Wedding Week and a Quilt


I have been so busy here in CT getting ready for my daughter Alyssa’s wedding. What an exciting time! And frustrating.

The woman we are working with at the wedding venue said that figuring out the table seating plan is the WORST part of the wedding- and she was right! We have changed it so many times in the last few days…

People coming that we did not know were coming- change the plan.

People now NOT coming that had said they were coming. Change the plan.

The venue does not have that many of that size table- change the plan! Oh my goodness!

But I think we are finally done with that. Yea.




Yesterday Alyssa and I picked up her brother Sean and his wife Rea in Mass.

They came in from Scotland for her wedding. They spent a few days with her family and their friends and now they are here with us and we are so excited!

We were also so excited because we were finally able to give them their wedding quilt- 2 years later!

Long story, but isn’t it beautiful?

Alyssa and I worked on it together in Connecticut before I moved, then she worked on part of it here while I worked on part of it in Colorado and then I put the whole thing together.

Crystal Zagnoli of the Quilted Cricket quilted it for me and she did a great job.


More family arrives today: my son Scott, his girlfriend Jocelyn and my husband Jim. First time in two years we will be all together.  So happy.


WooHoo We have winners!

Short and sweet – and more importantly to the point.

Our winners from the Notion Commotion Blog Hop are:

Robin H – the Ideal Seam Guide



Janet F – our gRadient quilt pattern



Susan (the farmer) – our Jelly Roll Jumble quilt pattern.

New Jelly Roll Jumble

New Jelly Roll Jumble

We would like to thank all of our entrants.  Our followers are the best!  And after visiting all of our fellow designers blogs, aren’t we all inspired?  Lots of great ideas and nifty notions

Kate has a week of pre-wedding final touches.  I will be heading up to our old stomping grounds in New England to attend.  Pictures will follow next weekend!

Have a great weekend!



Notion Commotion Blog Hop- Day 10

NotionCommotionToday is the day- the last day of the Notion Commotion Blog Hop posts! I hope you have had a good time visiting all the designers and seeing all the great gadgets and gizmos they have shown us.


I know I have had a blast!



southwindToday our blogger is my good friend Annette Ornelas of Southwind Designs. She is a great lady with some really cool patterns. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us! Pop over to her blog and check it out.


Thank you to everyone who participated in our blog hop. Don’t be a stranger- come back soon!

Elizabeth will be drawing a name on Friday and she will post the winners of our giveaway here either Friday or Saturday. So make sure you have entered our drawing- click here to go to the blog post if you have not entered yet! Click here for the entire list of bloggers- you don’t want to miss single one!

happy quilting, Kate

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 9

NotionCommotionWow! Hard to believe we are almost done with this blog hop! Is has been fun, hasn’t it?


Today on the hop is Susan Emory of the Swirly Girls.




SGD LogoShe has wonderful patterns, designs fabric for Michael Miller and just does lots of fun stuff!

So pop over to her blog and see what groovy gadget she has for you!


Happy quilting


Don’t forget to pop over to all the blogs to enter to maybe win some nifty notions! The whole schedule can be found here.

Did you enter our giveaway? Hurry- Elizabeth will be drawing a name this Friday! Click here to enter!

Quilt Show

DSCN1518This past weekend some of my quilts were hanging in a booth at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Show in Castle Rock.

Did you get a chance to go to the show? I spent my day there Thursday helping in the booth and chatting with quilters. Always fun to chat with quilters!


Here is a picture of the booth- any guess what is missing?




This! The Innova long arm!

Crystal does a lot of quilts for me these days and I am so lucky to have found her. I can’t wait to show you a quilt she did, but it will have to wait a couple more weeks.


DSCN1524We were giving away a goodie in the booth- a cute charm pack and a copy of our pattern Prints Charming! Congrats to Laura!

I have a busy week ahead… some sewing… some pattern writing… stuff for the wedding – less than 2 weeks away now!

