Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – New Free Downloadable Yardage Planner!

February 2, 2016

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!  Please link up your tutorials below, and have fun soaking up all the knowledge shared by bloggers this week.

For today’s tip, I’m excited to share this fantastic new Yardage Planner I developed with the help of my graphic design friend, Lindsie Bergevin.

Whenever I am designing a quilt, or even making a quilt from a pattern, I find that it’s helpful to think about how to efficiently cut into the fabric to make the quilt.  This requires a lot of sketching and erasing at times.  I thought it would be nice to have a piece of graph paper that already had the parameters of a yard of fabric printed out and numbered, to save time.

So here it is in a PDF format for you to download for free! I hope you find it helpful. Please pin it for later if you like it!

PDF of Yardage Planner

Yardage Planner by Stephanie Palmer for the Quilters Planner


Back in the Saddle: Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – Pulling Up the Bobbin Thread

January 26, 2016

It’s been so long since I’ve checked in with you via my blog!  But as of today, I’m back in the saddle again.

My mother called this morning after I got the kids off to school.  Our conversation went a little something like this:

Mom: “Where’s your Tips and Tutorials Tuesday blog post?”

Me: “Well, you know I was taking a little break, Mom.  I was wiped out after the holidays, and then I had to potty-train E so she could start pre-school this week, and–.”

Mom: (cutting me off) “Enough break time!  No one’s going to read your blog anymore!”

Me: “Well—–”

Mom: “Today.  Get that post up today!”

Me: (sheepishly) “Ummmm. OK, Mom.”

No one likes to get scolded by their mom first thing in the morning.  And she’s right, I certainly have had enough break time– E has started pre-school, and I am ready to go! That is, if anyone is still out there reading this (other than you, Mom).

As of today, I will start posting Tips and Tutorials Tuesday posts each week again for bloggers to link up and share their ideas and tutorials with everyone (see the link below).  Also, I am going to begin categorizing and posting incoming Tips and Tutorials that have been linked up on this page. You can find the tab for Tips and Tutorials at the top of my blog. It will make it easier to search for the wonderful posts if you want to go back and find something awesome you remember reading about. (sidenote: So if you are linking up your post with me, you are agreeing to have your post linked on that page).

Please feel free to link up multiple posts!

Now, in the meantime, here’s my little tip for you today:

Bringing up the Bobbin Thread Quickly Before Quilting

Whenever you are free-motion quilting, whether on a domestic or a longarm machine, it’s important that you insert your needle, rotate it all the way down and back up, and pull up your bobbin thread.  This helps avoid thread nests on the back of your work. However it can be irritating to have to move your fabric, or the hopping foot out of the way to pull up the bobbin thread! (I mean, really, who has that kind of time in life???)

So here’s how I do it. The quick videos below show you on a longarm and on a domestic machine.  It’s the same principle in each.

On a longarm:

On a domestic sewing machine:

I’ll see you soon with something pretty to share!

Late Night Quilter





My Top Project for 2016: Tribal Blocks by 13 Spools!

December 31, 2015

Thanks to all who entered to win a Quilter’s Planner last week!  The winner is #33, Maryellen.

It’s almost 2016, and I love thinking about what projects I want to take on this year.  Of course, I’m excited to get back to my longarm; we’ve been separated for far too long.  Finishing up The Quilters Planner for the year has been a massive commitment, and I have so many longarming projects I am desperate to finish.  I can’t wait to share a few with you in the upcoming weeks.

At the top of my list of things to do in 2016 is to participate in Amy Garro’s Tribal Block Club (Her Blog is called 13 Spools).

Tribal block Club 13 Spools

If you sign up before January 1st, you’ll get the early bird price of $29. After that, it’s $39. The class starts on the 15th. (You can purchase here!)

Are there any friends out there who want to do this with me?  It’s so much more fun when we create together, and then share all our different visions of the blocks and patterns.  That’s one of my favorite things about participating in programs like this. It’s the basis of our whole quilting community.

Every single block carries a piece of the soul of the quilter who made it.  It’s more than just fabric and thread.  The fabrics, colors and designs we choose reflect our personal idiosyncracies, moods and life experiences.  Sharing our creations with one another is about being open and vulnerable, bringing us closer together with our friends who embrace the unique spark within each of us.

