This week sees the start of the Foxglove showcase. This online event will take place over two weeks and each day I'll be showcasing something new I've made from my Foxglove fabric line or showing you the inspiration behind some of the prints. I'll also be introducing you to a talented team of makers for the duration of the event. Each day, I'll be linking up to a different maker and they'll be showing what they have been busy sewing up with Foxglove. I've seen a few sneak peeks and I think we are ...read more
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Just in time for today’s historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, I’ve finished my newest quilt, Brickyard. I’m currently in the process of writing up the pattern for Brickyard, which I hope to have in my online shop soon.
I’m a big IndyCar fan.
One of the first dates my husband and I ever had was attending the Indy 500. I’d been many times before, but this was Scott’s first time. I remember clearly his expression when I told him I’d snagged some premo tickets to the race. He looked at me ...read more
I have some exciting news to share today! I have partnered with Pattern Jam to offer some exclusive Blossom Heart Quilt designs for sale in their new Top Shop. If you haven’t heard of it before, Pattern Jam is an online quilt design website, that also now offers ready-printed quilt tops for you to buy, quilt, and love. Whether it’s a quick and easy baby quilt to give to the latest baby in your life, or to use in your own family, you can either buy the design as-is, or customise the fabrics used with the huuuuge range ...read more
It always feels odd to me that we say HAPPY Memorial Day, when we are really honoring the brave Americans who sacrificed their lives for country and freedom. How can that really be HAPPY? I do think it's incredibly important that we remember, and that remembrance causes us to have more appreciation for this wonderful life of freedom we enjoy. I'm sure those who gave the ultimate sacrifice would want us to be happy, but see what I mean?
So ... read more
|Peppered cotton and Cotton and Steel prints|
I knew it was coming because yesterday was my guild’s fabric sale. This is the third one they’ve had since I joined and by far the largest. A former member passed away and her family donated her entire stash of 50 boxes of fabric.
The total damage was 30 yards in. I got a little surprise with a bag of what I thought was cat fabric scraps. They were so cute I had to grab them. It was actually the first thing I picked up.
I didn’t open the bag until I got home and I was ...read more
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Our web special this week is a bundle of coordinating fabrics. It’s easy to look at a bundle like this and admire the pretty colors. It takes a little more imagining, though, to figure out what to do with it. To help you out, we selected three different free pattern downloads as possible choices for using those fabrics. Two of the blocks are shown here.
Normally we just think of putting blocks together side by side, and all facing in the same direction. Blocks that have coloring that are non-symmetrical, or are symmetrical in just one direction can also ...read more
This weekend was pretty cold and windy around here, so without any plans (other than laundry!) I spent most ofread more
My daughter, Cathy, showed me the quilt top she had just finished. She does great machine applique blanket stitch and finds it really relaxing. The quilt is “Andrew” from the book “Fat Quarter Baby“ (A31813). It’s so cute!
When I looked at it, I immediately thought it needed “Piping Hot Binding,” (23940) my favorite way of finishing a quilt. It puts just a touch of extra color at the inside edge of the binding, and brings the quilt to life. It’s ingenious, and the tool that’s included with the booklet is the key.
Below is what ...read more
Out came the yellow, orange and brown scrap bins. I pictured a warmth and brightness with these colors. The stick pinwheel blocks were easy and fairly quick to put together. I arranged and rearranged the blocks so many times on the design wall. I altered colors, put them in rows and once I started to group the like colors I liked it better. The arrangement I chose just sort of fell into place. I love it!
Borders can really enhance a quilt and bring it to life. I pulled the “sticks” into the border corners coinciding with their colors. I ...read more
…and digital quilting.
My niece and great nephew inspired this quilt because …we love dragons! The Hobbit started that for me and I LOVE all the How To Train Your Dragon movies and series! So does my granddaughter, so I get to see them often.
I also love thread painting and free motion quilting and digital robotic quilting and designing and this quilt has ALL of that!
With the 5D QuiltDesign Creator I scanned in a drawing of the castle in the background and drew the digital castle over it. I also created the digital grass by free motion quilting ...read more
It feels so good to get another pattern done! I loved making this quilt for my granddaughter Madalyn when she was born. It’s such a bright and cheerful happy quilt!
I love the idea of layering the owl and branches over the nine patch background… it makes be want to try other pieced backgrounds like triangles. As long as it’s not to busy it makes and interesting background for a big quilt.
As with my other patterns this one has a thread painting chart to follow or be inspired by – done as you quilt the top. All the ...read more
Here's a not-so-sneaky peek at my next pattern, Brick Cottage Lane! The pattern includes traditional as well as strip piecing instructions to speed up the process! As usual, I've included instructions for as many sizes as possible - in this case 6 - Baby, Small Lap, Large Lap, Twin, Queen, and King! You'll also find easy-to-read charts and diagrams, as well as clear instructions in my patterns - I've done the mathy/techy work, so you can have fun choosing fabrics and sewing it up!