Mainframe Derez a.k.a. Light Cycles

I am a little late in posting this! I went to check the

Modern Quilt Guild's Facebook group

recently and realized people were trying to figure out which quilts were accepted into The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2012 at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston. I thought to myself "oh, I posted mine already" and then the pause. Wait... I posted that, right? In between packing to move, preparing for quilt market plus the general insanity of a family of four with three pets... I did that right?

Checked my


.... nope, don't see it.

Checked my


 page... nope, don't see it.

Checked my


 feed... nope, don't see it.

*le sigh* Well, no worries because here it is! This quilt is formally named Mainframe Derez and is nicknamed Light Cycles. It is inspired by the movie Tron and the Atari logo and really the 80's influence on my perspective in general. The fabrics used are all nine Falling Flowers prints from my Peacock Lane collection with Michael Miller Fabrics and Kona White one of the lovely Kona grays, of which I always confuse and my color card is never where I left it. I swear. It just up and walks off.

The back is pieced from Sprinkle Dots and Parade Day all from Peacock Lane. 

Here's a little secret... when I started this quilt I had an entirely different picture in my mind. It all started like this:

But it just wasn't right. I just didn't like the weight of it. So it went a little like this...slash, slash, slash... arrange, arrange, stare, stare, stare, snap a pic.... slash, slash, slash, arrange, arrange, arrange, stare, stare, stare, snap a pic... sew, slash, arrange, stare, snap a pic... and so on and so forth...

And then, ready for this... hmmm, maybe I like it better upside down...

...or not. And so it went until I found the winning formula. I still like where a couple of the earlier possibilities were going, but that just opens the door for another day and another quilt, right?

A huge thank you to the Modern Quilt Guild and the Houston International Quilt Market and Festival. I am thrilled to have my quilt included in the showcase!!!

And a special thank you to the Craft House Cats for all of their modeling prowess. Their ability to work their way into almost every photo never ceases to amaze me.

It's Coming.... Madrona Road is at the mill!

Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City will find me with my new collection, Madrona Road. It is at the mill now and I hope to be able to start sharing photos of it in just a couple of short weeks!

In the meantime, Peacock Lane is nearing her 1st birthday. A few months ago Fat Quarterly did a a round up of some fantastic projects and photos going on at that time



Since then, I'm seeing the Falling Flowers pop up as modern basics in wonderful patchwork creations all over my favorite blogs. And just yesterday I ran across this quilt that made me stop dead in my tracks. I am in LOVE with it.

Pattern: Quilt Story #122 Rylee's Path by Heather and Megan  in Peacock Lane

And this Swoon Quilt is literally making me swoon.


is participating in Katy's


A heartfelt thank you to everyone that chooses to use Peacock Lane in their creations. It gives me so much joy to see it come to life in the hands of sewists. 

Behind the Scenes of a Photoshoot

Peacock Lane Snowflake Petal Pillows featured on Sew, Mama, Sew!

Today I have a little tutorial featured on the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog using the


GO! Baby Fabric Cutter. Pop on over


to check out the tutorial and find out more about how I use fabric cutters in my work.

I thought it would be fun to show you here what it really looks like when I take pictures at my house.

Here is the final photo:

And here is what really happened. Actually, there were about a dozen that I deleted right after taking them with a streak running through the middle of the photo or a tail whisping past the edge.

"Oh, and what's that? Petals? Do they move? Do they FLY off the table when I hit them like THIS!? Yep, they sure do. What fun. Oh, did you put me down on the floor so I could run back up at them faster like THIS? Thanks for the help!" (Tulip)

*sigh* (me)

Who, me? What? I'm just sitting here, out of frame, minding my own business.

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mod petal pillows, interview, giveaway, oh my!

When Gina Cadenasso, the proprietress of

Bolt Fabric Boutique

in Portland, OR asked me about doing a little

interview on their blog

, I was ecstatic. You see Bolt is a bit, ummm, awesome. 

Gina has this special way of curating her inventory. I don't use that word lightly. Walking into the front door of Bolt you are immediately greeted with a feeling of style, fashion and urban make-ing. Gina has a way of editing collections down to this refined boutique of prints and notions that suit Bolt's aesthetic perfectly. 

