My name in print!

Today’s mail brought me something very special: my name in print! The brand new book, Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits, came today. Sweet hubby just couldn’t wait, and he tore open the package as soon as I told him what was inside. There she was: “Windblown” was smiling up at us from the front cover! I still can’t believe it! He flipped through the first few pages as quick … Continue reading

Time to Pre-Order Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits

Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits is now available for pre-order through the SAQA Bookstore ( I’m pretty eager to see it because “Windblown” is on the cover! Plus, I am a featured artist. What does that mean? I don’t exactly know, but it sounds pretty wonderful so I’m eager to find out! I was told that my quilts shown below will be in the book. Of course, other people … Continue reading

Review: The Complete Photo Guide to Art Quilting

I got a special gift in the mail this week. I’m rather addicted to books, especially ones with lots of pictures. The Complete Photo Guide to Art Quilting by Susan Stein will make a nice addition to my bookshelf, but first it will live by my couch for a while so I can leaf through it day after day. This book is an overview of just about every technique an … Continue reading

Sheer Whim at NQA Show

Sheer Whim at the 2011 NQA show

My sweet hubby and I had the opportunity to go to the NQA show today, and I was thrilled to see that “Sheer Whim” won a third place ribbon in the Art/Innovative category. (Sorry for the lousy picture! Can you believe I only took one, and it was fuzzy? Oh, well.) It was lots of fun seeing the 400 quilts in the show. I was paying special attention to the … Continue reading

SAQA Parlour Meeting

Shelley Brenner Baird

Today I had the opportunity to hostess a SAQA Parlour Meeting for the Southwest and Central Ohio regions. Despite an inch or two of snow, we had 27 people come and spend a few hours together. It is always so much fun to get a bunch of quilters together! I heard several people comment how much of an inspiration it was to see everyone else’s work, especially at this time … Continue reading

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Sheer Whim by Maria Elkins ©2010

The International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas begins this week. This is one of my favorite shows to attend. It’s huge! It draws people from around the world. There are so many things to see that you can walk down the same aisle several times and see something new each time. You can see the quilts in the competition, you can take classes and, of course, you can shop! Sadly, … Continue reading