Friday, October 10, 2014

I design quilts for Andover Fabrics For the past two years Andover has brought Downton Abbey fabrics to quilters with lots of FTU (free to use) patterns to sew. My latest design for this collection is named "Table Talk" using the new Downstairs collection  that features fabrics for the people who work downstairs at the abbey...the servants who take care of the family. Here is the quilt I designed for this collection.

You can get the free pattern by visiting the Andover website and clicking on the link to Free Patterns at the top of the page and then doing a search for Downton Abbey , or use this direct link: Table Talk

Monday, October 6, 2014

6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool is here!

Are you on Facebook? If so take a look at my new 6" curvy log cabin projects. They are featured on the Creative Grids USA facebook Go take a peek and see the new projects I designed for the ruler. Obviously I was in a playful mood when sewing the quilts this summer. This little photo is a sneak peek, follow the length, enjoy, then rush out to your local quilt shop and ask them to order ruler and patterns so you can join the fun.
The new ruler and patterns are for sale on my quilting website as well You can order and I will ship!

Fredericksburg, VA

Just got home from the Sewing Expo in Fredericksburg VA. I sold my strip piecing trim tools in a vendor booth and taught 2 workshops....Cut the Cake Hexies and Curvy Log Cabin. The quilters in Virginia are a great group to work with in class. We had loads of fun and lots of quilt blocks were stitched up. Here are photos from my Cut the Cake Hexies workshop.

When a workshop space has no design walls, the floor works! This quilt is for a baby on-the-way. Grandma-to-be is getting ahead of the game with her nautical theme quilt.

At the Sewing Expo you don't have to bring your own sewing machine...the classrooms are set up with latest models from all of the best manufacturers with the help of local quilt shops. Ironing stations, rotary cutters, mats and rulers are also provided. In the front row are two quilters who are best friends and cousins. If you can't bring your sister or your best friend, bring your cousin! 

October 16 to 18 I will be in Ft Worth with the Sewing Expo. See you there!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sneak Peek

I am writing a new book for my Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tools.  That's right, I said tools. Tomorrow a smaller 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool will be available. I have designed six Cut Loose Patterns for this new ruler as well and the 6" trim tool will also be featured in my new book that will be available in spring 2015, published by Landauer Publishing

Here is the first quilt I finished for the book. It may be the cover, but who knows, those decisions are made then changed, or not. The blocks are created using the new 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool. I used batik scraps and fat quarters with a solid white on white print to make the blocks. Everything in this quilt is from my stash. I love scrap quilts so other than placement of batiks in bright colors and white, the strips are just sewn in random order.

Solomon's Puzzle Curvy Log Cabin Quilt

I didn't have a piece of fabric big enough so I just cut some long strips of stash batiks, stripped them together, and wella! I had a quilt back. Longarm qulting by Alta Miele at Red Hen Fabrics here in Marietta GA.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

From Atlanta to Fredericksburg with the Sewing Expo

Quilting LIVE (the Sewing and Quilt Expo) was a huge success this past weekend in Atlanta. There were workshops, vendors and fantastic stage presentations with celebrity quilters like Mark Lapinski and Maryann Fons and Liz Porter. The quilts on exhibit were fantastic, so many quilts with such wonderful, imaginative designs and colors.

I was fortunate to be invited to do a stage presentation even though I am not the celebrity that Mark, Maryann and Liz are known to be. I was pleased to have a large audience and even hearty applause at the conclusion. I showed my Cut the Cake Hexies quilt that I brought along for my Saturday morning workshop. Here I am with Laura Meadows (left) and Tara Bartlett (right) at the end of my talk.

The next stop for the Sewing and Quilt Expo...Fredericksburg, VA, October 2-4 I am teaching Curvy Log Cabin and Cut the Cake Hexies there, so sign up soon to get a seat in the workshop. I was in Fredericksburg last year and it is a great facility with many close by hotels. Gather up a couple of friends and take a mini-vacation to sew, sew, and shop. Quilting is in the air and there is much fun to be had by all.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September - Childhood Cancer Awareness month

It;s September and once again it is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Until my granddaugher was diagnosed with leukemia at age 13 I had no idea that the drugs to treat children with cancer are different than the drugs to treat children. Children must have different drugs and not enough research is done to find and develop those drugs. We support the Rally Foundation, a non-profit that specifically raises money for this research.  They also host special events for the children to help give a little sunshine to the struggles these brave children face every day.

I just gave 4 quilts to the Rally Foundation for their twice annual fundraising auctions. I am grateful for everything they have done for my granddaughter and all the other children at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Madeline was diagnosed almost 6 years ago and because of other people's generosity her cancer is treated with a new drug, Gleevac, that keeps her white count in normal levels. Madeline is now a sophomore at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and active with other GT cancer survivors. Here is a picture of the fundraiser they are helping to sponsor on campus. Madeline is wearing the blue shirt.

Recently there was a book published with words of wisdom from children living with cancer. Here is Madeline's contribution...a letter she wrote about how she has learned to live with cancer.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sister's Reunion

I have 3 sisters. We live in each time zone, I am in Eastern, Lynne is in Illinois (central), Janet Houts my co-quilter is in Idaho (mountain) and Gail is in California (pacific). Every few years we have a "sister's reunion". Last week we were in Illinois visiting Lynne.

One of our events was a visit to Her Majesty's English Tea Room in Dunlap IL. We had a british Tea for lunch and then spent some time looking at everything in the gift shop. There were full size cardboard cutouts of the royal family. I thought about getting a photo with William and Katherine, but finally decided on a selfie with the queen. She looks real in the photo. Amazing! I felt kind of silly taking the selfie because I have short arms and it was hard to get the camera far enough away to actually take the shot.

After the tea room we went next door to an amazing knit shop and we all bought yarn to knit something since Gail is a master knitter and knit designer. From there we went to a store front down the street and discovered some of our sister authors, Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth, for Landauer Publishing were having a once a year "clean out the studio sale". Their business is Tailormade by Design and their website is: They also design for Benartex and like us, enjoy designing quilts with Michele D'Amore's fantastic fabric collections. One more thing we have in common with this other set of sisters, their mother taught them to quilt at a very young age (preschool) just as our mother taught us.