I like to work from photographs when designing my quilts. An engaging image often translates well into a great quilt, but not all photos work well in quilt designs. So what makes a photograph a good candidate for a quilt? In a nutshell, pick those images with a clear main subject that creates a [Continue Reading]
TESSELLATING TULIPS This repeat block pattern is a nod to spring and the glorious fields of tulips of tulips that bloom here in the Pacific Northwest. Make a few blocks and its a great wallhanging. Make a lot of blocks and you have a charming bed quilt!! This pattern is available through Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop, [Continue Reading]
TUFTED PUFFIN This charming bird is found along coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest. (18′ x 25″, 2014) Available through Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop, (360) 718-7103. The pattern is an easy to sew straight line design and includes the full size pattern.
GREAT BLUE HERON The Great Blue Heron is a tall elegant bird found in many areas. (45″ x 24″, 2014) This pattern is available through Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop, (360) 718-7103. The pattern is an easy to sew straight line design and includes the full size pattern.
Chickens have often found their way into the quilt world — small wonder given the astonishing variety of plumage in chicken breeds. Among the most memorable poultry quilts are the charming chickens and roosters (and turkeys and ducks) created by Ruth McDowell (www.ruthbmcdowell.com). Join us in poultry piecing to celebrate these barnyard wonders! These patterns [Continue Reading]
FLOWERS OF THE GORGE This pattern series celebrates the wildflowers that grow along the Columbia River Gorge and are found throughout the Pacific Northwest. The eighty-eight mile length of the Columbia River traverses a broad range of terrain and micro-climates, each of which is host to different wildflower varieties. Many of these wildflowers [Continue Reading]
This repeat block pattern is a nod to spring and the glorious fields of tulips that bloom each year here in the Pacific Northwest. Make a few blocks and you have a great wall hanging. Make a lot of blocks and a full size quilt will grace your bed!!
Mary’s Rooster is an old favorite, and is named in honor of a friend who once raised chickens. This pattern is exclusively for sale at Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop. My pattern Gallus gallus is a similar design that has less piecing.
Stripes, 2015, 44″ by 32″, Cotton, machine pieced and hand guided machine quilted. This quilt was inspired by the Grant’s Zebras at the Indianapolis Zoo. My pictorial art quilts draw on composition, line and shape in adapting the traditions and techniques of American quiltmaking. I work primarily from images to design my quilts, balancing the [Continue Reading]
The Shooting Star (Dodecatheon dentatum) features a very distinctive flower shape. The petals are drawn back from the stamen, as if it was a shooting star. Barely an inch long, this early spring bloomer grows in wet marshy areas and along streams.