Oh- don’t forget – this is the last week of the Notion Commotion Blog Hop. Check back tomorrow to see who is up next and what groovy gizmo they have.

Happy quilting,


Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 8

NotionCommotionAnother day, another notion! Today’s blogger is Laura Blanchard of Plum Tree Quilts. I wonder what she has for us today?


PlumTreeQuilts copyWell, pop over to her blog and wonder no more!



I hope you have been able to get to all the bloggers and see their great notions and enter their giveaways! Why miss a single one?!


What has been your favorite tool so far? Curious minds want to know! (And it does not have to be the one we showed, I really do want to know what you like!)


If you need to catch up, here is the whole list of bloggers so you don’t miss a single groovy gadget! Next week is our last week of the Notion Commotion- it will be so sad not to have more tools to covet!

Have a great rest of your week-

happy quilting,





1 BlogButtonsAPQLetterhead med NEWHave you heard me on Pat Sloan’s Podcast? It was so fun to chat with her! Click hear to listen.




CraftsyLogoHave you signed up yet for my Craftsy class? Click here for a link to get 50% off  my class!

Quilt Show

New Jelly Roll Jumble

New Jelly Roll Jumble


Whatcha doing this weekend?


I am going to the Rocky Mountain Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival! Doesn’t that sound like fun?




It is in Castle Rock, CO on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And some of my quilts will be hanging in a booth- my friend Crystal Zagnoli of The Quilted Cricket, will be there with her Innova long arm machine. And some of my quilts that she has quilted will be displayed. How fun is that?

So, if you are in the area, pop on over. They have free classes, vendors, and lots of groovy stuff.

Maybe even some nifty notions? Need informations? Directions? Hours? Click here.

happy quilting,


Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 7

NotionCommotionAnother day… another notion! Did you all have a great holiday weekend? Are you ready for some notions?

Today our blogger is Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods. Elizabeth and I met Celine at Quilt Market many years ago- she is a great quilter and I know you will enjoy what she has to show us.


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So, pop over to her blog and see what the nifty notion is today! And then check out her website- worth a look.


happy quilting,


Did you miss entering our contest for our groovy notion? Then pop over to this post and leave a comment.

The whole schedule is here.


Happy 4th of July


Happy 4th of July- I do hope it is a nice day where you are. It is lovely here- going to get very hot, but right now, warm, sunny, beautiful blue skies…. a great day.

This morning, hubby and I have been relaxing on the deck, reading and just enjoying the day.





Last night we had some clouds roll in, but as the sun broke thru the clouds, the sky was just so pretty!


I hope you have a lovely day!

happy quilting,




Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 6




And the fun continues! Isn’t it great seeing all these tools? And possibly winning one?





Today on the blog hop is Brenda Miller of Among Brenda’s Quilts and Bags! Brenda is a great person and she has lots of fun stuff on her website.

I am sure she is going to have a cool tool for you today.


So pop over to her blog and check things out!


If you haven’t entered our giveaway for our groovy tool, click here for our blog post. There is still time to enter the drawing!

For the whole schedule of posts, click here. Trust me, you don’t want to miss one of these great giveaways!

1 BlogButtonsAPQLetterhead med NEW If you missed hearing me Monday on Pat Sloan’s radio show on the American Patchwork and Quilting network, click here, then choose our show link to hear the show! I was on along with Jenny Doan and Nancy Mahoney- what an honor!

happy quilting,

and happy 4th of July to my American peeps!


Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 5!

NotionCommotionSo today on the blog hop is….. (insert drum roll)


Debbie Wendt of Wendt Quilting!






So pop over to her blog and see what nifty notion she has for us!

Happy quilting,


p.s. If you haven’t entered our giveaway for our groovy tool, click here for our blog post. There is still time to enter the drawing!

For the whole schedule of posts, click here. Trust me, you don’t want to miss one of these great giveaways!

1 BlogButtonsAPQLetterhead med NEWp.p.s. If you missed hearing me yesterday on Pat Sloan’s radio show on the American Patchwork and Quilting network, click here, then choose our show link to hear the show! I was on along with Jenny Doan and Nancy Mahoney- what an honor!



