Studio Updates

October 12, 2013

Today the Quilt With Mo Studio girls are at our Fall quilting retreat at Crazy for Quilts Retreat in Cle Elum.  The drive over was gorgeous with all the Fall colors bursting.  We are having such a good time and being so productive! 

After this week-end, my time is devoted back to the Studio again.  The queue of quilts for the Long-Arm is growing daily and I'm currently 5-6 weeks out.  The holidays are coming quickly, and quilters are certainly on task!

I'm still teaching a few classes at Gossypium Quilt Shop, but by the first of 2014 there will be more Quilt with Mo Saturdays at the Studio, and a sprinkling of classes.  I'm thrilled to be getting back to my favorite fabrics and quilting patterns:  scrappy, reproduction, applique, wool.

I hope you join me soon.  I would love to see you at the Studio!

March 17, 2011

See Debbie...See Debbie last September's retreat!  As of today there are still two seats available at the April Retreat in Roslyn, Wa.  Just send us an email at or call Mo at 206-909-0723 if you'd like to join us.  Details are on the Home page of this website.

Vol. One of "Perfect for PreCuts" Bookazine by Better Homes & Gardens was delivered to the Studio less than two weeks ago, and we only have a few left.  Come in soon to get your copy and discover wonderful ideas for using up your stash of Jelly Rolls, Fat Quarters, Layer Cakes, etc.  And while you're here, be sure to take a peek at the Studio inventory of new cut goods from Moda, arriving often.

The Website at is being updated and maintained weekly, so be sure to set us on your Favorite list and check in from time to time.  Most all of our available fabrics, kits, and precut goods are pictured for you, as well as retreat schedules, and classes offered.  We are working on our Project Gallery so you can share your exciting quilt projects with us.  We hope to have that up and running soon.

Mark your calendar now for the next Studio Open House on Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  You'll be able to sign up for the Million Pillowcase Challenge for our charity of choice, Mary's Place in downtown Seattle.  There are new kits, class samples, fabric, and fun products to preview.  And never come alone...bring a friend with you!

Debbie and I are working on Wool applique samples for you, and you'll see a class coming up to introduce you to these yummy projects:  table toppers, wall hangings, pin cushions, pillows, and as embellishment on quilts (we just love Moda's washable wool).

Sweet Piecing,

February 18, 2011
Retreat -   Last September I invited some quilters from the Studio for an "experimental" quilting retreat to Roslyn to see if this was something we would like to continue.  The verdict was a resounding "Oh Yes!".   So we have happily scheduled three 2011 retreats, all at Crazy Quilt Shop in Roslyn, Wa.:  April 8-11 with 5 seats left, May 13-16 (full), and Sept. 23-25, still wide open.  This is such a fun time for all, as we cut together, sew together, laugh together, eat together, and give each other both wanted (and unwanted advice).  The environment is very relaxing with lots of room and light for each quilter, and we spend our sleeping time at the Hummingbird Inn on the same block.  The Hummingbird Inn was a bed and breakfast house that is now leased by Crazy Quilt Shop especially for retreaters.  We will have the whole house to ourselves and everyone has her own bed!  I hope you can join us!

New Fabrics and Kits
- Debbie and I are so excited with the new Moda fabric lines we've ordered!  Most of these relate to kits and we've had fun making up the samples.  We are also getting together a seasonal series of wall-hangings with Mo's signature checkered tablecloth.  Will you be seeing these in magazine ads this year? (mmm, maybe so).  You can find almost everything we have either available now, or upcoming in the Online Store on the website.  Debbie is doing a great job keeping it up to date.

Perfect for Precuts - I'm rubbing my hands together in gleeful anticipation!  Mark your calendar to come by the studio and see the newest publication by American Patchwork & Quilting, "Perfect for Precuts".  Newstand prices will be $12.95, but you can save $2.00 by picking up your copy at the Studio for $10.95.  This is a 140-page bookazine with 22 quilt patterns that utilize precuts for all or most of the piecing.  It even includes an 8-page packet of full-size patterns.

Fabric and Batting prices - You're starting to see an increase in fabric and batting prices, aren't you?  So are the retailers, and they just can't help it, as much as we all would like.  If you would like some more explanation about why prices are increasing 10-20%, scroll down and read my last "Current News - Cotton Prices". 

