Favorite Things

Quilt Dots! Round 2

I am very happy to announce that Quilt Dots has created a second collection of Timna Tarr Quilt Dots - sets of 6 and 9 pins and magnets.  I just love this collection. It's very representative of my quilt life - from traditional to pretty modern - but apparently I like to to use the same colors across the board!

Timna Tarr Tied Together 9

My newest finished piece, "Tied Together", is even represented.

Tied Together

Quilt Dots is giving away patterns, fabrics, and many Quilt Dots products this week. Click here, to enter! You can also read a short interview with me, and then you will know why I took this photo a few days ago.

soy latte


Sew Mates

For the past two and a half years my friends, Linda and Audrey, have lugged their sewing machines and works-in-progress to my house every Thursday. We spent Thursdays sewing, laughing, solving the world's problems, and providing group therapy.

Sew Mates in action

Several months into our Thursdays we realized we all had the same middle name - that was one of many signs that we should continue to hang out together.

Due to life changes and challenges (and *someone* moving to Baltimore for a year) we need to take a hiatus. Today is the first Thursday of many without my Sew Mates.

I already miss our Thursdays together. 

Sew Mates


January. At a Glance.

Hello there. It's been a while. My fault, not yours. What's new, you ask? We have a new cat named Louis. He is about 2 years old and very skittish. He is learning that the quilting room is off limits though. Poor guy.


I am still quilting the maple leaf quilt. The quilting is taking FOREVER, but I think it will be worth it when it is finished. If it is ever finished.

Maple Leaf Quilting

Yesterday I woke up to my daughter eating her breakfast and reading an article in Quilters Newsletter Magazine. I am not sure if she was really interested, or if it just happened to be the closest reading material to her cereal.

QNM over breakfast

We also got a new bed frame. So, of course we need a new quilt. I have cleverly titled this quilt top "Square in a Square in a Square". (Maybe my daughter was drawn to that particular page in QNM because she has been looking at similar blocks for weeks??)

Square in a Square in a Square

After the new bed frame was put together, I promptly made the bed to see how the quilts would look on it. Only hours later did it occur to me to lay down on the bed to see how it felt. Is that weird?


In the Box

If you know me or my work at all, you probably know that I like color and grids. Often together. This week I realized how much of my home decor includes these elements. Below is a representative sample.

Not official decor, but there is always a work-in-progress on one wall or another.

Square in square in square

A grid of tiny pottery by Carlos Silva.

Carlos Silva

My grandparents owned a newspaper for many years. I use one of their old type trays to hold thread and other treasures, including an old metal carnival game sign. Some people would find the emergency shut off switch to the oil burner unsightly. I prefer to think of it as a "pop of color".

Type tray"Cookie", by Nancy Bass, who has a perfect home inside the telephone shelf in our front hallway.

Cookie, Nancy Bass

And a collection of animals inside a 7-Up crate.

Gridded animals

I'm very curious, does your home decor relate to your work? And how?

The Cornhusker State Isn't All About the Corn

This past week I was in Nebraska visiting family. Don't fret, there were lots of quilting related activities included within family time. We went to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, which was fabulous. It is a beautiful museum, the staff was generous and helpful, and we got to have a little sneak peak into the quilt storage rooms. Of course, I was very happy to see the quilts in the galleries. Especially the work of Jean Ray Laury.

And Susan Shie.

Because we were driving right by it, we stopped at the Nebraska State Fair. Where one can see a pig made out of canned goods.

I walked right by the quilt display, but my eagle-eyed husband spotted the quilt room. Lucky for me he did, otherwise I would have missed the 660 quilts on display. I was very impressed with the quilts, especially the quality of the machine quilting.

(My husband and daughter decided they had enough of quilts and went to the midway, where I hear the caterpillar ride is quite good.)

Best in Show went to Judy Woodworth.

This quilt by Nicole Japp is right up my alley. Bright, fun colors with swirl quilting.

Deb Bryner made this memory quilt. I like how the skirts are still flouncing at the bottom of the quilt.A trip would not be complete without doing a little shopping. My aunt used to have a sewing business. She let me shop in her sewing room, which was a treat (although she did have an ulterior motive in letting me in there. We are doing a bit of a trade!) I found a bundle of fabric and a book to bring home.

I also visited a quilt shop in Omaha on my way to the airport that had loads of fabrics I loved. The Quilt Studio is definitely a shop I will return to next time I am in Nebraska.