American Patchwork and Quilting Show!

Today is the day!


1 BlogButtonsAPQLetterhead med NEWTune in to the American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast at 4pm ET, 3 PM CT, 2 PM MT or 1PM PT and listen to all the fun!


I will be on along with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company and Nancy Mahoney! How cool is that!


Happy quilting,


I am going to be on Pat Sloan’s radio show!

1 APQPodCastBlogButtonsGuest250I am SO excited!

Tune in on Monday, June 30th to the American Patchwork and Quilting podcast where I will be a guest on Pat Sloan’s  show!

I first met Pat back in 2006 when we both were at a quilt retreat at the Mercy Center in Madison, CT. The Mercy Center is located right on the water so the views are wonderful- a peaceful and serene setting.

I was teaching a 2 ½ day class and Pat was the featured quilt celebrity and she did a trunk show and lecture and it was so much fun!

I am so honored to be a guest on her show- so please, mark your calendars for Monday, June 30th and listen to me chat with Pat!

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Kate Colleran guest


4pm ET

3 pm CT

2pm MT

and 1 pm on the west coast.





Happy quilting,



NotionCommotionp.s. Did you see yesterday’s blog post on the Notion Commotion Blog Hop? It was our day to showcase a nifty notion, a cool tool, a groovy gadget! Check it out here!

You don’t want to miss out on our great giveaway!

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 4

NotionCommotionDay 4 of the hop! And guess who is posting? That’s right, it is our day on the Notion Commotion Blog Hop. So let’s get to it!

We are excited to show you our nifty notion, our cool tool, our groovy gadget…






Today we are addressing that pesky ¼” seam allowance. The elusive one- you know, sometimes you are right on the money,




other times, well, not so much!





DSCN1419For those who have seen my Craftsy class, you know that I like to use a small seam guide on my sewing machine bed to help me maintain that ¼” seam allowance.  Now I know there are lots of ways to do it; some people will tell you to use a small stack of post it notes to bump your fabric up against. For me, that never worked. I “bump” too hard and the notes move!



DSCN1423Other people love their ¼” foot on their machine. I have two but I don’t use them. I really like having a seam guide. That way my fabric is heading to the needle all lined up and I don’t have to adjust as it hits the foot.

( The other reason I don’t use my ¼” foot is because I forget I have it one and then I try to do a fancy stitch and poke holes in the foot and break needles! But don’t tell anyone that part; it is a little embarrassing!)





While we were at Quilt Market, Elizabeth spotted this great seam guide. It is called the Ideal Seam Guide from Sew Very Smooth. It is a pretty nifty little gadget!






First they have a seam gauge to line up with your needle- you stick the needle in the hole and gently lower your pressor foot onto the gauge.

The gauge has a bunch of markings; including both ¼”  seam and a scant ¼” seam marking.





Then you peel back the cover from the sticky stuff on the back of the guide and press in place.

Remove the gauge from your needle and done! Ready to sew perfect ¼” seams!







What is nice about this guide is how sturdy it is.

To be honest, it took me a while to get used to it; it is thick, so your fabric can bump against it and not easily slide over it. If you firmly press the guide in place, the sticky stuff is pretty sticky, so it stays secure.

Once I got used to the size, it was terrific!












See me sewing my little 4 patch units for Jelly Roll Jumble!














Their website has lots of how to videos- how to use it; how to clean it, etc… so it is worth a visit!

They have a 5″ long guide (which is what I have) and a 10″ long guide. And other groovy stuff!



DSCN0988One way to use both guides is when you are piecing long strips of fabric like I was doing for my quilt, Jelly Roll Jumble. You use one guide to mark the  ¼”  seam and the other on the other side of the strip to form a channel.





I did that, but since I only had one Ideal Seam Guide, I used my other seam guide on one side. Then you can easily guide long strips thru the machine without a lot of adjusting. Nice!



