The Little House On The Hill: Preview

Hello Friends,  I have been plagued by delayed flights in my recent trips.  I arrived home from Indiana after midnight on Monday. After catching a couple of hours of zzz’s, I went straight to work on a quilt that simply has to catch its flight to Australia. I stayed up most of last night working to make the quilt happen… and here is a very sneaky preview of another collaborative project with Lynette Anderson.


I have NEVER made yoyo’s this small (without using those nifty Clover yoyo makers) until this project.  It was not as scary as I had feared.  I found that starch-pressing the fabric first helped the process tremendously.


So tell me – do you like yoyo’s, and do you use them on your quilts?  I will be back tomorrow with a final post on Fall Quilt Market this year to round off our week.  Thank you for stopping by – I hope to catch up with your blogs and emails this weekend.

Pre-Market hashtags

#Quilt Market Houston 2015  #Super Shuttle  #Packing  #Frantic  #Scrambling  #Lists #Laundry #Last minute sewing  #Binding  #A wee bit stressed!  #Down to the wire  #Lay out Miss Baby’s Clothes  #Getting over cold #Regroup  #Cough drops #Excited #Meetings #Friends #Quilts  #Yoyos


Hello Friends, the aforementioned are what have been constantly flashing in my mind these last few days before I leave for Market.  I have been under the weather (and am still sick), and lost a few days of work last week…. thus the stress and scrambling!  I am still working on my stars, swirls and birds quilt to bring with me to Market.  But these came in the mail yesterday, and that means I am a small step closer to Market!


And here are a couple of sneaks peeks of my stars, swirls and birds quilt (as promised)- scheduled to be hung at one of the booths.  This quilt is quilted with threads from my Aurifil Subtle Strings Thread Box.




I finally remembered to take a picture of the threads included in Subtle Strings – more about that later!  Suffice it to say I am seriously in love with these colors!


My scheduled sightings at Market are as follow – I would love to see you!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Schoolhouse for Aurifil – 1:55 to 2:10pm, room 352A

Schoolhouse for my new book / Landauer – 2:35 to 2:50pm, room 351C

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Book Signing at Brewer booth – 10:3o to 11am, booth 2842 or 2843

Book Signing at EE Schenck – 4 to 4:30pm, booth 2508 or 2515

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Book Signing at Landauer – 11 to 11:30am, booth 1760

So far — though not confirmed with all, I think (!) you can see my designs/quilts at the following booths:  American Patchwork & Quilting, Aurifil (#1332), Hoffman Fabrics (#1343, 1346), Landauer Publishing (#1760), Quilting Treasures (#1558), and Windham (#2554, 2555).


As I finalize things to get myself ready to leave, I am mindful that the real stars of my Market adventure are my little family.  My husband will be gallantly holding down the fort, with a very willing accomplice (aka Miss Baby).  But my Market adventure would not be even possible without the day to day understanding and unfailing support of these two who are dearest to me!

I hope you have a lovely rest of your week — I shall check in with you again soon!  Love and hugs to you all!

Thread Talk from my Sewing Machine #65


Hello Friends, I am happy to share with you a “faux” long-arm free motion quilting motif that I have quilted on my latest completed quilt.  I am going to show you how “quilting off the seat of one’s pants” works out in real life using a piece of paper.  The goal is to fill the paper with the motif — exactly like how we would quilt an allover quilting motif on a quilt.  So, first let’s look at the progression of filling up a space with quilting motifs, starting from #1.  The different colors denote different repeats of the motif.



So, here you see I “quilted” #1-9 with not much of any abnormality.  I do want you to note how I always have my “starting” swirl of each repeat going a different direction — as much as I can — that gives the overall effect a sense of movement!  I also want you to notice that the leaves aren’t in any particular shape as long as they taper inward, as well as the filler swirls I use to fill up some open space that is too small to fit another repeat of the motif.


I sort of quilted myself in a corner at #9, and have no convenient to get out to fill the remaining open area.  No big deal, cut the thread, and find a convenient spot to start again.  Thus #10 and so on, until an entire area is filled up.



