???????????????????????????????I remember looking up from the window in my quilt studio, grabbing the camera and taking a series of photos of this particular sunset. There is something about the color that intrigues me in an “I want to spend more time here” way. The beauty of this particular moment sustains, refreshes, and renews. I love that I’m fascinated by sunsets, the ever changing color, and different every. single. day.  I’m thrilled that this windows in either the studio or office, or out my front door provide the opportunity to visit with the sunset, to take a moment and enjoy, to rest, and have the creative “cup” filled up.quilt and sunrise 009

For a few years I attended a journaling retreat at a local retreat center. The woman guiding this retreat still holds a place in my heart. Her care and compassion for others speaks to me now. If I have a photo of the quilt I made for her it’s buried in the stacks of actual photos my sweetie and I have in the office…perhaps one day it will be located and shared on this page. The quilt is based on a poster that either she, or a previous retreatant made the year prior to my attendance. Sometime after the retreat I offered to take the concept of the poster and bring it to fruition. By the next journaling retreat the quilt was ready, whew made it! Funny thing:  in thinking that I remembered the words (they were written down somewhere) something fascinating, mmm… serendipitious, happened. The words changed from “Journaling…a journey of the heart” to “Journaling…a journey to the heart.”
sewing and day out 074These retreats bring back such memories of some sometimes challenging personal work and being refreshed and renewed. It is these moments of refreshment that I really begin to give consideration to the idea that’s been niggling in the back of my brain for years. And now, more than ever it’s time to visit the idea of a quilt retreat, that is in part about the sewing and in part about the growing.  Quilting has, both personally and professionally, allowed me to gain some serious confidence. There are things I still struggle with, of course. Who doesn’t really? So…this idea, niggling is coming closer to being a reality.


Happy quilting!



quilt market signToday is rainy and raw. I love rain so I’m not terribly bothered by that. Rainy icky days are great for tidying up, for thinking, for catching up. So today is a catch up day.
Catching up will involve
A quilt top I’m making
A post or two for Generation Q Magazine
Some thinking about quilts I need to make for the book
Getting ready for a test drive for GenQ
And some other things, tidying up.GenerationQ Logo
Checking a friend’s sewing machine and cleaning that up and maybe writing directions for her to make tote bags…we’ll see where the rest of the day goes.
Then there’s planning for Quilt Market. I’m looking forward to going, meeting friends, both long time and new.  I’ll have my press creds, so be sure to tell me all your exciting news whilst we’re together.

Happy Quilting!


machine_quilting_with_style_coverI asked a friend to pick a number between 1 & 68 (one comment on another post) to choose the winner of Christa’s book. Commenter #56 – Sarah J, congratulations! you are the winner of a copy of Machine Quilting with Style. I’ll email you shortly and we’ll work out the details.

The other night I was chatting with a friend about our personal tastes in fabric. We have some similar tastes and some different tastes. I’m totally in love with solids as they are, for this machine quilter, a blank canvas to stitch up something and let the thread do the work for me. I do have a personal preference at the moment, Michael Miller, because I love the hand (feel) of them. I will always love Kona. If I had a shop, I’d have them both in stock. Kona for the wide range of color and Cotton Couture for the hand of the fabric.

I’d also carry the entire SewBatik line of Batiks. Just because I love them and I love Diane and Bruce. They have such generous hearts. I’d carry everything Jinny Beyer, including the stuff to do good handwork. Following that up I’d carry everything Paula Nadelstern, because Paula. With both Jinny and Paula the combinations are limitless. The desire would be to have deconstructed blocks featuring these fabrics to show the possibilities and the simplicity. While both Paula’s and Jinny’s quilts look complicated, they are simply patchwork. And then I saw Sarah Vedeler’s first fabric line Transformation and I’m smitten!  And after seeing an amazing Dear Jane quilt made by Christine Yi, that Bill Volkening posted, I think this would be my beginner class. This goes to the fact that I know quilters are smart, intelligent people and simply need to know that they can accomplish something that looks very complicated.

Best fries ever

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Of course I’d carry all of my friends books. That’s important, not simply because they’re my friends but because they have something to offer quilters from patchwork to quilting. Magazine wise…I’d have to have Generation Q – because well, Generation Q! I’d carry EQ, Kaleidoscope Creator, and other software. I love all of these thing as they add to the over all experience of the quilting experience for quilters. Graph paper, coloring books, color pencils, etc would be available for quilters to use to have a moment of creativity or figure out the design of their quilt or how to approach a quilt block piecing or color wise.

#bernina #q20

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I’d want to have enough space for a classroom for at least 20 students. And yes I’d have BERNINA machines in there (if at all possible). Ideally the space would be available to the local guilds to come in for their charity work. There’s nothing quite like the hum of quilters spending time and stitching together. I’d find a fab teacher for kids because We Sew 2 projects are just awesome and passing on the skill and love of sewing and quilting is just the thing.
I do love quilterly dreams.

