Monday, July 15, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch

I'm back from my Washington, D.C. trip and accomplished two great things.....I visited Delaware and West Virginia.  What's the big deal about that, you ask?  Well, I am on a quest to step foot in all 50 states and visiting DE and WV crossed off 48 and 49.  I have one left to go!!!  

Wondering which state is left?  Louisiana....not by design.  It just worked out that way.  So, I'll be planning a trip to NOLA as soon as I can go.  I can't wait to reach my goal!!  

Packing to go to Stitching With The Stars....I'll be back soon.  When I get home, I'll be working on a whole bunch of new things. 

My next trip in August is to visit The Little Red Hen quilt shop in Muscatine, Iowa.  I have heard so many great things about this shop, I can hardly wait to go.  Click here to read all of the details.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Cruise With Me In 2020!!!

I'm so jazzed to announce that I am teaching on another Caribbean cruise next May, 2020!!'s such a great time on a quilting cruise.  Sew when you want to, lay by the pool when you want to, see wonderful ports and feast on to-die-for food.  What's not to love??!!!  

We're sailing to Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman and Jamaica.  I have been to all of these ports and really enjoyed them all.  

If you've ever been tempted to go on a quilting it!!!   You won't regret it.

You can find all of the details here.  

Hope you are enjoying a fun summer!! 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks & Stitching With The Stars

As you read this, I am in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. and soon headed to Maryland to give workshops at two quilt shops, Traditions at the White Swan and Spring Water Designs.

Next week, I invite you to join me at another wonderful quilt shop, Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit, MO.  I am one of eleven teachers giving classes on a wide variety of wonderful things to do with needle and thread!  

Click here to find out more about Stitching With The Stars.  We'd LOVE for you to join us!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Blue

At last!  It seems like forever since I introduced my new Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Blue trio at Quilt Market.  It's been a couple of months, and I've been anxious to spread the word about it, but I wanted to wait until all of the fabric, namely the 10 x 10 precuts of Mrs. Miller's Apprentice were ready.  

What would be the point of telling you all about this pattern whereby all of the units and blocks for all three quilts are made from just one 10 inch precut of Mrs. Miller's Apprentice when the precut wasn't ready?  

It's ready now and available at your local quilt shop!!  

First up is Color Me Blue.  A wonderful star quilt in many shades of blue.  The quilt measures 18 x 18.  
Second is this sweet postage stamp quilt called Check My Stars.  I love this quilt so much.  It was so fun to piece and play with all those fabrics.  I am definitely in a "postage stamp" phase in designing right now.  Love, love piecing little squares.  Perfect leader/ender projects.  Quilt measures 13.5 x 13.5 inches.
Third and last is Blue Angel.  It has a little applique with the orange peel shapes and is very easy to do.  It applique is a FOUR letter word to you, you can sub wool appliques if you like, or play with more HST.  Quilt measures 20 x 20 inches. 

Please ask for the pattern and Mrs. Miller's Apprentice fabrics at your local quilt shop.  We simply must make it a priority to buy our quilting goodies from our LQS to support them!!!  We can't afford not one more shop to close its doors. friends. 

If your LQS isn't into reproductions, or you don't have a shop nearby, you can order the Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Blue pattern and a complete kit (with all the same fabrics I used) from my website here.

Or...if you'd just like the Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Blue pattern, you can order it here.

My new Kentucky Crossroads quilt top is being assembled now.  All of the blocks are done and the top is coming together.  Looking so, so good!!  It's exciting to see a new quilt come together.

I'm also beginning to pack for my next trip.  I just returned home from the Atlanta, GA area where I visited with the quilters of East Cobb Quilters Guild.  Had the best time with them!!  Great ladies to spend time with, delicious food and quilts to die for from their members.  Thank you all for a terrific time.  

I'm off to spend a few days of vacation in the Washington, DC area with my hubby.  We will travel to visit the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, and the Harper's Ferry CW battlefield in West Virginia, after which I can cross off two more states in my quest to visit all 50.  That will leave me with just one left!!!!!!  

Then, onto Maryland to give a workshop at Traditions at the White Swan in Hagerstown, and Spring Water Designs in Columbia.  

After to Lee's Summit, MO for Stitching With The Stars.  I'd sure love to see you there!!!

Grab an iced tea and a comfy chair on the porch this evening and do a little stitching.  Sounds lovely, doesn't it?

Monday, July 1, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

This marks week 26 which means.....we are half way through the year of making Circa 1880 Nine Patch blocks.  WOW!

There are two people in the Circa Facebook group who have completed their quilts!  Honest!  That is absolutely amazing to me.  Making this quilt is not a should take its sweet 'ol time and get it done rather than become a magnificent UFO.  

It's so exciting to see so many quilters loving the quilt that I became totally obsessed over love.  

Fast or slow, by hand or by machine.....keep on stitchin'!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Kentucky Crossroads ~ Coming Soon!

I recently acquired this lovely old quilt.  I immediately fell in love with this block, and I adore blue and white quilts.  I had to have it!  

When I returned home, I looked for the block in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia and found that this exact block is not in the book.  It's a unique version of the Kentucky Crossroads block.  A perfect name for the quilt, I thought.
The traditional piecing for the block requires a set-in Y seam.  Groan.  So, I drafted the block without a set-in seam.  Yay!
Hoping to have the quilt finished and photographed mid-July.  Pattern very soon afterward.  

It's been such a fun block to piece!!  Start stash diving for a bunch of dark prints that will make terrific blocks.  

Toodles for now.....keep on stitchin'!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

The weeks are just flying by for me.  I'm still waiting for summer to begin.  We've had cool temperatures and tons of rain, rain, rain.  One good thing about all that rain is everyone's lawn and flower beds are lush.  So pretty.  

I have been busy making the blocks for my new pattern, Kentucky Crossroads.  The quilt will be a replica of an antique quilt I acquired with the coolest block!!  More about that in my next post.  

I presently have 3 quilts I'm making as leader/enders.  I think of all that time and thread I wasted before fully adopting leader/enders into my quilting life.  Thanks tons, Bonnie Hunter!

I'm off to visit with the ladies of East Cobb Quilters Guild later this week.  Then home for a week and then off again to Washington, D.C. and Maryland for visits at two shops: Traditions at the White Swan and Spring Water Designs.  

Keep on Stitchin', my friends!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

I'm sure you can notice the significant improvement in the photo above of this week's Circa 1880 Nine Patch blocks.  I shot all the previous block photos on one day, and then the rest about a week later.  I tried a new location and it turned out so much better.  What the difference was....I'm not exactly sure.  I couldn't wait until these new, better photos were able to be used.  

It's been rather busy here this past week and this coming week looks to be the same.  Someone on TV said that when you ask anyone how they are, they say "busy but fine".  It that just how we all are now?

I'll be packing up lots of boxes to ship to the Atlanta area as I will be visiting the East Cobb Quilt Guild for lecture and workshops the following week.  

Hope you have a great week that's not too busy, but filled with fun.  Which for most of us means at least some time with needle and thread.  Be happy!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks & Upcoming News

Can you believe we're nearing the half-way point?  Gosh...time if flying by in so many ways.  Way too fast!  Here's another batch of blocks that are in my quilt.

Very shortly, I will be releasing my Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Blue pattern!  I've been waiting on 10 inch precuts and bolts of Mrs. Miller's Apprentice to make up the kits.  I'm expecting it all to arrive this week.  

I've also been piecing blocks for a brand new quilt which will replicate an antique I own.  It's such a unique block and I'm having such fun making it all.  Look for sneak peeks on Instagram and Facebook.

Time some time to slow down and enjoy the summer.  Do a little stitching on the porch!  As I started saying...time is flying by so quickly and I want to enjoy the summer myself.

More soon...thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Stitching With The Stars & Circa 1880 Blocks

One of my favorite events each year is Stitching With The Stars (formerly Primitives of the Midwest) hosted by Rita Briner and her quilt shop Quilter's Station
This event is so fun and a crazy wonderful opportunity to take classes from some of the best pro's in the industry!  

