Publications

In The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously, by Sherri Lynn Wood, there is a photo of me and my “improv round robin” quilt on page 49.

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In Jewish Threads: A Hands-On Guide to Stitching Spiritual Intention into Jewish Fabric Crafts, by Diana Drew, are patterns and directions for three projects that I designed. The projects are my Ushpizin Quilt for Sukkot, fabric Afikomen envelopes for Passover, and a baby quilt with the baby’s name in Hebrew and English letters.

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I wrote 300 words about why I love my (virtual) quilt guild which was published in the August/September 2012 issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine.

Virtual Quilting

While I like my local quilt guild, I love my online, virtual guild, the Lib-Quilters, short for Liberated Quilters. There are 647 of us, living on three different continents. These are my sisters, even though we haven’t actually met. We love the liberated quilting techniques of Gwen Marston, author of Liberated Quiltmaking. We support our fellow members when others don’t appreciate our liberated quilts. In the words of our founder, a quilter living in France, “we believe in imprecision and wonky fun, rarely use patterns, and say ‘boo’ to the quilt police!”

Last summer’s virtual round robin was a blast. Rather than mailing the blocks, each member only worked on her own quilt. Every three weeks, instructions for the next border were emailed. It was fascinating to track everyone’s progress, posted on our round robin blog. The first border featured liberated triangles, followed by squares, rectangles, and curves. In liberated fashion, each border didn’t have to be on more than one side of the quilt. During our two day virtual retreat, we stayed home: quilting, posting snack recipes, encouragement, and photos of quilt progress online.

Like other guilds, we swap fabric. In our “world wide fabric swap,” I sent scraps to a quilter in Finland, and received fabric from Pennsylvania. Thanks to Lib-Quilters’ previous swap I have a new quilting buddy in Panama. She lives next door to an organic chocolate farm, and has to sail her boat to pick up groceries or fabric. She was basting a quilt, but didn’t have enough safety pins. I sent her some of mine, along with fabric which I saw in her next quilt, when she posted the photo online. Someday I’d love to visit her and taste her chocolate pie, which is so caffeinated that she doesn’t dare eat it past lunchtime.