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Save the Date: APQ Podcast with Pat Sloan

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I'm so honored to announce that Monday December 3rd's American, Patchwork and Quilting Podcast with Pat Sloan will include an interview with me!

You can listen to the show on Monday Dec 3rd any time after 6pm. In the we discuss tips for successful walking foot quilting and my quilt Urban Trek. Later on in the week you can listen to the show at this American Patchwork and Quilting link.



Urban Trek was first published as a pattern in Modern Patchwork Mar/Apr 2017. Later that same year it was included as part of the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival. From there it hung at QuiltCon 2018 and won first place Use of Negative Space, still blows me away!! After the show Urban Trek has been traveling all over the world as part of the Best of QuiltCon showcase
Festival Internacional de Patchwork, Sitges, Spain Australasian Quilt Convention, Melbourne, Australia Quilt Canada 2018, Vancouver, BC Vermont Quilt Show Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters OR AQS, Gr…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I've been wrapped up in some serious quilting deadlines of late but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and share some exciting news!

I was recently asked by Karlee Porter to contribute designs to her new company, Honest Fabric!!  I was so honored to be asked especially since I'd been mulling over submitting designs the second I heard about Karlee's new whole cloth printed quilt top concept.  I have several designs currently available for purchase and am so excited to share them with you all:


Both Trellis and Fringe Area are available in four different colorways and all Honest Fabric designs are available in three sizes.  Karlee's is offering 10% off your order at Honest Fabric with code 10HQF18.  I've ordered my Trellis design in the orange colorway (50" x 60") and can't wait to get quilting.  I'm especially looking forward to quilting with no bulky seams to worry about.

In addition to Trellis and Fringe Area I also have Grid Work and…

Simply Moderne No. 15

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While at QuiltCon this year I met with Quiltmania's Director of Publication, Carol, and we discussed having a quilt or two published in Simply Moderne quilt magazine.  I was overjoyed to have this opportunity to have my Mountain Scene quilt published in the Winter issue and earlier this week I found out Mountain Scene is also on the cover!!

The Winter issue of Simply Moderne will first be available at Houston Quilt Festival and later on the Quiltmania website.  If you are going to be attending Quilt Market and the Show please stop by the Quiltmania booth and pick up the Winter issue and maybe get a look at my quilt!

Mountain Scene is a great geometric design and very versatile.  Heather Givens has a quilt kit available in her shop, Crimson Tate, featuring her own Night Hike fabric collection.

The pattern isn't included in the fabric kit so picking up an issue of Simply Moderne is a great way to purchase a pattern with all the extra quilty goodness in the magazine

You can als…

Good News - Sad News - Good News

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I'll start with the good news. Out this month is my Dockside quilt pattern in the Nov/Dec issue of Modern Patchwork, available for purchase here.

I designed this quilt in the summer when a quick trip to Sullivan Lake sounded so nice.  I used flying geese facing different directions to create motion and that outdoor-Pacific Northwest-camping feel.

For this quilt I used Hoffman Fabrics Me and You Indah Solids.  I love the hand dyed feel of these solids.  They come in a variety of beautiful colors and are so easy to work with.

When I quilted this I wanted to keep it simple so I chose horizontal straight lines, of course, but added a little "v" corresponding to the direction the column of flying geese were pointing.  I love the subtle movement in the quilting.

Now for the sad news.  The Nov/Dec issue of Modern Patchwork will be their last.  I'm so sad for all the great people working on that magazine and the loss to the modern quilting community.  Modern Patchwork was a…

Jawbreakers Quilt

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September's Modern Quilt Guild's Quilt of the Month is my Jawbreakers quilt!

The inspiration for this quilt comes from all the 10 cent drug store candies that I scrimped and saved for when I was a little girl.  Even the "piano key" details on the sides are directly inspired by candy packaging.  I've also decided to retire my Quarter Hours quilt and replace it with Jawbreakers for my Modern Drunkard's Path workshop.  Both quilts are the same size and use the same template but Jawbreakers is more versatile and I can teach a second method for cutting curves.

This quilt is a free download for all Modern Quilt Guild members.  Each month they release a pattern designed by a fellow member along with a quilt block as part of their Block Study.  There are some really amazing patterns and blocks available to members and I'm so honored to have two quilts selected as a Quilt of the Month this year.
The bright color palette is accented by a great Cotton + Steel, Snap…

Blogers Quilt Festival - Quilt Show Update

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It's time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis and I'm so happy I found some time to participate this year.  The festival is a great way for bloggers to share their work and explore a multitude of quilting blogs.  Did I mention there are dozen of quilts to admire?

This year I've decided to enter a one of my quilts I sent out to a show and share some of my judges notes in hopes it will encourage others to participate in quilt shows too.

I picked up my Diamonds on Display quilt from the fair and it received a fairly high score.  I was complimented on my color choices, backing fabric but it was noted that my binding needed improvement, agreed.  When I made this quilt I had a tight deadline and chose to machine bind it, not my best skill.  The moment I finished was the same moment I knew I would need to replace the binding.  The judge agreed.
Just this week Citrus Play and Positive Illuminations was returned to me.  First up, Citrus Play.  I wasn't given …

The Spokane Interstate Fair and More

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I have definitely experienced my ups and downs at the fair.  The first year my Paris Medallion quilt won a blue ribbon and on of five special awards given by the fair, beyond thrilling.  The second year my Mountain Scene quilt received a red ribbon and was hung in the rafters, the rafters, a huge crusher. Then last year I won two blue ribbons for my two entries, Scandinavian Pathway and Lost in Oz, definitely unexpected after the prior year's results.  This year when I dropped off my quilt the attendee suggested my quilt was more interesting from the back, ugh.  I know she was trying to be nice and compliment me but it sure was disheartening.  When I got to the fair I was expecting the worse, red ribbons or even yellow, the Spokane Interstate Fair uses a Danish judging system, but in disbelief I saw my quilt with a blue ribbon, a special award and an quilting excellence honorable award!!!

I'm still blown away!  I just don't know what to expect from the fair from year to y…

Modern with a Twist Block

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Have you seen the quarterly e-zine Modern by the Yard?  It's a great magazine from Benartex fabric featuring free quilting projects made with Benartex fabrics.


This current issue's Modern with a Twist section focuses on making a modern drunkard's path block.  When Benartex asked me to contribute to this of course I jumped at the opportunity.


I was instantly drawn to the calming color palette Kelsey Williams chose for her Coastal Orchard fabric line and how the navy was a great foundation for the soft taupe, peach, green and grey as well as a perfect contrast to the more energetic yellow and orange in the line.

I used two different sized Drunkard's Path units in a four patch style block to create depth and movement. The block can be rotated to form secondary patterns and the illusion of a much more complicated construction process. This easy to make block paired with the fresh and clean palette of Coastal Orchard gives a timeless classic a modern makeover.


There are many…