Archive for the ‘Block of the Month’ Category

Dixie Diary Block 3

March 29, 2013


Here it is.  Dixie Diary block 3.  I’m loving the pink and brown combination.


Here’s one with the applique center.

Broken Crockery

A 12″ version with a 1″ frame, set on point by Sandi Brothers.  Don’t you love that cute little star?

Check out Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Blog  for more  block information and a little inspiration.


Dixie Diary Block 2

March 18, 2013


I recently posted the Inspiration Quilt for this block of the month series.  I included the link for block 1.  Here’s block 2 from Barbara Brackman, the first lady of quilt history.  You can applique a heart or star in the center of each block – or not.  It’s a really beautiful quilt and did I mention the patterns are free?

Inspiration Quilt

March 15, 2013


Album Quilt attributed to
Margaret English Wood Dodge
DAR Museum
Barbara Brackman is doing a Dixie Diary block of the month based on this beautiful album quilt.  Take a look at block 1, Her Flag Flying, and get the pattern.

QT Traditions Block # 8, 9, 10, 11

July 20, 2011

All caught up for now.

Famous Quilters

April 2, 2011

Who’re the famous quilters?  Me!  and my quilt sister, Adele.  Our show and tell at Quilted Treasures in Rogers was posted on Mary’s Pieces of Work blog.

Adele’s quilt was the Block of the Month quilt from Quilted Treasures called Spin City.  I have one of those too, but it’s not finished yet.

My quilt was called Lazy Day Throw, designed by Mary of Quilted Treasures.  It was made using the French General fabric line.

BTW, the pumpkin bar recipe on the same post are fabulous.  I made a pan to take to work a few weeks ago and they got rave reviews.

Try them.  You’ll like them.

QT Traditions Block #7

March 21, 2011

QT Traditions Block #6

February 22, 2011

BOM Journey

February 21, 2011

I’ve been doing the Block of the Month program at Quilted Treasures in Rogers, MN for years now.  It’s a fun, social time and an opportunity to see the new projects and learn about upcoming classes at the shop.

I’m done with blocks 1 through 5 for this year.

This series is called QT Traditions. While looking through the blocks again, I realized I really like the choice of fabrics.  I’m going to do a different setting than that suggested.  I’m working on some ideas.  It’s fun being creative.

Heart Month at Quilted Treasures

March 13, 2010

I am a patient advocate through WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.  Yes, that means I live with heart disease and I volunteer to speak to community groups to raise awareness about women’s number one killer and how to prevent and treat it.

Mary Wilberg, the owner of Quilted Treasures Quilt Shop, invited me to speak to my block of the month group in February, which is National Heart Month.  Thanks to her, I was able to combine two of my passions:  quilting and healthy hearts.

Five years ago I found out I had an 85% blockage of my right coronary artery.   I had a stent put in.  I also have other blockages that are being treated with medication and lifestyle changes.  Now my mission is to spread the word and help other women prevent what happened to me.

Knowledge is key.  The WomenHeart website has great information .  Here’s a nice summary, but visit their site for much more.


An estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease, but too many are unaware of the threat they face. The following illustrates the urgent need for greater awareness of heart disease in women and for immediate efforts to eliminate the disparities in women’s heart care.

More common than you may think

  • More than 42 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease.[1]  More than 8 million women have a history of heart attack and/or angina.[1]
  • Five and a half million women will suffer angina.[1]

More fatal than any other disease

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women, killing more than a third of them.[1]
  • 35.3% of deaths in American women over the age of 20, or more than 432,000, are caused by cardiovascular disease each year.[1]
  • More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks- five times as many women as breast cancer.[1]
  • More than 159,000 women die each year of congestive heart failure, accounting for 56.3% of all heart failure deaths.[1]

Who is at-risk?

  • Cigarette smoking results in a 2-3 times increased risk of dying from heart disease.[1]
  • 48% of adult women have a total cholesterol of at least 200mg/dL.[1]
  • 50% of Caucasian women, 64% of African-American women, 60% of Hispanic women, and 53% of Asian/Pacific Islander women are sedentary and get no leisure time physical activity.[1]
  • 58% of Caucasian women, 80% of African-American women, and 74% Hispanic-American women are overweight or obese.[1]
  • Women with diabetes are 2.5 times more likely to have heart attacks.[1]

Affects more women than men

  • More women than men die of heart disease each year.[1]
  • 23% of women and 18% of men will die within one year of a first recognized heart attack; 22-32% of women and 15-27% of men heart attack survivors will die within five years.[1]
  • 12-25% of women and 7-22% of men heart attack survivors will be diagnosed with heart failure within five years.[1]
  • Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack.[1]
  • Women comprise only 27% of participants in all heart-related research studies.[2]

Heart disease is preventable.

Many women can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease if they have the information they need, know the questions to ask their health providers and receive the support to make heart-smart changes in their lives.  Visit our Prevention and Early Detection section to learn more.


I give talks throughout the Twin Cities free of charge.  If you have a work or community group who would be interested in women’s heart health contact me.

I ( along with my friend Colleen and my cardiologist) have also recently started a support group for women with heart disease in the Twin Cities called Women with Heart.  Check the blog for current information.  Or contact me for phone or online support.

Thanks for the invitation Mary.  If you’re in the Twin Cities visit her shop.  It’s one of my favorites!  You can also visit her blog:  Pieces of Work.

Be heart healthy,


Tah Dah 2010 #3

February 7, 2010

Block of the Month Quilt from Quilted Treasures in Rogers.

I backed it with brown bumpy minkey, and used a clam shell pattern to quilt it.

I used a striped binding cut on the bias.

Here’s some close ups.

Twelve months, twelve blocks, one quilt.  Tah dah.