Thursday, March 4, 2021

Cultivate some projects with Vincent's Garden fabrics....


Oh seems like forever ago that Karen of The Quilt Rambler invited me to design something with her 1st Signature fabric line by Island Batik. Karen and I are online friends who met while we were both Island Batik Ambassadors. We have yet to meet IRL (in real life), but hope to someday soon!!

The colors in this Vincent's Garden line are bright and oh so vibrant!! Such a great contrast between the warm--reds, oranges and yellows vs. the cool--blues and turquoises. And as is with all Isalnd Batik fabrics, the details in the batik fabrics are so cool. One of the blue fabrics has a super cool swirl in it that reminds me of a swirl in a Vincent Van Goh painting. Like I said--I love the details that Island Batik puts in their fabrics.

From the designs I submitted to Karen, she choose this design--Cultivate to be made with Vincents' Garden fabrics. As you can see--by working with only the cool colors in the line a whole different feeling can be made. This pattern is available on my website HERE.

I had a lot of fun quilting Cultivate. The spikey plant column in the sashing, pointy flowers in the green sqaures, then lots of texture through the paper pieced plants and flower pots. Super texture that tells more of the Cultivate story.

I had a test block left from the original Cultivate quilt--so thought it would be a fun little project to share for Karen's blog hop. The succulent plant pattern is available in the Cultivate pattern--but I have added the cut dimentions for a pillow here for you to have fun with.

Below you will find the complete list for this week's hop--make sure to see all the other amazing projects that were made with Vincents' Gardent line.

Monday 3/1   


Michele Sutton, Sew Sutton Quilts  


Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs  


Tues 3/2   

Paula Nelson, Prairie Notion Quilt Shop  


Amy Costabile, Amy's Quilt Room  



Weds 3/3   

Bea Lee, Beaquilter  


Roseanne Nelson, Home Sewn By Us  


Thurs 3/4   

Jennifer Strauser, Dizzy Quilter  


Sarah Yuhr, Sew Much Charm


Friday 3/5  

Terri Vanden Bosch, Lizard Creek Quilting  


Margaret Willingham, Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design  

Make sure and head over to Karen's blog HERE for a fat quarter bundle and  her PDF patterns giveaway.

Leave a comment here on my blog and I will pick a winner next week for a PDF of Cultivate. Thanks and have a lovely day!!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Wild Iowa Rose...Around the States...50 blocks tour

 ...welcome to my day of Around the States block tour!!

Iowa has been my home for over 35 years now--so I guess you can say I plan on staying here!!

A few fun facts about the state--Iowa became the 29th state in 1846. "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain" is the states' motto.

Manufacturing and agriculture are the states' largest industries.

The state leads the nation in corn and soybean production--both of which we grow on our farm. Also, the state is 3rd in total livestock sales. The livestock we raise is pork.

Iowa is bordered by the Missouri river on the West....that is Nebraska you see in the distance...

...and the Mississippi on the East...we are heading back into Iowa after a short stay in Illinois...

...and in between the rivers you will find miles of backroads with rows and rows of cropland on either side...

...seeing all this beautiful countryside from the back of our motorcycle is my favorite thing in the world--besides quilting of course!!

I hope you have been enjoying this block tour around the United States--more information can be found HERE.

States coming up after Iowa can be found at these sites:

Seams to Be Sew

Applique Quilts and More

To represent Iowa, I chose a take on "Hole in the Barn Door" block. The blue fabric represents the rivers that border the state. I used a fresh green fabric to represent the vast acres of agriculture plants that cover the state during the growing season. And the state flower--the Wild Rose, that grows profusely along the roadways!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Hope Quilts Blog Hop....Pieced Promise

The definition of hope as a verb (an action word) is to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true, to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment, and to expect with confindence. 

To expect with confidence, is the line that spoke to me most in this definition.

Sarah, at The Quilted Diary is hosting a month long blog hop of Hope quilts. Sarah will also be having a quilt-along with her quilt Hope for Tomorrow in January. Information and kits can be found on her website HERE. Make sure to check the list for each  designers' "hope" quilt and the story that goes with it. I will have the list at the end of this post. 

