December 8th, 2013
Do you love owl quilts?
I created our version for our daughter’s new son.
My niece is going to have a baby girl next year and her theme is owls too! So I’m making her quilt with the colors she’s requested-lavender, coral, turquoise and gray.
And another block using the blue/lavender she requested:
My daughter does the hand embroidery for me on all our fusible shape quilts-her work is beautiful!
I’ll show you the finished quilt and add the second colorway to the pattern when its done.
Have a great Christmas season!
November 26th, 2013
Here’s a quick idea to dress up your table or livingroom coffee table-a runner using printed panels.
If the panel squares are 7″ or 6″ then add 1 1/2″ wide sashing strips between the squares. Add a border and you are ready to machine quilt them in a stipple stitch.
This one is basted with quilting pins to make a small tablemat planned to have a centerpiece on the red snowflake center square.
This is the second one made from the same panel (it had nine squares) all quilted and the binding finished.
The border width is 2 1/2″ unfnished.
As you can see the light value was different when I took the photos on different days. They make great quick gifts too.
I’m going to have some new quilts to show you soon. Its been crazy here designing new quilts and then finishing them up. But I love each one-so thankful for the opportunity to share them with you!
October 19th, 2013
Snowflake-our newest pattern ready for you to make for those cold winter month ahead of us!
The quilt has easy pieced blocks with the sample showing Clothworks new collection Alsace. The pattern has sizes throw, queen and king.
Here’s what the queen size looks like:
The king size has a gray border on the left and right sides of the snowflake to get the needed width. Here’s the link to the catalog page:
October 5th, 2013
Reindeer and Stars Tablerunner & Placemats
Looking for an easy way to decorate your holiday table? This one is sure to delight your little ones!
The tablerunner is 13″ x 41″ and placemats are 12″ x 18″. Just find your favorite red, cream, gold and green prints and brown tonal for the reindeer.
Here’s the link to the catalog page:
Its not too soon to plan and make Christmas table decorations!
September 9th, 2013
Here’s a great search engine to use when you are looking for just the right fabric for your quilt project!
Its called quilltshops.com and I used it many times when my local quilt shops don’t carry all the collection fabrics I’m looking for.
I used it to find more solid shades for our Flip Flop Jumble quilt.
Our shops didn’t have a large variety of soft shades.
Just type the type of fabric, collection name or fabric company’s name and hit the thumbnails button and all the shops across the nation who carry the fabric will come up. Its good to check all the shops that have the fabric you want since theyl have different yardage prices.
The link to the search engine is:
This is the link I use to start new searches.
August 28th, 2013
Our family spent a few days up north (a Michigan term!) for vacation earlier this month. It was very refreshing to leave the quilting and designing in my studio and spend time with my husband, son and his lovely wife. Our family are hikers and we took a short trail at the Widerness Sate Park near Mackinaw City at the top of the Michigan mitt between the upper and lower parts of our state.
We labored up a high hill to the top where we found a small campsite and the cement remains of an old fire lookout. Under a log we saw a blue platic container and our daughter-in-law started telling us about the geo cache social media.
On a whim we opened the container and found a piece of firewood and a letter inside of a sandwich bag. What a surprise! It actually was a geo cache.
Since we didn’t plan on moving it to another location and joining this form of social media we left it there for someone else to find. She told us there is a website to log in and find clues for geo caches around the US!
We also visited one of Michigan’s lighthouses at Lake Superior called Iroquois Point. Its famous for colored stones on the shore. People aren’t allowed to take any home.
It was a great time away and we all came back are refreshed. My design studio is busy once again with new quilts to show you in the coming months.
August 14th, 2013
I want to show you a quilt I finished two months ago-Optical Illusions. I made it for a client using Jinny Beyer’s kit and pattern by Erin Underwood. It uses a special ruler (Creative Grids 15-Degree Triangle Ruler) that cuts strip-pieced panels into the long triangle rows.
This is the dark background version. You can also make it with a cream background. Its been at the machine quilter’s home so when it came back I knew you would want to see it!
You can order the kit and ruler yourself from Jinny’s site:
It was easier to make than I thought it would be. You have to pay attention that your seam widths are all the same-1/4″ so that the seams will match when sewn together.
July 12th, 2013
This is second crazy quilt block I’ve finished for the Crazy Quilt club I’m teaching at our local quilt shop.
The lace trims are from their vast fancy dress goods, laces and beaded motifs they have in stock. Fabric Fair has also laid in a selection of silk ribbons in 7mm and 4mm widths which are used in crazy quilt blocks.
I’ve used a variety of embroidery stitches worked in perle cotton over the seams. Feather stitch runs along the blue seam.
A blanket stitch is on the mauve patch with silk ribbon leaves and white buds made with loose French Knots in white silk 7mm ribbon.
The green patch has blanket stitch again but alternates on both sides of the seam with loops added in peach perle cotton.
And on the cream brocade patch a chain stitch is made from two threads in the needle-blue and pink. Blue and mauve beads make the flowers on the embroidered sprig on this patch.
This block and the others to be finished will be displayed in the store with pattens available to make them with fabric from quilter’s stashes or kits. I’m excited to see what the gals in the club come up with as they create their own blocks. This coming Monday is the next club meeting and we practice some of the stitches I’ve shown you in this post.
June 17th, 2013
Are you looking for an autumn throw or wallhanging pattern?
Here’s our newest pattern-Autumn Motifs-with a darling black cat.
The quilt is very easy to make with one pieced block in the border and large fusible shapes. This is the throw size with the wallhanging having the same center with a 3″ wide border of half square triangles instead of the 6″ wide blocks in the throw.
A great quilt for the beginner-you can find it in our catalog with this link:
June 9th, 2013
Chicken Chic-soon to be released in August! Nine fun country blocks and fabrics from the Fresh Eggs collection from Clothworks Textiles.
Easy to make-just frame the blocks and add sashing and borders! This quilt is a throw size of 53″ x 57″.
Preorder the pattern and kit now and I’ll take 20% off the price of $70 for the kit and $9 for the pattern-for a total of $63 instead of $79-a savings of $16!
Your order would be held without charging your cc and when I receive the fabric in August I’ll email you and ship it to you. The total on the order would be changed at the time of processing to give you this introductury price.
Can’t wait to make the quilt and use it to wrap up and read a book! You can find the catalog page at: