Tuesday, November 10, 2015


This is my fourth quilt in the Literature series.   It is inspired by Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.  I wanted to make a quilt about an image or feeling which a book evokes.  For me, snowy birch forests sum up everything Russian, though it turns out there aren't as many of them in that book as I'd thought!  You can read more here.

(I had a brainwave: if you want to take arty photographs of a mini quilt outdoors, iron freezer paper to the back to stop it getting muddy!)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Struggle Street

The fourth mini in our Literature series was a struggle...

My mini is an abstract representation of two of my favourite novels...

"Great expectations"

and "To Kill a Mockingbird"

                                           It was a struggle for Pip and Atticus....

so  I call it "Struggle Street"

Blueberries for Sal

The children's literature book for this quarter's round is Blueberries for Sal.

My 12" x 12" mini quilt is literal in interpretation. 
The"onomatopoia" words of the berries dropping into Sal's pail are embroidered. 
 Sal, her pail and one of the bears (you can decide if it is baby or mama) were appliqued.
I had fun shopping for the blueberry fabric--just a fat quarter. 
The triangles on the back are great for hanging. 

Read more about the quilt and where it will be donated HERE.

And That Has Made All the Difference

And That Has Made All the Difference
Quilt No. 150, November 2015
#4 in the Literature Series

Today is the posting of our last literature-themed quilt challenges, and I chose Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" for mine.  More information is found *here* about my interpretation of the poem, some construction techniques, and reflections.

Industrious Blocks

Industrious Blocks by Simone Bradford
For more information go to quiltalicious.blogspot.com

This mini quilt was inspired by the children's book called
The Block Book 
written by Susan Arkin Couture and illustrated by Petra Mathers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Woods Run Mad With Riot: August 2015

The Woods Run Mad with Riot
12" square

We are still working in the Literature Theme, and for this challenge, I chose the following poem:

More information is found on my blog, OPQuilt.com.  One more challenge remains in this Literature series, then we change back to our traditional format in 2016.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

[in Just-]: May 2015 Challenge

[in Just-]
12" square
This month I went with e. e. cummings' balloon man from his poem (below).

More details can be found on my blog *here* as well as a post about how I made the quilt *here.*

Friday, May 1, 2015


Inspired by the Basho poem:

An old pond
A frog jumps in
The sound of water

I tried to capture the deceptive simplicity of the haiku with this quilt.  So much is conveyed in a few words - apart from the view, sound and atmosphere of the moment described in the poem there are many cultural resonances.  It doesn't matter if we don't 'get' them all and hopefully it wouldn't matter if no-one knew what this quilt was about!

Rosy Posy

My May quilt....

an interpretation of the nursery rhyme....

"Ring a Ring o Roses"

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Moors

My work for this quarter's "Literature" theme was inspired by the moors which feature in Jane Eyre, and were such a significant part of the lives and work of Charlotte Bronte and her sisters.  You can read more about it here.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


This is my mini for this month's reveal, based on the "Literature" theme....

I used the history of the translation of the Rosetta Stone as the inspiration for mine.

You can read more about my quilt over at "PatchworknPlay"...


Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
a Four-in-Art Quilt by Elizabeth Eastmond

More details about the poem and what prompted this interpretation on my blog at OPQuilt.com  I purposely left this unbound as I plan to put all four of my Literature quilts together at the end of this year and create a new quilt.

Smoke Screens

Smoke Screens by Simone Bradford @ quiltalicious.blogspot.com