Sweeet Piecing, Mo


January 13, 2011
Open House -  SATURDAY January 29th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please come by and see what's new.  No early birds please...I probably won't be ready for you until 2 minutes before I open the doors.

This Open House will update you on what I've been doing this past year as I have walked through a separation and pending divorce with my husband of 28 years.  My youngest son Tim (24) is finishing his last year as a senior at UW and has been living at home with me, and we've both been adjusting.  I have stepped up activity in my Guam business, and the Quilt with Mo Studio has strolled along.  It's a new year!  I'm ready to get going!  I truly love the Studio and have missed seeing so many of you.  Please come by and get a hug.

Classes - You have flattered me non-stop by asking for classes... "Are you doing any classes?  Do you have your class schedule done yet?  When are you going to offer classes?  I want to take some classes!"  The Studio has been alive with Free Sew Days on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, and Quilt with Mo Saturdays have been a great time and will continue.  Actually, a slower 2010 has allowed the Studio to become much more creative-based.  If you want to change your pattern, embellish it, create a pattern for something "new" you've stumbled on (we all know what that means), or just need help getting out of a rut, the Studio is where you should be!

There IS actually a class schedule coming out with the Open House and I will have it online as soon as I get it together.  We're offering "Totally Triangular" (one-day workshop), a traditional log cabin, a new method for a Pineapple quilt, some Jelly Roll quilts, wool applique (hand and machine), raw-edge applique (no hand-sewing), a "creativity" workshop on borders, backings, and binding, and a few more.  Come see for yourself and sign up.

Meet Debbie
- Many of you have met Debbie Sullivan because she has spent almost as much time in the Studio as I have.  So, I'm taking advantage of her sweet spirit and putting her to work as my assistant.  Debbie has two elementary school children, so she will be part-time, but I am thrilled to have her help.  She's very qualified to help you at the Studio, so please feel free to utilize her fully!

Kits...Kits...Kits - We love kits, and so many of you do as well.  Don't tromp all over Seattle trying to find kits you like, come by the Studio or go online and see what we have.  I'm even posting kits that are not available yet from Moda, and taking reservations.  Our experience has been that Moda kits usually fly out the door and if you wait too long, then even your retailers can't get them any longer. 

Cotton Prices -  You may have heard that cotton prices are taking a jump this year, and I wanted you to have as much information as possible.  So if you go to this link, you'll get a full economic report on the cotton industry:  You should start seeing the prices jump this Spring, when the new lines are coming into the stores.  Please let me encourage you to spend this winter organizing your stash fabrics and making plans to utilize them in your projects.  Any fabrics that you want to eliminate from your sewing room can come to the Studio and passed on to those interested in charity quilts.  The Studio will also be carrying more 108" backing fabrics, which will save you significantly.  As usual, the Studio will carry all fabrics at discount.

I hope to see you at Open House.  You are encouraged to email me at,
or call me at 206-909-0723 if you have any questions. 

September 29, 2009
Garage Sale/Open House -                                      THIS SATURDAY! October 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please come by and see what bargains are waiting for you!  No early birds, please.  The Studio is making room for new fabrics and supplies, and 3 other quilters will have tables of quilting goodies for you to see.  The new Fall class schedule will also be available.  If it works out for you, please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Issaquah Food Bank.

Birdie Sling Bag - Oh my!  This has been a popular class this past month.  I've added another class for October 18th, but there are only two seats left.  Email me at right away if your calendar is free and you'd like to learn to make this very fun bag perfect for holiday gift giving or to add to your own wardrobe.

The Fall Class Schedule is wrapped primarily around Saturdays, and there just aren't that many of them before we hit the holidays.  So if you and your friends would like a week-day class, just let me know. 

Hope to see you on Saturday,

September 14, 2009
Garage Sale/Open House 
My encouragement to you for this year has been to use up your stash and complete your quilt tops!  How have you done?  Are you happy with your results?  Do you feel guilty for all the new purchases this year?  Are you groaning as the quilting and fabric industry entices you away from your goal?  Whatever your answer, ME TOO!  I'm right there with you.  So, I thought:  why not have a great garage sale with the quarterly Open House and give us all a chance to make a little money back on stash that we are no longer excited about?  So...

