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A lovely feature article

Ann Hammel wrote an absolutely wonderful feature article about me in the recent AQS QuiltWeek Show Program (Des Moines). Her words captured my goals, hopes, spirit and my faith — which is the cornerstone of my both my personal and professional life — so beautifully I got tears […]

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Because every sassy quilter needs one……


Would you like to know the story behind my pink velvet pincushion? Years ago during my travels overseas I bought a plump, pink velvet pincushion from a tiny shop in Heidelberg, Germany. When I filmed my very first CRAFTSY class in my home studio, the three young men […]

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50% OFF links to all my CRAFTSY classes!

If you’re looking for the discount links for my CRAFTSY classes, you’ve come to the right place! Simply click on THIS LINK to get 50% off my CRAFTSY classes — and you’ll own them for life!      

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Generosity personified

For those of you who don’t know Dave LaValley, you should. He is one of the most kind, compassionate and generous men I have ever met in my life. Period. Allow me to introduce you to him. Dave is the owner of Bittersweet Fabrics and has carried on […]

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Double Friendship Star Tutorial


Do you have a few minutes to sew and some leftover 10″ squares of fabric? Then you have everything you need to make this pretty 12″ Double Friendship Star block! Click HERE for the complete tutorial!  

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Stitchin’ away….


The past month has been a busy one to say the least, but every month is busy. My sweet husband laughs at me and says the word “bored” simply doesn’t exist in my vocabulary! He’s right. I’ve never spent a moment being bored in my life. I’ve […]

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I was glancing through this week’s issue of People magazine last night and there is a section where they asked celebrities to share the best compliment they ever received. It was quite illuminating. It made me think about compliments I have received and the ones which have meant the […]

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The Paris Stitch Project, MQX, and other newsy updates


(Disclaimer: LONG update ahead. I recommend pouring yourself a cup of tea or something cold to drink and pulling up a comfy chair because you won’t want to miss any of this post!) There’s a lot to share so I thought I’d highlight a few of those things in […]

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Not alone.


I’ve tried to write this blog post at least a dozen times. Each time I tried, I simply couldn’t find the right words. Even as I write this, the tears are streaming down my face. But now I’m ready. To say the past two months have been some of the […]

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Thinking of Mom

I’ve been thinking about my Mom a lot lately. As many of you may know she has been suffering with advanced dementia but about a month ago, she suffered a stroke or series of strokes that affected her in many ways. I spent several days visiting her […]

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About Birgit

Wherever I go, I am asked about the exquisite machine quilting on my quilts. I’m happy to share with you that most of my quilts have been expertly quilted by the internationally award winning quilt artist, Birgit Schüller! Read more