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So excited to see my Serendipity quilt in the December 2012/January 2013  of THE QUILTER! 

Love photo layout and how the quilt was displayed. . . so pretty.

I’ve designed the quilt using my gradated Serendipity fabric line and a light blue from  my Midnight Blue fabric line.


Believe it or not, the quilt uses only 3 gradated fabrics and the light blue fabric from Midnight Blue. . . just love how it looks and wanted to share it.    🙂


I’m honored to be part of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from today’s top designers, Vol. 6!  This publication is so much fun,  filled to the brim with lovely quilt blocks.

My quilt block is called  Smoky Mountains

This quilt block is inspired by the colors of a  Smoky Mountain winter morning. . . the black of the tree trunks in the distance, the brown of trees close-by, the blue of the sky and the violet of the distant mountains.

To give the quilt depth and interest, I used a light, medium and dark of each color, using my gradated Serendipity fabric line for Troy’s Riverwood Collection.

The block lends itself to beautiful quilts when placed side by side.

By rotating the blocks, a different look is created.

As a special Quilty Treat, follow the 100 Blocks Blog Tour daily from November 5 – 9  at The Quiltmaker Blog Quilty Pleasures for inspiration, ideas and giveaways galore!

Congratulations to Barbara Corbitt of Kentucky!

She is the winner of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol 6!

Several months ago, I mentioned on my Twitter page and Facebook page that I was headed to a “secret” location.  Well, now I can share the news. . .I was on my way to serve as a judge for the 2012 IQA Judged Quilt Show: Quilts – World of Beauty.

I was honored to be selected as one of the judges and it was a pleasure to serve as judge. . . many days of hard work,  but what fun to see each of the 287 quilts! Each one more beautiful than the last.

The BEST OF SHOW was  America, Let It Shine, by SHERRY REYNOLDS
of LARAMIE, WYOMING. What an absolutely beautiful quilt!

I selected Before Dawn by NORIKO FUKUDA of OYAMA, TOCHIGI, JAPAN as my Judge’s Choice.

When I first saw this lovely quilt, I was charmed by the color selection, the village in the border and the beautiful piecing.  I was drawn to it and then I read the artist’s statement.  The quilt was created in memory of the recent tsunami that struck Japan and the resilient spirit of the Japanese people.  Not only did the quilt touch me with its charm, it also touched my heart. . . it just had to be my Judge’s Choice.

To see all the winners in all the categories, please visit IQA’s website:

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