Exciting News (and a giveaway!)

So, I have news. 




Soon, very soon, my class with Crafsty will be airing! Woo Hoo!





For those of you who have not experienced Craftsy yet, it is an online learning environment where you can take classes on a variety of topics- quilting (of course!), cake decorating, sewing, knitting, crocheting, photography, jewelry making… and the list goes on! There are free classes and paid classes.CraftsyLogo

Once you purchase a class, you can watch it as many times as you want, whenever you want! No limits! I have taken a bunch of quilting classes- they have all been great.

There are also lots of patterns and stuff going on. 


Being silly at Craftsy!

Being silly at Craftsy!


Back in February, I spent three days at Craftsy taping my quilting class. I was so nervous. But the crew I worked with was great and they made the experience so much fun. I had a blast!

Now, I am so excited to share the class with you!



In the class, I showcase three quilt blocks. Each block can make a bunch of different quilts by changing the settings.  I go over different ways to make HSTs, QSTs and other techniques. As soon as it goes live, I will have a discount code here for you to sign up. So you don’t want to miss that! I will keep you posted.


But… right now I have a free class to giveaway! Yes, one lucky person will win access to my new class- free!

Click here to go to the entry form to be entered to win my class – FREE!!!instructorbadge

The link will work until Monday April 28th and then we will pick a winner.

Once the class goes live, the winner will be able to watch the class whenever they want, as many times as they want. So quick, click here to go to the entry form to be entered to win. And don’t worry if you don’t currently have a Craftsy account- just sign up with your email and you are done. No fees, no worries. Just access to a lot of fun stuff!

And please, share with your friends! Tell them to come here and click on the link to be entered for a chance to win.

If you are not already signed up for our newsletter, enter your email and click on the SUBSCRIBE button on the right. You will get our free Mug Rug pattern and be the first to know when the class airs and how to get discount coupons on the class.

happy quilting!


p.s. leaving a comment is great ( as a matter of fact, please do, we love to hear your comments!) but the only way to be entered to win the free class is to click on the link to the entry form. 

Round Robin Block 11

Did you have fun with our Around the Block Round Robin block last week? 


This week is a great block from Jen of ellisonlane.

Isn’t is great!

Pop over to the Around the Block blog to get the details and to get 


This week’s prize is from Where Woman Create Magazine! Love that magazine!

So have fun!

happy quilting,


Block of the Month

DSCN0576Do you participate in Block of the Month programs?

I guess that is a funny question for me to ask as we are still in the middle of the Around the Block Round Robin.

There are so many BOMs going on on the web- some BOM programs are free. Others have a nominal fee attached. Two free BOM programs that immediately come to my mind are the ones Pat Sloan is involved with- the Aurifil BOM and her BOM that she calls Globetrotting with Pat Sloan.  

Last year I started the Aurfil BOM and quickly fell off the wagon as we were looking for a house, then moving, then traveling back to CT, then getting ready for Quilt Market, then the holidays, then I was working on our super special projects that we will be sharing information about soon….. need I say more? I am sure you have a list- a different list, but one that still takes up most of the days, nights, weekends…

So, even though I am late getting started, and we are not sure if I can manage to stay on course given my sketchy track record, I have decided to jump on the Globetrotting BOM

I am now three blocks behind and I have not even started. (I figure since it is still April, I am not behind on that block until May!)



Here is my stack of fabrics- aren’t they pretty?



First up- the block for January : Washington DC.

(Do you want a link to her BOM? Click here.) 









Like it? I think it came out great! It needs a bit of a press but I wanted to share so I couldn’t wait.













I got to use a new toy while making this block- the Essential Sandboard from Piece O’Cake Designs by C&T Publishing.








I love the size- it was so easy to draw my lines and my pieces didn’t shift around. My old sand board was a piece of cardboard with sandpaper glued to it- it worked, but the edges were curling up after all these years of use! And the flip side is smooth. Now I have to make a storage bag for it- another project! Good thing I like projects.












