Behind the Scenes:
Walking Foot Quilting My Botanical Beauties Quilt

detail of quilting Botanical Beauties, a foundation paper piecing (FPP) pattern inspired by flower and foliage. PDF pattern by Whole Circle Studio

Can you believe it? We’re 3/4 of the way through the Botanical Beauties Block of the Month + Quilt Sew Along! Are you starting to think about how you might quilt your creations? As you are piecing away (and are preparing for the final three block patterns), I’ve been busy using my walking foot to […]

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behind the scenes:
Andrà Tutto Bene
(Everything Will be Okay)
mini quilt

Andrà Tutto Bene (Everything Will Be Okay in English) is a free foundation paper piecing pattern (FPP) and was inspired by the words and beautiful artwork created by children in Italy during the Covid19 pandemic in 2020. While children and their families in Italy were quarantined in their homes, many displayed rainbow-themed banners and posters featuring the phrase "Andrà Tutto Bene" to send messages of hope and positivity. We encourage you to make this mini quilt to display in the window of your own home or sewing space. Make one for yourself, for a friend, or even for your local quilt shop. Share hope.

I’m a firm believer that making and sharing beautiful, meaningful objects can enhance people’s lives. I also recognize that keeping our hands busy can help calm our minds. Living in this time during the Covid19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to make and share objects that are uplifting and hopeful. Today, I’m […]

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15 quilts from the Aurifilosophy special exhibit at International Quilt Festival 2019

A few weeks ago I visited the Aurifilosophy—Education for the Love of Thread exhibit, organized by Karen L. Miller and sponsored by Aurifil. This exhibit was part of the quilt show associated with the 2019 International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, Texas. The exhibit included works of more than 13 Aurifilosophers, designers, artisans, and […]

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part 2: “more than 5 colors” Aurifil Artisan Showcase—Citrus Slices quilt

detail of Citrus Slices, a fun modern foundation paper piecing quilt pattern. Designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio

October brought together two big projects—finishing up two secret projects for Quilt Market collaborations and the Aurifil Artisan October Challenge, using more than 5 colors of thread on one project. Why work on just one project when you can make two? Here is the second big project I finished up in October. Head on over here […]

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cross stitch Aurifil Artisan challenge

Sew Speedy cross stitch pattern, celebrating sewists, stitching and crafts by

It’s always really fun rediscovering a technique! Thanks to the September Aurifil Artisan challenge—Cross Stitch & Embriodery, I picked up Aurifil floss and did something I haven’t done since I was a kid…. cross stitch! This portable project was perfect to take with me on trips this summer. Inspired by my Sew Speedy pattern and new Sew Speedy magnetic pin & needle minder, I drafted […]

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