Sunday, May 24, 2015


I cut this quilt out Sunday morning, using two of my Acrylic diamond templates. My small Diamond, that makes 4 different sizes..Here I just used the Full small template, Four of them, make one of my LARGE diamond templates... So the two together, give you many fun options for PLAYING!

I LOVE a star quilt! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape!  This diamond makes 4 different sizes of stars, with corner squares and quarter triangles marked on the template, for reference.  Finished Size of the largest size Star is 21.5"

The small diamond was used to make this wall hanging...

I LOVE a BIG star quilt! It's nice to have options! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape! Corner squares and quarter triangles cutting instructions are marked on the template, for reference.  Finished Size of the largest size Star is 41"

MIX the TWO templates together to come up with your own unique designs! PLAY!

One day I will get back to finishing my liberty stars.... But for today, I'm off to finish my Memorial Day quilt!

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Quilt Alliance VOTE!

Members of the Quilt Alliance can VOTE for their favorite ANIMALS WE LOVE QUILT!!
I see about 20 I want to live with me.... So many cute ones!! Can't wait for the auction!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

new lights!

I've had these Tord Boontje lights hanging over my island since we renovated our house in 2004. Although I love them, I never felt like they had enough OOMPFH! to really pop the room. 
This past market trip to Minneapolis, meant I hit a few of my favorite eating places, and shopping places and I found these Kantha Lamp shades, and thought, Hey! Those are kind of FUN!
So three of them came home with me in my suitcase!

As soon as I go tot my house , I immediately set to work on taking down the metal lace around my bulbs, and installing the shades... Then with the help of my hubby, (and since I am the tallest) I had to get up and try to figure out how they would hang, while Hubby snapped photos to see what we liked...
And yes, It' s along flowy, comfy dress, kind of day!

So, after I got them hung, and happy with them, I thought...

"Now what do I do with the fancy metal garland?"

First I have to untangle them... no small feet....

 And I had the cute birds stuck in the lights before, so... they can't go to waste....

 Answer?  Use the garland as cord covers...
and put the birds back where they belong...


OK. Now I think I need a nap...

...before I clean up my basement...

blah. good deed around the house, at a time...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DWR class at IQSCM

I am happy to say that I will be BACK to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in JUNE!

I will be teaching the BIG MAMA pattern from my book, that makes, the Retro Poly Mod quilt, the Strings of Florid Bloom quilt, and Bright Lights Big City pattern from my Book Double Wedding Rings: Traditions Made Modern.

Thank you to Omaha Modern Quilt Guild for their support as well! How fun!!

I hope to see you there! My quilts wills till be on display, AND the new wing of the Museum will have it's opening celebrations!! WAHOO!

Please sign up QUICK!  I know this class is already nearly full!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

one last quilt to share....

So, yesterday I shared with you four different quilts using my PIES AND POINTS Sizzix Die. One of the comments was from Julie, saying, "I love the basket quilt, with the flowers under the handle and the striped mitered border! But there is something about the fabrics used for the baskets....I see bikini bottoms! Especially the polka dot one! So, there is another possible use for your new die set!!!"

Well, that could not have been said any better, as I and a few of my friends had a few good laughs as we too, thought that... And, well, when I have an idea, I usually run with it, because why not? 
It's a challenge, and it's kind of a FUN challenge!

So off I went...
Yes, I did...
I made the Panties quilt... 

In fact, it is a timeline of panties through the years...
Follow along now... And have a little fun with me.  

L TO R:  RUFFLE panties! We star out with those darling ruffles, and move on to the DAYS OF THE WEEK panties... Then we get into those cute BOY CUT SHORTS ( waist band says Victoria's Secret of course) then,
we get sweet with "pretty" BUTTERFLY panties... Sometimes we have  "ANTS IN YOUR PANTS" (note fabric choices) and if your a bit naughty, "LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE.."
Next comes the HOT PANTS, ( hot sauce and sequins written HOT across the back), and sometimes we feel a little FOXY...  To be a bit SWEET, the next pair has chocolates on them... ( edible perhaps?)

Then we might get the Animal prints out when feeling sassy, GRRRAWL! or perhaps the LACY ones, or maybe even a THONG...(that is often short lived) 
We all know the HIGH RISE ( NYC BUILDING fabric)  ones are more comfortable... Then there is always that SUNDAY BEST pair, the Hole-y ones you just can't throw away, with the elastic falling off... and lastly, all in fun, because sometimes, you just have to 
PUT ON YOUR BIG GIRL PANTIES, and get the job done...


