Thanks to Anne, from SpringLeaf Studios for inviting me to be next on this just-for-fun blog hop. Reading through her post from last week, it’s clear we are kindred creative spirits in many ways!

The ATW hop comes with some questions to answer, so here goes:

Q1) What am I working on right now?

Ummmmm…. truth is, I haven’t done any sewing AT ALL for a couple of weeks. Honestly, I’m getting a bit twitchy! Look at all the improvisational minis that are piled up, waiting to be quilted…

improv mini quilts

I made these MONTHS ago… and have only quilted one so far:

koi improv mini quilt

It still needs to be bound. Or maybe a faced edge… or it might end up as a pillow cover (it’s about 20″ square). It would look really nice on my desk chair…

As soon as I have a minute, I also want to get back to work on a possible QuiltCon piece, although chances of it getting done by the show deadline are shrinking daily. What I most want to get into is the new One Block Wonder I mention here. Playing with that is going to be my reward for getting my clutter program done!

And I have four or five finished lappish-sized tops that I’m eager to get quilting on. I do all of my own quilting, BTW, on my domestic machine, although I dream of having my own long-arm…

Why I haven’t been sewing lately

Something you may not know about me is that when I’m not having quilty fun, I’m a self-employed writer and training developer with a special interest in feng shui and clutter-clearing. The reason for lack of sewing time right now is I’m on a tight deadline turning a clutter-clearing program that was successful in paper into a new, online, video-based version. I’m super excited about it, and am having fun recording and editing audio and video sessions… but the no-time-to-sew factor is getting to me.

Plus, I live in the tropics, and the entire month of September was just too hot and humid to spend time in my studio. This happens for a few weeks in late summer every year.

Q2) How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

I don’t even know what genre to put myself in: somewhere between arty and modern and a long way from traditional. Like Anne, I think there’s a place for batiks and bold prints in Modern quilting, and I’m sure I’ll explore more of that.


Q3) Why do I write/create what I do?

Because being an artist and writer is who and what I am, to the core. The only reason not-sewing hasn’t driven me completely around the bend is that I’m putting so much creative juice into my desk projects. Although there’s that twitchy thing I mentioned, that’s getting worse.


Q4) How does my creative process work?

You can read all about that in Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s interview with me in the August, 2014 issue of The Quilt Life magazine… or poke around this blog. I ramble on about process a lot. I prefer to work intuitively, making things up as I go, but I do also have a strong left-brain that helps me organize and manage ideas and projects. I’m not afraid of a little quilt math, when it’s necessary.

Bonus Goody!

I was going to try to pull together some new stuff for the VdeH Etsy shop in your honor… but have run out of time. Etsy is awesome, but honestly, photographing and writing up listings and getting everything uploaded and tagged, is a huge time-sink.

So I have another idea…

Some of you may be neatnik quilters (I’ve never met one, but I’ve heard rumors). Chances are the rest of you are more like me, and living in a little too much creative mess most of the time. If that’s the case,I have a freebie PDF for you. It’s called “4 Key Mindset Shifts for Getting Rid of Clutter” and is available on my clutter website, here. (When you sign up for the PDF you’ll also get an invitation to a free video mini-course going live this week– it’s the first stage of that big project that’s been keeping me from sewing this summer.)

Next hop:

Finally, I’m passing the hop baton on to my sister, Abby Fuller, who lives in Idaho and blogs at Quiltiverse and who’s been quilting (and amassing UFOs) for much longer than me. In spite of being sisters and best quilting buddies, we have very different styles although we share the same delight in fabric adventures and broken rules.

Okay, I gotta get back to work. The sooner I get my clutter program launched, the sooner I can sew something!

Thanks for stopping by!


Slim Pickings

by Stephanie on September 5, 2014

in On the Design Wall,One Block Wonders

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You might think, given the silence around here this past month, that I’ve been a busy little bee, sewing away at such a frenzied pace I’d forgotten to catch you all up.

Such is not the case. Hardly any sewing has been going on, and that means there’s hardly anything to show you (although I truly didn’t mean to be absent for quite so long here). In spite of almost-no sewing time this past month, I’ve managed to start two new projects.

The solids above are a WIP on the design wall, which I like to think will be completed in time for submission to the QuiltCon show. That may or may not happen, as even a quick sew like this one requires more than 5 minutes a week of attention. For now, I’m pretending there’s a chance it will get done in time.

The other is purely recreational:


Another One Block Wonder, this one in Kaffe’s “Cloisonne” in the turquoise-fuschia colorway. This one technically does not count as a new project in that I cut the fabric repeats for it about a year ago, and the rule for my sidebar count is that “new” projects are those for which the first cut is made in 2014.

