Saturday, June 17, 2017


CLOUDBURST is in AQ---and there I am too!  American Quilter, July 2017

Another expression of appreciation to AQS, the judges and Horn of America Collection. My profile photo was taken by my friend since forever, Dennis Murphy. Congratulations to all of my colleagues with quilts in the Paducah show. I have been marveling at your fine work in the Catalogue of Show Quilts 2017.

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Improvisation for Squares--Thurs. 8-17 & Studio Hand Quilting--Fri. 8-18

Two short afternoon classes so you can take in all of the great events at QuiltWEEK

Registration information

You are invited to ask questions before or after you register--email me, I'm friendly! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


                                  CRAYONS 45" X 44"   

by pam j. beal
The beauty is in the mark. The expression is in the mark. The quilting stitch is a series of marks. Possibilities are in the mark. 

I have fun with all the steps of making a quilt, even naming the quilt. Here we have--show title: CRAYONS  Working title: Ink & Crayon  Other considerations: Runs With Crayons--As if Crayon--Crayons Sans Box

I hope to see you in Grand Rapids, and I'll be teaching

Crayons will be exhibited with 272 other quilts from 43 states, and 11 other countries. August 16-19, 2017 Grand Rapids, MI

Thursday, June 1, 2017


I have it on good authority that Gwen has only a few copies left of the award winning book, 37 Sketches. I previously posted about how influential this book has been on my quilting practice and it is very artful in terms of the photography and narrative. No wonder it won a New York Book Award!

If you would like your own copy---write to Gwen at: P.O. Box 155, Beaver Island MI 49782

Include a check for $33.00 and let Gwen know if you want her to sign your book.

Most of you know that Gwen is retired now, and maybe I should say she is in the process of retiring much as she has followed a process in quilt making. She recently offered a lecture about Mary Schafer, and reflected that this was a full circle event. Her professional work seemed to begin and end with Mary Schafer. 

The Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA is hosting an exhibition of the traveling collection of Mary's quilts contained in the Michigan State University Great Lakes Quilts Collection.

Gwen shared a story about Mary looking at one of Gwen's Liberated quilts and Mary exclaimed, "Oh I wish I could sew so crudely!" Mary said that with appreciation mind you.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


My small study,  a "sister" quilt influenced by Sujata

While wandering the quilted corners of the internet in search of Amish quilt images, something caught my eye. One click away was a better look, and to my delight I recognized the name of the quilt maker. There I sat admiring a quilt made by Sujata Shah. Through studying her quilt in that moment I felt as if we were stitched together in something important, as if the world is a small, friendly and sharing place. Let's make it sew.   

Take a moment to meet Sujata and look at her profile photo---

Sujata's quilt influenced me to play with scraps and color, and make a "sister" quilt. I trimmed one edge, found the scrap too darling to discard, and it became the little improvisation on the bottom. I think of that piece as a path from my house to Sujata's. 

Here is a look at a few of my small studies out and about at a trunk show, with "Sujata's Sister" placed in the nine patch. 


Monday, April 24, 2017


First Place Small Wall Quilts-Hand Quilted goes to Cloudburst! Thank you AQS Judges and Horn of America

4-24-17: I'm waiting in suspense to learn what award has been given to Cloudburst

photo by Lynn Carson Harris