Picturesque Class

This past weekend Alyssa and I went to NY to The Joyful Quilter quilt shop. What a great shop! If you are in Glenville/Schenectady area, you should definitely pop in.

On Friday night, we did a trunk show lecture and a book signing and then on Saturday we had a class and everyone started a Picturesque quilt.

Charm Quilt, PicturesqueWe had a lot of fun. In our class, we had some pretty  new beginners and Picturesque is quite the quilt for a newbie! But they all did great. We had local quilters and some visiting quilters in class- 2 were from Florida! We had a mom, daughter and grandma take the class together.

Here is a smattering of just some of the blocks. I forgot to ask permission to use pictures with the quilters in them, so these are some of the ones with just the blocks.





picturesque block

Aren’t they great? I love the variations. Some of the quilters used their stash, one group all used the same fabrics but varied where pieces went, and one quilter used the same charm pack as some of the other ladies, but picked totally different fabrics to go with it!

One year ago today, my daughter Alyssa married a lovely young man, Jeff.

Happy 1st Anniversary to Alyssa and Jeff!


I am headed home to CO in a couple of days but first I am going to see a few more friends, check out a couple of quit shops and, hopefully, visit the beach! I love the beach and I have yet to get there on this trip. Yesterday it was raining early on and then just cloudy, hot and muggy and now this morning, it is raining again! I know they need the rain, but I need to go to the beach!

When I was younger, I actually liked the beach on a cloudy day. It was always less crowded, the waves were fun- a little stronger due to the weather and the sand wasn’t too hot to walk on. Hmmm…. maybe I will head over if it stops raining!

Have a great week everyone and …

happy quilting!


Weekend in NY

Hi friends!

Today Alyssa and I are heading out to The Joyful Quilter in Glenville NY to do a trunk show/book signing tonight and then a class tomorrow. If you are in the area- come on by! We would love to see you.

I have been having lots of fun here in CT- yesterday I spent the day with my cousin Irene and we went paint shopping, quilt shopping (hello Yankee Cloth– always fun to pop over there!) and just had fun together. Then we met a friend for dinner. Yum.

Belle NoelleWe received an email this past week from Laura Cooley who made this great version of our pattern Belle Noelle. It was originally in McCall’s Quick Quilts Dec/Jan 2010 issue and we have since made it into a pattern as it was so popular.

Didn’t she do a great job?

If you have made any of our quilts, we would love to see pictures.

I hope you are having a great week- and have a great weekend!

happy quilting,



Family fun

So, the big famfarmily vacation is over. Sigh. Hubby and the boys- and their respective wife/girlfriend- left yesterday. It seemed to go so quickly- and we were so busy! We went to the zoo, spent time at the organic farm where my daughter works (that is their sunflower picture), had some famous Pepe’s pizza, and ….we just did stuff!


Smash Your Precut StashSaturday, I did a book signing at The Yankee Quilter in Seymour and I got to see a few old friends. What fun that was. Thank you to everyone who came out and to Cheryl and Barb for having me.


familyYesterday, in the scorching heat, we had a family BBQ at my daughter’s house. It was so nice to see so much family and close friends who feel like family.

Every now and then, someone would disappear into the house to cool off in the air conditioning and then return a while later! I volunteered to do some dishes so I could escape the heat.

Charm Quilt, PicturesqueI am sticking around in CT for another week so see some friends, travel to NY state to do a book signing at The Joyful Quilter on Friday night and teach class on Saturday. Should be fun; will I see you there?

So, how is your summer going? Got anything fun planned?

happy quilting,


Greetings from CT!


This past weekend, I was at the quilt show in Castle Rock, Co in the Innova booth. We had so much fun. Well, I must admit, the standing on a concrete floor part was not so much fun, but the visiting with quilters part was great!

Urban Twist in Riley Blake's Parisian

Urban Twist in fabric from Riley Blake’s line Parisian


My quilt Urban Twist, done in Riley Blake’s Parisian line was a big hit. Isn’t it great?

And the book was very well received- I sold out of the copies I had on hand! I was so pleased with the response we had.


Sean and ReaThis week I am in CT visiting with family and friends. It is so great to see everyone.



Today we picked up our oldest son and his wife in Mass. They are in from Scotland and spent last week with her family and their friends. They will spend this week with us before flying back.


After we picked them up and had Friendly’s ice cream for our pre-lunch snack (I miss this ice cream!), we drove down state, got burritos, sat on the town green to eat and then wandered into a few local shops. So. Much. Fun.

