2014 Olympics Covered in Quilts

Posted By on February 23, 2014

Olympic Patchwork QuiltHave you been watching the 2014 Winter Olympics over the past few weeks?  I haven’t been watching a lot but every time I do I see quilts, or shall I say “quilt-inspired” jackets.   Not just the uniforms worn by the Russian teams and volunteers, but also the backdrops in the competitions.  And I’ve been reading a lot about the quilt-inspired designs of the 2014 Sochi games in various places from newspapers to quilting blogs.   From a press release of the Russian designers at Bosco:  The colorful Russian patchwork quilt design was developed with a goal to represent a diverse range of emotions and feelings. They had a wealth of choices to represent Russia’s rich diversity, but in the end they settled on something familiar, warm and welcoming: the patchwork quilt.  In the concept design, every patch was infused with the history and personality of traditional crafts from each of Russia’s 89 regions: in a single tapestry they combined Uftyuzhskaya painting and Vologda lace, Gzhel and Zhostovo painting, Kubachi patterns and the flowers of Pavlo Posad shawls, Mezenskaya painting and Khokhloma, Yakutsk patterns, fabrics of Ivanovo and other distinctive Russian patterns. That is how they arrived at a modern, distinctive and unmistakeably Russian Look of the Games.  A couple of weeks ago I read an article in the NY Times about the designer of these jackets. Click here to read the article.

Team USA Snowboarding Uniforms

Team USA Snowboarding Uniforms

And it’s not just the Russian uniforms and logos.  The U.S. Snowboarding jackets were designed by a Vermont-based snowboarding outfitters Burton to resemble patchwork of denim, kahki and the US flag to go with their corduroy pants.  Ralph Lauren designed the Opening Ceremony U.S. patchwork sweaters that all of the US team athletes wore. They remind me more of an ugly Christmas sweater or the popular USA patriotic clothing of the 1970′s which I remember wearing in high school.  But let’s not forget Norway’s Curling team and their load leisure suits also designed by Ralph Lauren.   The chevron pattern reflects a design currently popular in modern quilt designs and fabrics.  They also sort of resemble a rail fence quilt.  Although the teams coach said he wouldn’t be caught wearing one of these suits, the Norway curling team didn’t seem to mind.  They got a reputation of wearing load pants in the 2010 Olympics which resulted in a Facebook page dedicated to Team Norway’s pants.  You can see it here: The Norwegian Curling Team’s Pants .

Quite a variety of quilt-inspired designs.  Not everyone has had favorable comments to make about these designs, but as a quilter, I couldn’t help but like them all.

Opening Ceremony USA Sweaters

Opening Ceremony USA Sweaters

Norway Men's Curling Team Uniforms

Norway Men’s Curling Team Uniforms


Express Beginning class Now at My Studio

Posted By on February 23, 2014

Express Beginning class

Express Beginning class

Have you always wanted to make an Irish Chain Quilt or just wanted to learn to quilt?  I’ll be teaching my Express Beginning class starting this week, Monday, February 24, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at my studio, #307, the Hungerford, 115 East Main Street.  This class is a beginning quilting class, but also focuses on all of the latest tools to make quilting fast and easy, so you don’t have to be a beginner to join us.  It’s a strip-pieced pattern and you will have a completed lap quilt top by the end of class.  The last class we will spend learning some basic machine quilting and binding techniques so you can finish your quilt up on your own.  We will be meeting for 4 Mondays (February 24, March 3, March 24 and March31).  If you are interested in joining this class, send me an email at qwm@rochester.rr.com and I will send you the supply list.  The cost for this class is $60.


January Block of the Month

Posted By on January 26, 2014

January BOM

January BOM

We postponed the January Block of the Month until this week, Wednesday, January 29, 6 – 8 p.m. at my studio.  So if you were thinking about joining this group drop me an email at qwm@rochester.rr.com and I will send you the cutting instructions.  So far we’ve done three blocks and are having a lot of fun.  Everyone has been taking their blocks and making a small project with them for show and tell the next month.