Did I mention I have decided to make my Globetrotting quilt bigger- so for the rest of the months I am going to make 2 blocks. OK- overachiever mode kicking in! First I am saying I am not sure I can manage to stay on course all year and now I am planning to do two blocks each month? Crazy lady!

I will share my Feb and March blocks soon- as soon as I get them done!

In the meantime, here are a few of my blocks for the Around the Block Round Robin.


happy quilting,



McCall’s Quilting Magazine Giveaway Winners!

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First thank you to everyone who popped over here and posted on the blog. We love that you came to visit with us!






And the winners are:

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Dawn said she would make her daisies white and Sandy thought pink and yellow flowers would be great. Everyone had some wonderful ideas on flower colors. I am thinking I am going to have to make another quilt!

I have emailed the winners for their snail mail addresses.

 Please come back soon and see what else we are up too!

happy quilting,


Round Robin Block 10- that’s us!

Around the Block Round Robin- Block #10. It’s our turn! Woo hoo!

We have been very excited to show you our block for the Round Robin. The theme was your favorite quilt block- we love stars and we just couldn’t pick one star block. So we picked two and put them together. We called it Six Stars are Better than One!

Six Stars




Isn’t it great? I am going to show you how to make the block and some great ideas on other ways to use your block! At then end, there is a downloadable PDF of the instructions as well.







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Fabric A- green large star points

Cut: 4 squares 3 ⅞” x 3 ⅞”

Fabric B- pink small star points

Cut: 2 squares 2 ⅞”x 2 ⅞”; 8 squares 1 ⅞” x 1 ⅞”

Fabric C- main print in center star

Cut:5 squares 2 ½” x 2 ½”


Fabric D- yellow in corner stars

Cut: 20 squares 1 ½” x 1 ½”


Fabric E- white background

Cut: 1 square 7 ¼” x 7 ¼”; 2 squares 2 ⅞”x 2 ⅞”; 

        8 squares 1 ⅞” x 1 ⅞”


For this block you will need to make a few HST units (half square triangle)

and some Flying Geese units.

 For both the HST units and the Flying Geese units, you will need to mark some lines. You can draw the cutting line, diagonally corner to corner, and sew ¼” away from the marked line on either side. 


Or, as pictured below, you can mark the sewing lines. I like to use the Quilter’s Magic Wand to mark the sewing lines-  
it has a guideline to line up with your diagonal.

Or, you can draw all three lines! Pick the way you like to do it.


HST Units

Layer (1) 1 ⅞” x 1 ⅞” square of Fabric B with (1) 1 ⅞” x 1 ⅞” square of Fabric E. 

Draw your lines on the wrong side of lightest square.


Sew ¼” away from center line on both sides. Cut thru the center. Press to one side. 


You will have (2) half-square triangle (HST) units. Using the remaining 7 squares 1 ⅞” x 1 ⅞” of Fabric B and E, make a total of 16  HST units that measure 1 ½”  x 1 ½”. Repeat with the 2 squares 2 ⅞”x 2 ⅞” of Fabrics B and E for a total of 4 HST units that measure 2 ½” x 2 ½”.



Quick, No Waste Flying Geese Units

This is a fun method! 

Layer 2 squares 3 ⅞” x 3 ⅞” of Fabric A, right sides together, on top of the 7 ¼” Fabric E square. Draw your lines across both squares.



Sew  ¼” away from center line on both sides. Cut thru the center. Press to one side. 




Layer one of the remaining Fabric A squares on one of the units. They kind of look like hearts! Draw lines again, sew, cut and press.



Repeat with other unit and you have 4 Flying Geese! Easy peasy!


Flying Geese units should measure 3 ½” x 6 ½”. Trim tails.


Now that you have some HST and Flying Geese units, lets make the star blocks.

The Small Star block uses the 1 ½” Fabric D squares and the 1 ½” HST units.


Small Star block should measure 3 ½” x 3 ½”. Make 4.


