Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Mini Vacation — Many Blocks

Quick.  Grab up several $5 buck BOM Neighborhood blocks.   The Quilt Place/FL !!!

Saturday, June 5, 2021


SHOP HOP 1   First of June 2021!
We are post-Covid.  I'm twice vaccinated -- Still masked!

Batik Quilt Block ~ A Farmer's Two Daughters!
Sewciety Quilt Co / Norman, Oklahoma

Batik ~ Oklahoma Star Block !
Keepsake Fabrics and Quilts / Moore Oklahoma

surprising, first time I've ever seen a shop POST --- NO PHOTO'S 

Friday, June 4, 2021

A Toddler Quilt

Beary Happy !  My first draft on the floor of this panel for a toddler quilt!  a requested gift for E-Letta G and her 1st granddaughter!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

  Sentimental Stitches....  
been following this blog for years!   Take a look for yourself!   

I signed up for paper-piecing itty bitty 3-inch squares.....52 Weekly downloads

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

I Adore BOM.....

Block of the Month!   and it looks like Jacqueline Stevens will be my SECOND -- via February 2021

Bev's Quiltin -- my station in life!

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Showoff - Quilt Gallery

It's a FINISH.... longarm stitch was a bit faster and I enjoyed the side border (6 inches) in a freehand loop

Total finished abt 12 squares and abt 2.5' sashing and inner borders = SIZE 67" x 68".  A familiar UNDERGROUND RAILROAD QUILT (Vaughn)  10-6-2020

Monday, June 22, 2020

Moda Blockheads III COVID19

Filling my time, sometimes tedious..... but a skill builder 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

MODERN QUILT GUILD / statement supporting racial equality/human rights


Dear Quilting Friends, (6-6-2020)

The events of the last few weeks and even months have been life-changing for everyone and we sincerely hope that each of you are safe and well. MQG members and quilters around the world are never far from our thoughts.
believe strongly in the importance of these statements and will continue to identify actions the organization can take to cultivate social justice within the scope of the MQG’s mission. 

The MQG adopted an inclusion statement in late 2017 and the staff uses this statement as a guideline in all actions and decisions: The Modern Quilt Guild seeks to foster a vibrant and inclusive organization built on encouragement and mutual respect, where all feel welcome. We support the participation of all who are interested in the growth and development of modern quilting and we value the diversity arising from differences that make us who we are.

Our member-driven Diversity & Inclusion Committee developed the corresponding Community Guidelines to inform our actions in creating an equitable and safe community environment. We looked to these guidelines before making our social media posts last week. We know we have much more work to do and the work of racial equality is crucial to our mission of creating community in modern quilting.

While the MQG has taken steps over the years to improve inclusivity, the MQG must be a much more intentional platform for amplifying the voices of Black makers and other makers of color. Actions speak louder than words, and we place these words here as a measure of our commitment and accountability. We will update progress toward these goals on a regular basis via the MQG website.
We are actively working to showcase and support work by people of many communities that are underrepresented in quilting, including Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous makers. We strive towards the inclusion of all cultures and communities in the MQG. Today, we focus this initial set of goals and actions on the Black community specifically.

Goal: Support organizations that are expert in amplifying and supporting Black artists and Black voices.

Goal: Feature Black quiltmakers in MQG content with increasing regularity to the point of being a programming standard.

  • Renew efforts to seek out and invite Black quiltmakers and their work to be featured in upcoming issues of Modern Monthly.
  • Exclusively showcase the work of Black contributors in the 2021 Quarter One issue of Modern Monthly. 

Goal: Use the MQG platform to embrace the history and culture of Black textile art and artists, as well as share anti-racism resources.

  • Reserve space at future QuiltCons for special exhibits centered around the work of Black artists.
  • Reconfigure MQG Teacher Directory to include categories for teachers who focus on African-American quilts, history, and techniques.
  • Develop a page on the MQG site listing websites, books, and other resources for members and guild leaders who are starting or continuing their journey in anti-racism.

We hope that you will continue on this journey with us. Please feel free to share ideas for future actions with us at inclusion@themodernquiltguild.com. And as always, keep on quilting.

Karen, the MQG Staff, and MQG Board of Directors

RESIST RACISM in our quilt stories


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Me and my girls - R2California 2020

My Life-effecting Road To California Quilt Exhibit 2020

I learned and much needed inspiration this year --  it's always my birthday month of January and I choose to travel via a good quilt show!    Here are a few quilt friends and quilts!

Oh the ribbons, area blocked off and white glove quilt angel

this lady was so SUPER nice -- in her zone of emblishments

OK.... Black quilt guild of Los Angeles.... I want you to call me as a$1.00 winner of HOT FLASHES

Quilt art - artistic beyond galore
This fun guy.... with another award winning FACE PHOTO of a beautiful black woman/pattern!

Wicked Stitches and Tension that LOOP

Think with me for a minute.... something really wicked seems to happen to thread tension... when I stop long-arm machine for a day or two.   I travelled to the Road to California QUILT show last weekend.... not it back to customer orders.

OK. It was somewhat instinctive that I could see the top thread loose.... OH but the loopy loops when you and I peek on the underside.
Shouldn't be to hard to pull out.  and redo....  Plus I'm 5/8th's along towards the finish.!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thoughtfully ~ Thursday Quilt Day

I'm musing over my own well-being.  I'm formulating a couple of quilt projects for publication.  I'm pondering whether to make a road trip to a regional quilt show....

