Creative Spaces… Week 2, Day 1: Favorite Tools

It’s week 2 in our Creative Spaces Blog Hop and today we change themes to talk about our favorite tools.

Over the years, I’ve collected a few gadgets, some have become favorite tools and others, well, they patiently sit in a drawer/closet waiting to be rediscovered! So these are just a few tools I use on a regular basis… they truly help make my happy place even more enjoyable.


The Crossover II by Crafter’s Edge is a magnificent tool with many uses! Perfect for cutting applique shapes, I especially love it to cut circles out of wool… and you know how much I love circles!

I’ve had English Paper Piecing on my wish list for a very long time and recently gave it a try… yes, I’m totally in love! Crafte’s Edge open die made it so easy to fussy cut my hexies out of fabric, but not just that, there is a second die to cut the hexagons out of paper! Of course, I’m new to this technique, but you know I’ve been collecting a few EPP supplies and tools and find this tool to be an absolute joy when prepping my little hexies!

But wait, there’s more! As a machine embroiderer, the squares die set is a wonderful way to trim your appliqued blocks down to size. These are some of the blocks in my Holly Jolly pattern that were machine appliqued and trimmed down to a perfect 6 1/2″ square in seconds!

The squares die set includes 12 dies from a 1 1/2″ to a 7″ square, in increments of 1/2″. So many possibilities, right?

I used the 6″ circle in the circles die set to fussy cut the little animals in My Little Sunshine panel…

…this die set includes 11 dies from a 1 1/2″ to a 6 1/2″ circle…

Voila! Perfect for these little pillows.

And another wonderful feature of the Crossover is the ability to use dies from other die cutting systems!


I love applique… turned, reversed, raw edge, etc., but I mostly do fusible applique, so you can just imagine how many irons I’ve gone through, but not so much that, but the time it takes to set the fusible onto the fabric, and after searching for a quicker option I decided on this Heat Press.

An oh yes, it was a very good decision! Love the 15″ x 15″ pressing area, the ability to set the temperature and amount of pressing time, and of course, the right color… an important factor, haha!

I set the temperature based on the fusible, but it’s typically around 300 degrees. … yes, hot and easy to burn my little fingers! After mentioning it to a friend, she suggested these little gloves sold at a beauty supply store. Awesome idea!!!


Next, is a tool that sat in a drawer for a very long time… no, not the sewing machine, haha! I had a crazy deadline and decided a needed to speed things up, so I pulled out the “knee lift” and after just a little while realized what I had been missing all this time! With just a slight push with your knee, the presser foot can be lifted just enough to allow you to pivot the fabric without taking your hands of your project

Oh yea, it changed everything and now I use my knee lift for not just applique, but almost all sewing.

Do you have one stashed away, waiting to be loved?


Scissors… I love my scissors, especially these Kai scissors! They have a serrated edge, perfect for cutting out applique shapes, and I use all three, depending on the size of the shape I’m cutting.


The Gypsy Quilter’s Cutting Gizmo… yes, it sat in that drawer until, yup, a deadline, lol! It’s the perfect tool when chain piecing, and now, it has a special place right next to my sewing machine.


So one day, while shopping at my local quilt shop I saw this cute little pair of “scissors”… yes, I do have a thing for scissors, and this unusual little thing just called my name! And oh my, what and awesome find!

The angled blade of the Tool Tron Sidehopper snips is perfect for trimming little threads that are hard to cut with regular scissors.


Did you know that Schmetz color codes their needles? As a fan, I find their pocket guide very useful when choosing needles for a specific project, and love the Color Code Guide luggage tag with an at-a-glance way to identify the needle in my sewing machine.


Love, love free motion quilting, both on my longarm and domestic sewing machines, and gloves help to push all the bulk of a quilt through the small opening of a sewing machine. The gloves by Swan Amity Studios are fabulous! The palms are padded, the wrists are adjustable, providing wonderful support, they breath, and the tips are touch screen friendly, so no need to remove or cut them off to change the settings on your machine!


And last but not least is the Zirkel magnetic pin holder! I love it so much, there’s one next to each of my sewing machines. It has a strong magnet and the best thing is how it fans the pins out, making it easy to grab the pins without poking your fingers!


So these are just a few favorites and I may share a few others over the next few weeks as we talk more about our creative spaces. I’d love to hear about your favorite tools! Enter below to win some of my baby fabric and Schmetz guides.

Don’t forget to visit Tammy! She’s also sharing her favorite tools with us today.
And if you haven’t already entered our Grand Prize, visit my first post in the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!

Congratulations Nancy B!

You are the winner!


Let It Snow Christmas Card

Have you sent your Christmas cards out yet? If not, how about making a fun and easy card using scraps in your stash? I designed this card for a make-and-take project and I think you may also enjoy it!

