ISLAND HOME fabrics by Natalie Barnes from ANTHOLOGY FABRICS

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

#SewPINK Initiative 2019

it's October.breast cancer awareness month.

and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the initiative
created by 
to bring awareness to this special month

thank you

in addition to the campaign, there is information about prizes, donations, 
and the blog hop schedule here:
we chose to make the byAnnie 
Zip It Up!
featuring fabrics and artists:
Woman's Wisdom by Carrie Bloomston
Celebrating Women by Maria Carluccio
Flower Power by Carolyn Gavin
Marcia Derse Palette accents
and thanks to Windham Fabrics
we'll be sending one lucky reader
(chosen from the comments below)
a stack of Palette and some of the designers' fabrics

please leave a comment to be entered
in the drawing for the fabrics
have you ever made a bag or project?

I will be the first to admit it - I was intimidated by this project!!!
but who wouldn't jump in for such a great campaign....
the first part of the project prep was spent watching Annie's
video tutorials about making zippers from her Zippers by the Yard
and her "how to" videos about installing zippers
the tutorials make it all so easy

byAnnie patterns are really specific and easy to follow
and I highly recommend jumping in and making any one of her projects
now that I've completed one of these great bags
(just don't look too closely....ahem....)
I think I'm ready to make a few more for girlfriends,
tucking in some of the information about 
Breast Cancer Awareness
and Annie's Sew Pink Initiative

and that means shopping for more supplies:
byAnnie's Soft and Stable
Mesh Fabric
Clear Vinyl
Handbag zippers

after all, byAnnie's is donating 30% - yes, 30% of profits
on SewPINK items
sold on their online shop
(see below)

thank you, Annie
for this wonderful month full of fun projects
inspiration from designers
and education and resources
for all


The #SewPink Initiative was created by LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. They have pledged to raise funds to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through sales and promote action through giveaways.

For more information please visit their official #SewPINK information page:

To donate directly visit:!/donation/checkout

To see the calendar of events visit:

ByAnnie will be donating 30% of profits on all SewPINK items sold on their web store. You can search for SewPINK items on their website or see the list of items here:

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Shayla Wolf Good Vibes Only blog tour


It's a great month!
It's time to celebrate with Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane Designs!!
It's time to take a look at this lovely Windham Fabrics line
with lots of color and prints that will make lots of different projects!  
There is a great blog tour happening right now.
And I couldn't be more excited to be a part fo the fun.

Let's celebrate together.

Leave a comment!
Each maker will be hosting a giveaway for a small bundle of Good Vibes Only. 
That is 19 opportunities to win! 
There will also be a big giveaway with the recap post on Sunday, June 23rd. 
The big prize will contain a fat-quarter bundle of Good Vibes Only and a pattern bundle.

It's summer.
Not only is it summer, but school is out, and that means kids are at home.
Well, only until they find the next place they want to go....
and then you're off to the races!

It's for this reason, I suggest a simple
project for this summer - it's these lovely, rich, cheery fabrics...
And, because, it's something you can work on
15 minutes at a time!!
These bright colors just say, "summer", to me, too!

"Summer-to-go!" mats and coasters
Place the first strip right side up, on the batting,
in the center of the 13"h x 16"w batting/backing rectangle.
(trim to 13" as you select each strip)
Quilt through the first strip.
Place the second strip right sides together on the first strip.
Sew together with an approximate 1/4" seam.
Flip open; quilt the second strip.
Repeat, across the left of the center, then the right of the center. 
Hint:  Piece some random strips together to form larger pieced strips.
Use these in your
Be sure to sew and quilt in opposing directions to keep your project square.
(up one side, down the other, and repeat)
don't you just love all of these patterns and colors???!?
Trim mats to 12 x 16, and coasters to 5-3/4" square.
Make 2-1/4" straight binding; attach to projects.
Color Recipe:
Use fat quarters of all of the colors to piece the mats and coasters.
Use the black to bind the coasters, the white to bind the mats.
The coaster backing is grey, and the mat backing is made from the whites.
(the rest of the details are below)
Piece them in a "loosely interpreted"
log cabin piecing technique.
Start with a square or strip in the center, then round and round you go,
Who knows?
Maybe the kids will want to quilt with you, once they see these great colors!

