Reversible Table Topper Published

16 10 2018

Great news! My reversible table topper was published in the November/December 2018 issue of Quilty. In fact, my quilt made the cover!┬áThis is the first quilt I’ve had published by this magazine which caters to young, modern quilters. Quilty is a subsidiary of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting and contains many of the features F & P readers appreciate. For example, each issue includes “how to” pages for basic patchwork skills like making half triangle squares, quarter triangle squares, and Flying Geese.

The inspiration for this two-in-one quilt came from a prompt by the acquisitions editor, Lori Baker. We agreed that we often feel like we just decorated for fall when it’s time to change to Christmas decor. If you make this reversible table topper, redecorating your dining table will be easy; the day after Thanksgiving, you can simply flip the quilt over from fall leaves to holiday trees!

I used Grunge fabrics from Moda for this quilt: “Grunge Hits the Spot” for the leaves and “Seeing Stars” for the trees and border. I deliberated about what color to use as the borders for both sides knowing that the binding should also be of the same fabric. I settled on a deep eggplant color which lends richness to the fall leaves as well as the holiday trees. For quilting, I meandered in gold thread which adds glitz to both sides of the quilt.

I have one copy of Quilty to give away to a blog reader. If you would like to win, leave a comment below. The drawing will be next Monday, 22 October.


“Simple Treats” Published!

27 09 2018

Great news, my quilt, “Simple Treats,” was published in the September/October 2018 issue of Quilting Quickly. Quilting Quickly is a subsidiary of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting. It focuses on quilts made with pre-cuts like 2 1/2″ strips, 10″ squares, 5″ squares, and fat quarters. Can you guess which pre-cut I used for this quilt?

Right! 2 1/2″ strips from the “Broomhilda’s Bakery” line designed by Kim Christopherson for Maywood Studio. Isn’t this fun fabric? As I made the quilt, I thought of my friend Pam L. who has a late October birthday and who loves to bake fall treats for friends who drop in for tea and coffee on brisk autumn mornings. Wouldn’t this quilt be perfect draped over a chair in Pam’s country kitchen?

I quilted “Simple Treats” with gray polyester thread in a spider web pantograph design purchased from When finishing, I cut 7 strips in half and joined them with diagonal seams to make a fun, scrappy double fold binding.

The editors graciously sent me several copies to give away to interested blog readers. I’ll send one to Pam L. for her birthday, but you could win one by leaving a comment. Tell me what other fabric themes you could use when making this 2 1/2″ strip friendly quilt. The drawing will be on 6 October.

Quick Quilts Magazine Winner

2 09 2018

Karen P. is the winner of the magazine drawing for McCall’s Quick Quilts, Oct./Nov. 2018. Congratulations, Karen! I know you will find several quilts in this issue that you will enjoy making.

Incitentally, the quilt on the cover is made with 2 1/2″ strips – perfect for National Sew a Jelly Roll day which is on 15 September this year.

If your newsstand has sold out of this issue, you can purchase it from The Quilting Company’s website. Click here to link to the magazine section of their store.

Thanks for all of your congratulatory remarks and for all the creative colorways you mentioned for “Heaven’s Light.” Here is a summary of the color combinations you suggested: Jade/Navy/Rich Gold, Purples/Yellow, Pink/Purple/Blue, Gold/Coral/Orange, Red/Gold/Sparkly background, Bright Orange/Hot Pink, Blue/Green/Purple/Bubble Gum Pink, Brown/Gold, Brown/Tan/Red, Red/Yellow/Orange. It is fun to imagine the quilt in each of these color combinations!

“Heaven’s Light” Published!

27 08 2018

Great news . . . “Heaven’s Light” is published in the October/November 2018 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. I know you will enjoy making this twin sized quilt as much as I did!

The home my sister-in-law and mother-in-law live in was the inspiration behind this “Log Cabin” quilt. They live at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the oldest part of the house is a log cabin built during Revolutionary times. The yellow squares represent the welcoming candles illuminating their windows. You will find more of the story behind this quilt in the magazine.

Wilmington Prints graciously sent me the lovely batiks to make this quilt. The vibrant colors really glow like a stained glass window refracting heaven’s light!

If you would like to win a copy of this magazine issue, leave a comment below stating which color family you would choose for this quilt. The drawing will be September 1.

Two for One

6 08 2018

That’s right, quilters, you can have two of my quilt designs for the price of one magazine!

Quilting Quickly, an off-shoot of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, showcases quilts made with pre-cuts: 5″ charm squares, 2 1/2″ strips, 10″ squares, and fat quarters. This is the first time I’ve been published in this magazine, and I’m delighted two of my designs were chosen.

“Nocturne,” pictured on the left, is made with a layer cake of 10″ squares. The line is “Night Music” by Amy Butler for Free Spirit. It is a quick and easy pattern that lets the fabric do the talking. You might engage your granddaughter or other young sew-er in making this fun design as an end of summer project; they can finish the quilt before returning to school this fall.

“Cross Check,” pictured to the right of the magazine cover was made with a Jelly Roll of “Figures” (Zen Chic for Moda). With additional yardage for background and outer border, just look what you can make with one Jelly Roll!

The folks at F+W Media have graciously given me two copies to give away to blog readers. To be in the drawing, please leave a comment below stating which quilt you would more likely make. What appeals to you more, making a Layer Cake quilt or a Jelly Roll quilt? The drawing will be on 15 August.

Magazine Winner

31 07 2018

July 31st, my how the summer is flying by! Today is the day for drawing a winner of Easy Quilts, Fall 2018. Thanks, one and all, for your compliments on “Lieutenant.” If you make the quilt, please send me a picture of it so I can share with blog readers. (It’s actually very helpful to the magazine editors when you send a picture of yourself holding a published quilt. This alerts them to the type of quilts that interest you.)

The winner is Cheryl G.! If you did not win, and your newsstand does not stock Easy Quilts, you can order a copy from The Quilting Company.


“Chain of Hearts” Kit Sale

30 07 2018

Are you a subscriber or follower of The Quilting Company blog? The Quilting Company (TQC) is the online presence for many of the quilting magazines you enjoy: Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts, Easy Quilts, Fons & Porter Love of Quilting, Quilting Quickly, and Quilty. Each day TQC emails me announcements and previews of newly released magazines, advertisements for quilt related goodies like tools and kits, and/or blog posts with fascinating articles.

Today’s ad for marked down kits included my “Chain of Hearts” table runner which was published in the January/February 2018 issue of McCall’s Quilting. The kit was originally priced at $59.99 and is now selling for $26.40. Such a deal! Click here to see for yourself.

In case you’re wondering, I don’t receive a commission if you purchase a kit, but I am excited to share this great deal with my faithful blog followers.