More Row by Row Shop Hopping


Seacoast Sewing and Quilting in Portsmouth New Hampshire was our second stop on our road trip today as we took the day off of producing to be consumers.  First we went to the annual book sale at the local library.  We always find something good there.

library book sale

Here is the wall in the ladies room at Seacoast Sewing and Quilting, hope you can zoom in; isn’t it great?


Next stop was the Salmon Falls Pottery Outlet shop.  No quilts but lots of New England stoneware.

Salmon Falls

On to visit a quilt store in Maine just so we could say we went to a different state.  The Village Quilt Shop also has a great garage door.

Village Quilt ShopVillage garage

Last stop was Footprints Quilt Shoppe in East Rochester New Hampshire.


We really liked all three of the free row patterns we received today.


A productive week

This week has been productive as mom, Sue, and I hang out together at the cabin by the lake.  I have done some thermofax printing, made a little Serendipity quilt (bird), dabbled in some Shibori work, and eaten peach pie made by the best pie maker in the world.  Mom has been busy finishing up a quilt challenge for her quilt guild in Mississippi.  The theme was “yellow” and “chickens”.  Check out what Sue has been doing at her blog, “Thread, Fiber, Fabric, Paint”.

Backing bird quilt mom's work pie maker Pie Shibori Snowflakes

NH shop hopping for Row by Row Experience

My friend Sue is visiting at our little cabin on the lake.  We spend most of our time making fabrics for our art quilts and sewing.  Yesterday we had to go to the other side of Lake Winnipesaukee to pick up a sticker for our mooring float before we could put out the Sunfish sailboat.  So, we decided to make a day of it and stop at three quilt shops who are participating in the NH Row by Row Experience.  Each store was unique and of course we made purchases at all three in addition to picking up the free directions to make the row for that particular shop.

Weirs Beach NH

Weirs Beach NH

Quilting corner

Tilton NH

Constant Quilter

Andover NH

Our last stop was an antique store as well as a quilting store (Heaven?) and I found this great old mola there.  It was a fantastic day.

Old Mola under glass in a frame.  Dog or Lion?

Old Mola under glass in a frame. Dog or Lion?

Keepsake Quilting Block

This summer quilt stores all over the USA and Canada are participating in a Row by Row Experience shop hop.  The idea is that as you travel you would stop at quilt shops and pick up a free pattern for a quilt row.  Last week, Sue, Mom and I stopped in at Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor New Hampshire to pick up their pattern.

I made the row using some commercial fabrics and two fabrics that were printed with our thermofax screens (available in the etsy shop).  Both fabrics are in the snowball block which is the block with the bear and moose in the middle.  The green triangles at the corners were printed on a piece of hand-dyed green fabric with the bark screen and then the pine branch screen.  The commercial print in the middle of the snowball block is printed with the new pinecone screen available now in the shop but started out as a fabric with the tiny pinecones on it.

Keepsake Row Moose bear block

Back to the Blog

I seem to have fallen off the blog wagon this past few months.  This past Spring, work has been very busy and stress filled and I didn’t seem to have the energy when I got home.  But now, it is summer time and my days are more on my own agenda so I will try to do better.

Summertime in New Hampshire are my fondest memories and my favorite days.  I am thrilled to be back at my beloved cabin home in the woods by the lake.  My friend and business partner at PGFiber2ArtSue and I use this time to work on our etsy shop and nurture our creativity.



Snow days

We have had a four day weekend now that our school system cancelled school both yesterday and today for snow and ice. So, my Babylock Ellisimo embroidery machine has been hard at work making these cute Mug Rugs.

Joy and Holly leaf were screened on with a thermofax screen.

Joy and Holly leaf were screened on with a thermofax screen.

The gold snowflakes were screened onto the white fabric

The gold snowflakes were screened onto the white fabric

These cute gift tags were also done with thermofax screens

These cute gift tags were also done with thermofax screens

The mug rug design comes from Five Star Fonts and some of the fabric as well as the gift tags were screened during a demonstration on Saturday at Artistic Artifacts.

Open House

I definitely didn’t mean to ignore my blog for over a month; somehow it just happened! Life marches on and lately it has been at the speed of light.
Tomorrow afternoon, December 7, 2013 I will be demonstrating thermofax screen printing at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria. Come on out to learn or brush up on your printing techniques or just to chat. Artistic Artifacts is a charming store full of inspiring fabrics and items for journaling and mixed media arts. It is worth the trip.

Snowflakes for Artistic Artifacts Open House make and take

Snowflakes for Artistic Artifacts Open House make and take

Thermofax class at Artistic Artifacts

Student work

Student work





Sample of pulled thermofax screens

Sample of pulled thermofax screens


IMG_7308Sue and I have taught this class several times at Artistic Artifacts. It never ceases to amaze us at how creative and what willing learners our students are. Teaching adults who have a passion for what they are creating is always fun.