Monday, April 17, 2017


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We have our two winners of the magazine subscriptions. Robin and Nancy. They have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment. I am on my way to the airport. 
No orders will be filled between now and April 29 as I will be in France. I will get right to it as soon as I return.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Friday, April 14, 2017

Primitive Quilts and Projects Free Subscription

The summer issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects is arriving in stores and mailboxes if you have a subscription. I happen to have a small project in this issue.
This is Hen House. It makes a super cute table runner which is what I will use it for when it comes home. I love the goofy rooster, preening for the hens. It is wool and cotton so it goes together quickly.
The super generous ladies from the magazine are giving away 2 - 1 year subscriptions to the magazine. Leave me a comment telling me what you love about folk art and primitive style between now and 8pm central time on Sunday April 16. I will choose two winners at random to win subscriptions. This offer is open to residents of the US and Canada.
Have a fab. day!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Monday, April 10, 2017

From the Linen Closet is Arriving!

I thought I would share a couple more images from the book and let you know that is now available on my site for pre-order. If you order now, the book will ship out early May and you will have yours before shops get it. The above image is Flora. I love this quilt. I can't wait to get her back home.
This is Minnie's Melons. It is one of my early patterns that I really loved and felt was still relevant so I added it to the book. It can be made from a layer cake.
 And of course, Love Notes, the image used for the cover. If you would like to order you can click the link below.

I will be back after we return from France with lots to share.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

From The Linen Closet

In 12 days we will be on our way to France. I am so excited to be able to teach at Pour l'Amour du Fil
and share my new book. While I don't have an actual copy in my hand I do have some images to share. Above is my Sugar Stacks quilt. I LOVE this quilt.The beautiful European Taupes complement the nubby texture of the Diamond Textiles wovens. It goes together quickly and really makes a statement.
This fun little quilt is Dorset. It is made from Cottonworks by Minick and Simpson for Moda. This fabric is so fun to work with. It is a very nice cotton woven that looks and feels like wool. 
The wool applique piece I am teaching in France uses the Cottonworks for the background.
You can see it works well with wool. There are opening for this class in France. You can sign up HERE.
And this is the last image I will share today. Birds of A Feather done in wool on cotton. I love the styling that Quiltmania has done for all the quilts in the book. They have made each of the 17 quilts just sparkle. I hope you have enjoyed this preview. I will be back at the end of the week with more images from the book.
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Something New

Hello Quilters! I thought I would pop in and do a quick post about what I have been up to. It's been a really busy few months and there is more on the way. The Heartstrings workshop overfilled and was a marvelous start to my teaching for the year. I am heading to Ottawa, Illinois tomorrow for a trunk show and workshop titled All About Applique. I am pretty excited to do this work shop, it's on wool applique combined with needle turn. I am always looking for new folks to bring into applique!
And then this came my way! This is the cover for my new book, From the Linen Closet. To say I love it would be an understatement. I am so thrilled with the way it turned out and can't wait to share more of it with you. This will be my sixth book and I think I am as excited with this one as I was for the first. It will be available in France in April, just in time for Pour l'Amour du Fil and will be in the US in May. If you are attending Quilt Market, I will be doing a Schoolhouse for the book so you can see all the quilts. There a some quilts in this book that are my all time favorites that I have designed so far and am looking forward to sharing them with everyone.
Speaking of Quilt Market- I am releasing two new block of the month programs. The first is Botanical Sketchbook which I gave you  a glimpse of in the previous post and the second is Fairhaven.
Fairhaven is cotton applique. It will be a 10 month program.
It is reds, greens, and golds on a woven background from Diamond Textiles.
I am really happy with the way this quilt is turning out. It's going to be a stunner if I say so myself. It will be around 80" square, so a great size. 
After posting about Botanical Sketchbook I got a flood of emails requesting info to sign up so here is the info for both BOM designs.
I am designing the patterns sets to be shown at market to quilt shops. Hopefully lots of quilt shops will purchase the pattern sets. Which means they would offer the BOM, fabric kits etc. I will not be kitting. I don't have time as I am a one woman show here. I will have the pattern set available for retail purchase in my online shop and will try to create a list of shops that are participating in each. So if you want to be able to get either program, one block a month with fabric etc. tell your favorite quilt shop to pick it up. That's how it works. Shops have to know that their customer base is interested in being a part of the program. Just from the peeks Lone Star Mercantile has said they are going to carry Botanical Sketchbook and Auntie Ju's Quilt Shoppe is interested in Fairhaven.
So, that's all I've got for you folks. Off to pack!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Botanical Sketchbook

