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Its that time of year again!

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Autumn splendor

Using leaves from a craft store and my Trapped Applique Technique, this little piece of fall will be around quite a while!

You can see a close-up in my gallery – enjoy!

Best In Show!

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Congratulations to Jackie who’s Diamond Star quilt won the Best of Show award at the

Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild show in  Peoria, Illinois! Love her border!

See it and all the other beautiful quilts here.

Churning out the new ideas!

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Been working pretty steadily here to get some things finished and ready to share! Only have a few more things to complete before market in October but for now, this is what is ready to go!

Picket Fences – a strippy little number! Can be quilt-as-you-go or quilt-as-desired too! As you can see, I’ve always got a little helper running around!

picket fences blue and green for web   picket fences quilting detail

I had a lot of fun quilting this one – lots of ruler work! And not to be outdone, there’s a baby quilt size and table topper too!

picket fences baby quilt pic for web  picket fences table topper pic for web

Hexi Flower Fun! A little TV time for handwork. Actually this travels well too – many of these little hexis have already been to California and back!

close up hexi Cover pic 1

Modern Split Dresden uses the Creative Grids 15-degree Triangle Ruler.

modern dresden detail Split Dresden Full quilt

Check out the companion pillow top! Lots of dimensions!

split dresden pillow top

And Stuff and Stack – Can you be liberated enough to let the blocks fall where they may? This goes together quickly. There’s a little extra batting stuffed behind those flower and even in those squares just to add a little more Wow Power to the quilt!

stack and stuff cover pic  Stuff and stack flower applique close up

Want one of these for your very own?  All the how-to’s can be found right here in my store!



Do you do this?…

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Just a comment here copyrights and “fair use”. As I offer more patterns of the “PDF” variety, I am dismayed to see how many times a PDF pattern will be downloaded by the same purchaser. Yes – I can see that! I know what you are doing!

Now I understand that things go wrong with the printer and sometimes it needs to be printed again… but 7 times…. that really leads me to believe that some unauthorized sharing (ie: copyright infringement) is going on.

Please remember that we designers work very hard to come up with fresh, creative ideas and accurate patterns to support them. Usually, we have made several variations of the item just to be sure we know what we are doing.

So if I have made 2 queen size renditions of a quilt, my material costs alone are a minimum of $600 not to mention the value of my time.I long-arm my own stuff – that’s at least a day of work, usually a week. I sit in front of a computer for days to write a pattern using a computer program that costs about $1200. Then if I choose to, I put a PDF version out on my website that cost money to maintain. At the very least, I put the pattern out there to be purchased in a “pre-printed, packaged and mailed” format.

It can take a long time to even recoup the cost of “creating” much less begin to make a profit on a pattern. And every time someone copies a pattern to “share with a friend”, it is theft,  money taken right out of the designer’s hand.  Yeah, I said it – it is stealing the pattern, like shop-lifting…. And every time someone accepts a “copied” pattern, it is the same thing…

Please respect the rules of commerce – I am trying to buy groceries here!

Busy Tuffet Day at MAQ

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

What is MAQ, you say? Mid-Appalachian Quilters. It is a wonderful weekend filled with workshops, vendors and evening programs! It is held at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmittsburg, Maryland, and is run completely by volunteers! I’ve been teaching there a few years now and it always amazes me how well organized everything is!

I just wanted to share a few pictures my friend and fellow teacher, Linda M Poole (Painted Applique), took of our Quick and Cute Tuffet (click here to find the pattern) workshop. They all were finished in a day!

So here’s all the production going on…

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And this is what we accomplished!

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Yep, yep, yep! All done! Want to try it? 🙂

Freezer Paper Piecing!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

I talk about this technique in my Trunk Show lecture and am so delighted that someone has uploaded a video  showing how to do it! Check it out!

Quilting Zen

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Ah…. that peace that comes over you as the endorphins release with the vibration of a sewing machine and the satisfaction that results from a job well done.

quilting ruler work

Well, half done – still a bit more to go…

Having trouble keeping your blocks straight and your quilts flat???

Monday, May 11th, 2015

I talk about this technique a lot in my classes. Sharon Shamber has a great little trick for getting that fabric to do what you want it to do. I had the great pleasure to take a workshop with her years ago and she is a wealth of great information. This is one of the best things I got out my time with her that day. She’s got her own you-tube channel with lots of great info as well as two websites. and

Here’s a great link on blocking your quilt

And here’s how to square up that wonky block without having to trim off any points. It a 2-part video.  Here’s part 1.

and here’s part 2.

Don’t you just love YouTube!

Holy Mackeral!

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Hot off the presses! You can now have your own school of fish!

holy mackeral cover pic

The pattern is ready and available in traditional paper format

Optical Illusions cover click here for a paper pattern.

or instant gratification format PDF.

quiltlnig detail click here for pdf pattern.


This little beauty uses my unique technique, Trapped Applique, to create this fun wall-hanging. Easy to completed with traditional applique techniques too! Enjoy – all you fish lovers out there!

Elegant Tuffet!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

I had so much fun creating this tuffet! Not only is it meant for a special  person but is truly a one-of-a-kind beauty!

graysons tuffet 1  graysons tuffet 2

Softly muted in whites and creams but what makes it soooo unique is the center button.

graysons tuffet detail

Its a shell or rock or something… what ever it is, it turned out to be just the right thing! Don’t you love it when things in your stash find a perfect purpose!