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?

Monday, April 28, 2014


The winner of the thread from my last give-away is:

Karen in Breezy Point said...
Your sewing space is beautiful--messy or not! I have a Bernina 440 and do love it, although I would like to have the new even feed. My favorite part would be the knee lift. Oh--and all the cool feet! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome Aurifil thread. I hope you can figure out your machine soon--it looks like a wonderful machine!
If this is you, please send me your address so I can get this package off to you!  Email me at

Thank you all so much for participating!  I loved reading all your comments.  I am working like crazy to get everything ready for Market.  I have to make a few new quilts featuring my new fabrics, and I need to get everything ready for my booth, and the Henry Glass booth.

I am almost done with one of the quilts.  It has been so fun working on it because I am adding some ric rac.  Now that's the way to make appliqué simple!!  I'll do a tutorial on that later, but suffice it to say that Appli-Glue is essential!  

I started this quilt several months ago, and set it aside.  I am loving how it turned out!

For quilt shop owners:  I am starting a new program for shops to give discounts and deals so they can carry all of the Jillily products.  So if you are a  shop owner, please come by my booth and see all the details.  Also, I am doing a Schoolhouse session on Thursday, May15,  2:55 - 3:25  in Room 307 to introduce the Jillily Sweet Shop Program.

I have a bunch of ideas running around in my head, and I need to get them to settle down and come out!  For some reason, it is always like this.  And I am scrambling at the last minute to get everything done!

 In the midst of my scrambling, I have been seeing lots of wonderful colors out there. Don't you just love color?  Even though it snowed last  night, the yard is looking beautiful, and I hope everything I planted didn't freeze!

I hope you are seeing all the spring beauty around you.  I can't wait for summer.  The long days and warm nights.
It is less stressful for me because Market is over, and the next one is far away.
And I get time to work in my garden, which, by then will be full of weeds, and need some work!
Ok, let's keep positive here!

Have a wonderful day, and keep posted so I can tell you all about Market.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Videos Are Up!!

Thanks, all you BERNINA fans for the wonderful comments.  I am really enjoying my new machine.  I will choose a winner of the thread packet and patterns on Thursday.  So if you haven't entered, just leave a comment on the last post, "Before and After" and if you are not a blog follower, please join me.

Today I have some fun news.  I recently went to Texas to do some filming with Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop.  Well, the videos are done, and are up on their YouTube channel.  I think there are about 12 or so--just short little tutorials with quick tips to help you in your sewing.

Here is one on preparing your appliqué pieces:

Now that was fun!  I didn't realize that I talk so fast!  Some of those videos would be an hour long, but I talk fast enough to get them into a few minutes!!  Sorry about that.

Kimberly and I had such a great time.  We just kept thinking of all kinds of information we could share with you--so we kept adding to our list of videos!    Go on over to the FAT QUARTER SHOP YouTube channel and look around.  There is lots of very helpful information there!

I will show you one more here on my blog, then you can go see all of them.  This one is about my Poke-A-Dots:

Ahh, Poke-A-Dots.  I couldn't live without them!  I think I am addicted.
Well, I know you will want to see the rest of the videos we did, so here you go.
This is a list of most the titles with their links:

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope this is helpful information for you!

Happy Quilting!