Strata: Week 2

Did you think I’d have my strata quilt finished in a week? I did too. But as the expression goes, “Close, but no cigar.” It became quickly apparent that my fall landscape idea was not going to work as I expected. The sky was all wrong. Ditto the green plaid cotton lamé. But, a strip…

Drying out

Now that the flood waters in Colorado have begun to recede, people are heading home to assess the damage. While the focus is on moving forward, family heirlooms and photos are more precious than ever. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (which thankfully remained dry) has shared a document called “Advice for Rescuing Family Treasures”, provided…

Summer’s end

The last few weeks have been so hot! It’s hard for me to believe summer is “officially over.” But it must be over—kids are back in school, and the Christmas decorations are on display at Costco. Some of my friends have even started their holiday shopping. While for me, last-minute shopping emergencies are as much…

Hands across the water

It might be a week or so before you can get your hands on the October 2013 issue of TQL, but I couldn’t wait to introduce you to the people in the picture at the end of this post. They are, left to right, Anke Calzada, Jutta Hufnagle, and Johann Gutauer. Jutta is the driving…

Imaginary friends

In 1998, Susan Else got bored making flat abstract quilts and decided to try making some cloth figures. Suddenly, fabric became a skin for three-dimensional objects and she was able to tell stories as never before. I, for one, am glad she did! I’ve been a fan of Susan’s work ever since I saw her…

Beach day

Take an armchair trip to the beach with me. At TQL, we learned about a program called Operation Surf, and we were so impressed we featured it as a Helping Hands article in the August issue. This program teaches wounded veterans to surf. Can you imagine? Some of these men have suffered multiple amputations, and…

Okrahoma, OK!

Ricky Tims had a great time encouraging his Facebook fans to help him come up with punny names for his entry in the August TQL Cookoff. (Recipes for this issue’s cookoff had to be inspired by stage plays!) The ideas his FB friends suggested are pretty funny, proving once again what a clever and creative…

Smiling faces

Have you made your self-portrait quilt yet? I hope you’ve been inspired by the June issue to give it a try, just like Alex, Ricky, Libby, Joe, and I did. There’s some great advice from real experts in that issue—like Yvonne Porcella—but I’ll tell you a little secret. It’s a lot of fun if you…

Look at that face

Last summer (in “It’s my nature” in the August 2012 issue, to be exact) you saw the face of Iliamna, an Arctic wolf captured in fabric by Barbara Beasley. We recently learned that another of Barbara’s animal faces, this time a jaguar, won a second-place prize in the wall quilt category at the Denver National…