New York Beauty Class at Dallas' Urban Spools 7/18 - Space still Available!

Hey Dallas / Fort Worth peeps!
Wanna learn how to make this Beauty?

Paper piecing and curved seams - seems like tons of heavy lifting in this pattern, huh?

Listen to me now, hear me later......
You can do this.
If I can do this, so can you.
 I promise promise promise it's not as scary as you think it is.
And I'll help you through it! 

How good will it feel to conquer this thing? 
You'll feel like a freakin' champ.
 Daaaaang I love this quilt.
Love. It.
It's my quilting opus fo shiz.

I love me a New York Beauty quilt. So elegant, so sophisticated. 
And I thought - hey, I'll make one for my book!
And so I did.
Made the template my little ol' self and errything.
Make your version of this sweetheart - I've made ( read: started) several different versions of it.
Even a mini version!

Registration is still open at URBAN SPOOLS - and the book
  Modern Designs for Classic Quilts is included in the deal!

Hurry before this class fills up! 
Come play with me!


Blue and White Cuddle Quilt for my BFF

 Not the greatest pic of this baby, but you get the idea, right?  My girl Wendell loves her some Indianapolis Colts and is, naturally, a fan of blue. I needed a project that would go together quickly as I started this kinda last minute for her birthday. 

I totally improvised this thing - there really wasn't a plan other than use what I had and make big blocks. Strips are 15" long and vary in width. 

I used only fabrics that I had in my stash - strips of scraps, some FQs and yardage as well as dress shirts that I've been hoarding for years that belonged to my husband and boys and a few I picked up at thrift shops for a few pennies. I used 4 different whites for the background, which is one of the best parts of this quilt for me.

 I love love love a scrappy quilt. There's just something so endearing and yummy about using fabrics that were also used in other projects. And I'm a hopeless scrap hoarder. I  keep stuff I have no business keeping - shreds and tiny bits. But if I love a fabric and I can't bear to pitch it, it goes in the scrap bin. There are fabrics in here that are also in quilts from my books, custom quilts for little bambinos from California to New Zealand and projects for people I love. 

I backed it with a navy blue sheet I thrifted for 10 cents and the binding is a scrappy mix of some Art Gallery dots, Cotton and Steel butterflies and men's shirting. Yum.

My salty old man Murphy and his summer perch on my front porch. 
He's a quilt lover, too. 
I'm guessing.  


Beau Nova Quilt Pattern Now Available


I love me a starry quilt, people.

This pattern is deceptively easy, which is the best kind of project.

Would this not look amazing in a low-volume background and yummy florals for the stars?!
Um, yahs.

This quilt measures 65" x 85". Finished block is 18.5"

Go get it:

And for cryin' out loud - send me pics of your final project! You know that makes me giddy.


I'm Teaching at Urban Spools In Dallas, Y'all!

Can't. Even.

Ok, sooooo backstory on this...

My BFFs moved to Texas last summer (Still not over it. Makes my heart hurt.) and I now need any and every excuse to go see their precious faces and just be in the same room with them. 

And I think - hey! Maybe I'll see if one of the shops down there might wanna have a playdate wif me.
So I emailed Urban Spools.
And they were like UH, YES!

And then guess what happened?
The Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild was like HEY - come play with us, too!
Well heck yeah I can!

And then - smack my hiney - the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild came a callin'!
And I was like, UH, YES!

So, my lovlies, I'll be in DFW for the
  FWMQG meeting on July 16 
 for a trunk show and quilty conversation
 and at 
Urban Spools on July 18 
for a New York Beauty class, using the pattern for this lovely lady from my book
  Modern Designs For Classic Quilts

Midtown Girl. My quilting opus. Paper piecing and curved seams, people.  Who's up to the challenge?!

Dallas Modern Quilt Guild? I'll see you peeps in the fall! Date TBD....


Crafts and Cocktails - The Rebel Way

I've got a cute little project in this issue of the Whipper Crafter, people. 

That kite pillow up there? Yeah. I made that.

And there are so many great projects in each and every issue - stuff you WANNA make. In this issue there's a darling sea glass inspired bracelet I most definitely will be making.

And a very gifted mixologist and one of my favorite people in the whole wide world, Michael Starkey, shares some of his favorite cocktail recipes.

How many crafting magazines have a cocktail recipe in them, pray tell?

Go check it out, my lovlies.


I'm Teaching at Sew To Speak!

Stupid excited about this, people.

I'm teaching at Sew To Speak!
 If you're near the Columbus, Ohio area and wanna come play with me on February 8, visit STS's website to sign up for my class!
There are only a few spots left - so HURRY!

We'll be learning how to make one of my all-time fave quilts - In the Clouds.
 AAAAAND - the price of the class includes the book Modern Designs For Classic Quilts

In the Clouds - Andie Johnson


Craftsy November Mystery Quilt Launch!

Today is the first day you all can see the entire Craftsy quilt!
 I love love love these giant stars - they make me soooo happy.
And y'all know I'm a sucker for a classic quilt block.

I'm crazy-obsessed with the golds in these fabrics. 
That Kona yarrow is killin' me!!

And one of my most favorite parts of this quilt is the little pop of aqua in the binding. Love that unexpected touch.

This quilt is deceptively easy - it's made almost entirely of Half Square Triangles that are made with a quick-sew method. Don't you just love that? Huge eye candy factor with a lazy quilter's approach. Win!

Click on the pic to go to Craftsy to get your kit and pattern.
Right now. 
Do It.


Join My Craftsy Workshop!

Can't tell you what it is yet, but you can visit the CRAFTSY website for a peek!

This workshop goes live on November 2 and there are still a few kits left.

I promise we'll have fun!


What Does Pat Bravo Think of MDCQ?

Pat Bravo - a dynamo of a woman in a tiny little package - finally, finally reviewed our book Modern Designs For Classic Quilts.  She's got some sweet things to say about the book and some general praising of Kelly and me that, quite frankly, I'm not at all embarrassed to brag about. Actually, I'm eating it up.

Kelly and Me meeting Pat at Quilt Market 2012

For those of you who don't know Pat, she's an energetic South American quilter who decided to start her own fabric company. She started designing fabrics for herself and was quickly encouraged by her quilting friends to market those fabrics to other quilters and thus, Art Gallery Fabrics was born. She employs an army of dark-haired beauties and is joined by her sweet and jolly husband Walter as her partner. She has also hired prominent quilters and surface designers to design fabric lines, all of which have been wildly successful.


Smack-My-Hiney Fantastic - Big News Today

Well, I've kept this on the DL since May, but it's time to SCREAM this at the top of my freaking lungs!!

Have a workshop
(I just screamed that in my head as I typed, FYI)

Yeah, that's right, uh huh
(insert disco dance here)
I got an email in May and they were like - hey, you wanna do this workshop thing and I was like uh, yes and they were like cool and I was like let's DO this.
So outta my mind excited about this project. I really love how this quilt turned out. But you can't see it yet.

Pop over to to Craftsy now to get the details now!
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