Union Station, Lockport, NY

Museum Quilt Guilt – Architectural Challenge Revealed

Union Station Lockport, NY

Union Station
Lockport, NY

It has been a busy few months, but I’m back in the blogging world. Rather than try to get you caught up with a play by play on everything I’ve done in the last 3 months, I’ll start with the most recent project. It is once again the season for the ¬†The Museum Quilt Guild’s annual challenge. This year’s challenge theme was “Architecture”. My entry was an applique of the old Union Station in Lockport, NY.


There are a couple of things I would like to share about my process on this project.

The first is to not settle for fabric that isn’t quite the right color. I wanted to make the inside of the archway a darker shade that the part of the archway that’s seen from the front. So I auditioned some fabrics.

The first fabric I tried was too dark. I couldn’t find any that were the shade I was looking for, so I took the fabric that I used for the front of the arch and colored it with a pencil, nothing fancy, just a regular pencil. I then rinsed it and smudged it as much as I could to get rid of the lines.

I don’t recommend this technique for use on regular quilts that will get washed. And certainly not for baby quilts, but it turned out to be just what I was looking for for this project.




This photo shows a lesson in perspective. I think I achieved the look of a curve in the architecture of the round turret on the top part. The bottom, however, is another story.

The problem is that when I stitched the mortar lines between the white stones on the bottom I should have stitched at a slight angle coming down from left to right and then straight across from right to left, meeting in the center between the 2 windows. I debated ripping the stitches out, but the time crunch I was working with did not allow for it. Ultimately, I look at it as a lesson well learned for next time. It’s not perfect, but it’s not bad and more importantly, it’s finished.



All the entries are on display at the Richmond Library in Batavia, NY through the month of February. I encourage you to check them out in person. Pictures, truly, do not do justice to these works of art.

Things that make me smile:

  • Re-arranging my desks at work! It’s amazing how much better my days go since I’ve re-organized my workspace.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’ve never had a really good memory, but I still recall going to see the original Star Wars at the drive-in in the 1970’s. I’m not even sure that I stayed awake for the whole movie. I just remember my brother and I getting to wear pajamas to the movies as we watched it from the back of the old green station wagon. I think they did a great job with the latest movie.

And last but not least……

  • My friend, co-worker, and fellow quilter Kathi has retired. I am so happy for her! Not only has she been a pleasure to work with over the last 15+ years, she is the one who introduced the Museum Quilt Guild to me. I had been taking quilting classes and teaching myself what I could when Kathi invited me to check out her guild. I am so grateful to her. The friendship and comraderie. The classes and challenges.The inspiration of other quilters’ work. Those are the priceless benefits of being in a guild. I’m sure that I would still be quilting even if I had never met Kathi, but I’m equally sure that I am a better and happier quilter because I did.

Let’s go spread some sunshine!