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On Miss America and the Quilting Community

I have spent a few days thinking about these two things quite a bit. Not that on the surface they have much in common. But really, they do.

Miss America 2015

Catnap O’s

catnap o's

catnap o's

catnap o's

catnap o's


Here’s another finish. I’ve been on a kick lately to finish up the many WIPs I’ve accumulated. I started this at that retreat in January. It was an amazing weekend with some good friends, old and new. We sat around quilting, knitting, eating obscene amounts of Oreo’s… all the basics were covered.

Anyway, Julie had just received her order of Lizzie House’s Catnap fabric in her shop, so a couple of us had her bring us fat quarter bundles to play with. Seriously, delivery of brand new fabric on our weekend away? So many good things.

Maple Tree Quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt


This quilt has been two years in the making. I kept going in spurts. As soon as I got my Chicopee fabric I cut it and pieced the maple leaf blocks immediately. Like, within hours I had all the blocks done. That was in 2012. Yup, 2012. Then they went in a bin and sat for a year.

Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for your support



This came in my inbox this morning. So grateful to know what my fundraising helped to contribute to. As a group who ran the Las Vegas Rock n Roll marathon with the MMRF Power Team we were able to raise $95,000 by the time we ran. And I know we’ve brought in more since then.

Thank you, all of you, who helped contribute to finding a cure for this disease. While there we met a woman who was diagnosed 15 years ago. She and her family were an inspiration.

Stash Match

Have you seen the Stash Match game over on Ali’s blog?


This month she asked us to pull fabrics for a Modern Maples quilt. I love fall and had no troubles pulling out the fabrics for this quilt. I grabbed one of my old favorites for the backing and pulled fabric for the front based on that. I just finished up a Modern Maples quilt top, but this makes me want to start all over again!

Head over and see if you can match up the bloggers to their stash (Ali has lots of hints for you too) and you could win a bundle of perfect fall fabric from Westwood Acres!

Freshening Up


I’m getting ready to head out this week to Sewing Summit. I’m excited to be attending this conference for the third year in a row. And this year I’m teaching! I’ll be discussing my creative journey on Saturday morning.

So as I put the finishing touches on my presentation, I was grabbing old pictures from the blog to show how I’ve developed and I finally … FINALLY did a little updating here. I hadn’t changed my blog much at all since I started it five years ago. It was time. It was well beyond time.

Running for a Cure

In November, I’m running with my siblings to raise funds for cancer research. Many of you know that my mom has Multiple Myeloma. She was diagnosed a few weeks after my first daughter was born. I remember getting that phone call during my maternity leave, rocking my new baby and crying because she would never get to know her wonderful grandmother.

1st transplant

Mom and Lottie after first transplant

Virtual Quilting Bee – Block #9 Tutorial

If you’re visiting for the first time today, welcome! I’m glad to have you for my stop on the virtual quilting bee. The blocks so far have been great, go here to check them all out.

vqb blocks

This block is pretty easy, but does contain some itty bitty half square triangles. I’ve discovered that I really like to make things tiny.

Start by cutting your fabrics.

vqb cut


Orange Stripe:
(4) 1.5″ x 4.5″
(4) 2.5″ x 2.5″
(8) 2″ x 2″

Green Scallop:
(4) 1.5″ x 4.5″

Virtual Quilting Bee

My friend Amy is hosting a virtual quilting bee. I’m excited to be dreaming up one of the blocks and participating!

Head over to check out her first posts detailing an introduction to what this bee is all about, quilting supplies, choosing fabric, and basic quilt-making techniques. Then, starting March 8th there will be a new 8″ block every other Friday. There’s a lot of crazy awesome talent in this bee, won’t you join in?

There’s a Flickr group here for you to add your pictures as you complete the blocks along with us.

Fat Quarter Gang – Organizing Bucket Tutorial


Hey, head over to the Art Gallery Fabrics Blog and check out my tutorial for a divided organizing bucket. I used mine in my car, but they’re great for bookshelves, bedside tables, or anywhere you need a little organizing help.

If you’re here from Art Gallery’s blog, welcome!

Leave me a comment telling me about your favorite way to organize and you could win a stack of Color Me Retro fabrics for own.

*Giveaway is now closed. The winner of the fabrics is Deonn! Congratulations, I’ve sent you an email to get your information.

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