Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Splendid Sampler 2

I hope everyone is having a Splendid Thursday. Today is the release of block 2 for the Splendid Sampler 2 sew a long. The block is Milk and Cookies by Rebecca Bryan. The original block has a pieced background which I opted out of doing.(see previous post regarding trouble following directions.) lol I hand pieced the rings which is fast to do on this little block. If you have wanted to try hand piecing this is a great way to start.
I trace the template on freezer paper WITHOUT  a seam allowance. Iron to the wrong side of the fabric and trace with an ultra fine pigma pen. Cut out with s seam allowance. Sew together in pairs, stitching on the drawn line. Sew the pairs together to create two halves and then sew the halves together. Easy, peasy and you can do it while watching tv. Press and applique to the background. 
Here is your link- 

Happy Quilting,

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Splendid Sampler 2

So today kicks off the start of The Splendid Sampler 2. The first block is called Quilt Market and was designed by Alex Veronelli of Aurifil. That is my version above. Had a bit of trouble working from a pattern and following directions. I am so used to starting from scratch my own way. Guess I'll have to learn to follow directions like everyone else. Every Thursday a block pattern will be released for free for a total of 20 blocks from the to- be released book.
The book will be available in October and will have 100 blocks total from 80 designers, one of them being me. The link for the blocks and sew along info is There is also a Facebook group that lets you share photos, tips and frustrations. Hope to see you there!
Happy Quilting,

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Hello fellow quilters. It's been so long since I blogged that I honestly wasn't sure I could even figure it out. Facebook and Instagram are so fast that I have really funneled most of my social media presence there as time is at a premium. I will give you a quick run down of some of what I have been up to. Quilt market happened. This year was in Portland, Oregon which was really nice. I have never attended that market before and it was a really  great market for me. I flew alone and had a very basic booth- booth in a bag.
Which actually worked out just fine. I released a couple of new designs and took along some of the designs that I released last market that are still going strong. The quilt in the top photo is Trellis and it is made from Diamond Textiles wovens. I love Diamond Textiles and use a lot of their fabric. I also released a new wool Block of the Month. Check your local quilt shop for availability. It is called The Seed Merchants.
I love this quilt. It has been in my sketchbook for a while now. It is a representation of old seed catalogs. If  you know me well at all then you know I love old vintage ephemera. This quilt is an 8 month program. Seven blocks plus borders. If you are interested in just the pattern set, it is available on my website.
Simply Vintage #27 is now available on my website as well. In case you missed it- I designed the 2018 Mystery Quilt. It is called Manor House and is wool applique on a grunge dot background. Part 1 was released in issue 26 and now part 2 is in the latest issue. 
Here is a peek at the first two parts. You can check out the magazine for a better view. Since I am just getting back, I won't drag you down with a super long post. 
 I will be back on Thursday and every week after that as part of the Splendid Sampler II design team. The first Splendid Sampler was so well received that a second one is on the way. Each week a free block will be posted and I will share my version of the block along with tips. 
You can get more info, including the name of the designers and links to their sites at
I hope to see you here each week!
Happy Quilting,

Monday, April 17, 2017


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We have our two winners of the magazine subscriptions. Robin and Nancy. They have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment. I am on my way to the airport. 
No orders will be filled between now and April 29 as I will be in France. I will get right to it as soon as I return.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Friday, April 14, 2017

Primitive Quilts and Projects Free Subscription

The summer issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects is arriving in stores and mailboxes if you have a subscription. I happen to have a small project in this issue.
This is Hen House. It makes a super cute table runner which is what I will use it for when it comes home. I love the goofy rooster, preening for the hens. It is wool and cotton so it goes together quickly.
The super generous ladies from the magazine are giving away 2 - 1 year subscriptions to the magazine. Leave me a comment telling me what you love about folk art and primitive style between now and 8pm central time on Sunday April 16. I will choose two winners at random to win subscriptions. This offer is open to residents of the US and Canada.
Have a fab. day!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Monday, April 10, 2017

From the Linen Closet is Arriving!

I thought I would share a couple more images from the book and let you know that is now available on my site for pre-order. If you order now, the book will ship out early May and you will have yours before shops get it. The above image is Flora. I love this quilt. I can't wait to get her back home.
This is Minnie's Melons. It is one of my early patterns that I really loved and felt was still relevant so I added it to the book. It can be made from a layer cake.
 And of course, Love Notes, the image used for the cover. If you would like to order you can click the link below.