So when I discovered that Gina had chosen to include Peacock Lane in Bolt's offerings I was truly ecstatic. 

And when she asked me to pick out a fat quarter pack to

give away on their blog

... well, I got so excited by what I had to choose from that I had to go and make new pillows for our living room... and a mini pattern to go with them! 

Mod Petal Pillows

I chose a fat quarter pack consisting of the following five prints for

the giveaway

Quilting Treasures - Juicy Blossoms in Orange 

Bluehill - Savannah - 7443 - Green (5) 

Lecien - Cocoa Eraser Dots 

Moda - Basic Grey - Max and Whiskers - Maybley Fur in Black 

Lecien - Rosalie Quinlan - Sweet Broderie - Daisy Chain in Orange 

I couldn't quite stop there though... my shopping pile also included:

Daisy Janie - Geo Grand - Crystal Ball in that yummy bright citron-y green

Andover - Melissa Averinos - Dazzle - Shadow Stripe in Teal (for the backing)

Kona Cotton in Ash for the middle square and border

Kona Cotton in White for the dash of sashing

I thought you might also like to see what this same pattern would look like done in the fat quarter pack of Peacock Lane that Bolt is also

giving away

! In this example I've swapped out the Kona Ash and replaced it with Kona Medium Gray (or even Charcoal). The prints are fussy cut pieces of Meadow in Pink, Meadow in Gray, Falling Flowers in Aqua and Parade Day in Gray. 

Shopping List (makes two 19" square pillow covers):

1/8 yard each of five to seven prints

1/4 yard of Kona Ash for center background and border

1/8 yard of Kona White for sashing

1 yard of print for backing

3/4 yard of batting

3/4 yard of no-show lining for inside of quilted pillow fronts

thread to match

water soluble marking pen

2 pillow inserts - 22" square

(optional) 1/8 yard of Wonder Under or other paper backed two sided fusible web

Cutting List:

Various Prints: 40 @ 3 1/2" squares

Fusible Web: 8 @ 3 1/2" squares

Kona Ash: 2 @ 9" squares; 4 @ 2 1/2" x 15 1/2" strips; 4 @ 2 1/2" x 19 1/2" strips

Kona White: 2 @ 3/4" x 9"; 2 @ 3/4" x 9 1/2"

Backing: 4 @ 18" x 19 1/2"

Batting: 2 @ 22" squares

Lining: 2 @ 22" squares

Mini Instructions:

(please keep in mind this is a quickie mini tutorial - for detailed explanations of how to cut, piece, quilt and bind, I would suggest the many awesome blogs that detail those techniques... might I suggest my personal favorite,

Elizabeth Hartman


1.  Cut all pieces according to Cutting List (1/4" seam allowance included in measurements)

2.  Trace Mod Petal Template on paper backed side of fusible web squares. (Template should print out at 2.7" wide x 3.3" tall) Fuse web to eight 3 1/2" squares. Cut out. 

3.  Fuse petals to center squares in your desired arrangement. Play with this! There are many fun ways to arrange the petals. Example leaves a 3/8" space between the petals. Attach with desired edge stitch. Example uses tight zigzag stitch.

4.  Piece two Mod Petal Blocks by using the diagram. Press all seams flat. 

5.  Layer a 22" lining square face down, a 22" batting square and the Mod Petal Block face up. 

6.  Quilt as desired. Example uses straight line quilting 1/4" from the seams. Trim to 19 1/2". 

7.  Hem one 19 1/2" edge of all four backing pieces. If backing is directional, hem one top and one bottom for each pillow back.

8.  With quilted pillow top lying right side up, layer one pillow back right sides together with hemmed edge running horizontally across the middle of the pillow top, aligning raw edges along the top. Layer the final pillow back piece with right side down, hemmed edge running horizontally across middle of the pillow top, aligning raw edges on the bottom edge. Pin. 

9.  Stitch 1/4" from edge around the entire outside edge of pillow cover layers.  Turn right side out and enjoy!

Now go! Enter! Win! Sew! 

Ahh - it's all SO good. 

