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What makes this Designer Thankful

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014


It’s that week….Thanksgiving is just literally 48 hours away!

Our holiday here at Chez Depre will be a quiet one as Paul has to work and the kids are scattered with plans of their own to spend the day with friends.

We will miss them but I told myself I was going to let them flap their wings and fly in life…knowing when they return home it will be all the more special.  And it will be as both are heading home for Christmas.  I can hardly wait.

A quiet Thanksgiving might be just what I need as I am hoping you will enjoy the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday special that I have planned.


Village Square Block

….and since I am notoriously bad with secrets I will share now…..FREE SHIPPING on everything in the web store for domestic customers only, sorry my foreign friends.

YES! even Castle Wall Acrylic Templates which are currently back in stock!   This mania will last just 48 hours from 12:01 am CST on Friday Nov 28th to 11:59pm on Saturday Nov 29th.

I’m going need a breather on Sunday to flip the web store around for the very special offer I have dreamed up with Paper Pieces for Cyber Monday.  

And no, I won’t be hinting ….just yet. 

But for now I just wish to share what I as a designer am thankful for.   It hit me smack in the face this week when Terry Thorne of Maple Park, IL posted this picture on my MDQuilts Facebook page.



Her rendition of my block, in the recently released Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.



VillageSquare Vol 10


Village Square is a simple block that looks complicated.  It’s a perfect block to play with scraps or plan out in set fabrics just playing with color and texture combinations. 

I can’t begin to tell you how much joy it brings to me to see your creativity applied to designs I have created or just share.  Such as the Castle Wall Block…but that is another blog soon.

When I get a notice of a post of a picture to the Facebook page my heart just sings.   This is what I dreamed of as a little girl when I told my aunt I wanted to be the lady that wrote the crochet patterns for Leisure Arts.   Truly.  

To celebrate my Village Square Block being included in the

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! Volume 10  I have two issues to giveaway!

So post a comment here on the blog from now until NOON CST on Thanksgiving telling me the one thing you are most thankful for in your “sewing life”.   I will randomly pull the winners and post them for you to see on Thanksgiving night.

I will go first.  I am thankful for THREAD in all colors, styles, and sizes.  Using the right thread makes life sew much easier!

If you are new to the blog please note your comment may not appear immediately upon posting.  I will have to approve you (which I will do several times a day) but once your first comment is approved you are good from then on….and you will want to be as we have just a few short weeks until my 7 Days of Swag giveaway starts on December 15th.

Oh yes there is a lot of typing going on….lol.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!


And the winners are….

Saturday, April 5th, 2014



Thanks to all the comments on the Quiltmaker #157 giveaway.

I loved reading about everyone’s favorite dates.

A random number generator chose the following comments as the winners!

Michele    and



I have sent both an email!

And thanks for all the lovely comments/messages about Marquette Park.

Made my day,



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……