Quiltmaker’s August Bitty Blocks

How did it get to be the end of August already? Where did this month go to? I have not checked off nearly enough things on my to do lists. Yikes.

Bitty Log Cabin blocks

My bitty Log Cabins- love them!

One of the things I wanted to get a chance to play with were the Quiltmaker Bitty Blocks for August. So the other day, I just dropped everything else and played for a couple of hours. This month they were making bitty Log Cabins. I LOVE Log Cabin blocks.

It was so much fun!

I did not worry about colors or wonder if all the blocks went together… I just grabbed my bin of fabric, found pieces that I liked and made a few blocks.

Here are a few tips to make them.

1. Lay out all your strips for each block in order. I used the backside of my sandboard so I could carry them from the cutting table to the sewing table.

Bitty Log Cabin layout

2. A good ¼” seam is crucial!

3. Finger press or press after each addition. I would finger press for 3 or 4 strips and then would take the block to the iron for a nice press. I would also trim after adding about 4 strips. Even when I ironed after each strip, I found a little trim kept me on track.

4. Trying to remember which side to add the next piece to??? Always place the piece you just added at the top and add the next one to the right edge.

Adding next strip

Adding next strip- last strip added was the blue one at the top.  Next strip is the next blue one.


Sew to the right edge of the block

Sew to the right edge of the block


Next up, the yellow strip. The last added blue strip is at the top of the block.

Next up, the yellow strip. The last added blue strip is at the top of the block.


I have a few more to make- I think I have enough scraps, don’t you?


Can you believe all these scraps came from that one bin? Now I have to to put them back. Yikes!

Have you made any of the Quiltmaker Bitty Blocks? They really are fun and addictive! Click here to go to their page and get the free patterns.

happy quilting,


Quiltmaker Winner

flowers How was your weekend? Mine was groovy. Saturday I hung out at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival in the Innova booth and chatted with quilters as they walked around. It is always fun to see the Hoffman Challenge quilts and the other exhibits and challenges. My friend Wendy won a First Place AND a Judge’s Choice ribbon on her quilt in her challenge. The picture did not come out or I would show it to you. :(

corpse flowerOn Sunday, hubby and I wandered around the Denver Botanical Gardens. There were so many people there! We had no idea why until we asked. Ahhh- they have a Corpse flower and it was scheduled to bloom anytime- Sunday had been the estimated date of the bloom.

Do you know about these flowers? They are huge- and they only bloom about once a decade. When they bloom, they smell like dead meat, hence the name Corpse Flower. Here is a link to an article at USA TODAY on the flower. The Denver Botanic has a live feed camera on it- they called it the Stink Cam. Haha.

horseThe other new thing we saw was the artwork of Deborah Butterfield. She makes these incredible sculptures of horses from wood that are then cast in bronze.

And of course, flowers. Lots of water lilies… so pretty.

water lilyAnd we have a winner! Sorry about posting a day late. Drumroll please…

The winner of the Quiltmaker magazine is Janet T! You will be getting an email from me this morning to get your mailing address.

I am off to go teach a hand sew quilt class at the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center.  We are making a small project- a very cute scarf that I will pattern up and offer soon.

Have a great week! See you soon-

happy quilting,





August Giveaway #2

I decided another giveaway was in order.

Booth-RMQFBut first, for those of you in the general Colorado area, there is another quilt show this weekend. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival is in Loveland this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (August 13-15).

Some of my quilts will be hanging in the Innova booth (Hunter Heirloom Quilting) and I will be hanging around in the booth on Saturday. So if you are around, pop in and say Hi!
Another magazine that I have been lucky enough to have quilts in this year is Quiltmaker magazine.blue bayou quilt

Have you seen my latest quilt? It is called Blue Bayou. I just LOVE the colors in this quilt. So calming- so blue! I have already mentioned that blue and green is one of my favorite color combos. A nice summer color scheme.

blue quiltThis is the last in my series of “one block” quilts that I did with Quiltmaker this year. I had a blast making this quilt and I really like all the design possibilities in it as well. A simple block with dynamic results.

I have one copy of the magazine to give away. Leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win it. You can leave any old random comment, but I would love to hear if you have a go-to color scheme when you make your quilts.QMMP-15100-covers_500px

Contest will close Sunday August 16th at 9pm (my time). Open to US and Canada only (sorry, shipping overseas is not fun and just a little too pricey!).    Contest is closed. Thank you to all who entered!