The Quilt Show visits the Craft House

I can't really believe this happened. Two weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of having a visit from

The Quilt Show

. Shelly Heesacker, the producer of The Quilt Show contacted me several weeks ago about being a guest on their show. To be honest, I was thrilled and totally confused at the same time! Me? Little 'ol me? Why me? She actually asked me if "I would be interested". Are you kidding me????? I think I somehow eeked out my most professional, yes. Which lasted for about a second before I started gushing my thanks and gratitude all over her.

The Quilt Show visits The Craft House

As it turns out they are doing a segment about local places and people in Portland. And somehow the stars aligned and some very sweet people mentioned this here quilter and *POOF*! I'm on The Quilt Show. Booyah!

The Quilt Show visits The Craft House

It was a crazy, wonderful day. Shelly was here with her team for several hours and we filmed a couple different sections including an interview where I answered all sorts of questions and my studio where I got to show off Peacock Lane for Michael Miller Fabrics, my Indygo Junction patterns and some new things I'm working on right now.

The Quilt Show visits The Craft House

We also toured my house and there are a few silly surprises as well. The segment won't air until the middle of NEXT YEAR - I can not believe I have to wait that long to see it!!! I will make sure to let you know when it is available.

The Quilt Show visits The Craft House

The kiddos and the husband even got into the filming and the girls got a little instruction on sound.

The Quilt Show visits The Craft House

I think I was walking around on clouds for about a week after this. I had so much fun and am still amazed that they chose me to be a part of the show. Thank you Shelly and The Quilt Show!

Peacock Lane is Arriving in Shops Daily!!!!


Peacock Lane has starting popping up all over online. I am so excited to see it showing up in the shops AND projects! I got my first link to a quilt done with Peacock Lane today and it was simply thrilling to see what someone else has created out of my fabric with their own hands. If you make something with Peacock Lane, please, oh please add it to my

Flickr Group!

Look at these beautiful precuts from

westwoodacres on etsy

. She was kind enough to let me borrow her images for my blog post - and from what I have found so far, she is the ONLY one cutting layer cakes, charm packs and jelly rolls of Peacock Lane. It makes me want to buy them just because they look so pretty and perfect!

A Quilt for Ellie

A Quilt for Ellie - Peacock Lane

Just a couple of short weeks ago some very dear friends of ours adopted the most perfect baby girl. Her name is Ellie. I made her a selvage to selvage strip quilt in the turquoise, yellow and gray prints from

Peacock Lane

. You can't see it in any of the photos that I took, but I used free motion quilting to quilt her full name, her birthday and the "label" into her quilting. The rest of the quilt is quilted using straight line quilting.

A Quilt for Ellie - Peacock Lane

The back is a solid piece of Parade Day in gray.

A Quilt for Ellie - Peacock Lane

Peacock Lane visits Fort Hays State University

We are back! And oh my goodness, my to-do-list is HUGE.

While we were in Kansas I was able to go back to my college and spend some time on campus with my best friend and our kiddos. My girls are wearing the

Urban Prairie Dress

which is one of my brand new patterns with Indygo Junction.

Peacock Lane

Bouquet in Green and and Falling Flowers in Red.

Peacock Lane

Parade Day in Gray and Falling Flowers in Turquoise.

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I haven't closed the comments yet on my charm pack give-away so

get on over there

and comment. I'll be closing and posting a winner on Friday, July 1. Sorry - no specific time... at my whimsy (or actually, at the time that fits in between having two kiddos home for summer vacation and trying to work and enjoy the summertime!) :)

A Vacation Giveaway!


We're on vacation traveling half way across the country (you can follow along on


). We're photoshooting

Peacock Lane

in the countryside along our route and having a great time in the wheatlands.

In the meantime, I promised you a little giveaway! Well, this is actually a BIG giveaway - a whole fat quarter pack of the entire collection! While at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City I was honored to have Daria from Boutique Cafe interview me for her blog and podcast series. We had a really fun time and although I sound a little bit like a dork, I am so excited to share the interview with you here! We are giving away the fat quarter pack over at BoutiqueCafe so make sure to head on over to her


about my interview and comment, comment, comment!

