Need Inspiration for your quilting?

It’s a lovely day in Arizona, and when having my morning bagel I always have one or more quilting magazines to look at. It doesn’t matter how old the magazine is, I always get new ideas. I thought I would share the web links to some authors with you to give you inspiration and new ideas. This morning’s list is from American Patchwork & Quilting. It’s geared to getting you to subscribe and has several patterns for fat quarters. Listed below are the authors and their links. I haven’t vetted these to make sure they’re active, but take a look and let me know what you think.

Molly Hanson:

Mari Martin:

Darlene Zimmerman:

Kimberly Walus:

Monica Solorio-Snow:

Deanne Eisenman:


Upcoming shows

I’ve signed up for the new season of the Scottsdale Street Fair in, of course, Scottsdale, AZ. Held on Sundays through mid-may, the first show is October 7. I’ll be displaying my embroidery, quilts, and baby items.I’ve also starting doing screen printed tees. In addition, I’ll be selling my Scentsy warmers and fragrances and Velata, Scentsy’s new line of fondue warmers for Belgian chocolates. They have attendance of between 2,000 and 5,000 people weekly.

I’ve also signed up to be at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale for their monthly fund-raising. Will be doing the hand crafted items there. It’s organized by fellow shoppers I know. This is their first independent venture, and had about 25 vendors last month. I’m looking forward to working with them.

For more information on my wares, please check out my Etsy shop, KristaBDesigns and my Scentsy site at

Wedding quilt signed, sealed, and delivered

The quilt looked wonderfu, and was mailed to the wedding couple a week or so ago. They loved it! Which is a good thing because then they would have had to send it back to me and only get a check for the wedding instead! The wedding is this weekend, and from what I understand, there were be about 200 people. Can’t wait to go. Doing my Mom’s laundry now so she has something to pack!

Wedding quilt part 2

I finally finished the body of the quilt; just need to add borders. I’m only a month or so behind, but with temperatures hovering at around 108 degrees, I run out of energy quickly. Plus the quilt is getting bulky at this size. I can’t wait to take it to get quilted, will be doing lots of feathers on it.

Pictures to follow.

I wonder if this post is short enough to be a twitter.

The Wedding Quilt, episode 1

I spent most of Sunday working on the wedding quilt for my niece Kelly, or should I really say my future nephew to be. When they last visited me, Nick looked through my quilt books and asked if I could make a quilt with flags because he is very patriotic. Well, time has passed, the wedding is in five months. That means that I have to have it finished by the end of May if I want to have it back from the long-arm quilter by the end of August. I’ll probably be hand stitching the binding while I’m on the plane going back East.

So how did I find a flag pattern? He liked the quilts by Judy Martin. Of course he did–all those little pieces and diagonal seams. So lots of time was spent going through all my books and magazines. Judy’s quilts were the best looking but I kept on searching. While I love stars, I don’t like flags. That may have been one of the reasons I’ve gotten such a late start. I finally decided on a star quilt by Patrick Lose, even got the fabric from his shop in Phoenix. I was all set—until I saw that the stars were done with templates and not paper pieced. Another dead end. Not all was lost. I had added, one again, to my fabric stash. There’s always a siver lining!

I was about to give up when I got my latest issue of Quiltmaker. There, on page 57, was THE QUILT! Titled “Star Gazing”, it had lots of big stars (flight or forty), half log cabins that could be made in red and blue for the flags. It was great! Could it be any better? I guess it could be smaller- 90″x108″.

But wait, there’s more! I am able to use my stash for the entire front of the quilt! Life is grand. Life is wonderful! What could go wrong?

Well, Easter Sunday evening, after I had dropped Mom off at her retirement home, I decided I had time to work on the half finished 24 red and blue log cabin blocks. Chainstitching the strips, I was on block 20 when I noticed something didn’t look right. I had sewn 20 strips on the wrong side of the block! I decided it was time to turn off the machine and go to bed.


Well, I just joined Pinterest. My daughter made me do it. So all of you join it too so you can add cool stuff on pinwalls. I don’t get it yet , but you should pin items from my Etsy shop, kristabdesigns, and my Scentsy website at

It’s almost show time!

Friday is the start of the biggest craft show for Briar Patch marketplace in the Phoenix AZ area. My little SUV is packed to the brim and everything fit, although I must admit I can’t see out the back window. I do have a glimpse of the side mirror. It will be an adventure getting to work tomorrow (Weds.). I do have some finished baby bibs that need tags on them but I haven’t taken photos yet to post onto Etsy (Krista B Designs). I’m too tired to do it tonight, but photos and tagging, along with a crazy effort to get another million bibs done before 6 a.m. Friday will be something to do late Thursday afternoon after coming back from Thanksgiving dinner. Oh- and there’s the binding to put on my latest quilt before Friday too. Never a dull moment-except at my day job!

Besides the crafting for Krista B Designs, I also just became an independent consultant for Scentsy. The link to my website for the Scentsy products is I first found Scentsy at one of the Briar Patch shows this autumn. My little booth was put between a Scentsy director and a father/son who manufacture and sell their jewelry and watch components. Both were going gang busters and always had people at their booths. Not too many people were interested in my baby bibs, quilts, and screen printed tshirts. At the end of the show, I told Peggy I was signing up. I’ve done pretty well so far- a carnival at an elementary school, at a fair in Glendale, and now doing basket parties with people at work. So take a look at both sites, and let me know your thoughts on what might be good to create or ways to improve, or if you’d like some of the Scentsy.

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