Posts Tagged ‘Rose Seay’

Catch Up

June 5, 2013

Some days the little catch-up jobs take all my attention. Despite my best efforts to ignore them, comes a time when they block my path like a herd of linebackers. That’s what happened this week. One of those tasks concerned photos of quilts made in my prison class, and I thought I would share them.




Margaret Misegades and I teach the class, but we also get help from other members of Amador Valley Quilters who donate fabric to the program, cut kits for the inmates to sew, quilt and bind the tops and backs, and get those quilts to Community Quilts for distribution to local organizations. These photos were taken by Cathy Lacer.


Lori Vogel's house blocks

Lori Vogel’s house blocks


This quilt began with orphan blocks donated by Lori Vogel. The inmates completed the top in one class and the back in another.



From Cathy and Vera


This is a quilt made from kits that Cathy and Vera Pierce cut.



From Linda’s pattern


This quilt started with a pattern that Linda Ballou wrote up for me. Both she and Rose Seay have made many kits for the class, and have been a source of great ideas for easy patterns.


Like all the really worthwhile activities in my life, the prison class would be impossible without the help of my friends at Amador Valley Quilters. I don’t know that I thank them enough for all they do for me, so I’m glad my catch-up job gave me another opportunity to say how grateful I am.





Sometimes You’re The Windshield, Sometimes You’re The Bug

November 14, 2012

This was a windshield week for me. Just as I was wondering how I was going to find time to make a crazy quilt for the backdrop of the booth Ann Anastasio and I will have at the SAQA conference in Santa Fe, my friend Rose Seay announced at the Amador Valley Quilters meeting that she had a crazy quilt looking for a good home. She cautioned us that it was worn, and made in the 1940s or 50s, and I know she was thinking no one would want it. But she was wrong!

Isn’t it pretty?

crazy quilt detail

There are many possibilities here!

The quilt will be perfect as a backdrop, and I can add whatever embroidery or embellishments we need to make it correspond to the quilt we have in our new novel, When Chenille Is Not Enough. Rose is happy, I’m happy, joy abounds.

The next serendipitous finding also occurred at the guild meeting. The speaker, Alethea Ballard, was selling itsy-bitsy mitts, perfect for taking hot mugs or bowls from the microwave.

The front . . .

. . . and the back.

She also sold patterns, with the insulated batting. I bought one mitt for me because it is so darned cute, and the pattern because I still have time to make stocking stuffers for a select few good girls and boys.

Finally, I forced myself into the sewing room to tidy up. It doesn’t look all that different, but I re-organized a couple of bins (I even consolidated a few of them, freeing up a little space), dealt with two piles (throwing things away can be liberating!), and addressed the issue of my plastic bag collection.

I teased my mother once about her plastic bag collection – mostly bread bags that she washed out and used to freeze whole tomatoes. Mine is worse. These are bags that were used for quilt kits. When the completed top came back, so did the bag. I thought I was doing a good job of recycling the bags, but I neglected to factor in the bags that other people used for the kits they cut for me. Those bags never made it back to them. At some level I knew this, but chose to ignore it. Ah, well, that’s a task for next week.