Late Night Quilter

Quick Cinnamon Scented Coasters for Fabri-Quilt & Giveaway of a Quilter’s Planner

December 17, 2015

Cinnamon Scented Quilted CoastersWhen I received an email from Fabri-Quilt last month asking me to participate in their holiday blog hop, I knew  that December would be a busy month with the release of my project, The Quilter’s Planner. But who can resist a little holiday sewing????

To celebrate this Fabri-Quilt holiday blog hop today, I am giving away A Quilter’s Planner to one lucky reader! Maybe you’ve had your eye on it but haven’t had a chance to buy one yet… or maybe you have a friend who you know would like one for the holidays….If you’d like to enter to win a planner, please join my mailing list over on the sidebar (and get a free PDF gift!), and leave a quick comment below.  This giveaway will close on Sunday evening, December, 20th 2016.

Scented Cinnamon Coasters:

To make these cute coasters, I used prints from the Peace on Earth and the Season’s Greetings lines of Fabric-Quilts holiday fabrics. If you hop over to their blog, Inspired By Fabric, you can enter to win your own bundle from one of these lines! 

Supply List (to make 4 Coasters):

3 Fat Quarters of Coordinating Fabrics

Fusible Fleece

Cutting (for  1 basic coaster)

Two 6″ squares (choose two of your fabrics that coordinate but contrast nicely)

One 5 1/2″ square of fusible fleece

Ground Cinnamon

Instructions for Basic Coaster

fabric requirements basic

Place the 5 1/2″ square of fusible fleece, bumpy side down, on the wrong side of one of the 6 ” fabric squares (I usually fuse to the lighter square). Press with a hot iron to secure the fleece.

Fuse fleece

Then place the square with the fused fleece on top of the other square, right sides together.

Right Sides Together

Sew around the perimeter with 1/4″ seam allowance.  I like to sew all the way off the fabric, cut threads, turn the square, and start at the very top of the next side.  This trick leads to more square corners after turning the coaster inside out.  Leave 2 inches open to turn (I placed the yellow pin at the top to remind myself).

Sew Seam

Turn the square inside out and gently poke out the corners with a chopstick. Press flat with a hot iron.

Turn and Poke Out Corners

Pour a little cinnamon inside the coaster.  This is my favorite part!

Pour in Cinnamon

Press the edges of the opening under 1/4″.

Turn edge under

Sew around the entire coaster with an 1/8″ seam allowance for a finished look.For a more interesting look, you can quilt as desired (although since we used fusible fleece, it’s not necessary). I love the smell of cinnamon that fills my sewing room while I’m quilting these.  

Here are a few that I finished in deep red and gold — traditional holiday fabrics.

Quilted Scented Coasters Low Res Pic

Checkerboard Coaster

To make a checkerboard coaster that looks like it has little 1″ squares of contrasting fabric sewn together, you’re gong to use a quick weaving trick to save a lot of time!

Cutting (for 1 woven checkboard coaster)

One 6″ square of fabric (for backing of coaster)

Two strips of 2 1/2″ x WoF of contrasting fabrics

One 5 1/2″ square of fusible fleece


Fold each strip in half, lengthwise, with wrong sides together and sew the long edge with 1/4″ seam.  (This is the same way you would sew a strip to make a hanging rod pocket for the back of a quilt.) I used one blue strip and one white strip.  This coaster looks best when you use two highly contrasting fabrics, perhaps with one print and one solid.

Sew strips

Take your strips to the pressing table and roll the seam to the center of the strip, and press the seam open. Do this for each of the two strips.

Roll Seam and Press Open

Subcut the long strips into four 6″ segments, for each color strip.

Lay out 4 strips of the same color next to each other.  Then take a contrasting strip, and begin to weave it over and under each of the strips you laid out on the table.

Lay out the Strips and Begin Weaving

Weave in the white strips, like you would when making a lattice crust for a cherry pie.

  • To add the first strip, lift the first and the third blue strips, place the white strip on top, and lay the blue strips back down.
  • To add the second white strip, lift the second and fourth blue strips, then place the white strip on top and lay the blue strips back down.
  • For the third white strip, lift the first and third blue strips, then place the white strip on top and lay the blue strips back down.
  • Repeat one last time, lifting the second and fourth blue strips to add the last white strip.

Weave in White Strips

After you finish weaving the strips, gently shift them closer together to fill gaps.  Center the woven design.

Finish Weaving

Flip your new woven block over and  lay a 5 1/2″” square of fusible web, bumpy side down, on the wrong side of the woven block. Take a peek at the front and make sure the strips haven’t shifted too much.  Then press the fusible to the block with a hot iron.

