Friday, June 19, 2015


Camp Earth Connection....Gwen has donated a quilt to raise funds for the Village Camp Scholarship Fund.  As reported from their site, Camp Earth is "a place of acceptance, diversity and community where respect for each other and nature is taught."  I think we could use a little of that about now, and I'll bet they all have a great time too!

Do I need to say it is a fabulous quilt?!  Learn more, see the videos and the quilt at  

Gwen & I and a few friends at Quilt Camp

Monday, June 15, 2015


Dog Walks Girl 49" x 54" will be at QuiltWeek Grand Rapids, MI.  Hot diggity dog!  

detail of upper quilt

detail of mid-quilt
Meet me in Grand Rapids, August 12-15, 2015.  Dog Walks Girl will be displayed in the Hand Quilted category and I'll plan to be at the quilt on Wednesday & Friday.  Stop by and we'll talk quilts!  I'll post hours closer to show time.  

On Thursday I teach.  Small Strip Study (registration #55502) is a three hour class.  There will be quilts, a trunk show of small studies, then you will get busy making your own small quilt.  I would be pleased to see you in my class!  Registration is open now.  

This is who you will be looking for.  Many thanks to my great friend Dennis B. Murphy of Grand Rapids, MI for the photo.  pjb

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Excitement builds.  The sewing room hums with improvisation while I play with strips, slivers, squares and points.  I'm busy making more class samples for the Small Strip Study class offered at AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids August 13, 2015


A small study quilt is a useful way to explore design and try something new.  Small strips create texture in the quilt surface and interesting lines in the design.  Calling adventurous students of any level.  Explore original design, free cutting, and experiment with accidental happy surprises.  I will use a brief trunk show of small strip studies to outline the process and spark your imagination, demo a step or two, then we'll get sewing!

P. S. Thanks to 37 SKETCHES by Gwen Marston for first introducing the process of small studies.  If you want homework, I highly recommend this book!  pjb