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Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living Blog Tour and Book Giveaway!


My friend, Sharon Holland has done it again! She has written a stunning book and asked me to participate in her blog hop.

I have a confession to start out with. I’m quite a Sharon Holland fan-girl. That’s how this whole relationship started. I was kind of obsessed with the colors she put into one of her fabric lines. Peach is such a hard color to get right. And she gets it right every time. In the past, I’ve only fan-girled over her fabric. Now I’m a super fan-girl of her book too!  This book is nothing short of stunning. Pick it up and I’m sure you will become a fan too, if you aren’t already.


Photo by Sharon Holland


Let me try to put into words how this book made me feel. Typically, when I get a quilting book, I don’t specifically feel anything except maybe excitement for a project. But this book made me feel like I was visiting with a memory of something. I felt nostalgic for old quilts that are made with love and passed down to another generation to love some more. I wished I could go back in time and tie quilts with my Grandma, mom and sisters again. I felt warm and cozy.


Photos by Sharon Holland


The book is just lovely. The images are of course, top notch. Sharon is a fantastic photo stylist, apparently reminiscent of her days as an Assistant Editor of quilt magazines. So in that, you are getting a sort of life style book.


The book is packed with all kinds of useful information. Having written a booklet that was limited to a number of pages, I understand how every paragraph of information is taking up valuable space. My booklet had information taken out that I rather wanted in. Sharon was able to pack an incredible amount of useful quilting information into this book. This information is so useful for a beginner but also for any quilter. She talks about color theory, choosing fabrics and patchwork basics.


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I flipped through the book trying to choose a project to make. I needed to make a baby quilt, and I’ve been hoarding some Katarina Roccella Skopelos fabric forever it seems. As I was flipping through the book, I was looking for something that would work as a baby quilt with that specific line. The Sunday Paper quilt fit the bill. It is a super scrappy quilt that should have been four large patchwork stars. I thought making just one of those stars would be a super cute baby quilt. I loved the sample in the book because of the scrappy low volume background fabrics. Sometimes making something fit a design is a little challenging. I like how Sharon’s version has a little more depth with light, dark and mid-range fabrics. I had to pull a few more solid Art Gallery fabrics to sub in for a sort of contrast in place of mid range fabric. I think it works great. Originally I had a lot of different low-ish volume prints for the background, like Sharon’s, but I found it too distracting with this fabric. I opted to make all the background fabric the same. I still feel like this is a super scrappy quilt. The backing fabric may be my favorite of the whole bundle. I realized I didn’t use any of it for the front.



I wanted this to be super snuggly because it is going to be a baby quilt. So I quilted some straight lines on both sides of every seam. Then I stitched some straight lines in a super large grid. I think this is the least densely quilting I’ve ever done before. I hope it makes it extra snuggly.



Of course, the days I had to take the pictures, it was dark and lightly snowing. I kept the darkness of the photos because it sometimes is a little dark in real life.



What a great book! Thanks again Sharon for letting me take a peek inside this book and feel so inspired.

The rest of the blog hop is full of incredible designers. Some of them are my friends! What a delight to know so many talented people. Hop on to their blogs for a bit of inspiration too.




Sharon has offered up a free pattern you can find on Landauer Publishing website here. The pattern is called Roman Stripe and is a quickly made from 2 1/2″ strips of fabric.

Photo by Sharon Holland


And now, I’m so thrilled to be able to offer a copy of this book in a special GIVEAWAY to one of my readers!

Photo by Sharon Holland


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A big thanks to all who stopped by and to those of you who enter my Giveaway!

Thanks Sharon for letting me continue on my fan-girl adventure with another of your blog hops. You are talented beyond belief!


