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Catching Up

After an insanely busy and eventful summer, this week has been … even more insane.

My oldest started all-day kindergarden this week, and like most moms, I’m feeling pretty conflicted about it. She’s old for her grade, having turned 6 a few weeks ago, so it was definitely time for her to go. Still, it’s been a big adjustment for everybody, including me and my younger daughter, who misses her like crazy! As I got ready to pack her lunch last night, I thought, “Seriously, she has to go there again tomorrow?” Guess I need to get used to this—it’ll only be this way for the next 13 years, after all.

My younger daughter started preschool this week as well. She goes three mornings a week, and I admit that I’m not as conflicted about this one. LOL. Three mornings a week is a welcome break from a strong-willed 3-year-old, but still leaves us plenty of time to play (and butt heads!) the rest of the week!

So lots of sewing-ish things are happening around here as well. I packed up my Supernova quilt and shipped it off for the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Festival in Houston! Supernova will also be traveling around the country with the rest of the MQG exhibit for almost a year afterwards, so I won’t see this little quilt again for quite a while, which makes me kind of sad. But I’m excited about the adventure it’s about to have! It’s not unlike my kids going off to school, is it?

Here’s another bit of excitement: My first-ever collaborative book project is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe
features quilts by 18 talented bloggers, plus their thoughts on modern quilting and blogging. I’m so honored to be included with all these amazing people! The book is gorgeous and it’s very exciting to be published in book form.

Candy Necklace quilt
My quilt is called “Candy Necklace.” The shapes and colors reminded me of those candy necklaces I used to have as a kid. You can pre-order the book right now, and it will be available in December.
And speaking of books, have you seen the news about Craft Book Month, going on all this month at Craft Buds? It’s a huge celebration of all things craft book-ish! I’m so excited to be participating in the blog hop this year, and can’t wait to show you what I’m working on, which is from Amanda and Cheryl’s amazing book Sunday Morning Quilts. (If you haven’t picked it up yet, please do—it’s packed with of great patterns for using up your scraps.) Today’s Craft Book Month posts are by Katie of Katie’s Korner and Sharon of A Prairie Sunrise, and my post goes live on September 17. Be sure to follow along, because of course there is tons of inspiration and giveaways galore.


Improv block with Oakshott Rubies

I’ll leave you with what I’ve spent the past day or two working on—I’m putting together a table runner with that beautiful stack of Oakshott Rubies that I got a while back. Yes, it’s wonky! I can hardly believe it myself. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Summersville Pillow

Hey, look! I made a pillow out of Summersville. And now it’s in Fat Quarterly. It’s a little ray of awesomeness, to wrap up a week that was a bit short on that commodity. : )

I participated in the Designer Challenge for Issue 10 of Fat Quarterly. I don’t think you can go wrong with Summersville, but for this I wanted to do something different than my usual solid white backgrounds (which I know I tend to fall back on a little too easily!). Enter the Essex Linen Yarn Dyes, which I’m just a tiny bit obsessed with right now. Sooooo much texture in these! I did the whole pillow in a double-monkey-wrench block, which is basically a more-condensed churn dash, and set the blocks on point.

Head to the Fat Quarterly website to pick up Issue 10 of Fat Quarterly—this time they’re celebrating all things British. Plus you can check out the details on my pillow and see what everybody else in the Designer Challenge did with their Summersville.

Looking for this fabric? Pink Castle has one color of yarn-dyed linen in stock, plus the entire Summersville line on sale!


Hangin’ Out on Art Gallery’s Corner

I don’t want to shock y’all, but things are about to get a little more street* up in here. I’m joining a gang: The Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang. We’re the baddest stitchers around, and we all roll with Art Gallery. ‘Cuz they got the finest cotton, yo.

Me and the rest of my crew will be sewing up some sick projects for y’all using Art Gallery fabrics—a new free project tutorial each week. Check the Art Gallery blog for all the deets. No really, check it. If you think the picture above is good, you’ve gotta see the rest of the posse.

It’s gonna be da bomb. Ya feel me?**

*And by “street,” I mean “suburban cul-de-sac.” ‘Cuz that’s how I do.

