Wednesday, October 21, 2020

#SewPink Initiative Blog Hop

I am super excited to be part of the #SewPink Initiative Blog Hop put together by By Annie and Patterns By Annie.  This is my second year to participate in this very important cause - to raise awareness for breast cancer. 

As a quilter one of my most frequent requests is to help put together a "Sentiment" or "Signature" quilt for someone who has been diagnosed with cancer and will be undergoing chemo treatments.  Since I've never actually written out the instructions or put together a tutorial on how to do this, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. 

"Sentiment" quilts are made using fabric pieces where friends, family, co-workers, classmates and others have written inspiring messages to support the person with cancer or any type of illness.   There are a variety of different ways and styles to make a quilt like this, so don't feel like there is any "right" way and other ways are "wrong". 

Here is a list of the supplies that you will need to make a 39" x 58-1/2" quilt with 54 blocks on the front side:

  • 8" squares of light-colored solid or tonal fabric - enough for everyone to sign plus some extras
  • 6-1/2" square cutting grid or cardboard template
  • Thread
  • Rotary Cutter, Mat and Cutting Grid
  • Water-Soluble Marking Pen
  • Permanent Fabric Markers - preferably fine or ultra fine point
  • 7" squares of coordinating fabrics - person's favorite color, pink for breast cancer, prints that match the person - enough to complete the front of the quilt. 54 minus # of signature blocks. 
  • 1-3/4 yards of 42" wide fabric for backing
  • polyester batting to size
  • 1/2 yard of binding fabric

Since making a sentiment quilt is more of a process than step-by-step instructions, I put together a video that explains what I'm doing but more importantly, the why I'm doing it.  Many times when sentiment quilts are put together it is a team effort and not all of the team are sewists or quilters.  One person may do the cutting, another helping mark, someone else mails and collects all the fabric pieces, another person presses, etc.  My intent for this video is to help everyone understand the process so they can make a quilt that best meets the needs of the person they are making it for.


I have also prepared a pattern to accompany the video.  The Sentiment Quilt pattern is available as a digital download.  Please click this link to start the process of having it emailed to you. 

To find the complete schedule for the blog hop and more information about breast cancer, this link connects you to the page. 

And finally, we can't have a blog hop without a prize!  It's super simple to enter, just leave a comment on this blog post and I'll select one lucky winner to receive a $30 coupon to  Isn't that easy!  Please make sure your settings will allow me to email you or otherwise I won't be able to contact you if you win. 

The #SewPink Initiative was created by LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection and support for those affected by breast cancer. 

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit:

To find screenings available near you: 

To donate directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation visit:!/donation/checkout

Monday, October 19, 2020

Oh Christmas Tree Quilted Wall Hanging - Print Patterns, PDF Digital Download & Kits available!

Depending on where you live, it's starting to look like Christmas.  Thankfully I'm in Indiana and we are getting a really cold rain but I'm seeing photos from Iowa and they have snow!  Yikes!  I'm not ready for snow, I'm still wearing capris :) 

Speaking of Christmas and Christmas shopping.  I know a lot of you have already started shopping or are putting together your shopping lists.  I do not want to instill any panic - I'm not that type of gal - but I have set the Christmas Shipping Deadline for my Etsy shop as Monday December 7, 2020.  

What does this mean?  All orders placed by 12 midnight EST Monday December 7th will be guaranteed for delivery by Christmas Day.   Yes, that is in less than 2 months... so shop early, shop often! 

And what wouldn't make a more perfect Christmas present than a quilted Christmas Tree wall hanging? 

In my Etsy shop, I have both print patterns as well as PDF digital download patterns AND kits!  Yes, kits!  Complete kits to make the quilt top + binding with print pattern.  This is a popular pattern and the kits are already selling quickly - so don't miss out.   

For your convenience, I've added the links below. Thank you for shopping my Etsy shop. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Halloween Gift Giving in Style! Mug Rug Free Tutorial + Pattern

If you are like me, life is getting a bit weary right now.  While so many things have changed this year beyond our control, I'm viewing this as an opportunity to make our own changes and start some new traditions!  Who says Halloween has to be for kids and candy?  Why not take some time and gift a few simple gifts to your adult friends for Halloween?  Whether it be co-workers, old college friends or folks in your neighborhood, a simple gesture can mean so much.  