I will be back after we return from France with lots to share.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

From The Linen Closet

In 12 days we will be on our way to France. I am so excited to be able to teach at Pour l'Amour du Fil
and share my new book. While I don't have an actual copy in my hand I do have some images to share. Above is my Sugar Stacks quilt. I LOVE this quilt.The beautiful European Taupes complement the nubby texture of the Diamond Textiles wovens. It goes together quickly and really makes a statement.
This fun little quilt is Dorset. It is made from Cottonworks by Minick and Simpson for Moda. This fabric is so fun to work with. It is a very nice cotton woven that looks and feels like wool. 
The wool applique piece I am teaching in France uses the Cottonworks for the background.
You can see it works well with wool. There are opening for this class in France. You can sign up HERE.
And this is the last image I will share today. Birds of A Feather done in wool on cotton. I love the styling that Quiltmania has done for all the quilts in the book. They have made each of the 17 quilts just sparkle. I hope you have enjoyed this preview. I will be back at the end of the week with more images from the book.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Something New

Hello Quilters! I thought I would pop in and do a quick post about what I have been up to. It's been a really busy few months and there is more on the way. The Heartstrings workshop overfilled and was a marvelous start to my teaching for the year. I am heading to Ottawa, Illinois tomorrow for a trunk show and workshop titled All About Applique. I am pretty excited to do this work shop, it's on wool applique combined with needle turn. I am always looking for new folks to bring into applique!
And then this came my way! This is the cover for my new book, From the Linen Closet. To say I love it would be an understatement. I am so thrilled with the way it turned out and can't wait to share more of it with you. This will be my sixth book and I think I am as excited with this one as I was for the first. It will be available in France in April, just in time for Pour l'Amour du Fil and will be in the US in May. If you are attending Quilt Market, I will be doing a Schoolhouse for the book so you can see all the quilts. There a some quilts in this book that are my all time favorites that I have designed so far and am looking forward to sharing them with everyone.
Speaking of Quilt Market- I am releasing two new block of the month programs. The first is Botanical Sketchbook which I gave you  a glimpse of in the previous post and the second is Fairhaven.
Fairhaven is cotton applique. It will be a 10 month program.
It is reds, greens, and golds on a woven background from Diamond Textiles.
I am really happy with the way this quilt is turning out. It's going to be a stunner if I say so myself. It will be around 80" square, so a great size. 
After posting about Botanical Sketchbook I got a flood of emails requesting info to sign up so here is the info for both BOM designs.
I am designing the patterns sets to be shown at market to quilt shops. Hopefully lots of quilt shops will purchase the pattern sets. Which means they would offer the BOM, fabric kits etc. I will not be kitting. I don't have time as I am a one woman show here. I will have the pattern set available for retail purchase in my online shop and will try to create a list of shops that are participating in each. So if you want to be able to get either program, one block a month with fabric etc. tell your favorite quilt shop to pick it up. That's how it works. Shops have to know that their customer base is interested in being a part of the program. Just from the peeks Lone Star Mercantile has said they are going to carry Botanical Sketchbook and Auntie Ju's Quilt Shoppe is interested in Fairhaven.
So, that's all I've got for you folks. Off to pack!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Botanical Sketchbook

Seems that spring has sprung early here in mid- Missouri. We have been staying in the upper sixties and well into the seventies everyday, making it hard to stay inside and work. I have made it a point to walk every day with my dog despite looming deadlines. My travel for teaching and trunkshows is gearing up. The Heartstrings needle turn class is full with a waiting list and shortly there after I am headed to Shell Knob, Mo to do a trunkshow. 
In addition to my preparation for classes in France I am working on new patterns for quilt market. I thought you might want a few peeks at what I am working on. These photos are a glimpse at a wool BOM I will be releasing.
It is called Botanical Sketchbook. Wool on cotton and it will be a 7 or 8 month program, depending on how I write it up. I am so pleased with the way this turned out. This quilt has been in my sketchbook for some time, just waiting for it's turn. I will have a thread collection with Valdani to go with this pattern. Hopefully you will see it in your local quilt shop. That's all for now. Talk to you soon!
Happy Quilting, Dawn