Seen on my morning walk…

You just can’t beat a morning walk that includes the ocean. That may be one of the most rejuvenating parts of taking part in an Empty Spools seminar. 

I would happily live in this house…

There were people snorkeling this morning, in wetsuits. And fishing, and taking photos. 

Someday I’ll master the art of the selfie. As it is, at least my nose isn’t huge :-). 

Lots of purple/pink/blue flowers are blooming. Wish these would grow for me in north Texas. 

The quilting fun starts later today. I am looking forward to spending the week with 13 happily sewing women!

Wednesday Giveaway

And the winner is Patti Kilcullen! Thank you to everyone who participated.

This week’s giveaway is a copy of the 1st edition of Piecing the Piece O’ Cake Way. It was published in 2007 and is out of print. Click here to see the new (and different) 2nd edition of this book.

Leave a comment below to enter the drawing. I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner Thursday morning, March 16, 2017. Good luck!

Who wants these?

Wow! That was fast! These books have found a new home. Thank you, Kimberly!

These Piece O’ Cake books were printed in languages other than English which is very exciting, but I never look at them. It seems like someone could use them. Could that be you? All it would cost is shipping which will be between $6 and $14 in the US. Send me an email if you would like them:


Applique With Attitude – French


Covered With Love – French


A Slice of Christmas – French


The Applique Sampler with DVD – Portuguese?


Applique Delights – Spanish – 2 copies


Quilts With A Spin – German – 2 copies

Wednesday Giveaway

And the winner is: Louisa Lawson! Thank you to everyone who left a comment. Happy stitching!

This week’s giveaway is a copy of Once Upon A Season. It was first published in 2001 and is now out of print. If you don’t win this book and want to order the downloadable eBook, click here.

This  copy is a print-on-demand version which means that patterns larger than 8 1/2″ x 11″ will need to be taped together.


Click here to see the quilts in the book.

Leave a comment below to enter the drawing. I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner Thursday morning, March 9, 2017. Good luck!


This and That

I caught a cold (or the flu) on my flight home from Florida last Sunday. I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. Two little kids were coughing and sneezing 2 rows in front of me and I could almost see the germs. I am not really mad at them or their parents. Who among us would cancel travel plans for a kid’s cold? If you would, you are a saint and I salute you. I figure my number just came up.

There are those who swear by Airborne, vitamins, or some other thing. My doctors tell me that I can take them, but if a germ gets into my nose/eyes/mouth I am pretty much screwed. So I eat healthy and try to never touch my face. I should have had my mask nearby, but I didn’t. And I wasn’t wearing a scarf. Deep sigh.

So what new thing do I have today? Not much. It’s taken me 3 days to get a new pattern online. You heard it here first: Daisy Patch (1st published in 1998) is now a downloadable ePattern! It is 35″ x 35″, finished size perfect for a child or your wall. Make more blocks (in multiples of 4) to make a bigger quilt. It’s fast and it’s cute. What’s not to love?

Click here to find Daisy Patch online.