The Center Star block uses the 2 ½” x 2 ½” Fabric C squares and the 2 ½” HST units.


 The Center Star block should measure 6 ½” x 6 ½”. Make 1.


Next, sew the star blocks together with the Flying Geese units.


prints are from Art Gallery Fabrics


Your Six Stars are Better than One! Block should measure 12 ½” x 12 ½”.


So, what else can you do with your block?  



Well, I took these great fabrics from Riley Blake and made a pillow.

Isn’t is cute? It would be perfect in a kids room. Those rockets and robots are so much fun.           





                                       DSCN0464I love the back fabric too!








Or, you could make a table runner. Elizabeth used the print fabrics from the fabric line Emma from Timeless Treasures and created this great runner.

IMG_1784 copyShe made the block in two different ways- the center block has large red star points and the other two blocks have large green star points. A couple of borders and WOW! I just love it.


How about a quilt? This used two blocks and the Emma fabrics.Quilt for Blog










We can’t wait to see what you create! Don’t forget to post a picture of your block to be entered to win this week’s sponsor prize from PrimDritz!


You could win a ruler and mat! Who doesn’t need more of those?





Here is the PDF of the directions Six Stars are Better than One!.

And a link back to Becky’s blog.



happy quilting,


p.s. Don’t forget to pop over to this blog post and comment to be entered to win one of two McCalls’ Quilting May/June 2014 magazines! Good luck!

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Guild chat and a giveaway!

Elizabeth is traveling this week- up to her old stomping ground up in the Syracuse NY area. She is going to chat on Tuesday night, April 8th, with a quilt guild up there- the Candlelight Quilt Guild. They meet in the Baldwinsville Library meeting room at 7pm.




So if you are in the area pop in and hear Elizabeth’s lecture and trunk show: From Idea to Design- how to develop a quilt pattern business. She has lots of quilts to show, goodies to hand out… it should be a great time!










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And don’t forget to pop over to this post to enter for a chance to win the newest McCall’s Quilting magazine! 


Happy quilting,


Round Robin Block #9




Time for the next block- 



Here is block #9- a great block by Tammie at Craftytammie- she called it Spins and Squares and it is adorable!





So pop over to the post here to learn about Tammie and then onto Tammie’s site for the block directions.


And don’t forget to post a pic of your completed block to be entered to win this week’s goodie- sponsored by andover


Happy quilting!


p.s. Next week is our week so come back- you don’t want to miss our block! Oh- and pop over to this blog post to enter to win a copy of the latest McCall’s Quilting magazine!

Another Daisy Mae and a giveaway!

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McCall’s May/June issue 2014.

One of our patterns is in the recent McCall’s Quilting magazine! Woo hoo!





Daisy-Mae-flat-600pxThey called her Daisy Mae- isn’t she cute?


We used fabrics from Robert Kaufman Fabrics- I just love how she came out!





When we designed the quilt, we wanted the flowers to spin a little and the gray squares to form a pinwheel, but you can change the rotation of the blocks and make it look different. Play with it!


And, McCall’s gave us two magazines to give away! Leave a comment at the bottom of this post and tell us what color you would make your flowers and you will be entered into our drawing to win a copy of the May/June McCall’s Quilting magazine. There are lots of great quilts in this issue. And a bonus CD with 18 scrappy projects! How cool is that?

If you are signed up for our newsletter, let me know and you get an extra chance. If you like our Facebook page, you get an extra chance. Just let me know.

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 Contest ends Friday night April 4th (my birthday just in case you needed to know that!) at 9pm MST. So enter, then tell your friends to pop over here to enter and good luck!


Oops! I am extending the contest as leaving a comment was not working… so now you have until next Friday, April 11th.


happy quilting,


p.s. If you don’t win, and you can’t find the magazine locally, you can always click here and order a magazine from McCall’s- print or digital, your choice!

Round Robin Block 8!

Around the Block Round Robin Block 8 is here!