Saturday, October 3rd, I'm putting out 10 spaces for quilters to reserve, where they can bring anything quilt related to sell, trade, or give-away.  Can I charge you $10 per table to help with advertising?  Let's do Craigs List, garage sale notices, and an ad in the Seattle Times(?).  I love this idea!  And should each table bring a plate of cookies?  What do you think?  Email me if you'd like to participate.  The Studio will be having a Clearance Sale to make room for the new fabrics that I have been enticed with.  I'm praying for a beautiful Fall day, and lots of attendance!

Fall Class Schedule  The new class schedule is on this website, so be sure to take a look and see if there's something you'd like to sign up for.  Or maybe you're like the "Trina Group" and would like to request something different for you and your friends.  Email me at or call 206-909-0723.  I find the best ideas for classes come from you!

Buck A Block        We are in month 9 of our Buck a Block!  I am excited to see all of you so excited!  A few of you have not yet picked up your blocks for the summer months, so let me encourage you to stop by and pick those up so you can get back on track.  I hope yoiur summer was special, and I'm envious of all the summer vacations I've heard about.

Blocks of the Month       Other big news at the Studio is the offering of Block of the Months "clubs":  Underground Railroad and Green Piece. 
Underground Railroad is a great opportunity for beginners who want to learn to quilt, or for self-taught quilters who would like to learn tips and tricks, and for experienced quilters who just love these sampler blocks.  Be sure to check out the Classes schedule and sign-up.  And there's nothing more fun than experiencing a class with a friend.  Please feel free to invite her.
Green Piece is Moda University's new Block of the Month, and it has something for everyone:  pieced blocks, medallion block, and alternate blocks.  The alternate blocks are completed with your choice of wool applique (no turn-under edges), digital embroidery green work, or just plain!   The Studio is taking reservations for the first 24 quilters.  Be sure to check out the details in Online Store, Block of the Month Clubs, then email or call me if you have any questions, or would like to sign up. 

Please enjoy your last days of summer, and let me hear from you!


August 8, 2009
I truly love the cooler just makes me want to be in the Studio dreaming up the Fall teaching schedule.  And that's just what I've been doing.  I've also been working on some new directions for the website, and I think it wil be a good addition to the world of online shopping.  Since teaching is still my first love, the online store will only be offering Moda pre-cuts, various kits (either by Moda or of my own design), Block of the Month and Buck-a-Block clubs.  If the shopping experience at QuiltwithMo works out for quilters, then I look forward to adding more items.

Speaking of Moda, you are invited to pre-order any of the pre-cuts and kits of new lines to be released this Fall.  I've put my favorites on the online store and you can get a sneak peek at "Fabrics - What's New". 

The HandiQuilter16 in the Studio has been busy, and I'm so pleased.  Students are quilting their own quilts using pantographs, and other students are bringing me their tops for quilting.  If I can help you with your top(s), call me at 206-909-0723 or send me an email at

I hope to see you soon,

July 28, 2009
Have I truly not updated you since the end of May?  Oh my!  Well, since that time we had the Studio Open House, my daughter was married in a week-end "event" in Las Vegas, our youngest son was accepted as a transfer student from Santa Barbara to UW as a Junior, we put in a new water feature near the front of the Studio, and I've been teaching and quilting lots.  How have you been spending your summer so far?  I truly enjoy hearing about your family time and vacations.  Please make a point to share with me.

The pictured quilt above was brought to the Studio this week by a friend for some tender, loving repairs.  This late 1800's quilt has been passed down in the family, so it is truly a precious gift for my friend.  This wonderful quilt reminded me that several of you have asked for a seminar in antique quilts, so let's do that!  Come to the Studio on Thurs. evening, August 13th, and bring your well-loved, heirloom, or antique quilts for a brief history lesson and advice on repairing/restoration.  Antique quilts are my passion, so I have lots to share and would love to have you join us.

The Celebration Flag kit was a huge success by Studio standards and I'm so thankful for all your sweet comments and pictures.  It was such fun for me that I'm planning more seasonal/holiday kits.  If you have any suggestions or specific requests, please let me know.

Buck a Block is moving along very strong.  On August 1st, block #8 will be available.  And, a little insider information because you are a loyal friend of the Studio:  2010 Buck a Block is all set for me to start on the sample as soon as the fabric arrives from Moda in August.  You are going to love it!

Completed Class Quilts - be sure to send me a picture or bring it to the Studio so I can applaud you.  I've also found that your finished quilts are far more exciting than my samples and it's a joy for me to see them.  You'll also receive your 10% discount certificate towards another quilt class at the Studio.  Please remind me if I forget!

