Guest Blogging and another chance to win a Book!

Perky-PosiesHi friends! Today I am guest blogging over at McCall’s Quilting. It was a lot of fun to chat about my latest quilt in their magazine, Perky Posies.

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So pop on over there and check it out.

And, if you read all the way to the end of the post at McCalls, there is a giveaway- another chance to win a copy of our new book, Smash Your Precut Stash! So pop over to McCall’s Quilting to enter.

Good luck!

happy quilting,



Pat Sloan’s Podcast

FQ quiltA couple of weeks ago, I got a chance to chat with Pat Sloan for her Monday podcast and it airs today! We taped it then because today we are all traveling back home from Quilt Market.

It was really fun and we had a chance to chat about Elizabeth’s and my new book, Smash Your Precut Stash.

However, I should tell you, I may not have been coherent!

A funny thing happened while I was on the phone with Pat. Many of you have heard me talk about my cat, Lily. Her full name is Princess Tiger Lily- named by my daughter Alyssa many years ago. 16 years ago to be exact.

DSCN3395I got on the phone with Pat, and Lily was all curled up sleeping. Phew! Safe. But then she woke up.

Oh no. Lily can get cranky.

I am trying to pay attention to Pat, but keeping on eye on Lily. Then it happens. Lily marches over to me and does her old lady cat howl.


She wants to eat. So I started to walk away. She follows me. I am trying to cover the phone so no one can hear the howl but she is coming with me. So I run up the stairs. I am faster than Lily. But now I am not sure what I am saying to Pat, and I am panting.

Distracted, possibly incoherent and panting. Great.

Luckily Pat summed up what I was trying to say and Lily did not follow me upstairs. And when the call was over, I fed her. No more howling.

1 APQPodCastBlogButtonsGuest250Just another day! Want to hear me, Pat and Lily? Click here.

You can tell me if you could hear the Princess.

happy quilting,


I will tell you more about Quilt Market later in the week!

Best Kids Quilt Winners and Quilt Market

WildThings1_550We have winners!

The 2 winners of the Wild Things fabric packs from Northcott are:

Jennifer and Judy A Kent!

Congratulations! You will be hearing from Quilter’s Newsletter about getting your mailing address.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented. I am so grateful for your kind words.

QuiltMarket Minneapolis2015So what’s up next? On Wednesday morning, Alyssa, Elizabeth and I are heading out to Quilt Market in Minneapolis.


Quilt Market, for those who don’t know, is the quilt industry trade show. It is where we show our new patterns and stuff to your local quilt shop owners.



quilt pattern, machine quiltingWe’ll be showing off Stella.


Medallion Quilt


And Medallion.




Book Cover

And chatting about our book and doing a book signing and… seeing all the groovy new stuff that is out there! So I won’t be blogging much, but we will post pictures on Instagam and Facebook so look for us there.



1 APQPodCastBlogButtonsGuest250And next Monday, May 18th, I will be a guest on Pat Sloan’s radio show. I will post a link to her page on Monday and you won’t want to miss my post about what was going on behind the scenes when we taped the show a couple of weeks ago. It is pretty funny!


happy quilting,



Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour Winner!

QMMS-150044-cover_200_66012Drum roll….The winners of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour giveaway are:

Rachell Reilly and Marie!

Congratulations and thank you to everyone for visiting the blog. I will be contacting the winners to get your mailing information.

happy quilting,


kid quilt

p.s. There is still time to get in on the Quilter’s Newsletter Best Kids Quilts 2015 giveaway. Click here for that post!




p.p.s. The Make it Great Craftsy sale is still going on- click here for savings!




Best Kid’s Quilt 2015 Blog Tour

kid quiltHi! Welcome to Day 5 on the Quilter’s Newsletter’s Best Kids Quilt 2015  blog tour! Have you been having a great week seeing all the fun quilts? The issue is just jam packed with great quilts and other fun projects.

I have been meaning to design a kids quilt for years. But as my kids are grown, I really did not have a good reason to make one. But the idea has been brewing…


Then came the Best Kids Quilt magazine and I jumped at the chance to play with my design. And they liked it! Woo hoo!

ABC123_800My quilt, ABC, 123 can be found on page 8. Isn’t it cute?

I wanted the quilt to have a mixture of appliqué and piecing. Originally I was going to piece the letters and numbers but I  decided against it. To be honest, quick fusible appliqué is so, well, it is so quick!

And fun!

I love to machine stitch around appliqué. I also like hand stitching, but I don’t often have time for that.

I debated the fabrics for this quilt and finally decided to go with a primary color scheme. And the Summer Celebration line  from Riley Blake was just so perfect. I love it!

