Monday, August 11, 2014


A few days ago I spent the whole day filming some tutorial videos.  Not that many, actually, but we were very slow.  Having too much fun, I guess.  So as soon as they get edited, they will be up on the website for you to view.

Here is a peek at one of the projects we did.  Of course it is made using my new fabric, Park Drive.  More details to come.  In fact, there will be some free patterns of the PDQ variety, so stay tuned.

Things are moving along here,  I have started plans for Fall Market.  These things start earlier every time!  I have the booth planned for Henry Glass, but as usual, my Jillily booth will come together at the last minute.  I plan it that way.  On purpose.  At least that is what I tell myself when I wish I would have started sooner.  (This time I thought I would put it in writing.)

My good friend Nicole stopped by this week, and I had to show you her shirt.

A common sentiment.  But probably not actually true in Nicole's case.  I don't think she would ever even say an unkind word!  (I hope that is true, because she may feel differently when she sees that I have posted her pic!)
Nicole is a long arm quilter right here in my neighborhood.  She does a beautiful job, so if you need her services, give her a jingle!  (  Beautiful quilting, custom or edge to edge--and the nicest quilter, too.  Her company is called Scribbles and Stitches.

That's all for now.  Go have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Ok, people.  I told you I'd be posting my new patterns for all to see, and they are finally ALMOST ready.  So I thought I would put up a few pictures here.  But first of all, an important announcement:

I NEED HELP!  HELP WANTED:  I need a new office manager for Jillily Studio.  My daughter Sarah is moving and I will be left alone, with all this work to do!  So if you live nearby, (Herriman, UTAH)  and are interested in having a fun little part-time job with very flexible hours, email me!!  I need someone about 12 - 15 hours a week to do the shipping, filing, and kit cutting.  Quilting experience is needed.  Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.
My email is:

Now that is over, I have to show you the new stuff!
First of all, I did a really fun, free-wheeling quilt titled WEEKENDER.

This is a bright happy quilt made from my new fabric collection, Park Drive.  (The fabric should be in stores, and on my website in August.  I can't wait for it to arrive!)

 I just love the way Maika quilted this one--don't you?   It is modern and crisp, yet traditional, too.

The next quilt pattern I am introducing is called CHERRY LANE.  It also uses the Park Drive collection of fabrics.  When I get the fabric, I plan to start making a few more designs.  These quilts were made using the strike-off fabric samples, so they look good, but don't drape so well.  Ha Ha.

Cherry Lane is a square, so it makes a nice table topper.  I just love the toile print in this collection.  I can think of TONS of ways to use it.  Can you?

The next quilt has become a favorite of mine.  I love the simple, classic color scheme and design.
ARGYLE AVENUE boasts some ric rac embellishment that just makes this quilt!

I love how the ric rac turns into a scrolly vine in the border.  Lots of fun to do, and easy, too!

The black and green diamonds are so scrappy that it adds sparkle.  I am planning to offer kits of all three new designs on my website.   I'll put them up just as soon as I get fabric.

I need comments.  Which one is your favorite?  What would you do with a toile print?  What have you been doing this summer?  Would you like to come work for Jillily Studio????

Monday, June 30, 2014

On Display

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to jury a quilt show.  It was so awesome.  I was so inspired by all of you out there who continue to put needle and thread to cloth in creative and innovative ways.  I just wanted to acknowledge all of you quilters, of all skill levels who keep this fabulous art form alive and kickin'.

I was inspired by your use of color, techniques of all kinds, and composition skills.  Even if we can't all create these fabulous show-stopoping competition quilts, we can learn from them, and appreciate them, and be lifted by them.

So my advice for the day:  GO TO A QUILT SHOW!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Better Late Post

Market was, as usual, a whirlwind.  Most of the reason that I don't get around to sharing it with you right away is that I am so exhausted and overloaded when I get home that I just can't seem to get to it.  It is always a lot of work, and a lot of fun.

 Market was in Pittsburgh in May.  This time I did my booth in my predictable style, with black and white tile floor and striped awning.  I had my booth set up as a kind of candy store, or Sweet Shop.  (Perfect for introducing my new shop program called Jillily Sweet Shops.)  We had candy jars filled with goodies on shelves and tables, and lots of new quilts, too.  (I will introduce all the new quilts in my next post.)

If a quilt shop carries my products--(Appli-Glue, Poke-A-Dots, fabric collections, Aurifil Thread collections, patterns and books)--they can be a SWEET SHOP!  Watch for them popping up all over!  In just a few weeks, we will be sending out all the goodies to our valued shops, and they will share them with you.  How sweet is that?

  My fabulous sister, Margaret, was with me again, helping with everything.  We had a great time together, as usual.

We also set up the Henry Glass booth, which I designed again.  This time we used a spring garden theme, and made flowers from all the different fabric collections blooming all over the booth. 

 Here is the Henry Glass gang.  We all have such a great relationship, and I love working with these people.  They are the best!  In fact, at the next Market this fall, we are releasing a book together.  More about that later. . .

Next I will show you some of the fun people that visited my booth--
The Fat Quarter Shop Gang--  Kimberly, where are you?

Jeanne from Bernina!

