Autumn Pillow for Therm O Web

These seasonal pillows I’ve designed using the great products from Therm O Web have become some of my favorite things!  For autumn I drew up a bunch of different leaves to applique to the pillow and then picked a word that reminds me of Autumn – CRISP.


You can find the tutorial to make your own “CRISP” pillow over at Therm O Web’s blog by clicking HERE.  (And yes – those are little panda’s on the Cotton N Steel fabric I used for the background!)


I had a great time free motion quilting this with aurifil thread and it is so cozy!IMG_1901-001

And here are the four pillows I’ve designed so far.  I’m thinking I need to do some more holiday ones … hmmm .. it might be too late for this Halloween but I could have one ready for next …

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Do you have a favorite?  Let me know in the comments below if you like Crisp, Bloom, Snow, or Hug Me the most?

Robin Koehler of NESTLINGS by Robin– Scrap Quilt Designer Showcase

It’s the 15th of October!  Which means a few things … it’s my half birthday (yeah!), it’s time for me to introduce you to another fabulous designer and it’s your last inspirational post before your Scrap Quilt Challenge Quilts are due (November 3rd).  Today I am really happy  to introduce you to Robin Koehler of NESTLINGS by Robin – almost exclusively on facebook, twitter, and her blog

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Let’s hear what Robin had to say to my fun little questions before we head to her blog to find out more about her take on scrap quilting!

K: Why do you enjoy using fabric scraps for quilting?
R: I mostly use them in mini projects and usually because I really loved the
color family leftovers from another project and can't throw them away.

K: Do you have a secret or tip for storing your scraps?
R: So if the scraps from a project are enough to keep for a mini, they go
into a small bag and hung from a shower curtain hook on the closet rod in
my work room.

K: If someone were to have given you one tip for sewing/quilting when you
first started - what do you wish they would have told you?

R: I think a scrap management system would have been very helpful because if
you become passionate about this world, then the scraps and the stash pile
up very quickly!
K: What's your favorite color to use in your quilts?
R: I tend toward blacks, greens, reds, and golds.


K: If you have a picture and/or story of your favorite quilt you've made
using scraps thus far ... please attach and share.

R: I am attaching a picture of a small wall hang that I made a match set of
(one for my mom and one from me) using the leftovers from a show quilt.
The iris is a Katie Lane Design.  The show quilt turned out lovely and I
just couldn't get rid of the leftovers so these were made and then a few
small pins and now the itty bitty leftovers need to go!

Now – head on over to Robin’s blog to see what she has to share with you about using your scraps!



Shiny New Barn Quilt Block

The 11th block for Therm O Web’s Mystery ‘Block of the Month’  featuring DecoFoils has been revealed!  I was chatting with my friend on what would be a good “theme” for one and we came up with barns! 


So – of course I had to put a shy barn quilt on my barn.

Find out how you can make this fun barn block by checking out my post on ThermoWeb’s blog!




Modern Quilt Entry–Propelled Pixels

The second category I’m going to enter for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is “Propelled Pixels”.  I’m entering this one into the Modern Quilt Category although it is also an original design.  So many quilts fit so many categories!

propelled pixels 1“Propelled Pixels” is a quilt I designed and made for the Michael Miller Modern Quilt Challenge back in 2014.  It was also juried into Quilt Con 2015 which was pretty sweet.  Each square is actually log cabin made of nine patches.  I decided to orientate my log cabin blocks in a pinwheel fashion.  If you want to see more of my process … check it out HERE.propelled pixels

“Propelled Pixels” also proudly hung at the exhibit “Quilt Making: A Modern Practice” this past January.  It was really cool to see all these amazing quilts hung in a gallery setting!
Now – go on back over and check out the other modern quilts!  They are all so cool!  If you love “Propelled Pixels” I would really appreciate a nomination for “Viewer’s Choice”.

Original Quilt Entry–Cerise to Blush

I can’t believe I almost missed this falls’ Blogger’s Quilt Festival Hosted by Amy Ellis!  I love the Bloggers Quilt Festival!  It’s such a great way to see what everyone has been up to, check out everyone’s work and of course – strut your stuff!

My first entry is going into the “Original Quilt” category.

“Cerise to Blush” is the result of my final project for Lorraine Torrence’s Design I Class at Mill House Quilts.  This class was amazing for me as I’ve always created per my gut and not really known any of the color/design theory behind what I’m doing.  Now I think I have at least some idea!

