Have you ever seen something and just instantly fell in love, knew “this is the one”? That’s kind of what I felt the first time I saw a dahlia quilt. Curvy, colorful, big and beautiful. Of course, it’s also the kind of project that makes me think, “Can I do this?” When I came across the Dahlia quilt pattern from Prairie Grass Patterns, I knew I’d found my entre to the quilt of my dreams. It took me a little… Read more »

Now that I’ve gotten past some big deadlines, I’ve suddenly found myself able to sew things just for fun. Just because I want to. It’s liberating and intimidating, all at the same time. Some days, I can’t figure out where to start so I end up doing fun things like laundry. Others, I head to the sewing machine and don’t move until it’s time to get my daughter from the bus. My session with Allie the Owl fell under the… Read more »

A couple of months ago, Sarah and I were trying to figure out the whole Block of the Month thing for the shop for 2014. Our regular BOM teacher is taking a break this year, so we decided that the two of us will lead a Block of the Month. Or possibly she suggested that we do it and I dove in, feet first, and dragged her along with me before she changed her mind. (If you’ve met me, you… Read more »

I am not a test-the-waters kind of gal. I’m more of a jump-in-with-both-feet person, which probably explains all the half-finished projects in my life. And craft supplies. And this year’s completely overboard Christmas redecorating. But I digress. I had heard of Don’t Look Now! patterns but it wasn’t until I saw them at Market in person that I really “got” it. They were so cool and so different from what I’d seen before. Over time, I started thinking, “Hey, I… Read more »

I’m so excited to have finished this quilt! It’s not perfect but that’s OK. I did change the pattern a teeny bit and used the pink gingham/cherries as an inner border with the aqua version of the fabric as an outer border, instead of using the two equally in the border. I still need to pick out the backing and binding but I’m not in a huge hurry right now, especially since I’ll be sending it out to get quilted…. Read more »

We’re still snowed in down here in Hothlanta, so I ventured to my poor, neglected studio to spend some time with the quilt I started right after Christmas. I fell in love with this Oh-Cherry-Oh! fabric by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda as soon as I saw it and promptly bought the fabric I needed to make the Simply Sweet quilt pattern that was released with the fabric. And then ignored it. For two years. I’m not big… Read more »

I find it nearly impossible to accomplish much of anything crafty from Thanksgiving until the new year. There’s just so much on my plate and then the kids are home more, so I just don’t seem to get much done. This year’s time crunch coincided with another crafty slump, which was a little discouraging, because I actually had the time and desire to make something — I just couldn’t get motivated. After spending most of a day cleaning up my… Read more »

Hey! What’s that thing hanging from the tree in my front yard? Could it be … a quilt top? Why, yes. Yes, it is. And I made it. I made it! I made it! I literally wrapped it around me and danced around the living room when I finished it. Because I’m kinda nutty like that sometimes. (Like you couldn’t figure that out!) It was such a big deal to me, that I told pretty much no one that I… Read more »