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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
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

The cover sample bed quilt is no longer available but the baby quilt, machine quilted, is $200.00. Email me for details.

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
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

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.

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.

Focus Friday – Goose on the Loose

Friday, October 30th, 2015

“Goose on the Loose” is one of my earlier patterns that continues to be a best seller. Now at the end of October, I am reminded of how it came to be as the wild geese are flying overhead. They don’t stay in those nice orderly V’s as they are usually depicted, but rather they tend to ravel out into tangled skeins as they constantly switch positions, honking loudly at each other as they go. Usually a quilt gets named after it is finished, but this one had a name before it was even started. I looked for a block that would portray the vision, maybe with Flying Geese blocks, but instead I settled on Fox and Goose, which doesn’t even contain Flying Geese. Instead it is worked from half square triangle units and what can be easier than that! Half of the blocks have gray sky centers and half have autumn leaf colors and it is the way that they are sewed together that gives the effect of the geese straying from their formation. I love to make it so you have to really look for where the block is, makes people think it was harder than it really was! Of course that is all laid out for you in this very easy pattern.

The pattern contains instructions for both a wall hanging and a bed quit. There is only about half a box of patterns left and it will not be reprinted, so act fast if this is a quilt you would like to make.


Goose On The Loose – approximately 36 X 42” or 72 X 84” Pattern: $8.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

Cover Sample quilt for sale, lovingly hand quilted, a steal at $400.00 Email me for details.

The PRIZE winning bed quilt, made from batik fabrics and free motion machine quilted in swirls and maple leaves can be seen in the Large Quilts Gallery on my website.  It is also for sale.

Focus Friday- New Leaves

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Did it again! Friday got away from me! This week I will focus on the “New Leaves Wallhanging” which is a take-off on “Third Weekend in October”, that wonderful autumn leaf quilt that I showed you last week. Not long after that pattern was released, I started getting questions about how to adapt it for a wall hanging. To do that, you would have to redesign two edges to get that neat border effect, but then you would be left with not so many leaves, in the smaller version. So I decided to design a new version, which is based on a smaller leaf size so you get enough of them to be interesting. Plus, of course, those four nice borders with the overlapping leaves. For my sample I used all batiks and arranged the colors as a progression through the seasons, from spring through fall. But feel free to color yours any way you want!


New Leaves Wallhanging  INNOVATIONS # 99218  Approx 39.5 X 49    $8.00
To order click on Patterns in the side bar.

New Leaves Sample Quilt   SOLD

Focus Friday – Third Weekend In October

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Ooops! Focus Friday was supposed to keep me on track, but we did a road trip on Friday and I totally forgot! Then I got busy over the weekend. This was supposed to be a no brainer, since it was the third weekend in October and I happen to have a pattern by that very name!!


I designed Third Weekend In October to be a contest quilt and it made the rounds and did very well. It is all pieced, partially using unique foundation papers and my quilt is all hand quilted. I started getting requests for the pattern, but I resisted for several years because this quilt which is meant to look like fallen leaves, has no repeated block and I thought that quilters would be frightened of the graph that lays out the design. You work the individual units, then sew them together into nine patch blocks. From there on out you are in familiar quilter territory – sew the blocks into rows and the rows into a queen sized quilt top.

I finally gave in and produced the pattern and I am so glad I did! It has been my all-time best seller and continues to claim that distinction, having sold well over 30,000 copies!!

Third Weekend In October – approx. 85 x 110″  pattern $8.00 To order, click on Patterns in the side bar.
The sample quilt is not for sale.

Focus Friday- Fat Cat Dreaming

Friday, October 9th, 2015

A lovely autumn scene, the fat cat dreaming in the fall sunshine with colorful autumn leaves falling all around. A day just like today! Very easy to do using templates and half square triangle units. Rotary cutting, easy piecing, with an easy tip using freezer paper to get the cat’s stripes just right!


Innovations # 03236 approximately 35 x 35″

To order the pattern, click on PATTERNS in the side bar and scroll down.  The pattern sample quilt is also for sale, only $300.00, email for details.

Focus Friday – Seasons

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Fall has officially arrived and with temperatures last night in the 30’s, I can believe it! I do love the change of seasons, though, and fall is one of the best, but it does promise winter, which is NOT a favorite with me!

In honor of Fall, and the changing seasons, today I decided to feature the SEASONS banners. I designed these to hang either separately or all together with the shared fabrics complimenting each other across the surface.


They are grouped as patterns in sets of two that share the same fabrics. The backgrounds are pieced and the simple applique shapes can be added either by hand or by machine. They were inspired by the plants and animals that are drawn to our water garden/fish pond throughout the year.

SEASONS – Winter and Fall  $8.00

SEASONS – Spring and Summer $8.00

To order, click on Patterns in the side bar.

The SAMPLE quilts are also for sale at $150.00 each, email me if you are interested!

SAQA Benefit Auction

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The SAQA 12 x 12″ Benefit Auction started last week. With the preview auction and the Week 1 pieces, already 87 works of art have sold raising $25,700 for SAQA to fund their  traveling exhibits.


My offering, “Red Bellied Woodpecker is in the Week 2 schedule which starts today at 2PM EDT. Check it out!