Christmas Lane: A New Holiday Quilt Pattern

September 30th 2016

Now that Fall is here (well theoretically speaking, I live in Florida for Pete’s sake!) I am looking forward to getting some Christmas projects done. I am planning some quilting pillows and stockings, a belated birthday bag and crafting some tags. But first, I’m so excited to share my new pattern called Christmas Lane, just in time for the Holidays!
Christmas Lane

One of my fondest childhood memories was the inspiration for this quilt.  My dad would take the family out for drives during the holidays looking for festively lit neighborhoods. My sisters and I would be eagerly looking out the windows (or fighting about which one would be closer to the window) nose pressed against the glass. If it was a rare cool night, our heads would be hanging out the window. We’d be hollering to our dad to go down this street or to hurry to the next block. Of course, the original  “Feliz Navidad” song, by Jose Feliciano, would be blasting in the car while we all sang along, perfectly bi-lingual.

Christmas lane

Christmas Lane finishes at 62″ x 64″ almost square. My version is made with the Hello Darling line by Bonnie and Camille with a Bella Royal Blue background #9900-19.The pattern features houses with 6 different Christmas themed blocks: Ornaments, wreaths, peppermints, two kinds of trees and presents! Each design has two variations so no two houses are the same. This quilt has twelve houses but a quilter can easily add “more blocks” to increase the size of the neighborhood.

Christmas Lane

The houses here in Florida don’t generally have chimneys but definitely lots of decorations and lights during the holidays. Each house in the quilt features a string of lights across the top and framing the Christmas Lane is a bold Holly border at the top and bottom.

Christmas Lane

An adorable picket fence divides the blocks which is easily made by strip piecing and daisy chain sewing. As you can see, the quilting is perfectly done  in snowflakes by @quilterlove66 (thank you!) to complete the holiday feel. (I know, it doesn’t snow in Florida) But it looks great, doesn’t it?You can make your own version of Christmas Lane just in time for the holidays, by going to my shop and downloading your PDF file, paper patterns to follow.


Kirsten was gracious enough to test my pattern. She lives in Australia so hers really does have a Christmas in July feel since it’s their Summer season during the Holidays. The warm tones in her quilt really reflect a Christmas Down Under, she did a great job, thanks Kirsten! Hop over to her blog, gemini-stitches and see more of her quilt.


To make your own version of Christmas Lane just in time for the holidays, you can get the pattern via PDF download in my shop right now, paper patterns to follow. Christmas Lane will be making its debut at the International Quilt Market in Houston next month, where I will host my first booth #2338. Stop by and say hello, I’d be so happy to meet you!

Listing Challenge September 2016

September 3rd 2016

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It’s time! If you follow me on Instagram or have read the blog when I posted this, then you know I am a fan of listing. I only just found out this event has been around since 2011 and I’ve only known about it since 2013 the debut of their December lists challenge. It’s a good alternative to full blown journaling that documents your “right now” in a short and fun way. What’s great about this challenge is there is no right or wrong way to do it. My first round, I bought a pre-made notebook and just added stickers and other embellishments.

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After registering for the challenge HERE, you get an email with links to printables, prompts (or you can get them by email daily) and a private blog link for each day’s list.  You can also go all out and scrapbook it tangibly or digitally or use Post-it notes. I find it’s a great down time at the end of the day. I really look forward to it. I know! Just call me a List Nerd.  

30 days of lists cover

For this September Challenge, I decided to use up some of what I have, which was a creative adventure itself. I am so happy with how this book turned out. The front and back covers are made with brown Kraft card stock and I also used some printables designed by Monika from the I love it all shop on Etsy.  (She also blogs here to give you ideas on how she uses her journals and products. I know you will get addicted to her goodies as I have.) The inside is full of a variety of paper and ephemera I hope to show as the challenge progresses.

practice list sea horse cut out

Before the challenge, many of us were getting antsy waiting for the first day of September to finally arrive. So for practice we chose a prompt from the March challenge list from (waaaay back) and posted that. I had this Sea Horse lying around with my paper scraps so I used that. (Shape cut with Cricut from cartridge Life is a Beach)

day 1

Here is the first list prompt. I did bunting because I wanted to start this off like a celebration! You may want to like their Facebook page 30 Days of Lists and stay in the loop for their next challenge.

Did you know there is also a private Facebook group just for this challenge? It’s a safe place for “List Nerds” to post their lists or even shy listers. Some people are in the group but are still wary about posting and that’s okay. I’ve met such nice people in this group, I dare call them friends even.

day 2

On Day 2, the prompt was “Don’t Judge Me But…” I edge punched some Kraft Card stock and made a little book and safely tucked it in the glassine bag. I posted the divulged list on the FB group but only this picture on Instagram (no peeking) I always use the hashtag #30lists when posting.

day 3

Some lists I like to ponder about after I read the prompt in the morning. This list for Day 3 was easy enough to do right away, so much to celebrate! I also knew I wanted to use that “celebrate” tag I had in my stash and there you have it. Still have the rest of the month to list.

Listing supplies

After I had finished making my book, I went out and got more listing supplies. The creative inspiration was just too much, I am ready to start prepping for December listing but I will try and resist… at least for a couple of months.

If you want to join in (catching up is perfectly okay!) Click here and sign up!

Spell it with Moda Mini Quilts

August 26th 2016

As a former teacher and lover of words, I am naturally drawn to alphabet related things. So if you are a quilter and you’ve been around the block, you have surely been seeing these lovely Spell It With Moda quilts popping up all over the quilting hallways of the Internet.