Another new class has been added to the Summer Class Schedule:  Jelly Roll Braid Quilt on Sat., Sept. 12th from 1-4 p.m.  Seats are already limited, so email soon if you'd like to join us.

May 26, 2009   

Celebration Flag is a very easy, quick and fun kit available only at the Studio.  I have been searching for a really fun, symbolic, and easy quilt hanging to celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July and summer sunny days.  I came across an older pattern by Thangles that was close, and with a few "Mo" adjustments, I'm really happy with Celebration Flag.   The flag is 29" x 47".  The kit is $ 28.50, and includes all the fabric you need for the top, backing, sleeve and binding.  Just send an email to
if you'd like a kit reserved for you!
Open House is coming up on Saturday, June 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Plan to come by and see the new Summer Class Samples and pick up a calendar.  There will be more details for you later.

Buck a Block #6 is ready for pick-up! 

Studio Open Hours:    Wed., Thurs., and Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment.

May 4, 2009   Oh, please don't catch the flu!  I've just survived 10 days of a head cold/flu, and if one of the several classes cancelled or postponed was yours, I'm so sorry!  In getting those classes back into the calendar, there has been a bit of shifting of class dates, opening new opportunity in case you were unable to attend the original class.  There are new dates for Jelly Roll Junction and Bull's Eye in the Classes section.  All other classes still have their original dates intact.

Buck a Block    #5 (May) is ready for pick-up!  There is a very limited number of sashing/borders/binding kits available on a first-come basis.  These kits are identical to the sashing/borders/binding in the picture above.  Be sure to let me know asap if you'd like to order this kit.  20% discounted cost is $ 21.98 (retail $ 27.48).  The finished size of the quilt is 63" x 79" and you'll need 4 yards fabric for the backing. 

Quilting/Sewing Items for Sale     Several of you have indicated you have sewing/quilting machines and related items for sale.  If you would like to send me an email with your ad, I'll be happy to put it on the website.  Don't forget to include your contact information so a prospective buyer can contact you directly.

Summer Classes     I'm in the process of putting together my schedule of classes for the Summer and would love to hear what you are most interested in.  Please email me at and tell me what you would like to see happening at the Studio this Summer.   And don't think I'll hear enough from everyone else so you needn't email.  I'd love to hear from you!

If you're a gardener, enjoy our season of planting (and pulling weeds)!


April 20, 2009     
It really is spring!  I love the longer days and warmer temperature.  I love hearing all the birds chirping and squirrels chattering.  I love the flowers!  I really don't like the weeds.  And here we are...itching to get out in the sun and patter in our yards, and yet I'm supposed to encourage you to be piecing and completing those tops you haven't finished...after all, you don't want to get too much sun do you?

Pixie's Story     The lost kitten in our yard now has a the Studio!  Now how did that happen!?  Her name is Pixie.  We think she's a "she" because two of my students told me so (elementary school teachers should know, shouldn't they?).  Pixie arrived at the Studio on Open House day (thank you Marie, for bringing her in the door :).  She was very hungry, but has been fattening up well.  I've spent several weeks trying to return her to a little girl who surely must be missing her kitty, but to no avail.  So, Comet and Blue have a new little buddy and her favorite spot is on the window sill watching the bird and squirrel feeder.  If you are coming to the Studio and have any allergies to pets, please let me know and I'll do all I can to make the area pet-free for you.

Buck a Block:    Our Buck A Block 2009 is "Black and White with a Cherry on Top", pictured above, and Month 5 is available for pick-up the week of April 27th.  The great response to this program has overwhelmed the supplies available, so it is no longer available for new registrations.  If you are on the list to receive monthly Buck a Blocks and a kit, please let me know if you are no longer interested.  There is a waiting list that I could pass on your kit to.  

Classes for this quarter have begun, and there are still seats available in most.  If there's a class you'd love to take but the date is all wrong for you, let me know.  If you have a friend or two or three and would like to have a class all to yourselves, just check with me by email or phone and we'll make a date.  

HandiQuilter      If you have been wondering whether you would like to use a long-arm, sign up for the next long-arm class on May 14th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Class is limited to 3 students and the cost is $75 per person, all supplies provided.  Once you have taken this class, you are able to rent time on the Handi!Quilter.

Enjoy your spring! 

