This website is my idea of what quilting and needlework should be. Relaxing and fun. Simple hand needle arts and some sewing machine work along the way.  It’s not rocket science (more on this later for sure!) Making things by hand is satisfying and should be shared with friends and family, to share history and family traditions. Stop by often, rest on a lily pad and enjoy the photos, read the notes to the side under recent posts or click on blog on the top menu bar to see them all, be inspired, make something by hand! All photos on this site are my own, taken by me around Long Island and the North East.    C.J.


I’ve been roaming around the internet to see what there is to do on Long Island during the Summer that might be gardening or sewing related.

Hampton Bays Historical Society recently had their ribbon cutting on the restored Lyzon Hat Shop on main street. Stop by and see the exhibit. It’s a nice stroll through Long Island history you may not have known about; and close to cute antique shops, cafes and Starbucks!

Old Westbury Gardens, Planting Fields Arboretum, Longhouse in East Hampton, Old Bethpage Restoration, all have different features I’m  hoping to enjoy this Summer.  See below for more finds and events.

See Quilts and Needlework this Summer on eastern Long Island

Turn off your computer, get outta the house, and get inspired!

The Leiber Collection Museum
446 Old Stone Highway, Springs, East Hampton
Sat, Sun, Wed 1-4 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, admission is free

Judith Leiber Handbags: Since 2008, over one hundred and fifty of Judith Leiber’s most prized designs have been on permanent view at the Leiber Collection. Each display has been curated with attention to detail and design, encouraging visitors to view these iconic fashionable objects as works of art. This retrospective exhibition offers views not only on the development of Leiber’s acclaimed designs, but on the various advances made in the fashion industry during her fruitful career.  There are also other exhibits and gardens to explore. For more info see the website



July 16-October 3, 2018: Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts, at the Self Taught Genius Gallery of the American Folk Art Museum, Long Island City, Queens, NY

Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts is an invitation to read quilts as maps, tracing the paths of individual stories and experiences that illuminate larger historic events and cultural trends. Spanning the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, the exhibition brings together a collection of quilts from the collection of American Folk Art Museum that represents a range of materials, motifs, and techniques—from traditional early-American quilts to more contemporary sculptural assemblage.

 The Cartography of Quilts opens July 16, 2018, at the American Folk Art Museum’s Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Long Island City, 47-29  32nd Place. Mon-Thurs 11 am-5 pm, free admission.

Exhibition curator: Sarah Margolis-Pineo, assistant curator, Self-Taught Genius Gallery

 Major support for the Self-Taught Genius Gallery is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Booth Ferris Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ford Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



Southold Historical Society Quilt Festival – Aug 18,19
Saturday & Sunday, August 18-19, 2018, 10am-4pm
Southold Historical Society Complex
55200 Main Road, Southold, New York 11971

Tickets:  Children under 12 free
One day admission   $10
Two day admission  $15
Paula Nadelstern Presentation (Saturday, 3pm) $10

This festival is a celebration of quilts, old and new!  Members will conduct bed turnings of the Society’s collection of antique quilts from the Southold area. Contemporary and antique quilts will be on display, with some available for purchase.  Joyce Fischer, certified quilt appraiser, will be available to appraise your quilts.  Children are welcome to work on quilt activities of their own.  Demonstrations of quilting techniques will be held.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

At 3pm on Saturday, Paula Nadelstern will give a lecture entitled, Symmetry & Surprise: The Kaleidoscope As Design Inspiration, at the First Presbyterian Church of Southold, 53100 Main Road, Southold

Contact:  Karen Lund Rooney





Oysterponds Historical Society
Summer Exhibition: Quilts
May 2018 – September 2018

Wednesday to Friday and Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm, Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, free admission

Recent Acquisitions & Old Favorites

The Oysterponds Historical Society’s large collection of textiles includes an impressive group of quilts. We are fortunate that in the last few years the quilt collection has been strengthened by a number of splendid new gifts. These recent additions are part of this exhibition, along with a group of quilts which have not been shown for many years. Of the new acquisitions, the very large and beautifully crafted quilt on the back wall is one of the few late-twentieth century quilts in the collection. The subject of the quilt is Orient, which makes it particularly appropriate for our collection. The shimmering silk log cabin quilt on the south wall was made much earlier by Mary Jane Stevenson Younie, great grandmother of the donor, a member of one of the oldest Oysterponds families. On the same wall the patchwork quilt with an array of early printed cottons and brown sashing is in astonishingly pristine condition for a textile that is more than 150 years old. Those three quilts are among the recent gifts, as are several that are displayed in the cradles and on the doll beds. The beautiful and colorful crazy quilt has perhaps never before been on view, nor have many of the quilt squares which, for reasons unknown, were not made into finished quilts. Most of the others, including some of the finest quilts in the collection, have not been shown for nearly fifteen years.

We are grateful to the donors of the quilts and to the following who in many ways have made this exhibition possible: Taz Smith, Stephanie Terry Alford, Priscilla Bull, Suzanne Egan, Jovanny Eusebio, Amy Folk, John Holzapfel, Anne Hopkins, Bob Hulsmann, Sarah Olmstead, Colin Palmer, Joe Papa, Linda Sabatino, Cheryl Tortoriello, Ruth Tuthill, and Peter Werden.



The Water Mill Museum’s 32nd Annual Quilt Show and Salewill be held from Friday. August 23rd through Sunday. September 16th.

Quilts of any design, size or age will be on display or for sale. Hours: 11 am – 5 pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesday.