Thursday, December 31, 2009

Working on the Studio

I spent the entire day putting together storage units, painting, cleaning, and hauling some quilting things from upstairs to my new studio downstairs. I can't even imagine how long it is going to take me to move all my "stuff" down there. It is embarassing to see how much "stuff" I actually have. Can I part with any of it????...Noooooooo....I might need it for something down the line! I'll be getting a picture up to show you the progress soon.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Slow But Steady

Slowly my Mom's quilt top is getting finished. While my son and husband were at the Colts game yesterday, I babysat the "Grand-dogs" and worked on sewing the quilt top together. I got six of the rows done; there are 13 rows in all. I will be heading up to visit Mom at the nursing home tomorrow and will take what I have done to show her. I hope she likes it. I'll post a picture as soon as I get it all put together.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


My Mom was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I went to visit her (in the nursing home) on Christmas Eve. I was relieved that she looked great, was in good spirits, and had a really nice private room. The quilt I have planned for her will look beautiful in her room. Thanks for all the words of encouragement.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tip Chosen by American Patchwork & Quilting/Quilt Pattern Picked

I was "tickled" to find out that my Reader Tip has been chosen to appear in a future issue of American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine! I got an email from Mary Irish, Editorial Assistant at American Patchwork & Quilting, to let me know. I even had to sign a contract! My tip has to do with a really easy way to get fusible web off your iron and ironing board. Watch for it.

I have decided on a quilt pattern to use to make a quilt for my Mom. She was transferred to the nursing home last week and has been very agitated. I'm hoping this quilt will help to make her feel more comfortable. I think quilts can convey warmth and love; I'm hoping that is what this quilt will do. I shopped for the fabric on my way home from Indianapolis. I found a pattern called "In and Out" by Blue Underground Studios, Inc. ( that I really liked. Here are some of the blocks I have made. Actually, I finished all the blocks yesterday and will start putting them together today. I used the fabric I purchased plus some from my stash.I sure hope she likes it. I'll get a picture of the quilt top posted when it is finished. Working on this quilt has helped to take my mind off my Mom's Alzheimer's and help me focus on the truly amazing woman she once was.

Friday, December 11, 2009


December is one of those months when you plan to get SO much done...ah, what a beautiful dream. I've either been dealing with family business or gone, so I haven't gotten much done at all (quilting or otherwise). Yesterday, I needed a mental diversion so I worked on my The Quilt Show 2009 Block of the Month quilt. I felt like I was in Flying Geese "hell." I made well over 100 of them.

I was told today that my mother will have to go to a nursing home that deals with Alzheimer's patients very soon. I will be busy making a twin-size quilt to go in her room there. The colors are lavender and green (which I don't have much of in my stash), so I guess I'll just have to go fabric shopping. I have to get this done real fast. Anyone have a suggestion on a pattern (other than slapping squares together). I'd like it to be fast but pretty. Please email me any suggestions at

Monday, December 7, 2009

Back Home Indiana, Free Mystery Round Robin

I've been gone for the last week or so and haven't had a chance to write. I've been in Pompano Beach, FL, for a family vacation. I must say...the weather is much nicer there. We had a little snow this morning; when we left there, it was in the low 80s. We had a wonderful time sightseeing and visiting friends. I didn't have the opportunity to do anything quilt related, but I took some nice pictures for inspiration. I'll post some as soon as I get them downloaded.

Today, I'm catching up on all I didn't do while I was gone...laundry, mail, bills, decorating for the holidays, etc. It is amazing how much time that can take up.

My son-in-law worked on the quilting studio while I was gone. All of the trim is in, the toilet is hooked up, the dehumidifier is hooked up to the sump pump, and there really is very little else to be done. The cabinets haven't come in yet, so they will have to be put in when they get here. The bathroom sink and faucet have to be put in. The laminate tops (for the bathroom and the cabinets in the quilting room) have to be put on, and some of the drop ceiling in the bathroom has to be replaced. Once these things are done, all I have to do is move all my stuff in and start sewing! Hmmmm, I'm thinking that could be awhile!

Also, right now there isn't enough interest in a (free) "mystery" round robin to make it worth my while to post it. If any of you are interested in doing this, please email me and let me know ( I'm going to keep asking until the end of December; I'd like to start it in January. If you would like to know more about it, take a look at this post

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Are You Interested?

