Strips vs. Strings- use up your stash with scrap quilts!

I know we all have a bit of fabric scraps leftover from all of the projects we’ve made.  What do you do with them? I love to make strip quilts and string quilts. Not sure what the difference is between the two?  Here’s an article I first published in my View From Bay Window magazine a couple years ago that explains the difference and gives you instructions for how to make the two quilts pictured below.

Click on this link to download the article and instructions:

strips vs strings

This time of year my family spends most of our time at the lake which means we are always running out of dry towels.  I just finished making three new hooded towels for my kids.  So I’m reposting this pattern from a few years ago (look how little Jack and Izzy were in that picture).

These towels are so quick and easy you could make some up in no time at all.

hooded towel tutorial



Celebrate the years with Connecting Stars!

It’s June 5th, and do you know what that means? It’s the day my quilt, Connecting Stars, is on newsstands in the latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Yippee! This day signifies a few months of sewing and pattern writing, then a few months of waiting to see the awesome photos they take of the quilt, and then a few more months of waiting to show it to all of you! I love seeing the quilt “in the wild” so to speak.  It’s exciting for me to see how they stage the quilt to take the magazine photos.  And I also love getting to make all sorts of new friends who call in to place an order for the kit.  The quilting world is really a small world after all when we get calls from all over the country.


Some of you may remember the original quilt that I made using this pattern.  I first designed this quilt for our shop’s 25th anniversary.  That’s why there are only 25 stars in the quilt.

103311898_web(1)Here’s a look at how I randomly placed the 25 stars throughout the quilt.  You could easily add or subtract stars to this pattern to make them meaningful to you.  Wouldn’t it be great as an anniversary gift or birthday present for someone?


I hope you enjoy this issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and be sure to check out all of the other great quilt patterns that they have in between the pages.  Happy quilting~ Katie

PS- All photos used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Just a little LOVE for all things quilting!

I wish they made conversation hearts with sayings like, “I LUV Fabric” or “SEW SWEET”.    I’m thankful everyday for a hobby that creates so much joy and happiness both for the person doing it as well as for the person who receives the handmade gift.  I have a hard time just sitting down to relax so I’m also grateful that I’m able to relax while sewing and being productive at the same time! I promise, most of the time sewing is relaxing!!

This month I’m sharing a couple pictures of my most recent quilt designs that are featured in my View From Bay Window magazine.

Here’s a look at Hidden Stars:

  There are two options included in the pattern.  The above option is the Star Quilt and below is the Jelly Roll Quilt.

I love how both quilts turned out.  It’s amazing how a simple switch of colors can create two totally different looking quilts. The pattern is available in this month’s View and if you’re not a subscriber you can check it out on our website.  It’s only $12 for the whole year (4 issues) and it includes an awesome coupon each time as well as a new quilt pattern and other fun info.

Another quilt that I recently finished is the 2017 Fabric Fan Club Sampler Quilt.  Our Fabric Fan Club is a monthly mail order club that I send out that includes a fat quarter of fabric as well as a gift and other fun surprises.  Last year we made a block or two each month and in the last month I sent the instructions for putting it all together into this quilt.

Now that the year is over for 2017 this pattern is available for purchase on our website or at the shop.

I’m getting excited to start a brand new year of Fabric Fan Club for 2018 next month, and I’ve decided to focus on scraps!!  Scrap Sewciety will be the name for this year’s Fabric Fan Club.  I will be designing and sharing 4 brand new scrappy quilts throughout the year with steps mailed out each month.  I’ll still also include a fat quarter each month and a gift.  The cost to join is only $7 a month or $75 for the year (shipping included).

I’ve just started cleaning out my scrap closet at home as part of this club.  I’ll be sharing how I organized my scrap stash in the first Fan Club shipment.

You can join along on our Scrap Sewciety journey by registering at the shop or on our website.

And finally, if you’re sewing along on the Inspiring Stitches calendar this year with us here is a look at the February bonus project that features the February block of the house.

And here is a link to download the instructions for this project.  Remember, you’ll need the calendar for the house block instructions.


Happy Sewing- Katie

What’s your inspiration?

Most people have one shadow, I usually have two.  The only way I am able to find time to sew is when I can also find something for my girls to do nearby.  I spend most of my day with the littlest, Lola, at my side.  When school is out, we are joined by Isabelle.

My sewing room is cluttered with toys, ready to inspire them to play.  I decided along time ago that the mess was totally worth the reward of having time to sew.  I’m also pretty lucky to have a large sewing space that doesn’t need to look perfect on a daily basis.

