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IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS YET – IS IT??!! Don’t miss the SALE!

I haven’t had time to start any new Christmas projects but I did manage to get one beautiful UFO done last month.  I started it too long ago to make a “tutorial” but I can give you the count and directions.  (see below) I absolutely love the “Snowbirds” Pantograph and “Snowbird Borders” designs!  Don’t you?

Before I forget, here’s a special announcement. ALL our Christmas themed pantos are on sale for the coming 2 weeks. See them all on the HOME PAGE!

Including the NEW MISTLETOE PANTO. There’s a FREE Poinsettia quilt pdf too! Tout Suite! So don’t miss them!

Don’t miss this sale.! You’ll find all your favorite Christmas designs, including our new “Mistletoe” pantograph. Everything is pictured on the “Home Page.”

Every year I’m too busy to start Christmas projects ahead of time. And every year I’m scrambling to get presents ready for my family and friends. I have a LOOOng list of projects to work on. Just take a look at my UFOs. I know a lot of you plan well ahead, like even making Christmas Projects in the summer. But are there any of you who are either too busy or procrastinate like me?

You know these UFOs are old because Pizza Hut doesn’t even use that kind of box any more!! I used to go down to the corner and buy them for 25 cents each! On this subject I thought I’d check my UFO list: I have 1 Tif (top finished) , 8 SNWTY (Snooty-SQUARES NOT SEWN TOGETHER YET) , 19 WIPs (work in progress), 1 WOMBAT (waste of money, batting+ time), 5 HSYs (haven’t started yet), & 15 Brazen HSYs (bought the fabric). Honestly all the fabric I buy “IS” intended for a particular quilt. I’ve just forgotten which.

So you see why I’m so happy to finally have the Snowbirds quilt done!

Now back to the Snowbirds quilt. I like to give you tutorials, but I started this too long ago to have pictures. I do have a few left over pieces so you can see what I’ll be talking about.

Here are the requirements if you want to make one like it. Be sure to get the Snowbirds pantograph on the Christmas Sale!

Do you collect Antique Sewing Machines? Do you have a back-up sewing machine? What if your tension spring breaks? or you lose your bobbin case? Or there’s no ELECTRICITY!

Someone was asking whether I had a “back up” sewing machine. Very definitely! My first machine was a Kenmore that I received for a High School Graduation present! It was one of the best I’ve ever had!  I’ve had a couple more over the years and don’t even remember their names.  Of course, when I went to Thailand on a mission I couldn’t live without a machine so I bought one from a friend.  It was a Juki converted from treadle with a little electric motor. See it in the far left corner.

I’ve always thought it would be a good idea to have a treadle machine—just in case the electricity goes out!  So I currently have 2!  My brother has my Grandmother’s old one (boohoo)  but when we were first married I bought a REALLY old one from a little friend in Lawton OK.  It’s not much to look at, but it has the long “spindle” type bobbins!  It’s that old!

Next, my friend in Kansas gave me her mother’s machine.  It’s much more beautiful.  I use it as a base for my “holiday Tree” in the family room.

I do have my mother’s machine—a Wilcox and Gibbs factory power machine. (When she had little kids at home the factory she had sewn for in LA sent the machine home with her!)  That’s the machine I learned to sew on!  FAST & POWERFUL!!! That “attachment” on the left is a Tucking Arm.

Another friend gave me an old power (?) Machine (sitting on a shelf in my storage room.)  It’s really beautiful, isn’t it?

And, Oh yes—there’s the “once top of the line” Elna that I bought at the thrift shop for $7.00. (Did you notice that gray case at the bottom of the shelf in the last picture?)

Now I have my Pfaff that I use almost exclusively.  I think that makes 6 sewing machines that I still own!? Isn’t collecting fun!

Do you have a “back-up” machine? I’d love to hear about it!

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By for now! Hurry and get busy on your Christmas projects. Next time -some quick Halloween ideas.

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WOOF! WOOF! It’s National Dog Day!

Quilted by Angela Meadows Pieced/painted by Judy Lyon

Woof, Woof! It’s National Dog Day!
This week, until August 31st, get FREE Doggies PDF Block pattern sets with any purchase ( see below)
Also on sale, Dawgs, In the Doghouse, Dog Patch Quilt, Backwoods Moose Quilt and Backwoods Pine Quilt patterns with their necessary pantos, Backwoods, Campout, Fish Tales. You might also want to consider Halloween and Autumn patterns.

Several years ago I wanted to draw some dog patterns so I sent out a request for dog pictures. Wow! I got some of the cutest pictures. Of course everyone loves their dogs and I could see why. You can spot “Lady” in my Dogpatch Quilt.


Anyway, I drew up separate blocks of the dogs and then the “Dawgs” Pictogram (A non-repeating pantograph 12′ long)

and finally “In The Doghouse,” a 6″ wide border/edge to edge

Eventually I pieced the Dogpatch quilt using both patterns with their fun dog-bones sashing. Angela Meadows (my business partner and founder of MeadowLyon) quilted it and I painted in the dog faces everywhere they went over a white triangle.

I remember I had it spread out on our pool table in the basement with plastic trash bags draped over it to protect the rest of the quilt. (I was terribly afraid of ruining it!) My high school son came down, stood still a minute, and said, “Mom! You can paint!” 
Yep! But I hadn’t had time for that pleasure with 8 kids.

The first show I took it to was MQX in New Hampshire. As I was setting up, the photographer, Jeffrey Lomika, came rushing over. “I was photographing the quilts in the exhibit and looking through the lens, all of a sudden I saw Norman!!” 
Yes, his dog was in that quilt – the cutest little wire haired terrier ever. Look closely, maybe you can spot him. He was so cute, I used his face two or three times!

Do you remember I promised you a tutorial on inserting round patches into T-shirt Quilts. It’s Here: Making circular insets in T-shirt Quilts. You might also want to re-visit the Blog about T-shirt Quilts.



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Can You Stretch Panels for digital Judy Lyon Pictograms

Can you adjust the length of  MeadowLyon’s (Judy Lyon) Digital Pictogram panels? Yes, but consider the appearance of the   images.  To help in your decision here are some adjusted pictures showing how 3 patterns; “Rainforest,”  “Fishy business,”  & “Backwoods” would look if the panels were shrunk (shortened) or lengthened to fit a quilt.  In your case the change may not be as drastic depending on your needs. Of course enlarging or decreasing, while keeping the ratio the same will not change the shape of the images but only decrease or expand their size.  It’s also important to consider the “tightness” of your stitching. In a perfect world, none of these adjustments would have to made. But, let’s face it, every quilt is not planned to fit the stitching!
Note that the original paper size of most MeadowLyon’s Pictograms is 11″x 36″. The digital size is set at 12″ x 39.1″.

Judy Lyon Digital Pictograms (non-repeating pantos) are currently sold by these distributors: and
Find the link to their sites on MeadowLyon’s homepage.
Rainforest in it’s original is a busy jungle of tropical plants and animals. See more images on our “Rainforest” product listing.
This is pretty tight. But maybe you only need to decrease it to 90% in order to fit your quilt.
The stretched image may be acceptable. Of course, you will choose how far you may want to go.
Fishy business in the original proportions is a “full” pattern. See more pictures for reference here.
The stitching in this image is a bit tight. Hopefully you won’t feel like you have to go this far!
Here the stitching is loosened and I think the fish images are “all right.”
Backwoods as drawn is well proportioned. See more pictures showing it here.
This is how it would look shrunk to 75%. How far do you think you might need to change the length? And would it be acceptable based on these images?
Here the animals are noticeably “fattened,” but it may not be jarring stitched on a quilt.
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Cool off FREE! We’re Having a Heat Wave!!

We’re having a heatwave!    “95°”   That’s a respectable heat wave.  So let’s price all the desert-y hot patterns in the 95s.   

$10.00 $8.95, $14.00 $11.95, $16.00 $13.95, $20.00 $17.95 

I grew up in southern California.  I thought I knew what it meant to be hot!!  But I remember the first time I really got a handle on the thing – heat that is.  Our family was on vacation and staying in a little motel at Lake Mead.  When we walked out of the door it felt like stepping into an oven.  After we got out onto the lake where my dad was fishing. I jumped in the water to cool off.  It was like a bathtub!!

Years later, my son living in nearby Las Vegas actually cooked an egg on the sidewalk.  Yes, he did!  It can really happen.

But a heat wave seems never-ending.  The long-hot summer!  Maybe you can picture it – maybe you’re living in it.    I’ve collected up all my MeadowLyon Pantographs and Pictograms that made me think about hot weather – like “Modern Southwest” pictured over a free-style, mock quilt.

My Dad and brothers built a desert cabin just outside the town of Joshua Tree, near 29 Palms, CA.  It was rugged with only one room, but it did have two sets of French doors across the back and a gasoline powered generator mounted on an old lawn mower chassis that Dad could fire up when we wanted electricity at night.  Before that we used a lantern. 

