Sunday, October 20, 2013

All I can say is that I am hanging on for dear life. We are in for a bumpy ride with this selling and buying of our family home. My emotions are running the gamut and my poor husband is living with an emotional rollercoaster.

I thought that I had already posted the pattern for the Piecemakers' Quilt Guild Opportunity guilt for this year, but I hadn't. So, here it is, Tuning Forks. Aside from the block looking like a tuning fork, the cascading colors give the impression of sound waves ...

Tuning Forks

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Couple of New Patterns ...

It has been a great week. Got a couple of patterns written. Life is moving along. The grandkids are growing, especially the new baby. This week she had her 2 month check-up and discovered the mirror in the doctor's office. She really liked that baby in the mirror ...

The first pattern is Niner Not. Is it a 9-patch or isn't it. It's a great modern looking quilt that is quick and easy to piece together.

Niner Not
The second pattern is Condos. It's a great scrappy quilt the a lot of fun to make.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Runs with Scissors ...

It is a beautiful day in the San Francisco Bay Area today. I did find time this morning to come up with a new quilt pattern. Sometimes I get as much enjoyment from naming the patterns as I do in creating them.

Runs with Scissors is a fun quilt with a modern twist. Can you find the scissors in the quilt? Look for this one at your favorite quilt shop soon!

Runs with Scissors

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Could Summer Be Almost Over ???

Grandtwins are all back from their summer camps and I can not believe that they go back to school in less than 2 weeks. The new grandbaby is almost a month old and her little personality is coming out more each day.

A couple of new quilt patterns this week, well actually four. My Way is a basic 4-patch. It is the inner play of light and dark fabrics with an even lighter sashing and border that give the visual image that makes this quilt unique.

My Way
Line 'Em Up is a great baby quilt for those stash scraps or 5" charm packs. Use the darker horizontal sashing and the light background/border fabric to showcase the scrappy charms. This is a great quilt to whip up for that next baby shower you are going to.

Line 'Em Up
Charm Bars is also a fun way to use up those stash scraps or 5" charm packs while giving them a modern twist. This quilt is easy to adjust the number of rows and columns to make any size you could want.

Charm Bars

I like the way Wicked gives a woven, wicker kind of look with just three basic fabrics. Make sure that one of the colors contrasts in lightness or darkness with the other two. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

David is Back from Camp ...

My Grandson, David, is back from YMCA camp and finally got to meet his new cousin. He thinks she is really cute !

David and Thea (11 Days old)

One Handsome Fella

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Another New Pattern

I couldn't resist playing around with the Equal Marriage symbol. I am thrilled that all marriages are recognized in California and hope that the rest of the world follows.

Living Love is an easy quilt pattern and while I have dominated my rendition with neutrals and a pop of color in the equal sign, it would be great in a variety of color combinations.

Living Love

Saturday, July 20, 2013

One Week Old ...

Are all 1 week olds this animated? Thea Brielle is a true joy and she never ceases to amaze us. I am sure that all grandmas feel this way, don't we.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Three More Patterns ...

Got a good night's rest last night and was able to finish up three new patterns today. This new baby is so much fun and so cute and so much work! I had forgotten how much work they are. We find ourselves helping with the baby, cooking meals, doing laundry and running errands. I think mom and baby are settling down into a rhythm and schedule. Things seem to be settling down.

My 10 year old Granddaughter and my 3 day old Granddaughter. Both in heaven.
Here are my latest patterns. I find myself gravitating more and more toward modern looking quilts.

Around the Worldly
Sweet Cherry Wine
Pinky Swear

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

All The Excitement ...

The new granddaughter has arrived and we are thrilled! Thea Brielle McGinnes was born on July 11, 2013. Everyone has been very busy and very tired and very happy.

I actually found some time to get back to designing and have a couple of quilts in the pattern 'hopper'. Let's Twist Again is an easy and fun quilt. The three different shades of background, border and sashing fabric create a great groundwork for the scrappy pops of color.

Let's Twist Again

Friday, June 21, 2013

It's Been a While

It haven't thrown any new patterns up on the ol' blog lately, so it's about time, don't you think?

