Monday, October 5, 2015

So Many little racks

For years I have been storing my rulers in ruler racks on my cutting table. My ruler inventory has grown with my own rulers and with other Creative Grids© rulers. Saturday my daughter came over to install some peg board on the back of a solid closet door in my studio. When the door is closed the rulers are in hiding. When I want a ruler I just open the door and there they are, hanging in place and easy to find.
You can see I have an old fashioned wood panel door and we had to add the peg board both above and below the door knob. Some of my rulers still have their labels attached, but I also have a notebook with clear plastic pockets in it to store the labels with directions to use the rulers for the rulers that I use the most often. This includes the directions for my own rulers as I still do refer to them when I am cutting and using the rulers. The ruler racks on my cutting table now just hold the rulers I use the most often.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Big Reveal! My new Trim Tools with Creative Grids

Quilters have been asking me for a tool to sew and trim perfect Square on Square block. It took me two years to work out how to do this new trim tool because it uses triangles instead of strips. Then one night, I woke up in the middle of the night, and wella! the solution just popped right into my head. Creative Grids was so excited about the new ruler they decided to introduce it in two sizes: 6" and 8". The rulers and patterns can be ordered from my website or ask for them at your local quilt shop.
To see a youtube demonstration of the rulers follow this link:

I have six patterns to go with the rulers, 3 patterns in each size. Here are the quilts with 6" blocks. La Petite Fleur, Team Colors and Little Widgits

Here are the quilts with 8" Square on Square blocks. The quilts are Penny Candy, Pinwheels on Parade and Sew Many Snails. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sewing all day

Today is a great day. I get to sew all day. I am making the Basket of Eggs quilt I designed for the Little House on the Prairie collection called Prairie Flowers for Andover fabrics. The neat thing about this hexagon pattern is the connecting triangles. When they are added to the hexagons as shown in the directions you put the quilt together without any "Y" seams. Just make straight rows, then sew the rows together. So easy!

Here is the link to download the pattern:

When you get there click on Quilts and Patterns in the menu bar just above the fabric swatches.  It is a FTU (free to use) download of the pattern so you can make the quilt. I have been designing quilts for Andover Fabrics for several years now. All of the patterns I design for them are FTU patterns.

These fabrics will be in your local quilt shop this fall. They are scheduled to be released in early November.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Solar Sisters

This past Saturday I went to a quilt exhibit, Quilting For A Change, at the Artist & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland Artists have studios here where they work, teach classes and sell their and there are changing exhibits open to the public.

I took some photos of quilts in the Solar Sister room Solar Sister is a non-profit that empowers women by teaching them the potential of solar technology to bring electric power. They provide a woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to remote communities in rural Africa.

The name of this quilt is Light & Shadows Parts 1 & 2. Made by Timna Tarr, South Hadley, MA
The quilting was very closely spaced diagonal lines making the illusion of a corduroy like fabric across the surface of the 2 pieces.

There was no identification tag close to this quilt, but I was very taken with the color and movement. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Cheering for Madeline

Every year our family supports September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is IMPORTANT to us because my granddaughter, Madeline Gaffney is celebrating her 7th year as a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with leukemia just 3 days before her 14th birthday. Many years of research and many dollars were given to finding the medication that she takes everyday to keep her leukemia in remission. We are very thankful for all of the people who gave of themselves so Madeline can not only live, but live life to it's fullest. 

Madeline is a junior at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and this year she is a cheerleader for the football games. Last night was her first game. Madeline is on the far left.

Georgia Tech painted big gold ribbons on the field for the game...Gold ribbons are the color and symbol for childhood cancer. Madeline is in the back line...the one with the highest kick! The top right shows the big gold ribbon.

And a word from her mom, my second daughter: "Today I am that annoying stage mom who posts too many pictures of her child doing something she loves. I won't apologize because I'm her cheerleader and I thank God every day that she is here. Day 3 Childhood Cancer Awareness month." Ellen Gaffney

Ellen volunteers for the Rally Foundation. Rally raises $$$ for research and provides support and events for the children. Here is the link:

Did you know? Only 4% of the money for cancer research is used to research new medicines and treatments for childhood cancer. Our children are worth more than 4%!

Monday, August 31, 2015

quilt studio visit

Recently I was interviewed for a video segment on The Quilt Show. It will be a feature focusing on a quilter's studio visit at home. A photo crew came to my little 800 sq ft apartment in Washington DC and taped the segment that will appear sometime in late 2015 or in 2016. As soon as I know when I'll let you know. Here is a photo sent to me...taken during the photo taping. I have permission to share.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A doggone quilt

Do you know what happens when you gift your children with quilts? They end up in all kinds of places. My second daughter, Ellen, has 3 dogs, all rescues. One from a fire, the others from living as "dumpster dogs", a term for abandoned dogs found eating out of dumpsters. Some kind person found them and took them to a shelter. The rescue people know my daughter is a softie so she adopted them. Here they are living a luxurious life....on one of my quilts!
Look at the bottom right corner, this is a Log Cabin quilt made years ago before I invented my Log Cabin Trim Tools by Creative Grids©. Wimby is on the left, she contracted an infection while living in the dumpster and she is blind. Next to her is Winston, named for Winston Churchill. He was just 6 lbs and ost nearly all his hair from malnutrition. He's now well fed and beautiful and healthy. At the back is Woody, short for Woodrow (named for president Woodrow Wilson) and rescued from the fire. I am happy to share one of my quilts with 3 little guys who are now loved and cared for by their new human parents.