Monday, June 15, 2015

Announcing A Kit With Connecting Threads

Hello Readers!

I am so excited to announce that Connecting Threadss chose my Strawberry Fields pattern as a kit for their new fabric line, Jolly St. Nick.  The new catalog goes live online tomorrow morning and should be shipping for you to view soon.

I am so flattered, the quilt they made using my pattern made the cover of the catalog!  Pretty exciting!

I'm going to go purchase myself a kit so I can make it using their fabrics too.  Here is a link to their Notions blog and a post about the current catalog photo shoot.

A garden photo of my original Strawberry Fields quilt pattern.

A black and white photo of my original pattern, receiving a red, second place ribbon at the Taylorsville City art show.
It is remarkable for me to reflect and think that I first debut this pattern three years ago on this blog -- clear back in 2012.  I am so grateful for all the support and opportunities I have had.  A special thank you goes out to Connecting Threads for being a blog sponsor and supporting me and my fabric habit!

Until next time, Happy Quilting!!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Last Block in the Charm Square QAL

Hello everyone!  I'm back.  Thank you for all of your patience.  Nope, our life's trials are not over yet, but at least I have sewed a quilt block so we can finish all our blocks in our QAL.

This is block number 9!

It is a spinning Pinwheel Star and is very similar to block #7.  In fact, all of the tricks we used on that block will be used here.

STEP ONE:  As usual, lay out all of your pieces according to the layout diagram.  I wanted the diamond shapes to "pop"--to create a visual difference from block number 7 where the outer corners face a different direction -- so I chose coordinating HST colors to match the diamonds (e.g. green with green, brown with brown...etc.)

STEP TWO: Sew into columns.  (These steps have been shown in previous posts.)

STEP THREE: Press columns in opposite directions

STEP FOUR: Nest seams and sew rows together.

STEP FIVE: Trim a little nick in the center of the pinwheel, then place your thumb on it and spin the block.  This way your block center will splay out like a fan and lie flat.

STEP SIX:  Enjoy!  Use these blocks in your favorite setting.

I'll be back soon with the sashing instructions for the setting I used.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Sale!

It's time for a spring sale in my Etsy shop.

Use the coupon code "FACEBOOK25" to get 25% off your purchase of $5.00 or more.

Enjoy those spring quilting projects!  Here are some pictures of some older patterns I have written that may have been forgotten in the passage of time...Many are pre-cut fat quarter or layer cake friendly.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Welcome to Keep It Simple, Make It Fun!

For any of you visiting the Paducah, Kentucky quilt show this month, stop by the Moda Bake Shop booth and see my "Sweet Sixteen" quilt in person!  Pretty exciting, eh?  No, I will not be in attendance--just my quilt.  Silly quilts!  They travel more than I do.  LOL

Also, the Charm Square QAL was uploaded earlier today.  I apologize for how late it has become...but when you read the post, you will know why.

Have a great day!

Charm Square QAL Part 9

Welcome back to the Charm Square Quilt Along!  In this installment, we will work on block #8.

Charm Square Sampler Quilt Along

If you are new to this QAL, visit the old posts.  To get fabric requirements and ideas, click HERE.

Hello everyone!  I apologize for the delay on these postings. Please be patient with me and we will complete this project together.  In short, my family's life is being guided by the wisdom of a "Fortune Cookie" that my spouse got last weekend at dinner.  It said, "Anything worth having is worth a firm negotiation."  In short, our family is experiencing a major trial and I unexpectedly, do not have as much time to quilt as I would like.  However, with your patience, we will get this project done together.  Thanks!

I'm sure you don't want to hear my drama so on to block #8.  All of the blocks in the sampler are versions of what has been called a "Tippiecanoe" block.  I call this the square in a star block.

STEP ONE: Lay out all of your HSTs according to block #8 shown above.

STEP TWO: Sew the columns together.
STEP THREE: Press columns in opposite directions.  This block is not as tricky as the others.
STEP FOUR: Sew rows together pin-matching seams and looking for "X marks the spot".

STEP FIVE: Press rows open and enjoy!