I think this new pattern is so cute!  I know, I know, who wants to think about winter but . . . the fabric for this pattern has to be pre-ordered for Fat Quarter Bundles or Roll-Ups.  The pattern is called “Snow Happens” by Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs.  Now the cool part – you can purchase the pattern for hand embroidery (retails $10), or purchase the pattern with a CD included for the snowman machine embroidery design (retails $24)!


The fabric collection is from Freshwater Designs for Bird Brain Designs and also called “Snow Happens”.  Look!  It comes in red!  Just use the Fat Quarter Bundles with a white muslin background, and a small amount of yardage for trim.

Check under the Fabric tab above to get more information about this fabric collection.


April 19, 2014



I’ve been watching Youtube videos of long arm quilter creating what most videos profess to be “easy and fun” elegant feather designs.  I admit – the videos make creating the feather designs look fast and easy.  When I do it, it is slow and frustrating.  I can never quite make my retraced feather lines come out smooth.


The first feather design is one I can accomplish.  The second design is what I wish my feather’s would look like!  I’m going to keep practicing.  Here are a couple of the Youtube videos I’ve been watching.  They might inspire you, too!


FQ Patterns

I offer a lot of beautiful Fat Quarter bundles under the “Quilt Fabric” tab above, but what can we do with these collections?  The first is by Stephanie Prescott of Quilter’s Dream – see her FQ bundle I just posted today.  Next is “Sweet Adeline” by Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods.  Then there’s “Moon and Stars” crib quilt by It’s Sew Emma with Cut Loose Press.   Whether it’s Fat Quarters, Charm Packs, Layer Cakes, or Roll Ups – I can bet there’s a quilt pattern out there that will make you say, “gotta’ have that one”!

This quilt is another beautiful creation by Roxie!  It’s totally scrappy.  I just love the colors and prints that she used.  I quilted it for her this past week with a simple meandering design.  Roxie always does beautiful work.  She’ll be donating this quilt to a neighbor who is going through chemotherapy.


60 Degree Ruler

I think we’ve all made the fabric table runners using wide border stripes, and lots of us have made the large hexagon quilts – both using the 60 Degree Ruler.  Now there are new table runners using the wide stripe fabric and using the 60 Degree Ruler together!  The Triangle Frenzy Runner is easy to make and very pretty, designed by Bonnie Cleland!  Then there is the Triangle Frenzy Swirl, and the Triangle Frenzy Hexagon Table Topper.  All of these use the Creative Grids 12 1/2″ 60 Degree Ruler.  These will be available soon and retail for $10.


I finished long-arm quilting Maryevelyn’s lovely civil war-look quilt.  She did such a nice job!  The pattern is from an Eleanor Burns Quilting in a Day book called “Courthouse Steps”.  The backing fabric is gorgeous – it’s from Connecting Threads.










I know I’ve posted before about Jacquelynne Steves who has her own quilt pattern line she had called “The Noble Wife”, but I want to make sure you all take the time to check out her amazing blog.  She has the greatest ideas when it comes to quilting, home designs, and even recipes!  There’s always something to read about.  I love her quilt patterns, and also think her new line of fabric is so bright and colorful!  Check it out:  http://jacquelynnesteves.com/blog/   There is an interesting post about Downton Abbey.  To Downton Abbey fans – take a look at what Edith is wearing!!  Ahhhh!

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I love thread!  I’m one of those quilters that has to have my thread visible for all to see in my sewing room.  There’s no stacking them in a box and putting the box on a shelf somewhere.  It’s because of my love of color!  There are so many awesome thread sets available from all kinds of quilt designers.  I would never be able to use all the thread that I covet when I see these adorably packaged sets.  Here’s a set by YLI for those of us who love to hand quilt!


The first set is an assortment of nine colors, and retails for $36.  The second set is also for hand quilting and is variegated thread of nine color combos, and retails for $44.

What is your favorite thread to use?  Machine piecing, machine quilting, and hand quilting?