Martha’s Vintage Rose

This is the third (fourth?) Vintage Rose quilt I have done. It is a beautiful pattern by Quiltworx. But this one was different… Martha pieced the quilt in silk… all of it… including the backing! Such gorgeous muted tones… I absolutely love it! I really wanted to quilt this one differently than the previous ones I have done. And that is a really cool thing about this pattern — depending on your color placement it totally changes the quilting design areas.

The full finish pic – well, the best pic I can get – the quilt is bigger than my photo boards as it was not trimmed (due to silk stability)

Some detail pics:

And, of course, a peek at the back:

This one is a real beauty!!

Martha’s Cactus Flower Runner

I actually have two pieces for Martha – this Cactus Flower runner (pattern by Quiltworx) and a Vintage Rose queen size. I started with the runner – it’s been a day or twelve since I’ve quilted anything so it was more of a warm up to the big piece. Also… I’m waiting on a thread order for the larger piece.

I apologize for not having better photos… the black fabric is incredibly difficult to photograph and see the quilting. Here’s a detail pic:

And here’s your peek at her Vintage Rose (it is all silk, yes, even the backing)… it is going to be gorgeous!

I’ll be sure to share it when it’s finished… it’s going to be a little while!

We plan, God laughs…

Isn’t that always the way? When I decided to merge the two blogs together I did my research. I made sure that each and every post came through — several have two copies, which is technically better than none, right? But…

There’s always a but…

I didn’t realize that none of the comments would come through… so yeah, 13 years of blogs and not a single comment. Okay… I can live with it — at least the content is there. Well… except for videos (they didn’t import). No worries, I can slowly go through all the posts and add the videos (if I still have them). Also, fixing cross-posted stuff – it’s a hassle, but the blog will read much better without a strange sort of didn’t I just read that. Oh, and non-relevant information – getting rid of that (like all my paid group links) yeah it’s going to be a process. But…


If you’ve subscribed here for email notifications, every time I edit a post you will get an email notification. I have spent probably a little too much time researching if there is any way around it… nope, it’s gonna be that way.

So… me being (trying to be) the positive person (I strive to be) had a thought. Maybe… just maybe, you’ll all enjoyed reading some older posts. We both might laugh in the process AND maybe my comments might start showing up again. Yeah, having zero comments kinda makes you feel like an inadequate blogger. Like nope, not even enough interest to talk about it… and… if you can’t stand all the notifications I’ve got a plan (oooh maybe I should reword that one)… IDEA… I’ve got an idea. You can unsubscribe and wait awhile and then re-subscribe? Or, just have fun reading along (or ignoring, your choice). I’m thinking the trip down memory lane might be kinda fun… I’ll even start the revising/editing from back in 2009… let me know your thoughts… you know… as comments… help a girl out over here!

UPDATE: No need to unsubscribe (well, unless you absolutely hate it here)… I’ve figured it out – it won’t resend each update. Woohoo!!!

GLPMQA Workshops

I’ve just returned from an amazing weekend with the Great Lakes Professional Machine Quilters Association – what a FUN group! If you haven’t heard about them check them out

I took only one photo… yep, the lake – isn’t it beautiful!! This was the view from the classroom – really, it’s a wonder we accomplished anything!!

I think I get too caught up in trying to present the best I can with the attention I have that I almost always forget to snap pics during class. Gwen totally saved the day – she shared a few pics with me!

I must say, this was really an awesome group – we all had a blast!!

Jan's Quilts

 I’ve just finished up these two cuties for Jan — and yes, they were long over-due — it’s been just shy of crazy over here.

I love how Jan told the story using the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabrics – a super cutie indeed!

And the bird circles — I love these birds!  Did I mention Jan hand pieces a lot of her work?  Amazing, right?!!

Long time no type

Well… it’s sure been a hot minute (umm no) since I’ve posted here.

Although I have been sending my monthly newsletters pretty faithfully… pretty much… almost… ugh.

