Thursday, December 18, 2014

Moving Day

Well, I have done it. I have moved to Washington DC. I am living very near my youngest daughter, her husband and her daughter. Cymia is 7 and her school is just up the block. If you want to know what it is like to move an office and sewing space…this is it!
In the boxes, are fabric, Creative Grids© Trim Tools, Cut Loose Patterns, office supplies, irons, scissors, rulers, cutting mat, and you name it. Everything needed to make quilts, design rulers, and create patterns. When I get it all sorted out I will post another photo of what my work space really looks like. I hope it will be before Christmas. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Red Pepper Quilts

One of my quilting friends sent me a link to Red Pepper Quilts They just featured a quilt they made using a fabric line called Sugar and Flour (referring to the printed sugar and flour sacks from the early part of the 20th century). They also used my new 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool to make the blocks. Here is a photo of the full quilt and a detail. Red Pepper Quilts is a great blog for quilters. Check it out.

I don't know about any of the rest of you, but my mother made my summer play sets to wear out of flour, sugar and chicken feed sacks. I think mostly chicken feed because we lived in a rural area of Flint,  Michigan and we had a chicken coop and chickens. They were not for pets like today's backyard chickens, they were for eggs and Sunday chicken dinners. Who else had sunsuits out of printed sacks?

Monday, December 8, 2014


Teaching a 3 hour workshop sometimes feels like a "hit and run" event. It is impossible for any quilter to finish a project in such a short time. I always say "please send a photo of your project when it is finished, I would love to see it." Doesn't often happen, but last week at the Sewing Expo Chicago Terri Geeding brought a happy surprise to class when she showed a quilt top she made in a workshop last spring.

oops! what was I thinking…The Jelly Beans quilt was in our Log Cabin Quilts book, also by my sister and I. It was made using the Log Cabin Trim Tool Two. It is named that because the ruler makes 2 sizes of blocks, both 6" and 12". I used both of the blocks sizes in this quilt.
Here is Terri with her project. Good job Terri!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Getting Started with Machine Quilting

Everyone knows that I am totally involved with making strip pieced blocks like log cabin, pineapple, hexagons. I teach classes in these techniques at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo and to quilt guilds everywhere. But did you know I also teach free motion machine quilting. Here are some photos from my recent workshop in Tinley Park, IL.

The next Sewing Expo is in Lakeland, Florida in early March. Hope to see you there.
Notice the smiles on everyone's face? Free motion machine quilting is really lots of fun. Also notice the Janome sewing favorite and my machine of choice.

Look at all the different designs being practiced in the class. These are all beginning free motion quilting. If they can accomplish it, you can too!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hexie Go Modern

For years Quilter's Newsletter has been a favorite magazine for quilters. During the 20 years I was editor of QUILT (1986-2006) I couldn't even think of submitting one of my quilts to another publication. After leaving that position quilts I designed have appeared in many other magazines, but never Quilter's Newsletter.

The current issue of Quilter's Newsletter features one of my hexagon quilt designs along with a lesson on how to use my Hexagon Trim Tool by Creative Grids©
Bird's eye view of the Hexagon Trim Tool making a perfect strip pieced hexagon block
A sneak peek of the quilt that is featured. 
Look for the December issue of the magazine at your newsstand or order it from the Quilter's Newsletter website.
The CREATIVEGRIDSUSA ad in Quilter's Newsletter featuring all of my trim tools. You can order all of my trim tools and patterns from my website

Monday, November 17, 2014

Curvy Log Cabin Quilts - Book #6

Working on quilts for my new book: Curvy Log Cabin Quilts. Here are two of the projects that will be patterned in the book. The book will be available late winter or early Spring. It will have 8 great curvy log cabin projects. Watch this space for more previews of the projects.
This quilt is named Ripples and uses the 8" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.

This quilt is named Solomon's Puzzle. It uses the 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool. The blocks are sewn into a popular Drunkard's Path block called, Solomon's Puzzle. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There's nothing new....just almost new!

When my sister, Janet Houts, and I were designing quilts for fabric companies we figured we came up with a brand new concept - the Circle of Nine - to set blocks into a quilt. But my recent contact with a long time quilting friend, Carol Doak, has shown there is nothing really new in the quilting world or the whole wide world.

Carol has just launched her new Craftsy class: Paper Pieced Stars. In this class she has packed in all of her tips and tricks for paper piecing star blocks. Carol uses nine blocks (with eight surrounding the center block) to make a really big quilt that frames her blocks beautifully.
Visit Carol's website to get more details about the class, to contact Carol, and to receive a discount that is being offered to sign up for the Craftsy class from Carol's website.

Here is the quilt Carol made in 1999 using the setting that Janet and I have used in our 3 books featuring this setting. You can see how the big triangles in the spacers around Carol's center block to create a star-within-a-star setting that is a dramatic frame for her paper pieced star blocks.
50 Fab quilt by Carol Doak, 1999