I'm using my Super Simple 9-Patch Mug Rug pattern that is available for FREE at this link to make some adorable mug rugs. 

Since this is a stash based project, I grabbed black and orange tonals that play well together for the 9-patch and binding and a coordinating tonal for the backing. 

The first step is to make the 9-Patch block.  

Next I layered the backing, batting and the top.  
Please note:  if you are planning on using this mug rug with really hot coffee mugs or soup bowls, make sure you use a heat-reflective batting to prevent any damage to your furniture. 

I did some really simple 1/4" quilting to hold everything together. 

The next step is to add the binding and viola!  It's finished! And now, I'm ready to celebrate Halloween in style!   For gifting, you can pair it with a matching mug, some hot chocolate mix or the beverage of your choice ;) 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Masterpiece Prime Sale - October 12 -14

Hi Everyone - just popping in here on a Friday afternoon to give you a heads up that I'm having a Masterpiece Prime Sale next Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday October 12-14. 

To make it easier for everyone, I will be sending out emails with the sale links and promo codes starting Sunday night.

Why am I doing it this way? 

First, social media is really noisy right now and I don't want you to miss something your really wanted because it didn't show up in yours newsfeed for 2 days (does that happen to anyone else besides me??) 

Second, I want to reward you for being willing to share your email address with me.  I promise no spam, just quilting related goodness. 

What do to next?  Sign Up.  Here is the LINK.  

And one more thing!  Hop over to my Etsy shop and start browsing.  Be sure to favorite my shop, put items into your cart so you don't forget them or favorite them.  I'll be adding more items over the weekend too! 


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Designer Virtual Trunk Show - Fall Quilts - Pattern Links


Designer Virtual Trunk Show

Tuesday October 6, 2020  7p.m. EST

Masterpiece Quilting Facebook LIVE


1. Autumn Bliss PDF Pattern -


2. Sunburst Strips & Squares – Autumn Version

               PDF Pattern -

               Print Pattern -

               Fabric Kit + Pattern -

               Precut Strips -


3. Peacock Proud

               PDF Pattern -

               Print Pattern -


4. Barn Raised Birds

               PDF Pattern -

               Print Pattern -


5. Let’s Gather Table Runner

               PDF Pattern -

               Print Pattern -

               Fabric Kit + Pattern -


6. Fall Fancy

               Pattern Available at


7. Charmingly Mod

            Pattern Available at


8. Fall Table Runner from Learn to Machine Bind Your Quilts

               DVD -


9. Star Bound Sampler

Complete pattern + video lessons -


Quick Links - Today's Designers Virtual Trunk Shows - Fall Quilts

Here are some quick links to today's presentations!  

This is gonna go fast tonight ... yep, I'm already a little worried if I can keep it at 13-14 minutes with all the quilts I want to share.  

Times are EST

Tuesday, Oct 6

6:00 pm Marlene Oddie of KISSed Quilts

6:15 pm Annie Smith

6:30 pm Cherry Guidry

6:45 pm Tammy Silvers

7:00 pm Nancy Scott

7:30 pm Debbie Wendt

7:45 pm Rebecca Lidstrom

8:00 pm Michele Crawford

My best suggestion is to go ahead and click the links to each Facebook page ahead of time, like / follow the designer (if you don't like them, you can always unfollow later!) and that will give you a notification when they are live. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Think Fall - Designer Virtual Trunk Shows

I'm excited to share the schedule for the Think Fall - Designer Virtual Trunk Shows. 

Each designer will be presenting a 13-14 minute trunk show via Facebook Live of their favorite fall quilts and then signing off so you have enough time to go to the Facebook page of the next designer. I strongly suggest you go ahead and visit all of the designers Facebook pages, using the links below, and like / follow their pages so you get notification of them going LIVE. It is so much easier to find a page when you have already liked / followed it.

