Thursday, September 29, 2011

Layers of Love...

First off - thanks so much to everyone for the "love" on my tutorial video. It was fun to do and I hope to do more video tutorials as I keep quilting and coming up with new templates. I am also going to be gathering my other quilt templates together from previous quilts and I will be adding those to our site as I get them transferred to a PDF file - so stay tuned for that.

Layers of Love Quilt Pattern

Now it's time for a little precut pattern highlight. Again - one of my favorites - but I can't think of a quilt that I have done that I don't like. They are definitely a part of me. Anyway - the featured pattern this week is called "Layers of Love." Why that title? Well - I used a layer cake and that's the only name I could come up with at the time. Ha ha!!

Layers of Love Quilt Pattern

It's funny showing my quilts with allover quilting on it. But, my staple quilting is the swirl - it seriously works with almost every quilt.

Layers of Love Quilt Pattern

Layers of Love Quilt Pattern

This pattern is great because it is perfect for the beginner. It is also a fast and easy pattern for the experienced piecer when they just have to get a quilt done fast. I used a layer cake for this pattern, - if I were to make this pattern today with what is available in the shop I would use this layer cake - seriously, so cute!

Layers of Love Quilt Pattern

Here's where you can get this pattern on sale at $5.95 for a few days.

But guess what else??? If you buy two Moda Layer Cakes, and use the code twocakes during checkout, you will get each Layer Cake for just $25 each!!! Hurry - sale ends Monday!

Fine print - code only works with two Layer Cakes in your cart, and no refunds on previous orders :)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dragonfly Tutorial Video

Okay - don't make fun of me - I am not a camera kind of girl, but I did a little tutorial on my Dragonfly Template. I hope it is helpful to you quilters out there!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dear Jane...revisited!!!

Finished Dear Jane

Photo - courtesy of Gwen.

It's amazing to me still that I worked on this quilt. Seriously - I had to recover after this one because of how long it took me to quilt. But, it was well worth it and it is a beautiful quilt. So, when Gwen told me her quilt was finished I just had to share it with you. I am still getting comments on the quilt and it has been shared around a ton of quilting forums around the internet. So - I love how it was finished - wish it was mine - still.

Hey, we have a little sale going on in the shop and it's the last day to get Jelly Rolls for $27.50 - so, head on over!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dragonfly is finished......

the never ending dragonfly quilting is done! Hurray! So - facts before I say anything else.......

Laura's quilt - she did an awesome job.
Quilt Pattern - Montana Feathered Star by Jackie Robinson of Animas Quilts.
Batting used - Wool Batting and 100% cotton batting.
Thread used - So Fine #'s 402,411, and 449 - yes, three thread changes, uggh!

Montana Feather Star Quilt

Okay - so this Montana Feathered Star is one gorgeous quilt! The piecing looks a little difficult - so beginners, maybe not the quilt for you - but WOW, isn't it gorgeous? Wish I could say I pieced the quilt, but Laura - she did a fabulous job piecing this beauty!

When I was figuring out what to do for this quilt, Laura (the owner of the quilt) asked me if I could do something with dragonflies because the black fabric used in this quilt has dragonflies in it. So - perfect. I had to draw up the dragonfly and make my own template and draw each dragonfly on with the disappearing purple marker. Everything else on the quilt is all free motion quilting.

I love looking at pictures of this quilt. I was ready to pull my hair out during the process because it took longer than I planned, but hey - that's how I work. The end result is always worth the work.

The feathers around two corners of the quilt were kind of a mistake. After I started quilting, I realized I could use up more space with a feather border. But, it was two late to go all the way around the quilt. So - opposite corners became the design, and I like it - a lot!

Straight stitching for the center star - I wanted that to be a focal point of the quilt and not take away from the design. I think it turned out great. The black fabric was simple swirls because you just don't see it because of the busy pattern of the fabric. The green star section is a mimic of the background in the cream background - except the dragonflies of course.

Feather love..........have I told you I love feathers?

Oh, some more - I could stare at this all day! The texture on this quilt was incredible too because of the two layers of batting. I ran my fingers over this quilt a million times.

A play with the contrast and you can see the quilting so much better. I love it!!

So, I had a thought - I have a lot of people approaching me for my templates and I thought maybe I would start offering them for a small fee. Here's the deal. I use cardstock for all of my templates. I don't bother with template plastic - it's just easier for me to use cardstock because I always have it on hand. So - what I have done is drawn out my template and put it available on my website as a PDF file. I am going to do this with all of my quilt templates from this point forward. So, as I come up with something - you can quilt it yourself. I also give tips and directions on how to quilt it. So - does $1.75 sound fair? What do you think? You purchase the PDF File here.

Um, my favorite corner of the quilt - seriously. I was really happy how this part of the quilting turned out. Me = totally happy. Plus, on to the next quilt - that's always a good feeling.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Bags are Packed Highlight!

