Monday, June 1, 2020

Peacock Proud - New Quilt Pattern Release

I'm pleased to share my latest quilt pattern with you - Peacock Proud! 


This pattern is designed specifically for 2-1/2" precut strips paired with coordinating yardage.  It's a great pattern for showcasing your fabrics. 

The cover quilt is made using the Peacock Galore collection by Claudia Pfeil for Island Batik and Soft & Bright batting from The Warm Company. 

Digital patterns are available for purchase and immediate download in my Etsy shop with print patterns coming soon :) 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Let's Be Real Studio Tour

I'm so excited to be part of the Let's Be Real Studio Tour today... kick back, relax and enjoy as I show you around my studio!



I hope you enjoyed my tour and be sure to check out all the other designers partcipating in the Let's Be Real Studio Tour! 

Terry Atkinson
atkinsondesigns.com

Gudrun Erla
https://gequiltdesigns.com/blogs/ge-happenings

Annie Unrein
https://www.byannie.com/LBR-annie-studio-tour

Bonnie Hunter
https://quiltville.blogspot.com/2020/05/how-about-deux-studio-tour.html


Celine Perkins
https://www.perkinsdrygoods-blog.com/lets-be-real-studio-tour/

Deanne Eisenman
https://snugglesquilts.com/lets-be-real-studio-tour/


Debby Ritenbaugh Brown
http://DebbyBrownQuilts.com/


Helen Stubbings
https://hugsnkisses.wequilt.com.au/letsgetreal?fbclid=IwAR2LDgQRjgP8o_Z09CtwiHZ3rZBRug_-NbAVn8ikBLQ6ig8jx7ii3mukdH8

Kathy Southern
https://studiokatdesigns.com/2020/05/a-quick-tour-of-our-studio/

Katy Cameron
https://the-littlest-thistle.com/?p=18826


Lee Chappell Monroe
www.maychappell.com

https://www.maychappell.com/2020/05/28/lets-be-real-studio-tour/


Lynn Carson Harris
https://www.lynncarsonharris.com/blog/2020/5/28/studio-tour


Pat A Sloan
https://youtu.be/UeI6IDGvo8o
https://blog.patsloan.com/

Shari Butler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjwfPN1NH2c


Shelley Lynne Pederson Robson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOQ4LbLjE7E


Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
http://blog.wholecirclestudio.com/studiotour


Scott Hansen
https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvbXZ5JWx0/

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Who doesn't love a sale?

I'm running a 25% off sale on all my DVD's in my Etsy shop now through June 1, 2020. 

If you have been wanting to learn some new skills, now is your opportunity!  

Each of these DVD's are marked down 25% and include free shipping.  There is only a limited number available, so don't miss out. 








Friday, May 15, 2020

Starry Sky - New Fabric, New Look

For today's New Fabric, New Look pattern I'm re-imaging my Starry Sky pattern.  This pattern is one of my favorites (aren't they all!) and I've made it in two different colorways.   Starry Sky is available as print version in my Etsy shop.  (Digital will be coming soon!) 

First is the dark background version which mimics the night sky with shimmery stars. 


After I made the first quilt, I wanted to remake it as a competition quilt but with a white background where I could put all sorts of fancy custom quilting.  Thus the Aqua & White version was created. 


For the re-image, I used Hope Johnson's brand spanking new Dusk til Dawn collection for Cotton + Steel fabrics.  It will be shipping to stores in June 2020, so be sure to ask your favorite quilt shop to carry it. 


I'm super excited share Hope's collection with everyone.  Hope and I met a few years at a surface pattern design retreat and became insta-friends.  You see more of her work at byhopejohnson.com



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Sunburst Strips & Squares - New Fabric, New Look

In honor of Spring Quilt Market that would have been held in-person this week, I'm sharing one of my patterns each day that I have re-imaged into a newly released fabric. 

Today I'm re-imaging my popular Sunburst Strips & Squares pattern with Bonnie Christine's new Her & History Collection for Art Gallery Fabrics.   Bonnie's soft palette and romantic style gives this pattern an entirely new look! 




If you aren't familiar with Sunburst Strips & Squares, I've made it in numerous colorways.  And if you are crushing on this precut 2-1/2" strip friendly pattern as much as I do, it is available in both print and digital versions in my Etsy Shop. 

