Quilting, Sewing, & Fabrics

Free Quilt Pattern: “Justified”


Earlier this year I was THRILLED to be asked to design a quilt based on the relaunch of Julia Rothman‘s popular Windham Fabrics line, “Type.”


I had been a fan of the line myself, so being asked to create a pattern for the typewriter-friendly collection, for a favorite fabric manufacture of mine, was a true honor. I’m excited to let you all know the pattern is available online!


My wonderful friends Bobby Alcott and Paul Hitzelberger of United Photo Works helped me photograph the quilt for the pattern in Detroit. As the collection is all about type, I thought photographing the finished quilt in front of the former Detroit Free Press building, where I started my own journalism career, was perfect.


Ready to make your own Justified quilt? Head on over to Windham Fabrics and download it for free!

Lotta Jansdotter’s “Everyday Style” Blog Tour & Giveaway


I’ve lost count of how many years I’ve been a fan Lotta Jansdotter‘s work. From beautiful fabrics to modern notecards, my craft studio is full of Lotta’s work. I’m excited to add her latest book, Everyday Style, to this collection.



Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending a how-to workshop hosted by Lotta on behalf of Windham Fabrics at QuiltCon. Lotta was showcasing her latest Windham fabric line, Lucky, to the audience and demonstrating how to make simple fabric necklaces. (more…)

Tetris the Quilt


This quilt has been more than a year in the making and I’m pleased to report it’s finally done! Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Tetris.


I started putting the blocks together last year as a way to use up my entire scrap stash. I focused on making improv log cabin blocks. Slowly over the course of 2014 I found that I had acquired quite the block stash – more than 100, to be exact. (more…)

Halloween Is “Sew” Scary


It’s almost Halloween! What have you been making this month?

During my visit to the AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids this summer I saw a panel from Janet Wecker Frisch’s “Sew Scary” collection for Quilting Treasures that caught my eye. It was a bit Victorian, a bit whimsical. My friend Shelli really liked it, but we were tight on time and couldn’t stop to buy the panel from the vendor we were looking at. As it often goes, a few weeks later I found myself searching for the piece back at home in Detroit. Luckily I found that, and a few other pieces from Janet, at Mabelena Quilting Supplies in Ortonville. (more…)

The Fat Quarter Pop-Up


I’m getting ready to head to Indianapolis this weekend to take Heather Jones’ Improv Half Log Cabin workshop at Crimson Tate. While visiting The Material Girls to pick up some new fabrics for the class, I spotted The Fat Quarter Pop-Up kit from The Fat Quarter Gypsy. The small pop-up bin on display on the shop and was intrigued. I bought a kit and put it together last night; I’m so glad I did. (more…)

How-To: My $5 Everyday Tote


Making a simple tote bag is one of the easiest sewing projects out there. And depending on what kind of supplies you use, it can be a cost effective way to give your accessory collection a makeover without breaking the bank. I make all kinds of totes: some with linings, some without, some for friends and even some for myself with a monthly theme.

If you’re newer to sewing and think making a tote sounds like a great project to try, it is! Purl Soho has a wonderful collection of easiest, easier and easy tutorials that will guide you through a variety of tote constructing. My everyday tote is similar to Purl Soho’s easiest tote – it’s basically one long piece of fabric folded in half. No lining, no boxed corners. Just a simple bag to carry what you need. But with my bags, I add some different finishing techniques. Where does the $5 come from? I tend to choose less expensive utility fabrics and trims for my totes. By using sale fabrics or shopping with coupons at some of the well-known craft store chains out there, my everyday tote clocks in just under $5 per bag to make. (more…)