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Finally!  We have all colors of Shade Cascade in stock! Including the 8 new colors!

Shade Cascade - Cardinal


Shade Cascade - evergreen


Shade Cascade - ink


Shade Cascade - latte


Shade Cascade - Sapphire


Shade Cascade - Shamrock


Shade Cascade - Sun


Shade Cascade - Teal



To see all the colors, visit our webpage.


On Wednesday, we got our local newspaper, filled with ads for shopping on Black Friday. I couldn’t believe that our local J.C. Penny store was open at 4am, filled with shopping specials. 4am, are they crazy??  The only time I will get up that early is for a 6am flight!

Now I like to shop as much as the next person, but no thank you. Not at 4am.

My plans for Black Friday??  Decorating the house for Christmas


oh yes, and maybe shopping for just a few things on my Christmas list. . .

Happy Thanksgiving

From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgving Day, we pause to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. You certainly have been a blessing to me.

 I want to thank everyone of visiting my blog. It has been wonderful to share a bit of my life as a traveling quilter with everyone and I look forward to many, many more posts in the future.


I’ve found the coolest quilting tool! June Taylor Quilter’s Tote.  What a great tote to take to class!

June Taylor Quilter's Tote

This has it all! The tote is a good size, 20″ x 28″ and has room for a medium sized mat, 6″ x 24″ ruler, lots of transparent pockets on the inside and two large pockets on the outside.

The best part?? It has a built-in ironing station with a 1″ grid. No need to bring a separate ironing station, it is here!

I love this tote! It makes packing for class a breeze and I will always have an ironing station with me. It comes in several different colors, a navy and a beautiful teal print.

Looks like a great Christmas gift!

The International Quilt Festival is always exciting and inspiring. While viewing the Show, I photographed some of my favorite quilts.


Christmas Chickadee by David Taylor

The detail on this quilt was incredible.

Christmas Chickadee

There were over 400 pine needles and the light bulb alone had 5 different red fabrics.

Christmas Chickadee



This quilt was so realistic that I wanted to step right through the doorway!

Through Ancient Portals


CIRCLES DU SOLIEL by Shelia Finzer

Created with hand dyed fabrics and inspired by “doodles”, this quilt is beautiful.

Circles du by Shelia Finzer



Dramatic jewel tones radiate from the center of this beautiful quilt.

Crystal Revelation by Susan Nelson


SHOO FLY by Patricia Nordmark

A tradition Shoo Fly block with an amazing illusion of depth!

Shoo Fly



Gloria married her love of digital design with her love of quiltmaking in this amazing quilt.

Blushing Triangles 4 by Gloria Hansen


One of the most moving exhibits was BAND OF HANDS. This exhibit of touchable quilts made in wartime Iraq features outlines of Soldier’s hands. Catherine Robers began the “band of hands” quilt project to honor the unit service members and to help her stay connected with her Solider son. Quilters across the nation donated batik fabric squares. Ms. Roberts asked the Soldiers to make imprint of their hands using the fabric and a paint color of their choice. Along with their hand prints, Soldiers penned their names. Many even wrote comments about their experiences in Iraq. A black ribbon notes Soldiers killed in battle.

Band of Hands

While I was looking at the exhibit, a group of Marines approached the quilt exhibit. They were shown the quilts and it was very moving to see them looking at the “Band of Hands” quilts.

Band of Hands






Recently, I discovered the pavement art of Julian Beever. His drawings are incredible! I can’t believe these images are drawn, they look too real.

Julian Beever - boat

Julian Beever - Time Square

Julian Beever - Santa

 This week, I had the honor of being featured on’s newsletter.Cube2 pattern by Karen Combs They featured my quilt Cube2!










Dear Quilting Friends,

A master at creating two-dimensional quilts that trick the eye into seeing three dimensions, Karen Combs used 60-degree diamonds to give an amazing illusion of depth in her quilt Cube2. How did she do it? Warm colors in the 3-D Churn Dash blocks pull the design forward and cool colors in the outer portion of the quilt draw the sides away from the center. This interplay enhances the illusion of depth in the quilt.  What amazing things quilters do with fabric!

Quilt Market always delivers excitement and beauty, and this fall Market was no exception. Taping our videos from Market gives me a chance to see what ingenious products are being introduced, and meeting with my friends at fabric companies and seeing the quilts our editors collect to run in our magazines makes for a lot of oh-ing and ah-ing.

And, as for the quilts on exhibit, once gain I was dazzled. I’ve shared pictures of some of my favorites on my blog. While there, you can check in on the progress of the Maasai quilt I’m making for my aunt. After a busy travel month in October, it’s great to have some sewing time!

Happy quilting,
Jodie Davis


Karen Combs is a internationally known quilt teacher, author and fabric designer. Visit her web site at

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