Be thankful and contentment will follow. -unknown


Diana Salmon

Now for my story….I am typing this post with my brand new lovely blue cast on my right arm! I took a tumble in the kitchen protecting my grandson from reaching to touch a hot oven door. Broken wrist…pain…found out my left hand is good for NUTHIN!

I enjoyed reviewing Jackie’s book, I hope you will all come back for a visit to my blog. Great things are happening here. Well there needs to be 6 weeks of cast wearing going on first. Ouch!

Pat (I can’t type with one hand either)

PS Diana get in touch with me and I will make sure your e-book is sent to you!


SPLASH OF COLOR by Jackie Kunkel

Hello all you wonderful blog hoppers. I am Pat Wys  designer and more importantly friend of Jackie Kunkel. I have known Jackie for several year as we met at market. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to participate in this blog hop and welcome Jackie and her new book. Jackie joins a very special family of authors at Martingale Co. Welcome Jackie your book is amazing!


As I have been looking and reading Jackie’s masterpiece book it occurred to me that this book really IS JACKIE!!!



HAPPY! Jackie always greets people with a joyful and infectious smile. So happy. Just like this table runner and place mat. What a happy table setting. Yup just like Jackie.  From-Splash-of-Color


I swear Jackie doesn’t sleep. She has the same amount of hours in her day as I do. She gets so much done and makes it look easy. This book has a huge amount of instruction and ways to make these projects doable. Directions are clear clear and well done. The mark of a teacher who is organized! Her writing made me want to paper piece. ALERT THE MEDIA! Jackie hooked me!



The premise of the book , black and white quilts enhanced with a splash of bright color is genius and is beautifully carried out through the whole book. Jackie takes us on a journey and teaches us how to use this concept to create amazing quilts.



Jackie is a teacher. You can tell as you read Splash of Color  that she wants us to learn and become better quilters. Jackie adds tons of tips and she uses “teachable moments” throughout the  book.  She also gives us alternate color ways for the projects.A BONUS!


DO NOT MISS a chance to add this book to your own library of books.

Leave me a comment and I will chose one lucky winner to receive an e book copy of Splash of Color. I will chose a winner Tuesday 9/29.

Joins Jackie’s Facebook and Blog to have more chances for a win!

Here is the remaining list of blog hop stops!

Sunday, September 27
Sharon McConnell – Color Girl Quilts
Monday, September 28
Julie Sefton – Me and My Quilts – Exploring the Possibilities
Tuesday, September 29
Caroline Critchfield – Sew Can She
Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side


Welcome Christmas Quilt Tutorial

Life is a series of tiny miracles. Notice them. unknown

Welcome to the second tutorial for my newest book Handmade Christmas Cheer. This Tuesday we will talk about the show stopping quilt I named Welcome Christmas.” What spells Christmas more than a wreath on the door. Better yet a wreath quilt!!!

I am asked about this quilt so often! I have to tell you that it is surprisingly easy. The background of the quilt is one piece of fabric cut width of fabric x 60 1/2″. I ripped the selvages off (yes I said rip and I talk about that in the book), and left the length approximately 60 1/2″. You can, of course make the quilt longer and wider if you wish, just add additional background fabric to the left and right sides of the width of fabric piece and add length to all pieces for a larger quilt. I am currently doing just that, making a king size quilt for our bedroom. We will come back to this after learning how to make the wreaths and bows.

There are different methods to hexie construction. English Paper Piecing is extremely popular and I describe this technique on page 10. My preferred method is to make a hexagon template with the 1/4″ seam allowance added (template provided in book template pull out section). I like to use a sandpaper board, a .05 pigma pen, and my 1/4″ angle tool.angle marking tool below. There are many types of this tool by different manufacturers so you should easily find it at your local quilt shop. If not here is a link to one on Amazon.  

Using a small ruler draw the seam allowances on the wrong side of the fabric.


OR make a dot where the seams will intersect at 1/4″.

Hexie tool and marks

Once the lines or dots are made we VERY SIMPLY sew the units together along the line or from dot to dot. There are no papers involved in the process and we are done in a hurry. When sewing take a tiny back stitch two or tree times and then make a running stitch and another tiny back stitch. This method makes sewing the intersection of 3 hexies a snap. The fabric is easily manipulated at the corners of the hexies (remember to do the tiny back stitch each time.)  See page. 10 Handmade Christmas Cheer  for step by step directions. Use the book as a suggested placement guide. I used a very small blanket stitch and invisible thread (.004 nylon monofliment by YLI in clear and smoke)  to stitch the wreaths to the background of the quilt.

There are three sizes of wreaths in this quilt. The large and medium have two rounds of hexies. The smallest has one. The diagrams are on page 9.

After I stitched the hexie wreaths I used my glue pen to lightly glue the outside and inside 1/4″ seam allowances all the way around each wreath. Talk about fast!  I finished  gluing and was ready to place the wreaths on my background piece I made at the beginning of our tutorial. You can place these wreaths any way you wish and can certainly use my quilt and the full color photo on page 8 of

Time to put a bow on it! There are three different sizes of bows and the templates for each are in the pull out templates at the back of the book. (love me some full size pull out templates!) I used a mixture of fabrics. I love the differences in texture and luster. I used wool, cotton, and silk. The wool does not have turned under edges (another time saver). The cotton and silk do have the edges turned under and blanket stitched with the same mono-filament thread. You may use any method of applique that is your preference. It is your quilt! 

