Friday, May 26, 2017

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Out West

Howdy, friends! I'm so glad that you've come for a visit. It's a special day for me; the day of my first Moda Bake Shop submission, Out West

Out West is a fat quarter friendly quilt that finishes at 58" x 76". The large 16" blocks are a variation of a courthouse steps block and go together so quickly that you and your posse will be snuggling under your quilt in no time at all.

I'm in love with these western themed "Howdy" prints by Stacy Iest Hsu. Her fabric lines are so creative, and the little cowgirls and cowboys on their stick ponies will definitely put a smile on your face.

Head on over to Moda Bake Shop for an easy to follow tutorial on how to make your own version of Out West.

Pattern: Out West by Kairle Oaks for Moda Bake Shop
Fabric: Howdy by Stacy Iest Hsu
Quilted: Pixie Paisley by Utah Valley Quilting.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Moda Ribbon Key Fob Tutorial

You know all of that Moda ribbon that you have been hoarding from all of your pre-cut bundles? Well, my friend, Jen, at Heritage Threads, and Chrissy, at Sew Lux Fabric, are encouraging you to put it to good use! They're hosting a MODA RIBBON CHALLENGE on Instagram! 

These key fobs are a quick and easy project that I came up with for the challenge. Seriously, you can make one of these in less than ten minutes, once you have all of your supplies together.

This is what you'll need...

One piece of fabric 12"x4"
12" of Moda ribbon (I cut mine on the 12" marks)
One key fob hardware set
A pair of pliers and an old rag, used to attach the hardware

I bought a package of Dritz key fob hardware sets at my local JoAnn fabric store.

Step 1: Fold fabric in half lengthwise and press.

Step 2: Fold outer edges to the inside crease and press again.
Your fabric strip will now measure 12"x1".

Step 3: Pin your Moda ribbon to your fabric strip.
(Honestly, I'm not a pinner. This step is for those of you who are.)

Step 4: Stitching close to the edge of the ribbon, sew the Moda ribbon to the  fabric strip.

Step 5: Press well and trim the ends. 
I trimmed my ribbon at the 1/4" mark and the 11 3/4" mark.

Step 6: Fold fabric strip in half and insert into the hardware.
I put the end that starts with 1" on the top side of the hardware. (The bottom side has the "teeth". You'll be able to see the difference.)
Cover the hardware with a cloth to prevent scratches and use the pliers to flatten the hardware, starting in the middle and working to the outside edges.
Check the fabric strip to make sure it is secure.

Step 7: Add the split ring (and a cute little charm) and you're finished.

I'd love to see your finished projects! Use the hashtag
on Instagram!

Also, check out the hashtag 
on Instagram to see more fun projects made for the challenge!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

My favorite four year old starts preschool soon and grandma thinks she needs a new cute bag to carry all of her important stuff.

Elephant fabric by Robert Kauffman.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


This month I'm participating in a mini quilt swap using Moda fabrics by the talented Bonnie and Camille.

I decided on a 6" block from the Moda Modern Building Blocks pattern, using fabric suggestions and block inspiration from the person who will be receiving this mini quilt. I used the Vintage Picnic line, one of my favorites.

Here it is pre-binding…

…and here it is finished.

I made this extra 6" mini quilt to GIVE AWAY! If you would like a chance to win, simply leave a comment below and an email address or Instagram name so that I can contact you, if you win. A winner will be chosen on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 12:00 noon MDT.


The give away is now closed and my cute friend and neighbor, Kristin, is the winner!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Throw Back Thursday to the first quilt I ever made. Circa 1977.

When I was 14, the young women in our church group tied quilts to put in our "hope chests." My mom and I went to downtown Provo, Utah, where we purchased this SUPER COOL calico cheater cloth at House of Fabrics. My friends and I tied this quilt and then for years it sat unbound in a closet. 

By the time I actually got married, I thought this quilt was hideous. But MANY years later, my mom bound the quilt and brought it to my home. I still thought it was ugly, so it sat on a shelf for many more years. Then my youngest daughter found it when she was a teenager and laid claim on it. 

This SUPER AWESOME quilt has now been to too many high school sporting events, concerts, and trips up the canyon, to count. It stays in the trunk of Jocelyn's car, ever ready for the next adventure. From time to time she brings it home and I wash and fold it. Now I look at this quilt with love and admiration for my dear friends who helped tie it. They are women of strength, who go about doing good. So much love and goodness in one quilt.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

I love this stash busting quilt! 320 half square triangles made completely from fabrics that I already had!

My husband has been eyeing this quilt since I pieced it last fall and I finally gifted it to him this morning. Since the beginning of the year I have made quilts for husband, our four children, our daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and my mother. I love that they treasure the quilts that I make.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

Another finish from last week. I made these blocks NINE years ago and finally put them together.

This quilt is for my son, who recently moved to Texas.

I just love a pieced quilt back!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

This large Moda Love quilt is being gifted to a friend who literally saved my husband's life.

After over two years of unexplained illness, we were feeling helpless and quite hopeless until our friend became an advocate for my husband. She would not rest until we found out what was ailing John. Long story short, he had a hole in his heart the size of a quarter. Now repaired, he is enjoying good health again. We'll be forever grateful for our dear friend.

Isn't this quilting beautiful?

Friday, July 01, 2016

Is it possible to love a quilt a little too much? I didn't think so!

This Triangle Hexies Quilt, is one that I pattern tested for Emily Dennis of Quilty Love.

This was a gift for my sweet daughter-in-law.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

This quilt, short of the binding, has been finished for four years. I fell in love with the Mother Goose & Friends the first time I laid eyes on it and I knew that it would make a perfect quilt for a child. Of course, a Mother Goose quilt must have flying geese.

Pieced back.

My favorite four year old and her friend Bruno.

Monday, June 27, 2016

1728 inches of binding!

I'm so grateful for Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial on machine binding.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

I'm so glad that I could squeeze a little sewing into my day!

Pattern by Sherri McConnell. Fabric by Fig Tree and Co. for Moda Fabrics.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I woke up this morning and decided that I needed a little diversion from the monotony of the project that I have been working on. This Moda Love quilt was just the ticket.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It's always a good feeling to be a part of something good.

I was honored when my friends who serve in PTA asked me to make a quilt for the principal of our local high school. Mr. Murphy is a great leader and is loved by all of the students and parents. He will be greatly missed in the hallways of Timpanogos High School, but we wish him well as he takes a position at the district level.

The front of the quilt is signed by the faculty and staff, the back is signed by the students.