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,

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