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December Fat Stacks

Merry Christmas from Fat Stacks!!  IMG_7215

We started off with Jennifer F’s FABULOUS Serendipity Sampler.  Gina Allen custom quilted it for her.


A close-up.

Beautiful fabrics; beautiful quilting; beautiful hand applique.

IMG_7220Voile back.

IMG_7221Joyce’s finished quilt.  Beautiful Asian fabrics.


The pieced back.  Love this!

IMG_7224Carole D’s “Night Garden” from Sarah Fielke’s pattern.  She hand quilted the alternate blocks.

IMG_7226The back…

IMG_7227Tillie’s foundation pieced finished quilt for our Meals On Wheels Christmas quilts.  Our Fat Stacks group donates quilts for Meals on Wheels clients.  The volunteers deliver them at Christmas.  I’ll take 22 beautiful quilts to Senior Services this week.  Such a generous community of women.

IMG_7231My new clutch; Sue Lauer’s class and pattern.  So much fun!

IMG_7232Denyse Schmidt Fat Stack; pattern is “Box of Chocolates” from Skip The Borders.


It’s amazing what you can find on Pinterest.  🙂  This came from hmahercreative.com.  Fuse Christmas fabric to the back of the printed card stock.  Cut out the gift tags.  Sweet!

IMG_7253Carole’s Glimmer quilt.  Karen Fridy quilted this for her.  Wow!

IMG_7176Same Carole.  We love Carole.

IMG_7239Jennifer’s Sew Mama Sew blocks from their Modern Block of the month.

IMG_7242Jennifer’s blocks with sashing.  We liked this…

IMG_7243Carole’s block from last month.

IMG_7244All her blocks.

IMG_7246One more block.

IMG_7252Our 2015 Christmas ornament…3″ x 4″ miniature quilt ornament.  Arts and Crafts time!

IMG_7057And finally, a picture of my new Panthers iron.  HAHAHA  I bought it at Target.  Now Debbie and I just have to find Luke Kuechly and get him to autograph it for us!  12-0.  Crazy.

Happy Holidays to you!  I’ll see you next year!

October Fat Stacks

Happy Fall!  We had a great Fat Stacks meeting last Wednesday.  So many pretty things.

Here’s Joan’s block of the month from Sew Mama Sew.  Wonderful piecing.

IMG_6369Martha Claire’s block.  Love the dark center.

IMG_6368Paula’s Tula.  Love.

IMG_6367We got a little crazy with drawstring bags.  These are Carole’s.  Paula shared the tutorial a couple of months ago.  It’s from S.O.T.A.K. handmade.

IMG_6366Here’s another one.  Carole used the new Joel Dewberry collection.  Her silk cords were such a nice touch.

Speaking of fabric collections, Village Fabric Shop looks fabulous.  It’s transforming right in front of us.  She has several new collections and more on the way.  It’s a rainbow in there!

IMG_6365Carole was also very busy making fabric trays.

IMG_6364Here are those great bags from Noodlehead.  This is a fabulous tutorial!

IMG_6363Diana is our resident framer.  Here’s her newest creation.  Pretty cute.

IMG_6362She also finished a pretty counted cross stitch piece.  So sweet.


More Noodlehead bags.  🙂

IMG_6358Here’s Martha Claire’s quilt from the Nod to Mod collection.  This is small and wonderful.

IMG_6357Martha Claire has finished her Churn Dash from my workshop.  Yay Martha Claire!

IMG_6354Paula got a few pieces of embroidery back from Carolina Stitcher.  This lady finishes “stuff.”  I fat stackhave used her and just love what she does.

IMG_6353Here’s a Lilipopo piece.  Now it’s a zippered bag!


One more Lilipopo.  “My New Dress”  That’s Liberty fabric.  I love it!

IMG_6356Debbie Gordon brought her 20-year-old Halloween pumpkins to share.  They look great!

IMG_6379I did a quick tutorial on fabric pumpkins.  How cute are these???  Find the info at A Delightful Life.

So three days later, Paula sends me this picture.

IMG_6400How fun!  Glammed up with bows!

Finally, we will be making quilts for the Meals on Wheels program to deliver at Christmas.  It’s an all-day sew-in at Village Fabric Shop on Monday, October 26 from 10-4.  No charge.  Come and sew.  Last year we delivered almost 30 new quilts.  Amazing.

