Block of the Month: Choosing Colors For Your Quilt

Continuing with my 2013 Block of the Month Quilt that I am making through the Craftsy Class, I am ready to choose the colors for the quilt.

I normally like a very scrappy quilt. But I decided I wanted to coordinate colors on this quilt. So I am using a focus fabric from which to draw my inspiration.

If you would like to participate, you can join me in taking this free Craftsy Class, The membership to Craftsy is free. All you have to do is sign up. The 2013 Block of the Month Class is also completely free.  (If you do use these links to sign up, I do receive a small commission, which I use for my Fabric Stash Fund!)

Happy Quilting,


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AQS Quilt Show Charlotte, North Carolina- July 30 to August 2, 2014

2014CharlotteGraphicIf you’re planning on attending the AQS Quilt week in Charlotte, North Carolina, we’ve got some information for you  that you will need to know.

Parking It looks like they have found several areas to choose from for parking. For a list of parking available and rates, go to this parking page.

Lodging If you haven’t booked your lodging yet, you should know that the quilters blocks of rooms for a special price are all filled.  But be sure to call the hotels suggested on this lodging page to see if they have had cancellations or if you can still get a room at their regular rates.

Directions You can get to the show by car, taxi, rail, or bus.  To find out details on all of these modes of transportation and directions to the show, go to the Quilt Show Transportation page.

Special Exhibits You Don’t Want To Miss

SAQS Masters II is the newest fiber art show from Studio Art Quilt Associates. The 37 quilt artists included in the exhibition have proven themselves to be masters of this exciting art form and hail from all over the globe. The artworks encompass a broad range of fiber art techniques and styles, from realistic to abstract. It’s a provocative and stimulating museum-like experience.

The Modern Quilt Challenge is the traveling exhibit that stemmed from the AQS Modern Quilt Challenge in 2013.The challenge was dedicated to the modern quilt movement and included many quilts that broke the traditional rules with new approaches to fabric combinations, piecing, construction methods, and motif quilting.

Stitch Like an Egyptian AQS, in the spirit of celebration of extraordinary works of fiber art, presents the Stitch Like an Egyptian exhibit to AQS QuiltWeek events visitors. Visitors are amazed at the quality, workmanship, and artistic vision that these pieces of appliqué art convey. So pack your bags and don’t forget to come back and tell us all about it!

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Omnigrid Wooden Ruler Rack and Gypsy Quilter Bitty Buddy

Omnigrid Wooden Ruler Rack

I just received a package in the mail that I ordered last week. In it is my new Omnigrid Wooden Ruler Rack.  When I started using my quilt studio for a video studio, it became necessary to rearrange my space. It was clear I needed better ways to organize my tools. I had seen the ruler racks, but had never tried one.

I am pleased to report that my new Wooden Ruler Rack is just the thing I need! It keeps my rulers in one place,upright so they take less counter space, and they are easy to grab just the right one when I need it.

Gypsy Quilter The Gypsy Bitty Buddy

I have been using my Bitty Buddy for years now. My mother gave me mine and I have used it ever since. When I first got it, I thought it was cute but not really a necessary item in my quilting. I would have been amazed if you had told me that day that I would use my Bitty Buddy every time I quilted, even when I am at Quilt Camp.

If you’re looking for a place to put those tidbits of scraps that are too small to use in a quilt, pick up your own Bitty Buddy today.


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How to Make an Offset Log Cabin Quilt Block

The Offset Log Cabin Quilt Block is the first block in the 2013 Quilt Block of the Month series that I am working on from Craftsy. If you would like to sew along, go the Craftsy to sign up for free, view the instructional videos by Laura Nownes, and download the free patterns.

The Offset Log Cabin is a great beginners pattern. It looks great and took me no time at all to put together.  I like the slightly modern twist of making it offset with different widths of strips.  This is put together with strip piecing, so if you can cut strips and sew them together, you have all the necessary skills to finish this block.

The video above will show you my experience with the pattern and the block.  You can sew along by viewing the free video and downloading the free pattern that is a part of the 2013 Quilt Block of the Month Series with Laura Nownes found here.

