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Craftsy BOM Students

April 1, 2015

When I agreed to design and teach a Block of the Month class for Craftsy last year, I have to admit that I had no idea what to expect. I have been quilt teacher for decades now. Even though I’ve written many books and had lessons recorded for viewing either online or on TV, most… More »

The Perfect Piecer is Perfect for Machine Piecers Too!

March 25, 2015

In Jinny’s class for Craftsy’s 2015 Block of the Month quilt, some of her students have questioned whether or not the Perfect Piecer is useful for those who prefer to piece by machine. Since Jinny does all of her quilts by hand, she decided to let one of us on staff address this. As a… More »

Thimbles Part II – My Favorite Thimbles

March 18, 2015

A few weeks ago, my blog focused on choosing a thimble. I had planned to do a follow-up the following week but other topics captured my attention.  Let me talk about, finally, my favorite thimbles. I’ve used a variety of thimbles over the years.  I used to use one type for quilting and another for… More »

To Wash or Not to Wash….That is the Question

March 11, 2015

The quilting world is definitely made up of the washers and non-washers with very few feeling “wishy-washy” on the topic.  We recently posed the do wash/don’t wash question to our Facebook followers and here are the results when we finally stopped counting: 291 don’t wash while 210 do wash with more comments still coming in. … More »

A Common Mistake – How Not to Let it Happen

March 4, 2015

I am so pleased with the excitement about the 2015 Block of the Month class with Craftsy and the number of you who have already enrolled! While I will not be answering questions directly or be participating in the class discussions, so many wonderful questions have been raised which can apply to more than just… More »

Hand vs. Machine – There’s Room for Both

February 25, 2015

We are approaching the third month in the Craftsy 2015 Block of the Month. This is a project I have been working on for almost a year. It has been exciting to see the level of enthusiasm and how prolific the students are. I developed the design to cover a wide variety of quilting techniques…. More »

Ox Cart Wheels

February 18, 2015

Last week I told you about my trip to Costa Rica and showed some photos of the decorative ox cart wheels that are an important part of the culture. It might be difficult, at first glance, to look at these awesome designs and figure out how to adapt them for use in a quilt. This… More »

My Trip to Costa Rica

February 12, 2015

I have just returned from a magical place……Costa Rica! Once again Jim West put together a fabulous trip through his company, Sew Many Places. We had a great group of adventuresome people and together we enjoyed time for relaxing and sightseeing. The first four days were spent at Tango Mar Resort, a small boutique hotel… More »

Simple Stitches, Exquisite Quilts

February 4, 2015

It was with a little bit of trepidation that I waved goodbye to the majority of my personal quilts I have made.  They were loaded into an SUV to be taken to the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg for their three month exhibit “Simple Stitches, Exquisite Quilts.” I told my friend, Bunnie Jordon, the exhibit’s… More »

Put a thimble on it!

January 28, 2015

The thimble has become an indispensable sewing tool to me through the years although that wasn’t always so.  I never remember learning to sew.  I’ve been doing it all my life.  As a child, I never used a thimble.  In fact, as an adult, I pieced my first quilt top without one.  That all changed… More »

Travel to Costa-Rica & Australia

January 21, 2015

One of the benefits of being in the quilt profession is the wonderful places I get to travel to.  Next up for me is a trip with Jim West and Sew Many Places to Costa Rica. While I’ve visited there a couple of times for pure relaxation, I have not seen a lot of the… More »

Fun With Puzzle Balls

January 14, 2015

Wow! We’ve really started the New Year off with a bang here at the Studio.  It’s been incredibly busy!  I suppose with all of the nasty weather across the US, many of you are staying in your cozy homes and quilting.  If you’ve ordered from us, it may take us just a little longer to… More »

So now the best kept secret is out!

January 7, 2015

So now the best kept secret is out. Craftsy, RJR Fabrics and I have just announced our partnership in presenting the 2015 Craftsy Block of the month. During all my blogs these last eight months it was very difficult for me not to mention this project that was consuming a major amount of my time…. More »

The Sewing Room

December 31, 2014

Sewing Room, Work Room, Studio……whatever you want to call it, what does yours look like right now? As we approach the first of the year, I’m thinking about what my main resolution will be……I say this every year and every year it never gets done…Clean up my “Studio”! So what is my “Studio”? It is… More »

Sit Back and Watch The Quilt Show

December 26, 2014

I hope all of you who celebrated Christmas yesterday had a day which was “merry and bright.”  Often, though, we are left dragging the following day, hoping for a little time to relax.  I have a suggestion for what you can do to kick back and put your feet up for an hour. Six years… More »