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Quilt As You Go/Machine Binding Technique – Holiday Table Runner


Hello! A few months ago, I got an email from Janome asking if I wanted to borrow and review their new Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP sewing machine. Ummm, YESSSS!!!! I have been using this machine on several projects and I like what I see. A lot. There are sooo many fabulous features on this machine that for this post I'm going to narrow it down and show you my favorites, including the Dual Feed Foot AD (the walking foot). As a professional quilter and former quilt shop owner, I have Continue Reading

Little Lovely Lisa – Pencil Me In


Pencil Me In is a mini quilt I designed for a friend last spring for an IG swap. To celebrate back to school, fall and my general love of artstuff, I wrote up the pattern and made it in the amazing Paper Obsessed line by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics. This mini quilt is 16" x 20" and is quick to piece, with just a bit of paper piecing. (Side Note: Pillow forms come in 16" x 20" if you want to make it into a pillow) Click here to get the free pattern. Enjoy!   Continue Reading

Friday Finishes


I've made a lot of bags. Usually about 2/3 of the way through I am cussing like a teenager and swearing to NEVER make another bag. This one was no exception... I think maybe bags just aren't my bag, but I persevered and it's finished! This is the Park West Bag from Sew Sweetness in prints from my new fabric line, Summer Lovin' (that is my pattern Equal Rights in the background). I love how big this bag is and the handles are long enough to wear on your shoulder. Here is a pic of the side Continue Reading

Christmas in July


In January I made a fun project for Quilters Newsletter's Best Christmas Quilt Magazine. The magazine is now available! I used Holiday Party from Michael Miller Fabrics to create a table runner and napkin set. This border stripe print was perfect for a table runner for my dining room table. I love the ball fringe detail at each end: The colors and coordinating prints made the most adorable napkins!   Holiday Party is available now, ask for it at your Continue Reading