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: http://www.bryerpatch.com/faq/faq.htm

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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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!


Join me at the Grand Hotel!

The Needle Art Seminar is a special event in a lovely place and I do hope to see many of you there! I’ll be teaching classes in hand applique, foundation paper piecing, and color. There are 4 other wonderful teachers, giving you even more class options.

Registration begins on Dec. 4 and I’ve been told that last year several classes filled in the first 12 hours. Click here to see the brochure with class listings, details about the event, and the registration form.

Layout 1 (Page 1)Registrations can be sent via email or fax any time after midnight early Dec 4 morning but not before.  That is the best way to register.  Fill out the registration form, scan it into your computer, and email it. Or just fax it. Don’t take a photo of the form and text it because it’s not legible at the other end and you might not get into the classes you want. The classes must be paid for at the time of registration in full.

Hotel room reservations are made by mail or fax using the special form that will be sent to those who are registered for classes. The form is included in the confirmation packet you will receive.  The hotel will not take phone reservations for this package via phone.

If you have more questions, call the number on the form. If that doesn’t work, email me and I’ll provide you with another number.

One thing leads to another…

I spent 12 years with an admittedly fine sofa from Crate and Barrel. I loved the chocolate brown color, until I didn’t. CandB announced their annual sofa sale 2 weeks ago and I did a happy dance. Our new Petrie sofa is exactly the same as the old sofa except that it’s a little shorter, charcoal gray, firmer, and cleaner.

I have 2 midcentury modern arm chairs whose cushions were covered with a lovely brown print that I had also grown very tired of. They looked so bad with the gray sofa that I couldn’t put off recovering them.

Why is it that there are so few choices in upholstery fabric, especially if you don’t live in a big city? I could have shopped online but I wanted to see and feel the fabric. I was amazed that I found the perfect fabric at Hobby Lobby — and it was even on sale!

You know me and dots…

Just so you know, recovering cushions is not hard. You have the skills to do this. Use the old cushions as a guide and go for it!

I made the brown the cushions years ago and it wasn’t hard to use them as patterns for the new covers. The foam inserts did not need to be replaced. I spent a few hours carefully cutting all the pieces for 2 seat cushions and 2 chair backs.

And then I sewed. It took longer than I thought it would, partly because I made the covered cording too. My trusty BERNINA 1140 handled the many thicknesses of this thick fabric just fine. I love that machine!

I finished the last cushion just before the eclipse which, when you look at the fabric, felt perfect.

I bought more of this fabric than I needed. There’s probably at least a yard, but there are diagonal cuts from where I cut the bias for the cording. If you would like what I have left and are will to pay the postage, it’s yours :-). Email me at becky.pieceocake@gmail.com. The first person I hear from gets it. I’ll send you a PayPal invoice for the shipping.

Show and tell…

This cute quilt was made by Diane Pfeifley who sent me the photo and the story of her quilt. Isn’t is great!


Diane said:

I saw your “Welcome to the North Pole” design book many years ago on “Simply Quilts.” When I saw the design of the buildings all I thought was Whoville. My niece loves Dr. Seuss so after many years of thinking about this project I finally was able to put it together. This project I hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

The snowflakes came on a Christmas card. I peeled them off and put them in my embellishment stash. They were perfect for Whoville. I used the design in the blue background to echo quilt. In some places it looks like a ski run. Not intentional. I used buttons for door knobs and shell belt buckles for the windows in the doors.

You might wonder why there are several wildcats tucked here and there. My niece’s husband is a graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. So the wildcats are for him as is the Whocat Alumni Center with KSU on the building.

Your designs were so unique and fun. I really enjoyed making this, even though it took me years of thinking about it before it finally “gelled”. Truly enjoyed using your designs. Now I’m thinking I need to use these patterns to make me a Santa version.

Thanks so much for your unique designs.

I love it!

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.