Wednesday, August 18, 2021


I will begin by saying...
I seldom get involved with Sew Alongs Challenges

BUT when Kairlie Oaks showed up
on Instagram with the #dashalong
I couldn't resist.

Use 1 precut layer cake
Some backing
and make Churn Dash Blocks.


I had a very old Wrens and Friends layer cake by MODA

And plenty of white in my stash for the background.

The stacks were ready and the chain piecing was easy and fast.

The colors in this layer cake are sew fun and happy!

Then came the HST...this took the most time!

Ahhh, pretty!

Before I knew it the Churn Dash Blocks were done.
AND wrapping up Week 3, with a long weekend vaction,
didn't stop my progress

Easy on the eyes as I placed the 30 blocks
on my design wall

Week 4 was sewing all the blocks together.
And here it is...

This top will most likely become a charity top.

And the kicker of it all....I won a prize package that included all this!

Thanks to all the sponsors of the #dashalong


I don't think this will be my last sew along challenge.
Do you ever sew along with these challenges?

Wednesday, August 11, 2021


I like a challenge.
I like to try new things.

When my friend Kim Hensley and I decided to make a 
sewcial distance quilt top, my friend Shirley Haller
jumped on the sewing wagon and invited her quilty friends
to give it a try as well.

The block was a 4-patch slice.
I selected WONDER fabrics by Kate & Birdie
and a Spotted GRUNGE for the background.

My pattern was 4-patch slice by Inspiring Creations.

Here is my finished top...same block but my pattern used
a wider stirp and I selected a more modern layout.

The other 3 makers used the 4-patch Slice block and Lattice Pattern
from Jenny Doan of Missouri Star.
You can see that video tutorial here.

The strips in this pattern were smaller thank mine.
They all used a lattice layout.

Sometimes one as to think outside the box 
to get a quilt hanging for all to see.
Shirley used yard sticks with the flimsy tops draped over them.
Not too much weight as they were NOT quilted.

Then a twine string attached to each end of the stick
and yep, some duct tape to secure, then hung on a small nail
already on the trim.

This took some time...lemme say there is NOTHING easy
about putting on a quilt show!

And here there are...hanging along one wall...looking good!

SUCCESS...comes in many ways...
this was totally a hit within the Quilt Show!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021


I was a guest demonstrator at the 
St. Boniface Quilters Show
on July 10, 2021

"Folding Quilts on the Diagonal"

I didn't invent this method, don't know who did...but
If you want to eliminate those deep batting folds.
Just google it....lots of videos out there!

My other tip was to store your quilts on the vertical
or side by side vs one on top the other.
This eliminates the extra weight piled into a stack
and possibly gives you more space on a shelve to stack 
and or display your quilts.

Here was my demo station covered with moder quilts!
The quilt hanging in the back is a traditional quilt...
a memory quilt...made from my Mom's House Dresses.
I pieced it and Shirley hand quilted it.
She wanted it to be a special part of the show.

My Plaidish Quilt was an eye catcher
and it ended up as a HUGE topic of discussion...
on how to use up your scraps,
sorting by low, medium and dark values.
A simple method that wont drive you nuts!
The pattern and free tutorial is by Erica Jackman
and you can find it here.

The other table cover was my COLOR DIVE rainbow quilt.
Pattern by Anna Maria Horner and I used mostly Alison Glass fabrics.

I brought several Ghastlie Quilts to "fold" during the demo.
I couldn't believe how many people had NEVER SEEN GHASTLIES!

Oh yes, the traffic was great but 6 hours of demos left
my back muscles sore from folding and feet aching from standing.

I was in my element...talking quilts, scraps, color and Ghastliness1

If you ever need a trunk show or demo...please keep me in mind!