Tuesday, May 2, 2017


So I've done it.
I created my first set of quilt patterns - AND so far so good.  I've created a page pinned just above the blog for untested patterns (and linked the ones already up over at Fandom In Stitches) - Hope you guys love them!

Because I do.
Wait for it....

Thursday, April 27, 2017


I love doing these swap pieces.  I've decided I really do want to try some things outside of fandom quilting, so I've signed up for a Greyscale Swap!  My partner really likes geometric shapes, and so I pulled these fabrics to use in it.... Greyscale is a huge challenge! #greyscaleswap

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Charity Quilt -Quilting Bee 2017

What. A. Day.

First I have to say these women are amazing.

We had very few repeaters from last year, so we literally were teaching from the beginning all over again.  We decided to use the simpler neon squares pattern that would allow us to show them also how to fussycut fun materials.  We had about 30 women, and 5 hours, and would you believe it?  We got 22 squares done (28 needed for a twin size quilt) - and almost everyone took home an extra square or more than one extra.  Since we do two twin quilts each year, we're nearly 1/2 way done!

Talk about teaching to fish.  I am humbled.

I feel so grateful to be able to do this each year.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring into weddings....

I got on to Facebook last night - something I haven't done a lot of this year.  And when I did I got an event reminder.  I never saw the invite so I felt a little bad - it was a wedding shower for a sweet girl that lives here near me.  Her first husband suffered horrendously from PTSD and ended his own life about 4 years ago just after they'd had their sweet little girl.  I know she's gone through a lot.  Fast forward to about 8 months ago when a young man came home from his mission into our ward and it was friendship thick as thieves from the get go.

I thought since their first meeting was on a trip to the temple, it was only fitting I make them the perfect gift....  a personalized wall-hanging!  I was grateful it wasn't TOOO terribly complicated - and I love how it turned out.  I hope it hangs in their home for years and years.  Families are Forever.

Pattern is from Quilt-A-Temple
Alphabet is from Diane Bohn

Sunday, April 9, 2017

FiS Quilt Swap - Take 2

So I got an email a bit earlier that my partner has dropped out.


This is my luck.  It's a good thing that I have kids that would adore this same piece (and have already asked, joked, and wished for it).

For just a moment I was sad about it.  And then I realized...  if my partner dropped maybe someone else did too.  and as luck would have it, that was the case.  so now I'm on a new swap piece....

A combination of a niffler, hufflepuff scarf, and you guessed it... a suitcase I designed myself.  I'm pretty happy with my idea, I just hope it comes out like I think it will.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

FiS Quilt Swap Update

I love how this is coming together so much!  My tardis in smoke ring pattern worked out really well and I'm pleased that it didn't have too many errors!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

More Hamilton


I. am. addicted.


First of all, addicted to Hamilton the musical.  It speaks to my soul the same way Les Miserables does, or amazing cello music or .... well you get the picture.

But I really mean addicted to designing.  I understand now why so many people switch to designing. Here's a few more designs in the works...

(this pattern has two pistols mirror imaged)

and because I"m a glutton for punishment.... I also messed around with embroidery patterns for the quotables that I want to incorporate.
And now I dig in and start sewing...  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I can Maybe figure this out?

So my one big goal this year is to learn to design using Quilt Assistant which is a freebie program!  I've done a bit of googlemoogling trying to find some tutorials and the like, but there isn't a lot.  Alida (TweloQ) does have a good one.

I've been going through the QA manual and playing with snapping lines and removing them, and trying to think of things in terms of pattern testing so that the design makes sense.  it's a lot harder than you think.

My first attempt was to try and create a pattern for Hamilton the musical since Fandominstitches has a call out for patterns.  I don't think it's too bad.

The hardest part is not just the making the pattern, it's writing the pattern.  There are SO. MANY. DETAILS.

Tips that I've learned:
1.  block out the image in your mind in "pieces".
2.  check your image size so you aren't making an enormous piece that doesn't translate when you have to reduce size.  (not that I've done this more than once or anything)
3..  To save your pattern, or "map" (ie the layout overall - found on the design tab in the print box), Print to PDF and save it.  Save them individually.  And you'll need both the "map" and the pattern, as well as a cover.
4..  You can turn off the colors in the map so testers won't hate you because of having too many ink colors/saturation by unchecking the "show image" and "show color numbers" on the design tab.
5..  Find a good PDF joiner if you don't have Adobe Pro.  I use this one.
6. Get brave and submit it for testing.

It's a little like having a baby.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

FiS Quilt Swap!

My one non-craft goal was to enjoy life more.  Take hold of the moments I can do things that bring me joy!

Today I learned about mini quilt swaps.
I'm in trouble.

My first one - and  I'm excited because I decided that with my new addiction of designing, I should design something for each little piece I do.  (Little is objective...12"-20" mini quilts)

My partner loves both Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Who.  So - the plan is to use the Caterpillar (Absolem) pattern from Fandom in Stitches (designed by Michelle Thompson) and design a tardis in a smoke ring to tie the two together.

Here's my tardis pattern.

Friday, February 24, 2017

to the beach to the beach to the beach...

What a whirlwind of a beginning to this year!  I've set a few goals in quilting and in enjoying life.  I don't do resolutions, I just pick one things to get really good at each year.  It cuts down on the self-flogging when I utterly fail.  LOL  This year my goal is to learn to design paper pieced patterns.  I'm excited at the challenge.  My other goal for the year is to take advantage of opportunities to relax and get away from the day to day grind.  This weekend the girls and I realized we all had two days off - so in a flash I found a hotel and we ran away.  BEST. IDEA. EVER.
She ran down to the water and just stood there.  My land-locked mermaid had all the feels and it was oddly emotional.  We had quite a few moments of realizing how wound we all were.

It's 7:15. These two hard-working girls have had a rough bunch of things over the last few months. Me too. I'm so grateful the stars aligned and we all three finally had the same two days off. Coming to the beach was the best decision ever. The trip is short but my spiritual soul is again reminded of the gifts my heavenly Father brings into my life and I feel more at peace. #familiesareforever#thebeachrestoresmysoul #lovethesetwo#grateful

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Beginner paper piecing class- take 2

It's our new annual tradition.  I'm determined to teach to fish rather than feed for a day, if you know what I'm saying.  It's our 2nd annual beginning quilt class, charity quilt sew-a-thon, modern-day quilting bee.

I've debated long and hard about the lessons I learned last year.  Things like:
1.  don't use a pattern with multiple pieces on the first try.  (wayyy too many moving parts)
2.  don't try and teach a pattern with angles.
3.  find a couple of other people to learn how to sew it before the day, so you're not running around like a chicken with your head cut off.
4.  most people don't want handouts
5. most everyone is a visual learner.

I'm debating between a couple of different patterns....

Both of these patterns are freebies from Wombat Quilts
I like the first as a better choice for a class since there are no angles, but I love flying geese so naturally I'm drawn to the second one.  LOL  We'll see once we talk it through with our group.

So watch for updates in April!

Friday, January 27, 2017

My neighbor...

I've been a fan of Hayao Miyazaki since my kids were little.  I fell in love with My neighbor Totoro and all the sweetness and goodness his films bring.  So it's no surprise when one of the designers posted she was working on some Studio Ghibli pieces, Totoro to be specific.... I jumped at the chance to pattern test.  Here's the first bunch...