Fly Away Home Pre-Sale!

October 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

Ok folks, PRE-ORDERS for the Fly Away Home booklet are now available!

The pre-order price is $14.00 INCLUDING shipping within the U.S. The regular suggested retail will be $20.00. The booklet also comes with a bonus project, Pumpkin Patch.

Those who participated in the Mystery BOM last year with Richla and Ellen will receive an email with a special participant price.

E-book and PDF download versions will be coming in the near future.

Leave a comment with your pay-pal address or send me an email if you would like a hard copy of the booklet. You will receive a PayPal invoice in email. The anticipated ship date is the last week of October. Just in time to pick up some autumn fabrics and start your version now!



Fly Away Home Debut

September 19, 2017 § 8 Comments

Autumn weather hit us full on this week. Hurray! I love autumn! After one of the driest summers on record (preceded by one of the wettest winters on record), the rains have returned. Our garden is a testament to just how dry it has been.  I love autumn so much!  I can’t wait for the leaves to turn more, the nights to get cooler, to dig out the wool knitwear and walk through the crunchy leaves!

The Fly Away Home quilt was recently unveiled to the Mystery BOM folks as they received the final layout instructions earlier this month.  I am happy to announce that the pattern will be released for the general public soon. I am working on the final touches to self-publish a booklet for all who might be interested. An opportunity to pre-order the booklet will be coming soon. Later, there will be an opportunity to purchase the booklet as a digital download, so stay tuned!

After designing the quilt for my friends Ellen and Richla, who hosted the Mystery BOM, I went stash diving and made my own version of the quilt. I think I may have purchased about four of the fabrics and the rest came from my stash. I have been having so much fun sewing up my stash and it felt good to mostly use what I had on hand!

Fly Away Home is a great pattern for learning new techniques. There is traditional piecing as well as foundation paper piecing, partial seams, y-seams, appliqué, embroidery and letters!  There is enough of a variety to keep experienced quilters from getting bored and yet simple enough for beginners to learn a few new tricks.

The original quilt was made with Carina Gardner’s Posy Garden collection and a few Riley Blake basics fabrics.  Ellen brought her quilt for show and tell to one of the recent sewing group meet ups and hers looks fantastic!

The booklet contains a bonus project using three of the blocks from the Fly Away Home quilt to make this fun Pumpkin Patch quilt.





Holiday Crossing

September 6, 2016 § 4 Comments


I made this quilt several years ago intending to write a pattern. After awhile, I waffled about finishing the pattern because it seems sort of easy and there are a million patterns out there already.  I had big plans this summer to catch up on so many things. To finish writing patterns was one of my goals. I’ve sort of been moving at a snail’s pace, but maybe that’s okay. Never-the-less, I finally finished the pattern.

The pattern is for sale on Craftsy.


The 9-patches are made with a Jelly Roll (a package of 40 – 2 1/2″ cut width-of-fabric strips). Most of the fabric manufacturers now offer Jelly Rolls (originally named by Moda) or something of an equivalent. Here’s a blog post that describes all the different pre-cut fabric packages available, in case you were wondering. It can be kind of confusing if you are new to quilting or the quilting world.


Even though I made this quilt using Christmas fabric, it looks more autumnal to me.  And Autumn has definitely arrived in the Pacific Northwest. We have had several good rains already. The leaves are starting to turn. It sure feels crisp in the morning!

I’m ready! I love sweaters and scarves and crunchy leaves and pumpkin everything. It’s my favorite time of the year!







Craftsy Shop

December 11, 2014 § Leave a comment


To everyone’s frustration, I had my web site redesigned a few months ago and we have never been able to get the pdf download function to work. I’m not sure what to do about that. So, I finally decided to move my patterns to Craftsy as pdf downloads.  My shop is located here.

They aren’t all over there yet.  But I did whip up a quick pattern for the flannel quilt that I recently finished. A couple of people have asked a few questions about how I made it. So I made it a free pattern over on Craftsy.


Pattern Sale

February 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

pattern-saleDoing inventory for tax purposes shows that I have an overstock of a few patterns, so click on over to my web site for 30% off ALL patterns and FREE U.S. shipping during the month of February.  International shipping will be calculated on an individual basis (adjusted before shipping).

Holiday Plaid

August 16, 2013 § 9 Comments



Another recent finish…  It was so fun to create a plaid with fabric!  It just happens to be out of Christmas fabric, but it would be great to make this a few more times with different colors.

This is my newest pattern.  It’s not on my web site yet because because it is in the middle of a redesigned.  But it is available at Gathering Fabric as a kit or just the pattern.  Phone or email the shop if you would like just the pattern… or…  the kit is available online in their shop.

Their are 5 sizes available in the pattern (baby to king).  I made the throw size which finishes at 60″ x 75″.  The fabric is Not Even a Mouse by Cary Phillips for Clothworks.


P.S.  I finally got my sewing room 99% put back together, cleaned up, and ready for use. Yippee!!  Maybe I’ll take some pics over the weekend.

Happy Friday!

Bars upon thars

June 12, 2013 § 4 Comments

And on the other end of the spectrum from the Gwen Marston workshop is this quilt that I just finished.

It is a quick an easy quilt… my newest Easy Peasy pattern called Bars. It’s made with In The Beginning’s new Modern Solids fabric.  The fabric is similar to Kaffe’s Shot Cottons, but a tighter weave (more threads per inch).  It has a really nice drapey hand.  My friend Richla quilted it with these crazy arrows and I love it.  She also talked me into trying two layers of batting. It has a layer of Dream Cotton on the bottom and Dream Wool on top.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but I think it works with this looser, less dense quilting design.

The finished quilt size is approximately 60″ x 72″ and there are kits available at Gathering Fabric.  If you are going to be participating in the Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop next week, stop in and take a look!

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