What are you Thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Toby the Turkey

Toby the Turkey

Today is a day where we in the US celebrate family, friends and all the things we are thankful for- what are thankful for?

I am thankful for the quilting community and especially for you, my quilty friends, who stop by here and visit with me.

I am thankful for my family. While I am not getting to spend the holiday with any of them this year I am thankful to be part of their lives and that they are part of mine.

I am thankful for my sweet kitty Lily. Well, except when she howls at me in her cranky old lady cat voice!


So many things to be thankful for… the list goes on!

Enjoy your holiday and come back soon.

happy quilting,



If you have time this weekend, Craftsy (like everyone else) is having it’s annual Black Friday Sale! I know- but if there is a class you having been thinking about taking at Craftsy, now is the time to sign up. Use my affiliate link to save on any class type, not just quilting classes! I have taken some classes on knitting, photography, spinning (which I could do better if I actually got a drop spindle!), drawing and I even have watched a cooking one. Not that I cook. But I do like to eat!

A Quilt in McCall’s Quilting

Sometimes I make quilts and I really like them. Other times I LOVE them! I love this quilt that I made for McCalls Quilting magazine. It is called Fields of Blue.

I used 3 lines of fabric from Benartex- one called Carina by Amanda Murphy and Soul Blossom by Cherry Guidry and mixed in a few pieces from their Color Weave line. The fabrics are just beautiful.

green and blue quilt

Fields of Blue Quilt

The appliqué was really fun because the flowers are pretty big. What I did was to cut out the flower pieces, fuse the pieces together and then fused the whole flower in place.

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I lay the flower pieces on my Appliqué Pressing sheet, fused them and then peeled the the entire flower off in one big piece!



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flower from blue and green quilt

If you would like to make this quilt, you can pick up a copy of the magazine at your local shop or click on my affiliate link here to go to the McCall’s site to order a magazine.

McCall's Jan Dec 2016


Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me!

happy quilting,


100 Blocks Winners!

It is always fun to win stuff isn’t it? I love to enter giveaways with the idea that maybe this time I will win something! A sense of hope, excitement… anticipation…

100 blocks vol 12

The 3 winners of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol 12 magazines are:

Greta, Tina Beard and Kathy E!!

pin cushion

Bitty Morning Star Pin Cushion

And the winner of the goodie bag full of fun stuff (including my bitty Morning Star pin cushion!) is:


Congratulations to all of you! Please send me your snail mail address so I can get these out to you.

And thank you to everyone who stopped by the blog during the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog hop. I so appreciate all your kind comments on my block!

Tomorrow I will be showing off a new quilt in the Jan /Feb McCall’s Quilting magazine and next month I will have 2 blog hops for you with more chances to win stuff.

Have a great day!

happy quilting,


Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Hop- day 5

Last day of the hop- have you been following along?

Click here or on the picture to go to the Quiltmaker’s site to see who is blogging today.


happy quilting,


Don’t forget to sign up on my post for a chance to win some goodies! Click here to go to that post.

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Hop Day 4


Day 4 of the blog hop- click here or on the picture to see who is blogging today!

And did you see the bitty blocks they are sharing each day? How fun!


happy quilting,


Did you comment on my post yesterday to for a chance to win? Click here to go to that post.

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Hop- Day 3!!


Welcome to the hop!

Are you singing yet?… let’s go to the hop (oh baby), let’s go to the hop….

I am so excited to tell you about my block in the latest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks magazine.

100 blocks vol 12

Pinwheels Galore is the block I designed. I made 2 versions.

This is the version that was in the magazine.

Pinwheels Galore

Don’t you just love those pigs! Too funny.

This is the other block I made.


I just love the bicycle fabric.

close up of bicycle fabric

Now the block is adorable all on it’s own, and would make a lovely table runner.

Pinwheels Galore Runner

Pinwheels Galore Runner

But, the real beauty is when you make a few blocks and put them together.

You get a great secondary pattern.

Pinwheels Galore Quilt 58" x 70"

Pinwheels Galore Quilt
58″ x 70″

Isn’t that great? It takes 20 blocks and 3 borders to make this version.

Pinwheels Galore Quilt

Pinwheels Galore Quilt

How about a soft blue and gray version?

blue and gray quilt

Pinwheels Galore quilt in blue and gray

Or maybe a holiday quilt?

red and green quilt

Pinwheels Galore quilt in red and green

You can just pick your favorite colors and have fun with it!

