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!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Finish! New York Beauty Pillow

New York Beauty Quilted Pillow

Moda Summersville - Back of New York Beauty Quilted Pillow

Inside of Pillow - Quilting Detail

Concentric Circles - Quilting Detail

Check out these progress photos.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New York Beauty

Check out my new WIP!  New York Beauty!  I couldn't wait for it to be a finished pillow to show it off.  I totally love how this is turning out.  This is my first attempt at curves and paper piecing. 

Learned to pin, pin, pin on my second attempt at curves!  12 pins in this piece.

Rainbow New York Beauty!

Ta-da! Four New York Beauty blocks waiting to be turned into a pillow.
Making these blocks wasn't hard or very time consuming.  The easiest part was creating the spike arcs.  My biggest challenge was none of the blocks were remotely square when I finished them.  I ripped one out and redid it and then decided to just keep going.  I could have trimmed them more aggressively but I thought that might impact the look of the circle so I decided to push, pull and tug it into submission to get the arc as accurate as possible and to heck with the rest of it.  I am happy with the results.  I would definitely make this block again.

Most of these fabrics are from Stack Stash Club.  The center Moda Summersville Print is from Sew Fresh Fabrics.  The rest I think I picked up somewhere along the 2012 SW Wisconsin Shop Hop.

I am hoping to finish this up before our next Madison Modern Quilt Guild Meeting on Wednesday.

What do you do if your blocks aren't quite square?