Thursday, September 12, 2019

Traveling in Washing, D.C. with a Chronic Illness

If you've followed me online for any length of time, you probably know that I have a rare disease called Relapsing Polychondritis.  It's rather well controlled now, but it has damaged my body and I have to deal with those losses as well as very serious medications every day of my life.

I enjoy traveling because it adds to my quality of life.  I do a lot of planning to make my travel as comfortable and healthy for me as possible.

This week I was on vacation in Washington, D.C. and had so much fun!

We kayaked:


Visited some museums:
(I'm not big on dinosaur bones)

and generally Monkeyed Around:
Every time I thought about how much fun I was having, I also thought about all of the planning and preparation I do to make the travel reasonably stress-free.

In case travel is difficult for any of you, I decided to share some of my travel tips for those with chronic illnesses.

Prioritize
I made a list of things I have to do, things I wanted to do, and things my husband could do without me if I needed to rest.  We accomplished all of the "have to"s (his and mine) and quite a few of the "want to"s.  We didn't have to resort to any plans for my husband to do when I was resting, so yay!

On any vacation, there will be more on the to-do list than there is time to do them.  I pick and choose.  Vacation isn't supposed to wear me out or make me sick!

Sun Protection
It was rather warm in Washington, D.C. this week (80*F - 95*F) and much of our time was spent outside in the sun.  I take medications that leave me with no resistance to the sun's harmful rays; I burn in mere minutes.  Believe it or not, sun exposure can also cause my in-remission disease to flare up.  In short, the sun and I aren't friends.

I wear a hat whenever I'm outside.  This week I wore a logo hat from my husband's company.

I wear clip-on sunglasses.  I don't have to carry a large bag and keep switching my glasses as I change from indoor to outdoor and back again.  All.  Day.  Long.  I simply slide the flat sunglasses into a pouch in my small purse when I walk inside and pull them back out when I need them again.

I wear UPF 50 shirts.  I wear long-sleeved rash guard shirts when I adventure outdoors.  They aren't the coolest tops I could wear and I bake a bit in them, but they allow me to be outside during the day.  Thank you Lands' End!

I wear UPF 50 pants.  Before I discovered these pants, I had sun-exposure issues when I was in Greenwich/London.  Yes, I spent 10 days in the UK without a drop of rain and bright sunshine every day.  Who knew this was possible?  Anyway, these pants have a key pocket that is perfect for my Metro card and/or Hotel Key, they are super comfy, they pack/launder well, and they protect me from the sun.  I won't travel without these pants.

I wear sunscreen.  Can you believe this is last on my list?  I don't actually wear much sunscreen since not much skin is exposed to the sun.  I cover my face, neck, ears, and hands.  I'm currently using All Good Reef Friendly Sport Sunscreen.  It came in my CAUSEBOX and I'm loving it!

Foot/Leg Pain and Mobility Issues
I wear Compression Hose.  I have a lot of issues with my legs due to past damage and wear compression hose often.  Not only do they help my legs, but I've discovered that I no longer get sock blisters during walking vacations when wearing hose.

I wear my sneakers/tennis shoes/trainers with inserts.  I've found shoes that, while they don't keep my feet pain-free, do keep me on my feet for 10+ miles a day.  That's a HUGE win!

I have a fold-up cane that travels with me in case I have a bad day.

I always carry my smart phone and extra battery.  I use the phone for walking maps, bus and subway routes, and to summon an Uber when my body gives out.  In addition, I'm able to track my steps/miles with my phone and can brag about the distance I covered each day!

Carry-All
You might think I carry a huge tote bag or backpack on my adventures.  I don't.  When I'm out and about and touring, I carry a Potato Chip bag.  Anything larger becomes too heavy for me to carry around all day.

Food
I have dietary issues.  Sometimes my sugar drops and I need to eat RIGHT NOW.  When touring in a city, this isn't a problem.  I know the most effective foods to buy at a convenience store/pharmacy to get me back in shape quickly.

I research restaurants before I leave home.  I know what I can eat and want to find places I know will work for me.  I am happy to grab meals wherever we happen to be at mealtime, but if nothing there works it's great to know where there is a restaurant with fresh fruits and veggies for me.

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This trip was made on trains, subways, buses, and on foot.  I have different tips for car vacations, airplane vacations, etc., and I'll share those tips during those next vacations.

I hope everyone is able to find happy travels, whether it's an afternoon out or a week touring a city.  If something like an illness is stopping you, I hope you can find a way to overcome the obstacles and add a little adventure to your life.





Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Happy Little Things BOM 2

I'm tickled to be working on Jacquelynne Steve's Happy Little Things free block of the month.

Here's block 2:


I'm using Benartex Superior Solids because I have big plans for the quilting and I want it to show!

Are you playing along with Happy Little Things?

Friday, September 06, 2019

Oops a Daisy!

Earlier this week I was in a grumpy mood and looked around for a bright spot.  I found it when I spotted this fabric:


I knew that I needed more of this brightness in my life so I made a simple tablecloth and whipped up some Serviettes:


My daughter-in-love has already put in her request for a set just like this.

If you need some extra brightness in your house, check out the



Thursday, August 22, 2019

Happy Little Things Block of the Month

If I had to describe this summer in three phrases, they would be:

1.  Broken collarbone
2.  Really, really hot
3.  Lots of travel

I don't feel like I had much fun quilting time this summer because of those same three reasons. 

It's still really, really hot this week but I am home and (mostly) recovered from my broken collarbone and it's TIME TO SEW!

I signed up to make Jacquelynne Steve's Happy Little Things free block of the month and finally was able to make the first block!
 

I chose to make mine in sold fabrics because I have some fun machine quilting plans.

Flying geese have always been a struggle for me, but Jacquelynne has a great tip for piecing them accurately.  Also, I tried out my new Folded Corner Clipper ruler:


I was able to line up the edges of my pieces, trim them, stitch them and press them.  I didn't have to mark each square and trim later.  It was WONDERFUL!

Are you signed up for Happy Little Things?  Why not?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

It's a Cover Up!

Even in the summer when I'm suffering in my house that doesn't have air conditioning, I wear an extra layer.  "Why?" you ask?

Because it's useful and adorable!


This is my Reversible Cross-Back Cutie Apron pattern made with Big Bang fabrics from Northcott.  As you can see in the photo, it has pockets.  It fits me (size XL) but also fits tinier folks (size Regular).  It's reversible with pockets on both sides!  And I have a darling kit for sale.  Did I mention the pockets?  What more could you ask for?

The publisher of the Cutie Patterns, the Quilt Basket in Wappingers Falls NY, filmed a tutorial about making these aprons.


Be sure to check out their online store for more Cutie Patterns and fabric choices!

I have two aprons, Hello Kitty and Big Bang, but have plans to make many more!

I'm also thinking of making a child-sized apron pattern.  What would you think of that?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

My New Travel Companion -- Oliso Mini Project Iron

Last weekend, I got to try out my new Oliso Mini Project Iron and I LOVED IT!

I was working at the World Quilt New England quilt show in Springfield, Massachusetts and sewing in my hotel room in the evenings.  This little iron was easy to hold, hot enough for my quilting needs, and easy to store for travel.

I filmed this video to answer several of the questions that I received after posting about this iron on Instagram.



What is your favorite travel sewing product or tip?


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

I Made This!

A long, Long, LONG time ago, before I learned to quilt, I made clothing.  Ball gowns, prom dresses, mother of the bride dresses, all of my own clothing, clothing for my children, and more.  Then I learned to quilt.

I don't think I've made more than five pieces of clothing since I learned to quilt and I know I've made only one in the last decade, so it was a BIG DEAL for me to cut into one of the many patterns I've purchased thinking "I should really make all of my own clothes again."

I present to you, Katelyn's Tunic:


(Please oh please notice my gorgeous Fluevog shoes!)

I cut out the pattern, cut out my fabric, and pulled out my unused-for-years-and-years serger.  I pulled out the directions for threading that beast serger:


I looked for buttons on it and tried to scroll, but this iPad didn't work for me.  Fortunately there was a threading diagram inside my machine.

I actually had fun while piecing this top!  When I tried it on and discovered it was uncomfortable on my upper arms, I had less fun.  I messed around and inserted a gusset under each arm:


It isn't the prettiest gusset ever, but if you are looking that closely at my underarms, you deserve what you see.

I plan to make this pattern in different fabrics in the future -- maybe a Katelyn Dress?  I will re-draft the pattern to make the arms more comfortable for me.

Stay tuned for the next addition to my wardrobe!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Free-Motion Quilting on Annie's Creative Studio -- part 3

Interested in learning to free-motion quilt on your home sewing machine?  If so, Annie's Creative Studio is publishing a series of episodes about free-motion quilting featuring ME!

