Tutorial – Mini Charm Pillow



I designed this groovy pillow for the good folks at Janome using the new 8900QCP, and they published it to their site this morning!

It uses mini-charms, those juicy little chubs of fabrics that are getting popular in the stores. I used Comma and Barcelona fabrics, both by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic (Moda) and Kona solids (Kaufman) as the supporting players. The pillow is 20” x 20”.

A confident beginner can make this one – it’s all straight seams – however, you will need good 1/4” accuracy as there are a few skinny pieces in there.

Go here for a full step-by-step with pix tutorial… it’s free!




Fabric Crush – new Kona solid colors!

While I was at Spring Quilt Market, I did some more scouting of fabric for Kim Kight of the TrueUp blog. One of my assignments was the Robert Kaufman booth, and the fun folks there (hi Kyle!) showed me a card of new solids that are on their way to us:


I was thrilled to see a couple more ORANGE selections, and I know that that whole row of grays is going to thrill a bunch of people. I think these colors do a nice job of filling in a hole or two.

Anyhow, in the Post-Market-Clean-My-Studio-And-Put-All-The-New-Stuff-Away-Frenzy of yesterday, I discovered I have two Kona color cards. They are the April 2012 version, so they have last year’s additions, but not the ones above.

Kona Card

I only need one of them, so who wants the other? Leave me a comment… I’ll pick a random winner sometime Sunday night!

And keep your eye on TrueUp for a peek at a bunch of new fabrics!

Fabric Crush – Sam I Am!


I plan to buy yards of that ORANGE-on-ORANGE “I am Sam I am” print. And I must have pajamas out of something with the eggs motif. Oh, how I like these, Sam I am!

Kim at TrueUp spotted this at Houston Market (how on earth did I miss it???). Because her pix are prints and not headers, my guess is that we’ll see it sometime next year. I’ll be waiting!