Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Limberlost Mural in Geneva IN - Just had to share even thought it's not quilting!

So please pardon me as I share something other than quilting on the blog this morning...

As part of a regional arts initiative, our little bitty town of 1300 people in Northeast Indiana had a mural painted downtown earlier this month.   

I want to share a few photos I took last Saturday at the mural celebration. 

The scene depicts the Limberlost Nature area that surrounds the town.  Gene Stratton-Porter studied the local marshes and swamps in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  You can learn more about her at this link and the books that she wrote from her explorations.  The local Friends of the Limberlost also shares a lot of information on their Facebook page about the various wetlands and marshes that are being restored and rehabilitated. 

The red-headed woodpeckers are some of my favorite birds.  They love to hang out in the tree outside my studio window so I'm glad the muralist included them. I don't see them much in the summer but they are easy to spot in the winter against a snowy backdrop. 

The blue jays are such majestic birds.  They swoop in and swoop out of our feeder before I can ever get a photo of them.  I'm hoping to put up some type of blue jay feeder this winter but definitely one that is squirrel proof! 

My favorite - the blue Heron.  They are so elegant in flight.  I love spotting them along the river and in the wetlands.  And don't forget the turtle in the foreground! 

And we can't forget the Cardinal.  We have several pairs that feed year round.  The male is a brilliant red but the female has brown feathers. 

And last, but not least, is the Eagle.  According to the naturalists presentation, the bald eagle wasn't in this area during Gene Stratton Porter's time here, but now there are several nests in the area.  I saw my first one earlier this year and was simply in awe. 

Thanks for letting me take a break from my regular quilting posts and share a bit about my community.  Back to quilting :) 


Friday, September 18, 2020

Etsy Shop Sale on Spring Fabric Bundles

Like it or not, Fall is HERE!  

I even had a Frost Warning for tonight pop up on my phone this morning... YIKES ... I'm gonna be gathering sheets and covering plants.  I've still got a few summer flowers that are looking good and transitioning well into fall so I'd hate to loose them.  

To make room for new Fall and Christmas items coming, I'm running a 15% off sale on several Spring Bundles.  

If you click the link below, Etsy should automatically take 15% off  on the sale items.  


If it doesn't work, then use the coupon code BYEBYESUMMER when you check out. 

Yes, I can handle hard things, but sometimes it's the easy things that trip me up - like setting up coupon codes!  #dontjudge #itsbeenalongweek 

Anyway - here are the bundles that are on sale ... And don't forget ...  FREE shipping too! 

6 Fat Quarter bundle - Solids - All Robert Kauffman Kona Cotton.  The perfect mix of pastels.

12 Fat Quarter bundle flannel - all quilt shop quality from leading manufacturers.  This would make the most perfect baby quilt, won't it? 

12 Fat Quarter bundle quilting cottons - all quilt shop quality from leading manufacturers.  Each bundle is just a bit different but includes a wide variety of spring colors and patterns. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Exclusively Annie's Star Studded Quilt Pattern

As much as I'm absorbed in all things Fall right now, Christmas is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start making a new quilt either as a gift or to enjoy yourself.   

I'm pleased to share my Star Studded quilt design that is now available as an Exclusively Annie's pattern. 

Purchase Pattern Link

Photo Cred: Annie's 

Purchase Pattern Link 

I'm always being asking where did the inspiration come for my quilt designs - well, this one is based off my ear rings!  

I normally wear diamond studded ear rings.  So if you see me in something else, you know it's a special occasion.  If you look at the blocks, you will see how the stars burst from the center in a same way my diamond stud ear rings refract light from the center.  

To make the blocks a little extra special, I fussy cut the center fabric from a poinsettia print and then went totally scrappy with the sashing and borders.  I think it is the perfect mix of planned and unplanned. 

Personally, I love a non-directional quilt.  It makes it easier to throw on a bed or across the couch if you don't have to worry about which end should be at the top! 

I'd love to see the version you make of Star Studded!  Be sure to tag me on social media as @masterpiecequilting

The Comforts of Home - Welcome Video

Last week I shared just a bit about my new The Comforts of Home e-book that will be available mid-October.  Your response has been overwhelming - Thank You!

To answer a few of the questions I've received - No this is not your typical quilt pattern book - it is so MUCH more!   5 new patterns, 5 family-tested recipes plus decorating and entertaining tips.  

What's my goal?  To create a go-to resource to help you move away from the same seasonal decor year-after-year and the same predicable menu served at every gathering.  Gatherings are meant to be enjoyed - not stressed over! 

In this quick video, I'm sharing more about The Comforts of Home. 

Don't wait, join the wait list today by clicking this link.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Christmas Diamond Topper in Quilter's World Deck the Halls with Quilting

It is so much fun when quilts come back from the publisher!  It's so hard to work on projects in secret and not tell anyone about them for months - but now I can spread the news. 

Today I'm sharing my Christmas Diamond Topper that is in Quilter's World new Deck the Halls with Quilting publication. 

Link to purchase the pattern 

This paper-pieced quilted topper brings a touch of Christmas elegance to your holiday table.  

Last year I struggled with having enough Christmas-themed table toppers, so it was my mission to design more for this year.  I was specifically lacking a small square topper for our kitchen table that only seats four people.  I wanted to make sure the design was non-directional since people sit on all sides of the table. 

And YES, I do use quilts that have been published in my house, even on an everyday basis!  Please don't freak out ....  quilts are made to be loved and to be used ... they can't get much loving if they are tucked away in a drawer. 

Here is what the topper looks like on our kitchen table. 

To keep the topper nice and flat but still let the dimension and texture of the quilting show, I used Soft & Bright batting graciously provided by The Warm Company. 

New Listings in my Etsy shop

It's been a while since I shared some of the new listings in my Etsy shop! 

If you are just browsing about - here is the direct link to the entire shop.  Patterns, fabrics, books and DVD's all available with free shipping too! 

For the new items, I've added the link within the description. 


2.5 yards x WOF (42" - 44") quilting cotton in a beige tonal.  Perfect for backgrounds, borders and binding.  I have a variety of these.  If you are purchasing two for a backing, make a note or send me a convo thru Etsy so I can make sure they match. 



40 strips with 2 strips of 20 different prints in a mix of brown, deep red, green, beige, gold and orange.   These are another fall favorite that is selling quickly and prefect for making either the Sunburst Strips & Squares or Peacock Proud quilt. 




Who doesn't love a scrap bag ... especially of fall's favorite colors.  These are value prices, so buy one for yourself and another to gift to a friend.  



Does your stash need a boost?  This "our pick" bundle is sure to please with classic fall favorite colors at a reduced price compared to our other bundles.  


The Comforts of Home - A New E-Book Celebrating Quilting + Cooking

I am so excited share a new project I'm working on - The Comforts of  Home.  It's a mix of quilting patterns, recipes, decorating and entertaining tips.  Everything you need to make your house comfortable for friends and family.  

I'm on target for a mid-October 2020 release date.  The Comforts of Home will be available as an E-book so you can purchase, download and start creating right away!  

Currently, I have started a wait list so you will be the first to know when it is available and you will also get exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and videos as I'm putting the book together. 

Join the Wait List