Sunday, May 31, 2015


I arranged another workshop this weekend.
A wonderful two days of play
with Denise Oyama Miller
in her "Mixing It Up" class.

Denise is a wonderful artist!
She has the current show (with her partner Nancy Ryan)
at the LaConnor Quilt Museum.

Lucky for us,
Denise is also a most fabulous teacher!
She guided us through the many layering steps
and brought out great creativity in all of us!
every one of us left with 
a finished quilt on a 12 x 12 canvas!

Getting started...

layering fabrics and ephemera...

making paper with tea bags...

putting on a layer of medium...

sunshine (!) for speeding the drying process...

painting the edges of the canvas...

more layering with an atomizer...

and stencils...

gluing onto the canvas...

a few finishes...







here's my field of sun flowers...

not only to Denise
but also to the lovely group of ladies 
I had the honor of playing with today!

Speaking of play...
giveaway #4 winner is Jessica!

This week's giveaway
is 9 fat quarters of "Play" from Moe 3 by Windham.

Leave a comment sharing what kind of music you like to play.
Tell a friend to comment for another chance.
Be a follower, or become a follower for another chance to win.

See ya next Saturdayish 
for random winner chosen by son #3.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Another busy week! 

This week's winner is LisaMarie! 

I had yesterday off from teaching and was able 
to squeeze in some great sewing buddy time!
Nothing like sewing friend power to help you feel good.

I started a new Kathy Doughty kiss up quilt -
Uzbeck Patches from the book Making Quilts.

I am hosting Kathy the first week in July
and intend to prove my love
by showing off at least ten quilts inspired by her.
(Sorry Freddy, but Kathy is my new quilt crush!)

Here is this week's crisp summerish 
7 fat eights plus 1/2 yard giveaway...

Leave a comment sharing your 
favorite healthy (or not so healthy) summer snack,
Become a follower, or get a friend to follow for another chance.
Good luck! 
(or "viel gluck!" in German 
as my German exchange student says!)

Sunday, May 17, 2015


So sorry I am late with the winner..
I finally made the leap and got a smart phone
I think it must be broken
because the map ap kept sending me to quilt shops!

Congrats to comment #21, Margaret!

This week...
I was able to finish my Matrimony!

And settle an argument once and for all...

My boys often give me a hard time...
"you have enough quilts to reach the ceiling!"

do I?

Not quite to the top of the 9ft ceiling...
but pretty darn close!

Poor Fred!
(no part of Fred was hurt in this topple.)

The winner of last week's sweet fat eigth pack is
 Margaret #21!

This week's giveaway is 
about two yards of

Son #3 will be home next Saturday (!)
 for the long holiday weekend
and has kindly agreed to randomly pick the winner.

since green is nature...

1. leave a comment sharing 
where your all time favorite nature place is.
2. become a follower
3. get a friend to follow

Good luck!

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Hip hip hooray!
you won the first giveaway!

Giveaway #2 
theme - sweet
Thirteen fat eigths (ish)
of "sweet broderie" by lecien.

Winner will be randomly picked by son #2 next Saturday.

To win -
leave a comment about your weather,
be or become a follower,
get a friend to become a follower.
Good luck!

Monday, May 4, 2015


 I finally jumped on the band wagon
with the Matrimony pattern!
I decided to raw edge the pieces...
and am contemplating whether or not to fill in the triangle parts of the curves...

Not my usual pallette...
I am trying to channel my inner Dorothy
(a reliably sophisticated and elegant quilter!)

Going through my stash for the Matrimony pattern
I have decided to have a twelve giveaways!

Here's the first one -
FLAMINGO themed!!!

There's about 2 yards of fabric.
Here's how you can win (from any where in the world!) -

1. Leave a comment sharing what themed fabric you collect 
OR something happy
2. Become a follower
3. Get a friend to follow

Son #3 will randomly choose a winner Saturday May 9th.

Walter wishes you bon chance!