Posts Tagged ‘Beth Helfter’

Teal Mini Swap

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Want to help stamp out Ovarian Cancer? Of course you do! My friend Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs is running her annual swap to do just that. It only costs $15, $10 of which goes directly to Ovarian Cancer Research, the remaining money covers postage and mailing/office supplies. You are matched up with a partner and you make them either a mini quilt or a mug rug. You receive one in return. I have participated and/or sponsored prizes since the first year. You get to meet a great bunch of ladies online, hear some heart warming stories, see all manner of mini quilts and get a nifty mini quilt of your very own too. What’s not to love? Go here to get all the details and sign up. Who knows…maybe you’ll be my partner!


Here is the fabric we get to use in our project!


Here are a few of the mug rugs I received in past years. I’m gonna try my hand at the mini quilt this year!


Blast Off – Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Today’s guest blog hopper is Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs. I have known Beth for many years and I could tell you all of her deep, dark secrets but we’ll save that for another post! Beth is a fabulous quilt designer and blogger extraordinaire. She is a frequent contributor to the Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks, has been featured in numerous publications and was a 2014 Quiltmaker Scrap Squad member. Her blog, Quilting Hottie Haven, is a must stop for any quilter who likes to laugh and learn a thing or two along the way. Underneath all that fabric, aren’t we all Quilting Hotties? Yes, we are! Here is one of Beth’s newest patterns Vinnie Loves Maude which is her scrappy mash-up of vintage and modern design.

Vinnie Loves Maude

Beth’s patterns are always well thought out, have great illustrations and clear instructions. There is still only so much information we can pack into a pattern though. Being the generous person she is, Beth is currently running a quilt-along for the above pattern so she can share all the extra tips and tricks that couldn’t fit into the pattern. The results of the participants will be no less than stunning! And we can’t forget to mention her group exchange every fall that raises money for her pet charity, Ovarian Cancer. I’ve participated several times and have met some awesome quilters. If you’re not too exhausted from all that Beth accomplishes you should know she also has two teenage daughters and one preteen daughter as well as Mr. Hottie to keep her on her toes. Sigh…I need a nap…

Here’s a little throw-back Thursday (on Tuesday…) for you. We (and the rest of our New England Quilt Designers Cooperative members) were featured in the April/May 2011 issue of The Quilter Magazine. I’m seated on the left and Beth is on the right. Clearly I was having a bad hair day (which is most days…) and “gasp!!!” am I wearing a skirt? I didn’t know I owned a skirt!

NEQDC 2011

Beth’s quilting motto is “Perfection is overrated” and she will be happy to come and visit your guild and tell you how to achieve “perfection light” in your quilting life too. No really, please call and schedule her today…she needs a break from those teens/preteens! You can visit Beth’s blog to see what she has going on and leave a comment for a chance at her giveaway today. You can also find her at these social media locations:


Facebook Community –
Instagram – @evapaigequilts
Website –

Grand Prize Comment:  Before you head over to Beth’s leave a comment here to be entered for a chance at the grand prize by answering this question…

In Beth’s lectures and workshops she aims to lessen your perfectionist nature and keep you as far away from your seam ripper as possible. So…spill it…are you a perfectionist or do you go with the flow?

Drop And Give Me Twenty

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

For several years now my friend Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs has run a little program during the month of February called Drop And Give Me Twenty. You pledge to quilt for a mere 20 minutes per day during February in an effort to reduce your UFO pile. Each participant posts pictures of their accomplishments, winners are chosen and prizes are given. This year I sponsored the Best Use Of Purple category. This morning I had the pleasure (or agony…) of choosing said winner. Alas, I couldn’t do it. I enlisted the help of Moosette and we narrowed it down to two. Neither of us could choose between them…what’s a poor judge to do….wait a minute…I’m the Head Moose. Who’s going to say I can’t let them both be winners? Ha! The royal decree has been declared! Here they are in no particular order…

The lovely was made by Carleen Daly

This beauty was made by Tina Van Roggen


Each of these ladies will receive a $20.00 Purple Moose gift certificate. Thanks to all the participants this past month. While I did not participate myself this year I enjoyed watching all that you guys accomplished…and felt totally inadequate while doing it. I highly recommend this program (and have for several years now…) to everyone. It’s really amazing what you can accomplish in a mere 20 minutes per day. If you want to join in the hoopla next year look for Drop And Give Me Twenty on Facebook. Beth will welcome you in the club!

