September 2020

September 26, 2020

using up jelly rolls

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. I’ve had a few requests from my nieces for seasonal quilts for their family rooms. I have so much fabric in my stash that I want to use what I have rather than buying more, and I want to use a pattern that will chop some of the uglies into small pieces AND will be fast and easy to cut. I’ve decided to make jelly roll race quilts. Do you know what those are? (See here if not).(You could also search for jelly roll quilt or jelly roll 1600 to see other blog posts about this.) One modification I am planning to make is to cut each 40 inch strip in half to 20 inches. That will give more variety – scrappiness? – to the top. Both nieces are quite tall. I wanted to make sure that there will be enough size to the quilt […]
September 23, 2020

What’s in your quilt?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. I’m not a big fan of award shows, and no, I did not watch the Emmy’s this weekend. But as I was watching the videos at our guild’s YouTube channel, a teaser came up about Tyler Perry’s acceptance speech for his award. His grandmother’s quilt was to be mentioned in it. If you didn’t see this show and his speech, take about 3-4 minutes to see what he has to say about his quilt. Then think about what patches are in your quilt. Click here for the video.
September 22, 2020


Hello all, Mary Ellen here. I can’t believe it’s the first day of fall already. I guess with our world in turmoil the usual season clues passed me by. Fortunately I did remember to bring my christmas cactus indoors before the first frost. It’s the only house plant that I take in and out for the seasons. I’ve had this cactus for years; it was started from a huge cactus that my Nana had next to her favorite chair for as long as I can remember. If I have this plant die on me, I will be heartbroken. We’re working along on the 2020 Quilt Guild Showcase. We started photographing quilts outdoors at the museum on Monday, taking advantage of the nice sunny day. We’ll be continuing that at the end of the week, and perhaps into next week if it takes longer than we expect. We discovered that staging […]
September 6, 2020

catching up on things

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. What’s up buttercup? I’ve been getting ideas together for our guild slide show showcase. We have just over 50 quilts offered for photography for the show. That should give us enough shots for 2 slideshows easily. The quilts will be coming to the museum this week, and we’ll start the photography as soon as we organize them all. We want to take advantage of the wonderful fall weather and the light should be perfect for most of our outdoor shots. Now that we have a guild YouTube channel it will be very easy to get the show available for all of you and the public at large. Do you decorate for fall and Halloween? I have lots of Halloween “quilty” stuff but I’d like to add some things that are more Septemberish (is that a word?) Here are a few of the links I like […]