Sunday, September 30, 2012


Remember this quilt??

Well, it's currently hanging in Union Art Gallery in Wisconsin!  I was contacted over the summer by the gallery manager asking if Racing Stripes could be included in a show for their fall line-up.  The exhibit is called, Throw: Great Lengths of Innovation in Modern Quilting.  So, I slapped on a label...
...then packed it in a bunch of bubble wrap... (thanks for the tip, Jacquie! - less wrinkled when it's unpacked from the box - brilliant!)
...And then prayed like crazy it would arrive where it was supposed to!  I emailed the gallery manager when I shipped it and said I felt like I had just packed up my baby in a box and handed it over to a complete stranger!  I even dreamed that it got laid down in a puddle of bleach right before the show and had these big splotches all over it.  Can you imagine?!  But the folks over at Union Art Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have been so wonderful to work with, and have really handled everything so professionally.  If you'd like to take a look at what else is in the gallery, click on this link for a 360 view of the exhibit.  As you can see, Racing Stripes is in good company, including Quilt Con instructor Sherri Lynn Wood's curved masterpiece. Her work AMAZES me, and I so hope I get the chance to meet her at the conference in February.  

And in case you are interested, here is a copy of the press release they sent out about the exhibit:


            Throw: Great Lengths of Innovation in Modern Quilting
UWM Union Art Gallery shows work by 7 national quilt and mixed media artists

MILWAUKEE, WI (September 7, 2012)—The UWM Union Art Gallery will show a collection of 7 fiber and mixed media artists in their 2nd fall exhibition Throw: Great Lengths of Innovation in Modern Quilting. The exhibition will run from September 21st through October 12th. The opening reception will take place on Friday, September 21st from 5-8pm, with a lecture given by Maura Ambrose, founder of Austin-based quilting company Folk Fibers, at 7pm.

The artwork represented will range from traditional quilts with a dye-farm-to-sewing-table modern twist (Maura Ambrose, Austin TX), to mixed media masterpieces of aluminum and steel with quilt aesthetic references (Greely Myatt, Memphis TN) and everything in between. The group exhibition includes artists from across the map: Maura Ambrose (Austin, TX), Sherri Lynn Wood (Oakland, CA), Julie Floersch (Oakland, CA), Greely Myatt (Memphis, TN), Cindy Friedman (Merion, PA), Kit Lang (Toronto, ON), and Valerie Luberecki (Raleigh, NC).

Throw seeks to expose the Milwaukee design audience to the forefront of innovation in modern quilt composition. As the resurgence of craft continues in the US, design aficionados are fortunate to witness the inspired movement of modern quilting. Innovative piecing and quilting methods, collaborative interpretations of the medium, and a sublime deviation from the shackles of tradition all inform the modern quilter. The works included in Throw are true graphic design triumphs with tangibility. These modern quilt designs will wake the sleeping memory of your favorite bedclothes with vivid style in form and function.

“It is truly an exciting time to be a quilter,” says Molly Evans, manager for the Union Art Gallery. “Innovation and the exchange of ideas and quilting methods is becoming widespread thanks to the ease of communication channels of our time. Challenges to the ‘traditional’ means of the medium are becoming celebrated rather than disregarded. We are beyond thrilled to host 25 examples of the modern quilting medium.”

Throw will be shown through Friday, October 12th at the Union Art Gallery. For private group tours outside of gallery hours, or to arrange a quilting bee inside the gallery contact Molly Evans @ for more information. 


I feel so thankful to be included with this talented group and organization, and once again am reminded of the thrill of how form and function unite in modern quilting.  Makes me wanna go cut up a bunch of fabric and sew it back together again...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

On Color

Let's chat about color, shall we??  I love color - all of it.  Really, I do.  I love the brights, the softs, the subtles, the neutrals - which kind of makes it hard to narrow it down to one palette when I'm, say, decorating a room in a house.  I fall in love with one group of colors, but then feel locked in.  But with quilts - quilts! - I can make them again and again and again in limitless color groupings.  It never gets boring!  And, like most quilters, I see quilt inspirations wherever I go, in all kinds of everyday objects.  I thought I'd just share a couple of things that caught my eye lately and pull fabric from my stash that would make a quilt in that palette.
First up, my daughter (quite the little 4 yr. old artist herself) loves to play with my supplies while I'm sewing.  She arranged these buttons the other day and I had to snap a picture.  Love!

 And here are the fabrics I thought went well with the buttons...
Next up, we have my son's hackey sac, also doubling as an indoor soccer ball these days: 

(Look at that dark green!  I never would have thought to have added that with the orange and teals, but it looks great !)
And here is the fabric stack it inspired:
 There's color combinations everywhere you look.  Here are just a couple more from around my house, all just begging to be used in quilts.  I'm only happy to oblige :).

So tell me, where do you get your color inspiration???

Monday, September 17, 2012


Did you know you can make ricotta cheese???  I didn't.  But now I do, thanks to The Homemade Pantry, by Alana Chernila.  It's easy, too - just milk and lemon juice - who knew?!  
 And let me tell you, it is a creamy, fresh, smooth, delicious concoction and you can't help but steal little tastes.  Alana suggest drizzling it with honey and eating it straight - kind of like greek yogurt.
I thought they would be great in calzones, so using PW's pizza crust recipe (love!), some fresh roasted tomatoes, and basil from the garden,
I made these yummy pockets of goodness.  
Sometimes, it's so fun to put in a little extra effort in the kitchen...
OK, in quilty news, I've actually been quite busy in the sewing room, but not with a lot of finishes.  Lots of little progress on several different projects.  But I'm having fun!  Like, deciding just the right shade of red...
It's Tomato, by the way, at least for this particular project.
Does anyone else still have to buy a bunch of yardage even though you have a Kona Color Card because the squares are too small to really tell???  Maybe it's just me...looking for an excuse to buy fabric...