And as an added bonus I will be giving away a charm pack here as well so make sure to comment right here on this post and also at

Boutique Cafe


I can't wait to share our vacation pics with you when we return (internet access is sketchy out here in the middle of every



Happy Summer Vacation everyone!

Let's Do This!

I am happy to announce my

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day!


I have read all of your comments. All 623 of them! I am humbled to say the least. Thank you so much for your well wishes and lovely comments about Peacock Lane. I loved reading the stories of your own love for peacocks and elephants.

I realized from your comments that once again I have been talking in my head and not on my keyboard. So I'm going to take a moment to answer a couple of questions. Yes, I designed the fabric prints! I drew those sweet elephants and peacocks all by myself. I am as proud as my peacock!

Peacock Lane will be shipping by early July (and hoping for end of June!) As SOON as I hear it's out there, I will update you here with the information.

When I designed Peacock Lane it was important to me that each one of the prints was able to stand on its own, to own the focus of a garment or be a strong focal point in a quilt. I plan to dedicate a post for each one of the prints and speak to its inspiration, how I saw it being used and why I created it in the way that I did. Each one of the prints is important to me in some way. I want to give each one the time and care to explain what I felt in creating it. I can only hope that it's interesting to you too and that I don't bore you all the way to the unsubscribe button. ha! During these posts I will also be showing projects that go along with them and have some free patterns as well.

Now I want to play my own game. I was so excited to see many comments from my home states (old and new!) and so many international posts as well. I spent hours reading all of your comments and lost myself in your blogs. Thank you all so much for sharing!

I was born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas. I am now in Portland, Oregon and although I LOVE my Portlandia, I wouldn't mind getting just a little closer to that glorious Pacific coast with just enough space for a couple of chickens, maybe a goat or three and a donkey in a pear tree... oooh!... AND a pear tree. And a barn... did I mention the crafting barn? Yes, it's not just a barn, but a CRAFT-ing barn. With a loft bunkhouse for guests. What's a crafting barn without room for your friends? A girl can dream!

And without further ado...

The winner is comment #257 from Cathy who said:

Wow, I love your prints! I'm from Miami and I live in North Carolina now.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:21:00 AM

Congratulations Cathy! I really hope you share what you make with it - I'm dying to see someone else sew with Peacock Lane!

Now, let's see who is paying attention. There's another giveaway happening right here this week. Keep checking back or follow along and see if you can win the next one!

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day!

**UPDATE** - Sorry if you could not comment! I have fixed my comment settings and it should allow you to comment now if you don't have a google/blogger account. I swear that it was not set that way previously so I don't know what happened.... Blogger-Ghost!  - Comment away! If you are an anonymous user, make sure to include your email address so I can let you know if you'

ve won!

Welcome Sew, Mama, Sew readers!

I am so happy to participate in Giveaway Day. I have a super duper giveaway if I do say so myself. I'll be giving away a fat eighth stack of my new fabric collection, Peacock Lane for Michael Miller Fabrics.

Peacock Lane is a brand new release due to ship at the end of June/early July... SO you'll be the very first one to receive any of the yardage direct from my sample yardage. Get it while it's hot!

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me where you are from and where you are now... and if you want to, where you hope to go next! I'll use to choose a winner!

If you'd like to subscribe to my wittle 'ole blog, well I'd surely love that, but it's not required. I'm happy to ship internationally as well.So... without further ado... a little Peacock Lane anyone?

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Peacock Lane

Dear friends,

Please allow me to introduce you to Peacock Lane, my new fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics.

I just returned from Spring Quilt Market 2011 in Salt Lake City where I debuted the collection. This is little 'ol me standing in front of my display. I had a lot of help from some really great friends to get everything sewn on such short notice. I'll be posting more detailed photos and explanations of each of the projects in the coming weeks.

It has been so hard to keep Peacock Lane under wraps for so long and I am just so very excited to show you everything that I've been working on for the last year.

Peacock Lane is 24 prints divided into two colorways that all combine together beautifully. The first colorway, Cherry Chip, consists mostly of raspberry and cherry pinks grounded in chocolate browns.

The second colorway, Rainbow Sorbet, is a bright mix of colors with aqua blues, yellows and greens grounded in fabulous charcoal grays.

I have so many photos and projects to share with you. I can't wait!

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