Any of the blocks in the quilt would make a great pillow to coordinate with the quilt. Don’t you agree?

So, now onto the prizes! Just leave a comment and you will be entered into a drawing for 1 of 2 fabric packs!


These fabrics are from the Wild Things line from Northcott and they are just so cute! I think they would look great in the ABC quilt, don’t you? So leave a comment and maybe you can win a stack of these fun fabrics. Contest will remain open until Sunday night, May 10th at 9pm my time (mountain time).  Giveaway is now closed!

Have you visited the other designers? There is still time to get in on their contests as well.

Jenny Kae Parks

Joanne Hillestad

Karen Gibbs

Gigi Khalsa

Susan Emory

Lori Baker

Jen Daly

Barb Cherniwchan

Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Kim Hanson

Have fun!

Happy quilting,


Craftsy Mother’s Day Sale

Craftsy is at it again! Many classes are on sale this weekend- wait, it’s only Thursday! I guess it is a long weekend.

Make It Great! Up to $20 off ALL online classes

CraftsyLogoI love taking Craftsy classes. They are fun and I learn a lot. And I can take them in my pjs, and there are no exams, no tests, no trick questions, just a lot of good information.

So if you want to save this weekend, you can click here to go to Craftsy and save up to $20 off classes. And yes, I get a few pennies when you click on my link. That is how I can do what I do- and I want to do more! I want to make more tutorials for you that I can offer for free on my website.



Don’t forget- the Quiltmaker’s 100 Block blog tour is going on- more designers, more giveaways… click here for today’s lineup.


kid quilt


And the Quilter’s Newsletter Best Kids Quilt blog tour is also going on! We are keeping you busy this week. Click here for today’s designers and don’t forget that TOMORROW is my day- so come back here! I can’t wait to show you my quilt!



happy quilting,



Busy Week with lots of chances to win Fun Stuff!

QMMS-150044-cover_200_66012Yesterday was my day on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. But did you know there were 10 other designers on the hop just yesterday?? That makes 11 chances to win a magazine and other groovy quilty stuff!

And there are more today!

So click here to go to the Official 100 Blocks blog and make sure you visit with everyone! The blog hop goes thru this Friday, May 8th. Don’t forget to leave comments on the official 100 blocks blog as well to be entered to win some great prizes like cool fabric! So many chances to win stuff!

Did you miss my post yesterday? Then click here.


kid quiltAlso this week is the Quilter’s Newsletter Best Kids Quilts 2015 magazine Blog Tour. What a mouthful! But you don’t want to miss this one either. You have chances to win some really wonderful fabric packs. The first 2 designers are friends of mine and I love both their quilts! Actually Joanne, of Fat Quarter Gypsy has 2 quilts in the magazine!

Click here for Joanne’s post and here for Jenny Kae Parks!

I will be posting on Friday. I can’t wait to show you my cute little kids quilt!

(Technically it is on the cover, but you can only see the back of it on the top shelf!)

What a busy week!

happy quilting,


oops- I should have added links to today’s blogger for the Kids Quilt hop: Click here for Karen Gibbs’ post and here for Gig Khalsa’s post. More fun stuff to see and maybe win!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol 11 Blog Tour and Giveaway


See my block? On the right, second from the top!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol 11 Blog Tour! Have you seen the magazine yet? It will not disappoint; so many fun blocks!


Any my block, Swirly Whirly Floral, made the cover! Isn’t she cute?

Swirly Whirly Floral Block

What can you do with this block? Well, here are a few ideas- You could make a sweet spring runner for your table. Use 3 or 4 blocks, depending on how long you want it.

Swirly Whirly Floral Runner

Don’t want to do that much appliqué? Then use 3 blocks and only appliqué the center one!

Spring Runner

How about a small quilt? It uses 9 pieced blocks and puts the appliqué on 5 of them.

Swirly Whirly Floral Quilt

You could add some color to the center on the non-appliqued blocks.

Spring Quilt

Or change some of the colors around…

Spring Quilt

Or use fun purples for a pop of color…

Swirly Whirly Quilt


So many options! How about a giveaway?

Leave a comment and you will be entered into the drawing for a chance to win a one of 2 copies of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine. I will draw a winner on Saturday May 9th- 9am my time! (Mountain time.)   Giveaway is closed!

Pop over to Quiltmaker to see the whole schedule and for lots more chances to win magazines and other quilty prizes!

Have fun on the tour this week! And don’t forget to check out page 90 in the magazine, where Debbie Allan combined my block with 2 others into a nifty quilt design!

happy quilting,


Book Cover p.s. If you are looking for the winner of the book blog tour, click to see this post!


