I’ve been so reclusive here – I felt the need to introduce myself again!
I’m a wife & mom.
I’m a sewist & quilter.
I’m an author & designer.
I’m a blogger & podcaster.
I love being and doing all these different things, but there have been a lot of challenges in the area of balance, lately! I know you can relate, we all seem to live in one state of busyness or another. This summer this space was at the bottom of my list of priorities, but I’m coming out of hiding, and plan to share lots in the coming weeks!
My kids started back to school last week, it was bittersweet as usual – I love having them home with me, but also appreciate the quiet that settles over the house while they are busy learning. And so, I’ve been working on getting back … Read More »
It’s time for a giveaway! (this really is my 1400th post!)
Honestly, I’m so thankful for the community, friends, encouragement, and inspiration that I’ve found online – had I not started blogging six years ago, I’m not sure what I would be up to right now!
I love being creative and sharing my love of fabric, and beautiful design with all of you here. All the opportunities that I have worked toward over the last six years seem to have culminated last week, when sample yardage for my own fabric line arrived on my doorstep!
I set to work cutting up fabric for the patterns I’ve been planning, above is a quick peek at a few of the prints I designed for Moda (pinch me!). You’ll notice the fabric bears the same name as my … Read More »
I’ve come down with a cold, and there’s no one to blame but myself! I’m finally starting to feel like myself again, but have zero energy.
Instead I’ve caught up on some email, and sat on the couch with a pretty pile of fabric.
I have a pillow for my Pillow Collective tutorial, all planned out, and hope to sew it today. . . now that I have all the pieces together, and enough energy to hold my head up!
I hope you will join us next week for Pillow Collective – there are some great tutorials in the works!
What have you been sewing lately?
More soon –
A quick look back at 2013 and the quilts that I shared here.
I know there are more little things that I worked on and magazine quilts that I didn’t take good pictures of but this is the majority of my 2013 work! Releasing Modern Basics II and Modern Neutrals within months of each other has been a whirlwind of activity, and a blast. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2014!
Happy New Year –
Hi friends! I love seeing all the quilts you have entered in the Festival! If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time! Visit this post and select a category your quilt falls into, and link up. Also, there have been lots of nominations, but there’s always room for more – select a favorite from all the categories to nominate for Viewer’s Choice. I will sort through all the nominations over the weekend, and then we vote for our top three favorites!
I had a great Market experience with a full schoolhouse, and four signings giving me a chance to chat with a number of shop owners and fans. I’m still in recovery and catch up mode around the house, but today I’m planning to ignore the laundry and enjoy my birthday! I think I will pull out my Dancing Stars blocks … Read More »
The often discussed topic of modern quilts and the variations of this very traditional art form, quilting, got me thinking about my quilts in 50 and 60 years. What will I think of them? Will they stand the test of time, aesthetically? It also reminded me to hurry and label the few that I haven’t so far! I know that they will be loved and cherished long after there are holes in the bindings, and the colors have faded, but is that enough to make them timeless?
So earlier this week I asked “What makes a quilt timeless?” and had some great responses! I want to share a few of the comments, and my thoughts – I hope you will add your own too.
Queenie said – Timeless is akin to classic – trends that become style/design that stands the test … Read More »
Hi there! I was amazed to fly into Seattle last week, to clear skies! My parents and sister met me at the airport and we made the most of the day in Seattle. We visited Quiltworks, then headed toward the water. (The question is later in the post – read on)
The Seattle/Bainbridge Ferry, and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. I always forget how much I love the water until I see it again.
Stumbled upon this shop, selling marimekko fabrics, dresses, and accessories. Everything in the shop was beautiful, and beautifully made, but left me wishing for a fuller wallet!
On our way to dinner, my sister snapped this pic of the Space Needle, and was kind enough to share with me. Always iconic Seattle, and a fun … Read More »
Hey there! I’ve been sewing for a couple of deadlines for next month over the weekend, so I can’t share everything, but I can share the pretty fabrics I’m working with –
Aren’t those micro flowers so sweet! This is Boho by Urban Chicks, due to ship in April.
**I’ve also been sorting out details for the Modern Basics II Blitz coming on Monday February 25 – stay tuned for reviews of the book and prizes!
The winner of last weeks giveaway sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop is:
Garilyn Sponseller – Congrats & thanks for emailing me right back!
I’m also travelling a bit in the next couple of weeks.
Early Thursday morning I will be on my way to Austin for … Read More »
I’ve missed this space and all of you in the last week!
While technically I was home, here, around the house everyday, a large portion of it has been spent working at Sundance. Every year, the Sundance Film Festival is huge here where we live, and I usually avoid the crowded areas, to maintain normal life while everyone is in town. This year though, friends needed help managing one of their concession locations, and everything fell into place for me to work with them.
So, I did, and thankfully now it it is done! I didn’t have a chance to take in a film even, the whole week was so busy!
Today’s agenda, includes uncovering Melody – she’s been collecting projects while I was too busy to play with her. And … Read More »
Joe and I have been mountain biking lately. Riding the trails about 5 minutes from our house in the evenings. Getting to the top last night was a test, but the views were incredible!
I mistakenly thought this was the top, but we decided to go up a bit more, and this was our view before we started going down.
The downhill is so fun, yet focused. It’s nice to have nothing else on my mind while riding!
I did great until the very last switchback, (I was determined to make it around without stopping this time) I panicked and grabbed the wrong brake… Today I’m a little bruised and sore, and have a few bandages on my hand and knee, but I can’t wait to go back and do it … Read More »
All last week I was wanting and really needing to bake chocolate chip cookies for my family. I finally found the kitchen to myself, and took an hour to bake them!
Baking these was my cookie break on saturday, from quilt math and a little pattern writing. It was a good break!
I thought I would share our favorite recipe, it’s from ” Once Upon A Tart…” which is full of delicious recipes.
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
20 tablespoons, unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together in a big bowl, using a whisk attachment attachment of an electric mixer on high speed, until they are fluffy and light lemon-yellow in … Read More »
Happy New Year! I hope you all had fun celebrating the new year! As parents of four kids, we spent the evening in, and just relaxed as a family…perfect! I can hardly believe that 2011 has come and gone, and what a year it’s been!
Along with the sewing shown below, 2011 had a LOT of planning, book promoting, some traveling, and of course family time!
I’m so thankful for, this creative and fulfilling life that I’m happily living out right now, and I’m so glad that you stop by to share in the journey with me here! I am confident that 2012 is going to be great, and send blessings your way, in hopes that you are thriving wherever you are.