Monday, December 5, 2016

What IHave Been Working On

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, no need to read on. If you don't follow me on those sites, this post is for you,constant reader. Once again I have been absent from the blog. I have been in a one woman war with our internet provider. Our connection has been so intermittent that blog posts have been impossible. I think I may be on the winning side now. 
The photo above is a box of quilts weighing 49 pounds bound for France. Along with the quilts are 116 written pages, 56 pages of applique templates and numerous hours of mental labor that after some artful editing and a photo shoot or two will become my sixth book. I thought I would never top the excitement of my very first book in print but I think that will not hold true. 
My sixth book is a real milestone for me and what I have accomplished in 7 years. The working title is From The Linen Closet and I am thrilled to say it is being published by Quiltmania. I feel that the books that Quiltmania produces are some the best and I am so humbled to be able to say that I am now one of their authors. 
This book will feature 17 quilts of various sizes and will contain wool applique, cotton applique and piecing. The projects run from simple designs like the quilt above to some very complex designs.
I thought you might want to see a few peeks at some of what will be in the book when it is released in the spring.

I am pretty pleased with the quilts I designed for this book and can't wait to share it all with you. Quiltmania hosts a quilt show called Pour l'Amour du Fil each year in April and I will be there this year for book signings and to teach two workshops.  The book will be released for the show so only a few more months.
Barring a useless internet connection, I will be back soon with more!

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Monday, October 10, 2016

Trunk shows and Workshop

Hello Quilters!   
 I am just popping in for a second to let you know I am doing two trunk shows tomorrow in Wichita, Kansas for the Prairie Quilt Guild. There will be a preview of the quilts for my new book that will be released in the spring with Quiltmania. Also, I am teaching a wool workshop with the Honey Vintage Tag on Wednesday. There are still some openings. The trunk shows are free for guests and the workshop is $50. The contact is or (316)755-2117 I would love to see you there!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Well Quilters, Can you believe we are finishing up Little Wooly Baskets? It has went by so fast. I am so grateful to all of you who have sewn along. I hope you will still follow along on the blog or Facebook after we finish. Who knows what I will come up with ! Please send me photos of your finished quilts for the Pinterest board. Block 11 is above, sort of a fall sunflower.
And Block 12 is a basket of evergreen branches to round out all the seasons. You can get the patterns HERE.
When I was designing the quilt I tried all kinds of settings but everything seemed to overpower the little blocks. I finally decided on a simple sashing of a print that would set off the baskets..

This gold plaid from Diamond Textiles really makes the baskets sparkle. You can get it from Homestead Hearth.
So what does the quilt look like?
Simple but effective. To set your blocks like mine you will need a 1/4 yard of fabric for the sashing and 1/4 yard for the cornerstones and outer border. 
From the gold plaid print cut 31- 1" x 6 1/2" sash strips.
From the diamond dark woven cut- 20- 1" squares for cornerstones
2- 2 1/2" x 27" strips for the side borders (these go on first)
2- 2 1/2" x 24 1/2" strips for the top and bottom borders. 
Your finished quilt will measure 24" x 30 1/2".
I would love to hear what you think!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Previous blocks are no longer available. Please note in the tab at the top of the page titled Wooly Baskets BOM. Free blocks were to be available only until the next month's blocks posted. I actually left the blocks up for free for the entire six months but they have now come down. This entire pattern will be available for purchase soon.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Short and Sweet

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So, in about an hour we are heading to Kansas City for the night and flying out to California early tomorrow morning. Yeah for me! But.. I realized at the last minute that I will not be back in time to post the next Little Wooly Baskets blocks so with little fanfare- here are blocks 9 and 10. Enjoy and I will post more when I return!

 Sorry to be so brief! Free pattern is no longer available. The full pattern will be available for purchase soon!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Quilt Market

We leave bright and early Thursday morning for International Quilt Market in beautiful Salt Lake City. Five years ago I had my first booth in Salt Lake. I had been writing books and doing magazine work for a couple of years and had a few stand alone patterns but decided if I wanted to make a go of my company's patterns I would need my own booth, so off we went. It was a great learning experience and here I am ready to head off again. I had originally planned to release several new quilt designs and some wool patterns but then life happened. When Dad got sick I had no idea how much care he would need so I didn't think it would be possible to get everything done for a booth so I called the folks at Quilts Inc. and they graciously allowed me to cancel. That turned out to be the right choice There is no way I could have made it. So things took a different turn. A big and exciting book contract came through and those new quilt designs are going in it. And the wool designs are going to market after all. I will be displaying them and doing demos in the Valdani Threads booth.
I have five new patterns that are part of The Vintage Tag Series. They are all wool, measure 14" x 22" and are so fast, fun and easy to make. They look great displayed on a table or hung on a wall.
I love tags and I love wool table mats for decor.

