Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Time to share a secret - I'm published! My quilt, Confluence

made in October of 2014, can now be revealed!

Made for RaNae Merrill's new book, Sideways Spiral Quilts, (affiliate link)

I'm proud to have another quilt published with this author. My first one, Flutter by the Garden

is a mandala quilt made for RaNae's Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts, (affiliate link)

and can be found on page 64 of that book. Made in 2009, it was inspired by the incredibly large Painted Lady butterfly migration that spring. Unfortunately, I haven't seen that many butterflies since. But on this quilt, there are six yellow/orange butterflies, along with several 3-D ones going across the quilt.

As for her new book, I haven't seen a full copy yet, but I'm sure it's full of detailed instructions for making sideways spirals. RaNae is wonderful at explaining different quilting techniques, and really gives a quilter a solid foundation for making their own creations.

And that's what we did for this book. We were given guidelines, a few templates, and ideas for using them, then set free to create our own Sideways Spiral quilts. Mine was inspired by a stained glass window I had seen. Here's a few closeups. Straight line quilting in a lilac background,

and tiny McTavishing in the center's background.

I'm proud to have been included in yet another fabulous book - thank you RaNae! Be sure to check out a copy, as plenty of inspiration abounds to make your own Sideways Spiral quilt!

Happy Quilting!


  1. Congratulations - well deserved.

  2. Congratulations, your quilts are gorgeous! I took a class with RaNae several years ago and I am so impressed with her work. Seems you're "hanging with the cool kids"! RaNae is the one that got me started using a wooden wallpaper seam roller for pressing my pieces as I add them when paper piecing. I thought that was a super handy tip and I use that roller nearly every day.

  3. What a lovely quilt. Your quilting is amazing as always. It must have been difficult to keep mum about your project.

    1. Thank you, and yes, it was hard to keep quiet. Fortunately, when out of sight, out of mind!

  4. Oh Wow - congratulations! I adore your mandala quilt ... I was just colouring in a mandala yesterday and said to my girls how lovely it would be as a quilt!

  5. Here's a hearty congratulations, and a toast to many more outstanding projects to come!


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