Showing posts with label Fresh Quilting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fresh Quilting. Show all posts

Monday, March 3, 2014

Clearing the Shelf

About 8 months ago I moved from a 3000 square foot house to an 1800 square foot place. I love my new place, but the idea of culling my stuff down to fit half the space was pretty daunting at the time.
With the help of friends and family and various local charity thrift stores, I managed to do it. And I learned something about remaining pared down. I like not having an excess amount of stuff. I've even recently purchased a Kindle because, though I own many books and love to read and browse those books, I don't want to have lots of stuff, including books.
So, in the interest of the stuff-slimmer me, I've decided to empty this shelf:
Now, this shelf in no way constitutes all the quilts I have. It's just a starting point, but a very concrete one as it includes a couple quilts that were in my book, Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration, which, by the way, has a Kindle edition.
Some might ask how I can part with quilts that have been significant in my career and I would answer that I'm not really "enjoying" them. They just sit on this shelf and wouldn't it be great if someone else really "used" them. That could mean they hang them on a wall or gift them to a friend, but I want them to play a role in someone's life, not just gather dust.
So, I'm starting out with these two:

I've added them to my store, here and here.
All the details about size and construction are included in the listing description.
As for those of you who would rather make your own and want to save storage space for your fabric stash there's that Kindle edition I mentioned.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Two Weeks, Two Giveaways

I wasn't planning on doing a giveaway so soon after the one last week, but the opportunity presented itself. And then it inspired a project...sort of. So, another giveaway it is.
Before I get to that though, I want to tell you a little about the project and how you might apply it to the giveaway item should you be the winner.
Brief digression: I took these shots at a local thrift store that I've mentioned here before, Pieces of the Past. It's on Burnet road, just a bit south of Koenig lane. The place is jam packed with treasures, but don't bump into anything because it's also a house of cards.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand, the pillow. The top is made from some charm squares of a stitch in color and a grey cotton. I modified my windows sewing machine cover block from my book to accommodate the larger charm squares.
 I then quilted the top using squiggly(technical term) lines along the diagonal. I didn't plan this out, but as luck would have it, the diagonal squigglies look remarkably like a miniature version of the windows pattern. Kismet.
I crafted a zippered opening using a Denyse Schmidt cotton that she apparently sells at Joann's. Who knew? Then I bound the edges as I would a quilt and, voila, fabulous pillow for my sofa.
So, are you all assuming that the giveaway item, which, by the way, is being donated by the super-lovely Tammy at Marmalade Fabric, is a charm pack of my a stitch in color collection? Well, if you've made that assumption you're...wrong. The giveaway prize is even better because the fabric pieces are bigger and bigger is always better when you're talking fabric.
Tammy is giving away this:
This, my dear readers, is a layer cake. That means the squares are 10" x 10".  If you used the same concept I used on the pillow with these squares, adjusting the size of the solid strips accordingly, you could easily make a large quilt lickety split. You don't have to, of course, but I'm planning to.
You want it don't you? Well, then you know what to do.

Also, if you're local, please come by Sew Much More on Anderson Lane this Friday from 6-8pm for my reception/book signing celebrating my fabric line as well as my book. I will be there signing and schmoozing and will return the following morning to give a seminar on utilizing color and pattern.

AND, I'm not done, if you are on the Austin Marathon/ Half Marathon route this Sunday morning, please come out and cheer for the runners. Believe it or not, we really appreciate it.

Monday, February 13, 2012 has spoken...

...and told me the comment #120 is the winner of the puzzle and to post a totally random, yet crafty picture to illustrate the announcement of the puzzle winner. Don't ask me what the reasoning is behind this dictate, I'm just a conduit.
Anyway, our winner is:

Blogger Steph said...
Neat surprise for you in the mail and a neat surprise for me as a reader of your blog. Great to see your patterns in a new place! So, Steph, please email me at and I'll get your puzzle and jelly beans to you quicker than you can clear space on your dining room table and find the puzzle glue.

Monday, February 6, 2012

How do you spell success? P.U.Z.Z.L.E.

