All posts by Vanessa Lyman

Iowa Quilt Museum

Destination: Quilt Inspiration!

Every once in a while, treating yourself to a little quilt-spiration is in order. With that in mind—and my sewing machine in the shop—I set out for a mini-quilt excursion, traveling to Winterset, Iowa, on a sunny July weekend. My plan included seeing the “Innovation meets Tradition: Judy Martin Quilts” exhibit at the Iowa Quilt…

Lattice Be Scrappy Quilt

Lattice Be Scrappy from Quilting Quickly March/April 2017

This pattern charmed me—even though it uses 2-1/2” strips, not charms! The prints are 1930s reproduction, which is a glorious way to get something bright and cheerful, while keeping it traditional. (This pattern, though, could work really well with just about any strip collection.) When this scrap quilt arrived at Fons & Porter, with those…

Stashbusting the Blues

As is the case with most stashbusting projects, I’m inspired to bust through some fabrics because, well, I bought more, and really need the room. In my case, I have this lovely stack of luscious blues I’ve been “curating” since, oh, about 2005. I think these fabrics are ready to find a home in a…

Feathered Star: Star of Chamblie

BLOCK Friday: Feathered Star—A Feather in Your Quilting Cap

What defines a Feathered Star quilt block? Is it simply adding an outline of small triangles to a star block? Marsha McCloskey, the foremost expert on the Feathered Star, laughs and says, “That’s pretty much it.” She adds, “You can really feather almost anything.” Many of her own quilt patterns feature feathered borders, for example.…

stork scissors

Chain-Pieced Traditions — Stork Scissors

The stork is a very traditional design for snips. If that seems incredibly random (why not an otter? Or an Irish setter?), maybe it’ll help to know that the decorative design originated with midwife’s scissors hundreds of years ago. (Stork—ah, right! Delivering babies…) They were shaped differently back then—with the beak slightly off-set and tips…