Archive for November, 2015

Focus Friday – Scrapmagic Stars

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The weather has taken a decidedly wintry turn with freezing cold rain and icy conditions. Time to start thinking about a nice cozy quilt project to take you into winter. Here is just the thing to use up a lot of scraps!

Focus Friday for this week is “Scrapmagic Stars”, a true scrap quilt made up of repetitions of just one 12” block. Even the border is just more blocks colored in such a way as to imply a border by concentrating more dark fabrics there. I’ve placed my lightest fabrics toward the center to make it ‘glow’. The corners of your blocks done in contrasting color make the stars appear like magic when the blocks come together! So fun and easy!!


Depending on the fabrics you choose, you can get a totally different look as illustrated by the baby quilt shown below.


The pattern contains instructions for five sizes.Baby-36 X 48”, Crib-48 x 60”, Full-72 x 84”,
Queen-84 x 96, King- 96 x 108

“Scrapmagic Stars” – Pattern: $8.00
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The cover sample bed quilt is no longer available but the baby quilt, machine quilted, is $200.00. Email me for details.

This and That

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Browsing some blogs this morning I was startled to see my “Snow Buddies” pictured on the Mancuso’s Nov 18 blog at
Just a promo for the Atlantic Quilt Fest where it won an Honorable Mention, I believe, last year.


Other show news – “Jesse At The Lake” was not accepted to go to “Road To California”. Second year in a row they have rejected that one; I guess they really don’t like it!’



Once again the heron quilt has been set aside for a closer deadline. I realized the entry day for the Topeka Art Guild’s nothing over $100 Christmas sale is the end of the month! So I have to concentrate on getting a couple of simple 12 x 12s ready and mounted on 16 x 16 stretched canvases for that. So that is what I will be doing today!

Focus Friday – Cornflower Blues

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Focus Friday for this week is “Cornflower Blues”.  This charming original 12” block design was inspired by Bachelor Buttons, I love blue flowers, but being a fantasy flower, it can be made in any color you like. Since it only takes three easily pieced blocks and a few half square triangle units ( Papers included in the pattern) it is quick and easy to make!


I used this pattern one year to make multiple versions for Christmas gifts, based on the individual likes and styles of the recipients and their homes.


Cornflower Blues – approximately 24 X 28” Pattern: $9.00
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Cover Sample quilt is for sale, machine quilted, $250.00 . Email me for details.

Focus Friday – Kitty Corner Cats

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Since we had Veteran’s Day this week I wanted to feature a patriotic quilt for Focus Friday, but I used that one, “From The Ashes”, last month for 9/11. I decided to go with “Kitty Corner Cats” , not because it is patriotic, but because it is shown on the cover in red, white and blue. This wall hanging features easy applique, either by hand or machine, on an eye-catching pieced background of catty-wampus blocks.


Fun whether you choose to do it in the traditional or the hot contemporary color scheme, or something totally different to match your decor, cats and quilts always go together!


KittyCorner Cats – INNOVATIONS #02332 approximately 35 X 35” ” Pattern: $9.00
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Both Sample quilts are for sale, machine quilted, they are $300.00 each. Email me for details.

First Friday

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Yesterday was First Friday and I worked at The Topeka Art Guild Gallery til it closed at 8 pm. The current show is the annual judged competition with a Kansas theme which has been up for a month, with another month to go. My entry “After The Storm” which had already been awarded first place, also received People’s Choice last night! Always fun when quilted art is recognized  amidst the expected fine art offerings.

Since finishing my Figure Drawing homework,


I have been able to get back to quilting on the Heron and it is progressing very nicely. I must be about half way done and hope to do a lot more today.


Focus Friday – So Much Thread

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Focus Friday for this week is “So Much Thread”, an easy introduction to picture piecing pattern that would be perfect for your sewing studio. Or your friend’s sewing studio! Quilters can never have too much thread!

It’s not too late to crank out some Christmas gifts with this quick and easy design, it’s all straight seams. Just choose three stripey effect fabrics for the thread, two shades of tan for the spools and a smidge of black, plus a background Presented with two different orientations it will be easy to choose the one that fits your space.


So Much Thread – approximately 46 X 25” or 28 X 41” Pattern: $9.00
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Both Cover Sample quilts are for sale, machine quilted, they are $300.00 each. Email me for details.