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My name is Sally Johnson and I adore quilting... I have lived on Cape Cod since 1974 and I am married and have two sons...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Hello all of my quilting friends, I want to take this time to wish everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year.
So with 2013 ending and 2014 starting, what is on tap for all of you. Have you planned what you are going to create this year? Do you have a limit on how many projects you will work on?
Well I can say that I plan on a many new adventures this year. I am working on a quilts that will be solely for quilt show entries, submissions to magazines.  I have six quilts planned this year, yup six so far.
I have a goal to learn a new technique and also to teach more.  So far I will be doing two lectures and two workshops.
Not a bad start for the new year.
Working on my first book, submitting patterns for magazines with hopes of being published again. Share with me your ideas for the New Year. I also want to share that I want to host another Mystery Quilt Along. Stay tuned for the fun we will have and this year there will be more Give-Aways !!!
So share with me some of what you have on tap for 2014.

Monday, December 30, 2013

My New Space

A few weeks ago my husband surprised me with the materials to create my new space for my quilt studio. He plastered a pretty bow on some Sheetrock and wrote "Happy Birthday"!!!

So the next weekend the construction began. I have to thank my husband, my son, and my neighbor for all the awesome stuff they have done for me. They did a fantastic job.
 Eric & Mike working on the strapping.

My Son Cameron and his dad working on the ceiling
 And now the walls, ooh I'm getting excited, one step closer to paint!!!

Tape and Mud

Boys in the spot light Hehehehe!!!!

And we're ready for color, Hmmm! What color will I pick?

Yup Green, This color is called Corn Husk Green, and I love how it turned out...
What a difference when lights are moved: Just had to display hubby's quilt that I made him for

Some of my accomplishments below
And now for storage

So now that this part is done I will continue to stock up the storage and then take more pics.. Stay tuned my quilty peeps... Hope you like the space...


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Holiday Greetings from Sally's Quilting Corner

Good Morning my quilty peeps. I wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.
I am taking a break from my sewing machine til after News Year's day to restock my new quilting space and to decorate with all kinds of goodies. I will be making a full post for the new year when all is done, so stay tuned. In the mean time thank you for your support and the follows to my Facebook page and to my blog. If you haven't followed yet, give it a try. Invite your friends...
With the new year approaching and 2013 ending very soon, I would like to tell you about some exciting things that will happening for 2014.
I will be taking requests for me to do trunk shows and lectures. I f interested email me at and put in the subject line Lectures... I will be glad to visit your guild and share my experience of what I can teach you. 
I also will be sharing with you a few give-aways. Yup freebies. Who doesn't like freebies!!!
I am also working on my Newsletter. So sometime in January I hope to be sharing a newsletter on all the fun stuff that lies ahead in the future months.
Do you know someone who would like to learn how to quilt or piece, invite then to follow me...
So until January I hope all of you have a wonderful safe and healthy New Year and I will see you then.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Customer Quilt Filled with Memories

A few months back I was approached at a friends house during a vendor party to see if I could and would make a memory quilt for her to give to her mom with her dad neck ties. I was asked to design make and quilt this quilt. So then a couple weeks later I received via another friend a box loaded with her dad neck ties. All very beautiful and all very vibrant. So the design process was to begin. Now before I go into the story about what I made and how I did this quilt let me say that I typically don't make quilt for people I design and try to get my work published. However I was drawn to do this project as this friend lost her dad after a lengthy struggle with Leukemia. I would do smaller quilts again for people if the time allows. So here are some of the photos of how this quilt turned out, I sure hope she likes it I really did try my best.

I love how I came up with the ties as part of the border and made the border which in these photos doesn't give it justice, a bit puffy. I was thrilled to make this for her. She is a very sweet person and I am thrilled she asked me to this project...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Joy of Social Networking

I had one of the best experiences dealing with social networking I could ever have on Friday evening.
As I was working on a customer quilt that I designed and made, I ran into a huge problem as I was quilting on my new machine (My Baby Lock Ellegante') I started to have a very large issue with tension. I tried everything I could think of even reading the book and nothing would help me.

I decided to take a deep breath, walk away and take a much needed breath. So I came upstairs poured myself a glass of my favorite drink (Green Tea) and decided to chill for a bit... My husband seeing me relaxed but distressed asked me if he could do anything. I told him sure, knowing how handy he is we both went down stairs and I told him what was up. Oh ya the big thing I didn't tell you is that when I took the plate off one of the screws fell way down inside the machine; UGH!!!!
So he was able to get the screw out helped me get the gook out with all the fuzzies and everything else, and then the working on the tension needed to be dealt with.

So with all of this said I couldn't figure the tension issue out, talk about driving me totally crazy.
Thank god for Facebook and the peeps I know here. Teri Van Zile a Facebook friend owns a Baby Lock just like mine and she lives clear across the country. So I called Teri on the phone and we spent just about an hour working on my settings and tension issues. Teri you rock. If you ever need a quilt quilted and it is no bigger than a lap quilt, I will do for you no questions asked girl you saved my life... She even had a friend of hers on the other phone. Now remember she is clear across the USA in Oregon different time zone. So here we are the three of us on the phone and as I am chatting with Teri, she is telling me everything to reset change and reconfigure. I swear to god my machine works better now that it did when I first got it...

