Beth Markel


Human flaws, beautifully acknowledged

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Beth Markel

I saw Eric Fischl’s work the very first time I was in New York City.  It was years and years ago, but I was immediately drawn to what I believed was interesting, evocative, and thought-provoking work which actually acknowledged the seedier aspects of suburban life.  When you have a girlfriend’s mother commit suicide, and you’re […]


To Pre-wash or not to pre-wash…that is the question

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Beth Markel

So, pre-washing… I’ve talked to quilters over the years and there are 2 schools of thought on pre-washing your fabric.  I pre-wash all fabrics that are introduced to their play-mates in my sewing room.  These fabrics are going to be life-long friends, so it’s important they get off on the right foot.  My very first […]


Word Herding

Posted on January 7, 2014 by Beth Markel

Last year I spent time every single day looking for inspiration…and FINDING it!  I was often shocked at the number of small, ordinary objects which could inspire me – for their color, the line of the bottle they were in, the shape and visual texture which was eye candy/produce in the local markets.  There are […]