Aspen Frost Improv Circles

I made this quilt as a sample for a demo I did at QuiltCon in February 2013. Yes, it has taken me almost a year to photograph and blog about it! I was kinda busy last year.

The binding is Pezzy Prints (goes with everything!) by American Jane and I quilted it with a free motion Christmas tree design that I just made up. It does require you to be able to quilt the design upside-down, as well. I’m sure there are better digitized Christmas tree quilting patterns out there, but I couldn’t find any for domestic sewing machines (i.e. free hand!).

Aspen Frost Improv Circles

This quilt may look tricky with the improvisational curves but it’s pretty easy to get the hang of the technique. It used 90% of a layer cake plus about a yard of coordinating solids for the quilt top.  This was the first-ever Christmas quilt I made. My son was about 14 months old when I was working on it and he was obsessed with the snowman print. The fabric line is Aspen Frost by Basic Grey – a good modern Christmas line that you can probably still find in stores.

Dimensions: 51″ x  60″

Fabrics: Aspen Frost by Basic Grey,  Pezzy Prints by American Jane, and Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics

Pattern: Original design by Lisa Calle {free tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop}

Quilting Thread:  Aurifil #2600, 50 wt cotton mako

Quilting Design: free hand Christmas trees

Started: February 2013

Completed: February 2013

VMQ-layer-cake-waterfall-coverI have a SUPER SIMPLE tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop today. That cute little fabric bundle above was created using a layer cake but I normally do this with fat quarters. (Never Moda fat quarters because they are already perfectly folded and bundled!)

I call this a fat quarter waterfall. My two-year-old said ‘brella (for umbrella) when he saw it so it could be called an fabric umbrella, too. To make one from a fat quarter bundle, fold the fat quarters in thirds on the long side (21″ side). Then fold that 21″ long strip in half.  Lay the folded fat quarters and top of each other and fan them out so about 1/4″ to 1/2″ of each one shows. Then roll them up and tie with a ribbon. Fold over a corner of each fat quarter to create the waterfall look:


Pretty, right?

OKCMQG Workshop

I’m back home in Dallas after a couple of days in Oklahoma City teaching a workshop and speaking about the Moda Bake Shop. I had an awesome time! The OKC Modern Quilt Guild is such a fun group and I’d love to hang out with them again. Hopefully we can do a Dallas/OKC retreat next year.

Oklahoma Quiltworks

I drove up super early from Dallas on Sunday to teach at a shop called Oklahoma Quiltworks,  It is a wonderful quilt shop with something for everyone no matter what your aesthetic – solids, repros, handwork + applique, traditional, modern. You can’t leave without buying something. (I mean, you really can’t. I’ll show you what I bought tomorrow.)

Oklahoma Quiltworks

OKCMQG Workshop

The workshop I taught was improv curves with layer cakes. Everyone got a lot of blocks sewn and they really rocked the technique (and chose some awesome solids to go with their Moda layer cakes. I will admit to  coveting several people’s projects.)

OKCMQG Workshop

OKCMQG Workshop

Singer Featherweights are really popular with the OKC crowd. There were four (maybe 5?) people sewing on them at the workshop.

OKCMQG Workshop

They are cute little things and they sew a beautiful stitch. Jemellia of JemJam was at the workshop with her white one that has a kind of minty case that really spoke to my vintage-loving heart.

OKCMQG Workshop

I honestly can’t say enough nice things about everyone I met in the guild. They were so welcoming and really such a joy to teach that I felt like I was on a mini retreat with them. They were equally lovely at their meeting on Monday night when I talked to them about the Moda Bake Shop and shared lots of quilts, pre-cuts, and goodies.

I stayed with Amanda of The Cozy Pumpkin who I met at QuiltCon.  My parting photo is of one of her dogs, Paisley, who perhaps gave me the warmest welcome of everyone I met in OKC. No one else wanted to sit on my lap!

Hello, Paisley

(though I have to admit in that photo it looks like she’s thinking “you’re still here?”)

Thank you, OKCMQG for having me!

That’s right! I’m leaving for Oklahoma City in the morning. I’ve been so consumed with deadlines that I completely forgot to mention it, I’m teaching a workshop tomorrow and lecturing at the OKC MQG meeting Monday night. They are an active and vibrant MQG branch and I’m super excited to meet the members and attend their meeting. It’s always  fun to see another MQG branch in action. I am really looking forward to their show and tell, too!

I’ve never been to OKC so I’m also excited about that. Any recommendations on places to see? Especially vintage shop/antique mall type places?

My latest finish (#14 for the year!) is a super simple bunting quilt. It’s the perfect size for a baby gift but also large enough to transition to a toddler quilt.

That bitty bunting is so cute and easy to make. I think I’m going to whip up a few yards using Christmas prints. It would be pretty on the tree or draped across a mantel (or wreath even).

