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This is as good as a photo gets in your dark bedroom.  Roan’s snoozing in my bed, and there’s no way in Hell I’m going to chance waking him.  I think crappy photos of quilts from a distance are actually quite good in helping “see” the design anyway.


Below is my usual design, and though I like it, I’ve just done it too many times.


I probably will crash on the couch to watch cartoons with the little guy when he gets up.  You can get a lot done when you for no reason what-so-ever are wide awake at 3am.

I’ve read The Stranger and filled out my city voting ballot.  Ordered this delightful home decor owl fabric with Christmas presents in mind, and now that I am fully caffeinated I thought I would set us to work on the design of our Value Quilts.

That’s all we’re doing this week, because I need a break to catch-up on my quilting bees.  This might provide some time for some of you to catch-up too.  Head over to the Value Quilt Flickr Group, test out some designs, see what resonates.

I am curious what you think of the top design?  I can’t fit all the blocks, so I’ll have to add as I go.  There are a few blocks that don’t have enough contrast of light and dark, but I think I’m going for it anyway.  I did place a few of the squares to make the diamonds all one color.  Looking at the photo makes me see some other areas where I’ll do some more of this.

Off to look at House Blocks, not my favorite, I always feel so inadequate when I produce them.

Have a great weekend.


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I’ve always had this thought,

“If I was working outside the house I wouldn’t have so much time to search out and buy fabric.”


It doesn’t apply if you work HERE:

3966999417_e75fdaf746(All photos courtesy Chara Michele Photography)

My friend Sarah is holding a soft opening of her wonderful new store FABRIC CRUSH, on Friday the 2nd of October from 10am-2pm.

Her shop is located in the Village of Magnolia at 2313 Viewmont Way West, Seattle, WA 98199.

Come in and say, “HI!” and receive a 10% discount!  Fabulous fabric and a boutique feel!


Some more eye candy for “Come and See Us Incentive.”




MORE to come!  We’re still unwrapping fabric, but can’t wait to see your smiling faces and your fingers itching to sew with beautiful fabrics!

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I haven’t run for days…lazy.  So I might be adding some fluff to my middle section, especially with all this beer I love.

But I am productive.  Three Quilting Bee Blocks and two pillows in two days.  That’s my marathon.


I funked up Rachel’s String Block for the Cottage Quilting Bee.  Sorry about that Rachel, the white is off, but I’m a newbie and fully hooked on this!  Check out her tutorial.  I think this will be my block for my Ten Make Two Month.  Sorry in advance to those of you having to make two.  You all can damn me now.


I decided instead of blending my little corner studio in the living room or the livudio as we call it, that I would make it stand out.  I already had the red metal drawers and made myself a pillow for my booty and painted my chair black.  I’m lovin’ all the red and purple popping up all over the place.

Purple center side:


Red center side:


I believe I’ll go check out the swivel chairs at IKEA this week, maybe it can add some more fluff.

My Ten Makes Two Blocks for By Needle and Thread just pressed!

They look awesome in person.



Oh, but wait!  I finished this for my friend’s birthday.  She has the most awesome hand painted pillow with a Virgin of Guadalupe on it.  I thought this would pair up well.



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I’ve been brewing a while on an idea of a quilt along for my Value Quilt Tutorial.  I think the time has come.

And because even the longest journey begins with a single step (or steps in this quilt), I thought I’d give you all a heads-up and some planning time before we all jump in.

What you’ll need:

* Quilting Wall: You will need to see your work from a distance on this one.  Value is best determined from a distance.  Vertically seeing your work will help a lot.  Buy one or craft yourself one.  Blair of Wisecraft does it well here.  I suppose you could make do without, but try for one.  It will be indispensable to you once you’ve used it.  Even a flannel sheet will work.  I just tack mine to the wall.

*Mass array of fabrics: Lights, medium and dark in value.  Cut into squares (I’m doing 6-inch).  Take a good look at your stash.  You most likely have a lot that are medium in value. This is the time to hit the fabric swap groups, or buy those FQs you’ve always wanted!  Try to fill in the gaps by buying the values you don’t have much of.  Start cutting!

*Amount of fabrics: I will be doing 12 rows up and 12 across for a family sized quilt.  Two squares will make two identical squares.  For less of a commitment try a baby quilt.

*Square template (6-inch or smaller).

*The rest is the usual quilting stuff.


There are some examples on the  Values Quilt Flickr Group.  Some are less “distracting” in their use of print and use a solid as the light.  For those of you with less stash this might be a good start.

You are also not stuck to the diamond shape of my example.  By switching the squares around you could easily create a different look.  Maybe light and dark lines?  I was thinking of perhaps making a bunch of squares and then sashing them.  Similar to these I made for the Ten Make Two Bee:





Let me know if you want to jump in with me!  Join here.

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I joined another quilting bee named Ten Make Two.  The Bee is hosted by I’m a Ginger Monkey (Katy). I think this bee is rather genious.  You use your own fabric rather than mailing back and forth.  Often,  I get an idea in my head for the block I want and I can’t make it because I lack the lengths, widths, or values I need.  Having my own fabric to choose from cuts back on this frustration.

I love Lululollylegs block.  She picked the Bento Box Quilt.  She, as I, was inspired by Pink Chalk’s Bento Quilt.  I’ve had the pattern for ages and had been collecting pink and orange fabric to produce a similar quilt.  Easy enough to whip up some requested orange and pink blocks!

The first I used some fuscia too:


The values contrasted nicely in this block.  The next I went a bit lighter in value.  My top left didn’t quite have the contrast that I needed to make the square shine.  I could have used a bit darker value, but it’s still lovely and just needs to be placed next to something solid, or way lighter or darker in value to make it pop.  I was able to use it as an example of contrast (value) in my class last night.


Regardless, the blocks were super easy.  I’m a bit addicted to this pattern I think.

For you fabricheads out there, I bought some out of print Cake, Rock, Beach waves and dots on clearance here.  Five dollars a yard!

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I’ve been in production mode on pillows lately.  I’ll be teaching an Improv Patchwork Workshop at The Quilting Loft here in Seattle, and in Bellevue at Quiltworks Northwest, and needed some samples for the shops.  Pillows seemed perfect as examples of improv piecing.

Inspired by this lady.

This one below was inspired by this lovely lady:

and of course the backs:

My Sewing Teacher friend Cheryl Kuczek first taught me pillows.  She offers a pattern, “Perfect Pillows” that I have always followed.  She will be offering follow up pillow classes to my piecework classes.  Do not fear the zipper!  Her business Paradiso Designs offers a variety of stellar bag patterns.  Check out her article in Craftsylish too!

I picked up a current copy of Quilting Arts’ Stitch Magazine today, and what’s inside?  A bunch of awesome pillows.  Quick, go make yourself some fluff!

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Occasionally,  fleetingly, I feel that I need a daughter.  But, only to have someone to sew this cute Mendocino fabric into frocks, and such for.  Thanks, but one boy (currently having a dragon battle in the sunshine patch in the living room) is plenty.  I’ll borrow the girls.

I bought a ton of the Mendocino line in batches when it was released.  I’m a huge fan.  It’s fueled me creatively through a few Christmas gifts, plus some birthdays.

Now it’s Rose’s Birthday.  Some detail of her pillow, pictured at the top of the post.

Apparently, her Far Far Away line is the last for a bit (due to contract issues).

Hope you all got a bit of sewing love in for the weekend.  My Stepping Stone quilt is coming along and I hope to have some photos up this week.  Off to make biscuits!

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