More wooly news from Linda and her stitch group!

My stitch group had so much fun with the embroidery and embellishment of the blocks from Appliqué Delights. (If you are interested in making your own blocks just like these, click here to find a print-on-demand version of Applique Delights, or click here to find the eBook.)


Here are some close ups of the blocks. Let your imagination run away while planning how to turn your block into a special one.


Denise’s Telephone block used Perle Cotton for the cord and number buttons for the dial.


Gini bedazzled her Honey Bee block.



Judy caught a fish off of Jeffery’s Sail Boat.


Kathy used a variety of embroidery to make her Daisy Chain block special.


Joyce’s Dragonfly antennae are shiny beads.


Linda’s Birdhouse has embroidered roof and flowers.

Show and Tell…

Margery Tadder from Colorado Springs sent me a lovely email show and tell and I’m sharing it with you. Margery, I love your quilt and I’m so happy that you enjoyed making it! It was a very creative thought to enlarge the block to make the medallion. Way to go, you!

Many years ago I bought your wonderful book, Welcome to the North Pole, and immediately fell in love with the ice cream shoppe. I had the design enlarged 400% and made a machine appliquéd medallion block. I love to do hand appliqué but knew I wouldn’t live long enough to make a king size quilt by hand!


Anyway, copying Baskin-Robbins flavors, I made 33 cone blocks to go around the shoppe block. Of all the quilts I’ve made this is my favorite and am so grateful to you for your wonderful designs. Am sending a picture of the medallion block and one of the cones so you can see how it turned out.


I used to enjoy seeing you and Linda on “Simply Quilts” and have been a devotee of hand appliqué ever since seeing those shows and buying your great books. Whenever I sit down to do hand work your New Appliqué Sampler is always right beside me!

Most Sincerely,


Wooly news from Linda and her stitch group!

Linda decided she wanted to do 48 of the blocks from the Applique Delights book in wool. She thought her stitch group would have a lot of fun doing them together. The girls met and loved the idea!

For those of you who haven’t seen this book, Applique Delights has 100 different block designs that range from classic to whimsical. The patterns are 5″ x 5″, but you can enlarge them to any size—there is a handy chart in the book. The original book is out of print but you can get it as an ebook or as a print-on-demand book. AND these blocks are great in wool!

Each stitch group member selected the blocks she wanted to do. Linda provided the background fabric and she put her wool fabrics out for them to choose from. The finished blocks are wonderful! And Linda says that as new blocks go up on her design wall, she is thrilled to see how great they look together.

Lindas Stitch Group

Everyone has personalized their blocks with embroidery and embellishments. They are having a whole lot of fun sharing ideas. Linda sent me this picture of some of stitch group with their finished block. More to come as the blocks are done.

Linda says that if you have a stitch group, you might consider doing his kind of project because it is so much fun! Happy stitching, from Linda and me :-).

Show and Tell…

It’s time to break up the vacation posts with a quilt! This is Jackie Hillman’s Whimsical Quilt Garden — isn’t it lovely!


It’s a quilt you could stand in front of and savor for a long time. So many cute details!

FYI: If this is a pattern you want, order it soon. The pattern is going out of print and I still have some in stock. Once those are gone, it will only be available as a digital ebook.


Thank you, Jackie, for sharing your quilt with us!



Show and Tell

Pam Rubinos sent me an email with two finished quilts. Both are just fantastic!

First up, Aunt Millie’s Garden:


Pam says:

I finally finished my Aunt Millie’s Garden quilt. I recently entered my Backyard Birds in our Palmetto Quilt Guild quilt show and received an Honorable Mention. My name for this quilt is Not Your Everyday Backyard Birds! because I had so much fun being creative with my birds.  Loved making each quilt. Thank you for your inspiring patterns!

Here is Pam’s version of Backyard Birds. I love everything about both quilts. Thank you, Pam, for sharing!


Show and Tell

Marian sent me another picture! The blocks are from our book, Backyard Birds.


Here’s what Marian said:

These were made by me when I first moved to Africa. I learned so much, like you can have 4 different background fabrics that aren’t matchy-matchy and how soothing hand applique can be. Also, a little whimsy make like more fun. My favorite fabric is the hedgehog leaves.

I really like her background choices, and the fabrics she used around the blocks. Together, they set off the applique perfectly. Thank you, Marian, for sharing you work!

Show and Tell

Marian Phelps sent me this photo of her newly finished Magical Unicorn. Her story about the quilt (below the photo) is great!

As soon as I received the pattern I went to work. This was completed in November and it was a joy to work on.
I live in Liberia, Africa and have a limited stash so had to make do with what I had except the grass. Since I didn’t want to piece it I ordered more from Craftsy and the waiting…..most things take 2 to 3 weeks to get us.
She (my unicorn) is loved and adored by everyone who meets her! I tell her admirers that she runs around at nite and makes sure you only have happy dreams.
Thank you for a fantastic and magical project.
I just love this idea… that the unicorn brings happy dreams :-). Thank you, Marian, for sharing! And, gotta say, you chose really good fabric for the grass!