In The Studio

June 1, 2022

Exciting news to share.

My husband,Tom, and I are purchasing a second home on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s located in the Historic Area of Chestertown MD. This town has roots that go back before the American Revolution.

Washington College is located there, and the town has a wonderful, walkable downtown with restaurants, cute little shops and offers many opportunities to enjoy music and the arts.

We will be splitting our time between the mountain home in Afton VA and the river house in Chestertown MD. So I’ve dropped regular hours at The Quilt Studio in Afton, but if I’m at home there, you are welcome to drop in. Please call or text first.

I hope to someday offer quilt classes and host retreats at this new home.

Maryland Block

It’s fitting that I finished the Maryland State block this week, since we will be living there part-time once again.

We previously owned a home in Deal Island MD that we rented out and later turned into a B&B. We gave it up when we moved to the mountains. The six hour drive was just too long.

I think we were both missing the Bay and all it has to offer. And the new location is just a four hour drive and will be a great stopover spot as we make our way up to see family in Delaware and New Jersey. I’m looking forward to living near the Chesapeake Bay once again and I’m especially excited about getting some local fresh blue crab.

Beach Medallion Quilt

I was only able to add one more round to the Beach Medallion Quilt.

But I got a start on the next round which will be Paper Pieced. All cut out and set up to sew.

May Blocks for Temperature Quilt

I made a little headway with the May blocks for the Temperature Quilts. This photo shows how I set up the little rectangles…being sure to get the correct fabric pieces for each days average temperature.

Chain piecing Temperature Quilt Blocks
Trimming blocks
My Mother’s Sewing Machine

I was lucky enough to inherit the sewing machine on which both my sister and I learned to sew.

My mother was never much of a seamstress, but my older sister was. When it was time for me to take Home Ec in 7th grade I was glad to have this machine to learn on. Who knew that those first lessons would lead me to my quilting passion.

The serial number on the machine dates it back to 1956.

It’s a real treasure, still in working order. I plan to take it down to the Chestertown house.