My Thimble Collection Quilt

I was recently asked by a new quilter several questions about my “Quilts for Sale”.  I keep forgetting I get new quilters coming to my blog and face book page every day.  I’m happy we have this medium to get information out to those who desire it.

As per her questions, I thought I’d give everyone more background on each of the quilts I have for sale one at a time.

“My Thimble Collection” was inspired by an antique quilt that someone brought into my vending booth in Jacksonville, FL way back in 1996.  I had been collecting ideas for my first self published book, “Vintage One Patch Scrap Quilts”.    I made the example for my book by tracing templates.  Leslie G. owns it.

Later that year, a local Florida quilt shop contacted me about producing stamps for the patterns in my book.  I had been experimenting with making stamps, so it seemed a natural.  My first stamp was born, the Thimble Stamp!  I was delighted and shocked how many people caught onto the idea.  I immediately started to make a new thimble quilt with my new template stamp.

I had been working for Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting at the time, freelancing many of my designs.  I submitted this quilt and they accepted it!

My Thimble Collection Quilt 21" x 21"

My Thimble Collection Quilt
21″ x 21″

What a treat to see this quilt appear in their fine magazine in February 2000!

I was able to use several fabrics that I had been “hording” because it was a charm quilt (every piece is different and not repeated) and used only 2″ squares of fabric.  Carol C. will get a laugh at one of my favorite fabrics because she and I bought “the skiers” together.  And the “fox heads” was used in all my charm quilts at the time.

Detail of My Thimble Collection Quilt

Detail of My Thimble Collection Quilt

Because of it’s popularity and the really cool picture American Patchwork took of the quilt, it then appeared on the cover of  Scrap Quilts, a small publication highlighting several of the magazines recent quilts by various quilters.

Cover of Scrap Quilts courtesy of American Patchwork and Quilting.

Cover of Scrap Quilts courtesy of American Patchwork and Quilting.

This publication came out in 2001.  It was sold in quilt shops and hobby stores around the country.

Now you can own this particular quilt “My Thimble Collection” if you desire.  Only one is available and it is the original that appeared in the magazine and publication.

The original stamp has been discontinued, but if you wish to make your own version, you can purchase the “Vintage Thimble Stamp” on my website.

As Paul Harvey used to say, “Now you know the rest of the story!”

Until Next Time,

Happy Stitching!

Pumpkin Muffin Time!

Everyone that knows me well knows I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes and especially PUMPKIN MUFFINS!  I made up a batch today and thought I’d share my recipe.

Pumpkin Muffins with hot tea. Life doesn't get better than this! :)

Pumpkin Muffins with hot tea. Life doesn’t get better than this!

Here is the easy recipe:

4 beaten eggs

1 – 15 oz can pumpkin

1 cup cooking oil

1 cup sugar

Mix these 4 ingredients with mixer and add:

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Mix thoroughly and pour into 18 muffin tins or one 9 x 13″ pan.  Bake at 350° for 20 minutes (muffins) or 30 minutes (cake).  Cool and frost with cream cheese icing.  (Notice I put the icing INSIDE like my mom did when packing school lunches.)

Perfect for snacking when quilting!

I’ll be at a retreat most of next week.  I’ll be filling orders before I head out on Tuesday.  I’ll be home Friday, so I’ll get them out as soon as possible.  I appreciate your patience.

Happy Baking and Stitching!


New Set of Valdani and Free Pattern!

I’ve been working with the good people of Valdani to bring you a brand new collection of size 12 perle cotton.  You KNOW how I love Valdani in my embroidery and wool applique.  My first shipment arrived today and it is gorgeous!  “The Cindy Blackberg Garden Collection” is ready to ship!

"Cindy Blackberg Garden Collection"

“Cindy Blackberg Garden Collection”

This set contains teal and 2 blues you are going to love along with a rich red and staples you need in your box of embroidery threads.  (See the website for specific color numbers.)

What to do with your new collection?  How about making my brand new quilt made with this collection and the Sugar Loaf Stamp set, “Sugar Loaf Garden.”

sugar loaf garden 004

Sugar Loaf Garden

Here is a close up of one of the blocks:

Sugar Loaf Garden Closeup

Sugar Loaf Garden Close up

I used the Sugar Loaf set of stamps to make the quilt, but templates are included if you don’t want to purchase them.