Part 3 is available online now:


Annie's Creative Studio is a subscription-based platform where you can learn from experts (like me!) how to quilt, knit, crochet, and more!  If you aren't a member yet, sign up for a free trial to watch the entire episode.



Class description:

Knowing how to free-motion quilt will not only expand your quilting skills, but will also provide you with the ability to quilt your own projects on your home sewing machine. Knowing how to free-motion quilt will give you an inexpensive alternative to hiring a long-armer to finish your quilts.

Watch as quilting expert Debby Brown demonstrates how to machine quilt several pretty and versatile motifs using her sewing machine and open-toe embroidery foot. You'll enjoy watching as Debby combines flowers, swirly feathers, straight lines and pebbles into a pleasing quilted combination in this Quilter’s Skill Builders video episode. And, you can practice along with her with a whole-cloth sample that measures about 18-inches long by 18-inches wide.

In this Quilter's Skill Builders episode, you’ll learn how to:
•             Free-motion quilt your own projects.
•             Practice four free-motion quilting designs.
•             Combine four free-motion quilting designs into gorgeous machine quilting.
•             Turn a simple quilt into a stunning masterpiece.
•             Merge focus designs and background designs.

Sign in to Annie's Creative Studio and learn to free-motion quilt with me!










Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Grandma Got Busy

I just opened my hot-off-the-presses copy of Quilter's World Magazine containing my column about how machine quilting can change a quilt from stiff to snuggly


and I saw a project that I just had to make NOW!


I grabbed out some Kraft-Tex (my new favorite applique fabric) and made a plan.  The bags in the pattern were adorable.  And quick.  And easy.  And made with supplies I have on hand in abundance.  But I wanted to change the faces just a little bit.

I pulled out my Perfect Circles and my Bigger Perfect Circles and got to work making eyes and fins and spines from the Kraft-Tex.


I tried to turn one of these bags into a shark by changing to a side view and adding a fin.


Kind of shark-like?  Maybe just a generic fish.  I'll let the boy decide.

I tried again, this time thinking to make an alligator.


The other boy can decide what the green thing is.

I plan to fill these little bags with as much fun and yummy goodness as they'll hold so that the boys don't necessarily notice the "not life-like"ness of the creatures.

They can call their bags whatever they like, as long as they call me Grandma.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

I Single-Handedly Launched a Class!

I'm absolutely in love with this quilt and this class:  "How Do I Quilt This? -- Big Cheese Cutie Quilt"


I filmed this class a few weeks ago and was tickled to share my tips for meandering, my favorite scroll feather, and the basics of machine quilting using rulers.  I love the finished quilt and may have to keep it forever.

So why was there a lag between filming the class and sharing it with you?  Well, I took a break.

No, really;  I took a 10-day break from life.  I took time off because I fell out of bed and broke my collarbone.*


I'm living life one-handed for a while so everything I do is single-handed.  For instance, "I single-handedly put on shoes this morning!"

Happily, I'm not in much pain (if I don't move) and I'm seeing improvement.  I'm hopeful that by the end of the year this will be a memory -- a randomly bizarre and frustrating memory.

Enough of the collarbone!  Back to the class.

Check out the class.  I single-handedly finished editing it last night and really love the content and love that I can bring the class to you for $5.

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* I try to convince folks that I broke my collarbone by heroically rescuing a small child from oncoming traffic, but am given that "Really?" look.  No really, I rolled out of bed and woke up on the floor with a broken collar bone.  I'm an extreme sleeper, apparently.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Free-Motion Class on Annie's Creative Studio, part 2

Are you Free-Motion Curious?  If so, Annie's Creative Studio is publishing a series of episodes about free-motion quilting featuring ME!

Part 2 is available online now:


Annie's Creative Studio is a subscription-based platform where you can learn from experts (like me!) how to quilt, knit, crochet, and more!  If you aren't a member yet, sign up for a free trial to watch the entire episode.


Class Description:


Are you warmed up and ready for more all-over free motion quilting? In this Quilter’s Skill Builders episode, quilting expert Debby Brown unveils three very doable designs to practice on your own home sewing machine.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to:
·               Plan a top to bottom swath in three designs.
·               Consider motif spacing based on the size of your machine.
·               Manage bulky fabric while machine quilting.

Sign in to Annie's Creative Studio and learn to free-motion quilt with me!

Friday, July 05, 2019

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

I have some exciting news!

I've wanted to work with my friend Gudrun Erla for years and years.  I pinch myself every time I call her a friend because I was a huge fan of hers long before I met her personally.  And now the two of us have finally crossed paths professionally!