I loved hiking up Rattlesnake Hill right behind our house.  After I got to the top I could see out over the valley and into the National Monument Park where they used to “shoot” westerns.  I used to dress up in my little cowgirl outfit and run around trying to “rope” our Cocker Spaniel Rusty.

Ropin’ Horseshoes Rodeo Kids  Mustang Stampede.  Snakeskin

Oh, Yes!  Did you notice that straight rope twist and corner on the Rodeo Kids layout?  It’s FREE right now. So put “Rope Twist” in your cart.   
While you’re at it, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and sign up for our NEWSLETTER so you’ll know when we have special offers, new patterns and sales!

When my friend Helen in Las Vegas asked me to draw a pattern with southwest images for her I remembered so many things I had seen and loved in my childhood.  I drew them into “Southwest Vistas.”   

Oh yes! Cactus!  My mom was a crafty sort and she just had to have some of that decorative Cholla Cactus wood.  I can remember her with a handerkerchief tied around her face like a mask and wielding a big butcher knife held by big heavy gloves – scraping the “stickers” off the cactus!!  Those stickers are terrors!! They are the enemy!

I know that from experience.  But, Cactus Flower that was another thing!  They were friendly and had the brightest colors!! 

 I’ve rounded up all the “hot weather patterns and put them on sale for you – just for memory’s sake. Titles like: Southwest Vistas, Spiral Suns (an all time favorite!), Spinning Kokopeli, Modern Southwest, Mosaic, Laguna de Cancun, Great Plains on the Move, Mustangs, Rodeo Kids, Ropin’ Horseshoes w Knotty Pine, Snakeskin, Cactus FlowerEl DoradoPueblo Pottery (see a special tutorial below!) , Barnyard Dreams,  Sunflowers, Giant Sunflowers, Chicken Feathers,  MooCow,  Illusion, Tornado, Mayan Glyphs, Portico Blooms, & Bengali Mosaic.  Whew!  is it hot in all those places???


  But don’t worry –  YOU’LL NEED TO COOL OFF with FREE SODA FOUNTAIN BLOCKS SET.      The first 20 orders will get a PDF set emailed to them FREE within 24 hours!  Just wrap your lips around them straws!  On the Soda Fountain page you’ll see ideas for using them!


Now back to the longest of the hot days.  They make me think of eating MEXICAN! I’ve attached a couple of favorite recipes for you down below.  That reminds me – Do you know about EPAZOTE?  It is the quintessential Mexican herb.  Add it to your favorite chili recipe and you will be transported south of the border!  Yep, but it’s hard to find out here in Kansas. I finally asked the guy at Acapulco and he gave me some sprigs.  “Where did you buy this?” I asked.  “I grow it myself!”  

But now a little more quilt talk.  I’ve got a new pattern to celebrate the heat – “Pueblo Pottery.” It’s a fun interlocking panto with all the flavor of the southwest.

 I have an idea for you to use it on a quilt  Remember the “Southwest Vistas” Pictogram (that’s a non-repeating panto) up above?  I made a Southwest Pueblo quilt to showcase it. I used some simple improv piecing in desert colors to suggest the plateaus and native pueblo style houses.  The round oven, the round beams, the ladders and drying racks all added a bit of interest, color and nostalgia.  All this supported the amazing stitching of the “Pictogram” or vice-versa, the pictogram accented the strong southwest feel of the quilt.

I added more color to surround the main body of the quilt and have loved the



border ever since. So I’ve combined the blocks from that border into a quilt layout.

Here’s how you can put it together. And how it will look in a different colorway with the Pueblo Pottery design quilted over it.

So crank up that Air Cond and have fun sipping your sodas and putting together this fun desert quilt!  Oh and don’t forget the recipes below.



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Celebrate our Founding Fathers at Home and in History with Love, Honor and a FREE patriotic pattern set!

Celebrate our Founding Fathers at Home and in History with Love, Honor and a FREE Patriotic pattern!

At this time of year we remember our “Founding Fathers,” both family and nation.  Some founding fathers of our family are John Lyon, William A. Redd, Hans Ulrich Bryner, Lucius Franklin Snyder.  Bryner, seated with a beard, was an immigrant to the US from Switzerland. In large measure he was the founder of the Bryner clan in America.  Before coming he was blinded in an accident, but didn’t let that stop him. Traveling by ship and then covered wagon across the US he held onto the back of the wagon, giving up his seat inside for an elderly woman who needed a place.  I designed a quilting Pictogram, Westward Ho, around his story and pictured him holding the wagon.

  Just as you honor your fathers, we honor ours by telling them we love them, by giving them gifts, and by cooking their favorite treats. Our Dad loves tunnel of fudge cake – the old recipe with pudding. Yumm…. The kids all love making him treats each year!  It’s no wonder in Sunday School we sing, “I’m So Glad when Daddy comes Home.” Now he’s a grand father and sooo good at reading stories.  I get jealous – they want him!  See his picture?  Grandpas make us smile, don’t they?  (I had fun overlaying the pix with an image from our America’s Pride Blocks- FREE PDF June 2019 only.)

This time of year, climaxing with the 4th of July, is full of Patriotism. Because we live near an Army Post the boy scouts place flags on all the graves in the cemetery for Memorial day.  That is the beginning.  Memorial Day, D-day, Father’s Day and July 4th make a grand month of remembrance.

Patriotic service and red, white and blue décor and stories of valor are part of the fabric of our lives. In such ways we honor the Founding Fathers of our country.  We obey the laws, we vote, we celebrate the birth of our nation. We enjoy the land through vacations and song – “Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies…”   I even decorate a 4th of July tree!  (I’m also reminded of a Canadian hymn, “In days of yore from Britain’s shore, Wolfe, the dauntless hero came…”  My mother grew up in Canada and I learned this song as a child right along with The Star Spangled Banner.)

Every year on the 4th of July, we watch the movie “1776.   Our kids have the dialogue memorized. We love lines such as “He plays the violin…” and “Pins!” – “Saltpeter!”  What, you don’t know those lines?  Pull out that old movie this year and find them.  You’ll have to sing the words with Ben Franklin! I can see and hear it in my mind’s eye.

Another tradition has been to have a BBQ and Swim party in the back yard.  Ribs and sweet potato salad are always on the menu.  I’ll include my favorite ribs recipe for your 4th of July feast this year.  It’s actually an oven recipe but we put it on the grill for that special smokiness I love.  Homemade ice cream was also a favorite, Root Beer flavor as well as chocolate. Strawberry pretzel dessert was embellished with blueberries.  We’d have a yard full of friends, family  and neighbors and sit around until dusk while the kids played in the pool. Later we often drove onto the military post for a fireworks display.   I miss those days now that the kids are grown.   WHY DO WE DO ALL THIS? To honor the birth of our nation and the founding fathers who built us this heritage.  To honor the birth of our families and our own beloved Founding Fathers.

What are your favorite Father’s Day or 4th of Judy (oops July!) traditions?  Happy Father’s 4th of July!

This year I’ve had fun planning out some Patriotic quilt designs. “Patriotic Snail’s Trails and More!  They’re not full-fledged patterns, just my plans – but enjoy!


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T-Shirt Quilts: Pantos That Work Great! + Best Quilting tips for T-Shirt Success.

Upstairs in my walk-in attic I have a box of T-shirts meant for a quilt or two.  I thought how fun it would be to have a t-shirt quilt for the grandkids to use when they visit.  They’d be sleeping under all the memories of their Mom or Dad.  In particular I have a number of Hawaiian T-shirts and Hawaiian shirts and/or muumuus that he children wore when we lived in Hawaii.   Here’s my plan for those great memory pieces. I’m showing it “virtually” stitched with my “Hawaiian Hibiscus” pantograph.  (I’m including the titles of the Pantographs on the pictures simply for reference.)

Not sure about piecing circles?  I’ve posted a tutorial for adding them.  Don’t worry, it’s not hard!  Making Circular Insets for T-shirt Quilts.     

Another box is filled with old cub scouts t-shirts.  They’d be great and I plan to include some of the neckerchiefs and patches in the piecing (see my mock-up example).  I’m showing how I would stitch it with my 8-inch double “Jitterbug 15 interlocking “ panto.  (You could also use the -one row at a time- “Jitterbug 11 interlocking” panto.)  Doesn’t it look great!  It reminds me of boys at that age, JITTERY!


There are many  standard blocks which sport a square in the middle, so get out your pile of magazines and find a block, or do like I did and open up Quilt-Pro and find a block you like that’s not too time consuming.  Here’s a simple star stitched with one of my favorties, “Maori Moko”.  It’s a 15″ pattern so if you want a smaller one that’s similar choose the 9-inch “Maori Moko Border” and use it as an E2E.  Knit is stretchy anyway, so there’s no problem placing some of the pieces on the diagonal.  Another option would be to include the star points only on the outer corners and fill the center with rows of T-shirts.  However, I like the tilted squares because it adds so much interest!

