Hi, I'm Joni!

It's my mission to inspire you to create beautiful quilts in an uplifting community.


Ready for a Good Laugh?

My entry into quilting was a disaster!

I started with the ugliest calico fabrics you've ever seen and a cardboard - yes cardboard - cutting mat. After cutting all the ugly fabric and having enough shredded cardboard to start fires for years, I put it all away because I didn't know what to do next.

A few years later, a woman was working on an appliqué block while meeting with a larger group of friends. I asked her what it was about, and she proclaimed herself a quilter.

"Hey," I said. "I have a bunch of ugly squares in Ziploc bags from a few years ago that I don't know what to do with."

Like many quilters do, she offered to come to my house that weekend to show me the next step. She arrived, looked at my bags of ugly fabric, and shook her head. I'm pretty sure she was thinking about faking an illness so she could run and never come back.

But she stayed. Over the next month, we tried to find a way to arrange the squares of ugly fabrics into a pattern that wouldn't make you throw up. She taught me about the quarter-inch seam, pressing to one side, putting blocks and rows together, basting, quilting, and binding.

Then she helped me start a new project the "right way." That second quilt was so much better in so many ways. From design and color choice to piecing and quilting technique, it was wonderful. And I was hooked. 

Quilt Pattern Designer
Free-motion Quilting Teacher
Diet Coke Addict
Animal Crossing Fan

Quilting is My Happy Place

Quilting plays a huge role in my life. Through good times and bad, baby quilts and memorial quilts, in peace and in stress, quilting is what centers me and feeds my soul. I think if you give it a try, it will feed your soul too.

So my promise to you is to inspire you to create beautiful quilts in an uplifting community. If there's anything you want to learn about quilting that I haven't posted yet, send me a message and make a request. I'll get to work on it and let you know when you can expect to see it published.

My mission


I'm here for...

Free-motion quilting

Innovative design

Inspiring you

Creating with care

What's Next?

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