I recently made her Lil' Diana tablerunner:


Isn't it darling?

I quilted it using her Colors of Iceland AuriFil thread collection which matches this Kaffe Fassett charm square collection perfectly!

I filmed a video showing how to machine quilt this tablerunner and it will be part of Gudrun's "Tipsy Tuesday" FB Live video on Tuesday, July 9 at 7pm Central Time.  This video won't appear on my YouTube channel or on my blog; you will need to join Gudrun's Quilt Crew Facebook page and then log in at 7pm Central on Tuesday. 

See you there!



Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Virtual Cutie Quilt Club -- Field of Flowers

I travel so often for work (work that I love), but I miss the regular happenings at my local quilt shop.  Quilt Basket just posted a virtual Cutie Club wrap up on their Facebook page.  I was so excited since I missed Cutie Club last Saturday while I was teaching at Handi Quilter Academy.



I designed Field of Flowers using In Bloom by Sandra Clemons for Michael Miller Fabrics.  Ever since, I've intended to re-make this quilt; now "remake Field of Flowers" has moved higher on my to-do list.

I love the mist bottle for my Best Press, but I don't yet have the Folded Corner ruler.  I'll need to pick one up this weekend when I teach my Home Machine Quilting Club at Quilt Basket on Saturday.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 01, 2019

Market Bag Adventures!

Have you heard?  Annie's is giving away a free pattern to make this delightful Market Bag!  Simply join their Facebook group, download the pattern, and set off on a summer filled with adventure!


I made my bag from a Good Day charm pack from Me and My Sister designs.


The fabric isn't out yet, but this bag (and everything!) would look wonderful in any of their fabrics.

When I quilted the fabric for the bag, I used my walking foot to stitch 1/2" parallel lines using FabuLux Springtime thread.  It was a perfect match!


I may have to make more bags with other fun fabrics, but until then this Market Bag will be my constant companion.


What fabric will you use for your Market Bag?  And where will you take your bag?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cotton Cuts Scavenger Quilt

Congratulations!  You have found the Cosmos Clue!


For those of you who are not in the know, here are the details:

Cotton Cuts Fall 2019 Puzzle Mystery Quilt starts next month! Cotton Cuts along with 8 other wonderful quilting bloggers/instagrammers are hosting a charity blog hop.

Each month, one of us will assemble a Puzzle Mystery Quilt clue and post about it. At the end of the 9 month project, Cotton Cuts will finish the quilt and we will raffle it off, with all proceeds going to Valley Industries. Valley Industries is a sheltered workshop for disabled individuals that Cotton Cuts uses for their box fulfillment process.

To learn more about the Cotton Cuts Fall 2019 Puzzle Mystery Quilt, click HERE.

To kick things off, we are doing a Cosmos Clue scavenger hunt. Look for this clue on the following sites and enter at each site to win prizes! Have fun and watch for my blog post in December!

Silly Mama Quilts - http://www.sillymamaquilts.com/
Color Girl Quilts - colorgirlquilts.com/blog
Debby Brown Quilts - http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
Cotton Cuts - www.cottoncuts.com/blog

To enter to win a Cosmos fat quarter bundle of your choice, leave a comment and tell me the wildest color combination you ever put together in a quilt.  (Mine is periwinkle and coral.)

NOTE:  One winner will receive a Cosmos Puzzle Mystery Quilt Kit of their choice.


 W.  O.  W!

So:
1.  Leave a comment here with your wildest quilt color combination by June 28, 2019 for a chance to win.
2.  Visit all of the other sites and comment there for more chances to win.
3.  Shop for your Cosmos Mystery Quilt Kit HERE.
4.  Visit my website for free machine quilting videos and more!


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

New Free-Motion Class on Annie's Creative Studio

I have about 17 different jobs in the quilting world and one of them is filming for Annie's Creative Studio.  I've filmed over two dozen classes for them and anticipate filming many more!  Annie's Creative Studio is a subscription-based platform where you can learn from experts (like me!) how to quilt, knit, crochet, and more!  If you aren't a member yet, sign up for a free trial to watch the entire episode.




I've filmed a three-part series on free-motion quilting.  



Class description:


Are you tired of spending so much money having a long-armer finish your quilts? We have a new series to help you learn how to machine quilt your own quilts on your home sewing machine. In this part 1 Quilter’s Skill Builders episode, expert quilter Debby Brown presents her techniques for free-motion quilting success, and shares four attractive designs you can practice with her and then apply to any quilt. 

