Memory Pillows from Grandpa's Shirts

Thursday, November 25, 2021

A couple weeks ago, a woman posted in our local Facebook group looking for someone to sew her grandpa's shirts into pillows so she could gift them to the family at Thanksgiving. I knew it would be a meaningful project, so I agreed to do it!

Pillows from men's button up shirts

From Trash to Treasure - A Fabric Wreath Tutorial

Monday, November 15, 2021

Remember when I made this Exploding Heart quilt a few months ago?? Well, the scraps from that quilt are now in this cute wreath!

Fabric scrap strip wreath

I actually dug the fabric scraps out of the trash while making that quilt. I just *knew* I would be able to turn them into something fun!

Patchwork of Salvation Blog Tour

Sometimes, the things my quilty friends create make me want to throw a party!! And THIS is one of those things!

Patchwork of Salvation Advent book and quilt

My friend Jen of Faith and Fabric created an Advent devotional book to go along with her Jesse Tree quilt pattern!!

Exploding Heart #7 + TGIFF

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Yes, this is the SEVENTH Exploding Heart quilt I've made! As you know, I very rarely make the same quilt twice, but this pattern has obviously earned its keep around here!

Exploding Heart quilt in Kaffe Fassett fabrics from the Emperor collection

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California Dreamin'

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Last week, I flew to California for a few days. Of course I wanted to take a quilt with me to photograph on the beach, so I turned a panel into a quick finish!

Coastal California panel quilt with free-motion quilting

And yes, I DID sew with my battery-powered sewing machine on the plane!

Sewing on an airplane

Destination: Quilt Along - Segment 3 Wrap Up & Completed Top!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Have you been quilting along with the Destination: Quilt Along?? I am SO excited to share my finished quilt top with you!!

Quilt top using blocks as jumbo polaroid photos

All twelve blocks have been released, so now it's time for some prizes! And this time there are TWO different chances to enter!

Destination: Quilt Along

I will recap all the blocks in Segment 3, then tell you how to enter to win the prizes. And be sure to keep scrolling after that as I'll share the directions for how I made my quilt top!

Destination: Quilt Along - Block 12

Cue the confetti!! It's time for the LAST block for the Destination: Quilt Along!! That means there's also a chance to win prizes! Be sure to read THIS POST for TWO ways to win!

Destination: Quilt Along - all 12 travel-themed quilt blocks

The final block is the "Modern Peaks" block by Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

Destination: Quilt Along

Peacock Plumes Blog Hop

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Tammy of Tamarinis has a new fabric collection out with Island Batik called Peacock Plumes, and I couldn't resist joining in on the digital blog hop to show you the fabric!

Exploding Heart quilt in batik fabrics

Be sure to hop to all the designers in the digital blog hop (links at the end of this post!) to see all the gorgeous quilts mocked up with this new fabric!

Peacock Plumes digital blog hop

Destination: Quilt Along - Block 11

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Destination: Quilt Along is so close to the end! It's time for block 11 this week!


This week's block is called "Hot Air Balloons" by Sherry of Powered by Quilting. Get the pattern HERE!

Destination: Quilt Along

Destination: Quilt Along - Block 10

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Destination: Quilt Along is moving right along! It's time for block 10!

Destination: Quilt Along quilt blocks

This week's block is called "Follow Your Arrow" by Becca at Pretty Piney Quilts. Get the pattern HERE!

Destination: Quilt Along

Scrappy Improv Sunflower Quilt - Book Blog Tour

Monday, September 20, 2021

Welcome to my stop on the Scrappy Improv Quilting blog tour!


Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation has a new book out - and I'm so excited to share my version of one of the quilt patterns in the book with you today!

Holiday House Hop - Meet another Laura!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

It's time for the last stop on the Holiday House Hop! (Watch for a giveaway next week!) Today, we're traveling just a bit north of Missouri to meet my quilty friend who is also named Laura! Laura of Orange Blossom Quilts!


