Wednesday, May 31, 2023

New Pattern!

Hello friends!

I have a wool applique pattern out called "Wildflower Wishes". It's a small sampler comprised of six floral blocks and rectangles and two panels with the verse, "May all your Weeds be Wildflowers". I've included detailed wool applique marking and preparation instructions, as well as full scale applique placement diagrams.

You can find the pattern on my website as either a paper pattern mailed to you, or an instant PDF pattern download.

I've also included instructions in the pattern to make a different version of the quilt, omitting the verse:

On another note, I'm so thrilled that my quilt, "Berries in the Sun" was awarded 2nd place in the April, 2023 Paducah American Quilter's Society Quilt Show and Contest! I have chronicled my progress on this quilt several times on the blog over the years. I finally finished it last year!

I have quite a few more patterns left to write, so I'll post those as I finish them. I am so far behind after our move, but I'm determined to catch up!

Until next time!


Friday, April 21, 2023

Riverboat Toile de Jouy

Sometime towards the end of last year, after taking Barbel Dressler's Skillshare class on designing a Toile de Jouy fabric pattern, I was inspired to design a pattern based on riverboats (steamboats) in America in the 19th century. It's fun for me to integrate historical topics in my work, especially topics related to the westward migration in America's 19th century. Maybe it's because most of my ancestors were part of that migration, settling in the Midwest in the late 1800's. At my Grandmother's funeral, one of my mother's cousins remarked that she had the wagon seat from the covered wagon which transported her grandparents to Kansas (that would be my great-great grandparents). How cool is that?

I had so much fun doing the research for my drawings to incorporate into my toile pattern. Just as an example of how important and prevalent were the steamboats in 19th Century America, here are two images courtesy of the Library of Congress - paintings showing the traffic jam of steamboats along the Mississippi shore of St. Louis, Missouri, one dated 1859, and the other 1874.


St. Louis 1859

St. Louis 1874

Below is my Riverboat Toile de Jouy, where you'll see riverboats steaming upon the rivers surrounded by bluffs and small towns. Pilot wheels are scattered throughout. The oxen on one of the bluffs are waiting to be put to work pulling some wagon or plow. And the young straw hat-wearing, Tom-Sawyer-like boy, is waving goodbye to a steamboat as it sails away up the river.

Riverboat Toile de Jouy

Here, I have it paired with another one of my new patterns, a stripe reminiscent of patterns and colors of the late nineteenth century:

I've just added these two prints, and more, to my Spoonflower shop, which you can access by clicking

You'll see the Riverboat Toile in several other colorways, some of which are tonal, great for backgrounds. And the stripe is currently offered in four colorways, although I plan to add more. I love stripes!

Until next time!




A.    Janicke & Co. (ca. 1859) Our city, St. Louis, Mo. / lith. by A. Janicke & Co., St. Louis. Saint Louis United States Missouri, ca. 1859. [Publiched sic by Hagen & Pfau at the Anzeiger des Westens] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,


Currier & Ives & Parsons & Atwater. (ca. 1874) The city of St. Louis / sketched & drawn on stone by Parsons & Atwater. Saint Louis United States Missouri, ca. 1874. New York: Published by Currier & Ives. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,





Monday, March 14, 2022

So Far in 2022

Time flies when you move cross country, after packing up everything you've accumulated from living in the same place for 23 years. The quilts are finally unpacked, folded and put away or displayed, and in the past month I've even been able to do some stitching, which is a great feeling!


Last month Martingale Publishing released The Big Book of  Favorite Scrap Quilts:


And in it you'll find the pattern for my quilt, "Hill Country" 


"Hill Country" by Martha Walker

. . . along with a ton of other great scrap quilt designs to choose from. Here is just a sample of one of the quilts that caught my eye from the book:

"Halloween-ish" by Susan Ache

The new Simply Vintage magazine, Spring 2022, is also just out

. . . and I'm excited to have a punchneedle embroidery project included in this issue:

"1841 Pencil Box" by Martha Walker


I used beautiful Valdani 3 strand embroidery floss to punch the 1841 Pencil Box design. 

Spring is finally close at hand, birds are feathering their nests, and I will continue feathering my own nest!

Until next time,


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Prairie Patchwork Quilt Along Final Assembly

 Westward Ho!


It's week 27, and if you've completed all the blocks A through Z for the Prairie Patchwork Quilt Along, you're at your final destination, and ready to assemble your sampler quilt!

Prairie Patchwork Quilt Along Sampler

Along with putting your blocks together and adding borders, you'll also want to prepare your binding so that it's ready to go after your quilt is quilted.
I have my binding ready to go and I'll be using Aurifil Mako 50 weight color 2910 to hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt, which is a perfect match for my green binding fabric.
I hope you've enjoyed making the Prairie Patchwork Quilt Along Sampler as much as I did. And I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with you! Please feel free to post any photos you may have, either work in progress, or your final quilt on Facebook or Instagram and tag your post #prairiepatchworkquiltalong! I would love to see your work!
The instructions to download and print below will be 7 pages long.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Prairie Patchwork Quilt Along Block Z

 Westward Ho!


It's week 26, and the final week of blocks in the Prairie Patchwork Quilt Along! Today's block is block Z, the final "spacer block".

Prairie Patchwork Quilt Along Block(s) Z

You'll be combining blocks Z with last week's blocks Y to make a lovely zig zag spacer unit. Instructions to download below!
 Next week, I'll post the instructions for the final cutting and assembly of the Prairie Patchwork Quilt Along Sampler. I had so much fun putting it together, and I hope you will too!