Back to School

I can hardly fathom it's August already! You may or may not be gearing up to get the kids back-to-school ready, but just thinking about school gave me the idea this would be a great time for us to brush up on a little quilter's math.

I just started a new quilt project that involves a lot of different sized half-square triangles (HSTs) so why not have a little tutorial about how to "do the math"! There's an easy formula for figuring out what size square to cut for any size half-square triangle that will take the guesswork out of cutting and piecing, especially if you like to draft your own blocks. 

HST Formula

Finished size square + 7/8" = Cut size

Example: If you need a 2" finished square, then you need to cut a 2-7/8" square (Note: If working with non-whole numbers, it helps to convert the fractions to decimals to add the 7/8" (.875) to the finished size dimensions) 

Half-square Triangle Units

Make a set of HST units, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the lighter square.

Place marked square right sides together with another (same size) square, matching edges.

Stitch a 1/4" on either side of the drawn line.

Cut on the drawn line. 

Press open and trim dog ears. Makes two HST units.

Half-square Triangles

Some blocks require the use of half-square triangle pieces. Two HSTs are cut from a square and the cutting size is figured exactly the same way as for determining the size of HST units. In the quilt I am making, I need 2" finished, 4" finished, and 6" finished HST pieces. So I cut 2-7/8", 4-7/8", and 6-7/8" squares then cut the squares in half diagonally. This method is a time saver because I did not need to use any templates. I could cut a strip the width of the square cutting size, cut into squares, then cut in half diagonally. If you've cut your strips and squares accurately and used a true 1/4" seam allowance, there's no need to square up and trim your HSTs! 


Shown above are all the different size HST unit and pieces needed for a section of my Tea Leaf block.

I am making a throw quilt just for me! You'd think with all the quilts I make they would all be for me but not really the case. This one will use selected prints from all four of my Art Gallery Fabrics fabric lines and be a soothing accent to my family room decor (which has been much neglected over the years of being too busy to redecorate). More next post on the soon-to-be-finished quilt.  


Each month is a new opportunity to win a fat quarter bundle from my sponsor the Fat Quarter Shop. This month we are showcasing Amy Sinibaldi's newest Art Gallery Fabrics fabric line called Playground



The Fat Quarter Shop will be giving away two 10-pc bundles of the Sunny Adventures colorway this month. Two lucky winners will be randomly selected. Giveaway for the Playground fabrics bundle begins today, Monday, August 1th, 2016 and will end on Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 4 p.m. EDT. 

  • Leave a comment on this blog post anytime between 8/1/16 and 4 p.m. EDT on 8/8/16 to be entered into drawing

Two winners will be randomly drawn and notified via email so be sure to completely fill out the comment box entry form with a valid email address. If I cannot reach the winners within 24 hours I will select an alternate winner. Check back on your comment after 4 p.m. EDT 8/8/16 to see if you are a winner!

Featured and Free Quilts

Sharing quilt patterns is the best part about having this blog. I especially love when one of my designs is featured in a magazine and I can finally post about it! The Spring 2016 issue of Modern Patchwork has one of my favorite quilts sewn with Gossamer fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics

Spring 2016 Modern Patchwork Magazine

Spring 2016 Modern Patchwork Magazine

I called this baby quilt the Gunta Quilt. Named for the Bauhaus textile designer Gunta Stölzl. My quilt design was inspired from a period textile design I found online. The straight line quilting stitches mimic the black line element seen the inspiration textile study below. 

Textile design by Gunta Stölzl

Textile design by Gunta Stölzl

Spring 2016 Modern Patchwork Magazine

Spring 2016 Modern Patchwork Magazine

Last year I did some house cleaning on the Free Patterns page of this blog. I have offered free patterns and tutorials since first going live in 2010. The Orange Peel Table Runner pattern was the first quilt pattern I wrote and published and was a huge success! It has been downloaded thousands of times but was in dire need of a makeover and re-write! 

