Quilt Books · Quilting

A Book Worth Buying

Any time I hear there is a new pattern or book coming from Carrie Nelson, I add it to my “must-have” list. Carrie’s approach to quilting seems really similar to mine  . . . why use one fabric when you can use 100? Her latest book,  Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites, brings together some of her favorite designs from the past in one easy-to-use resource.

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Some of the quilts may look familiar–they’ve been available as stand-alone patterns at one time or another. Several of the designs have been updated with new fabrics and color options. If you’re like me, having patterns gathered together in a single volume has the potential of saving lots of hours searching for that pattern I know I have put somewhere “safe” until I need it. So I was glad to add this book to my library even though I have a few of these patterns safely tucked away somewhere.

Many of Carrie’s designs are on my lifetime bucket list, carefully saved for that day when I have endless hours to sew for myself (that day is coming, right?) I’ve added a couple more, thanks to this book.

One of my favorites is Opening Day–I loved the original version but I love it even more now in this crisp, blue & white combo:


My version might have to be purple & white though.

Wayne & Gordie somehow looks both modern & 1930s-chic at the same time, recolored with Jen Kingwell’s fabrics and a gray chambray.


I always enjoy Carrie’s books because her writing style is so friendly & conversational–I feel like she’s just chatting with me about her pattern. This book is no exception. If you want to add it to your library, check your local quilt shop or order it here.

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Aurifil thread to match Dream at Dawn


Are you following my blog yet? I’m ramping up the number of posts I’ll do each month & this will be a great platform to get detail about my fabric lines, patterns and more.

If you’re going to make Dream at Dawn over the next year, be sure to pick up my coordinating Aurifil thread collections for your piecing and machine quilting.

My small box has 7 small spools of 50 wt cotton thread perfectly matched to the Dandy Days prints and 3 spools of the fabulous 80 wt thread in shades of grey, perfect for English paper piecing or applique.

My large box has 10 large spools of 50 wt thread and 2 spools of 28 wt variegated thread for your machine quilting needs.

You can buy both boxes here!

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Dream at Dawn

My Dream at Dawn quilt has debuted in McCall’s Quick Quilts.


The quilt will be presented as a year-long series, you’ll need to pick up the magazine each time it comes out over the next year. You can subscribe here.

The quilt features my Dandy Days fabric line. It’s 72″ x 96″ and is perfect for a confident beginner.


My friend, Dolores, helped with piecing this quilt and Sarabeth Rebe worked her quilting magic on it.

You can purchase a kit to make your own Dream at Dawn here.

The quilt features easy rotary cutting and machine piecing techniques. If you’re looking for a cheery, colorful project that you can work on a little at time, Dream at Dawn is perfect!






Splendid Sampler Anniversary Giveaway!

Can you believe it’s been a year since the Splendid Sampler journey began?

The Splendid Sampler Sew Along big button

To celebrate, of course, there are giveaways. Look at the main page above for details about all of the awesome chances to win.

I’m giving away a fat quarter bundle of my current fabric line, Dandy Days.


To enter, leave a comment below and tell me which of the Splendid Sampler blocks you found the most challenging.


Receive an additional entry by liking my Facebook page and commenting there.

And, receive a third entry by following me on Instagram and tagging a friend.

The giveaway is open until 11:59 pm on February 20, 2017.


Midsummer Memories

Midsummer Memories center

When I first saw these two Moda lines, I knew they would blend beautifully in a quilt.

I designed Midsummer Memories to showcase the prints.


I’ve finished the center medallion of the Midsummer Memories quilt. The fabrics blend together even better than I had hoped.


If you want to make your own Midsummer Memories, there are still a few spots left in the monthly program. Join in here!

Stay tuned for photos of fabric combos I’ll be using for the first round of star blocks!

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APQ Block Party!

Have you seen the latest issue of Quilts and More?


It features the annual APQ Quilt-along and you’re going to want to make one of these quilts!

I’m excited to be sewing along this year. Right now, I’m focused on selecting fabrics.

Here’s my initial pull:

apqdandyI’m planning to use my Dandy Days fabrics & I may add a few solids to the mix once I get started.

Pick up your own copy of the magazine & join me in making this fun, easy quilt!

If you’re already in the planning stages, what fabrics do you plan to use?





Thanks so much for taking time to tell me about your sewing and quilting helpers. I loved reading each story & wish I could give each of you a prize. The good news is I’ll be continuing to have lots of giveaways so follow my blog here and follow me on Instagram and on Facebook.

Now, to the winners:

A box of Pat’s Aurifil thread to match her Sweet Life fabrics goes to Kelly B who said:

“I have a couple of kitties but they don’t usually help! My labradoodle Samson does keep me company in the sewing room though!! No one is ever alone when they have fur family!!”

The winner of the Instagram giveaway is Yvette N.

Thanks again & check back soon for another giveaway.