Friday, October 31, 2014

Mysterious Halloween Quilt

Happy Halloween!


Even quilts wear masks for Halloween!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Simply Sparkly Quilt Kit Available Again–Fair Warning!

The kit for this pattern I designed is available again from Keepsake Quilting.
The first batch of them sold out in record time. I have no idea how many they are making but if you want one I’d advise you to order right away.
The price is right and it’s precut to save you hours of time.
I designed this quilt for Robert Kaufman fabrics. I get NO commission for the fabric or kits sold.
I just want to let my friends know they can get this while they are still available.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Knit 1, Purl 1


My BFF Robbie Payne showed me a Cowl she was knitting. I loved it and went right up to the studio and got yarn to knit it.

I thought it would take about 2 skeins.

When I could see it would only take a little more than 1 skein I changed course.

I had 6 skeins of this yarn so I decided to knit a sweater.

It is going “relatively” fast since it is knit on size 15 needles.

The cowl part was knit on a circular needle, but I decided to knit the front and back flat as I knew it would hang better with side seams.

I am “knitting this by the seat of my pants” and making some of the calculations as I go.

I’m hoping it will be one of those big oversize sweaters that are in style this year.

However when you knit this way it could end up to be a body hugging  sweater to wear under a jacket!

Only time will tell, so stay tuned if you want to hear “the rest of the story”!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Knitting Time Again


I find fall is a great time to do some knitting.

These are hats I have knitted to share with friends who lose their hair while undergoing chemo.

I asked a lot of questions of people to get an idea of the best type of hat.

The most common answers were soft, warm and lightweight – not too loose and not too tight.

I’ve sent the first 2 to a friend and I’m awaiting an evaluation so I can make adjustments if necessary.

It is one way I feel I can do something for my friends even though they may be far away.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Fingerless Mittens


When fingerless mittens became fashionable I wondered why anyone would want to wear them.

Fast forward to cold hands watching TV in the evening!

I got it and proceeded to find a pattern.

This is the second pair I knit.

They are my favorite as they are snug but not tight.

They are also my current favorite color.

Of course they are 100% wool sock yarn and just plain feel good too.

I am sure they will be getting a lot of use this season.

In addition to all that I really enjoyed knitting them and I’m glad I chose the simplest pattern as I think they will be warmer and also allow me to manipulate my hands to do whatever one does when they are sitting watching TV!

Addendum: Several people have asked what pattern I used.

I found it on Ravelry. It is the Fingerless Mitts by Ann Dobedoe.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tree Of Life Quilt


This quilt features the beautiful colors of fall.

It is one of the quilts in the Historic Concept series of patterns and kits I designed.

It was inspired by an antique quilt but is not a copy of the quilt.

It features a diagonal set and wide borders which are the perfect place to feature some beautiful traditional quilting.

Using efficient methods it  can be completed in days rather than months.

This is a perfect size for a wall hanging and would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves quilts.

I have just 3 more kits available. Only ONE more kit left….khaki background. SORRY, All the kits are SOLD

The finished quilt is approximately 40 x 40 inches.

The kit includes the pattern which features efficient methods, all the fabric for the top and the quilting design.

I have two quilt kits with the khaki fabric background you see in the example and one quilt with a traditional muslin background.

The cost of the kit is only $32 plus shipping. This is a limited edition and these are the last kits available.

First come, first served. If you would like to purchase one of the 3 remaining quilts email me at:

If you are interested in the finished hand quilted quilt it can be purchased for only $1500.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vintage Kitchen Socks


I love the names Emily Parson chooses for her hand dyed sock yarns.

This coloration would suggest a Vintage Kitchen to anyone who sees it in person.

My colors are as accurate as I could get.

This was a fun one to knit and I think the name had something to do with it. I’m not a vintage kitchen person but I love when others do a vintage kitchen.

I’m more a Scandinavian clean lines person with antiques thrown in for interest.

I’m glad to have another pair of completed socks finished as out weather has changed to sock wearing temperatures.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Simply Joyful


This is the most recent quilt I have designed for Robert Kaufman fabrics. It is 56 inches square.

It uses fabrics from the Harlequin collection designed by Debra Lunn and Michael Mrowka.

When I get a collection of fabrics I let them tell me what they want me to do.

This is a simple quilt to construct but the fabric arrangement is what makes it work. I did try some other arrangements and the quilt just died.

The fabrics will be available sometime after quilt market in your local quilt shops.

The pattern will be available from Robert Kaufman.

This would be easy enough for a beginning quilter and also fun for a more experienced quilter.

Some of you may wonder why I am creating quilts with commercial fabrics. When they ask me to create a quilt I will only do it if I am inspired by the fabric.

The fabrics Michael and Debra create are the most exciting fabrics I have seen in a long long time. They WORK!