Also, if you missed the class preview day at Jackie Lynn’s this past Saturday, it’s not too late to signup for winter classes and still be entered into the drawing and take advantage of the class sale.  Check out my Upcoming Classes page at the left  to see photos of all of the class samples.  I will be extending the sale through First Friday, February 7, 6 – 9 p.m. at my studio #307, the Hungerford, 1115 East Main Street.  Stop by, check out my studio space and sign up for some classes.  I will also be having Connie Deming joining us with her guitar and singing a few songs.  We’ll have refreshments and I’ll have the usual quilted items for sale in addition to some special Valentine’s Day fabric postcards and other gift items.  It’s a great night to do some Valentine’s Day shopping, since many of the other studios will also be open.  Shop local, shop handmade.

Class Signup Sale, 1/25 and 2/7

Posted By on January 21, 2014

The classes for 2014 will be beginning soon.  Stop by Jackie Lynn’s this Saturday, January 25, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the Winter Class Preview Sale.  Sign up for any three classes there and receive the third lesser-priced class at 25% off.  Also, enter you name into a drawing with each class sign up. I will be there to answer your questions.  Click on the Newsletter tab at the left to download and print a copy of the current newsletter.  Or go to the Upcoming Classes page to see a list of classes by date and a picture of the class samples.

Friday, February 7th is First Friday and I will be open at my studio (#307 the Hungerford, 1115 East Main Street) from 6 – 9 p.m.  You can sign up for any of my classes that night and also receive the 25% off sale.  Stop by and check out my studio space.  I’ll have refreshments and will be selling quilted Valentine’s Day postcards and gift items.  Also, Connie Deming will be my special guest and will be singing some of her original songs, including the “Quilt Song.”  Many of the studios in the building will also be open and will have lots of great locally handmade Valentine gifts for sale.  Don’t miss this special evening!

You can also still register for the Get-Away Weekend (April 3 – 6) or the Sizzlin’ Summer Retreat (May 29 – 31) at either of these events.  I still have a couple of rooms available for the Get-Away Weekend, Friday – Sunday, April 4 – 6, at Bristol Harbour.  The Thursday night rooms are sold out.  Don’t delay if you still want to join us.  Deadline to sign up for the Get-Away weekend is March 1.

Modern Quilt: Block of the Month Continues

Posted By on January 11, 2014

January's Block

January’s Block

This month, January 22, the MODERN QUILT: Block of the Month class continues at my studio.  It’s not too late to join this class.  So far, everyone has been turning each month’s block into a individual project instead of saving the blocks for a sampler.  Each month we learn a different technique while making a block.

In January we will be making this interesting angled variation of a half log cabin block.  Imagine the various layouts that can be made with this block!  As part of the class you will get several layout ideas to see how different the quilt would look depending on how the blocks are arranged.

Here are some of the past projects:

October's Block

October’s Block

Sherri Lasky's Interpretation of October's Block

Sherri Lasky’s Interpretation of October’s Block




Beth Kelly's Interpretation of October's Block

Beth Kelly’s Interpretation of October’s Block





These are just two possible settings of this block, both as table runners.  Then look at the creative use of the leftover fabrics to back the runners and make them reversible.

Back of Sherri's Runner

Back of Sherri’s Runner


Back of Beth's Runner

Back of Beth’s Runner



Connie Deming Sings at the Little Saturdays in January

Posted By on January 9, 2014

Connie's Quilt

Connie’s Quilt

Connie Deming who sang her “Quilt Song” and other songs at our Get-Away Weekend a couple of years ago, will be performing every Saturday through January at The Little Cafe, 8 – 10 p.m.  This is a great venue in Rochester to hear local music before or after a movie.  We often go just for the music and a light dinner.  I plan to go see her!  Maybe I’ll see you there.

This is the quilt I made for her inspired by her song.  It’s on her CD, “Touchstones.”

And speaking of the Get-Away Weekend, this year’s retreat will be here before we know it.  The dates are April 4 – 6th at Bristol Harbour, near Canandaigua, New York.  The extra night, Thursday (4/3/14) has already sold out, but I still have a couple of rooms for Friday – Sunday left.  If you are interested you can email me with questions or download the brochure on the Get-Away page of this site and mail your deposit to attend this relaxing weekend of quilting!

