In the Studio

May 19, 2022

It’s been a tough week for the Dietz Family. On Tuesday, we lost our beloved patriarch, Gordon Dietz, my husband’s father. He had a long and happy life, staying feisty and vibrant right up to the last day of his 95 years.

Tom and Gordon Dietz

This was my design wall about two weeks ago…

Temperature Quilt

I finished January through April on the temperature quilt. I think the geese in 2020 look “warmer” than those in 1955. Do you?


This is a Zentangle that I made while on retreat with VCQ (Virginia Consortium of Quilters)

The outlines are drawn with archival ink marker…then the designs are stitched with black thread. The last step requires one to color in the black highlighted areas with more ink marker. I challenged myself to make one of these, and I like it, but I’m not sure Zentangle is my thing.

Compass Star

While looking through items for a donation table for the VCQ retreat, I found this UFO. I couldn’t part with it and so I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole…designing borders to finish this one.

Paper Pieced flying geese for Compass Star Border


Maryland Block

And I’m working on the Maryland Block for the States Quilt. This is a very complicated block, and because the block is 12 1/2″ this 5×5 block has weird cutting sizes. So I’m also paper piecing this one!

Black and White and Red All Over

And Finally, off the machine and bound…my Black and White and Red all over Quilt is finished!

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