My Sewing Philosophy

by Heather on March 30, 2015

There are many different types of sewists out there. Some are precise and love the precision. Some are neat. Some are artistic. Some are messy. Some focus on recreating an image, others want to create something unlike anything else out there. Some love blue, some love green, some love black, some love knits, some love wool. I could go on and on and on.

But the thing that all of these people share is a love of fibers, fabric and creating. And at the end of the day, thats all that should matter.

My personal philosophy is that if it pleases YOU and YOU like that the result, who can tell you that its wrong or incorrect? I break sewing “rules” all the time. On a daily basis. I do things that would make someone who is well versed in the art of home economics cringe. I know the rules. I understand why the rules exist and what the consequences are for breaking each sewing rule. Because I understand why the rule is there, I can evaluate if the result is worth breaking the rule.

There are some I never break. I don’t sew over pins. I always press in-between each seam. I topstitch or edge stitch when possible. I use the correct stabilizer. I press rather than iron.

I’m working on a post about some of the techniques in my book, “Graphic Quilts From Everyday Images”. I want to highlight some sections that might appear scary or tricky and explain how I’ve made them simpler.


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Did you know I also have patterns?

by Heather on February 6, 2015

In addition to my book, “Graphic Quilts From Everyday Images”, I also have a line of 3 (soon to be 6!) patterns.

Currently they are only available through me and I do wholesale to shops and include free shipping with a minimum order!

Here are my current patterns:

The first is “Filmstrip”. This is a jelly roll and some solids. Super easy and very beginner friendly. No seams to match, very forgiving. It also makes a great group project because there is a lot of easy sewing which means a lot of time to converse while sewing.




The next one is “Dynamite”. If you have some scraps, this is a great one for you. This pattern utilizes Jaybird Quilts Hex N More ruler and optionally, the new Super Sidekick. Its a bit more challenging, but not a super hard pattern. No paper piecing!




The final one that I’m showing off today is “Trichisel”. This pattern takes a classic shape, the chisel and slowly changes it up slightly to make a modern interpretation. This quilt was featured in “Lucky Spools Guide to Modern Quilting” recently published. The pattern features detailed diagrams on how to construct the quilt with NO Y-Seams!!


If you are interested in any of these patterns, or are a shop looking to carry my patterns, please email me:

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Book Review

February 5, 2015

Right Sides Together did a review of my new book, Graphic Quilts From Everyday Images on their blog today! Click on the title to go to the review! If you are not familiar with their blog, its a fun one to read and follow. I love their excitement about everything fabric! Are you looking for […]

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I’m Guest Blogging Today!

December 11, 2014

My publisher, Martingale, has a fantastic blog, “Stitch This” and today you can learn more about how I design the quilts in my new book, “Graphic Quilts From Everyday Images”. Link to the guest blog:Graphic Quilts

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New Site Coming Soon!

December 3, 2014

I’m working on a new look for my website!

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