Why Wedding Dress Blue?

My wedding dress was a bright, cobalt blue.  My poor mother when she saw it took a deep breath and said, “Well…it is you.”  I have never regretted the decision (the dress or the marriage) and in our family that perfect blue color has come to be known as “wedding dress blue.”  It sometimes causes confusion for strangers, but it makes perfect sense to me.

I try to fit quilting and sewing into a busy family and church life (and being a middle school teacher) and feel very lucky if I get an hour a day (sometimes at very odd hours).

It seems that I nearly MUST have some creative time each day in order to feel fully alive.  Maybe this is why:

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before… Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty…” Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I aspire to beauty.  Hopefully,  I am getting there.

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  1. I would like to purchase a small doll quilt, special made by Sparkle Jane. If they are still available, the red nine patch, and the pink and orange one. How would I go about ordering them? Also, wondered if Sparkle Jane could use some scraps? Thanks, Vicki C email me at vcocks@hntb.com.

  2. One the top of your Home Page there is a picture of a quilt. What is the name of the quilt/pattern? I saw one at the fair last year, but for the life of me I can’t find the pattern. Hope you can help me. Lori

  3. Hi,
    I am teaching scrappy classes once a month at my LQS. The classes cost $10. Sometimes they will get a pattern from the shop, sometimes it will be my knowledge. It is a way to build community as well as for me to sew for a day (LOL). I would love to teach your Film at Five quilt. I have a Go cutter so I thought I could let everyone make their own squares and then show them your pattern as a layout. I am new at teaching so I want to make sure this is alright with you. Thanks so much. Nikki
    (nikki_moshier at hotmail.com)
    (Shop name is Threads Run Through It, Phenix, Virginia)

  4. I love, love the Super Stars Quilt !!!! I read through the tutorial and will be making it for a Girls Weekend quilt!! Is there any way you can include a picture that goes along with the number 10 instruction? I just want to make sure I get it straight in my head before I start!
    I would like updates on your blog please!!

  5. Deanna, thanks for the permission to use Film at Five for the mystery quilt for my group Wyndham Patchworkers. I adapted the pattern to various sizes as some of our members do big and others were struggling with the mystery or scrappy concepts. This is the first time I have run anything and having your tutorial ready to chop up ad feed to our members in the monthly newsletter made it so much easier. We have about 40 members and at least 10 ladies have said they are doing the quilt, so I hope to be able to post lots of pictures for you. Our retreat is at the end of May, and hopefully most will finish their tops then. We plan to have a special display of them as part of our QuiltIn this year in September.

    Joy Sleeman
    Wyndham Patchworkers
    Werribee, Vic. Australia

  6. Hi Deanna,
    I love your Twinkle Stars Baby Quilt. I have just started making it and enjoying how it’s evolving.
    Cheryl Seely
    Tweed Heads
    New South Wales

  7. I would like to order a seam ripper if they are still available. Aspen or zebra preferred. If you could send details I would appreciate it. It would be for a Christmas gift. Thank you. Sarah Wolfe

  8. Found your blog today. I have been cutting up my scraps for the last couple years into 2″, 3 1/2″, and 5″ squares based on a book called Scrap Therapy. But I wanted more simple and varied quilt patterns to use those squares and I couldn’t figure out how to use the squares to make triangle squares. Your tutorials and pictures have given me inspiration and answered my problem with triangle squares. Thank you.

  9. Deanna, the Growing Up Odd quilt has inspired me to start cutting strip scraps into 2.5″ squares. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I found your pattern for Film at Five quilt on Bonnie HUnter’s site. I was looking for a project to use up a lot of my 2.5 inch strips and squares.
    I may be doing something wrong here, but was looking for the size of the finished block and had to figure it out myself. I come up with 11″ finished. By taking the (5) 2.5″ squares and subtracting the 1″ for the 4 seams I come up with 11.5″ Making the finished size 11″ But when I look at your instructions for the sashing pieces the 5 squares and the solid strip which you say to cut at 10.5″ it looks like it will not line up with the pieced strip or the pieced block. Am I doing something wrong here?

  11. I noticed that in your Film at Five and your 1000 patch Block quilt…that there are no black squares. I am cutting 2″ squares now and wondered if I should NOT include my black scraps??

  12. A friend just shared your post with me as she thought I would like to do the “Halfway” HST quilt. I was intrigued and will most certainly want to view your tutorial. Then I noticed the quilt beneath the scraps “Film at Five” which I have also done, and decided I needed to subscribe to your blog. Thanks for the inspirations!

  13. Hi, I just came to your blog this morning after seeing it on the reading list over at Pieceful Wendy’s blog. I love it! Just wanted to tell you hello. Also, this quote on your about page is beautiful. 🙂

  14. Hi all, I have just found your page and wow I love it. I have not been quilting long but am loving everything I have done and found so much that I want to do. Started quilting about late (58) but I have done crafts all my life from cross stitch, knitting and crochet to making clothing for myself and costumes for friends children. My last craze was jewellery. Think I will try anything. I seen your pattern for the 🌟 quilt and am going to give it a try for a friend’s little girl. Thank you so much for the amazing patters that you have shared. I will be making more. Will post photos when finished. Thanks again. Cath xx

  15. Hello….I just found your blog following a reference in a Facebook
    posting ( Quiltville). I was interested in the dollmaking service project, and then delighted to find lovely quotes from Pres.Nelson and Elder Uchtdorf in your blog postings.. Could you please tell me more about that project? Thanks so much!

  16. I just found your blog and was interested to know if there were any finishing instructions for the Irish Chain quilt along. Do we finish as we like?

  17. I am also making the IRISH Star QUILT. I printed all directions but have a question. I know that the queen size says 169 blocks,,,is that 25 patch blocks or does that number include the star blocks. Can I simply make more blocks for a king size?

  18. Hi Deanna, Just found “Film at Five” and have admired it for some time. I cut 2.5 squares regularly from my scraps for the leaders/enders when sewing. This quilt, now that I know how to organize my squares, is perfect for the use of my squares. I am finishing a long-term project, using scraps and sewing squares together whenever, and this will be my next long-term project. I have been needing some way to use these scraps and now I have it. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

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