Category Archives: Bees, Swaps, QALs, and Hops

More from the Farm

The process of making these fiddly little Farmer’s Wife blocks is so much fun. I spent a couple of hours last week (watching The Americans on Amazon) pairing up fabrics for the next 30 blocks on my list. That bit was just as enjoyable as actually finishing the blocks. The method I’ve figured out so […]

Springing Forward

Well, it’s about a million years since I last blogged. Whenever I look around and realize what day or month it is, I think “I can’t believe it’s the first of March already!” and look, here we are on the first of March and it’s practically spring. Life really does go by so very quickly.  […]


Earlier this year I started Moda’s “Spell It With Fabric” quilt. You can download the free patterns for each letter {here}. Instead of beginning at the beginning with ABC, I started at the end with XYZ. I figured this was a good way to force myself to actually finish it, It worked! Well, almost. I […]

My Small World QAL – Section 4

Welcome to Section 4 of the My Small World QAL. There’s a little bit of everything in this section – Clam shells, Economy square, pin wheel, 60 degree triangles, Orange Peel, and embroidery! I’ve gotten off to a slow start with this quilt after choosing my fabrics but once I got into my rhythm I’ve […]

Little Joys QAL

I’m taking part in Fat Quarter Shop’s Little Joys Quilt Along! It features Elea Lutz’s brand-new Christmas line, Little Joys. She designed the fantastically pretty Flower Milk Sugar and this Christmas line is beyond cute, too. We are making a Christmas mini quilt – When this fabric came in the mail, my 3-year-old son was […]

My Small World QAL – Fabrics + Plans

Welcome to the My Small World Quilt-Along! I am in love with this pattern – like all of Jen Kingwell’s designs, it is unique and adorable. It combines a lot of traditional block designs and techniques, including a bit of embroidery. It’s meant as a wall quilt, finishing at around 33″ x 52″.  I’m going […]

My Small World QAL

Next week we are officially starting the Quilt-Along (QAL) for Jen Kingwell’s fantastic My Small World pattern. You can find the pattern in Quilt Mania’s special 2015 spring edition. It’s in bookshops like Barnes and Noble or get the digital version online {here}. NOTE: Looks like that’s actually a paper copy. See Kerry’s detailed post […]

The Phoebe Foundation Sew-Along

I was recently contacted by a woman named Julia Rolando in Australia who was in search of some help for her charity group called the Phoebe Foundation. Julia and her husband started the Phoebe Foundation to honor the memory of their darling daughter Phoebe, who they lost to a congenital heart defect when she was […]

The Never-Ending Quilt

Oh, this red and aqua quilt. I’ve been calling it the Never-Ending Quilt because it felt like I would never ever finish it. I’d grown tired of it, bored with it, so over it that working on it became joyless. I was determined to finish it because it was basted and partly quilted so it […]

Meet: My Bernina 440 QE

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Meet My Sewing Machine blog hop. I’m glad you’re here! I own a Bernina 440QE (quilter’s edition) that I purchased in 2011. It was my upgraded-upgrade machine (meaning it was my second good machine since I started quilting.) I tested Berninas when I bought my first nice machine […]