How are you doing with your blocks? Having fun? Our block is coming up soon- in just a couple of weeks. This week is not about us though- this week’s block is from Sherri of A Quilting Life.





A Churn Dash block- who doesn’t love the Churn Dash!





And the sponsor this week is Sulky- you don’t want to miss a chance to win some thread from them! So get sewing, make your block and post it up. Click here for all the details.



Happy quilting,


Round Robin Block 7

around-the-block1Block 7 is here! Woo hoo!


Have you been having fun making these blocks? This week’s block is from Ellen Luckett Baker who blogs at The Long Thread.




It is another great block- I think you will enjoy this one.doublediamondquiltblock3


Ellen is also the sponsor for this week- you could win her book 1-2-3 Quilt! How fun is that? And don’t forget to check out her fabric line- so nice!



So go make your block and don’t forget to upload a pic to the Flickr group to be in the drawing to win her book. Pop over here for all the info.

happy quilting,


Happy National Quilting Day

Or International Quilting Day!

Did you spend the day doing anything quilty? I was supposed to go to a guild meeting but was a little under the weather this morning and so I didn’t make it. But I did get the binding on two quilts- yes, TWO! 


But, as I posted the other day, I made an adorable zippered bag for the swap at guild. Now I have a poor little bag that missed the party!

So what to do?

I am thinking a GIVEAWAY. Sound good?


So… if you like my little bag, leave a comment on this post about what you did for National Quilting Day and you will be entered in the giveaway for this cute little bag. And if it wasn’t something quilty, that’s OK too.

Contest will end Monday night … oh wait, maybe I should make it Tuesday night in case your St Patty’s Day celebrations keep you away from your computer. OK. Tuesday March 18th is the deadline. 9pm MDT.

Giveaway is closed! Thank you for entering. Winner is:  Anne Cowan! I will be emailing you shortly for your snail mail address.

happy quilting!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!


Round Robin Block 6

around-the-block1It’s that time of the week-

Around the Block Round Robin time! Block #6 is here.







This week’s block is from Bonnie of Fishsticks. I LOVE the name of her block:

My House is a little Wonky!



Anything wonky appeals to me- I like the word, the designs inspired by the word…  and it is a great way to explain something. I often tell people to trim off the “wonky bits”! And her wonky house is just so fun!!! I can’t wait to make one.

Pop over here to the post about this week and then connect to the tutorial to make the block.

This week’s sponsor is You Can Make This.com. They have a lot of great patterns- sewing, quoting, crafts… you will want to check them out!

happy quilting,


Spring is Coming…

Sunday it was 70 degrees. Yesterday it snowed. Today is bright and sunny- cold but heading back up to close to 50 degrees ( I hope!).


Lucky Seven



Crazy weather everywhere- but spring is coming. And it makes me feel hopeful, happy and excited! I love to pull out things to decorate for spring- and since it is March, that means St. Patty’s Day stuff! Everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day- and since I am Irish everyday, no worries!

And green means growth! Spring! Flowers and plants budding… sigh. Can’t wait.


I have fun banners and table runners that I pull out every year and use to decorate my home. 

Do you pull out spring decorations? I would love to see what you decorate with…







I made this cute little table square ages ago; sometimes I hang it on a wall, other times I put it on my coffee table.





This runner I made using our Pinpoint pattern- it can go on this sofa table (which is nowhere near my sofa!) or on my dining room table.DSC06382






And this little trio of fun stuff from our pattern Lighter than Air:












So, it is time to pack up the snowmen decorations (even if more snow is coming!) and think SPRING!!DSCN0448



happy quilting,


Bag Fun

I have made a couple of easy peasy bags in the last few days. It has been so much fun to do an easy project with instant results!


This bag I made last week for my friend Wendy- we were meeting for lunch and I discovered at the last minute it was her birthday. Sneaky girl

So I had to whip up something fast- and this was it. I knew she would like the asian theme fabric since she helped me pick it out for another project.

