Family History Quilts

In this program I show 35 to 40 quilts that tell stories – from memorial quilts in honor of my parents to quilts about newly discovered ancestors who “demanded” to be in a quilt. See these one-of-a-kind quilts and hear their stories. There is a quilt about a teenaged Civil War soldier, a great aunt who became a doctor in 1906, a little girl who was run over by a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail (and survived), and many others. I use traditional patterns and new techniques, including photo transfer, ShrinkyDinks, words, and embellishments.





Family History Quilts and American History

This combination of a PowerPoint presentation and trunk show uses many of the quilts from the previous lecture, with added historical and genealogy information. The quilts are about people who lived during the times of the Mayflower, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, Prohibition, Great Depression, and WWII, plus special ladies from the 1800’s. Their true stories are inspiring, surprising, and occasionally shocking.


Ella B. quilt.JPG


Trunk Show: Traditional to Today

This trunk show has a variety of large quilts (different ones from the family history lectures) collected and created over 30 years. Included are antique quilts, a Baby Jane, appliqued irises, a quilt within a quilt, Hawaiian Dresden Plate, Delectable Mountains, friendship quilts, the Bus Stop Quilt, and a quilt with coffee cups and coffee quotes. Lots of quilts and lots of stories. It can be customized if your guild prefers traditional or modern.





Animal Quilts

In this program you will see many fabulous quilts depicting animals, including Eagle (Scout) quilts, a gigantic multi-color elephant, Alice’s Cheshire Cat, and the Quilt of Many Cows. The lecture also explores traditional blocks about animals: farm animals, wild animals, birds, pets, etc. Why did long-ago quilters make blocks about some animals, but not others?



Basanti the elephant.jpg


Hexagon and Lone Star Quilts

I’ve been making and collecting hexagon and Lone Star quilts for many years. This show features a wide variety of these patterns, both antique and new variations. It includes an 1800’s charm quilt, Depression-era masterpieces, several Grandmother’s Flower Gardens about grandmothers, and re-created eBay finds enhanced with modern twists.




Hawaiian Quilts Slideshow

Learn about the history of Hawaiian quilts – and Hawaii – and see lots and lots of eye candy. Hawaiian quilts are beautiful!



New Quilts from Vintage Bits

I enjoy using rescued vintage quilt pieces in new ways. For example, four Grandmother’s Fan blocks evolved into a coronavirus quilt and vintage Dresden Plates found new life in a 3-D setting. This program also includes a variety of ufos finally finished.