Category Archives: Where we’re published

Where We are Published: Yankee Doodle

Have you seen the latest issue of Quilts and More?  We have a project in the magazine so if you haven’t grabbed an issue, you might want to.  This is the Summer 2020 issue.

As always, there are lots of other fun projects in the magazine.  I do like Quilts and More as there is a variety of projects from bags to pincushions to quilts.  For those of you who don’t know, Quilts and More is a Meredith Publication as is American Patchwork and Quilting another awesome magazine we work with.

Here is our project…. Continue reading

Where We’re Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

Have you seen the latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting??  The is what the cover looks like.  This is the June 2020 issue.

Kelli and I are super excited about this issue because we have not only one but TWO quilts in the magazine….

This is Fun and Games…
You might remember around Christmas time I was playing with a box of leftovers and scraps a blog reader sent me.  I ended up creating this quilt with it.  Someone asked me how I picked yellow…I didn’t.  The leftover half square triangles were from the blog reader.  She picked yellow.

I had a great time making this quilt…It was really easy and lot of fun…and who doesn’t have enough scraps lying around to make this??

The next quilt is Happy Surprises.  This quilt some of you might remember.  Here it is….


Does it look familiar?  Well if you were reading the blog back in 2016, you might remember the quilt as the cover quilt for the American Patchwork and Quilting 2016 Calendar.

APQ 2016 Calendar Small (2)So yes..they are reprinting it for the magazine.  That was fun as we, like you, are able to revisit the quilt…and I’m betting some of you are seeing it for the first time.

In 2014 Kramer and I had gone to Oronoco, near Rochester Minnesota, for their big antique show called Gold Rush.  It’s always in August and if you like antiques, it’s the place to go…a little expensive, but great place.  Anyway, while I was there I took pictures of many of the quilts I saw.  I’m always looking for ideas.


I tried but can’t find the picture that inspired this quilt.  The original had a blue background.  The quilt was very ratty and was tied.

I looked and studied the picture once I got home and had trouble seeing the block as it isn’t a traditional square block.  It’s more of a rectangle block and it took Kelli to help me see that.

Here’s a picture of Ruby sitting on the quilt.  I dug around in my photos hoping I might find one of her on the quilt.

HappySurprise-2

See what I mean about the block being rectangular??  This was beyond my match calculations and Kelli had to figure out the match for it.  Once she showed me the block, I drew it all out..but the math, that was all Kelli.


At that point, Kelli and I submitted the quilt to American Patchwork and Quilting but we never heard anything back from them.  So when it came time to write our book, we decided we’d put the quilt in our book…..

But mid way through making all of the quilts for the book, American Patchwork and Quilting contacted us and asked if they could have the quilt for the cover of the calendar.  Of course we said yes…so then we were left scrambling to find another quilt for the book.  It was hectic there for a big but we figured it all out.

If all of that doesn’t convince you that you might need a copy of this magazine, check this out….Oh my I love it.

They did it in this colorway too.  YES, please.  Oh my, so pretty.


The other quilt that caught my eye is this one.


Trust me..there are other great projects in the book.

So for Kelli and I…another first.  It’s the first time we had two quilts published in the same magazine.  What an honor….as I always say, we love working with American Patchwork and Quilting.

Where We’re Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

We have a quilt in a magazine again.  We’ve been on a bit of a roll.

It’s in this edition of American Patchwork and Quilting- April 2020.  It hit the newstand on February 7th so if you’re interested, keep your eye out of a copy.


I am in love with the cover quilt.  Doesn’t that look “so me”….but again, it’s a quilt I’d make for myself so it gets put on the back burner.  I read that this quilt is going to be the quilt along quilt.  So if you want to make it and need some motivation, join the Facebook quilt along from American Patchwork and Quilting.

Here’s our quilt.

This is a fun quilt as I made it from leftovers from a previous quilt we had published.  This one…

Quilty-2
This was in Quilty Magazine.

I had a whole bunch of leftover half square triangles from the star points of the original quilt and used them to make the quilt below.  How fun!!


I love making something out of nothing.

Here’s a close up of the quilting…. Continue reading

Where We are Published: Quilts and More Spring 2020

Have you been to the news stand lately?  If you have you might have seen this…It is the Spring 2020 Edition of Quilts and More.
The cover has lots of fun spring like projects and if you jump to the inside, you’ll see this…Our quilt!


This was such a fun quilt to make.  I have scrap buckets that are organized by size.  I pulled the appropriate sized, opened it up and started to sew.  I had a little help with this one.  Kelli and Kalissa were in on the sewing too.  We actually made it sometime ago when Kalissa was still in high school.  She wasn’t the best seamstress.  Quarter inch seam allowances weren’t her friend…but with this quilt, it was okay.  No seams need to match.  In fact, this is one of the easiest quilts a beginning quilter could make.

I made it in rainbow colors but it would also be great as a three color quilt.  If the person you are making the quilt for is a Minnesota Vikings fan, you could easily alternate starting with purple in the middle then white then a band of yellow.  That would be really fun.

You can see that we put a scrappy teal binding on to finish it off.  It was a great way to use up even more scrap.

The idea to make this quilt struck me when I was taking a shower.  Seriously, I was thinking it would be nice to make a scrappy quilt that was easy for beginners and this popped into my head.  It’s fun too as there are no traditional blocks.

They did an awesome layout in the magazine.
I love how they did a close up of the bands so that you can see the variety of prints.

When I designed this, Kelli said to me, “There is no way I will sew that quilt.”  I was confused by that and asked her why…It was and “easy” quilt.  It would go fast.  Why wouldn’t she want to sew it?

That’s when Kelli said to me, “Mom, think about it.  It’s like adding borders on borders on borders.”  I guess she’s right.  That didn’t bother me though.  It did bother her.

Here is the project they did as the alternate colorway project.  I love it.  Don’t you? Continue reading