And I saw lots of hydrangeas. I love hydrangeas. Aren’t they pretty?

We have a busy week of family activities planned. Son #2 and his lovely girlfriend arrive on Wed. and that will make the family complete! (Our lovely daughter and her husband live here.) But, for those of you in the CT area, I will be at the Yankee Quilter this Sat, July 18th at 2pm for a book signing. Click on their name to go to their website for more information. I hope to see you there!


Smash Your Precut StashAnd if you aren’t close by this Sat, look here to see where Elizabeth or I will be- we have a few more book signings coming up and we would love to visit with you. Or, if you aren’t near any of them, you can still order the book from us (shipping in August) or from Amazon (shipping now!).

Have a great week!

Happy quilting,



Quilt Show and Bitty Blocks

DSCN3735Hi all! I hope you had a lovely weekend! Hubby and I had a great weekend. Friends of ours from VT were in CO for a wedding and we got to meet them for breakfast before they took off to head back home. So wonderful to see them!

Then we went to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival; a lovely outdoor arts show in Denver. We walked around for a while, just looking at all the great art. Wow. People are so creative. I really wanted to buy something this time, support the artists but I was torn. I finally settled on a photograph by Karin Connolly Daley.

DSCN3737Now I just need to frame it. Click here to see some of her work as my photo does not do her photo justice!

And now, it is back to work Monday.

Have you been following the Bitty Blocks quilt along over at Quiltmaker magazine? If not, let me tell you about them. It started in January and they have been posting a free PDF of a bitty block each month. The blocks finish at 3″ and 4″- which is why it is called BITTY blocks. They are itty bitty!

Bitty boat blocksI knew about it, but really had not paid attention for some reason until this weekend. I may have to catch up on this quilt along; I certainly have a lot of scraps I can use in bitty blocks. They even have handouts on some possible layout options, color and value, and suggestions to make some of the blocks easier.

Here are the few sailboats I made this morning in just a few minutes before breakfast. Aren’t these bitty boats adorable? They have directions for 2 different bitty boats. I will start on the other ones soon.

Click here to get in on the bitty blocks fun!

happy quilting,


The quilt show- I almost forgot! I will be at the Rocky Mountain Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival this week in Castle Rock, CO- Thur, Fri and Sat in the Innova booth. Come say hi! I will have a few books for sale!


Guest blogging

Hi friends!

McCalls Quick QuiltsToday I am guest blogging over on the McCall’s Quilting magazine’s blog. So click here to go check it out and to enter the giveaway! RJR donated some really fun stacks of fabric for you to play with!

I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July weekend and as always,

happy quilting!


p.s. If you look closely, my quilt is on the top of the stack on the cover!

End of June wrap-up

Hard to believe we are heading into July this week. The weather here today was great; sunny and warm; perfect summer weather. I delayed taking my walk today; I thought I would walk this evening since it was not supposed to rain. But the clouds are rolling in now, so we will see what happens!

Hard to complain though as I sit here on the deck, writing to all of you. Since the sun is being partially blocked, and a light breeze has kicked up, it really is very pleasant.

Smash Your Precut StashI recently completed a few projects, which I don’t get to show you yet, but I can show you this one- which is a work in progress. I am remaking our cover quilt from the book. The quilt is called Sassy 16.

I am actually making 2 of them; one for me to have to take along with me when I do book signings and guild lectures and one for fun. The first one will look almost exactly like the cover quilt. Same jelly roll, a white background and similar border fabric.

DSCN3723The second one I am making from my scraps of blue fabrics. Well, mostly blue. And white because I LOVE quilts with white backgrounds. I am using a lot of leftover whites in the blocks with the squares and I am using one fabric in some of the alternate blocks. I have run out of what I have in whites, so I will have to go shopping.


Here are a few other things I have worked on lately. I designed a few patterns for P&B Textiles and they are up on their website. My friend Kirstyn Cogan has designed a great new fabric line called Urban Scandinavian and it will be showing up in stores soon.

Quilt using Urban Scandinavian I designed one quilt using her “colored” side of the line and one for her “black and white” side of the line. I called them Colored Pieces and Urban Ink. Click here if you want to access the free patterns.

Quilt using Urban Scandinavian fabricWell, I hope you have a great last few days of June!

On Thursday I am guest blogging again on the McCalls Quilting blog and I will post a link to it here as well.

happy quilting!


