June Block of the Month Calendar

The June flower of the month – ROSES!  What could be easier than these simple little roses tucked into the four letters of    J U N E ?   DSC03491

June is a traditional month for weddings, brides, and laying around in the sunshine.  This is an open, airy block with several options that are left for your choosing.  You probably have enough fabric scraps in your stash to spare you a trip to your LQS. 

Simple to stitch while sitting in the boat floating around the lake.  Enjoy!

 Download the pattern here.

Pattern copyright 2010 Brookside Creations

1985-2010 Twenty-Five Years of Quilt Art Engagement Calendar



I’m feeling old.  In 1985, the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, KY printed the very first Quilt Art Engagement Calendar.  The calendar is “A collection of prize-winning quilts from across the country.”  Klaudeen Hansen and Annette Riddle were commissioned to “seek out fifty-four outstanding quilts from East to West and North to South.”  That process continues still, 25+ years later. 



scan0016These are pages from the very first edition.  This is my son Loren’s quilt.  One of these days, it will leave my house and go to his.  It’s hard for me to let go of.January1985

Quilters who were in the very first edition way back in 1985 include the following:

Imogene Gooch

Arlene Statz
Caron Mosey Jean Eitel
Genevieve Bakel Joanne Johnson
Margaret Maki Philomena Wiechec
Karin Matthiesen Ethel Hickman
Caryl Fallert A group from the Iowa Quilter’s Guild
Janice Streeter Dottie Deuser
Glenys Nappo Marion Huyck
Deborah Kameyer Virginia Ferrill Piland
June Culvey Laura Crews
Dortha Hester Hazel Reed Ferrell
Pattie Daniel Barbara DeCamp
Patsye Knight Mary Sorensen
The Capitol Quilters Jane Miller
Helen Sloan King Dorothy Stovall
Jinx Cutter Richmond Alice Olsen
Agnes Hooper Judy Florence
Nancy Applegate Nancy Pearson
Alice Olson Pat Brooks Gaska
Jane C, Miller Marzenna Krol
Hertha Brinkmann Deborah Hall
Kyle Williams Francie Ginocchio
Carol Meyer Joan Waldman
Ami Simms Julia Needham
Patchwork Emporium Peg Ries
Jane Hall Ronnie Durrence
Becky Herdle Elaine Darr Sparlin

I wonder how many of those early quilters are still quilting?  I know a few are no longer with us. 

Calendar2011 AQS has just released the next calendar available for purchase.   I’m looking forward to browsing through it to see the beautiful quilts.  I’m also looking to see how many names I recognize.  What kind of work does THIS NEW GENERATION produce?

Please get your own copy.

I know you’ll enjoy it, not just for one year, but for many to come. 

June Calendar Block is Coming!

Are you working on the Mystery Calendar Block of the Month?  If so, here’s what we’ll be starting with for our June block.   Oh yes, there will be more to it than this.  This is a “teaser photo”  to show you that you’ll need either a solid background fabric and another fabric for the border,


A collection of light fabrics (beige, white, light tan) to do a background like this.  

So start gathering your fabrics and get ready to sew!


Decisions: I am a Participant


Susan Lenz is a talented artist.  Working in fiber, she is creating a series of portraits for an exhibit to be held at City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC scheduled for September 10 through October 10, 2010.

Susan’s large installation is called PERSONAL GROUNDS.  She has contacted individuals from all walks of life to be models for her artwork.  These images are meant to show important and everyday decisions.  I am blessed to be a part of this.  Follow her blog to keep an eye on the progress as this exhibit comes to fruition. 

Hmmmm… what decision will I be representing? 

Leave your guess in the comments area, below.  When my portrait and decision are revealed, I will send the person with the best guess a special gift.  If more than one person guesses correctly, I will select the winner at random.  It’s all a mystery!

Joe Cunningham – A Product of Michigan

I have known Joe Cunningham since the early 1980’s. Joe grew up in Mid-Michigan in the Flint area near me, and I had the pleasure to watch his quilting talents grow and flourish. Joe is now in Southern California, and thanks to the Internet, I have been able to keep up with his work. It only seemed fitting that I ask Joe to participate with the other Michigan Quilt Bloggers on Michigan Quilts! Welcome, Joe!


