Monthly Archives: December 2018

Create an Icicle for Your 🎄

A fast fun idea for your tree, or perhaps for an ornament exchange with friends!


-a long narrow piece of moldable fusible

-metallic fabric such as lame (or, ooh, Cheryl Sleboda’s Power Shine)

-silver metallic thread

-optional but fun: heavyweight sparkly thread such as Superior’s Razzle Dazzle in silver or iridescent silver (wind in a bobbin SLOWLY)

-recommended if you use the heavier thread: an extra bobbin case for your machine, whose tension is permanently set a bit looser for ribbon, thick thread, or any other kind of bobbin thread

Ok, fuse your silver fabric to both sides of your moldable fusible. Let cool, then trim into a very long narrow triangle as seen above.

Begin at one of the corners and leave a long tail of threads. Zigzag stitch all sides (if using the bobbin thread, use silver metallic thread on top)…cut, again leaving a long tail. Tie these together near the end and you will have a hanging loop!

Press until very warm, then quickly wind on a slant around a dowel rod or very thick pencil, and hold until it cools (it will only take 10-15 seconds). If you are not pleased with the first shape, press flat then re-shape.

Merry merry! 🎄

“Someday is Just Another Word for Never”

So, 3 Decembers ago I wrote:

In the (very fun) 2010 movie ‘Knight and Day,’ Cameron Diaz looks at Tom Cruise and delivers this line (after he talks about all of the fun things he’ll do…someday).  For some reason, this line stuck in my head…and I found myself thinking about all of my “someday” wishes.  

You know…get a quilt into the big show…get published…teach…etc, etc.  I have many very talented friends who, for one reason or another, haven’t taken the plunge yet.

Sometimes you need a catalyst.  For me it was Pokey Bolton’s inspired campaign to raise money for the Houston animal shelter, Friends For Life…an International Quilt Festival special exhibit just happened to mesh with a piece I’d already done, and I was fortunate enough to have “Neon Kitty” accepted. The thrill of seeing my quilt hanging at Festival was enough inspiration for me to begin taking many many more risks (yes and collecting lots of rejection notes along the way along with the joy of acceptance letters!).

Since then, I’ve had the joy of making so many more friends in our tribe…and, yup, collecting more rejection notices 😂…and enjoying the thrill of new adventures, some which were most definitely on my “someday” list and a few I hadn’t even thought of (designing a quilt for Windham Fabrics thanks to Janine Vangool 💜).

It’s that time again to plan and dream for the new year- I’ve already put in a proposal for one really big idea. What are you planning? I hope that you’ll pat yourself on the back for a terrific 2018…and, next year, take some risks and put yourself out there. You know what they say about “someday” 😉.

A Glittery Hanukkah Card! ✨

Ok so by now you probably know that I am a BIG fan of Sew Much Cosplay’s fusible Shine and Glitter products.

I can see tremendous potential for both now that we are into the holiday season- ornaments, cards, decorations, and more. My very first purchase, of course, was the black glitter since Jackson seems to find his way into an awful lot of my work ;).

For a high-impact Hanukkah card, I reached for the perfect blue from Windham Fabrics’ “Bedrock” collection (my new fave for near solids 😍). I fused a piece a little over postcard size (4″ x 6″) to stiff double-sided fusible, then added 2 elements: a golden dreidel (using a cookie cutter as template) and Jackson’s face (well half of it since he’s hiding ;)) from black glitter.

A little free-motion stitching: the outlines of the dreidel…Jackson’s eye and whiskers (the latter in 12 wt Auriful for maximum effect)…and we’re almost done! Pick a fabric for the back of your postcard, fuse, trim to size and finish with a zigzag stitch (I opted for a gold metallic thread).

Happy Holidays!