QuiltCon Savannah


QuiltCon East will be in Savannah in February! I’m thrilled to be giving a lecture and I hope you’ll get there early to hear it! My talk is Thursday morning (February 23) at 10:30 am. The focus of my talk will be on exploring your creativity through fabric experimentation. Here’s a summary:

Explore your creativity with fabric! I often find that sewing from instructions leaves me feeling overwhelmed and uninspired. In this talk, I’ll discuss ways to experiment with fabric, break through creative blocks, forget about the rules, and listen to your own voice. Our fast-paced, interconnected world can cause us to rush through life, focusing on the day-to-day tasks without stopping to reflect and create. I will offer practical tips for discovering and nurturing your creativity, plus techniques to begin your journey in experimentation. By viewing your sewing practice as play without focusing on the end result, you can develop your own ideas and explore fabric in an innovative way.

In addition to the painted techniques shown below, we’ll explore fabric piecing, pleating, layering, stitching, and dyeing to help you expand your creative thinking. We’ll talk about the ways that artists experiment to find their style and how you can apply the same techniques to your sewing practice. I look forward to seeing you there!


block printing

freezer paper

Quilt Texture


I’ve been thinking a lot about creating texture in quilts. I find that when I experiment with one element, it’s helpful to remove all other visual ideas. So I’ve been working in all white just thinking about lines and texture. After working on this piece, I decided that the back is much more interesting than the front, which is leading me on to new techniques. It’s exciting to experiment with different ideas and I’m pushing myself beyond my comfort zone this year with a few new projects. More on that soon.

1,2,3 Quilt of the Day


Here’s the Cathedral Windows Quilt from 1, 2, 3 Quilt. If you haven’t tried this technique, it’s much easier that it looks. Basically a bit of fabric folding will make your blocks. I machine stitched mine for speed, but you can slow down and sew your cathedral windows by hand.

And here are all the other quilts from the book:


#instaquilt at Intown Quilters


Here’s a collection of some of the blocks from our #instaquilt project that we did in the Makers Tent at the Decatur Book Festival. I think it’s really interesting how these blocks are coming together with no plan at all!

This is a work in progress and you can still add your block! Just make a half-square triangle and share on Instagram with the hashtag #instaquilt. If you want to contribute a physical block, just bring it in or mail to Intown Quilters by the end of the month. We’ll make a quilt that will be displayed and then donated to charity.

This weekend, you can even come out to Intown Quilters and sew some blocks with me and Sarah Phillips of Intown Quilters. We’ll have a few machines and some fabric, but feel free to bring your own machine and supplies if you’d like. Join us at 4:00 pm on Sunday at Intown Quilters in Decatur. It’s a free event and we hope to see you there!



How far do your quilts travel? Quilting and technology have converged to create an online sewing community that allows us to find inspiration, share our process, and get instant feedback on our ideas. Recently, I realized that my finished quilts were stacked in a closet while my photos and blog posts continued to reach people. It made me question whether the finished object or the digital image was more important.

We take photos of quilts as they are pieced together, on our laps while we stitch, or with our children and pets snuggled up on them. We share the image and it becomes a digital object, a separate work of art created during the process.

Sarah Phillips of Intown Quilters and I are hosting an activity in the Makers Tent at the Decatur Book Festival this weekend so we decided to expand on the idea of image sharing to create a collaborative digital project where everyone will create their own quilt block, photograph it, and share the image through social media. Then we’ll compile the images into a digital “quilt” that we’ll share online.

How can you participate?

Begin with two 10” fabric squares and create a half-square triangle block. One fabric square should be a neutral white or linen while the other piece may be patchwork, hand-dyed, embroidered, or made with any other creative technique you’d like to use. Or you can simply choose your favorite fabric. Then take a photo of your half-square triangle block and share it on social media with the hashtag #instaquilt. We’ll then assemble the photos and share the collaborative digital quilt both here and through social media.

Add your block to flickr here, pin it to Pinterest, share on Instagram, post to Facebook, or share it any way you choose.

And for those who are willing to contribute their finished block, we’ll sew them together and make a quilt to be displayed at Intown Quilters. You can drop your block by the shop or even mail it. Please note that we may cut down the blocks if necessary to make the quilt a manageable size. We’d like to get all of the entries by the end of September, so make a block today!

If you live near Atlanta, come sew with me and Sarah Phillips from Intown Quilters at the Decatur Book Festival this weekend! We’ll be in the Makers Tent on Sunday at 3pm. We’ll have fabric, sewing machines and other supplies so that you can make an #instaquilt block with us. But don’t worry if you can’t make it; anyone can participate in the project!

For instructions to make half-square triangles, click on the image below for a .pdf excerpt from my book 1, 2, 3 Quilt.


I made a couple of samples using my new Framework fabric and solids below. Of course if you use the technique above, you’ll have two blocks so you can start a quilt. And if you’re just photographing it for the project, the block could really be any size. Let’s make an #instaquilt!