Modern pillow pattern

Quick modern pillow – pattern available


This fab pillow is made using 5 fat quarters of Terra Australis 2 fabric from Ella Blue (due in stores in September). Of course you can use any fabric you like. But seriously, don’t you this fabric is amazing?

The pillow pattern available. It’s a great project for a beginning quilter or home sewist. The cutting and piecing is very basic. It’s a slip-cover, so no zippers or buttonholes required!

The pillow top is quilted in straight lines – easy peasy!

I’m setting up my Etsy store, so for now, just shoot me an email if you want a hard copy or downloadable PDF.

For those of you in the Bay Area, I’ll be teaching this class at Intrepid Thread in Milpitas, CA , October 3rd.

If you haven’t discovered Intrepid Thread yet, I promise that you will LOVE it! Julie carries modern quilt fabrics at great prices. All of the inventory is online, so you don’t need to be in the Bay Area to indulge yourself.

Don’t you love projects that give you instant gratification?


Anti-perfectionism creations

Lately I’ve been into what I think of as “instant gratification creations”. I just do whatever is quick and easy, rather than obsessing about doing it “right”.

So I needed a quick label for my skyline quilt. I used a pencil to sketch a skyline and added my name and contact info, then copied it onto fabric. I touched up the fabric copy with an ultra-fine Sharpie pen. That’s it!

You know what? I like it more than any quilt label I’ve ever done.

An easy way to create a custom label for your quilt

An easy way to create a custom label for your quilt

Skyline block quilt tutorial

Blocks from Simply Solids bee on flickr using my tutorial on

Blocks from Simply Solids bee on flickr using my tutorial on

Skyline block quilt tutorial

I am almost finished with my Skyline quilt – yay! I posted the basic block tutorial on my other blog – if you are interested in looking at it.

The quilt needs to be hung tomorrow night at Stitch Modern in Oakland, CA, so “almost finished” is not good enough and I’m starting to panic.

I’ll post a picture of it as soon as it’s quilted, but I wanted to remind you that the tutorial is on my other blog. Here is a picture of a basic block. Last March, I designed this block for my online quilting bee Simply Solids on Flickr. The fabulous women in my bee took the basic concept and produced some amazing variations.

The blocks are pinned to the wall in this photo. I’ve altered the layout since then because I thought they looked a little like books on a bookshelf.

More to come, stay tuned . . .

Quilt binding dispenser


This is a follow up to my previous post about wrapping quilt binding around a cardboard tube. If you recall, I concluded in my last post that any old cardboard tube (from wrapping paper, paper towels or even toilet paper) works just fine for storing quilt binding.

I discovered that placing the tube on my sewing machine’s second spool made it easy to pull out just the amount I need. What an awesome way to keep the binding from getting tangled and mangled.

If you don’t have an extra thread spindle on your machine, use a vertical paper towel holder.

Since I had wrapped my binding on a large wrapping paper tube left over from the holidays, I placed a large spool of thread on the spindle then slid the cardboard over the spool. The big spool of thread kept the tube steady.

Give it a try, you will use this tip again and again.

Stitch on – – – –

It was worth a try.

Just before Christmas I made binding for 4 quilts I am finishing. I had the brilliant idea to use empty wrapping paper rolls to wrap the binding around instead of letting it lay in a heap, as I normally would (see the clump in the foreground of this picture).



I’d read somewhere about using a toilet paper roll to store binding and thought my wrapping paper roll would be a vast improvement. Wrong. It was beyond cumbersome. Wrapping the binding diagonally made it wrinkle, which isn’t a good thing.

In the end, I stooped to using a lowly toilet paper roll, which I have to admit worked beautifully.


For the first time in over 20 years of making quilts, I pieced together scraps to make the binding for a blue and white baby quilt. I LOVE the way it looks wrapped around the cardboard tube, bathed in morning sunlight. What can I say, I’m nuts for anything blue and white.

May the New Year find your quilts “wrapping” your loved ones in bliss.



3rd Place! Modern Quilts Unlimited contest


I received some wonderful news a few days ago. One of my quilt block designs placed 3rd in the Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine modern block challenge. I am so excited!

I’ve never entered any quilt show or contest before, so I tried not to get my hopes up. When the publisher called to say I had placed third, I was ecstatic. They announced all the finalists names on Facebook on August 15th:

The magazine, which is a sister publication to the wonderful Modern Quilting Unlimited, will publish photos of the 12 finalists’ blocks in the September issue. The top 3 finishers (including little ‘ol me!) will have their quilts published in an upcoming edition of the magazine, so I’m not sure if our blocks will be shown in the September edition. 

My quilt will appear in the April ’14 edition of the magazine. I am busy selecting the best fabric to use so I can get started. 

I am sorry I cannot show you the block design they selected, or it would disqualify my entry. Suffice it to say that I did not submit a basic nine-patch design. 🙂

I will keep you posted as I travel along this new journey. Thank you for sharing it with me!