Wednesday, August 27, 2014


January 10-11th!!

The pink quilt above is the basic place we all start... the bones of the quilt... Then, we move on to discovering how to manipulate, change, slice, cut, and resew, and turn it into something more improvisational and unique, like the quilts in my exhibit!

All of these quilts started with the Bones of a DWR. The through PLAY, and letting out imaginations run wild, we can discover a new way of looking at old blocks.

Come and PLAY with me in Wisconsin!

I hope you get to see the quilts before October 12th! The final day of the exhibit.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Remember my story about this BIG RED quilt, that I made in Missouri in July?  I led tit with Shelly
(prairie moon quilts) so she could quilt it, because I needed it finished to ship off this week... So I got it back from her, got the binding, label and Quilt Sleeve added, With a little Help from you know who... Shelly did a great job on the quilting, I just love it.
Old post here:CLICK

I finished it up with some hand work details, like adding the tassel in embroidery on the corn stalk.  I also added details on the small black circles as they are BUTTONS holding it all together.  Not real buttons of course, but a quirky little detail, private joke... (I don't sew buttons on, anything... haha. ;-) Hubby has to do that himself... kind of like the shoemaker with no shoes...

RED.... ahh red! Red may have been our tractor color, but since we had so much international red paint around to keep them looking good, more things were painted red on our farm...

Like our front door on the farm...

and our snowmobiles were red....

And I have not been able to let it go...
 I painted out coffee table at my house, International red also...  haha!

This quilt is in the exhibit I curated for the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo. Quilts from the NYC MOD Double Wedding Ring Challenge last year, hosted by my myself and the NYC MOD quilters, Interweave Magazine and Simplicity Creative Group.  So if you get a chance to get out to see the show, Atlanta, Quilting LIVE is the first city on the 13 city tour.
I'm also teaching two classes there! 
One is Thursday night, and One Friday morning, then quilt walk Friday at 1pm. here's the details:

So come on down! I had so much fun in Atlanta last year! 

 I named this quilt BIG RED...  Although, on the label, it also says
AKA: The FARMALL Takes a Wife
(farmall tractors...haha, get it?)

Thanks to a friend of mine, who said I should call it that... ;-) 
It made me laugh, so I kept it as it's  Pseeudonym. 

I had so much fun making this quilt. Many laughs happened along the way, which makes it all worth while.
Quilting is fun and should bring joy!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Contest theme announced!

I'm so excited by the next contest QUILT THEME for the Quilt Alliance!  ANIMALS WE LOVE!!
You know I love my dogs! 

 So, what will my next quilt look like next?   Maybe like this?

 I love how this contest has pushed me out of my comfort zone over the years... Here are my past 4 contests quilts...  Time to start pondering....
Make a quilt!
Here's the info!

Joyce2015 Quilt Contest Announced 
A contest for all quilters in celebration of the Animals We Love. We encourage everyone who makes quilts to enter our annual contest regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, applique, pieced...) --all are welcomed and valued!

As usual, we welcome any technique, any concept that addresses the theme --but each entry must be a quilt (three layers stitched together). Finished quilts must be 16" x 16" in size and must include a label on the back to include at minimum the name of the artist, title, date & location made. In addition each quilt must have a 4" sleeve sewn to the top of the quilt. All entries become a donation to the Quilt Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and after a national exhibition tour, will be auctioned to benefit the mission of the organization. All entries will be documented and shared on The Quilt Index (

Grand Prize again this year is an HQ Sweet Sixteen sit-down longarm machine package (machine, table and bobbin winder) by Handi Quilter, Inc! Prize includes training by a local Handi Quilter retailer.

Additional contest prizes contributed by:
Moda Fabrics,  AurifilAccuQuilt, eQuilter.comEZ Quilting,  Simplicity Creative Group, and The Electric Quilt Company. Our venue sponsors are  Original Sewing & Quilt Expo,  The City Quilter and Handi Quilter, Inc.

Grand Prize will be awarded by a panel of 3 professional quilters/designers. First, Second and Third Member's Choice, and Honorable Mention prizes will be selected by Alliance members --a good reason to become a member when you enter the contest and to solicit new members-every vote counts!).

Entries will be processed with an online form this year, which will be posted on January 1, 2015, but don't let that stop you from getting started! You can read or download our contest guidelines on the Quilt Alliance website here. 

Full press release posted here. Please help us spread the word to your friends, guild or quilting group, by sharing on social media, including in your blog or website or by forwarding our newsletter or press release.

FiveTake a Virtual Trip to Quilters Take Manhattan for only $25!  

Our annual Quilters Take Manhattan event at the Fashion Institute of Technology is now sold out, but you
can still enjoy our signature party for quilters from your own home!
Goody Bag from QTM 2013
For $25 you can purchase a QTM Moda Home Ticket and receive first access to event video footage online, a packed event goody bag with samples and treats from all of our sponsors, and a chance to win select door prizes. 

 you'll be playing an important role in supporting the work of the Alliance--a classic Win/Win!

Order your Home Ticket today on the Quilt Alliance website here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fresh Quilts!

The new Issue of FRESH QUILTS is out! I just love this magazine, Fresh is right! 
Beautiful layouts and fun projects...

Including my Twilight quilt!  
I totally love it on the back of a pick up truck!  hehe! 

Check it out!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Witchy Ways

Ha! A bit late!
I had planned on making a fun "Witchy Ways" quilt for the Cherrywood WICKED challenge, and had many ideas...  I whipped this little guy up, and meant to work on this summer on the road... Except that didn't happen....
I couldn't get my mojo up and running to hand quilt it...
I planned on adding a lot of texture to the background and add some fun designs etc. I started a few times, using my green from my Aurifil 12 wt. thread sets...(can be bought in my shop)   Then got sidetracked...

