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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 »

And the winner is……

July 1, 2016

Back in the beginning of May we announced a contest inspired by a box of packets of 10-inch squares from last year’s Quilters’ Quest. We challenged you to design and make a quilt (or quilt top) using these fabrics. Photos had to be submitted by June 18th.     What fun we had looking at… More »

What Creature Is It?

June 22, 2016

Sometimes I just have to share with you some of what goes on in my life. Right now my vegetable garden is flourishing and for several weeks we have been harvesting the early vegetables…small tomatoes are forming, corn is about three feet high and new potatoes greet our dinner table almost every night.    … More »

Patriotic Quilts

June 15, 2016

The new McCall’s magazine, The Best of McCall’s Quilting – 22 of Our Most Popular Patterns, features a quilt I designed for them several years ago, Lone Star Salute. Upon seeing it again and with the election in the forefront and the Fourth of July approaching, I began thinking about commemorative quilts. We have certainly… More »

What are You Working on?

June 8, 2016

Every now and then, I like to share with you projects that members of my staff are working on. It’s a treat for me to see them too, so here goes.Staffer Dana made Millennium Star, based on an old pattern of mine, using fabrics from my Delhi collection.  She will have a tough time finishing… More »

Golden Ratio and Proportions for Borders

June 3, 2016

A comment on one of my recent blog posts asked a question about how to use the Golden Gauge Calipers and the Golden Ratio in choosing borders for quilts. For those of you not familiar with the Golden Ratio or the Golden Gauge Calipers that I designed see these blog posts. Or just search “Golden… More »

Memorial Day Holiday

May 28, 2016

  We will be closed on Monday, May 30th, in honor of Memorial Day to remember those who have served our country with pride. We will reopen at 10 a.m., Tuesday, the 31st.

Spring Quilt Market 2016

May 25, 2016

I just returned from Spring Quilt Market which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah this past week.  It is always fun to meet up with friends I have made over the years and some of our favorite vendors. It is refreshing to see the influx of young people who have entered the business and… More »

The Symmetry of Patchwork Blocks

May 17, 2016

Our web special this week is a bundle of coordinating fabrics. It’s easy to look at a bundle like this and admire the pretty colors. It takes a little more imagining, though, to figure out what to do with it. To help you out, we selected three different free pattern downloads as possible choices for… More »

Studio Contest

May 11, 2016

Sometimes around the Studio in an effort to straighten up, items are put in a “safe” place and temporarily forgotten.  Such was the case with a large box of 10-inch square fabric packets prepared for last year’s Quilters’ Quest. You can imagine our dismay when we found them.  We certainly could have used them at… More »

Hand Piecing 101

May 4, 2016

It has been great to see how many people are turning to hand piecing and enjoying the process. I received a photo from David S, who recently took my hand piecing class. David has only been quilting for a little more than a year, but he has completely embraced hand piecing and has finished many… More »

No Sewing Machine, No Pattern, No Problem

April 21, 2016

We’ve just returned home after spending a week with our daughter, her husband and our two grandchildren who are now seven and four. The grandchildren love to work on art projects of various sorts and are quite imaginative. Usually when I visit, I have a sewing project that I am working on and they always… More »