You can even move the guide over for larger strip sets.


So, wouldn’t you like to try this seam guide? Of course!

The folks at Sew Very Smooth are going to give away one set of the Ideal Seam Gauge and the Ideal Seam Guide to one lucky winner!





Lily testing the new Jelly Roll Jumble quilt! She approved!




And we are going to give away two patterns; one of our new updated patterns, Jelly Roll Jumble, and one of gRadiant- our newest pattern!








So a total of three winners! Woo hoo!

So how do you enter the drawing? Leave a comment below an you will be entered in the drawing for a chance to win one of the three prizes listed.

That’s it- one comment and you are entered into the drawing for the Ideal Seam Gauge and Guide or one of two of our patterns.



You can earn extra chances by signing up for our newsletter (did you know you get a free pattern when you sign up?), by liking our Facebook page, by following us on Pinterest or by sharing about the hop on Facebook or on Twitter! Please, help spread the word about the fun things happening on the blog hop!


Just leave us a comment for each “extra thing” that you do and you will get extra chances in the drawing. We will draw our three winners on Friday, July 18th after the end of the blog hop.


Thanks for visiting with us!

happy blog hopping,


If you missed the first few blog posts on the Notion Commotion Blog Hop, click here for links to earlier posts by other designers! Go show them some bloggy love and enter to win their giveaways! What’s not to love?


Click here to get a link for 50% off my Craftsy class.

Tune in June 30th to hear me on Pat Sloan’s Radio show, sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting! How cool is that!!!


Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 3

NotionCommotionHi everyone! Today is Day 3 of our Notion Commotion blog hop! Are you ready for some hopping?







Today’s blogger is Joanne Harrison Hillstead of Fat Quarter Gypsy. I know she is going to have some fun stuff for you to see so hop over to her blog and check it out!



And don’t forget to come back here on Thursday because it is our day to post! You don’t want to miss it!


Happy quilting,


Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 2



It is Day 2 of our Notion Commotion Blog Hop!












Today our blogger is Janice Pope of Anything But Boring.


Janice is most well know for her Two Hour Tulip purse, but she has a lot of other wonderful things.

So pop over to her blog, see what must have, nifty notion she is showing us and get in on the fun!



Did you get to Kris’s blog on Tuesday? It’s not too late to still get in on her giveaway!

Click here to go to her blog post!

happy quilting,


Notion Commotion Blog Hop Day 1

NotionCommotionWoo hoo!


The blog hop is here!







Day 1:

First up is Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs.




Pop over to her blog and see what notion she just gaga over!


If you don’t already know Kris, you are going to love her stuff. She has all sorts of fun patterns- bags, bowls, quilts…. so after you check out her nifty notion, browse her site- it’s worth a look!




If you want to see the whole schedule, click here to go to my Notion Commotion Blog Hop page.



happy quilting,


Wedding Shower Mania

DSCN0863What a week!


I just got back to Colorado from CT where I spent time with my daughter and many friends and relatives for her Wedding Shower Mania weekend.

We had three showers in three days and it was wonderful!



Here are a few of pics of the three showers…

DSCN0822One with her maid of honor and two of her bridesmaids… her third bridesmaid is actually a “bridesman”, so he was excused!













One with one of her future grandmother in laws…











One with her grandma…













One with me and her future mother in law…







One with a couple of her “maids’…DSCN0858






One with a couple of her cousins…














One with me!











One of the cupcakes her maid of honor made- they were delicious! And soooooo cute!







DSCN0910When you have three showers, you end up with quite the ribbon bouquet-

or hat!

Such a cutie- goofy girl!













Don’t forget- our Notion Commotion blog Hop starts on Tuesday- first up will be Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs!

You can see the whole schedule here.

Have a great weekend!

happy quilting,



Craftsy’s Big Summer Sale

Craftsy June Sale


Craftsy is having a  Big Summer Sale- up to 50% off -  from 9am today until Monday night June 9th at midnight CDT.