Anyway… where to start?… my last post was November.  Guys… oh my… if I ever go that long someone send me an email with a wtf??   Seriously… yous weren’t even worried that I fell off the bloggy earth?

Okay… rewind to the monthly newsletter —  do you love it? hate it? could live without it? or… didn’t even know about it?  If its the latter, go to the website and enter your email on the WANT UPDATES? and then press UPDATE ME… you’ll have to confirm your email (it’ll send you a confirmation email) and that’s it — every month (if I don’t forget) you’ll get a catchup newsletter with everything quilty in my life… new products, what I’m working on, tidbits, freebies, etc.  — if you hate it you can always unsubscribe.  But please, don’t hate it…

Where to start the catchup…

The FB challenge group!

A fabulous group – each month(ish) Jodi Robinson and I issue a creativity challenge — participation is free, but if you want to attend the Spark and Recap live sessions there is a fee.
We have so much fun pulling inspiration for the Spark session discussions and then during the Recap session talking out our projects through step out pics and lots of laughs – nope, we’re not perfect… and it shows!
Here are a few of my previous projects:

Here’s a sweet little post from one of our regular participants:

So, since my last blog post I’ve shut down my Patreon… what?  I know… but, I’m sharing as much as possible over on my YouTube channel – if you don’t already, make sure you SUBSCRIBE, and also click on the notification bell so you don’t miss any new videos!

A bunch of new Gammill series episodes have happened (just click on the images for the full playlists):

I did sneak out to the Gammill Studio for some filming – it’s always fun when we’re there (a lot of work, but still fun).  And yes, I’ll be sure to share everything about it once I’m able!

We did manage to squeeze in an evening of crafty fun – UV resin – so much fun!
So other than some client stuff (other blog) and loads of computer stuff (transferring files), and fishing (lots of fishing), that’s about it.  No worries… I’ve just set a bunch of reminders so that I don’t forget to post (lets just hope they work)!
‘Til next time, happy stitches!!

Mary's Gardeners Alphabet Quilt

Late last night I finished Mary’s Gardeners Alphabet quilt (pattern by Crabapple Hill Studio).  I had to wait until this morning to get the full flat pic.

I did share several photos of this on my CLQ FB page while it was being quilted.  Go check them out if you haven’t seen them — you know, in case you don’t already follow.  
You can also find two videos on my YouTube – 
one of the border marking using my Edges templates 

and one of the background quilting

Go check them out – don’t forget to subscribe (and press the little notification bell so you don’t miss anything).

Diane's Roses

 Recently I finished this beauty for Diane.  Diane teaches hand applique – she does the most fantastic applique I’ve ever seen.  She is teaching this at Road 2 California later this month.  I also have to mention this quilt is 108×108 — it was too big for my photo boards so these are the best pics I could manage:

Jan's Quilts

 First up was the owls… oh… these owls are precious!  The patterns are from the Outstanding Owls book by Darcy Ashton.  I’ve actually started making some as well… although mine will take quilt a while before they are ready for quilting.

Then on to the Sunflowers – I ghosted a few in the background.  I love how this piece turned out!

And then some poppy flowers – this background was more about creating some texture.

Last, but not least, wool squares with some fun flowers in the border.  Some all-over scrolls was perfect for this!

Wait… what?

Today is November 25, 2021… it is Thanksgiving.  
I hope all of you are having a wonderful day. 

We’re not celebrating until Saturday… when everyone can be home (work schedules are sometimes crazy here).  So until then I’ll get to drool over everyone’s fb food posts (and maybe snag an awesome new recipe or two).

I have no clue where September, October, OR November went?!! Well, really I do, but it feels impossible that I haven’t posted since the end of July.  Soooooo much has been happening over here.  I guess I’ll just start the catch up, which may or may not be quilty – I’m sure pics will be so much better than words (and it might refresh my memory a little too) – feel free to grab a cuppa as I think it might be a long one (and totally not in chronological order… that’s just too much to ask).

The studio has a new ceiling fan.  I know… whoa that’s exciting.  But really, it is!