If a marker of penultimate success is having one of your designs made into a puzzle then I'm inviting you all to my retirement party because, folks, that day has come.
In all honesty, I knew it was coming, but my publisher, Interweave Press, mentioned the puzzle thing last November, so I kind of forgot. So much so that when the UPS guy delivered the box of 10 (yes 10) puzzles that are mine as the designer, I thought the rattle in the box was coming from jelly beans. Why I thought the good folks of Interweave Press would have nothing better to do than send me jelly beans is a mystery, but that's what came to my mind.
My youngest daughter is super excited about the prospect of putting together this 759 piece puzzle and I too am a little excited to see how my quilt looks as a puzzle. I'm also thinking that the next 8 friends with birthdays should be expecting a puzzle.
What to do with the other two? Well, as I just said, one is set to be put together by my girl and the other? Well, I think I'll give that away to one of you. So, leave a comment and I'll draw a winner. Maybe I'll even include a few jelly beans in my package.
For those of you who want the puzzle NOW without having to play my little game here's the link to the item in the Interweave store.

Monday, November 21, 2011

New and News

I thought I'd take a moment to show off a new mini quilt that recently made its way into and out of my shop and let you all know about something I've just added that will be there for hopefull a very limited time.
First the new mini quilt.
I made this little quilt at the request of a customer who plans to gift it to her mom. Very sweet. The patches are all original hand dyes while the backing and binding come from my a stitch in color fabric collection. I hope mom enjoys both the quilt and her daughter's thoughtfulness.
Now, new to my store, but on a very limited basis is this:
I have 11(strange number, I know) copies of my book, Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color Design, and Inspiration, which I am selling and happy to sign to you, a neighbor, friend, or even your dog.
This is a very limited offer as I got the books for a specific event and these are the leftovers. I'm not planning on selling my books in my store on a regular basis.
For the two of you who haven't heard me go on and on and, maybe even on about this book, it features 21 sewing projects including 6 quilts, 2 wearables, a baby book, sewing machine cover, and even a kitchen curtain. It is beautifully styled and photographed and filled to the absolute brim with illustrations and step-by-step instructions.
I realize that you can buy the book for less from Amazon while I am selling it at the suggested retail price, but I won't be signing any of those Amazon books and I will happily and lovingly sign any of the 11 copies I'm selling in my shop.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Winners and More

Will the following people please raise their hands? Or maybe send me an email( with your mailing address.
what a neat idea! would love handwritten labels on all my quilts.
What a fabulous way to transfer text. I am itching to have a go! Please include me in your giveaway
I'm excited to go check out your pattern! I love your quilt. :) I am also so excited to try the transfer sheets! I am just starting out with free motion quilting, and it would be great to practice words! (Especially because then I can put my baby's name in her quilt when I finish it up!) Thanks for the chance to win some!
I would so love to try this...
Oh, I love, love, love your quilt! 
And I'd love the chance to win the Saral transfer paper! It's been on my list of things to pick up.

Congratulations to all of you! I'll have your sample packs out faster than you can start contemplating how much fun it would be to transfer and stitch the entire text of The Declaration of Independence.

I've got more to share with you all today. First off, has anyone else noticed that they are potentially reading this post along with 1000 other folks. Today I reached the 1000 followers mark and there's just something thrilling about that. To those of you who are new, welcome and I'm glad you stopped by. To those who've been here for a while, hey, it's nice to see you again.
May is looking to be super busy. This Sunday I'm teaching a nearly sold out workshop for the Austin Area Quilt Guild all about Improvisational Piecing. I've been designing and making these type of quilts for almost as many years as I've been making quilts. I'm going to be basing my class on a sidebar I wrote for Fresh Quilting titled 10 Ways to Love Improvisation and to help illustrate some of those ways I've been making a few sample blocks. Here's a little peek at one of the blocks that I got so excited about I decided to quilt and bind it.
Seeing as the workshop is this Sunday and I still have a couple other block samples I'd like to make, I don't think I'm going to let myself get that carried away again.
I am also teaching this workshop at CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in Costa Mesa California, May 18-22. My Thursday, May 18, workshop is sold out, but the Friday, May 19, Improvisational Piecing workshop still has space available. And, if sunny California is not your thing then I'm also offerring this workshop at CREATE Mixed Media Retreats in not-so-sunny Chicago on Thursday, August 25.
Also, while I'm in Southern California I'll be teaching 3 other workshops at The Sewing Party in Laguna Hills.
Add to that a wee little talk I'm giving this coming Monday evening to the AAQG monthly meeting and I'm looking at a May filled with a little more than some flowers or pilgrims for that matter (don't say, huh? If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring?)
So, if one of you 1001 folks happen to be at any of these event, please let me know. We'll work on our secret handshake.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, Monday

