Thursday, June 30, 2022


I was cleaning up my sewing room and came across this 
scrappy book full of wonderful patterns.
And when I say...I was cleaning up...
that was summer 2021!

I found a pattern called Roundabout...that uses 2 1/2 x 5" pieces.
That means, to me, get into my charm stash
and scraps and get something made.
Sometimes I just need a simple and fast make!
(Fast is this was all decided in 2021
and its now 2022)

I have over 70 "hoarded" charm packs!

How about this incredible find!

And Tiddly Winks may have been one of the very
first Charm Packs I ever bought.

I have always loved
Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt
I made a Churn Dash quilt in 2018

and I had bigger scraps left over that could work.

I cut them all into
2 1/2 x 5" pieces

I had white in my stash, so yep
that was used for the pattern as well.

Look at all this fun fabric!

Once all is sewn into units.
I can make this top
just need to decide the layout!

I really need to get to these!
I cut them all when I lost a dear friend in 2021.
He's been gone a year and 
it's time to move on and get them done.

Thursday, June 23, 2022


I thought I was doing sew good!
I had finished 3 UFOs in 3 Weeks!
I had started these patterns all last fall!
Then they waited...

A quilt top from this pattern was finished July 2021!
I just didn't have the courage to applique the very large 
SWELL SANTA onto it!

And this pattern was cut and partially sewn.

I am working on posts for these 3 finishes but
in the meantime...I forgot all about these 3 projects.

I need a small Christmas Charley Harper
wall hanging for my guest bedroom.

I have no idea what these summer Art Gallery prints will become!

Last, but certainly not least, I found these FQs
by Maude Asbury, in my stash for at least 5 or 6 years.
Thimble Blossoms BEACH HOUSE pattern
(also in my stash forever) will be perfect for them!

Anyone else have a lot of UFOs.
I just love planning...
I have a lot more projects on my to do list. 
Apparently planning is more fun than actually sewing.

Thursday, June 16, 2022


Anytime I can talk about my quilting journey
with other quilters...its a good day.

After teaching a Plaidish workshop I was the guest
speaker for The Loraine County Piecemankers Guild!
Its a real treat to show my MODERN makes to an
almost all Traditional makers group!
They seem interested and lots of questions follow.

I was very excited to show the group many makes
that came along with stories and laughter.
Although I have been making quilts for 30 years
I often have to limit my trunk show to a certain time frame.
Picking those 15 or sew quilts is always the hard part.

This was one of my first modern 
Pattern: Wonky Cross Tutorial by Jeni Baker.
Fabric: COMMA by Zen Chic

A Laura Heine collage called Pinkekrton.
I named her my Perry County Flamingo
as the members of Perry County Sewcial Club
donated all the pink and coral fabrics
she is made with.

This is a Ghastlies Halloween Family quilt I fondly
call "Orange you Glad its Done"
There's a great story with this Nested Churn Dash quilt.

Another Halloween favorite is Painted Forest Pattern
by Blue Nichols Studio.
I used all C&S Halloween fabrics for the tree leaves.
GRUNGE for the trunks and pulled black and gray scraps
from my stash for the backing.
I call this one "Don't Go In the Forest"

If you ever need a trunk show for your guild,
I am available.  Contact me for details!

Thursday, June 9, 2022


In May, I was invited to provide a workshop for
the Loraine County Piecemakers Guild.
My favorite quilt and an easy all day sew-in would be
The Plaidish Quilt by Erica Jackman. 
I asked  Erica aka Kitchen Table Quilting 
for permission to teach her pattern.

I was staying near Cleveland in Wellington, OH
at a lovely B&B, formerly a Funeral Home.
No haunts were noted and the owners were a lovely retired couple.

Then the workshop (and trunk show) was held
 in a beautiful lodge near Oberlin called
The Lodge of New Russia Township.

I brought both my Plaidish quilts for the participants to see.
They had all their 567 pieces of scraps cut and ready to sew!
There were 19 participants and I was overjoyed!

My partner in quilting crimes, Kathy Guenther,
 attended this workshop with me.
She is NOT a random, let go of control kinda quilter.
BUT she DID and THIS is the result!
It's jut lovely.

Here are some of the lovely guild members
and the beginnings of their Plaidish quilt tops.
I waited, hoping to get some full finish pics...
but those may never come?

As random scraps can be hard but with this one only
needed to sort by value, Dark, Medium and Light.

3 colors choices, Blue is Dark, Green is Medium 
and white is Light...see the pattern?

All solids works as long as you make sure the 
Dark, Medium and Low Volume 
pieces have enough volume contrast.

This participant came in with her entire layout on a 
flannel tablecloth...well that wasn't the point of a
'random quilting experience" but
if it works for you, its ok with me.

Totally scrappy!

Christmas prints.

Another all solids.

These busy florals also worked!
I was totally surprised by this one!

All scraps

A red, white and blue design.

3 color design

An autumn color palate REALLY caught my eye!

All Scraps

Minimal color selections.

Black, White and Gray

Blue, Yellow, White

Everyone seemed happy as they allowed the fabrics
to work the magic. 

This is a free tutorial and you can download it here.
If you don't your won't be plaidish or happish!

I am available for trunk shows and workshops.
Contact me for details.

Friday, June 3, 2022


When you have someone you can pass on the passion
of do just that.
For many, that is a grandchild...
for me, that person is my great niece, GEMMA

My Gemma, is now 11 years old and she finished her
first quilt December 2021 when she was 10.

She immediately wanted to begin another quilt
 and of course we can make that happen.

She found an Alex Anderson Rail Fence pattern
from the Learn to Quilt book by Alex.
She pulled some fabrics from my stash
for a rainbow quilt!

 I decided it was time for Gemma's first visit to 
a real fabric/quilt shop.

The Calico Cupboard, a local brick and mortar shop
was open and having a huge 19th anniversary sale.

We took her first quilt with us.

I knew all the people at the shop
would make a big deal out of her first finished quilt.
And oh me gosh,  DID they!

Gemma was beaming from all the
wonderful compliments and conversations
with all the other quilters.  

It wasn't just Aunt Kathy doding on her and building her confidence.
Perfect strangers just loving it all.

We found some more fabrics
that we could work into the Rain Fence quilt.
She was having such a fun time. (me too)

Back to my house and I cut some pieces.
I need to get her a rotary cutting glove.

She loved pulling the pieces for each block
and using my design wall to put the blocks together.

She just steals my heart every time
I get to share this passion.
I think she likes it too!


In the interim we won a 19 FQ bundle from that
quilt shop celebration.  I just picked it up. 
 She hasn't seen these yet, but I can hear her squeal with delight.

I just have to share another photo.
We stopped at The Nutcracker Diner in Pataskala, OH

Her interpretation of the Nutcracker.

We have a way to go she just got her hand out of a cast.
Pinkie finger was broken in 2 places due to a horse kicking her
while she was riding at a horse show.