February 21, 2020

odds and ends

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Let’s start with some bits from our guild meeting last evening. Our raffle quilt for this season was unveiled-a master work. Sylvia took lots of photos of quilts last night which will be appearing on our Facebook page soon. Wait til you see the raffle quilt. Thanks to the “Quilt til You Wilt” group for all of their work! A group of our members has been working on a mystery quilt project. The finished quilts were also unveiled last evening. All were so inspiring-I always enjoy seeing  how the choice of a different color palette can make such a difference in the finished appearance–one pattern in many variations. Annette Meyer-Grunow told us about an exhibit of women artists currently at the Castellani Art Gallery on the Niagara University campus. Annette has one of her art quilts included in the show. All of the works are […]
February 19, 2020

green quilts for March

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Getting our blog back up and running. You will now receive notice whenever a new blog post goes up. If you do not want to receive the notices, you can unsubscribe by clicking the button in the notification post. If you know of a member of our guild who would like to get the postings but is not receiving them, let me know. Here’s a free printable pattern (click here) for a very easy mini quilt for March holidays. Since it is basically a one block quilt, it would be quite easy to make more blocks for a larger project. This block would look best with a variety of green strips. Have funny digging through your stash or scraps, or perhaps swap some greens with a quilter friend. Don’t forget to leave a comment in order to have your name entered in the drawing for […]
February 17, 2020

finding inspiration

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. I’ve seen clips of this artist’s work in the past, but never had heard him talk about his process. Quilte a few of his thoughts about the inspiration process for him sound like they could be spoken by quilters as well. And at the end when he’s walking up the mountain for the big reveal, I recalled the feeling of putting a finished quilt up onto a design wall and standing back to get the “big picture”. I hope you’ll enjoy this as I did. Click here.
February 14, 2020

spring time quilts

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Despite the very cold temps today, the bright sunshine is making me think it’s going to be a lovely day. (Of course that will probably change when I first go outdoors!) Do you have quilts for the seasons? I try to change up at least a few of my quilts for the holidays or the seasons. One of my favorite ones for spring is a small wall quilt where I learned my first bits of Seminole piecing. I’ve thought I should make it again now that my 1/4 inch seam is much more consistent. It’s rows of cabbages and carrots with a picket fence across the bottom. I added a big white pom pom between 2 of the pickets to remind me of Peter Rabbit. Here’s a link to 14 patterns for spring.  click here Several of them would be great for using fabrics from […]
February 13, 2020


Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Came across a very nice free quilt pattern this morning. A woven ribbon type bay quilt which has spaces perfect for featuring large prints that you don’t want to cut into little pieced. I’m guessing this could be a weekend project if you knew there would be few interruptions. Have a look here: click here. How about entering a comment? Remember there will be prizes (presents) at our March birthday party. What is your most frequent source of quilt patterns? shared with friends? magazines? purchased at quilt shows? design your own? …
February 12, 2020

birthday presents

Hello everybody, Mary Ellen here. It’s been a long time hasn’t it? Let’s get back to it! We have our guild birthday party coming up in March and I have some “presents” to give away. Each time you submit a comment, from this post forward until the day of our party, you will be entered in a random drawing for one of the prizes. I’ll give you prompts for the comments sometimes, and other times they will be open ended. Here’s the prompt for today: Other than your rotary cutter, cutting mat, and fabric what tool or supply is a must have for your quilting? Do you have any special quilted pieces that you get out for the month of February–maybe it would be a Valentine piece, may just features the colors red and/or pink, or maybe it’s just a cute wintery snowman holding a heart? If you have something […]