This past month I’ve had a number of sewing deadlines to meet including finishing up the instructions for my 2017 Fabric Fan Club Sampler Quilt.  It is being quilted as I type and I will share a picture next month.  If you’re in the Club you’ll get your finishing instructions in your February shipment.

Curious about what the Fabric Fan Club is?  I started it 3 years ago as a monthly fabric subscription and it has evolved through the years.  Next year I’m launching the Scrap Sewciety as the 2018 Fabric Fan Club.  I know we all have plenty of scrap fabrics sitting around.  And I’m guessing, if you’re like me, you have very good intentions on using them.  With the 2018 Club I plan to take you on a year long journey through your scraps.  I will be designing 4 brand new quilt patterns that will utilize your stash.  Each month you will get sent on a little mission into your scraps to find fabrics that we will incorporate into the quilts.

The other really fun part of the Fabric Fan Club is that I also select a small gift that I send with your shipment each month.  Oh and don’t forget about the fabric! What kind of Fabric Fan Club would it be if you didn’t also get fabric? Each month you’ll also get a fat quarter of fabric.  If you are interested in joining me in 2018, the first shipment will be March 1st. You can register on our website,

This year we decided to offer a new type of Block of the Month program called Inspiring Stitches.  It’s actually a calendar for 2018 that has instructions for each month of the year.

We loved this idea so much we made up two different versions- dark or light. Full disclosure here, I didn’t sew them.  A huge thank you to Missy Stine for making both models!!

Each month the designers will be sharing additional patterns that feature the month’s block (with the exception of this month). So look for a new blog post from me each month that includes a link to that pattern.  You will need the calendar to complete each project (it will give you the first set of instructions).

Here’s a look at the January block in both colorways:

One of the things I love most about this sew along is that you can honestly start any time.  You only have to make a few blocks each month which means it will be easy to get started whenever you want.

You can find kit information and the calendar on our website.

As January comes to a close I am excited for what February will bring: a new View From Bay Window issue, the start of Schoolhouse class preparations, our annual Liquidation Sale at the PACC, plus who knows what else will inspire me to create!  Happy sewing- Katie


Simply Spooky- Free Halloween Wool Applique Pattern!

Are you ready for a spooktacular Halloween? We sure are! We LOVE Halloween at this house. The decorations go up early- sometimes as early as August and the debate about what each kid is going to dress up as continues until it is almost too late. This year I wanted to create something new for the house and was inspired by Moda’s toweling fabric.  I love the linen texture of this product and thought it would be the perfect backdrop for some simple wool applique.

I had a lot of fun creating the Boo, Bats, and White Pumpkin pillows.

I also decided to make a table runner with the toweling too.  It’s so easy, it’s even hemmed on two sides when you purchase it.

Here’s a look at the Witch Hat Runner that also features some spider buttons.

Each of these projects was quite quick and easy.  I like to keep it simple and it was also a great way to use up some smaller pieces of wool.  Click on the link below to download the pattern with appliques.

Halloween Appliques

Need a little more decorating inspiration? I’ve been collecting unique Halloween decor for years. And I love pulling out each piece and of course adding new things each year!

These giant glittering BOO letters are fun to position allover the house.  Each year they seem to find a different place. They kind of make me wish I had all sorts of giant glittering letters to spell out whatever I wanted.

These vintage inspired cardboard witch hats are one of my favorite decorations.  They’re life-sized which makes them seem like maybe they belonged to someone. And glittering vintage treat buckets- so cute!

So I have to admit that I have a real love of skeleton decor.  I can’t explain why, I just know I love it.  One of the favorites in my collection are these glass skull ornaments that are decorated for “Day of the Dead”.

And if you know my son Jack, you also know that he loves Halloween – A LOT. This year he’s gotten into more of the grown up decor.  He’s added more skeletons to our mix, including this bird skeleton.

Remember the full size skeleton in the first picture? That’s just Mr. Bones, the newest member of our family.  This year we’re going to have some fun with Mr. Bones and take pictures of him throughout the month of October.  We’ll be celebrating the Halloween season with our version of “Elf on the Shelf” but instead it will be “Skeleton on the Shelf”. If you want to follow along be sure to follow my Instagram account @katiehennagir or my Facebook page @KatieHennagir

Happy Halloween! -Katie



Pass it along… a free table runner pattern just for you!

Time, it’s fleeting.  With three kids, a full time job plus being a stay at home mom, and lots of volunteer organizations that I help out I feel like there is never enough time for everything on my list.  I know I’m not alone in feeling like this and that the choices my family makes means there is always a job to do somewhere. However, I must admit I feel a little guilty about not always having a new post on this blog or other avenues of social media.   I knew my last post was from Christmas and um, it’s almost time for Easter! So today I decided it was time to write something, anything, even if it wasn’t something perfect.

