Hexie Mania – Blog Hop for HexieLove Magazine!


My friend Julia Wood has the most awesome new magazine and book out about “hexies”…also known as hexagons!   If you are a fan of the various ways you can make a hexie quilt, this magazine is for you!

One of the best parts is that there’s a multipart quilt pattern that will be spread out over the year, and it’s a stunner!


If Julia seems familiar to you it’s because she’s the author of “More Quick & Easy Hexie Quilts”!  I had the pleasure of meeting Julia on the set of QATV.

Julia Wood

Julia has been super generous to give one lucky reader of my blog a copy of her new digital magazine!

Enter by leaving a comment to win a copy of HexieLove magazine! Entries will be accepted until April 14th at 5pm, when a winner will be selected!


Here’s the blog hop!!
April 6 Bonnie Hunter
April 7 Catherine Redford
April 8 Linda Franz
April 9 Cheryl Sleboda
April 10 Victoria Findlay Wolfe
April 11 Geta Grama
April 12 Becky Campbell 
April 13 Joan Shay
April 14 Julia Wood

Where to find me at International Quilt Festival Chicago!


I would LOVE to meet all of you at the big quilt show in Chicago! Here’s where to find me!

10 am to Noon – Open Studios – Fabric Manipulation
2pm to 4pm – Open Studios – Cartooning for Quilters
7pm – Hilton Bar (across the street from the Convention Center) – Naperville Modern Quilters Guild Meetup (everyone welcome)

2pm -4pm – Open Studios – Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Quilters
4pm -6pm – Open Studios – Light Up Your Quilts!
8pm – Cherrywood Fabrics/Wicked Party – WXYZ Bar at the Aloft Hotel

9am to Noon – Class – Vintage Style Smocked Pincushion! – $48  - Still room in this class! Sign up on site to take it with me!
2pm to 5pm – Class – Light Up an Artist Trading Card! – $50 - Still room in this class! Sign up on site to take it with me!

Technique of the Week – Week #32 – Electrolumiescent Wire



This week’s Technique of the Week uses Electroluminescent Wire, also called EL wire.  This stuff is so cool when it lights up.  It’s also called “cool neon” because it’s completely cold.  Check it out in the video:

So the main resource I use for EL wire is COOLNeon (www.coolneon.com).  EL wire uses a giant battery pack on them, so you will need a way to obscure that.  You will want to purchase wire that is pre-soldered to your battery pack.   You will also need to stiffen your fabric, so I use Timtex or Peltex instead of batting.

One drawback is the battery life, which can be short.  Also the battery packs (also called drivers) do have a high pitched squeal to them, and pretty much every single one I have ever bought does this.  If you are sensitive to the sound, this may not be a project for you.  But I hope you do give it a try and be sure to share with me what you make.

See my other light up quilts in the gallery page here!


Super INKED Skull Block tutorial + GIVEAWAY!!

My friend Lynn has an awesome new fabric line out called INKED, produced by Red Rooster Fabrics.  Last October I went to my first Quilt Market to help her out in her booth.   Well, now her fabric has launched and you will be able to find it in your favorite local quilt shop!! getinked To celebrate, Lynn is hosting a “Block Hop” in which each stop on the blog tour you can WIN FABRIC and also get the instructions for the blocks in the quilt below. I know you will have to think hard about which block is mine…

Inked Quilt
Yup, I made this Skull block. You can download the full directions for it on PDF format by clicking HERE.
Skull Inked
Suprise! I made a second block too! You can make this lovely star block by getting the PDF directions HERE.
Star Inked

Now here’s the FUN GIVEAWAY part!!  You can win a set of the fat quarters of INKED used in the block above by commenting below.  You could tell me which of the blocks you plan to make first. Open to USA and International, and be sure to leave me a valid email address in case you are the winner!  The drawing will be March 15 at 5pm CST. Good luck!


Don’t forget about all the other lovely blocks you can collect on this block hop tour.  Here is the Block Hop schedule:
March 2 – Susan Brubaker Knapp
March 3 – Teri Lucas
March 4 – Jessica Darling
March 5 – Debbie Grifka
March 6 – Lynn Carson Harris
March 7 – Jen Osborn
March 8 – Lynn Krawczyk’s blog for Susan Atwell + bonus giveaways!
March 9 -Flaun Cline
March 10 – Lynn Krawczyk
March 11 – Cheryl Sleboda <–That’s me!!!
March 12 – Maddie Kertay
March 13 – Lynn Krawczyk

Organizing the Business!



Here are my adorable cats, in my guest room, on a stack of comic book boxes.  (You know I work full time in the comic book industry, right? I get a lot of free comic books.) Anyway, I was having an issue with prepping orders from my shop in the office.  It was such a hassle to move around in there with my day job desk.  Once I ordered a giant roll of bubble wrap, I knew that the business stuff needed a new home. org3


My cats will be sorry to see this set of boxes go!  I headed to IKEA with my measurements for this wall, and a budget in mind. The comic book boxes got moved to another room in the house.

org 2And here it is!  I needed the cabinet door portion to keep all of the Skull tShirts I sell free of dust and cat hair.  One side is shipping and promotional materials, and the other is merchandise.  It’s great to have all of the components together and I’m really pleased with how it looks.  Yes, my guests will have to sleep with our business products, but it did free up tons of space in my office.