In this episode, you’ll learn how to:
•             Quilt on your home sewing machine.
•             Plan and practice four quilting designs including zigzag, loops, leaves and flowers.

Sign in to Annie's Creative Studio and learn to free-motion quilt with me!

Friday, June 21, 2019

New Cutie Pattern -- Warp and Weft

One of the patterns I designed for Quilt Market is ready for you now.

I'm proud to present Warp and Weft!


This is my original pattern test.  I have some variations that I'll publish when the fabric is available.

This 60"x60" quilt is quick to piece.  Like all Cutie Patterns, Warp and Weft starts with a Cutie Pack (16 fat eighths).  Set with two different background fabrics, this quilt features large blocks perfect for the large prints that you don't want to cut up. 

Buy your pattern HERE.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Tisket, A Tasket. I made a BASKET!

I make no secret of my love of all things Me and My Sister.*  I love their fabrics, their patterns, and them!

After Quilt Market, I received a care package in the mail from my favorite sisters.  Included was the pattern for this lovely basket:


The pattern calls for two fat quarters of fabric.  On Father's Day, I went through a pile of hubby's discarded clothing (worn cuffs and collars), cut them up, and made this manly basket!

I made the ties from long strips of one of my husband's shirts.  I sewed them together and needed to turn them inside out.  Sue O'Very's EZ Point and Turner Tool to the rescue!


I threaded the inside out tie onto one side of the tool, then slipped it inside out onto the other side of the tool:


Voila!


I need this basket in my life.  In every fabric I own.  Can you see yourself delivering gifts in this?  Or packing a lunch?  Or cookies?  OR CAKE??!!??!?!?!?

Check out A Tisket A Tasket basket pattern.
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*In case you doubt my love for all things Me and My Sister, check out
this quilt

or this quilt

or this quilt

how about this quilt


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Free Pattern and Online Class

You can't see me, but I'm jumping up and down with excitement because I can offer you my latest online machine quilting class FREE!



The fabric is GORGEOUS and has delightful hints of frosting on the dandelions.  I wrote a simple pattern to showcase the fabric line; the pattern is included in the free class.


In this video class, I show how to machine quilt wavy lines using the walking foot of your home sewing machine.  This technique was inspired by this fabric but can likely be used on many of your UFOs.

Sign up for the class HERE.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

My Inner Productivity Geek Comes Out

I've mentioned that I'm a productivity and organizing geek.  I've read most books on the subject and I'm always trying to tweak my personal system.

Last month, on a whim, I bought something from an Instagram ad -- a Define My Day journal.

Shocking exactly no one, I bought a pink one:


And because Hello Kitty pink is a thing, I paired it with a pink pen.

This journal has changed my life!

Being self employed is challenging.  Traveling up to half of each month is challenging.  Planning creative future work is challenging.  Doing all of these while living with an autoimmune disease can be impossible at times.  Some days I wake up to discover that 'it's just not gonna happen today.'

In four weeks, I've come up with a pretty effective list of daily disciplines that, if that's all I can accomplish in a day, keeps my person, house, and work flowing.  On my better days, I add in one, two, or three priorities.  After a month of this, I know that on some days, the first priority has to be "rest," but I can also plan out blog posts, newsletters, work on future projects, and more.  I can't share some of what is on the future work list, but I promise it's exciting, and it's GETTING DONE!

I started a fresh pink journal Monday and can't wait to see what changes the next four weeks bring.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Fat Quarter Experiment -- Part 9 THE END!

I'm so excited to show you my finished fat quarter experiment!


I love this little quilt.  I was going to donate it to a quilt auction, but I fell in love and have to keep it.

To finish this quilt, I stitched very small horizontal lines behind the swirl on the right side of the quilt and in the blank area in the left area of the quilt.  I used DecoBob Antique White thread in top and bobbin. DecoBob is an 80 weight polyester thread; it's very thin so that the texture shows on the quilt but the thread doesn't overwhelm the design.


Then I trimmed the quilt and bound it with lovely Sun Tan Fossil Fern fabric and then I machine bound it.  For fun, I stitched the top of the binding down with Glamore 12 weight metallic thread.  It packs a serious visual punch and worked beautifully in my sewing machine.


I have plans for another Fossil Fern fat quarter experiment.  The colors will be completely different.  Some of the techniques will be repeated and I'll bring in other ones that are new.  And I don't yet know how it will turn out because it's an experiment.

