Thursday, July 28, 2016

Who Would Want to Win This Fat Quarter Bundle?

Maybe the question should be who wouldn't want this fat quarter bundle?

I would love to keep it, and would promptly give all the browns away because brown makes me sad, but even sadder is that I don't get to keep it.

This awesome bundle of bright happiness will be part of the grand prize that will be given away to one lucky attendee at the closing of Sew Virginia Beach in September.

Don't have your ticket yet?  You're in luck then because there are still four tickets available for a fun weekend of sewing, learning, and making new friends at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.  Come join me, Lee Monroe, Alison Glass and 40+ other wonderfully creative makers for workshops, lectures, trunk shows, pop up shops, games, swaps, door prizes, swag bags, lots of open sewing time, and the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean right outside our sewing room doors and windows.

Purchase your ticket at the Sew Virginia Beach ticket page here.

Hope to see you in September!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2016 Charity Block Challenge

I am so happy to be making quilts for Hopes and Dreams for ALS this year.  It is something that my guild (Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild) does a challenge for every year, and also a cause that is close to my heart as a former vent unit nurse with ALS patients and losing my great-uncle to ALS in 1988.  

There will be two contests going on for the charity block challenge:

  -  The first is for retreat attendees only.  Bring your completed block sets to the retreat to be entered into the special charity challenge prize drawing.

  -  The second contest is for everyone not attending the retreat.  Simply make a set of blocks and mail them to me before September 12, 2016 to be entered into a separate charity challenge prize drawing.

You will receive an entry for each set of blocks that you turn in at the retreat, or mail to me, so make as many as you like because the more blocks we have the more quilts can be made for Hopes and Dreams for ALS.  

Here it is.  The Sew Virginia Beach 2016 charity block.  I chose a block that is very simple to make, but has so many design possibilities when they are assembled into a quilt top.  The instructions are for making one set of two blocks at a time.  Yes I know it's a simple hst, but I take every opportunity to play/practice in Illustrator.  :) 

Please send me an e-mail if you have any questions, or would like to send blocks and need my address.


P.S.  There are still a few ticket available for purchase at the Sew Virginia Beach site.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paragon Pattern is Now Available

I knew when I designed Paragon that I wanted to include more than one project so that you get more for your money.  I am thrilled with the finished product and I hope that you will be too.

Paragon is a quick and easy paper pieced pattern with endless possibilities.  It is scrap friendly, and easy to customize by changing the position and number of blocks.

The pattern includes printable paper piecing templates, paper piecing tips page, cutting charts, four quilt layout idea pages to color, and project pages with instructions for a table runner and a butterfly pillow.


I am so excited to see what you do with Paragon.  Available for purchase now in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.

I hope you have a wonderful creative day.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pattern Updates

I'm working like crazy to get my business goals rolling smoothly this year.  Last month, I took all of my patterns down from my Craftsy and Etsy shops to add my new logo.  While I had them down I also updated pictures, and removed any unnecessary pictures and wording that made the pattern longer than it needed to be.  They are all refreshed and back up now.  

There are a few on Craftsy that are free downloads also, so stop by and check them out.  

Have a wonderful creative day!

Friday, April 1, 2016

How to Thread Your Juki TL2010Q

Today I finally decided that I wasn't getting up until I figured out how to use the automatic needle threader on my Juki 2010.  I've had it for fifteen months and not being able to figure out the needle threader was one of only two complaints I had about this machine.  I guess I only have one complaint now; not being able to see the amount of thread left on the bobbin.

So, here is a video, followed by written instructions, on how to use that needle threader...

Part One: Side View

Part Two: Front View

Step One:  Push the needle threader all the way down and hold it.

Step Two:  Pull the thread straight down the back of the silver piece on the back left side of the needle threader.

Step Two:  Pull the thread toward you, and into the slot on the white piece at the front right of the needle threader.

Step Four:  Hold the thread into the white slot while you slowly let the needle threader raise back up to its normal position.

The thread should be pulled through your needle now.  If it isn't threaded, then try again and hold the thread tighter/looser while you let the threader raise back up.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

New Demonstration Announcement for Sew Virginia Beach

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.  It is really cold here in Southeastern Virginia.  It's crazy that we had temperatures around 80 just a few weeks ago, and snow yesterday.  I am so looking forward to Spring, Summer, and then my favorite season Fall.

This Fall will be even more exciting for me because it is the first year of Sew Virginia Beach.  Sewing, relaxing, and making new friends on the Virginia Beach oceanfront.  I have started making the swap announcements and today I announced a new demonstration.  Here's a picture clue....

Head on over to Sew Virginia Beach to get all of the details, and purchase your ticket for this exciting retreat.

I hope to see you in September.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Signature Block Tutorial

Signature Block Tutorial

The signature block will measure 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” after sewing and pressing.  The finished block will measure 3” x 3” after being sewn into your project using a ¼” seam allowance.  

What you will need:

-Rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and cutting mat
-Sewing machine with white or off white thread
-Pen or pencil to mark lines of fabric
-Iron with ironing board or mat
-Pigma micron pen, fine tip Sharpie, or other
permanent pen for signing your block
-white background fabric: (1) 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” square
-100% cotton print fabric: (2) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” squares

You will need one 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square of white background fabric, and two 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares of a print for each signature block.

Step One:  Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of your print squares.

Step Two:  Place the first 2-1/2" square wrong side up at the corner of the white Kona square as shown.  Sew along the diagonal line that you marked in the previous step.

Step Three:  Place the 1/4" mark of your acrylic ruler on the line you just sewed and trim corner away with rotary cutter.

Step Four:  Press the seams toward the print side.

Step Five:  Place the second print square, wrong side up, on the opposite corner as shown below.

Step Six:  Sew along the diagonal line that you marked.
Step Seven:  Trim the corner to 1/4" using your acrylic ruler along the sewn line.

Step Eight:  Press seams to print fabric side.

Step Nine:  Use a Pigma pen, fine tip Sharpie, or other permanent marker to sign your block. Please include your name and city/state.  You can also include your social media name if that is how you are best known.

Please excuse the wonky looking pictures.  My block is exactly 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" but the camera operator is having issues today.  :) 

Have a wonderful creative day!