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March 9, 2019
2019 – Squares in Squares from Lotus Cove Quilting

Here’s a view of my design wall today. This project is using lots of fabrics from my stash. Only purchase so far was one yard for the center squares. The blocks should finish 12″ square, making a single-sized quilt.


Squares In Squares on Design Wall

Note on design walls: I used anti-pill fleece on this wall, wrapped over insulation panels. Fleece holds much better than flannel. Completed blocks would rarely stick to my old flannel wall unless I pinned them. No problem with the fleece.

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February 6, 2019
Update 9 – 2019 Buckeye Ties from Lotus Cove Quilting

I put this project away two years ago, stymied about how to fit its parts together. It’s a combination of variations on the Ohio Star block and a map of the State.

My father was proud to be both an Ohioan and a Marine. I used his extensive collection of (mostly silk) patriotic ties to piece the top. At last it’s fit together and the quilting has begun on my Viking.


Still not sure if this will make much sense once it’s done, but at least it’s closer to being finished.

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January 31, 2019
Update – Honey Bee Variation Quilt – 1948 from Lotus Cove Quilting


You might remember this quilt, that I posted in 2014. It was made in 1948 by my great grandmother, Rose Brown Tague. The traditional honey bee block, in pink and purple, alternates with snowball blocks with green corners. The original post can be accessed under “Family Antiques” in the right-hand column.

I recently found an old photo, taken of my grandmother, Mary Josephine Hamrick Tague, holding nine-day-old me, her first grandchild. Covering her chair is this new quilt, positively dating it to 1948. That’s my father’s writing; he probably took the photo.

1948 sep 10 grandma tague holding jaye bower fish

It would be great if there ...

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January 21, 2019
Basket Project – 2018-19 from Lotus Cove Quilting

It started with a gift exchange at Rochester Modern Quilt Guild. We were to make a small container or basket to exchange with other members at our January meeting. Here’s the one I made for the exchange:











The interior fabric is from Mali, and the handles are riveted-on leather tabs. The pattern I found was so great, I also used it to make some Christmas gifts.


These went to my sister-in-law and husband, to coordinate with her MacKenzie-Childs collection. Handles were made from the same fabric as the binding, with wire inserts.


These cat-themed baskets were gifts for my ...

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January 8, 2019
New-to-Me Handi Quilter 16 from Lotus Cove Quilting

Yes, I have finally acquired my own long arm!


Handi Quilter 16 with 10′ Rollers

After renting time on the great long arm quilting machines at Jackie Lynn’s in Irondequoit for several quilts, I wanted to have my own machine but really couldn’t justify the price of a new one. So when a friend at Genesee Valley Quilt Club posted this older HQ16, I jumped at the chance. Turns out, another member had purchased a new Nolting, so sold his Gammill to the HQ owner, who sold the HQ to me. Rather like falling dominoes!


Handi Quilter 16 ...

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January 6, 2019
2018 – Green Fuse – Finished from Lotus Cove Quilting

Green Fuse – a full-sized bed quilt – was part of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild’s “Taking Flight” show (September 29, 2018).


I used a bright lime thread for all the quilting.


2018 Green Fuse Floral Quilting Details

2018 Green Fuse Floral Details

2018 Green Fuse Floral Details

I quilted florals on the white area, seedlike ovals on the green, and roots on the gray.


2018 Green Fuse Quilting Detail “Rose”

Also among the roots was part of the Dylan Thomas poem “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.”

More quilting details in next post.


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January 3, 2019
2018 – Ten Squared Plus Five from Lotus Cove Quilting

At last, the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild’s first show, “Taking Flight,” is over (September 29) and I’ve nearly recovered. It was a huge success; we had lots of visitors, lots of quilts, and lots of happy vendors. It was also a huge job creating a show out of whole cloth, a job I’m glad to pass along to another guild member.


“Taking Flight” – inaugural show by Rochester Modern Quilt Guild, September 29, 2018

So, here is a quilt I made for the show. You can also see it hanging lower center in the show photo.


Ten Squared ...

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August 1, 2018
2018 -Green Fuse from Lotus Cove Quilting

Wow, it’s been over a year since I posted on the blog!

Since the 2017 Genesee Valley Quilt Fest, I’ve been extremely busy with two projects: downsizing from a 4-bedroom house to a 2-bedroom condo, and chairing the first quilt show of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild.

Taking Flight logo

The show will be 10-5 on Saturday, September 29 at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14610. Hope to see you there!

And I’ve managed in the meantime to make a few quilts. I hope to cover them in upcoming posts, but here’s a preview ...

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May 16, 2017
Update 8 – 2017 Buckeye Ties from Lotus Cove Quilting

I finished most of northeast Ohio today. You can see the shore of Lake Erie and the area between Cleveland and the Pennsylvania border. Hello, Amanda, Nate, Jack, and Ivy – livin’ in the Heights!  That yellow triangle is for you, having fun at the park, with those great lake views.

Buckeye Ties Northeast Ohio

Buckeye Ties Northeast Ohio – Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula Counties and Lake Erie

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May 15, 2017
Update 7 – 2017 Buckeye Ties from Lotus Cove Quilting

Will this quilt be finished by the Genesee Valley Quilt Club’s deadline? I have to deliver it on Tuesday, May 30 for judging for the 2017 QuiltFest. I’m averaging two stars a day, so in theory I have time to complete the blocks, sew them together, and quilt. There are 49 Ohio Star quilt blocks making one huge Ohio Star, so 50 in all. If you squint a bit, you can see the white star points beginning to emerge.

Buckeye Ties design wall May14

Buckeye Ties on Design Wall 14 May 2017

A map of Ohio is superimposed on the design, so the ...

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