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Focus Friday

Friday, August 19th, 2016

School started this week, so today’s choice for Focus Friday is “Little Old One Room Schoolhouse”.¬† I actually attended a one room schoolhouse one year and this always brings back memories – mostly good!

The traditional maple leaf block has been good to me! It’s a favorite, and I have included it in several of my patterns. This little pieced wall hanging, approximately 23 x 27″, is so quick and easy to do, even for a beginner – makes a great gift!


“Little Old One Room Schoolhouse” Innovations #00322 $8.00
Click on PATTERNS in the side bar to order.

The 23 x 27″ machine pieced and machine quilted pattern sample quilt is also for sale, only $200.00, email if interested.

I have been so bad this summer, at posting to this blog, including Focus Fridays. Those of you who are on FaceBook have probably seen postings already for “Coneflowers”,


“Dragonfly Dream”,


“Frog Frolics”,


“Udderly Preposterous”,




and “Tall Sunflowers”


450TallSunfCheck them out in the PATTERN section, and remember, the samples are for sale as well!

I’ll try to do better at keeping up!

I’m Back!

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

It’s been too long since I have posted here!¬† I’ve worked through¬† – or accepted that my computer is different now.¬† It seems to be doing most of what I need for it to do.

Also my camera issues.¬† I really don’t understand cameras so I paid for an hour of one on one instruction to help me to get the sharp photo that I needed for an upcoming book.¬† It did not help. After struggling with f-stops and other buttons and dials, my contact person at the book told me to use the focus ring and that certainly helped.¬† Why did my paid instructor not tell me that??? Maybe it is just so basic everyone else already knows?¬† Anyway the resulting pictures were not perfect but so much better, they were acceptable. I am thinking that when Fall Semester starts up, I may take a basic photography class. It can’t hurt!

I have finished the machine quilting on the Kansas Flint Hills landscape and I am quite pleased with how it came out.  I have had it on the design wall for a few days now,  and I have decided that I will finish it with a faced edge, because I want to emphasize the vast openess of the scene and not have it confined by a binding.


I have received word that “After The Storm” has been accepted to IQF in Houston this fall, so¬† that is exciting!!


Focus Friday – Blooming Trellis

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Today for Focus Friday, I am featuring “Blooming Trellis”, just because it’s spring and everything is blooming like crazy!

This pattern makes a bed quilt, approximately 72 X 84″. It is made up of a combination of two different 12″ blocks that come together to form the lovely trellis design. Simple piecing makes a striking quilt for your bed!


Blooming Trellis -INNOVATIONS# 05946             $9.00
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The Sample quilt is for sale. Machine pieced and machine quilted, it is $2000.00. Email for details.

Focus Friday- Baltimore Album – Baltimore Oriole

Friday, April 29th, 2016

A few days ago I had my first sighting this year of the male Baltimore Oriole at the Hummingbird feeder – such a gorgeous bird! Usually the Hummingbirds are back before the Orioles but so far this year I have not seen any. I wonder if bad weather south of us has interfered with their migration and even if they will make it this year.oriole

We usually have at least two pairs of Orioles nesting in our yard and it is fun to see them at our feeders. They are so beautiful that I wanted to design a quilted wallhanging about them. This little 24 x 24″ piece combines piecing in the style of the Baltimore Album block, and applique. I like to make my applique designs in simple shapes that are easy to sew by hand or machine, which is the case for this bird. But I have to admit that those leaves, which are actual shapes from my Porcelain Berry Vine are anything but simple! But they are beautiful and I recommend fusing and zigzagging the raw edges in this case, which makes it very do-able! Porcelain Vine berries are not orange, but I thought a little artistic license was in order to compliment the bird. I hope you will want to make one for yourself or for your bird loving friend! Click on PATTERNS in the side bar to order.


Baltimore Album/Baltimore Oriole, INNOVATIONS #03838¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 24 x 24″¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† $9.00

The machine pieced, machine appliqued and machine quilted pattern sample is for sale, $300.00. Email for details.