When I designed my latest Art Gallery Fabrics collection called Tapestry, I knew this was the fabric line for updating the runner. The prints and colors were just perfect! 

I am happy to announce the new and improved (and easier to follow) Orange Peel Table Runner pattern is ready to download for free from the Free Patterns page once again. 

Keep in mind that this is an intermediate skill level block and although not that hard, could be slightly frustrating if you are new to patchwork quilting. The runner is shown here with several of my new Tapestry fabrics along with the Netting String print from Coastline on the front and Buoyant Fog print from the same collection for the backing. I love how prints from past collections can mix seamlessly with new collections.

Thanks for your patience while waiting for this pattern to be reformatted. Happy sewing!

Coastline Blog Tour Week 3 Recap

The final week of the Coastline Blog Tour was just as exceptional as the first two weeks with five more uber talented makers showing off their sewing skill. I want to thank all the bloggers for making this the best tour ever. My deepest thanks and profound admiration for their sewing skills--you guys are the BEST!

To see all the blog post from the 16 Coastline Blog Tour makers, visit them here:

Feb. 1  Heidi Staples -

Feb. 2  Bethany Raymond -

Feb. 3  Lisa Mabey -

Feb. 4 Corinne Sovey -

Feb. 5 Raedene Averitt -

Feb. 8 Sue Stone -

Alexis Wright -

Feb. 9 Jennifer DeShazer -

Feb. 10 Kristen Wright -

Feb. 11 Katie Skoog -

Feb. 12 Cristy Stuhldreher -

Feb. 15 Sharon Mcconnell -

Feb. 16 Candice Ayala -

Feb. 17 Anorina Morris -

Feb. 18 Aida A. Valverde -

Feb. 19 Jessica Stewart -

Week 3 closed the tour with quilts, kids garments, and a travel tote. I want to thank and shout out to these designers for their beautiful and professional work!

On Monday, my very good friend and Quilt Market roomy Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts designed and made a stunning quilt. Sharon is the master of curved piecing and also did an amazing job spiral quilting her quilt. 

Candice Ayala of Candice Ayala made two outfits. The first is a Summer Dress by Bubby and Me from AGF knit in Tradewinds. The second is the adorable Beachcomber print cotton Pensacola Beach Petal Top by Seaside Notions. I love all the details and variations Candice made to the patterns to add her own touch to the garments. 

On Wednesday, Anorina Morris of Sameliasmum showed us her Oh Buoy quilt. Oh Buoy is right, what a beautiful quilt that uses all the prints from the collection and photographed at a marina and lighthouse. Perfect design and tribute to the collection.

Aida Valverde of Aikamaku gave us another stunning local and made us all want to be on that sunny beach with her as she photographed her California Traveler Bag made from Sandbar canvas and assorted cotton prints from the Coastline collection. Aida designed this bag just for the Coastline Blog Tour and it's perfect for travel or a day at the beach!

Last, but not least, Jessica Stewart of Snickerdoodle Stew (and Izzy and Ivy Designs) wowed us with her children's clothing. Jessica used knit, cotton, and canvas from the collection to stitch the super cute Evie Sundress and Pippa Jacket. Find the patterns for these garments on Jessica's blog and shop. 

A blog tour would not be complete without a fabric giveaway, right? Instagram followers were asked to repost their favorite images from the tour and use the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway to enter into the drawing. A name was randomly drawn from the hashtag pool entries and the lucky winner of the 20 piece fat quarter bundle from the Coastline collection was Kathy Cummings! Congratulations Kathy, I hope we've inspired you to sew something amazing with your fat quarters. 

Thank you everyone for following along. I hope you have discovered some new bloggers to follow and have loads of idea of what to sew next. Find more inspiration on the AGF blog and the Coastline fabrics Lookbook. 