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This is a snapshot of what I found by just googling that phrase. Doesn’t it make you feel like going and making a quilt right now?

Well, I certainly couldn’t help myself and I got the Spell It With Moda little workbook available at Fat Quarter Shop complete with all the letters, ampersand and filler blocks. I do have a whole quilt in my mind (fabric ideas too) but for now, I started small making mini quilts with first name initials for some special peeps I know in their favorite colors. (I hope)

Spell it with moda J

They were really so fun and fast to do.

sail boat

I even included a little sailboat on one of them to fill some negative space.

spell it with moda J 2 spell it with moda A spell it with moda K

As you can see from these, the only adaptation I made was to make them with patchwork squares which deviated from the larger pieces of the same fabric, which the pattern calls for.

Spell it backing

Matching up backing is always fun.

skewers for hanging

To make it easier to hang, I sewed triangles on the corners and custom fit a skewer into them to keep them straight and hang a ribbon from.

Jeanne and girls

Yay! And here are the happy recipients, love those smiles. I so enjoy making pretty things for others and making new friends from Social Media has been such a pleasant surprise. 🙂

Quicky Vacation Tote: A New Pattern

August 9th 2016

Introducing the Quicky Vacation Tote bag! I’ve turned my “go-to” scrappy project into a pattern for you to enjoy.

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It’s the perfect project for those left over squares and strips, easy to make, adapt or re-size and always looks so pretty! This one below was made for a trip a couple of years ago, you may remember the post here.

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Quicky Vacation Tote

If you’ve never made a quilted tote, this would be a great starter pattern for you; plus, the Quicky Vacation Tote pattern has some great features that are really easier than one might think.

Quicky vacation tote inside

For starters, it has French seams, and a magnetic snap, and a boxed bottom (not shown) and you can even add a label if you want.

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Jane’s tote highlights the Daysail line on the outside and Vintage Picnic on the inside (both lines by Bonnie and Camille). I love that she tried so many techniques that were new to her, she did a great job. She opted not to box the bottom and that’s okay!! There is plenty of wiggle room in this pattern.

quicky vacation tote Jane

Marisa’s bag sports the fabric Boathouse by Sweetwater for MODA.

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I love those stripes don’t you?

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Kristen’s bag is Sodalicious  by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller . How fun are those bottle caps and text print? She used Soft and Stable by Annie’s  as the stabilizer to make her bag sturdy.

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And last, but not least, is this scrappy tote with a mix of lines that go perfectly together.

quicky vacation tote Denny

This one screams summer! For stabilizer Denny used headliner, a special material used for car interiors. Super sturdy stuff available at Joann’s.

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I am so excited to be able to share these finished Quicky Vacation Totes with you. These ladies did an awesome job testing out this pattern for me (Thank you!) and had fun doing it!

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 The pattern is available here and it’s on sale (PDF version) for only $5.00 through the end of August. I hope you have been inspired to make your own to celebrate these last days of Summer!

Five Things to Love About the Spark Box

July 15th 2016

Have you seen the latest from Love Bug Studios?

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It’s a Spark Quilt Box full of goodies to ignite your creative energy.  I am going to tell you five things I love about this box and why you should consider reserving one. Yes “reserving” one because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

spark box june label

The first reason is I love surprises! So happy mail arriving at my house, especially when I’ve likely forgotten about it, is certainly a perk and there is only more goodness inside! Ebony, Love Bug Studios owner and idea extraordinaire has an eye for detail.

Spark box june inside

Reason number two is I love details! I love wrapping details, a sticker, a satin ribbon and the prettiest tissue paper ever, it’s so nice to look at I don’t need to open it right away. And look, all the goodies have more cute wrapping in the way of paper sacs. I appreciate the time and effort she takes to make this package so pretty for her customers to receive.

Let’s open them up!

spark box june theme

In this bag are goodies revolving around the theme “JUST BEACHY” which also happens to be one of my and Ebony’s favorite places so everything in this bag reflects that. There is sand colored thread, beach ball candies, beach buttons, beach ribbon and a real Sand Dollar. I know where mine is going. Are you loving it yet? Reason three to love this box, is that these goodies are perfect for crafting and gifting or crafting a gift!

spark box june idea

Ready for more fun? How about this pattern? It’s my Sea Horse Mini Pattern. Ebony included fabric (different in every box) for images, buttons for the eyes and a Fish cut out (complete with fusible) to use for this or another creative idea swimming around in your head. (My pattern is strictly piecing but there is no rule about personalizing it with this cut out.) Reason number four? What’s not to love about fabric

spark box June charm

These were especially cute, the charm is a tiny flip flop and the whistle that sounds like a “Zzzzzzzzzing” and the festive confetti pouring out of the sac was definitely a reason to giggle!

spark box june giggle

Lastly, I know when I am in the zone, making and creating, a sweet snackerel is just what I need to keep me going so reason five does not disappoint: SNACKS! In the Snack sac is a chocolate shark fin you get to take a bite of. And if you’ve ever met Ebony, you know she loves her snacks. We’ve already got 2 in this yummy box.

spark box june snack

I know, I know, so how can you get your own?

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Go to Spark Quilt Box to read all about it. You can also sign up to get notified for when the next set of boxes are ready. Upon notification you go here and order yours! (June boxes still available) Leave me a comment telling me what you love about this box and I’ll randomly select one person and send them the “idea” bag complete with pattern, fabric, buttons and cut out to inspire your creativity.

And don’t forget to sign up for Ebony’s spark box to receive yours in the months to come!