When the pandemic first started, I will admit to feeling a bit of panic and overwhelming heaviness in my heart.  Stress will cause me to do one of two things--resort to eating too many sweets or design something. This time I listened to my heart and went with designing something!!! 

And so the quilt, Pieced Promises was designed--over the first weekend of quarentine in March.

Each block is based on a promise from the book of Psalms. Something that my heart and mind definitely needed. I felt the need to share this pattern as a free sew along this spring. People from all over the world downloaded the designs. It made my heart so happy to be sharing this hopefilled journey with them.

Since all of our quilty gatherings were not being held, I went outside my box and did a weekly Facebook live to show the new blocks and a hint or two in making them. The videos are still up on my Facebook page HERE.

The weekly PDF block patterns come with full color instructions, the promise from Psalms along with a quote to fit the promise. The block patterns are still available on my website HERE.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty,” Psalms 91 : 1

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
---Maya Angelou expect with confidence....may you find that today.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

August Designers Tips and Techniques....

It's that time again....enjoy watching each designer share something from their storehouse of quilting knowledge!!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

July Designers Tips and Techniques....


Learn new techniques and find new designers to follow!!! 

Tuesday, July 7th
4:00   Charisma Horton
5:00   Marlene Oddie  
7:00   Jennifer Fulton
8:00   Ebony Love
Wednesday, July 8th
2:00   Annette Ornelas
8:00   Tammy Silvers
Thursday, July 9th
2:00  Monique Kleinhans
5:00  Geeky Bobbin

Monday, May 4, 2020

Designer tips and techniques....come along and join us....

...join us on May 5 through May 9, from 12pm EST to 8 pm EST, every hour on the hour as designers present a 15 minute Facebook Live on quilting/stitching tips and techniques!!!

How much fun is this going to be!!
The entire list is below--so be sure to check back each day!!


May 5
May 5 12pm ET Cherry Guidry - launch
May 5 12:30pm ET Janellea Macbeth
May 5 1pm ET Jen Frost
May 5 2pm ET Teresa Weaver
May 5 2:30pm ET Jo Westfoot - The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot - The Crafty Nomad
May 5 3pm ET Becca Fenstermaker (Pretty Piney Quilts)
May 5 4pm ET Michelle Renee Hiatt
May 5 4:30pm ET Margaret Willingham-Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design
May 5 5pm ET Marlene Oddie
May 5 5:30pm ET Annie Unrein
May 5 6pm ET Leanne Parsons
May 5 7pm ET Jennifer Fulton
May 5 7:30pm ET Reed Johnson
May 5 8pm ET Tammy Silvers - launch

May 6
May 6 12pm ET Sue Pelland
May 6 1pm ET Annette Ornelas
May 6 2pm ET Kate Colleran
May 6 3pm ET Melissa Marginet
May 6 4pm ET Jackie Kunkel
May 6 5pm ET
May 6  5:30pm ET Melissa Merriman Harr
May 6 6pm ET Laura Piland
May 6 7pm ET Terri Vanden Bosch
May 6 7:30pm ET Swan Sheridan
May 6 8pm ET Annie Smith

May 7
May 7 12pm ET Lynn Kane, Puppy Girl
May 7 1pm ET Cristy Fincher
May 7 2pm ET Debbie Wendt
May 7 3pm ET Shelley Cavanna, Coras Quilts
May 7 4pm ET Monique Kleinhans, Ladybug's Cabin
May 7 5pm ET Heidi Pridemore
May 7 6pm ET Jerry Stube, Jerry Stube Designs
May 7 7pm ET Simone Fisher, Simone Quilts
May 7 8pm ET Nicole Moore, Sew Much Moore

May 8
May 8 12pm ET Becky Campbell
May 8 1pm ET Tina Dillard - Quilting Affection Designs 9
May 8 2pm ET Beth Helfter - EvaPaige Quilt Designs
May 8 3pm ET Sherri Noel - Rebecca Mae Designs
May 8 4pm ET Kathleen McCormick - Kathleen McMusing
May 8 5pm ET On Williams Street - Kimie and Missy
May 8 6pm ET Andi Stanfield - True Blue Quilts
May 8 7pm ET Nancy Scott - Masterpiece Quilting
May 8 8pm ET Lisa Ruble

