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September 2015 -- Elizabeth's Studio has several fabric collections that include fabric panels. These panels are great to build themed quilts around, as shown in the above images. The Sawtooth 16-Patch quilt block is combined with panels to create this simple and easy design. It's a great way to showcase these beautiful fabrics. Elizabeth's has other collections that work in this design; visit their site to see what you can come up with. The pattern is available from Craftsy.

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September 2015 - Connecting Threads' Funky Flowers collection is perfect for this Patience Corners design. Although the quilt is large (84" x 84"), it comes together quickly and is easy to make. The large squares show off the fun fabrics well. Fabric and pattern are available from Connecting Threads. Photo by Connecting Threads. 

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June 2015 - This is such a cheery quilt. The tropical-feeling fabrics are from the Island Hopping collection by Connecting Threads. One rationale for the pattern's name is that the blocks can be "twisted" to form several design variations. Fabric and pattern available through Connecting Threads.

Oh and Tranquil

April 2105 - It seems I work in blues and purples a lot lately. These two designs are featured in Connecting Threads' latest catalog. The pattern for Oh! The Possibilites, pictured above left, is versatile; several design options are included. Tranquil Dreams, above right, is a sweet simple design perfect for a baby quilt. Photos by Connecting Threads

KyCrafted MARKETLogo Black th Bob (my husband, Carvin' Artist Bob Gibson) and I are quite busy preparing for the 2015 Kentucky Crafted: The Market art show. The show, March 7-8 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky, showcases the work of artists from all over Kentucky. 

Stop by--we'll be in booth #127.



Enchanted and Texas

January 2015 - Connecting Threads has two of my designs in their new catalog. The quilt shown above left has a southwestern look to me, so I named it Enchanted Mesa. Above right is Texas Cross Roads; a variation of the Crossroads block and the Texas block were combined to create the design. Patterns are available at

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December 2014 - I did a variation of this design as a commission. Ginni wanted to replicate it, so I wrote the pattern for her. The design is theme/memory quilt friendly, as illustrated in the Cool Cats quilt at right; novelty fabrics or fabric photos are "framed" in the quilt center. Large scale fabrics could be used too, as seen at left. The fabrics used in this quilt are from the Royal Tea collection by Connecting Threads. The pattern includes instructions for two sizes and is available at Connecting Threads.


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September 2014 - I don't use black much in my designs, but I just love the way it's used in the Midnight collection by QuiltingTreasures, so came up with this quilt. Quiltmaker features it in their Nov/Dec 2014 issue. Photo by Quiltmaker.

Island Breeze

June 2014 - This quilt was designed to evoke the look of an old fashioned quilt or coverlet. Fabrics from the Isle of Enchantment collection were perfect in creating the look I wanted. Pattern is available from Connecting Threads. Photos by Connecting Threads.

Wave Runner

June 2014 - The August/September 2014 issue of will feature a bed runner and pillow design that I did in a beautiful aqua and grey color way. This project is an easy and quick way to change the look of a room. Photo by Sew-it...Today.

Windmill Stars

March 2014 - This quilt has such a wonderfully subtle beauty. The fabrics are from the Golden Age collection by Connecting Threads. Close quilting adds a great texture. Pattern and fabrics available at Photos by Connecting Threads.

Rhapsody in Reds

March 2014 - The Rhapsody of Reds collection by Connecting Threads proved so popular the company re-released it recently. I'm not surprised; it is one of the most beautiful and striking collections I've designed with. Above left is an image of a quilt featured in the Feb/March 2014 issue of magazine. Above right is an image of the Nine Patch Maze quilt I did using my pattern by the same name, available from Connecting Threads.


Brenda Plaster

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