Cactus Wreath

Wow, I’m getting around nowadays. Well, not really, but my quilt designs do. Thanks to my daughter, Daniela at Cozy Quilt Designs who publishes them. This one, Cactus Wreath, became part of RJR’s Pixie Party series and can be viewed on YouTube:

Cactus Wreath - Pixie Party

Thanks Daniela, I love working with you.


Whooo Whooo

How about a free pattern for a small wall hanging

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Pattern can be printed and enlarged or reduced as needed.

If you do print it out, please leave a comment or send me an email so I’ll know if you are interested in an occasional free pattern.

Quilt borders – seminole piecing

Hanging Gardens

Sometimes, once a quilt top is finished, all we want to do is add a plain border or two. Many times they frame the quilt top very nicely, but a pieced border can add something special. Pieced borders do not have to difficult if you use Seminole piecing and there are many variations possible depending on the width of the strips used.  Hanging Gardens, the quilt shown above is one example.  I designed and pieced that quilt several years ago for Cozy Quilt Designs and the expert instructions were written by the owner, Daniela Stout, my daughter.

Here is an example of how the border was pieced:

seminole piecing

Complete instructions are, of course, included in the pattern, but if you want to learn more about Seminole piecing, I highly recommend the article at .

Have fun, experiment, and spice up your quilts with that extra touch.

Thread Painting

Last week I posted a link to the beautiful embroidery art of Meredith Woolnough. Not everyone has the talent, creativity and the patience of Meredith. However, according to Nancy Prince free motion embroidery or thread painting as it is commonly known can be achieved with some practice.  As luck has it, Nancy has lots of information on her website  and great videos on YouTube:

stitches with attitudes

Stitches with attitude:

First Flowers

First Flowers:

Intro to thread painting

Intro to Tread Painting:

There are more videos on YouTube by Nancy Prince and other artists. Too many to list them all here’

However, there is one artist I definitely want to mention and that is Cathy Franks. I first saw her work several years ago on The Quilt Show and I was blown away. Cathy’s method is more or less the same, except she does it on a longarm.  One of Cathy’s techniques is to thread paint on water solvable stabilizer that is later dissolved and the painting is then treated like a appliqué and stitched to the background fabric.

Here is one of her pieces:

Cathy Franks

Thread painting by Cathy Franks and a short video with Linda Taylor in which Cathy explains her technique: .

There is more eye candy on her website.

Although I could never aspire to reach the expertise of the above ladies, I have used the technique of stitching on water solvable stabilizer and then appliquéing the finished piece to a background with good results. The difference is that I did the embroidery on my BERNINA  embroidery machine. I made several items and then arranged them on a background and stitched them down with monofilament thread. That way I solved the problem of placement and avoided rehooping. I was quite pleased with the final result. I will show you a picture at a later date as soon as I have the time to finish writing the instructions and the pattern.

My October quilting designs available on my website for all popular computerized quilting systems.

FL-320 Hunters Star Block
FL-321 HS Leaf Border
FL-322 HS Star Border
Example of a possible layout
SCF-480 Fun with Spirals v1
SCF-481 Fun with Spirals v2
SCF-482 Fun with Spirals v3 and v4


SCF-483 Fun with Spirals v5
SP-016 Athletic Shoes

And finally a stitched designs of last month’s Hol-087 Christmas Quilt with close-ups

HOl-087 Christmas Quilt


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Embroidery Art by Meredith Woolnough



I just had to share. Can you believe that this was created on a sewing machine? Absolutely stunning. You can see more of Meredith Woolnough’s work at and her blog: and there is actually a video showing how she does it at:


I am not a Free Motion Quilter, but I do design quilting patterns and with Halloween just around the corner I thought it would be fun to add something for those of you who quilt on your regular sewing machine. Or perhaps you are fortunate enough to have the Handiquilter Sweet 16. We all know that free motion quilting takes practice, but this bat design should not be too hard to do. Even if you are not into quilting, you may find some other use for it. More about that later.

Here it is: the friendly bat.


Just connect several of them with long flowing lines, like this:


Or add some loops in between if you think there are too many empty spaces:


Not into free motion quilting? No problem. How about you cut them out of black fabric and applique them to a simple quilt with some fusible web. Stitch them down with a satin or blanket stitch.

Not up to applique either? I have another suggestion. Cut a whole bunch of them in different sizes from black cardstock and hang them from the ceiling in a kid’s room, on a porch, from a tree, in a hall or……?  Let the kids help you if they are old enough to handle scissors. Or, if you have a Silhouette Cameo or Scan and Cut machine, cut them from vinyl and stick them to the wall. Your kids or grandkids will love it.

Does anyone have any other ideas? Please leave a comment.

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