Livin’ Large winner

Happy Monday –  I’ll start with the winner of the Livin’ Large book.  It’s Carrie P., posted on Oct 8 at 11:53 p.m..  Please e-mail me your shipping address and I’ll send the book off asap (

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts on the new book.  Like I said, I was a little uncertain how everyone would take me new look.  For those of you who are new to me,  I used to do everything in dark colors, with lots of black and a primitive, country, woodsy feel with lots of applique ( If you want to actually see the progression, you can go to my website and look at my books and patterns – ).  Over the last three years or so, I have gotten rather bored with that.  I was sick of intricate patterns and lots of applique.  I was sick of dark, gloomy quilts.  I was craving something fresh and trendy.  Plus, the fabrics that are coming out are really changing, helping me along with this slight problem I was having.  The result is my work looking nothing like how I got started, except for the traditional blocks that for the baseline for much of what I do (to see the new progression, go to the inspirations tab on my website).  These thoughts were really what inspired me to name the blog Trends and Traditions.  In fact, if I had just started my business now, I would have probably called it that (Not to slight my Great-Grandma Anka – I’ll tell you more about her sometime).  I think it gives me so much freedom  – I can really design whatever I’m feeling inspired to do, and I have an excuse to buy the new fabric lines!!!!  Sounds good to me!   Anyways, what was my point – oh, it sound like several of you are feeling the same way.  You’ve been quilting a while, as I have, and you are interested in something new, fun and (again) trendy.  Some of you also mentioned that it is taking these new big prints to get your granddaughters interested in quilting.  This has also been part of my mission since I started quilting.  I began as a freshman in college and didn’t know a single other college student that quilted.  Every retreat I went to was filled with people my mom’s age (or older) – (not that there is anything wrong with that age group, it just would be fun to find some quilters near my age group too.)   I would love to be able to catch the eye of the younger generation and pull them in!  But, on the other hand, I also want my quilts to appeal to the average quilt (fifty something).  Some days it feels like I am trying to make two opposites happy, but it gives me an excuse to keep trying and quilting (as if I need one!!!)  Either way it was great to hear that some of you “get” what I am doing!  I really appreciate that.  Granted, I had half as many people sign up to win the new book, so I know it didn’t hit home with everyone.  But, I am going to choose to focus on the fact that there were lots of you who were so supportive.  Thanks again!

The colors here in MN are at their peak.  Unfortunatly, this has been our weather:

 . . . gloomy and rainy.  It’s really hard to play with fabrics when you can’t see the colors properly.  The only great color has been the leaves.  Here is our driveway:

It is beautiful right now, and would be more so if the sun was shining.  However, if you come to visit us in the winter, you do need 4-wheel drive to get out (or a tow-truck). 

I’d love to sit out on the deck and enjoy the colors, but everything is wet and soggy.  Instead I’ve been inside finishing up a bunch of projects.  Some have been quilting (I’ll show you in a few days) and some have been knitting.

I’ve been making hats!  They are like table runners – instant gratification.  The models are my niece Addi and nephew Gavin.  Some of you have complimented me on my cute kids.  I wish I could claim them, but they belong to my brother and sister.  Plus, they are 9 months and 13 months, so it’s really wouldn’t be possible for them to both to be mine.

Both hats are from the Itty Bitty hats book


Gavin’s hat didn’t seem to stay on, but that’s okay – it fit his big sister Bella.  (it’s supposed to be a 1-2 years size and she is almost 5).

Here’s the top view of the girl’s hat:

And another view of those blue eyes  I mean the pumpkin hat.

And another one of Addi-

And sorry, another one of Gavin.  I just couldn’t pick which picture was the cutest, so you have to see them all!

He’s turning more into a little boy every day!  Oh, and back to quilting.  Look what Moda sent – just in case you were worried they would run out of new ideas 🙂

I wish I could show you more, but let me just tell you they are over-the-top cute.  I think I may have to start another book . . . . .

All for now,


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17 Responses to Livin’ Large winner

  1. cindratee says:

    Those fabrics are almost as fetching as those beautiful nieces and nephew. Can’t wait to see what you create!!!