Let me know if you have questions.  So fun!


August Fat Stacks

IMG_5788Here are our pictures from August Fat Stacks.  This little 1/2 square triangle beauty belongs to Carole.  Those borders!IMG_5784This little log cabin is also Carole’s.  She machine stitched her binding on both of these.  We were impressed!

IMG_5783Ann blew us away with the “Texas Two Step” she made for her husband.  It’s from Fons and Porter’s July/August magazine.

IMG_5782Paula continues to make fabulous bags.

IMG_5625Speaking of Paula…she and Debbie helped me make this great little “Diva Wallet” from the new Amy Butler collection.  Can you believe I made this?

IMG_5626Here’s the inside with a ZIPPER!

IMG_5777Here’s the inside of Debbie’s.  Love her solid fabric with the print.


Amy took a picture of our little collection.  Amy, Amy, Tula and Alison.  Ha!

IMG_5775 (1)Diana’s Science Fair is glorious!  The emerald green background is perfect.

IMG_5790Jennifer’s quilt, just quilted by Gina Allen.  We loved her border.

IMG_5794Jennifer’s Cotton + Steel Mustangs quilt.  It has been fun to watch this one progress.

IMG_5795The BEST back.

IMG_5796Jennifer B’s wonky log cabin.  Wonky is hard; Jennifer did a great job with this quilt.  She mixed some hand quilting with her own machine quilting.


IMG_5798Her great back!

IMG_5671This Serendipity Sampler also belongs to Jennifer B.  It’s waiting to be quilted so she couldn’t bring it but I took this picture last week.  It’s just beautiful.

IMG_5808Here’s my Hook quilt.  Theresa DeWalt custom quilted it for me.  I’m going to use Tula Pink’s True Colors to bind it.  

We showed our Sew Mama Sew blocks from our on-going block of the month.

IMG_5806Ann’s.  She changes her background color with each block.

IMG_5805Paula’s Tula.  Excellent piecing P.

IMG_5804Martha Claire’s next block.  Nicely done.

IMG_5803Joan’s block.  I really like this one.

IMG_5801Here’s my sample quilt.

FullSizeRender (50)And here’s the improv block for August.  I know several of you are following along with us.  Share your pictures with me and I’ll share here.

FullSizeRender (48)Just one more picture.  I have watched Maddie grow up; she is a couple of years younger than my son.  She will be married in Winston-Salem over Labor Day weekend.   Last month she asked me to cut a heart from her great-grandmother’s handkerchief and applique it to the lining of her wedding dress.  Her request meant so much to me.  I embroidered some little blue French knots…something old and something new.  She was very happy with it.  Best wishes to you and Thomas, sweet Maddie!


May Fat Stacks

IMG_5029Our Fat Stacks group met yesterday at Village Fabric Shop in Reynolda Village.  Wow!  This original design belongs to Carole.  Gina Allen quilted it for her.

IMG_5145Here’s the entire quilt.


The back.

IMG_5155Martha Claire’s design using her Fat Stacks stash.  Love!

IMG_5156Jennifer’s counted cross stitch of Chicago.  So fun!  She found it at Satsuma St. on Etsy.  Thanks for sharing the link Jennifer.

IMG_5152Pretty Tanna made two sweet original design table mats.  We want a class Tanna!

IMG_5153She went to the Sew South retreat and brought many of her goodies.  She was busy!

IMG_5147Her new bag to carry all her stuff.


Her Apple Blossom applique.  Y’all know I LOVE this.

IMG_5151A “club” exclusive.  🙂

IMG_5137Linda brought her hexagon quilt made from a jelly roll.  We loved it, especially the sweet little border.  Nice cutting Linda!

IMG_5138Joan brought this beauty.  It’s hand appliqued.  Joel Dewberry’s Bungalow pattern; Tula Pink Fat Stack.  Perfect combination!

IMG_5139Joan’s Sensu quilt from “Japanese Quilt Inspirations”.  LOVE.  She’s hand quilting this.

IMG_5140Her voile back with an insert.  Yes, those circles are appliqued.  🙂

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Diana’s paper pieced “Outhouses” from Carolyn Friedlander.  Amy built a little village on the cutting mat.

