Cultive Blog Tour

When Bonnie Christine posted a call for designers to participate in her Cultivate fabrics blog tour, I jumped up and raised my hand!

Bonnie is a textile designer with Art Gallery Fabrics and the sweetest person you'll ever meet. I love her beautiful prints and inspired collections. Bonnie's Cultivate fabrics grew out of her love of gardening and wrote "It's about the romance of reaping the harvest". It was that sentence out of Bonnie's describing her collection that became my inspiration for my blog tour project. 

Even though it's not technically fall by the calendar, it feels like fall time to me. My vegetable garden is winding down, fall flowers are gearing up to bloom, back-to-school preparations are in full swing and the daylight hours are slowly shortening. Fall is my favorite time of year. Although it's always bittersweet to see summer go, I love the "squirreling" instinct that sets and find comfort in gathering the harvest and preparing the house and yard for the winter months ahead. 

Bountiful Table Runner by Sharon Holland 

Bountiful Table Runner by Sharon Holland 

When I found out I was going to be part of the tour I immediately envisioned a harvest table and what better way to dress up a table but with a beautiful table runner! This project has even more layers of meaning to it because of my source of inspiration for my design. I am always scouting for new quilt ideas and found the inspiration for this quilt block in a wire mattress spring!

Donna, from Funky Junk Interiors had repurposed a wire mattress spring into a bulletin board. I loved the graphic shapes found in the mattress spring and immediately thought-- there's a QUILT! 

Photo courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors

Photo courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors

Photo courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors

Photo courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors


I love the whole repurposed from repurposed idea going on here! Then combine that with fabrics that are about growing your own food and it's a win, win, win! But you're a winner too because I have made this table runner design into a free pattern. Download the Bountiful table runner pattern here.




This is a fast and fun project. You'll only need 4 fat quarters to make the blocks. The runner was a nice size to do a little hand quilting as well. I used these yummy 50 weight Aurifil threads in colors 2225 and 2920. A perfect weight for the hand quilting stitches to show on your work.


My "table" for this harvest gathering scene is really an old shed door turned back side up. I love the impromptu feeling not having a traditional table brought to the scene. Can you tell I had a lot of fun with this project!

Gather your friends and family and enjoy the bounty of the harvest (big or small). Take time to revel in the beauty around you--inspiration is everywhere.



Talented makers from all over the world also raised their hands to join Bonnie's Cultivate Blog Tour. To see the full list of the 20 participating bloggers click here. Yesterday, Danielle Golinski of Food Family Story posted about a sweet scrapbook page decorated with Cultivate fabrics detail. Tomorrow, Audrey of Skirt Fixation will be posting an exciting sewing project you won't want to miss!



July Recap and What's Coming in August

Whew, July was a busy month! I enjoyed playing Santa and giving away Sketchbook Aurifil thread sets, Sketchbook fabric fat quarter bundles and free quilting and sewing patterns.

Congratulations to the 5 lucky winners of this weeks quilting and sewing pattern giveaway!


Did you get to see the LookBook Art Gallery Fabrics put together for my Sketchbook collection? See the inspirational and beautifully compiled e-magazine here. Flip through the gorgeous pages and find sewing and quilting ideas.


Every Art Gallery Fabrics collection has a free quilt. I have designed Falling as the free Sketchbook fabrics quilt and you can get the pattern here.


Falling by Sharon Holland


Art Gallery Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Sketchbook fabrics! Visit their blog for giveaway details and enter today! 

You can enter the give away by simply: 

  • Browsing the Sketchbook Lookbook
  • Leaving a comment below with the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends August 10th at 3 pm EST. and the winner will be chosen using and announced on this very post. 


Sketchbook fabrics

Look ahead, August will also be an exciting month. I am honored to be part of Bonnie Christine's Cultive Blog Tour. I will be posting a new project using her beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics Cultivate fabrics. I love Bonnie's work and she is as lovely as she is talented. Be sure to check out her site and fabrics as I know you will love her too!

I will also be a guest blogger on award-winning author and sewist, JUNE McCRARY JACOBS blog as well as a guest blogger on McCall's Quilting blog--both later this month. Don't worry, I will post about the events so you don't miss a thing!

And, one more awesome event for August will be my own Sketchbook Blog Tour. I have joined forces with 5 talented ladies who will create swoon worthy sewn items with Sketchbook prints. You don't want to miss that or the chance to win more fabric!!!!! More detail to come, so stay tuned!

Congratulations Sketchbook Fabrics Winners!

I am so happy for Claudia Redondo and Katy Marriott the lucky winners of the Sketchbook fat quarter bundle giveaway. Have fun sewing girls, and be sure to send me pictures of the pretty things you make so I can share with the other readers!

Be watching Art Gallery Fabrics for the release of the Sketchbook fabrics Look Book. AGF and I have been sewing up a storm to make pretty quilts, clothing, and accessories for the virtual magazine. I am sure it will be amazing and am anxiously awaiting till it's up for viewing. 

My friend Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts is working on an adorable quilt project with my new collection. Follow Sharon's blog to see more about her work. I love everything this girl creates :)

Work in progress by Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts

This week for my month of July giveaway celebration I am adding a new (and free) pattern to my +Projects page. The Journal Cover pattern is totally customizable for any size book or notebook. Great for covering back-to-school notebooks or dressing up and protecting journals and sketchbooks. Make scrappy patchwork covers or whole cloth--the possibilities are endless!

Next month (August 17th-21st) I will be hosting a Sketchbook fabrics blog tour with 5 talented bloggers. There will be a chance to win half-yard cuts of all 20 Sketchbook prints (that's 10 total yards of fabric!) I will have a tutorial on how to make these Journal Covers during the blog tour along with other fun projects. Watch for more details in the next few posts as well as a line up of the participating bloggers. 


Machine Quilting

My machine is set up and I am ready to learn something new! Time to use the wonderful resources available online. I just enrolled in one of Angela Walter's machine quilting courses through Craftsy! I can't wait to get started and am looking forward to the new challenge.

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I have found a nice spot to set up my work station in my daughter's old room. There is still plenty of space and a bed set up for her and her hubby to come visit! Hint, hint :)

I have a long way to go and practice, practice, practice will be my mantra for awhile!

The next post in my Design Process series we will be to talk about how to prepare the layers of the quilt for quilting and deciding how to choose the quilting designs. By then I will have more ideas about what I'd like to do for my quilt and have a bit more time behind the machine to write about my quilting/learning adventure.