Place the woven block with the fused fleece right sides together with the square of backing fabric.  Follow the instructions above for the basic coaster to join the two together, flip, clip corners,  and close.  Quilting is unnecessary.

 Thanks for reading and entering!


Quilting Jetgirl’s Gorgeous Sampler Quilt! You’re Going to Want to Make Your Own

December 16, 2015

Quilt by Quilting Jetgirl using blocks featured in The Quilter's Planner 2016

I wanted to write a quick post to share the charity quilt that Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl put together using the blocks designed by the new bloggers from the 2015 New Bloggers Blog Hop.

These are the same blocks that are highlighted on each weekly calendar of The Quilter’s Planner 2016! In about a week, there will be PDFs of these blocks available at The Quilter’s Planner website (making it much easier for you to print the tutorials out).  As of right now, you can find the links to the blogger’s original posts with the tutorials below.

It’s such a fun, brightly colored quilt; I know it will bring a child great happiness. And Yvonne quilted it beautifully.  It looks like she had a lot of fun letting herself be inspired by each block. Special thanks to Fabri-Quilt for donating the fabric used to make our charity quilts.  Cheryl, from Meadowmist Designs, and I, will be be working on two more charity quilts using other blocks.  I’ll post when they’re complete!

Quilts by Quilting Jetgirl, using blocks from The Quilter's Planner 2016

Here are all the bloggers whose work appears in this quilt:

Tomorrow I will be posting a quick holiday gift project that you still have time to make!  And I will be doing my first giveaway of The Quilter’s Planner, in case you haven’t bought one yet, or have someone in mind that you’d like to gift it to!

Front Cover

The Quilter’s Planners are also available now at Fat Quarter Shop for online sales!!!!  Whoo hoooo!

Also, if you know of a brick and mortar quilt shop owner that might be interested in carrying them planners (there are thousands of quilters out there who are not a part of our intense social media and online community), please let them know to email me at latenightquilter{at} for more information.

Patterns from the Quilter’s Planner and My First Podcast Appearance with Pat Sloan!

November 23, 2015

Hello friends!

I’m excited to let you know that later today, at 4 pm Eastern, 3 pm Central, 1 pm Pacific, 2 pm Mountain, I will be interviewed by Pat Sloan on American Patchwork and Quilting’s podcast.

2 American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 285 Nov 23 2015

You can go to ITunes to download the podcast and you can listen live, or check it out later.  I love listening to podcasts when I’m sewing, and the kids are all finally asleep…

Update on The Quilter’s Planner

I can’t thank you enough for believing in The Quilter’s Planner, and being so supportive with your comments and orders. We just received our 600th backer yesterday!

The planners will begin shipping out via USPS in mid December.  Our Austin-based printer is working as quickly as possible, and we are still hoping that barring any unforeseen circumstances, all planners ordered by November 30th will be received in mailboxes in the United States by January 1st.   You will receive a confirmation email and an email with a tracking number once your order ships.

International shipping may take a bit longer, and we may not be able to provide tracking on deliveries to all countries, depending on the shipping method we are required to use.

The last day to order the planner at $35, or discounted bulk orders, is on Cyber Monday, November 30th.  The planner will still be available on and with other retailers after that date, however the price will change to the recommended MSRP of $39.98.

Quilt Patterns in the 2016 Quilter’s Planner

I want to take a minute and highlight the first 3 (of 8) beautiful quilt patterns you will see in the 2016 Quilter’s Planner.

Cake Slices By Cheryl Brickey of MeadowMist Designs

Triangle Transparency

By Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl


By Amy Garro of 13 Spools

I am so excited about these patterns, and that I am able to include them in The Quilter’s Planner to make it a valuable addition to your quilting library.

Stay tuned, I’ll send another update later in the week revealing the other fabulous quilt patterns you will see in the book!


Where in the World is Wanderlust Quilts: A Blog Hop for Mandy Leins

November 2, 2015

It’s Tips and Tutorials Tuesday (scroll to the bottom to enter links to your own tips and tutorials)!

Today I have a fantastic tip for you about the new book Wanderlust Quilts, written by my dear friend, Craftsy Instructor Mandy Leins.

Mandy has been a close friend and a mentor to me for quite awhile now.  She is a quadruple threat in the quilting world:

Mandy pieces challenging quilts impeccably, with precision and great attention to detail.  She is a master longarm quilter.  She is a natural writer, and a skilled teacher. So it is not surprising that she has come up with a book that no one else on earth could have written.

