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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 »

Wishing You a Peaceful Holiday Season

December 24, 2014

It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, worrying about buying the right gifts, baking cookies, decorating a home.  With so many distractions, we sometimes forget to pause and take stock. I’m reminded of the words of Dr. Suess in his famous tale of How the Grinch… More »

Staff Profile- Barbara

December 17, 2014

Every now and then I like to do a profile of one of the members of my amazing staff.  These are the ladies who keep the shop running on a daily basis and who supply an endless source of inspiration.  This time let me introduce you to Barbara Hollinger. Barb’s mom taught her to sew… More »

Amazing Effects with Mirror-Image Fabric

December 10, 2014

I have mentioned the Design Board on our web site before.  Just this week we added design number 225.  All of these are free downloads and available in 6, 10 or 12 inch sizes. As I was fussy cutting the paisley fabric for the points of this latest block, I realized I have talked about… More »

Join Me on These Exciting Trips

December 3, 2014

If you are looking for a get-a-way during the doldrums of winter, I have the perfect spot! Two years ago my husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We decided it would be great to have a family gathering in a beautiful tropical place and we chose Costa Rica. I made two scouting trips… More »