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Spring Quilt Market – what’s new?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

It’s finally here. Spring Quilt Market! It seems like it’s my whole “reason for being” these past few months. This spring it’s in my backyard – Minneapolis!  And we will not disappoint with our crazy weather.  No snow in the forecast, but it certainly won’t be balmy or humid as it was in 2010.

I’m really excited about the new patterns that are ready right now!

These are up on the website and available in the wholesale store as well.

Shop Owners ~ Please stop by Booth 1011 at market and see these quilts in person! I have a great market special for you.

PDG182 Annie`s Fancy Cover 01

Annie’s Fancy

PDG181 Scattered Jewels Cover 01

Scattered Jewels

PDG183 Trick or Treat Cover 01

Trick or Treat     

Happy Quilting

Tinsel Time – Celebrate the Season! ~ Coming Soon!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

I love the projects in this book.  It’s one basic block and different settings.  It’s hard to think Christmas right now isn’t it?  Especially with the winter most of the country has had this past year.  The fabrics featured are from Moda; Winterlude by Three Sisters and Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais.  Beautiful!  Five projects in multiple sizes. Bed runners, toppers, tree skirts and lap quilts.  Great gift ideas!

PDG178 Tinsel Time Cover_Page_1 - 300

Happy Quilting

Barn Dance – Coming soon!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

This pattern was particularly fun to do.  It’s simple and lends itself easily to stash busting.  I used the  Bordeaux & Sienna by Paula Barnes for Marcus Fabrics.  If you make sure the  fabric that creates the center ring has good contrast with everything else, you are good to go.  This pattern has three sizes:  Topper, Throw and Queen. It will be available on the website by the end of this week!

PDG177BarnDanceCover - 01

Happy Quilting

London Star – New Patterns coming soon!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

This time of year is especially busy with the school year ending, graduations, and Spring Quilt Market coming up. In my corner of the world I tend to disappear into my studio for weeks while trying to figure out what the next set of patterns will hold.  I’m really glad that my husband “gets it”.  He makes sure that I don’t starve :-).

It’s always such a relief to get it out on paper and into fabric!  One of the new patterns for this spring is called London Star.  The fabric line is from Marcus Fabrics and is called County Londonderry.  I really liked the muted gray blues, navy, cranberry and gold.  Two options for settings are included.  This pattern will be available for purchase June 1st.

PDG179LondonStarCover - 01


Finally – the new patterns are here!

Friday, June 29th, 2012

All I can say is life is good.  It has been BUSY!  I thought that when my kids got out of diapers that things would settle down.  Well, it just keeps going and going and going.  We celebrated a high school and college graduation this year and just returned from the last vacation we will take as a family for a long time….more on that to come.  I’ve got some catching up to do, but wanted to get the newest patterns up on the website.

These are the patterns that were released at Spring Market (I am way behind…..!)

I hope you like them.



Saturday, October 29th, 2011

The newest addition to the “Just for Fun!” line is a great little quilt that would work well as a wall hanging or table topper.  It’s got kind of  a masculine feel to it.  I just love the black border print and the graphic feel of the floral design.   It’s La Belle from Northcott. One size 34″ x 34″.

Happy Quilting!


Plain & Fancy

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

I don’t know where the name for this design came from but it seems to fit.  If you love making scrappy quilts, this pattern is a good one.  I used Civil War Journals by Judie Rothermel from Marcus Fabrics.  What a great line of fabric!  Another one block quilt with a twist…can you tell this is a straight setting?  The trick in is the border.  Three sizes – Topper, Throw and Queen.

If you aren’t a fan of scrappy quilts, this design works great with planned fabric placement.

Happy Quilting!


Tranquility Pattern

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Tranquility was inspired by the Martindale fabric line from Northcott.  I just love the softness of the colors in these prints.  The pattern is pretty simple with a twist, of course!  You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is make those pinwheels with the cornerstones.  Three sizes in the pattern – Topper, Throw and Queen.  The new patterns will be on the website soon!

Thanks for visiting and Happy Quilting!


To market…

Monday, May 9th, 2011

It’s finally time to finish packing and think about how I’m getting to the airport.

The laundry is done and my son probably has enough clean clothes to get him through the weekend. He’s going to Prom Saturday – I hope they get lots of pictures.

This trip culminates months of work designing, sewing, writing and testing patterns. It’s a little nerve wracking to coordinate all of this. I hope you all like what you see!

I figured out that I can manage this on my own if I have a half-booth rather than a full 10 x 10 space. I pack my booth in one big suitcase weighing in at just under 50 pounds. Four boxes are shipped to the hotel and I usually rent a car with another designer. Going to Target in a new city is a highlight of the trip!

I know you are curious about what’s new, so I’ve linked to my brochure for market below. The patterns should be showing up in quilt shops soon…if you see something you like, please let your favorite shop know about it!

If you happen to be at Market, be sure to stop by – I’ll be in Booth 2602.

Happy Quilting!



Sunday, February 20th, 2011

I recently started doing a few projects for Northcott fabrics.  My first was just released using the Flirtations line by Ro Gregg.  A departure from my Civil War theme, don’t you think?

The name, Flirtations is perfect for a pattern that started out life as the “Man Quilt“.  It’s been completely re-written for this line of fabric.

July 29, 2016
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