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Monday, September 13, 2010

What Inspires...

I absolutely love this pattern. It's a summer dress I bought at H&M several years ago, and now that it's too big for me, I may cut it up for a quilt. The color is delectable too.

This beautiful pink lily grew in my garden this year, and backed by the lavender tall phlox, it's a great color study. The dotting in the pink petals is a great inspiration as well. Looks like an applique piece for me to do!

This bird lives at the Central Park Zoo birdhouse. His feathers are irridescent and so colorful. I like his shades of gray that contrast, like a very sophisticated New Yorker dressed all in gray-and-white but carrying some crazy Judith Leiber clutch.

This is one of the displays in the Hall of Diversity at the American Museum of Natural History in NY, probably the greatest museum in America to my mind. As a vegan, I do mourn the deaths of all these creatures, but as a quilter, I find so much inspiration in the organization of the display. And the shapes of the shells, the colors of the fishes, the curves of the snakes... it's fabulous and sad. Maybe a quilted homage to animals is in my future.

And just because I have never posted it before, here is a quilt I made from a silly apron my mother, Gwynne White, owned. I grew up in California and my mother's house was party central. She was a loving and happy woman, a great mom, and a pretty good cook considering how much stuff came out of a can or the freezer! On the yellow pot is a transfer of one of her recipes, in her very unusual handwriting that is precious to me. She's been gone for 16 years now, and believe me when I say that I think about her every single day.

She taught me to sew. Thanks Mom! Love you always!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar

I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar in Hyannis this past weekend. We were prepared for Hurricane (no hurricane) Earl but it didn't make a difference to the 350 quilters who showed up.

My expectations were sort of medium. I knew Ricky, Libby Lehman and Alex Anderson would be great speakers and their quilts would be gorgeous. I didn't know that I would come away with a lot of new techniques and a TON of inspiration. I am already designing my Rhapsody quilt and thinking hard about something Libby said: You Have to Enter to Win. Meaning, if I want to compete in quilt shows, I have to actually submit a quilt or two. That automatically raises the bar in terms of design and technique. It's a challenge I am ready to work on.

Here are some photos:
Libby Lehman, thread artist extraordinaire and a hilarious lady on top of that.
Here's a detail from one of her quilts:
Here's Ricky & Libby teaching!
Here's Ricky & Libby & me in a slightly awkward pose:

Here are a few of his quilts:
I had the best time and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I didn't get a picture with Alex but had a really great conversation with her at the end about The Quilt Show - the online quilting program she and Ricky do. It's phenomenal to watch major award-winning quilters show their work, their techniques, their inspiration, all on the computer while I sip some tea and do some applique.
Now off to the sewing room!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Still Quilting....

Hello world. Or as I call it, Kate.
Here are some photos from the August 2010 Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod quilt show. Also, I am the new editor of the Quilt Fun newsletter that covers the New England region with almost 1400 subscribers. So if you want to subscribe to this nifty monthly compilation of shows, workshops, retreats, things for sale, etc., send an email to

These are two of the quilts I made with the children of my church's religious education program for their annual play which was The Seed of Creativity this year. The tree represents a large copper beech memorial tree outside our church where the kids climb and play every Sunday. The flowers were created by members of the play's audience - they placed the petals and I sewed it all together. The tree's leaves were placed by the children and there are photo transfers of the kids at the base of the tree.

The chalice quilt on the left is the symbol of Unitarian Universalism. The border of this quilt has the kids' hand written "wishes for the world." The rainbow quilt on the right includes my hand-appliqued rendition of our historic church building. The rainbow represents the fact that we are a welcoming congregation for LGBT folks as well as everyone else.

This is Cecilia Macia's prize-winning quilt. She loves to work with the kaleidoscope block. This is her original design and her workmanship is absolutely perfect.
This is my beloved friend Marjorie Lydecker, talking about one of Audrey Germer's showcase quilts. All hand-done and lots of little touches of Audrey. Marge taught me how to hand-applique and she is a marvelous quilter. She is generous, kind and loving and I am very lucky to know her.

That's it for now. I love quilting!