Sunday, January 7, 2018


I woke up with my head filled with ideas about minimalist quilts! Is that a contradiction?
The winter landscape offered me a minimalist scene.

This tree could be the model for Gwen's tree, except I know a Beech provided the inspiration, and my tree is an Oak.

In six short months I will be in the thick of it. Maybe that doesn't rightly characterize simplicity, yet the process of a good challenge with focused rigor leading to enough is my experience of minimalism in quilts. Here is a link to the class I am offering in June 2018 woodland ridge

This miniature minimal basket will carry us through.... I'll add that the simple basket reflects one of my favorite quilts in Abstract Design in American Quilts: A Biography of an Exhibition, plate 39, Jonathan Holstein 1991. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


My quilt CRAYONS will be showing in the hand quilted category at the American Quilter's Society Lancaster show. It might also go to the Spring Paducah show, but the jury is still out. Stay tuned. Here is a fun shot of CRAYONS as if it has sprouted legs. Legs would make it easier to get out to the quilt shows. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017


81/2" x 10"

To conclude 2017, one more small study__ MARTIANS IN THE HOUSE__seems like the obvious title, unless you don't see them. Part of the fun of abstract design is giving the imagination free range to see and sew or sew and see, then loan the quilt to the viewer and let their imagination go!

Farewell 2017---Anticipate 2018

"discard the tendency to exclude things from possibility" words of e e cummings

May the future be filled with possibilities created in compassion, reason, class, hope, equality and persistence.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017


9" x 10 1/2"

On Dasher, Dancer
Six more reindeer with Rudolph
Who has the red nose

Living north of the 45th parallel north, places me closer to the North Pole than the Equator.  I can see Santa's sleigh from my back porch. 

8" x 10 1/2"

North country winter
Three dog night is not a crowd
Solstice brings the light

HAPPY HOLIDAYS one and all----------! 

hey, how did Santa's belt get in the middle of it?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Deck the Halls with BOOKS

Adding a couple of books to the library is a holiday tradition. This year I am returning to some classics that were not yet in my collection. I found, rather, Santa found good used books and I will act surprised when I open them, given from the dog with love.

hand carved by a friend

AMISH The Art of the Quilt by Robert Hughes and Julie Silber, 1990 promises stunning photos of the Espirit quilt collection with interpretation by Art Critic, Robert Hughes, and curator of the collection, Julie Silber. I will be lost in these pages for some time.

The Quilt Digest, Revised edition 1985, volumes 1-4 are in the sleigh. The Quilt Digest was an annual publication started by Michael Kyle and Roderick Kiracofe appealing to enthusiasts of antique and contemporary quilts. They weren't afraid to mix it up. Yes, that Roderick Kiracofe and he is well represented in my library.

In my search, I discovered a few copies of Quilting with Style by Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham, 1993. I have had this book for several years now, but it was difficult to find then. 

Now for a few more in my possession. This short stack, old friends now, document pieces of our vibrant and rich tradition, reporting on the acceptance of quilts as visual and expressive objects. Art. Consider how making art would be unintentional to many of these makers.

A Communion of the Spirits, African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories by Roland Freeman, 1996 is a gem. Mr. Freeman, an award winning photo-documentarian and field research photographer for the Smithsonian Institution, completed this national survey of African-American quilt makers. In these pages, the reader will meet Fannie Lee R. Chaney, the mother of James Chaney, Maya Angelou, Faith Ringgold, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Rosa Parks, Michigan quilter Carole Harris, and, and, and! This documentation continued for 20 years and covered thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia. 

Enjoy your holiday quilt traditions. Deck the halls. Gifts are in need of finishing stitches. The good books, old and new, will be waiting. 


Tuesday, November 21, 2017



I GOT THE BLUES.....and it ain't bad.........................................................

QUILT EXPO September 2017

The awards are appreciated. The rewards are plentiful. 

My quilts were selected to be on exhibit with the work of my quilt making sisters and brothers. My quilts prompted invitations to fine venues where I met imaginative, energetic, creative, thoughtful students. They were a gift, as if in a pretty package with a multi-colored ribbon. 

Experiencing and expressing gratitude.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017


A focus on MINIMALISM in quilts. A five day workshop for maximum discovery.  

Join me at Woodland Ridge Retreat Center June 5-9, 2018  Minimalist Design Maximum Impact  woodlandridgeretreat

Explore a subtle challenge. Simplicity is deceptively complex. What do you place on an uncluttered center stage? What is enough? Interpret minimalism as you consider color and contrast, composition and the essence of what is important. Consider influences from our quilting tradition, modern art and design, and the natural world. Consider the influence of using material at hand, simplify and repurpose. 


composition influenced by Marge Tucker, another quilter published in Minimal Quiltmaking
Perhaps some minimalist quilts are unpretentious with Wabi Sabi, a Japanese concept and appreciation of the beauty of things imperfect. 

Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston included several of my quilts. I will share my interpretation of Gwen's Liberated Quiltmaking methods. Working without a pattern invites creativity and liberates the imagination. 

In five days together, maybe you will explore a series of small studies playing with a minimalist vocabulary. Maybe you will do as Gwen did at the conclusion of Minimal Quiltmaking and explore minimal piecing with maximum quilting. Maybe you will follow what develops in the moment. 

I welcome you to join me!  

                  optional resources:

Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston, AQS 2014

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, by Leonard Koren; Imperfect Publishing, Point Reyes, California

Marge Tucker