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My drafts folder is full of out-of-date, half-written blog posts.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!


Summer Solstice

Posted February 5th, 2011 by Ellen and filed in For Sale, My Work

Summer Solstice

17 1/2″  Square

Last weekend everyone wanted a pattern for this small piece at the Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza.  I’m thinking summer as I work on that today.

Hand-dyed fabrics were combined with a bit of commercial cotton,  a sun printed border created with Setacolor Transparent paint, and a rubber stamped star in this piece.   It was then machine quilted using a free-motion technique.

It’s a lot easier to write a pattern while making a quilt than the other way around.   But this one is graphed out and will be on my Pattern Page soon.  Watch for it!

Thanks, everyone

Posted January 29th, 2011 by Ellen and filed in For Sale, Quilt Events

Thanks to everyone who visited me at the Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza!  It was wonderful meeting so many fabulous people and seeing old friends.

We’re working on the  Pattern Page which will hopefully be up soon.  If you saw a pattern you want before the page goes ‘live’ just shoot me an email.    ellenguerrant@gmail.com

We had a grand time at the show and hope you did too.  Now get those needles out!  xoxox


Wow!  We’re having an awesome time at the Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza, nearly selling out of patterns today.  It’s always wonderful to be amongst those who share your passion, but quilters seem to have a special enthusiasm for their art.

I would not be able to do this show without the great help of my friend Debby Harwell.  Not only is she smart and funny, she’s brimming with super ideas.  Thanks, Debby!

The best part of any event is seeing old friends.  I spent a good part of the day visiting with incredible women whose friendships go back to 1980.  Thanks for coming to see me, everyone!  Special thanks to Betty Metcalf who got me started in travel teaching and judging.  And of course many thanks  to sisters Cindy and Patti, who asked me to teach at their shop, The Quilters’ Gallery, when I was just starting out  over 30 years ago.  I never dreamed those opportunities would take me so far and literally change my life!

Don’t miss the last day of the show tomorrow.  We’ll be open 9-5.

Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza

Statesville Civic Center

300 S. Center Street

Statesville NC

Booth 34 – Occasional Threads

Quilt and Needle Art Extravaganza – Soon!

Each Cutie Pie is unique!

A limited number of one-of-a-kind kits will be available.  Shown are two for the Cutie Pie. Kits  include the pattern, pre-sewn vintage fabric Cutie Pie with back, three vintage buttons and three yards of  DMC embroidery floss.  You furnish the stuffing.

Vintage buttons will also be for sale.

This Friday and Saturday, 9-5

Statesville ( NC)  Civic Center

300 S. Center St., Statesville

Check us out in Booth 34!

Occasional Threads