Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ribbons, Interviews, and Bling... oh my!

So, my quilts have been getting some ribbon action lately... 2018 is starting off awful blingy over here.

Let's rewind to February -

Quilting in Paradise - which is run by my local guild, the PSL Crazy Quilters.
Dance in the Rain won Best of Show.  This is a really big deal to me.  In all my years with this guild, I have never, nope, not once, won Best of Show on my own quilt.  Yes, I've won it on client quilts, but not my own.  Yep, check that one off my bucket list!

The Bridges challenge with my art group, Journeys Thru Art, won 1st Place -- and to top that off, Trenton Makes won Best Use of Color.  Apparently, all that work on the neon lights and reflection really paid off!

Remember my vintage Alfred Shaheen panel, Moth Parade?  Well, it also won 2nd Place.

Also in February was the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Virginia.  Yep, those quilts were taken down from one show and shipped out the next day.  Well, there, Dance in the Rain won an Honorable Mention, while Glacier 01 won Best Use of Negative Space.  Woohoo!

And thanks to my friend Emily for this awesome pic!  The best part is Glacier 01 was pieced while I was up in Virginia teaching/vacationing so Emily is kinda partial to it as she watched it being born.

Last week, at the American Quilters Society Quiltweek Daytona, God's Eye won 3rd Place in the Wall Movable Machine category.

And while I was there visiting, I did a little interview with Bonnie Browning of AQS!

Well, that's if for now... here's where everything will be for the next few months - 
God's Eye will be at AQS Lancaster - March 21-24, 2018.
Dance in the Rain will be at MQX East - April 11-14, 2018.
And then... God's Eye AND Glacier 01 will be at AQS Paducah -- me too, as I'm teaching!

If you're anywhere near those shows go check them out!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Some Quilty Catch-up...

Okay peeps, it feels like its been forever since I've posted on here.  There is so much going on in my little world -

I be doing a trunk show next week on the 15th at Ladies of the Lakes Guild in Lakeland, FL - that should be loads of fun -- who doesn't like looking at and talking about quilts?

The following week (March 22-25)  I'll be teaching at the East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference in Williamsburg, VA (yes, a new location), hosted by  --  Gammill Mid-Atlantic Longarm / Threads Run Thru It.  if you've followed me for a while, you'll know this is one of my favorite events!  And, although it is a Gammill event, you can still sign-up, even if you're only thinking about purchasing a Gammill.  So, I'll have a few new classes this year --

Build-A-Stitch 3 (of course) - and no, the class sample isn't finished yet...  sorry!  Didn't you know us longarmers do everything last minute.

Make Those Feathers Move!  - haha, two class samples for this one:

Functional Fills:

Doodle Quilting:

As well as a few others!

And then in April, I'll be teaching at AQS Spring Paducah - click here for a link to my classes there - three classes are already sold out (yay!).  If you were/are thinking about signing up, you'd better get busy!  I have two design/draw classes as well as my hands-on classes -- go check them out!  Can't wait to see you all!
I've started on another competition piece...  this is all I can share here.  If you're already a subscriber on my Patreon page (, you've seen oodles more.  Not a subscriber?  Go check it out, there are a few free videos available to all, if you like what you see, feel free to subscribe for a small monthly fee. 

So, this quilt is yet un-named... hoping one comes to me soon.  I've got a client quilt this week, but I'll be working on this full-force next week!

I can't wait... this one is going to be awesome!
Oh, and the Build-A-Stitch 3 books should be here by 3/15, hopefully!  I've love to have some with me at the trunk show.

Thanks it for now peeps -- happy quilting

Monday, February 12, 2018


Build-A-Stitch 3 is finally finished and available for PRE-ORDER.  Copies are expected in my hands by mid-March and then the signing begins -- all pre-orders will be signed!  They'll begin shipping immediately after - or until I have to leave for the East Coast Gammill-Statler Conference, then any remaining will be shipped as soon as I get back.

And yes, I must say, this is the best Build-A-Stitch yet -- it is pretty awesome -- 85 pages full of inspiration and ideas on how to use the stitches in Build-A-Stitch 1 and Build-A-Stitch 2.  I haven't been able to look up from my computer for almost two weeks -- I wanted this book finished so I could share it with all of you!  And yes, the two cover images are included in their appropriate sections.

Get your copy - available on the website store:

Sunday, January 28, 2018

On the Cloud!

That's right, I'm on the cloud... Pattern Cloud, that is.  Since getting the Elevate I've been busy designing/digitizing a few patterns (mostly E2E designs).  It's a lot of work, but so fun to see the results.  You can find my patterns on Gammill's Pattern Cloud -

Here's a peek at my Designer Page, and an overview of my patterns so far, yes, there are more coming (as soon as I find time).