IMG_5143Diana’s Mini Glimmer from Jaybird Quilts.  WOW.  She used Denyse Schmidt fabrics.

IMG_5144Here’s the rotary cutter for scale.  Crazy good.

IMG_5134Finally, Paula’s Tula Pink quilt from a Free Spirit pattern.  It’s just wonderful.

We also kicked off a new block of the month.  Stay tuned for block pictures from next month’s meeting.

Amy has some brand new “stacks,” her shop looks great and she took some great pictures!  Thanks Amy!





March Fat Stacks

014We had a great turnout for our March Fat Stacks class at The Little General.  Ann’s beautiful “Flowers in the Sunshine” brightened up the room!  I love this quilt; she plans to add three more rows.

013012Ann also made some pillowcases using the tutorial from February.  Here are a couple of them.  She has quite a collection; they are great.

010Martha Claire went to Quilt Con.  Yay!!  She was able to take a class from Elizabeth Hartman.  These foxes are adorable.  She used a great blue for their eyes.  One more fox and she’s done!

011Here’s Jennifer’s “Lizard” quilt.  It’s reverse applique and she quilted it herself.  It’s so right!

017Jennifer also made this beauty called “Friendship” from Villa Rosa Designs.  Spring can’t be too far away!

016She finished up with “Road Trip” from Quilt Trends magazine.  She wants to add two more borders.  It was pointed out that all Jennifer’s fish are swimming correctly.  None of her animals are upside down.  It’s a great directional quilt!

015Here’s a panel from Diana’s “Glimmer” quilt from JayBird Quilts.  I love Diana’s color choices.



I showed my North Carolina embroidery sampler.   It’s not the greatest picture but Diana is framing it for me and I’ll share the finished project.  I like calling North Carolina home.  🙂

We didn’t have lots of show and tell (Debbie blamed it on the weather) but we did have an impressive turnout to welcome Amy Shively as the new shop owner.  Amy, we are so happy that  this great little fabric shop will continue!

I’ll be posting my QuiltCon pictures soon.  Like Martha Claire, I had a great time!  Stay tuned!


February Fat Stacks

Our Fat Stacks group met this morning at The Little General.  Show and tell was pretty wonderful.  Enjoy!

IMG_4491Jennifer’s Denyse Schmidt Christmas trees quilt.   Yes, she pieced her trees!

IMG_4493Jennifer made some sweet flannel burp cloths from a Cloud 9 tutorial.

IMG_4495Here’s Tanna’s wonderful quilt she pieced and machine quilted.  It’s a gift for her grandmother.

IMG_4497Tanna’s wonderful back.

IMG_4499Here’s a sample of a class Tanna is taking from stitchedincolor.com  Hawaiian applique goes modern!  It’s beautiful.

IMG_4501She has started an orange peel quilt.  The little blocks are wonderful.

IMG_4504Ginny’s Science Fair.  Gina Allen quilted it for her.  I LOVE the red binding.

IMG_4508Ginny’s baby Science Fair.  She’s addicted.

IMG_4510Ginny’s Painted Windows.  Great set and a wonderful choice of fat quarters.

IMG_4512Ginny’s Serendipity Sampler.  (We haven’t seen Ginny in a while.  🙂  She is hand quilting this.

IMG_4514Here’s Kay’s first block from Quiltville.com’s newest mystery quilt.  We loved this.

IMG_4517Tillie’s quilt just back from Gina Allen.  So proud of Tillie and Gina’s quilting is so pretty.

IMG_4519Here’s Diana’s quilt from the book, Skip The Borders.  Diana replaced the four-patch with flying geese.  It glows.

IMG_4521Sandra’s Serendipity Sampler.  I taught her how to applique!  She used a Heather Bailey fat stack.


Ann’s Flower Chain from Denyse Schmidt.  Wow!

IMG_4524I have spent the last couple of weeks making these four blocks.

IMG_4525I used my Amy Butler Violette fat stack.

IMG_4526The pattern is from Art Gallery.  “Astrodelic”  The blocks measure 42.”

IMG_4527Here’s my favorite.  This will chase away the winter blues!


We finished up with a pillowcase tutorial.  The Little General has a great fabric called “The Makers.”  This is the perfect Valentine present!

IMG_4488And here’s the travel pillowcase for a sweet little one.



