Yearly Archives: 2018


One of my favorite parts of my newsletter is building color palettes. I thought I'd share a couple of them here with you! My inspiration for this week's palettes is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral. I think it's not quite pink enough, but I used Kona Nectarine as the closest Kona Cotton to Living Coral. (Anyone think a different Kona is closer? Or another solid brand has a closer match?)

Kona Cotton colors are listed clockwise from upper left. Always check actual bolts/samples before making your purchases, as colors display differently on different screens.


Nectarine, Red, Ruby, Bone, Peach.


Nectarine, Cerise, Caribbean, Nightfall, Taupe.


Every other newsletter includes four palettes. I actually created five this week, so there are three more Living Coral inspired palettes in my latest newsletter. Not a subscriber yet? Subscribe here. (Be sure to check your email to verify your subscription.)

What color would you pair with Living Coral?


I'm so excited to share that I'll be helping to co-host the 2019 Finish Along! I've been participating in this program since 2014! I find it hugely motivating to set quarterly goals for which projects I want to work on... though I decided long ago that my Finish Along posts would serve as a laundry list of allmy WIPs. I like that every three months, even if I never touched some projects, I am reminded of what I have in progress.

Below you'll find all the details about the 2019 hosts and schedule. The 2018 Q4 Finishes linky opens on January 1st and that the 2019 FAL officially starts on January 10.

The 2019 Finish-A-Long Hosts:

Sandra of Sew of Course - Ireland
Marci of Marci Girl Designs - USA Louisiana
Leanne of She Can Quilt - Canada
Ella of Throw a Wench in the Works - USA Georgia
Karen of Capitola Quilter - USA California
Lynne of Tinking Along - USA Maryland
Izzy of Dizzy Quilts - Canada
Sarah of Sarah Goer Quilts - USA California
Julie of That's Sew Julie - USA Iowa
Sarah of Cedar Fork Stitches - USA Montana
Sharla of Thistle Thicket Studio - USA Kansas
Nicole of Handwrought Quilts - Canada

The 2019 Finish-A-Long Schedule:


  • 10 January (Thu) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup opens
  • 18 January (Fri) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup closes
  • 1 April (Mon) Finishes - Linkup opens
  • 2-6 April - Tutorial Week
  • 9 April (Tue) Finishes - Linkup closes


  • 10 Apr 2019 (Wed) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup opens
  • 18 Apr 2019 (Thu) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup closes
  • 1 July (Mon) Finishes - Linkup opens
  • 2-6 July - Tutorial Week
  • 9 July (Tue) Finishes - Linkup closes


  • 10 July (Wed) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup opens
  • 18 July (Thu) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup closes
  • 1 October (Tue) Finishes - Linkup opens
  • 2-6 October - Tutorial Week
  • 9 October (Wed) Finishes - Linkup closes


  • 10 October (Thu) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup opens
  • 18 October (Fri) Proposed Finishes List - Linkup closes
  • 1 January 2020 (Wed) Finishes - Linkup opens
  • 9 January 2020 (Thu) Finishes - Linkup closes

Any questions? You can find all the details on my permanent 2019 Finish-A-Long page found at the top of my website, or you can CLICK HERE to find it.

If you've participated before, we hope you will continue in 2019 and if you haven't yet joined the FAL fun, please join us! I look forward to helping you celebrate your finished WIPs!

If you plan to join, feel free to copy the FAL logo or the FAL I'm In! logo below and repost on your blog or social media.



I love having a library of sewing and quilting inspiration. I'm sharing the three latest books that I've added to my collection.

Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander contains a wide variety of modern quilts featuring plus signs in numerous interesting ways.

Walk by Jacquie Gering is all about quilting with the walking foot. I can't wait to dive in and try out the techniques featured in the book.

50 Little Gifts, compiled by Susanne Woods has a variety of small projects. This one caught my daughter's eye at PIQF where we were able to see numerous samples of the adorable projects. There are bags, pouches, ornaments, coasters, and more.

You can read about three of my older favorites in this post.

What's your newest or most favorite quilting or sewing book?