Mark Lipinski and Linda Lum DeBono after I practically had to sneak Mark into the show during set-up!  He can pass as one of my employees, don't you think?

I always look forward to a visit from Sarah and her mom, Joyce.

That's all I have for now.  I will show you all the new quilts soon! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Here and There

Well, I have been hopping about the country doing all things quilting.  I recently returned from Texas where I was a guest at the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston.  We had a great time together, and I was able to give away a bunch of good stuff-- compliments of Henry Glass, Aurifil Threads, and Jillily Studio, of course.  I taught a workshop and gave a trunk show.  Those of you who took the class need to be sure to send me your "I'm Finished" photos.  (And remember, there are several stages of doneness.)

Here is the Houston Guild.  Oh, whoops.  I deleted it.

I had a pic of the whole group the night I spoke--about 150? or so members.   The next day our class worked on "Trellis."    Soooo many fun color and fabric choices--I can't wait to show you.  As usual, I didn't get many pics, but here is the whole group together.

They worked so hard getting all those half-square triangles created, and then there wasn't much time for putting it all together because we had to stop and learn how to do the appliqué!!
Now they have all the tools they need to finish up.

Leaving Houston I found these awesome boots.  Now who could resist these?!?   Stay tuned, because I think I feel a booth theme coming on. . .

That reminds me.  I don't think I ever shared my post-Market Post.  I'll do that next.  Better late than never.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


So much has happened!!!!  When it rains. . . .

The new issue of American Patchwork and Quilting just came out, and it has a feature on ME!!! How fun is that?!?  I am so blessed!

I couldn't tell you about it before, but when they came to my home last fall to photograph, I was busting at the seams (so to speak) to tell you all about it.  But I was good and kept my mouth shut.  So now it has been out for a couple of weeks, and I haven't even had time to talk about it!!!

Here is the cover.  It is the August 2014 issue, and is on newsstands now.  If you subscribe to APQ, you will already have it.

Then, inside, starting on page 18 is a really nice article about me and my business.  They did such a nice job (as they always do).  Jennifer Keltner, the editor of APQ was here at my home with two photographers for a couple of days.  We had a great time together!  Such nice people!! Jennifer has since moved on to be the head honcho at Martingale publishing.  She certainly keeps busy!

I thought that I had taken some photos the day of the shoot at my house, but I guess I was pre-occupied.  I only found a couple.  Here are a few behind-the-scenes looks.  My studio was full of ladders, cameras, reflectors, and people!  

I also have a project in this issue, called "Fresh View."  It starts on page 54.  It's a cheery quilt with lots of color--I used a lot of my different fabric collections for this one.  I have kits available on my website as well as copies of the magazine, if you can't find it near you. 

Next week on Monday the 16th I will be a guest on Pat Sloan's APQ Radio show.

Live Show time is:
4pm - 5pm Eastern
3pm - 4pm Central
2pm - 3pm Mountain
1pm - 2pm Pacific

You can go here to listen to the show: 

The show is also recorded so you could listen to it later.  (Search American Patchwork and Quilting at iTunes.)

Pass the word along.  I would love to have you listen in!!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Park Drive Preview

I am still working hard to get everything done for Market.  I am going to promote my new fabric collection, and some new patterns.  The fabric has been released to salesmen, but is not in stores yet--not until August.

The new collection is called "Park Drive."  I named it after the street where I grew up.  My mom was an excellent gardener, and the yard was beautiful.  She and Dad worked out there for hours, and it is one of my favorite memories of them.

This collection is very garden-y.  It has some florals and some tonals, but I also drew up a little toile with trees, trellises, and flowers.  There are three color-ways:  Blues, Reds and Grays, and Black and greens.
      The photos aren't very good of the colors, but trust me, it is really pretty.

Then there are my basics that coordinate with the Park Drive collection.   "Jams and Jellies" has 16 fabrics right now, but more are coming with my next collection to round out the basics.  These pieces are so perfect for my style of quilt.  It's nice to use different fabrics to create the pattern with piecing or with appliqué.

I am having so much fun working with these fabrics.  Of course I don't really have fabric yet--but I do have the strike-offs, so that is what I am working with.  In case you don't know about strike-offs, they are the sample prints that the factory sends to check the colors and the engravings.  They are printed on rough, coarse fabric--and I only get a little swatch--about like a fat quarter.  So it can be a challenge to design something with these little pieces, but I do love a challenge!

This is what I had left over from the red toile after cutting out the pieces for my new quilt design:

And I had to change the size of the outside border so that I could have enough to go all the way around the quilt!

I still need to do the appliqué on this project, and get it quilted and bound.  But hey, I still have 9 days until I leave!  And only one more quilt to make after this.  (Can you say panic?)

I am feeling good about how it is going, though--  I didn't think I would get this far.  It has helped that I have not cooked a single dinner for a week, and the laundry is piling up.  (Sacrifices have to be made.)

I finished up a little runner using the free pattern that comes with the collection.  It needs to be quilted.  I'm still working on the pillow, and I need to get a pillow form to put inside it.  I will show you a better picture when it is all finished.  

I need a name for the red quilt.  I am planning to appliqué cherries on it in the white blocks.  Any suggestions?