BERNINA University 2015

I’m so excited to be teaching at BERNINA University this July in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Yes, it is hot there in July, but I guess that means we will just have to stay inside and sew – it is a hard life!)



So, for all of you BERNINA dealers out there please come join me because I have a lot of special things planned for you guys.  My first class is “Quilting BERNINA Style: Inspiring Your Customers” and in it I’ll give you slew of ideas on how to market the Q Series to your customers – from special store events and quick in-store projects to eye-catching displays.

In  my second class, “Quilting BERNINA Style: Free-Motion”, we will explore loops, pebbles, ribbons, fishbone, paisley motifs and many more all on the new BERNINA Q 24 with Frame.  Participants will be the very first to receive and quilt a panel I’ve designed designed exclusively for BERNINA to teach these free-motion skills. The training panel will be available for purchase later in the year by BERNINA dealers for their customers.

Wanna see a sneak peek?




Please join me in Arizona to explore the Q 24!

Gosh, I had better get quilting!

Have a marvelous Memorial Day weekend!





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Spring Market 2015!

Hi everyone!

I just got back from Spring Quilt Market 2015.  It was fabulous to see everyone!

This Market I debuted my first line for Benartex – so exciting!  (It was also my first Market as a BERNINA Quilting and Long Arm Spokesperson.  More on that later.)  My quilting line is called Carina and is all about bright colors.  It has a lovely mix of feature prints and blenders for those of me who, like me, love appliqué, and it will ship in August/September.  I’ll be back next week with new patterns once I have them in my shop but just wanted to share a few photos.

My booth was next to my friend and fellow Benartex designer, Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio, so we took down the wall and had a party!  (Do you think it is bright enough?)

Cherry and my booths.
Cherry and my booths.
Around the corner next to Benartex was my fat-quarter friendly new "First Crush" pattern.
Around the corner next to Benartex was my fat-quarter friendly new “First Crush” pattern.
Some of my new Carina fabrics
Some of my new Carina fabrics

I am launching a new Block-of-the-Month designed specifically for this line.  Here is a sneak peek but I’ll be back soon with more details once it arrives from the printer.

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“Heart’s Delight”
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This was “Heart’s Delight” mounted on the quilt frame just two days before Market – I was still binding at the hotel!  Aurifil thread for both!

Also, you might have caught a glimpse of a quick and easy graphic quilt with just a touch of appliqué – “Bouquet”.

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And the last of the new patterns is Romance – a fun little table topper!  I had such fun making different variations of this one!

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AMD Romance 03

Everything was quilted on the BERNINA Q 24, which is something I’ll be talking about a lot here!  Thanks to BERNINA for giving me this opportunity! Please let me know any questions you may have so I can make sure I cover them here or at BERNINA.  I’m teaching at BERNINA University this year too and I’ll be back to post about that and new patterns soon.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some videos of the Q 24 in action!



Happy quilting!



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Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book (square)

Big News!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely spring.  Things have been so busy over here my head is spinning!  But in a good way – I’m pinching myself on a  daily basis.  I’m excited to share that I am a new Quilting and Long Arm Spokesperson for BERNINA.  That’s right – that means the new Q 24 has arrived!!!!  I absolutely could not be happier with how this machine sews and in the upcoming months I’ll be sharing some of my favorite features and tips for working on the machine with you right here and also over at BERNINA.  Being a spokesperson basically means that not only do I love quilting – I actually love just talking even talking about quilting (ask my family), so it is nice to have the opportunity to share tips and tips right here with you.  So, if you have any specific questions or things you’d like to see me talk about, please leave a comment or send me a note and I’ll try to blog about it in the upcoming months.  (And, as an aside, if you new to this blog and are not on my email list, please sign up to receive updates.)  And, in the meantime, if you’d like a sneak peek of the Q 24 in action head over to my Instagram account!  I’ll be posting more frequent pictures there

Here are some photos from the video shoot…

Getting set up on the BERNINA Q Series
Getting set up on the BERNINA Q Series
This is the makeup artist, Ann Marie, who made me look WAY better than I normally look every day. I’m awful at makeup so having her there made me feel truly pampered.
This is Brian MacDonald of Wonderkind Studios and his crew talking with me between shoots. They were wonderful to work with!  Cara, Connie, and Andrea from BERNINA of America and Roxane from C&T Publishing ensured everything run smoothly, from start to finish… (Cara, these ellipses are for you!)
And this is me getting down to business and quilting!
And this is me getting down to business and quilting! Quilting is easier than talking!

