Category Archives: Publishing

New Release – Party Time!

Used with permission, stashBooks, C&T Publishing

Used with permission, stashBooks, C&T Publishing

Oh my gosh!  Something fun arrived on my doorstep a couple days ago!  I’ve been spending my evenings devouring every page. No, it wasn’t something to eat, but a wonderful (if I do say so myself) new machine quilting book, called The quilting MANUAL, from stashBOOKS, an imprint of C&T Publishing.

There are 16 great designers contributing to the book, with a wide variety and style of designs, along with all kinds of tips and ideas for using the tools and gadgets that are available to make your quilting easier, more efficient, comfortable and FABULOUS!  Get your fix with new all-over designs, borders, blocks, wreaths, motifs, all suited for hand or any kind of machine quilting.

I’m jumping up and down for how well it’s put together, and proud to be included in the list of designers.

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts today for this exciting Friday finish!!!

Flowerpot Fancies, Make It Yourself!

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What fun to be featured on the MIY blog today!  I designed these fun flowerpot covers with my great friend Lisa Bee Wilson of Towerhouse Quilts, and they were published in a fun article in Make It Yourself Magazine last year.  We used up-cycled sweaters in a variety of decorative and useful projects.  Aside from these fun flowerpot covers, I am currently using the cozy neck warmer in this cold snap we are having!  Thanks to Meredith Corporation for the fun reminder of this article!

Respecting copy write laws!

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Some of you know I’ve been in this industry for many years, almost 2 decades now!  I’ve always done my best to be inspired by other quilters and ideas, and to ensure that my designs were uniquely mine, mine alone, and that there was no possibility that I had copied someone else’s design, especially in publishing.

To my surprise I have been alerted to a copycat of my Color Wheel Pincushion Kit.  What to do–what to do!?  I certainly can’t allow this to ruin the business I have worked to develop over the years, and so looking into it is what I will do.  I have contacted the other party, with no response.  My next step is to contact the group where the copycat pattern is being marketed. Next, I need to make my distributors aware, maybe they have an avenue to help in this situation.  I want to reassure my customers that I am doing everything I can to protect them and their investment of my kits for their shops.  Hang in there with me, and we will get this figured out!

Added Bonus, the Next Generation!

I had a wonderful bonus earlier this week to invite my neighbor into my studio to work on a quilt.  You might think that isn’t so unusual, until you find out that Shiawna is a senior——IN HIGH SCHOOL!  She has made a few quilts, and quilted projects for one of her classes, and now has completed her first queen-size quilt!  I suggested she might like to try my longarm, and the next thing I knew we were looking at our schedules to see when it could happen! She used a version of my Topographic design from my last book, “Get addicted to Free Motion Quilting” by C&T Publishing.  The design complimented her fabric choice of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. With just a quick how-to demo, she was off to the races, and finished the whole quilt in about 90 minutes!  I’m guessing she’ll get a “A” for this one!

Make It Yourself–For Real!

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The latest issue of MIY or Make It Yourself magazine is available NOW!  It is filled with fun projects from several great designers.  A few of mine are included and I collaborated with my buddy Lisa Bee-Wilson to top it off!  We always have a blast working together.  This time we put together several coiled projects that you can finish in an afternoon or less!

One fun brainstorm lead to hand dyeing cotton cord with an ombre’ effect, and then coiling it into a little sunglass case.  You’ll never loose them in your purse again!

Run out and pick up a copy!  I love to relax with just this kind of magazine, and I try to always pick out a project or two to make as a gift, or maybe even for myself–think of that! LOL!

Just added a Craftsy Pattern!

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Hey! It’s always fun to add a new pattern out there!  I’ve just added a fun table runner to my Craftsy Pattern Store!  Can’t wait to see your version of the Barber Pole Table Runner!

If you haven’t tried Craftsy yet, it’s a great location to check out some great classes–that’s what they’re known for best.  But there are also TONS of designers who put their patterns out there!  Most are at great prices, and all immediately downloadable.  Some are free, and there is such variety, it’s just plain fun to see!  Click over to see what’s new and happening!

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See. Love. Gotta have it!

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If you haven’t seen it yet, run out and get the latest issue, Winter 2014 of Quilts and More!  Then turn to page 10 to find my Pincushion Kit featured in the HOT STUFF review.  It includes a fun pic of some  of my finished pincushions, and one of the components that are included in the kit.  It will direct you RIGHT HERE to my site so you can find out more!  These little guys are such a fast and fun project that you’ll soon have a list of people you want to make them for, or on second thought, maybe give the kit as a gift so the recipients can personalize it themselves!  You can see my neice Beret made one with me when she was only seven!

Check my shop page to purchase one, or email me for multiple orders!

Upcycle/Recycle!

Well, it’s been rainy and windy for the last few days here in the Pacific Northwest! I thought I needed a pick-me-up, so I’m sharing a project that was featured in an article in the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself.

These flower pot cover-ups are so cheerful and fun!  I especially love having something to set my Christmas poinsettia into that will fit with the rest of my Holiday decor, and what better use is there for a worn out Christmas sweater!!  Find out how to make them, and lots of other projects in the magazine, it’s available now at newstands.  The article has several designs from  Lisa of Towerhouse Quilts too, BONUS!

Check out Make It Yourself on facebook, they always have creative ideas to share!

Make It Yourself!

Believe it or not, this Men’s Neck  Scarf was made with upcycled sweaters!  It’s part of an article featured in the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself magazine which you can find on newstands now, or you can get a digital copy by using the link.  It is a fast project, very functional and stylish.  Make it in team colors for your favorite sports fanatic, or like I did in monochromatic shades.

If you missed my previous post about this article, check it out here!  Then don’t miss out on seeing the fb page for Make It Yourself, and for me!

New Projects in Print!

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Several projects that were done in collaboration with my friend and quilting buddy Lisa, over at Towerhouse Quilts are featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Make It Yourself magazine!  Be sure to keep up with Make It Yourself on line and on facebook!

We love working together on anything, and this is a fun example of Girlfriends Gone Wild with imagination!  We had the best time brainstorming how to make the projects we came up with.  Once you get atarted, it’s hard to stop! I hope you will pick up the magazine, it is loaded to the MAX with fun stuff and of course the directions and patterns are included for you to make your own wonderful versions!

Here’s a link to get a digital version and see other awesome projects included in the mix.  Lisa is also featuring more projects on her site too!

I’ll be posting more pics of some of the projects soon!