Monthly Archives: April 2015

Pastor’s Quilt

April 30th 2015

Whew! It’s about time this baby is finished up.

Vintage pattern Simply Retro baptist fan - Copy

I started it way back when I was doing a quilt along from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro hosted by Jana a couple of years ago. (Time flies!)

simply retro book

I decided early on that I would make this for our church Pastor.  It may also serve as a birthday/going away present since they may be reassigned come Fall. I hate to see them go, they are great people I have grown very fond of.

pastor and Diana 1

He has commented how his Grandmother had quilts and this quilt is made up of “Granny Squares” so I thought it would be perfect. I discretely inquired about his color preference and I was not wrong when I assumed he liked earthy and natural colors. Check! I had plenty in my fabric stash.

earth color palette

It came together fast and this was by far the largest quilt I had made to date at that time. I remember piecing it on my dining room table. Then I took it outside to decide on color placement.

vintage simply retro, granny squares

After I started basting it to finally quilt it, I decided it would come out much better if I sent it to a professional longarm quilter.

vintage pattern simply retro 2

I could not do justice to the totally appropriate Baptist Fan design I wanted it to have. Thank you Logan from Chocolate Dipped Quilts, she did a fantastic job!

baptist fan - Copy

I did the machine binding method which was a cinch!

Vintage from Simply Retro 3

I think it measures about 60″ x 80″ a perfect throw size for two people?

Vintage pattern Simply Retro 1

Now I just have to wrap it up so it’s ready for it’s new home.

Baby Dean

April 23rd 2015

A new baby is almost here! He’s due to arrive very close to my birthday which is also exciting. Although I probably won’t meet him for a while, I have enjoyed making soft things for his new room (and his brother.) His mom chose the color palette which is really great for a boy, he can grow up and never have to change his room!

Here is the pillow I made, more about that  here.


The quilt pattern was very simple and masculine, squares and rectangles in a repeating color palette of blue, gray and orange with white.

I got the fabrics over at Stitchin’ Stash on Etsy. Julie always goes the extra mile showing me how fabrics look together. I used nine fat quarters, three of each color.

FQ bundle

From each fat quarter I cut two 4 1/2″ squares and two 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles, for a total of 6 per color. (I used the remaining fat quarters to make the pillow.)  From white, I cut thirty 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles for in-between the shapes plus nine  2 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric) for the sashing.

quilt pieces

I also found the perfect backing to accent the baby room decor.

arrows fabric

Then it was time to sew, it came together so fast!

blue and orange quilt 2

I also made some arrow pillows, couldn’t help myself!

arrow pillows

Choosing which thread to use for the quilting proved difficult. I had to make samples to be sure. While blue was the color of choice, the orange retained it’s integrity better over the blue fabric. So ORANGE it was!! I did go with the stipple design to offset all the straight edges.


The quilt size is 38″ x 50″.

blue and orange quilt

I also tried machine binding which was perfect!

machine binding

I really LOVE, LOVE, how it came out!


Happy Birthday Baby Dean!

Rainbow Mini Swap 2015

April 19th 2015

This Spring I joined a Rainbow Mini Swap event that happened via Instagram. One of the unanticipated benefits was gaining more followers. But BETTER THAN THAT was all the new, wonderful and oh so talented quilters I met because of it. The swap theme was “Rainbow” so you could use all or some of the colors (and their variations) of the rainbow in your project, which had to measure from 16″ to 24″. I have to admit that I was totally intimidated by all the wonderful quilting projects that were popping up everywhere.

rainbow mini mosaic

Photo and links (at the bottom of post) courtesy of

My first partner loved solids and grays and had very modern tastes as far as fabric and design. I was willing to step up to the challenge and made this rainbow with solids and gray using the Norway pattern from Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley. This color palette was completely outside my realm of favorites but I enjoyed making it.