Well, the contest has come and gone, and my piece was still sitting here...
Have you seen the winners? They are amazing!!!... See here. and here on the main page...

If you are coming to Quilters Take Manhattan you can see the traveling quilts there too!

Coming to the  party at my home? Check out the After Dark party info on the Quilters Take Manhattan webpage. ;-) FUN!

Can't make it? Or missed getting your ticket as the FIT event with my Butler has sold out... (there are other add on's still here: Quilters Take Manhattan

We have HOME TICKETS for the event!
Home ticket graphic Click here to purchase your Home Ticket online.
Enjoy the event from your home by purchasing a "Home Ticket." For $25 you'll receive first access to event video footage online, a packed event goody bag with samples and treats from all of our sponsors, and a chance to win select door prizes. And you'll be playing an important role in supporting the work of the Alliance.
Please note: additional postage required for orders outside of the US and Canada.

 See, I get sidetracked, again...


Last night I sat down, put my feet up,  and didn't stop!

Now I don't want to stop! It's almost done! 
It's not as complicated or "designed" as I had planned,
 But sometimes, mindless big stitch quilting is just so relaxing and satisfying!
I need to find black to quilt those witches.. rats! Don't have any. ;-(

Friday, August 15, 2014

quilts in the house.

Quilts around my house...

Can you believe my master bed room at my house does not have one of my quilts on the bed? 10 years ago when we renovated our house, I wasn't a full time quilter. I wen tot a fancy home store and found this incredibly soft Indian cotton blanket for my bed... It's still so very soft, but.... The cotton is so thin it is starting to disintegrate from fading and washing... 

I have attempted to make myself the "new" replacement for this one... I think I can safely say I have started about 6-10 quilts to be the "ONE", and I have to tell you, none of them are...the one. LOL. In fact the top left one, ended up on my bed at my NYC loft bedroom...   

Although this one, looks pretty fun on my bed... today.  But I want something with more BROWN in it... Will keep on playing...

I thought I'd share with you the quilts that have found their place, in my home... On the above bed, a quilt I made back in 2008. Vintage blocks used with one line of fabric and mitered striped borders. I still love that quilt... I also have several throws in that room.. The orange chain quilt, a ralli quilt, and yet another purchased one on the seat of the couch....WIth some crazy~ fluffyyellow/orangey pillows I made!
 Here is a silk quilt I made probably in 2009, It is still not BOUND!  But still lives on my lounge chair... along with a hand quilted hexagon pillow.
One vintage quilt covers the dog crate. Kia often sleeps onto of her crate as well, so we always keep a quilt there for her to rest on. A 9 patch throw lays on my couch along with yet another OLDIE on the seat of the couch, circa 2008. Having dogs in my house, means, I need to be able to wash the quilts... often...
Although you can see my pillows need to be washed constantly too... Kia made herself comfy on a gifted pillow from Stephanie from Venus de Hilo...  ( I did a story on her and her beautiful quilts in the current issue of The Quilt Life)
Kia gets a break today, She had a heart attack yesterday, (!!!) (my poor sweet girl)  Now with her new meds, she needs a special pillow to rest her sweet self on...She's doing much better today.  
So scary!!

 Antique quilts and A few of my favorites are spread around the house, most of these don't get used, they just look nice. LOL.

A couple hang draped around the house... One old rail fence top, I finished back in 2008, and the other red yellow blue one, was from my grandparents, from the "non quilter" side of my family. We think perhaps was purchased from a church bazaar at one time. I do like the bright happy colors.

Is your house covered in quilts? 
I think on average, every room here, has at least four handmade quilts.  ;-) 
That's a good thing!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

lazy days of August.

Taking a breather.... these last few weeks of August are my vacation time... So not much quilting going on over here.... Loads of cooking though! Today it was requested for old fashioned potato salad, so that is what it shall be!

 It's been so cool here, yesterday, it was actually int eh 80's so we spent the day at the pool... I couldn't resist bumping Beatrice into the pool, and well, you can see above the outcome of my behavior... yes, in I went, clothes and all. hehehe.
Having a great time. (so worth it!)

Starting to think about Fall, back to school, and what fun events will be happening....

QUILTING LIVE first in Atlanta! Come on down!

Then we have Quilter's Take Manhattan!  ...and the big after dark party at my house!

And after that, Quilter's Way  lecture with myself and Alex Veronelli of Aurifil.  Hope to see you at some of the events! I see "WE" are OUT of STOCK at Quilters way page! I guess it's sold out. haha!

You can always check my full calendar schedule here.

Although I'm trying to take a break from work... I still have been shopping for upcoming projects...  sigh.  I will not cut into this until I get back to NYC...  even though I'd like too, this is my vacation, I best make good use of it, and relax!  Busy year ahead, but all fun, and joyous, with QUILTS!

A few new changes....
I switched my website, (even though it still will load to bumblebeansinc) to
I'm going to slowly convert my email address to the same... so if you have me in your address book, please change me over to the NEW email:
vfwquilts @

I haven't decided to change the blog yet... perhaps a soon.... I can't seem to add an extra url, without deleting the original... unless someone know how to tell me to do that?... I'd like to just change the blog to I can see how to do that easily in blogger, but then all who follow won't know that I changed it...  I need you all to be prepared, If I give you fair warning?
Or you won't find me!
and then I'd be sad.
I don't want to be sad. ;-) and bumblebeansinc @ gmail  is still existing....but,  I will slowly merge it out.  

So, for now, I'm off to relax a couple more weeks. Posting will be quiet over here til Sept.  We are all as a family, Myself, Beatrice, Michael and my Stepson and Granddaughter  will head to St. Andrews by the Sea, NB in another week or so... to see my BIL's  family....
Any quilters reading this, that live up that way in NB Canada?

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