Christmas Coaster Project

December 7, 2017 Design, Journal

Still looking for a last minute Christmas gift? These coasters are the answer!

  1. Fussy cut 3 inch squares
  2. First border also made with 3 inch squares cut across the diagonal
  3. Second border is made with 4 inch squares cut across the diagonal twice
  4. Sew on the borders                  
  5. Trim to 5 inch squares              
  6. Cut batting to 4 3/4″ squares
  7. Cut backing to 5 inch squares                      
  8. Sew right sides together with the batting on top leaving an opening to turn right side out, press
  9. Top stitch around the outside sewing the opening closed
  10. Quilt the coasters                      
  11. Ready to give!     

We The People

November 3, 2017 Design, Journal

For two years I have been obsessed with the musical Hamilton. I’ve got books, biographies, watched the PBS special over and over, watched every interview Lin Manuel-Miranda has given, memorized the score, learned how to rap – you get the picture. Looking into the great ‘American Experiment” I started thinking about the documents written by the founding fathers and the frustration I feel about the current climate of the country. I needed to get something down on fabric.

The phrase “we the People are Created Equal” was buzzing through my head so I went unto the studio and started drawing “people” on graph paper. The first prototype was missing something, in fact, my husband did not see people at all! I kept at it and added more of a “body”. No longer were their heads floating out in space. I liked this prototype, the arms were raised at the sides of their heads trying to get the attention of the onlookers. To me they looked like they were shouting.


I hit the computer and designed a layout using three different sizes of the same block and did a layout without the words.


Pulling fabric was so much fun, different colors and textures even made a journalist with newsprint fabric. I wanted to incorporate some handwork into the quilt. It was my goal in 2017 to do some slow stitching. With that in mind, I did a blanket stitch around the heads of all the people.  Various low volume prints made up the background of the quilt. I then turned my attention to the back. I had leftover “bodies” of the people and wanted to incorporate them into the back of the quilt.  Back to EQ-7!


A stripe of these triangles up the middle of the quilt was fun and colorful and used up my snap triangles. On one side of the quilt, I used a solid dark gray and on the other a print that looks to me like barbed wire fencing. Now to my long armer Stacey Bendure who works at

I knew what I wanted to use as a quilting pattern, an allover barbed wire pattern which would echo the fabric and add another level of social commentary. The heads of the people would be excluded in the quilting. It was so cool to visit while the quilt was actually being quilted. The graphic on the left below shows the pattern on the computer screen and the heads of the people taken out of the allover pattern.


The binding was pieced from the prints used for the words, framing the entire quilt in a dark frame. When it came time to photograph “We the People” I turned to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

Kitty took the quilt to the high line in NYC! she came back with some great shots that captured the essence of the quilt.

By the way, I finally got Hamilton tickets!  August 1, 2018 – can’t wait!


A Checkered Path debuts in Modern Quilts Unlimited!

January 15, 2017 Design, Uncategorized

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A Checkered Path is now available in Issue #18 of Modern Quilts Unlimited.

This jellyroll friendly quilt measures 70″ x 86″ but can easily be made bigger or smaller.


A Checkered Path weaves colorful stripes over a neutral and varied cotton and linen blend background. You can see that the background squares are varied in color and weight but they all work together, providing a blank slate to show off quilting patterns in the negative space. Solid fabrics border the paths of printed fabric checks in bold colors, they practically leap out at you, as they crisscross across the top.

The quilt assembles quite easily in rows using 3 different sized blocks 6″ x 6″, 6″ x 10″ and 10″ x 10″. These blocks are then are sewn together for easy assembly.


The quilting motifs used tie the whole top together. In the vertical paths, circles were used and they “bleed” into the top and bottom outside borders. The horizontal paths have a half moon motif that also go into the side borders. The background squares in between the paths combine these two motifs together and the borders have diamonds that go around the corners and in between the half moons and circles.

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The size of this quilt can be easily adjusted to a crib/wall hanging size or a baby quilt.IMG_6117     IMG_6076

The 54″ by 54″ wallhanging on the left uses all prints and the 42″ x 42″ baby quilt on the right uses a combination of prints and a white background.



Best Day Ever debuts in McCall’s Quick Quilts!

October 10, 2016 Uncategorized



This is the motto at Midcoast Cottage Design!,  when you live with Golden Retrievers this mantra is heard on a daily basis. Introducing the newest pattern available in the December-January issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The issue is available on newsstands and in digital format on October 25.

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Make this celebration quilt for all the best days in your life. Weddings, new babies, graduations, engagements – you get the picture. This wall hanging measures        38″ x 43″ and the digital download comes with a bonus alphabet you can use to customize your own Best Day Ever quilt.


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