Here is what is on paper transferred to a real quilt looks like on the back of my latest completed quilt…



Curious what the quilt looks like on the front?  I am afraid you have to wait.  All I can tell you is that my husband loves the quilt.  He has great taste, because he…. married me!  HAHA.  Please note I am totally cracking a lame joke at that one!  Alrightie, I shall catch up with you later!

p.s.  You may click here for my other Thread Talk posts.

Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine #64


Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I had to pack in quite a bit of work to make something happen, but that’s okay.   I am just now catching up with your comments/emails!

Often times what I plan in my mind for quilting scheme on my quilts don’t come to pass.  On this most recently finished quilt, I had planned for formal feather plumes — but one just can’t quite force formal on adorable polka dots.


In the end, I turned to my informal pseudo feathers and “plume-ified” them.  Basically, I quilted my plumes as I would in my regular feather plumes, except forming my feather lobes differently.  It took a little bit to get used to. Just make sure you follow the path of quilting the regular feather plumes, and go from there, and I think you will be fine.  The effect is lighter, air-ier, and sweeter!

Click here to read about my Thread Talk post on feather plumes.

Click here to read about forming psedo-feathers.

Click here to read all of my archived Thread Talk post.

Thank you for stopping by – I have to run for now.  I have A LOT to get done before I can go to bed tonight.  I shall catch up with you later!  Love and hugs to you all.



Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a lovely Father’s Day weekend.

I am happy to share with you today Fanciful, one of three “real” quilts included in my DVD or online machine quilting class, Machine Quilting Level 2, offered by Annies, with which you can practice the quilting skills you learn from the class presentation.  You will receive complete instructions, as well as full-sized applique templates, on how to construct the quilt top for Fanciful with the purchase of the class.


In constructing Fanciful, I mixed regular cotton quilting fabrics with batiks to see if I would like the effect.  The star blocks and the white and light taupe you see are of regular cotton quilting fabrics, while the rest are batik fabrics.  I have to say I am really pleased with the visual effect of mixing batiks and regular cotton fabrics in the same quilt. And of course, this exclusive project was designed with LOTS of quilting opportunities in mind… thus the vast expanse of negative space!



You will be able to see the quilting close-up in the class presentation toward the conclusion of the class as I walk you through on how I quilted all three of the real quilt projects presented in the class.





If you have been visiting here for a while, you will know that I am an Aurifil addict, specifically for their Mako 50 weight thread, with which I had quilted nearly all my quilts, including Fanciful. The batting used for this quilt is Hobbs Tuscany silk batting.



You may click here for a free preview of the class.  Of course, if you have any questions – you know where to find me. :)  I hope you are having a good summer.


We are traipsing about here and there… while I am attempting to find time to work on some very exciting things for the coming Fall and the coming year.


Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely week!

Light and Quilting!

Hello Friends, I hope you are well.  My Calico Trail quilt (read about the quilt here) tagged along when I took a few other quilts for a photo shoot session recently.  I shall let the pictures do the most of the talking… about how the 7am sunlight reflected the quilting on Calico Trail.







The entire quilt is constructed and quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 cotton thread.  Batting used is Hobbs Tuscany Silk batt.  Fabrics are from Quilting Treasures‘s Petals and Matrix collections.

Light is amazing, is it not?

Thanks for stopping by, Dear Friends.  It’s been a happening week, and I am trying to keep my head above the water! Tootles for now.

I spotted….

… my quilts at Landauer Publishing‘s booth at Spring Market this past May.  I think something is afoot…

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Incidentally, Sew in Love {with Fabric} did a really nice feature on Recreating Antique Quilts  (thanks so much!!!).  Click here to read the feature.  Click here to purchase the book.

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I am planning to re-make Ivory Baltimore in few weeks that will be a little different from the original version. Stay tuned for details.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a most blessed weekend.


Annie’s Online Class: Machine Quilting Level 2 & Giveaway!

Happy Friday, Friends!  I hope you have had a good week – so, what’s in store for the weekend? It’s been a rushed week for me trying to meet a few deadlines before Memorial Day weekend! Today I would like to share a little more with you about my Annie’s Online Machine Quilting Level 2 Class.

