Welcome to my website
You'll learn a bit about me on this and the other pages you can reach by clicking in the column on the left
Welcome to my website and a further explaination of the Fold and Sew block technique that's making it's debut in the Jan/Feb 2014 Quiltmaker magazine. I named the first block Baby Pinwheel and it's a fun little block to use in baby and children's quilts.
I tried a couple different quilt settings. In this first one, I joined 9 baby pinwheel blocks then added 2 1/2" wide strips and 2 1/2" square corner blocks cut from the fabric that I used for the little triangles in the block, as a border.
In the second setting, I again used 9 baby pinwheel blocks but added 2 1/2" wide strips as sashing (the sashing is cut the same length as the babypinwheel block) and 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" setting squares, with a folded triangle in each outer corner.
I think either setting makes a successful quilt.
Here's a helpful little tip that will make constucting the baby pinwheel block even easier.
Notice on the outsides of the 10" block, the first triangles are positioned 1/4" in from the edge, and that the triangles in the middle of the 10" block, touch point to point. When you place the remaining 6 triangles along the other diagonal crease, the points of the triangles that meet in the middle of the 10" block will overlap 1/4". This helps the points meet correctly in the middle of the block.
Click on the Fold and Sew button on the left to see more block possibilities and learn more hints about the basics of this method.
I LOVE TO QUILT! and I’m blessed to be able to do what I love in my home, in the country, near a small town in the heart of Nebraska. My husband and I raise corn, soybeans, and alfalfa on our farm. We have one son, one daughter and 3 grandsons (I LOVE BEING A GRANDMA). Here's a picture.
November 1st and 2nd of 2013 I taught classes at Camp Comeca near Cozad, NE. The retreat was sponsored by our local quilt shop, Prairie Point Junction, and the owner, Julie Geiger, did a fantastic job organizing and hosting the retreat.
The first class I taught was Precision piecing, and my students were enthusiastic, eager to learn, and eager to share their own quilting tips. We all learned a lot and a great time was had by all. Here are a couple pictures of the students and their projects.
The second class was called Fold and Sew. It's a technique I developed and have been refining and teaching over the past couple years. Everyone who takes the class has a great time and many students come up with block designs of their own using the technique. For an example, here are two little wallhangings made by Shari Rich using her variation of the Petite Odile block.
and a couple pics of some of the fold and sew class
Click on the Fold and Sew link at the top left of this page for more pictures from that class.
I started my quilting career 30 years ago. My sister (who was the creative artist for Quiltmaker magazine), asked me to help quilt baby quilts that she’d designed for a book published by Quiltmaker. I’ve been quilting for the magazine, and their sister publication Quilter’s Newsletter, ever since. For quilting tips from recent projects I've sewn for the magazines, click here. I couldn’t ask for a better job or nicer people to work with. I also quilt for the public. I can design a custom quilt, or quilt the tops you have, for a very competitive price and with great skill. Please feel free to contact me at any time for more information.
I squeeze time in between paying projects to work on my personal quilts. I specialize in traditional heirloom machine quilting, and my real love is colorful shadow applique. I just finished this little wallhanging which highlights my filler quilting and my feathers. I also take classes at least once a year from a major star in the quilting world to garner fresh ideas and sharpen my skills. This miniature quilt was from a class given by George Sicilliano. It is 18” x 18” and contains over 1000 pieces. Right now, I'm quilting a top I started last winter that's made from the challenge fabric from my quilt group in Arizona. I used preprinted foundation panels to make the New York Beauty blocks and found that to be an easy way to piece a fussy block. Just make sure your printed foundation panels are squared up so that seams match when sewn together.
I believe quilters are some of the most generous people in the world, and we prove that by using our skills to benefit those less fortunate than us. I just finished a baby quilt to be collected at our state quilt convention for Project Linus.
My other quilting love is teaching others what I’ve learned about quilts in my career. I promised my quilt group in Arizona a primer on tuck quilts, and I wanted to work up a class on border/binding treatments. The result is Window Pane Tucks. I was surprised, pleased, and very excited when this quilt won best wall hanging at the 2010 Nebraska State Fair in a field of close to 100 quilts. It was a surprise because I'd entered the same quilt in the fair in 2009 and only placed 3rd in it's division. What a difference a judge makes!
You can find a list of my classes and contact information in the menu to the left.
Last Updated: Dec 2nd, 2013 - 6:57 PM