Vintage Patchwork a Modern Design

Although I don’t quilt, I love quilts. To me, a hand sewn quilt is a work of art, the hours spent creating it a testament to the virtue patience.

It is always stunning to me to find quilts in secondhand shops, tossed with the aprons and embroidered toweling as “mother’s old stuff.”  This quilt is one so rescued.

As a bed covering, the Dresden pattern brightens the room.

Dresden quilt full length www

Made up of scraps from the 1930s, it is a marvel. The bittiness and evenness of thousands of stitches defines awesome. Dresden closeup www

The Dresden design is a happy one, with the variety of fabrics complimenting without effort. I picked up a package of Dresdens that were never used to complete a quilt. I like looking at them, admiring the artistry and industry of the woman who so meticulously created each plate. Dresden from my collection www

But what to do with them?

To the rescue is creative sewer and quilting newbie Erika Mulvenna, who shows the possibilities of this beautiful pattern when applied to an apron.

apron page in quilty

Just in time for Tie One On Day, Erika’s easy apron projects are featured in

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The website for Quilty is and here’s the link to Erika’s aprons

It’s always a thrill when a friend’s talent is published. To celebrate Erika’s aprons, Quilty has provided two copies of this issue for giveaway. The magazine is page after page of tutorials, detailed photos and encouragement, and Mary Fons is a sweetheart of an editor.

So, how to win a copy of this magazine?  Just leave a comment at the end of this blog! Two (2) winners randomly selected and announced next Sunday, October 27th.

xx EllynAnne

Tie One On…Give from the heart…Then give thanks.

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ENTRY for Tie One On Day Giveaways @

Creative Mojo taps EllynAnne

I met Mark Lipinski several years ago at the Road to California quilt show. Thousands of people milled about the aisles, but it was Mark who stood out – not because he’s a guy at a predominately female expo, but due to his enormous personality and hilarious take on the quilting culture. Visit his website to read of his reincarnation from television producer to darling of the quilt scene to international quilting star to Creative Mojo.

As “Creative Mojo,” Mark interviews an eclectic assortment of guests via his weekly 2-hour radio show. My interview ran December 22nd, and I truly consider it one of the best Q/A I’ve experienced. Why’s that? Because Mark really listened to my responses to his questions and laughed when I made a joke.

I’ve been invited to co-host a show with Mark! A real temptation, I must say.

Tie One On…an apron, of course!