Out There, Still

Posted February 6th, 2015 by Ellen and filed in Exhibitions, Family, For Sale, My collections, My Work, Personal, Teaching, Travels

My drafts folder is full of out-of-date, half-written blog posts.  The last 13 months have been busy, busy, busy with kitchen remodeling and home repairs.  What began as a 90-day project (which went seamlessly) turned into us realizing what others have known:  You make one room in your house really nice, and everything else looks like kaka.  We ended up painting most of our lower level’s rooms,  up the stairway and  the upper hallway.  Roofs of our house and garage were replaced, garage doors rebuilt, and many minor repairs completed.  Two days before Christmas, just as we thought things were settling, our furnace died.  After two weeks without heat, a new, energy efficient natural gas unit was in place.  The main AC unit is also new, as the refrigerant for the old one is no longer made.   We are, in a word, exhausted.  But we love our new kitchen and are happy to have so many overdue items taken care of.

After 33 years of travel teaching, I retired at the end of the year.  I’ll miss that part of my life, but want to concentrate on my own work and ideas.  I also want to spend more time with our two adorable grandchildren!  They are already 2 and 3, and I don’t want to miss a moment of it.

Lev Ira Rotate2Our grandbabies in their Grammy Jammies!

I have big plans for this year which include downsizing my “collections” and getting super organized, writing decent blog posts, making more quilts and most importantly, spending more time with friends.

Wishing all of you a belated happy Groundhog Day and an even later Happy New Year!


Appearing Near You

Posted February 14th, 2014 by Ellen and filed in Exhibitions, My Work, News, Quilt Events, Teaching, Uncategorized

I’ll be presenting a lecture/trunk show Monday for the York County (SC) Quilters.  I’d love to see you If you’re in the Charlotte area.


Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Avenue

Rock Hill, South Carolina

LECTURE:  Journey of a Quiltmaker

February 17, 2014 – 7 p.m.


Even More

Posted March 17th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in Exhibitions, Other Artists, Quilt Events

More images from the Charlotte Quilters’ Guild show, “Through the Garden Gate.”   All are wonderful, but I was particularly drawn to quilts shown 2nd and fourth.

My Friend Carol

Posted March 16th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in Exhibitions, Garden, Other Artists, Teaching, Uncategorized

Carol McLaughlin with “Blue Winter Star Flakes,”  judged  Best of Show/Traditional

Carol is an inspiration!  I first met her when teaching my Quilting 101 beginner class at Sewing Arts Studio in southeast Charlotte.  From the very beginning, Carol showed great enthusiasm, jumping right in with both feet.  Always smiling, her bright spirit was contagious.

Carol is a great example of why I love to teach.  She was like a sponge, wanting to soak up every bit of knowledge I would share.  In watching her, I was taken back to the day I was introduced to quilting, studying with the late Ellen Eanes.  I had left class  looking for an all night fabric store!  I never wanted to stop quilting and knew I had found my life’s work.

I tell all my students about the Charlotte Quilters’ Guild http://www.charlottequiltersguild.org/ and encourage them to attend a meeting of like-minded artists.  Ever enthusiastic, Carol not only came to meetings, she became actively involved, volunteering again and again.  All this time, she kept quilting, honing her skills.

I was so proud of Carol when she shared her traditionally pieced “Blue Winter Star Flakes” quilt which had won 1st place  and Best of Show/Traditional in last weekend’s Charlotte Quilters’ Guild show, “Through the Garden Gate”.  I am in no way taking even a wee bit of credit for Carol’s success.  All I did was open the door and give her a little nudge.  How’s that for a fabulous payoff!

Congratulations, Carol!  Here’s a big “attagirl” from me to you.  xo

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts

Posted March 10th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in Birds, Christmas, Exhibitions, Garden, Other Artists, Quilt Events, Teaching

eri Kellett’s amazing “Stars with Flair” adapted from a pattern by Christine Kennedy.  Quilted by Deborah Norris

Best of Show, “Flowers for Jacob” by Melanie Paul honors the memory of her beloved Great Pyrenes, Jacob.

“Christmas Garden” by June Alston.  June began with Valori Wells’ “Wrenly” collection in Christmas colors.  When she saw the “Paducah Pickle Dish” pattern by Kathryn Patterson, she decided fabric and pattern were a match.  I think she’s right!

Donna Hartenstine’s “Staring Contest with an Italian Grasshopper”, my favorite in the “Postcards from the Garden” guild challenge.

Below, is Danielle Barr’s “Some of My Favorite Things”

Patti Bethune’s “Flower Power” was awarded “Best Use of Color”

I spent a delightful afternoon at my guild’s annual show, Through the Garden Gate. I wasn’t chairing a committee this year nor had I entered a quilt.  It was great to be able to stroll through the show, taking it all in, visiting with friends.  The Charlotte Quilters’ Guild is loaded with talent, as you can see.  Watch for more photos tomorrow!