Saturday, September 25, 2010


Welcome to Free to Bee, and thank you for checking in.

I'm Carol Gilham Jones, long-time quilter and newly minted blogger. Here's my quilted Self Portrait with Rose-Colored Glasses.

My friend Bobbi Finley and I have a new book out, Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form, C&T Publishing, 2010. Here's a hauntingly familiar picture of me and Bobbi.

Deb Rowden took this picture of us in a glorious garden in Columbus, Ohio where we were attending the American Quilt Study Group's 2008 Seminar.    When we read in our publisher's guidelines for author photos that plain backgrounds were preferred, we knew that this man-eating coleus backdrop was perfect.

Bobbi and I have enjoyed a terrific collaborative quilting relationship since having the good fortune to meet several decades ago at a quilting retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area. We love working together on quilts. Our book on tile quilts grew out of our mutual fascination with 19th-century tile quilts and our working together to develop a simple method for making contemporary tile quilts. The first tile quilt we made is called Starry Orange Peel, for obvious reasons.

It is one of the patterned projects in Tile Quilt Revival.  

Among the hopes I have in posting Free to Bee is to acquaint folks with tile quilts--19th-century and contemporary--, with tessellating quilt designs, and with free-form cut-and-pieced quilts.  And I'm hoping to encourage you to have a go at quilt collaboration with a friend or friends.  More on tile quilts next time.  Carol