Then there was tons of class prep… powerpoints, samples, fabric cutting… 

I’ve been working on my latest book (and no, it is still not finished) – here is your only peek.  It will be a sourcebook for all things sashing.

So… let’s talk travel…
between the middle of September and the middle of November I travelled four times… yes 4 — that is like traveling every two weeks!

So back in September there was an awesome Gammill retreat in Hershey, PA.  I got to see my mom and sis and we all spent the day at Hershey Park… so much fun!  Then in October I had some educator travel stuff, which was great because I got to see my Gammill peeps!  Then at the end of October was Houston Festival — I taught 5 class but it was oh so much fun!  Then some more educator travel in November (again peeps) and now it’s now… no wonder my schedule has slide into the next month!  So — here’s some pics (in no particular order)
Why yes, that is a winter coat… brrrrr?!!!!

Did you every try teaching in a mask with a microphone… it sounds a lot like Charlie Brown’s teacher… these face shields made a big difference in students being able to hear while I was up in the front of the classroom!
classroom nicely spaced out for social distancing

Ooh… I also created two new rulers specifically for borders.  

They are so cool – and yes, they come with directions!  They debuted at Houston and were supposed to be on the website as soon as I returned… soon, they will be posted soon!  But here’s a peek at what they do: 

A couple of projects from my challenge group:

Ahhh… the new Gammill Professional Bobbin Winder… you have no idea how happy this little (but mighty) piece of equipment makes me!  This new bobbin winder is the bomb!  Super fast, perfect bobbins, and ultra quiet!

When I returned from Houston we started another tile project… right?  How could there possibly be any more tile to do?  Just wait…

The patio!  Yep, demo was the worst… and yes we had to scoop tiny little tile pieces out of the pool – tile flies everywhere!  We also needed to have the pool table disassembled (its currently living in the family room waiting for reassembly and refelting).  So more on this later…

And… NEW FEET!!!  Yes, the Approach Foot System by Gammill was waiting for me when I returned from my last travel event.  They are awesome — well worth the wait!  Here’s a little unboxing video I did

So in all that time I also managed to quilt five client quilts… not my normal but very good considering I was traveling so much!  You can see them over on the client work blog.

And I also squeezed in a few minutes on my Squash Blossom quilt… which is currently at a stand still as I’m torn between continuing the hand applique (slow) or switching to machine applique to get things done… also… I need to switch out one of the colors and not sure which direction I want to go with it… dilemma, right?  Again, more on this later!

I think I’ve covered it all… enjoy your day with family, friends, and good food!

Kris's Moonglow

 Kris picked up her Moonglow (pattern by Jinny Beyer) quilt this morning so now I can share!  I have wanted to quilt a Moonglow for some time now but yet none had come through my client workload (and you know me and piecing… like it takes me 85 years to do anything) – so I was super excited when Kris added this to the schedule.

Well… it was originally on the schedule for September and well… L I F E… so here it is the end of November and it is finished (better late than never, right?).

And… not a single feather on it!  Both Kris and I wanted the quilting to be different than all the other Moonglows out there — I think it turned out awesome.  Well, Kris does too!  It’s always nice when your client loves it when they pick the quilt up… and then texts again later telling you how much they really love it!  I have the best clients!!

So yeah, one quilt caught up but I’m still pretty far behind schedule… looks like December will be full of client work (normally I take most of it for myself).

I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Shay's Australian Wedding Ring

I finished this beauty for Shay right before I left for Houston but this is the first chance I’ve had to share about it.  The pattern is by Lynette Anderson (that’s the only info I have, sorry).

Now I’m working on a Moonglow for Kris… I’m so far behind schedule but hoping to be all caught up before the end of the year.  I know, I know… the best plans… hahahaha

Muriel's Strawberry Jam quilt

 I’ve just finished this little beauty for Muriel.

I went through several plans before landing on this one– if you want to hear all about the process as well as see the stitching you can follow along on my patreon page (links below – subscription required)