I'm considering starting a "mystery" project after the first of the year. It wouldn't be your traditional "mystery quilt." I'm thinking of a round robin type project--you make a center block, and each couple of weeks (or every month), I tell you what to add to it. Is there any interest out there? If so, email me at Put "mystery" in the subject line and let me know how often you would like the "clues." Also, if you have any suggestions as to topics or anything else you would be interested in seeing on my blog, let me know in this email. I'm looking forward to hearing from you all!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Maria Peagler Fabric and Works In Progress

At my last guild quilting retreat and Lora Nale's retreat in Jasper, I worked on several things. I thought I'd post pictures of some of them. The first is made from a Lori Smith pattern (Fat Quarter Quilting: And the 4-inch Block--From My Heart to Your Hands) and uses the fabrics I won from Maria Peagler, author of "Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Making Stunning Quilts." The little quilt is called "Sampler Magic" and measures 16" X 20". These are colors I would never have thought to put together, but I love the finished project. It is actually quilted and bound! Thanks, Maria, for the fabric. I even used it for the back. I also finished my Country Lanes (by Kaye England) top. I just love quilts with "trails."
I finished the top for a small Peace Sign quilt from Country Threads. The binding was included in the kit and is a bright blue. (That really sets the quilt off, but I didn't have time to get it quilted and bound yet, so you can't see that. I'll post it again when it is finished.) This came from a cute little $10 kit I purchased at the Chicago quilt show this year. I'm sure it was designed to celebrate the anniversary of the peace sign. I also finished the top from a pattern called "Flowers in a Vase" from Sunflower Hill Designs by Julie Popa. The pattern also includes a pattern called "Retro Waves." I was working on this one really late at night and kept making silly mistakes. That just goes to show you that you should go to bed when you get tired--don't work on something that has to be cut out!
At the guild retreat, I made three blocks for my The Quilt Show Block of the Month by Sue Garmin called "Stars for a New Day." Since then, I also got all of the rest of the blocks cut out and got a few more blocks made--now that took some time! Here they all are so far...there are several more to go.
Oh, and a little update on my quilting is finished except for the trim, cabinets, sink, faucet, and laminate tops. There are a few miscellaneous things beyond that to do. The cabinets and laminate tops are ordered. The sink and faucet are purchased. I don't think it will take too long to finish once the son-in-law has time to work on it. (The poor guy is working 10-hour days and most Saturdays now at his "day" job.)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Earthworks--Art Quilts at the Carnegie Center

I had the opportunity to attend a program at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana, (201 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN) called "Textiles in Contemporary Art." Before and after the program, I took in the current exhibit called Earthworks--an exhibit of art quilts made by Pat DaRif, Joanne Weis, and Valerie White. The artists were kind enough to give me permission to take some pictures of their work. The exhibit is on display from October 30-December 30, 2009. Along with the exhibit, the Carnegie will be hosting other accompanying programs about sustainability and climate change. The Carnegie Center is a local museum and contemporary art gallery. It offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy art works in a variety of media and to learn more about the process of creative expression. It is housed in the historic 1904 Carnegie Library building. Check out the Carnegie website for more

Valerie White, one of the artists with work on display at the Carnegie, has been creating quilts for almost twenty years. She shares her passion for textiles by teaching and presenting lectures nationally. Her work appears in several publications and is widely exhibited. This is a picture of Valerie beside her Radishes by Moonlight which is a whole-cloth quilt created using chlorine and thiox discharge and thermo fax screen. It measures 24" X 36".

Six Feet Under was made in 2007. It was pieced with commercial fabric and uses textile paint and chlorine bleach discharge. It was quilted by Valerie and measures 39" X 35".Valerie's Blemish is a whole-cloth quilt that was made in 2008. She used thickened dyes, soy wax, fabric markers, and textile paint. This quilt was also quilted by Valerie and measures 28" X 33 1/2".

Valerie calls this whole-cloth quilt Beta Vulgaris; Big Ass Beet. Thickened dyes, soy wax, and textile paint were also used in this quilt. It was quilted by the artist and measures 58" X 26 1/2".Pat DaRif uses many techniques to create her work. She has taken an abstract, somewhat minimalist, approach in preparing the work for this exhibit. She says that she hopes to have evoked the beauty and fragility of nature and, by extension, a sense of our responsibility to safeguard and preserve it.