If you want to play with the colors of this first experiment, I've put together a Fossil Fern fabric pack for you.  It includes:

one fat quarter of Pastel Almond for the background
one fat quarter of Wisteria for the bias strips
one fat eighth of Lemon Balm for the circles
one fat eighth of Peridot for the leaves
one half yard of Sun Tan for the flowers and the binding

It does not include instructions because this is an experiment and I want you to play and come up with your own quilt!

Stay tuned for the beginning of my next quilt!

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Fat Quarter Experiment
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Finish: A La Mode Cutie Quilt

This week's quilt finish is one of my easiest Cutie Patterns -- A La Mode.


I made this quilt top during Shari Butler's In The Meadow Blog Tour and finally quilted it.  I quilted an off-center walking-foot spiral using my FabuLux Rocking Horse thread, aka "the thread that goes with anything".

Have you ever quilted a walking-foot spiral?  You can learn how in my newest "How Do I Quilt This?" online quilt class, Bull's Eye.

For the first time ever, my husband asked me for a quilt to give away.

"I know you like to just give quilts away randomly," he said.

"Yes, I do!  There's always someone to give a quilt to," I replied.  "Why do you bring that up?"

"Well," he said, "There's a woman in my professional organization who just had a baby and I'm sure she'd like a quilt."

This quilt is for her.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bull's Eye Cutie Quilt Machine Quilting Class

I'm delighted to announce another class in my "How Do I Quilt This?" machine quilting video series.  This class shows how to quilt my Bull's Eye Cutie Quilt with overlapping spirals using the walking foot of your home sewing machine.


Can you see the spirals?


They were so much fun!

This class is now available to purchase HERE.

Which Cutie Pattern should I film next?


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Splendid Sampler 2

Did you know that I designed a block for The Splendid Sampler 2?


My block is named Ticker Tape.


Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Sew Inspired quilt shop in Simsbury, CT during their Splendid Sampler club.



We talked about how to paper piece this block and I talked about how I would machine quilt the block -- with ribbon candy, of course!

Are you working on The Splendid Sampler?  Have you made my block yet?  How would YOU quilt it?



Monday, June 10, 2019

Fat Quarter Experiment -- Part 8

My little fat quarter experiment is winding down.

Since I didn't plan this quilt or measure this quilt as I was designing it, I had a larger area left on the right side of the quilt that needed to be filled.  I decided to stitch a line of swirls. 

I grabbed my blue quilt marker and measured off one-inch squares.


I threaded my machine with WonderFil's Tutti Pansy thread and stitched a swirl in each box:


Is it ok that I have completely fallen in love with this little quilt? 

Next week I'll have it completed, so stay tuned.

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Fat Quarter Experiment
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

Thursday, June 06, 2019

New on Annie's Creative Studio!

One of my "at-home" jobs is filming for Annie's Creative Studio.  I've filmed over two dozen classes for them and anticipate filming many more!  Annie's Creative Studio is a subscription-based platform where you can learn from experts (like me!) how to quilt, knit, crochet, and more!  If you aren't a member yet, sign up for a free trial to watch the entire episode.

My newest class, Study In Blue Dresden Topper, just went live.  One of these beauties lives on my kitchen table and another on my daughter's kitchen table.  I dare you to make just one!


Class description:
Do you have a favorite fat quarter bundle you've been holding onto to use on the perfect project? This eye-catching table topper can be made with just four fat quarters and a backing fabric. It’s a quick and easy project that will be an attractive addition to any room in your home! Learn, Make, Create! with quilting expert Debby Brown as she shows each step of this confident-beginner project.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to:
·               Cut pieces with a homemade template.
·               Piece and press units.
·               Find inspiration and advice to free-motion quilt the project.


Sign in to get your pattern and make some of these lovely table toppers for each season of the year!

Monday, June 03, 2019

Fat Quarter Experiment part 7

Here's where I left off last week:


I knew I wanted that ribbon candy to stand out, so I threaded my machine, top and bobbin, with DecoBob Antique White 80-weight polyester thread and stitched a close echo around the ribbon candy.


That echo will give me breathing room to stitch around the appliqued flowers without distracting from the ribbon candy.


And another view in better lighting:


I decided to stitch teeny, tiny pebble around the applique so that the flower petals would stand out:


And they did!


I did the same around the appliqued leaves:


If loving this quilt is wrong, I don't want to be right!

Stay tuned for next week!

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Fat Quarter Experiment
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6