Times are EST

Tuesday, Oct 6

6:00 pm Marlene Oddie of KISSed Quilts

6:15 pm Annie Smith

6:30 pm Cherry Guidry

6:45 pm Tammy Silvers

7:00 pm Nancy Scott

7:30 pm Debbie Wendt

7:45 pm Rebecca Lidstrom

8:00 pm Michele Crawford

Thursday, Oct 8

1:00 pm Kate Colleran

1:15 pm Pretty Piney Quilts

1:30 pm Blue Bear Quilts

1:45 pm Sue Griffiths

I do have some sad news to wrap up with - this will be our last set of shows this year. We have had an amazing time sharing trunk shows, tips and techniques with you each month. I hope you have enjoyed it too. I do plan on continuing a month trunk show showcasing quilts for each season - so stay tuned for those announcements. I haven't decided on a schedule yet, so if you have any input regarding a set time each month, just hit reply and share your thoughts. I apprecate it!

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

I'm March in Quilter's World 2021 Calendar

How's that for an attention getting headline ... I'm March in Quilter's World 2021 Calendar ?  

Well, technically, not me, myself but my quilt pattern design is!  I know, my pattern designs get all the fun :) 

Yes,  I'm excited to share my Marmalade pattern is the March quilt in the Quilter's World 2021 Calendar.

I just received my copy a few days ago and I can guarantee you that it is full of 12 gorgeous quilt projects that you can make in a day.  

Even though we still have a few months left in 2020, don't wait to purchase.  

I've provided a direct link for your convenience. 

#SewPINK Blog Hop - Starting October 1st

Again this year I am super excited to be partnering with ByAnnie and a who's who list of outstanding designers and quilters to bring you the #SewPINK Blog Hop for Breast Cancer Awareness.  As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  The blog hop officially starts tomorrow October 1st, but I wanted to give you a heads-up. 

The central hub for the Blog Hop is on the ByAnnie website.  Here is a direct link.  Located there is the updated list of bloggers, free pattern, sew-along schedule as well as important information about Breast Cancer.  

I hope you join us and sew something Pink this month! 

The #SewPink Initiative was created by LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection and support for those affected by breast cancer. 

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit:

To find screenings available near you: 

To donate directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation visit:!/donation/checkout

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Don't miss these new listings in my Etsy shop - they will go fast!

Just a quick recap of some new listings I've added to my Etsy shop this morning.  

I wanted you to be the first to know.  

Not a lot of fluff in this post ... just photos & links to purchase.  

Don't just think about yourself and your stash but wouldn't these make great gifts for your quilting friends too.  Christmas will be here before we know it!  (YIKES - I can't believe I just typed that!)

RESTOCK Notice:  Curated 6 Fat Quarter bundle in a Brown & Black color combination.  There are only 6 bundles available!  Don't wait.  Link to Purchase. 

NEW Listing:  Michael Miller Fairy Frost - 17 Fat Quarters in the Frost group - lusciously glimmery metallic cottons in neutral palette.  Link to Purchase. 

NEW Listing: Michael Miller Cotton Couture - 18 Fat Quarters in the Sew Colorful Colorwheel collection.  Link to Purchase

RESTOCK Notice: Curated 6 Fat Quarter Blue, Black & Gray Bundle.  Perfect for Mask Making or restocking your stash.  Link to Purchase

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

Quick Links - Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show + Designer Tips & Techniques

When 2020 started to get crazy in the Spring, quilt designers responded with Facebook Live presentations to share their work with new audiences.  We started with the Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show in April and evolved in the Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Shows in May.  

This is a fun and new way to reach customers and I have to say by the comments - a good time has been had by all!  I'm grateful for all the kind comments and encouragement I've received from everyone. 

Here are some quick links to each of my presentations for your viewing pleasure. I have added them to my YouTube channel to make it easy for everyone to watch.  To see more of my YouTube videos - be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel too. 

April 1, 2020 -  Trunk Show

April 9, 2020 - Trunk Show

May 2020 - Working with Problem Panels

July 2020 - Batting Basics

August 2020 - Organization & Workflow

September 2020 - Tips for Accurate Cutting

October 2020 - Fall Quilt Trunk Show

Friday, September 4, 2020

Masterpiece Quilting Studio News - Do you subscribe?

With all the craziness of the world, social media isn't always a fun place to hang out anymore.  I know a lot of you aren't as active as you used to be ... and ya know what, I understand completely! 

