Monthly Archives: April 2018

Tour de Friends

Today we get to be armchair travelers. In my last post (Homespun) I asked you to send me pictures of textiles in your homes. You did. THANK YOU!
Here they are. Sit on your favorite pillow and enjoy a Tour de Friends.

This was sent by Kitty Harmon in Seattle. The bee pillow (a gift to Kitty) was stitched by a women’s cooperative in Ecuador.

From Kate Harkins in Seattle – a kuba cloth from Africa made of raffia, a framed remnant of her grandmother’s Spanish shawl and a Swedish embroidery.

These narrative lace curtains are from the home of Karla Paschkis (in Cambridge, Mass), as is the couch (that she upholstered.)

From Gloria Urban , a collage from her sewing room in Chestertown, Maryland: 2 kangas from Uganda. An applique Tree of Life throw from Tibet. Silk screen of a Sagauro Cactus by Harwood Steiger used as a quilt back. Segments of 2 of her own quilts.

From Lynn Luck in Denton, Texas: her Christmas skirt, a silk kimono (made by her friend Butch from a shibori that Lynn dyed with indigo), a Zapotec rug, two moles from Panama and a quilt that her mother made. Lynn says: “My mother embroidered like other people draw.”

Clare Dohna and cats sent:

Betz Bernhard of Kirkland, WA sent a vintage kimono piece, and a hanging that she made. For more of Betz’s work, see this post.

Next stop on the tour is visit with Sigrid Jones in Eugene, Oregon. You can see fine quilting, and fabrics from around the world. Sigrid – why is the tea-cosy doll in jail?… She does look comfortable there. Cathy Bonnell invites us into her house in Phoenix, AZ. She lets us join her at her table. I am always hungry for stripes.


Marcia Paschkis (my mother) sent these pictures from Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. You can see a tablecloth in situ, and a piece of Belgian linen that was used as a backdrop for her pottery at craft sales.

Tony Burton from Edmonds, Wa. sent pictures of a quilt, an Indonesian batik,  a Syrian and an Afghani dress, and another quilt (made with fabric familiar to me)!

Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Seattle) has a dog lucky enough to use this placemat that she made. She also made the patchwork on the lazy Susan. Her couch includes African pillows.  (To see more African fabric please check out this post that Margaret wrote.)

Lisa Mersky in Austin Texas wraps us in her shawls.

And the tour ends with this Boomerang bag from JoAnn Early Macken. She made the bag out of a play tent that she had made for her kids. Now she makes bags with recycled fabric and leaves them in grocery stores for people to borrow.

Thank you all for sharing your fabrics. As well as being beautiful, the fabrics connect us to our memories, to our families, to our travel and to each other.

(I have been traveling, so if you sent something and I forgot to include it please tell me and I will update the post.)