**Yes, I loved the TV show “The Wire.” Re-runs currently on The Audience Network, yo!

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Cathedral Square Quilt

Cathedral Square quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog tour. I’m thrilled to have a block in Volume 5 of this special issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

Cathedral Square block

My block is #469, “Cathedral Square.” (The inspiration for the name of this block comes from one of my favorite areas of downtown Milwaukee.) Yes, you will have to piece some flying geese in order to make this block. But yes, these flying geese are worth it! At least, I think so.

Cathedral Square quilt

One of my favorite things about this block is that small tweaks can make it look like a completely new design. For example, staggering the blocks gives the layout an unexpected zig-zaggy movement. In fact, I loved this layout so much that I decided I had to make an entire quilt to show it off.

Cathedral Square quilt

My quilt features 20 Cathedral Square blocks (two of them are cut in half) and measures 48″ by 60″. That’s 160 flying geese units, in case you were wondering. : ) I used Flea Market Fancy, Farmdale, and other fun vintage-modern prints.

And check out some of the other tweaks you can use to make this block your own. Here it is with print squares in the outer block corners, instead of the background solid:

Cathedral Square quilt - with corner squares

With half-square triangles in the outer block corners, instead of the background solid:

Cathedral Square quilt - with HSTs

With the blocks set on point:

Cathedral Square quilt - blocks on point

Yep, I could show you design options all day long. : ) But I won’t, because here’s where I give away a free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 5. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Any old comment is fine—although if you already have special plans for the Cathedral Square block, or a particular fabric line in mind for it, I would love to hear about it. I’ll draw a random winner on Monday morning.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

And in the meantime, be sure to visit Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures, for lots more prizes and a list of all the designers participating in the Volume 5 blog hop (everybody’s giving away a copy of the magazine, so there are lots of chances to win this amazing block resource!) Thanks for visiting!

This giveaway is now CLOSED.


Super(nova) News

I got the exciting news on Tuesday that my Supernova quilt was accepted into the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2012!! I am so honored (and still a bit in shock) that my quilt was one of only 33 quilts selected from across the country, and it will be hanging at International Quilt Festival in Houston.

After premiering in Houston in the fall, the exhibit will be traveling around to other quilt festivals for about a year. I really hope I’ll get the chance to see it somewhere!


Chain Reaction Quilt


Remember my secret project using Thomas Knauer’s beautiful Pear Tree fabric? Well, I can finally reveal the quilt—and I’m so excited to tell you that it’s also my first published quilt pattern, available now in the March/April issue of Quiltmaker magazine! (Edited to add: Chain Reaction is also now available as a stand-alone pattern. Click here to purchase.)

There’s my quilt! And look, there’s me, up in the corner! Coolness!
Would you be surprised to hear that you don’t have to paper-piece this quilt? A few people who have already made the pattern have told me that it’s very easy to piece. It looks more complicated than it is—can’t beat that, right? : ) All you have to do is pick up the March/April issue. I haven’t seen it on newsstands yet, but you can click here to purchase a copy.
And that’s not all: Quiltmaker is making this quilt available as a kit. The kit includes the pattern and all the Pear Tree/Andover fabric you need to make the top and binding—click here to purchase (it’s currently out of stock but I’m sure it will be in soon). Backing is available separately.
Finally, I was excited to learn that the members of Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad will each be making this pattern using their own scraps, and those versions will be featured on Quiltmaker’s blog over the next two months. The Scrap Squad is a specially-selected panel of Quiltmaker readers who make one pattern from each issue. They can include their own ideas and variations on the pattern, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do with mine!

A few more things to note about this quilt: It was beautifully quilted for me by fellow Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild member Lucinda Fenske, and Thomas Knauer was kind enough to send me the Pear Tree fabric from his own stash when there was no more advance yardage of it to be found. Thank you, Thomas! Go check out his blog to see the fabulous new lines he has in the works, including Flock and Savanna Bop. I think those Flock dot prints will definitely be finding their way into my stash!


Come Chat With Me!

I’m chatting with Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts over on her blog today. Head over there to check it out! And if you haven’t seen Jennifer’s fabulous blog yet, scroll down to see some of her projects—she does beautiful work. Thank you for featuring me, Jennifer!
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Quilt Story

Psst … I’m being featured on Quilt Story today. How cool is that? Check it out!

Thank you to Heather and Megan from Quilt Story for the lovely compliments and such a flattering write-up!