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A Vacation to Dye For!

Serenade Cover Pic 2

I just returned from teaching on an AMAZING quilting cruise with Quilt Retreat at Sea. We had an incredible group of quilters, a fun project, tons of prizes and a great time! The cruise was sponsored by Kelly Ann's Quilting. Here is Serenade, the quilt I designed for the cruise: The highlight of the trip was the trip to Romney Manor and Caribelle Batik on St. Kitts. This entire estate was an combination of breathtaking beauty and historic tradition. The view in any Continue Reading

Sweet Retreat

We just got a few openings for the Sweet Retreat at Summer Lake in Moseley, Virginia! July 10-12, 2015 What’s it about? A fun weekend of crafting, quilting, sewing, knitting, whatever you want to work on! The retreat is in the beautiful clubhouse at Summer Lake with TONS of room to spread out and enjoy. We provide a table and chair for each participant, as well as ironing and cutting stations. We will also have drinks, snack and goodies. We are planning optional an optional field trip Continue Reading


Closet of Shame Makeover


Happy Monday! What did you do this weekend?  My weekend started off great with friends at the Foreigner concert on Friday night. I've been to a lot of concerts and this was one of the best! I taught my Club Cameo classes on Saturday at Kelly Ann's Quilting. It is so much fun to share projects every month. On Sunday, I cleaned... You might remember this from the Studio Spotlight Blog Hop: There were many problems with this: The file cabinet was too big and inaccessible and the Continue Reading

Quilters Newsletter Best Kids Quilts Blog Hop


Hello! Welcome to Day 3 of the Best Kids Quilts Blog Hop.  I designed Turtle Cove on page 12. When I first saw the adorable Sea Buddies line from Michael Miller Fabrics, I knew I had to make a fun, nap quilt and pillow. I was thrilled when the magazine came in the mail and Turtle Cove was on the cover! My Turtle Cove pillow has an envelope backing so it's easy to take the pillow cover off and wash it if necessary. Plus, Sea Buddies is printed on Cotton Couture so it's extra soft on Continue Reading