Monday, September 15, 2014


I am guest blogging over at My Cuddle Corner today, the Shannon Fabrics blog! If you follow me on Instagram (@bettinadanger), you might remember a few photos my Fraction Remix Quilt. Check out the link above to see some more photos and get a few tips on sewing with Cuddle Fabric.

Some of the fabrics I used in the Fraction Remix Quilt were from this kit and here is your chance to win it!!!

To enter to win this cuddly kit, tell me what you would make with it in the comments below!

Winner will be announced Friday, Sept. 19th at 5pm. Best of luck!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Laurel Dress

I woke up today thinking about the Laurel Dress by Colette Patterns. Earlier in the year, I made this dress and found the pattern to be simple and easy to follow. There are a ton ways to customize this pattern and even a free Digital Ebook with instructions for different variations.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A few things...

Let's see how many times I can write "few" in this blog.

It's been such a hectic few months and I haven't written a blog since May. I guess a few months isn't too bad. If you are curious about what I've been sewing or doing on my vacation from work, follow me on Instagram @bettinadanger! Leave a few comments!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Baby Quinn's Quilt

A few months ago my mom requested a quilt for a baby boy. The quilt is done, the baby is born, and I am finally getting around to posting a few photos! I'll share the best photo first...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Power of Ten Quilt

I am convinced that right now is the BEST time to be a math educator!

I don't know if you have noticed, but the subject of teaching mathematics is certainly in the spotlight as our state and national standards have changed. This makes me incredibly happy because it is the perfect opportunity for everyone to learn more about quality math instruction. Teaching math is different than what we might remember from our experiences learning it. Teaching math is also different from being "good" at the subject. And, if you think you are "bad" at it...I have life changing news for you: There is no such thing as a "math gene" and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WIP: Spring Break Edition!

I'm trying to use every precious minute of spring break to check some things off my to-do list!

So far,  my "Power of Ten" quilt is quilted!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

MQG Riley Blake Challenge Quilt: Rectangle Floor Plan

I've completed my Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge quilt and I'm calling it the...

Rectangle Floor Plan *

When I began sketching my design for this project, I honestly wasn't thinking about anything having to do with math education. (Mom, are you laughing? Stop. I really do think about other things besides math.) Actually, I tried to incorporate some of Heather Grant's modern quilt ingredients from the Austin Guidelines. In particular, I focused on negative space and grid work but I'm not confident that the final product reads those things. Having to actually commit to an ingredient really increased the dopamine activity in my brain. This caused me to have lots of questions and I realize that I have much more to keep learning about. : )

Nevertheless, my math passion found its way into this quilt. I've been learning quite a bit about using open tasks in the math classroom, and think that this quilt could spark some great discussion. A question/task is open when a variety of responses are possible. 

Here are some open questions I thought about:
1. Write a number sentence using one or more of the polygons in this quilt.
2. The answer is 5, what could be the question? or equation?
3. What could be a fraction to represent one or more of the rectangles? 
Don't forget to ask, "How do you know?" Always ask for justification!

If you are a educator, parent, math lover or learner, give these questions a try with friends! Of course, it's got to be with friends so you can appreciate and learn from the variety of responses.

On a side note, I also could have been channeling myself as an 8 year old girl. I would have loved this quilt on the floor when I was playing with my Barbies and Trolls. Henry thought it was a robotic bunny. See how open this quilt is! ; )

I'll leave you with a few photos of the back and the quilting (which was all quadrilaterals until one irregular hexagon snuck in there). If you follow me on Instagram (@bettinadanger) I posted a photo of that crazy polygon!

Finished quilt size is 51inches by 51 inches.

Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful Sunday! : ) Try out an open question and tell me if it was any good!

Friday, January 24, 2014

"Flow Zone" Block of the Month: Photos of the Finished Quilt

January of 2014 has been wonderful! After coming back from my trip to Lincoln, Nebraska for the New Year, I felt refreshed and inspired to finish quilting my "Flow Zone" Quilt. I've been meaning to post photos of the finished product, but just haven't found the time to look through the images and pick my favorites. Today I am grateful for Texas Snow Days! ;-) Thank you, LISD, for canceling classes so I could check this post off my to-do list!

Here are a few of my favorite photos:

I created a pillow to match using Elizabeth Hartman's Cat Quilt Along. The cat blocks were quick and easy to make!

This Crate and Barrel Lounge Sofa was one of my Christmas presents! I think it looks a bit lonely with only one pillow, but don't worry...I've decided that this couch is going to puke spring this year! To be continued with better photos...

Well, this concludes the "Flow Zone" Block of the month! Thank you all for playing along with me! Stay warm and cozy out there! XOXOXO