I never really got to show this pattern off because I made it really fast and sent it off to Riley Blake Designs for Market last year in the Spring. It is a favorite of mine because of how simple it is to put together. Also - this is a fun design to show off your big prints that you aren't sure what to do with.

It is always fun for me to dig out my designs from storage in the closet and take some pictures. I really don't have the space to keep all of my quilts out - so a photo shoot gives me a chance to remember how fun each design is.

As you can see the quilting is not custom - so rare these days - sometimes I think it would be fun to just stipple a quilt again, but I don't see that happening any time soon.

My Bags are Packed Quilt Pattern

So - for the next few days I am going to have my pattern "My Bags are Packed" on sale for $5.95 - you will have so much fun making this quilt, you can purchase the pattern here.

Is it any wonder that my windows are never clean?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Quick Look.......


Okay - here's a little sneak peek at what I am working on. I have a confession to make, I have a quilting "problem." Are you ready for this? Well, I don't know how to judge the time it will take me to quilt a quilt. I am horrible at it. No matter what I do I think I can get things done faster than I really can. It's not a good problem because I planned on having this quilt done last week and now I am going onto this week. And, the balancing act between wife, mom, housekeeper and quilter is sometimes a little crazy. So, that just means I don't get as much sleep as I crave. But, in the meantime - some serious quilting is going on and I am happy with this quilt so far. I will show you the whole quilt as soon as I finish - let's hope it's sooner than later.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Charity Video is up!

First of all, most of the new October Moda Precuts are here, including the long anticipated Ruby!! Check them out here!

Below is our 2011 Charity video from our trip which we returned from last week - hope you like it!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Planes, Trains and more emotion than I can handle in 8 days.

Buckle up - it's going to be a long post!

No way out

Okay - so I have known for months that this trip was coming up. Clint convinced me to go to Romania with him again - I am not a traveler, seriously! I am totally content sitting in my house with my little family and knowing that we can't get injured or harmed in any way - did you know I have a paranoia problem? Well, I admit that I fear life a little (lot) more than I should, so I am stuck with my own little battle of traveling and leaving the kids. Now, before you say it's a mom thing - it is, but times twenty - so Clint has convinced me that he will help me through this by making me travel. Well, long story short - I told him that if I was going to go, then I wanted to take time to see another country in Europe. (This is why we pay for all of our traveling and lodging expenses - we make it a little vacation amongst the charity work).
Anyway - Italy quickly became the first stop on our trip. So, fear of flying? Make that 8 flights in as many days and you have one scared little wife saying, what the heck was I thinking???

So, we had 3 flights to get to Rome, Italy. We planned on taking the train to get to our hotel, but wouldn't you know it there was a strike so the trains were closed that day. Into the shuttle with 2 other couples from the USA and introduction to driving in Italy - let's just say they know how to get around those little cobblestone streets and have no problems honking horns and cutting anyone off. Pedestrian? Well - you need to watch for the cars, 'cause they ain't looking for you.

BUT - holy cow! I will say we met the nicest people in Italy - I am not kidding, they were so great and helpful. I could listen to them speak forever because the language is absolutely beautiful.

Tired Feet

By the time we checked into our hotel and started walking around I was exhausted. It had be 24 hours since I left home and I didn't sleep on the planes like I wanted to. It was hot too - so humid and I wore pants - huge mistake! So, I sat for a bit in the shade and grasped the fact that I made it here without any turbulence.


Because of the strike that day, the Colosseum was closed and so was our tour! So, we walked around the city and I found plenty of things to take pictures of. I chose a few of my favorites to share with you. This is just a gate door that I thought was beautiful and I couldn't help but just stare at it.

Vatican City

We went to the Vatican City and surrounding Museums. This is just a taste of how amazing it was - everything I saw had quilting potential. I look at things so differently now because of my quilting. It never ceases to amaze me the work that goes into creating something beautiful.

Vatican City

Seriously - like how long did this take? It was so beautiful.

Vatican City

Okay, Clint and I were in Saint Peter's Square on Wednesday when the Pope made his weekly speech. We watched him ride in on the Pope Mobile and the crowd just went crazy! It was really cool being there and seeing him in person. We have video of him riding right past us.

It's the Pope!

Here he is - not the best picture, but this is a super zoom camera shot because we were so far away.


We were able to get into the Colosseum that same day. We lost out on our tour, but we were able to walk around. The size is unbelievable - huge, massive! and then to read about the gladiators and the other things that went on - wow. I had to really grasp the fact that this building was over 2000 years old. Amazing. The detail and workmanship was unreal and I would give anything to be a time traveler and see it in its day. I am still baffled. The whole city of Rome was just incredible and I will always remember how it felt to be there.


You should go, you would love it. Just warning you though, you have to learn how to say "no thanks" a ton because the soliciting there is rampant. They get you coming and going at every turn, selling anything that would make them a quick buck.


I loved the trees there, but I am a huge fan of trees. The fact that this group of trees were growing up on the wall and close to the buildings - even better.

