Friday, March 10, 2023

 Facebook - Artistic Artifacts' Creative Minds

On March 11, at 9:30 AM (eastern time) I will be participating live on the weekly Facebook page of Artistic Artifacts' Creative Minds Facebook page. The program is an interview with Judy Gala about my new book, Roll with the Classics. The interview will remain on their page for future viewing.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

For the past couple of years I have been quilting non-stop at home. I have designed 3 new rulers and written a book. To accomplish this I have made over 30 quilts, and numerous pillows, for-the-table projects ;lus a dozen tote bags tote bags. I have become intrigued with making tote bags using pet-mesh, a stiff screening material that makes great see through totes. I add a quilted pocket to the outside of the bag and I am good to go. 

Here is a pair of bags, using a new Cut Loose Press pattern and my newest ruler, the Wonky Log Cabin. I made a traditional quilted bag and a mesh bag, both with a convenient outside pocktd using one Wonky Log Cabin quilt pocketblock. You can order the ruler and the pattern from my website:

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

New! Pineapple Trim Tool with skinny strips

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5, Creative Grids will  be introducing my new Pineapple Trim Tool. It makes 6", 9", or 12" blocks. The finished strip width is 3/4" instead of 1".  I will be watching, so come join me to see how it works.


A live live demo starts on Wednesday, January 5, 1:30 PM Eastern Time. Below is the link for the video.


Attached are projects I made using the ruler. Two table runners, two small quilts and 1 twin size quit. It was great fun making the quilts. Some were quick one day projects and others not so quick. All use scraps or precuts such as layer cake squares, fat quarters or 2-1/2" precuts.

 Pineapple Pinwheels

Pineapple Surprise Table Runner
Pineapple Puzzle Wall Quilt

Gumdrops Baby Quilt and Game Time Table Runner

Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Do you ever dream about quilts? I often do and last night I had a curious dream. In this cream I moved to Hawaii so I could design fabrics for quilters. I love to watercolor flowers, so the fabric I was designing had lovely big flowers with lots of leaves. Hidden in the leaves were little creatures. there were lizards, bees, ladybugs and the like. I have never dreamed of moving to Hawaii but I have visited and the flowers that grow there are big and beautiful. Where did this dram come from? Who knows? Here is my watercolor of cone flowers and one I call exotic flowers and sunflowers.

Several years ago I did design a fabric line for a company, it was called Charleston and the prints were similar to those available in the 1800's. Here is the quilt I made using my fabric line

The quilt was featured in the book, Log Cabin Quilts that I authored with my sister, Janet Houts. The book is out of print but you may be able to find a used copy on Amazon.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day

As always, on Memorial Day I want to remember my Uncle Ronald who died in WWII. He was my mother's only brother and I promised her and my Aunt Cleita that I would always keep his memory alive. I have registered him at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. They have a special chapel and a memory book for this purpose. There is also a wonderful WWII Memorial on the Mall in Washington DC, it is both moving and inspiring. 

Here is the only photo I have of Uncle Ronald. 

Ronald Perrine Havers

Pvt Havers was born 1918, died 1945 in Manila where he was buried. He was a member of the 129th Infantry, 37th Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart with 2 Oak Clusters for his service after action that resulted in injury during the battle at Bouganville in the South Pacific. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021


 The renowned children's author and artist, Eric Karl, has died. Andover Fabrics interpreted many of his books into fabrics and I was honored to design quilts for Andover using these fabrics. Here are three of the many quilts I designed for the caterpillar. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Lost and Found

Rainbow Swirls is one of my favorite quilts. Some time ago I thought I had lost it. This week I discovered its whereabouts. It was lent out as part of a quilt market display along with several other quilts made with my various trim tools for perfect blocks every time. All are coming home next week.


Rainbow Swirls is partially shown in the upper left corner. Next to it is one of my original Pineapple quilts. The bottom row features the mini Trim The Tree tale runner using the mini Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool and the and the Citrus Table Runner. Rainbow Swirls and Citrus Table Runner are made using the original Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool. All are available on my website