Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Benartex Precut Project Hop - Better Not Pout by Nancy Halvorson

I am so excited to be part of Benartex's Precut Project Hop !  I hope you have been enjoying the hop as much as I have been.  It's so much fun to see all the beautiful fabrics and patterns that are being showcased.   If you are finding the hop for the first time today, be sure to hop on Benartex's Facebook or Instagram pages for the full tour! 

I'm also equally excited to have the opportunity to make a quilt using Nancy Halvorson's Better Not Pout fabric collection.  

Nancy is one of my favorite designers and there is so much I love about this collection - you must check it out.  

I used my new Courthouse Corners pattern which is designed specifically for fat quarters.  The pattern is available for digital download in my Etsy shop and the print pattern will be available soon too!
I had a lot of fun with the layout for this quilt and arranged the blocks from light to dark diagonally across the quilt.  The pattern really showcases the fabrics!  Here are a few more photos of my Courthouse Corners quilt.   Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St Patty's Day Mug Rug

Since I didn't have anything quilted to celebrate St. Patty's Day, I decided to make a new mug rug!  

I'm using my Super Simple 9-Patch Mug Rug pattern that is available for FREE in my Bluprint Pattern Store.  (While you are there, check out my other patterns available too!) 

This is a completely stash based project.  I grabbed two greens that played well together for the 9-patch and binding and a coordinating green for the backing. 

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

Next I layered the backing, two layers of batting and the top.  This is where I deviate from the pattern which uses a fusible foam instead of batting.  Since this was a stash project, I used what I could easily access in my studio.  

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. 

And now, I'm really to celebrate St. Patty's Day in style!  
And as an added bonus, the fabrics I pulled go perfectly with my green Depreciation glass pieces!  Maybe I need to make more green table runners & toppers to match my antique dishes :) 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Benartex Precut Project Hop

Who are my precut lovers?  I know I am one!  
I'm excited to share Benartex's Precut Project Hop!

Here is the schedule for the hop and I can't wait to see what everyone is showcasing!  I hope you join along and enjoy!

Monday 3/16:

Tuesday 3/17:

Wednesday 3/18:
Modern Quilt Studio -

Thursday 3/19:
Charisma Horton -

Friday 3/20:

Saturday 3/21:
Andy Knowlton –

Sunday 3/22:
Shelley Cavanna -
Sandra Walker -

Monday 3/23:

Tuesday 3/24:

Wednesday 3/25:
Nancy Halvorsen -

Thursday 3/26:

Friday 3/27:
Christa Watson -

Benartex is also running a fantastic giveaway celebrating National Quilt Month during the hop! 
It will be run concurrently on both Benartex's Facebook and Instagram (@benartex_fabric) starting 3/14 and ending 3/27 with the winners announced 3/28.  
The grand prize is an Ever Sewn sewing machine, and there will be two 1st prizes of (3) precut fabric bundles (1 winner each on FB and IG) and two 2nd prizes of (1) precut fabric bundle (1 winner each on FB and IG). 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Who Doesn't Love a Sale?

It's not too often that I get to announce a sale!  Today Saturday February 29, 2020,  Annie's Craft Store is running a special book & DVD sale and a number of my designs are included.   

I've highlighted several of the books and DVD's below and included a link for you to purchase from.  Yes, I do receive a small commission from the purchase of each of these items.  Thank you for using my links and supporting my business. 

We'll start with my T-shirt's, Memories & More book which is a complete guide to T-shirt and memory quilt making.  The link to purchase is

Next is a book with my quilt on the cover!  Charming Chains is a super quick and easy pattern that will look great regardless of your fabric choices.   The link to purchase is

My best selling DVD - Learn to Quilt with Panels!  This is a must-have for any quilter who works with panels.  The link to purchase is
Up next is my very favorite pincushion pattern.  

I have made several of these pincushions and use them every day in my studio.  The link to purchase is   Also in the book is a Christmas Tree pincushion that I designed. 