April 1, 2009      The new class quarter is here and we have an interesting mix of quilts to offer.  Be sure to check out the Classes tab Friday, April 3rd for all the new dates and times.

Open House was a wonderful experience for the Studio and I want to thank each one of you who took the time to come by and say hello.  The food donations basket for the Issaquah Food Bank is brimming over.  Again, thank you for your generous charity.  We were busy, busy, busy, and even embraced a wandering kitten found in our yard.  If you missed the date or were unavailable, you are invited to the Studio any time during Open Hours, or by appointment. 

Studio Open Hours:    Wed., Thurs., and Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment.

Studio Closed April 9 - 12     Happy Easter!

Free Class Winner:  At Open House we invited each attendee to sign up for a drawing for a free class at the Studio.  And the winner is....Kaarin Hedberg.  Congratulations Kaarin!

Buck a Block
:    Our Buck A Block 2009 is "Black and White with a Cherry on Top", pictured above, and Month 4 is available for pick-up.  The great response to this program has overwhelmed the supplies available, so it is no longer available for new registrations.  If you are on the list to receive monthly Buck a Blocks and a kit, please let me know if you are no longer interested.  There is a waiting list that I could pass on your kit to. 

10% Discount:  I wanted to remind you that if you take a class at the Studio anytime in 2009 and complete your quilt, you'll receive a 10% discount on your next class.  Just show me your completed quilt or send a picture.  A "completed" quilt is a top that has been quilted and has the binding sewn on. 

I hope to see you in a class soon!

March 13, 2009   Oh, so much is happening at the Studio and I want you to be a part of it!  Classes this quarter have been great!  We've had such a good time.  I truly hope you join us in this next quarter.

Open House March 28th: Open House is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will feature an Eleanor Burns Trunk Show, the Buck a Block Quilt for 2009, new Studio class samples and teaching schedule.  Bring a non-perishable food item for the Issaquah Food Bank and enter a drawing for a free class at the Studio!  Bring a friend.

Eleanor Burns Trunk Show:  No, Eleanor won't be here, but seven of her quilts will be!  Come see quilts and wall-hangings of:  Tennessee Waltz, Still Stripping (perfect for jelly rolls), Delectable Mountains, Underground Railroad, Irish Chain, Fans & Flutterbys, and Garden Lattice.  The quilts will be here for a month, and we're going to take advantage of them with a few classes in April.
Free Sew with Mo:  The first Wednesday is just not enough.  So, the third Wednesday has been added to the monthly calendar as well.  Free Sew with Mo allows four quilters to come to the Studio and have fun sewing together.  The doors open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m..  Come when you can and leave when you must!  Bring your sewing supplies, projects, and snacks/lunch to keep you happy.  Be sure to call or email to sign up.

Buck a Block:    "Black and White with a Cherry on Top" is Mo's version of the Buck a Block for 2009.  The quilt will be hanging at the Open House, and it's not to late to start yours (if you haven't already).  For more information click on "Buck a Block 2009" on the menu of this website.

I hope to see you soon!

March 6, 2009     Daylight Savings Time is this week-end and I'm so happy to have that extra hour of light!  The days are getting longer and that means warmer weather is on it's are flowers, birds, (and weeds).   Welcome to our new sign-ups.  It's often thought that a website is impersonal, but let me assure you that's just not true.  I'm learning about being a good "websiter", but I excel in email communication, so if you don't find what you're looking for on this website, just drop me an email to and tell me what you're thinking of.  I love hearing from quilters and I appreciate your suggestions for my website.

Buck a Block:     Block 3 is ready for pick-up anytime in March.  I've also received the black fabric to complete the Star kits so they are available as well.   I'm getting closer to the sample of a full quilt top  for the black and white (with red) Buck a Block.  Look for a picture of it soon on this website.
March Open House is coming.   Mark your calendar now for Saturday, March 28th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Studio.  The new class schedule and samples will be here for you to see, and we'll be taking sign-ups for classes.  As a matter of fact, everyone who signs up for a class at Open House will receive a gift from Mo.  Bring friends and make it a girls' day out to the Studio.

Eleanor Burns Trunk Show will be at the Studio during Open House, and for the whole month of April.  Come see Eleanor's real life samples of the Underground Railroad, Irish Chain, Tennessee Waltz, Garden Lattice, Fans & Flutterbys, Delectable Mountains, and a quilt from Still Stripping.  Eleanor won't be here, but she sends her best.   We'll have some of her books and rulers available for purchase, and three of the quilts will be offered as classes in April! 