You’ll probably have most of the supplies in your stash… I’m giving you info on the products I used, but make substitutions as needed to make it work for you!

Gather the following supplies:

Download and print the card templates here (make sure your printer is set to print to “no scale”) I’m also including the SVG file for the little tree here

5″ x 6″ Red print – Houndstooth Red

3 1/2″ x 4″ Green print – Windows Lime

4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ White print – Sweet Wishes White

4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Double sided fusible foam stabilizer – Bosal In-R-Form Plus

3 1/2″ x 4″ Lightweight paper-lined fusible web – Pellon Wonder Under #805

5″ x 6″ Lightweight non-woven fusible interfacing – Fusi-Form Lightweight

8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Card stock – 110 lb

Red & white bakers twine or embroidery floss

1/2″ Star button

A non-stick pressing sheet – Applique Pressing Sheet

Repositionable fabric adhesive spray – 505 Spray & Fix

Large-eye needle

Sewing machine

Let’s make a card:

Cut the 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock sheet in half to measure 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

I used my quilting ruler and a rotary cutter with an old blade… save your good blades for fabric.

Fold the card in half…

Place the 5″ x 6″ red print right side down on a non-stick pressing sheet. Align the 5″ x 6″ lightweight non-woven fusible interfacing, sticky side down, on the wrong side of the red print.

Fold the pressing sheet over the fabric/interfacing to protect both your iron and ironing surface.

Following your interfacing’s manufacturer recommendations, fuse the fabric/interfacing together, then allow to cool.

Cut the fused fabric/interfacing to measure 4″ x 5 1/4″; set aside.

Place the 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ white print right side down on the non-stick sheet. Now place the 4 /2″ x 5 1/2″ double sided fusible foam stabilizer on top of the wrong side of the white fabric and fuse together.

Print the template PDF and cut out the optional template for the white fabric.

Transfer the template shape onto the foam side of the white fabric/foam sandwich.

Cut on the traced line… use a square ruler to cut the straight lines…

… and finish the curved corners with your scissors…

For the original card, I cut my white fabric/foam with the Stampin Up! Top Note die and my Sizzix Big Shot cutter from my card making stash… yes, I am also a scrapbooking collector… one of these days I’ll get back to scrapbooking…

Don’t have any double sided fusible foam stabilizer? No worries, just use a fusible batting or use a lightweight fusible to adhere regular batting to the white fabric.

Alright, let’s make the little tree! Using your template sheet, trace the tree shape onto the paper side of the paper-lined fusible web.

Place the 3 1/2″ x 4″ green print, wrong side up, on the non-stick sheet; place the 3 1/2″ x 4″ traced fusible, sticky side down on top of the wrong side of the green print and fuse together.

Cut the little tree out on the traced line.

Assembling the card:

Place the red fabric, right side up on top of the non-stick sheet. Center the white/foam shape over the red fabric…

…grab the two pieces together and carefully flip them over to press and fuse from the back…

Next, peel the paper liner from the back of the little tree, place it on the white fabric, right side up, and fuse in place.

Thread your sewing machine with white thread. For better visibility, I’ve installed my favorite open toe foot #20D on my BERNINA B880.  Using a straight stitch, sew about an 1/8″ in from the edge of the white fabric.

Applique the little tree down with the same white thread and straight stitch.

Voila! Applique and quilting in one step!

Thread a large-eye needle with the bakers twine and sew the star button down from the top of the card…

…bringing the twine back up…

…and tie a tiny bow to hold the button in place.

Protect your table with a sheet of paper. Place the stitched piece, right side down on the paper and spray the back with a repositionable spray adhesive.

Open the folded card stock and firmly press the stitched piece onto the right side of the card stock.

Take the card back to the sewing machine and stitch with an 1/8″ seam allowance from the edge of the red print.

And there you have it, a sweet little card to share with a loved one!

But I couldn’t stop there, haha! My friend at Just Another Button Company sent me these adorable little light bulb buttons that are perfect for this little tree, don’t you agree?

I hope you’ll give this a try, it’s really fun and quick… and how about getting a group of friends together for an evening of card making, sharing, laughter…? Would love to have you join my Facebook group, Quilting with Cherry, to share pictures of your little cards!

Happy stitching,


Fall Market 1

Where has time gone! Christmas is just around the corner and another Market has come and gone! Are you all set for the 25th? Me? Ha ha, not even close! So over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a few quick projects, both gifty and to decorate for the season, but first, let me show you what I had for Fall Market in Houston this year.

