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.


On the Road Again

Posted April 18th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in My Work, News, Quilt Events, Teaching, Travels, Uncategorized

“His Eye is on the Sparrow”

Hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics by the artist with a bit of upcycled cloth.

I’ll be giving my “Journey of a Quiltmaker” lecture tonight to the Foothills Quilters Guild in Shelby, NC.  Saturday we’ll have a day full of fun creating whimsical villages in my “Gimme Shelter” workshop.  Hope to see you there!

Photo credit:  Suzie Guerrant

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.

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!

Susan Edmonson’s “Twigs and Tweets”

Posted March 10th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in Birds, Exhibitions, Other Artists, Quilt Events, Uncategorized, Vintage

Susan holds a copy of her book, “Twigs and Tweets”

Charlotte Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show, “Through the Garden Gate”

My super talented friend Susan Edmonson has a new book!  “Twigs and Tweets” is hot off the press.  It features 15 of Susan’s designs plus options for more.  As you can see from her booth display, Susan is super talented with a delightful, whimsical folk-art sense of style.  Her things are unique, equisitely detailed and full of surprise.

Passionate Roots by Susan Edmonson.

Her words:  “This mixed media book was created for my “Stitched with Creativity” retreat from 2012.  My inspiration was from all that the trees have to teach us.””

I’ve known Susan for well over 25 years.  We met through our quilt guild, but became friends when I was a dealer at the antiques fair, and Susan was my best button customer.

Along with friend Kristie Steiner, Susan hosts an annual “Stitched with Creativity” retreat.  For further information on the retreats or Susan’s new book, contact her here: or visit her website: Read more about Susan in this recent article from The Charlotte Observer: