Quilts Made from the pattern for Fantastic

December 5th, 2015

I have asked quilters who have purchased the pattern for Fantastic to send me pictures of their finished quilts for publication here. It is so interesting to see the varied interpretations. I will add more as they are sent to me.

Melissa Kubiak is a good friend and college roommate. She helped put finishing touches on the pattern directions, and she and several members of her guild then tested the pattern. This is Melissa’s finished quilt.


Lynn VanDelden used a prepublication version of the quilt as the basis for an inspired interpretation of the design as dragons.


Look at the detail in the dragon’s head….



and the stitching.




Barbara Everill chose to stay with the original black-white-red color scheme.



Paula Pangle used a lovely gray and teal palette.


Hand X-Ray

December 5th, 2015

This is the x-ray which inspired my “Les Fleurs de la Maladie” series of quilts.¬† To assess damage from arthritis, three pictures are taken of hands from different angles to get the best view of joints.¬† This oblique view has a gracefulness to me, a roundness, that called for exploration.¬†¬†


Quilts Featured on Quilt Inspiration

April 5th, 2011

The blog Quilt Inspiration has a feature article on my quilts. http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-twist-on-everything-quilts-of-helen.html

Essay on design

January 27th, 2010

Dawn Goldsmith, editor of “Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles,” asked me to write about my design techniques. See my essay at http://subversivestitch.blogspot.com/2010/01/swirl-of-inspiration-keeps-helen-remick.html.¬† I talk a bit about technique and a bit about mathematical inspiration.


November 16th, 2009
A trip to Paris in 2003, so many things to see:¬† I took photos of¬† staircases.¬† When I got home, I found Ned May’s¬†¬†Custom Fibonacci Spiral Generator¬†and began designing quilts with spirals.

This fall, IQA sponsored a contest for photos which inspired quilts.  My photo of the stairwell in the Arc de Triomphe was included, and was the photo from the exhibit chosen for the Houston program.

Stairwell, Arc d'Triomphe, Paris

Stairwell, Arc de Triomphe, Paris


Stairway to the crypts, Pantheon, Paris

Stairway to the crypts, Pantheon, Paris

Staircase in Constitution Hall, Versailles, France

Staircase in Constitution Hall, Versailles, France

When in Paris, don’t miss the Unicorn tapestries at the Musee national du Moyen Age, in the Latin Quarter.¬† Stunning.