(Scroll Down to see Ricky´s Kaleidescope Video--It´s Great)


This is one of my favorites of Alex´s Quilts. Yellow is seldom a predominate color in a quilt.  It is the cover Quilt for "Simply Stars--Quilts that Sparkle".  I think the colors of this quilt really do sparkle.  This book really solidified Alex as a Star Enthusiast.  

 It contains 13 12" Split Le Moyne Star blocks and the quilt is 67" x 67".  It is machine quilted by Susanne M. Rasmussen.  The book is out of print, but Alex has a hand full left.  If you want one of the last copies, click here.

By the way, check out the airplane blocks by GrannyFran in the quilt gallery.



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Night of 100 Stars


This is the first quilt of Alex´s that made it into a book.  It is in that wonderful book by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, "Quilts, Quilts, Quilts".  This is the start of why Alex is known for Stars.  Tomorrow you will see more stars.  It was a pivotal moment in Alex´s quilting.  Alex was struggling to be called an "art quilter".  There was a unspoken war going on between traditional and art quilting.  After doing this quilt, Alex realized that you have to do what makes your heart sing.  Do you feel you are labeled or are you open to the entire quilting experience? 

This quilt was hand quilted.  Watch for the corner turn Alex makes.  Remember to learn how to hand quilt and draw quilting patterns in Alex´s Classroom.

By the way, you need to hide the camera once the cat realizes it can take a self-portrait at arms length.





Some of you may be familiar with the Kool Kaleidoscope that I´ve been teaching since 2001. Two years ago I began a DVD project that shows how to make these dynamic, easy-to-make, quilts. However, a little thing called The Quilt Show came along and the Kool Kaleidoscope project had to take a backseat for a while. Well, I´m happy to announce that the DVD is at the manufacturer and it will release in early August!

For the DVD I composed a new piece of music called Northern Lights - not to be confused with Pam Holland´s video on the Adelaide Northern Lights. I used my new music composition to create a music video featuring the quilts from the DVD gallery. The DVD and the printed insert for the DVD feature 21 Kool Kaleidoscope quilts. However, this music video version features them in a very unique way. Hope you will enjoy it. This video is also contained on the new upcoming DVD.

In addition to the piano and keyboards, I dug out my trumpet and violin for this piece. Turn up your speakers or put your headphones on. Not recommended to watch if using mind altering drugs.



The Dresden Plate was a very popular quilt in the early 1900´s.  This quilt dates to the 1930´s.  Alex´s Great Great Aunt Kate made the quilt.  Her first love was playing Bridge.  Alex´s mother, Dorothy, does not remember Kate being a big quilter, but she did make this one.  In her later life, she came to live with Dorothy´s mom and the quilt was handed down the generations.  Alex sent the quilt out to be repaired and realized 5 years later that it had not been returned.  She then tracked it down and found that it still hadn´t been fixed.

Do you have a Dresden Plate Quilt in the family?

(In order to see the fabrics, I slowed down the animation a little).




Here is a quilt Alex did for fun very early in her quilting journey.  Having seen the Airplane Quilt for her Dad, Alex decided to try the pattern herself.  She added pin wheel "propellers" all around and embellished exhaust using glass beads.  This quilt was made at Asilomar, when her teacher realized that rather than flunk her that Alex should be on independent study.  Good teacher (Margaret Miller).

Keep watching.  I found another closet.




This is a special quilt.  It was made for Alex´s Dad (Joe) by his 2nd grade teacher.  She was a new quilter and a friend of Joe´s mother.  Like many of the kids of his generation, Joe had an idol.  It was Charles Lindbergh the famous aviator.  When planes would fly over (which wasn´t often back then) the kids would run outside and wave to the plane yelling, "Hi, Lindy".

Based on the story, the quilt would have been made in about 1931-32.   This quilt has had a lot of "love".  It is faded in parts and has its share of stains, but I thought you would enjoy the fabrics of the period.  I don´t know if this pattern was popular back then.  Does anyone else out there have an airplane quilt from the 30´s?

Keep checking in this week for more from the Armoire.



I am currently in Kansas City Mo for BU. The official name is Bernina University - an annual gathering for all dealers. It is where Bernina stores and their employees come to learn about the latest and greatest Bernina has to offer us. As you probably know, there has been a lot of buzz about a new machine - And there is VERY good reason! Opening ceremonies just concluded and I can tell you first hand Bernina has knocked it out of the ball park! I can´t tell you the details - at least not today, but register and join us on the world wide web to watch the global unveiling this coming Monday.  To register go here - also, if you are coming to consumer BU this Monday - I look forward to meeting you!





Because of the “Northern Lights of Adelaide” video by Pam Holland (click on “Articles”) there have been questions about William Morris. I found a short history. Thank you to HistoricStlye.com for permission to reprint the history below. Historicstyle.com has a wonderful view of his styles in wallpaper click here.

"William Morris designed wallpaper, fabric and tile patterns, which have remained in production for over a century. Widely acknowledged as the father of the Arts & Crafts movement in England and North America, Morris worked to re-establish the value of hand crafted work in the industrial 19th century. His dictum: "Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful" is as valid today as it was when he wrote it in 1880. [I hope Alex doesn´t read this quote! I´ve gotten used to living indoors.--Capt´n John]

A man of prodigious energy, Morris was also a painter, and a respected poet who was asked to be England´s poet laureate by Queen Victoria, an honour he declined. Morris´ other talents included designing and weaving tapestries and carpets, designing furniture and designing the typography for his own books.

His visionary writings in his book News from Nowhere described a future Britain where art, peace, decency and harmony with nature have triumphed. Morris also founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, which continues Morris´ work today".

|For a more detailed history of William Morris go to Wikipedia.

Did you know about William Morris fabrics and designs before this?




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