Last quilt of 2021 and first quilt of 2022

Hand Dyed Hamsa

This quilt, which I’m calling, Hand-dyed Hamsa was my last quilt finished in 2021. The fabrics are all hand-dyed, from Laura Wasilowsky.

Blue and White Hamsa

This is the first quilt finished in 2022. I’m calling it Blue and White Hamsa. Both quilts will be for sale at the EBHQ Voices in Cloth quilt show, March 26 & 27 at the Crainway Pavillion in Richmond. For more info on the show:

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Starting Blue!


I’ve only been working on this quilt for two days, but I’m really pleased with how it’s going! This quilt is also for the SAQA Prism Play show. This quilt will be 15″ wide by 45″ high when it’s done.

Prism BlueHere is the pile of fabric and the color card that all the fabric must match. I’ve already eliminated some of this fabric. In the fabric store I though it matched the card, but when I looked at it at home, it was a little off.

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I’ve added a paper-cut gallery to the menu bar at the top of my blog. I’ll be teaching a hamsa paper-cutting class for New Lehrhaus on 3/30/21.

Paper-cut Hamsa Workshop

A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection against the “evil eye,” frequently worn as jewelry. Made by both Jews and Muslims, hamsas are found all over the Middle East, but are older than either religion. Come learn about the folklore of hamsas, as we make them out of paper. Learn the basics of paper-cutting, a traditional Jewish folk art. We will cut out our hamsas with scissors, and/or Exacto knives for accuracy, then glue them to a background. No artistic talent is required to make stunning hamsa designs. The finished paper-cut hamsa can be framed, to hang on the wall. This workshop lasts for two hours. Materials fee of $5 in cash or check to the instructor, Claire Sherman.

Here are some of my papercuts from the gallery on the menu bar:

NC 2

paper cut 3

paper cut 2

paper cut 4

paper cut 6

paper cut 1

For more info about these paper-cuts, go to the Paper-cut Gallery, above.


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Orange is quilted!

Orange quilted not bound

Here is my orange quilt, quilted but without the binding. I still need to sew the binding on it.  I’m looking for a better name for this quilt than Orange! Please send me suggestions in the comments! Here’s a detail:

Orange quilt detail


I did all of the quilting with a walking foot.

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EBHQ has a new color challenge each month. Last month it was orange when I was coincidentally working on an all orange quilt! This month it’s violet. Here are two small quilts I made a few years ago, with violet.

Violet 2

This was a UFO swap challenge from the 12 x 12 group. Anyone who wanted to participate brought in a UFO (Unfinished Fabric Object) that they wanted to get rid of.  I didn’t bring one because I’m still attached to finishing my UFOs. One person brought in two. The group decided to give me this one, because it was in, “my colors.” I think Janet Mednick pieced the block. I cut a hole in the middle, added the white fabric, and the quote. Then I quilted it and added four white buttons. If you double click on it you can see the details.

Here’s another one with violet:

Violet 1

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A doll quilt for an owl

Liora doll quilt front quilted

Here’s the front of the doll quilt I made with owl fabric in the middle. I practiced my free motion quilting on it. After it was finished, I realized that it wasn’t a quilt for a doll, but for Liora’s plush owl. Her owl’s name is, HooHoo. Sure enough, when I gave it to her she immediately covered HooHoo with it. Here is the back of the quilt, which Liora seems to think is the front.

Liora doll quilt backI couldn’t resist putting more owl fabric on the back.

Here is the front and back of a little purse that I made with owl fabric, also for Liora.

pursePurse back

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I thought I was done!

Orange top finished

I sewed the pieces together and trimmed the uneven edges. When I measured it , it was only 46 inches long. I may loose more than an inch in the quilting and facing. This quilt needs to be 45″ in length and 15″ wide. I am adding a couple inches to the top.

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Today’s orange dilemma

I’m sewing together the separate sections of my Orange quilt.  I realized that the orange curve that I wanted to continue into the next block actually works better if it continues into the lightest color curve.

Orange bottom 1

Above is what I was intending to do. Below is how I will probably sew it together. The new version also makes the browns line up together.

Orange bottom 2

It’s a subtle change, but really adds to the flow of the quilt!


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Tonight’s progress on Orange

Here’s tonight’s progress on my orange quilt. There was a piece of the lightest fabric in the middle of the quilt that really bothered me. I performed surgery and inserted more orange instead. I’m glad I did it! The quilt looks much better to me now. Here it is with the seams taken out, but the light fabric is still there.


Fabric is cut out.



Orange fabric is sewn in.


fix.3Here’s the rest of this evening’s progress.



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Speed Date with Improv!

I took two EBHQ Zoom classes with Krista Hennebury #poppyprints. One was Speed Date with Improv which was totally up my alley! We made a bunch of blocks while learning a bunch of techniques. Everyone used black, white plus one color. I (somewhat randomly) put all the blocks on my design wall. I haven’t decided yet how I will sew them together.

Speed date w improv

The other class was a Courthouse Steps layout of the log cabin block. All the fabric strips were cut without a ruler and without measuring. I did manage to sew all the blocks together, because I was afraid that if I took it off the wall I’d never get it back together again.

Courthouse steps


These randomly sized blocks were put together with filler or coping strips. Many of these strips were pieced from the trimming leftovers. Here is mine before I sewed it together.

Courthouse steps in progress

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