Friday, June 26, 2015


In case you are new to Quiltmania or even if you are not, I thought I would share this video. This gives you a little background in the company. Popularity in the U.S. is growing due to the fact that it is a spectacular magazine. For those of you who aren't familiar, in addition to the regular issue they also produce Simply Vintage and newly released, Simply Modern.
Simply Vintage is full of folk art and vintage/primitive style quilts and projects. That is my strawberry block on the cover. My Done By Me quilt is broken into 2 parts and the second part is in this issue.The first part was in the spring issue.
The photography in all the magazines is outstanding and Simply Vintage is really more like a bookazine.

Simply Modern is the same format but features quilts and projects with a modern style from designers like Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Jen Kingwell.
There is something for everyone. Both of these issues are hitting the newstands, so take a moment to check them out.
Happy Quilting, 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Bountiful Life

Sooo I didn't make it to post last Tuesday. I had some things come up and couldn't get to the computer. I planned to write the post on Thursday but I slammed my fingers in the car door first thing that morning. The blog was forgotten. 
Fingers are now yellow and purple but working. So all is well.

I rarely work on anything that is not related to my design work but I have always loved the Bird of Paradise quilt from the American Folk Art Museum.
Last year a small group of us decided to make the quilt. We would meet once a month for 4 hours to stitch and share. We can only work on the quilt when we meet- no other stitching. For me that one day a month is the only time I work on mine. Because of my travel schedule I have missed several months and am way behind. We actually meet next Monday but I will be in Arkansas doing a trunkshow presentation and last month I was in Minneapolis for market. Hopefully in July I will be able to join the girls.
We are working from the late Karen Mowery's book  A Bountiful Life. 

Here are my six finished blocks so far. I have found that my designs that I create are waaay more simple, primitive, chunky than I thought. I have simplified some of these blocks as you can see. I have a hard time following a pattern but it is nice to have it all done for you. 

This is my bride block in progress. She is finished but I still have to do all the flowers and leaves. It is so fun to work on these and see how different all of our blocks look. When we finish no two quilts will look alike. I am doing this quilt just for me which is a very nice change. I have also started stitching Blackbird Designs' Anniversaries of the Heart in counted cross stitch just for me. I will share when I have enough that you can tell what it is. The "just for me" projects are always on the back burner but so worth it. Since I have very little time to dedicate to these you would think I would choose projects that weren't so involved, wouldn't you?
I will be away from home still on Tuesday next week, so barring any personal injury I should have a post up on Thursday.
Happy Quilting,

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Minneapolis- Land of the Lost

So spring Quilt Market was held in Minneapolis this year. I originally didn't plan to go to spring market. I had released a new book and 7 new patterns at fall market so I didn't think I would release new patterns for spring. Well, there were some major behind the scenes changes going on with some companies I work with and a couple of magazines that I needed to touch base with so, off we went. The photo above is of the conference center, it is huge. The downtown of Minneapolis has a skywalk system so you can travel the downtown out of the weather. This is not a new concept to me, they have a similar system in Des Moines. However, for some reason we had the hardest time keeping our sense of direction. We got turned around the first day of market and walked 3 blocks the wrong way, just making it to the convention center in time for opening and then couldn't find the stupid car at the end of the day! We parked outside for the remainder of the market and all was well.
So for this market I released 8 patterns, these designs are Christmas/Winter or Fall patterns.
Depending on your color choices, three of them could definitely be used all year round. It was a busy market and I didn't get out to take photos this time so you are stuck with just photos of my stuff. I am uploading the patterns to the online store today. 
This is Belle Mead- great stash buster. I leaned toward fall colors but you could make it work for anytime of the year. 
Cider Barn- cotton appl. with a bit of wool and velvet.
Horrible pic. of Fa La La La La prior to quilting. This is wool app. and the pattern will be ready next week.
Frolic- cotton applique and super easy piecing. Also a great stashbuster.
Laidley- good anytime of the year.
Rowan- this is a super easy way to make a compass style quilt. Applique 4 sizes of triangles. 
Star of Wonder- wool applique and easy piecing.
Winter Garden- cotton applique
So that's what I have been working on. My deadlines are a bit more relaxed for now so I am going to make a strong effort to post here every Tuesday. So stay tuned.
Happy Quilting,

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sunnyside Sampler

This is my quilt- Sunnyside Sampler. It was based on an antique quilt from Sunnyside Ohio. I released the pattern in January 2013. Because I had shops waiting on the pattern I shot the cover without it being quilted. I really wanted to hand quilt it but never found the time. It remained just a top and as I carried it around for trunkshows it began to show some wear. Fortunately for me I have a group of friends who meet every Tuesday at the Methodist Church and hand quilt for people.
I was lucky enough to get my quilt on their list and now it has been returned to me- beautifully hand quilted.
Here is the finished quilt with the lovely ladies who quilted it. I couldn't be happier! 
When I made my quilt I used my fabric line Best Wishes and went for a patriotic look but Common Threads in Waxahachie did the quilt in scrappy colors for their BOM.
If you are looking for a kit, you might be able to still get one from them or Homestead Hearth. 
I am off to bind my quilt.
Happy Quilting,

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What's Going On With Me?

The latest issue of Quiltmania is here. I am a little show posting this so it may be old news to you. This issue has the Quilts & Enchanting Homes feature they did on me. They did a lovely job and I am an honored. 
It is issue 105 and has a lot of other great stuff as well. There is an article on Barbara Brackman and photos from Houston Quilt Fesitival. They included the pattern for the quilt Selene seen above. Selene was the second stand alone pattern I ever produced. It is made from a layer cake and a 1/2 yard of black for the sashing strips. It is nice to see it being recognized again. 
That's about all I can show you now. I am working on new patterns for spring quilt market which means I am in Christmas/Fall mode here so the scrappy medallion had to be set aside for a bit. I will get back to it and share soon. 
I now have to go cut kits for a big stitch quilting class I am teaching next week in Oklahoma. 
Sorry to be so short. I hate it when I can't show you all the things I am working on.

