About Me

My name is Kathleen Scargle McCormick and I am mostly a quilter, but do dabble in a bit of knitting. I am married to Jonathan and we have a wonderful adult son, John, and a lovely labradoodle, Percy. We split our time between Somerville MA and Peaks Island ME.  We go back and forth much of the year but will be spending more time in Maine in the near future.

John and Percy first meeting 2008

I learned to sew and knit at a young age, with my grandmother, Petronella, and then with many other great teachers.   I love both crafts, but really am a quilter.  I only dabble a little now in knitting, but still enjoy it very much when I do.

My quilting is comes from a desire to explore patterns I love with a great fabric. I have done it all: hand piecing, hand quilting, hand appliqué, english paper piecing, machine piecing, machine quilting, and even long-arm quilting. For 17 years, I have worked in a local quilt store, Cambridge Quilts, in Cambridge MA and helped people buy great fabrics and taught all sorts of classes.  I sew on a Bernina 440 QE and a Janome DC1050. I love both machines for different reasons, but am secretly wishing for a sit-down longarm to do the majority of my quilts.

The past year or two I am concentrating on finishing my UFO’s and getting some order to my sewing room. I am trying to use up collections or begin long term stash busting projects.  I know I don’t have as much fabric as some of my friends, but I would much rather be the one or two projects at a time than many.  As we downsize, I so look forward to having fewer “obligations” and more fun projects ahead.

I started this blog in 2008, and have only used it irregularly since then.  In the past year, I have put some more effort into it and joined the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers to help focus some more attention on my blog.  I sometimes want to design patterns, but I haven’t really turned my energies towards that just yet.  For now, I hope that this blog inspires your journey as it does mine.

Thanks for reading,

April 25, 2017

My Favorite Tools

Pins with Numbers & Arrows
Annies Soft and Stable Foam Stabilizer
By Annie’s Clear Vinyl
Heat N Bond Iron On Vinyl
Omni Thread, Purplelicious
Aurifil 50 weight thread
Hobbs Tuscanny Wool Batting
Freezer Paper Sheets
Binding Sasher
Nexcare Clear Skin Tape
Cluck Cluck Sew Tape
Simple Folded Corners Ruler
Free Motion Quilting Workbook
Shape by Shape Collection 2
Shape by Shape
DayLight Wafer 1 Light Box
Freezer paper
Siteground Web Hosting
Dream Cotton Batting
Sidekick Ruler
Hex N More Ruler
4″ Circular Plastic Needlepoint
Awesome Ocean Pattern
Schmetz NonStick Needle
Sulky Totally Stable
Barn Quilt by Sherry Shish
Applique Pressing Sheet
Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch
Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
Woven Diamonds Pattern
Hobbs Premium 80/20 Batting
Woven Star Pattern
Wefty Needle
Quilt Hanger
Fat Quarter Shop
Westalee Sampler Template Set
Mettler 60 wt. Cotton Embroidery Thread
Sandboard for Hand Sewing/Appliqué
Clover Needle Threader
Sewline Black and White Pencil
Sewline Grey Pencil
Backyard Birds
Wing Clipper
Quilt Pounce
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Clover Chaco Liner – silver
Turnabout Patchwork by Terese Mairal Barreau
Sewline Glue Pen
Fusible 1″ Hexagon Paper
Fusible Appliqué Paper
Electric Quilt 8
Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Quilt in A Day Log Cabin
Judy Martin Log Cabin
Emiko Toda Loeb
3M Command Strip Clothespins
Paper Templates for Lucy Boston
Lucy Boston Templates,MPP
Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross
Clover Wonder Clips
Thread magic
Clearly Perfect Angles
Slotted Triangle Trimmer