Machine Quilting Unlimited Pass it on Challenge

September 10th, 2010

Window on Ironton

Thirteen artists were invited to participate in a challenge called Pass it On, which was done much like the children’s game of “Telephone”, and sponsored by  Machine Quilting Unlimited. We had two teams of six fabric artists each. The two team leaders, Vicki Anderson and I, each made an art quilt inspired by a photograph by a talented friend of my son Alex, Aaron Angert. (Vicki Anderson is the CEO & Publisher of MQU and I am the Managing Editor.) Aaron’s photo featured a window with a view to the inside of a delapidated building in Ironton, a Colorado ghost town, and through to the outside again. The roof was missing and and the walls were falling down. Window on Ironton is my quilt, inspired directly by Aaron’s photo. The next person on my team made a quilt inspired by my quilt, without being able to see the original photo, and so on until all six quilts on each team were completed. Of course they couldn’t end it there, which is why they decided to go on P4rgaming and play some more games.

The quilt inspired by my Window on Ironton was by Julie Hallquist:

Room With a View

It was amazing to see how far the quilts had traveled from the original photo by the time the sixth artist in each group completed her quilt. In fact, each team too a different route as well.  See the wasps’ nest in the upper center of Window on Ironton?  For awhile Vicki’s team went seriously off on wasps!

The entire Pass it on Challenge is featured in the September 2010 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited:

In addition to Aaron Angert, Vicki Anderson and myself, the artists who participated are Julie Hallquist, Nora Jones, Aynie Hanna, Maxine Carlstedt, Vicki Carlson, Kay Jones, Stephanie Patterson, Janet Pugh, Denise Labadie and Claudia Martin. The Challenge has been exhibited at the Milwaukee Machine Quilting Show and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival in August, 2010, and will also be traveling to the Firehouse Art Gallery in Longmont, CO, HMQS in Salt Lake City and the Denver National Quilt Festival in 2011.

In the late summer, we had a reception to celebrate the completion and the send off of the challenge at my home in Fort Collins, CO.  This is a sampling of pictures from that incredibly fun get together.  Lots of great food, good wine and excellent company!!

Claudia Martin, Vicki Carlson and Denise Labadie

Julie Hallquist

Nora and Jack Jones

Maxine Carlstedt

Dick Anderson

My husband Bruce, who is always gracious about my quilting adventures.

A great time was had by all!

Painting fabric in the sun

July 5th, 2010

Here in Northern Colorado we’ve been having some hot sunny weather, great for painting fabric.  Here are some of the results from my endeavors:

Sponge painting:

Someone told me this is called ‘hillbilly shibori’:

Scrunching plus salt:

As always, its a blast!

June 20th, 2010

Bastille Day ©2010

19 x 26.5 inches

Last fall Kate Cox gave a fun lecture to my guild, Rocky Mountain Creative Quilters, and I attended her workshop on abstract landscapes as well.  Everyone’s project turned out unique and wonderful.  I chose a cityscape instead of a landscape, and I finally finished this quilt last month.

October 31st, 2009


Last spring my Northern Colorado guild, Rocky Mountain Creative Quilters, designed and made quiltlets  to be sold for the Loveland Habitat for Humanity Women Build project. I wrote an article about this charity project in the November Machine Quilting Unlimited (I am the managing editor) and included photos of seven of the other donated quiltlets.  We had a great time constructing these pieces and learned several new techniques along the way.

MIL’s Gift

May 19th, 2009

Green Bamboo

Green Bamboo

Green Bamboo ©2009

My mother-in-law recently underwent surgery for colon cancer.  There seems to be an epidemic of both breast and colon cancer going on right now, or at least among the people I know.  I hope this small quilt will cheer her up as she makes her recovery.

Making a Stand

February 13th, 2009


Making a Stand


24″ x 40.5″

My good friend and wonderful boss, Vicki Anderson, has been going through what can only be described as complete torture.  After being diagnosed with colon cancer in October, 2008, she first went through a couple of months of chemo and radiation treatments to shrink the tumor.  Radiation burns you both inside and out, and chemotherapy poisons you, so I guess they have to almost kill you in order to cure you.  This regimen did shrink the tumor, thankfully, and Vicki underwent successful surgery to remove what was left of it last week.  Her margins and lymph nodes were clear of cancer!  We are all breathing a huge sigh of relief and happiness, although she does still have several more months of chemotherapy to go through.

When Vicki was first diagnosed, she pointed out a picture of aspen in the fall that she had taken and which she said inspired her.  I decided to make an art quilt for her which would help inspire her as well, and added mountains, rocks and a river for good measure.

I admire her very much for the grace, dignity and good humor she has shown so far as she takes her stand against this dreadful disease.

Christmas Puppy

January 3rd, 2009


My son-in-law, Matt, with the puppy.


Finally getting enough to eat.  He really likes being safe and warm and loved.

cosette-in-leavesCosette, at 2 1/2, playing with the leaves in her yard this fall.

January 2nd, 2009
The Christmas Puppy

The Christmas Puppy

My daughter Erin found this little guy shivering  under her parked car in the driveway, freezing and starving in the cold Northern Colorado wind.  He is very small and obviously just a puppy and was filthy and had been outside for at least a day.  She fed and bathed him and warmed him up, and he slept the rest of the day while receiving hundreds of sweet little kisses from my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter Cosette.

Erin asked everyone she could find in her neighborhood, no one knew where he belonged.  Her best guess is that he has a Christmas present – but was unwanted and abandoned.  Who could leave such a tiny puppy out in the cold to freeze to death?  He is totally adorable and we are trying to find a home so he doesn’t have to suffer the trauma of going to the Humane Society.  Cosette is allergic to dogs, keeping him isn’t an option for their family, and my German shepherd and lab would have him for lunch (to say nothing of what my alpha cat would have to say about it).

Goddess of High Maintenance

December 21st, 2008

Goddess was begun in a class on Woodcut quilts by Laura Wasilawski. Although my friends and I were far too rowdy and surely deserved to be sent to sit in a corner, Laura was an excellent teacher and a good time was had by all.

Goddess of High Maintenance

Goddess of High Maintenance

Have a Heart charity quilt

September 11th, 2008

Tree of Hearts copyright 2008

Vicki Anderson, of Meander Publishing, where I work as Managing Editor of Machine Quilting Unlimited and Unlimited Possibilities Magazine, recently asked me to make a quilt for her charity auction. Tree of Hearts was finished in time to be exhibited at a new quilt festival in Northern Colorado, and will be auctioned in November 2008 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association for their “Go Red for Women” education campaign. More information is available here: