Winners of the American Made bundles

June 23, 2014 § 6 Comments


My husband, the human random number generator picked the winners of the American Made blog tour.  I have emailed all of you.

Dianna, you have won the neutral fat eighth bundle.

Donna, you have won the cool fat eighth bundle.

Debbi, you have won the warm fat eighth bundle.

And… Helen, you have won the fat quarter bundle from Clothworks.

Thank you so much, everyone, for visiting Washington (virtually) and for your lovely comments!

Travel across America with American Made Brand solids

June 16, 2014 § 193 Comments


Welcome to Washington and day 21 of the American Made Brand blog tour.  Fifty fabulous solids, all grown and made in American!  You can find the road trip itinerary HERE to visit all the other states.

Originally part of the Oregon Territory, Washington became the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. If I asked you what came to mind when I said Washington state, you may think of Mt. Rainier.


Or you may think of Seattle.


But there is so much more! There are outdoor quilt shows.


There are rolling prairies.


There’s really not enough room here to mention everything. There’s hiking, biking, beaches, wineries, shopping, historic buildings, native American art… and coffee!  The list can go on.  So much to do and so little time to explore it all. In case you were wondering, here are some trivia facts.

  • Nickname – the Evergreen state
  • Motto – Alki, an Indian word which means by and by
  • There are 39 counties, 2.1 million acres of state forest land, and over 1000 dams.

Oh yeah, here’s my block.  It was hard to narrow down all of my ideas to just one.  I really wanted to include the whole state!  So…  I decided to work off of our state nickname, the Evergreen state.  Because you will find them in every corner, nook, and cranny of the state.


Download the pattern here.

The pattern is on 8 1/2″ x 14″ legal size paper.
Or… choose the “poster” setting to print it on two 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of paper and tape them together.

I used fusible web to machine applique the state abbreviation & the trees.   The trunks of the trees are stitched with a heavier brown thread.  And, I used the following colors:

Background – 32 Light Aqua
WA – 30 Dark Blue & 1 White
Small trees – 18 Lime
Large trees – 24 Olive

Leave a comment by Friday, June 20 at midnight to win an 8 fat-quarter bundle that Clothworks is giving away.


You can also win one of three different bundles of 15 fat-eighths of the colors that I didn’t use in my block.  There is a cool bundle, and a neutrals bundle and a warm bundle. Tell me which bundle you would like and then I’ll draw 3 additional names. I hope you enjoy working with these American Made Brand solids as much as I did!

The give-away is now closed.


Travel the country with American Made

May 12, 2014 § 4 Comments


In just one week, on May 19,  you can start traveling across the country, state by state, with American Made Brand fabric on the blog tour!  Each day two bloggers will reveal a license plate block for their state. Collect all of the states for your own virtual trip across the country. Along the way, bloggers are giving away free stuff.  And at the end of the tour 50 fat-quarter bundles of 8 colors each (shown below) will go to 50 lucky readers.

American Made Brand solids are not only made in America, but the cotton is grown here as well.  Go check out the blogging schedule to follow along. And come back here on June 16th for the Washington block!


Grip & Stitch™ free motion quilting disks

July 16, 2013 § 28 Comments

Ellen, a friend in my sewing group developed these Grip & Stitch™ quilting disks. And I have been promising her that I would post a review on my blog for some time now. Since I have a number of quilt tops waiting to be quilted I figured I’d better do as I said I was going to do. Right?


What I have been free-motion quilting with in the past are these garden gloves.  If you are not a fan of gloves, or your hands get too hot, or you struggle with gripping your quilt while free-motion quilting, then you may want to try out these quilting disks.


The disks are made of two different kinds of foam; one on the top & the other on the bottom.  Use either side to grip the quilt, but I’ve found that the black foam seems more grippy.  Maybe even more grippy than my garden gloves?  Place the large disk in your left hand and on the outside of the sewing machine & the smaller disk in your right hand and on the inside of the sewing machine. Then move your fabric as usual to free-motion quilt.

I think one of the major benefits of these disks is that it is easier to stop to pull out pins and then start again.  No more fumbling with pulling off a glove so that you can remove a basting pin.  They are so easy to pick up and move.  I’m not the greatest when it comes to starting & stopping. I need a lot more practice!  But I can see that after quilting nearly half of my quilt, I am improving.

The other major benefit of these disks is that my hands don’t get tired from trying to grip the fabric. Instead, the disks are doing the gripping for me. Which translates into a more relaxed posture all the way around when free-motion quilting.  My shoulders don’t get as tense and I seem to be sitting up straighter so my back isn’t slouching over either!  Less tension & back stress is always good.

The only struggle I really have when using the Grip & Stitch disks is that I find it much harder to control the quilt if I want to quilt a large pattern or motif. I tend to resort to my gloves for that.  But this smaller wiggly pattern that I’m doing or anything small seems to work great!


When you get to the edge of the quilt, turn the disk on it’s edge to get right to the end of the quilt.  Ellen has a video on her web site showing them in action… being used by Lynn, another friend in my sewing group.  Lynn is an amazing quilt artist that was the inspiration behind these disks. You can see her quilts in her book Flower Show Quilts.  I will never be able to free-motion quilt like she does!

If you would like to win a pair of the Grip & Stitch free-motion quilting disks, please leave a comment in this post telling me about something fun you have been doing this summer.

I’ll leave the comments open until I can get all of the contents of my sewing room unpacked.  It may be at least another week or so.  We had the rest of our flooring installed in the bedrooms last week. Then I decided that all of the rooms needed to be repainted. And now my hubby is working on putting up the trim.  Meanwhile, I’m tackling my pile of quilt tops that need to be quilted.  I need all of the encouragement I can get!

The Winners

May 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

First, let me answer all of your questions…  🙂

~ No, we aren’t probably going to make our temporary tattoos permanent… as tempting as it might be…  I figure since everyone always says “don’t get a tattoo because you’ll hate how it looks when you are old” that if I get one when I’m old, it will still look great. Right? I’m *almost* at the “old” stage.

~ Moda isn’t selling the 2.5″ charms. They are promotional items. But you could always cut a stack of 5″ charms into four stacks of 2.5″ charms…  just saying… You could do the same to Layer Cakes and cut them into 4 stacks of 5″ charms.

~ According to this article anyone over 45 should not be wearing leggings. That means I’d be breaking the fashion rules! Rules, shmools. Wear what you like!

~ Salt Lake City is only a 1 hr 40 min flight from Seattle. Why have I never flown there before??  I think we need to plan a ski trip sometime in the near future!

~ Yes, quilt market is overwhelming. And my head is spinning by the end of the day.  I’m not sure if it’s better to do a whirlwind trip or the whole 9 yards for the full market experience.

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Mr. Random Number Generator named comments 5, 7, 16 and 36 as winners.  All the rest of you are still winners but sadly you won’t be receiving anything in the postal mail for it.  Just keep on being your charming winner self  ’cause I love you just the way you are.

So… Jane, DianeY, TexasMyra, and AmandaA… you will be receiving some goodies in the mail as soon as I have your addresses.

Thanks so much for all of the fun comments!!

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