.   Here’s another idea for a little girls t-shirt quilt.  One is straight placement with colorful sashing on which I over-layed our “Oh so popular”  Flowerburst pattern.  It comes in 2 sizes. “Flowerburst 15” and “Flowerburst 10”  Another is a version of a star block using Drunkard’s Path inserts to give a flower effect. You can actually place your t-shirts in some or all of the squares available.  I over-layed that one with “Dolly’s Tea Party.”

 “Zebra Stripes”   seems perfect stitched over this flaming black quilt.

Just in case you’re making a T-shirt quilt for a guy who’s into cars, like Joe.   FREE -I’m giving you my new “Tire Treads” borders PDF for a limited time.  I didn’t quite finish the “Hub Caps” block but hope to get it done this week.  Oh, gosh! That attic is so full!  “Car Classics”  and Tire Treads are both on this image.  See Sportscars at the end of the blog.

 This is a “Real” quilt.  Finally!  Connie Zwego quilted it in red with the “Snakeskin” Panto.

 Here’s a great T-shirt quilt with Car Classics stitched on it, by Deb Rolek.  I saw her a few weeks ago at the Quilters Musical.

  Or simplify with straight sashing, but make it lively!  “Sports Nut” looks great over all these team shirts!

Okay now, I’ve shown a variety of examples to get you going.  But I do have some real meat to this Blog.  Here are some super “Tips” I’ve gleaned and used over the years to help you along your way.  

Copy and print this section for your files.           Also, see below a list of patterns well suited to T-shirt quilts.   25 are on SALE THIS MONTH. Continue reading T-Shirt Quilts: Pantos That Work Great! + Best Quilting tips for T-Shirt Success.

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My love Affair With Batiks

My Love Affair with Batiks  By Judy Lyon

A Budding Romance

I first became aware of Batiks in the early 60’s.  Yikes, I’m revealing my age!  I loved to shop at import stores.  The interesting items from all around the world intrigued me.  Their fabric offerings were in the form of stamped batik designs and were used for skirts, tablecloths, and bedspreads.  They were great with the Ravi Shankar music and the incense sticks of the 60’s.  Later, in one of my college art classes the teacher taught actual batik-ing.  For me, it was love at first sight!  My equipment was a tjanting tool (The modern spelling is “canting,” pronounced “chaunting.”), a wooden frame, and a small kettle.  Tjanting tools typically have a wooden handle with a long metal tip composed of a chamber for holding warm wax and a spout extending from the lower end or point.  I used a combination of beeswax and paraffin in the jaunting tool to draw out my designs, mainly paisleys on scarves, etc.  I still have the tiny kettle I used for melting wax.  In fact there’s still a layer of wax in the bottom.  Anyone who really knows me understands.  I don’t throw anything away! “I might need it again,” and I usually do!   Not having an internet was crippling!  The color sequence …….. SEE MORE AS pdfMy Love Affair With Batiks – On Track Magazine spring 2008

So “How do you successfully quilt on Batiks?”

1. Check your fabric to see how tightly or loosely woven it is.  Many made for Quilting” batiks are loose enough to withstand the heavy stitching given to quilts.  But some are not. Although I don’t advocate discarding the tighter fabrics, you’ll need to take extra care.


2. Use a finer needle to prevent puncturing the threads in a lightly woven fabric. (See the lower side of the purple picture  – you can easily spot holes left in the batik where stitches were removed.)  A ball-point might be helpful- but not too large.  If you encounter “Frogging” the fuzz around stitches indicating broken threads you might be able to make them less visible by using a damp cloth, dotted with silicone and rubbing lightly.  This can be a tricky decision if you have multiple layers of fused appliqué through which to stitch.

3. A silicone lubricant is useful.  Spray on brands are available but difficult to find.  You can apply a few drops of silicone (ie. Sewer’s Aid) to a damp cloth and rub over the quilt surface or apply a few drops to the spool.

4. Loosen the quilt sandwich on your machine slightly.

5.  Batiks are a dream for machine appliqué because as a tightly woven fabric they do not fray easily.  For hand-appliqué they may require a little more effort pushing the needle through the tightly woven folded edge.  Use a finer needle and try some silicone.

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I’m Doing the Jig!!

The IRISH JIG, that is!   I’ve done a FREE tutorial for my “Irish Jig” Quilt  I couldn’t get it made up so it’s not a complete pattern, just some honest Irish instructions. NO BLARNEY!

If you make it please share a Pic.    It’s stitched with “Celtic Chain” which has 2 different borders.  I’ve shown both so you can get the idea.

Our guild had a challenge to do a 2 color quilt, or at least a block.  I thought about my favorite color – RED.  Then I determined to use blue and include all my hand-dyed indigo pieces.  But when I looked through my stash for a solid piece, I didn’t have exactly the right color blue!  Well, of course, it had to match my hand dyes and that may be a problem.  As I was fooling around with swatches I hit upon the idea of using green for St. Patrick’s Day. It could be scrappy and “use up” some of my many odds and ends.  I must admit, however, I bought a few more for the mix! The ones I already chose out of my stash are on the left.  The new ones are on the right.  For this sample I couldn’t make it scrappy like I want for the whole quilt – remember, it was a 2 color challenge.  Now I even have a 2 color quilt board on Pinterest!

The first thing I did to start was make a bunch of half-square triangles.  (Whoever thought of that name?)  I tried making 2 from a small square to confirm my calculations were correct.  Then I made the rest with my “8 in one blow” method.  Either way I made them a little larger than I needed so I could trim them to size.  

Next I started cutting the various other pieces.  I sewed the long strips together and combined them into the little checker boards and striped squares.  When they were pressed I laid a few of each on the ironing board for you to see.  Next came the actual sewing into strips according to the schema plan I made up for the PDF.

Now I have one block finished to show you!!! I love the way it turned out, don’t you?  Of course, I plan to “quilt” it with my Celtic Chain pattern with 2 borders and 4 different blocks.  Maybe I’ll go scrappy with the designs too, and mix them all in.













Before I forget, I’ve got a St. Patrick’s Day recipe for you.  It’s my very favorite Rosemary Cheddar Soda bread.   Wait til you taste it – fabulous!!!     Happy Quilting!!  Judy

This was fantastic. I made it exactly (I almost never do) except for baking it on a Pizza Stone.

Rosemary Cheddar Irish Soda Bread

A tasty Irish Soda Bread with sharp cheddar and fresh rosemary. This is perfect as a side to your corned beef dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes     Cook Time 25 minutes     Author foodnessgracious


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 1 whole large egg


  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly flour a non stick baking tray or spray with a non stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, pepper, rosemary and cheese.
  3. Add the egg to the buttermilk and beat until mixed.
  4. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour and lightly mix through until it becomes sticky and a ball forms.
  5. Dump the dough out onto a flour dusted work surface and roughly knead the dough into an ball shape. It may be on the wet side so have some extra flour on hand for dusting.
  6. Place the dough onto your prepared baking tray. Take a sharp serrated knife and cut an X on top of the soda bread.
  7. Season the top with some more salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 25 minutes and the top is golden brown.
  8. Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving with butter. If you can resist!!!


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“QUILTERS” – The Musical!


“Quilters”  Wow!  It was a great performance. Knowing that I was a quilter,  my friend Nancy M. told me about the show just last week.  So, we decided to go.  My husband made reservations and on Friday – Opening night (avoiding the snow forecast for Saturday).   Umm-they had catered snacks for the occasion.

If you’re in the Kansas City area, and like quilting or like frontier history you should see it.  It runs through March 10th, so hurry.

We had never been to the Theatre Lawrence before. I thought the staging was super.  Checking it out, I had seen some clips on You-tube of other “Quilters” productions and I liked the staging of this much better than those I had viewed. Plus, the musical ensemble was delightful. Instruments and unique effects added to the character of the presentation. It was nice that you could see the instrumentalists in the dark depths of the open stage.

But, now to the show – Wonderful!  (Of course, I couldn’t take pics inside.) The voices were strong and beautiful and the acting great, too.  Costuming too, was era perfect.  I was particularly impressed by Susie LeGault.  Could she have been my age (or was it just make-up?) and her voice still strong and vibrant?  Well, let’s face it- I enjoyed the evening immensely.

There were heart-breaking moments which could be expected from life on the plains  which bonded the women of the family together and to their community: The Ladies of the Lutheran Church, or the Ladies of the Methodist…or the Ladies of the Baptist… All the quilts they made over the years which had been collected and offered to bless the lives of those facing tragedy and loss.

