Quilt Show Time in Rockport Texas

January 30 and 31, 2016 will be a showing of quilts sponsored by the Piecemakers by the Bay Quilt Guild in Rockport, Texas. The show is 10-5 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. I am in charge of the guild challenge, “Texas Two-Step”.   While the entry numbers are small they will show the creativity of the participating guild members and attendees will have a ballot to vote on their favorite.

Also on the quilt show agenda is a continuum of presentations by the members on a variety of topics that showcase member skills and artistic eye. Rather than classes or teaching as the focus, attendees will gain insight into the many aspects of a quilt guild as seen through the eyes of it’s members, from charity ideas to educational programs to artistic endeavors.

Along with my responsibility as the chair of the guild challenge I will be presenting on color, blogging, vintage linens repurposed and an artistic technique using a commercial product called Tyvek.

Join us and watch for photos on this blog after the show.

Rose of Sharon

I have wanted to make a quilt with the Rose of Sharon applique pattern for many years. Hand applique has always been the reason I have not accomplished that aspiration. The time seems right. Using a design program I have drafted a pattern based on a quilt made by an Arkansas pioneer woman (Sarah Lucinda Coxsey Seitz) in the late 1800’s whose birthday happens to be the same as mine. It seemed a sign. She made her quilt sometime within a six year period from her marriage, giving birth to five children and her untimely death. I am motivated to get this done!

To test the pattern I have made this small wall hanging. I cheated just a bit and did machine applique so I could get the process down in preparation for organizing a kit to be taken on our summer travel in 2016. It might still need to be tweaked to look more like her version. The background of the sample is one of my hand dyed vintage linens in a golden brown paired with batik and textural fabrics to make a non-traditional coloring of this pattern. The setting is also non-traditional with a 20 inch block set into a rectangular shape resulting from wide side borders and narrower but elongated top and bottom borders. I believe this shape is more interesting than simply centering a single block with multiple borders.


My aspiration for the pattern is to use non-traditional coloring but to hand applique the bed size quilt. Sarah made hers with only a top and bottom plain border with nine twenty inch squares. I plan to have a top and bottom border that resembles a swag with the Rose of Sharon motif.


I am counting on 2016 travel time to be perfect for taking on a totally hand applique project.


first try at EQ7 draw
first try at EQ7 draw

eq7 b and w ros EQ7 colorrose of sharon vintage