Here's a peek at what they would look like stitched out (not to scale, just for reference):

My current favorite is Marquise_b - just love how the thread looks!

So go check out Gammill's Pattern Cloud - so many patterns available!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Block Breakdown #6 - Friendship Star

Another episode of the Block Breakdown series is available!  In this episode, I share several ideas for a Friendship Star.

To get your printable for practicing, click here.

As always, you can access ALL of the episodes by clicking above on the Block Breakdown tab, or by visiting the Gammill YouTube channel (there is a ton of information available there on everything Gammill).

Let me know how you like the series, and what blocks you'd like to see in the future.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dance in the Rain

Dance in the Rain is finished!  Well, almost.  I had purchased a gazillion beads to embellish this beauty but, unfortunately, they aren't on there, yet...  Hand stitching beads takes a while and this had to be finished before judging day.

This quilt, which started as a kaleidoscope quilt back in 2012, sat around for awhile before being deconstructed (and reconstructed) into what it is now.

You can read and watch all about the making of this quilt on my Patreon page - the making of it is Part 1 (12 minute video), the quilting is Part 2 - grab a cup of coffee and even a bowl of popcorn as it is a 40-minute video.  I included just about every section of quilting in the video, as well as a few tips on why I did certain things, and also a section on how I keep my feather spines exactly the same.  The videos are part of the Quilty Watch tier.  There is also a 12-minute slideshow of still photos in the Quilty Peek tier (this is automatically included as part of the upper Quilty Watch tier).  If you're interested, here is the link for subscribing to my Patreon page -

I need to mention the fabrics used in this were a 9-level gradation hand-dyed by my bestie, Natalie.  The light background is a purchased cotton (Red Rooster Sprinkles in Light Grey).  The backing fabric, which you'll see the backside photo in a minute, is a commissioned hand-dye by Debra Linker.  Isn't it gorgeous?!!
The sunlight really brought out the blues in the grey outer ring -- like I said, gorgeous!  My centering of the top was off by just a wee bit but still turned out awesome!  Go ahead, click on the photo for a full-size view.

So, what did I learn while making this quilt... don't wait five years to finish anything!  It has several issues, and no, I'm not going to point them out - if you see it in person maybe you can look for them... they aren't too hard to spot.  Honestly, I am happy to be *done* and looking forward to starting my next project.

Dance in the Rain makes its debut at my local guild's biennial show February 1-3, 2018.  Here's the link in case you're local or are in need of a SoFlo vacation!  Hope to see you there -- you can find me in the Woolee Bullee booth (#13).

Friday, January 5, 2018

Block Breakdown - Pinwheel

Oops, I almost forgot to share the latest episode of Block Breakdown!  Here I share different ideas for the pinwheel block.

To see past episodes of the Block Breakdown series, click here:

Friday, December 1, 2017

Glacier 01

Well, I've gone and done it.
I made a modern quilt...
it was awful, for a while, but now I like it!  Although, I'm not sure I'll be making any more modern quilts.  It was very out of my comfort zone.  Anyway, here is Glacier 01 -

And a detail pic -

You'll be able to see it at the Quilting in Paradise Show in February 2018, we'll have to wait and see where else it might be after that. 

If you'd like to see how I made this quilt, you can subscribe to my brand new Patreon account -

Patreon is a membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, as well as ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or "patrons."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

East Coast Gammill Statler Conference

This is absolutely one of my favorite events of the year. And I'm even more excited for 2018 as the venue has changed to Williamsburg, VA - click HERE for all the details.   Join me and many other super talented teachers!  I wouldn't wait too long to sign up - there are only a limited number of spots available - once it's full you'll have to wait until next time!

Here are the classes I'll be teaching:

A few brand new classes - watch in coming weeks as I share pictures of the samples!  And yes, that's right, Build-A-Stitch 3 will be ready (the book too) - where I'll share many other ways to utilize those stitches you've been learning!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Block Breakdown #4 - Economy Patch

Here is Block Breakdown # 4 - Economy Patch

Every month on the Gammill YouTube channel I'll be sharing a different block showing several quilting variations. I'll make sure to share the link here as well. You can always click on the Block Breakdown links (located in the sidebar) to check if you've missed any.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

My latest quilt

If you read my last post about my awesome trip to Virginia, you will have seen a peek picture of my latest quilt.  I know, it was just a teaser photo, you really couldn't see the entire quilt.  So here it is - meet Gods Eye.
And a detail pic:

So why Gods Eye...
well, when I was growing up I went to summer camp.  Every year we would make those little yarn ornaments, which were called Gods Eye.  The dye patterns of this piece totally reminded me of them!