Holiday House Hop

Every Thursday for seven weeks, I'll share about my friends and some holiday-themed patterns they have that you might like too! We'll each share our favorite Christmas song and a favorite recipe too!

Destination: Quilt Along - Block 9

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Destination: Quilt Along continues this week with Block 9!

Road trip quilt block with car and billboard

This week's block is taking us on a road trip! Get the pattern from Karen at Tu-Na Quilts HERE!

Destination: Quilt Along

Holiday House Hop - Meet Tammy of Tamarinis!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

It's time for another stop on the Holiday House Hop! Today, we're traveling south to Georgia to meet my quilty friend, Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis!


Holiday House Hop

Every Thursday for seven weeks, I'll share about my friends and some holiday-themed patterns they have that you might like too! We'll each share our favorite Christmas song and a favorite recipe too!

Eat Your Veggies!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

It feels like it's been awhile, but I have a quilt finish to share today!! This one really makes my boy mom heart happy too! It's dinosaurs!

Dinosaur baby quilt with prairie points

Holiday House Hop - Meet Raylee of Sunflower Stitcheries!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

It's time for another stop on the Holiday House Hop! Today, we're traveling back to Australia to meet my quilty friend, Raylee of Sunflower Stitcheries!

Holiday House Hop

Every Thursday for five weeks, I'll share about my friends and some holiday-themed patterns they have that you might like too! We'll each share our favorite Christmas song and a favorite recipe too!

Destination: Quilt Along - Block 8

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

It's time for Block 8 of the Destination: Quilt Along, and it's my turn to share the block pattern! (It's also the end of segment 2! That means you have an extra week to catch up and a chance to win prizes! If you're sewing along, be sure to read the Segment 2 post too!)

Aurifil thread used for my lake and trees quilt block

This week, I'm sharing how to make this lake quilt block with prairie point trees! Keep reading below to get the FREE pattern!

Destination: Quilt Along

Destination: Quilt Along - Segment 2 Wrap Up

Are you quilting along with the Destination: Quilt Along??

Eight blocks (of twelve) have been released so far, which means it's time for a one-week break for everyone to catch up!

Destination: Quilt Along blocks

It also means that you can enter to win the second segment prizes!

Destination: Quilt Along

I will recap the four blocks in Segment 2, then tell you how to enter to win the prizes at the bottom of this post!

Holiday House Hop - Meet Jen of Faith & Fabric!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

It's time for another stop on the Holiday House Hop! Today, we're traveling to California to meet my quilty friend, Jen of Faith & Fabric!


Holiday House Hop

Every Thursday for five weeks, I'll share about my friends and some holiday-themed patterns they have that you might like too! We'll each share our favorite Christmas song and a favorite recipe too!

Destination: Quilt Along - Block 7

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The weeks are flying by! It's already week 7 of the Destination: Quilt Along, and this week's block is a city skyline!

City Skyline quilt block

This week, Karen and Kathleen have teamed up to create the pattern for Block 7! Hop over to their blogs to get the pattern!

Destination: Quilt Along

Holiday House Hop - Meet Charisma!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

It's time for another stop on the Holiday House Hop! Today, we're traveling to the western United States to meet my quilty friend, Charisma of Charisma's Corner!

Holiday House Hop

Every Thursday for the next five weeks, I'll share about my friends and some holiday-themed patterns they have that you might like too! We'll each share our favorite Christmas song and a favorite recipe too!

Destination: Quilt Along - Block 6

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

It's week six of the Destination: Quilt Along! This week's block is a covered bridge! 

Covered bridge quilt block with matching Aurifil threads

The pattern and tutorial for Block 6 are on Jennifer's blog HERE!

Destination: Quilt Along

Sew Much Fun - FREE Thimble Quilt Block!

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Welcome to my stop on the Sew Much Fun Tour!

