Monday, August 5, 2019

Quilt show

When I see a blogger's post saying "I haven't posted in a while" I am not interested in this fact, or the reason.  Just tell me what you want to say today.....

And this is my news for you today:

Last week, I had the pleasure of judging the 2019 Ladies of the Lake quilt show in Minocqua, WI.  There were many beautiful works of art to view and judge, not an easy task, but it was exciting and enjoyable.  

My Judge's Choice award was presented to my favorite quilt, not based on technique or anything else, just the one I liked the best.  

The ribbon went to "Chocolate Box" made by Sarah Bruso and machine quilted by Lisa Arndt

Here is a photo of me with this gorgeous quilt:  (shown here with permission)

That's all for now folks, short and simple.  I will post again with an update about my newest work in progress, it has to be "blog worthy" first.  

Happy Summer!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Gardens of Rock

This is one of my favorite but under recognized quilts.  I've shown it a number of times, but it has won few awards.  I don't think the judges quite "get" my idea here, or my inspiration.  

My workmanship is superb as is the machine quilting done by Ann Becker.  

Each block is a nature of garden interpretation of a favorite rock song or artist, thus the title Gardens of Rock (a play on rock gardens).  Are you with me so far?  The black circle backgrounds represent a vinyl record, the diamond circle border around each record depicts a diamond needle used to play the record.  That's it.  Very simple.  

I made a playlist of the songs and have copied it below.  

Rock On!

Gardens of Rock
93" x 93"


Friday, January 18, 2019

Neutral territory

In 2018, besides Greens of June, I made 5 other "non-show" quilts -  4 bed quilts and one wall hanging  Now it's back to my work on a new show quilt inspired by this photo of a cathedral in Penn Quarter, Washington DC.  Katy and I visited last June and she snapped this picture upon my command:  "Hold it!  There's a quilt here!!"

Cathedral at Penn Quarter

Here's a pic of the very center of my new design.  I have a long way to go, but you may see where I'm going with this.  It won't look anything like a cathedral. Well.... maybe.

Center Block

I was struck by the dimensional appliqué details of the cathedral, and also the gorgeous neutral stone colors. 

Here are photos of three of my recent quilts, also done in neutral tones:



Moonlight Migration

For more info about these quilts, you can search my blog.  Have a nice neutral day!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Quilt judging seminar

Quilting friends!  

Would anyone be interested in attending the NACQJ quilt judging seminar?  

If there are enough interested quilters, Maribeth Schmidt would teach the class in Wisconsin, location to be determined.  

I am planning to take this course, hopefully somewhere nearby. 

Let me know!  Here is the info:

The 2-day Introduction to Quilt Judging class was developed for the National Quilting Association over 30 years ago, and until recently was only taught at their national show.  In 2014, the Board approved a small group of Certified Judges to teach this class locally.  All local classes follow the same outline as the original class, allowing for differences in teaching styles and presentation.

Since the demise of the NQA, the Certified Judges have set up an independent organization to continue the tradition of certifying and teaching students to become effective quilt judges.  We are now the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges, 

The class is 12 – 13 hours in length, involving two full days of instruction through lectures, visuals, and hand’s on judging for the students.  Student participation is a requirement.  Students will be asked to bring 3-5 quilts to be used in sample judging experiences, and will receive a notebook of information on all areas covered.  

The class fee is $210.  On occasion, an additional fee of $15 must be charged to cover the notebook and handouts.

This class is a wonderful opportunity for:
·     Quilters who want to improve their skills
·     Quilters who are intrigued by the judging process
·     Quilters who may want to become quilt show judges
·     Show organizers who are in charge of the judging process

This class does not guarantee national judging certification, but with theexperience gained during these two days, plus the notebook of helpful information forfuture reference and study, interested quilters will have an excellent foundation forenteringthe certification process, and/or conducting highly successful quiltshows.

Lorraine Covington will be offering this class in Clemmons, NC. She needs a minimum of 4 students, and classes will not be larger than 8 students.  The dates are flexible.  If you have a few friends who would like to take this class with you, please contact Lorraine with your preferred dates, and an additional class can be added.

 Suggested dates for 2018:
            March 19 & 20, Monday and Tuesday
            May 4 & 5, Friday and Saturday
            August 10 and 11, Friday and Saturday
            September 10 and 11, Monday and Tuesday

Classes will start at 9 a.m. and end by 4:30 p.m. with 30 minutes for lunch.  Class times can be adjusted depending on drive times for students.

Class fees are set by the National Association of Quilt Judges at $210 per student.  This will include your 90-page notebook, and a copy of the NQA Guide to Judged Quilt Shows.

A non-refundable deposit of $50 should be mailed to Lorraine with the enclosed registration form filled out, after you have emailed or called her to hold your spot in the class of your choice.  Deposits can be transferred if you have to cancel your attendance.