Handmade Holiday Retreat in Just a Week

Posted By on October 30, 2013

Terry Atkinson's Merry Mosaic Quilt

Terry Atkinson’s Merry Mosaic Quilt

It’s almost here! The “new and improved” Handmade Holiday Retreat.  Don’t miss out on this first annual holiday retreat.  Spend a weekend of uninterrupted quilting and make your holiday gifts this year!  We will be making 2 quilt tops, a runner, a zippered cosmetic-sized bag and a variety of woven coasters.  You can also opt to work on finishing your own gift items, if you prefer.

We will start this fun weekend early, on Thursday night when you can set up your quilting station in Jackie Lynn’s new and spacious back classroom.  The new classroom has plenty of cutting and ironing stations, so you will only need to bring your rotary cutter and rulers (no mats or irons).  We’ll start the retreat off with holiday appetizers (including recipes) and make a variety of woven coasters, great for stocking stuffers and hostess gifts.  All you need is a charm pack or an assortment of coordinating 5″ squares.

Merry Mosaic Runner

Merry Mosaic Runner

On Friday and Saturday, we will be working on 2 quilt tops, a runner and a zippered bag, all made from two jelly rolls (40 – 2 1/2″ coordinating strips each). No need to pack a lunch.  a continental breakfast and a hot lunch will be provided each day.  You’ll also receive recipes from the holiday desserts you sample each day.  There will be door prizes and a lot of fun throughout the weekend.  Join us for this first annual “new and improved” Handmade Holiday Retreat! Download a registration form today and mail your class fee to Jackie Lynn’s or stop by the store to drop off your check and get the supply list.  See you next week!

Click here to download the registration form.

Need a jelly roll?  I still have lots for sale at my studio $25 – $35.  Stop by for First Friday, November 1, 6 -9 p.m. and check them out.  Or contact me to stop by sometime next week.

Jelly rolls for sale at my studio.

Jelly rolls for sale at my studio.



Zippered Bag

Zippered Bag

Block of the Month Begins in October

Posted By on October 9, 2013

BOMOctober 16 is the beginning of the new Block of the Month: Modern Quilt class at my studio.  Each month we will make a different modern quilt block.  The pattern, which is included in the price of the class, will show several different settings to make that month’s block into a quilt.  It also will show a couple of different fabric selections in these settings.  Or you can save all of your blocks and make a sampler.  Take a class each month and by next September you will have 12 different blocks each made with different techniques.  Or take only the blocks that appeal to you.  The class will be offered at two different times, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 6 – 8 p.m. , for just $20 per month.  If you are unable to attend one of the classes and want the pattern, you can make it up at any of my Open Studio classes.

The October block will be the first block in the upper left corner.  Fabric selection consists of one background fabric and three coordinating fabrics (light, medium and dark).  I chose three fabrics that read as solids, a lime green, orange and purple.  The background was an oatmeal linen-like fabric.  On the Upcoming classes page, if you click on the Block of the Month class you will see another color combination: yellow, gray and teal with a white background, all solids.

If you are interested in signing up for this class email me at qwm@rochester.rr.com and I will send you the supply list.

Get-Away Filling Up Fast

Posted By on September 20, 2013

2013 Get-away Retreaters and some of their projects.

2013 Get-away Retreaters and some of their projects.

The 2014 Get-Away weekend at Bristol Barbour, April 3 – 6, is filling up fast. We only have six double rooms left for the extra night Thursday.  Don’t be disappointed and get locked out. A non-refundable $100 deposit holds your spot with the remainder due by March 10.

If you haven’t been before, this ninth annual weekend retreat includes an optional guided quilt project (pattern included), although many participants choose to work on their own quilts.  Some retreaters aren’t even quilters and spend the weekend relaxing and working on other crafts, like scrapbooking, knitting and jewelry making.

Sharon and Nancy enjoying Friday's spa day.

Sharon and Nancy enjoying Friday’s spa day.

