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Twilight Sparkle Pony Pillow

My daughter is really into My Little Pony and I thought I’d put my quilting skills to use to make her pony-themed items. I started with a Twilight Sparkle pony pillow.


The pattern I used is Lisa the Unicorn from Elizabeth Hartman – I’ve made one before and loved it! I wanted a small project that I could complete in shorter timeframe to give to my daughter and I knew this would be a good place to start. Her favorite pony is Twilight Sparkle so my goal for the pillow was for it to be recognizable to my daughter based on the color palette. I spent about an hour pulling out all the purples I have and comparing it to multiple pictures of the pony. Ultimately I chose the following Kona cotton solids for Twilight Sparkle.

Body color fabric: Dahlia

Main color fabric: Bright Pink, Mulberry and Regal

Next I needed to choose a background fabric for the pillow. I pulled out several low volume options in white and grey. Nothing felt very appealing. I dug around more and pulled out some Speckled fa…
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Transparent Squares Quilt Block Tutorial

If you are new to transparency in quilting or need a refresher, this is a simple practice block to make to play around with fabric choices and the effects of transparency.

I posted a video on IGTV that explains the very basics of transparency in quilting. A short simplified version of what I shared is that transparency is the ability to see through layer(s) of an object. It can be real or implied. So in quilting, you can use fabric color choices to make implied transparency.

The most basic way to achieve transparency, in my opinion, is to choose dark, medium and light values of one color. Understanding color structure is important, but being a master of it is not required to play around with transparency. For example, if a grey fabric has a lot of cool color blue undertones, then you have to be cognizant of how that specific fabric color plays with other colors. Also, it’s important to realize that while many colors are available in fabrics, it’s not infinite. So, do the best that you…

Georgia and Jessica Quilt Series Mini Quilts

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely seen posts that talk about my Great-Grandma Georgia. She is the reason I finally decided to learn to quilt and I’ve been on a personal mission to make a series of quilts as if we were making them together. Here are my first three mini quilts in the #GeorgiaandJessicaQuilt series.


Georgia and Jessica Quilt #1/4
This series, since they’re minis, are numbered under one ;) Part of the reason is that #1 will be reserved for a very specific version I’m making. That one is still in timeout, but I’ve already proceeded to #2. Anyway, let’s get back to #1/4. This is the smallest Lone Star of the group. I daresay maybe the smallest Lone Star ever made?! :) I was inspired by Laura Loewen (@loewensewen on Instagram) who made a tiny quilt name tag for QuiltCon. I’ve been wanting a name tag for guild meetings and for QuiltCon, so I made one too. Since Lone Stars have become an important part of my quilt journey and will be especially important in the comin…

Signal Quilt Pattern Now Available Through the Modern Quilt Guild

The latest edition of the Modern Monthly, a quarterly digital publication from the Modern Quilt Guild, features my quilt, Signal! The pattern is available for free to MQG members.

Signal Quilt was a design I adapted from a sketch I made many years ago. One of the original inspirations were the bars that show signal strength on a cellphone. They were rotated to lay horizontally. There’s an interesting play of symmetry and asymmetry in the quilt. The individual bars are not equal in length nor are they proportionally the same. However, as a set, the top and bottom set of bars are the same – the bottom set is just flipped.

The pattern is designed to be an entry point for quilters coming from a traditional background, but interested in exploring modern. I noticed a trend that some experienced traditional quilters loved the modern aesthetic but felt intimidated to try a modern quilt. I wanted something that felt approachable to explore various elements of modern quilting – symmetry/asymmet…

Altered State Quilt Pattern Now Available in Make Modern Magazine

The latest issue of Make Modern Magazine is now available and my quilt pattern, Altered State, is featured in the publication!


This design started as a completely different sketch I made years ago. On a random Friday night inspiration struck and I morphed that original sketch into this design. This particular quilt and the color palette define me well. I love using extremely simplified geometric shapes in my designs. And if you’re been around for awhile, you know that black and pink are my favorite colors, especially in quilts.

By using transparency where the blocks intersect, it creates an optical illusion that tricks the eye – the placement of the blocks moves forwards or backwards depending on where your eye focuses.

To construct the quilt, I glue basted a few important seams. A short glue basting tutorial is included in the pattern.


Altered State was pieced using Kona Cotton Solids in Pomegranate, Black, Graphite and Silver. I pieced the quilt using 50 wt Aurifil Thread in 2026 (M…

Find My Creative Rhythm During a Pandemic

My family is six and half weeks into as much self-isolation as we are able during the COVID-19 pandemic. Outside of the masked weekly grocery store runs and the occasional take-out, I’m either in our house or meandering around our neighborhood from a social-distancing-safe space. While I’d love to share the triumphs and the tribulations of working from home, losing business due the pandemic, and homeschooling a young child, that would require sooooo many more words. Instead, I’ll stick with my creative experiences so far into this journey.

I am clear that my experience comes from a place of privilege as my family has not been ill, we are not front line workers during this pandemic, and we have food and shelter. For us, in our country, our state and our town, the changes happened rather swiftly and we went from a “normal” routine to a hot mess in about 34.5 seconds. And my creativity hit bottom in the same timeframe. Here are a few things I remember/noticed about the first week and a h…

Learn to Quilt in Central Iowa

I am teaching an intro to quilting class this spring! If you or someone you know in Central Iowa is interested in learning to quilt, this is a great opportunity to learn all the basics and have a great time! Some details about the class, the class supply list and how to register are outlined below.

What Will Be Taught?
I’ve developed a sampler pattern that allows participants to learn how to construct a wide variety of blocks using different piecing techniques. This will give participants confidence to continue quilt making after this course.

We’ll start by covering what exactly makes a "quilt" a quilt. We’ll learn about basic quilting terminology (the pattern contains the definition of many common quilting terms, so it’s a good resource to keep!) and learning about commonplace quilting tools and notions.

Next, we’ll define a quilt block and look at examples. Then, we’ll make our own blocks! We’ll assemble a quilt top, create the “quilt sandwich” and then quilt and bind the f…