Merry Christmas to All!!


Thank you to all of you who have supported me this past year. May you have the Merriest of Christmases, and Health and Happiness in the New Year!


Vacation for Me, 20% Savings on Wide Quilt Backing Fabrics for You!

The Studio will be CLOSED

Thurs. May 23 through Weds. May 29

To compensate for the inconvenience,

all wide quilt backs have been marked down 20%

As always, local customers may order through the website and include a comment that they wish to pick up in-store. I’ll subtract the shipping costs when I finalize the sale, and email you when your order is ready to be picked up. Mail-order customers, please be aware that no shipments will go out during the above dates, but I’ll send them as soon as possible after May 29.

A Recent Customer Quilt

I’m working on Part 3 of my article on types of quilting and when to choose which one. But in the mean time, how about some eye-candy?

If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen this already. But I really had fun on this one, so I wanted to share. It’s called Glacier Star, which is a paper-pieced pattern by Judy Niemeyer. My customer did a great job piecing this. I think I would have given up before I got it finished (good thing she likes to piece and I like to quilt!). She wanted custom quilting, not too dense, thread to match, but other than that it was up to me.


Glacier Star, a Judy Niemeyer pattern

I wanted to play up the circular area in the center of the quilt so I quilted a circle with flame designs around the center star. I know she doesn’t like dense background fills, so I wasn’t sure what to do in the rest of the cream area around the flying geese. Then I decided that 1/4 inch outlining would be just the thing.


I like to have continuity in a quilt, so I repeated the ‘flame’ stitching from the center in the around the black spikes of the large star, and repeated the 1/4 inch outlining in the outer New York Beauty blocks.


Feathers would have been the obvious choice in the black areas, but I wanted to do something unexpected – so I chose an orange peel fill.


She was very happy with how it turned out, and I had a lot of fun quilting this one. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Wide Quilt Backing Sale

Blog Contest Winner

I used a random number generator to choose a winner from those who commented on my post about Working With X-Blocks Rulers. Drumroll, please……..the winner is Linette Greene! Linette, I’ve sent you an email, please respond to that with your mailing address and I’ll send out your prize of a Mini X-Blocks ruler and a pattern. Thanks to everyone who played! And if any of you do decide to try an X-Blocks quilt, I’d love to see it!

The Party’s Over……

Another successful quilting retreat is history. Once again we had a wonderful time. I’ll try to post some photos here soon, but for now you can view them here.

Quilting Studio Tour

If you couldn’t make it to my Quilt Market Review on Saturday, would you like to now join me on a photo tour of the Studio?

Here is the front entryway:

Front Entryway

Don’t you love the hayfork? I found that in an antique store in Missouri a few years back:


This is the view that greets you as you come in the door to the Studio:

As you look to the left, you come to the “Civil War Corner”:

Civil War Corner

A closer look (hmm, I didn’t know they had stereos like that back then <grin>):

Looking across the room reveals more fabric, patterns, and Paintstick supplies & samples:

And to the right more books and the “Twirling Tulips” sample:

Let’s go into the back room now for some refreshments:

And while you’re snacking you can see a demo of the AccuQuilt GO!

or browse through some new books and lines of fabric:

Finally, if you need to sit for a while, maybe you would like to help me sew some blocks for this sample that isn’t quite finished yet?:

Thank you again for coming, whether in person or in a virtual visit. I hope you’ll come back very soon!


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