dupioni whole cloth playtime my brain on quiltingLisa posted a couple of Whole Cloth updates on her blog. I appreciate her honesty and admire her tenacity in learning how to free motion on her BERNINA 750. I’d feel quite the same on the long arm, in part because no matter what kind of machine we quilt on there is a learning curve And we need to be patient with it. It takes time. I can imagine being in one of Lisa’s classes and getting encouragement from her to keep going, because it’s the same thing I’d say to my students and myself.

Actually I told myself this the other day when, upon finding myself banging my head on the, thankfully, tempered glass of my desk while completely frustrated that I couldn’t do something because I didn’t know how to do it and was completely freaked out because it needed to get done and done now. I took a deep breath realizing that I had friends and know people who know how to do the things I needed and there are, amazingly, internet search engines and websites for products that I can go look at their FAQ and figure out what needed to happen for me to finish my work. All of these things happened. I reached out to Sarah and Jeanie and visited a few websites and learned some new things. My world is richer for taking the time to learn new things.

dupioni whole cloth tiny bubblesIt’s been a while since I’ve seriously quilted. Janie was feeling rather neglected. I more than made up for it yesterday. Oh was it just so delightful. I started with this gorgeous piece of royal blue dupioni silk with red undertones. Oh My Good-ness do I love the feel of dupioni as I stitch. I love the nubby texture, it’s just so real! I’m using Hobbs Tuscany silk/cotton or silk/wool blend (it’s not up on their site otherwise I’d link over) and Superior Kimono Silk Thread.

dupioni whole cloth i like itI’m digging this piece. It’s a bit of whimsy and fun and joy and tiny stitching. Tiny, tiny stitching.
This piece, as of this moment, has no purpose other than practice. I’m using this as a gateway quilt to a few other projects that are on hard time lines. One being the whole cloth challenge quilt and the other Quantum Leap.

After warming up for a bit I moved onto to the Whole Cloth Challenge portion of my day. I’ve been mulling over ideas in my head for weeks. What I started working on it Not what I intended to work on in part because I need to draw it out a bit more before committing to a design. Who am I kidding? I’m just not ready to use the Rust Radiance yet.

whole cloth challenge circle completeSo I pulled out this gorgeous piece of Radiance – the color is grape. I took the lid from my button tin, placed it on the fat quarter and drew a circle with my chalk pencil. Using a ruler and the 45 degree line I drew in straight lines then free handed the “star” points. It’s intentionally wonky.
John Cardin 5A few more freehand lines below and my quilt top is marked. I have a plan in mind but I’m open to whatever happens. I’m using this hand dyed fabric from John Cardin on the back of the quilt.
Step one: stitch in all of the freehand lines.
Step two: stitch the star.
Step three: keep stitching

That’s the plan. Keep stichin’. I like how it’s coming along so far. Later this week I’ll show more of what’s happening below this.
So far I’m using only Kimono Silk, though at some point other thread will be added. In the bobbin I’m using Kimono silk as well. It’s a color I have a bit of and want to use up.

Have a great quilterly day!





radiance options fixHey there! It’s Monday. I’m going to my sewing room shortly (after my sweetie makes a delicious french bread, french toast breakfast).

I thought I’d do another top ten and today it’ll be fabric!

Fossil Ferns – I will always love Fossil Ferns by Patricia Campbell with Benartex this was the second mottled/textured line I fell in love with.

Marbles by Patrick Lose – another mottled line that has been with a couple of companies.

Kona Solids – I love the let me count the ways!!!

American Made Brand Solids – LOVE LOVE LOVE

Any of Paula Nadelsterns kaleidoscope fabric lines including Palindromes these are great from a teaching you to learn to free motion quilt

curved feather on black silkJinny Beyer fabric lines! again from a teaching quilting stand point these are fabulous and the variety of quilt blocks that comes from these prints is amazing

Stonehenge by Northcott – How I love thee let me count the ways. Every time I see the great variety of color and that stony texture I am happy! Cue music!

