info. Wonderful crafted works and patterns with just a smidge of advertising. Yes, a smidge. And choked full of templates in the back. Just enough balance for my taste and pleasure. Now, if you have a copy or are still going to Joann Fabrics or Barnes and Noble before they switch out, grab a copy.
simply moderne vol 3 3

THEN….turn to pages 54 – 57.   See it? Yep… or mine I should say.   If you look really close on page 43 , even the back of my quilt was able to be used as a table topper. I Know! exciting right?  Pinching myself…

If you have any questions on making Topiary feel free to contact me.

Oh, and have a Wonderful and Creative New Year!


Clearing the Air

While it’s been a tough two weeks some fresh air and a lake view does the mind, body and soul some good. Having colorful quilts surrounding you at the same time brings a smile to your face. Like sunshine on the water.

Lake House Quilts 412015 (3)

Lake House Quilts 412015 (2)

Lake House Quilts 412015 (1)


Open Studio International Quilt Festival

My schedule for Open Studio at this weekend’s International Quilt Festival is;

  • Sleeves on Quilts – Thursday, March 26 th 10:00 am until Noon
  • Paper Piecing – Thursday, March 26 th 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
  • Beyond Basic Binding – Friday, March 27 th 10:00 until Noon

Quilt Sleeve Tutorial

Here is a tutorial I am offering at this year’s International Quilt Festival Open Studio.

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (1)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (2)

Measure quilt back from edge to edge in the direction where the sleeve will hang. This will be your length. (top) The width will be 9 inches. (bottom)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (5)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (4)

Place your sleeve right side down. Fold your nine inch edge a ¼ inch in on each side. PRESS. (top) Fold another ¼ of an inch on each side. PRESS. Then machine stitch close to inner edge. (bottom)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (6)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (9)

Bring the bottom edge up to meet (raw edges) wrong side together. (top) With wrong sides together, sew a ¼ inch seam the length of the sleeve. Begin the seam about ½ inch from the end, backstitch, continue seam to the end, then backstitch. This prevents the tail of the thread from hanging out the end of the sleeve. Press to form a new crease at the folded edge. Baste a large stitch ¼ inch along the new folded edge. (bottom)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (10)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (11)

Place your hands into the sleeve rotate sleeve to position basted edge on the bottom and the stitched seam on top. (top) Position the two seams over each other. Gently press your top seam open. Press entire sleeve forming two new creased folds. (bottom)

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (12)

Take sleeve with opened seam side down against quilt backing. Center along quilt back, pin sleeve along pressed edges to the quilt back. The top of the sleeve should be about ½ inch from the top of the quilt.

Hands sew top of sleeve, being careful not to stitch through to the front of the quilt. Then hand sew bottom sleeve again being careful not to stitch through to the front of the quilt.

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (13)

Hands sew bottom edge of the sleeve sides to the back of the quilt. I recommended that you double stitch or tack the corners.

Lake House Quilts Sleeve Tutorial (14)

Remove the basting stitch to give the sleeve the needed “D” shape for proper hanging.


Quiltcon 2015 – Celebration and Winners

Quiltcon 2015 in Austin, Texas was a great celebration of modern quilting. Look below for prior postings with images from the other categories.

Quiltcon 2015 - Best Of Show

Quiltcon 2015 – Best of Show

i Quilt by Kathy York
Austin, Texas, Austin MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Kathy York

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - Face #1 by Melissa Averinos Individual MQG

Judge’s Choice, Janine Vangool

Face #1 by Melissa Averinos
West Barnstable, Massachusetts, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Melissa Averinos Quilted by: Melissa Averinos & Suzanne Whiteside

Quiltcon 2015 - Bias Tape Challenge

First Place, Bias Tape Quilting Challenge

CPU by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia, Tasmania, Australia MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katherine Jones

Quiltcon 2015 - Best Machine Quilting

First Place, Best Machine Quilting

Diving Geese by Katie Pedersen
Seattle, Washington, Seattle MQG
Pieced by: Katie Pedersen Quilted by: Krista Withers

Quiltcon 2015 - Quilting Excellence

2015 Coats Award of Quilting Excellence

Coral Reef by Marla Varner
Sequim, Washington, Bainbridge Island MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Marla Varner

Quiltcon 2015 - Applique

First Place, Appliqué

Anniversary Quilt by Katrina Hertzer
Calgary, AB, Canada, Calgary MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katrina Hertzer

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnie Individual MQG

First Place, Improvisation

The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle
Monroe, New York, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Nydia Kehnle

Quiltcon 2015 Improvisation - For Tonya by Emily Coffey Ashville MQG

Judge’s Choice, Stevii Graves

For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, MQG of Asheville
Pieced & Quilted by: Miriam Coffey

Quiltcon 2015 - Handwork

First Place, Handwork

Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral
Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Patricia Lutteral

Quiltcon 2015 - Modern Traditionalism

First Place, Modern Traditionalism

Long Island Modern Sampler by Kim Soper
Centerport, New York Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Kim Soper

Quiltcon 2015 - Small Quilt

First Place, Small Quilts

What’s the frequency, love? by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
Woodbridge, Connecticut, Southern Connecticut MQG
Pieced & Quitled by: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Quilcon 2015 Minimalist - Breath by Leanne Chahley Edmonton MQG

First Place, Minimalist Design

Breathe by Leanne Chahley
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Edmonton MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Leanne Chahley

Quiltcon 2015 - Group Or Bee Quilts

First Place, Group or Bee Quilts

Playing with Little Bits created by participants of Mid-Atlantic MOD 2014
Columbia, Maryland, Baltimore MQG
Pieced by: Rose Daley, Anna Levengood, Jill Stafford, Jessica Skultety, Jessica Levitt, Robin Tillsworth, Rachel Singh, and Elizabeth Timmons Quilted by: Rose Daley

Quiltcon 2015 Piecing - Flight Path by Mary Menzer Virginia Beach MQG

First Place, Piecing

Flight Path by Mary Menzer
Virginia Beach, Virginia, Virginia Beach MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Mary Menzer

Quiltcon 2015 - Use Of Negative Space

First Place, Use of Negative Space

Blackbird Fly by Krista Hennebury
North Vancouver, BC, Canada, Vancouver MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Krista Hennebury

*Sorry, no image of 7 Up by Debra Jalbert

First Place, Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

7 Up by Debra Jalbert
Clermont, Florida, Orlando MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Debra Jalbert

Quiltcon 2015 - Youth

First Place, Youth and Judge’s Choice, Carolyn Friedlander

Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon
Sutton, NSW, Australia, Canberra MQG
Pieced by: Mollie McMahon Quilted by: Mollie McMahon & Jules McMahon

Quiltcon 2015 - People Choice Award

People’s Choice Award at Quilt Con 2015 went to “A Quilt for Our Bed” by Laura Hartrich and quilted by Nikki Maroon.