Inspiration from My Father

Posted August 17th, 2017 by Ellen and filed in Uncategorized

Peach 1

Today as I froze peaches, my mind wandered to days on the farm. We four girls were lucky to have parents who could, in our minds, do ANYTHING. Mother and Daddy worked side-by-side, hand in hand all the years of their marriage. Mother could do almost everything Daddy did, but she was not nearly as strong. No one was. And Daddy in turn loved tinkering, could fix anything, could sew and weave, did amazing leather work and loved being in the kitchen where he would come up with his own recipes, especially at canning time.  His jams, jellies and pickles were renowned, as were his fudge and divinity.

As I looked at the mound of peach peelings this afternoon I thought, “I’ll bet Daddy would have made something with those.” Instead of going into our compost pile, the scraps were tossed into a pan along with apple juice, an inch of vanilla bean, nutmeg and cinnamon. After the mixture came to a boil, I let it simmer for 30 minutes. The pits and vanilla bean were removed before the peelings were put bit by bit into the blender. I then let the peaches simmer on low for another 15 minutes.

We think this concoction is delicious.  It’s not as thick as I’d like, but the flavor is wonderful.  We’re going to try it on vanilla ice cream, but think it would make a nice spread for pancakes or biscuits.

Here’s to you, Daddy.  Thanks for teaching me to break the rules!

Peach 3


Posted March 7th, 2017 by Ellen and filed in Exhibitions, For Sale, My Work, Quilt Events, Uncategorized

I will have several patterns for my quilt designs at the upcoming Charlotte Quilters’ Guild Show this weekend. Tartan Town, below, is currently my most popular.  Copyright Ellen Guerrant.

Tartan Town

The house image is one of my favorites, and I’ve made several quilts using this motif. Below, is Happy Houses.  This pattern will also be available at the show.  Copyright Ellen Guerrant.

Happy Houses 2


Make plans to attend the 40th anniversary, “Down Memory Lane” quilt show of the Charlotte Quilters’ Guild March 10 and 11, 9-4. Union County Agricultural and Cultural Center, 3230 Presson Drive, Monroe NC 28112. Show sponsors: Creative Sew and Vacuum; Elaine’s Attic; Featherweight Poppy; Martelli Enterprises; Sew Much Fun! and The Long Arm Network. I’ll be vending (Occasional Threads – look for my balloon!) along with Bear Hug Quiltworks; Deb Karasik; Dragonfly Quilt Shop; Loving Stitches; Pineapple Fabrics; Quilt Patch Fabrics; Shakerwood Woolens; Susan Edmonson Designs; The Quilter’s Gallery; Threads Run Through It; Threadsketched; Wood Quilt Blocks and Working Hands. Hope to see you there!

My booth will feature vintage quilt tops, table cloths, feed sacks and linens, my quilt patterns, hand-dyed fabrics, vintage buttons, hand-made items, vintage aprons, some class samples and hopefully kits (if they get back from the printer in time).   Please stop by to see me and the other great vendors, as well as over 180 amazing quilts.  There is a judged show as well as several “best of” quilts from years past.   Look for my balloon!

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.


September Morn

Posted September 2nd, 2013 by Ellen and filed in Garden, My Photography, Uncategorized

The grass was wet and the cicadas loud in our garden this morning.  But the light was perfect. September is definitely in the air.

A rain fell last night, leaving tiny droplets everywhere.  Cobwebs, catching mostly leaves, glistened.  The colors of the flowers and and foliage were more intense in the early morning light.  I lingered in the garden knowing fall will soon be upon us.   I want  to hold on to summer for just a while longer.