Two products are mentioned in the video. You can find them here:

Perfect Piecing Seam Guide

Post-it® Page Markers, 1/2-inch x 1-3/4 Inch, Ideal for Temporary Marking and Noting In Books, Assorted Ultra Colors, 500 per Pack


Happy Quilting,



P.S. If you sign up for the free Craftsy membership and free class, I do receive a very small commission, which contributes to my fabric stash fund.  Thank you! If you already have a membership, you are ready to order the free class!



Free Block of the Month Series with Laura Nownes

I’ve discovered a great Block of the Month series of videos and patterns that are completely free! The 2013 Craftsy Block of the Month class is free for anyone and everyone!

I chose this project to work on because it has some traditional blocks in it that are easy to make. And they are easy enough for beginners to complete successfully, especially when you view the how to videos along with the patterns! I am going to be posting a series of videos that show me working on each block.  I know there are many new quilters out there looking for easy patterns to learn to quilt.  This series fits that bill!

Now, I am not a beginner. But I am looking forward to putting this quilt together because it is traditional, but also has a modern flare to it with different sized blocks. The beauty is that the instructor has already figured out how they all fit together nicely into a quilt. So all I have to do is follow these simple patterns and finishing instructions.

The video above is me showing you what the class dashboard looks like. You are getting an inside peek into the Craftsy website and how their video classes work.  I have purchased classes from Craftsy before, and I continue to be amazed at the quality of the video instruction and accompanying patterns and instructions.  This company really does it right.  The instructor of this particular class is very thorough and easy to follow.  She gives good tips along the way, such as tips on sewing a quarter inch seam and pressing quilt blocks. This video takes you on a tour of the class dashboard exactly as it will appear when you sign up.

Join me on this project.  It will be great fun to share and compare our finished blocks!  To sew along, sign up for a Craftsy membership and order the free class called 2013 Block of the Month Class with Laura Nownes.  There is no fee whatsoever to join in!

Happy Quilting,



P.S.  If you sign up for a free Craftsy membership, I do receive a small commission.  Thank you in advance for contributing to my fabric stash!


Easy Quilt Patterns for Beginners

EasyQuiltsForBeginnersI am always looking for easy quilt patterns that are easy but make a stunning quilt. In my searches around the internet, I have found a few patterns and resources for beginning quilters. Enjoy!

Irish Chain from RJR Fabrics

Disappearing Nine Patch

Big Block Easy Pattern

Blue Winter Quilt Pattern

Book: Easy Quilt Patterns for Beginners and Beyond

Book: Simple Quilt from Me and My Sister

Beginners Guide to Quilting



P.S.:  Feel free to share these patterns and resources with your quilting friends!



Random Quilting Gives Your Patchwork an Art Quilt Look

I learned to use a sewing machine when I was a child. I watched my mother sew and make quilts. And I wanted to do the same. My mom started by letting me cut and sew squares together. As I proved I could use the sewing machine without sewing through my fingers or jamming the machine, she allowed me to sew more and more. She also gave me free reign over her fabric scrap collection. That’s when I started really developing my own style of quilting.

I began to sew pieces together randomly. I didn’t have the desire or the patience to cut specific shapes. I just wanted to sew sew sew! As a result I pieced together my own spontaneous fabric pieces. And started making quilts that way. My mother watched with amusement. She let me do my thing, even though she probably considered the results a mess of randomness. But I loved it.

As I got older, Mom and I joined a quilt guild together. That’s when I came in contact with many quilters and got to see what they were working on. It became clear that no one was doing what I was doing. And no one thought much of what I was doing. That was okay with me. I continued to love the spontaneous quilting. I made some traditional quilts, but always found myself returning to this mad sewing style that I loved. It was my secret sewing. Those projects I didn’t share with others because I knew they were not considered pretty.

Then Gwen Marston came to town and gave a lecture. This was the mid ’90′s. And I immediately fell in love with this free-spirited quilter who didn’t mind breaking the rules. I picked up her book “Liberated Quiltmaking”, which is still a classic!

As I became a more seasoned quilter, I began to trust my style. With the emergence of the popularity of the Gee Bend Quilters, and their free style, I began to have more confidence in the sewing I once did for my eyes only. (If you’re not familiar with the Quilters of Gee Bend, you should really check out this fantastic book.)

