I Have a New Blog!

Introducing . . . my new Blog,  White Willow Fiber Arts 

After much thought, I've decided that it's time for Patchmaker, while it has been fun and very profitable, to come to an end.  I'll be leaving this site open for a bit, but it will be shut down in a month or so, as I put Patchmaker to rest at long last.   

Eighteen Years and Time to Retire. Sort Of.

Well, it's been 18 years of selling quilt tops on Ebay and, its time to let go.  I will no longer be selling tops on Ebay or Etsy.  You may find items listed here, from time to time, in my "Store", especially during the winter months when only crazy people and those with "real" jobs venture out into the weather. If something catches your fancy, and you'd like to custom order or purchase, you're most welcome to contact me through my "Contact" form.

So, About My June Vacation

It's just sooo hard to work when there are spots like this to be seen and explored!  This is Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia on a beautiful June day.

And heading down the road a bit, this is Lunenburg, taken from across the harbour . . . . .

While I was in Mahone Bay, I stopped at my favorite yarn store, Have a Yarn  and stocked up for some serious summer knitting by the sea.  Just have a peek at the colors in these Pima Cottons;  I'll be using them in shawls and likely listing them for sale in the fall.

A Finish - Almost - For Me!

If you follow my Ebay sales, you may recognize this little quilt.  It was on Ebay for a month, but it didn't sell. And to be honest, I was really hoping it wouldn't because I wanted it for myself. I machine quilted it, and had big plans for lots of detail work, but in the end all it "wanted" was ditching and echoes.  And here it is, just waiting for me to add binding this weekend, and it can take its place on the wall over my bed.  (Who needs family portraits when you can have quilts . . . . right???)  

Step Away From the Screen!

Seriously.  If you're a prim and proper, traditional, pink and yellow type quilter, you need to step away from the screen!  Do NOT go any further!  What you will see may change your life forever - or at least your opinion of me!  You see, in my working life, I make New York Beauties and Mariners Compasses. With precise seam allowances and coordinated colors and perfect points (well, I try).  BUT, look what's shaping up for MY bed . . . . .






Life Begins at the End of your Comfort Zone!

- Maggie



Wow - is it Thursday already?

So . . . . the first week of my month of personal quilter-development has not exactly gone as expected.  I had a few orders from May left to fill, and well, sometimes life just gets in the way.  Like today.  Tea with a friend this morning, and dog sitting/play date this afternoon.  I did manage to get the top in this picture finished up this afternoon, though, and while its not part of my challenge, I really do like the way it turned out. 

And the Winner is . . . . .

This week, I chose a block called Kitchen Woodbox for our Throwback. I found this pattern in Maggie Malone's book "120 Patterns for Traditional Patchwork Quilts", which I (apparently) gave to my mother for Christmas in 1990.  She'd marked this particular pattern with a big silver star, probably because her married name, and my maiden name was Kitchen.  It looks like a simple enough pattern, if you don't look too closely to the set in seams, but maybe I'll give it a try, just because. 

As a traditional quilt, it might look like this:

A Throwback to Spring


And so its Spring in the Annapolis Valley . . . . I took this the other morning from the former railway bridge, now part of the Trans Canada Trail.


And the Apple Blossoms are out in full bloom too -

For Throwback Thursday this week, we have a butterfly!  (You thought I forgot again, didn't you!)  

You could go very traditional with this one:

Or rather Modern:

Or give it some some other blocks to play with:

Whatever you do, I'd definitely advise auditioning colors choices; it make a huge difference.

Patience . . . . please!

Given that I'm in serious need of some patience, this Thursdays throwback pattern is "The Patience Quilt".  According to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedial of Pieced Quilt Patterns, it was published in The Rural New Yorker, in 1933.   I'm guessing you can definitely see the need for some patience!  Great scrap-buster, though!  Here's the quilt (which, for the record, I won't be making!).

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