November 14, 2022

My next workshop! ..... Winter 2023

 I've set the dates for my next Preserving Our Quilt Legacy Virtual Workshop!

 *** January 28 - February 25, 2023 ***

The sessions will be held on five consecutive Saturdays, 3.25 hours per day, via Zoom.  Various shorter "alá carte" options are also available.  

I started working with old quilts, when my love of "old things" joined up with the discovery of the wonderful world of quilts.  I have met wonderful quilt owners, historians, and restorers, and I feel I have also met wonderful quilters of the past through their quilts.  I have learned all sorts of fascinating new knowledge and had several amazing coincidental experiences.  

And now I have 40 years experience to share. 

Lectures include "How Old Is It?" 
Perks include samples of fabrics and threads used for this work. 
Activities include triage sessions for participants' quilts - find out how to put all the class information to use. 

Full info and registration are on my website.

There are several ways to register, depending on your needs. 

Come learn ”how to make your old quilts sing again!"
And they do, indeed, sing when they are loved, cared for, neatened up, and brought back to life. 

Please share this info with your quilting buddies!




November 12, 2022

Improved 9-Patch - New Video


I've got a new quilt repair video up on YouTube!  This one looks at an Improved 9-Patch brought to me for repair by my friend Pat.  

(You'll find a few other videos there, as well as an interview with me on the Just Wanna Quilt podcast.)  

It's a lovely quilt, in both design and stitchery skills.  The video highlights the decision process I went through in picking the patching fabrics.

You can also visit a post on this blog about this quilt.  It's a great quilt, one of these where I ended up photographing pretty much every fabric in the quilt!

September 23, 2022

New Little Flowers


Here's one of my favorite summer dresses.  It's so bright and cheery!

A week or so ago, I had it on, glanced down, and noticed two little stained spots.  Oh no!  I soaked and rubbed a bit, to no avail.  Oh no, again!


So, there was nothing for it but to head on over to visible mending and find a way to cover up the stains.  Since the stains are so perfectly the same size and shape as the flowers, it didn't take long for me to decide to add a couple of new flowers and leaves.

August 20, 2022

A Stellar Quilt


I fell in love with this quilt while rebinding it and patching a few torn pieces.  

It's a great set of blocks, each one different, totally fun.

The colors are some of my favorites.  I've always particularly liked combinations of purples and greens.  And now I find that the combination of the teal-turquoise with purples is just as wonderful.  I also enjoy the use of blue thread to quilt, even in the light background pieces.

The owner's aunt made it for her.

Here are some close-ups of the blocks.  (Hint - the ones in the final photo are my favorites!)


August 5, 2022

The Exact Match - One More

Just a little while ago, I wrote about how exciting it is to find an exactly matching fabric when patching vintage and antique quilts.  I told the stories of 6 times that has happened for me in nearly 40 years of repairing quilts.  

And lo and behold, number 7 just happened!  

The quilt in question is a 1930s Dresden Plate with what today is known as an ice cream cone border.  

Not only is the fabric exact, but it is a piece taken out of an old quilt and very nearly the same shape as well.  

And there is also a piece of the same print in blue on the quilt.


 Such fun!


July 14, 2022


Back in August 2017, my husband and I traveled to Paducah, KY.   The city shared the happy coincidence of being the home of the National Quilt Museum and also being located, not only in the path of totality for a solar eclipse, but also at the point of longest totality.  Perfect!

Soon after, I posted the story of the journey and the marvels of viewing a total eclipse.

And now, quite a few years later, I've completed a quilt to commemorate the magic and beauty of the eclipse.

June 6, 2022

Hawaiian Quilt

The category "Hawaiian quilt" probably conjures up the well-known style of quilt developed in Hawaii.  These quilts use two large pieces of solid-color fabric.  One piece is folded like a paper snowflake, cut in an intricate botanical pattern, carefully unfolded onto the base fabric, and appliquéd down.  Then, it is quilted in parallel lines that echo the shapes of the appliqué.  


This quilt was made in Hawaii, as the machine embroidered label tells us, but varies from this famous design style.  

The pattern is three ribbon-like strips entwined with a leafy vine.  The quilting is the signature style, echoing the appliqué shapes.  And like the famous Hawaiian style, the technique is top notch.  Both the appliqué and quilting stitches are small and even, and points on the appliqués are smooth and not lumpy.  

One of the ribbon strips was showing some wear in just one area of the quilt. 



I had a very closely matching fabric in my stash - one of the reasons I have a room full of fabric.  I hardly ever have to go shopping for patch fabrics these days.  I generally only shop when I need yardage for backs or bindings.  The other reason the room is so full is that I love fabric!

In fact, I had three near matches, and spent some time looking at them under both day and night lighting in order to pick the closest one.

I traced the appliqué shapes and then added turn under allowances as I cut the fabric shapes. 

I then appliquéd the shapes in place, carefully working around leaves and stems that had been appliquéd over the ribbons when the quilt was made.


There also was a small burn hole, caused by an incense stick spark.  I went through the same process of looking for the closest color match to fill the hole.   


I snipped the edges of the hole and turned them under, slipped a small bit of patch fabric underneath, and held everything in place with tiny couching stitches.  

You can see the full quilt and more details of the beautiful stitching in a video I made mid-way through the repair process.