Clint and I had a wonderful time in Italy - it was a much needed getaway for us.

Charity Shopping

Now the charity work begins. We flew to Romania from Italy - an easier 2 hour flight for me. Gica - the man in charge of the Archway Foundation in Romania picked us up and we got to work. The boys in the picture with me are orphans, but Gica has given them the opportunity to work with him and the Foundation and they were there to help us out. We spent the morning shopping for food and school supplies. That is where your donations come in. With your donations we were able to get 30 back packs stuffed with school supplies for kids starting school, who wouldn't have had these if we didn't get it for them and also food for 50 families. Thank you again for everyone who donated.

Charity Shopping

Here we are with Gica. Seriously the nicest and most giving man I have met. He works with all of the kids and their families and he has such a giving heart.


At this point I was having fun just collecting supplies, I had no idea what the rest of the day would bring. It was an emotional roller coaster for me.

Ready To Go

Here is the van packed and ready to go. We were dropping off food, quilts and the back packs to the people most in need. At the first stop we were just bringing food and we walked into an apartment where a Mom, Dad and 6 kids sleep in a room no bigger than 10' x 10' - I noticed that the single bed in this room had a quilt from last years trip nicely laid out on the bed. It made me feel good to know that the quilts you donate are being loved and used. It was a beautiful addition to the sad living conditions these people are in.
When we were walking out I saw a lot of little kids - all of these kids were in the same living situation as the peoples whose room I had just left, but aren't being helped by the foundation and I felt it was a good time to give some quilts out. So, I told Clint and we asked Gica to have the kids gather around the van. What I didn't realize is that this would create a situation where desperate people, kids and adults were so anxious and hopeful to get a quilt that they started to get a little pushy and we had to stop. The boys that were helping Gica and Clint and me were very protective and at one point (because of the aggression of a few adults) had to shove me back into the van and close the door and we had to drive away. It was so sad, I wish I had had a quilt for each one of these people, but most of all for the kids. They looked up at me and were so anxious to get a quilt and it just broke my heart that we had to drive away.

Kids and Quilts

But, to the kids who did receive a quilt - they were so grateful. Their grateful hearts and the sweet "thank you" they gave us made all of the chaos before worth it.

Kids and Quilts

I witnessed so many families and kids in situations that were so sad to me. It made me realize how truly blessed I am. I saw kids that were sleeping on the floor in the rooms of abandoned homes. These homes should be condemned, there is no working plumbing and the rooms smelled like wet mold. The stairs had no railings and had nails sticking out, plus they were ready to fall apart. These families move from place to place as they get kicked out because they have no where else to go. I found out that some of these people that grow up as orphans don't have identification. They are "unknown" in their country. One of the places that was hardest for me to witness was in an abandoned home where a new mom and teenage mom was sleeping on the floor with her baby on a pillow next to her. I left bawling, I couldn't imagine how hard that must be. I have a room for each of my kids, I have food in my fridge - I have a husband and father to my kids - and these people don't have any of that. It was such a hard thing to witness, but it also made me realize that what we are doing is helping, even if it is just a little bit.

It was an experience that I will never forget. And, although I don't think I can make it each year with Clint, I will be a better and more supportive wife when it comes to him going. I have struggled, and have been a little selfish just wanting him to stay home, but I realize how important this is. I won't ever be the same, I pray that I can teach my kids how lucky they are and also that serving others will help bring peace and joy into their life. I know it has mine and I pray that we can all just do a little to make a big difference in the lives of those in need around us.

Side note - we will have a charity video with more of what went on - so keep a look out for that. Clint just has a few orders to catch up with before we can finish the video.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Romania here we come!!!

So we're off to Romania, I'm excited to go with Clint but also very nervous for the 24 hours of flying it takes to get there! The only downside to traveling halfway across the world is having to get there! Now if only I could fall asleep on take off and not wake up 'til we get there, is that possible?

Anyway, we're having a quick short Labor Day sale which ends TONIGHT - all orders that include a Fat Quarter Bundle are shipped FREE within the 50 states by using the code bundle during checkout. For international customers, enter the code discount for a special bonus discount off your order!

Have a great weekend everybody, wish me luck!

Friday, September 2, 2011

It's that texture that I just love!!!!

Beth's quilt

So, Beth's quilt again! I absolutely love it! The quilt pattern is "Snowball" from a Kaffe Fassett book. This quilt is some more simple custom quilting, by "simple" I mean not as many things going on. It's simply, texturally great! I didn't want to take away from the design or the fabrics in this quilt. So, the following pictures will show you what I came up with.

Swirls, loops and straight lines for the borders.

Free motion straight lines with a curve going on here!

I stitched in the ditch every block and quilted connecting curves in the triangle/squares. They look fun, but they can take a while to do.

Oh, the back - I love it when I can see the quilting on the back. I ran my fingers through the texture of the quilting on this quilt a lot! I can't help myself. Now it is wrapped up, packed and ready to be shipped to Beth on the east coast!