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tutti frutti tree top lane

I finished this quilt a few weeks ago but just got around to getting it photographed…

treetopwborderTutti Frutti Tree Tops

39″x 31″

hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

and a close up…

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and speaking of photographs I have started a series of posts about taking photographs of quilts on the SAQA MA/RI blog.  The first one is here.

class samples

I’ve been doing a lot of surface design on canvas fabric over the last couple of weeks and I’ve managed to generate several yards of fabric to work with…




I’ve been working on making up some sample journals in preparation for my class at San Diego Book Arts in October.  I haven’t been doing a lot of surface design the last year or so and I forgot how much fun it was to break out the paints and the silk screens and splash around in some paint.  I took a few of the painted surfaces and created a couple new sample journals:


I’ve packed the insides of these journals with hand painted pages,fabric pages with papers,folders and envelopes and pockets stitched to them.


They’re nice thick journals measuring about 9″x 6 x 4″


and they each have pockets on the two inside flaps as well.  You can get more information about the workshop at the SDBA on their website here.

Free needlebook project

My free needlebook project is now available on the BERNINA We All Sew blog here.


This needle book goes together pretty quickly and it’ll make a great holiday gift for all the sewers you know.  Click here to visit the We All Sew blog and learn how to make one.

Fabric Fusing Fun:Complete MistyFuse™ Kit!

Back by popular demand from Interweave is the Fabric fusing fun Complete Mistyfuse kit!

14QM22Click the link below to order the complete Mistyfuse Kit from Interweave!

Fabric Fusing Fun:Complete MistyFuse™ Kit

The kit includes…

Create Beautiful Fused Quilt Art!

This special bundle is packed with everything you need to create fused quilt art! With 3 great DVDs and a pack of MistyFuse® and a pack of Big Goddess Sheets,this kit is bound to be a favorite!

Quilting Arts Workshop:Rebel Quilting

Quilting Arts Workshop:Rebel Quilting

with Jamie Fingal

Join award-winning art quilter Jamie Fingal to learn her approach to making a quilt with unconventional materials…the rebel way!

Jamie incorporates many different kinds of fabrics into her artwork,and on this DVD she demonstrates just how successfully they can be fused and used in fun and imaginative ways.

You will appreciate Jamie’s planned and thoughtful approach,in combination with her freeing and unexpected methods—the rebel quilter way.



Quilting Arts Workshop:Coloring Book Fabric Collage

with Sue Bleiweiss

Join artist Sue Bleiweiss to learn her “coloring book fabric collage” technique—a fused style that includes black lines reminiscent of the coloring book pages we colored as children.

Sue takes viewers through her process of creating an art quilt from start to finish,from hand dyeing the fabrics through designing,fusing,free-motion quilting,and binding.

Quilting Arts Workshop:Improvisational Fused Quilt Art

Quilting Arts Workshop:Improvisational

Fused Quilt Arts

with Frieda Anderson and Laura Wasilowski

Join well-known art quilters Frieda Anderson and Laura Wasilowski to learn their amazingly easy method of creating art quilts using fusible web.

 After providing an overview of tools and construction methods,you’ll be on your way to creating one-of-a-kind improvisational fused art quilts with step-by-step guidance from each teacher. Plus,learn how to stitch your quilts by machine,add hand embroidery,and finish your quilt with a flourish. Before you know it,you’ll discover that being a fuser is an absolute blast.



Mistyfuse® White 20 x 2.5 yards

Mistyfuse® is great for all types of fabric,from velvets and cottons to delicate tulles and organzas.  Each package comes with simple instructions for easy fusing with no waste. Mistyfuse® White is perfect for fusing all colors,weights and types of fabric.


Big Goddess Sheets 17 3/4 x 24 inch

The Goddess Sheet is a transparent,reusable,non-stick pressing sheet perfect for fusing your design together.
Its verstility lets you use it as an ironing board protector,craft sheet,painting pallette and for kids crafts.

tutti frutti main street II

I’ve been working on this new quilt for a while now and I finally put the finishing touches on it last week.

mainstreetwborder“tutti frutti main street II”

34″x 72″

hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

All of the fabrics are my own hand dyed cotton with the exception of the brown and the gray.  Those I bought from Cherrywood fabrics.   Here’s a few detail shots:

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padded Iphone pouch

My first free project (and yes,there will be more!)  as a BERNINA ambassador is now available on the BERNINA WeAllSew blog here!


