Quilter’s Groove® Heirloom Academy

It is that time again… twice a year I launch Quilter’s Groove® Heirloom Academy! This 12 week signature course is perfect if you struggle with what to quilt on your tops or your customers tops. I walk you through a proven step by step method of designing the perfect quilting for any and all quilt tops!

Are you on the waitlist? If not… you want to be! I will open enrollment up for the waitlist early and with a special price. You can check out all the information here!

Here are just some of the quilts past students have designed! Aren’t they amazing!!! Don’t wait.. get your name on the waitlist!!

Simple Yet Effective

Who doesn’t love a super simple treatment that is also very forgiving? I normally use a ruler for my continuous curve … mainly due to my type A personality. But there are times when you just want to move through a quilt and not want to use a ruler for everything. The center of the above block is just that… Twist continuous curve. Here is a short little video that shows how I stitch it.

What is your favorite go to for keeping something simple? Leave it in the comments.

The Tale of 2 Bunnies!

My friend Barbara Persing created the most adorable pattern called Babyhood! It includes not just one pattern but 4 different baby quilt patterns. I made 2 of the bunnies and had so much fun! Now you know how much I love custom work so that’s what i decided to do. Here is the first one I made..

The second one I decided to do an allover design! I chose one of my favorite Urban Elementz design square spiral

Surprisingly I love the one with the all over design! What do you think? Leave it in the comments!

I just gifted the one with the all over design to the most adorable couple at my club that just had a baby boy named Adam.

Have a great day!


Avoiding those Thread Nests!

They are unsightly and no one wants nests or boogers on the back of their quilt! So how do we avoid them…. this video will show you how to avoid them when starting to quilt. The key here…. you MUST hold on to both top and bobbin thread before you hit the start button!!

If you are interested in Quilter’s Groove® Tribe, there is more information here. If you want more Quilter’s Groove® Short Takes.. subscribe to my blog and let me know!!

One Piece Backing!

Love em, hate em? Those one piece backings that we think are so fabulous still need to be squared up before you load them onto the machine. And please don’t forget to wash them… the sizing on them can produce tension nightmares! So if you are taking customer quilts and get a wide backing…. inquire if it was washed and if it wasn’t either have the customer take it and wash and press it or you do it and charge them appropriately for it.

Squaring up your backing is so important for a fabulous finished product, especially if it is a wall hanging or you would like to enter it into a show! So this is how I piece those one piece backing…. note: i did not have a wide backing to demonstrate but this is how i do it with wide backings as well.

How do you square up those wide backings? Leave it in the comments

Squaring up your one piece backing!

If you enjoy the videos posted here, you will love Quilter’s Groove® Tribe. It is a monthly membership with lessons and Q & A’s to help you become a more confident quilter… whether you struggle with choosing your quilting designs or are just looking for more instruction to perfect what you already know, this is the place to be. Click here for more information.

Everyone loves Feathers, right?

It is hard to believe but not everyone loves those formal feathers, that I love so much.

The Hook Feather is the perfect alternative for the quilter who wishes to produce a less formal feather in their design. Implementing this type of feather creates a more relaxed appearance. Although I am a true “Formal” Feather fan, if one is looking for a more fun look to their piece, I highly recommend applying the Hook Feather.

The Hook Feather

This video tutorial is the perfect tool to assist in executing the Hook feather.

This technique is fun and the perfect way to bring a new enhancement to your quilt. Click here!

Click here if you want to print out a worksheet for practice

It’s always a good thing to review!!

I haven’t turned my machine on in a couple weeks and I am getting ready to load one of my UFO’s.

Summer Blossoms by Studio 180

Can’t wait to get started on it. So I have my quilting plan and it involves some continuous curves. I realized its been awhile since I’ve done CC so I thought I better practice. Since I needed to practice… I thought maybe I wasn’t the only one. LOL.

Here is a quick video… If I want precision… I will use a ruler to do these simple CC but in a busy fabric… it’s all freehand!

Here is a little worksheet for you to practice on! https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0254/5644/3471/files/continuous_curve_-FC.pdf?v=1624312681

If you find this helpful… leave me a comment and I’ll post more things like this!

Have a fabulous day!


Who is your Cheerleader?

Yes, you heard correctly! Cheerleader. We all need cheerleaders for different aspects of our life, so I am specifically referring to your quilting cheerleader. The person that pushes you just a bit past your comfort zone, lifts you up when your quilt didn’t turn out exactly how you planned and just in general is your quilting BFF.

Let me introduce you to mine… Barbara Persing. This past year with Covid and being recently divorced and living on just my income… it was a rough year to say the least. All of my teaching engagements were cancelled so there went almost all of my income. Barb was my rock through it all. I’m not sure where I’d be right now… well, I’d probably be working at a job I hate full time. lol Thank God for Barb.

She is a super successful quilter and business woman. Pattern writer, fabric designer, longarm quilter, teacher, and my official cheerleader! Here is her website if you want to check her out… https://barbarapersing.com/ . Follow her on Instagram as well. She has some exciting news coming soon…. see, I know this because I am her cheerleader!

Who is your cheerleader? Leave it in the comments! I’m always inspired when we lift each other up!


Love ’em, hate ’em… one thing is for sure… they are one of the easier motifs to quilt. You really can’t mess them up and they look pretty darn good!

Now to be honest… my go to motif is NOT ferns. But I’m fairly certain that those of you who have been following me for any amount of time know this… my go to is the feather. Surprisingly, not everyone likes feathers 😳. I don’t know what is wrong with them. But anyway….

My Heirloom Quilting Academy is in full swing and one of the students wanted me to give some more ideas on ferns. So I did a short video and thought that maybe you all would like to see it as well. So here ya go. Let me know below what your go to motif is?

Are you a planner?

Hi all,

When I ask if you are planner, I should say are you a planner user? I love planners but they have to be physical not digital. I need to be able to physically cross things off my list. How about you? Yes to a planner or no, you just wing it.

I have used so many over the years and I always start strong. Franklin Covey, Passion planner and Buller journals are just a few I have tried over the years. Each one fell short for one reason or another. When you are running a business though, I have found that I need a list each day or I tend to wake up with little to no direction.

This definitely doesn’t work for me. I need a plan for my day. So this past fall with all my spare time (thank you Covid) I discovered the Full Focus Planner. Wow! I love this planner. Best of all there are video instructions on how to use it! 😳 Yep, I said video instructions.

Some of the best features, in my opinion, are the Goal detail pages, daily rituals and the ideal week! You also get a weekly preview where you go over what worked and didn’t work for the week. So just a couple weeks ago …. I finally watched the video of the Ideal Week. OMG people!! what a game changer.

Of course, the ideal week is just that. It would be your best case scenario! But I will tell you, I have my ideal week mapped out and for the most part… I have stuck to it. I am so much more focused and am getting stuff done!

If you are interested in checking it out… click here. If you decide to purchase, you and I will get $10 off!

I have gotten the basic but they have different sizes and styles. I think my next one will have to be a purple one! I absolutely love mine! Drop me a note and tell me what you use or if you already use the Full Focus Planner.