Here in San Francisco there is an Artist in Residence program at the De Young Museum, the big museum in Golden Gate Park. Because I was working with the staff there on a catalogue essay for the Amish Abstractions quilt show, someone suggested that I would be a good candidate for the program, so that they could have a quilt artist in residence during the quilt show. I applied, got accepted, and Bingo, found myself in the most beautiful studio ever designed–all mine for the month of March.

postcard webThe AIR program begins when they design a postcard advertising it. They used my last press photo to design the card as well as the hologram-like hovering projection just inside the door.

scene 1 Next, they help you hang your work on the walls and project pictures of your work on
three large glass panels.
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For public interactivity, I had a design wall with a bunch of fabric scraps, so people from 2 to 92 could make a design. Then I would take a picture of the design and print it out for them on the spot. I also printed a copy for myself, which I taped on the Quilt Wall O Fame. Here is my quilt frame, set up with an all-white quilt top upon which people could quilt anything they wanted, and the design wall in the background, along with one of my quilts, “The Way Home,” from 2006.

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People loved making designs.

I continued to sew while my assistants (!!!) helped take pictures and helped with any-thing I needed. Eventually I finished two quilt tops. Here is one, with the final Wall O Fame.

In front of the Wall O Fame is a small quilt frame with a burlap quilt, upon which I let kids use plastic needles and pearl cotton to quilt anything they wanted.

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The month passed by in a blur of fun and work, talk and laughing. Here is the view out my window, across Golden Gate Park at the Academy of Sciences building.

To top it all off, the artist gets not only all the publicity, not just assistants to help with the public every day, not simply a fantastic place to work and show one’s work, but also a paycheck and a materials budget! It was a ton of fun, and I hated to move out of the studio. I threatened to bring in some sand bags and build a bunker in the corner, but they just laughed at me.

Now I am back in my own studio, where I finished the second quilt top I started at the museum. I’ll get these two quilted by next week and start looking for something else that needs to get done. Maybe I’ll even clean up my desk.

San Francisco, April 7, 2010


Check out Joe the Quilter website for more information and to learn about the workshops and lectures he has prepared.

Gorgeous Greenwich Mariner’s Compass Quilt

Mariner's Compass, 1862


Isn’t this a gorgeous quilt?  It’s a Mariner’s Compass pattern, but is a signature quilt. I found it through a Google Alert that I set up.  The quilt is owned by the Historical Society in Greenwich, Connecticut.

My eyes gravitated to this article, as my grandparents lived in Greenwich when I was a child, and I used to spend time every summer there. 

You can read the article on this quilt – and others, by visiting the

Greenwich Citizen.

Who Needs an Expensive Leather Blackberry Case?


Hubby and I joined the right century and each got new phones last week.  Dean got a nice leather case so he can carry his on his belt.






But why buy leather when you can make your own Blackberry cozy?  I mean, ANYONE can get leather, right?


THIS is stylin, baby!  I can tuck it in my purse and the puffy case and simple quilting keep it safe from the jingle jangle of keys, lipstick, pens, etc.  Perfect!

Yes, I’m now a Crackberry. 

A Beautiful Quilt Raffle and Great Binding Tutorial

This is not the best picture I have ever taken, but this is a beautiful quilt.  It’s being raffled by the Evening Stars Quilt Guild in Davison, Michigan.  Called “Winter Rhapsody,” it is a French Braid quilt, approx. 96” x 96”, made and freehand machine quilted by Suzie Berberich.  The drawing will be held Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 8:00 PM.  You don’t need to be present to win.  Tickets are $1.00 each.Evening Star Quilt Raffle #X74317I have tickets… if you are interested, please contact me (caron mosey at gmail dot com).


I found a great binding tutorial over at Karen’s place:

“Lump-less” Binding Tutorial.  This makes the last part of adding the binding much easier, and I’ll be sure to try this on my next quilt finish, which should be within the month.