I created this iPhone pouch so that I wouldn’t have to carry my iPhone in my hand or my pockets when I’m out for my daily walk. Clip it to your hand bag and you’ll have easy access to your phone while you’re out running errands – you can tuck your “to do” list in one of the outside pockets of the pouch.    Click here for all the directions!


Meadowlark blog hop!

When Melanie Testa asked me if I wanted to be part of her sample team and to make something with her newly released line of fabric called “Meadowlark”produced in partnership with Windham Fabrics for her booth at Spring Quilt Market,I said most definitely yes!

Meadowlark Blog Hop Image

It’s an absolutely gorgeous line of fabric featuring some really wonderful imagery and color combinations.  You can see the complete collection on Melly’s blog here (but if you click over make sure you come back cause I’ve got a pretty sweet giveaway below!).

I have totally fallen in love with the dot prints in her line,especially the seafoam and purple one:


I just adore this print and color combination so I asked her to send me some of it along with some of the coordinating purple and I turned it into this:


The fabric is a dream to sew with and one of my very lucky blog readers is going to have the chance to win a fat pack of the entire collection!  Yup,you read that right,a fat pack of each fabric in the line –that’s 26 10″pieces!  All you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment on this blog post between now and Sunday June 8th.  I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner and announce it here on my blog on Monday June 9th.  Good luck!

The winner of the fat pack giveaway is Barbara Corbitt!

There’s a lot more stops and chances to win a fat pack stack on the blog hop.  Here’s the complete schedule:

Melanie Testa  –June 2
Vivien Zepf –June 2
Chrissie D –June 3
Sue Bleiweiss –June 4
Leslie Tucker Jenison –June 5
Jamie Fingal –June 6
Lyric Kinard –June 7
Jen Eskridge –June 8
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun –June 8
Stephanie Forsyth –June 9
Victoria Findlay Wolfe –June 10
Teri Lucas - June 11
Scott Hansen –June 12
Helen Eckard –June 12

 Have fun hopping!





Meet Beatrice

In my last post at the end you may have noticed this image:


I just signed on as a BERNINA ambassador and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  For the next year or so I will be sewing on this beautiful B 750 QE machine:


And I’ve named her Beatrice which means “bringer of joy”because she is an absolute joy to sew with!  I’ll be creating some projects on her that will be available on the we all sew blog here.  In fact my first quick and easy project will be how to create one of these needle books:

needlebook_outside needlebook_inside

They go together quick and easy are great to have if you do any hand sewing.  The free project will be available soon so stay tuned!

inspired by…

This year,the Quilt Alliance contest theme is “inspired by”.    The idea is to pick an inspiration quilt from The Quilt Index or the Quilters’S.O.S.- Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.) projects.  I wasn’t going to make a quilt to donate this year because I just couldn’t connect with the theme.   Making a piece based on someone else’s quilt is just not the way I work.  But then I remembered seeing Jamie Fingals Metal Measures quilt hanging at the Handiquilter headquarters last year when I was out there taping an episode of the Quilt It! show.  I decided to approach the “inspired by”theme from a different direction and rather than taking inspiration from the imagery and pattern I took my inspiration from the materials –specifically the use of zippers…

zflowers“zippy zinnias”
16″x 16″hand dyed cotton,zippers

This allowed me to stay true to my own style while at the same time staying true to the theme.  The blooms are made from zippers and I used black zippers to outline the vases as well as the outer edges of the quilt.

vase8close up of “zippy zinnias”

This was the first project I made start to finish on my new BERNINA 750 QE.


I’ve dropped it into my sewing table and it fits okay but hubby will alter the table so that it will fit flush to the top surface.  It’s a beautiful machine,  it sews like a dream and I’m just thrilled to have it in the studio.



I am just thrilled that my quilt “reflection”has been juried into the Dinner@8 exhibit premiering at the International Quilt Festival later this year in Houston.

24″x 60
hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

The theme for the exhibit is Reflections and this quilt was a result of looking back over the work I’ve done the last few years.  Buildings,houses and other dwellings feature prominently in the quilts I’ve made  and this quilt is a reflection of that.

reflection_detail1reflection detail

Creating a mirror image quilt was challenging and a sharp eye was needed to make sure that all the main elements as well as the detail ones lined up and reflected back on one another.

Sponsored by Havel’s Sewing the 33 piece collection of art quilts,made specifically for this exhibit each measure 24″wide by 60″high.  Get more information about the exhibit on the Dinner@8 website here.