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 […]
“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 […]
What you need to know about batting
I think everyone is probably familiar with what batting is: nonwoven fibers that are loosely collected together to form a layer of insulation between the top and backing of a quilt. When my Grampa Townzen was a kid during the Depression, he’d card to cotton into little pads he’d hand up to the women folk […]
A story about quilting wobbles, or, why I learned to pay attention to piecing rules
One of my favorite things about quilting for others, and that I’m most proud of, is helping people finish their quilts in the way they want, so that they look their best. My goal with my quilting is to take the top my customer has worked so hard on and add my quilting as […]
Hoppin’ for Amanda Murphy’s Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book
And so it begins, sometimes: the vast expanse of a quilt before us, the anxiety of figuring out where to start and what to do feels overwhelming and freezes us in place. We stare at it, wander away, and get a cup of tea, wander back, stare some more. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. As […]
Quilting for Victoria, telling a story
A couple of weeks before Market, my friend Victoria asked me if I could quilt something for a special exhibit featuring her Double Wedding Ring quilts. She needed some help, and I was glad I could step in. Victoria had originally envisioned this quilt as a marriage between traditional and modern, blending the two together, and […]
Learning through play
I talk about this with other parents all the time, how important it is for kids to learn through play. A couple of night sago, I realized I hadn’t learned that valuable lesson for myself! I have a bunch of deadlines right now, and was feeling overwhelmed and stuck, and then it occurred to me that […]
Wordless… Wait, what day is it?
It’s been a little busy the last few weeks, with final book edits, shipping and receiving quilts and tops, and quite a few deadlines for various places. I’ve been remiss in posting and sharing eye candy on my blog (although if you’re looking for that, check out my instagram feed over on the right!) I […]
Work this week, word free
Are you headed to QuiltCon 2015?
I’ve got my room, I’m looking for flights, and I’m happy to announce that two of my quilts will be at QuiltCon! This will be a sneak peek from my forthcoming book, too! And the title is… well, let’s just say I am really satisfied. I can’t show you the quilts, but I think I *can* […]