In The Studio

September 22, 2021

First Day of Fall.

My favorite season. The mornings are crisp, the air is clear and the leaves turn beautiful colors.

Around the Castle Wall

This quilt really shows off the center block, castle wall. Made as a quilt in the round, I started it off with the first block, and other quilters added border after border until it was finished. This is a fun way to share your quilt making with friends. And because I kicked off the fun, I got to choose my color palette, fall tones of course!

I have a few more fall color quilts.

In the Vineyard
Prairie Flowers
Tessellated Leaves #2
Primitive Pumpkins

All of these and more are hanging in the studio. Stop by The Quilt Studio in Afton Open House and Quilter’s Garage Sale to see these and a whole lot more.

Fall Leaves

If you like this Quilt, Fall Leaves, sign up for a class and make your own version. Made with appliqued and paper-pieced blocks with a cute tiny block border. Also available as a pattern in the store.

In the Studio

September 18, 2021


The Quilt Studio in Afton

Open House and Quilter’s Garage Sale. October 2, from 10:00 – 2:00.

I spent a week, cleaning out my back storage closet…and sorting through my UFOs, fabric, books, and patterns. I’m offering a lot of my stash for sale after I decided I will never live long enough to finish all of these projects!!

Photos of some items for sale.

Sewing Machines for sale….

Bernina 1530 sewing machine with lots of feet.

  • Computerized
  • Needle Threader
  • Needle Up/Down Setting
  • Embroidery Stitches
  • One step buttonhole
  • Free Arm
  • Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
  • Adjustable Needle Position

Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1-BASIC Walking Foot Sewing Machine

Sailrite Ultrafeed

The Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ-1 BASIC Sewing Machine package features our powerful, portable, straight/zigzag stitch walking foot sewing machine. This package is perfect for first-time sewers who are looking for an easily portable, heavy-duty machine, for boat owners looking to sew heavy canvas or sailcloth on their boat, or for a home sewer wanting a machine that can handle heavy sewing assemblies. The Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Sewing Machine excels in performance and versatility, sewing in both straight and zigzag stitches. Built with the toughest, most dependable parts, the Ultrafeed easily sews through heavy materials like sailcloth, heavy canvas, denim and upholstery fabrics, but it’s also versatile enough to sew through lighter home fabrics with ease. Its sewing capabilities have been proven in up to 10 layers of heavy canvas and eight layers of Dacron sailcloth.

Also for sale:

Some older vintage sewing machines

New and Antique Quilts

Household items shown below…and more!

A couple of TVs
Office Chair
Rice cooker
Bread box

We hope you can stop by on October 2 to see if you need anything.

Outside of the house we watched as our landscape team from WindRidge were finally able to deliver our new pool.

First they dug out a very big hole…and then filled it with the pool.

It will be a few more weeks before all the landscaping work is finish, but it’s looking great.

I taught my first Virtual Class on September 11 through the Virginia Consortium of Quilters.

The class was titled Fearless Applique and students learned 8 different ways to applique.

And….. it was grape picking time in the vineyard.

This year we had our first real crop…the red grapes will become a rosé.

The Vidal Blanc is still on the vines, and will be picked this week.

In The Studio

September 1, 2021

You have until this Saturday, September 4, 2021 to sign up for my FEARLESS APPLIQUE CLASS.

Fearless Applique

The class is offered on September 11, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. It will be a three-hour virtual class, presented on the ZOOM platform. You will learn eight different ways to applique, four by hand and four by machine. In the demo I will be making the Oak Leaf from my Fall Leaves Pattern. The pattern is on my website if you would like to purchase it, however it is not required for the class. Each participant will receive a PDF handout with class instructions.

The course is being offered through the Virginia Consortium of Quilters VCQ

Go to their home page and look for the photo of my Fall Leaves Quilt, you will be directed to the page for sign-ups.