Tomorrow pictures will be shown of the finished quilt... I just had to thank Teri on a public site for all her help. Teri you are the best of the best. My hero of the holiday season...

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Preacher's Stain Glass Window

I had a wonderful opportunity to design a table runner called "The Preacher's  Stain Glass Window" This table runner I designed is made from Marcia Derse's Collection Palette. I just love it and as I heard when I was in Houston it looks so like suede...

So I emailed a picture of the design I made on my computer of what I envisioned the table runner to look like. Mind you there have been alterations to the design. Here is the design.

I did however take the corner blocks out because after putting them in I just didn't like the look. So here is the steps to me making this table runner, I hope you enjoy...
First I got my Foundation Paper out and printed the design on it I use Stabilizer Paper by George Siciliano at This paper can be printed on torn away after you are finished constructing your block or you can leave it in for more stability.

Before I do that I take my fabric and I prewash it and hang dry, then after it is dried I spray with Maryellen's Best Press and crinkle it up:

After I iron it I take my printed page and look at the shapes and cut shapes out that will cover the area for each piece.

3)Take your paper and place with the printed part face down.  Then take your first piece of fabric and place it on your template labeled in this project A1 right side up and then take A2 and lay it on top wrong side up and pin together.
As shown above turn the piece with printed side facing up and sew on the line between A1 and A2. Making sure you have a 1/4" seam allowance. See below:
As you can see I reinforce my sewing at both ends. After you sew you will then trim so that only 1/4" is showing from the sew line:

Then you continue going in order of the numbers on the template and making sure all of you areas are covered completely. In Foundation Paper Piecing there is a bit of waste, however you can eliminate some of the waste if you use the technique I showed in Step 2.

Your finished piece for part one looks like this.

Even though I have a strip of fabric for the first set of borders the two separate blocks sewn together look like the photo above. You can then add borders to add dimension to the table runner. See photos below:

Here is the table runner with border #1 on it. And the photo below is the finished table runner top. I pieced this table runner with Aurifil Mako 50wt  #2024 (White).
I quilted this with Aurifil Mako 50wt #3910 (Pale Yellow) and this was used in Stitch in the ditch.
The outside border was quilted with Aurifil Mako 50wt #2715 (Pale Blue). and I hand stitched the binding using Aurifil Mako 50wt #2920 to match the binding.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Nell Timmer and her crew from Windham for providing me with this beautiful fabric and for allowing me to participate in such a great project. They are the best!!!  Check out Windham's website out at and check out all the luscious fabric they have. And I want to thank Aurifil for the great thread they have. Alex you and your crew rock!!!!!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Quilt Market Adventures

I have had the best chance in the world to be able to this trip to Houston. I am experiencing the adventures if the International Quilt Market. Meeting friends that I have only Skyped or chatted with on the phone with is just amazing... I am rooming with three wonderful people; Just Plain Laine aka Lesa Jamison, Cara Wilson, Jacqui Solgat Maxman, and my Australian quilty buddy Jane Davidson

What was my highlight is that I was able to meet all the folks at Market who have not only helped me but have guided me through the entire process of this business.

Here is a photo of me with Scott Hansen and Jake Finch at the Fabric 2.0 party to celebrate what all is about to come for the latest in designs and fabric. These two have been so wonderful, can't get any luckier than to have these two on my side. Thanks Scott and Jake for all the help and guidance...

Next wonderful thing was the opportunity to shop at shop at Sample Spree. Well I think I was pretty good... Pics soon to come since they are packed in my bag already.

Look at all that yummy fabric and they fabulous Aurifil thread. This is coordinating thread that goes with the Tula Pink Hubba Bubba Line.

I had the pleasure of meeting a tremendous group people in this industry and this photo of Elly who is a member of the Aurifil Team is so sweet. She is just huggable...
Me & the great peeps from Aurifil...

 And the trip wouldn't be complete without meeting
the famous Alex Veronelli... Such a sweet heart of a guy and incredibly generous.... Had a great meet and greet meeting with him, chatted about business stuff and then after all was said and done he took my phone and snapped this photo of the two of us... Truly a really nice guy!!!! Thanks Alex for the sample folder of all the threads available through Aurifil and again a true pleasure to meet you and your wonderful staff...

Generation Q. Words come very easy to me when I describe the staff here... They are kind, generous, helpful, comforting, welcoming and just really very nice people. Scott Hansen and Jake Finch
two of the nicest people I have met in my life since entering the world of quilting.
Last night I had the opportunity to meet up with some wonderful people. The two people who have never snubbed me off, have guided me and have mentored me in this business. Thank you to Jake Finch & Scott Hansen for all the continued support.

