Trendy Table 2 – Preview Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of the preview of my Trendy Table 2 book.  It was really fun to read through everyone’s comments on Part 1 of the preview.  I was so happy to see so many familiar names and  I’m glad to see so many of you back here!  Of course new people are always welcome too 😉

Before I continue on with the preview, I would like to share the winner of the book from the last post.  The random generator number chose:  LouEllen, who commented on May 9th at 8:01 am.  Please send your shipping info to and I will get your book sent out asap.

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First up in the preview is a group shot taken on the beach in Mexico.

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Starting from right to left in that shot is Woven and Sew caffeinated (I showed detail shots of both of these in my last post).  Then there is Confetti, shown in 2 color ways:  a bright version made from my stash and a traditional version made with biscuits and Gravy by Basic Grey for Moda.

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I am really liking more solid background.  The high contrast just makes all the cute prints pop.  This pattern takes just 1 charm pack, plus the background and border.

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The bright version with the grey background is my favorite though.  These prints are all taken from my stash and I used my favorite grey background – Yarn dyed Essex Linen by Kauffman fabrics in the colorway Graphite.

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Lately, I just want to make everything with a grey background and these bright colors!   This tropical background doesn’t hurt either 😉   In this shot, the Confetti runner is shown with the 10 Minute Table Runner.

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This pattern is super simple and literally takes about 10 minutes to sew the background pieces together, but it does take a little longer if you want to add the applique like I did.



These prints are all from my stash and include some Art Gallery prints, Amy Butler, Alison Glass, Anna Maria Horner and one Moda print.  You need 12 – 10″ squares to make this.  It would also be great made another row wider and turned into a baby quilt.  (I do show some of these size options in the book).  If you were making a larger size, you could use fat quarters.

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Last up from that group shot is the Holly Hocks runner.

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This runner is also made using 1 charm pack or you can cut assorted prints from your stash like I did.   (I think the new Color Cuts by Moda would be perfect for a bunch of these runners.  If you bought them in a few different colors, you would be able to make quite a few coordinating runners for your house).

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I have tried to include some runners in the book that work good for decorating around the seasons.  This is one that I will have on my dining room table during the summer.

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This next runner is called Dutch Girls and will be my spring table decor.

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I have included a couple of options for Fall – Though the first one could easily be made in other colors.  It’s called Sun Kissed.

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This runner also uses 5″ squares, plus two contrast prints (shown in white and navy).

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Even more fall-ish is this pumpkin runner called Pumpkin Patch.  These patch-style pumpkins have been popular for a while, so I figured it was high time that I made a runner with them!

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Once again, this runner uses 5″ squares (for the pumpkins and border), plus a green and a background.  You could also use 2 1/2″ strips for the scrappy part.



The grey background fabric is a Moda Mochi dot.

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I also made something with a winter theme – even though winter is my least favorite season.  Snowflakes are always pretty, so I designed this block to look like a snowflake.  It is strip pieced and uses the Creative Grids 60-degree triangle ruler, which is why I have called it the Magic Snowflake Runner.

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This pattern uses 2 1/2″ strips, plus the white and red fabrics. You could also use fat eighths.



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I’ve also included a topper version for all of you asking for something for a round end table.

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And one last group shot. . . . .  Once again, you can let me know your favorite in the comments.  I will send out one more complimentary copy from the comments, so check back for my next post to see who the winner is.  You can also check with your local quilt shop to see if they have the book in yet or order the book here.

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Trendy Table 2 Preview – Part 1

Welcome back!  It’s been 6 months (Yikes!) since I’ve posted and I’m not even sure if anybody even reads blogs anymore!  But, I’ve been working on a new book and thought I would pop back in to share about it.  The book is called Trendy Table 2 and here is the front cover:

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And the back cover:

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As you can see, it is another runner book.  I think this is my 5th runner book, but my love for making runners doesn’t seem to be going away!   They are still just as addicting and I love anything that I can start and finish in an evening.

Since there are 15 designs, I thought I would break my preview up into 2 posts.  I will share 7 of the runners today and the rest next week.

The first runner that I want to share is called Sew Caffeinated.  I have been wanting to make something with coffee cups and some favorite prints for a while now.  They remind me of a couple of cups that I have from Anthropologies – Cute print/pattern with a contrasting handle.

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This shot was taken at my friend Maria’s house – Who happened to have this cute bike, sign, a vase with flower and a piece of cheesecake in the fridge for the perfect props!

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This runner is made with 5″ squares, so perfect for charm packs if you don’t have a stash of coffee-cup type prints.

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Up next:  Lucky LuLu – featuring an easy to piece puppy and my cute niece Addilyn.

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This shot shows the puppy a little better –

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This runner is made with 2 1/2″ squares or 1 Mini Charm packs.  The fabric shown is by called Wing and Leaf by Gina Martin for Moda fabrics.

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The next runner is called Stellar.  I have made so many things with stars, but I still love them!

