Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Today is the Day!

Thank you to all of you who have come here to see my work.
A particular thank-you to those of you who comment, follow and have even entered the contest to win a pattern!

The winner of the contest is 

#1 -

  Mary Pat Callihan!!

The person who stepped up first to offer her thoughts is now the owner of a free Quilting Bias pattern.
Mary Pat - please contact me at to let me know which pattern you would like & in which format.

To the rest of you - I apologize but when I tried to put the random number generator on the blog it would come up empty and I wanted to stick with the original number generated to be fair.  
That is why it isn't here.

Thanks for continuing to suffer along with a novice blogger.  Yuck.
If any of you experienced bloggers can offer advice - I would LOVE to hear it.

What quilting projects are you working on this week?

I have been binding 2 quilts -

#1 is a UFO that I forced myself to finish
#2 is a sample for a class I am offering on improvisational work.
 I will now show them to you in reverse order!

#2: is a version of Jacquie Gering's Shattered Quilt.
Sorry about the shadows - it is a warm, sunny, last day of September here in Georgia.

#1: This is my design made with Louisa L. Smith's Strips and Curves rulers after reading 
A New Twist on Strips & Curves:

Afraid of curves in quilting?  

It takes a little practice just like anything else but we will be tackling them in the Pink Sun Rising Quilt-Along if you dare to join us!

Have a wonderful first week of October!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Modern Geese Class - September 27, 2014

What fun to have some interested ladies create their own Modern Geese quilt! 

 Each one will be so different because of the personal fabric choices.  

I can NOT wait to see them when they are done!

Friday, September 26, 2014

So - Who Wants to do a QUILT-ALONG?

Karen left a comment on Wednesday's post when I asked what you all thought about paper piecing, that really got me thinking.  She asked for a recommendation about where to start.  
I thought - wow - great idea - 
a tutorial!

THEN the more I thought about it - what an opportunity this might be 
to do a quilt-along 
and get to know each other!

I think it is a GREAT idea!
(if I do say so myself) 

 I did a row-along with Lori Holt on her blog
(anyone else here participate?) 
even though it turned out to be an investment of time much longer in duration than I intended 
(she made no promises 
nor asked MY opinion 
or even set out with a plan) 

it was a great learning experience.

I am thinking we could should make my PINK SUN RISING quilt.  

Honestly - it is NOT that difficult.  
You will perfect paper-piecing those rays, 

get comfortable with sewing curves 

add a POP of a sun
                                          before you know it -

                                                                               you will BE DONE!

How do you feel about that?  Anyone interested?
I am actually teaching this in person at my local quilt shop in November so it would be perfect timing for me (my brain will be somewhat in that mode).

If you think you might like to do this please leave me a comment and we can start planning!

Linked up with Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


To EVERYONE who came here in the last 24+ hours via the 


You have all left SO many lovely and thoughtful comments!

I sincerely thank you all.
I also thank Carol from Just Let Me Quilt because she held my hand through this first blog-hop and I wouldn't have even attempted this without her encouragement and help.  I was so impressed that she was a MONKEES fan too!
Mdme Samm from Sew We Quilt - you have gotten us all together!  Thank you too!

In my novice blogger way I am still working out my kinks with blogging, like trying to comment on all your blogs.

I really appreciate the time you took to look at my work.  To those of you who entered the contest - only 0 more days!

I particularly want to thank you if you chose to follow my blog.  It warms my heart to know you are interested in what I am doing!  Here's to hoping we will stay in touch for quite some time...


Here is a SNEAK PEEK at what I am working on now.  I LOVE the sharp points you can ONLY get from paper-piecing.  

Do you like to paper-piece?

I'd love to hear your thoughts about paper-piecing 
-leave a comment about it!
Monday, September 22, 2014


Welcome to the RUSH HOUR BLOG HOP!

Doesn't rush hour give you JAGGED EDGES

 This quilt, so named, also creates for me a sense of stopping & going as well as running into possible detours and roadblocks while trying to get where you are going.  Who on earth coined the name RUSH hour for that "hurry up and wait" time of day that you know will put you into traffic for a long, long time?

Here is a closeup to show the fabulous quilting done by longarm artist Jennifer McClanahan.
I wanted it to stay linear and hard-edged like the modern edginess in this quilt.  She pulled it off with simplicity and impact!

I am so happy to be participating in this blog-hop (my first!!) and welcome any of you who have come here to see my work.  I currently have a contest going on to win one of 2 past Quilting Bias quilt patterns by leaving a comment & following this very new blog. 
(See the September 7, 2014 post)

Do be sure to stop by everyone else's blog that is listed below and check out what RUSH HOUR means to them!!  I know I am looking forward to seeing everyone else's rush hour interpretations.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Who wants a FREE Quilting Bias pattern?

If you would like a chance to win a free Quilting Bias pattern 
simply sign on to follow this blog 
and leave a comment here, 
about which pattern you like and WHY!

Got that?  

2 things to leave in your comment

the name of the pattern 
why you like it.

I will choose the winning commentator by random generator 

1 chance per PERSON, 
you send someone here to make a comment 
they mention your name. 
 1 chance for EACH PERSON you refer.

I can't wait to hear which pattern you like best and WHY!

Pink Sun Rising                                  OR                                 Modern Geese
Saturday, September 6, 2014

Gotta Do It MY Way!

Even though I mentioned this quilt in the last post about the fall classes I will be teaching I never really focused on this particular quilt here.  It isn't brand new and my mind is on what I am working on now so I guess it slipped through the cracks!
A group of my quilting friends made plans to get together to make a lovely version of a New York Beauty quilt.  They were spending a long weekend at the lake doing it and just enjoying the devoted time to sewing and camaraderie.  I needed to come & go and I just couldn't bring myself to completely recreate someone else's very detailed and involved pattern.  I had been itching to get out of that rut of reduplication, besides, THIS wasn't what modern quilting is all about!
I made one traditional block exactly as the pattern instructed.
It is now part of the backing.
The group LOVES batiks....
                                           - me...
                                                     - not so much.
BUT I must be missing something?  I had purchased everything I needed to make the original quilt - batiks and all.
So I used the batiks and I must say in this application I was quite pleased.  Quilter's Linen by Robert Kaufman - now that pulled it all together for me.
This pattern does require paper-piecing, but, once you get that down it makes the most beautiful points in the rays.  Again, LOTS of negative space to quilt to abandon and just make it your own! The other adaptability of this pattern is placing the blocks in any format you like.
I have had a lot of interest in this quilt - I think it evokes a real sense of tradition in quilters who love traditional quilts but are feet-first in the modern quilting world - with me  US!

By the way (NOT at all a postscript) the gorgeous quilting was done by Jennifer McClanahan.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Classes Offered this Fall!

I am looking forward to be teaching at Branum's again. I am excited to be sharing modern quilt design with anyone else who enjoys it as well!

 The first class is a pattern that is not terribly difficult and centers around "easy" flying geese.

The second class is a paper pieced modern version of a classic New York Beauty - which by the way - was NOT designed by someone from New York but is believed to be from a southern designer. There is a very interesting article about it's origins and the surrounding history at the time which played a large part in it's popularity here:

  The third and most free-form class is one in which you will make your own improvisational quilt design and then create it! It will be in a workshop format rather than a traditional class.