We are so excited to welcome Susan Beal as our guest blogger!  Susan is a craft writer in Portland, Oregon who loves to sew and drink coffee. Her blog is at West Coast Crafty and she’s also the historian for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild I’ve always loved sewing with denim, and was so excited.. read more →

This simple, cheerful tablecloth with matching cloth napkins are a snap to sew with men’s shirting fabrics – the woven selvage edge can serve as a casual “hem,” while the raw edges of the napkins, reinforced with a straight row of stitches, fray to a soft and comfortable edge. This tablecloth is perfect for a.. read more →

I love sewing pretty things in the springtime, and this year I have fallen in love with Amy Butler’s wonderful Barcelona Skirt pattern that my friend Holly sent me as a surprise gift. I just finished my seventh Barcelona skirt, in the green leaf & dot print from Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy reprint, and.. read more →

This Saturday, March 16, is Worldwide Quilting Day! My guild, PMQG, organized a fun fabric shopping and sewing day last year in Portland, Oregon for National Quilting Day in 2012, but this year the celebration has gone global. “So many international quilt and fabric shops contacted me after hearing about National Quilting Day last year,.. read more →

By Susan Beal Saturday and Sunday were both packed days at Quiltcon! I was lucky to have some free hours to see some of the magnificent quilts in the show on Saturday, after two great classes, fabric shopping, and lots of lectures kept me busier the first couple of days. The Quiltcon show included about.. read more →

We asked Susan Beal to be our “roving reporter” at QuiltCon last week. Here is part 1 of her report   I’m so happy to be here at Quiltcon, on my first visit to Austin, Texas, representing the Portland Modern Quilt Guild! This is a beautiful show and two days in I haven’t even come.. read more →