Aurora Borealis

As promised, here is “Aurora Borealis: North Wind of the Dawn.”

This quilt is available for purchase on my Etsy site.  Click here to visit.

View of the pebbling from the back…



The quilt measures 25 inches square and is made of 100 percent cotton, both hand dyed and batik.

*Note:  This post is scheduled to “go live automatically” during my quilt guild meeting when all of our challenge quilts are revealed.  I will return at a later time and provide you with a link to see the quilts that others have made!

Remember this name…

Lisa Burmann.


This is a name I know you’ll be seeing in the months and years ahead.  Lisa started quilting in 1987, learning by watching her grandmother quilt as she watched the Detroit Tigers ballgames.

She eventually took a beginning quilting community education class in Romeo, Michigan from a woman who was a hand quilter.  “We made our blocks by machine, and she encouraged us to hand quilt them.  I still have all those blocks, and I’m still trying to get that quilt done!  It was a Dutchman’s Puzzle pattern – luckily it didn’t dissuade me from quilting!  What a hard block to have a beginner learn!!!”

Lisa purchased a longarm machine in September, 2009 and took classes from Accomplish Quilting and Karen McTavish within the first few months ofr ownership. With help from longarm quilter Sandy Kipp and friends who entrusted her with their quilt tops, Lisa began her journey into longarm quilting.  Quilt designer Patsy Thompson recently asked Lisa to quilt a top for her, and the results are absolutely splendid!  Click on the photos to enlarge and see the fabulous details.  This is a beautiful pattern, and the quilting is executed so perfectly to set it off and echo the feather motif.



When Lisa isn’t quilting, she’s busy with her two sons, ages 6 and 16, and helping her husband with what she calls her “old money-pit farmhouse.” The house was moved to its current location from the town of Almont and we figure it’s about 150 years old.  The house and land hadn’t been maintained for over 20 years and there’s a lot to do!” 

Lisa said she’s “a workshop junkie and loves books and magazines.”  One of these days in the not too distant future, I’m sure you’ll see Lisa’s name in lots of books and magazines.  Mark my words!

Carpenter’s Star Quilt Part II

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I received a warm letter and some beautiful photos from a fellow quilter after my first post on the Carpenter’s Star quilt pattern.  Lin McQuiston from Ohio  made this gorgeous quilt two years ago that she won a ribbon for.  Myrtle Beach Memories 2This is her “Myrtle Beach Memories” quilt. I’ll let her tell you about it!

“I’m very proud of this quilt, as I did the whole thing myself – even the quilting.  Here’s the story:” 

My husband and I have vacationed with our two children in Myrtle Beach since the early 80’s.  Even though we’ve been empty nesters for awhile, we still go down there from Cleveland, Ohio once a year.  I started quilting in 2000.  In 2006 I discovered the quilt shop, Sewing in the Carolinas.  They had this quilt on display, only in blues and greens.  It was stunning in those colors, but they wouldn’t go with my house, so I chose blues, pink and browns.  I did buy the blue and green fabric to make a small wall hanging out of the same fabric.   The pattern and fabrics sat for over a year while I finished up other projects. 

CS2 At my Fall retreat in 2007 I decided to piece the two quilts.  When I got the fabric out to cut, my taste had changed, and I hated the blue, pink and brown fabric.  I searched all over the Internet to purchase more of the blue and green to make the larger quilt.  So, I actually made this quilt twice using both color ways.  When the pink, blue and brown one was all pieced, I fell in love with it all over again.  I’m so glad I stuck with it.  In the meantime, in 2008 I purchased a used HQ16.  I was determined to learn how to quilt these myself.  I joined MQR (Machine Quilters Resource), an online forum, and asked a lot of questions.  I quilted the blue and green one first, and made a lot of mistakes.  I didn’t choose the right batting for one – so my motifs didn’t pop out.  I also didn’t do my background fill tight enough, and I had too much detail in my motifs.  I corrected all those mistakes with the next one.  When I took it off my frame, I actually cried.  I just couldn’t believe  I was capable of doing that kind of quilting myself.  I had never done any kind of custom quilting before.  In Feb 2009 I put it in a large local show here in Northeast Ohio.  I received an Honorable Mention ribbon.  The quilt is about 70 x 70.  I used two battings, Warm & Natural on the bottom, and Quilter’s Dream Puff on top to CS3get the trapunto look.  Most of the fabrics are batik but some are cotton.  I used King Tut variegated thread and So Fine for the pebbling.    

My quilt is named

Myrtle Breach Memories II.

Lin McQuiston

Lin, thanks SO much for sharing your beautiful quilt and story! 

Readers, please be sure to leave a comment for Lin so when she checks back, she can read what you have to say.