Bitty bunting is perfect for adding a bit of print and color to a nursery or even your sewing room.  I have a couple of packages of Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille that I’m going to make into bitty bunting and then swag across an empty picture frame,

More photos and step-by-step tutorial {here} on the Moda Bake Shop.

Dimensions: 43″ x  51

Fabrics: Bella Solids, PB&J by Basic Grey, Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater, Oh Deer! by Momo (all from Moda Fabrics.)

Pattern: Lisa Calle original design (free download on the Moda Bake Shop)

Quilting Design: Scallops

Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 2600

Started: August 2013

Completed: August 2013


My latest project is on the Moda Bake Shop today. It’s called Color Pop Pillow and its a modern disappearing nine-patch. It’s a simple project with lots of wow factor. My husband said it was his favorite thing I’ve made so far. 🙂

Check out the tutorial {here}.


My Happy Go Round Quilt is up on the Moda Bake Shop today! This is one I made for my demo at QuiltCon, and I’m very happy to have it completed. I am in love with Bonnie and Camille’s Happy Go Lucky fabric line so this quilt is going to go at the foot of our bed where I can see it all of the time.

If you want to make this quilt, one tip for you, Buy a Curve Master 1/4″ Presser Foot. It makes curved piecing a breeze and no pinning!

Improv Curves with Layer Cakes

I’m sharing this with a simultaneous squee (excitement) and eek (anxiety). My  demo from QuiltCon is live on the internet! I watched it on mute. Anyone who has ever heard their own recorded voice knows why.  I demonstrated the improv curve blocks shown above as well as the new Moda pre-cut, the Honeycomb. I love being able to share my love of quilting and it’s a huge honor to represent Moda Fabrics at a major event like QuiltCon (who am I fooling? It’s a huge honor to represent Moda Fabrics when I’m working from home in my PJs!) I hope you enjoy it!

QuiltCon is over. There was so much build-up and excitement, and now I’m having post-awesomeness withdrawal. It was so cool to meet people that I’ve corresponded with or followed online for years now.  And, of course, I had an awesome time with the my group of quilty girlfriends. The event itself was very professionally pulled together – great signage, variety of vendors and exhibitors, an impressive line-up of lecturers and teachers. I was able to attend many lectures and a full-day workshop with the incredibly inspiring Anna Maria Horner.


{Things I loved: Arriving at QuiltCon. Staying so close to the convention center that I could see it from my bed in our hotel. Hamming it up in my Dallas MQG t-shirt. Having Moda Fabrics on my name tag. The absolutely wonderful handmade ribbons for the winning quilts. :)}

The show was smaller than I expected, but there were still a dangerous amount of vendor booths. I tried to exhibit self-control because fabric is THE LAST THING I need but there were so many, many lovely things that wanted to come home with me.


{My pile of QuiltCon goodies minus a few last-minute Sunday afternoon purchases.}

I fell in love with the Green Tea and Sweet Beans pattern when I first saw it a few weeks ago (at Quilt Asylum in McKinney) and one of the vendors at QuiltCon had a kit! They had the finished top on display and then one kit below it. Of course, I snatched it up and went immediately to the check out to make it mine. I was already imagining myself in the hotel room, opening the kit, and fondling the fabric. I was literally laying my head on it like a pillow and telling my friends how much I loved it when the woman in the booth said (very kindly) “That’s a pre-order. You can’t actually take that one home.” It was difficult (and kinda embarrassing!) but I did manage to hand it back. Hope mine comes in the mail soon.


{Green Tea and Sweet Beans kit from Sewing Party}

I spent some time in the Moda booth, and it was super fun to be on the other side of the counter. I loved meeting people who read the Moda Bake Shop, and telling others what it’s all about. All of the quilts you see on display are free patterns from the Bake Shop.


{Hello, Moda Bake Shop}

Moda had a super fun photo booth and a variety of signs and props to spice up your photos. This is one of my more tame pictures. 😉


{Love you, Moda Fabrics!}

I was lucky enough to be asked to demonstrate some modern quilt blocks using Moda pre-cuts, and I had a blast. Quilting is probably the only thing I’d feel so comfortable talking about in front of an audience and a camera.

{See more of my demo HERE}

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{Yeah, that’s me.}

The highlight of the weekend was probably hearing Denyse Schmidt speak. She is such an icon in the modern quilting world, but she’s also someone that has a relatively small online presence – no blog, no Twitter, etc. I knew almost nothing about her personally so I was blown away by her graciousness and eloquence. She is truly an artist, and her love of fabric and quilting is so inspiring. One of the things that endeared her to me is that she sketches each quilt design as it would look on a bed. Given the high price of her couture quilts and the fact that many of her pieces hang in museums, I was delighted to know that she obviously wants them to be used. And many of the quilts in the Denyse Schmidt exhibit had been washed, which is something I haven’t really seen in other quilt shows. It made me smile.

The next QuiltCon is in 2015, and I am already thinking about how I can maximize those four days.  So. Much. Fun.