Quiltmaker Winners!

Hi all! Did you have a nice weekend? We had a good weekend- we went to a birthday party for a friend, a get to know your neighbor party and yesterday I spent part of the day cleaning/organizing.

Now I know that doesn’t sound like fun, but really, when you are done, you do have a sense of accomplishment. And a clean palate to start messing up again!

New quilt- quarter square trianglesToday, I am going to do a little sewing, a little writing… we will see how the day goes. I am here, waiting on the dishwasher repairman as the door for our brand new dishwasher is acting up.


I want to take this time to thank everyone who visits the blog, and to thank those who comment on my giveaways. I am so glad you come here to visit.

Book CoverA schedule update: I have a couple of book signings set up.

July 9-11th I will be at the Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival in Castle Rock, CO. I will be in the Innova booth and I will have a few books available.

July 18th- a book signing at 2pm at The Yankee Quilter in Seymour, CT.

July 24th- a book signing at 7pm at The Joyful Quilter in Glenville, NY. And I am teaching a class on Sat the 25th!

August 7th and 8th at 10am- a book signing at Fabric Expressions in Littleton, CO. That is the weekend of the Rocky Mountain Shop Hop so it should be fun!

I know Elizabeth has a couple set up as well- when I know the exact schedule, I will post it.

one block quiltAnd now, the winners of last week’s Quiltmaker magazine giveaway!

Dawn Jones and Sandy in St Louis! congratulations! I will be sending you an email to get your mailing address.

Have a great week everyone…

happy quilting,



My quilt in Quiltmaker magazine

one block quiltHave you seen my latest quilt in Quiltmaker magazine? This has been a fun series that I have been doing with them. They are all one-block quilts; change the setting of the blocks and you can change the look of the quilts. Easy peasy!

one block quilt in Quiltmaker

Contours- photo courtesy of Quiltmaker

This one is called Contours. It really is a fun block- basically a paper pieced kaleidoscope block but we put the colors in different spots than the “norm” to create 2 sides of the block. That is how we got such great movement in the quilt.

The fabrics in this quilt are really wonderful; they are all from Robert Kaufman- some from the Black and White and Studio Stash Yarn Dyes collections by Jennifer Sampou with a little Fusions Confetti and Quilter’s Linen thrown in.

And Quiltmaker is doing something else fun- they have kits of my quilt and they created a few videos. Here is a link to the issue slide show. And here is a link to a slideshow about Contours!

Quiltmaker magazine, blue and green quilt

Spring Mosaic- photo courtesy of Quiltmaker

This is one of the other quilts I have done with them called Spring Mosaic, which was in their May/June issue. I love the colors in this one! But then, if you know me, you know I love blue. I did not know it, but they did a video on this one as well. Click here to see it.

They have kits for all of the quilts I made. Click here to see more information about the kits they have left.

So would you like to win the latest issue of Quiltmaker magazine? I have 2 copies for 2 lucky readers!

quilt pattern, Quiltmaker

Tulips in the Garden


Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday June 21st at 9pm (my time) and I will pull 2 names to receive a copy of the magazine. Giveaway is now closed! Thanks for entering!


one block quilt

Spinning Stars quilt- photo courtesy of Quiltmaker magazine




Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you are doing something fun; in your comment, you can let us know what you are up to, if you want.

happy quilting,



Weekend Fun and Winners


Lily’s idea of a good weekend!

Did you have a good weekend? What did you do?

On Saturday morning I went on a Walk with a Doc.

Do they have those in your area? A local chiropractor sponsors the one near me and there is a small group of us that will try to go. So we walked over there, listened to his talk on being positive and the effect on your overall well being, took a couple of photos and went on a walk.

Then we walked home. I am positive it was a lot of walking!  4.7-4.8 miles depending on whose tracker you trust. Good job us!

DSCN3570On Sunday, hubby and I went over to the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.


It is a working farm, has some small garden areas and a really lovely place to have a wedding.


Isn’t this gazebo nice?

DSCN3602With a great view. We had fun just wandering, taking pictures…They also have a small butterfly house on the grounds. That was really neat. We went inside- very hot, but fun!



So, what’s on your agenda for the week? I am finishing up a quilt and starting a new one. A busy week. But before I leave to get to work,  the winners of the McCall’s Quilting magazines are:

Sandy, Susan the Farm Quilter and Jan Cole! Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get your mailing address.

happy quilting!