Openings in the Footstool Class!

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Hey peeps!  I just heard through the grapevine, or was it email (?) that there are still a couple openings in my next Colorwheel Footstool class!  NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!   Here are your instructions:

1.  Call or go over to Piece By Piece Fabrics.

2.  Sign up for the class scheduled for Saturday April 4th and Saturday April 18th from 10:30-1:30.

We will have more fun than a barrel of monkeys, and you will have a finished footstool to cherish or to give away.  I’ve made so many now, I almost think I should make one for every quilt.  Seeing the different fabric collections and artistic choices for the feet and the tufting button is always inspiring!

Hope you can join in the fun!

Growing like mushrooms!

Footstool Class? Check!

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A fun group of girls and I just finished the latest Footstool Class at Piece By Piece Fabrics in Eugene!  This class had no problems diving in with both feet and sewing up a storm!  They easily finished the  “Part One” class, learning how to foundation piece the panels that eventually become the upholstery for their own amazing footstool.  “Part Two” brought us together again, and in about 2 hours we were taking pics of the finished projects!  I LOVE to see the fabric combinations come together, the button choices and the embellishments.  What fun to have a student use Guatamalen fabrics, and then add embroidery!

Everytime I teach this class I wonder why I don’t do it more often!  Hope you can join my next class.  Shhh!  (It’s not advertised yet, but the dates will be April 4th and 18th).  The best part–everyone was saying–is taking home a finished project!  Whether you live close by, or far away you can always get the KIT, I ship them all over the country including a 9-page instruction booklet to make sure you won’t have any trouble finishing.


Shipping Multiples!

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Lots of you have asked about getting more than one pincushion kit at a time, and bundling them together to save shipping!  YES! That’s exactly what I do!  Send me an email: (see my contact info at left)  with your request, I’ll ship them out in bundles and can easily bill you through PayPal.

These are a fast and fun project, make great gifts, and there’s still PLENTY of time before Christmas to make a few for your quilting buddies!

What’s YOUR Preference? Added Incentive!

IMG_2224So, I am testing a block for a new design for P&B Textiles.  I have a choice to go with a portion of the block being paper pieced OR rotary cut and pieced the usual way.  I’ve done them both, and they were each accurate and simple enough, that I couldn’t decide which way to go!  So I’m asking for your help:

Which do you prefer, Paper Piecing OR Traditional Piecing?  Won’t you help me decide?  Leave your response in the comments.  I’ll publish the results in a few days! As an added incentive I’ll choose a random winner and send you a copy of the block pattern!

The scrap fabrics I’ve used in the test block are not like the final fabrics, except that there is a print in the center of the block, surrounded by stripes.

Aaaand, New Jersey is in the lead!

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Just an update on Pincushion orders!  Yes, Virginia was at the front of the race, but holding steady wasn’t enough and New Jersey has taken the lead!  Oklahoma, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are showing well!  Thanks to my recent article in Quilts and More, I appreciate all of you checking out my site, and my shop page.  Be sure to contact me directly if you need more, as I can save you some shipping costs by bundling multiples together!

In the meantime, I felt like I just HAD to finish something and didn’t have a project even close, but LOTS needing more hands-on time than is possible with my regular job, home responsibilities and a holiday looming LARGE.  So!  Since I needed to test the pattern for a Christmas project, I was able to put together a fun 24″ x 42″ table runner on Sunday.  Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not quilted yet, but I’m looking forward to that since there is a lot of background negative space where the quilting will show nicely.  More later when I get to that!  This is a project I’m preparing for P&B Textiles, one of the many fun patterns they give away on their web site!



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!


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!


Quilt Show Fun!

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I came home with a few ribbons today!  I don’t do that every day, so it is a thrill!  The Blackberry Jam Festival was held this weekend, with all the blackberry pie, jam, syrup, scones, treats and recipes you could hope for! AND it includes a fun judged Quilt Show put on by the host quilt guild, the Pine Needlers.  It is a fun show with a wide variety of styles included, but one thing you can always count on is the high quality of quilts.  Yes, I’m telling you, the competition is fierce, and the hand-made ribbons are spectacular! I got lucky and came home with these:

Best of Show and Best Machine Quilting, for Hidden Agenda which is currently in American Patchwork and Quilting.

Honorable Mention, for Harrington’s Guardian Stars, in the Traditional Category.

Best Use of Color, 2nd Place, entered as a collaboration with Lisa Bee Wilson! (I’ll tell you more about this quilt in a future post)

Excited?  YES!  All the quilts were simply marvelous!

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