For a chance to win an autographed copy of her book, scroll down for details.

Cover of Wanderlust Quilts by Mandy Leins

Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.


Wanderlust is an unusual quilting book: it doesn’t offer basic patterns or simple techniques.  Wanderlust is meant to take you to another level in your quilt-making; it’s a book you can grow with and never get bored reading. It’s a book that even your non-quilting friends and family will enjoy perusing.

Aqueducts made by Kristi Ryan designed by Mandy Leins

Aqueducts made by Kristi Ryan designed by Mandy Leins. Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.

Mandy’s Master’s degree in archaeology allows her to see quilting through an entirely different lens, in the context of classic architecture, history, culture, and art.   I guarantee you will be inspired and in awe of the creativity you see within its pages.  Don’t be surprised if you sit down with a cup of tea to leaf through the beautiful photographs, when you are suddenly overtaken by a sense of adventure and a longing to travel.

Mandy’s patterns are challenging and thought-provoking.  Who says quilts have to be rectangular anyway???

Just look at the Flowing Fabric quilt featured on the cover, isn’t it decadent and gorgeous?  With rich reds in Kona solids, it evokes the flow and drape of ancient cloth, in a color reserved for the most elite in Greek Society.

I stared at the cover of Mandy’s book, and laughed at her sense of irony, making a quilt in colors reserved for the culturally elite (Mandy is the furthest thing from culturally elite in our quilting world.  She is funny, kind, approachable, and a fierce advocate for those who need a friend.)

I see Mandy’s playfulness in her designs.  And for this blog post, I thought I would be a bit playful too, and show you one of the most adventurous things I’ve done in awhile.


Indoor Skydiving

That’s me, indoor sky diving.  And yes, of course, I brought along my copy of Wanderlust quilts on my adventure!  All I’m missing is the luxe red cape from the cover of her book, and I’d be the spitting image of Supergirl!  Believe me, as soon as I finish this enormous project I’m working on now, Mandy’s Flowing Fabric pattern is next on my list.

I’ll be sure to bring it with me on my next skydiving trip.

To enter to win an autographed copy of Mandy’s book, Wanderlust Quilts, please follow her on Instagram @mandaleiquilts so you can see all the wonderful things she posts, and leave a comment below telling me the most adventurous thing you’ve done lately.  And don’t worry, if you’re not on IG, just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win.

And lest you think that indoor skydiving is not for you (that you couldn’t possibly fly straight up a 30 foot wind tunnel and spin in circles all the way back down) take a look at this next snapshot.  If my littlest firecracker can do it, so can you!

Indoor Skydiving

Bloggers, please link up your tips and tutorials below.  Link as many as you’d like!  We look forward to seeing what you’ve made!


Giveaway Winner Announcements

November 2, 2015

Hello everyone!

I’m writing a quick note to give you a heads up:



Tomorrow is Tips and Tutorials Tuesday (I’ve moved it to once a month during my work on The Quilter’s Planner 2016). So if you’re a blogger and you have tutorials from the past month, visit my blog tomorrow to link up!

I also want to announce the winners of my two last recent giveaway posts.

Pool Party Kona Cotton Solids Giveaway

The first winner, of the fat quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop is comment #40:The Eclectic Abuela!

The Eclectic Abuela

I am an email follower.


Picture of Peek Pattern by Melanie Tuazon

The second winner, of the digital copy of the Peek Pattern is comment # 14: 


It’s so fun to see it in different colors and prints.

If you didn’t win, and you’re feeling disppointed,  don’t cry!  You can get your very own version of Melanie’s gorgeous Peek pattern right here for $8.  And seriously, this is one of those patterns that is so worth having because you can make any style of quilt from it: Traditional? Check. Modern? Double Check.  Modern Traditional?  You got it.  This is a hard-working pattern that is definitely worth the money.

See you in the morning!


Peek Pattern Launch and Giveaway {The Late Night Quilter Version}

October 28, 2015

I am so honored that my friend Melanie Tuazon  asked me to participated in Peek Wednesdays this October, where she is launching her new pattern, Peek.  Mel was one of the first bloggers I ever started following when I first began reading blogs.  I love seeing and reading about her work! She’s a talented modern quilter and teacher, and I am inspired by all that she does.

Last year, Melanie wrote a pattern…  a really, really special pattern. I loved it the second I laid eyes on it; I immediately thought it was one of the most versatile and classic modern patterns I have ever seen.

