Spring Cleaning MY Studio… The HORROR

before1How did it come to this?  Well, I could have lots of excuses like “I was teaching at IQF Chicago”.  And “I was teaching and speaking at so many guilds”.  And ” I was travelling for my day job a lot”.  But there really isn’t any excuse.

When I tape my videos for Technique of the Week, only the corner behind me on the video has to be clean…   But my closet… Oh, the horror…

Is there even a floor in there?  It was soooo bad.

That’s when I remembered doing a Spring Clean Your Blog Hop ages ago, and decided to ask a few Facebook and Instagram friends to join in!!  Amalia from FunfromAtoZ.com really went all out with this trailer for the hop:

So.  Ready to see the afters???


Not bad, huh?  You can see the floor and every surface has been rearranged and reorganized.


How I store my fabric. And fabric that is waiting to be put away are in the bins in the lower right. after3

The view from my sewing machine, and also where I sit for the video series.


While the closet is NOT perfect, it’s 10000x’s better!after6Doesn’t this look a little familiar?  It’s where I sit for the video series.  It’s so much better!

Now that you have seen what a mess I made, and how it was to clean it all up, you can visit a dozen other studios by checking out everyone’s blogs below.  I hope you had fun hopping with us!!

May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/
May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com
May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/
May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/
May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/
May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/
May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/
May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/
May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/
May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/
May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/
May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com


Blogger’s Quilt Festival!! – Spring Market Edition 2015


I’m super stoked to show you my modern Friendship Star quilt called “Wettersysteme” (weather systems).   I called it that because I thought the swirl of the stars looked like those hurricane icons I saw on TV when I lived on the east coast. 

Thanks to Amy’s Creative Side for the opportunity to show you my work! spring-2015-BQF-Button-e1429716312925 

This quilt has two of my heirloom sewing techniques from my DVD. The wiggly smocked panels were done with my Heirloom Smocking Template, and the center of the stars were machine gathered on my new BERNINA 750 QE.    This was also the first quilt I quilted on my BERNINA  using the Stitch Regulator.  I think it made a great improvement to my free motion quilting!  Wettersysteme-detail

Thanks for stopping by!!! Hope you take a look at my video series and also think about sneaking a look in my shop! :)  

Technique of the Week – Week 39 – Soy Wax Batiking

Here’s this week’s video!

After being so awful at Batiking, I thought that trying my hand at this again was going to be a disaster.  Soy wax is MUCH easier to deal with than the Jaquard beeswax batik wax.  In fact, I love the fabrics I made using the Soy Wax.  The cleanup was much easier, as you can iron out the fabric much easier than the other stuff.



Soy wax is easy to find in your local craft store, and pretty easy to use with any found objects.  The clean up is easy too!  While I was NOT a fan of the previous attempts at batiking, this was much more fun and much more of what I expected my results to look like.  I guess you just have to keep on trying!!

Starting the #springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop!!


I think this is the second or third year I’ve hosted the “Spring clean your studio” Blog hop!  We formed it through FB and Instagram and had a grand old time cleaning, and now we’re ready to show you our studios!  Here’s the list of hoppers!!  Please visit all of them!

May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/
May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com
May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/
May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/
May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/
May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/
May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/
May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/
May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/
May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/
May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/
May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com

Giveaway Day – Spring 2015! 

IMG_8388I LOVE Giveaway Day!  You get to meet so many new bloggers, so WELCOME to mine if you are new!  If you don’t know me, I do a series of Technique of the Week art quilt videos you can see HERE, and I’m the author of a DVD on fabric manipulation techniques that you can put into your next quilt.

I’m giving away this super cuddly charm pack of “Cuddle Charms” which is super soft fabric you can piece right into your next quilt.  These are dark colors, so they are great for modern or art quilts! And they are MINKY!  So think super soft, and easy to piece and quilt with!

And I’m also throwing in two eighth yard cuts of some funky multi-color fabric to sweeten the deal!

Also, to celebrate my Sewing Skull line of merchandise being picked up by a quilt distributor, I’m throwing in one Sewing Skull patch for you too!


Here’s how to win:

1. Tell me what your crafty/sewing/quilting plans are for this summer!
2. Please only enter one time.  Multiple entries will be disqualified. (Comments are moderated, so you won’t see your entry online right away.)
3. International entries are welcome!
4. You must leave me a way to contact you, so please leave your valid email address when leaving a comment.
5. The entries will be open until Wednesday May 13th at 5:00 PM CST.
6. The winner will be chosen randomly the evening of May 13th.  Check back to see if you are the winner!  GOOD LUCK!


#36 was our randomly selected number, which means Brenda was our winner with the comment “I hope that I will be able to finish up several projects that have been taking up room in my sewing room, on my cutting table, sewing machine, design wall. I have so many things I’ve been wanting to start, but I need to clear the way first. And not by shoving everything into a box and hiding it. LOL”