Now, I'll share the story behind this quilt... if you know me, you know something happened, right?  Nothing I do can ever go smoothly, there's always a whoopsie.  Don't worry, I'll get to all that *good* stuff in a bit.

Two years ago, yes two years as in 2015, I purchased this beautiful piece of hand-dyed Armani silk from Debra Linker.

As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to create a design for it - just look at how gorgeous it was - and the lighting in this photo didn't even come close to doing it justice.

I started with some stabilizer, because silk... it's slippery!

Then I slowly transferred the design with chalk.

About this time last year, I started stitching the design.  I started with gold metallic thread and did a sort of bean stitch.  So now comes the whoopsie... oh no!  Yep, as I'm stitching all my chalk is bouncing off the silk.  And I mean bouncing as in gone.  The back and forth motion of quilting the bean stitch was just too much.  Yes, I know you can spray the chalk with hairspray to make it stay better, but... silk.  I really didn't want to spray this beautiful piece with hairspray and risk any staining.  So quick, stitch the marked lines as quickly as possible with a single line of stitching.  No... the thread literally sunk into the fabric and was barely visible.  Okay, plan 2 (or 3 actually) - switch out the metallic thread with a thicker thread that won't sink.  Okay, that worked, continue stitching away and finish the design.  Remove quilt from frame and go back life, this will have to wait for another day.

Fast forward a few months... now that all the stitching is there and nothing is moving, put the gold metallic back in and bean stitch over all that thick thread.  Oh no... the gold over the thicker thread doesn't look very good.  Like eww, more of a tarnished gold than gold.  Hmm... okay, lets take a few more months to think about this one.  No really, I had an idea but, no time to work on it.

Fast forward a few more months.  Couching!  Yes, I would couch beautiful yarn over all that yuckiness.  Well... since I'm couching, I might as well change from gold to copper.  Ooohhh ahhh - so pretty.  BUT... well really two buts... 1) my new couching foot, as amazing as it is, was too thick to see the tiny little areas, and 2) I can't see exactly where I'm stitching with the yarn so this is gonna be a crazy mess on the back -- backtracking perfectly was nearly impossible.  So... couch manually and then when I'm finished... wait for it... add another backing and quilt the design again and then add the background fills.  Yep...

So I started manually couching - yes, holding the yarn with one hand while moving the machine with very tiny zigzag type stitches with the other.  I used Candlelight thread by YLI - sparkly and super great coverage.

Couching completed -

Yay!  Okay, now a new backing fabric, restitch all those lines and onto the background quilting...

I finished quilting this beauty the night before we were leaving for Virginia... I quickly folded it up and squished it into a tub and after a week of teaching I was able to block this beauty.

And after two days under a fan it was ready for facing! 

Yes, this quilt had to be faced.  As there was no more of this hand-dyed fabric I wasn't able to make binding - so facing it was!

So while I was vacationing, I did manage, with a full day to spare, to make the AQS Daytona deadline.  So, we'll have to wait and see if it gets accepted.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Quilty & not-so-quilty catch-up...

What a blast I had teaching at the Gammill Mid-Atlantic Longarm Machines (hosted by Threads Run Thru It).  Here are just a few pics:

Let me tell you -- this is an awesome classroom setting!!!

Even Emily was in on learning to design her own quilt:

And their mascot, Wingnut... he's really a dog.

Here's me and Lori during a couple of downtime moments (no, I didn't teach the entire time):

After the classes I spent some much-needed downtime working on a few of my own things.  I finished up a long-overdue class sample:

I also stitched-up this super cute panel (Hoffman-Supernova Snowflake/Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero) for the Threads Run Thru It shop (and yes, they have panels available at the shop) - 

and shopping.... an entire day of shopping, well, and lunch!

I also finished my latest competition piece while I was there (you'll have to wait a few more days for that post though) - until then, here's a peek:

Productive I tell you... because I also pieced my first modern piece.  My Facebook followers will remember this pic:

Well, it turned into something... umm yeah, improv piecing... not my favorite thing, but it turned out okay.  Sorry, that will be another post as well... soon though.  I'm hoping my quilting makes it awesome, because as I said, right now it is okay.  But it was super fun piecing it on this awesome machine:

And... if that wasn't enough, I totally designed a future applique quilt... yeah, F U T U R E... like forever from now!

Okay, now a bunch of FUN pics: