Changes are a comin’!

Hi everyone!

I’ve been on vacation and visiting my new stamp vendor!  I’ve had a really wonderful 30 year relationship with my former stamp supplier, Jay.  He ran a family business along with his mom and pop.  Jay got my stamps to me quickly and efficiently.  When he retired recently he turned to a larger company that he had done business with many times, Holmes Custom.  Still a family business but with many more employees.  I enjoyed my tour of their “state of the art facilities” and met with some of the people that will be making my stamps.

My new liaison, Stephen.

I was fascinated by the manufacturing process.  My stamps will now be cut with a laser.

Laser cut synthetic rubber.

The rubber is more eco-friendly and gray!

Still mounted on reforested hardwood.

I’m in transition right now waiting on my designs to be uploaded and ready to access, so I’m out of a few of my designs, but they are due to arrive in 2 weeks.  I appreciate your patience!  I will send out your orders as soon as I can.

Stephen and Matt, two very helpful employees.  Stephen is working on uploading my designs.

I was able to test out a few of my stamps and the cushioning is still the same, the rubber will last as long as my old stamps and still mounted with on the wood exactly the same way.  AND, the prices will stay the same!  That is good news!

So, only one more thing to say…

Morning Glory Quilt

Hi Everyone,

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have another one of my favorite quilts to appear in the June issue of American Patchwork and Quilt!  The quilt is called “Morning Glory” and features hand quilting, hand embroidery, and hand piecing.

Here is the cover of the magazine so you can’t miss it when it comes out at your favorite quilt shop or newsstand.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

And here is the quilt.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

You are going to LOVE this issue…  They feature my handwork with stunning close up pictures.

And of course, I used my stamps to hand piece my quilt.  I used the new 3″ sawtooth star set of stamps along with the 3″ large triangle.  For the embroidery, I used the Cindy Blackberg Collection of Valdani perle cotton.  Be sure to order your supplies today and pick up your copy of the magazine available after April 3rd.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

A new video on hand piecing is now available

I’ve created a new video on how I hand piece.
This video is hand piecing hexagons, but the same techniques can be applied to any blocks.
This video will be especially helpful for those working on my Rowing by Hand Mystery.

Here is the video, but it can also be found on my Tips page under Free Projects and Tips.

New Stamp Set!

Many of you know it takes a lot of time and effort into making a template stamp set.  The new 3″ Sawtooth Star set is no exception.  I had the stamp set made up over a year ago.  To say, I love this set is an understatement!

3″ Sawtooth Star Set

This set is amazing and will combine easily with the 3″ Large Triangle stamp that you probably already own.

3″ Large Triangle

(You can also use the 3″ Large Triangle with the 3″ Lemoyne Star set.)

I’m premiering this new set before April 1st when my new quilt appears in the June issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  I can’t reveal that quilt yet, just sayin’ you are going to want the magazine and this stamp set along with the 3″ Large Triangle to make my design.

Here is the simple quilt design I included in the stamp package:

3″ Sawtooth Star quilt

These stamp set will also combine with the “Cracker Box” B stamp to make this arrangement:

Use the cracker box triangle for another version.

3″ Sawtooth Star Close Up

Order your stamp set here before the rush in April!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

FREE PATTERN!

Everyone loves a “deal” and how about this one?  A free pattern to be used with the reissued “Railroad Crossing” stamp set.

This quilt is an easy way of making the Railroad Crossing without the flying geese.

Railroad Crossing Adaptation

I made my new quilt using mostly my friend, Jo Morton’s “New Hope” fabric line from Moda.  I just loved the black border print and graphic look it takes on in this simple design.

The pattern is available here and on my website under the Free Patterns and Tips on the  “Free Projects” page.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

 

Sequential Hand Piecing Video

Hi everyone!

It has been a long process and not easy, but along with my jewel of a webmaster, my “Sequential Hand Piecing” video is now uploaded to my website under the tips page.

If you want a refresher on this technique or you have signed up for the “Rowing By Hand” mystery and want to see how fast hand piecing can be, please view the video.

And credit where credit is due…  My video recorder was my grand daughter.  She is slowly pulling me into the world of technology.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Clue 1 on it’s way!

Hi everyone!

It has been a hectic 2 weeks in the studio with the surprise of being on the cover of the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting and preparing the first clue to go out to all of you that signed up!

Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

The magazine is now available in stores, so hopefully you’ve obtained your copy.  I’ve also reissued the Railroad Crossing stamp set.  If you’ve also wanted to make this quilt and it is on your wish list, don’t forget to order your stamp set here.

Another change on the website.  I’ve reformatted the Josephine’s Garden pattern to a smaller size and have included the Elongated Hexagon stamp.  It now appears on the hexagon part of the webpage at a new lower price.  Order yours now if you missed out 3 years ago.

Josephine’s Garden made with the Elongated Hexagon.

For those of you that signed up for the LAST mystery, your first clue is in the mail.  (You can still sign up, but do it quickly so you don’t miss the fun!)  I had hoped to create some videos to go along with the mystery, but technology is not my strong suit, quilting is!  So, I’ll do some blog posts with detailed instructions for anyone wishing to learn new skills or refresh their old ones.

For now, check out my “Tips” under the header bar on my website.  You’ll be amazed at the tips you can learn!

For those of you that receive your first clue this week…

READY, SET, SEW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Counting the Days!

Hi Everyone!

I’m counting the days til the first clue for the “Rowing By Hand” mystery is mailed out!  There is still time to sign up for this “sort of” mystery!  Read all about it here.  It is one of my best, if I do say so myself and will be the last mystery I’ll be leading.  Don’t miss out!  Sign up now.

Other news…

Some of you have received the new April 2018 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  One of my favorite quilts, “Railroad Crossing” made the cover.  (It also made the cover 19 years ago, so I’m doubly excited!)

Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

I’ve reissued the stamp set I used when I taught this quilt when I was “on the road.”  Here are some of my quilts made with the stamp set.

Order your stamp set here.

Until next time…

Happy Stitching!

Railroad Crossing is Back!

It is hard to believe that 19 years ago one of my favorite quilts, Railroad Crossing, made the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  Since AP&Q is celebrating their 25th anniversary, they asked if they could use the quilt in their April 2018 issue.  Imagine my surprise as it made the cover again!

To celebrate I’m reissuing the Railroad Crossing template stamps along with the pattern.  The pattern contains 2 versions.

Railroad Crossing 49″ x 64″
Whistle Stop 34″ x 34″

I used the Railroad Crossing stamps to make the “arcs” and the Sawtooth Star set of stamps to make the flying geese.

Railroad Crossing stamp set

Here is a new version just made with just the Railroad Crossing stamps.

Simple railroad crossing block.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of AP&Q by making your favorite version!

Order your stamps here!