If you are a dealer looking for ideas on showing your customers some of the unique possibilities on the Q 24, please sign up for my classes at BERNINA University in Arizona in July.  I designed a special yet-to-be-announced teaching tool for you guys and your customers!

Tying into all this is my new book for C&T Publishing – the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.  It is an “encyclopedia of quilting ideas” indexed by both block type and design family and will come out this summer.  The really exciting thing about this book is that it is also an app!  That means you will actually be able to see animations of the designs and, in some cases, even see video of motifs being executed on the BERNINA Q 24!


Also, I’m excited to announce my first line of fabric with Benartex.  It is called Carina, which means “dear one” or “sweet”.  The colors are so vibrant and happy which makes it a joy with which to sew, plus it has a ton of blenders which makes it great to splice.  Thanks, Benartex!  I’m releasing 4 news patterns for Market with this line… here are some sneak peeks.  (And, yes, for those of you who emailed me, the header on my newly revamped website is a feature print from this collection.)

My new patterns
“Bouquet” quilting, my first quilt on the BERNINA Q 24!
“First Crush”

If you are going to be at Market, please visit me in booth 2310 – or I should say please visit my quilts because that is really what we all do at Market anyway – visit quilts!!!


I’m off to work on my Block-of-the-Month – “Heart’s Delight”.  I have 6 days to “finish” (ahem, actually “start”) it.  Nothing like working under pressure right?

Hope everyone has a productive and wonderful week!


One housekeeping note: In an effort to be able to share some more types of content with you (videos, etc.) I’ve migrated this blog over to WordPress.  Any bookmarks to specific pages you might have on this site might be lost – so sorry!  But all the content is still here in the archives.  If you are looking for anything specific you can’t find, feel free to contact me.

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“Chronos” embroidery collection and American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast

Hi there everyone!  I hope you are having a great week.  I’m excited to announce a couple of things…

1) I have a new embroidery collection called “Chronos” coming out with OESD in March.  It is a more masculine embroidery collection which is different for me.  It is for all of us looking to sew for sons, husbands, and fathers.  Feminine designs are so easy to find – not so masculine.  I’m getting my embroidery needles sharpened!


Secondly, I’m going to be on Pat Sloan’s American Patchwork and Quilting podcast Monday, talking about quilting, embroidery, teaching, book writing etc.  I actually have some big news to share on the fabric design front as well so it is great timing!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend with lots of sewing!

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APQ Modern Lace Pillow

Well, it has been a couple of months since I’ve posted.  Time has really flown!  Are the holidays over already?  Where did January go?  Right before Fall Market I quilted a fun small project for American Patchwork & Quilting that I can finally share with you.  It is on newsstands starting today!
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

It is a colorful oblong pillow made out of my Modern Lace line for Blend Fabrics.  It was such fun to sew.  A little traditional and a little modern at the same time – my favorite!  There are lots of other great projects in this issue so keep your eyes peeled for it!

If you are looking for fusible appliqué tips check out my Craftsy class using this link and get $10 off!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  Happy quilting!


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Zigzag Christmas and Thanksgiving Sale

Hi everyone!  Have you already started Thanksgiving cooking?  We finished our sweet potatoes and cranberry-pear sauce, but still have lots of cooking ahead of us tomorrow.  (And, if I’m lucky, maybe a little sewing too.)

This is a little belated but LOTS of readers have written to me asking for a pattern that was originally released with my Holiday Bouquet line.  The problem was, I really didn’t want to release it without reworking the directions significantly, so I needed to push it until after Market.  In the original pattern Blend referenced SKU listings, rather than fabric descriptions, which was a little confusing.  Also, I wanted to rework the instructions and make a few changes so that you could use one fabric for the upper background and one for the lower background – I just love the look!  So, here is is… Zigzag Christmas!

