"Accrington Brick" by drlodown

If you have spent any time walking around a quilt store lately you probably saw these beautiful bundles of fabrics called "Jellyrolls"on display.  They are 2 1/2" x 44" strips of one entire fabric line wrapped up like a cinnamon bun and tied with a ribbon.  Very yummy, but what exactly can you make with it?  It certainly is not enough to make a lap or bed quilt. 

TQS member drlodown designed this very sweet baby quilt with a jellyroll pack.  She actually has some fabric left over.  You could also make a wallhanging or table runner.  Think of all of the  holiday gifts for family and friends you could whip up in a short time.

The next time you need to come up with a small quick project think of a jellyroll.  For more pattern ideas check out Strip Happy by Donna Kinsey.  They are very delicious without all of the calories.


Last night while I was editing Quilting in the Garden Vid blogs there was a knock at the door. The gentleman, Mr. Redding, who was collecting money for abused kids instantly commented on my haircut. I replied that was a good pick up line and then he broke into............. - This is a REALLY true story!



Rain and shine the show went on. This year's featured artist was Valori Wells from Sister's OR. Valori, her Mom (Jean Wells) and baby Violet made the treck from OR to share, present and tempt our pocket books with fabulous goodies.




Terese Agnew was walking through a department store one day and noticed the signs of all of the designers posted amongst the garments for sale.  Having recently met a couple of garment workers, she realized that their identity and was rarely thought of and deliberately hidden.  She became inspired to create a work of art utilizing the tags from the garments themselves.  Her work is based on a photograph taken by Charles Kernaghan of a labor worker in Bangladesh.

There was a massive campaign to aquire the labels, with thousands of people painstakingly cutting the labels from garments.  She used the labels in numerous ways to create shading, background and a border.  "I have always been fascinated with how the work of art becomes an artwork", she says.  "Twenty years ago I started out as a public sculptor.  My early work included large-scale installations that involved hundreds of people in the art making process.  Their involvement demonstrated the potential for people's labor to become a form of public communication".  In 1991 she started making art quilts in addition to sculpture. 

You can learn more about Terese's work by clicking here.




Episode 110 with Pam Holland is now showing!

Australian quilt artist, photographer and fashion designer Pam Holland will be our special guest in chat room "Featured Guest" Thursday September 27, 2007 at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern. Pam will share insights into the creation of her "1776" quilt. Her journaling and quilt odyssey led to the publication of the book The 1776 Quilt: Heartache, Heritage and Happiness by Breckling Press.



photos by Annie Smith 

Annie Smith, future TQS guest, has a wonderful website with loads of audio podcasts. She recently interviewed both Alex and Ricky. To hear these interviews, go to Annie's website, simplearts.com, and listen to Program 99 (Ricky) and 100 (Alex). This is a great site to bookmark and visit on a regular basis.




Some of you may remember that I started a courhouse steps log cabin variation on the Rhapsody Reality Blog while I was sewing on the treadle machine at the Bertie Marie cabin. I didn't know what would become of that, but I had some ideas spinning around in my head. We'll here it is. Mi Cabina is finished! I sent it off to JWD Publishing (Joen Wolfrom) today.

I designed this for the beginner, those who are looking for a fairly fast/fun project, and to make as a snuggle quilt. It measures about 71 x 82 - not huge, but not small either. While I put bears on the top of mine (are you surprised?) you could put any motif such cats, dolphins, trees, etc. - on yours. The pattern for this quilt - which is amazingly easy - but more planned that it looks - will be released at Fall Market. Maybe we'll all make one together? What do you think? Thanks to Marian Pierce who pieced the cabin blocks for me while I was teaching/performing in Nashville last month. I did the final assembly, applique and quilting.

Visit JWD Publishing to see the other patterns they have which include patterns by both Alex and myself.


But that is OK - the quilters rose to the occasion (much like the geranium on Ricky's porch) and Quilting In The Garden went on as planned. All the quilts couldn't be hung, but that didn't dampen the spirit of the day. Tomorrow, RISE and SHINE - forecast - SUNNY! All the quilts will go up under the fabulous oaks and I will see you there. Because I am now a camera videotographerediter (is that a word?) a miniseries of the event will soon be posted. BTW: I met a ton of folks who understand, It's a New DAY!

(AND look who showed up? Gregory Case - Photo Man!)




Sometimes life comes at you hard. I've been there. There are times when life can dish out overwhelming obstacles and sometimes the will to overcome hardships or discouragement dwindles to almost nothing. The things we enjoy doing - quilting for example - can start off with excitement, but obstacles often douse the flame of passion and before long, a once inspiring project will be put aside for a less challenging, more exciting endeavor. Sometimes the passion for life and living can also diminish and discouragement takes root to begin the long spiral downward to despair.

As I walked up the steps to the gallery this morning I looked left and saw the potted rose bush that never got planted. I thought, "This has got to get transplanted." Then I noticed the geranium in the crack at the foot of the steps.

On the gallery porch we have lovely potted geraniums. They are watered frequently and we do our best to keep them looking good for the visitors who come our way. It appears that sometime this summer the wind must have broken off a sprig of the geranium and it blew behind the bench at the bottom of the steps out of sight and in a grungy unattended area. I suppose this geranium, rootless, broken, and separated from its 'mother' could have withered and died. However in this unattended, barren area, enough sand and debris collected, enough rain fell from the heavens to allow this orphan sprig to take root and scream, I'm alive! I will survive! I will not give up and I will find a way to inspire others to suck it up, be brave, tackle adversity, thrive, live, and celebrate life."

This abandoned, isolated sprig of a geranium, living in the most difficult of conditions, will have done more today than all the pampered blossoms on the porch. It enourages me. It makes me realize that there is always hope. Nothing is too difficult to overcome, and when I experience adversity, discouragment, depression - perhaps, instead of giving up, I too can dig in, survive, find a strong determination to overcome the situation and ultimately be an inspiration and encouragement to those around me.




Greetings TQS World Quilt Community members!

So you ask - is Ricky ill? Is he mad? What's up with Ricky? Well, the truth of the matter is that since July 5 I have been going non-stop. I have only had three personal days away from work since then. We have completed three seminars (these are really MAJOR events) and the travel time, set up time, seminar time, break down, and travel home takes a toll.

Besides that I really did have the Rhapsody quilt deadline - so I stopped the Rhapsody Reality Blog so I could do nothing but concentrate on that quilt and get it to the photographer in time for the deadline - which I did, but I could not possibly shoot and edit video on top of that insanity. We'll get back to it, I promise. You have to have the patience of a Jedi warrior. I will unveil that quilt in time. Patience, Luke, Patience!

I returned home from the Knoxville seminar Tuesday night. The last three days I have had another quilt to finish for a pattern that is coming out with JWD Publishing at Fall Market. So, once again, I'm in overdrive. This photo gives you a sneak peek at that quilt.

Of course then there is the matter of finalizing all the edits, exports and imports associated with show 110 which posts on Monday.

As you can tell, I lolligag a lot, eat bon bons and watch re-runs of Lucy. Life is grand. LOL. The most imporant message is that I am in this for the long-haul so I have to manage my time, meet the deadlines that pay the bills, and find a balance to keep TQS strong. Thanks for understanding that my time is overloaded. I'll be heading to NY for a field shoot then off to Wichita Falls, TX for a concert en route to market and festival in Houston. I fly directly from Houston to Japan for two weeks. My next real breather is two days before Thanksgiving - late November.

Oh yes, then there is the painting and designing on the new fabric for Red Rooster.

Can you say, "Neck Deep in Aligators?"


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