Betsy Chutchian developed a passionate interest in fabric, quilts, sewing and history as a child.
After graduation from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1980, Betsy received an antique quilt top made by her paternal great-grandmother and great-aunt. It was then that she taught herself to quilt.
Betsy began teaching in 1990 and she shares her passion for quiltmaking and reproducing 19th Century quilts through teaching, presentations and bed-turnings. She is the author of several books – her latest being Classic and Heirloom Quilts published by It’s Sew Emma, and the coming-very-soon Treasury of Quilts from Martingale. Her previous books include: Gone to Texas, Quilts from a Pioneer Woman’s Journal, Lizzie’s Legacy and Just Treats, No Tricks with Kansas City Star. She also co-authored History Repeated, Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th Century Patchwork Divas. Betsy is also the co-founder of the 19th Century Patchwork Divas, a block exchange group dedicated 1800’s reproduction fabric.
Betsy’s passion for fabric, fabric study, and antique quilts has led her to design fabric with Moda – which isn’t far from Grand Prairie, Texas, where she lives with her husband Steve and a couple of cats.
- Week 38 is Peace and Plenty by MEGobble Gobble! tomorrow is Turkey Day...Happy Thanksgiving to you all. While Thanksgiving is an American tradition, the spirit of the day transcends all nations. Be thankful tomorrow for what you have and share your bounty with others. Blessings abound. Enjoy your day with family and friends, and if you must,... Read more »
- Week 37 Moda BlockHeads Double Delight Star by Lynne HagmeierAnother busy week another block...This week we have Double Delight Star by Lynne Hagmeier, and it is so pretty!Before we get to the patterns this week, here is the Question of the week...Do you remember your first Quilt Market as an exhibitor? When was it? Was it exciting? Terrifying? Both?My... Read more »
- Week 36 ModaBlockHeads "Shoo Dat by Carrie NelsonA few weeks have passed since I last wrote you all. Posting in advance is a challenge, but doable, I'm happy to say. Remembering to post on Instagram and facebook, is a whole different challenge! Again I'm happy to have remembered. Which brings me to today....I made blocks Monday. Started... Read more »
- Week 35 Northridge by Lisa BongeanOk, I'm at Quilt Market in Houston and have written this post last week. Here's hoping Week 34 went smoothly,and here's hoping this week will as well! And Halloween is over. I'll have a report next week, but hope you have been able to follow me.Question of the Week...Do you... Read more »
- Week 34 House, designed by Jan PatekHello everyone...wish me luck, as it is time to go to Market. It is always SO much fun to see everyone and not so much fun to PACK!I'm introducing Evelyn's Homestead, a pretty group dated 1880-1900. I have absolutely loved working with this line. Be sure to watch my posts... Read more »
- Week 33 Moda BlockHeads Starz by Jo MortonAnother week has flown by at lightning speed!On to Week 33 with a cool star pattern by Jo Morton. We designers are in the last week of prep for Market and if they are like me, there are not enough hours in the day!!! I'm still in quilting and binding... Read more »
- It's my turn....Week 32 Dutchman's Puzzle Moda BlockHeadsHi everyone! Back again, where did the week go?? I'm getting closer to completing Market samples, one more to go to the quilter, then the binding marathon begins! I dread sewing the binding on the machine because on my small sewing space, but I do love having the quilt over... Read more »
- Moda BlockHeads Week 31 Dot Dash by Lynne HagmeierQuestion of the week....Is there something quilt-related on your bucket list? A quilt you would like to make, a show you would like to see, quilter you'd like to meet, etc?A quilting bucket list! Great question! I'd love someday to go to Paducah. The spring show is always at a... Read more »
- Moda BlockHeads Week 30 Four Patch Dash by Carrie NelsonQuestion of the Week...Name a "famous" quilter that inspired-taught you, of the 20 past years that you hope quilters will remember 20 years from now.First, I'm always inspired by by fellow BlockHead designers, but with them exempt from this topic, I can name a few quilters/ teachers that I'll never... Read more »