This is Pat with her quilt, Natural Elements II: Lake Shore, 2009. The quilt consists of hand-dyed silk which has been fused and machine quilted.

Pat's quilt, Water's Edge, 2007, measures 53" X 37 1/2". It uses hand-dyed and commercial silks and is machine quilted. The blue piece of silk on the bottom of the piece flutters with the slightest breeze artfully simulating the movement of water.Fire Storm (2009) uses hand-dyed silks and cotton fabrics. It is machine quilted and measures 42 1/2" X 32 1/2".Joanne Weis is a mixed media textile artist whose work can be found in private collections around the country. She is President of the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists and actively juries and curates shows and promotes appreciation of fiber and textile art within the community.

Joanne poses here with her quilt entitled A Time to Reap from the Seed Series, 2008. It utilizes silk that has been hand dyed, screened, and embroidered. The quilt measures 24" X 19".Osprey Nest uses hand-dyed, appliqued, and embroidered silk. Joanne says about this piece, "On the southern New England coast, development and agricultural run-off seriously endangered the native osprey population. Through significant efforts on a local, state, and federal level, nesting habitats are being established and protected resulting in a return of the coastal osprey."I'd like to thank the Carnegie Center ( for some of the information used for this blog installment. Please visit this exhibit if you get a chance.

Quilt Guild Retreat November 2009

Last weekend the Patoka Valley Quilt Guild held its annual fall retreat at the Drury Inn in Evansville, IN. We had a great time and got lots of "work" done. The projects were varied--from aprons to full-sized quilts. The sewing/quilting talent in the room was amazing. You can always learn something at a retreat.

The room was packed with sewing machines and supplies. Baby quilts, paper piecing projects, and flannel quilts were just some of the projects these ladies worked on.These ladies worked on jackets, wall hangings, yo yos, and aprons (among other things). Members worked on both machine and hand quilted items.Christmas projects kept many of us busy.Here is an apron made as a Christmas gift for a little one.Some members worked on charity projects ranging from blocks for the "Home-of-the-Brave" project to quilt tops for church raffles.
If you get a chance to attend a retreat, do it! You'll have a great time.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Back Home--Getting Ready for My Next Retreat

I'm back home after a weekend away. I got to spend some time in Indianapolis with my husband. We went to a play at the Indiana Repertory Theater ("The Giver"), went out to eat with friends, went to the Colts game on Sunday, and I did some shopping on Monday. I still haven't unpacked! Now, I must gather some things and get ready for a weekend guild quilt retreat. I haven't decided what to work on yet. I'd best get with it; I have quilt guild tonight, I'm helping with a suicide prevention class on Wednesday, and I'm going to a gallery presentation on Thursday.

I have had a question about my Happenstance quilt. If you'd like to refresh your memory as to which quilt that is, just type "Happenstance" into the Search box at the top left of the screen. I was asked if I could give a link for the Happenstance pattern. I don't think Caren has a website, but you can contact her at You could ask her about her patterns at that address.

I am hoping to have pictures to post from the "Earthworks" fiber arts gallery exhibit I'll be attending on Thursday. Two members of LAFTA (Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists) and one other artist have pieces on display there. "Earthworks" will be exhibited at the Carnegie Center for Arts & History at 201 East Spring Street in New Albany, Indiana, from October 30-December 30, 2009. There is a program on November 5 from 7-8 p.m. presented by Karen Gillenwater (co-presented by LAFTA) on "Textiles in Contemporary Art." On November 7 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. there will be a gallery talk with the artists. I'd love to attend that, but I will be at my guild quilt retreat. If you'd like any further information on this exhibit, check out or call (812) 944-7336.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Quick Studio Update + Kathy Loomis Art Quilt Class

First, a studio update....the floor was put down this past week. I'm really happy with it. It looks nice, has a little cushion, and should be easy to clean. My son-in-law who will be doing the finishing work has gone back to work full time (and is actually working some overtime now). It looks like the studio might not be finished till after the first of the year. Oh well...I'm thinking I will love it whenever it gets finished. Here is the latest picture.I had the opportunity, along with a couple of my friends, to take an art quilt class (offered through LAFTA--Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists--for its members) with Kathy Loomis this past weekend in Louisville at the Fiber Arts Studio of U of L. I learned a lot in the class (even though I didn't get nearly enough finished on my piece). The class was only a four-hour class with some time spent discussing and critiquing. Here is Kathy...
She brought all the fabric we would need to begin an art quilt of our own design. She told us we could work from a sketch or from intuitive stitching (sewing and seeing where it takes us). The sketches were very small--about 2" square. We had our choice of any of the fabrics she brought.

