Thursday, August 9, 2018

Less Than Splendid Start to Thursday

This week's block is Flowering Tree by Amy Friend. It is paper pieced. Paper piecing is fine in theory. But if you haven't done it in years like me it can be a rocky start. I have a few hints for you. First, shorten the stitch length on your machine. If you are using regular copy paper, sew on all the stitch lines without thread in your machine before you start. This will perforate the lines and help in removing the papers from your finished block. 
Before you sew each piece of fabric, line it up and stick a pin in the stitch line. Then hold it up to the light and flip it back to make certain that it will cover the area it is supposed to before you stitch it down. It is very frustrating to sew a section on only to find that the piece doesn't quite cover the area it is supposed to . I guess you can figure out how I know this.
When choosing my colors for this block I laid all the finished blocks out to see what was missing. I knew right away that this block would need a light background to balance things out. Also I noticed that the green and gold colors were the least used so those were the colors I needed for this block. I think it was a great choice. I am pretty happy with the way things are coming together. Only 91 more blocks to go! Ha! You can get your block at .
Switching gears. Last week I went to Kalona, Iowa for a quilt study group that was held at the Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum. I would definitely recommend Kalona for a weekend trip. The town is super cute with lots of little boutique shops, a couple of quilt shops, the museum and historical village as well as a great restaurant- The Kalona Brewing Co. Our topic for the study group was Cheddar quilts. The museum also has two galleries with displays that they change out regularly. One is devoted to Amish quilts and the other to English. 
This was my favorite of the Amish quilts. 
Love, love, love this quilt from Carol Butzke's collection.
This indigo and cheddar will keep your eyes racing round the quilt!
How about some cheddar, madder and Pennsylvania blue?
And of course red and green applique always makes my heart beat a little faster. It was hard to get a true to color photo of this one. The background fabric is cheddar. It is a tiny little tone on tone orange print. Very different. So until next time....
Happy Quilting,

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Another Splendid Thursday

This week we have a pieced block called My Flock by Brenda Ratliff. I enjoyed piecing this block and I think it really adds to the mix we have so far.
I did not make my flying geese units with the flip and stitch method. I think that method allows too much room for error. You need those geese to be just right so you don't lop off their heads. I made mine using the no waste method which makes all four at once. I find this to be a very accurate method. I have some photos here to demo. Forgive the bad lighting, it was dark.
First, you cut a 4 1/4" square of the fabric you have chosen for the geese. Next, cut 4- 2 3/8" squares of the fabric you have chosen for the sky.
Right sides together, layer 2 sky squares onto the large geese square and draw a line down the centers. Pin in place and sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the drawn line.
Cut apart on the drawn line and press. Right sides together layer the two remaining sky squares onto the units created in the previous step. Draw a line down the center and pin in place. Sew a scant 1/4" seam on both sides of the drawn line.
Cut apart on the drawn line and press open to yield 4 flying geese units. 
The geese units should measure 2" x 3 1/2". You are now ready to sew your block together. Pretty fast and easy. You can get your block at 
I am packing up to go to Iowa for a quilt study group so I may have photos to share next week.

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, July 26, 2018

It's a Doubly Splendid Thursday!

Since I didn't get last week's block posted it's going to be an extra splendid post this week. I was busy with deadlines and preparing for trunk shows and a workshop and totally forgot to add the block to the blog. Last week's block is this adorable little flower called Rose and Dot designed by Lori Kennedy. Sweet and fun to stitch!
Our block for this week is called For the Love and was designed by Sharon Burgess. Sharon made her block using the EPP method. I chose to applique mine. I do so much applique that it was the easiest method for me. I also didn't have supplies for EPP. I really like the way this little block turned out and I don't think that the design is compromised by the applique method.
I am really enjoying making these little blocks. I worried that I would have trouble keeping up with my schedule but it's not been too hard to add in one block a week, even with all I have going on. Because I am a designer I don't generally make anything from a pattern and make only my own "stuff". This has been a great way to expand myself and do things that are out of my box. You can get your block patterns here at and read all about Lori Kennedy and Sharon Burgess.
Out of curiosity- how many of you blog readers are making the sampler? There are quite a lot on Facebook and Instagram. If you are sewing along, drop me a comment so I know you are out there.

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, July 12, 2018

It's A Splendid Thursday

This week's block for The Splendid Sampler 2 is Point Taken by Susan Ache. Those of you who have followed me for awhile know that I make big blocks so these little 6" pieced blocks are making me scoot out of my box a bit. Sometimes we get so used to doing just "what we like" that we narrow our vision and miss out on things. Trying new things, whether it be color palette or technique is a good way to expand your creativity. It engages you in a new way and that leads to new ideas and inspiration.
This makes 5 blocks now and it is fun to see them stacking up. I am really enjoying stitching these blocks as a side project. 
On a different note - the new Fall issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects is shipping out. I will have them on my website soon.
My quilt Blessings is in this issue. I have soooo many quilts with pumpkins I wanted to do something for fall that would be a bit different. I am really happy with the way this turned out. I will have kits available soon too. I am waiting on fabric to ship out.

It is wool applique on cotton with a layer of cotton print under the wool center for a reverse applique look. It's pretty quick to stitch up and I think it could be used all year round. 
That's all I have for you this week. See ya next Thursday!

Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Splendid Sampler 2

Wishing a Splendid Thursday to you all. My day began with $700 of dental work. Not the best start to the day but if this little elephant won't cheer me up what will?! I love this cute little block. It is called Balance by Wenche Wolff Hatling. This is a fun addition to the blocks. As usual, I did my block using the needle turn method but you use whatever works best for you.
This makes four blocks so now you can see how your fabric choices are going to look. I have a small design wall that I keep the blocks on so that I can see them all together as I choose fabric for each block going forward. That really helps me to see if I need more lights or darks in my blocks to keep everything balanced. I am pretty happy with the way these are shaping up. This is a fun way to make a quilt with little time investment. One six inch block a week is something that most folks can fit in and the variety of techniques are great for skill building. You can get your pattern at
Happy Quilting,

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Splendid Sampler 2

Here we are for another Splendid Thursday. This week we have a block from Helen Stubbings called Clamshells. Helen made her clam shells using the English paper piecing method. I chose to applique mine as that seemed the easiest for me. One row at a time- fun to stitch. The pattern calls for embroidered flowers but I traced the embroidery design onto freezer paper so that I could applique my flowers. I bought this fabulous Japanese woven in France last year and wanted to use it for my background but was afraid that the embroidery would be lost so applique was the answer. The design is still the same as Helen drew it but it now has balance on my heavier background. There seems to be a theme developing around me and my ability to follow directions.....

It's hard to believe this is already week 3! The summer is flying by!
Here's the link for your pattern.

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,