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A Few Loose Threads

SewPrompted2016 ~ Triangles

May 23rd, 2016

Triangles is this week’s SewPrompted2016 word on Instagram!

I’m starting off this week with a post for Kerry Goulder’s (@kidgiddy) #sewprompted2016.

Triangles are everywhere!

I love triangles. These are examples of quilts that I have designed over the years. Triangles play an important role in almost every quilt that I make.


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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along

May 18th, 2016

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along

Welcome to the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along!
Thanks for stopping by to see my block!

The 100 Blocks Sampler is a collection of quilt blocks from different issues of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazines. They have redrafted the blocks from 12″ down to 6″ and there are a variety of techniques used. This block is from Volume #2.

Quiltmaker has kits available for three different variations—red and white, reproduction and a traditional palette at
And the pattern only is available as well.

In and Out

100 Blocks Sampler In and Out Block

Here are some fun options for how to set this block – add borders and you have a table runner!

Sash between blocks and border #1 is cut 1-1/4″ and Border #2 is cut 2-1/4″; the runner finishes about 29-1/2″ x 11-1/2″.

In and out Runner

Or make a few more blocks (12 shown here) and you have a table topper. If you add 3″ borders, it will measure about 23″ x 23″.

In and Out Quilt Topper

Happy Quilting!


Let’s Talk Scraps!

March 15th, 2016

The Scrap Quilt Challenge!

Kim Lapacek is hosting the 2016 Scrap Quilt challenge and I am happy to be the designer this month!
Be sure to visit her blog here for more details on the challenge and how to participate.

I love the mixed up sort of disorganized harmony that you get from making a quilt with scraps.

A Scrap is defined is a piece of fabric smaller than a fat quarter left over from a previous project either done by yourself or someone else. (from Persimon Dreams)

I want to share a few tips with you on how I approach scrappy-ness.

  1. Variety makes for movement and an interesting project.
  2. I tend to cut from many fabrics. Then mix them up as I assemble the blocks.
  3. Sometimes I will set up all of the units to be sure things are mixed up well and sometimes I pull pieces randomly.
  4. Paper plates make good sorting tools and keep things tidy when you need to set your project aside.
  5. I organize fabrics by color, yardage amount and style. I sort by low volume, repro, traditional, brights and batiks.
  6. If all of the variety is a bit overwhelming – especially if you are just starting with scrappy projects, limit your number of low volume fabrics. Having a more consistent background can calm a quilt.

That’s my take on scraps….just be sure to do what gives you joy.








Here are some of my favorites….

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Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Quilting

The Splendid Sampler – Simple Simon

February 28th, 2016

Welcome Splendid Sampler Quilters!


I’ve got a super quick fun block for you to add to your Splendid Sampler collection. It’s called Simple Simon.

My story involves my constant desire to figure out an easier way. If you ever watched the television show “McGyver”, that’s what some of my family members call me – my efforts are not limited to quilting :-)!  You’ll see how this splendid little block starts out as a nine patch and emerges as Simple Simon.

First we are going to start out with a quick tutorial on seam allowance.  Yes, this is an easy block, but seam allowance is still really important.

Lets get started!

How to get a Splendid perfect scant 1/4″ Seam Allowance

What is a scant 1/4″? It’s important in quilting because it is just shy of a full 1/4″. It accommodates the thickness of the thread used to sew the seam.

You need 2 – 2″ x 2″ squares of scrap fabric.


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APQ Radio with Pat Sloan!

February 7th, 2016

Tune in at 4PM Eastern Time!

Join me tomorrow Feb 8th, on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan! Things get started at 4:00PM Eastern time. You’ll also get to hear from Robin Koehler, a dear friend as well as Sarah Maxwell and EQ. Join us!

Ways to listen to this podcast:

Subscribe on iTunes
2 American Patchwork Quilting Radio episode 293 Feb 8 2016

Quilt Dots Blog Tour

February 6th, 2016

Welcome to the Blog Tour!
Are you familiar with Quilt Dots?

Thank you for participating in the Quilt Dots “We Love Our Designers” Blog Tour!

Quilt Dots have quilt images on them…check out the Perkins Dry Goods collection here.

They come as magnets, pins, bookmarks or pendants.

And guess what? There will be a giveaway on February 14th.

To enter you need to “Like” the post on the Perkins Dry Goods Facebook page
(click on the image below to get there).

Quilt Dots "We Love Our Designers" Blog TourAlso, be sure to visit the Quilt Dots blog to catch up on the designers you might have missed!

These are some of the quilts that are featured in the Dots!  You can make these quilts too. They are available at

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Splendid Sampler Sew Along

January 16th, 2016

The splendid sampler bannerI am more than thrilled to be part of the Splendid Sampler Sew Along!

Pat and Jane have done an amazing job of organizing this event.
There are 83 designers. And 100 different blocks will be revealed through the year.
This is epic!!

The first block will be revealed on Valentine’s Day. Blocks will be released twice a week. Different colorways will be featured plus different settings for the finished blocks. Easy to keep up with, right?

The Splendid Sampler Sew Along

This is what you need to do right now:

Visit the Splendid Sampler website at here for more details and tutorials.

Join the Splendid Sampler Facebook group here and participate in the conversation!

Happy Quilting

Christmas Sewing

December 23rd, 2015

I love this time of year. I get to take some time off and sew fun stuff (rather than deadline type things). Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love designing and writing patterns. I love sewing them too. But even more, I love sewing to create stuff. We’re all “makers” of some kind aren’t we?

This delightful pattern was a gift from my friend Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs. I wasn’t sure I’d get it done before Christmas, but here is it on my kitchen table!  You can find the pattern here at Beth’s website. She also has the tools you need to make this cute runner. The curves are created with the Leaves Galore “Petite” template by Sue Pelland Designs; the pattern includes instructions for cutting without the tool as well.

Thanks Beth!

Mod-ified Trees

Happy Quilting

December Aurifil Designer of the Month – Me!

December 15th, 2015


This is the last month for the  Aurifil Designer of the Month event! Aurifil Thread has asked twelve designers to each work up a mini quilt project.
Thank you for participating….be sure to submit an image of your quilt to the Flickr page to be entered in the drawing for Aurifil Thread.


Winter Stars Instructions

Make the project – these are little quilts!  Easy! To be entered in the drawing for a 12 Spool box of Aurifil thread ~ Send an image of your top ~ Quilted or NOT! to the Aurifil Flicker Page!


Read the interview and get the free pattern on the Aurifil blog here.

 Thanks so very much for participating in the 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month event!

Happy Quilting

November Aurifil Designer of the Month – Bonnie Christine

November 19th, 2015

Aurifil 2015 bonnie christine Nov designers logo  

Join in the Sew-Along each month during the Aurifil Designer of the Month event! Aurifil Thread has asked twelve designers to each work up a mini quilt project.
Look for new posts each month through the end of the year!

mini quilt_2

Make the project – these are little quilts!  Easy! To be entered in the drawing for a 12 Spool box of Aurifil thread ~ Send an image of your top ~ Quilted or NOT! to the Aurifil Flicker Page!


Read the interview and get the free pattern on the Aurifil blog here.

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timber mini quilt pattern

Come back to my blog next month to see what I’ve got going on – it’s my turn next!

Happy Quilting

July 23, 2016
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