New site and the start of a new project

My very first post on the new site, which is still a work in progress btw. The logo for instance, still playing with ideas there and multiple posts I am trying to recover photos for which I’m optimistic about. I invite you to explore the new site and provide feedback even if it is negative, but I sure hope it’s more pleasing to the eye and easier to navigate. Of course if you have suggestions my mind is open to new ideas.

A lot of my post content and photos were lost when my previous web host had issues. It was difficult to delete post’s but easier than rewriting hundreds with missing photos. GreenGeeks has been hosting my site now for a couple months and all seems to be going well and their support is better even if it is through issue tickets.


There is a new Pattern Page that’s updated to show every pattern I offer, exluding the Tree of Life QAL. Clicking on any pattern will take you to a more detailed page including photos of the quilts by myself and pattern testers when available. Free patterns are only available through Payhip and clicking the Buy Now button will take you directly to Payhip where you can download it. You will have to enter a little information for that download just as you do when you make a purchase.

Paid patterns, you have the option to purchase on Etsy by clicking the Etsy logo or purchasing through Payhip by clicking Buy Now.

Quilt Finishes

There are now two pages, Pre 2021 and 2021.  Some photos have not been recovered.


This page now includes the 3 part video tutorial on paper piecing. There is also the Tiger Lily tutorial and I hope to expand that page as time allows.


All the important stuff like my copyright notice, privacy policy and cookies,  and most importantly the disclosure.

April Quilt Start

The April challenge for Island Batik is, “It’s All Up to you”.  Any project, any size, any technique, any fabric, whatever I like.  A floral quilt has been on my list for a while and what better project to welcome spring.  Last week I took Enzo out for a walk around the house and while coming down the driveway on the north side of the house I noticed the hillside covered in wild violets.

wild violets

Nothing really grows here except for weeds and a few Hosta that require heavy shade. Since the leaves haven’t filled the tree tops yet the area only sees sunlight until about 11 am. Once the trees are full there will be no sun. This is just a small area shown above. Have you ever made wild violet jelly?

Anyway,  I looked through the pre-cuts that were sent to me in the January Island Batik shipment for inspiration and pulled out Garden Gems designed by Kathy Engle for Deb Tucker’s Studio 180. Fabric was shipped in February so you should be able to locate these beauties easily.

garden gems by island batik

20 different colors complete this collection and I received the 10″ squares. Each package contains 42 pcs. I then cut 25 of them into 5″ squares and they lay on my work table until Sunday when I I finally found my way back into the sewing room. Thursday for Put your foot down I will have something more to share with you on this project. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Hi Denise, your website looks really good. It is easy to navigate. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I didn’t see anything come up on the Patterns page other than the copyright. Good luck with your April challenge. Isn’t it fun to find pretty flowers when you don’t really expect them? I have lots of violets growing where ever they want in my back yard. They just suffer the lawn mower every once in a while, but they keep coming back. They’re not out yet – it’s just the spring bulbs now but it shouldn’t be long. Take care.

  2. Hi Denise! Congrats on the website conversion. I know it’s a LOT of work and it looks very nice. {{Hugs}} Your fabric pull looks so pretty and inspirational. ~smile~ Roseanne

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