Magazine Drawing for Quick Quilts

29 01 2018

While shopping at JoAnn’s last weekend, I saw copies of McCall’s Quick Quilts, Feb/Mar 2018 shelved on an end cap near the clothing patterns. Have you had the chance to thumb through a copy?

This issue contains eleven awesome projects including two by yours truly, “Over and Under” and “Partly Cloudy.” You’ll also find a heart pillow to make for someone special as a Valentine’s Day gift and a shamrock project for St. Patrick’s Day.

Gray is trending as a neutral in decorating schemes; perhaps you have been collecting gray yardage or fat quarters. “Partly Cloudy” is a fun, quick way to combine your collection into a quilt. This quilt would look great draped over a black, white, or gray sofa, wouldn’t it? And I have several cousins who would pack it off to their college dorm rooms in a heartbeat.

Have you perused F + W Media’s new online resource, The Quilting Company? is the URL for quilting news, blogs, tutorials, magazine issues, digital patterns, fabrics and notions. A kit for my table runner design is currently for sale. To take a look, click here. (No, I don’t receive a commission if you purchase, but I think you would LOVE making this project. And, yes, you have time to make it before Valentine’s Day.) The pattern for this quilt was published in McCall’s Quilting Jan/Feb 2018. If you order a kit, the pattern is included; here’s a link to simply order the magazine.

And now, the part you have been waiting for – a chance to win McCall’s Quick Quilts Feb/Mar 2018. Leave a comment below if you’d like to be in the drawing which will be held Feb. 5.


“Over and Under” and “Partly Cloudy” Published!

11 01 2018

Have you seen the latest copy of McCall’s Quick Quilts? The February/March 2018 issue contains two of my quilts!

“Over and Under” is made with tone-on-tone fabrics from Wilmington Prints. The patches are an easy to handle size and units are assembled by partial seaming around the central orange squares. Setting the blocks on-point accentuates the over-all woven appearance of the fabrics. With light gray thread, I quilted a freehand all over design of E’s and 3’s.

Do you need a birthday or graduation quilt for a young man? This is it! It would also make a great wedding gift or retirement gift.

Interestingly, McCall’s Quick Quilt editors selected another of my quilts to publish in the same issue. “Partly Cloudy” was made with rainy spring days as inspiration. The colorful 2″ squares represent rainbows peeping out from behind the clouds. Again, Wilmington Prints graciously supplied fabrics for the quilt. Originally, I planned for black narrow borders on both sides of the pieced border of colorful squares, but the color contrast was too stark. A charcoal gray choice keeps the viewer’s eye on what is most important, the interior patchwork surrounded by the colorful pieced border. I designed and pieced this quilt during the time my longarm was packed away in preparation for our move, so my friend, Irene Grimes, quilted “Partly Cloudy” for me. With gray thread, she quilted cloud arcs and loops on the interior, curved arcs in the pieced border, and straight lines in the outer print border.

If you are searching for a quick and easy quilt in popular decorating hues with a fun punch of color, your search is over! The construction is suitable for young sew-ers; perhaps your daughter or granddaughter would like to help make a new quilt for her bedroom on the next snowy or rainy day.

If you are not yet a Quick Quilts subscriber, click here to order your copy from The Quilting Company’s online store.

And the Winners Are . . .

15 12 2017

As promised, I held a drawing for two free magazines:  McCall’s Quilting, January/February 2018 issue. “Chain of Hearts,” both the throw size quilt and a table runner, are featured in this issue. McCall’s editors graciously sent two complimentary copies to gift to faithful blog readers like yourself. Out of 19 comments, all of which I enjoyed reading, the two quilters chosen were #5 Mary and #14 Brenda E. I have written to these ladies requesting their USPS addresses. (I have sent Mary her magazine, but I have not heard from Brenda. Brenda, please contact me at

If you are not a winner this time and your newsstand does not carry McCall’s Quilting, click here to link to The Quilting Company to order a copy directly; copies should be available soon.

“Chain of Hearts” Published

4 12 2017

Excitement is running high! “Chain of Hearts” has been published in the January/February 2018 issue of McCall’s Quilting. And the editors have donated two copies for me to give away to blog readers, so be sure to leave a comment below for a chance to win.

I was inspired by Corey Yoder’s scrappy patchwork heart design, “Lovely” #1300, published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 13. Instead of using many spring colors on a dark gray background as she did, I selected color saturated reds and pinks from Wilmington Prints.  The project is pre-cut friendly; I used 2 packs of “Ruby Days” 2 1/2″ strips as well as minimal yardage of red and pink tone-on-tones. For background I selected a light gray with gray polka dots. Using medium gray thread, I quilted hearts and loops over all in the interior and outer border. The thin black border is an unquilted accent.

