U S Capitol Christmas Tree

I’m excited to be a part of making a tree skirt for the Christmas Tree for the US Capitol rotunda.

The Six Rivers Forest will contribute the tree and our guild will build the 15′ diameter tree skirt.

I’ll try to post progress pictures as we go along.  FUN


a new experiment

I’m trying something new.   Well, I’ve painted a quilt top before, but this one is on silk!

Yes, it’s a bit different, but I’m hoping it will be useable when the painting is done.

The subject is a bit weird too – it’s a last year’s artichoke flower…I found it in the garden before it was cleaned out this Spring, and it looked interesting to my eye.  Here are a couple of progress shots…more to come.



This is one of those pieces, that I put up on the shelf.  Yesterday, I pulled it out.  I’m working on the quilting today.

Spring News

Today I was excited to see that my tiny quilt “Day in the Forest” was featured by the National Quilt Museum.

Day in the Forest nqm









A Day in the Forest quilt: This tiny quilt was made as a donation to the Studio Art Quilt Association and traveled extensively to various places and shows.  It was chosen to be part of a further donation to the National Quilt Museum.  It is an honor to have it there.

The picture is one taken when my husband and I walked through the Arcata Redwood Forest.  It was a walk specifically done looking for quilt inspiration.

Fall of 2020

Oh, my – haven’t we had a challenging year!?  I hope you have been producing lots of new projects and enjoying the “at home” time with your family.

I’ve made 3 quilts during this Covid at home time.









the 2 art quilts were commissioned pieces and the Irish chain was made from blue and white scraps.  I’m trying to keep busy.

Blessings to you! – enjoy your day

Paducah quilt show

The Paducah show was postponed until September. –

Recently it was cancelled – so sad that we can’t get together for fun events.

My “Crescent View” quilt will be a semi-finalist at the Paducah, Ky show.

If you are going to the show, you should be sure to stop by the National Quilt Museum.  I have been told that “Forest Walk” will be hanging in the museum during the show. But anytime you can go, it’s worth a trip to go to the museum and browse the wonderful pieces there.


Upcoming Event

March 5 – Trunk Show/Artist Talk  –Annie’s Star Quilt Guild evening meeting

March 6 – Workshop Mosaic Picture Quilts


This week we will begin a New Year, a New Decade, and a New Quilt!

The working title is: Pathway to the Forest.

Hear I’ll show you the way I start.

1st– I select a picture – that takes some computer time digging through the archives of our many photos.

2nd– I decide on the size.  In this case I’m starting with about 35 x 45″ – I can alter that smaller as I go if desired.

Prepare grid
Grid preperation

3rd–I cut and mark the foundation grid.  I use Pellon 820

I also cut newsprint to go under the foundation – and choose a transparent grid to go over the picture.  These things give me the “map” I will use to enlarge and create the picture out of fabric.

4th–Then I pull out bags of squares already cut – in the colors that I expect to need.  I’ll cut more as needed.  At this point I’m trying to decide whether to use the small (1/2″) or larger (1″) squares….what do you think?