Also in American Patchwork & Quilting….

I love it! AP&Q featured our Quilter’s Applique Caddy on their favorite finds page! I always love seeing what cool things their ‘finders’ have found…


As before, this photo is used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

We’re in American Patchwork & Quilting!

You are going to find a very cute Piece O’ Cake project in the June 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine! The June issue goes on sale April 1st, so you’ll be seeing it soon. This is the cover to look for:


Please note that these images are used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I drew the pattern; Linda chose the fabrics and made it so you have her to thank for the perky colors!


This quilt makes me think of colorful little beach houses. It is happy and sunny! And AP&Q took amazing photos, as always :-).

American Patchwork and Quilting always makes up the projects in the magazine in more than one colorway. The alternate versions of this quilt are made from Benartex and Shannon fabrics. You’ll need to look at the magazine to see them… I haven’t even seen them yet!


Don’t be tense…

I’ve been meaning to post this diagram for a very, very long time. This chart came from the fine folks at Superior Threads. Back in the day, they gave me permission to post it on my blog.

Thread_Tension_DiagramClick the link below and the pdf will open. You can print it from there! Click here to see it on Superior’s site.


This diagram helped to make thread tension less of a mystery to me. I can visualize the little guys pulling the thread either too much, or too little. When I look at my machine stitching, if there’s a problem, I know better where the problem is coming from. Before this , I would twist and turn the top tension knob and hope for the best.

Bob and Heather Purcell at Superior Threads are very good about educating us all about thread. Go to their education page and click around—you are sure to find something interesting!


I am not a crazy person…

And do you know how I know that I am not a crazy person? It’s because I would never, ever, in a million years (except maybe if I was on The Amazing Race!), do this:

The actual jump starts at around 2:40 and that part goes by surprisingly quickly. I was impressed that no one got hung up on a street light.

One of the jumpers is a ‘legendary’ iron worker (who worked on 1 World Trade) and you can read more about him here. I am remaining neutral on whether these guys deserve to be punished or not. I can only hold strong opinions about so many things at a time and this isn’t one of them.

I can say that way back in the day MDH, Steve, was an iron worker. The buildings were shorter but a fall could still have killed him. I am much happier with his current profession :-).


Thankfully, he is not crazy either.

Clouds, as seen from above…

When I flew back from California, I was lucky enough to have a row of seats to myself so I moved from the aisle to the window. We approached Dallas as the sun was setting. There was dust and smoke in the air, mixed with the clouds…


I’ve looked at a lot of clouds over Dallas and these were unusual. The wind was blowing and the formation changed as I snapped pictures. If I didn’t know that those were clouds, I would image that I was looking at an expanse of sand, with clouds and sky in the distance!


Cropped, it’s even better…

DustySkyOverDallas-2 copy

Wouldn’t these be great colors to use together in a quilt!


Showing and telling…

Ruta Hardenbrooke sent me a photo of this cute quilt she made using English paper pieces and my Spinning Wheels pattern. Such happy polka dots!


I am almost caught up from being gone to California. The pile on my desk is less deep; the pile on Lorna’s desk is more deep! I sent a newsletter earlier today that you may have seen. I now have some bolts of solid linen/cotton blend fabric that is fantastic. Lorna is going to be cutting, folding, and shipping for the next several days. It’s good to be busy, right?!

I spent a little time this afternoon helping Christopher lay 18″ floor tile in their master bath. He did the hard parts on his knees on the floor. I handed him tiles and slapped scoops of mastic on the floor. We had mother/son bonding time which is fun no matter how old you are!