Just Bloom in McCall’s Quick Quilts

Just-Bloom McCalls Quick QuiltsJust Bloom Quilt

And this is the second project in the December/January 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilt Quilts. A fun and fast scrappy project that can be used as a table runner, a throw or a wall hanging. For more about his pattern, check out McCall’s website.

I will be offering this as a longarm class (private session) and as a regular class. It can easily be made on their machine. Contact me if you are interested in scheduling a private longarm session for this beauty! It takes about 4 hours (there is some prep ahead of time) and you walk away from the longarm with only the binding left to do.

Subscription issues will begin shipping October 14, 2014. By October 28, 2014, the issue will be available on newsstands, as well as in print or digital download format at QuiltandSewShop.com at the following link: http://www.quiltandsewshop.com/category/quick-quilts



Scrapalicious Class New Location

Solid Gold Close up
Solid Gold Close up

Starting this month I’m moving my monthly Scrapalicious Class to my home studio in Lowell!

The class will still be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month (October being an exception….see dates below!).

I will set up tables, chairs, ironing boards, irons in my sunroom. You should bring your scraps, your sewing machine, your rotary cutter and rulers, and your misc sewing tools.

Remaining 2014 class dates: Oct16, Nov 13, Dec 11

The only other change will be that you need to RSVP if you are coming. If you are signed up for the 6 session package , you will get credit for any missed classes if you contact me. If you are a drop-in, please email me to let me know you are planning to attend. I need to know how many chairs and tables to set up! Class will be limited to six students.

Rates: 6 session package $48 or $10 monthly drop-in

There is plenty of off-street parking. As winter approaches, if the roads are bad, I will cancel the class and let you know via this blog.

Looking forward to seeing you at Scrapalicious! For some of you that means “getting out of town” or getting out of your own studios to carve out some of your own creative time….let’s get inspired!


Scrappy is Good!

I do love to use up my scraps. And boy do I have a bunch. Big ones, little ones, odd shaped ones. After many years of quilting, I’ve managed to collect a few.

Yesterday, at my quilt group meeting, I was working on my very scrappy “lego” quilt. I saw this quilt on a blog years ago and I started in making it. It is based on an older quilt talked about by Quilting with the Past. And that is another thing I love; antique quilts. Even though I use a lot of bright and crazy fabrics in my quilts, I still get inspired by the old quilts of yesteryear.

Lego Quilt by Lisa Bee-Wilson at Towerhouse Quilts

To make my quilt I’m using 1 1/2″ wide strips, which is the smallest strip I cut in my studio (unless you consider I save the 1/2″ pieces to do rope baskets!). I also have 2″and 2 1/2″ strips cut….oh, and then there are the 2 1/2″ and the 4″ squares…..too much information?

Lego Quilt by Lisa Bee-Wilson at Towerhouse Quilts

I started this quilt over a year ago. It does take a bit of time to sew because of all the little pieces. But I’m in no hurry. This is the quilt I work on when I need a mental break from more detailed work. We’ll see how long it takes me to finish. I’m guessing it will be a couple more years in the making. But hey – it will have hundreds and hundreds of fabrics and be oh so wonderful!

And speaking of scrappy….I found this list of scrappy projects. I’m pretty sure I’m going to start with the scrappy bowl. Love that!

It’s raining here today….so it’s a perfect day for sewing! Happy quilting!

Tranquil Forest Pattern For Sale

With the encouragement of my quilt group, The Pine Needlers, and my mentor Sheila Sinclair Synder, I’ve finally produced my first quilt pattern! I love making new quilts and coming up with new designs. Sometimes simple is best, and this quilt is a good one for the first time quilter, or for a quick baby quilt. The crib-sized quilt top can be cut and pieced together in a weekend. Then depending on how crazy you want to quilt it, that will take a bit longer!! (And yes, I quilted it “CRAZY!”)

I did a crib-sized quilt using some colorful prints out of my stash. And speaking of that, this is a good one to use up some of your stash on because it looks great scrappy.

Tranquil Forest Quilt cropped004 Tranquil Forest Quilt 006 Tranquil Forest Quilt 007 

My quilt group used this as the pattern for their 2012 raffle quilt. They used a more sophisticated color palette and limited the number of fabrics used to achieve a more subdued look. It turned out wonderfuly….and I hope you are enjoying it Virginia! (The winner of this year’s quilt!)


Hop on over to my Shop page and you’ll find the pattern for sale! It’s only $8.00 and that includes the shipping! So get one for yourself, and a gift for a friend.  Enjoy! And happy quilting!