Finding Inspiration


Inspiration for your next project could be anywhere!  I love looking at other people’s quilts but that is not normally where I find my inspiration. Tile and carpet are great for ideas.  Take lots of pictures when you are out and about… you will be surprised at what pops out at you.

This weekend while shopping with my SIL and niece at HomeGoods… these caught my eyes… maybe they will inspire some ideas for my whole cloth.

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Happy Quilting



Run to Coldwater Creek!!


I have been remiss in posting here…. I am working out my neck issues and hope to get back to quilting on my domestic.

My wonderful assistant, whom I could not do without, found a wonderful table at Coldwater Creek.  This is a clothing store which is closing.  It is huge 4′ x 9’!  As we looked at it in the store, my only thought was how in the world we get this into the studio!  Judy told me not to worry about that and did I like it?  Heck yes!  But how in the world will we get it into the studio.  LOL

We enlisted the help of my handy husband Jon (and his truck), Noah, Judy’s daughter Brandy and Danielle, and her friend.  We had our army!  After farting around trying to take it apart since it weighed about 500 lbs… give or take 1000.  Jon made the executive decision to load it without disassembling it.  We got the monster into his truck and away we went.  Once at my house, Jon and the boys got it into the unfinished room next to my studio.  The room affectionately called  “the weight room”.  There it waited for Judy and I to figure out the logistics.


Making progress!!


ok, now to get it on its side to get through the door.    GIRL POWER!!


Noah woke up at just the right time.  OH Noahhhhh , we need your help.

We got it all put back together…. the problem was, we were not strong enough to flip it over.  UGHHH


We had to wait for the big guns to come home…. that would be Jon and Brandon.

It was worth all of that!!  I LOVE my new table.



Happy Quilting


Wholecloth update!!!


I am so excited to see the whole cloths that everyone is doing!  Here are a couple…..

check out Laura Davies blog about her quilt….   Great job Laura, it is incredible!!

Here is AnneLize’s!  It is so beautiful!



I have decided to possibly go a different direction with mine….

1st Draft!


2nd Draft

Who knows how many drafts this will take??? But it sure is fun!

When I design, really anything, I typically use my longarm templates.  Do you?  If not, what do you use?  The reason I use my longarm templates, more specifically my Quilter’s Groove™ ProEcho™ rulers, is it makes it easy when I quilt it because I know what rulers I need.  When I draw freehand it makes the quilting process a little more difficult and I am all about ease.

Everyone has their own design process and it is fun to see how others go about it… here are Jacqueline’s doodles.

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So this past week, I took my oldest to Ithaca College.  He met with the lacrosse coach and we took a tour.  What a beautiful area!  While talking to the coach, he asked me what I did for a living…. this is always an interesting question to answer.  So I told him, I was a professional quilter.  He was surprised as most people are and we chatted for a few minutes about the difference between what I do and the Amish.  He then told me about a quilt shop in town.  So since we had some extra time… guess where we went.


Brandon waited in the car and it was a good thing because I would somehow embarrassed him.  Of course I found some fabric but made some new friends as well.


Turns out the woman in the middle, Bryn, is the acting Dean’s wife!  Small world!  The wonderful plaid fabric is now in my stash as well.  :)

I also was excited to see  Gretchen’s  book in the store.  I quilted the cover quilt for her.  Yeah Gretchen!




Remember to send me YOUR pictures!  I love to see and share them with everyone.  I am off to write or I should say attempt to write a pattern now.  Wish me luck.

Happy Quilting





Small Progress


I am  behind on my whole cloth.  Some of you may know, I am having some minor neck issues that I am trying to work through.

Small progress has been made, I am slowly working on some sketches for my whole cloth!


just a little sketch of the center… working on some ideas.

How are you all doing???  I’d love to see some pictures.

Happy quilting.


Whole Cloth Challenge update..


Things have been a little quiet for me.  I am dealing with a neck/head issue which has limited my work for the past 3 weeks.  :(

So, thank you to Cindy Christenson for sending in her picture.  I can’t wait to see how this transforms…

Here is what Cindy had to say… “I had no idea of what I was doing.. it just blossomed!!  “

It sure did blossom.  Cindy is using my method Mastering the Mini for her design.  It is really quite simple.

Thank you for sharing Cindy!!

Cindy Christenson !


Since I am limited as to what I can accomplish… please send me your progress.  Love to post it here.

Make sure to visit Teri’s blog as well.


Happy Quilting


Why oh why??? I ask you….


Why is it so hard to keep the studio clean????  I work much better when everything is organized and in its place but it seems that every time I am ready to work on a project…. I have to clean and organize my studio before I can get started.  If I could just clean as I work…hmmm, nice dream!

What about you?

Going on this Monday….


This is the kids last week of school.  They will have a half day on Friday so this week is full.  Mom is coming for a visit… can’t wait!  lacrosse practices, finals, parties… I both look forward to and dread the end of school.  Any of you feel the same?

I am doing my 2nd to last customer quilt!  Working on my whole cloth challenge design, book proposal project, filling orders as the ProEcho™ Medium set just came in and working on a bag pattern!  Thanks Gilbert, your book has great information!  Let’s see how much gets done!

Are you working on anything special?  Looking forward to summer break?

Ok, back to work.

Happy quilting