I drew this little sketch. It is the pictoral version of a reoccurring dream I've had for quite some time. When (and if) I get it finished, I'll explain more about the meaning behind the quilt.
From this sketch, Kathy helped me find a way to execute the design. All of the quilt will be pieced except for the circles (which will be hand appliqued). When I got home, I drew out the design to size (larger than my beginning in this class) and figured out how I will piece it together. Now, all I have to do is find time to work on it.
My friends, Robin and Jane, also worked on quilts of their own. Robin was the overachiever in the class. She was the only one who had a finished quilt top by the end of class!
Other members in the class were busy working on their pieces in the class.I'd like to thank Kathy for generously giving her time (and fabric) for this class.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Retreat Show & Tell and a Short Quilting Studio Update

Show and Tell was a big hit at the retreat last weekend. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the projects the ladies were working on. I wasn't quick enough with my camera, so I didn't get a picture of everything. I also didn't think ahead enough to get everyone's name or the name of their project; I apologize. I'll try to do better next time. I would like to share the pictures I did get, though. There were quilted projects of every size and kind.

These first quilts are called Hawaiian Star quilts. They were made after taking a class taught by Lora Nale. Each quilt was made with the same pattern, but the colors and color placement made each quilt look unique.

This quilt was made by a purple lover (or for a purple lover).Diana Dearing showed this black, white, and red quilt.This quilt was made from scraps from some of the "ugly" fabric included in grab bags at the retreat last year. It was made by Mary Jane Parvey.This quilt was made by Diana Prechtel. It is totally hand quilted.This is a Dear Jane quilt. What an accomplishment!This is a bit of an English Paper piecing project.This is a Valentine's Day quilt.It was lots of fun to see what everyone was working on. Show and Tell is always a big highlight of the retreat. update on my quilting studio. The flooring people came yesterday and are working again today. The flooring is going down! I'm hoping it won't be too long until the rest of the work is finished; however, my son-in-law who is doing the work has been called back to work full time. Finishing may be slow going.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Retreat

This past weekend I attended a three-day quilting retreat put on by Lora Nale. We had a great time and got a lot of talking, quilting, and eating done. The food table was decorated for Halloween. We were treated with goodies such as candy, cookies, nuts, mints, and carmel corn.The sewing room was set up with an entire table per person--no sharing. As you can see, we certainly needed the room. We also had the opportunity to purchase items from The Village Mercantile (Boonville, IN). Check out the wall display and quilting wares on the table--what a nice variety of items. Most everyone found an item or two they just "had" to have. If you didn't know, quilters can be a "dangerous" bunch if threatened. There was some talk about a beau treating one of our quilting friends right or else! Lookout for women wielding rotary cutters! (I told these "ladies" that they needed to look a little more "fierce" to scare anyone!)
Show and Tell was a big highlight of the retreat. I'll post pics of that in my next installment.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

In Search of Art in Santa Fe

I spent the day today in Santa Fe going to art museums. I really wanted to see some fiber art, but didn't really find any in the museums I found. My friend, Dana, said I should call these last few days "Beth's Great Adventure." I've been on "dirt" roads and in bumper-to-bumper traffic going 75-80 mph--now, that was a little scary! Thankfully, I have a GPS to keep me on track. The hardest thing I had to do today was find where I had parked the car in Santa Fe.

First, I went to "Museum Hill." I asked about fiber art displays but none were available. I ended up going to the Museum of International Folk Art. I love the Folk Art Museum in New York, so I was thinking this was something I would really like.....I was wrong! One entire wing was closed (no reduction in the price of admittance). There was an exhibit of Indonesian Shadow Puppet Art. I can appreciate the work involved in making one of these, but it just isn't my "cup of tea." I moved on to the Girard Wing of the museum which houses a collection of over 100,000 objects in scenes recalling villages, markets and festivals. I'm thinking this Girard fellow was on the verge of being a "hoarder." I can't imagine housing all this stuff before it was given to the museum.