Happy Quilting,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all and thanks for following along with me this year!
Happy Quilting,

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Making a Quilt From Scratch/Scraps

I have been doing some thinking. Scary, right? I have been thinking about my design process and how I create quilts. Before I started making quilts for publication I did things a bit different. I would buy fabric in random amounts and stick it on the shelf. When I started a quilt, I would pull fabric from the shelf and begin. If I didn't have enough of a fabric I never let that stop me. I would make do with the closest fabric I had on hand.
 I still buy random amounts of fabric and pull from the shelves to start but when there isn't enough I go buy specific fabric to fill those needs rather than really making do. So I decided to make a quilt "from scratch" with only what I have on hand. Going back to my roots. 
Every quilt I make starts like this photo above. I have a million sketch books and they are full drawings. Some of the drawing actually look like something and some are like this. The quilt is in my head, I just need enough on paper to keep from losing my place and to do some math.
 I decided I wanted a quilt that looked old/antique but something easy to piece and fun. I chose a medallion design. After working out some basics and figuring size on paper I drew up a rough design on the computer.
This is still not exact. I don't want to waste time drawing out blocks that I know are going to change so I just added in those bars to save the space.
I started pulling fabric. Most of it is a fat quarter or less so I am going to be scraping by on some of it. 
I had a bit of this fabric saved back and I knew I had to use it. It is an older line called Old Glory from Nancy Gere and is one of my favorite pieces of fabric ever. I decided to use it on a border so it could be a focus. Working with such limited amounts of fabric would make using a design wall a practical idea but since I have never been one to be practical I am just laying my blocks on the floor. (Warning to anyone using a floor as a design wall- when you lay the project out on the floor and have just the way you like it will send out a silent alarm to any cat or dog in a five mile radius.)
So I get to here and realize that it is getting too busy to add another busy pieced border so I stopped and started auditioning fabrics for the next border. I think this navy blue will do the trick. It will give your eye a resting place and close in the piecing. I am going to have to use several navy prints because I don't have enough of one or two for that matter. I still have to finish my star blocks for the empty blocks and now instead of the next border being a six inch border of randomly pieced blocks, it will be a 3" navy border and 3" row of piecing. The lighter blue border towards the center was bugging me. It was too plain and drew too much attention. Being an appliquer I figure there isn't much that can't be fixed with a little applique so I laid some vines on it and that fixed it.
Obviously these are just laid on there but you can see that adding a bit of applique there will break up that border so it plays more nicely with the rest of the quilt. 
I will check back in with my progress as I get this put together. Will it be a pattern? I don't know. I don't know if anyone would want to buy a pattern made from such random fabrics but I am having fun digging through scraps to piece it. 
Happy Quilting,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Quiltmania and Some Other Stuff

I can't believe it's been three weeks since I blogged. I always get home from market and think I am going to have tons of down time but it never happens that way. When you get home from something like market there are a million things to get squared away, not to mention getting the house back in order. Early in the month I had the opportunity to teach my Pathways quilt at a retreat not far from home in Kirksville. I love teaching this quilt. It looks complicated but is actually really easy to create. Then I was hit with a terrible cold which slowed me down and I don't like to be slowed down. I don't do well with taking it easy. 
This Saturday, my friend Ann and I headed to the Lake of the Ozarks. We stopped by the Needl' Love open house which was gorgeous beyond words. From there we headed onto The Ladies Of The Lake retreat. This is the second year that I have been invited and I absolutely love this group. So that pretty much catches you up on my three weeks except for the arrival of the new issue of Quiltmania. This is issue #104 and the cover is above. The quilt on the cover is by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.
This is my quilt Laidley. It is pieced with a tiny bit of applique. I have a passion for old quilts that have areas where the dye was fugitive and has faded, leaving other parts bold. That was the look I was going for in this quilt and I am happy with the way it turned out. It is big stitch quilted with Valdani pearl cotton. I love the way they styled this. Quiltmania always does such a great job with their photography.
Every year in April they host a huge quilt show called Pour l'Amour du Fil which roughly translated is For the Love of Thread. The show is held in Nantes, France and my dream is to one day make it to the show. If you are interested in the show, you can get more information HERE. Wouldn't that make a great girls trip!
So for now that is all I have to share. I have started some new designs for Spring and hope to be able to share some of that with you soon. 
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Quilting,

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quilt Market and New Releases

So we made it to Market. Drove for 13 hours. Did Schoolhouse for my book and for my patterns.

Set up the booth.

And this is where we spent the next 3 days. It was a great market. I met a lot of new people and caught up with friends I only see at Market.  I released 8 new patterns this market. 

Camille- Layer Cake pattern
This is made with one layer cake. No additional yardage.
Sorry this is turned. 
Hospitality- Dresser Scarf Pattern. 
This is wool and velvet applique
Asters- Layer Cake pattern
Also uses only one layer cake.
My token pieced pattern. This one was fun to stitch.
This is a mix of wool and cotton applique on a cotton background.
Love Notes
All cotton applique.
Done By Me
Wool applique on a cotton background.
And as promised-
Somerset as a complete pattern.

I know that is a lot of photos and not much text but that is just how it is this time. I am exhausted but content. I will try to get the new patterns all posted in the online store by the end of the week if any of you are interested in ordering. Also if you ordered patterns while I was away for market, they will be going out ASAP. 
Happy Quilting,