Melanie’s original version of Peek was displayed at QuiltCon 2015, and is sleek and modern as can be.

Peek by Melanie Tuazon

Modern Red Peek by Mel Tuazon 1


I loved Melanie’s first version because it included so much negative space.  As a modern longarm quilter, I love nothing more than lots of negative space to free motion quilt.

But for my version, I though I might go in the opposite direction, just for fun, and to show off the versatility of the Peek Block.  I chose soft, dreamy prints (Whitewashed Cottage by Moda) that evoke memories of relaxing lakeside in a swinging hammock.  I surrounded my shabby chic Peek blocks with borders and patchwork.

It’s the most un-modern thing I’ve ever made, and I LOVE it!  I don’t say this often, but I would make this pattern again and again.  It’s so fulfilling because each different fabric choice made gives a totally different look.

Peek by Stephanie Palmer

Peek Quilt designed by Melanie Tuazon made by Stephanie Palmer

I added a little embellishment around the four center Peek Blocks, with cotton twill ribbon that looks like measuring tape.  I found it at my Local Quilt Shop, Valli & Kim; you can order it online from them, if you like it. It comes in 5/8″ or 3/8″ (I used the 5/8″), and it’s only $1.75 a yard.

Peek Block with Cotton Twill Ribbon Detail

I used a single layer of wool batting to give it some loft and softness that my children won’t be able to resist.

Peek Quilt on Longarm by Late Night Quilter

I had plans to free motion quilt loops and feathers all over it… but then I loaded it on a longarm, and the quilt refused my plan.  I stared at it, and realized that the delicate white strips of fabric, the window panes of the block, were begging to be carefully stitched around.  As I began working on it, I realized I wanted to quilt it minimally, to focus on the beauty of the pattern.

Do you see what I mean about how versatile the pattern is?

I love Melanie’s second version of Peek too, which uses vibrant jades and blues! It’s an entirely different quilt!!!

Jade and Blue Modern Peek Block by Mel Tuazon

Last week, our friend Karin showed off some fun Halloween pillows using Peek.  Again, they are so different, it’s hard to believe it’s the same block!

LeighLaurelStudios Halloween Peek Blocks

For a chance to receive a free copy of the Peek block, please give Melanie a follow on Instagram ( @melintheattic)  and comment below (if you’re not on Instagram, now worries, just comment below and you’ll be entered to win).  The pattern is available for sale for $8 in Melanie Tuazon’s Etsy shop.  I hope you give the Peek pattern a try.  If you do, please show us what you’ve made!  #PeekQuilt on Instagram

Picture of Peek Pattern by Melanie Tuazon


Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway {Thank You for Supporting The Quilter’s Planner}

October 21, 2015

Pool Party Kona Cotton Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who has shown such excitement and support for The Quilter’s Planner that’s available for pre-order on Indiegogo!

We hit our Stage 1 funding goal within one day and I am feeling so grateful.  Everyone has shown such excitement about the project, telling me how much they need something like The Quilter’s Planner in their lives.  It has filled me with a new energy and desire to make this planner available to everyone I can reach in the community.  So thank you for continuing to share this project with your quilting friends, and for your overwhelming support.  We are all on pace to have an organized and creatively inspired 2016!

To show my thanks, I am having a giveaway this week!

I had fun shopping over at the Fat Quarter Shop last night for the giveaway; I selected a fat quarter bundle of beautiful Kona Cotton solids in my favorite color palette, aquas and teals.  To enter, please give me a follow on Instagram @latenightquiltersign up for my email list, or just share this post with someone through the social media buttons at the top of my blog.  Many of you have already done these things, and I send you hugs and gratitude.  Just leave me a comment below letting me know that you’ve entered the giveaway. I will select a winner on Sunday evening, November 1st at 8 pm.

I love how the quilting community is a powerful force to be reckoned with– if you go to the Design Tab on Indiegogo, the Quilter’s Planner is featured as a trending campaign!  I think the people over at Indiegogo probably just sat up and noticed the quilting community and realized how powerful they are.  We are a niche community that rocks the world.

A Note About the Indiegogo Campaign:

The Indiegogo pre-order campaign will be active until November 30th at midnight.  The planners will be shipped out during the first and second weeks of December. 

On another fun note, today I have a guest post over at at Sew Mama Sew – 5 Tips for Achieving an Accurate Seam Allowance! I hope this article is a useful reference tool for you.    If you’re a member of The Late Night Quilter’s Club on Facebook, or a friend on Instagram, and you shared your thoughts on seam allowances with me, I thank you for widening my understanding of the challenges we all face as we fine-tune our sewing skills.