Let’s end with this.   Here’s the beginning of a new quilt that someone started this morning.  Spring can’t be too far away!!

Thanks for looking.  Let me know if you have any questions!


January Fat Stacks

It’s a cold day in Winston-Salem but that didn’t keep people from showing up for Fat Stacks this morning!   Enjoy!

IMG_4272Jennifer made this Star Wars bubble quilt for her 6-month-old nephew!  So fun!

IMG_4274She also made this Christmas tree skirt.  I love this!  She used a 10 degree wedge ruler and the Treelicious stack.  We all want one.

IMG_4275Over Christmas she basted these great 2.5″ hexies.



IMG_4277Here’s Tanna’s Science Fair.  Perfect piecing!!

IMG_4279Beverly couldn’t be there today but that didn’t stop us from showing off her Science Fair; you will love it Bev!!  She used Amy Butler’s Glow fat stack.  Gina Allen quilted it for her.


Here’s Paula’s “The Painted Forest.”  Paula’s background is scrappy and she used Anna Maria Horner’s stack.

IMG_4283Well of course, I had to start one.  Here’s the top panel of mine using Enchanted Garden and a white background.

IMG_4281Carole made this one.  We talked her into loving it!  Isn’t that fun?  Thanks for inspiring us Paula!


Sue made this awesome Noodlehead Divided Basket.  She used upholstery weight fabric.  It’s really nice!

IMG_4286Here’s a scrappy top of Kait’s.  That’s a pretty cool silver metallic in there.

IMG_4288Kait’s Modern Maple.  She quilted this; we loved it!

IMG_4290Here’s the back.  She used a vintage sheet…it’s pretty wonderful.

IMG_4292Joyce’s Serendipity Sampler.  Check out the mitered border!!


IMG_4294Here’s my Tessellations top.  It’s an Alison Glass pattern and The Little General has them!

IMG_4296Finally, here’s Linderella’s Carousel top using Amy Butler Hapi.  Love it Linda!

December Fat Stacks

We had another great meeting at December’s Fat Stacks.  Here’s the show and tell.  Thanks to Gina for taking the pictures and to Tanna for being my “holder.”


We started with Ann’s Meadow blocks.  It’s so pretty!


Here’s her finished Serendipity Sampler.  This was her first applique project.  I am very proud of her.

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Paula’s wonderful AMHorner quilt.



We know how to party at Fat Stacks.  Bev and Tillie are modeling Deb’s voile scarves.  Debbie made them for Christmas presents.  Perfect!IMG_4010I look good!  🙂


Kay made this great quilt for Senior Services.  The Fat Stacks group will be donating SEVENTEEN quilts for Meals on Wheels clients.  That’s amazing!



Kay also managed to make this glorious Jaybird Quilts top.  I love this!



Diana shared some great piecing.  These are so fun!IMG_4018 IMG_4019



Here’s Carole’s original design quilt using Denyse Schmidt’s charm pack.  LOVE.




Remember this beauty?  We watched Carole create it at our Open Sew.  It’s quilted and pretty wonderful.


Martha Claire donated this wonderful lap quilt to Senior Services.  So soft!IMG_4024

Beverly’s Serendipity Sampler.  The bird in the middle…IMG_4028

Tanna’s hexie in a hexie in a hexie..IMG_4029

Perfect backing fabric for a Christmas gift!

DONE.  Yay Tanna!IMG_4033 Tanna’s Essex flax table runner.  She hand quilted this.  Wonderful!IMG_4034

Here’s Brooks’ top.  His mom helped a little.  🙂IMG_4035

My 2015 beginner quilt.  It’s off to Gina Allen to be quilted.  I used the Utopia Fat Stack.IMG_4040Finally, my Serendipity Sampler.  I’m hand quilting it….

We finished off with a great make and take Christmas ornament from Stars Inspirations.   I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for reading my blog!


November Fat Stacks

Here are some of the beautiful quilts from our Fat Stacks meeting last Wednesday!


We started with Gina’s wonky log cabin baby quilt.  Gina is going to have a little girl in April.  Yay!!


Here’s her original design using “Winged.”


Jennifer’s Girl Scout quilt.  Sorry for the blurry image.  We were excited!


Ellen’s sawtooth quilt from Denyse Schmidt.  This quilt is now officially on my bucket list.


The back makes it even better!