As you can see, the fabric selection completely changes the look of the quilt! 



This is the autumnal version which I do have a few kits available in my Etsy shop.  They are value prices with free shipping.  I'd love to find them new homes since I don't have any shows scheduled this year. 


This version was made with a Moda jelly roll of Pat Sloan's Bits & Bobbins collection paired with a mint solid. 


And finally, the cover quilt which was made using Timeless Treasure's fabrics. 


Tomorrow I will have another one of my patterns re-imaged with a different fabric collection.  You won't want to miss that one! 
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Monday, May 11, 2020

Black & White Express - New Fabrics, New Look

In honor of Spring Quilt Market that was originally scheduled for this week, I'm sharing several of my quilt patterns reimaged in new release fabrics from some of my favorite designers.  For more about Spring Quilt Market's transition from a Live to Virtual event, catch my prior post

I'm starting the week with my Black & White Express quilt that is a great pattern to showcase mid-scale prints.  This is a true beginner friendly pattern with minimal piecing and no matching points.  Black & White Express is available as both a print and digital pattern in my Etsy shop. 

The original version was made in stunning black, red and asorted gray prints for a very contemporary look. 



The second version of this quilt was made using Island Batik fabrics for a more colorful and playful look. 


And now to really show the pattern's versatility, I have re-imaged it in Tracey Wirth's new Peace and Love Collection that starts shipping this summer. Be sure to sign up on her website to get all the release details!  

Don't you just love this collection and how much the pattern showcases the fabrics?  And the fabric showcases the pattern?  I used both the yellow and green versions of the collection together for an extra pop of color. 


Tomorrow I will have another one of my patterns re-imaged with a different fabric collection.  You won't want to miss that one! 
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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Spring Quilt Market -- Transitioning from Live to Virtual

As I look at my calendar for today, I had planned on starting to pack my vehicle for the drive later in the week to Pittsburgh PA for Spring Quilt Market.  This would have been my first market as a vendor.  That's a huge thing for a small business like mine.  

In March I learned that Spring Quilt Market was cancelled for this year.  And the pivoting began.  It's been a whirlwind 8 weeks of zoom meetings and working virtually.  Working harder than I've worked in a long time.  Readjusting schedules, selling stash fabric on Etsy to make up for lost income, pivoting and pivoting hard. 

But not all of my pre-Market work has been lost.  The inperson event that was scheduled for May 15-18 has been replaced by a Virtual Quilt Market that is scheduled for June 2-4.   I'm excited about the opportunites a virtual market offers.  For many shop owners who aren't able to attend the in-person event, the virtual market gives them a chance to participate.  Yes, I'm going to miss seeing all my fellow designers and industry professionals but I'll get to see them virtually instead. 



The Virtual Quilt Market is being put together quickly and the website is still under development. If you are interested in attending, be sure to join their mailing list. 

If you are a quilt shop owner, I invite you to join my Masterpiece Quilting Wholesale Group.  In this group, I'm sharing my latest patterns, upcoming releases, pattern bundles and other wholesale options.  



Saturday, May 9, 2020

Inventory Update - My Etsy Shop

To help those who are making masks, I have been cutting my fabric stash into fat quarters and selling them in bundles in my Etsy shop.  It's amazing how liberating it is to clear so much of my stash!  And of course, you don't have to make masks from them - you can add them to your stash too! 

Solids are quite popular and I just listed this 6 fat quarter bundle of beautiful pastel solids.



By request, I've added a curated "our pick" bundle of 10 fat quarters at a value price.  You will receive 10 unique fabrics in a variety of colors!


For the men, I have this popular mix of black and brown tonals and small prints.  


Darker fabrics have been selling well and this is a new listing for dark blue and black background small print florals. 


And if you have Christmas crafting in mind already, this 12 pack is an awesome stash builder. 


All bundles come with free shipping for your convenience too.  This is just a quick sampling of available fabrics, so be sure to check my Etsy shop for other fat quarter bundles as well as DVD's, patterns and kits. 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show

I hope everyone has been enjoying the Designer Tips & Techniques Virtual Show this week. Tonight I've got a quick demo on panels that I will be sharing.  I hope you can join me. 






