Show and tell…


Quilt by Suzanne Hoffman

Suzanne sent me this photo showing the quilt she made from my Really Simple 9-Patch FREE ePattern. I designed this pattern to show off big prints. It’s a fast and fun quilt that makes especially nice gift quilts.

Suzanne did report that she ran out of sashing and binding fabric, but that it might have been the way she cut the fabric. If you have a similar problem, please do let me know and I’ll change the measurements in the pattern. Happy stitching!

Taking aim at a new quilt…

A couple of weeks ago in my newsletter I mentioned that I’m working on a new quilt, based on an antique bullseye design. The good news is that a pattern should be available in about a year. The bad news is that I can’t show it to you now. But I want you to know that it’s going to be fantastic!

Wednesday Giveaway

This week’s winner of the 4 almost-finished  needle caddies is Debbie Rhodes. Congratulations! If you didn’t win, you can download the free Needle Caddy ePattern, here. It’s a very nice needle caddy.


When you read the pattern, you’ll see the needle caddy in various stages of development. The UFO caddies are the models I used for the photos. Here’s what will go to the lucky winner.


Leave a comment to enter the drawing. I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winner Thursday, April 27. Good luck!

Wednesday Giveaway

Barbara (whose number was chosen) didn’t get back to me with her mailing address. I’m sorry, Barbara. So the new winner of the trio of tools is Cindy B. Thank you all for leaving comments. Be sure to read my blog so you know what’s happening at Piece O’ Cake :-).

I have 3 of Alex Anderson’s best tools to share with a lucky someone this week :-). The rulers are the ones that go with her rotary cutter. Click here to find the cutter and a video that tells all about it and the rulers.


Alex’s 4-iin-1 tool has a seam ripper, stiletto, a flat end presser, and you can use the pointy wooden end as a turner. Sweet!

Leave a comment to enter the drawing. Scroll down and look for the box. Or, if you see a little icon that looks like a thought bubble at the upper right at the top of this post, click that to open the comment section.

I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner Thursday morning, April 20, 2017. Good luck!

Kauai Road — done!

This quilt began with a photograph of a road in Hanalei, Hawaii. If you’ve been there, you know the place. I used Photoshop to generate a drawing.

I made a placement overlay with the bones of the design. I didn’t use templates — I cut fabric by eye and built the quilt on my design wall.

Here it is, unquilted…


The quilting brings all the elements together; the quilting finishes the quilt.

I love this quilt, but Steve loves it more. It is hanging in our dining room on the wall he can see from his spot on the sofa. I suspect it’s going to stay on that wall for a long time.


Wednesday Giveaway

Thank you all for your lovely comments! Congrats to Becky Good, this week’s winner :-).

Before I get to the Wednesday Giveaway, I must mention that I am teaching a Color Class at Happiness Is… Quilting in McKinney, TX, on Saturday April 22. There are a few spots left and I know that at least some of you live in the Dallas area. This is a great no-sew class. Everyone learns a lot and leaves happy and more confident about color. Call the shop at 972-542-8839 for more info.

I have a print-on-demand copy of Appliqué Outside the Lines that I am happy to give to this week’s winner. This is one of my favorite books! It was published in 2009 and and is out of print, but it is still available as an ebook (click here).

Here are a few quilts from this book:

Leave a comment to enter the drawing. Scroll down and look for the box. Or, you might see a little icon that looks like a thought bubble at the upper right at the top of this post. That will open the comment section. Scroll to the bottom to find the box in which to leave your comment/reply.

I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner Thursday morning, April 13, 2017. Good luck!

When your ironing board needs a facelift…

I’ve had this ironing board from Reliable for many years and I love it, except for one minor thing. Well, two minor things. #1: The piece that slides onto the end of the board to square it up wants to come off when I fold it up and carry it to the closet (which rarely happens). I have trained myself not to grab it by it’s end. #2: The covers that go with the board do not want to stay on and they get dirty. (The getting dirty part is my fault.)


Yesterday I decided that I would re-cover the board in the easiest way I could think of. I left the old cover in place and cut 2 yards of a more neutral fabric and trimmed it about 8-10″ bigger than the board on all sides. (I didn’t measure, sigh.) I pressed a 3″ hem on each side and ran a length of nylon cord inside the hem, thinking that it was easier to sew it in place than it would be to insert it later. I made a cut in the casing at one narrow end for the cord ends to go through.

Once sewn, I ran the ends of the cord through a toggle, placed the fabric right side up on the ironing board, and cinched it down. I stood the board up on it’s end for easier access. As I looked at the bottom of the board, it occurred to me that I could wire the two parts of the ironing board together. Why didn’t I think of this years ago?


It turns out that I started with way too much fabric, but it works, but it did not fit the board tightly. The old cover has elastic bands that hold it tight and I borrowed that idea. I cut more elastic and used safety pins to hold it in place. Seriously, who besides me (and you) is going to know that I did it the easy way?


I had not realized until I made this change how distracting the blue cover was. This quieter color is much, much better.

And, in case you are wondering, I have made serious progress on the Kauai Road quilt, seen on the wall in the first photo. Here’s a snippet, quilted. I love this quilt!