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It’s time for a new project!

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Today I am out the door for a quick trip to Omaha, NE and a visit with the Cottonwood Quilt Guild.   I will be teaching Pieced Hexies tomorrow and so it is kismet that I am starting a new “On The Road” project with this trip.

My row by row hand pieced block quilt, now titled “Zen Sewing” is finished and off to the longarmer.  I will post a full picture of the quilt here and on my facebook page when it is back to me sometime in late April.

I decided that I would go back to English Paper Piecing for my new On The Road (OTR) project.  I have wanted to make a Pieced Hexie sampler quilt of sorts for a few years now and have had one designed and just waiting for me in EQ7.

I will be working from these two books for a majority of the Pieced Hexie designs.



And here is the layout pattern for the quilt.

*please note that for some reason when transferring this image to the website from EQ7 it kept “uncoloring” the first orange Hexie in the upper left hand.   I cannot figure why and so I ask you to realize this is indeed an orange Hexie.  The image on the downloadable PDF is correct.  

Quilt Layout

I am excited.

Here are some highlights of what I plan. GreyDiamond

Blue Rosettes -will be composed of various Pieced Hexies Designs found in my books Pieced Hexies and Pieced Hexies Deux.   I also plan to post a few new designs throughout the year here on the blog with free PDF instructions so watch for them.  These rosettes will be scrappy in nature but blue in color.

Yellow & Orange Rosettes– these will actually be a blend of both colors in a scrappy fashionCogsFlowers but the design used will be COGS which is found in Pieced Hexies in the original version.

White Hexies – These will be a new design that I call CRACKLE.  It is going to make this quilt very unique.  I will post a how-to blog within the next few weeks on this Pieced CrackleBackgroundHexie design as there are 672 of these hexies to make for this quilt and I want to get started on them.

There will be a few constants in fabric in the quilt.  The three that I have already determined are shown here.


I am still deciding on the purples and pictures of those fabrics will be shared at a later date.

I have put together a detailed PDF for this project that you can find here.

2016.2017 OTR Quilt Project Info

It is also on the dedicated page for this quilt entitled 2016-2017 OTR Project.

I am giving myself 2 years for this quilt.  It is a big quilt at 81.5″ x 86″ at this time.  I have yet to decided how to border it and that will most likely add 10-14″ in both width and length.   But remember Pieced Hexies use 1.5″ hexies so a lot of ground is covered quickly.

NOTE: the image shown above does have a small border shown.  That is for graphics only to give the quilt a straight edge.

Now some of this project will be done at home, the sewing of the Pieced Hexie blocks and some sewing of larger hexie units to each other when it is not practical to do so while traveling.    But a good deal of the hand work portion, basting and small unit (rosettes up to the “diamond shapes”) will be done while traveling, both for business and pleasure.  Yes, this year there is a scheduled true vacation on the calendar!

Be sure to “like” and “follow” my facebook page for up to date posts about this project. 2016OTRpic1.2

I have sewn up some COGS blocks for my first yellow/orange rosettes and I am ready to baste them on my flight out.


Ok…I am off to Omaha!






Tomorrow I quilt.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

It’s been quite some time since I have actually quilted.  And I have been nervous about it since all the back therapy starting last August.

But tomorrow I plan to sit behind George (APQS Machine) and as they say get back in the saddle.

I will spend a good hour just warming up and then I will begin quilting “Magic Carpet Ride”.


This quilt features four Pieced Hexies Bonnie Stars…the star patterns appear in Pieced Hexies Deux. 

The quilt will hang in the Paper Pieces Booth in Paducah.  Either in their convention booth or satelite booth at their soon to be permanent home location in Paducah.

Yes that’s right Paper Pieces is moving to Paducah. I will post a blog next week with all the details. 

For now I am just pulling threads and taking deep breaths.

The quilt pattern will be an all over “Spikey Swirl”, if you have ever taken my machine quilting class you know what that is.  It’s a favorite of mine and my thought is to ease in with something second nature and well worn…like a favorite pair of jeans.

Deep breath.
I can do this.

……fingers crossed,


Quiltmaker Issue # 157 is in the house!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Quiltmaker#1570001This weeks mail brought the May/June issue of Quiltmaker that will be soon be out to my mailbox.

First the Hexie Lamb on the front is adorable and is a must make in my queue….hmmmm. my lamb may have some Technicolor Fleece… that’s another story.

It is a rockin’ magazine….that kicks it even more with this issue as it has a quilt designed by ME in it!

This issue is all about hexies and I was honored with Quiltmaker asked me to design a quilt using a Pieced Hexie design and 3 inch (yes these are bigger and better- makes quick work of an entire hexie quilt)  hexagons.