Sugar Loaf stamp set

Sugar Loaf stamp set

Want to save $12.00?  Order the new Valdani Garden Collection and get the new “Sugar Loaf Garden” pattern FREE!  (No need to put the “Sugar Loaf Garden” pattern in your shopping cart, I’ll pack it in your order when you order the new Garden Collection of Threads.)

If you just want the pattern, you can order that too!  On my website at:

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!



Log Cabin is Back!

Many of you have asked me to reissue some of my old stamps that have been discontinued.  The most frequently requested has been the log cabin stamp.

So simple in it’s format.  One stamp can make all the log cabin “rounds”.  You just cut at the indicated line.  (Detailed instructions are included.)

One stamp is all you need!

One stamp is all you need!

The stamp has the cutting and piecing lines and my special tip to make sure you NEVER need to square up your blocks as you sew!  YAY!

The stamp will make a 4 3/4″ block, so you can combine it with the “Carpenter’s Star” stamp set to make a “starry” border or incorporate it with your blocks.

Traditional Log Cabin

Traditional Log Cabin

This is one of my very favorite quilts!  I hope you will love it, too!

Buy your stamp in my web store here!

Happy Stamping and Stitching!


Coming Soon, Quilts for Sale!

Many of you know I have retired from quilt teaching.  I’m enjoying retirement, but have an abundance of quilt samples that I want to sell.  I’m going to offer them on my website soon at great prices.  So if you need a gift for someone, or a gift for yourself, be sure to stay tuned.  I’ll send out a blog post when they are uploaded and ready to view and purchase.


What will I be selling, you ask?  Lots of really lovely quilts made for magazine publication, for my seminars, or just for fun.  All personally made by me. :)

Until then…

Happy Stitching!


Tiny Stitches Guide is Here!

Many of you have the most recent copy of my book, Tiny Stitches 2.  It was an update from my first book that was published in 2002.  There has been so much demand for the book since it was out of print, I decided to reprint it in a smaller, condensed version.

Tiny Stitches Cover

Tiny Stitches Cover

The pocket guide is a smaller version, only 16 pages in a smaller format, 5 1/2″x8 1/2″.  So you can put it in your work basket and refer to it as you hand quilt.

Tiny Stitches Pocket Guide to hand quilting will have you hand quilting with ease in a few steps.  The book is a “how to” guide as well as  reference to improving your hand quilting stitches.

Corded and Layered Trapunto techniques are covered in the guide.

Corded and Layered Trapunto techniques are covered in the guide.

The book is all black and white except for a color cover, but has numerous pictures and diagrams to show you step by step to achieve smaller stitches.  Much of the content is has been taken and updated from my last book.

Because of the small size, you benefit from the small price, too!  Only $8.50 plus postage!  Get your guide here today!



As I was updating yet another version of “Tiny Stitches” I thought I’d share a technique I use called “layered trapunto.”  This is such an easy method of trapunto that doesn’t require extra tools or slicing holes in the back of your quilt.

First, trace your design onto the front of your quilt.  (I use a graphite pencil available on my website.)  Decide what section you’d like to appear layered.

I decided to layer the feathers in this block.

I decided to layer the feathers in this block.

Lay your design on top of a piece of HOBBS THERMORE.  (No backing yet!)

Baste just outside and inside the feathers.

Baste just outside and inside the feathers.

After basting, turn your piece over and trim the extra batting.

Your back should look like this.

Your back should look like this.

No need to trim exact.  This will be inside your quilt.

Now, lay down your piece on another whole piece of HOBBS THERMORE, backing and baste as you would normally.

The feathers appear puffy without distortion.

Basted and ready to quilt.

Quilt your piece as you normally would.  Wash and let it dry flat.

Notice the feathers are raised without distortion.

Notice the feathers are raised without distortion.

The first question you will ask is why Hobbs Thermore?  Answer: It is the only batting that you can successfully hand quilt through 2 layers.  (I’ve tried this with other battings and don’t like the results.)

And yes, I did cord the channel, too, but that is in the NEW Pocket Guide available very soon.

Happy Stitching!