International Quilt Festival

I was very honored to have had two of my quilts accepted into the Modern Quilt Exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  See all of the exhibit’s quilts here…

“Trapezoids at Work” originally blogged here


“Archicoop” – more pictures here – and featuring my homegirl Rossie who teaches this applique method.


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Vroom Vroom! Another car quilt

A simple, fun commissioned quilt for a newborn boy!


The pattern is inspired by a design from this book HERE.


Cars are from Riley Blake’s Peak Hour and were appliqued using my sew and turn method.I’ve made two of these quilts before and they are blogged here.

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Felix Quilt

Here’s a take on a Positive Space quilt in perky yellows, oranges, and blues.  It’s for a new darling boy who was born a couple of weeks ago.


I love these Lizzy House fabrics and also, if you look at the picture above, I like the chevron prints that I cut on angles.  Sort of fun, huh?


I used yellow thread for the quilting; a zig-zag stitch done with my walking foot.


I love this binding with the plaid, and the backing is shirting fabric.  It is so incredibly soft!



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Echino Kimono

After seeing the awesome, simple tutorial on Elle Apparel, I knew I had to make a “kimono.”


Rather than silk, however, I was dying to use the Echino Rhino print.  It’s a 85% cotton/15% linen blend, but I like the way it hangs, especially after a wash.  The design is so awesome, I literally felt the need to drape myself in the fabric.

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This has been a great way to add a touch of fashion to my tees and jeans wardrobe.




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City Stripes – A King Sized Quilt


My sister in law recently acquired a piece by YURI MASNYJ and decided she wants to hang it in her bedroom – where she will be sure to see it everyday.


This lead to her desire to have a new quilt for her king-sized bed that would coordinate with the print and the variety of other beautiful artworks she has in her room. (She runs an art gallery and her whole house features AMAZING art.)

I was super honored that she commissioned me to come up with a quilt!  We worked together on the design, and after seeing THIS quilt and THIS quilt I came up with this sketch:


And then it was off to the races!  I drew a grid over my sketch to help me keep track of the proportions:


Each row was developed and built out, then framed with grey.  The rows were then joined and the final border was fleshed out until I had my desired width.


My Bernina people said that they would never try to quilt a King on their machine.  I have a 550 QE and I just didn’t want to give up and send it to a quilter without giving it a try – especially since I knew I really wanted a version of straight line quilting! I used a thin cotton batting and am happy to report that with my walking foot and ziggy zaggy stitch 16, as well as a large table with chairs around helping support the blanket, AND some clean gardening gloves to aid in my guiding of the fabric, I really had ZERO problems quilting this blanket.  Zig Zag stitches every 1.5 – 3.5 inches throughout the entire blanket.  I did it in two sittings.

The backing is three panels: stripes, white and grey.  The binding is stripe fabric (an homage to Red Pepper Quilts): some skinny stripes, some wider.


I am looking forward to making this quilt a little sister someday!  I’d love to play with this design again on a smaller scale.


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Everett’s Plus Quilt


My dear friend is having a baby boy in just a couple of weeks!   Her decorating style has always really impressed me.  Her home has lots of dark wood, rich colors, gold filigreed wallpaper.  They are big on Americana and she finds all sorts of amazing items at estate sales.  In fact she is one of the bloggers for the popular thrifting blog Dig This Treasure. 


I decided to do a repeating plus block quilt similar to THIS ONE, but in nutty browns, tans, black, white, and some splashes of orange and yellow.  This whole quilt came to fruition when I scored some vintagey looking Star Spangled Banner music fabric from a swap at the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. everett4It’s quilted with a large zig-zag embroidery stitch (#16 on my Bernina).


The backing fabric is mostly this AMAZING Field Notes fabric by Moda and some left over strips (origin unknown) that I used to back THIS quilt from the Positive Space Quilt-A-Long


Embroidered label : )

Anyway the quilt goes best with my friend’s living room, but take a look at their amazing mint nursery! And yes – that’s a taxidermied boar’s head.  And that’s a real dog, not a toy. Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 8.19.44 AM

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Make a Jorna with me!

