Solve Crime in the Ancient Pyramids in 2020!

When I dreamed up the Murder Mystery Quilt, I never imagined even for an instant all the places it would take me.  Around the world, it turns out. The short origin story of the Murder Mystery Quilt, when I tell it at cocktail parties to people who don’t sew and who think quilts are something […]

Quilt and Solve Crime in 2019!

Four years ago, I had a wild idea.  I didn’t really think anyone would go along with it, if I’m being honest: who on earth would think a MURDER mystery quilt was a fun idea? Not just me, it turns out. Mystery quilts have been around forever, of course.  The idea that you’re building a […]

The Murder Mystery Quilt: Sew It to Solve It

FOR THE 2020 PROJECT, VISIT The Murder Mystery Quilt SITE! In the first grade, when I was six years old, my class did a unit on Ancient Egypt.  I was, as most children are, completely mesmerized.  The story of Howard Carter and his tenacious pursuit of discovery was–and remains, nearly 100 years later–absolutely captivating.  I adored hearing my […]

Organic Acorns Quilt Finished!

I’ve decided to call this quilt Organic Acorns, after playing with some other ideas.  I really enjoyed sitting down with this half yard bundle and not thinking too much, just laying the fabric on the floor and using giant chunks and smaller chunks and seeing what happened.  If a piece was too short, I added […]

Essential Quilting Begins Today!

The Essential Quilting e-course started today, and I am thrilled!  We’re doing so much more than just “learning to quilt.”  The class covers all the foundational skills, but also targets a lot of quilting concepts that I think get overlooked and that we would all benefit from thinking about more analytically–like how to choose fabric […]

Essential Quilting E-Course Now Registering!

Over the past two years, I have taught the Your First (Modern) Quilt class to dozens of (amazingly cool, smart, awesome) women, and it has been incredible amounts of fun.  Last year, I taught the class as an e-course, and this year I was inspired to offer it again–but this time, with a new format […]

Domestic Bliss Quilt

My Domestic Bliss quilt top is finished!  And it has already been on vacation!  We headed up to the lake this weekend, following my appearance at the Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts in Montgomery, and spent the first few days of the kids’ Spring Break enjoying this shockingly unseasonable weather at the waterfront. This is […]

Domestic Bliss Quilt Top for the Meetup!

I am frantically trying to complete the quilting on this Domestic Bliss jelly roll quilt so I can take it with me tonight to the meetup and sew on the binding.  Will I see you there? Also: couldn’t resist sharing this image, which I discovered on my camera when I uploaded these photos.  Our son […]

WIP: Man Woobie

Thrifted: five men’s dress shirts in various muted shades. Assembled: a quick quilt top, from 11″ squares cut from the larger sections of the shirts. Quilted: with grey perle cotton. In progress: but honestly, not really loving it as much as I’d like.  Something’s not quite right.  There seems to be a very fine line […]

Palm Springs

I am here for the weekend. Two words: Tony Danza.

LIVE Quilting Event on Saturday!

This Saturday, from 12-4, a sewing event that you’ll love: LIVE quilting!  We’re bringing three quilters into the shop for the afternoon, each of them working on quilting a project from start to finish: we’ll baste, we’ll quilt, we’ll talk, we’ll snack, it’ll be awesome! I have had so many students over the years who […]

The Hardest Sewing I Have Ever Had To Do

This is the block the Trust Circle of do.Good Stitches made for October.  It’s the Greek Cross design, using the tutorial over at Fresh Lemons.  And it was so, so hard for me to sew. I am the ninth member of my family to attend Florida State.  Our chief football rival?  The University of Florida.  […]

September do.Good Stitches Quilt

September was my month to be the quilter for the Trust Circle of do.Good Stitches, and this here’s the finished product.  I think it turned out rather well! I asked for Card Trick blocks in blues and greens, and was really excited about what everyone produced.  The sashing was tough, I won’t lie–I would have […]

Space Still Open in Modern Quilt E-Course!

There are still spots left in the Modern Quilt online class starting next Monday!  Read the full description here.  The e-course is primarily video instruction, along with photos, downloads, and some amazing audio interviews with folks like Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!; Rachel of Stitched in Color; Sarah Fielke of Material Obsession fame; Amanda McPorkchop […]

Circa 1934, Subtle Announcement, and a Shameless Plug

It might be hard to tell, but this is a new quilt top using Circa 1934 from Cosmo Cricket.  I loved this collection at first sight, largely based on my unnatural interest in typefaces, and am so glad I scooped up some half yards when it came to the shop.  The green in these prints […]