The best part of the project, was gathering trims and details to tell the story. To really look at the shapes of my die to see what else can be done with them, sometimes takes me on interesting journeys... I try to make products where you can do multiple variations in interesting ways. Sometimes one's imaginations go to the extreme, but hey, it's all in fun, and quilting is fun! 
Each quilt is an adventure...

photo by Fat Quarter shop
Thank you to Mandy Leins for quilting it for me so fast, when my long arm broke down last week... 

I had so much fun making this quilt, it got me out of my box, it made me think in a different order or ideas. Looking at my fabrics that helped share the story, finding trims to make the quilt look great, and keeping it sweet and light hearted...

And I had a good laugh or two... Laughter is good. ;-)

Kona blush pink front, and a Jennifer Paganelli print on the back....

The new Sizzix dies will be in stock during the summer....Items will be added to my shop soon.
I did get a few more templates added to my website store before I left... 

Hop over to the shop to check out the new products.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Market Release #3

My third Die release with SIZZIX, is my PIES AND POINTS. This die packs a powerful punch! SO MANY OPTIONS of projects to make all on one die!

This quilt all of the styles in one quilt, although I can think of about 10 more ways to use it... But then again, don't tempt me, as I will probably make them all... LOL

This quilt, uses the pieced pointed arcs, and the pie wedge for the center of the circles... It's a favorite for sure...

Same die!  This time I used the outer square to be a darker value so that I could move the placement and make them baskets! I fussy cut the center with flowers, used the arcs as handles... then I also added my mini wave as a border that fits all around the edge of the quilt. Add on some stripes that have mitered corners, and done. ;-)  so fun!

Here is the shot of my new Aurifil 50wt thread set, Full Circle Stitching! So pretty and yummy!
The colors represent each of my double wedding ring quilts. Although all that yummy goodness of color is just plain fun of any kind of quilt!
These will be in my Shop website within a week!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Market Release #2 Mini Wave SIZZIX

The Next Sizzix Die is the MINI WAVE. You may recall I also had a large wave last fall... 
Well, to fill the demand and requests, I went small on the wave as well...
each wave piece is about 4 "X 4/34"

For scale... See my samples below...
Little, cute, and oh so sweet!

Shown two way s to sew together for different effects....

Instead of flip flopping the shape, Here is sewed the Curves together to make columns, then sewed the strips together...  Picking out the solids was so much fun!

I made this baby quilt for a gift, using the Mini wave as "leaves" on this tiny sprout quilt...

And lastly, I cut my pieces then trimmed off the end to give them a straight edge. That way I can add the mini wave as a scallop, around my Basket quilts!  (which is made with my pies & points die, that I will to show you tomorrow!)

So many fun projects....

I have a new large set of 50 Wt Thread with Aurifil, Called Full Circle Stitching!  Thread for piecing, and free motion quilting, in a fun variety of colors and a few basics to inspire your quilting PLAY!

I need to go photograph the colors!  Next post, promise...

The schoolhouse presentation was fun today!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I'm super thrilled to share with you my new SIZZIX DIES!
This round, things went, SMALL!
(not to be confused with my Acrylic templates at my website. 
These are DIE CUT templates for Sizzix.

You know I have a Double Wedding Ring Problem... right?
you may have heard that the number of DWR quilts is up to 46... Yeah, even I wince at that number!
So Here is Die #1, a MINI Double Wedding Ring... And it is OH SO CUTE!
I will show you the rest of them the next few days... But for now, Enjoy the projects made wight he mini DWR, and check out the video on the others!


Each ring is 9" big! ( or small, however you call it!)
Pretty sweet huh?
When you can cut 7 layers of fabric at once, you have so many pieces to PLAY with!
Who would want to cut out all those tiny pieces by hand? My Sizzix cuts them all out perfectly, and quickly... Love it!

Friday, I will show you the Mini Wave and the many projects that have been made already... 
YES, I am having WAY TO MUCH FUN!

Thanks to Shelly Pagliai for quilting my Mini Rings quilt! My long arm decided to take a break this past week an dog in for servicing,  so I frantically shipped my quilts out to peeps to get them done...
Never a dull moment!

And A VERY Happy Birthday to my sweet Husband....
I was there in the morning to wish him a great day before flying to Minneapolis for Quilt Market!