I used my good friend Cherry Guidry’s Frosty Forest line for Benartex for Zigzag Christmas this time.  It has some lovely blenders and is so cute!  (It ships to stores later this year.)  SKU info is included in the pattern.

I really wanted to sew a new version to show you all on the blog – both in Frosty Forest and also a scrappy version using extra fabric from Modern Holiday (because I seem to be a fan of biting off more than I can chew) – but I know that some of you all really wanted Zigzag Christmas as soon as possibly with Christmas right around the corner, so I went ahead and posted it in my shop.  And also in the shop this weekend – starting on Thanksgiving and running through Sunday – a SALE!  20% off all using the code HAPPYTHANKSGIVING !

…. because that is what I hope you all have!

What will you sew this weekend?  I’m hoping to start a new version of Holiday Forest, the cover project pictured on Modern Holiday, in reds and pale blues, and greys for my mom.  (No, mom, it isn’t done or even started yet, but I’m working on it!)

Whatever you may be cooking, piecing, or quilting, have a lovely holiday weekend!

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Yorkshire Park Blog Tour

Note: The Quilters Newsletter magazine and fat quarter bundle winner is Audrey and the winner of my patterns is Karen of Karen-Quilts etc. Both liked Mini-Garden Paths!  Thanks to everyone who commented!

Hi everyone!  Today is the first day of the Quilters Newsletter’s Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 blog tour.  Don’t you love fat quarter quilts?  They are so fun and easy to choose fabric for!  Quilters Newletter has giveaways scheduled for the entire week (and mine is at the end of this post) so keep your eyes peeled!

My quilt for this issue is Yorkshire Park.  The original was made in Topiary.

But I’ve been playing around with it tonight and I like it in Modern Lace, my new collection for Blend Fabrics, as well (plus a little green from Topiary for the leaves).  What do you think?
Or maybe with a navy background, but with light blue leaves?

We’ll have two winners for the giveaway, ok?  The first will win a copy of the magazine and a fat quarter bundle of Silvia’s Sonnet by Silvia Vassileva from P&B Textiles, courtesy of Quilters Newsletter.  The second will win a copy of three of my newest patterns: Mini Blossoms, Mini Garden Paths, and Chantilly.  To, enter, let me know which one is your favorite of these patterns )(shown below) by commenting on this post sometime today (Monday, November 9th).  You can enter until midnight Mountain Time.

Make sure to visit Quilters Newsletter throughout the week for fun prizes!

Happy sewing!

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Fall Market 2014 and Modern Lace patterns

Oh my goodness has it really been almost three months???  It has been a really busy three months even though I can’t really say what I was working on most of the time yet.  Suffusive to say I got the the end of September and what seemed like my twentieth deadline and realized Market was only a few weeks away so I had better work fast.

Luckily Blend Fabrics sent plenty of my Modern Lace line my way (shipping to stores now).

First up in the new pattern category is Chantilly.

Chantilly (45-1/2” x 64-1/2”)
It features just two appliqué motifs that are combined to give an elegant look.  Best of all, most of the appliqué is ended in the seams so there isn’t a need to knot threads!

I did two mini quilts this time as well, Mini Blossoms and Mini Garden Paths

Mini Garden Paths (19-1/2” x 23-1/2”)
Mini Blossoms (20-1/2” x 20-1/2”)

They were such fun to sew.  And I loved the way the whitework blue print worked for the flowers so I just had to make up my original Blossoms quilt in the pink whitework print.

So here’s the original Blossoms in a new cover!

Blossoms (64-1/2” x 82-1/2”)

I also redid Love Birds and Forever in Modern Lace.  I really love them – they give those patterns a completely different look!

Love Birds (18-1/2” x 26 1/2”)
Forever (30” x 30”)

Modern Lace has 12 SKUs and I really strove to combine them in ways to make each quilt look totally different.  The SKU info, for easy ordering, is listed on each.  I hope you like them! You can find them in my store and on Craftsy.  All printed patterns are in with the exception of Mini-Garden Paths – I’m expecting that the middle of next week and will ship it right after.  (And shops that ordered at Market, your orders will be on the way the middle of next week as well!)