5 Tips for an Accurate Seam Allowance

Order The Quilter’s Planner 2016 on Indiegogo Today!

October 20, 2015

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It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!

Today I am launching the pre-order campaign for The Quilter’s Planner 2016!

I have been working so hard over the last several months to develop a beautiful and useful tool that will help us all organize our lives and our creative projects, all in one place.

The prototype arrived, and it is looking beautiful! I have had so much fun playing with it, highlighting it, scribbling all over it, testing it out.

The-Quilters-Planner 600 x 200

What’s Inside:

  • Monthly calendars
  • Weekly calendars
  • Project planning pages
  • Swatch saver
  • Graph paper
  • Free motion quilting practice pages
  • Goal-setting prompts
  • 8 full quilt patterns from amazing designers (Cheryl Brickey (Meadowmist Designs), Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl), Amy Garro (13 Spools), Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced), Mandy Leins (Mandalei Quilts), Pat Sloan (Pat Sloan), Kitty Wilkin (Night Quilter) and me).
  • 52 original quilt block designs from awesome quilt bloggers
  • Gorgeous artwork pull-outs by the talented Kelsey Boes from Lovely and Enough
  • Reference section for quilting calculations and common construction techniques

Monthly Calendar:

I love that the monthly calendar has prompts on the left to write your goals for the month, and the personal, work and quilting projects you need to tackle during the month. I also love the space on the bottom to write notes… phone numbers, addresses, reminders, ideas.

The Quilter's Planner - Monthly Calendar

I decided to launch the pre-order campaign on a site called Indiegogo.  If you click over, you can watch my video about the project and read a lot more details, and click to order!!!  Whooo hooo!!

Here are a couple more glimpses of what’s inside:

Weekly Calendars:

Check out the awesome, original block design in the left hand margin (this Whirling Plus design is by the talented Josi Heron of Avocado Quilts!)  Each weekly spread will show a fabulous block design by a blogger in our quilting community.

I also love that at the top of each day of the week, there is space to include your daily top three. These are the top three things you have to do during the day in order to feel that you’ve accomplished the big stuff (I promise – crossing these things off your list at the end of every day will make you sleep better!)

And one of my favorite parts of this whole book is the separate to-do lists for your work, personal and quilting aspects of life.

The Quilter's Planner Weekly Calendar

Individual Project Planning Pages:

You can track all the steps you need to take to complete the project, and list out the supplies you have, and those you need. You can even attach an inspirational picture or sketch a block design, and attach swatches of fabric with included sticky dots!

The Quilter's Planner - Individual Project Planning Pages

There are so many more wonderful sections of the planner.  I hope you’ll click over to Indiegogo and check it out.

How You Can Help

So many of you have given me immense support throughout the development of this project.  In many ways, it is a community project, and I am so grateful.

If you can take a second of your time to help me spread the word about the planner, I would appreciate it so much.  You can click to share this blog post (there are icons at the bottom of the post, or in the top right corner of my blog).  Or you can log on to Indiegogo, and use the share tools in the left and right margins.  If you use the share tools on the Indiegogo site, you will be automatically entered into my Indiegogo Share contest.  The friends who share the most (because sharing is caring) will receive rewards from me like a free planner, a fabric bundle, or a fun t-shirt!

Indiegogo is a fabulous site for start-ups and creative projects (be careful –browsing through the fascinating projects is totally addictive).  It allows me to collect pre-orders for the planner, which makes it much easier to determine how many to print. I have already invested substantial funds into the complete development of the planner, but I am publishing the project on Indiegogo to support the printing.

What I love about Indiegogo is that I don’t have to meet a “funding goal” in order to go ahead and print the planners and send them out into the world (unlike Kickstarter, another well-known crowd-funding site).  So if you order a planner, you are guaranteed to receive a planner. There’s no threat of an unsuccessful crowd-funding project.

I have pulled together a fabulous team, and I am so grateful that they are all such incredible idea partners. Thank you to all of you (you definitely know who you are because I have exhausted you over the last several months) who have made this project a reality.


Tips and Tutorials Tuesday: Machine Quilting with Style

October 6, 2015

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! As I work on the 2016 Quilter’s Day Planner, I’ve decided to temporarily shift Tips and Tutorials Tuesday to once a month.  Please scroll down below to see the fantastic tutorials that have been added below, and if you’re a blogger feel free to add as many as you’d like!