In the theater lobby were hung several quilts by members of the local quilt guild (s?) I even found an old quilting friend there who had stitched one of them.  She promised to send me the pattern.  I’ll use it for my hand dyed indigo pieces.  (You’ll recognize it in the pics because it’s blue and white!  Thank you Deb Rowden.)

In the upstairs lobby were 2 antique quilts; a butterfly and a simple red and white.

All in all it was well worth the drive to Lawrence.


Several years ago, I took part in a play about quilters, too.  It was written by Julie Stapley and was so fun to perform for our church ladies.  (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

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Happy Chinese New Year – Gong Hey Fat Choi

I love Chinese New year time.  I remember visiting Lila Lawrence with my mother when I was a child.  She had Oriental furniture inlaid with mother of pearl and wore chopsticks in her hair. When we went to China Town in Los Angeles I would get those little prize balls that would unwind spilling little rings, and other treasures.

A few years ago when the catastrophic earthquake hit China I decided to draw a Pantograph with Pandas – “Panda-Bamboo” was what I called it. when I made the quilt I “Top-liqued” pandas right into the stitching line.

Living in the orient we enjoyed the fireworks and celebrations.


I decorate my little brown “year-round” tree with Chinese things and serve Oriental food.      Try this easy recipe. 


2 lbs. thinly slice pork, cut bite sized ( OR saute ground pork)

Simmer the pork in lightly salted water until tender.  Drain and place in bowl.  Sprinkle with juice of 1 – 1 ½ fresh limes. (I used 1 ½ good sized ripe limes) 

Stir in 3 Tb. Fish sauce. Add 1 tsp Rot Dii (This is a Thai seasoning containing MSG.  I used ½ tsp. MSG with about 1/8 teaspoon white pepper and 1 tsp garlic juice.) Stir well.  Taste the liquid to see if you like the blend.

Add ¼ c. chopped cilantro, 3 Tb. Green onions, ½ c. thinly sliced red shallots, Crushed red pepper to taste – I used about ½ tsp. and it wasn’t hot at all.

To serve, sprinkle with cilantro and “Rice Dust,” – browned glutinous rice, crushed****(  Place 2 Tb. Uncooked glutinous rice in dry frying pan.  Brown the rice, stirring constantly.  Allow to cool and crush well, or put it in a blender like I did.  I should not become like flour – just like rough corn meal so it remains a little crunchy.  This adds an important flavor.)Serve with sticky rice, chopped cucumber, diced, garlic and green mango slices. Wrap them up in green leaf lettuce and dash with Thai Sweet Chili sauce.       

  Happy Chinese New Year!


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Color Your Quilt

Having Fun with Pantographs:   Color Book Quilts

In the past few years I’ve seen more and more paint and ink being used on quilts.  I’ve noticed it mostly on quilts custom stitched from the front of the machine.  But, I’m a pantograph lady, I love the ease of knowing where I’m going and what I’ll find at the end of the row.  Several years ago as Angela stitched our “Dawgs” pictogram (non-repeating pantograph) over the expanse of a Big Block quilt I thought how fun it would be to color it like a coloring book—I must admit childhood memories play it big in my mind!  I seem to watch them play out, just like a television show. I remember one Spring I was very sick and had to wear dark glasses for a month to protect my eyes.  Because I couldn’t go out, Mom let me slide the glasses up and take a peek at the Easter dress hanging on the bedroom sconce.  For entertainment she bought me lots of new coloring books and crayons.  One afternoon on the bed I sneaked a look and saw, to my chagrin; I had colored the pig orange!  Those pesky glasses!

You probably have memories of coloring too.  Was your technique to apply a firm line around each color area and then lightly “shade in” the entire space?  Or were you like me and made each color a solid, full strength statement?  Later I learned about shading and could deftly change hues or tints in the pictures I decorated.  I confess I always maintained the bold look.  Don’t get me wrong—I admire pastel tints but even my figure (sob!) is bold.  When we tried out crayons on small fabric samples in our local quilt guild meeting and then ironed them for permanence, mine was definitely the most intense.

Well, back to the subject.  I decided to color the Dog-Patch Quilt to make it more interesting.  Remember it was already quilted with a pictogram that offered a collage of doggie faces replete with flopping tongues, sniffing noses, and shaggy ears.  I limited the coloring to certain areas.  That meant sometimes a dog’s face would be only partially painted and the rest only outlined with stitching.  I admit it was scary.  I feared I might ruin an otherwise great quilt.  At that time our pool table was still in the basement and hadn’t been banished to the garage to make way for my longarm machine.  So I spread a tarp and plastic drop cloth over it and laid out the quilt.  Nervously, I positioned flat, black trash bags over the areas I wanted to protect.  Shiva Paintstiks were the medium I chose because, as usual, I wanted strong color.  I rubbed the Paintstik onto the page of a disposable palette and then brushed it onto the fabric with a flat, short bristled, oil paint brush.  My 19-year-old son came down to watch TV and stood stunned.  “Mom, you can paint!”, he exclaimed.  I laughed and said, “Well yes, I was an art major.  You’ve just never seen me paint before.”  (Isn’t it great when you get a little praise—especially from your kids!  That can be a rarity until they’re old enough to appreciate you!)

Face by face, the dog’s expressions began to emerge and take life.  By the end of the experiment I was thrilled.  This had made my otherwise “lovely” quilt truly standout as being unique.  I’m so glad I took the first step – or brushstroke!

Quilted by Angela Meadows Pieced/painted by Judy Lyon

I was hooked and eager to paint on another quilt.  I pulled out my Westward Ho Quilt that had already been quilted and painted the “campfire” and “spokes” of the wagon wheel giving it a stronger focal point.  I was reliving the coloring book experience of my childhood all over again – each time with successful results!



Soon after, I found myself rushing around, trying to get my Dino-Spinners Quilt with the “Dinosauria” pattern ready to send 
off to a show.  I suddenly realized the quilt had no label.  So I turned it over and picked out a stitched dinosaur on the back, painted it with the Paintstiks, and “presto” I had a super looking, automatic label!

My friend Patti Buhler ( promotes and sells Tsukineko Inks so I decided to try those as my next medium of choice.  I pieced together a simple quilt of penguin fabric, and white-on-white with plenty of open spaces.  Over the quilt top I stitched the “Penguins on Parade” pictogram.  Then going back into the central white area, I picked out key penguin figures and painted them black with the amazingly easy, Inkstick Marker that comes with each bottle of Tsukineko Ink.  Serendipity! – As I inked in the black penguins, I found, as I had secretly hoped, the stamped on design in the white on white fabric resisted the ink, leaving a white design within the blackened area!  (Viewers always get up close and exclaim, “Did you appliqué this one?”  It looks like a different fabric.)  Finally, I used a little orange, red, and yellow to define the fluff on the penguin feathers and again, instant success!  And I mean instant!  I didn’t have to wait 4-5 days for the paint to dry.  Ink dries in minutes.  (Well, I didn’t actually wait that long on the Dog-Patch Quilt anyway, because of my impatient nature.)  A few years later I went back and decided to apply white glitter over my Penguin Snowstorm Quilt.  I did this as an “added layer of interest” as I always say to viewers.

The next time I tried the inks was on the backside of a Nativity quilt stitched with the “Joyful Birth” Pictogram..  I had stitched and appliquéd over the front and then, realizing the back was quilted with a pale batik, decided to color in some of the “Pictures” on the back.  I generally don’t color in the entire quilt.  I just pick motifs I want to emphasize.  (Maybe you’ll want to color more.)  The results were amazing!  Just like the white-on-white, there was enough of the residual wax left in the batik so that those designs resisted the inks too.  Now this quilt is “reversible”and some of us like the back best! 

When you stitch with pantographs and pictograms there is an automatic coloring book effect created.  Pictures are already stitched into the fabric of your quilt by the quitting machine.  Adding colors to the designs you’ve stitched is easy.  And they do add extra spark and appeal to the quilt.  I’ll be using these techniques on more quilts.  I hope you will too!

Shiva Paintstiks have a wax base and aren’t as oily as oil pastels or actual oil paints.  Don’t try the latter or the oil will seep into the surrounding fabric leaving an unsightly ring around the painted area.  The Paintstiks keep for years if you wrap them in plastic or place then in a tight can to prevent drying out.  Paintstiks come individually or in sets.

Tsukineko Inks come in little one ounce bottles in a whole rainbow of colors, solid, sheer, pearlescent, and metallic.  Just choose your color and dip the tip of the reloadable “inkstick” into the bottle.  Use it like a magic marker.  Don’t get right up to the stitching line, the ink will move toward it and happily, in almost all cases, will not pass the stitched line.  Caution: do not thin the paints with water or they will “bleed” more easily into unwanted areas.  If you want a pastel or transparent color mix a few drops of the ink with clear Aloe Vera Gel and brush it on.  Or if you’re trying for a watercolor wash effect, paint some gel onto the quilt first and then apply the ink.

