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February 8, 2019
Joyful quilt from Pieced Brain

Photograph by American Quilter. Used with permission.
Doesn't she make you want to smile all day? This cutie pie must be blessing her family and the life of those around her with her sunny face... I can almost hear the giggles and happiness with all the attention she is getting as she poses for this photograph. Her gorgeous outfit brings out the blue in her eyes and is exactly how I would dress a baby girl had I had one (only boys on this side of the Rockies). But wait, I am supposed to talk about the quilt she ...

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February 6, 2019
3273 K from Jean Swenson

3273 K
January 2019

What do you do when the scraps get out of control? Make a quilt of course! In the process of putting away my latest project’s scraps, I found I could no longer squeeze scraps into my blues bin. It was like packing a really full suitcase, but even if I had sat on it, I was just not going to be able to cram even one more teeny weeny scrap in it.

So I dumped the scraps onto my cutting table and started by cutting 2.5″ x 3.5″ rectangles from every piece of ...

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January 29, 2019
Ribbon Dance quilt from Pieced Brain

Photograph by Justin Wiard for Quilter's World. Used with permission.
I was so happy when I opened the box and saw my quilt Ribbon Dance. I had forgotten all about it as it was mailed to the publisher so many months ago. The pattern for Ribbon Dance has just been published in the Spring 2019 issue of Quilter's World - have you seen it?

The fabrics I chose for this design are by Timeless Treasures from the Angelica line (gorgeous florals) with accents from their Viola and Solid-ish collections. Ah... but wait until you see the Timeless Treasures backing ...

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January 8, 2019
Piecing and Applique' from Pieced Brain

Used with permission from Quilts & More™ magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Our town is covered with a heavy white blanket as we had our first snow storm of the year in Utah this weekend. Although the skies have been gray I still need to wear sunglasses when I walk the dog because the white snow is blinding. White, gray, and leafless brown sticks reaching to the sky have their own beauty, yet I longed for spring as soon as I received this photograph of my quilt, Coneflower Chain, published in the Spring 2019 issue of Quilts & More magazine ...

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January 4, 2019
Small quilt projects from Pieced Brain

Happy New Year! Now that the festivities (and Flu!) are over, I have a chance to wish you a healthy and prosperous 2019. The last project I made in 2018 was my pattern "Grace". This wall hanging finishes at 26-1/2" x 30-1/2", uses machine applique', and can be made in one afternoon.

For this wall hanging I used fabrics from the Gingham Girls collection by Riley Blake Designs. The prints were perfect and cheerful. You know how it is: sometimes you want to sew a project from start to finish so you can feel you have done something ...

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December 29, 2018
Opening Day from Jean Swenson

Opening Day
December 2018

This is a memory quilt I made for my brother-in-law Ryan as a remembrance of his Dad who passed away in early September. Hide (pronounced ‘hee-day’) loved fishing, and it was a hobby that he and Ryan shared. Each Spring, they would travel from Southern California to the eastern Sierra Nevada to participate in the opening of fishing season on the last Saturday in April.

Hide was a Japanese American citizen. In June of 1942 at the age of 16, he was incarcerated in the Manzanar War Relocation Center, a remote, military-style camp located in California ...

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December 23, 2018
Go Teal it on the Mountain from Jean Swenson

ovarian cancer fundraiser

Donation block for Go Teal it on the Mountain
December 2018

Back in September, Kate over at TallTalesfromChiconia was looking for contributors to her upcoming Ovarian Cancer Australia auction quilt. While I have not participated in a single-block donation project before, the timing of her request came at a significant time for me: a close family member had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and I wanted to participate as a tribute to her and her battle.

Kate’s plan was that every block feature some sort of mountain idea, and that the color palette be the Ovarian Cancer colors ...

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December 4, 2018
Confetti from Jean Swenson


December 2018

This quanket is a Prairie Flower block pattern. Jenny over at the Missouri Star Quilt Company has a great tutorial on YouTube if you are interested in giving this design a try.

It’s always such fun to see how fabric choice and placement can drastically affect the look of a design. Jenny’s quilt has a very modern vibe to it, and you certainly get the sense that they are flowers. However, I quickly found that this pattern can create a strong X design when using the same fabric for each block, which I only noticed ...

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November 19, 2018
The Bees Knees from Jean Swenson


The Bees Knees
November 2018

This is my adaptation of Jacquelynne Steves Save the Bees BOM which began back in August. Since I was away on a road trip through Utah and Colorado for most of August, I felt a bit rushed to get the first block done when I got home, and chose to deviate from Jacquelynne’s original flower appliqué design for this block (my block is in lower left corner). I used an embroidered tea towel to which I added the embroidered bee.

For September’s BOM, pictured in the lower right corner, I designed the flower ...

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November 1, 2018
Victorian Fans quilt pattern from Pieced Brain

Hi, everyone! 'Victorian Fans' is my newest pattern. The quilt measures 54-1/4" x 65-1/2" and the blocks finish at 8". The fans are paper pieced and the pattern includes the step-by-step tutorial I published here. I had had the idea for the 'Victorian Fans' pattern for quite a while but had not designed it as I was waiting for the right fabric collection for it. Ta-Da!

In this sample, I used the newest fabric collection by Maywood Studio called Burgundy Blush. I am a romantic at heart and these prints make me weak at the knees:

These are ...

