I’m on the Bake Shop Blog Again!


Okay, I know I’m a total blog slacker and I haven’t posted anything since my last Moda post.  I had good intentions but once again life got in the way. Anyway, check out the Moda Bake Shop for my latest tutorial. It’s fun, fast and easy. Also totally easy to change up and make it perfect for anyone!


P.S. If your interested, I have the Junior jelly rolls to make this in my shop.


Go Car Go

One of my customers, Kristina, made this darling little quilt and she had a specific design in mind for quilting it.

Because of the car print in the quilt she picked out a design called “go car go”. I have worked out a deal with my customers that if they don’t see a design that they are looking for, they can pick one from the web sites that I get them from and we will split the cost of the design half and half. That way the customer gets the perfect design and I get a new one to add to my collection.

I really liked this design, it quilted up great! It was crisp and easy to see.
I have even thought of making a quilt just to use this design!


My First Shop Hop!

Shop Hop Logo

Yesterday my quilting buddy Brittney and I went on a super fun road trip and participated in the All Iowa Shop Hop. It was the first time that I had participated in the Hop and it was Brittney’s idea. Thanks a bunch!

With shops all over the state participating we could have gone any direction, but we wanted to go to some stores that we had never been to before. We left Monticello at about 7:30 and headed north.  The first stop was One Block Over in West Union, then off to New Hampton where went to Quilter’s Window and Material Magic. We ventured further north and stopped at Quilter’s Garden in Cresco, then it was time to head south again to Decorah to Red Roxy Quilt Co. Our final stop was the Forest Mills Quilt Shop in rural Postville.  Since both of us had commitments that evening we were home by about four.  Six shops in one day was quite an adventure!

Shop Hop 1

Of course I had to get some of the official Shop Hop fabric, and couldn’t resist the beautiful gray and yellow I found.

Shop Hop 2

A few new notions and a jelly roll that I am planning to use with the Iowa fabric.

Shop Hop 3

A couple new patterns, one for a quilt and one for a little bag.

Shop Hop 4

And last of all a few freebies!  Who doesn’t love anything free!

I wish we could have kept going and going but home was calling in the form of children and husbands.

I have plans to make a few more stops at some of the local shops but sadly no more traveling…

We got to see some amazing shops and I will defiantly be doing the hop again next year.

What has been keeping me busy…


I know it has been a little while since I have posted anything, but I have not been idle! We have finally gotten some warmer weather and I have been busy in the yard, mowing and doing a little landscaping.  We put in the cement patio a couple of years ago and now I finally got the flower beds on each side of the deck in shape.

I have also finished a t-shirt quilt that someone had me make for her granddaughter, sorry no picture, don’t want to spoil the surprise.


This is a little sneak peek of a quilt that I have been working on that I designed myself. I created the block in EQ7 and chose the colorways. I love the program for many reasons but my favorite is being able to see the colors that YOU choose in your design.  I have found that I am a lot more adventurous if I can actually see the colors/pattern before I start cutting that expensive fabric. I will show you the whole thing when I get it off the frame and the binding on.


I wanted to share something with you that I have taken for granted.  The last time I was at my LQS I was using this app to check the yardage for a quilt backing when the nice lady that was helping me asked about it.  It is an app from Robert Kaufmann called quilt calculators. You can see from the picture that it will do tons of figuring for you and keep your brain free for all that creativity!

So what have all of you been up to?