Norway block

 Then I was notified by the Swap Mama about a partner switch and I was totally okay with it. We had many similar tastes. I remember her greatest point was she liked bright colors. Like me she was not into Civil War Prints and enjoyed Novelty prints. I was really overthinking the process and decided to just keep it simple. So I made a Log Cabin Style Block in rainbow colors.

rainbow log cabin

As I investigated my partner, I learned that she was a runner and has just been in a Disney half-marathon. Well guess who lives in Florida?! As it turned out, I just kept getting these ideas about personalizing her block. The Log Cabin Block now looked like a race track to me. So I started embroidering Disney lcons and landmarks she may have encountered during the race.

It was serendipity that one of the green fabrics had this little guy  “Run, run as fast as you can!”


I finished it off using a black Mickey Mouse strip for the binding. It’s not too elaborate but I think it’s meaningful and I sent it off with some goodies I thought she would enjoy.


And as luck would have it, she ended up being my partner in return!! She made me this lovely mini in the Round and Round pattern also by Thimble Blossoms and she used the yummy fabrics (Twirl and Giggles) from Me and My Sister Designs. She did this amazing tiny cross hatch quilting in metallic threads and a beautiful embroidery design in the center the says “GROW IDEAS IN THE GARDEN OF YOUR MIND” I just love it!

rainbow mini & gifts

And the back is all patched!

rainbow mini back

And here it is hanging in my sewing space for inspiration.

rainbow mini 2

Guide and links for RAINBOW Mosaic:

1. Heather Ross quilt swap for Suzanne (foofanagle), 2. Rainbow Swirl Dolls Quilt, 3. dqs#7 version 1…., 4. Doll Quilt from Mini Milly!, 5. Snow Dance, 6. Rainbow Mini Quilt , 7. Mini quilt color study, 8. DQS8 # 2 quiltie – ‘Rainbow Girl’, 9. Finished ticker tape color wheel, 10. Color Play, 11. DQS 7 in the grass, 12. Colours on Linen, 13. Doll Quilt Swap I: received, 14.Rainbow stripe doll quilt, 15. Somewhere over the rainbow…, 16. Color Wheel Mini Quilt, 17.Doll Quilt Swap 7, 18. Colorblock Pillow, 19. Charlie’s Zig-Zag, 20. The front

How to Grow a Business

April 12th 2015

Starting and growing a business is no easy task. Certainly not for me who does not think “in numbers.” I also suffer from B.S.O.S. Bright Shiny Object Syndrome so my mind is always distracted by the next thing that catches my eye like fabric, blogs, social media, projects, scraps or chocolate pretzels.  After several months of working with Morna McEver from International Association of Creative Arts Professionals I am happy to say I have come a long way.

ICAP logo

 For me, getting a coach to hold my hand along the way, has made such a difference. Not only in holding me accountable but also guiding me in the way I should go when my knowledge in an area has been exhausted. To further educate myself I attended the CABS business Summit hosted by Morna in Washington D.C. It was amazing!

cabs 2015 logo

Things I learned at CABS 2015:

  1. I am not Wal-mart
  2. Ideas are only good if an action is attached.
  3. Time blocking yields focus.
  4. There is plenty for everyone.
  5. Work on your brilliance, outsource the rest.
  6. Wear what makes you feel confident.
  7. The Quilting business is a luxury, find your client.
  8. Imperfect action is better than idleness (unless our pattern has errors!)
  9. Morna is a hugger! 🙂
  10. A smile goes such a long way.
  11. Be authentic.
  12. Everyone doesn’t have to like your stuff, just enough people for you to make a living.
  13. If it’s NOT urgent, and NOT important let your kids do it!
  14. Encouragement is powerful.
  15. If you are in a group of energetic, talented, kind and helpful women, you are bound to succeed!
  16. “Free” is not a business model.
  17. Have BIG dreams.
  18. Our Faith is bigger than our fears.
  19. Don’t let perfection stand in the way of progress.
  20. We all have our own BRILLIANCE.
  21. Everything you need is in this group/room.


These are the kind, talented, amazing women I met and some friends I made while I was there. Thanks so much ladies, it was such a pleasure to be a part of it, looking forward to next year!