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October 30, 2018
Born To Be Free from Pieced Brain

Free pattern alert! I designed Born to be Free for Hoffman Fabrics beautiful Wide Open Spaces panel. The quilt design brings to mind everything related to horses: leather saddles, checkered shirts, riding on grassy fields... a perfect quilt for horse lovers or for anyone who wants to bring a bit of the 'wild' to their home decor.

Here is a different version of Born to be Free, this time featuring the Imagine This panel. I love the purples on the artwork! Hoffman Fabrics digital prints are so beautiful and I am delighted to work with them.

You know I have ...

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October 23, 2018
Songbird - Free quilt pattern from Pieced Brain

Free pattern alert! This is Songbird, the quilt I designed for the Daybreak fabric collection by Dear Stella Fabrics. It measures 67-1/2" x 79-1/2" and the blocks finish at 12". Songbird celebrates spring and, of course, would be a fantastic quilt for the sunroom, a girl's room, or your own!

This one-block quilt has a vintage look because of the gorgeous fabrics I chose. Check them out:

The block shows off the prints very well and the border birdie fabric ties it all together. The white background gives the design a very modern look. You can opt ...

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October 20, 2018
Hidden Trees quilt from Pieced Brain

This is Hidden Trees, the baby quilt I made with Christmas-themed flannels, just published in the November/December issue of Quilty magazine. It measures 38" x 46" and the blocks finish at 8". The alternating block is easy to make and adds lots of movement to the design, a perfect match to the fabric featured on the other blocks, filled with vintage toys for little children.

For this quilt, I chose the Christmas Joys flannels collection by Maywood Studio and love how it turned out. Here are the fabrics I used:

These flannels are so soft - I know of a ...

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October 17, 2018
Holiday Games quilt from Pieced Brain

Photograph by Charles R. Lynch for American Quilter. Used with permission.
Are you ready for another fun Christmas project? This is Holiday Games, my quilt just published in the November 2018 issue of American Quilter. It measures 67" x 79" and the blocks finish at 12". These blocks come together in a flash and the instructions are very detailed - you will have it completed before your guests arrive!

Two of the things which strike me most about this quilt: the 'disappearing' lattice effect of the alternating blocks and the fact that the squares on the 4-patches are large enough for ...

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October 15, 2018
Nocturne from Jean Swenson


October 2018

This is a variation on a Churn Dash quilt block that I first saw on Jacquelynne Steves Sew Quilty Friends Facebook group. In researching to find out more about this block design, I came across this similar Churn Dash variation over at Angela Walters Midnight Quilt show on YouTube, and I also found a great resource site, In all that I looked at, this block seems to be a melding of the Capital T block and the Churn Dash block.

For the colorway, I really wanted to keep it limited to just two colors. However ...

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October 12, 2018
Christmas Table Runner from Pieced Brain

Oohh... I just opened the November/December 2018 issue of Love of Quilting magazine and guess what? My table runner Gifts of the Season is on page 40! How I enjoyed making and quilting it...

Here it is on my design wall, once all the flowers, leaves, stems, and baskets had been machine appliqued. I love quilts with applique' and I treasured every minute I spent putting this table runner together. It measures 28" x 52" with 8" blocks. 

Those baskets... aren't the fabrics beautiful? Here I am placing the applique motifs over the baskets before fusing them. The ...

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October 9, 2018
Dolly quilt from Pieced Brain

Happy Free Pattern Tuesday! I am in love with "Dolly", the quilt I designed for the Spring Theory fabric collection by Dear Stella. The prints are beautiful and the quilt turned out crazy fun! It measures 74" x 86" with 12" blocks. These colors would look fantastic in any room you need brightening up. The blocks are easy to put together, too.

The Spring Theory fabric collection by Jennifer Orkin Lewis of August Wren has bright colors and textures as you can see on the sample fabrics below:

Dreamy, huh? Dolly would make any girl or woman happy! This ...

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October 1, 2018
Give it a Twirl quilt from Pieced Brain

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Happy Monday! I am excited to show you my newest design, Give it a Twirl, just published in the December 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. I worked with fabrics from the Impressions Moire collection by Clothwork:

Amazing colors and textures, don't you think? This line has a beautiful and versatile palette with 32 colors - a perfect complement to any quilt design.
Give it a Twirl measures 75" x 90" and the blocks finish at 15" blocks. I opted to make it without borders ...

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September 28, 2018
Fall Beauty Quilt Pattern from Pieced Brain

I got a happy email this week. Stephanie Norman saw my quilt Fall Beauty on the cover of the October 2018 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting and made two fantastic versions of it! I love that she added a beautiful wide border with leaves of every color just as we see them at this time of the year. Flawless execution!

The main block has been rotated in the same direction on each row creating a more linear design. This is the fun part about working with someone else's pattern: you can improve upon it as Stephanie did.

Stephanie ...

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September 19, 2018
The Alphabet quilt from Pieced Brain

This is my new pattern, Memory Maker - Alphabet, a fun version of the original Memory Maker pattern with the Old St. Nick panel by Hoffman Fabrics. The panel on this new version is from the Zookeeper fabric collection by Hoffman. Isn't it fun?

These fabrics show well on the quilt which is perfect for a kid's room or the classroom! Speaking of classrooms, it could be a great gift for teachers which you can whip up in no time at all.

Above are the Me+You Indah batiks (also by Hoffman Fabrics) I added to the palette, and ...

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