White House, Black Spot

Made to submit for the Threads of Resistance art exhibit. I am still waiting to hear if my piece is accepted to the show.

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“White House, Black Spot” 2017 25″x25″

I’ve always secretly scoffed at people who’ve said ‘the quilt told them what to do’ but this quilt knew exactly what step was next. I started with larger logs, seen here, but started over and made them smaller. Each log is 1/4″ wide. The blocks finish at 3.5″ square, and the dots are a hair under 1″ diameter.

Some technical details for curious folks: the blocks were not paper pieced, fabric strips were cut on the lengthwise grain and were cut exactly the width and length needed. I did not need to trim the blocks before assembling the quilt.

I quilted between each block then went back and tied the quilt in the centre of each dot.


“White House, Black Spot” 2017 detail

Detail of the bottom right corner.


Inspired by this quilt:

Book full

Red Centres, Nancy Caleshu, 46″x46″, 2013

from Gwen Marston’s 2014 book Minimal Quiltmaking.


Quilt Stats –

Title: White House, Black Spot

Lifetime quilt no.: 65

Started: April 11, 2017

Finished: May 1, 2017

Size: 25″ square

Number of pieces: 989

Quilting: straight line walking foot, hand tied

Fabrics: 46 different white tone on tone fabrics from various manufacturers, 3 different white solid fabrics from various manufacturers.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday!



If you’re still reading, this is my artist’s statement about the piece.

The title of the piece “White House, Black Spot” came from an idea that the actions of presidents are a stain on the USA. I used a traditional log cabin block to represent the White House as a symbol of the USA. Each of the presidents, even ones remembered favourably, have made bad decisions affecting thousands and millions of people both within their country and around the world.

The micro-piecing added density and more layers to each block, and served to highlight the idea of a big man [the spot] in a small confined space. I used a unique white fabric in each block but kept the dot/centre the same fabric across all the blocks. There are 45 black spots for the 45 presidents; the four ghosts blocks are still free from stain. These four fade to nothingness…what will the office of the president look like in 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032? The last one is still hopefully a blank slate.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” Lord Acton, from a letter to Archbishop Creighton, April 5, 1887


A new quilt, and a new look

I’ve tweaked things around. If you read this via bloglovin’ or feedly things will look pretty much the same (I think). If you follow via email or through wordpress you’ll probably notice the differences.

If anyone notices hiccups or weirdness (technical terms you know!) please be kind and give me a shout. In the mean time, I had a very fast start and finish today.

B’s best friend’s birthday party is tomorrow and so gifts needed to be acquired. The best friend is a bit twee and absolutely enamoured of her Maplelea doll. We found a “campfire” accessory set and thought to include a picnic blanket.



The best friend also plays softball. While it is a whole cloth quilt, it does have three layers and is quilted. Ta-done!

Sawtooth Star baby quilt, a finished quilt

For baby Caelyn Amelia, daughter of husband’s ex-co-worker, and now just friend.




B suggested adding something in the centre here. The orange thread is the same colour as the binding.

Quilt Stats:

Title: Sawtooth Baby Star

Lifetime quilt no.: 64

Started: March 19 fabric bought

Finished: March 29 finished

Size: 40″x40″

Number of pieces: 36

Quilting: straight line walking foot

Inspiration: Bryan House Quilts (colours), SOTAK handmade (colours, pattern), and Diary of a Quilter (actual pattern).

Previous posts about this quilt are here.

Will be linking up all over the place, because, TA-DONE!!!

Needle and Thread Network, My Quilt Infatuation, Sew Fresh Quilts, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Mini Swap, a finished quilt

Ta-done! My mini quilt for the inaugural MQG swap.


Grey thread on rainbow for the front and rainbow thread on grey for the back. I stitched in the ditch and carried the lines through to the outside, creating an uneven grid.


I hope my swap partner likes this as much as I do.


I shared progress shots earlier, go here to see. This will be mailed tomorrow during my lunch break. SK in USA this is for you!

Quilt Stats:

Title: MQG Swap Quilt

Lifetime quilt no. 63

Started: Monday, February 6, 2017

Finished: Thursday, February 9, 2017

Size: 19″ square

Number of pieces: 56

Quilting: straight line quilting with some sort of grey Gutterman thread (top) and variegated Coats and Clark (bottom)

Fabrics: 86% of this is scraps with only two prints and two solids from yardage. Some prints from fancy celebrity designers and others totally random and generic. All beautiful. Kona, Bella, and Colorworks solids. Backing is Crosshatch? from Architextures? by Carolyn Friedlander and was a scrap as well.

Linking up of course for Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts! and Scraptastic Tuesday with She Can Sew.

And this was on my Q1 list for the 2017 FAL.