Remember hearing The Mamas and the Papas sing that song? Yeah, neither do I. I wasn't even born yet. But it is Monday and I've listened to enough oldies stations to at least be familiar with that song, so there you have it.
What today's post may lack in pictures it more than makes up for in shameless self-promotion, but, before I get to that, I need to announce the winner of the fabric/pattern giveaway. I've always loved the way they announce the Olympic gold medal winners as "Your Olympic Champion", sort of like we can lay personal claim to this person. So, in keeping with that spirit, Your Giveaway Winner is...Ally!!

Ally commented:
Thanks for the giveaway! Love Solids and never have enough!

Congratulations Ally! Email me at and I'll see to it that your fabric, pattern, and gold medal arrive faster than Micheal Phelps can swim the 200 meter butterfly despite his goggles filling with water.
On to the self-promotion part of our show. The earlier radio reference was actually pretty apt because I'm going to be interviewed on the radio. Not exactly the radio, it's actually a live internet radio show called Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski. The show happens every Wednesday at 3:00 EST and runs for two hours. My segment is scheduled for this Wednesday, January 19 from 4:28-4:40 EST. I've been told though that I'm supposed to be available via my phone line throughout the two hours, so I guess you shouldn't try to call me then. You can listen to the show live at Toginet Radio ( by clicking on the listen live button on the right-hand side of the page. Obviously, my appearance is supposed to promote my book and I would expect that the questions will be about sewing, quilts, fabric...all the things you and I love to chat about. The show does have a call-in component, so I would love to hear from one of my super-wonderful blog readers.
Also, I'm having another book event this Saturday at a new local space, Walker Hall Design. This place is new to Austin, but has features carries some beautiful fabrics as well as amazingly crafted home furnishings and home decor items, many by local artists. The signing is at 2:00 and I'd love to see you there. The store is located in the wee little shopping center behind the Tavern on Lamar. Remember, the Tavern is air conditioned (local joke, don't fret if you don't get it).
Due to personal prohibition #1,362,175, I cannot press publish without some kind of visual, so here's one of my current WIPs:
 A soon-to-be twin sized Twinkle Quilt

Friday, December 31, 2010

Back and Forth at the Same Time: New Year's Eve Edition

I  couldn't possibly say goodbye to 2010 without looking back at the quilts I've made over the past year. Sometimes I wonder what it is about quilts that attracts me to them. I certainly enjoy designing and making other things, but oftentimes those ideas are spurred by a need or an assignment rather than just inspiration. It seems like whenever I think about patterning, I do so in terms of quilt design rather than a garment or home dec item. The idea may evolve into something other than a quilt, but it probably started out with a quilt in mind.
Anyway, I'll probably have to go into analysis to figure that one out, so if someone wants to recommend a therapist, I'm all ears. :) Until I get that sorted out, here's my mosaic of 2010 quilts.
I probably could have included a few more as I often make repeats of designs as custom orders, but I think this mosaic gives a good overview.
Also, since these posts have been about the future as much as the past, I'm announcing that I'll be releasing a new quilt pattern on Monday, January 3, 2011.
I first showed sneak peaks of this quilt in mid-November when I requested that a few helpful folks review the pattern. I've since done a wee bit of editing and I'm ready for it to go live this Monday. Check back here then as I'll have more pictures and information and will be giving away 2 copies of the pattern to celebrate its launch.
Until then...have a fabulous New Year and, for those who live close by, I hope to see you at the book signing this Sunday at 5:00pm at Stitch Lab (1000 S. First St.)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Back and Forth at the Same Time #1

