Testing my ‘Back to Square One’ Block again…

Here is tester block No. 2 for 'Back to Square One'.  I'm much more pleased with this version but I still had difficulty getting to be EXACTLY sqaure.  I think I was taking too much of a 'Bite' when sewing the paper piecing... I made a conscience effort to remember to make all the center… Continue reading Testing my ‘Back to Square One’ Block again…


International Quilt Festival – Chicago

I took lots of photos of the International Quilt Festival - Chicago yesterday both before my volunteer work began and after, when I had time to just gaze and admire all the quilts... I've included the maker's names where possible in a corresponding photo.  These red and white quilts (names were not listed for the… Continue reading International Quilt Festival – Chicago

quilting, Sewing

A Straight Grain Arrowhead Block

Today I was writing over on my shop’s blog! Check out my new pattern for the ON-GRAIN Arrowhead block! Those experienced won’t need instructions but look for a tutorial on using the new pattern in a few days!

Stash Traders

Hi Everyone!


Sometimes when I’m working on sewing down my scrap pile I come across an idea.  Today I wanted to see if I could make Anita Grossman’s Arrowhead block using some of my scrap strips.  If you have never tried her version of the Arrowhead block I highly recommend it.  It is fun to do and will open your eyes to a whole new way of piecing.


The block is featured in her book Rotary Cutting REVOLUTION, seen below…


It is also featured on Anita’s blog here and here!

I made this block a couple of years ago at quilt retreat and the one thing I remember was the outside edges of the block are all on the bias.  For some people this isn’t an issue but for me, as I’m known for OVER pressing, I know I’d run into trouble.

So off I am at the drawing table…

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Re-Useable Grocery Bag Pattern Release!

Hi Friends! I've completed my grocery bag pattern drafting and would you believe I actually figured out how to print it on multiple pages? I'm going to do something different with this pattern.  I am going to give it away for all of you to enjoy but if you do decide to sew this I'd… Continue reading Re-Useable Grocery Bag Pattern Release!

In the Studio, Patternmaking, Sewing

Re-Usable Grocery Bag Pattern Testing Part 2! – Small adjustments

Hi Friends! I made a few adjustments in the paper pattern.  First, I cut it down to just half the size since it was a mirror image.  Then I lowered both the sides and the front curves... ...and added a side seam.  I thought this would work better for Fat Quarters and Half Yard Cuts. … Continue reading Re-Usable Grocery Bag Pattern Testing Part 2! – Small adjustments

Sewing, Surprise Sewing Bee Contest

PatternReview Surprise Sewing Bee Round #2! Finished!

Yay!  I'm finally finished with this project! My entry for the 2nd round of the Surprise Sewing Bee over at is all finished and up on the site! Sorry that I haven't really posted anything this week on this but I've been slaaaaving away at the machine... To read the review of this… Continue reading PatternReview Surprise Sewing Bee Round #2! Finished!

Burda Patterns, Sewing

Surprise Sewing Bee Round 1 Entry!

I'm biting my fingers!  I've never entered a contest on before UNTIL NOW!!! The first challenge is an A-Line skirt. Here is my entry: This pattern is from Burda Magazine.  I pulled out my archives and found this one in the October 1997 edition!  Yikes!  It is classic though! Entries are due TODAY and… Continue reading Surprise Sewing Bee Round 1 Entry!