Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Beginning Piecing Workshop Available as pdf Download!

Just wanted to let everyone know that my Beginning Piecing Workshop is now available to purchase as a pdf download!  Currently, you can find it on Etsy, Craftsy and YouCanMakeThis.  There are 18 pages of instruction for $12, and includes the pattern for the Confidence Block.  The workshop is 5 classes for $50 in person, so I think $12 is a pretty good deal.  Here are a few pictures from the instructions.

The Confidence Block -- choose mini, baby or table topper, or throw size

Learn Rotary Cutting

Find Your "Scant 1/4" Seam

Learn How to Use a Tape Line

Here's the description from the front page:  

Making beautiful quilts begins with skillful piecing — the art of sewing fabric pieces together to make a specific design.  When you have completed this workshop, you will feel confident with your piecing skills.

Skills taught in this course include:  rotary cutting, sewing accurate 1/4” seams, quilting tools, thread, machine set-up, pressing, 4-patch, half-square-triangles, sparrow block, “twist and shout,” snowball corners, flying geese, square-in-a-square, matching points and diagonal corners, squaring-up, chain piecing, block construction, “needle down and stomp your foot,” “steering with the pin,” and borders.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last Minute Gifts

For Christmas this year, I wanted to make all of the ladies I work with, an Iron Cozy.  As I searched the patterns that are already out there, I found that they were for certain sizes.  Well, I don't know what size all the ladies irons are!  So I made my own pattern for a one-size-fits-all iron cozy.  Here's a picture...

They have a casing for an elastic cord, that gets drawn-up and is held in place by a spring cord clip.  There's a dart in the front, and 2 darts in the back corners to make them square.

 I made 7 Iron Cozies, and will take them to work to pass out today.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

New Pattern: Holly Table Runner

I've just released a new pattern!  It's actually a revision of an older pattern that I sold locally in 2007.

The Holly Table Runner will add a
touch of class to your winter home
décor.  It’s unique 3-D effects give
it personality.  Fusible machine
appliqué and a simple design make
it a quick project.  

The 3-D parts include the black flange, gold accent pieces in the center and corners, and the buttons that hold down the gold accent pieces.  

Sometimes I enjoy doing a quick project.  It's fun to see the progress as it goes from fabric, to a holly leaf, to a stem of holly, to a bordered quilt top, to a finished table runner.

Other times, it's very gratifying to work on a huge, difficult project.  These projects help me to hone my skills, and to grow appreciation for the skills of others.  They also teach me patience, and show me that, yes, I can do hard things.

I really love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from quilt making.  That's why I do it.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


A long time ago, I made some pot holders with denim and flannel.  I used 3 layers of denim and 3 layers of flannel, sewed them together with diagonal rows of stitching.  Then cut between each row with my scissors, to  make it chenille.  I loved how it turned out, but it was really hard on my hands. 

So, I've had my eye on one of those chenille cutters, 
and finally bought one.

Here's the new set of pot holders that I did with the new chenille cutter.

I also thought it would make a great rug!  I used yardage that I already had.  There's a blue denim on the bottom, with a yellow denim and a pink denim.  Then I had some dark blue flannel that went between each denim piece.

Here's the rug, and the close-up.

I love the feel, texture and weight of the rug.  But it turned out kinda wonky.  I'll have to figure out how to make it more squared.  Maybe I could do a couple sets of back-stitches at the beginning and end of each row, so I can square-up when it's finished, without the stitching coming undone.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Denim Quilt Class

Tuesday, I got to teach my Denim Quilt Class.  It was a big class (10), but the ladies were all sharp, and we had a great time!  The students had a choice of Denim Stars, Brick Work or Windows.

Denim Stars
Brick Work
These 3 quilts are done in a similar way.  We work with a small section of the quilt at a time, sewing the blocks together and finishing the raw edges.  Then the quilt is done when it's done, there's no quilting or tying to do later, and batting is optional.

Here's some of the ladies and their work...

It's fun to see everyone's fabric choices!  Beatles fabric, polka dots, a soft girly print, cute bees, pirate fabrics, old fashioned charm and manly flannels.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Family Picture

Today is Memorial Day, and I got the day off work.  So our family went for an easy hike up near Bear Lake on the Limber Pine Trail.  The tree we are in front of is about 560 years old.  

It was a perfect day for being out in nature.  There were a few patches of snow, so of course, we had to put some snow down everyone's back.  LOL!

We saw a couple chipmunks and a baby moose.

The wild flowers are blooming, but I only saw 3 butterflies.  We'll go again when the butterflies are gathered in thick groups.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Patriotic 3-D Banner

Here's a picture of 3 of my students in the upstairs classroom at the store.  We have 6 sturdy, metal tables that don't vibrate when you're sewing.  If the class isn't too difficult, I can have up to 12 students.  We also have 3 other tables (for cutting stations or displays), 3 ironing boards with irons, one white board wall (for Power Point presentations), a small refrigerator for water bottles, and you can see the Handi Quilter Fusion in the back.

In this class, I'm teaching my Patriotic 3-D Banner.  If the students pre-cut their fabric, they can usually get their blue "field" finished and some of the red stripes, before the class is finished.

The quilting is very minimal, so with a bit of instruction, they are ready to finish the project on their own.  

The stripes are very much like an accordion, so special instruction is needed here.  To help you get a nice squared-up banner when you're finished, it's a good idea to draw the outline of your finished banner directly on the batting.  Then as you pin baste, you have a guide to keep the banner in its proper parameters.

The Patriotic 3-D Banner is a little tricky, but a fun project to make.