Bristol Harbour is a golf resort located on the west side of Canandaigua Lake about 40 miles south of Rochester, New York.  We’re there on the off-season, so we pretty much have these first-class accommodations to ourselves. All of the double rooms have two queen-sized beds, heated tile bathroom floors, refrigerators, balconies facing the lake, gas fireplaces and all with a cozy Adirondack atmosphere. The retreat price includes your accommodations, all meals, wine reception Friday night, champagne hour Saturday night, free chair massages Saturday afternoon, guest speaker Saturday afternoon, and a well-lit quilting room.  The quilting room comes complete with cutting, ironing and basting stations.  The large stone fireplace offers a place to relax in the comfy seating area.  Large picture windows facing the lake give you a constant view of beautiful and ever-changing Canandaigua Lake.  And everyone gets their own table space to use as a sewing station which can be left set up all weekend.  This year we’re going to try something new with a short show & tell each day instead of the large one on Sunday morning.  This is always an inspirational part of the weekend. We’ll also have spa treatments on Friday which you can sign up for ahead of time, like pedicures, hot stone foot massages, gelish nail manicures and combination packages (all for a nominal fee).

To sign up for this fun-filled weekend, download the sign-up brochure here and mail in your deposit today!

Ahh...Colleen and Helen enjoy their free chair massages Saturday afternoon.

Ahh…Colleen and Helen enjoy their free chair massages Saturday afternoon.

Guest speaker Sherri Lasky tells us about the modern quilt movement during the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild's trunk show.

Guest speaker Sherri Lasky tells us about the modern quilt movement during the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild’s trunk show.

Lynn working on her own quilt project.

Lynn working on her own quilt project.

Sue making jewelry at her "sewing station."

Sue making jewelry at her “sewing station.”

Quilting buddies Vicky and Jane enjoy Friday evening's wine reception

Quilting buddies Vicky and Jane enjoy Friday evening’s wine reception

Karen's show and tell - the project from last year's get-away weekend.

Karen’s show and tell – the project from last year’s get-away weekend.

Debbie's modern quilt eyeglass/rotary cutter case which she made with her free kit after the Saturday mini-class demo.

Debbie’s modern quilt eyeglass/rotary cutter case which she made with her free kit after the Saturday mini-class demo.

Jelly rolls for sale at the retreat "quilt shop."

Jelly rolls for sale at the retreat “quilt shop.”











Posted By on September 6, 2013

My newsletter is now completed and on the website where you can download it.  The site is updated, the samples are made and the CLASS PREVIEW & CLASS SALES are this weekend.  Did I say I’ve been busy the last few weeks??  Stop by my studio this Friday, September 6, for First Friday, 6 -9 p.m.  You can sign up for any of my classes at First Friday.  Sign up for any 3 of my classes Friday (regardless of the location) and get the third lesser-priced class at 25% off.  Also, for each class you sign up,enter your name in a drawing.  There will be 4 winners of a coaster kit and instructions at the end of the weekend.

Terry Atkinson's Merry Mosaic Quilt

Terry Atkinson’s Merry Mosaic Quilt

Saturday, September 7, is the CLASS PREVIEW at Jackie Lynn’s, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  I’ll be there to take sign ups for classes offered at Jackie Lynn’s and to answer your questions.  There will be refreshments and you can enter your name in the drawing for the coaster kits here too.  The same sale applies, sign up for 3 classes at Jackie Lynn’s and get the third lesser-priced class at 25% off.

Also, check out the GET-AWAY WEEKEND page on this site for information about the 2014 event.  The dates for 2014 are April  3 – 6.  You can download a brochure or pick one up from me Friday or Saturday.  Also, new this year is the NEW & IMPROVED HANDMADE HOLIDAY RETREAT at Jackie Lynn’s.  I’ve expanded it to three days, November  7 – 9.  You can find out more by reading my newsletter (click here to download).  We will be making several items over the weekend, all great for gift giving.  Thursday night will be a reception and a short class on making coaster sets.  Friday we will have a Jelly Roll race and make a Terry Atkinson Merry Mosaic quilt top.  Saturday we will make a runner from leftover blocks from Friday, have a short show & tell and finish the retreat off with making a Zippy Strippy bag.  The price for this weekend retreat is just $99 and includes reception Thursday night, continental breakfast and catered lunch Friday and Saturday.  Some patterns will also be included in the cost of the class.  Join us for this kick off for the Holidays.