Facebook Schedule
May 8 12pm ET Becky Campbell https://www.facebook.com/sewforeverquiltingbybeckycampbell/
May 8 1pm ET Tina Dillard - Quilting Affection Designs https://www.facebook.com/quiltingaffectiondesigns 9
May 8 2pm ET Beth Helfter - EvaPaige Quilt Designs https://www.facebook.com/EvaPaigeQuiltDesigns
May 8 3pm ET Sherri Noel - Rebecca Mae Designs https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamaedesigns/
May 8 4pm ET Kathleen McCormick - Kathleen McMusing https://www.facebook.com/kathleenmcmusing
May 8 5pm ET On Williams Street - Kimie and Missy https://www.facebook.com/onwilliamsstreet
May 8 6pm ET Andi Stanfield - True Blue Quilts https://facebook.com/Anditruebluequilts
May 8 7pm ET Nancy Scott - Masterpiece Quilting http://www.facebook.com/MasterpieceQ
May 8 8pm ET Lisa Ruble https://www.facebook.com/LoveToColorMyWorld/



Instagram Schedule
May 8 12:30pm ET IG Becky Campbell         
May 8  1:30pm ET IG  Tina Dillard - Quilting Affection Designs 
May 8   2:30pm ET IG Beth Helfter - EvaPaige Quilt Designs 
May 8   3:30pm ET IG Sherri Noel - Rebecca Mae Designs  
May 8   4:30pm ET IG Kathleen McCormick - Kathleen McMusing 
May 8   5:30pm ET IG On Williams Street - Kimie and Missy 
May 8  6:30pm ET IG  Andi Stanfield - True Blue Quilts 
May 8   7:30pm ET IG Nancy Scott - Masterpiece Quilting  
May 8    8:30pm ET IG Lisa Ruble 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Feeling Sad Again ... Topeka Quilt Show & Sale Cancelled

Lately, I feel like a yo-yo.  Sad, Happy, Sadder, Happier, Kinda Sad, Kinda Happy, Sad and then maybe Happy again.    

I'm familiar with these emotions as a small business owner but lately the yo-yo has been a lot more pronounced. 

Another of my favorite events has cancelled - The Topeka Quilt Show & Sale.

This quaint little show and sale has traditionally been held at the same time as the Shipshewana Quilt Festival in an old school house that had been converted to a church. Since the locations were about 10 miles apart they were the perfect compliment for each other.   

I loved being able to sell my extra kits, books, antique quilts, and no longer needed class samples at their event.   It helped me lighten my load and was another income stream for my business. 

What makes the cancellation even more bittersweet was that this was going to be the last year for the hosting church to have this event! 

In the cancellation announcement, the chairwoman shared that "this is not the way we wanted it to end".  And it's definitely not the way I would want it to end too!    Hopefully they will be able to find someone to take it over and keep the tradition going. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

My Etsy Shop - Inventory Update

Since all the events I had planned for the first 6 months of 2020 have been cancelled, I've been relying on my Etsy shop to pick up some of the lost income. 

In addition to my patterns, books and DVD's, I've added fabric kits and fat quarter bundles.  While I don't have a huge inventory of fabric, it's allowing me to sell extra kits left over from past shows.  I've also been taking a critical look at my fabric stash and asking myself if I really am ever going to use it all!  If I can't remember when I bought the fabric and what project I was going to make with it, then it's fabric I don't really need!  :) 

As an increasing number of people are making masks, I've been cutting and bundling fat quarters that will work for mask making.  Many are in darker colors which have a masculine feel and feature smaller prints, tonals or are solids.

Here are a few of the fat quarter bundles. I'm finding a bundle of 6 meets most peoples needs and I'm offereing free shipping too! 


Masculine Blue Gray 


Black and Brown Mix


Patriotic & Dark Blenders


I am very grateful and thankful for those who have purchased.  It's a win-win for both of us. 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Feeling Sad - Shipshewana Quilt Festival has been cancelled for 2020

It was just a few weeks ago that I shared my enthusiasm for vending again this year at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.  Well, that enthusiasm has now turned to disappointment as I received word this week that the event has been cancelled for 2020.

I get it and I completely agree that it was the correct decision ... but I can't help but feeling sad.  After I received the phone call, I was in a "funk" the rest of the day.  

The Shipshewana Quilt Festival is my favorite show.  I've had quilts juried into every show, I've taught school house sessions there for several years and I've vended for several years.  It's what I "did" in June every year.  But not this year. 