Seems that spring has sprung early here in mid- Missouri. We have been staying in the upper sixties and well into the seventies everyday, making it hard to stay inside and work. I have made it a point to walk every day with my dog despite looming deadlines. My travel for teaching and trunkshows is gearing up. The Heartstrings needle turn class is full with a waiting list and shortly there after I am headed to Shell Knob, Mo to do a trunkshow. 
In addition to my preparation for classes in France I am working on new patterns for quilt market. I thought you might want a few peeks at what I am working on. These photos are a glimpse at a wool BOM I will be releasing.
It is called Botanical Sketchbook. Wool on cotton and it will be a 7 or 8 month program, depending on how I write it up. I am so pleased with the way this turned out. This quilt has been in my sketchbook for some time, just waiting for it's turn. I will have a thread collection with Valdani to go with this pattern. Hopefully you will see it in your local quilt shop. That's all for now. Talk to you soon!
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Needle Turn Applique

If you read my previous post then you know that this is the piece I designed for my needle turn class in France. I have been hired by a local group to teach the class here in Mid-Missouri. The group is not affiliated with a quilt guild and so anyone can take the workshop. There is limited availability so if you are interested, you should not wait. This pattern is only available to workshop participants. The information is below: Note that it is required that participants order lunch- which will be at noon prior to the beginning of the workshop.
PROJECT: Heartstrings (22" x 25" finished)
WHEN: Saturday February 25, 2017
lunch at noon (off the menu)
workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Copper Kettle Restaurant Ashland, MO 65010
COST: $20 for workshop (includes pattern)
lunch is separate and required since there is no room fee
Please send your intent via e-mail by Wed Feb 15 with check by Feb 22. Check payable to Linen Closet Design.
CONTACT:  Ann Rennier

Supply list will be sent to your e-mail address.
Great opportunity to learn needle turn applique or fine tune this technique. The project is the one that Dawn is teaching at the Pour L-Amour du Fil quilt show in Nantes, France in April.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pour l'amour du fil

What could be better than France in April? How about an International Show on the Arts of Thread in France in April? Wow, that's a mouthful!

I am so excited to be a part of this fantastic show. Truly a dream come true. For ticket information you can go to In addition to the show there are many beautiful sites to see in Nantes which is situated in the Loire Valley and only 30 minutes or so from the Atlantic coast. Follow the show with a trip into Paris, only a two hour train ride.
I will have a "house" in the show with the quilts from the new book and I will be doing book signings and a couple of lectures. I am also teaching classes on Thursday and Friday. 
This is Heartstrings. It's the piece I am teaching for needle turn applique. Note that the bottom right bloom is missing a leaf. The leaf has been added. Too fast with the photo.
And this is Spring Blooms. This is the piece for the wool class. It is wool applique on Cottonworks.
Kits are provided for both classes.
Who's going to the show??
Happy Quilting, Dawn

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Scissors, Scissors, Scissors

I am a bit of a scissor addict. I have been for years and years. It's my mother's fault. It began with the mystery and awe that surrounded her "good scissors". These fabled scissors were large dressmaker scissors made of shiny silver. They resided in her sewing basket and you risked loss of limb if you touched them. My grandmother also had a pair of these fabulous "good scissors". I remember thinking that I couldn't wait until I had a pair of "good scissors" of my own.
Fast forward and today I have many pairs of scissors of all levels of quality and some downright crappy scissors. The photo above is a very small sampling of the scissors I own. I am a bit ashamed to show just how many I have, yet I continue to buy. It's a bit of a compulsion. I can barely pass up a scissor display without stopping. When one has an addiction it is quite easy to make up reasons for buying.
Apparently I am not alone and quilt shops have found this out. They all have little displays on the cash register with colorful little scissors that one just has to add to their purchase. These things are like Happy Meal toys for quilters.
I have a collection of utility scissors that have jobs such as cutting paper, cutting wool with paper, cutting quilt batting and backing.
Then we have the Gingher collections. These are the standard embroidery scissors they make. I have multiple pairs in silver and gold. You can see that the gold one pictured here are so used that the gold has worn off. I also have Gingher stork scissors and lion embroidery scissors and large designer dressmaker scissors.
How about curved blades?
Sometimes you have to have them because they look old and cool.
And finally you find the scissors that will become your "good scissors". These are mine and I LOVE them. I am an appliquer so my good scissors are for applique. These are Appliquick scissors and I think they are the gold standard. They are four inches long which I find to be the perfect size. They have micro serrated blades which let you trim your seam allowance very close without raveling. This is really important in making sharp points and appliqueing small detailed shapes. I had a pair of Karen K Buckley scissors but for some reason my puppy chewed off the cool green handles. I liked those well enough but these are far superior. The serrated edge is so fine you can barely see it and I don't know what they are made of but they feel great. When you take them out of the package you know you have quality. I couldn't live without these! I finally have my very own Good Scissors!
I bought mine at Homestead Hearth for around $35. I don't think they stay in stock for long so you may want to shoot them an email asking for them if you are interested in buying a pair. ( We have to support our brick and mortar quilt shops so they don't become extinct.)
And one last thing. For those of you who don't know, in my other life I am a hair stylist. I supported myself and my two boys for 21 years with a pair of scissors in my hand. So I think I know a thing or two about them.
Happy Quilting, Dawn