Sue’s Feathers from Allison Glass.  We loved her background.


Kay’s original design flying geese!  We had a flying geese challenge this month.


Kay’s Windmills.  We loved her block centers.


Carole’s flying geese.  There’s some big stitch hand quilting happening here too.


Use a primitive pattern with Amy Butler’s “Glow” and this is the result.  Yay Carole!  (more geese!)


Diana’s Science Fair.  She used Cotton + Steel and we loved the swirls!


Tillie’s Science Fair.  It’s wonderful Tillie; your color choices are so great!  I teach Science Fair as a precision piecing class.  There’s a new class on the schedule; come join us.


Beverly’s Science Fair.  Beverly wasn’t able to be with us but we took a picture of her quilt!!


Ginny’s Science Fair.  Ginny couldn’t be there either but that didn’t stop us from showing her beautiful top.  Ginny used Essex flax for her background.


Here’s Joan’s original design flying geese.  Far far away…  🙂


Joan’s Treelicious quilt.  Did I mention that I taught her how to applique??


Here’s my Serendipity Sampler…almost finished.  My classes are starting to finish their tops; look for them on the blog.  I’m starting a new class on the second Monday in January.   This is a great beginner hand applique block of the month.  Contact me if you are interested.


Here’s the infamous bubble quilt…without the ruffle!  Ha!!   I did a demo on how to construct this great baby quilt.  There were a few disparaging remarks but it scored high marks in our baby focus group!  Laurie’s comment was the best:  “awkwardly cute!”


What would a bubble quilt be without Minkie from The Little General on the back??  We had a lot of fun with this.  If you want to make one…and I know you do…Awaiting Ada has a really good tutorial on her blog.

We had a really fun morning.  If you are interested in joining this talented group just contact Gina at The Little General.  She will take good care of you!

Finally, The Little General is having an Open Sew at The Barn in Reynolda Village on Monday, November 17 from 9:00 until 3:00.  The cost is $25.  Bring a project and come sew with us!  Gina Allen and I will be doing one of our whiz-bang tutorials about 10:30 so it should be a big time.  The Barn is a great space with lots of room and we are excited!

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for reading my blog!

October Fat Stacks…Wow!


We had our monthly Fat Stacks meeting this morning at The Little General.   The shop has a flying geese challenge in progress…this group is participating!  Enjoy!IMG_3585We started off with Cheryl this month…did I mention I taught her how to quilt?

IMG_3587Ann’s Serendipity Sampler block!

IMG_3588Ann’s first flying geese.  Cotton + Steel…it’s a very popular collection.

IMG_3589Carole’s hand-pieced hexies using Amy Butler’s Glow.IMG_3590More Amy Butler from Carole!  #navyisthenewblack

IMG_3591Carole’s Cotton +Steel.  I LOVE this.

IMG_3592Joan’s original design using flying geese.  Joan said she used the panel to show how many quilts she is accumulating.  Great problem to have!  Check out the appliqued hexie.

IMG_3593Diana’s foundation pieced flying geese.  She did a great job!

IMG_3594A section of Jennifer’s memory quilt.  She used the quilt pattern from the front of our Serendipity Sampler book.  So fun!

IMG_3595Debbie’s flying geese using Cotton + Steel.  Such good workmanship!

IMG_3596Paula’s new bag.  Yep, THAT’S what you do with that great canvas!  Polka dot handles are the best.

IMG_3597Martha Claire brought a wonderful Fanny Hall quilt to share.

IMG_3598The beginnings of Tillie’s Science Fair block  from my Precision Piecing class.  My picture is a little blurry but her piecing and her pressing are really good!  Stay tuned for more pictures as these quilts are finished.  Very fun!

IMG_3599Tillie’s pieced top.  See that beautiful piece of voile on the table?  That’s her backing fabric.  It all went home with Gina today to get quilted.

IMG_3600Spectacular quilting from Gina on a quilt for Lee Monroe.


So Tanna took my pictures for me this morning and we didn’t get any shots of her great quilts.  However, she shared a link from Noodlehead last month for this great pouch with a zipper.  I made it and Debbie won it in the giveaway.  It’s all about the flying geese…

It was a pretty special morning!  Thanks for all the show and tell ladies!!  If you are interested in joining us, contact Gina at The Little General for more info!