Blossom Blog Hop April 3-7, 2017

blog hop pictureSpring has sprung! Visit these awesome quilters and sewists to see how their creativity is blooming!


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Why have a Blog Hop?

My blog hop friends are women I met last year at the Sew Pro convention.  We posted a recap of the inspiration we found at that event in the Sew Pro Stars blog hop in November, 2016.  We have kept in touch through a private Facebook group that is focused on growing our sewing-related businesses.  There have been hints about another Sew Pro. I am anxiously awaiting more details! The quilting and sewing communities are full of kind, generous, talented, creative wonderful people and I am thrilled to partner with this group again as we bring you some fun spring projects.

But Wait, There is More!

You can win!  Many of the blog hop hostesses are offering giveaways on their blogs, so be sure to visit everyone.

PLUS, you can enter win a finished quilt!  Blossom blog hop prize

The Rising Stars quilt was a group effort, with blocks coming from makers across the country.  The LeMoyne Star is a classic block made easy with half-square triangles.  Here is my guide to HST.

Enter the quilt raffle by following each person on Instagram.  Yep, to qualify for this sepctacular prize, you have to be on Instagram.  You haven’t tried IG yet?  Oh man, download the app and prepare to be inspired!
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I will be back on Friday to share my Blossom mini quilt tutorial.  Have a great week!

2016 Year in Review

Times flies when you are having fun!  2016 is quickly coming to an end, which puts many of us in a reflective mood.  Before we turn the page to a new year on the calendar, let’s take a moment or two and look back over the past twelve months and the major accomplishments of True Blue Quilts.

2016 Instagram Favorites

Visit to see your most-liked posts from Instagram.  Here is what they showed me:

TrueBlueQuilts instagram 2016

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Top left: My Beaded Curtain quilt pattern is available as a PDF download.  I sketched the original idea while on a long flight in 2014, and brought it to life last January.

Top center: I designed my Swirlpool quilt to feature the Lil Twister (TM) ruler. I love these easy pinwheels so look for more Twister patterns in 2017!

Top right: I took a self portrait for the #mycreative2016 series on Instagram. Notice my longarm in the background – Welcome to my office!

Middle left shows the detail stitching on Beaded Curtain.  I explain this free motion quilting design in this post.

[Related Posts: I share new quilting designs on Free Motion Mondays!]


Middle center is a quilt made by a friend from Sew Pro. Sherri blogs at Rebecca Mae Designs, and this sweet winter-themed quilt was published in Simply Modern magazine.

Middle right is my Rainbow Twister quilt.  See details here. I told you I love the Twister pinwheels!

pinwheels with lil twister ruler

Bottom left: Have you tried free motion quilting? These are some easy loop designs.  I haven’t posted much about this quilt, because it will be included in my next book.  Stay tuned!

Bottom center: Two Fabric Bargello, a kit from Susie Weaver, is stunning in person!  The plan is to hang this in my bedroom…someday…when I get it quilted!

Bottom right is a variation of the Yellow Suns quilt from my book Monochromatic Quilts: Amazing Variety.  A student chose a black and grey palette, which looked very sophisticated.  She gave it to me for quilting so I got to enjoy it for a few extra days!

Best Quilt Projects of 2016

I had some great finished in 2016.  My longarm notes tell me I quilted 46 quilts this year!  Most of those were for longarm customers.

Another satisfying moment for me was becoming an online quilt teacher.

Quilt classes on Skillshare

Join me on to learn how to make a baby quilt, placemats or this Sudoku quilt.  More to come on this platform in 2017 as well.

The absolute best part of 2016 was starting another quilt book with my mom.  She taught me how to use the Angle Play templates, and we are working on several patterns for release in 2017.

Sample quilt blocks with Angle play templates It is a wonderful partnership!  I am so blessed to live about 20 minutes from her, so we can get together and sew about once a week.  Shopping her massive stash is an added bonus!

Free Motion Monday – Filler Designs for a Jewel Box Quilt

I have a customer quilt loaded on my longarm.  It is a Jewel Box pattern done in beautiful batiks.


I chose a design for each space in the quilt…the central squares, the colorful chain and the background area.  The chains are filled with the coffee bean design while I stitched a single curved feather in the central square.  The background is filled with parallel wavy lines.


I stitch in the ditch around all the colored squares which gives me places to travel from section to section, and I can stitch across the whole quilt without breaking my thread.  I consider this “light custom” quilting since I am not changing thread color or using a huge variety of block designs.

This quilt pattern two borders, so I am using a feather in the background section and a mix of orange peels and stars in the single squares.image

The four patch repeats the coffee bean and some squiggles.

I am using a sandy colored thread, King Tut Sahara Desert, from Superior Threads.