Next, I went to the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. Now, that was more like it! They have a great exhibit called "New Mexico and New York: Photographs of Georgia O'Keeffe" which features approximately thirty photographs of Ms. O'Keeffe dating from 1917 through the 1960s. I really enjoyed this exhibit. It will be at the museum till January 10, 2010. I also enjoyed her abstract work on display. I wanted to buy the book Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction (Whitney Museum of American Art) by Barbara Haskell, E. Bruce Robertson, Ms. Elizabeth Hutton Turner, and Director Barbara Buhler Lynes that just came out in September of this year, but it was a hardcover and way too expensive and too heavy to take home on the plane. I'll be checking into it on Amazon later.

I had some time left before I had to head back to Albuquerque, so I began to walk. I ended up at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Now, here is where I saw some strange stuff. A pile of crude wooden airplanes piled up in the middle of the floor was the first piece I saw. Next, I came to a mosquito net held off the floor with fish hooks. I went into a room that was empty except for two video monitors. Each was playing a different perception of a scene--two people were running through the snow (supposedly from some unknown intruder of some kind); the man in the scene is killed, and the woman freezes to death (I think.). Another exhibit had a screen showing a woman's naked back as she is on her side. Her back has a HUGE cut running from her right shoulder to her left hip. The cut was stitched shut, and there were strings of red beads hanging from the stitches. Ooooooo--at least I'm broadening my art horizons.

I did take a few photographs to use as inspiration for art quilts while I was out and about today. I'm anxious to get home and download them to the computer to see what I have. If I have any good ones, I'll share them.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

On the Trail of Fiber Art

Today, I went back to Madrid, NM, to check out Johnsons of Madrid Galleries of Fine & Fiber Art. Diana & Mel Johnson have been in Madrid since the '70s--the beginning of the ghost town's rebirth as an arts community. I had a chance to talk to both of them--what a treat! Mel was working on a painting as he told me about his work at the Chicago Institute of Art. Diana told me stories of many of the fiber pieces on display. The fiber pieces include clothing, quilted pieces, painted silk, and weaving. In their gallery (a former coal truck repair garage from Madrid's coal-mining heyday) you can find the works of over 50 northern New Mexico fiber artists. I particularly enjoyed the work of Deidre Adams a quilt artist who heavily quilts her fabric first and then paints on this quilted "canvas." You can check out her work on her website. Diana said I should also check out the Tapestry Gallery (also in Madrid), so I did. Don't miss the Johnson's gallery if you are interested in seeing some fine fiber art.

If you are into yarn, you will enjoy a visit to the Tapestry Gallery which features the work of 30 New Mexico fiber artists. Hand-dyed yarn is available for purchase. They have hand-woven chenille clothing--sweaters, shawls, wraps and vests; rag rugs; artist dolls; woven copper pieces; woven tapestries, knitted hats, and poplar wall pockets. I'm not big into the "yarn" thing, but I did enjoy checking out this gallery.

My last stop of the day was at The Quilt Works, Inc. quilt shop in Albuquerque. The ladies at this shop were very nice. There is a good selection of fabrics, samples, notions, and books. The classroom area has some beautiful samples of what can be made in upcoming classes. Be sure to stop in if you are in the Albuquerque area.

I found out today that New Mexico has a Fiber Arts Trail. The governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, says, "We want you to experience fiber arts from "sheep to shawl" in New Mexico through these Arts Trails." The Trail consists of the work of more than 200 New Mexico fiber artists at 71 destinations along the trails. I'm not going to have time to check it out this time; but if you get the chance, it would be a great way to spend a vacation!

Monday, October 12, 2009

On Vacation--Looking for Art Quilt Inspiration

I've been visiting Albuquerque, NM, for the last couple of days. We were here for the last days of the Balloon Fiesta, but the festivities were cancelled yesterday because of wind. This morning we could see 12 balloons from our hotel window--beautiful. I'm not sure we would have actually gone in to the launch location anyway. The news last night said there were between 800,000 and 850,000 visitors here to see it. The traffic was backed up on the Interstate for 7 miles.

