Quilters Almanac
I started this quilt during a class I took while I was stationed in Germany sometime around 1990.  I finished it after moving to Kansas. I had originally planned to put it on the guest room bed, but I've changed room colors three times since I finished this. My style has also dramatically changed! It lives on a quilt ladder my Dad made. The pattern is a Quilt in a Day design, and if I am remembering correctly, Kathi Eubank, of Hard Candy Quilts quilted it for me.

Ruby Slippers
This is one of the first quilts I made since moving to Kansas back in 1991. I'm going to guess I made it sometime around 1993. I'm sorry to say, I don't have the pattern anymore and I don't remember who quilted it for me - this was before I started documenting my quilts. This was the first quilt I pieced the back on. I did a yellow brick road and included some Toto (too?) fabric. 

Red, White and Stars
I made this quilt during a class (again, years ago) on Big Stitch Quilting by Linda Potter. It is a courthouse step pattern. My plan is to donate this to QOV as soon as I get a label and presentation case made. It was quilted by Kathi Eubank of Hard Candy Quilts.

Wonky Blues
Jerrye Van Leer taught our small group how to do this stack, cut and swap block. I really enjoyed the unplanned nature of the blocks. I got to use some bold and bright fabrics in turquoise, brown and bright green that I would not normally use. The first set of fabrics was a set of 5 FQ I won as a prize on a quilt shop bus trip. Then I added to them to have enough variety.  Lori Kukuk quilted this with a swirly all-over design. Wonky Blues was shown in the 2013 KVQG Annual Quilt Show.   

Chocolate is a Girl's Best Friend
I intended to have it finished for daughter Amy's Freshman year at Northeastern, but she got it for her Sophomore year - only a one-year delay! The chocolate and other fabrics were purchased in the Seattle area and my good friend Bobbie embroidered the chocolate motifs. Chocolate was machine quilted by Kathi Eubank of Hard Candy Quilts.

Care for a Cuppa?
This pattern (English Garden Tea Party), designed by Linda Topp Durbin of Lubbock TX, was one of the first BOMs I did at Mea Bernina years ago. We were meant to practice free motion applique with the (then) new Bernina Stitch Regulator. I didn't have a BSR at the time, so I used a regular applique technique. Quilted by Denise Mariano, this quilt turned out pretty well. 

Tumbling Out of the Jungle
Here is the quilt I made for my son James. It's a "one-block wonder" to which I added cubes that start out hollow and fill in as they tumble down. I had great fun with this one. Tumbling was machine quilted by Lori Kukuk. It was on display in the 2012 KVQG Show.

3-D Folded Blocks
Obviously I need a catchier name for this cool wall hanging. I took a class by Kathy Pflaum at Stitching Traditions in Topeka. We used the book 3D Folded Blocks by Baron and Vermeer. I quilted it using pebbles in the red border area, and left the blocks unquilted so that their texture was visible. 

Hazardous Material

This pattern is Chopsticks by Julie Herman of JayBird Quilts. I thought it would be the perfect pattern for a series of  crazy purple, salmon and greeny/gold fat quarters I bought on a cross country road trip. They were wild and at that time, a little outside my color comfort zone. I added a sashing fabric that was even more outside my norm. 

Zen Garden
This quilt was made for Step-Daughter Lynne. It was inspired by a quilt by Kitty Pippin and published in her book Quilting with Japanese Fabrics.  I had always wanted to do a quilt using only Japanese Taupe style fabrics, so I decided this was the perfect opportunity. This one was quilted beautifully by Lori Kukuk.


  1. Love your quilts! Especially the Jewel Squares in blues; you are such an inspiration! Thank you!


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