Sharon has put together a fantastic book tour.  I’ve been following along. Yesterday Eleri made a bed sized log cabin quilt from the book. I can’t wait to see what  Stephanie makes tomorrow!  Here’s the full schedule:

Monday 12/4  Heidi Staples – Fabric Mutt
Tuesday 12/5  Amy Friend – During Quiet Time
Wednesday 12/6  Maureen Cracknell – Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Thursday 12/7  Amber Johnson – Gigi’s Thimble
Friday 12/8  Karen O’Connor – Lady K Quilts Designs
Saturday 12/9  Kori Turner-Goodhart – Olive Grace Studios
Sunday 12/10  Silvia Sutters – A Stranger View
Monday 12/11  Sarah Maxwell – Designs by Sarah J
Tuesday 12/12  Jessica Swift – Jessica Swift
Wednesday 12/13  Lisa Ruble – Love to Color My World
Thursday 12/14  Cindy Wiens – Live a Colorfullife
Friday 12/15  Eleri Kerian – Sew and Tell Project
Saturday 12/16  Anjeanette Klinder – Anjeanette K
Sunday 12/17  Stephanie Kendron – Modern Sewciety
Monday 12/18  Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter
Tuesday 12/19  Susan Playsted – Hopewood Home

Bountiful Holiday Blog Hop

Have you been following along with all the lovely makers on this blog hop?

Sharon Holland, designer extraordinaire of Art Gallery shared some of her gorgeous Bountiful Fabric with a handful of designers and asked us to make a quick holiday make. Each year my son loves to make something for his teachers, so I let the idea of something he could make guide me.

Hopefully you have already visited Maureen Cracknell to see her amazing pillows. Tomorrow check out Alexis Wright to see what lovely thing she has made.


I have two different types of faced coasters to share with you. The hexagon and a porthole faced square. The square you could use a charm square.

Both techniques are super easy and you can adjust it to any size project. Start with gorgeous fabric, add embellishments, tie with a ribbon and you have a lovely handmade gift.

Cute, right?

These are just intended to be general guides to jump start your own creativity.

Lets make the hexi coasters first. I started with two hexagons. Each side is 2 1/2″. This part, I don’t expect my son to do, but I wanted these to be pretty. I placed a hexagon of Thermolam behind one hexi and embroidered on one of the hexagons. Since these are going to be coasters, I wanted the Thermolam in them instead of just batting.  When my son makes these, he will just layer two hexagons and Thermolam inside. I also cut two long strips of 2 1/4″ linen for the facing. I pressed my strips of linen in half as you would press a binding in half.

Since I was just playing with the printed design on the fabric, I knew the back would be a mess. I didn’t want that to show on the back of the finished coaster. If you want, you could machine quilt all three layers of the hexagons together at this point.

Layer all three together.

Lay your embroidered layer with the front facing up. The back should be facing down. Take your facing fabric and lay the raw (unfolded) edge along the raw edge of one of the hexagon sides. Cut your facing strip so that it is wider than the hexagon. This is very important, this little overlap here. The facing must extend beyond both sides.

Cut all your facing strips to about the same size. Gather some Clover Clips.

Starting with the first side, lay one facing piece on the raw edge, with the fold towards the center and the raw edges aligned with the hexagon raw edge.

Clip in the center.

Start layering another piece of facing in the same way going in a clockwise direction. You will have an overlap from the previous facing piece. This is important to keep the overlap.

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Lay the sixth facing on. Notice it is on top of both the first and fifth sides. We need to fix that.

Lift up the first side left edge and lay the sixth side down. This will create the same overlap all the way around the sides.

Clip in the middle and bring to the sewing machine.

Turn the whole thing over and sew a scant 1/4″ seam. The clips are a little fuddly, but you are hopefully able to work around them.

Sew all the way around each side

From the back.

Trim all the seam allowances.

And the back



To get nice corners, I double trim. The first cut is as below. I cut almost parallel to the seam, with just a slight incline towards and past the corner. Make sure you don’t clip through the seam.

And the second one below. Each of my clippings are a little more parallel with the seam than a typical 45 degree clip. I think this double clip makes pretty corners.

See, two clips?

Clip all the corners. I will point out now, that hexagons are an easier shape to get nice points on because the angles are less acute. But this technique will work with squares too.

Stick your fingernail if you have them, or something like a Purple Thang in the inside of one corner of the facing. Using your thumb, hold the point in between your thumb and finger then turn the point right side out. Please don’t use anything sharp like scissors to do this or you could poke a hole in your nice corner. Turn all the corners of the facing right side out. I also like to finger press the seams.

