Monday, December 8, 2014

ready for 2015?

Wow, what a busy few weeks it's been!!

I was in Seattle, California, and then Florida! These few pics are from the Orlando Florida classes, and boy did we have fun!

And amazing weather, no doubt!

But now I am home... the tree is up, and I'm gearing up for first a trip to London just after xmas, then Wisconsin for a Two Day Double Wedding Ring Class ( come learn my tricks!!) 
then Baltimore, then TOKYO, then QuiltBeach, in Florida!

Two more fun things happen in January....
My new Book will arrive for shipping!! (preorder only website)  I rcvd my advance copy today!!!!! YAY!!!!
I am so pleased with this book, I hope you will be too.

and TWO:
It's time for a new challenge!!!

It's the NEW YEAR!!!!
Time to make your NEW Yearly WORD!

What will it be this year?

Last year my word was SHARE...

This year...

If everything I do comes from a place of JOY, then I will feel joy everywhere...
I realized making this DWR series that each quilt is made with pure JOY. 

All happy memories included in the quilts, 
and they all make me smile, and bring me JOY.

Every quilt I share/give/donate... gives Joy to the recipient.
Is there anything better?

Will you play along?

Comment below now into January, on your new year word.

Then show me your quilts with your word incorporated!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Linda's win!

Hi. Just thought you might like to see the quilt I started in Victoria's workshop at Canton Village Quilt works early last December. It's called An Unexpected Turn. I wanted to stop after completing 16 blocks in the workshop. However, when I sewed one of the blocks in the wrong direction, I thought it would be fun to see where that took me. So my 16 blocks turned into 36 and then 64 and finally 100. It won second place in our quilt guild's scrap quilt challenge, and the picture was taken at the Farmington Valley Quilt Show this weekend. ~Linda

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Another cutie...

Anita also sent me a follow up shot... She took my class this past summer, and finished up her little quilt.

Got any finishes?
Please send me an email and I will post...

I have been doing some heavy pondering on what's next over here...

I find when I post personally, responses have been few...
but when others post, comments come in...
Why is that I wonder?

Comments are greatly appreciated, always... on my posts and others...
I like knowing you are all still out there, it encourages me to make things/challenges/projects/swaps happen...

Sue's top!

Sue of PA, sent me a pic of her 15 Minutes of PLAY top! How sweet are the dragonflies and bugs in the borders?? LOVE IT!!!

All these blocks are included in the book!  Great Job SUE!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Blue Bird of Happiness

My mom and dad spent a year and a half working among the Indians in and around Mexican Hat.  During that time my mom discovered Blue Bird Flour.  It comes in cotton bags.  She recently gave me a few. 
I cut out the circular blue bird logo.  (Which by the way was not a true circle and made for interesting piecing.) I put these in the center of giant flowers.  Then cut up the rest of the bag along with a bunch of my low volume scraps and created my Blue Bird of Happiness quilt.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

So Special!

Makes me so proud!!! Madeline, made this quilt for her community project hours for school... She learned to sew her scraps, and make this beautiful quilt, which her mother then hand quit led and are donating to basics... I'm so proud of her!  InFact, her brother had done the same thing a couple years earlier! Beautiful people, beautiful work! Thank you Madeline!

Dear V,
 I am very happy to let you know that the quilt my mom and I have been working on is now finished! I am attaching a few photos of the quilt. This is my very first quilt and I am very excited and happy about the results. I am so glad that this quilt is going to such a good cause.  (
Madeline M.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


I was one of the six lucky ladies that took the Mini's class with Victoria last weekend at Quilters Take Manhattan. I just finished mine and thought I'd share. As always, lots of fun was had by all!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Suzie sent me an image of her quilt made inspired by my Making Me Crazy quilt, in 15 Minutes of Play. Isn't it FABULOUS!!! Way to go Suzie!!

My version below: ( I Love seeing your interpretations! Please send them to me in emails!)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WIN a free ticket to a sold out QTM!! (and one to my home!!)

Quilters Take Manhattan Ticket Giveaway by Aurifil!!!!!

Quilters Take Manhattan, the once a year extravaganza hosted by the Quilt Alliance, has grown every year adding classes, tours and special contests to the delight of the quilting community.  Although all of this is fun, the Alliance has a very important purpose in the preservation and education of the quilting arts.
The Quilt Alliance 
Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.
In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:
to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form
to make information about quilts available to a broad public
to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.
This year’s event speakers include  the very talented designer Amy Butler and the president and owner of Moda Fabrics, snazzy dresser, and Quilt Alliance board member Mark Dunn, a beautiful quilt exhibit and a goody bag that will make you drool!  Everyone that attends  this event is inspired to go home and create!
The Quilters Take Manhattan 2014  has completely sold out ( you can still buy tickets for the at home option) but Aurifil has a wonderful surprise!  Two people will win one ticket for the SOLD OUT day event at FIT in NYC and one ticket for the After Hours party at the loft of Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

To enter this giveaway is made easy with many options on Rafflecopter!  This giveaway will close on September 8, 2014 and  the winner will be announced on or about September 6 on Aurifil blog

To enter for this giveaway please visit

(Do not enter for drawing here.. Please go to the Aurifil link.)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mary's Garden

My nieces, Mary and Rachel love to come and sew with me.  Mary is 6 and is pretty handy with a needle and thread.  I let her play in my scraps.  She likes to make little pockets and pillows.  Rachel plays in my same bin of scraps on the design wall.  Like their aunt they like bright colors.  So when I began playing in the bin of scraps it seemed fitting that the quilt should hold one of their names.
 As it grow I felt it reflected Mary's playful personality.
 So Mary's Garden was born.
I have ideas of one for Rachel forming.  Gotta honor both of my budding sewing buddies.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My New Toy

I  have a new toy - a Juki sewing machine and swiftquilter quilting frame.   I chose one of my many UFO's to be the first quilt on this frame.  This one has been waiting for awhile now - it was made for a low value challenge although I have only recently added the 4" blocks in the border. 

My quilting is not perfect but I an happy with it as a first attempt.  It is certainly a step up from my stitch in the ditch and straight line quilting.  I still have to add the binding which I am pretty certain will be white.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Anita's finish

Anita took my workshop in Naperviille, Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild. She sent along an image of her finished quilt! Isn't it wonderful? Love that red!! So much fun!!!