The Quilt Royals and Me

I don't really know how to introduce this because it's just so insane. So I'm just going to spit it out: Last month, I had lunch with and spent the afternoon in a back room of a museum studying early 19th century quilts with Barbara Brackman and Merikay Waldvogel. Just the three of us. Here's proof: Yes. That Barbara and that Merikay. Their current joint research project is chintz panel quilts, of which there are several fabulous examples at the Atlanta History Center Museum. What an honor it was to be any part of that with them. You can read about the Atlanta History Center chintz quilts in a series of posts Barbara's doing on her Material Culture blog, starting with...Read More

I Know I Should Write More Often

I know. I know. Most of what I do is over on Instagram and Facebook. I should pop in here more often. Forgive me? What if I promise to write to you more? What if I have chocolate? hehe There is a TON happening! (and I still have the day job, so whew! Coffee, please!) I've joined the social media team for the American Quilt Study Group! Our Seminar is in Lincoln, Nebraska in October. YES, that is the home of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum! June June 1: Registration for the 2019 Atlanta Quilt Study Symposium opens! June 7 & 8:  I'll be in the appraisals booth with Lynn Rinehart of The Stitch TV Show...Read More

Upcoming Events

I have a few things on the calendar to tell you about... April 7, 10:00 a.m. "Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers" Talk & Trunk Show at the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild April 13 Tennessee Quilt Study Group meeting at the Tennessee State Museum (email me at for details) June 7 & 8 Georgia Celebrates Quilts show. I'll be offering appraisals along with Lynn Rinehart of The Stitch TV Show! Come by with your quilts and stay for the ahhmazing show of quilts by Georgia makers! Hope to see you around! xoxo, Tara

FREEDOM, More Than a Quilt

About a year ago I started noticing a theme emerging in my life. I was embarking on another new era. This one is about the LIBERATION OF SPIRIT. So when I saw this pattern for Freedom in Sherri Noel's new book Text It!, I knew immediately that was the one I had to make. I knew I had to make it fiery. After a few days, I knew it had to be RED (even though the pattern calls for a light background). I knew the sassy Bridgette print in Jennifer Paganelli's St. John fabric would be an integral part of this quilt (and a star!). That face, that hair! She embodies the FREEDOM of this piece.   Making this...Read More