  2. Molly Gardner says:

    Hey there! I’ve been meaning to email you. Thanks so much for your new book you left. That was very sweet of you! And if you did leave it by accident- well, now you can just take credit for the nice gift! 🙂

    I’m sure with the fall weather and the new moda fabrics your mind is just racing with new ideas. Speaking of ideas, don’t you have a pattern in one of your books for a ‘bed runner’ (is that what you would call it??) somewhere? Now that I bought that dark chocolate brown quilt for my bed I would love lots of choices to throw over the foot of the bed. I’m pretty sure I saw you had one somewhere but I can’t remember where. Help?

    Alright, I had better get back to work on house stuff. Busy week ahead!

    Have agreat week!


  3. Aren’t those hats and toddlers just adorable!

  4. Colleen says:

    Oh my they are SOOO cute! Love the little hats. And such fabric yumminess!

  5. Debbie says:

    Those little hats are great. What pattern did you use? I was looking for your new fabric line but can’t seem to find it….point me the right direction.

  6. Carrie P. says:

    The children are so cute in their hats. I love your porch.

  7. Mary-Kay says:

    Your hats look great and those kids are precious. I love your porch and the outdoors. I imagine it’s great for creating when the weather coperates.

  8. Laurie C says:

    I’m enjoying your new quilt patterns – I think that your use of the bright new fabrics is really striking. Keep up the great work – and those are some cute kids you are an aunt to 🙂

  9. diane says:

    Cute kids! That Addi in that pinkish hat! what a doll with those brown eyes! I love those hats. You stay right in there with your quilt book! It is so awesome! trust me, I’m very particular when it comes to these things! Those patterns will go places with different fabrics that even ‘the others’ will love! It’s great that we are all different tho’.

  10. Andrea says:

    your flower hat turned out sooooooooooo much better than mine did…you will have to tell me how you got the pedals to sew on so nicely.

  11. Molly Culley says:

    Super-cute hats on super-cute children!! I love your designs and think you are doing a great job. I’ve only recently discovered your work, and I love your style. I enjoy your blog too! 🙂

  12. hannah says:

    Your kids are adorable!

  13. Laurie says:

    I just found your blog when I goggled your name – I enjoy your quilts and designs so much I have been collecting them and wanted to find out which ones I have missed.

    I can appreciate your comments about the change in style – the fabrics I have been buying are all over the place – Cranberry wishes to Amy B – but to me decorating is not about matching, but about putting together what you love – and with your eye for color, it will inspire others to move out to something just because they like it.

    I especially like seeing the new lines in fabric in your books – I am sorry I missed commenting on the newest book – but have Cottom blossoms, Amy B and Charisma in my fabric stash already. Your pictures help us see how the fabrics present when finished, and will help me decide what to choose for borders, patterns, etc. Thank you!

    I was really excited tofind and purchase your TableGraces book recently- I work long hours but find these types of things make great gifts! especially ones made of charm squares or jelly rolls.
    Enjoy your week!

  14. Leslie L says:

    I’m sort of new to your designs (saw your profile in APQ) and I love your older designs, but I LOVE your new ones! Just read your post and I know what you mean about wanting something fresh and younger. It’s funny you say you started quilting in college–I did, too–and you were the only college student who quilted. Know that feeling. I think I was the only student with a quilting frame in her dorm room. I felt so young among all the other quilters. (I’m 36 now–still kind of young for a quilter.) So thank you for trying to appeal to the younger quilters! I can’t wait to buy your book.

  15. jane says:

    I carry your book “The Sweet Life” and am so excited to receive your new one. It’s so fun to keep up with the happenings of a great designer like yourself. Best Wishes!


  16. Lisa says:

    I love your new patterns. They have a modern edge to them and I’ve found that over the past 10+ years that I have been quilting, I too have gotten tired of the country, folk style and am looking for something a little “trendy”. Your patterns are modern enough to appeal, but still have a cozy feel to them. Love your new book and can’t wait to get a copy!!!

  17. Grada Lamb says:

    I am looking for the xxxxxx times at your pattern and article in the Oct issue of American Patch Work quilting. I like to make the the quilt in the magazine named “round about”. What I am looking for is the materials that you used. Are these yours? If so do you still have them. I particularly like the blue border. We are stationed overseas and I do a lot of quilting (12 in the last 4 months)

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