Level2This class builds on the foundational skills established in the first Annie’s online class Learn to Machine Quilt, which focuses on getting quilters used to moving the quilt sandwich by introducing carefully selected motifs that quilters can practically quilt on their quilts.  Click here to explore more about this first class.  To my absolute delight, many who took the class told me they have greatly benefited from the class, and are ready to take their machine quilting skills to the next level.  So, drawing from my own machine quilting journey, Annie’s and I worked together on Machine Quilting Level 2.

If you liked the format of the first class, you will have no trouble following this second class.  The second class follows closely the format of the first class – a short show and tell of real life quilts, short lectures on each motif, actual doodling of each motif captured on screen, and this time, we will go through all the steps in quilting the class project.


Here are a couple of still shots from the class:



If you follow along, you will have opportunities in trying out MANY motifs —

1.  Swirly Flower: perfect for an allover quilting motif


2.  Swirly Variations: work for borders, sashings, and easily personalized by adding your own what-nots between swirls.


3.  Pool Reflections: work for small areas (easily extended to large if desired) and borders


4.  Snaky Spirals


5.  Little S’s: My way to quilt McTavishing


6.  Sushi rolls – a very forgiving motif perfect for quilting borders, as well as all over the quilt top


7.  Mark without marking Quilting – easy if quilting simple shapes, but will also have tips for quilting complex shapes using this method


8.  And…. FEATHERS!!!!  I mean FEATHERS: the basic feathering principles are covered in this class.


9.  Options in border treatments:  hopefully this will jumpstart for you many more options!





Annie’s classes, whether in online or DVD format, are wonderful because they are yours to keep forever once purchased.  The other thing is that you can re-watch any segments as many times as you wish, and consequently attempt to quilt any motif you choose and not necessarily follow the order as presented in the class.   You will also receive supplementary class notes consisting instructions to construct the projects.  And of course, you will be able to interact with me should you have any questions.  You know where to find me anyway. :)


If you prefer the class in DVD format, they are now available as well.  Some friends just told me they purchased the DVD’s, and are liking them.


All the quilts you see in this class are constructed and quilted using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 cotton thread!  I have been most gratified when quilters I have met recently in person tell me how they switched to using Aurifil’s thread because of me, and more importantly how Aurifil threads have made them happier quilters!!!  Truer words have never been said — Aurifil has definitely made me the happiest of quilters!  A big thank you to Bernina for letting me use their 560B machine in the filming of this class.

Machine Quilting Level 2 class also comes with three (!) exclusively designed projects for the students to apply the quilting skills they acquire from working through the class project.  I will show before the end of the class how I have quilted these three “wow” projects – a pieced runner, an applique topper and a WOW/Medallion quilt.  I will also be posting about each project in separate posts.




Now for the GIVEAWAY:  Between now and May 25, you will have a chance to win a copy of the Machine Quilting Level 2 DVD — just leave a comment in the comment section.  Winner will be announced on May 28.

Meanwhile, you can:

click here to preview and purchase Learn to Machine Quilt online class

click here to preview and purchase Learn to Machine Quilt DVD

click here to preview and purchase Machine Quilting Level 2 online class

click here to preview and purchase Machine Quilting Level 2 DVD

Besides frantically working on my Aussie-bound quilt, I am also working on a few new projects.  Stay tuned for details! Thank you for dropping in.  I hope you have a lovely weekend!  See you next week.

Australian Quilters Companion #73: Preview

My friend Lynette Anderson alerted me about seeing my name on the cover of the latest issue of Australian Quilters Companion!!  I am so excited I am being PROFILED!


I haven’t received my magazine copy yet.  I was wondering if those of you in Australia, or those of you who subscribe electronically have had a chance to browse through the magazine.  I am curious to hear your thoughts.

Lynette and I also have a quilt featured in the same magazine issue.  More details will be posted in a separate blog post.  Stay tuned.


Image Credit: Australian Quilters Companion

I am very close in wrapping up my pre-Spring Market work.  I’d better get to it… Thank you for stopping by.  I will catch up with you later!   SO, what’s been going on at your end?

FREE PATTERN: Baby Boutique

Hello Friends, I am still in catching up mode.  I am glad I am slowly getting to the list of things I hadn’t been able to get to in the last few weeks.   I have a very quick and easy to finish baby quilt pattern to share with you today using Quilting Treasures’ Baby Boutique fabrics.