It seemed like the perfect combination.

Along with these five patterns I also have a coordinating thread collection from Valdani threads.
The thread collection has 12 balls of 3-strand floss and 4 balls of size 8 pearl cotton. All the colors you need to make all five tags. The patterns and thread are in my store now. (click on the bird in the sidebar) And hopefully, will be in your local quilt shop after market. This fall I will release the next set of patterns from The Vintage Tag Series. I am anxious to get your feedback so let me know what you think! I will be back soon with my book news. I can't wait to share more with you.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Monday, May 9, 2016

Little Wooly Baskets Blocks 7&8

I can't believe it's already Little Wooly Basket time. April flew by in a blur. So much to get taken care for my mom really made the days go by quickly. I am starting to get back into the groove of things. My days are my own again and I am slowly getting caught up. Thank you all for your kind thoughts, words, comments and emails. I am overwhelmed at your kindness! 
Above you can see Block 7- coneflowFers and below we have Block 8- chives.
I thought we needed something a little summery and my friend Ann had just shared a photo with me of her gorgeous chives  so I that's what I went with. We only have 4 more blocks to go! 
I am heading to Warrensburg Mo this evening to do a trunkshow so I am pressed for time. I will be back this week to let you know what I have coming up for Quilt Market. I am pretty excited and I hope you will be too. Free patterns are no longer available. The entire pattern will be available for purchase soon.

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Monday, April 11, 2016

Made it! But Barely!

So, it's the second Monday and the next installment of Little Wooly Baskets is due today. I really wasn't sure I would get it done but I made it. I don't like to share a ton of personal stuff here on the blog since you guys come here for quilting stuff but a bit of an update is due. I am sooooo behind! I am behind on shipping orders, magazine deadlines, book work, you name it. As you all know my dad became ill in January requiring we care for him at home until his passing. We brought in February with his funeral. We were just getting back to some sort of normal when my mom's cancer took a turn and suddenly I found myself taking her for extra chemo, doctor's appointments and helping with additional errands that were difficult for her to do. Follow that with her needing to go to the hospital, follow that with her developing a sudden and terminal complication. This meant 12 days at the hospital around the clock- real life on hold. I think I slept at home 2 nights. Along with this I have had to juggle her finances, make funeral arrangements and all. Somewhere along the way I just crashed! Grief coupled with physical and mental exhaustion took over. I am now trying to get caught up, one thing at a time. It is a huge list of to-dos along with cleaning out my mom's apartment. So for today I am posting the Little Wooly Baskets, hoping to get several things crossed off the list including shipping ALL orders and I am striving to have a tear free day. We'll just have to see about the tear free thing. But anyway- here's Block 5- Strawberries!
I cut all my stems for both blocks freehand. You do what feels right for you. One of the great things about this BOM is seeing how everyone has made the blocks their own.
Block #6
Free patterns are no longer available. The entire pattern will be available for purchase soon.
I will be back soon with some info on new patterns!
Happy Quilting,

Friday, March 25, 2016


For those of you who are waiting on orders from me, I ask for your patience. I am at the hospital around the clock with my mom. Please bear with me and know that I have not forgotten you!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

So, About That Block of the Month

I have to tell you that I am OVERWHELMED at the response to Little Wooly Baskets! I had no idea that participation would be so huge. Thank you to all of you who are stitching along. Several people have posted photos of their blocks on Facebook and I love seeing all the different stitches and colors being used. I know that many of you don't use Facebook so I have created a Pinterest board where I am posting all the photos. The link is on my sidebar. Please email me photos of your blocks and I will add them to the board. It is fun to see all the blocks in one spot to see all the differences.

What's this block above, you ask? Well, I am heading to Little Rock Arkansas tomorrow to teach two workshops and do a trunk show and I won't be home until Tuesday evening. The new blocks are supposed to post on Monday and I didn't want to be late with them so I am releasing them today. The block above is Block 3.
This little basket of tulips is Block 4. Free patterns are no longer available. The entire pattern will be available for purchase soon.
Remember to check your printer settings- the block should print out at 6". I cut my stems on both blocks free hand. 
I hope you enjoy these blocks.
Happy Quilting,