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Welcome to any visitors coming over from

Sadly, I had to close the Knots & Bolts shop (both the online and brick and mortar versions).

I just have a few free patterns:

And I maintain a blog about quilting, photography and life in general:

Happy quilting!


First Anniversary Sale

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Knots & Bolts is turning ONE — August 8, 2009 — and to celebrate, YOU get the presents — 15% off everything in the shop.

Sale prices are good from August 6 through August 16th.

New fabric will be hitting the Internet store shelves throughout the sale, too, so you might want to check back to see if anything new and interesting has been added!

Go shopping!


Fabric sale

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I need to make some room on the shelves at the shop — so all yardage at Knots & Bolt is ON SALE — 25% off!

Sale prices are good through March 6, 2009.

This does apply only to yardage cut from the bolt, and does not include kits or fat quarter bundles. if you order more than I have in stock, I’ll send you an e-mail and let you know how much I do have, and let you make a choice, whether to take what I have or cancel the order.

The shopping cart shows it in half-yard increments — the Value Fabric is $1.87/half yard ($3.74 per yard!) and the Maywood Studios fabric is $3.38/half yard ($6.76 per yard!). Remember, my Value Fabric is top-quality stuff — it might be a few years old, but really, after fabric ages in your stash, does that really matter???

Go check out what I’ve got — you might find something just perfect for sashing, borders, or backing!

Remember, shipping is a flat $5 per order.  International shipping is charged at a flat $15 per order, but will adjust your order after the fact to reflect actual shipping International costs if it is lower.


Sherry’s Wildflower quilt

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I have a bunch of pictures of a quilt I just finished that I want to share, but I’m trying to experiment with the best way to share them.

I’m showing you a mosaic, and if you click on the mosaic, it’ll take you to my Flickr page, where you can see all of the photos in full format. When you are looking at the photos in the collection, you can click on the words “ALL SIZES” that appears above each photo, which will show you larger versions of the photo.

This is a quilt that I just finished for a customer — it’s a very beautiful machine embroidered quilt with a variety of different wildflowers.

The quilting includes lots of ruler work, as well as a variety of freehand leaf motifs.  If you have any questions, post a comment, either here or on the photos over on Flickr.

Sherry's Wildflowers mosaic

If you are looking for someone to machine quilt your project, I hope you’ll keep me in mind!  I do mail order and can provide quotes and designs via e-mail.

Thanks for looking!



Daisy, daisy Part 2

Still needs to be bound, but it came off the quilting machine just a little bit ago:

Daisy, full view

Daisy, detail 1

Daisy, detail 2

Daisy, detail 3

Daisy, detail 4

Daisy, detail 5

Daisy, detail 6

Now, I need to make another one, so I can keep it.  And then one for my sister.  And one for my sister-in-law and….



New Quilt Dash!

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A new Quilt Dash is starting on January, and Knots and Bolts is the sponsor of the Grand Prize this month!

You can find the prizes that are being offered with this Quilt Dash at:

Click the logo below to visit the Quilt Dash website and sign up.  It’s free to participate!


Lots of ruler work!

I’ve procrastinated on this piece a bit, because I knew just how much ruler work it was going to take.  It could be put off no longer, though, and is in progress.  I still have a fair bit to go, though it feels like I’ve done about a million of these blocks.  (I’ve done 11 and have 5 to finish).  Then the sashing.  The border is done.

Applique block detail

The embroidered blocks are exquisite. I can only hope my work does justice to it.

What are you working on today?  I hope it is something that brings you pleasure.




This quilt was done before Christmas, but I’m just now getting photos of it shared. This charming thing was appliqued by the maker when she was 8 years old. She is now in her 80s. She was going to throw it out, but her daughter rescued it, and it will be given to a great-granddaughter. The maker is just horrified by it — it is not well pieced, and much of the applique stitching needed to be repaired. There are even places were holes were darned and patches added on top.

Doesn’t matter, though, because it is very sweet.

butterfly quilt full view

I quilted it “as is” — warts and all.

butterfly quilt detail

The butterflies and border have a wiggly stitch in the ditch treatment.


The sashing and border is a freehand design, I drew in the main spine, and then freehanded the feathery flowers, leaves and curls.

butterfly quilt detail

Thanks for looking!


p.s.  if you click on a photo, it should take you to the Flickr photo page, and you can view it in a slightly larger format.  in theory.


Lucky Stars!

Those of you that are members of MQResource may have already seen these this morning.  I finished this quilt yesterday, it had been started back before Christmas.  Isn’t it bright and cheerful?

Lucky Stars full view

Lucky Stars quilt detail

Lucky Stars quilt detail

Lucky Stars quilt detail

Lucky Stars back

Lucky stars back


Daisy, daisy

My sister asked me to make a quilt for her friend’s mother. The recipient loves daisies, and my sister had in mind two things (which both immediately leapt to my mind as well when she said “daisy” and “quilt”).

One is this quilt, which hangs on my wall at home:


This quilt was made from a Country Threads pattern. The only thing I changed was to make my own letters, I didn’t care for the font they used on theirs, I thought this curly one suited my style better.

The other thing she requested was that I utilize this fabric somehow:

creamery neutrals fabric

(It was designed by Buggy Barn and in case you can’t tell, it has the words to the song “Daisy” printed on it).

She wanted the quilt to be lap-size, and I just started playing with strips and blocks and ideas and daisies and words and:

daisy quilt top

(The Daisy fabric is used in the pinwheels and the background for the appliqued words).

I’m going to have a hard time sending it to her. And she’s going to have a hard time giving it away. I may have to make 2 more of these. It still needs to be quilted, which I hope to do soon…but first, I have to finish counting inventory and working on some other customer quilt projects.

But technically I’m on vacation until Monday, so really, my time is my own, right?

I’ll be sure to post pictures when I’m done quilting (and binding…)