Right Round Medallion Progress

I finally found time to finish up the quilt top for my Right Round Medallion!  The center is my Right Round Mini pattern and I made up the borders as I went.

Right Round Medallion Quilt by Better Off Thread

 I decided to go all out with the colors, but leave plenty of negative space to rest the eyes.  It reminds me a little bit of a circus, especially those wide stripes and the triangular “bunting” borders.  I was listening to “Water For Elephants” while I sewed it, so that probably influenced me!

Right Round Medallion Quilt by Better Off Thread

I think my favorite part is that tiny little smiley face.  I didn’t even know it was there until I pressed the quilt!

Next month I have a book coming out on Medallion Quilts (more on that later!) and I was thinking of releasing this pattern in May as a cross promotion for the book.  Would anyone be interested in a pattern?

I’m going to try to get this quilted in the next week and then I’ll post better photos of the finished quilt!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Free Block Pattern!


I’m excited to share a free block pattern with you over at Blossom Heart Quilts!  I designed the Wanta Fanta block for Alyce’s Bee Hive Series and here is how several blocks look together:

Wanta Fanta Block by Better Off Thread for the Bee Hive Series

It’s partially paper-pieced, but no curves to sew!

Check out Alyce’s blog for more information on the block, and her series (with lots of free block patterns!).  You can download the pattern here.



The winner of the Fat Quarter Taquito pack of “Black and White” is….


Linda Brown | February 1, 2015 at 9:35 am | Reply

I would make some a table runner with place mats….


Congrats, Linda!  I sent you an email.

Thank you to everyone who left comments.



“Black & White” Blog Hop

I’m really excited to be today’s stop on Jennifer Sampou’s Blog Hop for her beautiful new line of fabric, Black & White.  I am sharing the day with Angela Walters, so be sure to pop by her blog where she discusses the quilting for my Black & White quilt.

I have been a long time fan of Jennifer’s fabric designs and I have quite the collection of quilts using her past lines (click the links to see my other quilts): Shimmer, Color:Full, Studio Stash and now Black & White…

Storm At Sea copy

Designing a value-based quilt has been on my to-do list for awhile, so I jumped at the chance to design something for Black & White.  A traditional Storm at Sea block seemed like to perfect way to show off the variety of shades and patterns in the fabric line.

I love the warmth the subtle taupe tones add to the fabrics and look at that amazing quilting by Angela Walters!  I have also been using those dots in every single project I make.  I adore them!

I recently received EQ7 and it was a ton of fun to upload the fabrics into the program and play around them with them.  I don’t think I could have designed this quilt without the ability to play around with the fabrics so freely.

If you are interested in making your own Storm At Sea, the pattern is available for FREE at Robert Kaufman, or you can purchase a kit, which includes the pattern and Black & White fabrics to make the top, at Keepsake Quilting.

And now for the prizes!

On Jennifer’s Blog:

Win a FQ bundle of the entire Black and White line!  Stop by Jennifer’s blog for details on how to enter!

On my Blog:

Win this Taquito FQ pack of Black & White fabrics.  All you need to do is leave a comment telling me what you would make with Black & White!  I’ll pick a winner by Random Number Generator on Tuesday evening.

On Instagram:

Win a Taquito FQ rollup and “Elephant and I” Pattern. Enter to win by re-posting any Blog Hop projects and tag #blackandwhitefabrics and #jennifersampou
My Instagram handle is betteroffthread, so be sure to find me and repost my project!
Stop by the other participating blogs for inspiration and more giveaways!


January 23 JenniferSampou.comRobert Kaufman Blog
January 24 Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson-Sew Kind of Wonderful blog
January 25 Teresa Coates- Fabric Depot
January 26 Amy Gibson- Stitchery Dickory Dock
January 27 AnneMarie Chany- Gen X Quilters
January 28 Casey York- The Studiolo
January 29 C&T Publishing – Stash Books
January 30 APQ- All People Quilt
January 31 Angela Pingel
February 1 Angela Walters / Janice Zeller Ryan
February 2 Sarah Sharp
February 3 Dritz- Make Something
February 4 Nicole Daksiewicz- Modern Handcraft
February 5 Liesel Gibson- Oliver + S
February 6 Christopher Thompson / Natalie Barnes
February 7 Jennifer Sampou Wrap up
February 9 Jennifer Sampou Announce Winner. Must have comment in by February 9th on my 1/23 opening blog post.

Have a wonderful week!!

The Bee Hive- Block of the Month

I am very excited to say that I am part of the Bee Hive!


What is the Bee Hive, you ask?  Well, my friend Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts is hosting a year-long series of quilt block tutorials on her blog. Each block is perfect for quilting bees because when you use several of the same block, they create a secondary design.  Here is the first block, Tic Tac Toe:


It’s a fun, modern block, right?  Well look what happens when you put several of them together:


It makes a fun design!