You know how much I love aqua, but this collection has not a drop of aqua! Yup, you heard me right… or should it be read me right? Haha, any who, green has truly always been my fave color of all time, close, if not equally followed by any ocean hue… but getting back to this collection, red and green were the colors chosen for this group, and a nice touch of grey…

Grey works with everything, such an awesome background color! Doesn’t it look lovely behind those ornaments? And how about the little snowmen friends print? Yes, hard to say which I like best, the green background, the grey…. what do you think? And what about the bubbles print, yes, I can say that is probably my favorite print in the collection, so versatile and not necessarily a Christmas print, right?

And here again you can see that grey background in the cookies print… cookies, yum! Are you backing this year? Haven’t done that in a while, need to dig up some recipes and bake something this season. Do you have any good recipes?… Okay, getting side-tracked again, haha. So, what do you think about the houndstooth print? I am so in love with it and this is what I made using both the red and grey abundantly…

This is Christmas Blossom, a nice size throw, and no curve piecing! The “petals” are appliqued, otherwise my “circular” blocks may have looked a bit more like an egg, haha! So this is a super easy to piece and applique design, even a beginner would enjoy, especially the large blossom. And since I loved it so much, I’m including two additional projects with the pattern, a runner and a large 24″ pillow.

Now you know I cut all my applique shapes with an electronic cutter, so I’m also including the applique shapes’ SVG files in the Christmas Blossom pattern (CB138)… oh, patterns will be available by end of year and the fabric will ship to stores April 2018.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Come back tomorrow for a fun little Christmas tutorial!


Vintage Ornaments Quilt-Along

Hello! It’s definitely being a long time since I’ve shared what I’ve been up to!

Last Fall I released my latest Christmas collection at Quilt Market in Houston and it’s now arriving in stores. This collection brings back warm memories of wonderful Christmas times with the boys in a quite little town we lived in many years ago. I drew little houses, a favorite subject of mine, sweet snowmen, holiday trees, and couldn’t resist adding little cars and bikes with trees and gifts, of course, also had to have a few snowflakes, and my favorite colors, aqua and green. I designed three new patterns for the collection, Mulberry Lane, Snow Crystal, and Winter Star, and I’ve also designed a fun Quilt-Along featuring Mulberry Lane, called Vintage Ornaments on WeAllSew, the BERNINA blog.

Over the next six months I’ll be sharing the patterns and tips to my favorite technique, fusible applique, and hope you will join the fun! You may be able to purchase a kit for the project at your local quilt shop… ask them to order Mulberry Lane from Contempo/Benartex if they don’t already have it in stock! Or you could contact my local BERNINA dealer in Baton Rouge, My Sewing Shoppe to order yours.

I am also happy to share some pre-cuts of Mulberry Lane… what do you think?

Leave a comment and tell me which of my new Mulberry Lane patterns you like best

and your name will be added to the drawing. Two winners will be chosen on Sunday, June 18th!



my happy place…

A little fabric, some thread, 70’s music playing in the background, sweet Emmie at my feet, and my favorite BERNINA 880 makes for a very happy place!

Welcome to my day in the BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour! A huge thanks to fellow Ambassador, Teri Lucas for organizing this hop.

My beautiful, and oh so talented mother, introduced me to sewing at age 4, and even though I’ve enjoyed a few arts and crafts over the years, quilting has been the most fun and relaxing of all. At age six I inherited mom’s “brown” sewing machine and eventually her “good” scissors, and always asked for “fabric” treats when my parents went out, so you can just imagine how exiting it was to become a fabric designer with Benartex fabrics and a BERNINA Ambassador!I took my first quilting class summer of 2004 and wanted to learn to applique, but my sewing machine didn’t feature the right stitches suggested for the technique, so I needed a new sewing machine! I bought one that didn’t work as hoped, so on my way back from returning it, spotted the BERNINA dealer and you can just imagine what happened next… I brought home a sweet Activa 220… well, today I am so blessed to sew with the awesome B880… …and my assistant approves!

Yes, it has the perfect stitch for applique, many beautiful stitch options, stadium lighting, a huge throat space that makes quilting a pleasure, plus many more incredible features!

Fast forward a few years, and now I get to spend my days designing fabric, quilt patterns, embroidery collections, traveling to teach my favorite quilting techniques, and sharing my love of quilting with my wonderful students.

So glad you stopped by today!

And don’t forget to visit my fellow BERNINA Ambassadors participating in the tour:

Monday March 20
Lynn Carson Harris
Kelly Ashton
Diane Doran
Melody Crust

Tuesday March 21
Kathy Delaney
Christa Watson
Mandy Leins

Wednesday March 22
Sandy Fitzpatrick
Beth Ferrier
Cheryl Sleboda

Thursday March 23
Annie Smith
Lori Kennedy
Kari Carr
Catherine Redford

Friday March 24
Joann Sharpe
Cherry Guidry
Jenelle Montilone