New Year…New Beginnings!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Welcome 2016, can’t wait to get to know you!

In Shape

Are you a resolution maker? I am not. I see no point in making a promise that I know perfectly well will be broken by the end of January. For the past several years I have chosen a word to represent what I want to accomplish during the coming year. This year no special word was singing to me. I tried one of those silly facebook quizzes to pick a word for me. Ya know the ones, you answer questions like “what’s your favorite color” or “would you prefer mild, medium or hot salsa” and they can magically determine some important trait you have or help you make an important decision…like a special word for the year. For me they came up with INNOVATION…hmm…well, I am working on two different projects that are a little innovative…but they were started in 2015 so that doesn’t count. Still no special word for 2016. I was about to give up hope. Then my friend Beth Helfter happened. I can always count on Beth to do something out of the ordinary and quirky (which is precisely why I love her!) Beth didn’t choose a word for 2016, she chose a number. A number…why didn’t I think of that? You can read all about Beth’s reasoning for doing so (and be thoroughly entertained in the process) on her blog Quilting Hottie Haven.  Now I just need to decide on a number…oh, and do something nice for Beth for stealing her idea…


I have decided that I need to work on my long-term to-do list. While that may sound like a resolution, it really isn’t. We all have that to-do list for everyday stuff (pay the bills, laundry, weed the garden) and some even have a medium range to-do list (plan the summer family reunion, buy a new car) I also have a long-term to-do list. Not that the items on it need to be done in the far future but more like it will take me that long to find/make the time to do them. I guess it’s more of a bucket list kind of thing. So this year I am setting the goal of removing at least one item from the list every quarter of the year. Each one should be stretching myself out of my comfort zone or trying something completely new that I’ve been putting off. So that would be 4 new things in 2016…or 1 each 1/4…or 1 fourth of the year…which number to choose…it’s all so difficult…


ok, got it. My number for 2016 is 1:4 which will equal to some FUN by next December…I hope…


The Office Party

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

At this time of year I hear friends speak of their holiday office parties and I get envious. It’s hard to have an epic office party when you’re a one man band…sniff…don’t ya feel sorry for me? At least I know I’m not alone, most quilt professionals are one man bands or a trio or quartet at most. My friend Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs was kind enough to open her home to several of us the other day and we became a full orchestra of holiday festivities.

Beth set out a perfect table complete with the good service and crystal glasses. We had an array of appetizers, yummy salad and (of course)…

lots of desserts! Here’s the whole happy bunch…

Going around the table clockwise: Sue Pelland, Judy Damon, Kris Poor, Kathie Beltz, Renae Mathe, Michelle Banton, Beth Helfter, Jen Watchhorn, Cary Flanagan, Angie Callbeck and myself. Not really trying to imitate Cheryl Sleboda with my partial head…a selfie stick only helps so much for those of us with short arms.

Thank you Beth for allowing us to invade your home. Can’t wait until the next office party!

Sunrise At The Cabin

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The baby news out of England is all over the airwaves…we have baby news too! No, not the human kind…I have just given birth to my latest pattern! Sunrise At The Cabin is a paper pieced center medallion surrounded by traditionally pieced log cabin blocks. The pattern offers sizes from lap to king.


The process to create a quilting pattern is not unlike the human pregnancy experience. When you first get the idea you are very excited and can’t wait to tell everyone. Then the morning sickness and weight gain begin as you realize all the editing and sample making that are in your future. Towards the end of the gestation period you only scream that you just want it to be all over…and RIGHT NOW!  Unlike humans, the gestation period for patterns varies greatly. This particular pattern is in the elephant category. I have been fighting with…err…working with this one for YEARS. It has been a sometimes painful process. I’m not sure why it was so difficult but for some reason my brain had “issues” with this pattern, the words just didn’t flow.

