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Updating the site – Finally! LOL

I know it’s been a while – but life gets busy, right?!!

I’ve cleaned up the site, removed some unnecessary pages and still need to update my workshop offerings – but it’s underway.

I am going to add the link here for my Red House Designs Etsy page where you can find digital download patterns:


MQX Midwest Results

“Tuxedo Bouquets” has returned home with some “bling” on it!

This original design was made by Jo Timko of Mollykat Designs and custom quilted by myself.   Sadly, Jo passed away in April of 2017 – but her beautiful quilt lives on and I will be entering it at many shows so the public can see what a great team we were!

So far, this wall hanging has won:

“Best of New Jersey” at the Mancuso quilt show

“1st Place for Computerized Quilting” at MQX Midwest

I do offer custom quilting services – let’s talk about how to quilt your show quilt!

(pictures taken by Zoltan of Intelliquilter – sponsor of the category)

Getting Ready for 2017!

I started my longarming service in the fall of 2009. I charged 1.5 cents per sq. in. for a basic pantograph. It has been 7 years and because the cost of thread has risen (again), I will need to raise my rates. On January 1st, all pantographs will start at 2 cents per sq. in. Pantographs that are very labor intensive and thread heavy will start at 3 cents per sq. in.
Please keep in mind that most longarmers charge a thread fee – however, I never have.
I look forward to seeing all your new, gorgeous tops in 2017!!


Red House Designs has a new tab above and you can view patterns for sale.  Check back often, I will be adding patterns frequently!

Here’s a sneak peek at one I will be finishing soon – Saxony Farmhousesaxony farmhouse red house designs 3

Red House Designs

This blogpage – will also incorporate Red House Designs.   In March of 2016 I will suspend the web page for Red House Designs.  You can contact me directly about patterns, lectures, workshops, etc at my email address:

Back to Work!

Hello Friends!

Starting June 1st, I am back to work after a long recovery from lower back surgery.  Thanks so much for all the prayers and well-wishes!  My doctor said the procedure went perfectly and I should make a full recovery.  I’ve completed physical therapy and have been cleared to run my longarm again.

I’ve ordered some new pantographs and have attached some pictures to this email.  The quilting fee for all of them will be 1.5 cents per sq. in. and range from traditional, to whimsical and modern.
I look forward to hearing from you and I hope you have a wonderful summer!
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“Pheasant Bouquet” for sale on Etsy

“Pheasant Bouquet” 105″ square

Pheasant Bouquet 1pheasantI just mailed this off to AQS for the Grand Rapids show.
“Pheasant Bouquet” is a 105″ square applique and pieced quilt. The applique has a turned edge and is sewn down by machine. It features a large center medallion with 12 applique blocks and 12 pieced blocks. It has over 50 hours of custom/heirloom quilting.

This quilt is for sale – serious inquiries only please.

It has won 1st place in it’s category at the Oakland County Quilt Guild quilt show. It also won Viewer’s Choice at the same show.
Any sale of this quilt will happen after the AQS show in August. Thanks.

“Down at the Depot” raffle quilt for the Dryden Historical Society

Congratulations to Ruth McCormick (Rochester Hills, MI) who won the raffle quilt!

We are so grateful to Ruth that she has decided to donate it back to the Depot to reside in the museum! The Historical Society and the residents of Dryden are very appreciative!

92″ square Made by Mary Batzer and Lisa Burmann. Custom Quilted and thread painted by Lisa and donated for the raffle. Train embroideries were purchased by JED Creations from Hadley, Mi.

Down at the Depot is the 4th quilt inspired by the people and places of Dryden Township. The previous quilts have honored our farm, Bishop’s Glen. General Squier and General Squier Park and Seven Ponds Nature Center.

Quilting for a National Quilt Teacher

A few years ago I got a call from Patsy Thompson. Yes, that Patsy Thompson! She was designing die cutters for Sizzix and had some tops that needed to be quilted for an event and was in a pinch. She mailed this to me and I quilted it using 2 layers of wool!
Because I have a handguided machine, I had to mark the top with blue Clover washaway markers. When Patsy soaked the top to wash that out as well as block the top – her blue feathers ran into the white. Why? Because she didn’t prewash her Batiks! She did manage to get the blue out and this quilt has been a great sample in her booth at different markets.
I was thrilled to quilt it and consider it a “feather” in my cap!