Thursday, December 31, 2015


Quilt 7 Mario quilt for my friend Brenda. When I saw the fabric I knew I had to do something for her. I gave it to her a couple days ago and as predicted she loved it. Or she was good at faking.

Quilt 8 I've been roommates with Chelsea for 3 years. That's the longest roommate I've ever had! That's three years of her having to put up with my sewing machine always being on the table and my fabric being everywhere. I thought that merited a quilt of her very own. These little giraffes were just so cute and perfect.

Quilt 9 This was a lap quilt I made for made for my friend Christy. She lives in California and I don't get to see her very often. The pattern is called a friendship braid, so she can always remember her friends from so long ago. :)

I didn't make my goal of 12 quilts this year, but I figured 9 wasn't too bad. I was working two jobs and life is busy. Hopefully I can have another productive year in 2016.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Trunk show

I get emails from about a million quilting sites. And I love it. The other day I got this gem talking about an online quilt trunk show. I LOVE seeing other people's quilts so I thought I'd participate as well.

This one is very dear to me. I turned 30 this year and as my big hurrah I asked my friends and family to send me a fat quarter. Out of the fabric I was given I made this quilt. My mom helped me long ago figure out the measurements for the blocks from a picture I had seen and it went together so quickly. I used a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co for the binding and quilted this on my sewing machine. It's so fun to look at all the fabric and think about the people who gave it to me. Love it!!

Take a look at the other quilts in the quilt show at

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Number 5

Finished quilt number 5 for the year. This one has been a long time coming. Last year I had the genius idea to make a quilt for my grandma for Christmas. There are 11 girls on my mom's side (3 sisters, 1 sister in law, and 7 cousins) which would work out great to make a 12 block quilt (easy enough for me to make two blocks to fill that last spot). Well I should have known it wouldn't go together like I planned. It took me forever to do my block and just as long for everyone, except my one cousin, to do theirs. Two people opted not to participate so that also presented the task of creating the extra two blocks. Luckily my cousin Jamee decided it would be fun to come on over to my house and make a couple blocks and her mom also made two blocks. So between the three of us we made the extra three blocks. They were done in time for Christmas so I gave those to grandma and then took them back. I got the top sewn together for Mother's Day. And I stayed up much later than I would have liked last night finishing the quilting on it for her birthday (which was yesterday). So now it's all done! She didn't get it FOR her birthday, but it was finished BY her birthday so I'm counting myself successful. :) Next time I see her she'll get this cheery warm piece of love to always remember us by. :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Nothing says I love you

I had a mission companion who always got socks in her packages. In her family, they had a saying that "Nothing says I love you like a new pair of socks". My equivalent to that would be "Nothing says I love you like a quilt". And now, a story.

Sometimes you start the second grade and you make a new friend and she becomes one of your best friends and she just happens to live down the street and you just love her. Then in the 8th grade she moves across the state in the pre cell phone, pre email days and you write letters and get special permission from mom to call long distance to see how things are going. Then you get your first email and keep in touch that way and THEN you are finally saved by facebook and texting. 22 years later you are still laughing about Welkerpoo on the nintendo and the ridiculous songs you made up in your "band". Along the way you have marriages and babies and missions and sometimes, you actually fail at being the friend you wish you were. This is where I am going to make a confession. My best friend of 22 years is pregnant with her 4th baby. I'm really good at baby gifts. I LOVE babies and all things cute and little and baby. I give baby gifts to coworkers whose wives just had babies and mission companions I hardly ever talk to and people I've only known for a few years casually at church, but with all that great gift giving, I have NEVER made anything for ANY of my friend Dana's babies. WHAT. THE. HECK!? So this time around I decided to repent and make sure I made this one count. Make sure I got it done in time to actually hand deliver it and not have the excuse that I just never made it to the post office. Because really, nothing says I love you like a quilt, and I really do love her. SO I found the perfect fabric that just screamed Dana to me, found an adorable (and relatively simple) Charm box pattern from (LOVE their youtube videos) and went to work.

I was bummed when I looked at the instructions and it said I needed 2 charm packs when I had only bought 1 from and when I went to order another one, they didn't have anymore. :( So I headed to the fabric store to find a couple prints that would work with it and grabbed some great minky that was on sale at the same time. Luckily I found a few fabrics I thought would work okay and got to sewing. It went together SO fast. A couple episodes of Chuck and the top was done!

My visiting teacher came on Sunday and asked me if there was anything I needed. I told her to message me in the middle of the week to see how my quilt was going since I have a tendency to procrastinate when I'm close to finishing, assuming I'll have all the time in the world on (insert day of the week) but then 12 things come up and I regret not working on it when I actually did have time.

But I was on top of it and finished it Tuesday night! It turned out SO good. Probably one of my favorites ever.
Seriously so cute. The minky back was different to work with and made it difficult to slide around when I was quilting it on my machine, but really other than that it was a easy enough. Maybe Dana is lucky I've been such a slacker with her other kids. ;)

I'm definitely lucky that she has been willing to put in the effort required to keep a friendship in contact through the ups and downs and distances of life. It was so great to get together with her this weekend for our annual October Conference ice cream run. Four hours later and we were mostly caught up and only departing because it was so late. She loved the quilt and I LOVE HER!

