Show and Tell…

Kathy Adler sent me this photo of her Aunt Millie’s Garden quilt. She named it Orange Obsession. I love it! I have my own obsession going on with orange so it’s particularly nice to see Kathy’s version of this quilt.


Kathy wrote: , “The quilt won 1 st place in its division and Best Applique in the Las Colcheras Judged Quilt Show last weekend. I love your patterns! I took a class from you in 2005… and have been appliquéing ever since!”

Thank you, Kathy, for sharing your lovely quilt!

Magical Show and Tell!

Bonnie Russell, from Nuts and Bolts Quilting Company, finished her Magical Unicorn quilt. How can you not love it?! Way to go Bonnie, and thank you for sharing your quilt with us!


You should make this quilt, if not for yourself, than for a person who needs some happy magic in their life.


I know this quilt doesn’t exactly look like something I would design, but I did and you can find the pattern at… click here.


Thank you again, Bonnie, for sharing your quilt :-).

A gift from Caryl…

I’ll bet every one of you knows and loves Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s quilts. They are stunning works of art that make you smile all the way through to your heart. Recently Caryl sent me this email:

Since I have retired from teaching and retail, I am, as time permits, offering my patterns and digital workshops free of charge on my website.

I have just uploaded my most complete workshop ever, showing in minute detail how I made my quilt, Soaring Compliments, from start to finish. You will find it and all of my other free patterns and instructions at:

Caryl’s sharing of her knowledge and techniques is so very generous. I know that I am grateful, as are you.

Thank you, Caryl!

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Wednesday Giveaway

Congrats to Mary Ellen who won this week’s giveaway of an adjustable thread cutting ring, that is bejeweled with Swarovski Crystals. It has a double-sided blade that is perfect for quick and efficient cutting. Wear it anytime you sew, even when you are flying as it is TSA allowed.

If you are not Mary Ellen, you can find this one and 2 more on my site here. Thank you for reading my blog :-).



Show and tell…

Lisa Corneilson sent me pictures of two of her (amazing) ecently finished quilts. The first quilt is Tulips in the Park

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I love the setting Lisa used on this quilt. I would never have thought of using those stars in the block corners and they are an excellent choice. Well done, Lisa!

Here is what Lisa wrote:

I started “Tulips in the Park” as a block of the month back in the 1900’s, lol, and I finally finished quilting it! I decided to hand quilt it with this curly Q whimsical, free hand quilt design, and it got old fast, so I put it away for years at a time taking it out and quilting for a few days and then back it went to the abyss of unfinished quilts.


This year I decided to finish things up so it’s my first finish of 2018 and I am so happy with it.


I love your patterns and this is one of my favorites. I changed the setting and created my own border and luckily I saved material for the binding, using the stripe from your collection of fabrics at the time. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to use that fabric. Now it is free to use in other projects. I learned a lot about appliqué from your books and I thank you for your inspiration and wonderful patterns!


This blue one was a guild challenge – monochromatic while including the guild block which is “Country Roads.”  It’s been awhile, 2000 I think, but I also used your flowers in this one. I won the challenge.

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This quilt is also very well done. The flowers are taken from Stars in the Garden and it is an excellent example of how you can use elements of pattern in new ways. I especially appreciate the pieced background behind the flowers.

Lisa, you made two lovely quilts AND they are finished. Way to go, you!


Show and tell…


Susan Ahmad sent me a photo of her finished Tile Tango quilt—it’s lovely! She told me that she is an avid gardener with a special passion for day and Asian lilies. This flower design felt lily-like to her so she matched the colors of her lilies with her flower fabric, except for the blue. She says she’s still hoping to grow a blue lily.

Susan altered the setting from my original quilt (Tile Tango from The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color) removing the corner triangles and adding sashing. It’s a very good look. You know that there is nothing wrong with changing a pattern to suit yourself. Personally, I enjoy seeing how you all make my designs work in your quilts so please do send pictures :-).

Thank you, Susan, for sharing you quilt and the story behind it.