How cool is that???


Click here to get up to 50% off on ALL classes!

Woo hoo!


Hurry, the sale ends Monday night.


happy quilting,


You Tube Videos

Do you watch “how to” videos on You Tube?

UnknownA lot of people go to You Tube to learn how to do things and there is so much information there!

I looked at a few the other day- maybe I can finally learn how to do Continental Knitting instead of how I currently knit. Actually, I can do the knit stitch continental, it is the purl stitch that I cannot figure out!


DSCN0653In our booth at Quilt Market, we were showing how to use the Cottage Ruler by Creative Grids.

The ruler was designed by Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Mattingly of The Quilt Branch.

Why the Cottage Ruler? Well, it is just another way you can cut the parallelogram shape we use in our table runner pattern, Leftovers!


In the pattern, we give you a template that you can make out of template plastic, or tape to your regular ruler, but the Cottage Ruler is even easier!

So, while we were at Quilt Market, I decided to make my first how to video using the ruler. To see what you think- click here.  Now remember, this video is done by an amateur, so please, be kind!




By the way, isn’t out little table runner adorable? We originally designed it for a blog hop and now it is it’s own pattern!











Don’t forget that later this month we are doing our notion Commotion Blog Hop! I can’t wait for you to check out all the designers and what the tools they thought were pretty nifty!NotionCommotion

Remember, the blog hop begins Tuesday June 17th and goes on every Tuesday and Thursday until July 17th. And yes, there will be giveaways!

I even created a page just for the blog hop so you will be able to see the schedule- click here. I will be updating it later this week when the schedule is finalized.

Have a great week- I hope you are doing something quilty! I know I am!

happy quilting,


IMG_7842_retouchedp.s. I am still offering my Craftsy class with a 50% off link- go to this page and click on the picture.


Globetrotting Update

I am caught up!

Here are my San Juan blocks for April:




























Here are my London blocks for May:




















Each month, when I make two versions, I am not sure which one I like better! Though I really like the surprise fabric in one of my May blocks!

happy quilting!


Busy Week and Upcoming Fun Stuff




I just got back from Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. What a busy few days!


Have you seen our newest pattern? It debuted at Quilt Market and we loved hearing the oohs and ahhs. It is called gRadiant and it is really easy to do!








Setting up a booth at Quilt Market always takes longer than we think.

Here is our booth’s “before” shot:












And a couple of “after”:

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Don’t you love our little twinkle lights and the stars we hung? The stars all said our motto: “Yes, YOU can make this quilt!”

I am back for a couple of weeks then I fly off to CT for my daughter’s wedding shower weekend!



But in the meantime, we have some really fun stuff planned for the next couple of months.







Starting in mid June, we are hosting a blog hop along with Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilts- 10 designers will show off the notions they “found” at Quilt Market. We are calling it the Notion Commotion Blog Hop and it should be a lot of fun!

So mark your calendars for that- the fun starts on June 17th!




Also, we are putting items in our Etsy shop starting in June- we are calling it our “Christmas in June and July” sale. We will have kits, samples, fabric…all at discount prices so you can get an early start on all your holiday shopping!

Crazy, I know, but fun! So keep watching for when we post the sale is starting, because when an item is gone, it is gone!


Have a fun, safe Memorial Day weekend!

happy quilting,



Quilt Sampler

I am so fortunate here in my section of Colorado- there are a lot of great quilt shops close by- lucky me!

qs_ss_2014One shop, Snappy Quilts, is in walking distance. Which means a really short ride!

And guess what? They are in the latest edition of Quilt Sampler Magazine! Woo hoo! 

You can check out the pictures form the magazine here.


Congratulations to Nancy and the whole crew- they deserve it. It is a great shop- small, cozy and filled with so many good things!





102156011_600And if you look really close, you will see two of our quilts on their wall!

You can see some of Daisy Mae and just a tiny bit of Huey Louie!