Isn’t it cute? And she loved it!

Perfect. Win-win.


Today I decided to make a zippered pouch for a local quilt guild exchange. They had some suggestions on a few patterns to use but, of course, I used our pattern, Girls Day Out and made the Martini bag!



I love this bag- the simple paper piecing front adds a little something extra and the handle turns your pouch into an instant “out to the pub for a glass of…” bag.

Just enough room for your cell phone, credit card, lip gloss and keyes!


I love these fabrics from Tim Holtz- I only had a few small pieces left from another bag I made but just enough to make this one once I added some Quilter’s Linen from Robert Kaufman. Cute! Now I have to give it away.? Really? Hmm… maybe I should make another one?





Which is cuter- the front of the back?


I also quilted the back a little and then added some decorative stitching to the front- using my trusty Aurifil thread of course. Who doesn’t love Aurifil?






Never thought I would be tooting a thread’s horn, but seriously, my machine sews nicer and quieter with Aurifil thread. Can’t argue with that.

Happy machine means a happy quilter!




happy quilting to you!


Round Robin Block 5

Around the Block Round Robin Block 5 is here!












And it is so cute! Who doesn’t love a granny square block?



I love the fabrics Elizabeth of Simple Simon and Company picked- so fresh! Spring!

I remember making crocheted granny squares as a kid- and I have always wanted to make a granny square quilt. Maybe this block will get me started.

Click here to pop over to the Round Robin post to get started!

This week’s sponsor is Go To Patterns & Co.

Have fun making your block this week and don’t forget to post a pic on the flicker page to enter to win this week’s prize!

Go to the Round Robin post for all the details!

happy quilting,


Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

We are so excited!





Denise Starck took our block, Summer Heat, from the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol.8 and designed a gorgeous quilt!






Isn’t this a fun quilt? Love it!



Hattie Brown did a wonderful job making this quilt. 





And it made the cover of the Spring ’14 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!

How cool is that?


Pop over to the Quiltmaker blog for fun stuff and giveaways!



This is a great edition- so many great quilts- pick one up quick!!!

Here are a couple of links for you:






happy quilting,


Round Robin Block 4


How did you do last week? Did you make the block?




Are you ready for this week’s block? Here it is:




Who doesn’t love an Ohio Star? 


Click here to go to the post and you can get started! This week’s Sponsor is Joel Dewberry!


Have fun with this block and we will see you next week!


happy quilting,



Around the Block Round Robin Block 3

I missed posting about Block #2 last week- it was a tough week. Long story that I will tell you about another time. In case you missed last week’s block, here is the link. It’s a really cute block! Love the fabrics!

For now, it’s time to make Block #3!


And here is this week’s block- isn’t it cute!




I love fusible appliqué – and yo-yo’s! So fun. And easy! Love that part too.


It was designed by Kim at Kimberbell Designs!

Go here for the official post and then click from there to the tutorial. The sponsor for this block is Modern Yardage. Oh my, they have some really cute fabrics! Get going, make your block, post it and in be in the running for some great FQs! All the details are at Patchwork Posse.


happy quilting,


Happy Valentines Day!

It’s a good day to get your pink on!


happy quilting valentines,


Long Arm Quilting- to do or not to do?

Have you ever considered owning a long arm quilting machine? 

Yes? Or maybe you are like me, I see them and I am so intrigued and then the sheer size intimidates me. I love the idea of quilting my own quilts and have done a few on my domestic machine, but it is not always easy to do. I have a long story about one quilt that tried to take off my fingernail… but I won’t bore you with the gory details!


Well, if you have ever considered buying a machine, my friend Sue Allen Clayton wrote a book called “Longing for a Longarm” all about owning a long arm machine and running a long arm business. It’s a fast, easy read. She makes the subject fun while giving you great information to think about if you are truly considering owning a machine or starting your own long arm business.

A great resource, check it out here!


happy quilting,



What do you get when you mix Aurifil thread and Art Gallery fabrics?