Nell Timmer Director of Marketing for Windham fabric stood with me as we get a quick snap shot. She was very nice to meet with me and to discuss my designs. I hope to do more design work with her and her team sometime in the future...

As I was waiting to for my shuttle from the airport to the hotel to start my adventures for Quilt Market I had the opportunity to chat with a lovely lady by the name of Michelle Duffy, Editor-in-Chief for AQS(American Quilt Society and publisher for Quilt Life and American Quilter Magazine. I showed her a photo of my latest project and the story of me taking the dive of my first book. She immediately had a twinkle in her eyes. I told her I would stop by the AQS Booth if chat with her but of course she was running around Market doing her job...  Maybe she needed to be lassoed to the booth, since the farm theme was what AQS was showing off... The  photo above is me and Ann Hammel, Creative Writing Specialist for AQS Publishing.  She gave me wonderful advice, told me that I showed perseverance and said I had a wonderful attitude for why people were so busy and couldn't meet at that moment. I told her that it was all goo and in due time I would have my time in the spotlight if it truly was meant to be....

My Adventures were the best of the best I could have experienced. Everyone was awesome and incredibly kind...





Monday, October 7, 2013

My Idea of the Day

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt but you just wanted to make something that went quick and go easy... I thought of an idea to make a quilt and I thought I would quilt it without doing traditional tying or sewing of fancy designs. So what do you think? Do you think I have sparked your interest? Have you an idea of what you think I will make?

Now with this said, I am hoping I have sparked the curiosity of my fellow quilters curiosity... Do you think I will use yardage of fabric? Do you think I will make strips? Or will I be doing a quilt as you go quilt? You tell me. I am usually one to give you a hint, but if you know me and how my very blonde mind works you will know that there is many avenues I could turn down to in order to get this quilt done.

So I decided to go into the studio early early this morning and hunt down some fabric for this project. Note to self make sure you are wide wake so when you enter the room the light is on and you don't walk into the wall with your very much needed cup of coffee... Just sayin' that would have helped a bit...

Now with that obstacle out of the way I am in the room standing there staring at the glorious amount of fabric I have. Again just for clarity "NO ONE CAN HAVE ENOUGH FABRIC!" I see exactly what I wan to use for this project. Now tell me these two colors aren't perfect. Plus the scream SALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So now that you know what fabric I will use all you have to do is guess what I am doing with it...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A New Machine can Make the Difference

When I heard a friend of mine was helping sell items for a friend of hers many of my fellow guild members ears perked right up. When a quilter hears fabric sale ladies and guys flock like apes in a stampede. How can anyone give up a good sale. Insane right!!! Well one of the items for sale was this machine, a Baby Lock Ellegante Embroidery and Quilting Machine. Totally digital and computerized... Truly a quilters dream. I asked how much. When she told me the price my jaw just about became detached from my mouth... I told my husband how much it was and what it would cost brand new, told him I just can in good justice (like he would deny me anyway) give up a sale like this... I did have to agree to sell a few things of mine and I do have to learn this machine so that it will make me money at one point in time...

Isn't this a beaut... I so love new shiny toys... Well I just had to turn this on and play... OMG!!! Look at what this machine can do.

The leaf here is a digitized quilt design. The feathered motif I embroidered. So you can see that this machine can do a tone of stuff...

This is digitized quilting I did on my friend Emily's table runner. So you can see why I want to do this for a living...
So with all of that said I will be offering hopefully at the beginning of the year I will be offering Embroidery and Quilting Services. See the pages I have on my blog labeled Quilting Services. Currently I offer Binding of quilts. Now I will offer a full range of services for quilting...
I do hope you enjoyed what you have seen, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and as always Happy Quilting...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My newest Toy

Well I am so sorry that I have been absent from posting but this summer has proven to be very busy... I do hope all of you have had a great summer and the weather was good to you. So with that said:

Happy Autumn
With the air being cold and crisp it is the perfect time of year to start that baking of breads and goodies in the oven, get the hot apple cider cooking and organize those fall and winter projects.
I am designing up a storm, and working on some YouTube Tutorials with the hopes of releasing them at the beginning of the year. I also have been busy getting ready to go to Quilt Market for this October.
I also got myself a new toy for embroidery that I would love to share with all of you.
Last Saturday I met up with a friend who was selling stuff from a friends house down south and amongst one of the things along with making fabric was this beauty.

Yup it's a Baby Lock Ellegante! What a wonderful machine this is... I was playing last night and created a few things with the sewing part of the machine. It isn't anything great but nonetheless I was getting the feel for my machine.

Now if you think that's kool check this out I think I figured the embroidery part out too. I did this, this morning, figuring that I should try and use the hoops and the programmable stuff stored in the flash drive I was given and entered my hubby's name. So I thought I would make something for my hubby out of this. I started with his name. How do you like this:

I am hoping to make a mug rug or something in hopes he likes it... I think I am going to like this machine a whole lot and thread will be on my list when I go to Houston this October for sure...