Another sale DVD is my Learn Stack & Cut Quilting.  If you have ever wanted to make a stack & cut quilt - I cover all the basics in this DVD.  The link to purchase is
It's never too early to start quilting for the Holidays.  I have two projects in this book - an Autumn Leaf Runner that is on the cover (upper left) and a Dresden Christmas Runner.   The link to purchase is

And finally, who doesn't love precuts.  They make our quilting so much faster and easier!  My Charmingly Scrappy quilt is in this book and it is one of my favorites! The link to purchase is

I would love to hear about your purchases during the sale - leave me a quick note as to what all your purchased :)  

Saturday, January 25, 2020

My third quilt - trying new techniques

So after achieving success at the County 4-H fair with my second quilt (you can read about it here) , I switched crafts for a few years and worked on some latch hook rugs.  But then came back to quilting.   

I was learning those multi-crafting skills early in life - who knew how valuable that would be to me later! 

For my third quilt I went back to the "baby blocks" that I used for my first quilt but this time after assembling the center motif, I hand-appliqued them onto the background fabric.  I got the borders on and then life happened.  

College, jobs, Grandma's declining health and a whole host of things prevented me from finishing the quilt.  

And then, 20 years later, I got my longarm!  I don't think this was the first project I quilted on my longarm but it was one of the first few.  Again, who said you weren't supposed to do freemotion and ruler work and template work as a beginner! 

By this time, I had "graduated" to quilting cottons instead of cotton-poly blend.   It has some faded spots and that's okay.  I still love it!

And like my other two early quilts, I analyze the design decisions that I made and wonder what would happen if I did that again :) 

Friday, January 24, 2020

My second quilt - building and growing my stills

I made my second quilt the year following my first quilting adventure, so I was about 14-15 years old.  A lot of the decisions regarding my second quilt were based on what happened with my first quilt.  If you haven't read the story, check it out here

And that's the way it should be, learn from your mistakes, build and grow from there. 

So with my second quilt, all of the design decisions were based solely around what would make the judge happy at the county 4-H fair!   Instead of using a pattern, I designed my own quilt.  And quilting would be done only with quilting thread.  

For whatever reason I was into log cabin quilts at that time.  So I arranged the four log cabin blocks so they would form a cross in the center (still one of my favorite layouts) and then added curve piecing for the background around the center blocks.  Of course, these curved were all pieced, not appliqued.  No one told me that curved piecing was difficult - so I did it!  

Well, this quilt did much better.  It received a Champion ribbon and Grandma was happy! 

And just like my first quilt, this one was made with cotton-poly fabrics and hand quilted.  Interestingly when you compare the hand-quilting on the two, my quilting was much better when I was younger.  I think I had more time and was more careful then. 

As I look at this quilt now, I still love it.  Would I design such a complex quilt today?  My first reaction is "no", but then I think why not?  Who would have thought that my designs from roughly 40 years ago would still inspire me today ....  Again STOP, don't do the math! 

Stay tuned for my post on the third quilt that I ever made.  To make sure you don't miss that post, be sure to enter your email in the "subscribe" box at the top of the right hand column. 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

My first quilt - where it all began

I thought for sure I had blogged about my first three quilts - but if I did, I sure can't find the post!
So I'm going to share a bit about each of my first three quilts in individual posts over the next few days. 

I made my first quilt when I was about 13-14 years old.  It was a wall hanging that I saw in one of my Grandma Scott's quilting magazines.  I loved it and I had to make it!   
So off to the fabric store we went to buy cotton-poly blend!  GASP!  Yes, that is what a lot of quilts were made from back in the late 1970's.   Okay - stop right now on doing the math to see how old I am!  :) 

As Grandma made all her quilts, we started with a cardboard template to draw the diamond shapes and I traced and hand cut each of them using scissors.   

And for everyone gasping that this would be a first quilt - Grandma has high expectations for everything I did.  No one told me that working with bias cut fabric and sewing Y-seams was supposed to be difficult.  

I still love this wall hanging, even in it's now faded way.  I love the color placement and the optical illusion of the 3-dimensional cube.   Maybe that's why I design so many quilts with secondary patterns and optical illusions today. 

And yes, I hand quilted it.  

And yes, my hand-quilting then was better than it is today!   

So the rest of the story on this quilt.  I entered it at the county 4-H fair and I received a red ribbon.  Grandma was mortified!  The judges critique was that I had used a decorative thread to quilt it with instead of quilting thread.  The pattern called for decorative thread.  I like the contrasting thread but the judge sure didn't like it!  

Remember this story for my blog post about the second quilt I made .....