April 30, 2020

Quiltfolk Issue 14: South Carolina + I'M IN IT!

I was so surprised, well shocked, to be one of the quilters chosen to be included in Quiltfolk Issue 14 dedicated entirely to South Carolina.  And, the even bigger surprise was when my sister texted me after her issue arrived to tell me, "You're a cover girl!"  Well, not really me, my quilt was a cover girl.  Something else that's very special to me, is that's my grandmother's Singer sewing machine in the photo, the one I sat at with her.

That's my quilt, Sew Charmed, on the cover.  You can read all about its making and how I challenged myself to use a Michael Miller Cotton Couture charm pack received in a QuiltCon swag bag.

In fact, my challenge quilts are the main focus of the article titled, Up to the Challenge, and was written by Riane Menardi Morrison.

I'm still pinching myself over the fact, that the Quiltfolk crew actually came to my house one chilly winter's day.  While Riane interviewed me, Mary Fons, yes, THE Mary Fons, and photographer, Azuree Wiitala buzzed around my house taking photos.
Before they headed off to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, Azuree snapped this photo of Riane, me and Mary.  Yes, that's Mary holding the first quilt I ever made.

If you aren't familiar with Quiltfolk, it's a quarterly publication, better-than-a magazine, not-quite-a-book as Mary, the editor, describes in her post here.  Publisher, Michael McCormick devotes each issue to one state so there's 36 issues to go.  You may be interested in his recent interview with Stephanie on the Modern Sewciety Podcast.

You can meet all the quilters included in the South Carolina Issue 14 at Quiltfolk here.  A yearly subscription can be purchased here or single issues here

Paige with Mustard Stain - Photo credit Zzuree Wiitala and Quiltfolk

These are the kind words that were actually written about me:
Lifelong Southerner Paige Alexander describes herself as “a traditional quilter who loves modern quilting”. In her sunny studio, ribbons from local, regional, and national quilting shows line the walls. Alexander’s meticulous attention to detail and solid technique take her quilts to the next level, but it all starts with a challenge: Alexander found her inspiration by taking on challenges issued by guilds. The results are winning, indeed.

I'll leave you with one photo from the pages of the Quiltfolk that contains treasures close to my heart.  My Grandmama Hazel made the ceramic thimble and the sewing machine oil was from my Grandmama Sadie that taught me to sew.  

I've never won Best in Show for one of my quilts, but this must be what it feels like.  Thank you Quiltfolk for including me in the South Carolina issue.  


  1. Congrats! I like your quilt.

    1. Thanks so much! Sew Charming was a fun little quilt! The piecing was easy and speedy but the quilting did take a lot of time, but worth it!

  2. Loved the article - I'm so glad you are featured and that some special things got included in the photos. Your challenge quilts are amazing!

  3. Wow, Paige!!!! This is amazing! Congratulations! And how wonderful that the photos include your grandmothers' heritage and the sewing notions they've passed on to you.

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    1. Aby, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting! Thank you!

  5. Congratulations, Paige! I am not one single bit surprised at this! I've always been awed by the work you do and the designs you come up with AND the meticulous work you do. Well deserved recognition!

  6. I've already told you what a delight it was to open the pages of Quiltfolk and see you there, and then realize your quilt was on the cover! Even though we've never met (I hope we get to meet someday), it was like seeing a friend in the magazine! Congrats!

  7. This is totally like winning best of show! Congratulations on being a quilt cover girl - that is such an honor. Your quilts are always inspiring; I am not surprised they found you!

  8. That is so cool Paige! And well deserved!

  9. I'm so grateful you shared "Quiltfolk" with me so I could see you featured. The pictures are gorgeous (rightly so, with such good subject matter) and I think it's wonderful that you met Riane and Mary. Did you know that Riane and I attended the same university in Des Moines, Iowa? And a dozen years ago I worked for Liz and Marianne (Mary's mother) at "Love of Quilting" magazine. The quilting world is small, right? And I'm thrilled you're a big part of it, and that I know you. Blessings.

  10. This is so fabulous and your work is always so meticulous an amazing :-)