The Quilt Studio in Afton


October 2, 2021

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

New Quilts & Wall Hangings

Antique Quilts & Sewing Machines

Books, Patterns, & Magazines

Laces, Trims & Craft Items

Notions, Fabric and UFOs ( Unfinished Objects)

I did get a few things done this month. I was able to move the split-nine patch quilt along…first borders on, second borders in progress…backing and batting purchased. This quilt should be up on my Q24 LongArm Next week.

And a new bird block finished. We do not have magpies here, so I changed this bird into an oriole!

In The Studio

August 16, 2021

Getting ready for my FEARLESS APPLIQUE CLASS on September 11, 2021. Based on my pattern FALL LEAVES QUILT. You can find the pattern in the store.

The class is being offered through the Virginia Consortium of Quilters.

It will be a three hour virtual demonstration class and I will send out a PDF handout for you to follow along.

I’ll be showing 8 different ways to applique. Four by hand and Four by machine. Hopefully you will find one that works for you!

Freezer paper method
Hand buttonhole stitch

I also managed to finish my July embroidered bird block for “Flight of Fancy” from Crabapple Hill. I’ll be starting on the August block today.

In The Studio

August 3, 2021

My September 11, 2021 class FEARLESS APPLIQUE is now available on the website for registration. Both members and non-members are welcome to register.

It is a half day class (9:30 – 12:30) appropriate for all skill levels. You will learn eight different ways to applique, four by hand and four by machine. The class will be virtual on Zoom and a hand out will be sent out to all class participants. While mostly demonstration and follow along, there is an optional FALL LEAVES PATTERN which you can purchase.

Last week we took off for New Jersey to help our daughter and her boyfriend purchase their first home. After closing, we helped them tape walls to prepare for painting, and replace some light bulbs and light fixtures.

This month, with a lot of help from my friends….we were able to sort and find borders, backs and binding for 12 community service quilts that will go to our local hospice or meals on wheels. Kits have been made up to go out to members of the Crozet Quilt Guild.

So, I am still working on many of my projects. I still need to add borders to the split-nine patch quilt. Here I am auditioning some fabrics.

I finished the round robin quilt that was on the long arm. It just needs to have binding stitched down.

And I was able to add the red strips to 80 blocks for the black and white and red quilt top.

Sadly, my embroidered bird for this month, the sparrow, is still in the production stage! I’ll post when it’s finished.

In The Studio

July 15, 2021

Something old…

On the long arm this week, I have an old quilt top that I just love, I just never got around to quilting it. This top was made as a round robin quilt, I made the center block and passed it on to friends, who added all the other rounds. I’m quilting it with different colored threads, black, tan and a variegated.

Something new….

New project started this week. As a door prize, I won 90 six inch black and white squares at the CAQG Spring Fest before Covid hit. I’m going to turn them into a black and white and red quilt. I made the 6 inch squares into 5 1/2 inch four patch blocks alternating the black and white background fabric. Now, I need to add red strips for sashing…should be cute when it’s done!

Something to share…with all of you!

I’m very excited to announce that I will be teaching my Fearless Applique Class virtually through VCQ the Virginia Consortium of Quilters. The date is September 11, 2021. Mark your Calendar. All the details have not yet been finalized, but look for it to be announced on the VCQ website.

In this class I teach you four ways to Applique by hand, and four ways to Applique by machine. Hopefully you can try them all and decide which one works best for you.

We will be making oak leaves from my Fall Leaves Quilt. I will have this pattern available in PDF format by the end of this month.

I promise to post all the links when everything is finalized!

In The Studio

July 1, 2021

Look at this stunning quilt! It is a UFO from sometime in the late 1990s.

Sometime around 1998, myself and a group of my quilting buddies from Kingwood Texas decided to make an Eleanor Burns “Quilt in a Day – Jewel Box” quilt. We took a road trip to The Painted Pony ‘n Quilts Shop in La Porte Texas and selected fabrics to share.

Well, it took me a lot longer than a day to finish this one, but I am really happy with it. I’ve named it Almost Amish, because it reminds me of the solids and blacks used in Amish Quilts, but these jewel-colored prints give it quite a pop!

While quilting this one, I learned some new tricks with rulers, trying out a braided border with a wavy ruler.

