Painted Cork Blooms ~ new pattern

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Happy Almost Summer! It’s a perfect time to take inspiration from the flower garden, and… apply it to cork!  And so I did!  This my newest pattern, PAINTED CORK BLOOMS! And using the brilliant, and beautiful, Dye-Na-Flow paints, made by Jacquard.  This paint is highly saturated in color, and transparent, and perfectly gorgeous on cork… even cork that has been …

Happy Cups Quilt – new pattern

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I’m a tad late with posting about my latest pattern design… but nonetheless, it makes me Happy Happy!  A bit of inspiration, inspired by our late-appearing spring here in Central Montana. Regardless, I am elated to see it arrive, and this pattern reflects that joy! Three  whimsical tea cups, stacked upon one another in complementary tones and patterns, present a …

Free Style and Happy Cone Flower ~ New pattern

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Hellooo!  Happy Spring–coming soon to a Montana town near me?! Well, as we wait, here’s how I’m living spring out in my studio!  Flowers, flowers–everywhere.  In my head, in my drawings, in my quilting, and in in this happy free style pattern! The pattern features lots of great textures, beginning with the ‘cool-wool’ plaid print cone tops, and free-cut, scrappy-happy …

The Lucky Ducks ~ a new pattern

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Hi folks! You’d think there’d be lots of time to get on here and write a blog post— in our loooonnnggg Montana Winter this year!  We’ve had over 75″ of snow!  Been a long time since *that* happened in this neck of the woods!  LOL. But alas… no!  I’ve been busy… doing what, I’m not always sure, but I have …

Edgey Cork Blooms ~ New Pattern!

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Hello ~ Beautiful Edgey Cork Blooms! Have you seen the new cork fabric in the shops lately?  Perhaps you were a bit like me… you loved it, but didn’t want to make a wallet or bag from it?  Well, I began experimenting–fusing it of course, and developed a project to combine a placemat with collage flowers, and all of it …

Mini… Bloomin’ Cool Thread Spool ~ New pattern!

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Happy New Year everyone!  I went out of the old new year with a big ol’ mess in my studio! I blame it on the weather {everyone seems to anyway}… as we had a lovely White Christmas, and lots of snow and cold weather.  Perfect for me…  and perfect timing too! I was abuzz with drawing, fussing, fusing, creating… cutting.. and …

Letters of Joy ~ Christmas table runner pattern

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  MERRY CHRISTMAS! Christmas always generates in me all kinds of JOYful inspiration… and I do love how it ramps up in my studio… never too late for Christmas in your heart, or in your designs!  As you can see… working with text upon text in this new pattern “Letters Of Joy” ~ a table runner, or it could easily …

Bloomin’ Cool Thread Spool ~ new pattern!

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Another idea that’s been floating in my head for awhile now… wanting to do with creating something from the new cork fabric that’s been catching my eye in the quilt shops! And so the inspiration and timing came together ~ and it was the right time to ‘get it out’ of my head, and onto a quilt… and then paper …

Joy ~ A Christmas Plaid {pretty} Please ~ paper pattern, pdf pattern and kit!

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My new pattern ~ dedicated to my Mom, Tinkey ~ {1938-2013}. She passed away during the Christmas season, as was kinda fitting since she lived with Christmas in her heart all year long.  I’m grateful for the trying of her patience with me {!} as she taught me basic sewing skills at a young age. Thanks for that gift Mom. …

My Christmas Skates Quilt ~ {new pattern}

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The snow has arrived here in beautiful Central Montana!  It’s really perfect timing.  After a whirlwind season of eight straight teaching weekends… I’m ready to slow down and enJoy… and since it wasn’t our first little snow teaser, I’m doubly glad for the inspiration it brings to my design mind!  I’m so ready to hunker down, sketch out ideas… and …

Pumpkin Spice ~ My newest pattern!

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Hello Pumpkin Spice {and everything nice!} Who doesn’t love the Autumn Season…?  Not me!  This pattern is a reflection of just a few of the many things to love about Fall.  Pretty Colors!  Great Textures!  Lovely Glow! and Happy Memories of playing in leaves, going through a Corn Maize… or a drive through window for a Pumpkin Spice Latte ~ …

“Petal Pushers” ~ new quilt pattern!

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Hey ya’ll! Today on the blog, I am showing my new quilt design, “Petal Pushers.” Ya know I just love this quilter’s classic orange peel/petal shape!!  I wish I could say I’d been planning it, but it’s just not that complicated.  It just happened as I was playing with extra fused petals I had, determined to use up some fabric …

Summer Gleanings from My Studio ~

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More summer quilti-ness is always on my list for summer fun!  I’ve been pretty motivated to finish up at least three older projects … and as I say that… I’m counting up the newer ones I’ve started!  Always the circle of quilt-life is it not?!  LOL So here’s a photo show of what I’ve been finishing up… and starting!  More …

Summer Quilty Goodness ~

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Hi there!  Summer is going by so fast… as always… as life always does!  And so goes my quilting days, too.  The time just speeds by for me in pure pleasure {even with a ripper in my hands at times!}… , and I LOVE LOVE IT! There’s just something about summer that motivates me and adds  energy to my days… …