Friday, May 17, 2013

Time or Dimension

Beyond Tradition is a book I designed a few years ago to showcase traditional designs and introduce more modern designs. It has the "Study in Black and White" as well as chevron type stipes, "Pizzaz". It can be purchased on my website for $5.00, for a limited time at

Yesterday I had the privlage of showing some of my quilts at the Piece By Piece Quilt Guild in Hyde Park, UT. It was fun to see quilters that have taught me and some that I have taught through the years. They are fun, amazingly talented, and very generous with each other and the quilts they make. It inspired me to sew more often!

As I showed each quilt we talked about the comment that has been shared about me that I was ahead of my time when I made my book "Beyond Tradition" and a few other patterns. Now that the quilt industry has a huge modern side I should fit in, but I'm not sure. So we decided I must be in a different dimension. 😊 Do you ever feel that way?

"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -Andy Worhol

Here are a few of my different designs, but I like them....
This is my pattern "Simply Sublime". It has three dimensional leaves, yes they are leaves but many people see them as different things. One person thought they were fish jumping out of water, so I took this photo on a river bed.
This is an all wool table runner named "All Deco'd Out", it has some Art Deco inspiration, big and bold.
This is actually a table topper created from my "Fun with Shapes" pattern. I just liked displaying it on the chair, it shows the great spaces the orange peel shape makes.

These patterns and more can be purchased on my website,

... So I guess what it comes down to, when creating, art, and design, do what you like, at least you will like yourself!

Friday, May 10, 2013

My Creations

Many of my favorite quilt designs have been on display the past two weeks at My Girlfriend's
Quilt Shop, in Logan, Utah. So my kids wanted to see them, so here they are all in one spot, my creations! Aren't they beautiful, and handsome!
To see more information about the quilts and to buy patterns and books visit my website,

Teaching "Sunset"

I taught my pattern, "Sunset" today at the K & H Quilt Shoppe in Kaysville, Utah. It was fun to teach, but mostly fun to talk with the great ladies that took the class.
Angela and Amy, sisters in quilting and in life, showing their finished blocks!
This is Jackie with her teal and brown block, beautiful!
Here is Heather with her bright block, it looks great!
Thank you to Kay and Heidi for inviting me to teach. I am excited to come teach again!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sewing for service!

It has been a long while since my last blog, life gets going and I have been working on other projects and my family keeps me busy. As you can see my little helper! She is so good at sorting my fabrics for me!


In March I went to a Modern Quilt guild meeting held at Suppose Quilt Shoppe in Preston, Idaho. Jo Thomas taught a modern piecing method she learned from Denise Schmidt (you can see her quilts at It was so fun! My mom went with me and we had a great time. I will not make all my quilts this way but it was very freeing. This is the block I came home with!


A neighbor of mine donated a bunch of fabric to me before she moved because I am in charge of finding humanitarian projects for people in my church to participate in. She donated a bunch of corduroy fabric and I thought this technique would work well, with a few bright colors mixed in. I had different size strips already cut and we put our machines close together.  First we sewed two starting pieces then passed… then you added one strip and passed. We continued to do this while we talked and talked for several hours. We had a great time, and look at the blocks we made!


This is only the first step for these blocks. We will put them together different ways, add applique and  make them into runners, pillows and other projects to donate to the Mothers Without Borders fall boutique. The money they raise from the boutique goes to help their orphanage and school in Zambia, Africa.  To learn more about Mothers Without Borders and to donate any craft items to sell at their boutique go to this link  I will show you the finished projects before we give them away.

Another organization we made things for with donated fabric is Days for Girls.  Groups all over the nation make these hygiene kits that are given to girls in other countries to help them each month.  In fact they might have a local chapter near you, ours helped us get started and provided the waterproof fabric we needed.  Our group sewed the shields, liners, and bags then collected the rest of the items that all fit into the bag.

It took a lot of work and many hours of service from our group of amazing ladies, but it felt good.  We made over 100 kits to send to Uganda and I know they helped the girls and women their get back some of their days.  For more information about Days for Girls visit  Its worth the visit.