If you've never been - you need to seriously consider coming this year!  The classes are in the same hotel where you can stay making it oh-so-easy and convenient!  Quilter's Station is a hop, skip, jump from the hotel and is one of my all time favorite quilt shops in the country!  I won't even begin to tell you about the fabulous food in the area!!!  

Check out all of the details at the website link listed above or call the shop at 816/525-8955.

I sure hope to see you there!! 
Here's this week's batch of  Circa 1880 Nine Patch blocks.  If you are a participating club member...have you joined our private Facebook group?  You must get all of the Facebook group info from the quilt shop where you joined the Circa club.  

We have such fun in this group and have shared amazing hints and photos!  Don't miss out!

If you haven't joined us yet and are still considering....whatcha waiting for???  

We'd love to have you making blocks and the  quilt for yourself, trading blocks - or not - and being a part of the Circa Revolution!!   Click here for a list of participating shops.  Don't live near a participating shop?  There are many shops that will mail you everything you need!  

So much stitching little time.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Little Summer Baking

Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins
I come from a long line of bakers.  My grandma and my aunts were all excellent bakers.  I love to cook and especially love to bake.  Probably because I love eating the stuff, and quite frankly, store bought doesn't hold up to home baked.  

Being that berry season is just beginning, I wanted to share this wonderful recipe for Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins with you.  If you like to bake, you will LOVE this recipe!
They taste like the muffins my grandma used to make.  You can make them with just about any doesn't have to be strawberries.  But, I love to make them with strawberries because there are so few recipes that use them.  

The batter is made with buttermilk.  You don't have to use buttermilk but you should.  Something magical happens in baked goods when sour cream or buttermilk are used.  The results are just that much better!  It's worth it.  
Some of the berries get mixed into the batter and then more are sprinkled on top.  The muffins have a delicious crumble topping....oh, what's not to love?!!!
They are absolutely delicious!!!  Recipe makes 12 muffins.  If you don't gobble them up in a day or two, they can be frozen.

Click here for the Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffin recipe and let me know what you think if you make a batch!  

Happy Berry Season!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

Can you believe it's been 21 weeks since we began in January?  We're making great progress!

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, just keep sewing........

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Kansas City Market Review

I think I've finally adjusted to a normal schedule after the whirlwind that is quilt market.  Early rising and going to bed late is all part of the experience.  Going to bed late is not my norm, but who's gonna miss out when there's fun to be had?!
Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Blue   Designed by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts
I'm so, so jazzed that Tokens of the Past: Gathering in Blue was a success.  Everyone loved them!  I will have them on the website very soon along with the option of a kit with all the exact fabrics I used in mine.  Just waiting for the precuts to be delivered.  
Tokens of the Past: Two Color Classics    Designed by Pam Buda for Heartspun Quilts
I brought my Tokens: Two Color Classics quilts as they had not been seen other than at Houston market.  Click here to see the kits for all three of these quilts!

Same goes for Plantation Stars.  Took a lot of orders on both of them.  

Did you know kits are available for Plantation Stars?  I used many of the blues from Mrs. Miller's Apprentice!  You can find the kits here.

Stars Over Union Hill   Designed by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts
 Stars Over Union Hill did catch a lot of attention with it's unique wool star blocks.  Many shop owners took the patterns back to the shop with them.  You can also order the pattern here.
Scrappy Letters From Grace  Designed by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts
Lastly, Scrappy Letters From Grace made its debut to an interested audience.  Market attendance was pretty good so a lot of shop owners stopped in.  Friday and Saturday were quite busy.  I always love meeting everyone and putting faces to names I only hear on the phone.  

As you visit your local quilt shops, please ask for these items there.  It is always very important to support your local shops!  Without you, they won't continue to exist!!  So important!!  

And now, for the winning comments from last week's blog.  Here are two comments for two winners.  Each win a copy of both Stars Over Union Hill and Scrappy Letters From Grace.  

ThreadCatcher commented.......

I like the scrappy re-make of your pattern. Scrappy quilts are the best! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway

 Sewing Rose commented....

Scrappy Letters from Grace is a Super Dazzle on point! I will make it! Hope I have enough of the correct size 4 patch already done! And if not I'll make more....