I’m teaching a class at Pink Castle Fabrics all about sewing with stretch knit fabric.  AND WHAT BETTER WHAT TO LEARN ABOUT SEWING KNITS THAN BY SEWING A JORNA!  ::fist pumps::


Make a jumper! Wear it with jeans!

In this class participants will be given the complete pattern for the Jorna dress, the Jorna junior, and the maternity-style Jorna. Throughout the class you’ll learn tips and techniques for working with jersey knit, how to do an all-in-one bodice lining, and you’ll leave with a finished garment!

The Jorna dress comes in sizes XS-XL for women, 2T-5T for toddler aged girls. The “Knocked-Up Jorna” is for pregnant women sizes XS-XL (pre-pregnancy sizes). The patterns come with length options, making this a garment you can make again and again, achieving different results that are always flattering.


Make a dress!

Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable sewing a straight stitch on their machine. 

Price per student:  $60

Length of class:  Meets once for 3 hours

This class will be taught on:  Saturday, September 28, 2013 // 10:30am – 1:30pm



Make a sexy and comfortable tank!

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Make a Jorna Jr.! 2T – 5T!


Cover that bump! Luxe Knocked-Up Jorna is super awesome.

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Knocked-Up Jorna Maternity Dress Pattern

Are you in the family way? Baking a bun in your womanly oven? Then I’ve got GREAT news for you!  A brand-new Jorna pattern – the Knocked-Up Jorna! 


This dress pattern will fit pre-pregnant sizes XS-XL.  A comfortable knit dress, perfect for the growing pregnant form. A semi-fitted bodice that extends to an empire waisted flounce. This jumper is long enough to be worn on its own during hot days, but looks great with skinny jeans or leggings. An outfit that can grow with you and remain in your rotation post-pregnancy.

This pattern is recommended for stretch knit fabrics, such as jersey or rayon-poly blends. Four pieces, no darts, no zippers, and no binding makes for a fast assembly! All-in-one lining creates clean lines at the neck and armholes.


Available on etsy and craftsy.

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Date Night Blouse

Hello everyone!  I needed a top to wear for a summer wedding, and what could be more perfect than transforming the beautiful date night dress pattern by April Rhodes into a blouse?


This worked perfectly with a bright pink pencil skirt I made, but I also love it with jeans.   The transformation was simple, as I just cut the pattern straight down from the armpits to my desired length.  I finagled little hemmed slits on the sides going up about two inches for a bit of muffin top wiggle room.

tsuru2  I adore these flirty sleeves and the french seams are a delight.  And can we talk about the fabric?  I’ve been wanting to drape myself in this 1000 cranes fabric from the Tsuru collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  Now was the time.


Are you addicted to jeans?  Or are you mostly in dresses?  I tell you what, I am FEELING the fall breeze we’re getting here in Michigan.

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Mountains Quilt



For a friend, I was asked to make a quilt inspired by these gorgeous wall decals from blik. The pattern for these wall tiles, called “Conquered” is based on a Threadless pattern by Ross Zietz. Mr. Zietz was extremely generous – I reached out to him on flickr to get his blessing to make this one quilt and for permission to blog about it, and he was kind enough not only to encourage my endeavors, but he also sent me his design documents!

This made it so much easier to formulate my plan for “conquering” this project.

I photoshopped guide-lines on the tile until I had pieces that were nice rectangles that would be paper-piecing friendly.


Okay so then I printed out that guide and went to the floor with a giant piece of paper (wrapping paper taped together to be roughly 60″ square) and I translated my guide with pencil onto the paper by scaling, just like you used to do in grade school. Something roughly like one inch squared on my guide was equal to 7 inches square on my giganto paper.  I fudged things here with layout and color from the original design in order to work best for me.


Then I cut out each rectangle and those were my paper piecing pieces (although I had to be conscious about adding seam allowance when I was actually cutting out fabric and the resulting “blocks”). From then on it was just assemble blocks and get a quilt top.


Then I used my sew and turn appliqué technique to make the snowy mountain tops, and top stitched those onto the quilt-top.

Cloudy quilt lines.


Cloud fabric and stripped pieced backing.


Skinny purple binding.


Lovely quilt. Thanks, Ross!






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