Sunday, February 5, 2017


This week I have been working on Season 8 Project Quilting Challenge 3 and thankfully it also works for the Madison Modern Quilt Guild Pantone 2017 color of the year - Greenery challenge.

Here are the cliff notes of the rules I needed to follow
  • PQ8 challenge 3:
    • Inspired by texture - I was thinking of edamame fields :D
    • Piece must be made from inception to completion in ONE WEEK.
    • Link up for voting to win kick ass prizes!  
  • Mad Mod Quilt Guild Challenge
    • We were given one fat quarter of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in the color lime to coordinate with Pantone's 2017 color of the year and could make anything we wanted.
    • Due at the March meeting. 
  • My personal goals
    • Complete both challenges in one week
    • Use new-to-me Accuquilt 2.5" strip die
    • Monochromatic
    • Learn something new
    • Make something "modern art-y" for our walls
So maybe it's a three for instead of a two-for?  (That was a joke for you 30 Rock fans)

This was my inspiration - Edamame!  I love edamame and I was looking for texture and GREEN which is hard to find in the wild of Wisconsin in the wintertime so I had to find it in the wilds of the interwebs Trish. :D

Photo shared with permission by the United Soybean Board. 

The challenge was announced on Sunday, January 29 and I had the top done that day.  After a couple cocktails I thought, wouldn't it be cool to run the top through my Accuquilt again and make something totally unexpected?  No.  No it wouldn't.  This idea now lives in the trash. It basically turned into a really ineffective bargello quilt which was not the "modern art-y" look I wanted.  So, I remade the top that night with my scraps.  It finished at 21" x 24" but still a good size for a wall quilt. 

It had no heart nor texture!  Texture being the whole point of this weeks PQ8 challenge! It looked like a child's interpretation of modern art instead of actual art.  I really wanted to make something like S. D. Evans and instead it looked like I gave up on life. Okay maybe that is a little dramatic but it was looking pretty lame. I hoped quilting would save it as it usually does.  I started quilting straight lines across and it looked better but I still didn't love it.  It gave me the look I wanted for something to hang in my house but I didn't learn much, there was no texture and I wasn't very proud of it.  

THEN, I decided to make it useful which also gave it texture.  I used the whole thing as a practice piece/sample of my favorite decorative stitches my sewing machine offers.  I never played with them before.  THAT was fun.  It looks less modern art-y and a bit more country crafty but I love it soooo much more now.  If I can't learn something new with the project it's pretty pointless for me. 

Here are the pictures!  You'll find bugs, turtles, loops, waves, squiggles and some others.  Now I have to quick publish this so I am entered into the PQ8 challenge!

Now it's time to vote for your favorite TOP TEN quilts of this week's PQ8 challenge.  Please vote based on merit.  There are a lot of super cool quilts to choose from!

Friday, April 1, 2016

What's the haps?

Hello dear reader.

I have updated my 2015 sewing and quilting portfolio. Check it out!

In other exciting news, my dear friend Trina Peterson and I are hosting a sewing retreat this year! We named it the Modern Stitching Affair and we're hosting it right in Madison, Wisconsin where we met. I give credit Trina for getting us into this. She was inspired by her experience at the lovely Sew South Retreat in North Carolina and wanted to bring some of that awesomeness to the Midwest. Here are the deets:

Modern Stitching Affair | Sewing and Quilting Retreat 
September 29-2, 2016, Madison, WI

Eighty attendees will sew and socialize together in a large ballroom in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. Together, we will have plenty of free time to enjoy our own projects as well as work on three specially curated projects demonstrated by nationally known sewers coming in from Maryland, Arizona and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Check out the projects!

Modern Stitching Affair Sewing Quilting Retreat Madison Wisconsin

Cristy Fincher will be teaching us Piec-Lique with her Circle Maze Quilt Pattern and
Betz White will be demonstrating her Field Study Tote
Ann Sandler will be showing us how to embroider with her original hexagon sampler pattern

In addition, we will have vendors and generous swag bags from our sponsors!

We look forward to stitching with you there! Tickets on sale now - register today!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Quilt Making: A Modern Practice

Hello Friends!

My dream has become a reality!  I am hosting a quilt show at the Gallery @ Truax.  I hope to see you there!

Madison College Truax | 1701 Wright St | Madison, WI 53704 | Parking & Directions

Please join us and meet the artists January 28th 4-7pm.  RSVP NOW

This show features people from the community as well as Madison College. We are highlighting the modern aesthetic of quilt making including but not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing,"Modern traditionalism" and Art quilts. You might see a few quilts that surprise you.

