Archive for February 2012

Greetings from Colorado!

February 20, 2012

I found myself in Colorado this weekend enjoying the company of good friends, working on business concerns and getting to sight see a bit!  This was my first trip to the Rocky Mountains!  So of course I had to play tourist and fortunately my friends were glad to indulge me!

The first stop was Golden, CO to see Male Call: Quilts Made by Men exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.  The exhibit is open through April 28, 2012 and is worth the trip to see!  We had a docent led tour which was very interesting and enlightening.

After seeing the exhibit and visiting a couple of quilt shops, we devoted the rest of the day to nature.  The scenery was so inspirational!

  Playing tourist includes the picture at the Continental Divide sign!  The skiers and snow boarders were amazing to watch.  There were ski tracks in the most amazing locations on the side of the mountain.

Of course the wind was something to consider!  But seeing the Big Horn Sheep in their natral habitat was worth it!

  Can you see the sheep?  There are actually two of them of different ages.


Indulge Sewing

February 5, 2012

 I had purchased the Elsie and Paige pattern last summer from Theresa Hill at the Batavia, IL quilt show.  The pattern was designed by Carlene Westerberg Designs and is a fun, quick and easy pattern to do.  While visiting with family over Christmas I pieced the blocks using 3 charm packs from Moda and a black fabric.  The pieced border went together very quickly using the chain piece method.  I actually sewed too many rectangles together and have to figure out how to use the left over pieces.  It was a great pattern to indulge my need to sew!

The quilt is on the design wall but is ready to be layered and quilted!

Announcing REPEAT A Fabric Design Competition

February 2, 2012

  Announcing the kick off of a new fabric design contest!

Ellen Rushman and Madeleine Roberg have created a contest for fabric designers!

The competition will run for five months with monthly challenges and eliminations. Challenges will be judged by Madeleine, Ellen, a variety of guest judges, and you! Readers will help determine the contestants’ fate. Ten talented designers will be revealed on March 7th.

  • All you have to do is submit an informal portfolio of three to six surface designs and any other work work that may sway the judges and fill out the entry form. Simply email materials to

Rules, judges list and bios, entry form and much more information is available at the  If fabric designing isn’t quite your thing, check out the website and blog often to see the new entries and to vote on your favorite.