I’ve been designing quilt patterns for over 15 years and throughout that time I have had patterns that end up sitting in a folder on my computer collecting dust.  So lets open up that vault and share one today!

triple-star-runnerTriple Star Runner is a quick and easy table runner that is made from only 4 fat quarters.  It’s a fun runner to put together with floating points on the stars so anyone can make it look great!

Click on the link below to download the pattern.


I hope you enjoy this pattern and who knows maybe it will motivate you to do a little spring cleaning as well.  I bet you have 4 fat quarters in your stash that you could make into a Triple Star Runner! Happy Fabric- Katie

Deck the halls with lots of quilts!

Decorating for the holidays has always been one of my favorite things to do.  I love combining vintage with new to create a space I love to be around.  And don’t forget the quilts! Quilts can tell a story all their own, especially in decorating. Our home has two distinct areas that I like to create: a kid’s zone & my zone!

In the kid’s zone you will find lots of Santas, bright colors, and novelties. These are the things that make me smile, and they are unapologetically Christmas!


Nothing says Christmas like a big Santa panel quilt hanging by the tree.  It’s just waiting for the gifts to be placed under the tree “special delivery from Santa’s workshop”.  This is also what I like to call our “Hallmark” tree. It is filled with all of the ornaments my kids have collected over the years, as well as some Jace and I received when we were little. They are bright, cheerful, themed, and this tree has an anything goes philosophy.  Including the fact that Jack decided to hang all of his Batman ornaments in them same spot.  The kids got to decorate this tree as much as they wanted to, although Izzy was the last one standing. Jack got bored after about 10 minutes.

This is also where we hang each kid’s Advent calendar.


This year we added Lola’s very own Advent calendar to the mix.  I love the tradition of counting down the days until Christmas morning. Each day the kid’s find a little treat in the pocket of their calendar.  Izzy actually has a small stocking for each day, which was a panel we have at the shop.  Advent calendars are also one of my favorite gifts to give families with kids.  It’s something they can use over and over again for year’s to come!

Even though Santa may rule the basement, I do try to incorporate other messages with my decor.  This quilt was a pattern I designed a couple years ago where you could create your own saying on the banners.  “Peace on Earth” has always been one of my favorite sayings during the holiday season and this was a fun way to bring that message into my home.

It also just happened to fit above a vintage metal shelf that houses some of my globe collection- I’d say that’s a perfect design pairing.


Speaking of collections, I have a huge obsession with Putz and Shiny Bright houses.  They are delightfully whimsical and truly bring a smile to my face whenever I look at them. Last year I found these small Putz inspired houses and was thrilled to add them to my collection.


I enjoy incorporating items I already have in my home in my displays. The perfect perch for some tiny houses was of course some vintage books.

And the top of the piano is a great place to display some of my favorites.


I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing these vintage homes throughout my house. That goes the same for vintage ornaments.  Do you have a treasured decoration that means something a bit extra to you? For me it is this ceramic set of NOEL angels.


Growing up my Grandma Katy always placed a set of these angels on top of her TV in the living room.  There was always a standing joke that my uncle John would rearrange the letters to spell other words, “Leon” being a favorite.  When she passed away the set was given to my uncle John.  Whenever I went antiquing I kept my eyes peeled for a set of my own.  This was back in the days before you could find anything you wanted on the internet. One day I finally found them! They were worn and loved, but so was my Grandma’s set. It looks like they were super glued back together in at least a couple places- just like hers.  It is truly my favorite decoration that I have for my home.  Each year when I take it out of it’s box I remember my Grandma, the family Christmas we would celebrate at her home, and a time when I was just a kid that loved Christmas.


Tree number two for our house is a real tree that we cut from our land.  All of the trees on our land were originally planted by my dad.  Most are too big to be Christmas trees, but the past two years we’ve found a small one hiding between the others. This is also where I get to hang my glass ornaments and tell the kids to keep away! There is absolutely no comparison between hanging ornaments on an artificial tree versus a real tree.  The gaps and holes that each branch creates let the ornament be the star of the show.  And instead of a traditional tree skirt I wrap this tree with a vintage quilt.

Another place I love to leave a holiday quilt is draped over my old church pew in the entryway.


I had high hopes of getting my new wood and metal “peace” sign hung above the pew in place of my Paris picture, but Jace is still working on that one.  I figure if we miss the holiday season I’ll still hang it for awhile because I’m always looking for peace at home.  Maybe I can just point to the sign the next time the kids are picking on each other!

And finally I leave you with a picture of a wool table runner that I cherish.  It is simply red and white wool that spells out Merry Christmas, but sometimes that’s the only message you need!