Quilt Inspiration
Mary's Monocromatic 4 patch

Mary’s Monocromatic 4 patch

Last weekend in the Studio Mary shared a quilt with us she’d been working on.  I wanted to share it with you.  I thought it was such a great little lesson on fabric choice.

So if we evaluate the quilt, it’s primarily monocramatic.  Mainly red (I love red).

What does it take to make an interesting monocromatic quilt?  VARIETYVariety in the shade of color and just as importantly, variety in texture.  The type and size of the print.

Take a look at the fabric choices ~

Mary's monocromatic 4-patch close up


From lights to darks, small and medium prints.  This makes a simple quilt very interesting.

Another thing Mary likes to include in her quilts is stripes.  The black and white stripes as sashing also jazz up this simple quilt.  Mary collects stripes.  There’s really not a lot out there so she picks them up when she see’s them.  This girl’s going to start collecting stripes!!  I’ve always liked using them for an inner border or binding but Mary’s shown me they’re great for so much more.  I love learning from my students.

Do you see the other little accents?  The cornerstones are assorted jewel toned squares.  I never would have thought of that.  It’s fantastic!  I wish you could see the quilt in person.  Those little cornerstones absolutely twinkle in the quilt.

I also like the scrappy border.  It just fits the quilt.

This quilt is a great example that a quilt doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult to be FABULOUS!

Heres to inspiration!

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~


October 2012

Apple Nachos!
nachos half plate

Apple Nacho’s

Apple Nachos is something new to me.  After seeing a link on Pinterest I looked around a bit at recipes and came up with this version.  You can really use any toppings you’d like.  This is FAST, EASY and FUN.  We munched on it this evening in the Studio.

Ingredients ~ 

4 apples (I used Honey Crisps)

1/4 cup chopped peanuts

1/4 cup chopped candy corns

1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 c. peanut butter (I like creamy Jiff)




Wash, core and slice the apples into thin, munch able slices.  Scatter on a serving dish or platter.  preferably with short sides.

Melt the peanut butter in the microwave until it’s of drizzling consistency.  Drizzle over the apples.

Sprinkle drizzled apples with the mini chocolate chips, chopped peanuts and candy corns.


nacho close up

Extreme yummyness!!


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Blessings ~


October 2012

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Hello Monday!

Monday’s….. to me they feel a lot like a mini New Years Day.  How you say?  They feel like a new beginning.  I tend to clean up and organize after the weekend.  Think ahead to my schedule and what I need to accomplish.

Ella with new toy

To Ella this Monday meant a new toy!
Sorry it’s a bit blurry.

Yesterday at church our new pastors sermon was on GRACE.  It made me think……..  who might I encounter this week that needs grace.  Do I judge or make assumptions that get in the way of grace?  I don’t know what someone may be going through or what circumstances caused them to be where they are.  I know I’m in a place in my life that I never expected to be.  I’m so thankful for the grace that God has extended to me.  I hope I can do the same this week for those that cross my path.

Besides being mindful of practicing grace this week I have a few samples to make of my new Snap -n- Go pattern that will be heading to Quilt Market at the end of the month.  I have 2 classes this week and a Sleep in Your Own Bed Retreat.  A project I’m working on for a Craft Faire my quilt group at church is participating in ………….. I guess you don’t need the whole list!!  Oh, and if you were wondering – NO, I never get to check off the whole list but that’s OK.  Most things will carry over.  :-)

We’ve had an amazing start to fall in the Pacific Northwest!  We had no measurable rain for 3 months!  Well that’s all changed this past weekend.  Fall is here, along with the rain that we are so famous for.  I’m leaving you with a few pictures of flowers I took recently in the garden.  They are now being pummeled.  Sigh……



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Blessings ~