My iron has this extended edge so I can get under the facing and press the front of the coaster. When you turn the facing, you may have a little bunching of the front of the coaster. I start in the center of the coaster and press with the tip of my iron easing any excess fabric towards the seams.

Then press the top of the coaster.

When my son makes these, I will have him topstitch around the inside of the facing. But I wanted a handmade look. I used some giant stitches to secure down the facing.

I played around with different widths of facing and facing the front or the back of each coaster. The one below, I put the facing on the back of the coaster.

Here they are all together. I gave each one it’s own personality. I think they still really look great as a family too, don’t you?

This is the one I had the facing wrap around to the back.

And another groupie. Again this can be as simple or complicated as you would like. I really think the gorgeous fabric designs are the star of these coasters!


Did you make it this far? I know it is worth sticking around for both.

Below is a square coaster with a porthole facing.

I started with (4) 5″ squares and a 5″ square of Thermolam. When I have my son make these, I’ll either have him make a quilt sandwich and machine quilt it, or just make a quilt sandwich without quilting it. I don’t think for this size, that any quilting is necessary. Feel free to have a different opinion on this. Ha!

Again, I had done some freehand embroidery on one of Sharon’s gorgeous fabric, while it was backed with Thermolam.

Two of the denim squares will make the porthole facing. The other will be the back of the coaster.

Layer the two denim facing pieces right sides together.

With an erasable marker or pen, mark the approximate center of the square.

Find something to use to make the porthole circle. I found a ribbon spool to be the perfect size circle I was looking for. Lay it in the center of the fabric and trace the circle.

Sew the circle. Make sure you are sewing both facing fabrics together right sides together. I find that when I sew circles, sometimes it helps to anchor my fingers in the center of the circle to help with the pivoting needed. You may also just sew a few stitches, lift your foot, reposition and sew some more.


Using pinking shears, trim inside the sewn circle. I like to use pinking shears instead of clipping because I feel like it trims to get rid of the bulk at the same time it is clipping the inside curve. Do whatever works for you here.

Press to give this shape some memory. This will squish the seams down and make them seat a little in the fabric.


Lift one corner a little.

Using just the tip of your iron, press the top layer at the seam, move the iron over and reposition the top layer and press. You are just giving the top layer some memory of being pressed at the seam.

I’ve just pressed the top facing layer towards the circle.

Now turn the top layer out so that both right sides are out and press.

Layer your faced porthole, your backing (which is right side down), Thermolam, and your top layer.

Clip together. Notice the porthole facing has shrunk a teeny bit. That is ok. It will be hidden in the seam allowance. Just try to space the facing piece evenly on the backing, Thermolam and front piece.

Sew all four sides.

Clip the corners twice. I know most people just do a 45 degree cut on the corner. I like two clips. Make sure you don’t cut into the corner seam.

Stick your finger or thumb inside one corner. With your finger, hold the corner between your finger and thumb. Push your finger towards the thumb to turn the corner out.

Pushed.  Do this for the remaining three corners. If the corners are not nice and pointy, use a blunt tool to make them pretty.

Again, with small projects like this, there is a little bunching of the front fabric when you turn the facing. Start with the tip of your iron in the very center and press out towards the seam of the facing. Ease any excess fabric under the facing to be hidden. I love my iron because I can press under the facing in the corners nicely.

Press the whole top.

When my son makes this, I will have him topstitch the circle of the porthole facing. Again, I used big stitches with my favorite orange from this fabric. I also added a scrap of linen with some silly stitching.

So now you have it. Two different facing techniques. Make coasters. Finish orphan blocks into table toppers or mini quilts with either of these facing techniques for quick finished gifts too. Which is your favorite way to face? It’s like choosing a favorite child for me. I say make them both!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you whip up some of these coasters for your holiday gift giving this year too! Let me know if you do!

Sharon has put together some wonderful giveaways for the end of the blog tour. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a 10-pc Bountiful Harvest colorway fat quarter bundle. On November 17th, 2017 check out Sharon’s post about the final weekly recap where she will share details on how to enter the Bountiful Harvest fat quarter bundle giveaway. You’ll have a chance to enter on her final blog post and also on Instagram.

