Friday, March 16, 2018

Ann's Beautiful Quilt

Back in July of last year I quilted a special quilt for Ann.  I never shared it... yep, I was supposed to wait until February (after its debut show) and well... my brain.  Yep, totally forgot to share the quilt and anything about it.

So here are the pics that you never saw because of my failing memory:

So last month Ann emailed me and let me know her quilt had won Third Place in its very full category at the 2018 Lake County Quilt Guild Show in Mount Dora, FL and also that it was awarded the NACQJ Award of Merit.  Wow, how awesome!  I knew this was a really big deal as I had previously been awarded this same honor on one of my own quilts.  So I congratulated Ann and again, didn't share with any of you.  I'm not so sure I'm adapting to this aging thing... even with all the notes and reminders the brain is totally shutting down -- although, I do have a lot on my plate right now -- blame it on the busy!

So, here is a photo that Ann sent of the quilt hanging at the show:

And the wonderful comments on the Award of Merit paperwork:
And here is a screenshot of the NACQJ Facebook post:

So there is everything I forgot to tell you... 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Helen's Labyrinth Walk

This morning I finished this beauty for Helen.  The pattern is Labyrinth Walk by the Guilty Quilter.

A detail picture:

And, of course, the back:

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Kathryn's Groovy Guitars

Here is Kathryn's Groovy Guitars (pattern by Robbi Joy Eklow).

Don't worry, some detail pics in a minute...

I shared a freebie of the wood grain stitching - you can check it out here:

If you enjoyed the freebie and want to see more of this quilt, as well as videos of a lot more, go ahead and subscribe to my Patreon page ( -- I share a lot of fun stuff.  A video of work on my latest in-process competition piece will be uploaded soon... btw, I can't wait to finish this piece!  Yes, I realize it's just starting, but I'm already looking forward to finishing so that's a good sign!

Okay, enough about that -- here are the detail pics of Kathryn's quilt:

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kris's Rhapsody Quilt

Kris's Rhapsody Quilt is finished and it is gorgeous!  Such bright happy colors!  It is a Ricky Tims Rhapsody pattern.

Kris has already discovered how awesome solid backs are -- look how beautiful:

So one of the perks of my Patreon subscribers is they get to watch me quilting on just about every part of the quilt.  On this one I share how I use the background fills to travel while doing the initial ditch work around the appliques, among other things.   If you're interested in subscribing, just click here and it will take you to my Patreon page.

I know you've been waiting for some detail pics - here are a few:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kris's Cherry Roll Vine

Kris's Cherry Roll Vine is finished and it is awesome!  The pattern and fabrics are by Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabrics.  

I wanted it to be a little different than all the others I've seen so I opted for a stem-like shape in the leaves, which I then couched with copper YLI Candlelight and followed with a small meander to really make it pop.  Swirling fills in the background create lots of movement.

I'll have a video of the couching and background swirl fill on my patreon page sometime tomorrow (it's down for maintenance right now). 

Here are a few detail pics:

And, of course, the back (Kris made sure to use a solid fabric so the quilting really showed):

Monday, February 12, 2018


Build-A-Stitch 3 is finally finished and available for PRE-ORDER.  Copies are expected in my hands by mid-March and then the signing begins -- all pre-orders will be signed!  They'll begin shipping immediately after - or until I have to leave for the East Coast Gammill-Statler Conference, then any remaining will be shipped as soon as I get back.

And yes, I must say, this is the best Build-A-Stitch yet -- it is pretty awesome -- 85 pages full of inspiration and ideas on how to use the stitches in Build-A-Stitch 1 and Build-A-Stitch 2.  I haven't been able to look up from my computer for almost two weeks -- I wanted this book finished so I could share it with all of you!  And yes, the two cover images are included in their appropriate sections.

Get your copy - available on the website store:

Monday, January 29, 2018

Kris - Mesmerize Quilt

I love this quilt... I am such a neutral lover lately.  All these greys and beiges just make me happy!

Okay enough of that, on to the details -- Kris pieced this lovely quilt.  The pattern is called Mesmerize and it is by Piece N Quilt.  I filled up all the light areas with background fills and used the dark areas to showcase a bunch of feathers (most of which will be in the new book I'm working on).  If you subscribe to my Patreon account, you'll be able to see me stitch a few of them!