Happy quilting,



August Winner

This past weekend was the Rocky Mountain Fever Quilt Shop Hop. On Friday, I sent a couple of hours at Fabric Expressions and signed books and chatted with customers. It was a lot of fun!

Then my friend Wendy and I traveled all around; going from Littleton down to Fountain, up to Colorado Springs, Castle Rock and over to Parker and then up to Brighton and Westminster. What a drive!

We logged over 234 miles and 4hrs++ of just driving! But what fun it was.

DSCN3888Saturday I spent the day at the shop after getting up quite early to rip the rug out of my sewing area. Hubby finished the demolition and then he started the prep to lay the floor. He even got some of the floor done.

So Sunday was spent putting down the floor and trim, moving furniture back in and now I have a lovely new floor in my sewing area. I love it!

_COVER FullThank you to everyone who entered the August giveaway. I loved hearing about what you like about fall- I know that while I too love fall, I want a little more summer first!

And the magazine winners are:

#9- JMC

#1- Sandy in PA

Congratulations! I will be emailing you for your mailing address so I can send the McCall’s Quilting magazine out to you.

happy quilting,



August Giveaway

I have been really having fun making quilts for the magazines; it is often a chance for me to try fabrics and colors outside of my usual choices, and then I find out that I really like them. Do you find yourself choosing pretty much the same colors for all your quilts? Or variations of the same?

Autumnal Glow 600pxOne of my latest quilts is called Autumnal Glow and it is in the McCalls Quilting magazine Sept/Oct issue. Since it is the fall issue, I had decided to do a fall quilt. I love the fall, so I wanted a quilt to reflect the beautiful colors seen at that time of year.

Though, to be honest, I am not ready for fall just yet. A little more summer first, please!

fall quiltThe fabrics are from Northcott and I think it came out great. I love how the center of the quilt just glows.

_COVER FullEarlier this week I did say I would do a giveaway. So here it is. I have a couple of the McCall’s Quilting magazines to giveaway.

Would you like one?

To be entered for a chance to win a copy of the magazine, leave a comment below and tell me what is your favorite part of fall. I think I love the season because of the colors- the changing leaves are just spectacular. And the air is crisp, the sky so bright blue some days…

Contest is open to US and Canada readers (sorry, shipping overseas is a bear!) and will close on Sunday August 9th at 9pm (my time).

Contest is closed- thank you to all who entered!

In the meantime, I will be at Fabric Expressions in Littleton, CO on this Friday Aug 7th and Saturday Aug 8th at 10am to do a book signing and demo. If you are in the area, stop by and say Hi! Friday afternoon, I plan to do a little Quilt Shop Hop-ping with my friend Wendy. Maybe we will see you on the road? Click here for the details on the quilt shop hop.

Enjoy the rest of your summer… we’ve still got lots of summer left!

happy quilting,


P.S. Next week I will show off my latest quilt in Quiltmaker magazine!

P.P.S. If you really like the Autumnal Glow quilt, McCall’s Quilting has kits available. Click my affiliate link here to go the their site and search for the kit.


Home again!

DSCN3857I am back in Colorado. I got back late one evening last week and it took a few days to really get back on track. Time change, altitude change… I always seem to need a few days.

I guess I am getting old!



DSCN3864On my last day in Connecticut I finally made it to my happy place- the beach. I love the beach.

I am not picky; while a beach with beautiful, soft white sand and clean aqua blue water is the best, I will take a rocky beach over no beach at all. And while I prefer the ocean, a good lake is just fine.

Really, I just love being by the water.

DSCN3777Do you have a happy place?

Yesterday I was chatting with a lovely lady in a quilt shop and she was mentioning that she was going to go camping soon. She said she was getting cranky as she had not been to her happy place in a while- the woods.

Now, going to the woods sounds nice too, but it would be even better if there was a lake nearby!

Just an FYI, in the interest of full disclosure- some of my other happy places include quilt shops and book stores.

Gray quilt

Down the Garden Path quilt- just a snippet!

Later this week there is a quilt shop hop going on, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Fever Shop Hop. Friday- Sunday, August 7th -9th. Pop over to their website to get the details.

On Friday, I will be at Fabric Expressions doing a book signing from 10am- 12n and again on Saturday from 10am – 1pm.

I will also be demonstrating how I made the braids for one of the quilts in my book Smash Your Precut Stash. So be sure to pop in and say hi!

Later this week, I will post a new giveaway.

In the meantime,

happy quilting!



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,