Looking for a chance to win something?
Leave your comment below...and remember, each post
is another chance to win....
(4) 6" squares grey for coaster backing
(4) 6" squares of InsulBright and lightweight batting
(4) 13" x 17" white/grey for mats backing
(4) 13" x 17" rectangles of batting for mats
(2) sets of 1-1/2" strips, and (2) sets of 2" strips
of all of the colors
(all of them!!! and yes, you'll have fabric remaining)

Monday, June 3rd: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane Designs
Tuesday, June 4th: Emily Dennis | Quilty Love
Wednesday, June 5th: Nichole Vogelsinger | Wild Boho
Thursday, June 6th: Irene Sytema | Sugaridoo
Friday, June 7th: Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts
Saturday, June 8th: Robin Long | Robin Ruth Design
Sunday, June 9th: Jessica VanDenburgh | Sew Many Creations
Monday, June 10th: Nicole Young | Lillyella
Tuesday, June 11th: Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting
Wednesday, June 12th: Tara Curtis | Wefty Needle
Thursday, June 13th: Jo Westfoot | The Crafty Nomad
Friday, June 14th: Janet Nesbitt | One Sister Designs
Saturday, June 15th: Natalie Barnes | Beyond the Reef
Sunday, June 16th: Elisabeth Hardy | Elisabew Quilts
Monday, June 17th: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Tuesday, June 18th: Joanne Hart Unicorn Harts
Wednesday, June 19th: Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie
Thursday, June 20th: Kaitlyn Howell | Knot and Thread Design
Friday, June 21st: Nicole Daksiewicz | Modern Handcraft
Saturday, June 22nd: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Sunday, June 23rd: Shayla Wolf | Recap


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Guest Designer for Anthology Fabrics!!

Guest Designer for Anthology Fabrics


I could not have been more excited
(insert poker face here)
when the Windham Fabrics team
asked me if I would be interested in being a
(insert giddy face here)
Guest Designer for Anthology Fabrics
it was absolutely an over the moon exciting moment

and a great opportunity to be able to work with
who is the 
most organized
most precise
most magical
when it comes to working with the team in Bali
and having patience with designers
and who can turn a vision of fabric design into a hand made piece of cloth
after Myiesha works her magic
and the makers in the Islands work their own magic
fabric arrives 
and the sample making begins

many friends, many hands, many hours

the samples are made, and the photos are taken
and the Look Book is created
and the sales team heads out to meet with the shop owners
but when it is all said and done
the quilts are carefully folded up and put in a safe place
until it is time to show them again
maybe they'll be admired at Market
or at a Trunk Show
or in a Class along the way

maybe they'll go on loan to a quilt shop
when the fabric starts shipping in July/August

but until that time
they are lovingly folded 
as the precision and determination and dedication
of each Maker
is admired
(insert tears of gratitude on my face here)
Deb, Jane, Kim, Nicole, Robin, Scott, Teresa, Tiffany, Zina
the Anthology Fabrics team
the Bali team

with gratitude....

Sunday, September 30, 2018

time to talk real life....again.

it's sunday.
time to talk real life.

some days bring us shadows
that is, to point out the obvious, a part of life

we all have faced it at one time or another in our lives

but it seems we're in a culture where we are more rewarded
for being stoic, staying productive
keeping our head high
staying positive and joyful and happy
and moving on

I want to suggest otherwise
I want to suggest it's okay to be sad every so often
(rather than angry)
I want to suggest it's okay to be, as my neighbor said the other day,

be kind to yourself
give yourself space
and allow yourself time to turn your grief
into great stories about the person that make you laugh
or reminds you of the sunshine
instead of the shadow

quilters do that so well
we comfort people with quilts
we make pillowcases from happy fabrics

do something to honor that place of loss in your life
and give yourself a hug
that will be the best positive joyful happiest thing you can do


fly high, Pete

(look at it this way - you got an extra 30 years out of it - it was well worth the tradeoff)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Friends.....lessons from friends


lessons from friends

in the last few weeks
I have had the joy of spending time with friends

one of my friends
is my 90 year old neighbor, turned friend

the biggest lesson I receive
from spending time with this 90 year old is this
everything is a

this adult trike was hung with a small kids tricycle
an adult tricycle?!???

dinner with friends
the simplest of a bbq filled with meats and veggies
flowers from friends as a thank you
and carving time out of the day
to set up the chairs/table/kayaks
on the beach
for some time on the water
with people whose to do lists are longer than others'?
let's remember to stop
and carve some time out of the day
prioritize our to do list
to include some

have I made my point yet?
take some time for yourself
and remember to learn from your friends

leave me a comment below - we'll give away some more
Marcia Derse
Palette fabrics
what did you do this weekend to delight someone else?