So after I wallowed in my own pity for several hours, I pivoted.  Just like I've pivoted so many times in the last six weeks as events that I've planned months for have been cancelled.   

I'm back to my head down, hair up mode, working hard on other income streams to replace the lost revenue from that show in my budget.  

And the planning for 2021 has already begun ....  

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

21 Days to T-shirt Quilt Course

As I talk with friends who have graduating seniors, the heart tugging stories of 2020 seniors' years being shortchanged is everywhere.  On social media, I've read some of the most eloquent posts from Moms and Dads to their graduates at all levels - kindergarten, middle school, high school, college and even doctorate.  Life long plans have changed, graduation ceremonies cancelled, parties postponed.  Even though events aren't happening, it doesn't mean memories can't be captured and preserved.  

Since I started working in the quilting industry in 2006, each year I have made T-shirt quilts for graduates that capture and preserve their memories.  While I'd love to make everyone a T-shirt quilt, I know that is not feasible. But what I can do is teach you how to make a quilt for your graduate. 

I've been working on the concept for a 21 Days to T-shirt Quilt class for the last 6 months.  The plan was to launch it Fall 2020 with its own fancy logo and website, supply kits, professionally edited video and basically all the bells and whistles. 

However, I'm getting the message loud and clear from moms, dads, grandmas and graduates that this class is needed NOW

So after a few sleepless nights, a lot of prayer and input from my closest friends and colleagues, I've decided to offer the class as a Beta Group this Spring. 



You will be getting the full content and probably even more than will end up in the final version but not necessarily in a super shiny package.  There will be a lot of video and I'll be learning video editing along the way.  There will be handouts and layout diagrams but I'm not gonna guarantee the formatting will be perfect or there won't be a typo or two. 

It will likely take us longer than 21 days to get through the course since many craft and fabric stores are closed or limited in their shipping options, so supplies won't be available as quickly as I had in the original schedule - but that's okay.  

Your access will continue after 21 days and once the "shiny package course" comes available, I'll transfer your access to it. 

I had planned on pricing the course in the $259 - $279 range.  For this BETA GROUP which will be starting Monday April 27, 2020, I'm offering it for $125.  That is an all-inclusive price for videos, all handouts and a private FB group for interaction with other students and me. 

I'm viewing this as a win-win for both of us. You get the content you need it and I have an opportunity to incorporate your feedback into the final version. 

If you have made it this far, here are the action steps. 

1. If you are interested in joining, please email me at masterpiecequilting@gmail.com and I will send you a paypal invoice.  

2. If you have questions, please email them to me at masterpiecequilting@gmail.com or drop them in the comments below.  I will be Live on my Masterpiece Quilting Facebook page tomorrow night Thursday April 16 at 7 p.m. EST for a Q & A session.  

If you know someone who you think might be interested, please share this information with them.  

I will be accepting enrollment through Thursday April 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Shipshewana Quilt Festival June 24 - 27, 2020

I know it's still over 2 months away and things seem to be changing on a daily basis anymore - but I wanted to remind you that as of right now, The Shipshewana Quilt Festival is still on for June 24 - 27, 2020. 



I'll be vending again this year and have a large group of new quilt patterns that I'm releasing this Spring.   Just like the rest of my patterns - a bit of traditional and a bit of modern :) 

I'm using this extra time at home to work on my entries for the Quilt Show too!   

The presenters are top-notch, as always, too.  

I hope to see you there! 

Monday, April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020 Facebook Live - Quilt Names, Publications & Links

Hi Everybody! 

For the Facebook Live I'm doing today at 1 p.m. EST, here is the list of quilts that I'll be sharing more about, the publication they are in and a link to purchase the pattern. 

The links are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission from your purchase.  You don't pay any extra, the publishing company pays the commission. Thank you for helping support my business.  For full disclosure, please click here.

Strippin Hexies – Time Saving Quilts with 2-1/2” Strips

Twisted Fences made with Island Batik fabrics – Twist & Turn Block Quilts

Beautiful Bouquets – Spring 2020 Quilter’s World Magazine

Midnight Star made with fabrics from Quilting Treasures Fabrics - Exclusively Annie’s

Star Night made with Solid-ish by Kimberly Einmo for Timeless Treasures Fabrics  – Winter 2019 Quilter’s World Magazine

Royal Star made with Island Batik fabrics – Exclusively Annie’s

Friday, April 10, 2020

Day 10 - Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show

Like they say - all good things must come to an end ... Today is the final day for the Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show. 