I love this time of the year, reading all the best-of lists that are published or listening to the best-of radio shows. It's fun to look back on the past year and to think about the possibilities for the year to come. It's really a strange dichotomy of recalling the past and anticipating the future all at the same time. Frankly it should make me a little schizoid, but instead it makes me smile.
This week I thought I'd share some of my highlights from the past year as well as plans or maybe just hopes for the year to come.
I wanted to start off with a mosaic of some of the projects from my book, Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration.
I'm featuring the book as my first look back because I'm going to have a book signing this Sunday at 5:00pm at Stitch Lab,1000 South First Street.  If you've never been to Stitch Lab you are in for a real treat. The place defines the word eye candy. It's located in a refurbished old house on and not only is it fun and funky and colorful, but they sell the best, most contemporary, perfect for quilting, crafting, any-which-way-kind-of-sewing fabrics there. I'll be there along with copies of the book and the original projects from the book. Want to see the Honeycomb Hexagon or Nate's Quilt up close? Come to Stitch Lab this Sunday at 5:00. Also, I'm going to be teaching some classes this Spring at Stitch Lab and though I plan to post about that here later in January, all the class info will be available at the book event. I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fresh Quilting Across the USA :: Day 7

Whew! I made it all the way across the USA and boy...wait I already used that. I'm actually not tired; I'm thrilled. I've really enjoyed reading the comments and seeing some of the interpretations of the Fresh Quilting projects. Today's the last stop on the tour and it's a great place to visit. Kathy Mack is a designer and owner of a fabulous online store, Pink Chalk Fabrics. I can personally attest to how terrific her space is because not only do I buy a lot of fabric from her I also sell my downloadable patterns there. On her blog today she's posted her review of Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration including a book giveaway.
Throughout the blog tour I've featured photos that I took of the projects before I sent them off to the publisher last winter. Since this is the last day, I've decided to focus on two of the wearable projects I designed for the book. In the book these items are modeled by professionals, but my photos feature two lovely girls, my eldest and her friend. Being teenagers they insisted I not include their faces, but take my word for it they are as cute above the neck as they appear below the neck.  
 Peppermint Neck Warmer
Mix-it-up Patchwork Scarf

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fresh Quilting Across the USA :: Day 6

We're rolling into Day 6, but week 2 of the Fresh Quilting Across the USA tour. I think I like the idea that we could have an incongruous number of days to weeks. If  I could figure out how to do that in the reverse, I could probably go back in time and imagine what an amazing book and subsequent blog tour that would lead to.
Annie's Picnic Quilt from Fresh Quilting

But, back to reality and the blog tour at hand. Today's stop is at Blair's always beautiful and well-designed space. Remember, each stop includes a book giveaway, so be sure to check it out for your chance to win.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fresh Quilting Across the USA :: Day 5

 Honeycomb Hexagon quilt from Fresh Quilting

I'm virtually flying my way across the USA and boy are my arms tired! :) I was going to wait until the last stop on the Fresh Quilting tour to make that silly comment, but ever time I thought about it I'd giggle, so I couldn't help myself. I guess I"ll have to spend the weekend coming up with something else.
Today's stop is at Jacquie's incredibly popular and informative blog. This woman has so much energy and enthusiasm and it shows in the beautiful quilts that she makes. A little birdie told me that Jacquie has a book in the works too, so I'm definitely looking forward to that.
The tour takes the weekend off for refueling, but begins again on Monday at Wise Craft.
As with all the previous stops, today's blog is offering a free copy of Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration. So head on over there and check it out.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fresh Quilting Across the USA :: Day 4

My photo of the Whirlygig quilt from Fresh Quilting

Day 4 of Fresh Quilting Across the USA is at Erin's space, House on Hill Road. I've been reading Erin's blog for a long time and I'm a huge fan of her designs, her wonderful approach to life, and the wallpaper in her bathroom.
Be sure to check out her interpretation of the Whirlygig pattern, read her review of Fresh Quilting, and put your name in the hat for the giveaway.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fresh Quilting Across the USA :: Day 3

