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.



Pat Sloan’s Mega FUN Book Tour

When Pat asked if I wanted to be part of her book tour, I took about 3 seconds to decide that the answer was “YES!” Who wouldn’t want to be part of the fun that surrounds Pat Sloan?

Then, when I actually set down and read the book, I was so glad I had agreed to participate. Teach Me to Machine Quilt is just amazing. Chock-full of tips, techniques and projects to have you quilting away right at home.


If you follow me, you know I am a total cat person so of course, I was immediately drawn to this project in the book:


It’s a perfect size to practice both your applique skills and your machine quilting skills. My friend, Dolores whipped up this version of the quilt:


You can order a kit to make this version of the kitty here.

Of course, I wanted to experiment with my own kitty but as usual, time got away from me. I did manage to draw out my own kitty with some help. Nora never met a project she didn’t want to be part of.


And, I picked out my background fabric. My kitty is made from my upcoming Dandy Days fabric line for Marcus Fabrics.


I’ll post a photo of the finished project when I get it pieced & quilted.

For now, be sure to go check out Pat’s blog & visit all the other designers who are part of this incredible event. On Tuesday, the line up includes:


Pat’s giving away tons of cool stuff so be sure to visit her & register for the prizes.

I’m giving away a box of Pat’s Aurifil thread to match her Sweet Life fabrics.


Enter to win by commenting on this post & telling me if you have a special “helper” that always helps with your sewing projects. You can receive additional entries by following me on Facebook and on Instagram and liking my posts about this blog tour on each of those forums.



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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 14 Blog Tour

Each time I’ve seen a Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine out on newsstands, I’ve dreamed of the day my name or block might be on the cover. Well, this time, the dream came true! I’m so excited to be part of Volume 14 and to have my name right there among all the other incredible folks who contributed to this issue.


When I thought about designing a block for the magazine, I knew I wanted to do something unusual, something not immediately recognizable as a classic block from the past.

I’ve always loved the “Peaky and Spike” triangle unit and decided to start there. I also really like pinwheels so I wanted to incorporate that in my block too.

Here’s my block featuring my Revved Up Retro fabrics.


By playing with the light and dark coloring of the skinny triangles, I gave this block potential for creating interesting secondary designs when it is set together. Here’s what a quilt made from the block would look like:


Of course, the look will change totally when you play with color. Here’s the block colored in a few of my upcoming Dandy Days prints:


See how that creates a totally different quilt?


As the name implies, there are 100 incredible block designs from designers you love in Volume 14. I’d love to give one away to you. Comment here and tell me what your favorite block is to be eligible for a chance to win. Entries close at  11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 20. I’ll email the winner for his/her address on Monday 11/21.

I’m also doing giveaways on Facebook & Instagram to promote the blog hop & the magazine. Be sure to follow me there to see how to have more chances to win more prizes!

And, don’t forget to go visit the Quilty Pleasures blog for more prizes and more info on other designers who contributed to this issue!



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Dandy Days Debut

At last, may I present  . . .


I am so excited about this collection. From the colors, to the text print to the names  . . . everything about this collection just makes me smile. catemoji

Of course, there is a block-of-the-month quilt available with your choice of light or dark background.


And I have several other quilt designs in the works that I’ll share in the coming weeks.

The fabric ships to stores in December. Make sure to ask for it at your favorite shop.

Read more about the fabrics in my Look Book available here.




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Million Pillowcase Challenge Blog Hop

It’s almost time  . . . the third annual One Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon begins at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, September 16th and runs through 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 17th  at the American Patchwork and Quilting headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

By now, you must be familiar with the Pillowcase Challenge. Since 2010, American Patchwork & Quilting has been challenging quilters, crafters, and sewers across the country to help reach the goal of donating 1 million pillowcases to local charities.  Since inception, more than 687,000 pillowcases have been recorded on the challenge website. Joining American Patchwork & Quilting magazine in support of the challenge are 2016 sponsors Baby Lock, Coats, Free Spirit Fabric, Handi Quilter, Martingale, Moda Fabrics, Northcott, Paintbrush Studio, Robert Kaufman and Timeless Treasures Fabrics.

I’m thrilled to be supporting the challenge this year. I’ve already made my first pillowcase using one of my favorite prints from my Revved Up Retro fabric line with a couple of coordinating prints from sponsor Moda Fabrics.