For my tip today, I want to share a new book with you that I’m thrilled I added to my bookshelf. Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-foot Wonders to Free-motion Favorites (Amazon affiliate link).

Machine Quilting with Style

I met the author of this wonderful book last month at the HandiQuilter headquarters.  Christa Watson is a warm, effusive, funny, joyous person, and I enjoyed every moment I spent with her.

As a longarm quilter with four young children, it is rare for me to have time to sit down to practice my quilting skills on a home sewing machine.  But I have been making a point to try to do it a few times a week, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.  A longarm is a wonderful tool, but it doesn’t work well for certain designs (for example- long diagonal lines). So I was ecstatic when Christa told me about her new book.  It’s perfect for beginners and more advanced quilters alike.

Since I’m a professional longarm quilter, I know I shouldn’t be telling you this… but I love the idea of making a quilt from start to finish all by yourself.  So I love that Christa empowers quilters to do just that (even if it means less business for me!)  She has a practical, logical way of presenting information.  And I love the little tips that are off-set throughout the book.  These are details that patterns don’t usually mention – that you usually learn the hard way; Christa’s suggestions spare us from this pitiful fate.

The book contains 12 modern patterns. Christa walks readers through all steps of the quilt-making process, from start to finish.  I love this comprehensive approach to teaching. Christa’s book is a primer of sorts, with 10 free-motion quilting techniques and 8 walking foot desgins that are perfect starting points for me on my domestic sewing machine.

Of all the 12 patterns in the book, I particularly like Focal Point.  Here is a version of it by the oh-so-talented Amy Garro of 13 Spools:

13 Spools Focal Point quilt by Christa Watson

I also love Rain.  I think I could make this quilt over and over again with different color combinations.  Here is Cheryl’s version from Meadowmist Designs:

Rain by Cheryl

I hope you get a chance to take a peek at Christa’s book for yourself.  Add it to your list of modern quilting must-haves!



Add a Little Vintage to Your Life

October 5, 2015

I have a small obsession I haven’t shared with you yet.  Vintage quilts.  Oh, you’re not surprised, are you?

When I travelled to Utah last month to film an episode of the show called Quilt It (affiliate link), I met someone else who has an even greater obession with vintage quilts.  Her name is Kelly Cline.   Have you seen her work yet?  Kelly is a longarmer, like me, and she follows in the footsteps of domestic machine quilter Cindy Needham.  Kelly’s specialty is taking vintage linens, and filling them with new life.  Here’s a sample of her work that you can find on her blog. I’m a huge fan; Kelly is so full of joy and enthusiasm for what she does.

Kelly Cline quilting

Kelly is a free-motion quilting whiz. And on occasion, she combines FMQ with intricate computerized designs to create masterpieces that will surely live to see another century. If you like the idea of trying this, she has a facebook group that will give you plenty of inspiration!

Although I love old quilts, I don’t often have the opportunity to visit antique shops like Kelly does.  So I troll ebay and etsy, looking for beautiful pieces from the past.  If they’re unfinished, that’s even better!

Look at this lovely log cabin.  I like to daydream about how I will quilt it.  But I can never seem to commit.  The ghosts of quilters past hover over me, and I collapse under the pressure and tuck it back on the shelf, only to pull it out the next week and stare at it again.

vintage Quilt CLose Up log cabin 1

We visited the lake the other day, and I brought some of my vintage finds along with us.  The kids played at the playground next to me, and I snapped a few sunset pictures.

The grass is burnt and dessicated from the blistering August heat.  But there’s still something beautiful about it.

vintage Quilt Aunt Ginny log cabin 1

Sophie vintage quilt at lake jpeg III

My daughter can’t resist a quilt photo shoot.  She thinks it’s just a normal activity that all moms do with their kids every week.  We had so much fun attempting to flip this quilt out against the lake breeze.  We tried and tried until we were both in hysterics.

Then we turned around and looked at the giant sign two feet away from us.  How did we miss it?!?!?! We ran away screaming and laughing at the same time.  Apparently the water moccasins like this location too.