Coastline Blog Tour Week 2 Recap

I'm as happy as a clam! Although I really have no idea how a clam might feel, I am so thrilled with the projects being made for the Coastline Blog Tour. Aren't they awesome?!! In fact, there were so many projects this week I had a real tough time getting them onto one recap image! 

Yeah, I know, right! There were 6 amazing makers this week, all sewing with fabrics from my new Coastline fabrics collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. Projects were made from the variety of different substrates available from Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) cotton, knit, voile, and canvas. Since this is only a recap and cannot do full justice to each blogger, be sure to visit each blogger to read more details about the projects and patterns used to create this beautiful pieces. 

I want the thank the following bloggers for their professionalism, extremely amazing sewing skills, and creative talent in making my prints look beyond beautiful. 

Monday was a special "two-fer" day on the tour when good friends Sue Stone owner of Needle in a Fabric Stash and talented clothing designer Alexis Wright of My Sweet Sunshine Studio paired up to photograph their work on the San Diego beach. Sue designed and made the drool-worthy Beachcomber quilt (kits available on Sue's website) and the Noodlehead's Bucket Bag from Sand Bar canvas and Trade Winds Harbor cotton. My friend Alexis and her two beautiful children brought us the Violet Field Threads Cosette Dress and ModKid Keagan boys shirt made with Beachcomber Nocturnal, Sand Bar Driftwood, Netting String, Netting Twine, and Tradewinds Port prints.

Jennifer DeShazer of Jennuine Design has designed the fun and flirty Naples Dress for children. She used the Tropical Breeze voile to stitch a dreamy pattern that every girl (me included!) will be wanting to wear this spring. Stop by Jennifer's blog to learn more about this pattern and all the other beautiful projects Jennifer has to offer on her website.

You can't help but smile and share the joy and excitement with Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine as she shares her makes with us. Kristen made her baby bump self a AGF knit top with my High-Flown and Trade Winds Port knit prints with the Linden Sweatshirt pattern by Grainline Studio, baby leggings using Sand Bar knit with the Just Hatched Baby Leggings by Made by Rae, and an adorable baby outfit with Sailcloth Quietude and Netting Twine prints with the Purl Soho pattern. 

If you flipped through the pages of the Coastline fabrics AGF Lookbook you may have seen the adorable outfits by Katie Skoog of The Simple Life Company and her two too cute daughters. See even more of these to die for Bella maxi dress in Tropical Breeze voile and the AGF canvas Bermuda shorts and Conchology Dune cotton top summer set on Katie's blog. 

If you weren't already ready for it to be summer, you will certainly be counting down the days till you can sit poolside once you see Friday's Coastline fabrics tour project! Cristy Stuhldreher of I Love You Sew used Sew Caroline's Kimono pattern to make this oh-so-flattering swimsuit coverup from my Tropical Breeze voile. Cristy modified the pattern in clever ways and added the perfect fringe to the kimono for a positively perfect touch. Cristy gives us some tips for sewing with voile and has an amazing website so be sure to visit her blog for more wonderful sewing. 

Only one more week left of the Coastline Blog Tour. Keep following along as 5 more days of inspiring projects are brought to you from amazing sewist from around the globe!

Don't forget to repost Coastline Blog Tour images on Instagram to enter into a chance to win a 20 piece Coastline Fabrics fat quarter bundle!


  • Be a public Instagram user 

  • Repost your favorite image(s) from the Coastline Blog Tour on your Instagram account and include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway in your post to qualify - enter as many times as you like - entries from outside the USA are also welcome to enter 

I love getting comments here on my blog posts but sorry, those comments will not be counted as part of the drawing entries for the fabrics. So you will want to head over to Instagram and follow me there to see all the projects, easily follow your favorite makers, and repost your favorite tour pics to enter. Don't forget to also include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway when you repost!

I will randomly select the winner from the #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway hashtag pool on Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm EST. The winner will be announced on my IG account and also here on the blog on Saturday, February 20th.