Smash Your Precut Stash Winner!

Book CoverWe have a winner!

First, a quick thank you to everyone who participated in our book’s blog hop. We so appreciate your support!

Now onto the winner of a copy of our book, Smash Your Precut Stash

Anna Lutz-Brown!


We will be emailing you and asking for your address.



Don’t forget to check my other blog post – the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol 11 Blog Tour begins today!

happy quilting,


Day 9 Smash Your Precut Stash Book Blog Tour

Book CoverToday is the last day of our book’s blog tour!

Thank you to everyone who has followed along and entered the giveaways! Good luck to you all.

For today’s post, first I want to tell you a little about our book, though you have gotten some great information from all our wonderful bloggers.

We also have our giveaway and a great tutorial for you at the end.

The book is all about using up those precuts that we all have lying around.

FQ Favorites1Remember that day you went to the quilt store for one project and came home with a charm pack? We would bet that you had no idea what you were going to make with it, but it was just too stinking cute to leave behind!

Or, how about the day you saw that adorable stack of Fat Quarters all tied up like a present with a bow and found it too irresistible to pass up?


We wanted to help you turn that stash into quilts! And our book will help you do that; we have 13 projects for fat quarters, 2 1/2″ strips, 5″ squares… stash busting projects!

For fun, I asked Alyssa and Elizabeth to answer the 5 questions we gave to the bloggers.

#1. What color do you have the most of in your stash?

Alyssa: Aqua! Green is probably a close second, but I love all shades of aqua, so there’s a bunch of that in my stash.

Elizabeth: I probably have the most blue but definitely have a bin of polka dots – they are soooo fun!

#2. What is your favorite precut to use or what precut size do you have the most of in your stash?

Alyssa: My favorite precuts are charm squares and mini charm squares. I have a ton of the mini 2.5″ size, because that is what I cut all of my scraps to when I have leftovers from my projects.

Elizabeth: My favorite pre-cut  ( or more importantly – have the most) is a FQ.

#3. What is your favorite pattern in the book?

Alyssa: Eep! I have to pick just one?? Okay… Hmmmmm, even though I made versions of the Bella quilt and the Bits ‘n Blocks quilts, I think Picturesque is my favorite. I kinda have a thing for flowers 😀

Charm Quilt, Picturesque

Elizabeth: Love the Dance Party quilt.  The quilting has enhanced the movement of the pattern.  Can’t you feel yourself swaying to the music?

FQ quilt


#4. What quilting notion would you like to receive on your birthday?

Alyssa: Needles! I never remember to get more needles for my machine when I am out, so that would be a perfect present for me.

Elizabeth: I really want a rotating cutting mat; I have for years.


#5. Show us a picture of your favorite FQ in your stash that you want to use to make the project from the book,  My Favorite Fat Quarter Runner.

Alyssa’s Fat Quarter

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Elizabeth’s Fat Quarter

fat quarter

Now, how about a free tutorial? Here is a cute project to use some leftover 2.5″ squares and a couple of Fat Quarters.

quilted bag

A Charming Clutch!

Isn’t it cute? Originally the book was going to have 1 more project, a fun Hobo bag. But we ran out of room. Since that hobo bag was too complicated to give as a quick tutorial, and Alyssa wanted a clutch… that is what we did!

Here is the one Alyssa made…



and the one Elizabeth made…


Instead of a full tutorial here, I created a PDF. So you can download and use whenever you are ready! Click here to get the PDF.

Now onto the last of the book giveaways in our blog tour:

Leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing to win a copy of our book. Maybe you could tell us which precut is your favorite to use!

Want an extra entry? We will give an extra entry for anyone who leaves a second comment telling us they signed up for our newsletter or already get our newsletter. You must leave a second comment to get the extra entry.

Ok- you can also get a third entry if you go to our Facebook page, go to the top of the page and Like our Facebook page! Our page is up to 500 likes- let’s see if we can get a few more! Leave us a third comment telling us you already “Like us” on FB or just liked us! You must leave a separate comment to get the extra entry.

Winners within the US will win a hard copy of the book and winners outside of the US will win an ebook.

The contest will close on Sunday, May 3rd at 9pm my time. Good luck!

We can’t thank you enough for following along and to all the wonderful quilters who blogged about our book. We are so honored!

Happy quilting,


p.s. Today, Friday and Saturday I am going to be at the Denver National Quilt Show hanging around in the Innova booth. Come say Hi! if you are in the area.

p.p.s. Don’t forget- Monday May 4th I am also doing a blog post as part of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol 11 blog tour. The tour runs all week. More prizes!