Archive for November, 2010

How Much Fabric Should You Buy?

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

I am often asked that question….I could respond with all of it! However, I like to take a logical approach to purchasing fabric. If you have a specific project in mind, then knowing the yardage or calculating the yardage is your first step. I typically buy just a bit extra, for the just incase moments.

However, what if you were just buying a fabric because you like it. How much should you purchase? A general rule is to consider the size project you typically make.

If miniatures are your thing, 1/2 yard would be plenty.

If you typically make wall quilts, 2 yards would be plenty.

But if your project is a bed quilt, then consider at least 3 yards. That is 108″ and that would be enough to use the fabric for the outside border of the quilt.

9 Yard Bundles

Recently I uploaded some 9 yard bundles on sale in my web store. I chose 3 coodinating fabrics from my Painted Forest Fabric collection and cut 3 yards each. This would be a good basis for making a quilt. A full-size quilt typically uses about 12 yards of fabric. It would be easy to add some additional yardage to these three fabrics to complete your project.

I will be adding more 9 yard bundles to the web store in the coming weeks. Take advantage of the reduced fabric prices to get a start on your next quilt.

All the best,


Why Oh Why Am I Selling Some of My Quilts?

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Some of you may know that I have been offering some of my quilts for sale in the Gallery Section of my web page. That has prompted lots of questions about why I am selling my quilts. Some of been concerned about my health and couldn’t imagine why I would sell my quilts now. I thought I would address those questions and concerns and explain.

As a designer and author I have made lots of quilts for books, magazine features, fabric lines and just for myself. Since I have been doing this for 30 years, I have a huge number of quilts. More quilts than I can store. Recently I decided rather than store all these quilts, why not put some of them in the hands of quilters who will enjoy using and displaying them. You see, for me, it is about control….I want to control who has my quilts. I want them to go to quilters who I know will enjoy them.

Burst of Spring

I have priced them quite reasonably because I do want to sell them. I’ve sold quite a few and will continue to upload quilts for sale until I have distributed the quilts I would like to sell. The rest I will hold on to and enjoy.

All the best,