Nothing says I love you quite like a quilt. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Did you know?!

Did you know you can have custom fabric made!? I'm working on some ideas for Christmas gifts and I stumbled across You can upload your own design to be printed on fabric or use a custom design someone else has submitted. Sure it's crazy expensive, but it's also CRAZY cool!! There are quite a few on there that I like, but I just have these other images floating around in my head that would be SO fabulous. Only problem is, I'm not very artistic when it comes to drawing. Stick figures and crayons are about as fancy as I get, and you might be able to guess what I drew. Maybe.
I have a friend who is an amazing artist, but is crazy busy. I don't think she really understood what I was asking for either. Oh well. I'll figure something out. It might be best that it doesn't work out anyway. Save my pocketbook a little $$$$.
But really, if you know anyone who is super great with drawing and computers and stuff, who thinks it would be cool to see their art printed on a piece of fabric, send them my way. :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The finished guitar quilt

Took me long enough, but I finally finished the guitar/ukelele quilt. I started this one about 2 years ago. I don't know why it took me so long to finish because it wasn't a difficult quilt, but it's done now and I love it! Inspired by my friend Daniel who makes Ukelele's out of crazy things so they are all different sizes and shapes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


I finished two quilts yesterday! That takes my total for the year to 3! I'm only 5 months behind. :/ BUT I do have 3 in advanced stages of completion and a baby quilt in the works that looks as though it should go together quickly, if I could only find one more piece of fabric for the sashing. I'll post pictures as soon as I remember to take some.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Row by Row

An update to my row by row quest. My goal was to get one from every state. With just over a week left these are the states I DO have.

  1. Idaho
  2. Montana
  3. Utah
  4. Florida
  5. Oregon
  6. Alaska
  7. California
  8. Nevada
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Illinois
  11. Nebraska
  12. Indiana
  13. Maryland
  14. Washington
  15. Missouri
  16. Michigan
  17. Minnesota
  18. Colorado
  19. N. Carolina
  20. New York
  21. Arizona
  22. Kentucky
  23. Wisconsin
  24. Virginia
Not too bad I'd say. I'm still hopeful on a couple other states. Thanks again to ALL the awesome people who have gotten patterns for me. You make me feel so loved and I LOVE YOU!

Here is a list of participating stores by state

Click HERE for list

Monday, August 3, 2015

Row by Row

First of all, thanks to all my friends who have gotten me patterns so far! Seriously, you are the best EVER!! And I love you. A LOT. I currently have patterns from 24 states. That's pretty sweet.
I have become obsessed with the Row by Row Experience !

I just love the idea of going to all these shops and picking up the patterns myself! I wish I could! I've been looking at all the patterns from the different states and there are some that I am just in love with. I've been going through all my friends trying to find people who live in different states to pick them up for me. They don't quilt so it's still the one pattern per customer. Basically they are just giving me a gift they got for free that I asked them for. That's the best kind of gift in my opinion. :) If only I could find people in these cities

*Lake Orion, MI-"The Village Quilt Shoppe"
*Grand Rapids, MI- "Queen Bee Quilt Shoppe"
Dublin, OH- "Red Rooster"
Butler, MO- "Rocking Chair Quilts"
*Branson West, MO- "The Quilted Cow"
Philomath, OR- "JanniLou Creations"
Nyssa, OR- "Marilynn's Pickets & Patchwork"
Jefferson, OR- "Purple Frog Quilt Shop"
Prairie City, OR- "Quilts and Beyond"
Temple Terrance, FL- "Bernina Sewing Center"
Sanibel, FL- "Three Crafty Ladies"
Palm Coast, FL- "Cut Up And Sew"
*Navarre, FL- "Unlimited Embroidery & Fabric Art"
South Bend, IN- "Stitch N Time Fabrics"
Poulsbo, WA- "B's Fabric Fun & Sewing"
Bellevue, WA- "Quiltworks Northwest"
Merrill, OR- "Tater Patch Quilts"
*San Antonio, TX- "Memories by the Yard" I really really want this one. I've been tempted to ask one of our dealers who is in San Antonio to get it for me, but I can't get past how weird that would be.
Calimesa, CA- "Busy Bee Quilt Shop"
Sunnyvale, CA- "Eddie's Quilting Bee"
Holton, KS- "Quilting on the Square"
Dahlonega, GA- "Magical Threads"
Chatanooga, TN- "Bernina Sew N Quilt"
Sevierville, TN- "The Cherry Pit"
Crossville, TN- "Little Blessings Quilt Shop"
Fly Creek, NY- "Heartworks Quilts & Fabrics"
Johnstown, NY- "At Home Quilting"
Papillion, NE- "Country Sampler"
*Appleton, WI -"Keep Me In Stitches"
Bedford, PA- "Mary’s Quilt Shop"
Litchfield, MN- "DeAnn's Country Village Shoppe"
Mt. Pleasant, IA- "Quilter's Paradise"
New Hampton, IA- "Quilter's Window"
Trenton, OH- "Valley Quilts"
Edgecomb, ME- "On Board Fabrics"

I know, it's a long list, but they are just SO adorable! If only I had the time and money to travel to all these places! The next trick will be to actually use some of them to make a quilt. I'll add it to my ever growing list of quilts to make.