Of course one must always heat set the painted surfaces whether you are using Paintstiks or Inks to render them permanent and washable.  To heat set my quilts, I place brown wrapping paper under the quilt on an ironing surface and place additional paper on top.  Then I iron from the top.  The heat, applied from the top, draws any loose oil towards the heat source and into the top paper.

Remember the serendipity effect: white-on-white printing will repel the ink.  This is also true of some “authentic” batiks which often have residual wax still left in the fabric.  Have fun with your next “grown-up” coloring book!   Judy

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It’s Not Too Late to think about Thanksgiving!

It’s not too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving. I saw Turkeys on sale in our local market yesterday.

A few years ago, I made a couple of fun Thanksgiving Table Toppers.  The first was a grand experiment.  I tore off the colored silk leaves from an artificial autumn bouquet, arranged them on the fabric I had chosen for the top (and lightly glued them) and placed a shimmery piece of sheer chiffon over them.  Of course, I quilted the glittery square with my Thanksgiving Table Topper Pictogram.  I was excited by the result.  I was so easy yet so special.

The next year I wanted to try something new.  I decided to make it reversible.  After all with the renewed popularity of “modern” style, I might want a lime green topper instead of a brown one.  Who knows? I’ll have to admit it was quite ambitious but turned out super! 

I chose a Dk. Brown Batik for one side and a good strong Chartreuse for the other. (Oops, threads not buried!) The Autumn leaves around the edge could be the same colors for both.



It turned out so great I wanted to share it.  So, I took photos of the “step-by-step” and converted them into a FREE PDF tutorial for all of you.

To see and download the complete tutorial go here: Reversible Thanksgiving Table Topper Instructions

Golly, I need to make one for myself.  One of these decorates my Daughter-in-law’s table and the other my Daughter’s.  I’ll have to go there for Thanksgiving!

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Trick or Treat! This 20% OFF anything sale is such a great opportunity. I want to share even more ideas with you if you’re willing. 

This 20% OFF anything sale is such a great opportunity.
I want to share even more ideas with you if you’re willing.
I’m always trying to push the limits.  I guess that’s the way it is with creative minds, right?  I know you have one because you’re a quilter!

Here’s a fun way to use this cute Halloween pattern on a block exchange.This is Helen Baczynski’s Pumpkin patch quilt. And this is Funny Bones by Diana Reinhardt Annis.  Someone sent a picture of a quilt with Ghostly Feathers and I can’t it anywhere.  Wish I had it to show you.

I love decorating for Halloween and Fall.  There are cute ideas I’ve collected over the years.  AND great recipes.  Yes, Secretly I’m a wanna-be Chef!

When he was young my son helped me make a Halloween, Jack Pumpkin-head, giant marionette. He was dressed in some old coveralls of my kids’ and old Camouflage boots. We hung him up every year by our various front doors.

Halloween tree


Another tradition at our house is the “Brown Tree.”  
The kids retrieved it from the trash one year after Christmas and begged to keep it to play with in the backyard.  I finally said,”Okay, but after 3-4 days you must throw it away!”  Well, when the needles fell it was such a cute twisted shape that I’ve kept it now for almost 30 years.  It even moved with us to Hawaii and back!  I decorate it for every changing season.  Here is the Halloween version.

Our very most favorite Halloween Cookies are – Pumpkin Face Cookies adapted from an old BH&G.  (Not a great picture, but it is a great recipe!)



Nestled in front of it one year was a mug of my Pumpkin Biscotti.  It’s a recipe I give out with my “Yummy, Yummy Pumpkin Kaleidoscope w/Toplique  Workshop.





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Love is in the Air- 10% off selected patterns

wedding bells

Spring is such a beautiful time of year.  The sky is blue and sunny.  Flowers are blooming everywhere (even in our lawns).  God is spreading a beautifully colored quilt over the whole earth.  Why wouldn’t our hearts thrill with the excitement of love and happiness?  It’s in the air!

10% OFF – Enjoy some of our favorite floral pantos as well as a NEW enlarged version of an old favorite.

Fiddle Ferns – now in a 14″ size.Fiddle Ferns

Floral Wedding Setrose whole cloth layout ideas

Sets are normally 20% the off price of individual patterns, but ADD ANOTHER 10% OFF!

(This set includes 3 patterns.  Specify which 3 you want: Wedding Bell Swag 15” border, “Floral Medallion” whole cloth centerpiece, Rosebud Striped Border 6” w/ Little Red Rose 4”, Red, Red Rose 8” border, Floribunda Bouquet 11” or 15”, Wedding Day 11” pictogram, Little Ferns 4” border, Fiddle Ferns 11” panto.)  

Floribunda Bouquet 11″15″Floribunda Bouquet Rosy Feathers 11″ + 15″Rosy Feathers best snippet

Calla Lily 8″ + 11″Calla Lily BorderFiddle Ferns 11″+ 14″Fiddle Ferns

Wedding Doves 11″Wedding Doves snippetRosebud Striped Border 6″Rosebud Striped - Border

Wedding Day 11″PictogramWedding Day - Closeup Red, Red Rose 8″Red Rose Corner - Border

Wedding Bell Swag 15″Wedding Bell Swag - Border

Floral Medallion 14″floral-medallion-stacked Pysanki Flower 11″Pysanki flower for web

Chintz 10″chintz pasteup resized  Chintz Borderchintz + india borders SNIPPET

Daffodilly 9″ + 14″  daffodilly preview jpg snippet Little Ferns 4″Little Ferns - Border

Tulip Tango 2 rows 8.5″tulip tango for webTulip Border/E2E 6.5″Tulip Border -birdseye view

Cherry Blossoms 10cherry blossomsPoppy Stripe 10″poppy stripe



Not in a romantic mood?

For those of us still waiting for that perfect catch, it’s always good to remember there are other fish in the sea!

Let’s put a smile on your sad face with 10% off Fishy Business Pictogram 15″ or 11″.

fishy business 15 inch stacked


Sale prices good March 1-31 


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Chinese New Year Celebration Sale Feb. 1 to 19

“Gong Hey Fat Choy”  

Happy Chinese New Year! 

February 19th 2015

Chinese Symbol for Happy Chinese New Year (恭禧發財)

brown tree chinese

The most common Chinese ways of saying Happy New Year are Gong Xi Fa Cai(Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese). Even though the pronunciations are a little different, both are written the same.

Ever since I was young I have been fascinated by the Far East.  I used to go with my Mother to visit “artsy” Lila L.  She had her hair bound up with chopsticks and black lacquered furniture inlaid with Mother of Pearl.  Chinatown was my favorite place to eat and I loved getting those prize balls at the gift shop and unwrapping yards of paper strips to find the tiny toys inside.

Little did I know I would “marry” into the army and live in the Orient. This amazing experience has increased my delight in all those memories and many new ones; like the Chinese Lion dance (always thought I’d draw this but haven’t yet!) , Sizzling Rice Soup and playing the Kayagum (like Koto).  Subsequently I’ve drawn a number of popular Chinese inspired patterns. I’ll include Japan and Indonesia too! So for the New Year I’m passing along the celebration to you!

Get a copy of the CHINESE MEDALLION SET – FREE with purchase of any Oriental pattern.

Chinese MedallionChinese Medallion - CornerChinese Medallion Set adjustable 12-15″ Sq. w 10″+ 12″ Tri


Chinese_AppliqueChinese Applique Pattern adjustable 12″-15″

Chinese Mums PatternChinese Mums  3.5″+4.5″ BdrChinese Scroll BorderChinese Scroll 4.5″+2.5″ Bdr

Chinese_Porcelain-snippetChinese Porcelain 12″ E2E – Border and Corner w 1.5″ Chinese Beading 

Ming Sea - Border CloseupMing Sea w/Mandarin Wind 6″+ 4″  Borders w 2 Corner variations

Panda-Monium - CloseupPanda-Monium 11″ Horizontal w 4″ Panda Play border

Panda Bamboo - Layout ExamplePanda Bamboo 11″ w 6″ Bamboo Border Vertical pattern

FREE download to Celebrate!  3 Samurai samurai 2 cropped resizedSamurai PDF title page


Geisha Garden snippetGeisha Garden 10″Kimono Stripe snippetKimono Stripe 11″

Japonica Blooms cropped Japonica Blooms 10″Flowerburst Flowerburst 10″ or 15″


chintz pasteup resizedChintz 11″   chintz + india borders Chintz/India Borders 6″& 8″


Inspired by famous Indonesian Batiks
Inspired by famous Indonesian Batiks

Java Batik Floral 10″ Edge 2 Edge

a delightful Indonesian Batik border
a delightful Indonesian Batik border

Java Batik Border 5″ w Jungle flower 4″

Indonesian Puppets - CloseupIndonesian Puppets Quilt closeup showing Jungle Foliage between rowsIndonesian Puppets 15″