Focus Friday – Bluebird

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

It must really be spring when you see that first flash of blue that means the Bluebirds are back! There is nothing quite like it, they really are special!

My series of Picture Piecing patterns includes this one, simply called “Bluebird”.


I have done the hard part for you, the plotting of the seam lines, so all you have to do is to follow the numerical order and color coding to sew the pieces together – all straight seams! It’s a super fun and satisfying way to have your own Bluebird of happiness right in your own home!


“Bluebird” INNOVATIONS #09355 24 x 24″¬† –¬†¬† $9.00

The workshop sample has already sold, but this pattern cover sample, machine pieced and free motion machine quilted,  is for sale at $300.00.

Focus Friday – Traditional Tricks

Friday, April 8th, 2016

You CAN teach an old block new tricks! For today’s Focus Friday selection, I am showing you Traditional Tricks, which is a bed quilt, approximately 84 x 105″. It features original blocks and is made up of mostly squares, half square triangle units, nine patches and log cabin blocks – what could be easier? I wondered what would happen if I gave that space usually taken by sashing strips and placed them as accent strips instead, and the accent they provide is just perfect! for someone who wants a bed quilt that goes beyond traditional!


Traditional Tricks – INNOVATIONS # 02231 $9.00
Click on PATTERNS in the side bar to order.

The machine pieced & machine quilted sample quilt is for sale, $2000.00, email for details.

Focus Friday – “Think Pink”

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Every day as I drive in to my classes, I am treated to so many beautiful spring flowers and blooming trees, so many shades of pink!

For today’s Focus Friday I am showing “Think Pink” which incorporates many many shades of pink. This little 32 x 40″ wallhanging (great size for a baby quilt!) – could just as well be made up of any color that you like, to use up a lot of scraps. When I designed this original block, I was actually thinking of Breast Cancer Awareness pink.


INNOVATIONS #06949 “Think Pink” 32 x 40″ $9.00

The original pattern sample quilt, machine pieced and machine quilted, is for sale, $450.00

Spring Burning

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Another thing about spring — here in Kansas at least, it is the season for burning the pastures and the prairie. The burns are planned and carefully scheduled and are necessary for managing healthy grasslands. They are also a thing of beauty, especially at night, and there is a lot of art inspired by them. I have made 5 or 6 wallhangings on the subject and they have all sold, even the last one intended for my own wall! Better get busy and make another, or maybe try my hand at a watercolor version.


Focus Friday – Wrented

Friday, March 11th, 2016

This week spring has sprung – the trees are blooming and some are even leafing out. There are daffodils everywhere and it is beautiful! There is much activity at the bird feeders and nests are being built. Spring inspires everyone to get busy.

Wrenovations complete, the Wren family has moved in and set up housekeeping! So I thought an appropriate choice for today’s focus would be “Wrented”. If you’ve ever wondered about the process of picture piecing, I’ve produced a few little wall hanging patterns to show you how fun and easy it actually is. “Wrented” is 24 x 24″, the design is charted with colors and numerical order of piecing listed, for easy straight seam sewing. Fat quarters work well for the background and birdhouse, the rest can probably be found in your scraps or stash!

INNOVATiONS #10856- “Wrented” – 24 x 24″ $9.00
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The pattern sample quilted wall hanging is for sale, $300.00 Machine pieced and machine quilted. Email if interested.

Focus Friday

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Focus Friday on a Saturday this week, because, well, I forgot! I’m going to go for color this week with “Endless Possibilities”. The block is simple, only four seams! But the possibilities are endless!!

This pattern includes instructions and fabric requirements for a lap quilt, a wall hanging, place mats and a table runner. The photo shows the 60 x 63″ lap quilt illustrating the possibilities of a multitude of scraps, or possibly you would rather do planned design, with only a few coordinated fabrics. It’s all in the pattern. Possibly you will work small, possibly you will work large, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!


“Endless Possibilities” – many possible sizes – $9.00
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The sample quilt is for sale, machine pieced and machine quilted, for $1250.00. Email for details. The wall hanging sample is also for sale, approx 49 x 37″, it can be seen on my website, listed above. You will be surprised at how different it looks!!