Happy Quilting,


my favorite shot of the eclipseI’ve been fascinated with the moon forever. Why I even resisted when my Sweetie suggested he get one of his tripods out to put my camera on and shoot the moon I will never know. Going out and watching this beauty happen, being able to capture this moment, and share it: priceless. This shot here is one of my faves of the evening, as the stars shine around the moon. I’m tickled silly that I got the shot I wanted. I have a Canon PowerShot SX520 HS, essentially a point and shoot, however the features of the camera allow for much more. I started playing with Manual and Av mode which allowed me to change the settings and get this shot.

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I nearly went in when the clouds covered the moon. I figured I wouldn’t get another really good shot. Taking a few moments to see how quickly the clouds were moving and how thick I decided to stay for a bit and see what happened. Right about the middle an opening happened allowing a sneak peek, then a wide open shot surrounded by the clouds.
I’ll pause in the action and say that mosquitoes love me. I’m not sure why but they do and were enjoying dinner last night as I’m watching the eclipse through the lens of the camera.
I’m going to pause and mourn the loss of my PowerShot A650 IS. I really loved that camera and miss the flip out screen on that one. I wish I could easily get that one fixed. Don’t get me wrong I love the one I’m using but that flip out screen was just the best!

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The beauty of the eclipse is that it fell on my 23rd wedding anniversary. And I’m twice my age. It’s been a great 23 years and I’m ready for more. To say I love this guy would be an understatement. I love spending time with him and am grateful that God brought him into my life. This day also is twinged with a bit of sadness as my Grandma (dad’s mom) passed away on this date 2 years ago. And that was the 50th anniversary of the passing of my mom’s mom. They will each be remembered on that day.
roses in the light of the eclipseIt’s subtle very subtle but there are images of blooming roses lighted by the eclipse. I’m certain that had I been able to figure out the exposure differently the roses would be much more visible. I like learning new things. I’m not sure if you’ll be able to click on the image to see it fully. I’m going to look at the settings and see if I need to change something.

I’m off to do some quilterly things for the day. There are blog posts to write for GenQ, tutorials to write for BERNINA, a quilt to finish for Jeanie – Kaleidoscope collections and so much more.

PS – there is still time to enter to win a copy of Machine Quilting with Style, I’ll close entries September 30th and Draw a winner on October first.

Happy Quilting!


machine_quilting_with_style_coverThe longest in person chat I’ve ever had with Christa Watson was in the Aisle of Sample Spree at Quilt Market. We did our best to chat with quilters bustling from vendor to vendor, chatting loudly with one another,, while finding all the best deals on the latest fabrics, and notions…while we thought we weren’t in the way standing in the middle of a 10 ft. wide aisle, we were. We both agreed that the middle of an aisle, in a room filled with shopping quilters, was not the best place for a long chat on the finer points of machine quilting. I remember it being a lovely chat.
Since that time Christa finished writing Machine Quilting With Style. Christa approaches teaching machine quilting with both the walking-foot and free-motion stitching. In her introduction Christa says,  that the “most important tool you need for successful machine quilting is a ‘can-do’ attitude.” Like most machine quilting teachers her first machine was pretty bare bones, giving her the greatest opportunity to learn most of the techniques she presents in the book. After covering the basics from machine set up to thread, and batting she heads into to some really cool techniques with the walking foot, including a continuous spiral. That alone is worthy of purchasing the book. And that can happen here on the Martingale/That Patchwork Place site.
My favorite thing about Machine Quilting with Style is Christa’s project based approach to teaching machine quilting. She presents some great quilt patterns then answers the one question that puzzles quilters, “how do I quilt that?” and those words at the end of every pattern: “Quilt as Desired”.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Christa is doing a fun thing with the blog book tour. The first group of bloggers is remaking one of the quilts in her book. The second group are giving a book review, interviewing, or making sample blocks. At each book tour stop along the way there is an opportunity to win a copy of the book, some bloggers are offering other prizes as well.

9/14 Christa

Makers of Quilts in the Book
9/14 Color Crystals – Vicki Reubel from Orchid Owl Quilts
9/14 Technicolor Backing – Ida Ewing Ida Rather be Quilting
9/15 Pearl Gray – Alyce Blyth Blossom Heart Quilts
9/16 Broken V – Sharon McConnell Color Girl Quilts
9/17 Candy Pop – Linda Hungerford Flourishing Palms
9/18 Ripples – Melissa Corry Happy Quilting
9/19 Little Man’s Fancy – Tina Guthmann Mod Geometry
9/21 Square in a Square – Stacy Cooper Farm Road Quilts
9/22 Static – Lee Heinrich Freshly Pieced
9/23 Rain – Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs
9/24 Lightning – Leanne Chahley She Can Quilt
9/25 Facets – Kristy Daum St. Louis Folk Victorian
9/26 Focal Point – Amy Garro 13 Spools

Insights, book reviews, interviews, sample blocks
9/15 Andover Fabrics
9/16 Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventure and Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project
9/17 Do You EQ from Electric Quilt and Darlene from Quilt Shop Gal
9/18 Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home and Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Studios
9/19 Moda Fabrics – The Cutting Table
9/21 Katy Cameron from The Littlest Thistle
9/22 Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts and Generation Q Magazine
9/23 Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
9/24 Stitch This – The Martingale Blog and Riley Blake Fabrics
9/25 Michele Foster of The Quilting Gallery and Teri Lucas from TerifiCreations
9/26 Pellon Projects and Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side

To win a copy of the book (hard copy in the us; digital copy international) leave a comment here and share your biggest quilting goal. What is that One thing you’d like to do?

