Well of course you can!

A dream written down with a date becomes a GOAL.

A goal broken down into steps becomes a PLAN.

A plan backed by action makes your DREAMS come true.

I am always amazed to see how quilters take my designs and make them their own! Another surprise is how quilters reluctantly approach the subject of making changes to a designers work. We hear things like this, “I hope you don’t mind but I changed the colors you used in your pattern and did something different.” I usually look at them and say…I like yours better than mine! And mean it! Not kidding friends!!!

Here is a photo of my White Chocolate quilt which is in my book Spotlight On Neutrals. This quilt set me on the path of making quilts with the absence of color. REAL NEUTRAL QUILTS. A log cabin quilt (who doesn’t love a good log cabin quilt?)


And here is Deborah’s quilt finished just last week. As you can see, she used neutrals with a bit darker palette.She also set her blocks differently. Even better!!! Great job Deborah! I am in serious love with your quilt.


Here is my J’Dore quilt from my second book Knockout Neutrals. The gray solid fabric is silk. This photo just doesn’t do the quilt justice. When I show this as part of my lecture/trunk shows,I always hear gasps,OH MY! and other wonderful comments when the quilt is unfolded. I J’Dore the quilt and the fabric I chose for the quilt. I wish I had another bolt of the stuff! (the fabric was designed by Anne Sutton/Bunny Hill Designs for Moda)


And here is my friend Judy holding her version of J’Dore. See what I mean? SERIOUSLY this quilt is a statement! Her borders are not scalloped which is terrific and the quilt is very graphic. It is a wedding gift. Lucky couple huh?

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My Friendship Crossing quilt. One of my all time favorite quilts. (I can have favorites right?)

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Becky’s spectacular version of Friendship Crossing. Oh Lawdy Mercy!


I could go on and on with pictures of my work and the work of other quilters. My point is take the work of other designers and FLY baby FLY! Let go of the thought that you need to duplicate the exact look of our designs. (I don’t need to tell you that the fabric we use is often Gone With the Wind by the time our designs hit the market..right?) This frees you to shop away and find the perfect fabric for YOUR quilt. When you finish with your quilt be sure to send the designers a photo of your quilt. We love stuff like that.

The motto for today is…Well of Course You Can Change a Design to make it your own!

Let’s sew!