Sunday, December 14, 2008

Spring, Summer and Fall 2008 Update

Hello, My 1100 and 1200 PBS series, Lap Quilting, continues to instruct and inform a new generation of quilters on Along with that come questions. My button on bib (called a "breast plate" by my English friend, Sheila Peal) was the wardrobe solution for each show. It was a 8326 Simplicity Craft pattern, but probably only found at resale shops now. Each bib denoted the theme of the show. Of course, I can send you a free pattern if you send me a SASE to PO Box 96, Flat Rock, NC. Also, Check my Quilt Store inventory since there are a few selected VHS from these shows for sale.

Here goes a picture review of my great quilt year:
I had a special visit to the Wilkes County Quilters in Boone, NC for the longest show and tell I have ever done with a car load of my quilts. The big surprise was the Sparta Quilters arriving with their finished Tea Pot Quilt. It got a huge round of applause and I was so proud to be the designer. I hope you get to see it in person sometime soon at a national quilt show. Check out http:/

How lucky can we be than to have a nationally known batting company, The Warm Company, right here in our hometown. Tours are available with advance contact with Barry Brown. We have been very impressed with the efficiency and cleanliness of the plant. Check out all of their selection on their web site at I especially like their Insul bright for hot pads.

Sunflowers have been growing at my Bernina. Finally, I finished the tribute quilt to Marie Webster. Several variations will be on display next summer at the Hall of Fame July 2009 Celebration. 1206 This was my winter Montrat project so many tackled the quilt in several sizes and styles. This year we paid tribute to Helen Kelley in great style. I will always cherish her special walk around tour of her exhibit in Marion, Indiana. It is still hard to believe she is not with us anymore. Our hearts go out to Bill and family as they go forward. Next year we induct and honor Merikay Wadvogel. Come join us.

Eagles were our wildlife topic for the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch this fall. Inspired by the wonderful graphics of Charlie Harper I designed a more modern eagle, Moon Over Mount Eagle. We had a great two week class in the Gallatin Gateway, complete with the annual hike up Lincoln Mountain and trips to Yellowstone. Next years wildlife topic are bison. Between glorious sunrises and a touch of snow the weather is always exciting in the fall.

I end this blog with a favorite wall hanging from my PTA "groupies" made a couple of years ago. It is called P is for Pipeline reflecting the Alaskan pipeline where each the group had to use pink and green corded bias (a good deal purchased at an outlet) plus use a pipe in some manner. BTW-It was designed with Grid Grip, available now only on the Quilt Store link. For any bulk orders for teaching or resale contact:

Friday, May 02, 2008

spring, 2008

Hi, All, the spring air pulls me outside away from my Bernina. But I am on a mission to complete the labyrinth, Baltic style. Thought you would like to see it in progress. I tried my best to get sme grandchildren help, but they lost interest after about 20 stones. The garden template is anchored down and then lines indicate where to place the stone. The mulch fills in between. When completed you will get the picture.

We live right around the corner from Connemara, the Carl Sandburg Historic home, and we make a regular hike to the barns when grandchildren visit. This time a new kid had been born. Note what must be a doggy sweater that the yet unnamed kid is wearing to keep warm on a chilly spring morning.

Look what I spotted outside the other day--a rainbow or otherwise known as a Drunkard's Path block. Well, this blog has actually been a BIG test for the Lap Quilter. I will have more post closer together if this works! Doing it myself, like a big girl.
I am anxious to then show you the completed Tea Pot quilt on the next blog. Thanks for clicking onto my blog. Georgia

Monday, January 21, 2008

Winter 2008

Hi, You All,
A new quilt year ahead, but fond memories of 2007 still linger. It ended with several great trips I am anxious to share with everyone. Two weeks at the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Montana were filled with hikes, sunny days and lots of quilt interaction. Look hard from Lincoln Mountain and you can see our ranch nestled in the valley. That is the view Charlotte Warr Andersen and I had from the mail box on top. Yes, you must sign in to verify you made the climb. My new best friends on the trail are trekking sticks-not a cane!

My project this year was tri-axial weaving western fabric. The results were awesome wall hangings and vests. This pattern is featured in Georgia Bonesteel's Quiltmaking Legacy book.

Cape Cod was another quilt adventure made special by the Bayberry Quilters Guild. Teaching, lecturing and even sharing quilt stories over meals is a quilters pleasure. It is such a picturesque area complete with over 20 light houses. I stayed a few extra days to tour with a friend. We got to kayak on Swan Lake and checked out many coves and beaches even discovering many foxes. A trip to Nantucket topped the trip.

Then my semi annual trip to the JC Campbell Folk School completed my teaching year. The agenda here was Scrap Soup, in various sizes. Since I had made a large one and a medium size it was time to make a doll bed size. Believe it or not, it took me almost as long to stitch the tiny one as a large one--of course, cutting some pieces out wrong did not help the procedure! This scrap quilt is featured on a new booklet, called Quilters Can Cook, available on the Quilt Store link, so check it out.

I have never seen 12 students work so hard. They were a driven group sewing day and night. A short walk to the dinning hall was the only interruption as we completed our quilts. Wouldn't you know that the youngest and most inexperienced student finished first. She was so excited to be learning patchwork I actually saw her running from the sewing machine to the ironing board. Now that is very fine! I do need to brag on her as she stands in front of her almost completed quilt, Johanna Salmon, from Alaska!

Of course, it is always special when repeat students return, especially when they bring a competed project from another year as Eleanor Brazell did with the Star and Mountain quilt.

Please check out my updated Welcome page on the web site as I go out on a limb with my goals for 2008. Stay in touch and I promise to Blog more often!