Archive for March, 2014

A new Fabric Line!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

When I first started publishing my quilting books, I never imagined having my own fabric line.
And now here we are, 36 years later, and I have designed 10 fabric lines with another line coming out soon! Benartex, Inc. and I collaborated to design “Anniversary Florals” in 1998. This fabric line was showcased in “Grandmother’s Garden Quilt” book.

With the overwhelming success of this line, Rainbow Florals was introduced in 2001. I designed 6 color ways consisting of large-scale prints, floral strips, checks, and tone on tone prints.

A third line of fabric, Yours Truly, Eleanor Burns and Yours Truly Holiday debuted in May, 2003.


Since then, I have designed 5 additional fabric collections for Benartex including Magic Vine, Victory Garden, True Blue and Perennials, Perennials II, Perennials Wide, Ellie Ann and now a new line that is going to be named Zoey Christine.

I have seen so many beautiful projects and quilts made with my fabric lines throughout the years, I am very happy to see that you all enjoy my designs.

Benartex is going to give my Ellie Ann line a “make-over”, giving me a chance to add a little zest to my new fabric line.
Want to hear a funny story?

My Ellie Ann fabric line is named after my oldest granddaughter, Eleanor Ann, one of Grant’s daughters. When I was brainstorming about what I would name my new fabric line, Orion pipes in and says ” Zoey Christine! We will name the new fabric line Zoey Christine!”
Zoey Christine is my youngest granddaughter, one of Orion’s daughters.
I couldn’t be anymore happier naming my new fabric line after another grandchild!

I am excited about my new fabric line coming out soon.I have a few saturated colors that will appeal to beginners as well as those advanced quilters who do a lot of fussy cuts.
And we all know how fun fussy cuts are!


Quilted in Honor Giving Challenge: Deadline Extended!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Attention: The deadline for the Quilt Giving Challenge has been extended to March 28, 2014!

The Quilted in Honor Quilt Giving Challenge, led by Island Batiks, was created to help and support veterans, wounded warriors and military families part of Operation Homefront.

The challenge is to make a quilt top with little pockets on it to be hung in public places like banks and community centers to collect donations.

I talk a little more about it in this video here.

I hope that you chose to participate and donate a quilt to help us help a military family. You can view all of the challenge details here.