Thimble quilt block

I am so excited to share this complimentary thimble quilt block pattern with you! This is part of a larger project with dozens of other pattern designers! Each week (for a whole year!!), a new FREE block pattern is released with a sewing theme. Each block is just 6" square, so if you sew along, you'll have a wonderful sewing themed quilt at the end!

Sew Much Fun Blog Tour

Creating for Kids with Missouri Star!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Grab your popcorn and sewing machines! It's time for a watch party!

Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts with Jenny of Missouri Star Quilt Co. iron

I've been doing some super secret work over the past couple months, and I'm SO excited to share it with you today!! I've teamed up with Missouri Star Quilt Co. to make the Creating for Kids YouTube series!

Creating for Kids - nursery series videos with Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The first set of six videos launched today, and they're all about sewing projects for the nursery!

Creating for Kids - nursery series videos with Missouri Star Quilt Co.

In the videos, I show how to make a soft book, fitted crib sheet, cuffed nesting bins, fabric letters, an eight pocket tote bag, and a quilt-as-you-go quilt! The projects are great for those of us who have been sewing for awhile, but I am hopeful that they will be easy enough for anyone to make - even if they've never sewn at all!

Creating for Kids - nursery series videos with Missouri Star Quilt Co.

The project has been so much fun, and I have learned a LOT!

Creating for Kids video set at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

In my business, I wear all the hats. But at Missouri Star, they have teams of people to help do everything! It was amazing to watch everyone do their part and work together!

Creating for Kids video set at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

There is SO much that happens behind the scenes in these videos that you don't see! It took four days of recording to make the six videos, and the air conditioner quit working on one of the days! So one of the videos (I won't tell you which one!) was recorded while it was over 85 degrees in the studio!

Fabric letters - a tutorial with Missouri Star Quilt Co.

This is the first time I've done anything like this, and I'm very happy with how the videos turned out! (Kudos to the team!!) It's quite intimidating to know your very first ever video tutorials are going to be put on a YouTube channel with over 750,000 subscribers!

Creating for Kids - Nursery items to sew with Missouri Star

Most of the projects are sewn with the Dream collection by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play for Riley Blake Designs. There are some Kona solids in the mix too!

Creating for Kids video set at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

I tried to sneak in a few pi symbols in the videos, so that adds a bit of an "I spy" element as you watch!

MSQC Kids fabric letters

Be sure to check out all the videos! We're hoping to add to the series in a few months, so let me know what you'd like to sew for the kids in your life! There just might be a tutorial on it next time!

If you make anything from the videos, use the hashtag #MSQCkids on social media so we can see it!

Holiday House Hop - Meet Anne of Said With Love!

It's Thursday, so it's time for the Holiday House Hop! This week, we're traveling "down under" to visit my quilty friend, Anne of Said With Love

Holiday House Hop

Every Thursday for the next five weeks, I'll share about my friends and some holiday-themed patterns they have that you might like too! We'll each share our favorite Christmas song and a favorite recipe too!

Destination: Quilt Along - Block 5

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

It's week five of the Destination: Quilt Along! This week's block is a ferry! I don't recall ever being on a ferry! Guess I better put that on my vacation bucket list!

Ferry quilt block

The pattern and tutorial for Block 5 is on Kathleen's blog HERE!

Destination: Quilt Along

Holiday House Hop & Pattern Tour

Thursday, August 5, 2021

I have joined with some of my favorite quilty friends for a Holiday House Hop! Every Thursday for the next six weeks, I'll share about my friends and some holiday-themed patterns they have that you might like too! We'll each share our favorite Christmas song and a favorite recipe too! (Quilts and food?! I'm all in!)

Holiday House Hop with quilt pattern designers

The hop starts today, and I get to go first! Check out all of the Christmas and winter themed quilt patterns that I have! (I was surprised that I have so many!) Be sure to scroll to the bottom to get the recipe for my favorite cookies!

Holiday House Hop