Perseverance …

September 20, 2019

A few years ago I was invited to teach a week-long Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts workshop at Quilting Adventures in New Braunfels, TX. I’ll never forget my first day there….when I asked who wanted to start with templates and who wanted to start completely from scratch they ALL said “From SCRATCH, of course!”

Alice was one of those students. This week I’m here in Marble Falls TX and she came to show me her finished quilt from that workshop. It certainly IS magnificent!

What she didn’t tell me, but someone else in the guild did, is that during the sseveral years Alice worked on this quilet, she also battled cancer several times.

Here’s to Alice!

Check out this beautiful quilt made by Jeric Fickes @jeriquilts. It won Best of Show! I love the colors she chose


(The Sultana pattern is from my book Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts. There’s a link on this blog if you want to see it.)

Happy quilting! RaNae 🙂

With all my focus on Free-Motion Mastery in a Month over the past couple of years, I haven’t been teaching spiral quilt classes as much. But I still get invited to teach my Magic Mirror Mandala class every couple of years at Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar, CA, and I always say yes to this for two reasons: 1) I get an entire week with the same students so we have time to dig deep and do really original work, and 2) the setting, on the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA is gorgeous. Quilting and walking on the beach. Every day. For a week. It’s heaven.

This original spiral mandala design is by Biddy P., a student in my most recent workshop in Asilomar.  Gorgeous work, Biddy! Thanks for sharing!


November 18, 2016

Patricia Setlock sent me this photo of her mandala quilt.  It makes me think of blackbirds flying!


Mandala quilt at PIQF

October 18, 2015




As I was walking the show at Pacific International Quilt Festival I saw this beautiful quilt by Lesley Short from Australia and thought “That looks like one of my spiral mandala quilts.” Then I read the label and sure enough, she took her inspiration from Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts. It always feels like such a privilege to share someone’s creative journey. Lesley, I hope I get to meet you one day!


Seen today at the intersection of 8th Avenue and Hudson Street….

I just looked at the date on my last post and can’t believe it actually has been 8 months since I last posted!  I’ve been traveling SO much this year and the time has just flown by; I think that if I added up all the days I’ve spent in my own bed in the last year I would find that they are fewer than the ones I have spent somewhere else!  Not that I am complaining — it has been really fun spending time in workshops with so many talented, enthusiastic quilters all over the world.  (Today I’m writing from Rosario, Argentina, by the way.)

The down side is that I haven’t been actually sitting at a sewing machine quilting, or sitting at my computer writing, as much as I would like to.  But stay tuned . . . . as soon as I get home I’ll be making progress again and there are some exciting things on the horizon!