 My shot of the kitchen curtain from Fresh Quilting

Today's stop is at JCasa *handmade and I'm totally loving what Jennifer created from the book. In fact it's my dream for what folks might do with the projects in Fresh Quilting. She took the patchwork pattern from the sewing machine cover and adapted it for a studio curtain. Brilliant!
I've long been a fan of Jennifer's and am lucky enough to have visited with her online and in person. She sews, she knits, she writes books, she's got two incredibly cute girls...grab a cup of tea and enjoy your time in her space.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fresh Quilting Across the USA :: Day 2

Check out Victoria's post here for Day 2 of the blog tour. I would also strongly recommend that while you're visiting Victoria's space you take some time to look at her truly unique and amazingly crafted fiber art.

I wanted to take a minute to thank all of y'all who've emailed to let me know how much you're enjoying the book. I'd love for those of you who have a few extra minutes to log onto and review the book there as well.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fresh Quilting Across the USA::Day 1

So today's the first day of my blog tour to celebrate my new book, Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration. For a chance to win a copy of the book and to read Ashley's review go here.
While you're there you should definitely check out all the amazing quilts that Ashley's made. Very inspiring!

We have a winner for the copy of Fresh Quilting I was giving away last Thursday. This giveaway has been such fun for me. Along with receiving all you wonderful birthday wishes, I have learned how to say "Happy Birthday" in so many different languages including Canadian where they wish the birthday boy/girl, "Happy Birthday, eh." 
Anyway, thanks to all who participated. Our book recipient is:
Alice R. said...OOOOOOOoooooohhhhh! Happy birthday to you...and to me, I hope! Thank you for the chance to win your lovely book - it'll go great with those bundles I just ordered!

Alice, please email me at with your home address and I'll get your book to you super quick.

Also, I'd like to clear up a bit of confusion that I may have created in my post about the blog tour. Perhaps it was the mention of the Rolling Stones tours of the US or my promise not to trash hotel rooms, but many of you got the impression that I will actually be making my way across the country. As much as I would like to visit all the places listed on the tour and a few more, my blog tour is entirely virtual. I'll be there in spirit, but my body remains in Austin, Texas.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fresh Quilting Across the USA

First off, I should say that I'm totally in love with the graphic that Jamie Guthals, publicist extraordinaire at Interweave Press, sent me to visually illustrate my blog tour. I mean check this out:
Each stop on my tour is denoted and I love concept of hopping across the country.
When I first saw the graphic and heard the blog tour referred to as 'Fresh Quilting Across the USA", I couldn't help but think about Keith Richards. I just finished listening to his autobiography on my ipod and he went into great detail about life on the road with the Rolling Stones. Rest assured I have no plans to trash hotel rooms, get arrested, or do pretty much anything that he did on his tours. I think I'll just talk about the projects and giveaway books.
The tour begins next week and will include the following stops:








For those still interested in commenting to win the book I'm giving away, have no fear, those comments are open until Sunday, December 5 at 8:00 pm CST.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Yom Huledet Sameach

Are some of you scratching your heads about today's post title? Well, that is Happy Birthday in Hebrew transliterated because Hebrew has a completely different alphabet. Why would you need to know this other than to wow your friends at parties? Because today is my birthday and that's the way my folks, my brother, and even some of my Facebook friends wished me a happy birthday.
my birthday isn't the only thing I'm celebrating today.  I said in Tuesday's post that I hoped to finish the quilt I was making and...
I did!
As I was taking these pictures, I zoomed in to take a close-up shot and noticed something on the quilt. I wonder if you see it too.
There seems to be a copy of my new book on the quilt. This must be some kind of birthday sign. I'm thinking it's saying that it would be so fun to share my birthday joy with you all by giving away a copy of the book. I'm loving that idea. So, go ahead and leave a comment. I'll take comments through Sunday at 8:00pm CST and announce the winner on Monday.
For those of you worried that this might be your only chance to win a copy of the book, don't despair. I'll be back in this space tomorrow to announce the details of my Fresh Quilting Across the USA blog tour.
Good luck and Lihitraot (that means see you later) !


