Gleaned Sugarhouse QuiltI loved making this quilt out of Carolyn Friedlander’s new fabric, Gleaned. Thanks for sending me some, Robert Kaufman! I paired 2 Gleaned prints (Cantaloupe and Ash) with Moda Gray, Essex Dyed Homespun in Navy, and Essex Yarn Dyed in Metallic in Midnight. Gleaned is almost impossible to photograph, so a big shout out to Ellie Cox for getting this shot. Isn’t the light in her house dreamy?

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I wanted to add a lot of texture to the center star, so I just went for it. I love the results, even if it is a bit wonky.

This is the throw size Sugarhouse Quilt pattern, which is an exclusive Pattern Drop pattern, available through January 31. You can read more about the quilt here!

Happy sewing!

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Pattern Drop_Sugarhouse Quilt StyledPattern In Two Sizes

The Sugarhouse Quilt is made of 5 supersized traditional quilt blocks that I included as part of the Summer Sampler 2016, and is a block I just couldn’t get out of my head. I love the many variations this pattern lends itself to.  It comes in two sizes: twin sized [74’’ x 90’’], and throw size [54’’ x 54’’—the quilt construction is the same, you just leave off the borders].

The pattern is exclusive to Pattern Drop, available through January 31.

This pattern looks completely different depending on fabric choices and fabric placement. As always, the pattern comes with a coloring page and 4 color variations to help you think outside the box, if you want to take that path.3C8A9789

In this picture, you can see the original colors I used for the pattern. I just didn’t love how they were turning out, and I’m glad I opted for the greens. I think if I had switched that center square for a lighter coral or a white, I would have loved it.

This quilt was quilted by Abby Latimer, and I love how the quilting turned out.  I wrote more about the quilt here.3C8A0275

Isn’t this a breath of fresh air on a cold winter day?! Can’t wait for tulips in my garden again. 3C8A0338

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Last summer, my friend Ellie came over to take photos of my studio. I am happy to finally share them with you! I’m not sure why it took so long–perhaps because I sewed at a kitchen table, and then in my living room for so many years, I always feel a little guilty (and oh so grateful) that I have a room of my own, where I can shut the door and get to work.  I am happy to give you a tour today!


One of my favorite features is this design wall–my husband and I made it using a tutorial by Katie Pederson of Sew Katie Did in 2013. I posted about it here, previously! One tip Katie gives is to use flannel sheets instead of flannel fabric–the sheets I bought from Garnet Hill are still going strong.  This design wall was in my living room in Alexandria (my husband joked it was our ever changing art installation), my bedroom in Portland, and now my studio in Salt Lake City. I can’t believe it made it through all of our moves!


I love this pegboard–I bought it at Home Depot and spray painted it this coral color. It is much easier to find my scissors [when I remember to put them away], and the ruler storage is maybe my favorite part. The bottom square ruler is 20.5” x 20.5” inches square, and I could never figure out how to store it before!


My custom table, built by my dad, also in 2013, is a favorite thing for sure. I posted a bit about it here–having my Janome dropped into the table makes sewing and quilting so much better.

The table is from ikea, and Heather from @quiltstory just made her own, so be sure to check hers out!

The quilt on the design wall is the initial version of the Sugarhouse Quilt, the pattern is on sale through the end of the month at Pattern Drop.


I get a lot of questions about the floor–it is marmoleum, and photographs differently in every kind of light. This is the true color, though.

When we bought our house in 2015, this room flooded in between us purchasing the house, doing some renovations, and moving in. We were able to refinish floors and paint everything white (so many terrible color combos on these walls), but most of the renovations included replacing HVAC, plumbing, electrical work, etc. to bring our 1950’s house up to code.  Aren’t those pretty pipes running the length of the room? I like to think it gives the room an industrial look. Ha! The up side? I got to pick whatever flooring I wanted. I really love it.

You can see my scrap storage to the left of the cutting table. I have a big wire basket from target (matches the one the quilts are stored in) and I just put all my scraps in there. When it gets full, I use them, sell them, or give them away. It is currently overflowing.
Katie Table

Another favorite part of the room–this Ikea table is counter height [it has adjustable legs]. I’m 5’9”, and cutting on a regular table isn’t ideal. I love that it is tall enough to fit my rolling carts underneath, too (also Ikea–Raskog and Alex].3C8A9944

This little corner holds my Bernina, remnants of the flood (we had to pull out the built in desk, which apparently used to house a snake cage, lovely), and is my daughter’s sewing area. She has stuff in every single drawer!

This is a happy corner–when we moved to Utah, we rearranged a bunch of our furniture, and I inherited all of the old black, Ikea cabinets. I didn’t have any trouble filling them, obviously. The bins are sorted by color. I throw anything bigger than a scrap and smaller than a yard in there. I don’t fold any of the fabric, I pull it all out and stuff it all back in on a regular basis, and it works really well for me. 3C8A9890

I am sure I am not alone when I say I have so many quilts in my house! This wire basket, again from Target [it matches my scrap basket], is a great home for some of my favorite ones! I have 5 quilts from Vintage Quilt Revival rolled up in here, and 3 quilts which have hung at quilt con, including my Summer Sampler 2016. I submitted one this year and it didn’t get in. You win some, you lose some, I guess.

This concludes the tour. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that I cleaned and tidied and organized for this shoot, and that it rarely looks like this. But I’m glad I have a little inspiration of how great it *can* look.

happy corner swimbikequiltDo you have any favorite storage tips? Or tips for putting things away as you are using them? Ha!

Happy sewing–


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Star Bright Quilt for Instagram

Hello Friends!

A few years ago, I made a quilt for my nephew, and I got so many requests for a pattern, I put a rather rough one together. I have spent some time updating it–making a new sample, having some pretty pictures taken [those tulips were from my garden last spring] and it is now listed for sale here [this quilt pattern is on the second page].


I would love to give YOU a copy of the new and improved Star Bright pattern to say thanks for subscribing to my newsletter.  If you are already a subscriber, thank you! Check your email this morning, you should have instructions there. If you aren’t a newsletter subscriber, sign up here, and you will receive an email shortly thereafter with instructions to download the pattern for free.

Rather just purchase the pattern? You can do that here!

The pattern includes instructions for 2 sizes, and uses either 1 charm pack + fabric for the star, or 1 layer cake + fabric for the star.

Happy sewing!

p.s. The Star Bright Quilt Pattern is on page 2 😉

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