Please email your name and mailing address to so I can get those patterns right out to you!  

Thanks for all the comments.  They all mean a lot to me!

Hope you can find some time to stitch today and do your heart and soul some good!  

Monday, May 20, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

Here's this weeks batch of beauties.  Have you seen fabrics you've used in your blocks?  Some you've never seen before?

I'm wondering if you tried the Best Press tip I shared last week??  Let me know what you think?

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Scrappy Letters From Grace ~ A New Twist on a Old Favorite!

I decided to make-over one of my favorite patterns, Letters From Grace.

Letters From Grace, as you can see, was originally designed for a two color quilt.  I've made this quilt in plums and in greens.   I love this pattern and it's easy, peasy.

I adore this star block and have always wanted to try it with scrappy fabrics.

So that's what I did!

I changed the name so there wouldn't be any confusion when ordering the pattern.  Scrappy or two's a really great quilt to make.  I hope you like the new scrappy version as much as I do.  Change the border colors if you like and make it your own!!  

Quilt size is 59 3/4 x 72 3/4.   Patterns are ready to go and you can order yours here.

Post a comment on my blog (no email comments, please) to win a copy of both of my new patterns, Scrappy Letters From Grace AND Stars Over Union Hill!!  I'll pick a winner May 22nd when I return from market.  

Stay tuned for the new Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Blue pattern coming soon!  

As you're reading this, I'm at quilt market in Kansas City.   I'll try to post pictures on Facebook and Instagram where you can see a lot of my new stuff and much, much more!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks & A Great Tip!

Here's this weeks blocks.  Coming soon....a noticeable improvement to the photos.

A week ago, I was giving a few workshops at Sauder Village in Ohio and we were trading hints and tips.  I picked up a wonderful tip from two ladies who are big time fabric starchers (girls after my own heart!)  Note: they starch their fabric as yardage before they cut.  That's very important!!  Here's what they shared with us.....
  We all have those moments when, despite our best pressing efforts, a seam does not want to lay flat.
They use Mary Ellen's Best Press to help.  What is important is that you choose the bottle with the finger pump spray (not the handle spray) because it emits a very fine mist over the seam.
I misted these seams, and boy....they stayed flat as a board!
Easy, peasy!  So get on over to your Local Quilt Shop and buy some.  Oh, and while you're there....peruse the aisles for some new shirtings and prints.  Your stash can always use to be fed and it keeps our quilt shops in business!!  

Pass it's a very good thing!  

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Introducing Stars Over Union Hill

I'm so jazzed to finally begin showing you my new patterns!  This is a project that has been a long time coming.  I think I began making the pieced blocks 5 years ago.  Yes!  5 years!  I made them from extra Half Square Triangles and squares that I cut up while making other projects, so I just worked on it here and there.  Finally, last year I had made all the pieced blocks and set about making the stars.  Don't you just love those stars???  

I love them because they are so different.  The stars and the half rounds are all done in wool.  The look of wool and cotton is such a great combination.  

I named the pattern from the many stars that are seen in early American structures and on barns.  There's a little star history in the pattern for your enjoyment.
 Oh, and I made a little pinkeep, too!  The pattern includes instructions and templates for both the quilt and the pinkeep.  

The pattern is ready to go so if you'd like to put your scraps to good can order the pattern here.

Hope you like Stars Over Union Hill as much as I do.  Now that it's done, it was so worth the wait!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks - Ooops!

I checked my blog and realized I forgot to post block photos on Monday.  I thought I had taken care of that before I went out of town.  Too busy lately.  Sorry I forgot.  I think I'm back on track with the block postings, but if not...forgive me!  

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Sauder Village, a living history museum in Archbold, OH.  I gave lectures and did a few workshops to a great group of women.  What a pleasure spending the day with quilters as we learn and share our passion for quilting with one another! Really loved meeting everyone there.  

While I had some spare time, I wandered around the quilt show.  Gorgeous quilts on display for all to enjoy.  I turned the corner and was shocked to see Mrs. Miller's Apprentice on a quilt frame being hand quilted while we watched!!!  