Thank you to each and every one of you who watched, commented and purchased!   Speaking for my fellow designers, we appreciate it greatly. 



On the Schedule for Today - Friday April 10, 2020






7pm Toni Smith/Quiltoni https://www.facebook.com/Quiltoni/

8pm Marija Vujcic, Mara Quilt Designs https://www.facebook.com/MaraQuiltDesigns/




If you are just reading this - here is how a Virtual Trunk Show works?  

Go to each designer's Facebook page and "like" or "follow" it so you will receive a notification before the trunk show starts. 

At the designated time or a few minutes before, go to the specific designer's Facebook page and watch the trunk show.  It will last about 15 minutes and in the comments you have an opportunity to ask questions, if you desire.  Your question might not be answered during the Live broadcast, but most designers will go back through the comments and answer after their presentation has ended. 

If you miss a show, you should be able to go back to the designer's page and catch a replay.   Please remember that every designer does their "live broadcasts" a little different, so you may need to roll with it.   I try to replay mine and then also post to YouTube. 

Each day, I plan on posting that day's schedule so you can follow along.  To make sure you are getting my blog posts, be sure to enter your email and subscribe to my blog too! 

And if your schedule doesn't permit watching LIVE - plan some time to binge watch them later :) 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Links mentioned - 4/9/20 - Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show on FB Live & IG Live

Thank you for watching my presentation as part of the Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show

Here are links to the quilts, patterns and kits I mentioned during the presentation. 


Rory Baby Quilt Pattern

Stepping Out Pattern



Black & White Express Pattern


Blossom Wall Hanging Pattern


Let’s Gather Table Runner Pattern


Let’s Gather Table Runner - Autumnal Colorway Kit


Tree of Presents Pattern


Wreath Runner & Wall Hanging Pattern


Wreath Runner & Wall Hanging Kit


Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show - Day #9

It's Day #9 of the Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show!  And yes, I'm presenting another trunk show today - I hope you can join me! 

I will be broadcasting at 1 p.m. EST on my Masterpiece Quilting Facebook Page and then immediately following, about 1:20 p.m. EST, I'm going to try my first Instagram Live.  I'm @masterpiecequilting on IG.

After everyone who wanted to signed up had an opportunity to pick a slot, the schedule was opened back up for so designers who wanted to present twice could pick a second time slot.   So some of us are presenting just once and others twice.  

I've been working hard to pull together another group of quilts to share today.  It's hard to decide since I want to stay close to 15 minutes :) 

Here is the complete schedule for the day - April 9, 2020. 


12pm EST
1pm EST Nancy Scott facebook.com/MasterpieceQ

2pm EST Jayme Crow/Bella Nonna Design Studio
3pm EST
5pm EST      Annie Smith https://www.facebook.com/anniesmithqs/

6pm EST Karen L. Miller / Redbird Quilt Co. https://www.facebook.com/RedbirdQuiltCo/
7pm EST Kathryn LeBlanc/Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio https://www.facebook.com/dragonflysquiltingdesignstudio
8pm EST Monique Kleinhans / Ladybug's Cabin https://www.facebook.com/ladybugscabin/

If you are just reading this - here is how a Virtual Trunk Show works?  

Go to each designer's Facebook page and "like" or "follow" it so you will receive a notification before the trunk show starts. 

At the designated time or a few minutes before, go to the specific designer's Facebook page and watch the trunk show.  It will last about 15 minutes and in the comments you have an opportunity to ask questions, if you desire.  Your question might not be answered during the Live broadcast, but most designers will go back through the comments and answer after their presentation has ended. 

If you miss a show, you should be able to go back to the designer's page and catch a replay.   Please remember that every designer does their "live broadcasts" a little different, so you may need to roll with it.   I try to replay mine and then also post to YouTube. 

Each day, I plan on posting that day's schedule so you can follow along.  To make sure you are getting my blog posts, be sure to enter your email and subscribe to my blog too! 

And if your schedule doesn't permit watching LIVE - plan some time to binge watch them later :)