 My quilt was long arm quilted by Leisa Wiggley to perfection. I used a contrasting green for the binding.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and will bookmark it for future use. Next week we talk about the front cover stockings. “By the Chimney with Care”. What can I say? WELL! I have much to say about these beauties…and a surprise too. Leave me some comments. I love to hear from you. 

Handmade Christmas Cheer


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Long Winter’s Nap Tutorial

Very little is needed to make a happy life. -unknown

This post is lengthy and contains tutorials with photos 

Here we are the first day of the first project in my new book Handmade Christmas Cheer. I know you have chosen this book and the projects within because you have an interest or dare I say, love of handwork. I do too, and that is why I am so proud of this book! Tuesday will be our day for talking about the book let’s begin with how I am choosing projects. We will talk about all the projects in the book but the ones that take the most time ( I didn’t say they were difficult did I?!?). I chose Long Winter’s Nap As our first project. If you are going to do a large sheet you have some wonderful hours of stitching ahead. Not difficult but wonderfully time consuming. I love Netflix and books on tape so do you see a pattern here? Give me that needle and thread and I am soooo happy. 

Let’s get started: 

Chose the background fabric for your embroidery mine was White Bleached, Bella Solid by Moda # 9900 285.  Moda makes a Bleached White and White Bleached note the difference.

Measure and cut your background embroidery fabric  6½” x the width of the sheet + 2″.

I like to use a backing for my embroidery pieces. Muslin works fine but I really like to use  WOVEN fusible inner facing. My favorite brand is by Staple Sewing Aids.  Pellon makes a good product as well. These products are very light weight and prevent  shadowing or threads showing through from the back to  the front. They also prevent distortion of the fabric.  The bonus is tiny bit of body as well without affecting my ability to make small stitches. Cut the same length as the above embroidery background fabric.

I find it useful to use a light box to transfer my embroidery motifs to the front of the background fabric. My designs are broken into 2 sections 10″ each which can be turned and flipped to make a continuous line. This means you have 4 10″ sections or 40″ before repeating  the pattern. Trace the pattern so that it is stitched a bit OVER each end, you can  easily cut or adjust this later. Stitching the words I have provided are completely optional. (but pretty cute huh?)

What do I use to write with as I transfer the designs? My preference is to use a .05 Micron Pen in brown. Remember this is permanent so be careful. My stitchery will cover the drawn lines, no problem. Other choices are a wash off blue marker by Clover, or the FriXion Pens which disappear with heat from your iron (or in my case, in Atlanta if left in the car during the Summer).  Lots of choices out there, chances to experiment and find out what works for you.

Embroidery Tools Collage

Let’s talk thread! I am asked ALL THE TIME what my preference for thread would be. I will say that in the world of embroidery I like floss over a cotton. As for brand of floss (a deep well)  I honestly love Cosmo and Aurifil floss. However my choice of floss is determined by one factor, COLOR. I will choose Cosmo, Aurifil, DMC, Weeks etc. if the color is right then brand is a secondary consideration. Perhaps one exception is that I love the Cosmo Seasons floss for variegated work. The color changes more frequently with this floss.  The pine boughs in this project are Cosmo # 8034. You can get the thread right here  The Christmas lights are outlined and then accented with  metallic thread. Two strands are used throughout the project. 

Size 24 Chenille needle. I like a chenille needle over an embroidery needle because the point is sharper. I cannot live without my Clover needle threader for embroidery. See picture collage above.

Let’s sew. Stitch with or without a hoop, whichever is most effective for YOU. I write about this in my book on page 87.  I use a Stem Stitch throughout the whole project. The diagrams for Stem Stitch are on page 91 of my book. Remember to keep your stitches small and even and your work will be beautiful. Keep the tail of the working thread consistently above the needle or below. Back Stitch is easier and a little more forgiving and is described on page 90. Again this is your choice there is no right or wrong.

After you have stitched the pine boughs and words it is time to color tint and stitch the outlined bulbs and bubble bulbs and their sockets. Follow the book and notes on how to do this super easy and fast technique. I have included a pictorial of a bulb I drew for this blog. Save your coloring and outlining of the light bulbs until the end to avoid too much handling. Color tinting has been around for decades! Believe me the color does not wash out. My Grandmother had tea towels that were colored with embroidery and she washed them a zillion times.  It really kicks your embroidery up a notch too! I outlined the bulbs and then stitched x’s with metallic floss 2 strands for a tiny bit of sparkle. 

Tinting Collage 1-4Tinting Collage 3

After you have finished the project it is time to attach the embroidery header to the body of the sheet. Honestly the best descriptions, diagrams and tips are in the book (and this blog tutorial is already quite long). Read “Finish up” on page 19. It is really easy and works up quite quickly. After you are all done…..send me photos.