Toscana by Northcott another softly textured solid. Did I mention it’s softly textured? Oh my

Suede by P & B, oh me oh my.

I guess I have this thing for softly textured solid type fabrics.  I can’t leave out

Radiance by Robert Kaufman. Immediate Drool Response. I love the shiny and supple texture of this cotton silk blend. Then there’s the matte side with a depth of color that makes my heart go pitter pat!

Happy Monday y’all!


Don’t forget I’m teaching at the City Quilter Saturday September 13th – Let  Your Foot Loose be Fancy & Free.  It’s one of my favorite classes to teach. Oh heck they’re all my favorite classes to teach. Students are fun and amazing.

I’ve seen a few top 10 things lately that I’ve liked and thought hey I’ll add my own

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – I love how the quilt world has rallied round this museum to keep it open

New England Quilt Museum – I’ve visited this museum as it’s on my way to visit family

Old Sturbridge Village – One of my fave museums

Historic Richmondtown – a local museum that I’m jonesing to get back to

Colonial Williamsburg – this is one of my faves to visit – their docents are amazing!

Conner Prairie – Loved visiting this place almost a two decades ago. Oh dear me I’m getting OLD! HAHAHA

And then there’s this: Day’s for Girls this is so special.

And my favorite Studio things

BERNINA Ambassador bobbin work 2 bobbins who doesn’t love a good bobbin case

and a good seam ripper

amazing thread and lovely fabric to quilt








and lovely people

market 2014 paula kim teriquilt market 2014 tracy teriquilt market 2014 rose hughes teritalentiIMG_20140713_205900

Diane SewBatik and me

road to ca new class with dateIt’s been years since I’ve been to California. The last time I visited the LA area was 2001. Mere weeks before. . . .

I enjoyed putting my feet in that ocean and could have spent a day or two more there, on the beach, listening to the sounds of the water.

I’m looking forward to going in January to teach at Road to California.

Last week Carolyn Reese called and asked if we could possibly add one more class. Sure! I love to teach. (Have I mentioned that before?) So we’ve added one more class! Sunday January 25. Click on the photo for a link to sign up for the class.

The other exciting and fun part is that I am in a BERNINA room all week! Suwheet!

Tilde pebbles

Tilde pebbles

It’s exciting! I’m really looking forward to meeting Keith. I showed students Tilde on Saturday, they swooned! I love Tilde so much.

Now onto some whole cloth work and getting ready to teach at the City Quilter. Oh speaking of City Quilter – they are looking for a 2nd part-time person who knows BERNINA machines, part-time.

Happy Quilting!


IMG_20140820_154825After meetings for most of the day i am finally quilting. A little Dupioni and silk thread make me setup happy

intertwinedI think.

A lot.

Sometimes I over think things. Sigh. It happens.

I over think quilts All.The.Time.

I’m okay with that.

I’ve been thinking about this whole cloth challenge, you know the one with Lisa Calle.

So now I have a title and a design idea: Intertwined.

I’ve been thinking about how we’re all connected with one another in some deep ways.

How we all have something amazing to offer.

How there is a gift in each person.

So there there will be some late night stitching on a couple of quilts.

And I’ve made a decision about one quilt. It’s a difficult one but one I can live with.

Happy Quilting!



alex anderson selfieFriday Alex Anderson gave a talk at Steve’s Sew & Vac in King of Prussia, PA. I’d hoped to be able to go however it didn’t work out. I got the next best thing a selfie with Alex.
As I’ve mentioned I was there to teach a class based on Alex’s Quilt Basket Rendezvous so here’s how I managed to see Alex. BJ actually Saw Alex and wrote about it on her blog.

Jeanie of Kaleidoscope Collections taped an episode for The Quilt Show a while ago. Her episode debuts on Monday.  Our quilt, Feather Zone, has been made into a puzzle. How cool is this. You have the option of anywhere from 35 to 239 pieces.

Go quilt your world!



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