Friday, January 17, 2014



As I look out my window this morning at the snowy landscape, it seems like spring is so far away but the latest issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine definitely gets me in the mood to celebrate this season of new beginnings. And I’m so happy to share with you that my newest wool design, Florabunda, is among the many projects in the latest issue. As a kid, I loved to do quilling—a centuries-old art form of paper filigree that uses rolled strips of paper to create decorative designs. I thought why not apply that to my favorite fiber—wool?!  Florabunda is a fun twist on quilling. Its design sprouted from the floriferous still-life paintings of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painters. I had so much fun designing this little wool portrait last year that I assembled and copyrighted a new little booklet on wool designs, including some of these fun wool portraits, that talks about how I was inspired by the paper quilling and describes the process I use to create the rolled flowers. 

Take a closer look and you will see that the wooly posies are all three-dimensional! These woolly portraits are a great way to add dimension to a design.

The latest issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects also includes a pattern for a simpler companion project for readers who aren’t ready to tackle such an abundant design like Florabunda. I was inspired by the many winged beauties that visit my flower garden and took my inspiration particularly from the Ohio Buckeye butterfly because its spotted wings lent itself so well to using my quilled wool circles. The four circular designs on its wings and the S-shape body are all made of three-dimensional rolled wool strips.

I will be offering kits for both of these projects and will be back later with more information about them in a future post. In the meantime, be sure to watch for our latest issue on newsstands or in your mailbox. It's packed with projects from some very talented designers—Laural Arestad, Karen Bates, Lisa Bongean, Lori Brechlin, Missie Carpenter, Deanne Eisenman, Kay Harmon, Julie Hendricksen, Catherine Hughes, Janice Minear, Nancy Moore, Vicki Olsen, Melanie Pinney, Tonya Robey, Jill Shaulis, and Joyce Weeks.

Thanks to the publisher, I'm giving away a year’s subscription to the magazine to one lucky reader! To sweeten this already generous offer, I’m also including a wool kit to make the butterfly portrait (includes the wool only, no frame). Just leave a comment telling me what topics you enjoy reading most on my blog. Quilting? Antiques? Gardening? Something else? I'm always curious as to what draws visitors to my site and even more, what keeps them coming back. You do NOT need to be an official Google follower of mine to enter. If you are, though, I’m giving you an extra entry to thank you for your support—to get it, you just need to enter a separate comment telling me you’re an official follower. Since I’ll be drawing the name via Random Generator, I need you to make a separate entry for that. This giveaway will end next Wednesday, January 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. (central time). I’ll randomly draw a name and announce the winner that Wednesday evening. The winner will have until Friday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m. (central time) to claim her/his prize by emailing me. 

And last but not least, I just wanted to share a photo of our latest fish dinner. After my previous post, I received a few emails from readers asking about all the fish I've been eating and how to prepare it. Recently, my husband and I received a wonderful surprise from my father-in-law. He has been ice fishing and caught some fresh bluegill for us! I lightly breaded them in the whole-wheat breadcrumbs before baking them. It's such a treat of have fresh fish in the middle of winter! Yum!