Mary Fons, Bias Binding & Quilty Oh My

Judy Tucker joins Mary Fons on Quilty to give you step-by-step instructions for doing bias binding on your quilt. This quilt finish allows you to do curved borders more easily because the fabric stretches. Judy tells you more about it in this informative tutorial.

Judy Tucker QNNTV TIMQ

Judy talks about the simple quilt she made at a quilting retreat. In this particular quilt, Judy re-sized every single one of her 300-plus quilt blocks. Learn more about Judy’s process for putting this quilt together. 

Finding The Right Design

Have you ever had a task that you found to have a brain block on?  Maybe mine was temporarily away or just taking a break. My customer and quilt friend, Janice H. had brought me her quilt top to enhance with longarming the right design. She really liked her fabric with the crows and liked the folk feel, this top was giving her.


I looked at many digital designs; okay hundreds.  Auditioned various designs including a leaf design, but didn’t want to make the finished quilt too seasonal. Found a design by Debra Geissler and Designs by Deb, that had a great design with a pear but adding a bird would be better for this quilt.


Okay, so if we could just add a crow……hmmmmm. I contacted Deb , sent her a close up of what I was hoping to achieve and 2 days later, DONE.


Deb was open, fast and right on the money with the design.


Happy Quilter = Happy Customer!!!!

I must say, this is the second time I have asked for a tweak, or something special from Deb and she has been a pleasure to work with.









Open Studio TAP At IQF

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During Open Studio, the audience was amazed with the options Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) gives them. So often it is hard to come up with a label for your quilt, let alone write on one. This paper offers you a wide range of alternatives to add to your already finished work.


My recent quilt that was in the IQF show had a label which I used this product on. Make a ho-hum label into eye-catching.

Open Studio Paper Piecing

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Paper Piecing!  Does that mention get you excited or did you just cringe?

If you want to try your hand at it or not sure what to do with an orphan block, here is a great option. You get a free pattern with every set of cards and envelopes and it is less than a purchase of store bought cards. Make a card, send a card and have the recipient be astonished that you made it and you share a part of your creativity, too.  Wonderful scrap buster and I known…..we have scraps.

Quiltcon 2015 – Lectures, Lectures and More Lectures

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Woohoo I got into all the lectures and my hotel room is booked. If you are planning to attend next February 2015 would love to meet you.


Open Studio at International Quilt Festival Chicago

Open Studio Binding Demo

Here are a few pictures taken over the weekend at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. Was wonderful to have questions asked and be able to teach something different. Thanks to Emily Lang for your cheering on and support. And thanks to Maureen Koepp, my new friend and assistant. It was a blast.