There’s a First Time for Everything!

Tomorrow Sunday, July 1, 2018.   CALL FOR ENTRIES

You might be asking yourself, “What is so special about tomorrow?”  Well, it’s the opening day for the QuiltCon 2019 call for entries and yup! This girl’s gonna go for it!

Believe it or not, I’ve never entered a quilt show before! I’ve had quilts exhibited with my guild quilt shows to help give the public plenty to look at.  I even enjoyed some sweet “viewers choice” comments once up on a time. But entering a quilt to be juried and, if lucky enough to be accepted, judged? Whoa, that’s  a lot of new for me!

But nothing ventured, nothing gained and while I haven’t been able to share pictures of this  new design with you yet (stay tuned to the January edition of Make Modern Magazine & get your subscription here) I think this quilt design is a terrific example of taking a traditional block and changing it up to give for a modern flair.

So wish me luck for my “First Time” and let me know about your experiences with quilt show entries!


My Favorite “F” Word!

I admit it, I’m a big fan of the “F” Word – FINdownloadISHED!  This summer, I’m on a mission to exercise this 6th letter of the alphabet to the fullest extent possible, as I FINISH projects that have been tucked away in corners and cabinets for far too long.

I am using up odd materials that were given to me 8 years ago (think of a popular purple bag from a Canadian Whiskey product)  in hopeful anticipation of someday having a quilt .  I’m looking at and mentally redesigning an “I gave up frustrated” project that is still boxed up with coordinating, uncut fabrics. There’s that stack of 65 flying geese, 1″ strips and large chunks of border fabric given to me years ago- “leftovers” from someone else’s kit that I just couldn’t see thrown away.

Should I be designing for the upcoming fall and holiday season? Sure! But sometimes creativity rises more readily to the surface when it’s not weighted down with other “stuff.”  Cleaning out and finishing up for the sake of sewing and reaching that elusive 6th letter of the alphabet is the best contribution to the process.

What are you doing to clean out, use up, free your creative spirit and reach the “F” word in your studio?

Love to hear from you!



Home Sweet Home!

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“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home…”

With a nod to this and every other song, cinematic tableau (“Hello, Dorothy!”) and heartfelt expression of having arrived in the place we know we belong, I’ll simply say that I agree with the sentiment!

I spent this week on the road and am thankful for the people I was able to visit and the time in the car when I could think deep thoughts or sing unabashedly.  I certainly enjoyed the beautiful scenery driving to and from my destination (it is spring wildflower time in Texas, after all!)  Yet I am equally thankful to arrive home and put my feet up, cook a healthy supper and yes, curl up in a favorite cozy quilt.  There just isn’t anything like being in my own comfy “nest.”

What makes your home special? Do you have any rituals or routines that just cannot be duplicated outside of your home space or have you figured out how to make home wherever you are at? I’d love to hear your stories!



Welcome to My New Beginning!

New beginnings.  Sometimes they happen  multiple times.  I’ve moved my domain to WordPress, so a brand new beginning it is!

The downside is that I have to rebuild my website from scratch.

The upside, which is always my favorite point of view, is that it’s a fresh new start!  Not only will I be able to better represent my designs, but getting to learn something new is always a boon! Another upside is the ability to blog freely and share tips and tricks for finishing beautiful creations, regardless of your level of sewing skill or years quilting.

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Are you ready for a new beginning in any part of your life? I’d love to hear how you are embracing a fresh start…

I look forward to hearing from you!