Monday, December 04, 2006

Excited About Meandering Threads

It's exciting to see my daughter, Beth, trying various types of fabric art and setting up her own blog, Meandering Threads , where she chats about her quilting and her family. Beth also posts some nice photos of her work and of scenes that inspire her work.

She has won some awards and recently participated in a gallery display.

Her daughter, Kara, also makes some fabric art creations, so the generations of Trails End Quilters continue. For information why I call us the Trails End Quilters, check out my blog Tales of the Trails End Quilters.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

More About My Trails End Quilting Heritage

You might enjoy learning about my quilting heritage at Tales of the Trails End Quilters blog ( ). My latest post is about Susie, a friend of my grandmother and aunt, who attended my earliest remembered quilting bee. She's part of my quilting memories and heritage.

So I've been delving into the story of her life. You may want to learn how to discover more about the quilters in your early life.

Checking Out Quilt Shows & Events

If you like to attend quilt learn new techniques, visit with quilters, and simply absorb the spirit of quilting, you may want to check out quilt show listings online. Perhaps you like to plan vacations and trips along the quilt show trail.

Check out the information at my Quilting and Patchwork blog, I was particularly impressed with Alex Anderson's listing of quilting events.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Current Events & Quilting

Frequently current events, whether they involved our town, our state, our country or the world find their way into our quilting. Take the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina last summer. Many quilts were made for fund raising and for flood victims to use. Others may become pictorial memory pieces of this natural disaster.

Quilts may be inspired by sports events whether they're local or international. Right now the World Cup soccer games in Germany have an effect on quilters lives. With some, it has nothing to do with their quilting, simply an event their family may be following. However, the games may inspire some quilters to use soccer designs in their fabric art.

Quilter Judy Martin even has a poll on her web site, where quilters can predict whom they think will win. Check this out at

Saturday, June 03, 2006

More Quilting and Patchwork

For anyone desiring more information about quilting and patchwork, visit my column at .

Here you'll discover stories, resources, tips, and other enjoyable information published on a regular basis.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Musings of a Quilter

When I sat beside my grandmother in the farmhouse kitchen many years ago, stitching quilt blocks together as she told me family stories, I never imagined quiltmaking would play such a great role in my life...and then the lives of my daughter and granddaughter. At eight years old, I simply enjoyed this time spent with Nanny as we made quilts for my sister, brother and me.

Imagine my joy when, years later, I discovered my mom had saved the quilt Nanny and I made for my bed. I knew it was mine because my initials were embroidered in one corner. Now it's one of the quilts I display when I give talks about quiltmaking and quilt history.

My quiltmaking lay dormant after that for many years, until our country's Bicentennial Years of 1975-76. My mother, who operated a country general store, needed quilts for her customers.

"You have all those scraps from your dressmaking business," she remarked. "Why don't you make some quilts. Hazel can't keep up with all the quilt orders."

So my foray into the quiltmaking world had begun again.