As my quilting evolves, I now am beginning to use this spontaneous sewing in small and controlled ways in my quilts. The video above shows you a good example of how I am using this technique to add interest to any quilt.

Happy Quilting,


The video shows you how easy it is. You can do this too! This technique is great for experienced quilters and beginners.


Sisters Oregon Quilt Show – July 12, 2014

2014SistersPosterThe 39th Annual Sisters Oregon Quilt Show is fast approaching. Scheduled for July 12, 2014, the show will feature many exciting events and special exhibits. Here is some information you will need if you go.

Show Time:
Saturday, July 12, 2014
9 am – 4 pm 

Cost to Attend:
It’s free! Your donation helps make it happen.

You can park just about anywhere in town.  Parking on the shoulder of Hwy 20, east of Sisters is not permitted.  All of the downtown streets are open to street parking. Please don’t block alleys or driveways. There is a shuttle from the high school that runs all day long. Just follow the signs for “Shuttle Parking” when you get to town.

Disabled Parking is designated in the parking lot at the Sisters Elementary School and the parking lot between City Hall and Sisters School Administration building.  The lots are on the east and west side of Locust St. on the east end of Sisters. 

Pack your patience! Getting 12,000 people in and out of Sisters does cause some traffic back ups.

Cascade Ave will be closed to east/west traffic on Quilt Show Day beginning around 6:00 am.  All the north/south cross streets will be open to traffic and parking.  Through traffic will be routed around town on Locust St. and Barclay Drive until 5 pm.  Ample parking is available on all city streets.  Parking is NOT permitted on Hwy 20 east of Sisters.  For a map of the traffic route and more detailed traffic information click here.

Wheelchairs are allowed, but unfortunately there are no vendors who rents them in town.

It is recommended that you contact the Sisters Chamber of Commerce to check for available lodging.  To order a Sisters Oregon Guide clickhere.  You may also check the following websites for possible accommodations in the Central Oregon area.

Central Oregon Visitors Association
Visit Bend
Bend Chamber of Commerce
Redmond Chamber of Commerce

The official lodging partnerBlack Butte Ranch is a short drive from downtown Sisters and offers wonderful accommodations and amenities.

Photographs Allowed
They only ask that you not use photographs for any commercial purpose.

Sunday Events:
The Town will be holding many events during the time of the quilt show.

If you can’t see everything in one day, there are some special exhibits that will be open on Sunday. Find out more about Sunday exhibits and other local attractions: http://sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org/events.htm#stay





Scrap Quilt – Book “501 Quilt Blocks” – Split Nine Patch Quilt

This scrap quilt iin the video above is made from one block, the Split Nine Patch. I found this block in one of my favorite books:

501 Quilt Blocks: A Treasury of Patterns for Patchwork & Applique (Better Homes and Gardens Cooking)

The quilt is made from just this one block. I love the idea of a one-block quilt, and will be making more in the future.

After many years of looking for a better way to make half square triangles, I found a tool that helps me create very accurate pieces.  In making the half square triangles, I used a tool from Fons and Porter:

Fons and Porter Quarter Inch Seam Markers, 2-Pack

Happy Quilting,


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Free Quilt Patterns for Tri-Recs Rulers

stormatseaI have a lot of quilting rulers. and I  mean a LOT.  But I love good quilt rulers because they make quilting so much easier.  I recently purchased a set of Tri-Recs rulers for a quilt kit I was making.  The quilt turned out very nicely, and you can see the quilt kit review here.  If I had not had the rulers, the blocks would have been difficult to cut correctly and my blocks would never have been as accurate as they were with the rulers.

But now that I’ve purchased these rulers, I don’t want to just put them away and forget about them.  I want to make more quilts using these rulers so that I get my money’s worth from the rulers. And it will allow me to work on patterns I would probably not attempt otherwise.  So I’ve found a few patterns that I’m thinking about trying, and I thought I would share the list with you.

Free Tri-Recs Full Quilt Patterns

 “Cathedral Stars” from Quiltville.com.

“Because I Love You” by Blue Ribbon Quilt Shoppe

“Storm at Sea” by Generations Quilt Patterns

Happy Quilting,




P.S. Have you used the Tri-Recs tools for a quilt?  Share the name of the pattern in the comments below. We would love to know!