I made my first quilt out of Marimekko fabric as an impoverished chemistry graduate student at M.I.T. It took another 17 years for me to make my second one – after a corporate career and some child rearing. 

When we moved to Pennsylvania, my sons were both in school and I started taking some basic quilting classes to occupy my time. It didn't take long before I fell in love with quilting and started to design my own quilts. I then started teaching at a local quilt shop. At the request of my students, I developed my own line of Judaic quilt patterns.

Fascinated by the color and texture of fabric, I discovered that I could create art and folk art without knowing how to paint with a brush. The challenge became how to turn my ideas into a quilt.

I find that I "build" my quilts one section at a time. Putting together the pieces of the puzzle is both challenging and energizing. This process sometimes necessitates the development of a new technique or use of a non-traditional fabric.

My inspiration for my quilts comes from the emotions I feel for my family as well as my love of nature and cycling. I have many creative moments while riding my bicycle through the scenic byways of our country.

Then I can't wait to return to my studio to translate those ideas into fabric.


  • The Quilt Pattern Magazine, "Curvalicious Goes Modern", February
  • AQS Daytona Beach Show, All Star Review + 2 classes + Presentation in the Learning Center


  • Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Summer , Volume 9


  • Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Winter, Vol.8
  • Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Summer, Vol.7

  • American Patchwork & Quilting," Global Perspective", October 2011, Issue 112
  • Sew Embellished, Artistic Little Quilts Personalized with Easy Techniques, That Patchwork Place, April 2012
  • The Quilt Life
    - Feature Article, "Just Around The Corner", Feb 2012
    - "Digital World", Feb 2012
    - Quilt Pattern, "Frosty Flakes", Dec 2012
  • Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski
  • Quilt Fiesta, Surprising Designs From Mexican Tiles, That Patchwork Place, January 2011
  • The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, Episode 811, Originally aired Feb 2011
  • Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Special Exhibition XVIII, "Quilt Fiesta", September 2011
  • Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Radio, 6/27
  • "Motherhood", QSDS Special Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum
  • "Concentricity", Tactile Architecture 2010, International Quilt Association
  • Quilt Out Loud at QNNtv.com, Mark Lipinski and Jodie Davis, Nov 2010
  • "Willoway, A Folk Art Farm", Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, Sept/Oct
  • "Happy Hannukah" - Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Dec/Jan 2009
  • "A Shrine For Planet Earth" - Museum Of The American Quilting Society, Paducah, KY - Quilts Of The Mid-Atlantic
  • "Happy Hannukah" - McCall's Quick Quilts- Dec/Jan 2009
  • "A Merry Menorah" - McCall's Quilting, Nov/Dec 2008
  • Quilt Fest of NJ, Somerset, NJ - "Willoway - A Folk Art Farm" - Judge's Choice
  • "Wheels" - Fiberplay 2007, Michigan
  • "Cycling Haiku" included in Elemental: Contemporary Quilted Art – Fiber Art Center, Amherst, MA
  • "Embellishing the Family History" featured in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, July/August issue, No. 394
  • McCall's Quick Quilts, January 2008
  • Quilter's Heritage Celebration - Lancaster, PA "Family Musings In Blue" - 2nd Place Wallhanging Category
  • "ARTQUILTSimages" - PAQA South - Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC - "Joyous Gates"
  • Denver National Quilt Festival - Denver, CO "Family Musings In Blue" - Best Use of Embellishment, Wallhanging Category
  • Nashville Quilt Exposition - Nashville, TN "Family Musings In Blue" - Semi-Finalist
  • Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative - "Leaving Us"
  • QuiltArt 2006 Grab Bag Challenge - "Growth"
  • "Quilting Arts" - Fall Issue - "In The Spotlight - Cheryl Lynch" - "Motherhood"
  • Keepsake Quilting Catalog - Spring - "Aleph-Bet Sampler"
  • Keepsake Quilting Catalog - Autumn - "Aleph-Bet Sampler"
  • McCall's - "A Season of Quilts" - "Shalom!"
  • Keepsake Quilting Catalog - Summer Newsletter - "Shalom!"
  • Keepsake Quilting Catalog - Summer and Spring - "Aleph-Bet Sampler
  • Keepsake Quilting Catalog - Autumn - "Aleph-Bet Sampler"
  • Keepsake Quilting Catalog - Summer and Spring- "Create -A-Kippah"
  • Quilter's Heritage Celebration - Lancaster, PA - "Gardenscape"
  • Moscow Country Fair - Moscow, PA "Grow Old Along With Me" - 2nd Place
  • Peddler's Village Quilt Competition - Lahaska, PA "Grow Old Along With Me" - Best Use of Fabric
  • Undercover Quilters Quilt Show - Aston, PA "Whitney Lake" - Honorable Mention
2015 - Torah Covers, High Holidays, Temple Sholom, Broomall, PA
2012 - Torah Covers, High Holidays, Temple Sholom, Broomall, PA
2011 - Ark Curtain, Temple B'nai Israel, Easton , Md
2010 - Torah Covers (3) - Temple B'nai Israel, Easton, MD
2007 - Torah Cover - Temple Sholom, Broomall, PA
2005 - Class Quilt for The Baldwin School - Bryn Mawr, PA
2005 - Torah Covers for Temple Shalom - Broomall, PA
2004 - Class Quilt for The Benchmark School - Media, PA
2002 - Class Quilt for The Haverford School - Haverford, PA
2000 to present - Commissions for private clients

1 comment:

  1. I am a quilter who made Aliyah several years ago and am now living in Karmiel, Israel. Today I was asked by the board if I could make new Torah Mantles for our two Torahs. This is not a commission, this is not a wealthy congregation. I know this is a lot to ask: would you be willing to share a pattern and/or measurements with me.This is different from anything I have done. My work can be seen at Facebook.com/carolynquiltsisrael. I would be most appreciative of any help. Thank you in advance. Carolyn Levant-Lee CarolynQuilts4U@gmail.com


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