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Aren’t the fabrics just so cute?  You may purchase quilt kits from Fons and Porter here (boy), and here (girl).

Click here to view the entire fabric line.  I especially love the alphabet print!

Click here to download free to use pattern instructions.

Thank you for stopping by!  I shall catch up with you later.  Hugs to you all.


[My free to use designs from previous years are listed under “FREE PATTERNS” on the side bar.]

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

There and Back…

I was there (i.e. Rogers Sewing Center aka Sewing Mother Ship), and now am back (i.e. Home) – all within the span of a few short days.  I had a wonderful time in Northwest Arkansas.  I had a couple of unexpected turns (including an almost 4 hour delay at the airport on my way there last Thursday), but they all worked out!  The sweet quilting ladies made it all worthwhile!  It was nice to catch up with old friends, and make new friends.  My only regret is that I didn’t have at least 30 minutes to spend with each one.  Thank you to everyone who came to my presentation and classes, and a HUGE thank you to the Rogers Sewing Center Team who made it all happen!  I am still mulling over in my mind the stories told to me, especially the creepy ones!!! 


One of my college professors came to my presentation on Thursday night – talk about shock, surprise and absolute delight!  I commented to him that I must be eligible for the “Weirdest Chemical Engineering Alumni” award if there was one considering what I do now, compared to what I was trained to do.  I was a bit bummed out I didn’t get a picture with him.   But as it was, due to the flight delay I got there just in time to change, smooth down the wrinkles (!) and put on my lipstick and went out there to meet the group!   Mind you, I had been up since 2:30am that morning to get myself ready to go to the airport.  Nonetheless it turned out to be a most memorable day.  You can go to Rogers Sewing Center’s Facebook page to see more pictures.  And if you live in the area, and haven’t stopped by to meet Dan and Rhonda in person, you simply have to!  Mention my name, and they will give you the royal treatment… not that they don’t already treat anyone and everyone royally who walks through the door.  I owe them for the opportunities afforded to me in my quilting journey.  I wouldn’t have been able to do what I do without their encouragement and support all these years!


So, I always optimistically think I am able to keep up with emails etc while I am traveling.  I never learn…. so, I will be playing catch up for the rest of the week.   Oh, I was also forced to remember how much I didn’t miss packing school snacks for Miss Baby while I was gone.  I don’t know why, but I never know just what to pack for snacks for Miss Baby…


But come back tomorrow and anytime this week, I will have a couple of editorial features to share with you, finally. It took a third round of photo shoot to finally get some decent pictures of a couple of quilts!  So, I will catch up with you tomorrow!

Engineer vs. Artist: Sneak Peeks

Hello Friends, I meant to check in yesterday, but I had an Engineer vs. Artist moment (thus the name of the quilt for now), and the Artist won.  You see, when piecing is involved, I am all engineer because of the precision aspect of things.  Then, when it comes time to decide what to quilt, oftentimes the engineer within me takes over for the efficiency aspect of things, due to project deadlines, and I have to be efficient with what I quilt within the amount of time I have…. but yesterday, the Artist in me won!

I was already late because the piecing took longer – piecing ALWAYS takes longer for me because I am a snail-speed piecer. I knew I had a limited amount of time to quilt the quilt.  I could just quickly quilt an allover motif, and be efficient, or I could go all out and quilt fancy, and really add to the quilt.  The battle raged on fiercely (!), and finally, the Artist won!

I won’t tell you how much sleep I got last night, because I will get in trouble should my Mom check in and read the post. ;) But suffice it to say all those all-nighters I had in engineering school amply prepared for a stint like last night’s!



I was glad the Artist in me won in the quilting department of this quilt.  I really like the result. But the icing on the cake was when Miss Baby came downstairs and saw the quilt this morning… she said, “WOW, Mom…. this quilt is so pretty now (that it’s quilted)!” I guess she wasn’t quite sure about it before, and was too nice to say anything negative.

This quilt is now on its way to the editor.  Whether they would let me officially name the quilt “Engineer vs. Artist” remains to be seen.

Thank you for stopping by!  I need to start on the next few things on my list.  I shall catch up with you later.

p.s.  Through today only, you can still get my book Recreating Antique Quilts at a discount at my publisher’s website. Click here to purchase the book.

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