10 Years of Artquiltmaker Blog

Yes, today is my 10 year Blogiversary. Appropriately I am at a Quilt Retreat. I’ll pick up any gifts when I return. 😉

Have you been with me the whole time?

I started Artquiltmaker Blog because I had hit a big milestone and I wanted to start something new and send my life in a new direction and practice writing. My first post was not stellar. I remember being distinctly uncomfortable and not knowing what to write. I got better though and even later in May 2005, I was posting real content. Short, not every day, but real content.

At the end of 2008 I moved the blog over to WordPress.

In 2008 and 2009, I started trying to post every day. I worked my way up to posting on that schedule, which I do now except in extraordinary circumstances. Life happens sometimes.

Somewhere in there, I did the Block-a-Long, which was fun, but not very popular. I am also doing the Creative Prompt Project, which will be ending when I get to #365. I still have to think of something special for that one! Having a once a week post that I don’t have to think up helps a lot in getting something posted every day.

This forum has helped me to move forward in my work. I have enjoyed seeing comments from people, getting to different quiltmakers via Instagram and Twitter and even meeting a few in person.

I really enjoyed looking through the photos below to pick the ones I wanted to add to the gallery of the last 10 years worth of my work. I was pleased to add a few pre-blog photos, so you get more of an idea of my work during my quiltmaking career.

I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know if I will continue to post every day or if I will start posting twice a day. As long as I enjoy the process and contribute to the quiltmaking community I will continue. Thank you for enjoying the ride along with me.



Update 5/13/2015: Thanks for playing! Comments are closed. The winners are:

  • Pam C – fabric scraps
  • Sherri D. – pattern
  • Jackie B – book

Happy Blogiversary

China Cake Plate
China Cake Plate

I started this blog in 2005 – 9 years ago, if you are counting. I have written over 2900 posts, some good, some bad. I have 4,600+ images in my Media Library. I write about a lot of stuff including:

Idea Cloud
Idea Cloud

I have 74 items marked as being about a completed project.

Thanks for reading all this time and for commenting on my projects and posts. Without you, why should I bother?


Check out the creative prompt, which was posted yesterday for those of you keeping track.

Birthday Report

I feel somewhat self indulgent by sharing my birthday report with you. I had such a great day, though, that I can’t help myself. I love my birthday and really strive to savor it every year. I think I would love to have it more than once a year, but then I would get really old, really fast and it wouldn’t be as special. The bonus was that I had a day off of work!

First, I got up and wrote in my journal and drank my tea. The boys got up and DH made us an omelette (I didn’t even have to ask!), then I started opening gifts. I couldn’t believe the generosity of my friends and family. I couldn’t even open all the gifts at once.

Granary Fabrics
Granary Fabrics

Later, I went to pick up my sewing machine and out to lunch with Maureen. Our favorite lunch place is right near the Granary, so while I waited for her, I looked at fabric. Julie and I are going to do a block project with the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book by Tula Pink and I saw the perfect background. My mother-in-law gave me some money and the fabrics are the result. I really like the Granary. The fabrics are all commercial and most of the ladies there tend towards non-art quilts, but I like the busyness and the variety of products in the place. They have a lot of fabric that is well organized and it is clean. They have lots of everything as well.

Birthday Gifts
Birthday Gifts

And then there was the birthday box! OMG! TFQ out did herself this year and sent me the most luscious quiltmaking fabric and supplies and inspiration. If I don’t buy anything else this year, I will be all set.

I also put the books that Julie gave me and some gifts that DH gave me in the picture. I am not tall enough to include them all.

One item I received was a FitBit. I have been wanting one and am pleased to finally be able to see where I am in terms of fitness. My first morning workout was over 2,000 steps, which is amazing!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

I took this photo back in September at the Alden Lane Nursery Outdoor Quilt Show. The quilts got people to the nursery, which actually sells plants and garden stuff (yes, my technical term).

Although, not all of you celebrate Christmas, I hope that you will project peace and love out into the world in your own way so that we can have a better world this month and next year.


















*See more terms for peace at Columbia



5×7 Folded Card
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Happy Blogiversary!!!!

Yes, today is my 8th blogiversary!

We are celebrating here at ArtQuiltmaker by…

China Cake Plate
China Cake Plate

eating cake…

Wine Bag, detail
Wine Bag, detail

drinking wine

and, of course, sewing. Of course, this is all virtual, since I am probably headed to work as you read this.

Have you been blogging that long?

Are you inspired when you read my blog?

Enjoy the party and let me know if you want me to write about something special during the next year. I can’t promise I will do it, but I will try to be inspired by your request!

Happy Mother’s Day!

KQED, my local public radio station, has a feature called Perspectives. Perspectives are small audio essays by regular people on a subject. On Friday, in the half awake state before I have to jump out of bed and start my day, I heard a Perspective by PeiPei Zhou. Ms. Zhou talked about all the sacrifices her mother made for her so she could have a better life. Immediately my mom popped into my mind.

I knew we weren’t rich. I never had the trendy clothes and shoes that my classmates sported, but I never felt deprived either. I traveled, I went to college all because my mom made sacrifices. I didn’t even realize the magnitude of her sacrifices for me until I was an adult. I am not sure I can fathom them now. I only know I have what I have and have accomplished is due to my hard work, but the unfailing, unquestioning support of my mother.

I probably wouldn’t be writing this blog without my mother. She sewed a lot when I was a kid — at least I remember her sewing a lot. You know how kids and time are: they think you did something all the time when you only did it once? I remember her sewing costumes for Halloween, school play costumes and doll clothes.

Cara of TalknT said it very well this morning on Twitter. She said “Happy Mother’s day to all the moms, mommys, Grandmas, mom in waitings, Stepmoms and caregivers. Blood doesn’t make a family. Love and you do.”

If you like this blog, or tolerate it 😉 head over to Mary’s Art Musings and say hi to my mom, Mary, and thank her for everything she has done.

My 3 Moms: Ruth (l), Edeltraut (m), Mary (r)
My 3 Moms: Ruth (l), Edeltraut (m), Mary (r)



Wishes for Peace in Your Life

Popcorn Snowman
Popcorn Snowman

My dad is a master at popcorn balls – at least he was when I was a kid. He was also all about decorating at Christmas. Above is a snowman made from the popcorn ball recipe/technique. I don’t know if it was eaten at the end of hte holidays or was thrown out. Dad made our holidays magical.