Please contact Lorraine with any questions about the class or about the dates:
Lorraine Covington
1940 Dunmore Ln.
Clemmons 27012

Students will need to bring to class:
·      Balance of class fee
·      3-5 quilts/wallhangings to be included in mock judging exercises.  For the judging we need pieces with mistakes, issues, flaws, problems, etc. J  We will be kind so don’t be embarrassed – this is a safe learning environment!  If you want, you can add your BOS to the pile – all pieces will be welcomed.  If you cannot bring any pieces, Lorraine has plenty!
·      If you have any samples of surface design techniques, bring those too.  These can include single layer examples of foiling, stamping, Angelina, burning, etc. – anything you made in a class or while just playing around.  These do not need to be quilted and finished.
·      A cushion for your folding chair
·      Lunch and your favorite coffee pod(s) or beverage
·      Any questions you have built up thru the years on what the judges were doing.

Provided by Lorraine:
          Coffee, & tea – hot and cold, sweet and unsweet
          Snacks – sweet, salty, and protein
          Notebook of judging information with extra note paper and a pencil for notetaking
          My kitchen is yours while you are here so feel free to cook/heat-up/chill/freeze…..


Name: _______________________________________________________________________

Mailing address: _______________________________________________________________

City, state & zip code: __________________________________________________________

Home phone: __________________________ Cell Phone: _____________________________

Email address: _________________________________________________________________

Class dates: ___________________________________________________________________

Where did you hear about this class?_______________________________________________

Please mail to:  Lorraine Covington
                          1940 Dunmore Lane
                          Clemmons NC 27012

Deposit received: __________________________ Balance received: ____________________

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A feast for the eyes!

I wanted to share the 2018 winning quilts from the IQA show in Houston, TX:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Asheville, NC quilt show

I thought I'd share photos of my quilts at the Asheville, NC quilt show this past weekend. Both won Honorable Mention ribbons.  Wonderful!  

Ann Becker (who lives in North Carolina) is posing in the photos.  She machine quilted Gardens of Rock, absolutely gorgeous work. (A full photo with description of my inspiration follows).  We collaborated on Greens of June:  I designed the quilt and did the machine appliqué, she did the machine quilting.  This was the first showing of Greens of June.

 Gardens of Rock

 Greens of June
close up

Greens of June 

Gardens of Rock
Full photo

Each block was inspired by a favorite rock song or artist and done in a "garden" theme.  Here they are, starting at top left:

Songbird  - Fleetwood Mac
4 songs -    Van Morrison
I am a Rock - Simon and Garfunkle
Harvest Moon - Neil Young
Colours  - Donovan
Forever Young - The Band
San Francisco -  Scott McKenzie
Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds
Learn to be Still - The Eagles. 

Monday, May 21, 2018


Hello quilting friends,

When I meet someone I haven't seen in a while, I am always asked: "So, are you still quilting?"  and "What are you working on?" 

Yes, I have been quilting, sewing and knitting non-stop and have just finished several big projects, all for my daughter and grandkids.

First project which I started in January,  a king size quilt for mom and dad's bed.  A replica of an antique quilt, traditional LeMoyne star pattern, lovingly named The Behemoth.  The largest quilt I've ever made at 108" x 108"  and machine quilted by Ann Becker.

                                               The Behemoth, show off by Woody

Then two twin size quilts for Woody's new big boy room.  These were fun and easy to do, using lots of different blue print fabrics.  My daughter wanted random placement of the blocks.  I quilted these myself, a challenge as I haven't machine quilted in a while using stitch-in-the ditch and straight line echo quilting. 

And in addition to these quilts, I knit a stuffed bunny and a baby blanket (more like a rug) for my new granddaughter, June.  (No pics - darn), and stitched up several tablecloths and pillows, also for my daughter's home. She was "nesting" before the baby was born, getting all her home projects done.  

Now it's back to other works.  "Greens of June" is on Ann Becker's quilt frame, ready to get finished.  Here's a picture before I added borders:

New quilt designs are in my head, time to get at them! 

As always:  Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

All is new

It's a New Year, yes that's all we hear about right now, but still January 1 is a milestone.  It's time to refresh and renew. It's also time to share some of the projects  I've been working on and new projects in store.

Each year, I use a favorite quilt as my Christmas card photo.  I especially like the results I had using to print my cards last year (odd to say last year already).  I used my most recent quilt "Blossoms in Wool" a collaborative quilt I did with Ann Becker.  

Another project completed:  a table mat done in wool, appliquéd by machine with hand embroidery.  Pattern by

And what do I have up next:  

My daughter Carla asked me to make this quilt for their king sized bed.  She found a photo of a vintage quilt and I created the design using my EQ7 program. Eight point stars, not the easiest pieced block in the world, but hey!  I can appliqué all those stars!  I will definitely pre-wash the red fabric using Synthrapol to set the color.  

And after this quilt is finished, she has ordered new quilts for Woody's new big boy room, a family room quilt and of course a quilt for the Woody's new baby sister who will be born in May.   

This should keep me occupied during the long Northwood's winter.

I'm planning on entering 'Blossoms in Wool' in the 2018 IQA show in Houston, Texas and the Fall Paducah, Kentucky show.  