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Brrr! January White Sale 15% OFF

 Brrr! Everything is snowy!   Let’s have a  JANUARY WHITE SALE    All white themed patterns 15% OFF through January.

jan 2014 sale and patterns text w snowman
January 2015 white sale

Isn’t it fun to build a snowman?  Here’s a cute SNOWMAN pillow designed for one of our birthday partys.  All the little girls made their own.  It was so fun.  This picture is the one my daughter finished.  Your kids can have fun with this too – even boys! It’s a FREE DOWNLOAD.

cuddly snowman pillow


Frothy Seas 2 of 4.5″Frothy Seas 11″, Frothy Seas 2 of 8″, Frothy Seas 15″, Frothy_Seas 8" “Meringue 11meringue pasteup trimmed

Snowscape 11″,snowscape croppedFlurry 10″Flurry

Birchbark 10″Birchbark snippet reducedMing Sea 6″Ming Sea - Border Closeup

Cloudy Skies 10It's a Cloudy Day. Air Show 10″air show cropped snippet

Calla Lily 8″or Calla Lily 11″ Calla Lily Border Ski Slopes 11″  ski slopes snippet

Winter Games 11″ winter games half-pipe reduced Winter Games BlocksWinter Games Block - WGB - Closeup

Clear Stream 11″ Clear-Stream-cropped-reduced Wedding Doves 11″Wedding Doves snippet

Salty Seas 8″ Salty Seas - Border Nor’easter 11″ Nor'easter snippet

Penguins on Parade 11Penguins on Parade - WholePenguins on Parade Blks Penguins on Parade Block - POPB - Closeup

Penguin Snowstorm Quilt  Penguin Snowstorm quilt cover mockStoneware Churn 10″Stoneware Churn one swirl cropped reduced

SnowBirds 11″ snowbirds snippet  Snowbird Borders 6″ snowbirds borders cropped short

Funny-Bones 10″,funny bones pasteupCottontails 10   Cottontails snippet

Whitewater 11″whitewater snippet Seafoam 4.5″, Seafoam 2 of 4.5″seafoam double row

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Decorate for the Holidays with MeadowLyon

Panto Sets under our tree

How do you decorate for the Holidays?  Do you have a Christmas Quilt in the master bedroom?  Is your family room festooned with strings of apples and garlands of holly?
Or perhaps you’ll be skiing for the Holidays at your mountain cabin decorated with homespun plaid and flannelette quilts?  If so you might want to snuggle-up with a cozy throw in front of the fireplace or display a quilt proudly over the railing on the balcony.
Enjoy these super savings as you plan your beautiful rooms.

GET $2.00 off  Singles and $5.00 off Sets

(Wow! sets already priced at 20% off) 

Through Dec. 15th!

Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving Table Topper Pictogram 20% off.thanksgiving layout

FREE PDF quilt pattern thanksgiving topper qult blurry at topFREE PDF ICE CANDLE Fall leaves ice candleChristmas Greenery Ice Candle



Nativity Set #30 Nativity Quilt by Judy Lyon and Mildred Jordtjoyful birth new Joyful Birth new panel 2

includes: Joyful Birth 11″, Camel Train & Palm Trees camel train cropped snippet Palm Trees - Border

FREE Joyful Birth PDF BlocksA Christmas Gift to you!joyful birth new color cover



Snowbird Set #36  snowbirds snippet snowbirds borders cropped short Ponderosa Pinecone - single ponderosa pine spray snippet 15

includes: Snowbirds, Snowbird Bdr, Pinecone Bdr 4.5″ & Pine Spray 9″                                                                                     

Backwoods Moose Quilt Set #5Moose - Quiltbackwoods stacked scannedPonderosa Pinecone - single

includes: Backwoods Moose Quilt, Backwoods Pictogram & Ponderosa Pinecone 4.5″   

Backwoods Pine Set #6"Backwoods Pine Quilt" by Judy Lyon quilted by Pat Brownbackwoods stacked scannedPonderosa Pinecone - singleFish Tales Border

includes:Pine quilt, Backwoods 11″, Fish Tales, Pinecone Bdr.

Rustic Christmas Set #48 RUSTIC SANTA ON PLAID Rustic Grapevine Swag Potpourri cropped snippet

includes: Rustic Santas, Rustic Grapevine Swag & Potpourri                                                                                                  


Holiday Fun Set #21 silly snowmen carolers holly express Toyland - TLB - Cover

includes: Silly Snowmen, Holly Express Train 9″ (or specify 4.5″), Santa’s Flight & Toyland Blocks                                          

Christmas Set  #14 Santa's Flight sleigh and 1 reindeer reduced Symbols of the Season - SofSB - Quilt Closeup Ponderosa Pinecone - single

 includes: Santa’s Flight, PineSpray 9″ (or 4.5″), &  Symbols of the Season Blocks                                                                           

Jingle Bell Set #23 Jingle Bell Dance Jingle Bell Swag - Border    Ponderosa Pinecone - single

includes: Jingle Bell Swag, Ponderosa Pinecone Border 4.5″ & Jingle Bell Dance 8″ Or specify 11″

Deck the Halls Set #61Poinsettia cropped one flower the Holly and ivy SNIPPET Holly Berriessnippet 12-days-panel-1-reduced

includes: Poinsettia, Holly Berries or The Holly and The Ivy,  & 12 Days of Christmas                                                  

FREE 1 Piper & 1 Drummer for 12 Days Border layout. 12 Days of Christmas single piper 12 days drummer complete cropped

Sugarplum Tree Set #64    trendy trees pasteup 1 tree  sugarplums 1 repeat for mail

Includes: Trendy Trees & Sugarplums 



Santa Around the World Blocks; Bk 1 Book 1 composite no title

The European Tradition 12″

Santa Around the World Blocks: Bk 2Book 2 composite no title darkened

The Distant Lands 12
Santa Around the World Set of 2 Books 12″SANTA BOOKS

“Or Buy Separately” –

Joyful Birth  11″ or 15″Pictogram
Camel Train 8″ Bdr
Palm Trees  10″ Bdr
Ponderosa Pine Spray 9″ E2E/Bdr or 15″
Snowbirds 11″                
Snowbird Bdr 6″
Ponderosa Pinecone Bdr 4.5″ 
 Rustic Santa Borders: Yosemite w/Bears 8″ & Northwoods w/Moose 11″
Rustic Grapevine Swag Bdr 8″  
Potpourri 10″  or PDF 
Silly Snowmen 11″
Holly Express Train 9″ or 4.5 or PDF 6″
Toyland Blocks
Santa’s Flight 11″
Symbols of the Season Blks
Ponderosa Pinecone Border 4.5”
Jingle Bell Dance 11″ 
Jingle Bell Dance 8″ 
Jingle Bell Swag  5.5″ 
Int.Poinsettia  2 rows of 6″ or PDF
Holly and Ivy  9″ or PDF                     
Holly Berries  or PDF
12 Days of Christmas 11″ Pictogram   or PDF
Sugarplums 11″  or PDF
Trendy Trees 11″ or PDF

Joyful Birth Blocks  joyful birth new color cover 

Nutcracker 11″  or PDFNutcracker woods pasteup

Teddy Bear Parade 8″ or PDF Teddy Bear Parade snippet
Holly Medallion Quiltholly medallion quilt

Holly Horse 8″  BdrHolly Horse Border

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SSss..Spooky Autumn Sale

2014 ghost


New! Ghostly Feathers – ooOOOooo little ghosties

are coming out to play!

ghostly feathers snippet





Halloween Night – Friendly night skies with little witches and ghosts

halloween night preview




 Tornado – Dark stormy skies – perfect for Halloween.

tornado snippet





Jack O-Lanterns with Cat’s Eyes border –Light the candles and get ready for fun!

Jack O’Lanterns PDF






Funny Bones – Jumbled Skeletons

funny bones pasteupFunny bones PDF

Tree Bones 11”  – Brrr! bare branches of skeleton trees

Tree Bones Big 14Tree-Bones-1-repeat-of-scan

Pumpkin Patch 8" - CloseupPumpkin Patch 8 with Little Pumpkins and Mice sashings

Pumpkin Patch 11” – Tumble into the Pumpkin Patch with corn, cats and mice.

Autumn Wind – Ooooo…the leaves are swirling in the wind.autumn wind pasteup

Autumn Wind PDF                                 Maple Breezes 11” – Maple leaves are laughing in the breeze.       Maple Breezes 15″

Maple BreezesMaple SquirrelsMaple Squirrels Border & Maple Leaf Border– Gather the nuts before Winter!    Maple Squirrels PDF

Oak Whisper 11″ – Shhh. Hear the wind whispering in the colored leaves.