Monday, March 9, 2015

2014 Quilts

Hello!  I have some catching up to do on this blog, here is a brief look at what I worked on in 2014.  See more in the portfolio tab.  Thank you for visiting!

Title: Gram's Quilt
Pattern:  Houndstooth Star on Point
Fabrics: Various
Quilted by Stitch Lilly

Title: Under the Sea, gift for Adler Nicholas
Pattern:  River Squares by Free Motion on the River
Fabrics: Birch Organic Fabric, Storyboek 2 Collection
Quilted by Wendy Franczak, on Trina Peterson's Mid-arm

Monday, October 21, 2013


Good Afternoon!  I have a new bag to share with you!  This is a 'quilt as you go' (qayg) version of a Jane Market Bag

This is by far the most favorite thing I have made.  The straps and lining are Essex linen and the rest of the fabrics are from my scraps and stash.  I love the Nancy Drew print simply because she is a nail biter just like me!

Brass tacks - I altered the pattern in a few ways.  I used interfacing in the straps and made them longer.  For the exterior, I followed the instructions on size and assembly but used qayg panels and put a small pock on the inside.  Also, I didn't sew the sides to form a boxy look.  I liked the wide open bag look.  If I were to make one again I would add a zipper closure or a magnetic snap.  I keep a piece of cardboard in the bottom for more structure too. I will eventually cover that in fabric.  Its nice to have this set in the bag as opposed to sewn in so its removable for washing.

Its large enough to carry my lunch box, wallet, kindle and a few diet cokes to work.  Basically its the coolest briefcase ever.

QAYG Quilt As You Go Tote - Jane Market Bag

QAYG Quilt As You Go Tote - Jane Market Bag

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Show and Tell Tuesday

Hey Guys and Gals!
I have been sewing a lot over here!  I feel so inspired now that I have my very own sewing room in our new house!

Finish number one....Circle of Geese Pillow.  Pattern by Pieced by Number.  This is my sample for the  Intro to Paper Piecing class I am teaching at the Electric Needle Friday, November 22.  More on that HERE.   I hope to see you there!

Finish two: I finally finished my Plan C Quilt!  Pattern by Miss Schnibbles.  This is made with two Moda Ruby charm packs and is finished at 32" square.  Check out the Progress Shots.

Now for my new works in progress!  A sampler quilt and a tote bag.  (Yes, I still have to bind my Turning Twenty Quilt....shhhh!)

My bff Krissy and I are at taking a beginning quilting class at Mill House Quilts in Waunakee, WI.  We are supposed to be making a 4 block sampler quilt however we both decided we should really triple the size and just not make the pattern laid out in class at all.  YIKES!  This is my first block!

12" Churn Dash Bloc, Joel Dewberry Aviary 2 Lattice
The picture above was my very lame attempt at cropping out the background.  This is not a wonky block, its a wonky photo!  :)  I'll try better next time.

Last evening (instead of working my sampler like a good girl) I decided I had to have a new tote for work immediately!  I was inspired by THIS bag by Fresh Lemon Quilts and THIS bag by LindaKL.  I am using the Jane Market Bag pattern.  So as to not interfere with the patchwork I will be putting the pockets in the interior as well as interfacing the handles.  I hate floppy handles.

Quilt As You Go Block 18" x 22"
I worked on this block for 4.5 hours and used two entire bobbins!  (This is half of the bags exterior.)  I think the second  block will go faster since I now know how to QAYG,  I have a color scheme and a better idea how to lay out the fabrics.  P.S.  This is wonky and mostly on purpose.  :)

Now time for my most exciting show and tell!  I am the new proud owner of a white, Singer Featherweight!  I found it on Craigslist and we did the meet and greet at the Grumpy Troll in Mount Horeb, WI.  I will share more about this awesome score in a post coming soon!

Linking up to Fresh Squeeze Fabrics Show and Tell Tuesday.

What are you working on these day?  Have you tried the QAYG technique?  Love it?  Hate it?  Any other Featherweight owners out there with some tips and tricks for me?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Free Paint Color Consulation

Good Morning Everyone!  

This Saturday I will be at the Marshall, WI Ace Hardware giving you FREE paint color advice.  

Isn't it hard picking out that perfect shade?  I would love to see you there and help you pick the best color for your space.  This is a one time offer for a complimentary consultation!

Make your appointment now at

Saturday September 21st.  9am-5pm

Hellendbrand Ace Hardware 
104 E Main St
Marshall, WI 53559

Be sure to bring in an inspiration piece like a quilt, pillow, photograph or piece of art you would like to coordinate with.  I look forward to meeting with you soon!