A happy quilter and a happy sewing machine!









Oh, sooooo happy!










keep quilting…


Round Robin Begins!

Ok- I am a day late, but I have a good excuse: The cat ate my computer.


No? OK- I am just late. I admit it. Whatever.


The Around the Block Round Robin has begun! Woo Hoo!around-the-block1

Time to start seeing some really fun blocks and make a new quilt! And win stuff!


So pop on over to Becky’s blog to get started- this first block is really fun!

Happy quilting!



As Kate has mentioned, we are doing major projects.  So our machines are humming along.  Sometimes we have been sewing late into the night.  So the question becomes…when to stop.  

For me it is when this lovely gets used too many times on the same seam!



And then when this happens – my machine does not warn me of low bobbin.  I think they need to invent flashing lights as a warning.



Thank goodness I have my stash of Auriful thread to replenish!  Yeah.



Keep on sewing!!


Found this cute stack while searching for something else.


Hmmm…. what to do?

Stay on course or get distracted by such lovely fabric?

What to do? What to make?




Happy quilting,


Around the Block Round Robin

I feel bad. I have not been posting much lately.

Elizabeth and I have a lot going on, but we just can’t tell all yet!

So that limits what we can share with you- but we can share that are we are participating in a Round Robin called Around the Block. It is being organized by Becky at Patchwork Posse and it should be a lot of fun! So pop over to her blog to check out the details.

Our day on the Round Robin is not for a while, but I am sure there are going to be a lot of fun blocks to see. The whole thing starts Feb 5th- so mark your calendar and get ready to play with blocks!



In the meantime… lots of squares and HSTs on the cutting table today… fabrics from the line from Fig Tree & CO for Moda called Mirabelle .


happy quilting,


More fun on the cutting table

Today will be a good day!


Garden Party Tango by Windham Fabrics- sooo pretty!

happy quilting,



Cutting Fun

Elizabeth and I are working on some fun secret projects….

DSCN0095shhh… don’t tell!


Isn’t this fabric great? It is from a line called Roundup by Riley Blake.








Cutting fun!











Happy Quilting!


Word for 2014

DSCN0064This time of year, many people make New Years resolutions. Sometimes businesses pick a word to describe what they want to accomplish in a given year. A theme you might say.

I am thinking, instead of resolutions, I will pick a theme for my life this year. Something I want to remind myself of when things get crazy, or life gets me down, something to say- hey, remember what you said in January?


Why not? Weddings have themes. Proms have themes.

So many good words to be a theme.




Here’s one I saw this am on my walk around the cemetery:    Serenity.

(Hmm, maybe a cemetery is NOT the place to pick a theme for the year!)


So many words NOT to make your theme for the year- chaos. procrastination. sadness. anger.


What word would you pick?


happy quilting,



Okay.  Obsession is not just a perfume by Calvin Klein!  I have a slight one with pincushions!  Is there a rehab for this addiction?

This is a small sampling of the quick to make squares – a few were given as door prizes at guild shows and shop hops.  Nice treat.


Of  course, animals – those wonderful chickens!  A rabbit and a mouse (hard to see because of fabric)


And since we once had a bunny as a pet, I was on a rabbit kick.  Bought a kit years ago from Bunny Hill with some wonderful wool, trim, buttons, and even a thimble for the bunny to hold!  Ahh, another project for the “to do” pile!


I even have a package of crushed walnuts ready to go for filling – helps keep the pins sharp.  My friend Sharon and I always were searching for “lizard litter” – we think available at pet stores – which really was crushed walnuts.  That was our running joke for pincushion projects.


This is only a select few … needless to say there are some pincushion patterns in the pattern collection.

But now comes the ”obsession confession”… guess what is next to my sewing machine that I probably use the most?


Yep, just a little ceramic bowl that is the convenient catch all.  Oh well, I shall still have fun looking for great pincushions.  


Happy pining to all!




I am busy!



How about you?





Happy holidays!