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There’s enough fabric in the stash…

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Honestly within hours of my last blog post I received an email from my editor inquiring if the deadline for my manuscript could be moved up.

Since I was so close to finishing all the quilts I decided to put my head down and just “get ‘er done” and will have the manuscript to my editor next week.  Even earlier than she inquired about.  WHEW!

Now with that pressure off I am winding down, or up, depending how you look at it.

I have pulled out some fermenting projects and started to play with them again.

And started a few new projects.  So watch for blog posts starting to happen again as I have stuff to share.  I’m even working on the first quilt of the next book already.

But something happened yesterday that prompted me to write this morning.    Two private Facebook (click on the side bar to join me there) messages within hours of each other asking the same question…and the writers were literally thousands of miles apart.

Which do you like best EPP (Paper Pieces)  or hand sewing (Inklingo)?

My answer:  I truthfully love them both.  And you can.  You don’t have to make a choice.  Love them both.  For me they each bring different things to my creative life.  And variety of technique.  Life is boring doing the same thing over and over.  I love to mix it up.  And many days I do both EPP/Paper Pieces and hand sewing/Inklingo during the very same day.  It’s ok.  You can do this.






I love my newest EPP project as much as my Castle Wall Blocks. 

It reminds me of some of the emails received a few years back when Pieced Hexies was published.   How could I do both traditional and art quilts people would ask.PiecedHexiesCOVERsmall

Easy…I just do.   They both make me happy.  So I just do.

I have been making traditional quilts for decades, albeit behind the scenes as it was my Art Quilts that people knew me for.

Cham Sugar Cubes


But if you look closely at my art quilts you will see many traditional quilt piecing in the background.




Pieced Hexies BOOMER design

About 5 years ago I started piecing more.  And it made me happy.

And then Pieced Hexies happened and before I knew it my persona in the quilt world flipped.  But truly it is just still me just with a light shining in a different corner of my art work.


So back to the original question.   I do truly love them both.  Just as I do truly love almost all genres of fabric (my only exception is the Japanese prints with all the metallic…sorry) as you will see in my upcoming book.

Offset Squares Quilt Block

Yes a traditional pieced pattern book.

Truly I have now come full circle.  Well maybe not yet.   There are still many needle turn applique patterns to make and share.


I guess I might have to alter a tag line of mine.

“There is enough fabric in the stash to make both Art and Traditional Quilts” to

“There is enough fabric in the stash to piece quilts both EPP style and hand sewing style”.

Just do what makes you happy.



Why YES we are 12!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!


Yesterday I finally got around to looking at an invitation I received via Facebook to an event.  I get a good number of these and fess up that most go the wayside with just a glance but this one caught my eye as it was sent by a friend and the title included the word SNOW!

20140213_150246.jpegAIt was a Snow Angel Party!  Basically make a snow angel, take a pic and post it on facebook on February 14th.  The idea is to flood it with pics of snow angels.  And given the weather most of us have had this winter there is ample opportunity.   I quickly sent Paul a text at work and he was all in too.  A plan was hatched. As soon as he got home we would meet in the yard to make our angels.   If we hurried the daylight would be just right so we could snap pics.

20140213_150300.jpegCWe decided to forgo the heavy winter jackets so that our angels would have some waistline….lol.

We chose the back yard vs the front for the virgin snow that we had.  Our mailman walks our route and he tromps right across the front yard (yes thru knee deep snow vs the shoveled sidewalk) and when your front yard is the size of a postage stamp…well you get the picture.

Molly ran out with me to greet Paul in the yard.   But she took one look at the snow, shook her head, and headed back to the side door.  There would be no “Molly Angel”.

20140213_150254BPaul’s smile says it all.  Why yes we are 12!  Let’s go!

The snow is deep. SnowAngelD

And he’s down!Snow Angel EAngel making begins…sweep those arms and legs!

A back full of snow means success.

Snow Angel F

My turn. Snow Angel G

Angels in the snow. Snow Angel H

We had a blast!   Thanks Kelly for the invite and giving yesterday a fun activity that had us giggling like schoolkids.

Today I am sewing all day.  A new Castle rock block will be in the mix as I watch some midday curling.   Just a reminder the introductory special price of $20 for any of the Castle Rock collections expires tonight at midnight.    You will find the Inklingo button on the side bar to get you to the site!   Join me for a year of handpiecing.    If you are new to the blog you can search out the word inklingo in my blog search to find previous posts on Castle Wall.    Jump in with us….the snow…err hand piecing is fine.  😀


Enjoy your day,