Swim at Your Own Risk and Snakes

We moved to higher ground for the rest of the pictures.  This X block quilt is from the 50s. I love the high value crispness of it.

vintage Quilt CLose Up 1

Can you see the perfect little hand stitches on the back?  I think of the time spent on these quilts, how much must have happened in a woman’s life during the time she slowly stitched each piece together with her hands.  I think about what she might have been thinking and feeling with each length of thread.  What would she think of me holding her quilt now?  How would she want me to finish it?

vintage Quilt CLose Up 1 Hand Stitches on Back

My mother found these feedsack Sunbonnet Sues for me.  There’s a whole perfect set of them.  What would you do with them to finish them?  Would you stay true to the period, or would you run with the solid colors and do something with a modern twist?

Sunbonnet Sue set of 3 Sunbonnet Sue set of 2

They are all hand stitched too.  So much time.  So much love or heartbreak, or laughter or tears.  Probably all of those things.

Tomorrow I will finally post another Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!  I know you bloggers out there have written some amazing posts in the last month.  I hope you’ll link them up for us all to share!


My Favorite Quilt Ever – Modern Paper Pieced Stars

October 1, 2015

Happy October!!!  Are you feeling the signs of fall yet?  Not so much here in Austin… we’re still enjoying the heat.

If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you might have seen my pictures of a quilt I finished longarming last month for a wonderful client named Rachael Ferrera.  This is Rachael’s own layout, using paper pieced stars from a number of sources.

I love it so much that I think it would make a beautiful cover for the 2016 Quilter’s Day Planner.  I’ve been busy working with Rachael to get permission from all the various designers who published these different paper pieced stars.  And so far, everyone has said yes!

Modern Stars Ferrera_ WholeQuilted by Stephanie Palmer watermarked

Speaking of the planner, I heard all your feedback, and we are moving from our original plan for a moleskin-type cover, to a hard cover with a spiral binding.  This way, you can easily open the book flat on a table, or fold it in half to make it easier to use.  I am excited about this change of plan.  Thank you all for sharing your opinions with me about it!

Modern Stars by Rachael Ferrera quilted by Stephanie Palmer

If you’ve wondered what happened to my Tips and Tutorials posts and Linky parties- don’t worry! I’ll get back on the wagon again soon.  I’ve been spending every minute of my work day putting together the content for The Quilter’s Day Planner so we can launch it in mid-October.

And my children – yikes.  My children have been sick (it always happens that way at the beginning of the school year) and needing some extra attention.

I will admit that I’ve been overwhelmed this month.  The big clue to me that I’m burning the candle at both ends came the other day when I repeatedly entered my ATM pin into the microwave while trying to warm a snack for my kids.  It took me at least three tries to figure out what was wrong.  I know.  Pitiful.

So I’m thinking of moving the Tips and Tutorials Linky party to a once-a-month event until I finish birthing this planner.  This baby is demanding all my attention!

Modern Stars by Rachael Ferrera, quilted by Stephanie Palmer

Modern Stars by Rahael Fererra, quilted by Stephanie Palmer

Modern Stars by Rachael Ferrera Quilted by Stephanie PalmerI



Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

September 15, 2015

Hello!  Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!  To link up your own tips and tutorials today, scroll to the bottom of the page.

I have an exciting announcement today that many of you have heard tidbits about over the last few months.


2016 Day Planner for Quilters by Stephanie Palmer at Late Night Quilter 

I am thrilled to announce that I am publishing a Day Planner  for 2016 that’s specifically designed for  quilters!  It’s a  daily  planner   that will inspire you to  achieve your  goals, and  organize both        your personal  life and your  quilting life.  Imagine  having to-do    lists for your quilting  projects and your home and  work life all in     one place…. and space to write all  your  appointments and    responsibilities too.  

  And what about when you have those  brilliant ideas in the      middle of the night for your next project?  There’s graph paper  for   sketching out your quilt ideas, blank space to  brainstorm or      practice  free  motion quilting drawings, and project planning    pages.  And a quilting reference section too.  It’s all  there!

 Plus, there will be instructions for a gorgeous, original  quilt  block on each weekly spread (courtesy of the wonderful new quilt bloggers from 2015), and fantastic quilt  patterns from top  designers like Pat Sloan, Kitty Wilkin, Lee Heinrich, Mandy  Leins, Yvonne Fuchs,  Cheryl Brickey, me and more!

 To learn more about it when I launch the pre-order site, please sign up here:

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The Quilter's Day Planner for 2016 by Stephanie Palmer

I can’t wait to share more details about the planner with you as it evolves. Please feel free to leave me comments about your ideas for the planner.  I am editing content every day, and working on making it the best product it can be!

What things could I include that would make a planner most useful to you?
The Quilter's Day Planner for 2016 by Stephanie Palmer