Daisy Mae

Daisy Mae


Huey Louie

Huey Louie








So, I guess we can say we are in Quilt Sampler too!

Woo Hoo!







So go grab a magazine- there is a lot of good stuff inside!

happy quilting,



ButterflyFirst, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.

Next, we have winners!

Thank you to everyone who commented and entered our magazine giveaway- we love hearing your ideas!


And the winners of the McCall’s Quick Quilts magazines are:

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Flor Chavarria and Debby E! Congratulations! I will be emailing you for a mailing address.




Happy quilting,


Giveaway, Round Robin update and more…

DSCN0681How are you?

I am great! I took a class yesterday thru the local quilt guild, ACQ, with Mickey Dupre. I went with my quilting friend Wendy- we had a lot of fun and we met a lot of great people.

The class was on her pieced hexies- am I really the only person who has not tried hexies?


Of course, our runner/baby quilt in McCall’s Quick Quilting had hexies- but that was different. Those we cut and fused! Easy peasy!




By the way, did you leave a comment on my blog post the other day to be in the drawing for a free McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine?

Hurry!!- I draw a name tomorrow morning!

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Click here, then come back!




Anyway, back to class. Mickey was a lot of fun and her lecture the night before at guild was great! Inspiring, amusing…

As a teacher, I really like her style. She goes with the flow; she has her way to do things, which she shares, but whatever works for you is fine with her! I like teachers like that.

It is always hard to know what fabrics to take to a class like this. You may think it is weird, but this is usually when I try to choose a color combination that I might not normally gravitate to. I figure most “class” projects are ways to learn a new technique and until I am sure I really want to make the whole project, why not experiment?


DSCN0703I bought this fabric at the quilt show last week- I like it, but they are not colors I would normally go for. At least not all the colors are in my norm! I think it is the gold color that throws me off. Looks orange in this picture, but in person, it is more of a gold.  

Then I grabbed some of the hand dyes my friend Marcia and I have made and thought- why not?


Here are my partially finished hexies.DSCN0706


















I haven’t done handwork outside of bindings for a while- all my appliqué recently has been fused. It is fast, and easy, but I do like handwork. I forgot how much! 





Round Robin update: this week, Becky talks about sashings for your blocks, so go here to see what she is up!




Craftsy flash sale

Craftsy update- did you see the news? It is Craftsy’s 3rd birthday!!! And they are having a flash sale- up to 50% on selected classes. Click this link to save big this weekend! Click now- this weekend only!


A big thank you to all the quilters who have already signed up for my Craftsy class- I am so glad you are enjoying the class and i can’t wait to see your quilts!



OK- back to sewing for me- we have two new patterns coming out next week at Quilt Market and I guess I better finish the samples!

Sewing, quilting, and binding- oh my!


Here is one runner done- it is the bonus instructions in our new pattern, gRadiant. Like???


I even quilted it myself- without injury! 


happy quilting,


And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! You rock!





Look who has a pattern in McCall’s Quick Quilts!

Why, yes we do!


I love this runner- perfect for a baby’s room. We called it Hexi Hop because I thought it looked like birds playing “hexi” hopscotch!

Isn’t it cute?




Elizabeth made the quilt: the fabrics we used are from Moda Fabrics- Chance of Flowers by Sandy Gervais.

So sweet! And she quilted it with Aurifil thread.



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And of course, we can’t have a new pattern out in a magazine and not give one away!

Would you like one? Perfect!  We have 2 magazines to give away.

(And did you see the little sneak peak of the quilt on the cover?)

You know the drill, leave a comment (and if your are a no response blogger, makes sure to leave your email so we can contact you). Nothing specific, maybe what colors you would use?

If you like our Facebook page, you get an extra chance. If you signed up for the newsletter, you get another chance. If you follow us on Pinterest, you get another chance. Just leave me comments telling me what you did. 

DSCN0687OK- so leave a comment and I will draw two winners on Sunday, May 11th- in the morning, around 9am MST.

US and Canada only please.