This first one is Mix It Up, a fun quilt that looks good in a variety of 'themes'. It takes a small novelty print, two coordinating colors and a great neutral. Strip piecing whips up a great looking quilt in no time.

Mix It Up

Peek a BOO is shown here in Halloween fabrics, but don't let that limit you to choosing your own color scheme and personality for this quilt. It makes a great baby quilt with some of those wonderful baby fabrics on the market.

This third quilt is a fun twist on that 'Modern' look. It's a great way to put a little dent in your stash while making a quilt that will be loved for years to come. Give it your own twist with any number of different background fabrics. Just make sure they offset the colored squares in the quilt.

Kinda Korny

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I had a great time at NCQC today and I have a couple of new quilts for the ol' blog. This one is called Sack-o-Tomatoes. It could be made in any color combination and is a great use of scraps from our stashes.

5" Floppies

This is a great modern take of the basic weave using 10" squares. It's a quick and easy way to use up those Layer Cake packs.  This quilt whips up in a jiffy and makes a marvelous gift!
Cake Walk

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I'm a Pattern Makin' Machine

I have a couple of patterns to add to the site. Gum Wrappers reminds me of the gum wrapper chains we used to make as kids. Looky Lulu is named after my sister whose nickname is Lulu. They are snow ball blocks in a hexagon layout. Hippie Beads is a great use of color to achieve a 3-D look and Diamonds in the Rough is a great use of scrap fabrics.

Gum Wrappers
Looky Lulu
Hippie Beads
Diamonds In The Rough

Monday, April 8, 2013

More Patterns ..

I actually have a couple of new patterns that need to get put on the site, but I only have time to quickly throw one up there. Here it is, Our Guy Al. I love coming up with these pattern names ...

Our Guy Al

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Maggie Mo

Got another pattern finished this week. This one is name after my cousin, Mary Margaret, known to the family as Maggie and as a child, Maggie Mo. I am blessed with having really cool cousins!

Maggie Mo

Friday, March 22, 2013

A couple of new patterns this week. Well, actually three. I love seeing each pattern evolve. Next month I will be presenting at NCQC. The month after, my hubby and I and the Grandtwins are going on a road trip, visiting quilt shops and seeing if anyone is interested in my patterns. Keep your fingers crossed ...

I'm Confused
I Donut Know

Monday, March 11, 2013

Another New Pattern ...

Well, actually there are a couple of new patterns but only one that is written up. I named it Superlicious. What do you think?


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Two New Patterns This Weekend

This has been a productive weekend.  The first of two new patterns I designed this weekend is Gum Balls.  Notice the hint of an off centered checker board in the background. This quilt has great possibilities. It can be soft and muted in mono-chromatic fabrics or loud and proud in great primary colors. Dress it up patriotic with great reds, whites and blues or give it a holiday flair to represent your favorite holiday. Whichever way you make it, you’ll be thrilled at how quickly it goes together.

Gum Balls

The second pattern is Sewing Under the Influence (SUI). Simple blocks on-point give the illusion of a gentle weave. You only need three different fabrics and a neutral border fabric to achieve the look of a woven quilt.

Sewing Under The Influence

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tic Tac Patty Whack

Tic Tac Patty Whack is the latest pattern to get added to my pattern page.  It is quick to piece together and a joy to give.

Tic Tac Patty Whack

Saturday, February 9, 2013

I suddenly had a thought that as I finish each new pattern I should post them on my blog page.  The newest is Color Play.  After I got the quilt blocks laid out, I could kinda see the outline of an 'S'.  I was tempted to change the name to Superman, but I didn't.  Check it out ...

Color Play

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January is almost over ...

... where does the time fly.  At this rate I'll be dead before you know it.

Added a few more patterns to my Patterns page.  I have a lot more to add.  I have also figured out how to link to my Workshop supply lists.  Now I just have to put the supply list data on the site!

I have a special for the first 5 Quilt Guilds that sign up for one of my lectures.  This year I have two new lectures ... The Modern Quilt Movement and Inside the Mind of a Quilt Designer have been added.  My lecture, Gone Batty, is still going strong.  Email me at to get in on this special deal.