Your first quilt (a new series)


I’m so excited to announce a new series and (…if you’re local) a big event!

On Saturday, September 28 I will be hosting a beginner’s quilt workshop in my home. My students will each make a 12 by 12 inch quilt from start to finish. The cost will be $45 and I will provide all the supplies. (I cannot imagine anything more fun than shopping for this!) Every attendee will get to go home with the quilt they made + all the knowledge they need to make their next quilt. Oh, and I’ll provide lunch too!

Leading up to the event I’ll be posting a series of 7 tutorials especially for beginners. When I start posting the tutorials look for a new tab on my home page called “Your first quilt.” These tutorials will be a permanent feature here to serve brand new quilters. I hope you will direct your friends here if they want to learn to quilt and you don’t have time to teach them.

Because there’s really nothing more exciting than a first quilt.

WIP: Modern flower garden

Ok, after a very nice date on Wednesday night I got right to work on Thursday!

This quilt is quite a bit of work, but I am really enjoying the process. Machine appliqué is a really different experience than the piecing I usually do. It’s fun to discover new tools and methods. I especially enjoy having preparatory steps that can be done away from the sewing machine. I’ve been doing a little here and there and this is what I’ve accomplished in just a couple of days.


I did one test block to check everything first- always a good idea in case there is something you need to adjust or reconsider.

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I have about 20 (of 80) additional petals ready. I’ll probably continue to work on these a few more days and then take a break and start work on the first few blocks of the main Penny Sampler quilt.

Check out this sketch stitching:


I just love the effect it creates. And on the practical side, this quilt will be very durable for machine washing.

So that’s what I’ve been working on! It’s been more of a sewing week than a blogging week, but I have an exciting post planned for tomorrow introducing a new series I’ll be featuring this fall. Talk to you then!

WIP: postponed

Well, I had wanted to complete and share the first block of my Dogwood quilt today.


I got this far when the call came.

The ever-welcome call from my in-laws that offers, “Would you like us to take the boys overnight so you can go out on a date?”

Um, yes. Yes!! Dogwood petals can wait.

You know you’re a quilter when your husband just accepts that a date night necessarily includes a “quick stop” at JoAnn’s…

Amy Butler is in the building

Um, so how did I not realize how amazing Amy Butler fabric is? Why didn’t you guys tell me???


These are the beauties I got with my Red Pepper Quilts / Southern Fabric gift certificate. Thanks so much to both you ladies!

It is a very good thing that I already had a plan in mind for these when I ordered them because otherwise they’d clearly be too pretty to ever cut into.

Our first project for the Penny Sampler class is this quilt:

love those Comma periods!
I’m going to do the petals in Amy Butler and the background in the beige stripe from Marmalade:

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I’m experimenting with eliminating solid backgrounds a la Sarah Fielke.

In other news, how cute do those fat quarters look folded Jeni Baker style? I’m loving it.

Hopefully I’ll be able to share my first block for WIP Wednesday late tomorrow!

Studio Spotlight Series

Jennifer at Ellison Lane is hosting a linky party for sewing spaces, and I thought I’d join in.


I currently sew at our dining room table, although I hope to turn the nursery into a sewing room as soon as the baby is old enough to bunk with big brother. He’s not a baby anymore really – he’s 2. But I enjoy still thinking of him as “the baby” for now.


This is my beloved Juki, which I purchased earlier this summer and just adore. I made several beautiful quilts with my old Singer though and I actually had to keep her for the occasional need of her zigzag stitch.


This is how I keep my sewing space as tidy as possible, given that it’s in the middle of our home: one bucket for scraps big enough to use and one bucket for scraps less than 1 square inch (my personal cutoff). And there’s a little “quilt” my 3-year-old made with scraps and glue. So cute.

I keep my fabric in the closet.


There’s my neglected Accuquilt cutter. I really should sell that.

Have you seen Jeni Baker’s folding method? After a few of you mentioned it in your stash showing party posts I checked it out. Actually her whole “Art of Choosing” series is pretty interesting. I’ve been working my way through it.

On Saturday night I started refolding my stash while watching some new Tom Cruise movie with my husband! It’s a big job but I love how it’s looking.


The thing I look forward to most about creating a new sewing room is the idea of getting my fabric out of hiding and displaying it on shelves! That will make me so happy. I’ve been tempted to fill this guy with fabric but I’ve resisted so far.


So that’s where I sew guys! Moving it will be bittersweet because I love being nearby the kids’ playroom. I’ll have to find a new way of organizing my sewing time.

Today sewing starts for our first project for the Penny Sampler! I’m sure I’ll have some WIP pictures to share very soon. And later this week, a big announcement for our friends who are beginners or have not yet made their first quilt!

Sunday stash

Picked up just a couple of little things this week, although my big order from Southern Fabric is slated to arrive tomorrow. Do you guys obsessively check the tracking information when you have fabric on the way? I do.

Here are a couple of yards of DS and Juliana Horner I picked up on sale at JoAnn’s and a fat quarter from 30’s Playtime in the middle:


I didn’t intend for these fabrics to necessarily go together in a project but now I’m becoming enamored of the idea of a gray-blue-black-white quilt. Maybe one of my practice projects for the Penny Sampler class…


The 2 stacks on the sides are mini charm packs (30’s playtime and Road 15). They’re already layered up with hexagon papers for my EPP projects. (Tutorial here!)

I’m not typically into the 30’s color scheme but this line’s colors are more modern. There are a few prints that would make great stash basics, obviously I particularly like the black print of the fat quarter I bought. I actually didn’t realize it was from the same line as the mini charm pack I was buying until I got home.

I bought the fat quarter and mini charms at my local quilt shop, Hearts to Holly, and had a nice chat with the owner. It’s an adorable shop and does a pretty good job of stocking some more modern options. They have a fantastic selection of basics like stripes and dots. I really appreciate that.

Come back tomorrow to see my sewing space!

Linking up with Stash Sunday!