The pages following the “Chain of Hearts” instructions describe how to make a coordinating table, dresser, or bed runner. The Quilting Company is offering a kit for this runner. Click here to link to the online store. Why not order a kit and craft a beautiful table quilt for Valentine’s Day?

And now for your chance to win the Jan./Feb. 2018 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Leave a comment saying for whom you would make “Chain of Hearts.” The drawing will be on December 12.

QM 100 Blocks, vol. 16 Blog Tour

16 11 2017

Welcome to Day 4 of the Road Rally blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 16. The magazine issue includes 100 fantastic and unique blocks; you will want a copy for your quilt inspiration library. Today I am so excited to share my block, “Beacons in the Fog,” with you!

When designing this block, I wanted to create an illusion of movement, as of the light in a lighthouse turning interminably, cutting through the fog, warning the ships at sea as well as serving as navigation signposts along the shore. The saturated colors of batiks speak of clear direction in contrast with the foggy gray neutrals. (Thanks, Wilmington Prints, for these fabrics!)

Since my husband and I have made North Carolina our home, we have enjoyed exploring the state from the mountains in the west to the seashore in the east.  And we invite you to plan a road rally stop, whether real or virtual, to experience North Carolina and especially to see the lighthouses of the Outer Banks. Click here to see pictures of these majestic sentinels that serve as beacons in the fog.

What’s a road trip without some music? Tune your “radio” to you tube and  click here to hear “My Lighthouse,” as sung by Rend Collective. The praise band at our church led us in this song just this Sunday. What a comfort to know that the Lord will carry us “safe to shore.”

Using Electric Quilt software, I developed two quilt layout diagrams to give ideas for setting “Beacons in the Fog.” Twenty blocks set with narrow black sashing and red cornerstones would make a striking decorator statement on a white or gray sofa. The design of nearly solid fabrics would also suit as a young man’s quilt.

By setting blocks and half blocks in vertical strips, flanked by black strips, a contemporary effect is achieved.

Construction Tip:  Your block will be softer and less bulky if you use a minimal amount of fusible webbing for the machine applique and if you cut away the un-fused background fabric after stitching. As you can see from the photo on the left, I cut an arc of fusible webbing about 3/4″ wide and adhered it to the wrong sides of the quarter circles. After peeling off the paper, pressing the quarter circles to the background triangles, and machine appliqueing, I cut away the unfused parts of the background triangles as shown in the photo on the right.


If you make “Beacons in the Fog,” I’d love to see your block. Send a photo to Thanks for visiting my stop on the road rally, and I’d love for you to “follow” my blog. We currently have a pre-cut challenge going through the end of December. (Use those 5″ charm squares!)

Enjoy the blog tour today; be sure to stop by the Quiltmaker blog, QuiltyPleasures, to register for prizes and to link to other blogs on the tour this week. Can’t find the magazine at your local newsstand? You can order a copy from the online The Quilt Company (Quiltmaker).


Leave a comment below to enter a drawing for a free magazine. The drawing will be 22 November.




Magazine Sneak Peek

1 11 2017

November greetings to all my faithful blog readers! Besides gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I am looking forward to several quilt related happenings this month.

*I am making a quilt for publication by McCall’s Quick Quilts in late spring . . . but I can’t divulge the design yet.

*The Fourth Quarter Challenge – using Charm Packs of 5″ squares – is in full swing, and next week I will post some fantastic quilts made by blog readers. If you have a photo to share, email me:

*Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 16 will soon hit the newsstands. My block, “Beacons in the Fog,” was selected for inclusion! I am excited, to say the least! I will participate in the blog tour November 16-20, and I anticipate over 100 comments from those seeking to win a free magazine. While it is always fun to hear from “new” quilters during the blog tour, I would like to reward one of my regular readers with a copy of the magazine. Statistically, your chances of winning are better with fewer commenting participants. So leave a comment below if you’d like to win a copy of the magazine. The drawing will be 10 November.

Table Topper Quilt

25 09 2017

Does your table décor need a fresh look? Or do you need a birthday or housewarming gift? Consider making a table topper by adding several borders to a patchwork block. The block design is “Cameo Appearance” which was published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, Vol. 15. This volume of the bi-annual magazine was published in May 2017. Click here to read my blog post about the block.

The fabrics are from Geri Robinson’s “American Beauty” line for Red Rooster. Aren’t they so gorgeous and homey? The first border was cut 2 1/2″ wide from ecru print background fabric with blue print corner squares. I cut the second border 3″ wide from a tan leaf print. For the binding, I debated between the red print and the blue print. Hubby suggested the red, and I think it pulls out the cheery color from the center of the quilt.

After quilting around the flower motif, I used continuous curves in most of the patchwork. Meandering in the first border adds texture, and leaves and loops continue the leafy idea of the outer border.

I am so pleased with this speedy yet pretty project, perhaps I should delve into my collection of orphan blocks and make a few more table toppers for holiday gifts!