A Happy Customer


A customer sent me a picture of a quilt she made and donated to her local fire department for their annual ice cream social 3 years ago. Sheryl said that the quilt was such a hit that she has made a quilt for them every year since. She used one of my designs to quilt it.



Thank you for sharing, Sheryl. Great job.


Christmas decoration

A few weeks ago I discovered a fantastic new machine embroidery group on Facebook, EmbroideryM.O.M.  M.O.M stands for Mastering our Machines and Nadine, the owner of the group is not only a very nice lady, but she also posts some fantastic videos to inspire everyone. One of these videos shows how to make a bunch of floral petals and then arrange them and sew them into a large flower as a decoration for a pillow. petal-pillow

This was definitely something I wanted to try. I did not have enough fabric for a whole pillow, but I did have some nice red batik fabric. So I adapted Nadine’s technique and made this candle wreath:


The petals were sewn on an embroidery machine, but could easily be sewn with a regular sewing machine. You can follow Nadine’s instructions in her video. If you like the candle wreath you can sew the petals on a circle of fabric and leave the center free  so there is room to place a candle.  I don’t have a pattern I can share as this was not my design, but you can watch Nadine’s video if you become a member of the EmbroideryM.O.M group. You can find it on Facebook at this link:


You’ll receive a warm welcome. The group is quite new, but there are already several videos and has over 2,000 members.


Stars Within and an easy Tote

First of all a big Thank You to those of you who ordered my first paper piecing pattern “Flying High”. It was easy, right? I’d love to see pictures of your finished quilt. And how do you like patterns in PDF format? They can be downloaded instantly and there are no shipping and handling costs.

Today I have a link to a couple of videos. The first one is the October Strip Club quilt by Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design. Daniela did it again, she came up with a terrific design that looks complicated, but is actually quite easy to put together. Just click on the link to see how it is put together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOrthFJQgQo

Pattern is available from www.cozyquilt.com or your local quilt shop.


The next video is by Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy. Laura shows how to use a paper gift bag as a pattern for a fabric one. If you are like me you probably have stacks of paper gift bags in all different sizes, but making them from fabric is special and they are so easy and quick to do. They make nice gifts all by themselves and become extra special when stuffed with something, a few fat quarters perhaps or some cookies or chocolate.

fabric-gift-bagsClick on the link to see how it is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHb_eYb3s_8

Until next time.


Fabric Painting

WOW, time sure flies when you are having fun, or even when you are just busy. That’s my excuse for not posting sooner. And, yes, I do have fun. At least most of the time, as long as I don’t have to take care of those pesky little admin details that sometimes demand priority. Maintaining a website for example. When I first started my website I had no idea what I was getting into. I had a lot to learn and still do and sometimes fun projects get put aside and then remain unfinished. Here is one I just finished, almost finished to be exact.


About a year ago, or maybe it was actually two years, I took a fun class on fabric painting with Inktense pencils taught by Desiree Habicht. It was great, but I was unable to finish the sample in class. Just recently I joined a Facebook group on machine embroidery and some of the members posted fabulous examples of fabric painting. That reminded me that I still had a half finished block so I took some time and finished painting it. I am new at this, but it was fun and I may practice some more. If you want to know how it is done you can find a lot of videos on YouTube using different techniques. The method I learned was with Derwent Inktense pencils. We were given a quilt block with an outline stitched on either a longarm or an embroidery machine. The outline is then colored in with the pencils after which a Fabric Medium is applied. When everything is dry it is ironed to heat set the paint and it becomes washable.

I have read that some people just use regular coloring pencils, but I have not tried that so I can’t comment on how well that works. Also, it is supposed to work better on PFD fabric (prepared for dyeing). That is a fabric without any finish or sizing.


Quilters Niche News – A crafty blog

Flying High – Now Available


My paper pieced pattern, Flying High, is ready and available for download in PDF format on my website. It is an easy pattern and includes general instructions for paper piecing so even paper piecing newbies should not have any problems making it. I would recommend choosing fabrics that are not too busy and that contrast nicely with the background fabric. Fabric requirements are included for the layout and colors shown, but I also included the fabric needed for one butterfly. So if you’d like to make a smaller or larger quilt, or fewer or more butterflies, you should have no problem figuring out how much fabric is needed. The pattern is about 62″ x 62″ and makes a nice large wall hanging or throw.  I quilted it with FL-376 Butterflies and Blooms v2.

The next quilt is not one of my designs. It is one of my daughter Daniela’s Strip Club creations. It was pieced in two color ways and was enthusiastically received during her strip Club Presentation last month:



The YouTube link is: https://www.youtube.com/embed/QoFqq2UnU2o

The pattern is available at Cozyquilt.com and so are the kits for both designs.

I have also been a busy bee working on new digital quilting designs and hope to blog about those in a few days. While next month I plan on showing you some beautiful blocks that can either be quilted on a longarm or stitched on an embroidery machine.

Stay tuned.

Have a great day.


Sewing over thick seams

Have you ever experienced tiny stitches, or the sewing machine stopping, when you try to sew over a thick seam? This happens because when the needle reaches the heavy seam, the front of the presser foot is pushed up and the foot is no longer level and therefore has not enough traction. There is an easy solution. You have to put something under the back of the presser foot so that the foot is level again. Some machines come with a special little tool for this purpose that are called height compensation tools or sometimes hump jumpers. If you don’t have this tool, don’t despair. Anything thick will do the same thing, an index card folded a couple of times, for example, as long as it is the same thickness as the seam so that the foot is level.

Here is a link to a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbeuDo6WW70


Happy sewing.



Do you couch?

I saw this couching method by Sharon Pederson on the daily blog of the Quilt Show and just have to pass it on. It is pretty ingenious. You can also find it on YouTube. Just search for Sharon Pederson – lesson 20. I have couched on some scrap fabric, but will have to try it on a real project one of these days. I wonder where I can buy that type of ribbon. Does anyone know?