People they come togetherPeople they fall apartNo one can stop us now‘Cause we are all made of stars Moby, “”We Are All Made of Stars” When Patty Murphy (she of the awesome book Piecing Makeover) asked if I would quilt something special she had pieced, I took one look and said “YES”. She writes a […]
The Longest Threads
“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.” Richard Feynman, “The Character of Physical Law” My quilting inspiration comes from my entire life: every thought, every book, every experience, every action. In my brain and in my heart, […]
Inspired Free-motion Quilting: The Grand Prize!
Welcome, friends! This is the last day of the blog hop for my new quilting book, the Inspired Free-motion Quilting. I hope you had a chance to visit all the other stellar makers and quilters. I truly love seeing people take the things I teach and make them their own, and I believe that comes […]
New Year, New Book! Join in the Blog Hop!
Welcome, 2019! And welcome to my new book that’s out recently, Inspired Free-motion Quilting! What a long journey it has been over the last year to bring this book to fruition. I wrote this with my co-author Bill Volckening, whose quilts form the basis for the motifs in the book. Of the hundreds of quilts in his […]
Patient: a quilt block and thread discussion
I have been working on another block of Amanda Herring’s Friendship Quilt-along this week, named “Patient”. It’s a good virtue for being a friend, right? But it’s also a good virtue to practice when learning new things. In my case, I’m learning how to use new software and *gulp* digitize things for embroidery. In this […]
Quilt History Connections
I used to be a Classical archaeologist, excavating in Israel and studying ceramics in Rome for months at a time. I didn’t come to quilting until the end of my graduate school career, when I visited my grandparents the last spring break before I decided to leave the academic hamster wheel after 4 years. Well, […]
Thoughts on Learning New Things
Learning how to piece and quilt can seem a monumental task, but it doesn’t have to be.
The Friendship Quilt Along! the “Warm’ block
Have you been following along with the Friendship Quilt along? Amanda Herring has made the nicest quilt pattern that emphasizes all sorts of positive traits that quilters have. I’ve been feeling kind of down lately, and it is SO NICE to work on these blocks a bit at a time and reflect. This last week’s […]
“Star Line” Quilt Pattern Out Now!
A Long Time Coming While I have more than a dozen patterns I have designed, pieced, quilted, and published in various places, it’s long been a dream of mine to release a line of quilt patterns of my VERY OWN. Today, that becomes a reality with my first release, “Star Line”! This quilt is pieced […]
Paper Piecing Two Ways, a Tutorial
Have you tried paper piecing? Better yet, have you tried freezer paper piecing? Both are a great way to get precise results for projects that are: super detailed have wonky shapes and angles lots of little bits all of the above Paper piecing is when a pattern is printed onto a paper foundation. The foundations have numbered sections […]
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