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I also have this runner in a group shot, which was taken in Mexico.  We went on vacation for the first time in 6 years, so I brought a suit case of runners with, hoping for some nice locations.  (Back home in Minnesota, the bleak, white landscape doesn’t work for any outdoor shots!)  We often got up and walked the resort at 6:30 in the morning looking for spots, so I wouldn’t get people in the photos.

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This runner uses 5″ squares or one Charm pack.  I used Simply Colorful by V and Co for Moda fabrics.  The background fabric is Yarn Dyed Essex Linen from Kauffman fabrics.

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The next one up is Pathways.

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Speaking of getting people in my shots, while I was shooting this one, a lady wearing a dress that exactly matched the runner walked through.  What are the chances they would match?



This fabric line is called Midnight Garden by 1Canoe2 for Moda Fabrics.  Again, I used just one Mini Charm pack.


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That runner is also in a group shot, with another star runner 🙂

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It’s called Sparkler and uses 24 – 8″ squares.  It’s very easy to make and goes together pretty quickly.  The fabrics are all from my stash

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Also in that photo is the Color Wheel runner.  I used assorted 2 1/2″ strips from my stash, along with more yarn dyed essex line (this time in charcoal).

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I used the Creative Grids 60-degree triangle ruler to make this.  I’ve written so many patterns using this ruler and I know a lot of you have it too!

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Last up for today,  is this runner called Woven.

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With this design, I was going for a modern take on a plaid.  I have always loved plaid, but it’s been done so many times before so I wanted to switch it up a bit by offsetting the grey lines.  The florals are assorted 10″ squares – Mostly from Art Gallery Fabrics, but I also see a couple Modas in there too.

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And the flat shot . . .

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That’s it for today’s preview!  I always give away the first copy of the book, so leave me a comment to enter.  Just tell me which one is your favorite or what you would make first, and I will pick from the comments.  Check back to see who the winner is in my next post.  You can also enter to win a copy that I am giving away on Instagram, so check out my feed on the right sidebar to click over to my Instagram.  To purchase a copy, click here.

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Tallinn Sweater

I’ve had a few things on my clothing “to make” list for quite a while.  The Tallinn Sweater by Hey June is one of those things.


I happened to have the perfect knit in my stash – inspired by the textured knit in this photo on Instagram.  All I needed was the time set aside to get it done!  It’s a pretty quick top to make, so once I had some time without my little helpers it was done in a few hours.  My photos aren’t great since I was trying to use a timer on my phone or have my 5 year old take the pictures.  Hopefully you can over look that and just enjoy the cute pattern!


I love the cowl neck, the hem and sleeve bands, and the asymmetrical front – Lots of character without anything too hard!  Just my style when it comes to sewing clothing. . . . .


Here’s a close up of the knit so you can see the texture a little better.  If you have been a follower of mine for a while, you know I love knitting cables and love the look of them.  With this knit, I got the look without having to knit them!  The fabrics is from SR Harris – one of those stores that sells odds and ends.


One of my favorite parts about the sweater is that it happens to match my favorite boots.  I LOVE red shoes, so I am always on the look out for something that I can wear with them.


You can find those boots here.  They are very comfortable, which is the most important thing to me when it comes to shoes.

Once again, this isn’t a very good photo, (Carter took it as I was walking towards him) but I think it shows that the design looks good even as you are moving around.  I thought maybe the double front would bunch up or that front flap would flop around funny, but it doesn’t and it’s comfortable to move around it.


My only modification was to add 3″ to the hem.  I was sewing this at my Mom’s house so she had a few easy tips for reducing some of the bulk on the bands, so I did them slightly different, but you can’t tell from looking at it.  So, if you are looking for a fun top to make, I recommend this one!

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

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More In Bloom

One of my Joyful Stitcher trunk shows came home the other day and I got a chance to take a few photos of one of the projects that I haven’t shared yet.


It’s yet another “In Bloom” runner.  I have now made 3, so scroll down to see the Christmas version if you missed it.   The prints were part of a kit that I found at Bear Patch Quilting Co. in White Bear Lake, MN.  The kit included a bunch of fat quarters that I never would have thought to put together, but just loved.  I bought the kit, cut a 3 1/2″ square out of each print and added the rest of the fat quarters to my stash or for another project.


I just thought they were too pretty to pass up.  I think most of the prints are from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I especially love the yellow print inside of the wool flowers.  The background fabric can be found here.  The wools are from my stash.


Here’s a close up of the stitching.  It’s all done by hand using #5 pearl cotton and a whip stitch – which is the quickest way to hand stitch wool!  So fun and relaxing . . .   If you are interested in learning more, you  can click here.


The pattern can be found  here.  That’s all for today!  I’ll be back to share another Christmas finish soon.