Oak Whisper 15″

Oak Whispers - InterlockingOak Border & Acorns – Hear the acorns crunch on your Autumn stroll.

OAK border center view snippet

Pumpkin Kaleidoscope Wall Hanging—Comes with stitching and applique pattern.

Pumpkin Toplique - Quilt

Thanksgiving Table Topper Pictogram – a perfect hostess gift!

thanksgiving panel 4 pilgrims snippet

   Thanksgiving Table Topper Quilt pattern FREE

thanksgiving topper qult blurry at top





SEE ALSO  Ice Candle with Fall leaves instructions

Fall Leaves Ice Candle
Fall Leaves Ice Candle

OR get a bunch with the Autumn Set

MAPLE BREEZE by Judy Lyon quilted by Mildred Jordt


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Bug Bites FREE !


This FREE offer is in 2 parts!
Be sure to download both
“Bug Bites PDF” and
“Swamp Critters Block Set PDF.”Swamp Critters - SCB - Cover

In the Summer there are bugs everywhere—even the computer has bugs!  Heehee.  For fun, pick your favorite and sew it right into your next quilt—just one or two in an out-of-the-way place. I’m including all the bug drawings I’ve sold over the years in this FREE OFFER. Just size them to fit. Draw your own too—maybe you have a “favorite.”
Modern custom quilting lends itself to spur-of-the-moment bugs. I’ve shown a sketch of ideas for that. Pantographs also have room for bugs. I’ve included a few ideas of how I might stitch them in a panto.
So get dancing! It’s young and whimsical!


chintz + india borders SNIPPET

These 2 unique border patterns with South Asian Elegance will add a decorative finish to your quilts.

cherry blossoms

“CHERRY BLOSSOMS” #2453- 10 inch $14.00
There’s nothing quite so pretty as pale blossoms against the dark bark of the Cherry tree. No wonder there are Cherry Blossom festivals around the world!

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Santa Blowout Sale 25% OFF – 3 Weeks Only

Let’s get a head start on our Christmas projects.  At 25% OFF, it’s a great time to stock up on Christmas patterns.

Choose from:

Jingle Bell Dance 11″   E2E reg. $14.00 now $10.50

Jingle Bell Dance 8″  E2E reg. $14.00 now $10.50

Sugarplums 10″ E2E $14.00 now $10.50 
Sugarplums PDF now$6.75
Trendy Trees 11″ Interlocking $16.00 now $12.00
Jingle Bell Swag  5.5”  Border  now $9.00
Santa’s Flight 11″  Pictogram  reg $18.00  now $13.50
Toyland Blocks    now $9.00
Holly Horse  8″   Border now $10.50
Holly Express 9″    Border/E2E  now $10.50
Holly Express 4.5″   Border reg $12.00  now $9.00
Holly Berries 11″  (2 rows of 6) reg $16.00 now $12.00
Snowscape 11″ E2E  now $10.50
Snowscape PDF E2E  now $7.50
Silly Snowmen 11″ Pictogram reg $18.00  now $13.50
Snowbirds 11″   E2E  now $10.50
Snowbird borders 6″   now $10.50 
Holly Medallion Quilt   now $9.00
Poinsettia  2 rows of 6″   Interlocking reg $16.00  now $12.00
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Lining Up MeadowLyon Patterns on Intelliquilter

I do not have IQ so I can’t tell you in Intelliquilter terms, but Linda Lawson has a video about lining up my Pictogram Patterns and you will find some excellent tips in that video. You can see it on Longarm Chat.

Click on the title to read some  “nitty gritty” information that may help as you plan the layout on your screen.

Background information for Pictograms:
1.  Each panel was originally drawn at 11″ x 36.”  Depending on what size you are going to make it, you’ll need to adjust the following information accordingly.

2.  All our patterns have a 3″ registration system. That means, if you had the hard copy, you could slide each ensuing paper panel to the right or left in increments of 3″ ( eg. 6″, 9″, 12″ etc.) and they will still “fit” together.

3.  With this registration system the stitching line reaches up to the top line every 3 inches. (If it isn’t visible, imagine a line across the top).

4.  The stitching line reaches down to the bottom line every other 3 inches. (Imagine a line across the bottom.)

5.  MeadowLyon Pictograms are not designed to interlock, they just come up or down to the line.  It gives the effect of interlocking, but does not cross the line!

6.  Yes, you can put each panel right on top of itself and it will work.  But, you probably won’t want the panel to be placed exactly above itself or the animals and other motifs will be on top of themselves.

7.  I recommend choosing the second or third panel to begin the second row.  Make sure the “up” points fall between the “down” points. (You’ll probably put the second row on the    screen and simply move it to where it looks good and nothing touches where it shouldn’t.)

As you look at previews of our Pictograms on this website, you will see the ups and downs clearly. For example,  in the “Backwoods” pattern you’ll notice some mountain peaks, etc. that go up to the top line and see the spaces above them.  Then you’ll see feet of animals or etc. coming down to the bottom line and notice space beneath them on the next panel.  With each row simply slide the panels to where the peaks come up under a space or etc. But do not try to interlock, or cross the line.  It’s not necessary and may cause overlapping.

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A.  2 ROWS INTERLOCKING WITH STRAIGHT ROLL as printed on paper rolls

Alignment instructions:  IT’S AS EASY AS “1 – 2 – 3”

1. After completing the first two rows across, lower your needle into any “dot” #1.

Leaving the needle down, Advance (roll) the quilt into position for the next two rows across.

2. With the needle still down, adjust the laser light or stylus to the closest “dot” #2.

The light is now correctly placed.

3. Lift the needle and move the machine to a starting position of your choice at the edge of the quilt.

Begin quilting.

B.  2 ROWS WITH SOME LASER MOVEMENT as p[rinted or paper rolls such as El Dorado 4.5″, and El Dorado 8″

Alignment instructions:  IT’S AS EASY AS “1 – 2 – 3”

1. After completing the first two rows across, lower your needle into any “dot” #1.

Leaving the needle down, Advance (roll) the quilt into position for the next two rows across.

2. With the needle still down, adjust the laser light or stylus to the closest “dot” #2 towards the “left.”

The light is now correctly placed.  (For alternate rows move the laser to the #2 towards the right.

3. Lift the needle and move the machine to a starting position of your choice at the edge of the quilt.

Begin quilting.

Some laser lights have limited adjustment capabilities.  Some patterns may require shifting the paper pattern for proper alignment.

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A.  ONE ROW INTERLOCKING WITH STRAIGHT ROLL as printed on paper rolls for patterns  Grapes of Moldova, Russian Gold, etc.

Alignment instructions:  IT’S AS EASY AS “1 – 2 – 3”

1. After completing the first row across, lower your needle into any “dot” #1.

Leaving the needle down, Advance (roll) the quilt into position for the next row across.

2. With the needle still down, adjust the laser light or stylus to the closest “dot” #2.

The light is now correctly placed.

3. Lift the needle and move the machine to a starting position of your choice at the edge of the quilt.

Begin quilting.

B.   ONE ROW INTERLOCKING WITH SOME LASER MOVEMENT as printed on patterns such as Frothy Seas, El Dorado, etc.

Alignment instructions:  IT’S AS EASY AS “1 – 2 – 3”

1. After completing the first row across, lower your needle into any “dot” #1.

Leaving the needle down, Advance (roll) the quilt into position for the next row across.

2. With the needle still down, adjust the laser light or stylus to the closest “dot” #2 towards the “left.”

The light is now correctly placed.  (For alternate rows move the laser to the  #3 towards the right.

3. Lift needle and move machine to a starting position of your choice at the edge of the  quilt.

Begin quilting.

Some laser lights have limited adjustment capabilities.  Some patterns may require shifting the paper pattern for proper alignment.

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PICTOGRAM ALIGNMENT as printed on paper rolls

Aligning MeadowLyon Pictograms:

Congratulations!  You’ve purchased a “Pictogram” – MeadowLyon’s unique 12 ft. non-repeating roll.  You’ll have lots of pictorial material from which to choose.  Its four panels can be arranged to create a scene, of sorts, on a wall hanging or small quilt.  Also, extended rows can be repeated above or below to cover a quilt with Edge-to-Edge quilting.

We recommend starting alternate rows at the beginning of a different panel each time.  This will prevent the motifs from standing on top of themselves.  Of course you can start alternate rows wherever you like. Our registration system prevents upper and lower rows from touching when you slide the pattern in increments of 3 inches;  eg. 3”, 6”, 12” etc.

For accurate placement, align the bottom line* (or dots or corner points) to the previous top line.  You might do this by lowering the needle at the exact top right hand corner of the panel recently completed, then inserting a pin at that point.  Roll the quilt and after shifting the pattern and replacing the clamps, move your needle once again to that point and adjust the laser to the lower right corner of the new panel.

