Making this wedding quilt gave me particular JOY!

This summer my nephew, Max Linsky, married his long time sweetheart, Meredith Jacks, in a celebration near my sister, Lynn Staley and bro-in-law, Marty Linsky’s gorgeous home near Rome. The house overlooks a beautiful hilltown, Collevecchio, with olive orchards and pastureland spreading in all directions and that was the backdrop for my big reveal.

Earlier in the spring I asked both families to send me mementos of their kid’s lives that I could sew together into a surprise quilt. Moms Sherry and Lynn obliged by sending an array of tee shirts, dresses, athletic shorts and duffles  as well as photos chronicling Max and Meredith’s shining moments which I transferred onto fine white cotton for applique. For more versatility, I made the quilt reversable, with the back side featuring a patchwork of beautiful white ground vintage prints. The result? Lots of hugs AND a forever keepsake!

The bride admires her wedding gift…

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The bride and groom wrapped in love.

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Our family displays the quilt off Lynn and Marty’s 2nd floor terrace. From left to right:
Sherry, Max, Meredith, Nelle, Lynn, me, Penelope, Violet, Henry, Kate, Lucky, Marty, Jerry.


Sunset over Collevecchio: an end to a happy day


                                                                                                                                                               Hiroto Grashow lost his mom, Yatsuko,  to brain cancer when he was just a newborn.

Prior to his arrival, during her prolonged illness, I was asked to make his older brother, Shogo and sister, Sakura, their own personal quilts.  I heard back from their dad, Alexander, that the quilts became fortresses, tents, territorial boundaries and otherwise safe havens for both kids as the family struggled emotionally with the reality of losing their mother, wife and daughter.  This spring, 2 year old Hiro asked for his very own special quilt. 

The Grashow sibs today: Sakura, Hiroto and Shogo.   I’m so happy and honored to have provided the Grashow family with some talismans of hope and joy during such a tough time and for years to come. Thanks to  Lynn Staley and Marty Linsky for that opportunity.  And thankyou, Alexander, for being such a wonderful dad.

Pillows Pillows! Everywhere You Look!

When it comes to holiday gift-giving, pillows are easy! They’re cozy, huggable, and they don’t have to fit right!  Maybe that’s why December has gone down as a record-breaking pillow-making month at Meg Staley Handmade!  Below are knitted pillows I designed combining my handprints with  crazy handknit panels by Suzanne Armstrong, of Arty Party fame!  I think her special customers are going to be soooo delighted to get these as presents!

Another favorite store owner, Gina Trento, from The Better Half, ordered name pillows for her niece and nephew, Sabrina and Nicholas.  When they were done I grinned.  Wide.

Last, but not least, orders for Meg Staley Handmade patchwork pillow shams ALWAYS keep me busy at this time of year.  This time I made a few extra and Jerry put a couple in his eBay site.  Click on this link SG ATTIC and you can see the standard-size pillow shams up close and personal, as well as a few other Meg Staley Handmade clothing items left from my fall season!  Even though it’s a little too late to shop for your loved ones, WHAT ABOUT YOU???   I’m one of those sinners who slips  a few (several) presents for myself into the holiday equation.  I’m sure you’re all much too virtuous to do the same.  But, in case you’re not…….

Arty Party Fun!

Last weekend Meg Staley Handmade travelled down to the DC area to visit Suzanne Armstrong at her annual holiday Arty Party!  Suzanne has developed a loyal following of clients who never miss an opportunity to collect my one-of-kind art clothing.  Thanks to Suzanne’s enthusiasm and talent, fabulous helpers (Kim, Hermine, Gayle and Paul) and crazy fun customers, we sold out in 24 hours! Thanks ladies (and man….)

Karen rocks the applique patchwork holiday tunic!

This is Suzanne’s glitter shoe. Tired but happy designer home at last, cozying up in my  Giant Snowflake Hoody

Nanook of the North

Well, I finally gave in to the approaching winter at Fake Rock Farm (45th latitude), packed the Element up to its gills with fabric, paints, patterns, computer, audiobooks and snacks, and headed east to Meg Staley Handmade winter headquarters at our house in Cold Spring, NY.  Definitely cozier than our wheezy Michigan barn in the nippy months.

Or so I thought.  Until Saturday, when a freak snowstorm dumped 8″ of very wet snow on trees that hadn’t even begun to shed their leaves, and as soon as you could say “Uh-oh,” the power went kaput.  And with the power went the news, the coffeemaker, the entertainment devices, lights and  heat.

Since trunk show deadlines are looming, I kept on working until i was forced to crawl under the covers.  By the second night I was ready for a hot meal and shower and my dear sister, Lynn, gathered me into her warm Central Park West apt.

Today, just after snapping this shot of me in my LED headlamp and other power-less accoutrements, the lights flickered on.  Just about 48 hours and none the worse for wear.  Now I can take off my Davy Crockett hat,  headlamp and fingerless gloves and greet the trick-or-treaters.