Oh, and as far as my New Year's resolutions, I gave up trying to write them and decided to revisit this quote and leave it at that:  

Friday, June 16, 2017

New Quilt/New Venture


My newest quilt, yet to be named arrived yesterday from machine quilter Ann Becker, Always in Stitches.  It is always exciting to unpack that box and see what beauty lies within.  And no exception with this quilt.  Ann's quilting is amazing.  This photo is just a sneak peek.  The binding needs to be sewn, a sleeve and label added, good photos need to be taken once hanging.

I am also announcing a new venture in my quilt world.  That is, Ann and I have decided to collaborate on quilts.  This will be a new "learn as you go" venture for both of us, or should I say adventure?  

More and more show quilts are entered as a collaborative effort. I will continue to design and construct the quilt top and Ann will design and machine quilt the quilt, same as we have done in the past but now both our names will be listed as entrants at shows.  

It always seemed to me that this is the way it should be.  Quilting is such a huge part of a quilt especially in today's competitive arena.  Why shouldn't the quilter be considered an equal partner?

June weather is unpredictable here in northern Wisconsin, but there have been many beautiful days and then I'm outside working on my gardens or reading a book in the sun. But I'm hoping for some rainy days so I can get into my sewing room and get to work. 

Lake view of my home on Echo Lake

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beaded Blocks

Thought I would share photos of  my current quilt project.  I've added some accent beading, nothing too elaborate, just a little extra interest.  Check out my last blog post to see the layout. 

Now it's on to the borders.  

Oh, and Leo just enjoyed watching me work so much yesterday, he dozed off.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring Quilt Week Paducah


This time of year, a quilter's thoughts turn to spring and for me, spring is all about Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky.  An annual tradition for the past 14 years, I enter the show and spend the week at my sister's home in Cape Girardeau, MO.  We attend the show together and just have a great time.  

I'm happy to announce that my quilt Happy has been juried into the show this year as well
another of my quilts A Few of My Favorite Things. 

A Few of My Favorite Things

The competition is fierce in this international show, it's not that easy to be chosen as a finalist and even harder to win a ribbon.  I love seeing my quilts at the show among all that talent whether I win or not.  

And this year, another of my quilts Moonlight Migration will be on exhibit at the National Quilt museum in Paducah as part of their New Quilts From an Old Favorite challenge.  I'll attend a book signing on Friday, April 28th; I wrote a chapter about my quilt for the annual book published by AQS.

Moonlight Migration

So that's the latest news from Jane's Quilt World.

What am I working on now?  A smaller wall hanging, done in wool appliqué on cotton backgrounds using my raw edge machine appliqué technique to stitch the motifs.  Some of these blocks were adapted from my Flower Power quilt and others were newly designed.   
I love the results. All the blocks are stitched but not pieced yet and I'm in the process of adding some hand beading. Of course, there will be borders to design and appliqué.  

Happy Spring and Quilt Week!!

 What I'm working on now

Monday, November 21, 2016


 Moonlight Migration
56" x 56"

For those of you who are following the progress of my newest quilt pictured here, I'm happy to announce that it has been chosen as a finalist in the National Quilt Museum's 2017 challenge:  New Quilts from an Old Favorite.   

It's on its way to Paducah, KY to be judged and photographed for the book AQS will publish, featuring all the finalists in full color, with a photo of the maker, information about the quilt's development, patterns and tips.

And as a finalist, my quilt will be included in the museum's exhibit which goes on tour around the country for two years. 

Monday, October 31, 2016



A Few of My Favorite Things

A nice 1st place ribbon for each of my quilts entered at the recent Treasures of Tomorrow quilt show, Marshfield, WI.  

This show is an annual tradition for me.  I've entered and attended with my friend Jan  for the past 20 years (rough estimate).  

There were lots of interesting and lovely quilts to view this year, and some great vendors. Every show I attend gives me some kind of inspiration.  

But lately I've been struggling with the "too many quilts getting in my way" syndrome.  It's keeping me from plunging right into a new quilt since finishing Moonlight Migration.  

I have never sold any of my quilts but am now changing my way of thinking;  some of them can certainly move on to other homes.  

My quilt Cottage Garden is listed on The Quilt Broker for sale. 
Cottage Garden

Another, I gave to a friend in exchange for deck repair and rebuilding.  I'm also thinking about eBay and Etsy as possible sites to explore.  

While I realize I will never recoup my time and costs involved in making my quilts, I have no reason to just keep them. They will be priced to sell.

How about you?  Do any of you sell your handmade quilts an if so where? Do you donate them to charity, give them to family and friends? 

I'll keep you posted as I list quilts for sale.  

On that note, while out walking this morning, a new quilt idea popped in my head.  I shall keep you posted on that too.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Moonlight Migration 
56" x 56"

In case you didn't read my recent blog post about Moonlight Migration, here it is.  

This quilt is completely finished, machine quilted by me, blocked, labeled and photoed.

My entry will be sent to the National Quilt Museum and if I'm a finalist (and maybe a winner), this quilt, its story and pattern will be included in the museum's 2017 book.  It will also be displayed at the museum during Paducah's AQS Quilt Week in April and then tour for 2 years as part of the challenge exhibit.    

A couple of close up photos:

On to a new project!