So far all I’ve done is cut the wedges. I had to put a fresh blade in my rotary cutter before diving into the strippy solids thing, and the quilty part of my brain thinks “fresh blade” means “cut another OBW while it’s sharp!” So I dug this out of the closet and did just that. Apparently at some point I’d thought it would be fun to try the octagon OBW variation, because when I went to press the previously cut repeat sections I discovered there were eight of them in the stack, instead of six. Should make pretty blocks…

In any event, I’m calling this a WIP even though I haven’t worked on it in weeks already so it’s well down the slippery slope to UFO status.

Deskwork is keeping me in not-sewing mode these days, so it’s likely to be a while longer before I’m back to posting with any frequency. Didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten my readers.

GiveAway Winners

by Stephanie on August 1, 2014

in Uncategorized

OMG, how can it be August already? Don’t know about you, but project deadlines have been pushed back and back and back this summer. I’m now looking at a few things and thinking, “maybe I can get that done before Labor Day?” The good news about a new month popping up so fast is that the magazine giveaway is now closed and two winners have been selected*:



Yay for Susannah


… and Patty!


I’ve sent you each an email requesting your mailing address.

If you’ve already got a copy, please pass this one on to someone you know who will enjoy it.

Thanks to everyone else who entered, I enjoyed reading your comments! As soon as I get a chance (this weekend?) I’ll retrieve my quilty road trip pics from the phone and get some of the edited and up in a post for you to enjoy. And maybe I’ll put some more thoughts done on batiks and modern quilting.


* Sharon’s second comment was disqualified:
if the answer had come up “4″ I would have tossed it out and drawn again,
although that wasn’t necessary.

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Aloha friends, since my last post I’ve been to Oregon and back, visiting with family and enjoying a change of scenery. This included a stop at the outdoor quilt show in Sisters, OR, on July 12, which was a treat, in spite of being brutally hot. Count that as one item off the Quilty Bucket List. Road trip pics await another post, because right now I have to show off what was in the mailbox when I got home:me-TQL(remind me to put makeup on before taking another selfie)

Yep, that’s me, in the August issue of The Quilt Life magazine: article by the lovely and talented Victoria Findlay-Wolfe. We had a fun Skype interview discovering our many layers of creative kindred-spiritedness, which she turned into a fabulous write-up.


And look, there’s more! I’ve got a pattern in the magazine, too:


It’s called “Down East Garden” and was inspired by my grandmother’s summer garden in Maine. TQL did such a great job with the photos and text, I’m tickled pink by all of it. Getting a pattern published in a magazine was on my 2014 Quilty wish list, so we can cross that one off, too. Yay!

The good news for you, dear readers, is that I’ve got two copies of TQL to give away. The theme of this issue is Road Trips, so if you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment below and tell me about a recent road trip you’ve taken, or one you’d like to take. Special applause for quilt-related travel, but any kind of road trip mention will do for giveaway entry.

This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere, until midnight (Hawaii time) next Thursday, July 31st. I’ll pick two winners at random on August 1st.

BTW: In the text that accompanies the pattern, I’m on record as predicting that tonal batiks and hand-dyes will be the next big thing in Modern quilting. What do you think: yea or nay??

<< This Giveaway is now CLOSED >>

(but comments are still open, if you’ve got something to share)

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… that at the mid-point of the year, I officially pulled ahead on my 2014 “finish more than I start this year” count. (I’m counting as “new starts” only those projects for which fabric was first cut after Jan. 1, 2014.)

The picture above is a detail of something I can’t show all of yet. Soon, but not yet.

As laudable as this progress may be, here’s the real story:

I’m only ahead on the count because I took a stack of nine similar 12″ blocks — originally intended for use together in a single quilt — added borders to each one, and made nine 20″ pillow covers from them instead.


Heheh: pretty clever, right? Not only were these blocks from deep in the “orphans and extras” bin (meaning they were started well before this year), but I’ve turned what could have been a measly “one” finish into nine (nine!) tics in the “finished” column.

And I gotta say, the pillows are gorgeous!


I want to keep all of them.


The backs are nice, too. I keep a variety of home dec weight twills in the stash, for doing this:


After a certain recent not very fulfilling project, it was sooooo nice to work on these beauties. All those intense colors and patterns are food for my soul.

Midway through this quickie photo shoot, I turned back to where things were stashed in the shade beside the house, and discovered this (Cosmo, get out of there!):


Since I really don’t need to add any more pillows to the ample supply already filling this house, most of these will be out-placed via the Etsy shop. Some day. I’m heading for the mainland next week, and have what feels like a month’s worth of stuff to get done before then. Those Etsy listings are looking like excellent candidates for the “do when I get back” list…