PS. Don’t forget all the same practices work for the pillow cases in case you want a smaller project for gifting! You guessed it THE BOOK pgs. 22-25!

See you next Tuesday for the Welcome Christmas stunning quilt. A big show stopper!

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Reset Again

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.  – Brené Brown

When you really think about it, the above quote is so true. Being vulnerable opens so many doors in life, the list is endless. love,dealing with loss, fearlessness, learning new skills,confidence, and taking risks, all stem from a place of vulnerability. I have spent some time in a state of vulnerability and have found it to be my friend.

In recent months I have been conflicted, to say the least, between what do I want to do and what can I do? Are there enough hours in the day for me to accomplish what needs to be cared for, and the addition of  keeping my beloved design business viable ? My family comes first, period end of sentence. Is there still room to design and feed that creative part of me? For quite some time I thought NO!

My  ride through Vulnerable Land gave me a clear answer ,”Sure you can!What is stopping you Pat?” So here I am, for what I believe is the third time in a year… pushing the reset button yet again.  My business will look different because my life is wonderfully different. I am beginning with reconnecting with my blog, which has always brought me tremendous joy. Extending my business page on facebook, and other things.  I have given this much, much (too much) thought and I am ready to continue designing and blogging. Yes I am!

Christmas Cover edited

First up for me  is paying homage to my newest book.Beginning next Tuesday September 15th, and every Tuesday through December I will post  a tutorial onprojects for Christmas  using my book as our guide. Summer is over, you havevisited the Christmas in July events, welcome to Christmas GET ‘ER DONE! (I am southern ya know)

Get the book and choose some projects. There are projects for everyone from super fast to work up to a few that will take a bit more time. We will go over each project with tutorials, special tips and ideas not found in the book. You can purchase the book right here on my web site  (signed by me) as well as through Martingale Co. The starting project will be Long Winters Nap which is the bed sheet or pillow case.

See you  next Tuesday my quilty friends. 






















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Be in LOVE with your life. Every minute of it!


LQ Display

I am pleased to be signing my newest book at Little Quilts tomorrow, Saturday June 13th from 10am -12:30. If you are in the area  come share my joy! All the projects are on display for you to see. These projects are going to blow your skirt right UP.  I think you will enjoy the visit and I know you will enjoy Little Quilts and all the Little Quilts gang! See you tomorrow. JOY RISING! 


Home Again Home Again

There is always…ALWAYS…something to be grateful for. -unknown

Home from Quilt Market in Minneapolis.My Debbie (I call her that but she is my Debbie to many) and I had the time of our lives. We laughed and talked non stop for 4 days! Another (one of many) fabulous memories!

Thank you Martingale. You are the BEST from Schoolhouse, letting me put stupid hats on you, to book signings where I had everything I needed provided for me. Special thanks for the huge (big ass) book cover poster. Dang!!!! that thing blew my skirt right up! Perfection.


Then there was the market fun. Breakfast of Champions, a restaurant full of talented designers with cinnamon rolls. What is better than that?? Drinks with close friends. Dinner with close friends..laughter beyond hilarity. NO SLEEP! I am exhausted with a big ol’ smile on my face.


Once again I am reminded that I live a life full of blessings and gratitude.




Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

A winner has been drawn! Congratulations!

Jumping on a plane bound for Quilt Market in Minneapolis! I am so excited to debut my newest book. Today I announce a winner of Gail Pan’s book from my last blog post so here we GOOOO DRUM ROLL PLEASE FOR #3 ! Patti let me know your snail mail address through my email [email protected] I am going to see Gail today at market and I give her your address. Congratulations!!!


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Gail Pan’s Newest!

Lookie! Gain Pan has done it AGAIN!

If you will be attending market..and even if you are not. Take a look at this new book by Gail Pan. Simply Christmas Vol 3. It is simply divine. seriously friends.This book is the third in her Simply Christmas Series. Gail is an amazing designer. She is my Aussie friend and one of the most nicest people you will ever meet. 

Her book is visually lovely. Very well done. If you enjoy embroidery and if you love to make fun new items for holiday decor and gift giving this book is for you. She has 8 new projects which is a big plus. I love the way she has featured 4 on the outside cover and 4 on the back cover. This way you can see at a glance all that is in store for you within the pages of her booklet.

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The pages of the book are warm and inviting, large easy to read fonts (my eyes  thank you Gail). Great directions. Stitch diagrams and wonderful photography.


This booklet is self published and Gail has convinced me it can be done and done well. (perhaps I will ponder that while I am on the plane, in between screaming and breathing in my paper bag).

book photo SC

I am off to market on Wednesday and l look forward to seeing Gail  and spending some time with her. If you are going to market be sure to find her and get THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it I promise.

Contact Gail and place an order for her book. [email protected].Read her blog

Now..put a little comment at the end of this blog post I will draw a the name of a very lucky person who will win Gail’s book. (all signed and everything!) I will draw the name on Wednesday morning before I leave for Minneapolis (if I am not in panic mode..keep  your fingers crossed). Good luck I love reading your comments.

Oh BTW let me know if you will be attending market. I would love to meet you.

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!