To celebrate the new patterns let’s have a little sale, ok?  20% off of patterns using the code MODERNLACE in my store.  Now through this Monday night (November 10th).

Happy quilting and I hope you are having lovely fall!

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Sundance Quilt: Part 6

This weekend I made my Dresden plate blocks for my latest version of the Sundance quilt, directions for which available through your local BERNINA dealer.

As you can see, these plates flank the sides of the quilt, which is set on point, so the plates are actually applied to large quarter square triangles.

First I cut a 8 plates from each of five fabrics.  You can use the template provided, but if you happen to have Darlene Zimmerman’s Easy Dresden Ruler, you can use the 6″ mark to cut the plates as well.

Note that I changed some of the fabrics for the plates from the original plan.  I like to sew with pre-washed fabrics and I didn’t have enough of some of those already washed so I took a shortcut and opted to switch out some of the fabrics to others from my Topiary line for Blend Fabrics instead!

Chain-piece the ends of the plates – I like to backstitch at each end.

Clip off the excess fabric at the corners, press the seams open, and turn the plate right side out.  Press, centering the seam.

Join the plates, pressing the seams open.  I like to fuse a little piece of Steam-A-Seam tape onto the edges of the Dresden because I find it is a more secure method of securing the plates when I sew.

Remove the tape’s paper backing and fuse it down onto the background triangle, being careful not to stretch the triangle’s bias edges!  Use the background fabric to align the quarter circle before trimming it away to reduce bulk.

Appliqué the quarter circle.  Pretty simple!

I’ll be back after Market to piece the quilt top together.  I’m waiting to quilt this one on a BERNINA long arm – I can’t wait!

If you are sewing along be sure to post your progress on Instagram using the hashtags #berninausa #sundancequilt.

Hope you enjoy the last days of summer!

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Some thoughts on Social Media…

Note: This is a very different post for me.  I normally don’t post my thoughts about these types of things online… but these issues have been on my mind in recent weeks.  If you just want to quilt, please skip this post!

Hi everyone,

The quilting community has heavily embraced social media and it has been a really great thing.  It is seems strange that something so big and all-encompassing has actually made the world seem like a smaller place, but I think venues like Instagram and Facebook have accentuated the similarities between us all.  We’ve seen amazing things happen on these platforms that couldn’t have happened ten years ago, from people sharing creative ideas and thoughts to online communities providing support to those who have been sick or are going through a particularly tough time. It has been nothing short of incredible.

But having a teenage son and daughter has caused me to think about the influence of social media a lot lately.  Our kids are growing up in an age where every aspect of their lives is public in a way they probably won’t realize for years to come.  And while the “selfie” phenomenon can be fun, its overuse is disturbing.  What does it say about our society, or even about the way our daughters (especially) perceive or choose to project themselves?  Comments like, “You’re perfect!” followed by “You’re more perfect” are so perfunctory they are almost meaningless, and yet their popularity says so much about our times and culture.

A selfie, however well-staged, does not project the totality of who person is.  So, what “post-able things” might be fun to share?

The world around us.  Have you been somewhere amazing lately and just have to share?
Friends.  What do especially value in a particular person or people?  (Not yourself.)
What are your hobbies?  What do you like to do in your free time?
Something funny that happened to you.  (My mother – hi Mom! –  is forever telling people about the time she sat on a frappuccino.  I’d worry about embarrassing her here, but she probably has already told you so no worries.)
Something beautiful that you experience.  Maybe there was a beautiful garden you walked through or a store display that was really amazing?  
Pay it forward.  If you have a great idea for making the world a better place share it!  Maybe this morning you helped someone feel part of a group or maybe they helped you!  Just thinking about these things may start a trend!

If you have teens (or if you don’t) what are your thoughts?  I’d love to hear.

Thanks for listening.  Back to quilting the next time… I promise!  Have a good weekend!

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