I don't hand quilt much as I'm a beginner, and have never sat at a frame like this.  I was totally intrigued!  It was so great to talk with the ladies who were hand quilting.  They had a lot of  quilting experience for sure and I just tried to soak it all in.  Love watching their hands quilt as women have for a hundred years plus!
I L*O*V*E the border design they chose.  So sweet and perfect for how the two borders meet. 

There is a whole lot to do at Sauder Village.  The quilt shop is on premises inside the village with acres of old buildings and homes with reenactors working with wood, spinning wool, making things as they would have way back when.  There is full restaurant, and a bakery that sells yummy cookies, oh, and the pies are to die for!  You can stay at the Sauder Heritage Hotel as well.  If you get a chance, don't miss visiting.  By the way....a little birdie told me Lisa Bongean is next year's national teacher!

Back to market prep.  Watch for 3 new pattern releases very soon!!  

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Talk About Being Surprised!!

I've been a dedicated subscriber to American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for more than 20 years.  It is my favorite quilting magazine because there's usually a quilt I pine over, many I have made, and I find the articles to be very helpful and entertaining. 
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
As I browsed the inspiring pages of the June, 2019 issue (on newsstands now), I came upon this gorgeous quilt.  I wasn't surprised to read that it was designed and made by my dear friend, Tara Lynn Baisden of Quilters Ridge.  
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
As I turned the page, I was stunned to read the dedication above. could have blown me over with a feather!  I had no idea that my sweet friend, Tara did this.  Apparently, it was in the works for a long time.  How did everyone keep this secret??  
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
She named the quilt Heartspun Friendship and is all made with fabrics I have designed for Marcus Fabrics.  Isn't the quilt stunning?  What a really great scrap quilt!

I was brought to tears to say the least.  I didn't know what to say and still kinda don't.  This is the nicest thing anyone has ever done in my honor.  Totally unexpected.  Tara dedicated it to our friendship and now I'd like to tell you a bit about Tara.

We met many years ago, I think at quilt market one year.  I was totally drawn to her work as she sure has an eye for color and design.  I soon learned that we only lived about 30 minutes from each other.  We arranged to meet for lunches and dinners to chat and then joined our local quilt guild together.  She is so easy to talk to and such fun.  We laughed a lot and found a kindred spirit in each other in that we both love traditional quilts and historic fabrics.  We've shopped and antiqued together and shared life's challenges.  

If you're not familiar with Tara's work, you need to!!  She has authored many books and designed more quilts than I could count.  She has been featured in many magazines, and currently has  no less than 3 quilts in magazines at the moment....with one on the cover!  Her eye for design and color is so, so good, and I am her biggest fan!  She posts so many fun things on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.  How she finds all this good stuff, I don't know, but we all get to enjoy it, for sure.  She hand pieces and hand quilts, too, and comes by it from a long family history of quilters.  About 5 years ago, Tara moved to West Virginia to be closer to family. 

They say that into every life a little rain must fall and Tara has had more than her share of rainy days.  Several years ago, she was in a car accident, hit by a young man who was texting.  Her injuries were catastrophic.   Those of us who love her and still live here weren't able to help her much with day to day living.  I knew her family was taking care of her, but I still wanted to help.  I did what any friend would do....I showed support for my friend going through a rough time. 

I was not surprised in the least that Tara handled her life then as she does now with great perseverance and strength, grace and dignity.  She is back to piecing by hand and machine, designing and hand quilting at a rate that I can't believe!!  I am overjoyed that she is so active in the quilting community as we're all the better for it.  This girl is on fire and doing well!!  Yay!

Thank you, Tara, my sweet friend.  I am so blessed to have you in my life.  

You're sure to enjoy Tara's work, so check her out at Quilters Ridge.  She has a blog, and as I said, nearly daily posts on Instagram and Facebook that are fun and inspiring.  

Tell the dear friends in your life how much they mean to you.  And, thank you, my dear readers, for being there for me.  I truly appreciate you!

Be sure to buy a copy of the June, 2019 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for yourself!  It's at your LQS and newsstands right now.