Cat I Tude qlt1

March 2019 -- Anne Lauer of Grizzly Gulch Gallery released the Cat-I-Tude collection a few months ago. She's just released a second collection, Cat-I-Tude 2, adding more beautiful tonals, prints and cat-themed fabrics.They look great used in my Sunny Lanes pattern, available on my Payhip page.You can highlight those cute cat panels or just go with the tonals and prints by making the variation included with the pattern.

Patience Corners

February 2019 -- Connecting Threads is featuring my Patience Corners pattern in their March catalog. The quilt comes together quickly and is a great project for a beginner. The pattern is illustrated with fabrics from their Hometown Americana colleciton, shown above left; if you'd like to duplicate it, you can buy a kit containing the fabric and pattern. Their Tesselations collection is also a good fabric choice for this design, shown above right. The pattern includes directions for two bed-sized quilts.

Good Luck

January 2019 -- Good Luck! Isn't that what we all hope for in this new year? McCall's Quick Quilts features my design of that name in the February/March 2019 issue. The block used is also named Good Luck. It's a great choice for what is known as a signature or autograph quilt, in which people would sign their name or write messages in the light patches and present the quilt as a gift to someone. The quilt featured in Quick Quilts, shown at left, uses fabric from the Mariposa collection by QT Fabrics. The quilt at right was commissioned as a graduation gift.

Rising Stars

January 2019 -- Connecting Threads has just released their Cascade Meadow collection. They also offer my Rising Stars pattern; if you'd like to reproduce the quilt as shown above left,  purchase it as a kit. It's a dramatic design done in bold colors or you could tone it down a bit with a more muted color way.The qult shown above right was quilted in the Curly Weave design, offered by Quilts Complete. I love the texture it adds to the quilt. 

Midnight Poppies designs

January 2019 -- The Midnight Poppies collection by Benartex is so beautiful. I used it to illustrate my Elle's Flower Garden pattern. The fabrics also look great in my Interlaced Blocks pattern. Ann Lauer of Grizzly Gulch Gallery, the designer of these gorgeous fabrics, is offering the collection at 25% off this month. This would be a perfect time to sew up one of these quilts.


November 2018 -- I just updated Nana's Picnic Quilt, a sweet design that's perfect as a lap quilt or baby quilt--or maybe a picnic quilt? It's easy and works up quickly. Try it in soft pastels or bold primary colors. And, of course, those gorgeous batiks on the market would be beautiful. The pattern is illustrated in the Adeline collection by Andover Fabrics. The pattern is available at Payhip.

Andover Nine Patch Maze

November 2018 -- Nine Patch Maze is my most popular design by far. When I offered the pattern through Connecting Threads for throw-size quilt, I had so many ask me to resize it to a bed-size quilt I did just that. I chose Andover's Baker's Dozen collection to use in making the quilt and illustrating the pattern. Such beautiful fabric! Visit my page at Payhip to purchase this pattern. 

Alford quilt

August 2018 -- I once read about someone who was clearing out a relative's stash. Evidently the relative saved everything; she even had a box labeled "fabric too small too use". Well, maybe not. This is a quilt one of my customers made. Known as a postage stamp quilt, the patches are 1" square (1"!). This is a large quilt--it has 5600 patches. It's intended as a gift; I hope whoever receives it treasures it.

 Tannenbaum staged

August 2018 -- August got here pretty quick, didn't it? Well, the holidays will get here just as fast, so it may not be too early to start thinking about holiday projects. Tannenbaum is a nice wall hanging/table topper to display. The quilt shown here uses fabric from the Yuletide Charm collection by Connecting Threads. You can orient the design vertically or horizontally. Pattern and fabric, separately or as a kit, are available from Connecting Threads. 

Star and Cross staged

July 2018 -- Connecting Threads just released their Heirloom Bouquet  collection. It looks great in my Star and Cross design. The pattern includes instructions for two sizes, a bed runner and wall hanging/table topper. The quilt goes together quickly, great for a beginner or someone who's looking for a quick project. Pattern and kit, which includes fabric needed to make the design as shown, are available from Connecting Threads.






Fandangle hopbutton


July 2018 -- There were some gorgeous fabrics introduced at Quilt Market a few weeks ago. As I've mentioned before, a collecton that really caught my eye was the Contempo Fandangle collection by Christa Watson for Benartex. It was perfect for one of my designs, Interlaced Blocks. I was even more delighted after actually making the quilt (see below), so much so that I recolored the pattern with the fabrics. You can purchase the pattern at

Fandangle Interlaced Blocks blog image

Isn't it beautiful? At right is a closeup of the quilt design, Flowerburst from Meadowlyon. I doubt I could have found a design that was more perfectly suited for this quilt. 

Christa also designed these fabrics in a teal color way. Visit my Instagram page between July 19 and July 31 and tell me which color way you prefer, and you can enter for a chance to win a Fandangle fabric bundle. A winner will be randomly chosen after July 31.

Hop along with us! Below is the schedule for the blog hop. 

Tuesday July 17
Heather from Quilta-chusetts; IG: @quiltachusetts
Sarah from Sarah Goer Quilts; IG: @sarahmgoer
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting; IG: @masterpiecequilting

Wednesday July 18

Sue from Sue O'Very Designs; IG: @sueoverydesigns
Sylvia from Flying Parrot Quilts; IG: @flyingparrotquilts

Thursday July 19

Annie from By Annie; IG: @PatternsByAnnie
Brenda from Spool and Bobbin Quilting; IG:

Friday July 20

Tina: @sashikostyle
Paige from Quilted Blooms; IG: @quiltedblooms


 Facebook For Ginni image

June 2018 -- Themed and memory quilts are very popular, so I try to keep this pattern updated in current fabrics since it's so perfect for highlighting large scale prints, fabric panels, or photos printed on fabric. It's called For Ginni because I developed it specifically for Ginni! I always check Elizabeths' Studio when looking for fabric to use in this design. If you're a foodie, check out Food Festival. The Amazing Grace collection is used in the quilt shown above left. Elizabeth's has several other collections that would work in this design; check them out. The pattern is available from Craftsy and Payhip.


Brenda Plaster

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