The calendar on my wall (from last year) assures me that it is January 9, but I have trouble believing it.

Happy new year, friends! The last month or so have been full of planning and prepping and partying and visiting and eating (and eating) and skiing and snow shoeing. I was even brave enough to try a few blue ski runs (picture above is at Alta, right on the Alta/Snowbird line. The mountain in the background is the backside of Timpanogas. It was the most beautiful day, and it was just my husband and me. Merry Christmas to us).


My daughter and I made a pillow for her aunt (I helped with cutting and trimming and quilting, she did the rest!), but that was about the extent of the handmade in December. Except, I finished of 6 or so spools of thread finishing up projects here and there, so I must have made more than I am remembering.

My daughter and I also finished her quilt top (its giant–almost 80-90) from the #notyourmamasbee. We call this the #polkadotrainbowquilt. We made about 30 blocks (for a total of 42. We used 5” squares, the entire quilt is made of polka dots, and the blocks measure 14.5” unfinished), and the quilt will have minky on the back and is at Nicole’s house to be quilted right now (@kwilter100).

It seems to snow here all day, every day. Or at least weekly. I learned that practically everyone I know has snowshoes, so I jumped on the bandwagon. The baby is usually happy, until she gets cold. I’ve ordered some super duper warm base layers, so we will see if that helps.

I have finished 2 more quilt patterns, which I will be sharing soon, so check back later this week!

Happy new year.

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portland-square-quilt-pattern-coverI am so happy to release this pattern today! I’ve been working on these quilts and patterns on and off for a *really* long time, so it has been so good to finally publish them and introduce them!   [Also! I’m hosting a Cotton and Steel Charm Pack Giveaway on Instagram–enough to make the lap quilt @swimbikequilt]

Purchase Info:

Patterns are regularly $10, all of my new patterns are 30% off until Friday, December 2, at 12am MST.  No code necessary.

Available on my website

Available in my Craftsy Store

Available for EU purchasers here


This is the Portland Square Quilt Pattern, a digital PDF pattern available in two sizes:  lap quilt (54” x 54”) and throw quilt (78” x 84”).

Charm pack and jelly roll friendly, as well as instructions for using yardage and scraps.portland-square-quilt-pattern-2

It is easily customizable, you could decrease or increase the number of blocks to make any size–this is my queen size quilt version, made out of Flea Market Fancy (FMF) fabrics.

I started working on it years ago, and finally finished it this summer (quilted by Nicole Christofferson @kwilter100). For any fellow fabric obsessors, when FMF was hard to find, I once dreamed of binding a quilt in these gray seeds. Feels so silly now, but I did it anyway, once the reprint came out a few years ago!


Pre-cut friendly, this quilt can be made with a jelly roll, charm packs, or yardage/scraps.

It looks great with solids, prints, or a combination of the two.

This 14 page pattern has clear instructions, full color illustrations, and coloring pages to help plan your quilt.

It is available on my website, my craftsy store, and EU customers: please see my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SwimBikeQuilt?ref=hdr_shop_men portland-square-quilt-pattern-bedAcknowledgements: Cover shots by Ellie Cox (@elliecoxphoto), styling by Evalyn Coleman, and quilting on the queen size quilt by Nicole Christofferson (@kwilter100).


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I have 2 new digital pdf quilt patterns for sale! I’m so excited to be releasing the Liberty Park Picnic Quilt and The Super Star Quilt. 

The patterns will usually be $10 each; I’m running a launch/small business Saturday/cyber Monday 30% off sale– discount is reflected in the list price. The price will return to the normal $10 on Tuesday am.


Both quilts come in 2 sizes and are fat quarter friendly. The Liberty Park Picnic Quilt is especially great for those large print, fat quarters you love but aren’t sure how to use!


The quilt patterns are 9 and 7 pages, respectively. There are full color diagrams, a coloring page, and 4 alternate colorings for each quilt, which is one of my favorite parts!


Additional details are shown on the listing page. You can purchase them via my pattern shop on this website, my Craftsy shop, and for customers in the EU, my Etsy Shop.



In addition, I am running a sale on Instagram (@swimbikequilt) on Vintage Quilt Revival. There are 10 copies available, $18 with free shipping. Leave a comment on my Instagram and pm me your paypal address. If this sounds confusing, just send me an email (swimbikequilt at gmail dot com) and you can buy one that way, assuming there are still copies available.

All copies are signed by all 3 authors and the book makes a great holiday gift! (Or keep it for yourself, I won’t tell).

Thanks so much!

Acknowledgements: Cover shots by Ellie Cox (@elliecoxphoto), styling by Evalyn Coleman, and quilting on the Liberty Park Picnic Quilt by Abby Latimer (@alatimer).

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I have been working hard behind the scenes over the last few weeks, and I’m excited to share soon! But I had to stop and share this photo of my Summer Sampler quilt taken by the talented Ellie Cox (@elliecoxphoto) and styled by one of my favorite people, Evie Coleman, who happens to be mom to Ellie and sister to Laura Gunn (there are a few snippets of Laura’s fabric in that quilt). Small world and so much talent in that family.

I love working with other creatives, and seeing their vision for my own work.

I hope this photo made you smile. I hope you feel peace and love and eat all the food this week of Thanksgiving (if you are celebrating), and even if you aren’t, feelings of peace and eating good food isn’t such a bad way to spend a day.

And I can’t wait to share more next week!

p.s. how is your Summer Sampler coming?

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