Sulky Thread Winner and More!


Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank you to all of you who entered our Pretty in Pink Sulky Thread giveaway. Thank you to Sulky for helping us spread awareness.

The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect breast cancer in its early stages.

Schedule your mammogram today!


The lucky winner is Janice King.  Congratulations!  Please send your address to my email: and I will arrange to have the thread delivered.


The ESR1 K303R Quilt

For another perspective….I thought you’d like this quilt by Susan Hilsenbeck.  Susan is a biostatistician who works  on breast cancer research.  Thank you, thank you Susan!

In her free time, Susan is a quilt artist and naturally her two worlds intersect.

Susan Hilsenbeck,

Susan Hilsenbeck

In her own words:

In my day job, I’ve spent most of my career working on breast cancer research studies, and on the quilty side, right now, I’m slowly ( I do mean slowly) working on a wall-sized quilt that will be a surprise gift for a friend. The english-paper-pieced hexagon construction, which is appliqued onto a background, represents part of the sequence of the estrogen receptor (ESR1), an important protein in breast cancer biology. The sequence includes a mutation that my friend has spent many years working on. The mutation is known as K303R (303rd amino acid in the protein is changed from a lysine [K] to an arginine [R], which alters the function of the protein). For the more biologically savvy — yes, I know that Deoxy-ribose (D in DNA) is a pentagon, not a hexagon. Too bad. This is art, or my version anyway. 😉

Read more at her blog:

Not only are Susan’s quilts beautiful,  they all tell a story.  She shares her process for many of her quilts and offers quilting insights along the way.

Pour yourself a cup of tea and spend some time…you may be lost for a while and I promise you will learn a lot!

Susan Hilsenbeck, ESR1, K303R

Susan Hilsenbeck, ESR1, K303R

CRAFTSY Supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Craftsy is running a Flash Sale until Monday in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

All Craftsy classes are on sale AND if you order through an instructor website, 5% will be donated to the NBCF to help fund their mission which includes providing free mammograms.  

Craftsy Breast Cancer Promo

Consider my two classes:

Start with Divide and Conquer and then move on to From Doodle to Design


Or any of the many classes on knitting, crochet, sewing, photography, baking, cooking…

I’m currently enjoying Ellie Krieger’s class on healthy cooking



  • It’s Halloween…I have a fun little quilt to share.
  • We will talk about straight line quilting–the background quilting in the pink quilt shown here.
  • The Sunflower Sampler quilt-a-long continues
  • Doodling
  • And so much more!

Happy, Healthy Quilting!




9 thoughts on “Sulky Thread Winner and More!

  1. It’s always amazing to see the support for breast cancer awareness in October. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month yet little is done to promote it because of the stigma of smoking that is associated with lung cancer. However, nearly 80% of those with lung cancer are former or never smokers. Here are more startling facts about lung cancer from Lung Cancer Alliance (
    -Lung cancer has the lowest 5 year survival rate. 1.7/10 people with lung cancer will survive 5 years while 8.9/10 with breast cancer will survive 5 years.

    If you have lungs, you are at risk for lung cancer. I know as my sister, 53, a never-smoker was diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer in 2010. She wanted to make the 5 year survival rate but lost the battle at 4 years. There are others like her throughout the country yet there are no mass marketing campaigns to raise awareness of lung cancer symptoms.

    Please spend some time in November raising some awareness about lung cancer.
    Thank you.

  2. Thanks to Susan for her work and for sharing her quilt. As a breast cancer survivor, I appreciate all who work towards a cure. I am a widow due to cancer so I agree all cancer research should be supported to the greatest degree.

  3. thanks for the heads up about the Craftsy classes. I did go thru your website to buy your From Doodle to Design. I didn’t see where the Craftsy site indicated the 5% to NBCF. Hope it just happens. Love your blog and your classes-I already had the 1st one.

  4. What a great surprise to see I have won the Sulky Thread giveaway! Thank you, Lori, and thank you to Sulky for your support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

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