Sharing Georgette’s (that’s my mom) blog post on cool placemats from this wonderfully wild print fabric. I believe it is oilcloth perfect for clean up. Check it out….

Quilters Niche News

I fell in love….. with some wild fabric I found at Cozy Creative Center and just had to buy some. I really did not need to start another project, but I could not resist it. I really, really love this fabric. At Cozy they had stretched a piece around a painter’s canvas and it looked stunning on the wall. What a great, quick and easy decorating idea, except that I really did not have any free wall space. So I made placemats instead.

One finished:placemat 1Seven more to go:

placemat 2

And then I’ll have 8 reversible placemats, all slightly different.

A Bernina binding foot would have really helped, but I was so impatient at starting them that I did not think it through, so all the binding will have to be sewn by hand to the back. Another example of “what was I thinking!”.

Do you have impulsive ideas like that?  I…

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Going to the Dogs

Help is a four-legged word!CCI®O trans (2)

At Cozy we do a Strip Club Presentation every month. It’s free to attend and you get as FREE pattern just for listen to me talk (yes, I have to bribe for that. But I’m ok with it.)

This month it was super special as we had some warm, furry, wet-nosed friends!

One of our dear customers is a puppy trainer for Canine Companions for Independence.  And this month, we dedicated the quilt and presentation to this worthy cause.

These highly trained assistance dogs provide increased independence to people with a range of disabilities, in addition to their loving companionship. Not only that, but CCI provides their companion dogs and services free of charge. Amazing!

In honor of CCI, all those pups, and the excellent service they provide worldwide, we designed this quilt and named it True Companion. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of True Companion will be donated to CCI to help support the cause.


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To get this pattern, visit our website:

And see our video on this .

Learn more about the organization from Cyndy and her puppy Hawk VI:

Puppy Love! The best part of the Saturday presentation were FOUR puppies in training. They were so well-behaved and calm. Every dog owner’s dream. And you could tell how much they loved each other. OMG they were so adorable!

From this pattern, these videos and this post, I hope you can see why we decided to give to this worthy organization. If you want to contribute too, you can buy True Companion or donate directly to the cause. If you want to be a puppy trainer too, or you want more information on who they give dogs too, check out their website at

BONUS! At our presentations, we often have sharing. This month was particularly wonderful. Can you name these patterns?

Back from BU 2015

It’s tough owning your own business. The long, hard travel. Staying in low rent hotels. A view of nothing. With little way to relax. But sometimes you take it for the team, as we just did at BERNINA University.


The Westin Keirland Resort in Scottsdale


The view from our room


the lazy river… ahhhhhhh

BERNINA University is an annual conference of BERNINA dealers from across the country. This year it was close to our back yard in Phoenix, Arizona. As it was just 5.5 hours by car, we drove (got to visit my brother in AZ too) and enjoyed the peacefulness of a desert road trip there and back.

Even though it was tough work, Rick and I still managed to have a great time and we even learned a thing or two.

When we weren’t at risk of being arrested!


At BU, we visited with friends, ate (and maybe drank) more than we should have, and got the chance to reenergize our batteries. You’ll see us roll out a few new things as a result of our trip over the next few months. But today, I want to share some pictures of some of the BU sights…..

First up!  The New B 570 (Whoo hoo!!). This is a 5 Series Quilter’s Edition with a touchscreen interface. YES! Complete with BERNINA Stitch Regulator and patchwork foot, it is the perfect mid-line quilter’s machine and will replace the B 550. Shipping this fall! Heart. Heart. Love.

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And for pet lovers (like me) comes a wonderful special edition 350 coming early next year. BERNINA has partnered with the Petfinder Foundation and The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) Kennel Quilts initiative to support our animal friends in need by doing what we love. More details to come. Sit. Stay.


I was a little star stuck some moments…. for example, when I met designer of patterns, embroidery packs, and fabric, Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio.


And then to find out she knew ME because we were one of the first to carry her stunning Feathered Christmas Tree pattern. Remember this one?
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It was a bit of a mutual admiration society. My favorite kind of organization.

We currently have her fabric and embroidery collection Frosty Forest. (We LOVE this fun, bright airy holiday line!!)

On the embroidery side of things, check out these SNOW cute free standing lace winter friends. Plus a new Red Barn, a toy store for your free-standing lace village (not pictured here… drats) and terrific new pumpkins.

And, again this year, we have the OESD Christmas embroidery designs… these can be yours FREE with purchase of things like the above embroidery packs. This will happen in September, October and November.