Studio Open Hours:  9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  If you would like to drop by at another time, please call for an appointment to  206-909-0723 .

Any day spent sewing is a good day!

February 22, 2009   The sign-up box on the home page is now functioning properly!  I'm so happy!  I've been like a flea on a dog to my host provider ever since last November to get this fixed.  Those of you who have entered your emails in the past have probably received a pattern by now.  Wasn't that fun?  The pattern has complete fabric requirements, cutting, and sewing instructions.  Enjoy!  If you haven't signed up, now it's time!  Go to the Home Page enter your email in the "newsletter" box on the left of the page.  Thank you!

New Open Hours:    I'm excited!  The Studio had an original plan last May to teach quilting classes a few times a month, as interest dictated.  Mmmm, interest has now dictated that I enhance that plan and open the Studio doors for drop-in opportunity.  And that's a good thing, don't you think?  If you would like to drop by at another time, please call for an appointment.

Send in your Pics:  I'm most inspired by seeing other quilts, and you have been telling me the same.  So, we need a Quilt Gallery on this website!  Please email me your pictures of completed quilts, whether they were a class at the Studio or not, whether they are completed this year, or not.  Be sure to include your name if you would like it to accompany the picture in the Gallery.  I look forward to hearing from you! 

HQ16 Machine Rental:  The Studio has it's own HQ16 quilting machine with a stitch-regulator, pantograph patterns and groovy boards.  Once you've taken a 3-hr. training class you are welcome to rent time on the machine to quilt your own quilts.  The cost of the training class is $ 75, which teaches how to load and operate the machine.  You will practice various basic designs, and attendance is limited to three students at a time.  Rental time on the machine is $20 per hr., which includes the thread, and batting is available or you can bring your own.

If you would like to have your top quilted professionally, I recommend the following businesses.  Call or email for prices and availability.

Simply Quilting by Ida, Redmond,  425-27... (cell) or  425-83... (home)
Bits & Pieces by Dawna Callahan, Issaquah,  42... (cell) or  42... (home)
The Quilted Key, Gail Key, North Bend,  425-396-5717  or

February 4, 2009     Pictured here is Block 2 of the Buck a Block...isn't it fun?!  If you haven't been in the Studio lately, please make a date to stop by and take a look at all that's happening.  We've had some great classes and more to come. 

The Studio now has a stitch-regulated quilting machine and it's available for hourly rental.  An introduction class is 3 hours for $ 75, which teaches you how to use the machine, how to use groovy boards and pantographs, mark your top, and practice, practice, practice.  Once you've taken the class, you may rent time on the machine at $ 20 per hour.  A typical lap-sized quilt is usually 2 1/2 to 3 hrs.  Just email me at, or call  206-909-0723  for an appt.

January 28, 2009    
Oh my goodness!  The Buck a Block play group has been a great success, and I'm so excited.  If you are still thinking about signing up for this block of the month for a buck a month, please email me soon at  so I can set one aside for you. 

Popular questions about this program:
Q:     Are all the center blocks black and white?
A:      Yes, they are, and each month is different!
Q:      If I can't get in to pick up my block, can you mail it to me?
A:      Yes, with an additional charge of $ 1.00 for postage, etc. 
Q:      Can my friend join too?
A:      Of course! 
Q:      Can I pick up monthly blocks for my friend?
A:      Yes, as long as you bring her completed block from the previous month.  Otherwise, the cost is $ 3.00 instead of $ 1.00.
Q:      Can I sign up for more than one Buck a Block?
A:      Yes, the cost for the additional monthly blocks is Three Dollars each.
Q:      I've never used Thangles.  Are they easy to use?
A:      Thangles are great!  I've come to recommend them for any half-square triangles.  When you come in, I'll be happy to demonstrate them for you, and there are excellent instructions with each package.
Q:      How many Thangles packages will I need to buy for the 12-months of blocks?
A:      Only one package of 1.75 Thangles needs to be purchased with your first block.  This package will last throughout all 12 months.  You'll need two packages of 3.5 Thangles for the Setting Stars (one free package comes with your $ 35.00 kit).
Q:      What if I didn't sign up in January?  Have I missed the Buck a Block, or can I still start in another month?
A:      You can start any month you like.  I'm so organized, I'll always know what you need next.  By the way, the blocks are NOT January, February, March, etc.  Instead they are Block 1, Block 2, Block 3, etc., so you'll never feel as though you are behind all the other customers/students.

