March 26th -Quilting through March

March continues to be exciting with 4 Nor’easter storms in one month! I finished the second and third blocks for my wool project.


I gave my “Stranded on Island Batik” talk to a full house at New England Fabrics on March 17th. It was loads of fun. If you know of a quilt shop willing to host me for this talk, please call me to schedule a date or pass my number along to the quilt shop owner. It is fun to share my quilts and strategies for facing challenges.  Let’s face it, we all face quilting challenges…One of my most frequent challenges is whether to fix supper or continue sewing until dear hubby’s tummy growls. (haha)

I visited the Maple Leaf Quilters in Rutland, Vermont on March 20th. I shared my “Confessions of a Catholic Quilter” talk. Lent is a time to grow closer to God. Some people attend daily Mass more often, read Scripture more, give to the poor in a new effort, perhaps weekly donations to the food shelf. Still other quilt for charity. A good confession before Easter is mandatory for every Catholic in good standing.  Thank you Maple Leaf quilters for hearing some of my confessions.  Since there was no priest there in attendance, I guess I have a few more days to confess to a real priest. I hope your Lent was fruitful. Now back to quilting…that’s when I feel closest to God.

The Maple Leaf Quilters Quilt Show is coming up on April 7th and 8th at St. Joseph’s College.  The play, “The Quilter” is also playing on the 7th on the same campus. I hope to attend both!

On March 21st I attended a SAQA pod meeting. Betty Warner gave a talk about Elements of Design. It was inspiring!  The show and tell after the lecture was amazing! We meet quarterly. I hope you will join us next time, June 6th for a supportive and inspiring time.

I attended my friends, Eric and Sonja’s wedding on March 24th! It was in Barnard, VT. This is my new hometown.  Eric and Sonja were the first friends we made.  They helped us when our water line froze due to the below zero temps. They shared annual events such as the potato picking day and Suicide Six flame parade. We have so much fun with them. Now they are Mr. and Mrs.


My hubby and I took a class at a local farm to learn to make yogurt, ricotta cheese and butter. We use raw milk and learned quite a bit.


I’ve designed a Block of the Month for the Heart of the Land Quilters. I used EQ8 to design the quilt. Thanks to Kari, I finally have a working understanding of how to use the software.

I pulled my fabric from my stash. I will be making two quilts. Here’s the beginning of this project.


I also made time to go on the Vermont Shop Hop one day.  I purchased all the fabrics I needed to start 3 new quilts. I got the tops done this past week, but I cannot show them until after the baby showers….

I decided to design one more Island Batik quilt with some alumni ambassadors.  It will be part of a Spring Fling Blog hop. I will let you know how to see all the new projects in my next newsletter and blog. Stay tuned and keep quilting!

Linda Ramrath


About inspiredlayerslinda

I was an Island Batik Ambassador for 2017. I enjoyed the challenge of designing new quilt patterns with this very special batik fabric collections. I teach free motion quilting via my Youtube videos and Doodle of the Month program which anyone can sign up for by sending me an email requesting to be added to the list. I enjoy transforming fabric into unique quilts, t-shirts into memory quilts, and photos to wall art. I joined Toastmasters to find my voice and learn to share my quilts and stories with others.
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