Monday, October 4, 2010

Starting something new...............

What is more fun than starting a new quilt project? Nothing, would be my answer. The planning, and the fabric selection, and the endless possibilities are just so exciting. I have long wanted to do a version of the 185l Mary Brown quilt (shown below):

I purchased a pattern awhile back from Patricia Cox, but it entirely eliminates the outermost border, as well as altering the innermost border, and I may want to do it differently..............what else is new? HaHa. I assure you that I will go back to my clamshells, just later. I am soooo in the mood for something fresh.

I had a lovely surprise recently, when I received an email from Karey Bresenhan, Queen Mother of the International Quilt Festival. It informed me that two of my quilts from previous exhibits had been selected to appear in the upcoming Lone Star III book, which will be published sometime next year. Only 200 Texas quilters were selected for the book, and I would have been extremely happy just to have one accepted for inclusion, but they chose two. When things are going amiss in the old sweat shop (quilt room) it is awfully gratifying to have someone validate your work. Makes me hope that someday................down the road, maybe the clamshell fiasco, completely reworked, of course, might end up making me proud. We'll wait and see.........never does to count your chickens too soon.

Anyway, I want to say again, how much I would enjoy meeting any of you who may be planning on coming to Houston the first of November. It is always an awesome show, and offers an endless array of shopping for those of us who enjoy it.........................and who doesn't?  Wish me well on the new quilt venture, and have fun stitching yourselves.  Michele


  1. OH how I love this quilt and yes I bought the pattern from Pat Cox this past year as well.
    the quilt is just so stunning

    where is that article from?
    I would love to track down a copy, thanks...
    oh congrats on having 2 quilts accepted for the book that is so exciting!!!!
    keep us posted when the book comes out so I can make sure and buy a copy

  2. Congrats on making the book!! I have the first one, and now want the second and third! (Dear Santa...)

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  3. Congrats on making the book! I bet that feels really awesome now that you're struggling with your clamshells.

    That looks like a difficult quilt, can't wait to watch your progress!

  4. Congtratulations on making the book!!! We are very proud of you. Enjoy the satisfaction, knowing that you are appreciated and so is your work.
    Enjoy the new project. I am sure the "change of scenery" will do you good.

  5. Congrats on making the book, a really BIG validation IMHO :0) Love the new project and look forward to seeing what you will do with it.


  6. Hi Michele,
    Lovely quilt, I do like the original with the outer border, and congratulations on having 2 quilts selected for the next Lone Star book!

  7. Congrats on the book entry - thats fabulous! I just wish I could say I would see you in Houston...but its a bit too far for me....Love the new quilt you are planning

  8. A new quilt project is always inspiring to me. The joy of planning, the selection of fabric, the touch, etc. I can well understand your excitement.
    And congratulations on having two quilts selected for the book.

  9. Congrats on getting into the book and what an honor!


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