Caution: if you leave a space there will be a space – it’s best to match the lines with your laser, then slide the machine across the quilt to see if any stitching falls above the line and adjust slightly if needed.

* Note: If your pattern does not have a bottom and top line, you can draw it in by laying a yardstick along the lowest points (or highest) on the paper pattern and drawing a line to intersect with the dashed line at the end of the pattern.

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1.  EDGE TO EDGE PANTOGRAPH ALIGNMENT as printed on paper rolls

Aligning MeadowLyon Patterns:

This MeadowLyon continuous-line pattern can be repeated above or below itself to cover a quilt with Edge-to-Edge quilting.  We recommend starting alternate rows in a different spot and on many patterns have indicated the place we recommend on the bottom edge of the pattern.  This will prevent the animals (or motifs) from standing on top of themselves.  Of course you can start alternate rows wherever you like. Our registration system prevents upper and lower rows from touching when you slide the pattern in increments of 3 inches;  eg. 3”, 6”, 12” etc.

For accurate placement, align the bottom line* (or dots or corner points) to the previous top line.  You might do this by lowering the needle at the exact top right hand corner of the panel recently completed, then inserting a pin at that point.  Roll the quilt and after shifting the pattern and replacing the clamps, move your needle once again to that point and adjust the laser to the point recommended for alternate rows.

Caution: if you leave a space there will be a space – it’s best to match the lines with your laser, then slide the machine across the quilt to see if any stitching falls above the line and adjust slightly if needed.

* Note: If your pattern does not have a bottom and top line, you can draw it in by laying a yardstick along the lowest points (or highest) on the paper pattern and drawing a line to intersect with the dashed line at the end of the pattern.

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Tips for setting up a Floral Wholecloth Quilt…

…using Wedding Bell Swag, Floral Medallion, Rosebud Striped border. etc.  I’ve posted a Floral Wholecloth Layout with many of the floral patterns.  Reading through the following  directions (although specific for the three listed) will be helpful in planning your individualized quilt layout.

The following instructions come with the Floral Medallion pattern but they may be useful for setting up quilting for the Wedding Bell Swag with other combinations.

So you want to make a whole cloth quilt?

There are many options, so have fun mixing and matching.

Here are some pointers for completing an 80” sq. Wedding Bell Quilt as pictured on the Wedding Bell Swag posting.

Patterns needed:       Wedding Bell Swag Border

Rosebud Striped Border

Floral Medallion

You can make a 108” quilt by following the included diagram. The Additional Tips for quilting the swag will be helpful.

1.  The Wedding Bell Swag pattern prefers a 30” throat space.

(I have a 24” and although I finally got everything

joined-up piecemeal, it took time!  If you decide to try it,

be sure to quilt AROUND the corner’s edge as far as you can.)

2.  If necessary you can make the quilt slightly smaller or a few inches

larger by changing the length of the outer stripes.

3.  After loading the quilt start at either the top or the bottom.

I recommend Quilting across the entire end including both complete

corners.  The following method will maintain the “fit” of the stripes.

(You’ll need to cut the corner from the main pattern so you can

“attach” it to both ends.)

Additional Tips

A. First, starting at the corner, quilt the flowery, be-ribboned

Wedding Bell Swag halfway across.

B. Go back and quilt the stripes around the corner and under the swag

half-way across. (If you don’t want the stripes you could use


C.  Move the corner into position at the other end.

D. Quilt the flowery swag the rest of the way including the corner.

E. Now quilt the stripes the rest of the way and around the corner.

F. Place your needle at the inside corner of the swag and with a

wet-erase marker or a pin, put a dot on the quilt at that


Repeat at the other end.

4.  Align and stitch the Rosebud Border ¼” inside the swag. (Measure this

from the points that you marked.  The ¼” may vary with the stretch

of your fabric so adjust the Rosebud stripes so they come out even.

Move the corners in and tape or paper-clip in place.)

When stitching, I apply clamps on the track to stop the stripes evenly

at both the top and bottom, but it’s not necessary.  Machines love to

go straight!

5. Center the lower portion of the Floral Medallion with the inside of the

Rosebud Border.  (The pattern between corners should be

approx. 37 ¾”.)

It’s likely to have shrunk to about 37”.  The Floral Medallion

measures 36” square.  You’ll need to allow ½ ” all around it.

Therefore start ½ ” inside the inner corner of the Rosebud border.)

6.  Stitch across the first panel, then align the top corner point with the

lower corner of the next panel. Do not leave a space, but do move

the machine across and make sure high points do not extend

beyond the line of the pattern and adjust slightly if necessary.

7.  Continue by stitching center and upper panels.

8.  Allowing ½ ” space – align, center, and stitch the opposite Rosebud

Border (upside down).

9.  Allowing ¼” align, center and stitch the opposite Wedding Bell Swag

border, upside down, with corners attached.

You may find it necessary to reload the quilt and quilt it from the

opposite end if your batting is thick and minimizes the throat space.

As before, stitch half-way across, then go back and do the stripes.

Repeat the rest of the way across.

10.  Remove quilt and re-load to stitch the two sides.  You’ll have to

pull the clamps very tightly.

11. Align and stitch the Rosebud border.  (This will help to evenly

distribute the fullness which is inevitable.)

12. Align and stitch the Wedding Bell Swag pattern between the corners.

Again go half-way and then do the stripes, repeat.

13. Turn the quilt and repeat steps 11 and 12 for the borders on the

opposite side.

14. Finally roll the quilt to the middle section and, IF DESIRED,  apply a

fine stippling style of your choice between the flowers and ribbons of

the center medallion to create a “faux trapunto.”  You may also

apply the same stippling around the ribbons of the swag borders

rather than the stripes, if desired.

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Tips for Using MeadowLyon Block Designs

If you are transferring the designs to stitch on a home sewing machine or to embroider by hand you may find these methods helpful:

CENTERING – MeadowLyon Block Patterns have  “centering lines”  for easy placement.    I think the easiest way to find the center of a square is to draw lines with a disappearing marker or simply a length of thread, diagonally both ways,  from corner to corner.  Poke a pin through the center of the pattern into the center indicated on the fabric.  Using the “centering lines”,  measure* to assure they are parallel to the outer lines of the fabric “block.” ( * Of course I  “eyeball” it and you probably will too!)

TRACING – Place the paper pattern on a light box, an empty picture frame with glass, or a window.  Tape in place.  Next place the fabric over it and center it using the convenient centering cross-lines.  Tape in place.  Trace the design onto the fabric with  a.) a washable marker or washable fabric marker;  b.) a disappearing marker;  c.) tailor’s chalk pencil;  d.) a carbon leaded pencil that will wash out.  There are lots of great products on the market! You can even get a white Clover marker to use on dark fabrics.

TRANSFERRING BY CARBON – On a hard surface, place a transferring medium such as dressmaker’s carbon* or “Saral” carbons over the fabric.  Next place the paper pattern on top and trace over it with a ball point pen or stylus.  (* Personally I do not like the carbon that is purple.  It’s wet and smears all over!)

CREATE A STENCILOption A – Stitch through the paper pattern and after placing it on the fabric use a pounce pad to make through the “stencil.”  This is convenient if you need to transfer the same design many times.  Option B – Lay :” Bridal Tulle” over the pattern and trace with a fine line, permanent marker.  When you want to transfer the pattern, lay the Tulle over the fabric, pin in place,  and draw over the line with a chalk pencil.  The chalk line will go through the holes of the Tulle to the fabric.

TRANSFER PENCILS – The latest tool is a great one. The transfer pencil (made by Fons and Porters and other brands too) create an iron-on stencil just like the old embroidery transfers.  Simply turn the block pattern over, place it on a light box or window, and draw the line on the back of the block.  When you’ve finished you’ll be able the place the block (right side up) over your fabric and “iron on” the stitching line.

TEAR AWAY –  Option A – Trace the design from the pattern onto a tear away paper such as that sold through Golden Threads.  Adhere the tissue to your fabric with pins or spray adhesive.  Sew through the paper and tear away.  Option B – Lay “Press n’ Seal” plastic wrap over the paper pattern.  Trace the design onto the film with a washable marker*.  Stick the film to your fabric and stitch through it.  Tear away.  ( * Always test the marker in a trial run first.  Vis-a-vis markers for transparencies, Dry erase markers and permanent markers work well on the film, BUT, if you are using a long-arm machine, the heat of the needle may “set” vestiges of marker in your fabric.)


LONG-ARM MACHINE QUILTING – Of course you can place the pattern on the bed of your quilting machine table and follow the line with your laser or pointer.  If you’re working from the front of the machine, DeLoa Jones suggests you place the pattern on a cookie sheet and adjust the laser to the page.   You’ll still need to find the center of the block and direct your laser to that point.  Then you can move to one of the starting points on the continuous-line block pattern and begin stitching.