The BERNINA Stitch Regulator is turning 10 years old this year. That’s big deal! To help celebrate, BERNINA had a gallery of things created with the BSR… not all of them were quilts. Does this get your creative juices flowing? But let me call your attention to the one that IS a quilt… By George, I think that is OUR pattern!!! 🙂

Now for some other things I found interesting … Regarding the road sign…. create your own caption!

As I am sure you can imagine, there was lots and lots more. But I hope this gives you a little taste of the fun. And a reason to be excited to be part of the BERNINA family!

Tonga Sunburst by Daniela Stout (that’s me!)

I am so thrilled to present to you my third line of Batik fabric with Timeless Treasures called Tonga Sunburst. This one might be my very favorite… or did I say that last time?

Bright yellows, reds, greens and orange.. it is everything you want from a summer day. by DanielaTong Sunburst 1

Tong Sunburst 2

You know I love pre-cuts! This line has 5″ squares, 10″ squares, fat quarters, 2 1/2″ strips and even 6″ strips!  Plus, each pack comes with a free pattern. Check out what you can make:

For 6″ strips (called 6PACK).

Tonga Sunburst 6Pack

6Pack Magic

For 2 1/2″ strips (called STRIPS).

Tonga Sunburst STRIPS

A Girl’s Best Friend

For 5″ squares (called MINIs).

Tonga Sunburst MINI

Skinny Runner

For Fat Quarters (called QUARTER).

Tonga Sunburst FQ

Northern Sky

For  10″ Strips (called SQUARES.)

Tonga Sunburst SQUARES

Need more inspiration? How about these Cozy patterns in Sunburst?

Radiant THROW. FQ Bundle. LA-Frolic DA and B2-Espresso B1-B3548-Sunset B2-B2961-Tomato


Daybreak THROW. Strips. LBG and B1-Air DBG-Frolic Accent-Lime B2-B1550-Sunset


Flower Song 1 THROW. Strips. BG and B1-Air. B2-B1656-Scarlet

Flower Song

Tranquility Place 2

Tranquility Place

DIY Designs to cut and/or digitize


Quilters Niche News

There is something new on my website.

From this: mistletoe To this: mistletoe1 or this: mistletoe 2or this:mistletoe

I never seem to have enough time to design and write instructions for full fledged embroidery or applique designs. So I am trying something different.  I am adding a page to my website with graphics for you to digitize or use as cutting files. They will include an SVG for the Silhouette Cameo and other cutting machines,  a WMF that can be opened in Bernina Designer software (and possibly other embroidery software?), and a PDF with examples showing what can be done with the design. If you prefer another format please let me know and I may be able to provide it.

Here is the first design:

mistletoeA simple design and you may ask what you can do with it. A whole lot actually. Start by opening the SVG file in Silhouette and cut 6 leaves and 6 berries. Next…

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Spin City- Celebrating 30 years of Kona (plus giveaway!)

I feel truly honored to be here sharing Robert Kaufman’s celebration of 30 years of Kona Solids! Now this wonderful collection has 303 different colors!   To celebrate, they asked 30 different designers to play in their crayon box and come up with their favorite quilt in Kona Solids. (Good thing they like the number three!) And guess, what? They asked me to be one of them!! YES!



I was in a particularly springy mood at the time and completely inspired by their yellow, lime, and orange colors… So, allow me to present Spin City in citrus colors!


Spin City

I picked a quilt that is 10″ square friendly so I could play with the many different shades and really show off the collection of Kona colors. I also picked one of my favorite Cozy Quilt Designs patterns for showcasing lights, mediums and darks. At first I played with it in Electric Quilt, so I actually had a few other options to consider… check out this graphically engineered version in soft blues, purples and browns. Don’t you just love the shading effect?

Spin City Option 2


Or how about this version that uses black as a background? I twisted and turned the blocks to create a totally different look!  My very favorite thing about designing is exploring all the many options quilting can offer.. even within the same pattern!

Spin City Option 1b



If you love my final Spin City Quilt as much as I do check it out on the Robert Kaufman website.  And totally check out the Look Book for the other 29 amazing quilts. All so different. All so inspiring. My particular favorites are Smithereens by Emily Cier and the Bartow pattern by Carolyn Friedlander (which is actually a free pattern on the RK website! Click here for a direct link!)


Now the for really fun part! I get to give a lucky someone a charm pack of the new Kona Colors!!!   All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered to win. You have 24 hours, then I pick a winner. Make it a nice comment to be considered. Just kidding.. sort of .:-)




We are on day five of a month-long blog hop.  Visit them all and qualify for prizes all along the way!

Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko

Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane

Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks

Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations

Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs

Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon

Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny

Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman

Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil

Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts

Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts

Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman

Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting

Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy

Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells

Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments

Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl

Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing

Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine

Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color

Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine

Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy

Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks

Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman

Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!


And on a finishing note. If you don’t know me yet, my name is Daniela Stout, and I invite you to join me in my Cozy world! I own Cozy Quilt Designs (a book and pattern company) and Cozy Quilt Shop located in El Cajon, outside San Diego. We are about to move into a larger location and change our name to Cozy Creative Center… so big things are happening for us.) Come to our website and visit for a bit. Subscribe to our newsletter for local events and online savings. If you subscribe, we’ll even give you a free pattern!





Busted! We Love Scrap Crazy 6!


Karen Montgomery’s newest book Scrap Crazy 6″  and Template Set are the tools you need to bust through your scrap stash and piles of 10″ square charm packs and layer cakes!

The 6″ blocks look like difficult and pesky Y-seams, but they’re not! The piecing is super easy because the templates are designed to fit in so many different combinations.

The four templates can be used all together like in the Sparklers quilt pattern from Cut Loose Press. Maureen used the Tiramisu pack of Bali Crackers 10″ Squares in the quilt pictured, and it came out beautifully! She really loves how easy Karen makes it to use templates for piecing.


The Scrap Crazy 6″ templates allows for different size options and can be either super scrappy, or organized scrappy – it’s up to you! Take a look at the beautiful variety that can be achieved in using these templates and patterns.  All of these beautiful options are available in the book Scrap Crazy 6″  !







Creative Grids has a great video, check it out!



Make it Fun & Fancy, Make it Chenille!


Our new favorite tool, the Olfa Chenille Cutter, is the key to this easy technique that creates a wonderfully soft and fluffy chenille quilt perfect for baby (and everyone else!)

OLFA® Chenille Cutter

For the sweet baby blanket pictured we used three layers of a the Urban Zoologie Panel from Robert Kaufman (designed by Ann Kelle), plus a backing fabric, and lined up the printed panels as close as possible. We suggest using 505 Adhesive Fabric Spray and a couple of basting safety pins to hold the layers together and to prevent shifting. The backing can be a fabric of your choice, and we chose to use a flannel to make it cozy for kids!


Olfa has a great video, but here are the basic steps

Layer your fabrics.

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Mark a diagonal line. (They used chalk, we used tape to mark ours.)

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Stitch your diagonal channels.

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(Quick tip: we LOVED the stitching guide that comes with the BERNINA! Maureen then used the guide to create her parallel channels. With the guide everything was straight and perfectly even. Here is a picture of the guide. As you can see this isn’t the quilt, but you get the idea.)

Right- or left-handed seam guide

Then use the cutter to cut through the top layers. (Never cut through the bottom or you won’t have a quilt anymore! 🙂

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Here are our tips:

It’s a good idea, if you can, to have your backing be a couple of inches bigger all around, making it less likely that you’d cut through it.

Once you have all your layers together, it’s helpful to place a long strip of blue tape from corner to corner as a straight line sewing guide for your channels. Additionally, you’ll want to use a walking foot (or Bernina DUAL FEED option) on your sewing machine to make sure the positioning of your layers stays the same.

With the ability to cut through up to eight layers, the Chenille Cutter has various guide widths that assist in giving your quilt more or less of the ridged effect. All you have to do is slide the Cutter through the channels of your top layers to achieve the Chenille technique.

For a softer fluff, make your channels smaller and use the side of the Cutter that is 1/8” or 1/4″ wide. If you wish to preserve the print of the fabric a little more, sew wider channels that can use the 3/8” or 1/2″ sides. We used 1/2″ channels on this panel print to better see the large animals. The pillow is made with smaller channels, making the material softer with more frayed edges.

Once you have finished all of the cutting, just bind the edges and run that puppy through the washer and dryer to reveal the fantastic fluff of the chenille!


And it doesn’t have to be just for quilts! Check out this pillow. Maureen (left) is holding the pillow. Kathy (right) is holding the original fabric. Here you can start to see how fuzzy the chenille gets in both texture and color!



Feed Your Sweet Tooth

I just love pre-cuts. And am thrilled to share some of the pictures from my latest book, Sweet Tooth, with you.  I think the patterns are wonderful… and a great way to use those fantastic collections of strips, squares, fat quarters that are so easy to buy!  Some of the quilts even use a combination of pre-cuts. My favorite, for example is Slice n Serve. It use 2 1/2″ strips, 5″ squares and 10″ squares. Nothing else! How fun is that!?


These first quilts use my latest line of fabric with Timeless Treasures called Tonga Cabana. The others use various other pre-cuts… many still available on the market!