And now, the beauty:

For more photos as well as videos of the quilting on this beauty, you can subscribe to my Patreon.  Please remember that Patreon is a subscription service, there is a small monthly subscription fee -- I have two tier levels, one for just photos the other for the videos.  It is a peek into my quilty world.  Go ahead and check it out -

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Kris - Fanciful Flight

Another beauty by Kris, Fanciful Flight (pattern by Jacqueline de Jonge)
And a peek at the back:

For more photos as well as videos of the quilting on this beauty, you can subscribe to my Patreon.  Please remember that Patreon is a subscription service, there is a small monthly subscription fee -- I have two tier levels, one for just photos the other for the videos.  It is a peek into my quilty world.  Go ahead and check it out -

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Kris - Panels

So Kris pieced these panels for her sewing room.  She made them specifically to cover her art/project bins and create a beautiful wall instead of looking at all those multi-colored (half-finished) project boxes.  What a brilliant idea!

Here's the finished panels - 4 of them, all totally different:

This is my kind of quilting!  Nothing is the same, a delight for an attention-issue person like me!

There is a slideshow as well as videos of the quilting process on my Patreon account.  Please remember that Patreon is a subscription service, there is a small monthly subscription fee -- I have two tier levels.  It is a peek into my quilty world.  Go ahead and check it out -

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Raffle Quilt for the Friendship Knot Quilt Guild

Karla came and picked up this beauty and she was thrilled!

This is the 2019 Raffle Quilt for the Friendship Knot Quilters Guild of Sarasota.  Yes, that's right, you have an entire year to purchase tickets.  For ticket info, please contact Karla - her email is

There is a 20-minute video on my Patreon account sharing my quilting process on this quilt, including nesting backing fill tips, border fill, the two different paths for continuous ditch/stitch of the quilt body, as well as the pieced triangle path.  Please remember that Patreon is a subscription service, there is a monthly subscription fee (I have two tier levels) - it is so worth it with the amount of info I share.  It is a peek into my quilty world, I cover just about everything that's going on - tips, tricks, up close videos, even my mistakes and mess-ups (and how I fix them).  Go ahead and check it out -

Here's a peek into the quilting of this beauty:

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Nancy's Onion blooms

Being sick stinks, and I've had this cruddy cold for too many days now.  One of the perks of the Elevate is that it works for me.... ahhhh.  Well, kind of, I still need to check on it and make sure nothing is going crazy, as well as advance the quilt after each row, but let me tell you - this is the way to quilt when you're sick!

I did this beauty for Nancy - it's a modified Red Onion quilt pattern (Karla Alexander - Stack a New Deck).   Nancy added sashing and cornerstones.  I know this because we worked on our quilts together... and no, mine still isn't finished.  Mine is sitting nicely in a project box just waiting for all the blocks to be squared up and sewn into rows.  Yeah, not happening anytime soon.

So back to Nancy's quilt -- she wanted all over circles so I used AborigRE2E by Stitch Happy.

I think it turned out awesome.  Oh and on the E2E homefront, I've been designing a few of my own patterns... more about that a little later.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Marian's Jacobean Arbor quilt

Marian's Jacobean Arbor quilt is finished (pattern/designs by Pat Campbell)

To hear some tips and see me stitching on this beauty you can subscribe to my Patreon account -

Here are a few detail pics:

I absolutely love how this turned out -- Marian chose some beautiful fabrics and that deep aubergine purple really sets off those colors!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Weekly finishes...

So I've been quilting up a storm with my Elevate by Gammill - its been a blast so far!

Here are vintage twin quilts for my client Dot - she's thinking they are at least 50-60 years old.  Now they'll be like new on her guest room beds.

Did you know that having a computerized system is kinda like an employee?  You get so much more done!  I've also managed to finish up two of my older pieces.

This charm quilt is old, I'm thinking from around 2004, back when I worked at the quilt shop.  I really love this quilt - it is one piece of every fabric that came into the shop that year.  I remember many of them!  Now, all it needs is some binding.

And I finally finished this cute Halloween table topper - a simple rail fence created (years ago) from a jelly roll.

Lots more to come on the edge-to-edge side of my world...