River City Quilt Guild Opportunity Quilt

River City

If you glanced through my web site you realize that I like to design appliqué quilts. I have more ideas than time. The local guild inspired me to design one for them. As usual, a design is simply a problem to be solved.


  1. The guild needs to make money by raffling off the quilt.
  2. The quilt needs to look great from across the room inviting people to get close enough to buy raffle tickets.
  3. The quilt must have sections that can be given to other quilters to stitch.
  4. The quilt should represent the Sacramento valley.
  5. The design must be approved by the quilt show chair for 2018.

The quilt show chair expressed a wish for a stained glass window quilt so I looked at the best for inspiration.


Louis Comfort Tiffany

The advantage to this design idea is there are a variety of shapes that can become quilt blocks for other guild members to stitch. I wanted to simplify the design so it wouldn’t be intimidating for those who are new to appliqué. I started with a mountain and a few hills. We can see the part of the Sierra range from town. I added the basics of a tree.


I worked with Korey Chase and Sandra Mollon the Quilt Show Chair and the Artistic Adviser until the design looked like this:

oak tree birds

There were many modifications and adjustments plus a few terrific group appliqué lessons lead by Sandra.

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Fabric Garden offered us their classroom for our first stitching session. The room was FULL! I was delighted.

Our next sewing session was at Meissner’s. Thank you to both venues for their generosity.

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Due to all the hard work we see results.


Several weeks later the sashing and borders are stitched and the quilt top is done except for stitching down a few birds.


The quilt is now with the long arm quilter. I can’t wait to see the results.


Asilomar: Machine Appliqué Adventures

I have taught at Quilt Festival in Houston and for AQS in Lancaster but the Empty Spools experience beats them all. You stay in the historic women’s college, built over 100 years ago by architect Julia Morgan. The setting is one of the most beautiful parts of the world on the beach at Monterey Bay. Pebble Beach golf and 17 Mile Drive are very close. My 5 day workshop explores the world of machine appliqué. We will play with tools and shortcuts, time savers and applique design options for mock hand applique (turned edge), raw edge applique and fusible web applique. The cafeteria provides food, the evenings include entertainment and the whole experience is worth the money.

Foothill Quilters Guild


This quilt design has many hidden opportunities to show off your skill. Simple machine applique makes a scalloped background. There are bias tape branches to stitch. The leaves and blossoms are cut in class with a Silhouette Cameo and ready to machine stitch. Optional: look at the sample quilts and decide if you will bead your berries or birds. You may wish to make cherries and blossoms instead of blackberries.

Foothill Quilters Guild

The History of Applique

A brief journey through the world of applique from the egyptians to today. The lecture starts with a PowerPoint slideshow and ends with a show of the latest of Laurel Anderson’s quilts.

Somewhere in the middle is the soap opera of the invention of the sewing machine.


Geraniums-blue-2Sometimes my quilt ideas evolve and include the latest amazing fabrics. The interesting fabrics used in these 2 quilts come from Northcott. Which colorway do you like best? My favorite is the one with the copper bowl. The deep orange to lemon yellow fabric is an ombre as well as the fabric that made all the leaves. Find the pattern here. The appliqué shapes including the doily were cut using my Silhouette CAMEO. The petals of the geraniums were sprayed withTerial Magic and dried over marbles to give them shape. I did all the quilting myself using my Bernina. Find the pattern for the Geraniums in Blue here: