July came and went while I was madly gathering/finishing pieces for my show at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop here in Berkeley. Blogging and getting a show together felt a bit like trying to rub my head and pat my belly at the same time – so I let blogging go and focused on making quilts. This … Continue Reading

My friend Lynne and I share both a love of quilting and a hairdresser. It’s no surprise that we decided to make a quilt together when we learned that Lisa was expecting a baby. Buying and pulling fabric is one of our favorite parts of quilt making. We wanted a “modern,” graphic quilt that didn’t … Continue Reading

Sometimes I start a quilt with the tiniest of ideas of what I’m doing. This quilt began in a March workshop at Quilted Strait in Port Gamble, WA with Gwen Marston. Since I started it in the 3rd day of a 3 day class, I didn’t get beyond making parts – chain piecing lots of half … Continue Reading

Although I’ve known for at least two years that Gwen Marston was preparing to retire, I’ve pretended it wasn’t true. At the 30th and final Beaver Island Retreat, I hummed to myself and plugged my ears, quietly saying, “Not listening!!”   This year I attended as many of her workshops as my time and money could allow but … Continue Reading

I have two Friday finishes today – by my students – but both finishes are group efforts. Quilt #1 belongs to Judith who made it for her grandson. Judith came to a Quilt Lab at Stonemountain and Daughter in January 2015 with a few finished blocks. She made more in each class she attended until finally … Continue Reading

A number of months back I was inspired by an Around the World quilt by Elina Temmes‘ on her Instagram feed. I used a mix of pinks and greys, vintage and new fabrics. Early on I realized I had to be careful with the light/dark placement so that they alternated when I put the blocks … Continue Reading

Early in April I started making quilts in honor of  East Bay Modern Quilters 2nd annual Deanna Davis Children’s Quilt Day. It was a perfect use of fabrics and a few stray blocks leftover from my now grown children’s first quilts.   It was such fun to use these fabrics and now send these quilts off … Continue Reading

      One grey and foggy day…….       ….as I was thinking about the color grey and thumbing through Gwen Marston’s 37 Sketches book, I decided to try my hand at small studies using – what else? – grey. Aside from Gwen’s information about her process, explaining why and how she works small, the book … Continue Reading

  In January I joined 2016 Finish-A-long hoping it would help me complete a few unfinished projects. I knew going into the new year that I would be very busy the first few months so I only posted three finishes for the first quarter (see my January post here: textilemavens.com). Indeed, I only finished one out of … Continue Reading

Following on the tail of last weekend’s Voices in Cloth, I am now preparing for a lecture at the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland this coming Saturday, March 26th. (No worries about the name listed on their calendar – Fran Royce – it’s really me and not my sister!!) I’m very excited and honored, having … Continue Reading