Quilts For Pulse


I started my artistic endeavors with quilting and although this blog is mostly about my drawing and painting, I’ve never totally given up my love of fabric and quilting.

Late last week a call came out from our guild’s community service chairs. The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild had started a campaign to make quilts for survivors, family of the victims, first responders and if there were extras they would be distributed to the LGBTQ community centers in the Orlando area.

Was any one interested in participating?  Yes!  Years ago I’d lived in Orlando and still have a soft spot in my heart for it. Fortunately, others in our guild, Northern Lights Quilt Guild,  wanted to participate!  A plan was hatched to create our own quilt comprised of various sized heart blocks. 12.5″, 9.5″, 6.5″, and 3.5″ blocks will fit together like one big jigsaw puzzle!

I worked out my plan in my journal… my external brain 🙂

ROY G BIV… red orange yellow green blue indigo violet,  Rainbow colors!

For my blocks I decided to change up the color sequence by using the indigo-violet as the background and using a violet-pink for the final strip.


12″ block  – 12.5″ unfinished:

  • 6 – 2.5″ X 12.5″ strips (one of each color)
  • 2 – 6.5″ square background
  • 4 – 2.5″ square background

9″ block – 9.5″ unfinished

  • 6 – 2″ X 9.5″ strips
  • 2 – 5″ square background
  • 4 – 2″ square background

6″ block – 6.5″ unfinished

  • 6 – 1.5″ X 6.5″ strips
  • 2 – 3.5″ square background
  • 4 – 1.5″ square background

Let the cutting, sewing and pressing begin!

I don’t want to waste fabric… I think I’ll be able to get some half square triangles if I sew another line.

A little more cutting, pressing and sewing and I have a finished block!

… and extra blocks too! I later discarded the smaller ones, they were too small to easily expand.

Once I cut the half square blocks down to size… 3.5″ square… I had a nice selection.

The extra blocks even make a few nice pinwheels.

I can’t wait to see the blocks made by the other members of the Northern Lights Quilt Guild. Thank you Niña, Sarah and Candy… We’ll soon have a beautiful quilt stitched with love!

Parkinson’s Comfort Quilts

My friend Joanne Lendaro of Splitting Stitches, and I collaborated on three quilts for one of our favorite charities, the Parkinson’s Comfort Project.  I pieced the using bits and bobs of my UFOs (Unfinished Objects)… and Joanne did a masterful job on the machine quilting!  All three are approximately 36 inches wide by 60 inches long.

The Parkinson’s Comfort Project was started by a fellow Northern Lights Quilt Guild member Sonja Hakala in collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Parkinson’s Center and has been named the 2015 Vermont Quilt Festival’s Nonprofit of the Year!

If you’re interested in making a quilt… or three as we did… there are a few guidelines that will guide you in creating a piece showing your love and care.

The Vermont Quilt Festival takes place June 26th-28th, 2015 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont. The Parkinson’s Comfort Project will have an information booth where they’ll be raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease and the Comfort Quilt program.  If you’re in or near Burlington, Vermont that weekend be sure to stop!