Back in June, I started sending out weekly newsletters - Masterpiece Quilting Studio News.  It's not the most catchy title, but it accurately describes what I'm sharing - news from my Masterpiece Quilting Biz. 

The newsletter contains upcoming blog hops and other events I'm participating in, latest pattern releases, listings in my Etsy shop and right now, an Exclusive Behind the Scenes look of my next book The Comforts of Home.

If you aren't already a subscriber, I'd love to have you join.  

It's super easy to sign up for the newsletter - all I need is your email.  

And I promise I won't spam you! 

Just click this link

I always believe Sharing is Caring - so please share this blog post with your quilting friends too. 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Thursday September 3 - Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show

It's the final day of the Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show and today's designer lineup is simply amazing!  It's gonna be a busy and informative day. 

Here is the schedule for today - 

12:00 PM  Debbie Wendt  
2:00 PM  Daisy Aschehoug  
3:00 PM  Becca Fenstermaker 
4:00 PM  Patti Carey  
5:00 PM  Heidi Pridemore  
6:00 PM  Reed Johnson for Blue Bear Quilts  
7:00 PM  Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio  
8:00 PM  Scott A Flanagan  

To make sure you don't miss a presentation - go ahead and like / follow each designers Facebook page so you receive a notification when they go LIVE. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Wednesday September 2 - Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show

Weren't yesterday's presentations amazing!  I had a meeting yesterday afternoon but I had an opportunity to catch the replays last night and I learned so much.   (Yes, go back to each designers FB page and you should be able to catch a replay there.  It's kinda like binge watching them.) 

I'm on the line-up today for 2 p.m.  I hope you join me!  It's always fun to have a LIVE audience besides the dogs :) 

We have a busy day of shows today - I'm so excited. 

Wednesday September 2nd 
12:00 PM  Teresa Weaver  
1:00 PM  Cherry Guidry  
2:00 PM  Nancy Scott 
4:00 PM  Sue Griffiths  
5:00 PM  Swan Sheridan  
6:00 PM  Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis  
7:00 PM  Bunnie Cleland  

As a tip so you don't miss anyone, go ahead and like / follow each designer's facebook page so you get a reminder notification when the LIVE presentation starts. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tuesday September 1 - Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show Schedule

 Here is today's schedule for the Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show.  

Tuesday September 1st 
2:00 PM  Annette Ornelas  
3:00 PM  Kate Colleran  
5:00 PM  Marlene Oddie 
6:00 PM  Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis  

To make sure you don't miss any of the presentations, I like to go ahead and like / follow each designer's facebook page in advance so I receive a notification that they are going live.   Enjoy! 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show - September 1-3, 2020

Hi Everybody!

Where did August go?  It's time again for another fun and information packed 3 days with the Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show.  

I've included the full schedule below so you can use it as a reference. 

Tuesday September 1st 
2:00 PM  Annette Ornelas  
3:00 PM  Kate Colleran  
5:00 PM  Marlene Oddie 
6:00 PM  Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis  

Wednesday September 2nd 
12:00 PM  Teresa Weaver  
1:00 PM  Cherry Guidry  
2:00 PM  Nancy Scott 
4:00 PM  Sue Griffiths  
5:00 PM  Swan Sheridan  
6:00 PM  Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis  
7:00 PM  Bunnie Cleland  

Thursday September 3rd 
12:00 PM  Debbie Wendt  
2:00 PM  Daisy Aschehoug  
3:00 PM  Becca Fenstermaker 
4:00 PM  Patti Carey  
5:00 PM  Heidi Pridemore  
6:00 PM  Reed Johnson for Blue Bear Quilts  
7:00 PM  Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio  
8:00 PM  Scott A Flanagan  

If you are new to the Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show, here is how it works.  

At the top of the hour (EST), a different designer will be presenting on their facebook page.  It's as easy as following the links below.  Each presentation will be about 15 minutes long.  

It's a quick and easy way to learn something new and meet some of your favorite designers all at the same time! 

To make it really easy to keep up, in advance, go through the list and like / follow each presenter - that way you will get a notification of when they go Live!  Easy enough? 

I will be presenting on Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. EXT.  I hope you to see you there!