Monday, October 8, 2012

"Pave the Way"

I have had the pleasure of quilting several “Pave the Way” quilts since the pattern was first featured in the  Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine.  The pattern was created by Karen Gray of Karen Gray Design .  I can see why it continues to be a favorite of many.   It is a great beginner quilt and continues to be a top pick for the seasoned quilter as well.  Don't worry if you did not pick up your copy of the magazine when it was first released, Karen still has the back issue available at  fabricpalooza .  Copies are also available at The Little General Fabric Boutique  .  

Like many longarm quilters I struggle with the decision- "what design to quilt on a quilt".   One of the things I have loved about quilting Pave the Way is the quilt lends itself to most any design.  Swirls to give texture, straight lines to define geometry, wiggly lines for a contemporary look,  or flowers to give it more whimsy.  This is a great pattern.   I am looking forward to seeing what new patterns emerge from Karen’s studio in the near future.



Friday, September 21, 2012


Life whisked me away from my blog just as I was planning my "new beginning". I'm back, a few weeks later than planned, but ready to explore the blog world.

I arrived home from MQS and was excited to try some of the new techniques that I had learned in class. Penny's quilt, Serendipity Sampler pattern by Kim Diehl , provided the perfect palate for some background gridwork fill.  This was a new skill I picked up in Dawn Cavanaugh's class: Background Gridwork Fillers. The biggest challenge was having the confidence to get started and the second challenge, marking the grids.  While the class helped me with the skill the inspiration came form my friend Kathleen's Serendipity Sampler, quilted by Rosemary Cushman.  After hours of self talk and trying different marking tools I was able to successfully quilt Penny's quilt.  I was pleased with the end result and am looking forward to expanding my gridwork skills. 

Serendipity Sampler


Coming in January 2013 - Serendipity Sampler!
at Knit One Smock Too - Instructor, Kathleen Baden


Monday, May 21, 2012


What do Jamie Wallen, Dawn Cavenaugh, Angela Walters, gadgets, thread, books, zippers, stencils, pantographs and the most amazing Quilt Show have in common?  Machine Quilter’s Showcase, (MQS).  My friend Angela and I have just returned from a fantastic week of classes with some of the most talented quilters in the longarm quilting world. I have been given new life and been inspired to move from the back of my machine to the front and tackle grid work, background fillers and modern quilting.  When we weren't in classes we were in the vendor mall filling our shopping bags or viewing the most amazing quilts at the Under the Sea Quilt Show.  It is so hard to decide what was the highlight of the week.  I will take some time to reflect as I get back in the swing  of things and try out some new ideas.    What a great week!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A New Beginning

This will be my second attempt at a blog.  I had started one in 2009 and it was not the time in my life to try something new that required more of me than I was able to give.  Fast forward to 2012 - a new beginning in blog world.  The focus of this blog will be longarm quilting with occasional glimpses into other areas of my life.  Wish me luck.