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A Gift of Temari in Nepal

October 26, 2016

I am just back from an awesome trip to Nepal with Sew Many Places and, as this blog is published, I am heading off to Houston for Quilt Market (and still jet-lagged). Yes, it can at times be quite tiring but the best part of my job is the wonderful people I meet along the… More »

Hello from Nepal!

October 19, 2016

I’m having a great time in Nepal on the tour with Sew Many Places. Several of the people on the tour have traveled with me previously and I’ve also made many new friends.       I arrived early to Nepal with two quilting friends to get in a little additional sightseeing, the highlight of… More »

Nepal, the Himalayas and…Jicama?

October 13, 2016

I am traveling this week and wrote part of this blog before I left.  I e-mailed my staff this morning to tell them that Nepal is just as wonderful today as it was 48 years ago when I first came. I arrived early for the tour with two friends, Sandi and Carole, and we took… More »

Hard to Believe….

October 6, 2016

The summer seems to have flown by.  It is hard to believe that the regular baseball season is over, school has been in session for a month, that there is not much left in the vegetable garden, that our shop hop starts in less than a month, that Fall Quilt Market is in three weeks… More »

Where Does She Come Up With These Great Ideas?

September 22, 2016

Jinny is off this week so the staff here at the Studio decided to take over her blog. The takeover was prompted by a discussion of this week’s web special. In the web special, we are offering a bundle of autumn colored fabrics inspired by a photograph of the spectacular colors of the maple tree… More »

Quilters’ Quest 2016

September 8, 2016

Each year 10 shops from Virginia and Maryland join together during a ten day period in early November for our annual Quilters’ Quest shop hop. We plan a color scheme and each shop makes a quilt with those colors. As participants in the Quest go to each shop they can pick up a free pattern… More »

Labor Day Holiday

September 4, 2016

We will be closed on Monday, September 5th, in honor of Labor Day which celebrates working people. We will reopen at 10 a.m., Tuesday, the 6th.  

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A Little Off the Wall

August 31, 2016

  I was sewing the border on the quilt for this year’s Quilters’ Quest the other night while watching the Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles baseball game on television and I found myself paying more attention to the brick wall behind the batter than the player himself.     It took me back to the… More »

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses Block

August 24, 2016

From the time I first began quilting I experimented with ways to “fussy cut” fabrics to give interest to the blocks I was making. Unbeknownst to me during that same time, an Englishwoman named Lucy Boston (1892-1990) was doing her own experimenting with fabrics and she created many spectacular quilts, probably the most famous being… More »

The Magic of Shading

August 17, 2016

I just couldn’t resist the Zipster pouches that are in our web special this week. In case you didn’t notice, they shade from top to bottom. And as you may have heard, I have this thing for shading.  As soon as I saw them I just had to make some shaded bundles to go with… More »

The Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer

August 11, 2016

It is hard to believe it is almost the middle of August. I stay close to home this time of year to tend the garden, harvest the produce and catch up on projects. Always during this time I am designing and making our quilt for the annual shop hop in our area, “Quilter’s Quest”. Each… More »

Staff Profile – Elaine Kelly

August 4, 2016

It is once again time to focus on one of the amazing staff members who helps me in so many ways behind the scenes here at the Studio. Today, I’d like you to meet Elaine Kelly.     I first met Elaine when she came to my Hilton Head Seminar back in 2005. She made… More »


July 27, 2016

People have been fascinated with interlocking designs throughout the ages.  I became interested in this type of design in the 1990’s and diligently studied the work of Dutch artist M.C. Escher to try and figure out how he created his amazing tessellations. One day the light bulb went off and it all fell into place…. More »

Summer Stuff

July 20, 2016

We are in the middle of the Row by Row summer long shop hop. It has been such fun to meet the people from places far and wide who are participating. We had been anxiously anticipating a winner of the finished quilt made up of this years’ rows and were surprised that it was taking… More »

Summer Fun

July 6, 2016

    Here are just a few words as I run off to visit my grandchildren. With July now in full swing, summer has truly begun. I can’t help but feel that lazy, laid back feeling just a bit by enjoying some simple summer fun. I recently returned from California where I visited the offices… More »