Happy Quilting!

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Before I get into the nitty gritty of today’s post. Let’s have us some winners:
Winner #1 Comment 2 – Sharon
Winner #2 Comment 10 – eclecticnatureoflife
Congratulations! I’ll email you privately and get the ball rolling to get one of the Quilters Select battings to you.

thread and needles from mqxMy love for thread drove me to get a thread stand years ago. You know the one…black, cast-iron base, that my husband had to drive the metal peg into. Because, I’ll own it, while I know how, and am quite capable of using a hammer, having help with such things is, well, priceless. And I didn’t want to do it. Cones are value for money, particularly when a lot of quilting and/or piecing happens. Quilting I do a little bit, here and there, now and again…and I have something of a love for thread – cotton, silk, polyester, wool, linen. I’m not sure if I’ve ever said that publicly before. Yeah, I know I have and it bears repeating.

I had the opportunity to get the “new” Superior Thread Holder.  The See below with some yummy, pretty Metallic on it.
IMG_0564Please look away from the dust. You didn’t notice? Oh good! I’m really glad to hear that. Whew.  The Thread Holder is quite the multi-tool, and what quilter doesn’t love a multi-tool? Cones, spools and bobbins are all options on this holder, giving us the most flexibility. The holder comes with several pieces, 2 end caps, cone adapter and bobbin adapter; the pin screws in to either the base for spools and cones, or into the back wall for spools, or the back for bobbins. The upper guide is adjustable to get it into just the right position.

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I’ve been stitching with a lot of metallic to see how the B 790 responds. After adjusting the pin to the side wall of the holder I loaded the metallic, added the cap, started stitching and completely forgot about it. Often when stitching with metallic I’ll pause to make sure the thread isn’t twisting in a manner most unbecoming. Forgetting about metallic is like forgetting about where the needle is when stitching, yes it happens and I’ve got the pictures to prove it. While stitching the spider web (above) I simply kept stitching. This speaks to the quality of the thread, the beauty of the technical aspects of the machine, and the flexibility of the Superior Thread Holder.


I’ll add that this thread stand withstood the rigorous testing of the GenQ testing crew, led by Editor-in-chief Melissa Thompson Maher… quilters and sewists, who know their stuff. They tested all of the usual suspects and a beer stein (were like that). The Superior Thread Holder was the clear favorite. And it’s mine too. I loved my first thread stand and am very glad I’ve had it too, cones are, after all, value for money.

I can tell you that the results are worth getting the issue and GenQ is having a sale on back issues. Pick this one up while getting the ones you’ve always wanted.

Happy Quilting,


GenQ Sept Oct 2015 CoverJake Finch, Melissa Thompson Maher, Scott Hansen, Tracy Mooney, Bev Mabry, Debi Knight, Jamie Mueller, Melissa Kanovsky and me. Okay, let’s not forget our printer. Not to mention the quilters who submit projects or write articles,  and staff who have left their mark on who we are.

Every two months this group of slightly snarky (but never mean) crew puts together a magazine complete with patters, fabric lines, an adult beverage recipe, and timely/timeless articles. Let’s not forget our Nosy Poll where our readers and friends voice their opinions. We’re more of a quilting life-style magazine, recognizing that quilters live a whole life and quilting is incorporated into said life.

Our staff spans the entire width of the country from NY to CA, living in every timezone. All four of them Easter, Central, Mountain and Pacific. Weekly meetings are a must and often individual meetings one on one with Jake or Melissa. Most of us have at least one other job, or a couple of part-time jobs. And yet, somehow, with all of this going on we manage to build each issue, piece by piece, coming together, sometimes at the last minute…off to the printer and out into the world.

In-between issues there is blog content that leads back to the issue, offers newsy bits, book reviews and challenges. We’re always looking for trends, searching for quilterly modern/contemporary quilt patterns. It is amazing to me that the whole magazine comes together with our various locations and crazy work schedules.

It is also amazing that we do this without a big publishing house behind us. We are one of a few, if not the only INDEPENDENT quilt related magazine in the quilting industry. That’s right. We are independent. Our “salaries” are not paid by a parent corporation. Generation Q Magazine (subscription page) is very much like your local quilt shop. Quirky and independent, filled with great content and generous people. I like being independent, it gives us a level of freedom to be who we are and bring you great content. If you’re interested in advertising with us contact Jamie jamie@generationqmagazine.com or Melissa K melissa.k@generationqmagazine.com. The most basic ad (business card size) is $150. Jamie and Melissa can give you all of the details.

We’re getting ready to go to Quilt Market, the November/December issue will be available at Market. I’ll do the big cover reveal while we’re at Market. My backpack will be full of issues, subscription information for shops, and ad information. Hope to see you there!

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.



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