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Machine Quilting Unlimited Pass it on Challenge

Friday, 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

Monday, 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!

Sunday, 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.

Saturday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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.

Goddess of High Maintenance

Sunday, 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

Thursday, 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:

Pamela Allen’s Workshop

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

I’ve been taking a workshop, Think like an Artist, from the wonderful Pamela Allen online at QuiltersKeepLearning. This first effort was a study in black and white fabrics. I loved the title of this book, and thought the juxtaposition of the apocalyptic and the mundane was irresistible. It is the first time I have made a quilt to match the title:

The End of America With Shoes and Wineglass


The 2nd lesson added color, either an analogous palette or one with complementary colors. With lots of helpful suggestions from Pamela, I put together my desert scene. Nothing is actually sewn down as yet, but unlike the black and white piece, which is destined to live only in the cyberworld, I am going to start sewing on this one as soon as I get some time.

Desert Almost Still Life


Rocky Mountain Creative Quilts ’08 Calendar

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Who knew that starting a brand new quilt guild could be this fun? Up here in Northern Colorado a few of us got together and decided that we needed a guild focused on art and contemporary quilting, one that was geographically feasible to get to on those cold, snowy winter nights that we experience from time to time. We sent out a call to see if there was enough interest and the response has been phenomenal. We now have 47 paid members, and we are still in the organizational stage! Volunteers to hold board positions and do committee work such as the quilt show, hospitality, facilities, programs and all the myriad tasks that a guild has to do have been in enthusiastic supply. We realized that first we needed to raise some funds. Our amazing president, Stephanie Patterson, organized and held a Quilter’s Garage Sale last month and took in $1,400! Kelly Gallagher-Abbott and I worked hard on putting together a 5.5 x 5″ desktop calendar that comes in its own display case, and features 14 Northern Colorado artists. (Edited, printed and published by the multi-talented Kelly, I might add.) It is available for purchase at: jukeboxquilts

The cover quilt, A New Dawn, is by our wonderful local (and rapidly becoming nationally known) artist Melody Randol.

rmcq calendar 08