Category Archives: Books & Products

Sandy Klop of “American Jane”–A Signature Look

A few weeks ago, I visited the home of Sandy Klop, owner of American Jane Patterns and Fabric. Sandy was hosting an Open House in her Northern California home, selling some of her wonderful fabrics, patterns, and quilts. I have know … Continue reading

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Three Great Books for Avid Quilters & Sewists–Our Readers Weigh In

You might remember we sent out an invitation to our SHWS readers for volunteer book reviewers. Well, the results are in and their reviews are ready.  Take a bow Tana, Lynn, and Mary: Making Fabric Jewelry by Martha Le Van … Continue reading

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Inspiration Plus: Putting Those Decorative Machine Stitches to Work

Do you ever wonder what you can do with that mind-boggling array of decorative stitches available on your sewing machine? If you’re like me, you may have tried a few–satin or blanket stitch for machine applique, perhaps–but that’s about it. On … Continue reading

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The Latest from that Amazing Quilter, Gwen Marston (+ a Giveaway!)

At one time or another, I suspect we’ve all had the experience of meeting someone new and feeling that immediate “click” of connection–the perfect description of my first encounter (in 1989!) with legendary and beloved Michigan quilter, Gwen Marston. I wrote about … Continue reading

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Quilt Retreat Update and Iron Caddy Giveaway

Hope your year has gotten off to a great start. Just can believe it’s February already. So much has happened this past month! It began with the quilting retreat I mentioned in my last post. My plan was to make … Continue reading

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Quilter & Designer Carolyn Friedlander Stops By . . . Giveaway Today!

Do you notice that there are often underlying connections to the “things” that catch our eyes? By “things” I mean anything that makes an impression on us—images, people, events, the whole gamut. As a kid those relationships always surprised me, … Continue reading

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Meet and Greet Laura Nownes & Diana McClun This Weekend at Road to California 2014

If you are lucky enough to be on the way to Road to California, you are in for a great weekend in SoCal. Beautiful weather, incredible quilts, outstanding classes, and vendors! And our own Laura Nownes and her creative partner, Diana McClun, will be … Continue reading

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Got Wool Felt? A Fast & Super-Easy Last-Minute Jewelry Pouch

If you believe thriftiness is a byword for quilt making well, then you’ve stopped by the right blog today. I’ve got a ridiculously quick seasonal project for your wool felt scraps (or for any other double-sided fabric). After all my … Continue reading

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Diana McClun: The Other Half of the “Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!” Partnership + EXCITING Giveaway!

As mentioned in my website bio, I never imagined I’d be hanging out with the co-authors of my early favorite quilting book, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! And what’s more, that I’d count the co-author, Diana McClun, as a friend, mentor, and … Continue reading

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Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! Third Edition Has Finally Arrived!

“Ah, it’s like an old friend with new clothes.” That was the comment from a friend who recently took a peek at my new book. Yes, thanks to our wonderful publisher, Anne Knudsen of Breckling Press, Diana (McClun) and I have maintained a … Continue reading

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