In the meantime, this is a work in progress!

A new quilt friend found me at the Centennial Quilters group -- she wants a long-rammer (should I say it as such....????smile) because she's a quick stitcher... and she has a stack of 20+ quilts

These are 20 inch sail boat blocks (4) centered and simply surrounded.
A simple meander will do.  I'll do a fairly quick one week turn-around for her

It's my birthday month..... This is my super support sister/friend !!   that smile1!!!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Off the Floor ~ Quilt on the Frame

Commissioned to design and quilt a retirement gift quilt to a college friend!  December 2019


Much a-do .....  This. is the best time in my life as I am quilting -- a work of love?  #bquiltinstudiolove 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Finding Fabric - A Welcome Collision

Browsing thru a book again..... Carol Sterbenz spoke of Inspiration...... as a collision of what I desire, the talent I possess and my imagination!

 ... So you may know I'm the ultimate garage sale // yard sale // Estate Sale shopper... Any antique store that can be browsed.... I'll find it.    So I collided with a fantastic fabric find....  Unusual stuff, kinda of an eclectic looking white lady was dismantling collections of stuff.   When I picked up two - three sets of fabric tossed carelessly in a box -- she said "the big pieces are $3.00 each... $1.00 for the rest.   It's from Africa".

When I continue to show like interest and browse around.... I keep a careful eye on who else walks up on the driveway and might see the fabric.    So... I go back... and the sale is made.   She was overcharging on several little items.  I put them back --- paid out $6.00 and literally ran!   I sensed she knew she had understated..... kinda wanted to change price....   But I ran.  BARGAIN OF THE YEAR I'D SAY

This was over six yards..... and yes quality.  Not smelly, not stained.  Strength in the fabric content.   Definitely not a JOANN waxy fabric from China.... I know my fabric feel!!  It actually has a pinkish tint surrounding the pale yellow and green....  again - not the commercially printed deep orange/yellow/green at Joanns Fabric Store.  

I'd say authentic since my brother and son have given me fabric from their visits to the African continent/Military travels!

Blessed & Bquiltin ~ 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

OTF. Off the Floor and On the Quilting Frame

Yes.... its another finish.  This will be exhibited at the Oklahoma State Fair 2019

backside.. oh so pretty....

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

OTF = On the Floor OTW (on the way) 2Finished

Quilt Maker:  Marjorie
St John Centennial Quilter
Date:    August 2019

Pieced T-Shirt Quilt filled with Musical Notes
Measurements:   86" x 93 inching

Happy Children's WIP WEDNESDAY


I was given a couple of Children's Church Choir t-shirts in order to create a quilt to be hung in upcoming St. John Centennial Quilt Exhibit in November 2019

Our small group of quilting' ladies received a small ton of SMOKE Tainted.....  that is the home of the quilt lady really, really smelled of smoke.   So the small ton of fabric was received gratefully... washing and ironed!    And WOW..... a real assortment of fabric did we receive!''

So here's to happy.  Orange is my sister's favorite color!!!   Here's to Tana DeNise !1  Hope to finish piecing the top this week.....   zip a pretty backing and move it to the quilting frame!


Bquiltin ~ Sewin’ Peace & Contentment


Quilter's Story Line

I've been clearing out... rearranging more so.   I stopped to read thru a Quilter's Book of Days I purchased in early 2002 or so.

A reading caused me to reflect on the quilting process.  The It's A Finish posting I've begun to make.  It is indeed something methodical, an evenly paced ~ skill based positioning of the needle into the three layers.  Texture happens right before my hand and eyes.   Graceful but not always perfect swirls I begin to make often moving from left to right across blocks that are completely at my mercy.

Thus, and indeed QUILTIN' THE QUILT becomes a very special process, stitch by stitch I can see a transformation of fabric, batting and backing stretched even and flat.  And a-ha !  The final roll and fold and clamp is in sight.   (Minus a few thread breaks or bobbin re-winds). I'll blog what I learn about thread weight and tension on my Coronet longarm as time goes on.....

Hoping your find the same joy in holding the finished product of an official QUILT.   A label, the binding and a hanging sleeve prepares the quilt for the owner and upcoming quilt show!

Bquiltin ~ Sewin’ Peace & Contentment


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Final Stitch 2019 - Quilt Number 020

 Quilt Stats:
Size :      62" x 76"
Hugs & Kisses Quilt Pattern
Machine Pieced by Owner: Donna V.  (June-Aug 2019)

Bquiltin ~ Sewin’ Peace & Contentment


NE Oklahoma City Quilt Exhibit

Bquiltin ~ Sewin’ Peace & Contentment


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thankful Thursday

August 8, 2019

Who' da thought ... I'd get to know you this-a-way ... Dear Lord!

Thankful and happy --- amongst my evening Moon Flower blooms!

Final Stitch 2019 . Quilt Number 019

As I am gaining mastery and continuing my longarm quilting adventure.......  I intend to document posting of   FINAL STITCH !!

Quilt Stats
58" x 68"

So here it is.  8-7-2019:  (just the facts madam!)

quilting adventure.......  


Happy Stitching !!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2019: Facing Loss and Counting Gain

Mental and emotional barriers go up...… as I try to release the tensions in creative ways... with the help of the Lord.... my strong tower


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