May 9
May 9 12pm ET Sherry Shish
May 9 1pm ET Cristina De Miranda / Ships & Violins
May 9 2pm ET Toni Smith/Quiltoni
May 9 3pm ET Hexadoodle Quilts/ Alison Stothard
May 9 4pm ET Bobbie Gentili ~ The Geeky Bobbin
May 9 5pm ET Ebony Love - LoveBug Studios
May 9 6pm ET Carolina Moore
May 9 7pm ET Kathryn LeBlanc of Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio
May 9 8pm ET Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis - wrap up presentation

The following designers will also be sharing on their Instagram accounts:
Instagram Schedule:

May 5

May 5 12:30pm ET IG Cherry Guidry – launch
May 5 1:00pm ET   Janellea Macbeth
May 5 1:30pm ET IG   Jen Frost          
May 5 3:00pm ET        Jo Westfoot - The Crafty Nomad
May 5   3:30pm ET IG Becca Fenstermaker (Pretty Piney Quilts)
May 5   4:30pm ET IG Michelle Renee Hiatt  @mshellhiatt 
May 5 5pmET             
May 5   5:30pm ET IG Marlene Oddie
May 5 6:00pmET         Annie Unrein
May 5   6:30pm ET IG Leanne Parsons 
May 5   7:30pm ET IG Jennifer Fulton
May 5   8:00pm ET IG  Reed Johnson
May 5    8:30pm ET IG Tammy Silvers - launch

May 6
May 6 12:30pm ET IG Sue Pelland                 @suepellanddesigns
May 6  1:30pm ET IG  Annette Ornelas @southwind_quilts
May 6   2:30pm ET IG Kate Colleran  @seamslikeadreamquilts
May 6   3:30pm ET IG Melissa Marginet @melissamarginet
May 6   4:30pm ET IG Jackie Kunkel
May 6   5:30pm ET IG 
May 6    6:00pm ET IG Melissa Merriman Harr
May 6   6:30pm ET IG Laura Piland
May 6   7:30pm ET IG Terri Vanden Bosch
May 6 8:00pm ET        Swan Sheridan
May 6    8:30pm ET IG Annie Smith

May 7

May 7 12:30pm ET IG Lynn Kane, Puppy Girl
May 7  1:30pm ET IG  Cristy Fincher
May 7   2:30pm ET IG Debbie Wendt
May 7   3:30pm ET IG Shelley Cavanna, Coras Quilts   
May 7   4:30pm ET IG Monique Kleinhans, Ladybug's Cabin
May 7   5:30pm ET IG Heidi Pridemore
May 7   7:30pm ET IG Simone Fisher, Simone Quilts
May 7   8:30pm ET IG Nicole Moore, Sew Much Moore
May 8        
May 8 12:30pm ET IG Becky Campbell
May 8  1:30pm ET IG  Tina Dillard - Quilting Affection Designs
May 8   2:30pm ET IG Beth Helfter - EvaPaige Quilt Designs
May 8   3:30pm ET IG Sherri Noel - Rebecca Mae Designs
May 8   4:30pm ET IG Kathleen McCormick - Kathleen McMusing
May 8   5:30pm ET IG On Williams Street - Kimie and Missy
May 8  6:30pm ET IG  Andi Stanfield - True Blue Quilts
May 8   7:30pm ET IG Nancy Scott - Masterpiece Quilting
May 8    8:30pm ET IG Lisa Ruble

May 9

May 9 12:30pm ET IG Sherry Shish
May 9  1:30pm ET IG  Cristina De Miranda / Ships & Violins
May 9   2:30pm ET IG Toni Smith/Quiltoni
May 9   3:30pm ET IG Hexadoodle Quilts/ Alison Stothard
May 9   4:30pm ET IG Bobbie Gentili ~ The Geeky Bobbin
May 9   5:30pm ET IG Ebony Love - LoveBug Studios
May 9  6:30pm ET IG  Carolina Moore
May 9   7:30pm ET IG Kathryn LeBlanc of Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio
May 9   8:30pm ET IG Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis - wrap up presentation

Thanks and make sure to share with all your quilty friends!!!