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In Bloom Christmas Style

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know I make a new quilted Christmas item each year.  This year, it’s already finished because I worked on this fall.  That doesn’t usually happen – last year’s project still isn’t done! (but I just pieced the backing and the top is done.)  I will hopefully be sharing that one soon.


But, back to this year’s project – It’s this runner, from my Joyful Stitcher book.


Aren’t these prints fun?  I love Basic Grey’s Christmas lines and I probably have made something out of each one of them.  I just love the prints with the red background and the way the red makes the snowflakes pop.  The line is called Be Merry, in case anybody “needs” some 😉


For this runner, I bought a charm pack (the squares are cut 3 1/2″), but I would love a little more of these beautiful prints . .


This particular version isn’t shown in the book, as I finished well past my publishing deadline.  It’s a combination of the cover quilt and the snowflake pillow that are shown in the book.  Here’s a look at the cover quilt again:


And this is the pillow that I mentioned:



If you are interested in making this option, you can follow the instructions as shown in the book to make the runner and use the showflake appliques that are in the book.  The only change I made was to trim a little off the ends of the runner – I think it was just 1 1/2″.  I thought there was a little too much plain red so I moved up the snowflakes a little bit and did the trimming, which solved my problem.

Since this was a seasonal project, I decided not to invest so much time in it by doing the wool applique by hand.  I did a blanket stitch by machine around the large snowflake using Dual Duty’s “Heavy” thread (used to be called Topstitching thread).  I also used that thread to add some detail inside the large snowflake and to stitch around the small snowflake.  If you aren’t into wool, these snowflakes could be done using cotton.



And one last shot of the runner from the other direction.  If you are interested in purchasing the book, click here.  If you are interested in seeing more of my Christmas quilts, click here.

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Black Friday Sale and New Fabrics

It’s a cold and sunny day here in Minnesota and I’m happy to be sitting in my warm house with my warm cup of tea.  I’m also happy for another reason – I have new fabrics in my shop and I’m having a Black Friday sale!

My Black Friday sale is 20% off you entire order – Just use the code BLACKFRIDAY17 between today and November 27th.  Click here to visit my store.


The new fabrics are from my Big Splash line and they just arrived last week.  The bolts are now nicely lined up in my studio.  Here is how the line looks together –

It should be arriving in your local shops anytime now.  If your local shop doesn’t carry it, I’m selling the yardage in my online store, along with Fat Quarter packs and some kits.

I’m going to be offering a kit of the free pattern that you can find on the Henry Glass website.  I wanted to note that there are two options that you can download from their website.  When I designed the pattern, I intended the blocks to be pieced.  The person that Henry Glass used to draw up the pattern wrote it up with the blocks and sea creatures both appliqued.  I figured that there were others like me who would rather piece than applique, so I have written up a little addition to their download that includes the instructions and fabric requirements for the pieced version.  You can find both sets of instructions here.

The image above is a digital quilt, but I am currently making the quilt out of actual fabric.  I will share more photos on that as I get more finished.


I have also had lots of requests for the chevron fabric from this line to make the Starstruck runner that I showed a while back.

You can find that kit here.  (I also have yardage of the chevron in my store)

You can also find the No Pinching Kit and the Oh Baby kit as shown below.    

That’s all for now.  I’m going to go back to working on my Big Splash quilt so I can show you what the actual quilts looks like, not just a digital quilt.  In the meantime, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Sept 2017

Life is busy, isn’t it?  Life is so often about efficiency and whatever is most pressing.  But there is so much in life that is precious to enjoy amongst all the work.  With everything going on, I feel like I finish very little to share.  Meals, laundry and dishes don’t make interesting blog posts.  Nor does the exterior of our house that I am almost done painting.

But – I did finish a quilt project.  It’s  one that many of you have seen throughout the summer as I’ve shared my stitching techniques with you.  It is now quilted, bound and shipped off on one of the many trunk shows of mine that travel to quilt shops.  I finished it and had to take pictures on a day where the lighting was really poor, so I will have to wait for it to come back to have its pictures taken properly.


The pictures were so poor, that I only took a couple.  You have all seen so many by now, that I didn’t feel too bad about not getting more. You can scroll down to my previous posts to see more detail shots.


The precious moments that I was referring to above – in addition to the moments of stitching that I sneak in – are the ones with these guys.


They are the unfinished projects that require unlimited amounts of work that will last the next 18 years, but bring joy in some of the most unexpected time – Like finding a field of beautiful flowers and going back to explore.   I say “back” because we went home and put on some decent clothes to get a few pictures.


I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately and it always surprises me at the number of people that ask about the boys and ask to see more pictures of them. So here are a few more . . . .




Every photo shoot with Max starts with him pointing at me and yelling “You have poop on your head”.  Then they laugh and laugh.  I don’t remember how it got started – I think just something funny to get the kids to look at the photographer – but it seems it is something that Max will not forget.  So I have many pictures of him pointing at the camera and laughing.  Boys . . . They are full of it!


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