Friday, November 19, 2010

Of Bags and Buckles

If you've watched the promotional video I made for my book, Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration, you've heard me describe the projects in this book as items I've wanted to design for a long time. Many of the projects are the result of ideas I've carried around for a long time. For instance I mentioned that the kitchen curtain that's featured in the book is a concept I've long wanted to play with. I'll often see something in a store or in a magazine and think it's interesting and then something about will just stick with me. That's the story behind one of the projects that was originally slated for the book, but, due to space constraints and the complexity of the project just didn't make the final cut.
 The impetus for this book bag was my desire to make a bag that had a bona fide, working buckle. This bag is all about that 3" buckle. Years ago I was at Hill Country Weavers and I saw a knitted bag with buckle on the cover of a Rowan magazine. I liked the bag, but I LOVED the buckle. What's more, I loved the concept of a bag with a buckle. I know that seems like a little detail to hone in on, but I put it in the back of my mind that one day I'd design a bag with a buckle.
The rest of the bag: the quilted interior and exterior, the placement of the flap, the binding encasing both the quilted flap and the interior seams, and all of the other details I had worked out in this previous design.
 But this was where I decided to add my buckle.
Interestingly, the bag that is in the book also has a design feature that I had in mind for years.
 This is my image of the Four Points Tote taken before the bag was sent off to Interweave Press last winter. The handles, however, were given to me by a friend several years back. At the time she was cleaning out her aged mother's house and found these wooden handles. She didn't know anything about them, but thought I could put them to good use. I set them on a shelf and there they sat and gathered dust. As I was planning the patchwork for the tote, I realized that I wanted to use those handles in the design. I checked to make sure they were a standard size so that folks could recreate the pattern without having to dig in some obscure place for similar handles and, once reassured, added them to my tote.
Now I have both bags in my home. The tote I've set aside until book promotion is over, but the buckled bag is already getting daily use. And, like a little kid, I am so loving buckling and unbuckling my bag.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Book Preview #4

I'm a little torn about what I want to feature in today's preview. On the one hand I'd like to focus on one of the non-quilt projects because there are 14 of them and 6 quilts. On the other hand, there is one quilt I especially want to mention, partly because I'm pretty fond of it and partly because it's going to be the focus of my demo tomorrow during my Open Studios session at Quilt Festival in Houston.
The thing that's tipping it for the quilt is the fact that I rushed to make an alternate block to demonstrate tomorrow and I'll be damned if I'm not going to show it off in this space.
OK. Today's featured project is called The Modern Baby Quilt.
 If memory serves me this was the first project I designed and finished for the book. Truth be told, that's the way I work, one project at a time from start to finish. I don't like to have multiple things going simultaneously.
A few weeks ago, I posted about this quilt and told you all that it was a variation of a quilt from my book. See, I wasn't kidding.
I love making baby quilts. They're so gratifying because they're small and a wonderful opportunity to be playful, both in terms of fabric selection and construction.

I really wanted this quilt to be fun to piece and for me that means it's a wee bit challenging. There are plenty of projects both in my book and in others that are fabulous for a newbie, but sometimes I feel like there's not that much out there for someone who's got a few quilts under their belt. This quilt uses a technique called Y piecing to machine sew the partial and whole hexagon sections. It's an incredibly useful little technique and can be used to machine stitch other odd shapes. Y piecing does require that you stop stitching some seams 1/4" short of a corner and that can be disconcerting. A part of me really wanted every millimeter of my seams sewn together, but a few deep breaths and watching the top come together and stay that way despite the unstitched corners, reassured me that Y piecing was pretty darn cool.
So, tomorrow I'm going to be demonstrating this cute little trick using the templates from the book. I've made a couple of variations from the original.
 Rather than use one fabric for the center hexagon, I sewed it out of 6, string pieced triangles. I made a template for the triangle, but added a bit too much seam allowance. No matter, after I sewed the triangles into a hexagon, I overlaid the one of the outer hexagons and trimmed it to size. You gotta roll with the punches. I limited the color palette to orange for the "flower" and gray for the background, but used a variety of fabrics to give the block complexity.
I might pick up a few new oranges and grays tomorrow at Quilt Festival. Rumor has it they sell fabric there. :)