I have developed a method that I call “Perfect Strips”. It allows you to use precisely cut squares and “quick-cut” strips or scraps right from the scrap basket to make many wonderful quilt blocks and requires just two simple and inexpensive rulers. The method actually helps you sew a perfect ¼” seam and has other unintended consequences that help ensure successful blocks and beautiful quilts every time.
It has taken a number of years to perfect this method and to adapt it to a number of quilt blocks. Go to the gallery to look at some samples of the different blocks and quilts that have been done by me and some of my students. I offer many classes and workshops in this technique so please check out that link for descriptions. Most classes can be adapted to any teaching situation, so please contact me for dates and fees.
I have two patterns that are now available for purchase through the website. Basket of Blooms on the Courthouse Steps uses Courthouse Steps Log Cabin blocks as a background for a very large basket with flowers. The blocks are made using a traditional Log Cabin technique. Flower Pots is an Accuquilt GO! pattern that turns tumbler blocks into flower pots. This pattern has a simple and unique way to "float" the pots into the border. If you don't have a GO! cutter, patterns are included for all pieces so that the quilt can be cut using a rotary cutter.
Please contact me for wholesale information.
One more thing, I get a lot of inquiries about the beautiful quilting on my quilts. I'm not a quilter, but I've been so fortunate to have found someone who is an artist and does all my custom quilting. Claudia Chapman of Aroundabout Quilts, Upperco, MD. is the one responsible for helping me finish my tops. If you'd like to contact her, go to AroundaboutQuilts.com.
I'll be adding some new workshops in the near future. Be sure to check them out. They include classes that use the Accuquilt GO! cutter (supplied for the class) as well as some new techniques. Don't miss the Wacky Wedges quilts. This is a fun class that's great for using up all kinds of scraps while making interesting baskets, borders, sashings, and more.
I'll be teaching this summer at two multi-day events. Quilt Odysssey in Hershey, PA and Mid-Appalachian Quilters held at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. I've added a gallery of photos for each as well as additional samples, and will be adding more as time goes on. If you are considering a class and have questions, please feel free to contact me through the web site.
The first half of this year is going to be very busy. I'll be at Genesee Valley Quilt Club's quilt show held at the end of May in Rochester, NY for a class and trunk show. I'm also looking forward to traveling to the Albany, NY area for two classes and a trunk show for Q.U.I.L.T., Inc., as well as shows and/or classes for Village Quilters in Catonsville, MD., LeTort Quilters in Carlisle, PA, Four County Quilt Guild in Mt, Airy, MD, Everybody's Quilt Guild Westminster, MD, and Friendship Quilters Guild of Hagerstown, MD.