Thursday, January 21, 2021

Are You Ready for Spring Yet?

Hello Friends!

It's really just the beginning of the winter season for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, where snow is falling around many of us. But the reason I ask ... if you are already thinking about Spring, I have a new quilt pattern I titled "Spring Dance" which is featured in the new issue of Quiltmania #141.


Quiltmania #141

Spring Dance by Martha Walker     

Just two pieces make up the little applique blocks, which are just 4" square. I used a scrappy assortment of my favorite reproduction fabrics to make up the blocks, and for a little speedier assembly, I machine applied the shapes to small print shirting style prints. Here is a detail of the quilt:


Spring Dance (detail) by Martha Walker

Our floor is now finished, but our house is still in disarray. Last week and this, I was working on the new Prairie Patchwork sew along project while the workers were sawing away, in and out with the doors and windows wide open. I had a little sewing space set up with my machine and pressing/cutting station so I could continue my machine work. And, when things got too crazy, I would shut myself up in a small bedroom, which was untouched, and turn on my electric heater, and hand applique the blocks for the project. 

Now, Thom and I are painting the four rooms with the new flooring, and two are complete, with two more to go. Then, lots of moving of furniture, not to mention trying to eliminate all of the dust that seems to be on everything from the construction. 

I'm still hoping for a February start date for the Sew Along, or perhaps March. I think it will be fun! 

Happy stitching, and until next time!


Monday, January 4, 2021

Snow Themed Quilts for Snowy Days!

Happy New Year!

It's that time of year, in half of the world anyway, when many of us are enjoying the beautiful, quiet serenity of softly falling snow. Or, maybe you have young children who enjoy building snowmen! One of my favorite photos is the one I took with the first camera of my own, when I was 10 years old. I got the camera with box tops from a cereal box! Remember when you could get fun things like that? I only took one roll of film, black and white, and my brothers and sister were a favorite subject.

Here is the photo of my little brother and sister proudly standing beside their creation!

I have a fun new pattern, Winter Wishes, with a chubby snowman visiting with some little red birds. I used Aurifil Lana Wool Thread and Valdani Perle cotton for the wool applique. The background is a simple beige pieced quilt, that is pre-quilted before the wool is applied. I'm offering it as a paper pattern, mailed to you, or as a pattern download, perfect for my friends from outside the United States. And, both the paper pattern and the pattern download include a full size applique diagram.

Winter Wishes

And the second new pattern is Snowbird - mostly applique with a center block surrounded by simple piecing. And, like Winter Wishes, you can purchase it as a paper pattern, mailed to you, or as a pattern download (E Pattern). And it includes full scale applique diagrams for all of the applique portions. I give you detailed instructions on how to cut and fold the dogtooth portion of the center block for needle turn applique.



I'm working on a fun new mystery quilt sew along associated with my new book, Prairie Patchwork, which I will be rolling out soon. I will be posting the patterns on this blog, I'm hoping in February. We are getting new flooring on the second level of our home, which has created a lot of moving, packing, and a general disruption of our typical routine!

Happy Winter Stitching!

Until next time,


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Live, Love Quilt International Quilt Along


Hello, Friends!


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend!


I'm participating as a guest designer in an international quilting sew along, coordinated by Ellen of Ellie's Quilt Place, to announce her new fabric line, Tomorrow's Heritage. And I'm inviting you to sew along! To participate, just join the Facebook group "Live, Love, Quilt QAL" by clicking this link:


There are several "mystery designers", who will be introduced periodically, and each has designed one block for the project. The free patterns will be provided soon for the blocks in the Facebook group. A PDF with the fabric requirements was posted on the Live, Love, Quilt Quilt Along Facebook group page on November 24th, for two different options to use the blocks. The blocks and finishing instructions will be available as free downloads in the 'Files section' as of February 2021.


One option to use the blocks would be to make 10 different mini quilts:


The other option would be to use the blocks to make one quilt:


You can use the fabrics from the Tomorrow's Heritage collection (available in stores starting January 2021), or use fabrics from your stash.




This is my first time participating in such a project, and I hope you'll join me! I love the block I designed, and I hope you will too!


The first mystery designer was announced yesterday: )


Until next time!




Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Prairie Patchwork; Treasured Quilts and Tales of Time

Prairie Patchwork: Treasured Quilts and Tales of Time is my newest book, published by Martingale Publishing, and just released last week! First of all, it was such a pleasure to work with all of the staff at Martingale. It is a very professional bunch, and my book was put together all along the way with the utmost care!

That being said, I'm extremely proud of the result!


Prairie Patchwork

You'll find patterns using a variety of techniques for making the quilts in Prairie Patchwork, from hand piecing to machine piecing, foundation piecing to strip piecing. You'll also find a variety of sizes as well: bed quilts, wall quilts and doll size quilts. A pattern for a sweet little wool applique needlebook is also included.

Monday, July 20, 2020

New Pattern! Butterfly Garden

I, like most of you perhaps, have a love for not only fabric, but threads. I especially love working with the beautiful hand dyed threads created by Valdani Threads and Weeks Dye Works. Each company has its own unique palette. In my newest pattern, Butterfly Garden, I use threads by both companies to create the embroidered flowers in blocks, which are then set on point along with pieced scrappy blocks, the "butterflies".

Detail - Butterfly Garden

This little 28" x 32 1/2" quilted "garden" is bordered by a picket fence using a scrappy assortment of cream and beige prints.

I'm offering the pattern as both a printed pattern to be mailed to you, or as an E Pattern for you to download, thus saving you shipping costs. Your choice! I'm going to try to do this from now on with new patterns,
as the cost of shipping can sometimes be cost prohibitive when ordering one pattern, for instance. I use USPS flat rate shipping so that I can track orders to make sure that they arrive to my customers, and it's fairly economical when you think about gas, travel, etc. from me to you (I know there are cheaper ways to ship, but no tracking). But still, I'd like to provide the option.

Here's hoping you're having a beautiful summer, with lots of butterflies!

Until next time,

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Liberty Eagle Wool Appliqué Pattern

After having finished reviewing the edits for my upcoming book at the beginning of the Summer, I decided to tackle finishing up writing patterns for seven other projects needing my attention. I have my Liberty Eagle wool appliqué finished just in time for our upcoming 4th of July celebration. For Liberty Eagle, I used Aurifil Lana wool thread for the embroidery stitches throughout. You can find those threads on my website.

Liberty Eagle

I have the pattern listed on my website as both a pattern download or mailed to you as a printed pattern. I'm also offering the pattern for FREE to my newsletter subscribers! If you're on my newsletter list, you'll have the pattern in your inbox.

If you aren't on my newsletter list, just sign up between now and July 5th, and I'll send you the pattern FREE as well! The link to subscribe is on the front page of my website.

Happy 4th!