Each month, Alyce’s blog will feature two block tutorials; one from Alyce and one from a guest designer.  The schedule is as follows:

January 12 – Tic Tac Toe
January 26 – Kristy from Quiet Play

February 9 – Chainlink
February 23 – Janice from Better Off Thread

March 9 – Houndstooth
March 23 – Jane aka Quiltjane

April 6 – Spinwheel
April 20 – Christa from Christa Quilts

May 4 – Busy
May 18 – Angie from Gnome Angel

June 1 – Bunting
June 15 – Anne from Play Crafts

July 13 – Abacus
July 27 – Jess from Elven Garden Quilts

August 10 – Homebase
August 24 – Joshua from Molli Sparkles

September 7 – In The Middle
September 21 – Jennie from Clover and Violet

October 5 – Magic 8 Ball
October 19 – Diane from From Blank Pages

November 2 – Alpine
November 16 – Melissa from Ms Midge

December 14 – Treasure Hunt
December 28 – Finale

I am really excited to see what everyone comes up with.  Alyce has lined up an impressive list of quilters.

Check out Alyce’s blog for more info and enjoy trying out the blocks!

American Patchwork & Quilting Radio

I am pleased to announce that I am going to be a guest on the American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast hosted by Pat Sloan!

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast guests Janice Ryan Jan 2015

 I will chat with Pat about all sorts of quilty stuff.  You can listen to the podcast live by clicking on the photo above, or you can listen to it later, as all the past podcasts are up on the American Patchwork site free for your listening pleasure.  There are lots of great interviews on there to listen to while you sew!

So tune in on Monday, January 12th at 4pm EST (That’s 3 days from now!) and hopefully my nervousness doesn’t make me blunder too much!

Project Round-up

I’ve been working on a lot of different projects, but rarely finishing anything.  I seriously need to stop starting new things!


This is a 26″ x 36″ “block” for an Improv Bee I am in with Jess at The Elven Garden.  I really love how it turned out and I would love to make an entire quilt from these wonky triangles.  My inspiration was this quilt by Rossie at Fresh Modern Quilts.

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I also finished up my “Round the Blocks” quilt top.  I just need to find time to quilt it! I am really drawn to top and bottom borders and polka-dot backgrounds right now. I want to use dots for everything!

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Look at those great dots!  They are called La Creme Swiss Dots by Riley Blake and they look and feel as yummy as they sound.

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I participated in the Instagram Mini Swap late last year and this was the quilt I made my partner.  It measures 24″ x 24″, so those half-square triangles are each 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.

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This is another quilt that I would love to do again, but as a full sized quilt with larger squares.   Yes, those are more dots!  The grey and white are from Jennifer Sampou’s Black and White Collection.


Lastly, this was a design I was playing around with just to see if I could make it.  I call it “Argyle Socks”.  I thought about writing up a pattern for it, but it’s I bit complicated, so I think it is just going to become a pillow.

Have a great rest of the week!

Gaggle of Geese Pattern!

IMG_4Gaggle of Geese Quilt Pattern, a rainbow circle of flying geese016

I finally have my Gaggle of Geese pattern available for purchase!

Gaggle of Geese Quilt Pattern, a rainbow circle of flying geese

It measures 44″ x 44″ and would look great on a wall, or as the center medallion for a bed quilt.  The pattern includes step-by-step instructions and printable templates, plus a coloring sheet to plan out your quilt.

Gaggle of Geese Quilt Pattern, a rainbow circle of flying geese

The quilt will take a fair amount of time to make, but it really is not difficult.  You should have some paper-piecing experience, or check out my paper-piecing tutorial.  This is pretty basic paper-piecing, so beginners can surely do it.  Also, you will need to sew set in circles, but they are large and not scary at all (I promise)!  I have provided instructions for sewing them.

It’s the new year, so it’s time to learn something new!

Gaggle of Geese Quilt Pattern, a rainbow circle of flying geese

My 5-year-old son wanted to pose with the quilt, so this will give you some idea of scale.  He asked me to hang it in his room, but I think I want it somewhere more prominent (sorry Liam).

If you are interested in purchasing the pattern, you may go to MY STORE and you will receive the PDF via email, or if you are non-EU, you may purchase from Craftsy.

Have a Happy New Year!

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway PDF pattern bundle is….

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 2.12.17 PM #155: Catriona!

Love the spiral of geese, I’ve had it pinned on Pinterest for ages!

Congratulations Catrinoa!  I’ll be emailing you shortly.

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

It’s that time of year again for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

This time I am giving away a PDF bundle of five of my patterns, including Gaggle of Geese, which will be released next week.


You can enter twice:

1. Leave a comment, any comment.  Maybe tell me which pattern is your favorite or if you would use rainbow fabrics, or something else.

2. Follow me either on my blog, or on Instagram (Betteroffthread) and then leave a second comment on my blog saying that you followed me.

The giveaway is open until Friday December 12th at 5pm PST.  I will pick a winner by random number generator and notify them by Sunday.  Giveaway is open to anyone!


The Giveaway is now closed and the winner will be announced soon!