Here are the fabrics I started with:



That bubble print is one of my favorites. If you like it too, you can order some here or ask for it in your favorite quilt shop.

If you don’t live close enough to travel to the sew-a-thon at APQ headquarters, you can still make a pillowcase (or two, or ten) and donate them to the cause.

There’s a huge selection of patterns available here.

I chose the basic pattern and embellished it with an extra accent band  but you can add piecing or applique details or totally do your own thing. If you haven’t already, read through the basic pattern  . . . it has the clearest explanation of how to do French seams that I’ve ever seen. . . ah-mazing!


Pillowcases can be donated at participating shops or you can donate to the charity of your choice (a list of possibilities is here). Make sure to report your donation so you can help us move toward the goal of one million pillowcases!

Won’t you join me in brightening someone’s day with the gift of a pillowcase?


The Splendid Sampler

Winners, winners . . .

Thanks so much to everyone for taking part in the Top of the Hill celebration. Wasn’t it fun?

I know you’re all anxious to hear, so let’s get right to the winners. I’ve message you all in response to your post. If this is you, email me with your shipping address so I can get your prize on the way!

The winner of my pattern set is:

My favorite color is purple.

Sarah J Pattern Set

The winner of my Revved Up Retro fat quarter bundle is:


my favorite colors are the colors of the sea, the sky, the beach, the seagulls, the sea grasses, tide pools, foamy white ocean waves, the gray of the sand, the rocks, the colors of shells.
~ I love the teals and blues, turquoise and aqua colors that say beach! I grew up on the ocean, beach, coast, so I am always trying to get back home.
And I love your Nora.. she is lovely:)


Revved Up Retro fat quarters

The winner of my Harvest Cozies fat quarter bundle from following me on Instagram is: “BRTOWSLEY”.

Harvest Cozies fat quarters

The winner of my Cozies fat quarter bundle from  liking my Designs by Sarah J Facebook page is:

Nicole R who posted “Happy to join your page!! =o)”

Cozies flannels fat quarters

The winner of Pat Sloan’s Hometown Girl fat quarter bundle is:

I follow you on Instagram

Who commented on my blog & follows on Instagram.


Hometown Girl fat quarter bundle

Thanks so much to all of you for participating.  I’ll be back in a day or two with details about my new fabric line & a NEW GIVEAWAY!



Top of the Hill Celebration Giveaway

Welcome back, Splendid Quilters. Are you having the best year ever enjoying all the fun of the The Splendid Sampler?


I follow the online chatter & love seeing all of your progress. It’s hard to believe we’re already at the midpoint of our Splendid journey.

Just a note of encouragement: If you are behind, DON’T FEEL BAD. I’m behind too. So many good intentions, so many life interruptions. The halfway point is a great place to jump in and move forward.

One reason I’m not getting too much done the last couple of weeks  . . .

nora2Miss Nora has decided she absolutely must sleep on my keyboard any time I am trying to work on it. This is actually Nora being good, just partially limiting my access.

Note to self: When you upgrade your laptop, don’t buy another touch-screen monitor because your cat will discover she can reach out & touch the screen & totally disrupt whatever you are trying to do.

What’s a celebration without giveaways? Be sure to check out all my fellow designers participating in the celebration and sign up for their prizes. But before you do, make sure to get entered for all that I’m giving away.

Lots of prizes, lots of ways to win.

Entry 1: Comment here and tell me what your favorite color is. I’m working on my next fabric line now & I’m always interested to here what you want. I’m giving away two prizezs to those who comment here–a set of 5 of my patterns shown above or  my Revved Up Retro fat quarter bundle.

Entry 2: Follow me on Instagram and comment there on my Splendid post to let me know you’ve joined me. One of the commenters there will receive my Harvest Cozies fat quarter bundle.

Entry 3: Follow my design page on Facebook and comment there on my Splendid post to let me know you’ve joined me. One follower on Facebook will receive my complete 30 piece fat quarter set of Cozies flannels.

Entry 4: Tell your friends to follow me! I’m working to build followers this week. There are SO many of you wonderful, Splendid people out there. I know you can help me double my followers on one or more of these outlets this week. When that happens, I’ll put everyone into a drawing to receive the gorgeous Hometown Girl fat quarter bundle from our fearless leader, Pat.

Comment and/or follow me by the evening of August 8 to be entered.

Thanks for joining in the Splendid fun & stay tuned for more fun giveaways and freebies.