Of course, if you can’t wait, or you live overseas, you can always order one here- print or digital. Your choice.

Happy early Mother’s Day to all you mothers. I hope you have plans to spend the day doing something you love. I hope I get a chance to chat with my kids- we are all so far away from each other. Colorado, Florida and Connecticut and Scotland, UK. Time zone confusion!

happy quilting,


p.s. If you did not win the free Craftsy class, click here for a 50% link for my class, 3 Blocks, 30 Quilts. It’s a lot of fun and the link will not be around forever!

Another finish and a Round Robin update

DSCN0619Well, the blocks are done! Or rather, there are no new blocks to share- so, now it is time to finish your blocks and start thinking about layouts. 

My blocks aren’t done yet, but you can head over to Becky’s blog and see her blocks- they look great! 

In the meantime, I can show you something else I did finish- remember when I showed you my new sandboard? DSCN0620

Well, there is a cute free tutorial for making it a bag to protect it when you travel with it.

So I decided to make one for Elizabeth for her birthday. Isn’t it cute?


I really love it- now I need to make one for me! The little bird is so adorable… I got that from a Pat Sloan free pattern.

I can’t decide what to put on my bag; another bird or maybe a butterfly? or…. 


happy quilting,


Bad Art Day

DSCN0662Yesterday I went to Fort Collins to the Colorado Quilting Council meeting. It is a state wide guild that holds it’s meetings all over the state of Colorado. Sometimes they are close to me; sometimes not so much.

Fort Collins is about 1 1/2 hours away from where I live- so very doable for a day trip. It is a fun place- with lots to see and lots to do. I wish I had remembered to take pictures! I stopped at the knit shop Lambspun- it is the shop that is featured in Maggie Sefton’s knitting mystery book series. Lots of beautiful yarn- good thing I had left my wallet in the car or I might have heard “Lucy, you got some splainin to do!”

Last year at Thanksgiving we went to Fort Collins with our daughter and soon -to- be son- in- law and went on a brewery tour. Fun stuff.

Back to yesterday, we had the meeting in the morning and our lecturer was Lyric Kinard. Great. If you have never heard her talk, try to. Very inspiring. She talked about creating art and learning the steps- she really tried to impress on us that everyone can be an artist- you just need to learn how. It is just like reading- you didn’t start but reading Shakespeare, you learned the basics.


2014-04-26 17.44.09Then I stayed for the afternoon class- the working title of it was BAD ART Day!

Loved it.

Here is the bad art we created. I say we, because you never worked on one piece start to finish (except the portrait, but I’ll tell you about that one later).


The idea was to play- play with shape, line, color, texture, and value. All the things she talked about in her lecture earlier in the day. She would give us an instruction, and like the t.v. game Jeopardy, we only had so much time to do it. Don’t think too hard.

Then we either passed the piece along to someone else in the group, or we got up and moved. 

The best thing I got from this class was to remember to let yourself play and make bad art. Don’t expect perfection right away. Use your scraps, practice and throw it out.  Let yourself off the hook; you don’t have to be perfect the first time. Repeat, use your scraps, practice and throw it out. 

Recently at another meeting I heard the following statement and basically Lyric was saying the same thing: Don’t compare your beginning or middle to someone’s ending.

So, go play and make bad art. And remember, use your scraps, practice something and throw it out! 

Next time I will talk a little more about each piece I brought home and show you my “portrait”! But right now, I have some more Globetrotting blocks to catch up on.

DSCN0602DSCN0604Here are the blocks for March- only April left and then I will be up to date!

happy making bad art,


Round Robin Block 12

Block 12 is here!

Block 12

This one looks like it will be quick and fun to put together!

It is called the Boxy Pinwheel and it was created by Susan- her blog is called Living with Punks!

Too funny!


So go over to the Round Robin post to learn more about Susan and the block.


happy quilting,


Globetrotting Blocks

My Globetrotting with Pat Sloan February blocks are done!



















Next up- March blocks. 

happy quilting,