Yesterday, we drove the Turquoise Trail from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. We passed through the little town of Madrid (where Wild Hogs was filmed). It is a really artsy place--my kind of town. There are lots of little shops, interesting people, good food, and art everywhere. I'm heading back myself (so my husband doesn't have to "suffer" through all the shops). I'm also heading back to Santa Fe so I can "do" the galleries and the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. I'll be checking out Old Town in Albuquerque today.

I am taking some "art quilt inspiration" photos while I'm here. I got some of red chili peppers yesterday along with an interesting sculpture. I'm also going to see if there are any quilt shops in the area. Anybody know of any I should check out while I'm here?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Faux-Metal Sketchbook Cover

I needed to make something for a donation to a silent auction for the Home of the Innocents in Louisville. I am a member of LAFTA (Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists), and the Home of the Innocents is where we meet. Each year, members of LAFTA donate items that will be included in a basket that will be auctioned off at a silent auction with the proceeds going to the Home (at least that is what I think I heard at the meeting). I'm getting ready to leave for a vacation, so I really needed to get something together. I decided on making a faux-metal sketchbook cover with a fabric insert. I got the sketchbook at the "White Elephant" dive at the end of our last meeting. Someone put the sketchbook in the pile...and I grabbed it.The fabric insert came from a piece of fabric I purchased at Ikea. The sketchbook is covered with a "metal tape" that is distressed by pounding and sanding. It is then "stained" with permanent black ink. I didn't stain the "frame" so it would stand out a bit from the background. I saw this method demonstrated on Craft Lab (a DIY Network show). I added some silk fabric squares with brads to add a bit of interest. I had a lot of fun doing it and will probably do one for myself at a later date.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Return to Cedarhurst, a Bit on Quilt National, and a Studio Update

I mentioned how much I enjoyed Quilt National in St. Charles, MO. If you'd like to see a small snippet of things that are there, check out the short video here--

My quilting studio is still in progress. A representative with the Home Depot installers has finally given his okay for the laying of my Allure floors. They just called to give me a cost estimate. It is double what I thought it would cost me. They want all the money up front. I'm not thrilled about that, but they say that is how they handle things. I am anxious to get it done, so I'm not sure how much choice I have. I'll get pics up when and if they ever lay the floor. I think the rest of the work will go relatively quickly once the floor is done.

I promised to put some other pics from the Cedarhurst Exhibit of quilts on my blog. Here they are...
This quilt is made of beautiful autumn colors. I have to apologize to the quilt maker. I didn't get the information about this quilt, but I liked it so much I wanted to show you.The quilt below was hand appliquéd and hand quilted by Dorothy West Folsom from Mt. Vernon, IL. She says it was created using needle turn appliqué. Each block was drawn and cut using the Hawaiian Method of folding and cutting fabric. The echo quilting represents ocean waves. This quilt is Dorothy’s original pattern. Names of the flowers—reading from left to right are…Row 1: Cattails, Jack in the Pulpit, Cyclamen; Row 2: Lily, Iris, Pasture Rose; Row 3: Morning Glory, Dogwood, Petunia; Row 4: Bleeding Heart, Clematis, Tulip. The little quilt below was made by Judith Biggs from Sesser, IL. She made this Yo-Yo quilt in the truck while traveling with her husband on vacation to Maggie Valley, NC. There are 90 Yo-Yos in this miniature quilt. It is about the size of the palm of my hand!
Desert Life, below, was hand quilted and machine pieced by Dorothy West Folsom of Mt. Vernon, IL. This quilt uses a kaleidoscope pattern. Each block consists of eight pieces cut from the same spot in the border fabric. The sand colored background represents the desert sand and the 35 cornerstones the Native American influence.Andrew Wyeth’s Winter Furrows—In My Fashion was machine pieced and machine quilted by Linda Mick Short from Mt. Vernon, IL. The quilt was created for the exhibit A Passion for Collecting-Permanent Collection: 30th Anniversary at the Mitchell Museum. Artists who had been a part of Cedarhurst’s history were invited to choose a piece from the permanent collection and create a work of art based on their own interpretation. Linda Short is the retired manager of the Creative Art Center and chose Andrew Wyeth’s Winter Furrows water color painting and quilted her own version with fabric.