Now, just for you, we have a giveaway.

I have 2 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol 12 magazines to give away and Quiltmaker is giving 1 away.  And I have a few other goodies. While at Quilt Market last month, I picked up a few fun things and now I want to share my wealth!

One lucky winner will these goodies…


in this cute stash bag from C&T!

bag giveaway

So here are the rules: (for those of you who don’t like rules, how about here are the guidelines? haha!)

Leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win.

I will draw 4 names on Sunday Nov. 22nd sometime after 9pm (my time- MT).

If you want extra chances, well then go ahead and leave a second comment if you are getting my newsletter (or if you sign up to get it), or if you like my FB page (or click here to go ahead and like it now!).

Or a comment for both. You have to leave separate comments on this blog post to get extra chances!

But just leaving a comment enters you for a chance to win, so… leave a comment!

Contest is closed! Thank you to everyone who entered and a big thank you for your lovely comments!

Click here to see who else is blogging today, tomorrow, yesterday….. and have fun on the hop!


Good luck!

Happy quilting,


Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Hop- Day 2

Today is Day 2 of the  100 Blocks blog hop !

Click here or on the picture to go to the Quiltmaker page to see who is blogging today.


happy quilting,


p.s. My day is tomorrow!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Hop- Day 1

The Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol 12 blog hop has begun! Blocks! Giveaways!

Click here or on the picture to go to the Quiltmaker page to see who is blogging today. Have fun!



happy quilting,


p.s. Remember my day is Wednesday!


Many of us know Schmetz needles- we use them all the time in our sewing machines. And now be honest, how often do you change your needles? At the start of a new project? Only when the needle breaks?

I know I don’t change my needle often enough. And I should change it. It is like when you put that brand new blade in your rotary cutter and think: “Why did I wait so long? Now this thing is cutting like butter!”

It is the same with needles; change your needle more often and your sewing gets easier.

Schmetz has a great marketing director named Rhonda Pierce who I have had the privilege to get to know. I bumped in to her at Quilt Market- right in front of my quilt in the In Full Bloom exhibit. We took a photo together and it ended upon the inside cover of the Inspired to Sew ezine that Schmetz puts out.

Inspired to Sew Issue

Inspired to Sew Issue

Here is a link to the issue if you want to see- there is also a great article about Gail Yellen. They also have a lot of great references on their web site to help you choose the right needle for your project. Just thought you might like to know!

happy quilting,


Vol12-blog-tour-coming-socialmedia_67409p.s. Next week is the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour- free goodies galore! So check back next week; Monday I will post links and my day on the blog tour is Wed. Nov 18th.

November Quiltmaker Bitty Blocks

Have you been making any of the Quiltmaker Bitty Blocks? They are small, but fun!

This month, Quiltmaker is making 3″ Friendship Star blocks. Sooo… cute! I love stars, I love Friendship stars and I love HSTs. (Except when I have to make a gazillion of them.Then, not so much!)

For these, I was just digging thru my scraps to see what I had and I decided to make the HSTs a bit large and cut them down. Plus, my friend Wendy has been telling me how great the Bloc Loc rulers are so I thought it was time to try one. I actually had a chance to stop at the Bloc Loc booth at Quilt Market and got a demo. So I knew what to do.

Sometimes I feel like, really? Another ruler? But, I must admit, my buddy was right- it is a great tool! It was super easy to trim those little HSTs with this. So if you make a lot of HSTs, and you tend to cut them a little large and then trim them down to size, this ruler is very helpful. Just thought you would want to know.


Bloc_Loc ruler


I cut my squares at 2″- not much bigger than required, just a wee bit of wiggle room. Then using the Bloc Loc ruler I trimmed them down. (The HST above is obviously not 2″- this is a bigger one for another project I am working on.)

I was going to try to tape a short video for you, but I was having trouble getting the camera focused on my hands while I was trimming. But Bloc Loc has a video on their site, so you can see how it works.


Quiltmaker Bitty Blocks

A few of my bitty Friendship Stars


Here are a few of my Friendship Star blocks- aren’t they cute? And no one says you have to make the points and the center square the same fabric right? I made the background darker on a few and just had fun with my scraps.


Quiltmaker Bitty Blocks

Bitty Friendship Star


Click on the word Quiltmaker or on the picture of my bitty blocks to go to the Quiltmaker page and get the pattern and instructions. Then go have a bunch of bitty fun!


Bitty Friendship Star

Bitty Friendship Star

happy quilting,