This blog is the online supplement to my first book, Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts.  While I was writing the book I had a wonderful group of quilters who tried out the instructions and made quilts for the book.  This blog was our “laboratory” and the discussions we had as they developed their designs can be found here.

My base website and online store can be found at www.ranaemerrilquilts.com.

My day-to-day blog can be found at: https://ranaemerrillquilts.wordpress.com

My Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ranae.merrill.

My calendar: RaNae’s Calendar. I have a new book and a couple of new workshops in progress, so stay tuned for more on those.

For information about workshops (both in-person and online) click hereAnd while you’re at it, check out the video visit to a Magic Mirror Mandala workshop.

Thanks for visiting — happy quilting!  RaNae🙂

Betsy Vinegrad modern spiral 2015 QuiltCon

Betsy V. sent me a photo of this quilt back in Janury — it’s one single giant spiral and it got accepted into QuiltCon.  Congratulations, Betsy!

Here’s what Betsy wrote to me about it:

My aha moment came during your Empire Quilters lecture in June, flipping through the reprint of your 1st book and seeing the quilt you made for your friend. [City Tears to Country Smiles]

When we talked about it at Quilters Take Manhattan, you suggested drafting it on butcher paper and then tracing it on Pellon. However, I had already drafted in EQ (the day after the June empire meeting) and I’m too disorganized to have a big enough space to draft something so big! So, I printed 35 sheets of EQ printables and sewed them together. After each round, I ripped out the foundation. It started out as a 50″ square. After quilting it was trimmed it to 44 x 39. The green and coral sections were foundation pieced separately, 1/2 white, 1/2 color. I’m pretty happy with it.

Nice work, Betsy!

Ruth Leidy started this quilt in my class at Quilt Festival in Houston last fall. What fun to see it finished during my visit to Oklahoma City this week! Look at the detail photo to see the embroidery she added to embellish it. Nice work, Ruth!
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Phoenix croppedMy quilt Phoenix Rising is the featured pattern in this month’s issue of Through the Needle, the online magazine about all things Bernina.  Click here to take a look!

You can read more about Phoenix Rising here on my blog my clicking here.

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