The Night Before Christmas….

Christmas Ornament

Merry Christmas!

Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made,
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stockings weren’t hung, the pantry was bare,
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams,
Visions of Log Cabins had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese and Bear Tracks,
Each quilt was a beauty—even the backs!
Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed,
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus and checked the next address,
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.
She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight…
“Happy quilting to all, and to all a good night.”
My friend Wanda sent this to me and I just thought it was so appropriate for all of us quilters! Not sure who the author is, so I apologize for not giving them credit. (If you know where this came from, please let me know and I’ll update this post.)

Holiday Art Faire in Eugene

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It’s time for my friend Kathy’s annual Holiday Art Faire again. For those of you who missed my Holiday Open House & Sale earlier this month, this is another good opportunity to find some lovely handmade gifts. And what is better than handmade and local! Happy shopping!Holiday Art Faire 2015 10-7_Page_2

One Hour Table Runner

Laura S. sent these great photos in of the One Hour Table Runner she made! She said: “This was my first attempt at anything like this, but I enjoyed using the pattern I found, and thought I would share my finished project. I have primarily sew garments before this, so this was very different than anything I have ever done.”

And may I say, great job Laura! It’s so fun to see what is made with my patterns. This one came from a period of collaboration between Sheila Sinclair Snyder and myself. We were trying to come up with fun, easy, quick patterns that had a bold and dramatic impact. So thanks for sending these Laura!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! And if you want to send in photos of a quilt you’ve made from one of my patterns, please do! I will (of course) brag about it in some fashion on my website!

Happy quilting!

Dot to Dot Apron Pattern now available!

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Photo by Generation Q Magazine

Dot to Dot Apron

Now available on

OK, so it took me a couple years to get this written up and listed on Craftsy, com, but better late than never, right? What on earth have I been doing all this time? I know that’s what you’re thinking…

The Dot to Dot Apron pattern is available for $5.00 as a downloadable pattern. So you can start sewing right this very minute! It’s a very cute, scrappy-attitude kind of apron. I made two, the one you see in the picture and another one in red and tan, and both turned out really fun. Does it make you happier when you are making chocolate chip cookies…..well, that’s for you to determine!

The original pattern was featured in Generation Q Magazine, Spring 2013 issue.

Happy quilting!