Additionally, every time you share a tour image along with the #BountifulHolidayBlogTour hashtag, to your public Instagram account, you’ll automatically have your name put into the hashtag pool and automatically be entered into the drawing. So share and repost those Instagram images by the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour Makers often and use that hashtag!

An Easy Modern Apron

It has been a while since I’ve taken a class on Craftsy. I think I took one when Craftsy was fairly new. I’m a visual learner so I do like having the teacher right at my fingertips. When Betz White asked if I’d like to take her newest Easy Modern Apron class, I said absolutely!

I watched the videos of Betz While I was folding laundry. I know you are supposed to watch them as you are making the apron, but I find that my mind works in a different way. I love Betz’s gentle voice. She explained everything well. The class was quite in-depth and was easy to understand what Betz was talking about.  One nice thing about the class is you can ask a question online. Other people may have had the same question and you can read through to see if your question already has an answer. You can also share images of your completed project with other students. I do like to see how other people have interpreted the same design.

After I watched the class, I really didn’t need to use the printable instructions except for the cutting measurements. There is a coloring sheet so you can get an idea of how your completed apron will work. I did print out the coloring page and the instructions. I colored on the instructions to keep myself organized. It worked like a charm. It was nice to have both the printable instructions and the actual class. I could easily refer to either at any time.

I typically buy fabrics in 1/4 yard increments so I had to run to a fabric shop for this. I have recently started batch cooking and needed another apron. I don’t know about you, but I am messy in the kitchen and I really do love and use aprons. I wanted something bold so that any stain will be less noticeable. I found this amazing yellow floral print from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Mostly Manor line. I picked up the crazy striped print and another geometric print to go with it. I knew the floral would be amazing with the princess seam detail on the front of the apron. A good fussy cut design really works well with this apron.

I added a thin strap so I can hang a hand towel on the apron.  I suppose you could just wipe your hands on the apron, but I’d rather wipe my hands on a towel and wash the apron only when needed.

I’m delighted with how the apron came out. It is bold and pretty at the same time. I love the detail of the princess type seam in the front and all the topstitching. I think a nice topstitch can take a handmade item to a more professional level.

If you would like to take the class yourself, Betz has offered a code that you can use until October 24th and receive 50% off the class!

It’s a fabulous class!

Thanks Betz for sharing your lovely class with me and my readers.

It’s my day on RJR Fabrics’ What Shade Are You Blog Hop!

sharpenedHi! Welcome to my little corner of the web. I’m Anjeanette Klinder and I’m so excited to be participating in the What Shade Are You blog hop today! You can read my post on RJR Blog

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve no doubt, been watching my progress on this quilt.

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I started with the most yummy selection of colors. Bright yellows, purply-reds and oranges. It’s my homage to a happy fall color palette.

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I own a midarm machine. Unfortunately, it is in need of repairs, so I went to the local quilt shop and quilted it up with a huge meander. I wanted the piecing and design to be the star of the show.


I still have some of the fabrics leftover and I will be making another quilt with this same combination.

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I’m not sure if my favorite part is the checked bias binding, the huge checked background or the stripes on the front.

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I matched the backing seam off by one row, because I think that is an interesting detail. It’s always the details that make a design interesting.

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The day I set aside to take pictures of the quilt, it was raining and raining. ALL. DAY. LONG. The weather app said there was going to be a break for about an hour. But it didn’t happen. My boys go back to school next week, so they were my helpers. They stood in the rain as we went from place to place without too much grumbling. They are the sweetest. It’s nice that my older son is now taller than me. His long arms make for great quilt holding. And my younger son held the umbrella for me.

helpful boys

Once again, thanks to RJR fabrics for letting me sew with your gorgeous fabrics! Thank you for stopping by.

Pay attention to RJR Instagram account and my Instagram account for a chance to win your own bundle.
Here is a list of the fabrics I chose for this quilt in case you are inspired to make something with it yourself:
33 Optical White
5091-01 Half Inch Gingham Black
5092-01 2.5 Inch Gingham Black
34 Black
182 Lemon Chiffon
92 Goldenrod
326 Sunny Delight
379 Sunny Side of the Street
221 Saffron
305 Butternut
412 Orange Peel
276 Tangerine Dream
209 Cantaloupe
413 Persimmon
367 Bandana
414 Gelato
415 Pickup Truck
287 Raging Beauty
217 Hot Pink
419 Lip Gloss
311 Rio
181 Rhododendron
357 Sunset Ruby
417 Magenta
265 Custard
387 Apricot Ice
216 Orchid

Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

Today is my turn on the Piece and Quilt with Precuts blog hop. Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog HopIt is a lovely new book by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts. She has designed fun piecing patterns as well as included suggestions for how to do the actual quilting. Christa has a way of making quilting easy for everyone.

