Scraps of Chillicothe

scrap pile

If you’re from Chillicothe, Illinois, you might want to take a closer look at this in-progress quilt. Some the fabrics in those patches may look familiar. I use ‘found fabrics’–cast off cottons, discarded denims and more when designing stitched items. I love the thought of giving a second life to something that might otherwise be thrown away. It’s one small way I can contribute to a greener world.

Some of the fabrics in this quilt came from garage sales and fabric swaps right here in Chillicothe. So, if a certain patch reminds you of a favorite shirt you used to own…it might be just that! Cut up, quilted and useful once again.

Look like fun? Download this free Scraps of Chillicothe quilt pattern, and stitch up a scrap quilt of your own.

quilt detail

This quilt, and many other art items, will be raffled during the August 2008 Heritage Days celebration at Three Sisters Park. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Three Sisters Folk Art School, and will be used to help build classrooms and workspaces at the Park. Learn more about the Folk Art School here.

Time Passes….

...far too quickly for me. It seems like only yesterday I was scurrying and hurrying to get to the Spring Quilt Market in Portland, and now summer is in full swing here at Shepler Studios.

Brown-eyed susans
Quilt Market
was incredible. Although I’ve been to several Quilt Festivals, this was my first time to Market. As a trade show, Quilt Market isn’t open to the general public. Attendees are quilt shop owners, designers, authors, publishers and others working in the quilting and sewing industry. New fabrics, patterns and products are introduced, orders are placed and contacts made. I was lucky to attend with several friends who are old pros at navigating the never-ending aisles of vendors and exhibits–my head was swimming by the end of the first day! I’m still in awe of the amount of information available, and my friends’ abilities at keeping everyone and everything straight.

Butterfly on coneflowers


I came home with a bag bulging with ideas and inspirations, and have been researching ‘areas of interest’ (also known as Fun Things I Want to Try). If you get a chance to go to Market, I say, “Go!” You’ll have a great time. I did.