If you like Almost Amish and it’s matching Pillow Sham, look for it in the Store. This one is for sale.

I also moved the Split Nine Patch Quilt along some…Three out of the four quarters are finished. I just have to finish the last section and join them all together before I move on to borders. This one was designed in EQ 8. I offer classes if you would like to learn how to use this program.

And this month I did get my embroidered bird block done on time. This month I made the wren.

I think I’ll work on the sparrow for August.

In The Studio

June 4, 2021

Did you notice my new category on the website?


Click here to go to the new page!

This is such a wonderful part of the country to spend some time quilting. While here you may want to visit one of the local vineyards or explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are many local places to enjoy a nice meal and share some laughs along the famous Nelson County Route 151. Gather a group of quilting friends and contact me to set up your next retreat. There are some great area accommodations with mountain views and plenty of space to set-up your machines. We can help with extra tables, chairs, and irons. And I can provide half day and full day workshops.

I’m a bit late posting this month. I was determined to finish this Goldfinch Block for my embroidery project. It’s my block for May. I wanted to finish it before I went on to something else. So here it is!

After pressing it, I immediately got out my light box and traced this month’s block The Wren. Hopefully I will get this one done by the end of June!!

My Out of the Box project for May was another group of blocks I received in a block exchange. I had designed this top on Electric Quilt quite a while ago and determined that I needed to make about 16 more scrappy blocks to have enough for the center section of the quilt. Those blocks are now completed and I have been playing with the block placement on my design wall. Hopefully I can start stitching the top together this week. I don’t have a name for this one yet. Any suggestions?

Here is my floral sampler. I finished the quilting on the long arm last week. This one is a class sample for my Elements of Quilting Class. The first side of the binding was added by machine, the flip side will be done by hand.

And more binding! This quilt is a vintage crazy quilt that I bought locally. It came with a story that includes dates and family names. I believe the quilt may be more than 100 years old made by a quilter from Wisconsin. With the help of a friend, I’ve begun a search for decendents of the original quilter. I’d like to return it to the family, if I can find them.

In The Studio

May 17, 2021

Life has been very busy here on the vineyard and in the Quilt Studio.

The grapes are growing and look quite good this year. Thankfully, the fear of frost damage has passed.

Our hot tub/ spa has arrived, and we are loving it. I think we’ve taken a dip every night, except one, since it was hooked up and heated. We are waiting on the arrival and installation of the pool, it should be here by mid June and be up and running by July 4th, fingers crossed.

Lots of quilting projects were moved along these last two weeks.

One community service quilt put together with the help of a friend. Made from miss-matched odd blocks left over from a block exchange, we added green sashing and borders to bring it all together. Next step, long arm quilting.

Choosing a border
I went with the dark green.

And another community service quilt all quilted up and ready for a border. These blocks were made from scraps and donated to our group from the sister of a member.

Scrappy blocks

One finished log cabin. This one I will keep as a class sample. I’ve titled it, “Here Comes The Sun”.

Here Comes The Sun
Log cabin sample quilt

I’m working on an UFO, trying to get it out of the box. These Split Nine Patch blocks came from another block exchange. I need 16 more to make the quilt that I’ve designed on EQ8.

Split Nine Patch Blocks

Stay healthy and Happy Quilting!

In The Studio

May 1, 2021

Happy May Day!

Much progress was made this month.

The Firecrackers Quilt is off the Long Arm and it has a new name, Building Blocks. It needs just a binding to be completely done.

As I was quilting, it reminded me of those large bright colored blocks that kids use to build towers. I think I’m keeping this one, it’s going into my hope chest, for some future grandchild.

Progress was also made on the Elements of Quilting sample. It’s being quilting on my new Bernina480. Should be done soon!

And one more bird block was finished. Look at the six all hanging together. Halfway there, just six more to go!

I am adding a new item to the website. The page will be called My Favorite Things. It will feature reviews of notions, rulers, threads, and books. Be sure to check out this months post about Long Arm Rulers.