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I picked a pattern called “Twinkling Diamonds”.

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When I went on vacation this summer, I picked up some fat quarters of Amy Sinibaldi’s new line Little Town. There are the most adorable little houses just perfect for fussy cutting. When I sat down to make my Twinkling Diamonds blocks, I wondered if I could shrink the pattern down to use the fussy cut houses in the center of the diamonds.

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I checked with Christa to make sure she was ok with that. Christa is just an easy going kind of person. Her response was “Sure! Feel free to interpret it however you like. Then readers will be able to see how versatile the designs are and how easy they are to scale down.” It’s true. This design was easy for me to make half the size. I like how the original pattern has a dark background. The twinkling diamonds really stand out. For my version, I wanted a snowy look for the background to go with the fabric I picked for the diamonds. I thought it went well with the cute Winterberry Spice print as the diamonds and the houses as the center of the diamonds.

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I hand quilted with some big stitches to give the background some texture. Then I machine quilted around the diamond centers and the outside of the large diamonds. I used my stitch in the ditch foot, but offset my needle just a little to have the off white stitching create a nice frame.

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I contemplated using a faced binding, but thought a little line of the snowy background would be the best way to finish it off. I’m really glad I didn’t face it. I think the binding is the perfect touch. I’m still not sure if I’ll call this a table runner or a wall hanging. Either way, I can’t wait to use it once the weather cools off.

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Christa has a great Facebook group you may want to check out. She offers all kinds of helpful piecing and quilting tips and gives you heads up on her latest Craftsy classes and lectures. She also posts Facebook Live videos which are always fun and full of good information.

Thanks Christa, for letting me have a sneak peak at your book before it came out. It is a great resource for any quilter’s library.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to on a regular basis.

Follow along with the rest of the blog hoppers below:

Friday August 18

Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore
Kate Colleran Blog: Seams Like a Dream IG: @seamslikeadreamquilts
Sharon Parcel Blog: Yellow Cat Quilt Designs IG: @punkydoodle53

Saturday August 19

Sandy Maxfield Blog: Sandy Star Designs IG: @sandystardesigns
Joanne Harris Blog: Quilts by Joanne IG: @turtlequilterjo
Teresa Mairal-Barreu Blog Sewn Up: IG: @teresadownunder

Monday August 21

Nancy Scott Blog: Masterpiece Quilting IG: @masterpiecequilting
Jenny Wilding Cardon Blog: Stitch This! IG: @martingaletpp
Lorinda Davis Blog: Laurel Poppy & Pine IG: @laurelpoppyandpine

Tuesday August 22

Sherry Shish Blog: Powered by Quilting IG: @poweredbyquilting
Michelle Bartholomew Blog: Michelle Bartholomew IG: @michellebartholomew
Allison Dutton Blog: Allison Sews IG: @allisonsews

Wednesday August 23

Lissa LaGreca Blog: Lovingly Lissa IG: @lovinglylissa
Sherri Noel Blog: Rebecca Mae Designs  IG: @rebeccamaedesigns
Sandra Healy Blog: Sandra Healy Designs IG: @sandrahealydesigns

Thursday August 24

Laura Piland Blog: Slice of Pi Quilts IG: @sliceofpiquilts
Cheryl Brickey Blog: Meadow Mist Designs IG: @meadowmistdesigns
Jen Frost Blog: Faith and Fabric IG: @faithandfabric

Friday August 25              <———— You are here

Jessee Maloney Blog: Art School Dropout IG: @jessee_artschooldropout
Jessica Caldwell Blog: Desert Bloom Quilting IG: @desertbloomquilting
Anjeanette Klinder Blog: Anjeanette Klinder IG: @anjeanetteklinder

Saturday August 26

Terri Vanden Bosch Blog: Meanderings Along Lizard Creek IG: @lizardcreekquilter
Suzy Webster Blog: Webster Quilt IG: @websterquilt
Katie Joy Church Blog: Wild Prairie Studio IG: @katie_joyquilts

Monday August 28

Pam Cobb Blog: The Stitch TV Show IG: @thestitchtvshow
Jen Rosin Blog: A Dream and a Stitch: IG: @adreamandastitch
Rashida Khanbhai Blog:  No. 3 Quilt Studio IG: @no3quiltstudio

Tuesday August 29

Lynn Kline Blog: Monkey Needle IG: @monkeyneedle
Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore

Wednesday Aug 30

Jen Shaffer Blog: Patterns by Jen IG: @patternsbyjen
Sandra Starley Blog: Textile Time Travels IG: @textiletimetravels

Bountiful Blog Tour

The ever talented Sharon Holland has once again designed a delightful new fabric line named Bountiful for Art Gallery Fabrics.


Bountiful is my newest fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics that celebrates the beauty and natural resources of the vast countryside in America’s Midwest. “

I’m thrilled that Sharon sent me a bundle of her fabrics to play with. I started following her a while ago when I discovered she used some of my favorite colors and created the softest, most delicate fabric designs. 

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I really wanted to play with the push and pull of value and placement. It is so interesting to me how changing one or two things completely changes the look of the block.

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I admit I went all geeky with Y-seams and spinning my intersections. This stuff is what I live for creatively.

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I loved the stack of them together. I was a little disappointed that there weren’t more. Next time I’ll make a zillion of these blocks.

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I don’t know about you, but I typically design a quilt around the fabric. I am taken with odd shapes like hexagons and triangles in quilts. I also enjoy playing around with scale of blocks. I thought it would be fun to create two blocks that I usually see in English Paper Piecing designs and turn them into pieced designs.  I changed my idea a few times. After I made a handful of the blocks I decided to order a few more of her fabrics from Bountiful to fill it out a little more with more dramatic contrast.

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I struggled deciding on the accompanying fabric. I picked both an Art Gallery Linen and an Art Gallery denim to see which I liked better with these fabrics. They are completely different from the other, linen and denim.

The linen adds a physical depth and texture, and is super subtle. Some of the blocks melt away into the linen. In contrast, the denim is more bold and provides a nice contrast to the subdued fabrics. The denim is also buttery soft and so nice to sew with. I chose to use both and play on their properties.

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I let some of the lighter blocks melt into the linen. I also put a bold more saturated block next to the denim and let it melt away. I really had fun with the fabric placement based on value, scale and orientation. This is the kind of thing that sets my soul on fire.

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I’m still trying to figure out the final layout for this quilt. I need to hold it up to my husband for snuggle size. Unfortunately, he’s away at sleepaway camp with my younger son. The final layout isn’t decided upon. I suspect I’ll order some more denim to really set the edges off. We shall see.


So far this blog hop has been amazing! My friend Cindy of Live a Colorfullife used Bountiful to make her Delta Breeze quilt pattern. It looks amazing in this line. I love seeing the side by side of a more modern version of the same pattern. The other makers are just top notch too. Lynn Harris from Little Red Hen shared yesterday. She made some gorgeous outfits from the Art Gallery Knits in Sharon’s designs. I’ve yet to try their knits but it is on my ever growing wish list. Tomorrow is Mathew of Mister Domestic. I’m certain his project is going to be a delight too.  Follow along and see for yourself. Sharon sure rounded up a bunch of talent for this hop!

Heidi Staples – Fabric Mutt

Emily Dennis – Quilty Love

Minki Kim – Minki Kim

Heather Andrus – Quilt Story

Sharon McConnell – Color Girl Quilts

Silvia Sutters – A Stranger View

Elina Temmes – Elina Temmes

Kim Niedzwiecki – Gogo Kim

Katie Skoog – The Simple Life Company

Cindy Wiens – Live a Colorfullife

Maureen Cracknell – Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Lynn Harris – The Little Red Hen

Anjeanette Klinder – Anjeanette K

Mathew Boudreaux – Mister Domestic

Alexis Wright – My Sweet Sunshine Studio

Sue Stone – Needle in a Fabric Stash

Thanks again Sharon, for letting me play with your gorgeous fabric!

Smile and Wave Tote with Betz White’s new Dutch Treat fabric


It is always nice getting to meet other creative minds in real life. I’ve been fortunate enough to have met Betz White a few times. She is fairly local to me. My quilt guild has had her for a trunk show for one of her books. I took a class from her at a local quilt retreat and I feel like there was another time. She is just sweet as can be. When I saw that she was putting out a new fabric line with Riley Blake, I was so excited for her.


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I was fortunate enough to get to play with some of her new fabric. How cute is this selvage? I love details like that. I was drawn to the blues and greens in her line so I chose fabrics in those colors. The other colorways are adorable as well.

I’ve had her Smile and Wave Tote on my mile long to do list. I thought this was the perfect excuse to make it. What gets me are all the curved details. You just don’t see that design element often in totes. I made the large size because I’m always in need of large totes. Every time I go to anything quilt related, I kick myself in the pants because I need more ways to carry all my quilty accoutrement.

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I had exactly the right amount of  Pellon Flex Foam for this tote. I’m not 100% in love with foam of any brand. I think it changes the shape of the bags and totes it is used in. With a tote this large, I wanted something that would stand on it’s own. While I LOVE how easy foam is to use, and I love it for this project, I think it flattens the tote a little more than I like. I still think it was the right insides for this tote. It just makes the sides flare out a little more than I like.

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There is a large pocket in the front. I omitted the pocket in the back. I only use one pocket on a tote. I like to have a definite front and back. I love the curve of the blue on top and bottom of this tote. smile and wave tote Anjeanette Klinder 2

I can’t wait to fill this with fabric and take it to my next quilt guild meeting. Check out Betz White’s website for more awesome projects with this adorable new line.

Sweet Baby Jane Mini Quilt with Tapestry Fabric

Anjeanette Klinder Sweet Baby Jane

When we moved to Maryland in 2010, my favorite colors became yellow and orange. I fell in love with the colors of spring here. Coming from the desert of Arizona, the happy spring colors became a fast favorite. Once again, we had seasons and something beautiful to look forward to in each season.

In the last maybe three years, peach has really grown on me too. It is a softer version of orange and yellow, you know! Since I use fabric as my main creating medium, I am somewhat limited by what I can create, based on what is availible. For years, you have been able to get lovely pinks and reds. Finding pretty orange, yellow and peach fabrics has been extremely hard. When I saw the newest Tapestry Fabric line from Sharon Holland I knew I needed to get my hands on it. It is the perfect orangy peach.  I think some might call it tangerine, but that seems harsh for this lovliness.

Tapestry Fabric by Sharon Holland of Art Gallery Fabric

Tapestry starts with these lovely soft floral designs in delicate colors. There is a bit of boldness with the Tanger and Earth Mudcloth designs on the bottom row. For more contrast, there are geometric designs like the two middle prints. That is my perfect mix of fabric prints. And of course, the colors are my favorite. I’ve waited a long time for a nice soft grouping of peaches and tangerine colors.

sweet baby jane 2

Since my quilt guild friends and I have been playing with the Diabolical Jane design, I decided to make another in a mid mini size. This one I made completely for me. I have a space on my wall where it will reside. I used the same process to sew the segments together. The measurements of my rectangles are 2 1/2 X 6 1/2. The squares are 2 1/2 X 2 1/2. I like the idea of floating the center part of the design on some light peach solid fabric. I think it makes the center design stand out.

sweet baby jane

Thanks to Sharon Holland for finally making a lovely line with everything I adore about fabric. I’ve already made another purchase to keep these lovelies in my stash.

Anjeanette Klinder Sweet Baby Jane 3

Go check out Sharon Holland Designs and Art Gallery Fabrics and enjoy some more eye candy.  You can search Instagram for more lovelies made with Tapestry Fabrics. Anjeanette Klinder Sweet Baby Jane 2

Thanks you Sharon Holland for these lovely fabrics!

Diabolical Jane coloring page

Diabolical Jane on IG

You can search IG for #diabolicaljane to see the adventures so far.


The DCMQG often goes on field trips to different museums and art exhibits in the area. A while ago, they went to the Women’s museum and saw some antique quilts. There was one quilt in particular that many of our members were taken with.

Jessie had worked on her own version. With the recent blizzard, there was a lot of sewing time for many of us. She pulled her beauty out and it sparked Melinda to start her own.

Jane has one of her own in progress too.  This links to her IG I’m not sure if she has a blog.

I had a sick little boy and wasn’t able to get any sewing time in. However, I did a mock up to play with color placement. Jane and Jessie are keeping to the original color placement. I’m ok with screwing it up.

There was a bit of back and forth between Jessie, Melinda and I as they were searching for the perfect fabrics and placement for their own version. The name Diabolical Jane came up because it is a simple idea, but the selection of fabrics and placement of said fabrics is a bit of a battle.

Anyway, here is a coloring page I mocked up while sick boy was in my lap. I am sure there are going to be many different variations of this and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. Jessie is going to have a tutorial up on her blog at some point.

Diabolical Jane from Anjeanette

I tried to come up with something similar to the original value layout here.

Diabolical Jane original value from Anjeanette

And then just some random playing because I like to do this kind of thing.

daibolical jane sample from Anjeanette

If you join in on making Diabolical Jane, please make sure you share on IG with #diabolicaljane.

Pellon Fusible Flex Foam Blog Hop

When Pellon asked me if I wanted to play with a new Flex Foam that is **FUSIBLE** I may have wept a little. I mean really, does it get any better than Fusible Flex Foam? I said absolutely yes!


The deets: “Pellon® Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects for an elegant finished look. It can be used in place of or in addition to other stabilizers. Flex-Foam is a breeze to sew through and adds shape and body to projects such as computer cases, eyeglass cases, purses, tote bags, cup holders, diaper bags, and more! It is compatible with a wide variety of fabrics. It is available as a sew-in, a 1-sided fusible or a 2-sided fusible. Available 20” on the board and 60” on the roll*. ”


FF77 Flex-Foam™ Sew-In –

FF78F1 Flex-Foam™ 1-Sided Fusible –

FF79F2 Flex-Foam™ 2-Sided Fusible –

Flex-Foam is a great way to add soft and sturdy support to anything you want to keep it’s shape. And now you can fuse it right to your fabric.

All I could think of was how I could totally eliminate a drop in liner for simple bags and totes. For several nights I couldn’t get the idea of a simple tote made with the 2-sided fusible and bound seams out of my head. Of course, there are a multitude of other uses for the Fusible Flex Foam, but this is the one that instantly piqued my interest.  Any small zip bags, basic tote or pouch could fairly easily be made with the Fusible Flex Foam foam and hiding the seams in some binding. 

I like the look of quilting on the Flex Foam. I played around a little with some basic tracing of the fabric elements with my hopping foot.

flex foam Anjeanette

The product sews like a dream. When I was sewing straight stitches, I used my walking foot and used Clover Wonder Clips to hold it all in place instead of pins. Again, with my walking foot it sews beautifully. I like the texture created by sewing on the foam. Since it is fused to the fabric, you certainly don’t need to quilt it, I just liked the look of a patchwork tote. I used a simple shape with curved bottom. The Flex Foam gives great structure to the tote without being hard. You can squish the tote up and it will bounce back into shape.

flex foam Anjeanette 1

I love the way my tote turned out. It is simple and yet yummy. 

flex foam Anjeanette 2

The best part is the lining is perfectly snug against all the sides without any sagging or pulling. And while we are at it, no saggy bottom either! I hate a saggy bottom.

Be sure to check out the other awesome stops on the blog tour! Thanks Pellon for letting me play with more of your awesome products.

9/8 – Pellon

9/8 – Swoon Sewing Patterns

9/9 – Mommy’s Nap Time

9/10 – Cut to Pieces

9/11 – My Crafty Crap

9/13 – Pellon

9/14 – Baby Rozen Design

9/15 – Sew Sweetness

9/16 –  Love to Color My World

9/17 – Anjeanette Klinder (That’s me!!)

9/18 – Pellon