“Marquette Park” was born!

The finished size on this quilt is 75″x92″ and the maker, Peg Spradlin, did a bang up job in less than 2 months.   I just didn’t have the time in my schedule to make the actual quilt but I do plan to.  In fact there is a stack of oranges pulled in the studio…a few more quilts under my belt for the next book and I will be making my own version.  A perfect summer project.

Marquette Park…where is that you ask… is where I met Paul 30 years ago on Saturday April 5th.


yes it’s a valentine but you get the point

HEADS UP Paul!!!  LOL.

So to celebrate the quilt/magazine/and April 5th I am going to give away two copies of this magazine.

Leave a comment telling me you most fav date in your life and I will pull two winners on Saturday April 5th and announce them here.

NOTE: If this is the first time you are leaving a comment on my blog it will not appear immediately.  I promise to check back and “approve” while on the road.  Once your approved your comments will appear without further approval needed.   The only way I can keep the spam posts in check.  sorry for any inconvenience.

Love is in the air……



I didn’t forget…whew!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Wow…blink and February is almost gone.


I know I promised a new Pieced Hexie Diamond & Medallion FREE PDF each month for 2014.   I almost missed February.  But I didn’t.

 I will confess that the sketch for February’s design was done in late January and then it sat on my desk.   Patiently waited for me to take to illustrator and make the pdf for all of you.   And while sitting…well it got buried.

And yesterday I came across it a realized…YIPES! this has to get done.




And here it is.

…and if you take it to the next level of a medallion you get this!


02/27 Medallion

The 02/27 Pieced Hexie Diamond and Medallion is made using designs found in the new Pieced Hexies DEUX!    You can find January and December‘s pattern blogs by clicking on the links.

…now back to the studio.

I have been sewing away and I am up to 5 new quilts done or in the piecing stage (yes three are in various stages of piecing and I keep rotating them in the queue when sewing) for the next book.  I am so excited for it.   But don’t worry Pieced Hexie Fans…you should always know there are more designs brewing….in fact a brand new one is very close on the horizon….but more about that later.

Enjoy your day!



 p.s. you can always find ALL the free PDFs on my PDF page…just look for the title up on the top of the page.

Stormy Weather means a quick post!

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

stormy weatherAs you may or may not know the Chicagoland area is in for a bit of some nasty weather today.  So I am writing this blog at 6am to post at noon.

I will pull the three winner’s names for the Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Volume 8 Giveaway and will drop their names into the post (fingers crossed that I can) just before it is set to upload.

If by chance this doesn’t happen  and the blog goes up with out any winners names please know I will post the winners names as soon as possible.

When this type of weather is forecast the very first thing I do  is unplug my desktop computer.   Living in this house for almost 23 years I know the drill.   We have had two surges and more power outages then I care to remember.   I also unplug my sewing machine.

The forecast is for some nasty thunderstorms.  The bigger concern for us is the 45-50 mile winds with gusts to 60 miles per hour.  I live in a very old historic part of town.  This means many many LARGE (like 200 yr old oaks) trees.   With winds that high one or two are bound to come down.  And that means power outage.  Nov172013pic1

So  I have already spent an hour already this morning removing papers from the back one of the newest Pieced Hexies Star patterns in preparation to spend the afternoon hand appliqueing it to the background.  This is BONNIE.   While the Pieced Hexie Star patterns for the first book, Pieced Hexies, appear here as free PDFs on the website (see side bar) there will be six Star Patterns in Pieced Hexies Deux (January 2014 release) they are named BONNIE, CATHY, DIANE, ELAINE, LINDA and MAGGIE.




I spent yesterday sewing the 4 large background squares (more like panels since they Nov172013pic3measure 24 x 28 each).   This background pattern will also appear here on the website…I am thinking mid December as a free PDF.  It can be used as a background for any of the Stars.

This cowl will also get some attention today and hopefully it will be a checkmark in the DONE column by the evening’s end.





Winnter RibbonOK…it’s time….drum roll…

Judi – Bucks County PA

Dee – Minnesota

and the Facebook winner is : Becky R. 

Ladies I will contact you with an email and/or message as soon as I can to get you mailing info.  If you see this and wish to just email me your info that would be great.  It maybe tomorrow before I can email you…..or later….hopefully not.

And if you unfortunately are not a winner of the free issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 8 you can always find it to order in my store right here

And a big Thank You for all of you who posted such lovely comments here on the blog and on Facebook regarding the block.  You certainly made me smile.  I hope you will stick around, we have quite convos/information posts on facebook, show ‘n tells, and well…I love to give stuff away…you won’t want to miss December’s 10 days of Swag Giveaway!

Enjoy your day!