Monday, May 23, 2016

More Regent's Park and a Second Craftsy Quilt

I've been working on a new pattern for Regent's Park.  So far I have the blocks done and I am cutting the sashing strips.  I'm not happy with one of the blocks, so I'm going to redo it.  Here is a sneak peak of the quilt on my design board.  This is the red colorway of the line and I've called this pattern Lady Slipper.  Love this quilt!!

The next quilt that I want to show you for the Craftsy quilts is called Juicy Cactus and I designed it using their Aura Blenders fabric line.  The Aura Blender fabrics are mottled colors ranging from lights in white, grey, and yellow to darks in blues, purples, reds and greens plus much more.  The background for this quilt is made using the charcoal grey. 

More quilts to come later this week and an update on Lady Slipper.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 20, 2016

A lot has happened in a year!

There has been a lot going on in the last year and I'm finally back to blogging.  Sorry for the long delay! Here is a summary of what's happening to me.

On my personal life:

I got engaged! To the wonderful, smart, sweet love of my life, Mark.  Wedding is planned for October of this year.  
I sold my house.  I had lived there for 20 years with my late husband and although there were many happy memories there, it was time to start a new life with Mark.

 So, we bought a new one!

And, we got a puppy!  We adopted him from a local animal shelter.  His name is Zed and he is a mix of border collie, lab and ??.  He is 6 1/2 months old, super smart and we love him to bits!!  Tillie and Zed get along great and that was my biggest worry about getting another dog.  He is now part of the family and we can't imagine life without him.

On my business life:
It's been busy!

I have a fabric line out with Maywood Studio.  I came out last fall.  I love it and I continue to make patterns using it.  Here are some of the prints:
Regent's Park

I have been working with Craftsy quite a bit.  They have started to design fabric and asked if I would design some patterns to go with their fabric lines.  So far, I have designed 16 patterns and the first 13 will be coming out in June.  Here is the first of the quilts.  This is called Old Glory and it uses their fabric line, Colonial Manor.  Kits and patterns will be available in June.  Can't wait!!

In the next few weeks, I will be showing you all 13 quilts that will debut in June through Craftsy.  Hope to see you again!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

French Connection Sew Along - Week 4

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by to get the last instructions for the sew along.  Click here to get the final instructions.

You know when they say that you should move every 10 years so you can weed out all your stuff?  Well, I am totally agreeing with whoever "they" are!  I am moving after being in the same home for 25 years.  I have accumulated a lot of great stuff but when you move, it doesn't feel so great!  So, this is what I've been doing for the past few weeks instead of sewing the final steps of the French Connection Sew Along.

I hope that you understand and thank goodness for Celine!  She has finished her quilt and it looks fabulous.  Check it out on her blog:

Now, back to packing...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

French Connection Sew Along - Week 3


I hope that you all got your blocks done and are ready to start the first border.  I finally got my alternate block done and here it is:

To download Week 3, click here.

Week 3: Border Construction

The border is done with large flip corners on one side of a rectangle and small flip corners on the other side.  I wanted to use my Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion ruler set so the first thing that I did was cut my main light to 3 1/2" x 5" and my greys larger than needed, 4 1/4" square, cut diagonally once.

Then using my Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion, I trimmed the top right corner off of the light.  I put wrong sides together so that I could get mirror images.

Next, I lay my piece on the triangle cut from a 4 1/4" squares of grey.

I sewed using 1/4" seam and pressed out. Then I trimmed the pieces using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 ruler with the 3 1/2" diagonal line across the seam.  I repeated for the mirror image.

Next, I trimmed the adjacent corners.

I sewed on a red triangle cut from a 2 3/4" square and trimmed using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5. I did both mirror images and sewed them together.  Follow the instructions for pressing.

I repeated this step to make a total of 8 with the alternate block grey and main block red and 4 with the alternate block red and the main block grey.  I had to think about which grey and which red went together because I used 2 different reds in my blocks.

The next thing I did was I made my 1/2 square triangles using the grey from my main block and the main light.  I repeated to make 4.

The final step is to make your 4 corners for the border.  I haven't made mine yet because I haven't decided on my borders. 

Have fun sewing this week and make sure that you post your pictures on our French Connection Sew Along Facebook page.

See you next week!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

French Connection Sew Along - Week 2

Are you ready to start sewing??  I know I am!  So, here we go!

Download the directions here:  French Connection, Week 2.

This week we are making the two blocks for the center of the quilt.  I did mine a bit different so that I could use my Fit to be Quarter 6.5 ruler.  The ruler is handy because I can oversize the pieces and square them down.  This is how I did it:

For the main block, unit 1, I oversized my pieces.  For Q, I cut it 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and for E, I cut it 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and for I, I cut it 4" x 5".

Follow the same instructions to construct the square.  When you are squaring the finished square up, they will be larger than needed so you can make them exact. 

To square up the piece, line up the 1 3/4" line up on the rulers with the red square and the 3 1/2" diagonal line along the long diagonal seam.  Trim.

Rotate and line up the 3 1/2" diagonal line of the ruler along the diagonal line of the piece.  Also, line up the 3 1/2" markings of the ruler along the already trimmed edges.  Trim.
For the 1/4 square triangle, I cut my squares 4 1/2" as directed and trimmed them with the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 too.

Line up the 3 1/2" diagonal of the ruler along the diagonal of the square and the diagonal line of the ruler that goes from top right to bottom left along the other diagonal on the square.  Trim.  Rotate, line up the square directly on the 3 1/2" line of the ruler and trim.

Once you have the center square done, sew the pieces together to make your main block.  Make 5.

Next, make the alternate block the same way and using the different colors. (Picture to come...still catching up!!)

See you next week! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Reconnecting and French Connection Sew Along

Hello!  I'm finally back and plan to be blogging more. 

My friend and fellow designer, Celine Perkins of Perkin Dry Goods and I reconnected at Quilt Market in May.  We decided to collaborate and came up with the French Connection sew along. 

The idea of the sew along is that we each designed a quilt center and gave the centers to the other designer to design the border.  We are starting with Celine's center and my border design.  We will be doing our second sew along starting in October and we'll be creating my center with Celine's border design.

We are both super excited to share our designs with you!  The first month is picking your fabrics and cutting. Click here to get the first week's instructions. 

Selecting the fabrics is one of my favorite parts of quilting.  My imagination runs wild with the possibilities!  I decided to use Joyeux Noel by French General for Moda Fabrics.  I'm a huge French General junkie and have A LOT of their fabrics.  So pretty! 

Next Wednesday we will start making the blocks but here is a sneak peak.

Make sure that you join our French Connection Facebook group! 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you join us!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Quilt Market

After much debate (with myself), I decided to vend at Quilt Market.  I'm super excited for many reasons.  First, I haven't vended at a trade show since Kansas City, MO show and I think that was 3 years ago...yikes!  Second, I miss seeing my customers and friends at Quilt Market.  It's an awesome place to make friendships and connections.  Third, I LOVE going to Quilt Market!  It  renews my excitement for quilting and let's me see what's new and show what I've been working on. 

Although Quilt Market is wholesale only trade show, keep your eyes open for what's new from all the designers, quilt shop owners, bloggers and companies out there. It's a great way to see the newest trends and ideas.

 Don't forget that my classes for Craftsy are available.  Here are some video trailers for my classes:
Hope you like them!  If you are interested in signing up for a class, here are the links for the discounted classes:

Meanwhile, I am working on new patterns for Quilt Market and enjoying the time sewing and designing!

See you soon!!