IMG_9032This quilt was made as a result of blocks I made from a homework assignment based on scale, value, and symmetry!  We could have done the assignment with paper or gluing fabric to paper but if I’m going to do something … I wanted to be able to eventually make something out of it.  IMG_9038You can read more about my process on this quilt by going to my original post HERE.IMG_9040

I do have to say that I did do the free motion quilting all by myself – I mixed pebbles with wavy line quilting and I think it was great!

“Cerise to Blush” has hung at two shows since I finished it.


It took a blue ribbon at the Lodi Valley Ag Fair.


And it was accepted and hung at the 2016 Quilt Expo!

It’s always fun to see your quilts hanging so others can check it out too!

Now – go on back over and check out the other original quilts!  They are all amazing!  If you love “Cerise to Blush” I would really appreciate a nomination for “Viewer’s Choice”.

Pat Sloan, the Voice of Quilting–Scrap Quilt Designer Showcase

Happy September 15th!  It’s a great day on my blog … time for another guest blogger for the Scrap Quilt Challenge! Today we get to meet one of my most favorite people – Pat Sloan!  You can find her on Facebook and Instagram too!


I met Pat Sloan at the 2015 Spring Market … I just had to do a #selfie with her!

Before we see what scrappy block she wants to share with you … let’s see what she had to say to my interview questions!

K: Why do enjoy using fabric scraps for quilting?

P: There are always favorite fabrics, ones I can’t bear they will eventually be gone.  Keeping precious small squares to use in a future scrap project makes me very happy!


K: Do you have a secret or tip for storing your scraps?

P: I have a very small home, and very small studio area in this very small home. And I design mostly with my own fabric lines and new lines. This means I have to be very smart and selective on what scraps I store.  I experimented and found that for right now, I just keep 2.5” squares. I store them by color in clear plastic shoeboxes. And I keep those very near by so that it’s EASY to put the squares in them.


K: If someone where to have given you one tip for sewing/quilting when you first started - what do you wish they would have told you?

P: I wish they had told me right away that I could applique by machine!


K: What's your favorite color to use in your quilts?

P: Red, red, deliciously red!

K: If you have a picture and/or story of your favorite quilt you've made using scraps thus far ... please attach and share.

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P: "My friendship group issued a challenge to use strips of my fabric. We called it the 4lb challenge because I gave everyone 4lbs of strips!”

Heidi Jeri and Debbiekimberly 2 quilts her label and debbie labellina joan and patty wsue two quilts pat and measuring

It’s so fun to see what folks did with all those scraps from Pat!


Thanks for that fun little interview Pat!

Pat Sloan wanted me to share with you her fun little scrappy block that comes with a challenge in itself – her “Scrap Happy Courthouse Steps” block!  I love it and it’s an absolutely perfect block for using your scraps up!

scrap happy log cabin by pat sloan

You can go and see what I’m talking about by visiting her challenge page HERE.  If you make a block or three of these be sure to link up below to share with everyone!



And don’t forget to link up your scrap quilt finishes per the challenge rules by November 3rd!


City Sampler Quilt Along - Again

I just couldn’t resist any longer!  All the instagram pictures under the hashtag #100days100blocks were getting to me and I had to join in the quilt along fun of the 100 blocks in Tula Pink’s City Sampler book!

tula block 1

This particular quilt along is being run by gnomeangel and it’s been so much fun seeing what other folks are doing with their blocks and what fabrics they are selecting.  There are also sponsors with prizes to be won!  Doesn’t get much better than that, eh?

tula block 5

I’m going an entirely different direction than I did with my first City Sampler quilt (do you remember that one?  You can see it HERE if you missed it).  I’m using mostly an indigo/mustard color palette.

tula block 12

I purchased some great indigo dyed fabric (and one mustard hand-dyed too) from Jennifer Falkowski during the summer and I had been itching to use them!  They are just too gorgeous to let sit in my piles of fabric for too long!

tula first 25

Here are my first 25 blocks all on my design wall.  I am just loving where this is heading.  I didn’t have enough of the dyed fabric from Jennifer to make a whole quilt so I am mixing in other indigo/blue/mustardy fabrics from my stash to add into the quilt.  One of my favorite quotes from my mother-in-law is “Why use five fabrics when you could use 50?”  SO TRUE! 

tula block 17

Instagram accounts to watch!

GnomeAngel: well … not only is she the organizer of this great challenge – her blocks are pretty fabulous too!  She’s using all Lizzy House fabrics!

GoGoKim: she’s actually doing two sets of 100 blocks … and one of those sets is all made out of clothing!

LauraPlus3and1 – her 18th block is one of the most amazing fussy cut blocks I’ve EVER seen!!!!

Be sure to follow me on instagram to see how my 100 blocks progress!