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Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year is… a Brownish Maroon?

Really? That was my reaction when I saw the color Pantone chose as the trend-setting color for 2015.  It’s called “Marsala,” and it’s a subdued (all right, drab) wine color. I guess you can tell from my tone that I’m not exactly feeling Marsala for quilting. For winter coats, purses, and shoes, yes. But quilts? Not so […]


12 Ways to Cut up Fat Quarters for Quilting

Just What is a Fat Quarter? A fat quarter is a quarter-yard of quilting fabric that is cut in a taller and fatter shape than a standard quarter-yard. You will find fat quarters everywhere at your local quilt shop, either sold individually or packaged in bundles like the one above. To be precise, a fat […]


Throwback Thursday: Cheesecloth Ghost Quilt for Halloween

In honor of my sudden realization that it’s time to get cracking if I’m going to make any decorations in time for Halloween season (which starts in our household on October 1 because my daughter loves Halloween so much), I’m reposting a tutorial for making this little ghost wall hanging with cheesecloth and a few […]


Cats and Quilts for 2015

My new publishing venture just went live on a little 2015 monthly calendar featuring cats and their quilts. I know a lot of you quilt with a kitty for company. Don’t you love the way a cat takes over a sewing room as if you and everything in the room were nothing more than […]


Does Perfectionism Stop You from Quilting?

This little graphic expresses one of my most important rules for quilting: “If it looks good from twenty feet away, while you drive by at 20 miles an hour, it’s perfect! Don’t change a thing.” Silly as it is, this quilter’s saying still expresses something important about how to approach quilting (or any creative endeavor) […]


Quilting for Love: Margie’s Story

I recently posted some photos of Mary S.’ very first quilts. After that post went online, I got an email from another quilter, Margie. Margie saw Mary’s quilts and sent me these photos of the quilts she made for her five grandchildren. If you feel hesitant about making your own first quilt, I think you […]


Quilting after Enlightenment

This is my quilting version of a Zen saying that goes like this: “Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.” The tasks that go into making a quilt couldn’t be more simple: cutting, sewing, and pressing. But the quilt that comes out of those everyday tasks can be deeply satisfying […]


Mary S.’ First Quilts

The best thing about writing a book comes long after the book is finished, when you hear from readers who liked your book and learned something from reading it. I was thrilled to hear from Mary S. recently. Mary just made her very first quilts using the instructions and quilt patterns in my book, Quilts […]


My Kind of Party

I know a lot of quilters whose social life revolves around quilting. I’ve never been organized enough to quilt in a group. For me, quilting is mostly a matter of snatching a few minutes here and a few minutes there in between all the other things I have to do. It takes place in my […]


Sewing Machine Magic: How Your Machine Makes Stitches

I’ve been doing some research for my next book and came across this wonderful animation that shows how a sewing machine links the upper thread and bobbin thread to make stitches. Have you ever wondered how this happens? To tell the truth, I never did until just now. Once I saw how clever the stitching […]


Valentine Heart Garland Wall Quilt

I like making quilts for Valentine’s day. Maybe because the seasonal reds, whites, and pinks are so cheerful in midwinter.  Maybe because I make my Valentine’s quilts to hang on the wall, so they are small and easy to make. The inspiration for this heart quilt came from a wonderful banner quilt  I saw on […]


Practicing New Skills on a Small Scale

What’s the best way to try out new quilting techniques you  would like to master, but don’t feel comfortable with yet? Go small. It’s much easier to experiment on a project the size of a placemat or a small wall quilt than it is on a large bed quilt. If you make a mistake or […]