Designing Quilts for Challenges

Curvy Sashing Quilt: Borderless

It seems I’ve spent quite a few hours designing quilts for challenges.  It’s near the top of my “Things I do for Fun” list. You might not know these things about me when I’m designing: 1)  I love contrast.  Brights on white.  Brights on Black.  Happy, interesting, or bold color choices make me happy.  I love [...]

July 4th Picnic Quilt

Flag uquilt

Who doesn’t need a July 4th picnic quilt?  Perfect throw size for watching the fireworks, for letting a little one rest or to sit on in the bleachers. It’s only 53 inches long and 42 inches wide. I enjoyed making this July 4th picnic quilt and the curves in the flag stripes were tons of [...]

I’m an EQ7 Fan

JerriannMasseyEQ7Scrappy Challenge May 2015

I am an EQ7 fan.  I can hear you saying “huh?” EQ7 is a software program called Electric Quilt that I use daily.  Really…every single day.  I’ve only had 6 months and I’ve created more than 200 quilt designs.  Yes!  200!  I’ve not made 200…but have designed 200.  Why?  Because when I make a $$$ [...]

Animals We Love

Elephant Trunk

Animals We Love is the theme of the 9th Annual Quilt Alliance contest.  The goal is to raise money in an auction for the organization. “The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic [...]

I Love Dowel Rods

Dowel Rod for Ribbons

Can you believe I would even write, “I love dowel rods”?    It is true!  I heart them.  I do!  Dowel rods are useful, simple and make great pointers… to the spider in the porch corner. Let me count the ways.  I use them to hang small quilt blocks. To hold thread and bobbins… Hoot, aka [...]

You Never Know

Cloud9Winner

You never know. It could happen!  Just suit up and show up ready to play.   These words filter through my mind on a daily basis. 2 years ago, I began the conversion from full-time employee to self-employed master of my own fate.  Yes, a few times I’ve clenched my teeth and silently screamed EEEEEKKKK!  [...]

Patriotic Quilt

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Recently I was asked to make a patriotic quilt for a client’s husband.  He is a veteran.  I really love my country.  I’m grateful to be an American.  I am thankful our forefathers who, in their wisdom, created a totally unique form of government.  I’m deeply moved when I think of all who have served this land [...]

Time to Laugh

Procrastination

It’s time to laugh. Yes, I need to laugh because I’m coming off of a wild week which was not nearly as bad as Alexander’s  Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  It was wild with unexpected surprises like water in the studio causing me to fall behind on my projects which makes me grumpy. [...]

Organize the Studio: Tips

Mug Tree for Rotary Cutters

My dream was to Organize the Studio.   Yes, my quilting, sewing studio.  Dreaming is the key word because I’m usually too busy making messes.  However, wet carpet created new priorities on Tuesday. Wednesday was day one of the fun.  We moved things out and placed fans strategically to dry the floor. While at home with [...]

Quilting Workshop Best Practices & Secret Ingredients

Quilting Retreat

Are you looking for quilting workshop best practices? Wouldn’t it be great if you were given the secret ingredients to make it an awesome workshop?  Especially if the secret ingredients will boost your career? Make some egg money and get your name out there while allowing you to talk about what you love to do? Guess what?  [...]