If you have a question that isn't answered for you here, please feel free to email me at

Thank you all for asking about my wrist.  I have a splint I can wear when my hand is worn out, or not wear when I need to do such important things as cutting and sewing.  I say that will glee...cutting and sewing! 

I hope to see you soon at the Studio,



January 15, 2009 
       I hope you and your family have survived our unusual winter weather.  We're promised some sunshine over the next few days and I am truly looking forward to it, aren't you?  My cast came off today and the doctor's report is that the breaks have healed "almost perfectly".  I'm even typing this with both hands!  I'm so happy!  Thank you for all the support and encouragement you've given me these past 6 weeks.  Oh my, I have missed sewing so much!

Black and white with a splash of red
The 2009 Buck a Block is ready at the Studio!  Pictured here is the first month's block inside a Setting Star.  This is a fun program giving you a different block for 12 months, each block easily assembled in a short time.  Here's how it works:  

First Month
- The cost is Six Dollars, which signs you up, gives you a package of 1.75" Thangles for the half-square triangles (for 12 months), the pattern, and the two fabrics for the inside block .

Months 2-12 - Bring in the completed block from the previous month and you can get the current block for One Dollar.  Again, you'll receive the new pattern and the two fabrics for that month's block.

*Setting Star - Your monthly blocks are yours to incorporate into a quilt any way you wish.  However, if you like the Setting Star that the Studio has chosen to frame the blocks, kits are available for Thirty-five Dollars.  The kit includes all the fabric needed to make a Setting Star for each of the 12 inner blocks, a package of 3.5 Thangles (for the 12 Setting Stars), and a coupon for 20% discount (msrp) coordinating fabrics for borders, backing, and binding.   Kits are limited, so reserve yours early.

To sign up, merely come to the Studio on a class day or by appointment.  If you're unable to get to the Studio in January, just give me a call at  206-909-0723 , or email to and I'll put one aside for you.
Be sure to check back to Current News often.  There's always something new happening at the Studio!

I hope to see you soon,


December 31, 2008      Looking back over 2008 gives me much to reflect on, and the new year gives me much to look forward to.  I'm especially excited about the class line-up at the Studio and hope to see you this quarter.  Today my right arm was re-casted and I've been given my elbow back.  I'm so thankful! 

Classes are all still on calendar, and there are seats left in Mysterious Girls, Free Sew, Applique for Fun. Log Cabin Star (pictured), Scraps and Stash, French Diamonds, Crossings, and the Tumbler quilts.  Call or email if you would like to come to a class or two.  Kits are also available for Log Cabin Star and French Diamonds.  Contact Mo @, or  20....

Happy New Year!


December 23, 2008      Merry Christmas and best wishes for a warm and sweet holiday with your family and friends.  Mo

December 16, 2008     The Studio Open House on December 7th had a big surprise!  Just two hours before opening the doors, I fell off a step stool and broke my right wrist and arm and spent most of the open house hours at ER.  Oh my!  You can imagine how disappointed I am to have missed seeing each of you.  I was truly looking forward to this special time with you. 

Thank you to friends Donna and Kim for stepping in as hostesses and helping you with class sign-ups and purchases.  And thank you to all of you who attended on such a blustery and cold day.  Thank you for your donations to the Issaquah Food Bank, and thank you for all your sweet gifts and well wishes. 

As I complete this website for launch, I'm typing and adding pictures left-handed, while on medication.  Please forgive typos and untouched photos.  So unprofessional, I know, but let's at least have fun with it!  If you notice any typos or really big boo-boos (I'm on meds remember), then send me an email to and let me know the error so I can fix it.  I'll say "thank you" with a free Charm Pack of your choice from the Studio's collection.  First come, first serve per error. 

So, on that note:  the Thangles Play Group samples mentioned within "Quilt for Less in 2009" are not ready for you to see before you sign-up...with a right full-arm cast for the next two weeks, I'm unable to do any sewing!  So please be patient with me until after the holidays, and I'll send out a special newsletter announcing the Play Group is ready.  I appreciate your understanding, and placing your trust in my instruction and Studio products.

                                                                   Merry Christmas,