Finally, congratulations to Pamela and Delaine 
for leaving comments chosen by the Random Number Generator
look in your mail for your Marcia Derse fabric bundle!


ps - if it's labor day 2018 and you're reading this
we're having a Labor Day sale
in our Etsy shop

20% off all goods listed in the shop
is the special code
good until tomorrow at 6am pacific time

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Homeward ....

 Homeward ....

new fabric - new release

it's that awkward stage
you've seen it before

the fabric is released, but won't be available for purchase
until much much later in the year

we're in that awkward stage
please meet

if you are a shop owner or a shop worker
maybe your sales rep has shown you this new line of fabrics
Here's the description - the inspiration behind these prints:

This new line of fabric is called “Homeward"…..My inspiration? That feeling when you’re on that last leg of “coming home”….
The long drive down the gravel road headed toward home….home to the things that matter most of all.  Grandma’s iris bulbs blooming at the front door, daddy’s rods and reels hanging on the wall in the den, and that good old dog standing on the porch, waiting to greet you….Tradition.  Spirit.  Home.

Pattern names were chosen to remind us of the simplicity of the spirit of home - "corsage, summer dress, chicken scratch, nest, front gate, family tree, hearth, brick porch and sparkle”.  

And colors are rich and varied.  Look for purple to teal to avocado, to pink and cheery red and a rich gold.  These colors, along with a group of black, white and greys will give you the right mix for any project.  Finally, remember to add the "special coordinating print" of florals.   You’ll have great success with your quilting projects, home projects and even garments!

I'm so proud to be designing fabrics for Windham Fabrics!!
you'll find all of the great quilts and projects
in the 
on the Windham Fabrics site

if you are looking for a place to purchase this fabric
(in January)
please let your local quilt shop know
you'd like to see
on their shelves!

remember, we'll be doing an online auction
for the 30" quilts
at Market (and probably Festival, too!)
so please keep an eye out on fb or ig or maybe follow along

take a look at the look book to see the 30" quilts
and the lineup of the Makers

Finally, I just want to say
how proud I am to have the chance to design fabrics for all of you
it is an honor

please leave a message below to let me know what you think
of the line
and include your opinion about
"that awkward stage"
(your comment will enter you in a drawing to win a fat quarter bundle
of Marcia Derse Palette colors!)


Monday, July 16, 2018

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing....

lessons from A Quilter's Affair in Sisters, Oregon
Jenny Doan

I had the pleasure of speaking with Jenny Doan
while I was teaching at A Quilter's Affair

What a pleasure, a privilege it is to just "chat"

And then.
Then she asked me.

"What's the next big thing you're doing?"

I froze.
What to say, what to say.
Told her about my upcoming fabric line with Windham Fabrics.
And we chatted about the upcoming event at Missouri Star,
The Birthday Bash.

As I was walking through the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show,
it hit me.

What my next big thing is for me, when I return home.

It is a visit with my neighbor and friend, Roger, 
who is turning a spry 90 years old this year.

is my next big thing.
We'll go for sour cabbage soup 
"it's only served on Tuesdays and Saturdays", he will remind me.

And then we'll take our weekly walk through Sam's Club
or Costco
We'll laugh and cry as we both tell stories about our pasts.
And we'll share wisdom of the ages.
He'll be polite and kind with my "energy".
He'll tell me to settle down a little bit
in the kindest way.
We'll joke about how much food we're both getting
and talk about the "best orange juice ever" 
from Sam's Club
(they squeeze it fresh for him)

And when I returned home
I realized also, what Jenny was telling me,
not asking me.

"What is the next big thing you're doing?"
She didn't want to know at all where I would be teaching
or if I was attending a show.
She didn't need to know where my travels would take me
or when my next fabric line was releasing.

She was coaching me, in the kindest of ways.
Same as my 90 year old friend.
Offering me some space to think about where my boat is pointed.
Where I'm headed.
The big picture.

Thank you, Jenny.
Thank you, Roger.

Thank you for taking time with me.
For asking.
And for gently guiding me along the way.

So, today, on this blog that is long overdue, I will ask you - 

What is your next big thing?