I have a stack of quilt tops languishing in my studio. My intention has always been to quilt them myself because they’re small or made with inexpensive fabric or not tops I think are worth the expense of longarm quilting. So they sit on shelves and in bins, waiting for me to get around to quilting them myself — except I still consider myself something of a machine quilting novice and the thought of tackling the pile intimidates me. When… Read more »

When Judy Gauthier asked me to be part of the online tour for her new book, Quilts for Scrap Lovers, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. I have a love-hate relationship with my fabric scraps. I love to find uses for them but they’re weird sizes and — because I make a lot of garments — often they are oddly shaped. Yet I can’t seem to stop saving them, to the point that my color-coded scrap bins are stuffed to the… Read more »

It’s been so much fun to read along with each stop of the Hack that Tote! blog tour. I’ve loved seeing what each of the talented folks who’ve taken part have done to tweak the bags from the book to suit their needs. A big “thank you” to these wonderful folks for being a part (be sure to check out each to see what they’ve whipped up and enter their giveaway): 9/27 C&T 9/28 Sue O’Very 9/29 Gen Q Teri Lucas  9/30 Patty Murphy 10/1 Vanessa… Read more »

The only thing harder than not talking about the book you’re writing is not talking about the book your friend is writing. While I was hammering away at the book that would become Hack That Tote!, my friend Patty Murphy was across town working on her own book, Piecing Makeover: Simple Tricks to Fine-Tune Your Patchwork * A Guide to Diagnosing & Solving Common Problems. Every so often, we’d touch base to encourage each other and chat about our progress on… Read more »

A year ago, I was eagerly awaiting the release of my second book, Modern Style for Girls. A year ago, I was wrapping up my third book, Hack that Tote! Only a handful of people knew I was writing another book, each of them sworn to secrecy. I wanted my second book to have time to build an audience, without the distraction that comes with another book. So here I am, less than a month until my third book launches… Read more »

Welcome to my website! I’d love to connect with you so please consider signing up for my monthly newsletter, chock full of my sparkling wit and maybe a free pattern every now and then. Modern Style for Girls is finally here! It’s such a crazy thing to see it “out there,” where anyone can buy it and sew from it. The book includes three basic garments — bodice, skirt, pants — that you can modify to create a variety of… Read more »

I’ve joined the weird, wonderful world of Periscope! It’s a live-streaming app that allows you to interact. I honestly have no idea what I’m doing but I’ve been using it and I really like it. I’ve added a link in the sidebar of my website that not only links to my Periscope but tells you when I’m live broadcasting so you can watch on the web. This afternoon, I shared some peeks at Modern Style for Girls on Periscope and… Read more »

Around this time last year, I was signing a contract for the book now known as Modern Style for Girls. It simultaneously feels like yesterday and forever. Writing craft books is not for the impatient. The process — and it’s definitely a process — takes around 18 months. There are times when it’s the only thing you’re doing and it just consumes every waking minute of your day. And then there are times when you sort of forget that you’ve written… Read more »