Christmas Crafting


The little hand stitched heart in my last post, given to me by quilting friend Joan Ford, inspired these easy to make,

Dress Form Christmas Ornaments.


I started to make these for our display on the way to Spring Quilt Market earlier this year.

“Angel Band”

is our third Handmaids® collection in the series,

presented on fabric by Quilting Treasures.

Available in quilt shops now.


Sewing them became quite addicting. There are twenty four available in a twelve inch piece of the festive forms. First do a rough cut of any one of the dress forms, sandwich with an equal sized piece of coordinating backing (muslin if personalizing) and hi loft batting and begin stitching, following tight to the outside line of the image. Then trim with sharp scissors for a raw edge finish. I added a 1/8″ wide satin ribbon on the back to hang or tie onto a package. A great gift and tag, to use before placing on the tree.


Next, the plan is to embellish them, with a variety of found objects, sequence and beads.

We’ll see.


A Thankful Heart



I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
and give thanks to Your name
for Your constant love and truth.
You have exalted Your name
and Your promise above everything else.
On the day I called, You answered me;
You increased strength within me.

The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.
Lord, Your love is eternal;
do not abandon the work of Your hands.

Ps. 138

Better Late . . .

Sew ScaryJWF1For a variety of reasons, our Fall Quilt Market post is much later than we intended.

However, our market experience in a word?

E X C I T E M E N T !

And much activity, opportunities & F U N.

Enjoy this sneak peek of our new Sew Scary fabrics, presented to the trade by Quilting Treasures.

Available in stores – April 2015.

SewScaryJWF2SewScaryJWF3SewScaryJWF4To see our full Fall Quilt Market Album – visit our Facebook page.

Thanks to my friend Annie, for the loan of her beautiful featherweight machine & her spooky friend. Both received lots of attention and some fun photo ops.


Quilt Market Prep

Gears Switched





October 25 – 27, 2014

Q U I L T I N G   T R E A S U R E S

Booth 1812, 13



Please stop by to preview our next collection, pick up your Treats Tote (GWP) & share a hello!

Available April 2015

Switching Gears


We’re back from the Jam and into market mode. Quilt Market, in two weeks.


Art Biz Jam was stupendous, what can I say.

A beautiful beach . . .


Art Licensing seminar with guest speaker Ingid Liss (Demdaco) . .

A roomful of artists . . . . .


And my daughter, Kate.

Time Out


A R T   B I Z   J A M


I signed up months ago when it seamed like a far off, fun way to spend a few days in an attempt, to rest, refresh and refocus on, the (my) art. Where it came from and possibly where it’s going and why.

A time to retreat from the extremely busy year of working, renovating, moving, etc.

And, I expect, a time to reflect, as well.

A time of learning from artist friends & associates/colleagues in the BIZ, who will be teaching.


As an extra bonus, a time to share the experience with my graphic artist daughter, Kate.

Keeping Up

I am a big believer in keeping busy but so far, 2014 has kept me hopping a bit more than I like. Slowing down does not seam to be an option and I suppose, that’s OK with me, for now.

So, for our latest activities in a nutshell:


• We’re in and beginning to operate in the new work space. In fact, yesterday we started our first project there, making fabric games for Operation Christmas Child’s shoe box ministry. Many of us enjoy this charitable opportunity at Christmas and it seamed a fitting way to kick off workshops at our new Joy Studio. If you are local (Pacific, MO) and would like to join us, we’re opening the work space on Mondays in September to make these and more. All supplies included for this free workshop. Drop me a line for directions.


• We have a Holiday Fabric Special on our Halloween, Christmas and all items, in our Etsy Shop till Thanksgiving. For 25% OFF use Code: holiday2014 at the checkout.


• Plus, we have just added two more collections this week. A classic fairy tale group, Tidings & Tales and Dear Santa!


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