Some designers opt for the cesarean approach and have an editor write their pattern for them. I opted for the more traditional Natural Pattern Birth and stuck it out. Granted the pattern could have been finished long ago with a cesarean but I feel better now, having done it the old fashioned way, all by myself. Of course there were a few complications in the delivery room with the printer but it all worked out in the end.

sunrise center

I owe a HUGE thank you to my mid-wife, Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs for giving me a good swift kick in the rear (on several occasions I might add…) in spurring me to get this pattern finished.

I will be debuting the pattern at Maine Quilts this weekend. We will even have a special introductory price of only $8.00. If you’ll be at the show be sure and stop by to check out my new baby. I won’t have cigars but I will have purple chocolate kisses for ya!


Mayan Doomsday – A Quilters Perspective

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Friday December 21, 2012 is the end of the Mayan calendar. According to some experts this is supposed to mean the end of the world. As a quilter I have a different opinion. The Mayan people were very industrious and clever. They managed to achieve great things considering they didn’t have the modern advances that we all know and love (ok, sometimes not so much love for technology…) They were a brilliant people. I like to think that I have moments of brilliance as well which should give me some insight about how they may have operated. Much like the Mayans I have many things going on at any given time.  Granted I don’t have to forage for food as they did, carry water from the local watering hole or carve my way through the jungle to get to the temple but I still have to feed my family, water my garden and commute across the hallway to my studio. Sometimes that hallway can feel like trekking through a jungle but that’s another story…

As quilters we are all too familiar with the concept of a UFO (unfinished object). I think the Mayans were simply too busy with all their projects, got bored with the calendar project and simply set it aside to be finished later. I mean really, can you think of anything more boring than repeating, day after day after day, the same mathematical patterns? Then the mother ship arrived to take them back to their home planet. The calendar was left behind, unfinished, to be studied by our scholars. If any of those scholars were quilters then they would have understood the UFO mindset and simply determined that the calendar was yet to be completed and did not signal the end of the world.

Quilting Hottie Haven

So, what can we quilters learn from this? Don’t be a Mayan and leave behind UFOs when called to the home planet! Need a little help in this area? My friend Beth Helfter, the original Quilting Hottie, has a great program coming up in February that will whittle down your UFO pile. It’s called “Drop And Give Me 20”. You promise to devote 20 minutes to your UFOs every day during the month of February (the shortest month of the year). Beth has managed to collect all kinds of cool swag from various quilting designers and shops for prizes. Twenty short minutes each day can add up to some completed projects by the end of the month. We all manage to waste 20 minutes each day. It’s time to try and turn those small wasted blocks of time into something productive. You just might win some cool prizes for your efforts too. Even if you don’t win a prize, you will have a smaller UFO pile and completed projects to keep, gift or donate. You can’t lose!

So, don’t be a Mayan – head over to Beth’s right now for further info. You can find all the latest here at her blog, Quilting Hottie Haven.

And just to cover my bases – if the world does end tomorrow I would like to thank all of you for being a part of my Purple Moose family. I LOVE bringing you all the cool tools, threads and patterns. I hope to continue to do so when we reach the home planet!

Bennington Quiltfest

Friday, September 14th, 2012

I’m so excited. I (along with my New England Quilt Designers compatriats) will be vending at the Bennington Quiltfest in Bennington VT this weekend. I was lucky to spend a little time in Bennington while on vacation this summer and, I must say, Ben

Grape Moose

They even have moose prints on the sidewalk!

Moose Prints

The Quiltfest will be held at the Mt. Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Road and will run 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday. I will be manning the booth along with Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs, the original Quilting Hottie. We have the extra special treat of having her hubby, Mr. Hottie, joining us. Beth says he’s there for added eye candy. If you’re in the area be sure and stop in to say Howdy!