Category Archives: Quilts


Rudolf Mates was a Czechoslovakian illustrator who lived from 1881-1966. I treasure the two books of his that I have: A Forest Story and The Cock and the Hen, both illustrated in the 1920’s. This is from the Cock and the Hen.rudolf mates

And these are from the Forest Story.mates frog

mates micemates meal

I was inspired by his style to paint some animals. Some of what I took from him was the style of outlining, of using vivid secondary colors and reveling in pattern. Now that I look at his art again I’d like to go back to the drawing board! Here are some of my paintings:Paschkis valentine mouse

Paschkis squirrel

Paschkis cat

Paschkis dog with cartThese images were made into cards for Artists to Watch, and then into a fabric line for In the Beginning Fabrics called Bohemia. The first part of Bohemia was to combine the animals into a repeating panel.Paschkis bohemia panel

Next I designed some smaller patterns to go with it. Some of them became fabric.Paschkis Bohemian gardenbohemia floralPaschkis bohemian acornJason of In the Beginning put the acorns on a diagonal which makes them easier to use.Bohemia acorn fabricAnd some designs didn’t become fabric:bohemian heart

The fabrics have so much pattern that I like a very simple quilt made from them. This quilt is just the panel, quilted. I used the overall floral on the back.Paschkis Bohemia quiltHere is a quilt that uses a bit of Bohemia with some other schnitz.Paschkis bohemia bebopIf you feel inspired to sew something Bohemian, you can buy the fabric at Hancock’s of Paducah, or maybe a local store. Or maybe Rudolf Mates art will lead you in a different direction.mates rabbits

Mood Indigo

Why are blue and white so good together? Blue skies with white clouds, midnight with white stars, blue willow dishes and sailor shirts are all good. And blueberries of course.out of the blue Paschkis

For the quilt Blue Bop I cut many slightly crooked stripes out of a variety of blue and white fabrics. The cutting was quick and dirty; there was no measuring involved. A little irregularity can give breathing room to a quilt. 
I sewed the irregular stripes together into four long strips and then trimmed those so that they were even from side to side. I flipped and flopped them until the arrangement was congenial and then sewed them together. Blue Bop!

Blue Bop 84"W x 120"H

Blue Bop 84″W x 120″H

Most of my paper quilts are also blue and white.  I soaked some of the paper in tea to give variety to the whites. The paint is gouache – opaque tempera. The tubes of paint have good names: Ultramarine Deep, Cobalt, Cerulean, Indigo.

Sitting Blue Paschkis

bluebird blueberries Paschkis

The paper is stitched together on the sewing machine. The threads can be part of the conversation.

conversation Paschkis

To conclude, here is a painting by my husband, Joe Max Emminger.Cold WInter Night - Emminger


Oh, Yes 38"W x 47"H

Oh, Yes 38″W x 47″H

Oh, Yes is a simple quilt. The red letters are appliquéd onto a black and white fabric that I designed for a line called Chickadee. My original design was a papercut, about 8″ x 10″.papercut butterfliesBW

In The Beginning Fabrics reproduced it in black and white, as well as in color.  The Oh, Yes quilt is backed with the color version of the pattern.

chickadee hearts

I like quilts with words on them. This quilt by Nancy Ward Butler of Jamestown NY is poignant. She must have stitched away some of her grief for her granddaughter as she stitched in her love. The quilt was preserved with a handwritten note saying it had won “Second Prize for the Most Beautiful Quilt.”

from the Smithsonian Treasury of American Quilts by Doris Bowman

When I thought about what I wanted to say on a quilt, or just in general, YES seemed like the obvious choice.
I was too lazy to say it more fully, as Cornelia Catharine Vosburgh did in this quilt from 1874: “& From Every Corner Flowing Joyful Crowds Assemble Round And Spake Withe Xalted Zeal.”
Oh, YES!

Cornelia Vosburgh quilt