About Me

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I am Denise McKay and creating things has always been a passion.  As I child I was never far from the crayons or chalk and in High School I took every art class I could; drawing, painting, ceramics, print-making, macrame, and crocheting, I loved them all.  In those early days I sold a few items in consignment craft shops and gifted family members with a variety of my handmade objects.  When my children were young I made them stuffed animals, doll clothes, sock monkeys (my favorites) and together we worked on various projects as well.

In 2011, when my first grandchild was born, I wanted to make him something but also wanted to learn a new craft.  I discovered quilting and I can’t get enough of it!  I hope you enjoy the projects I post and patterns I create as I fine tune my quilting skills.


13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. debbiers

    Hello Ms. Denise. Hope all is well with you and your loved ones. I’m currently trying to make a quilt from your quilt pattern “Accidental Quilt Block Tutorial. I’m having problems getting my blocks to be like yours. I have pictures of what mine looks like, however I’m not sure how to send them to you. Thanks for any help you can give me. Have a blessed evening.

  2. Anonymous

    Hi Denise,
    You gave me the courage to make this quilt so as a beginner here I am trying to !!!!
    Just one question, at the very end when you are done assembling the pieces to form the block, are you supposed to square the block for them to fit when putting all of them together?
    My block are a bit uneven:(
    Sorry, I couldn’t be more clear but my “quilting terms” are not here yet!
    I hope you are doing well and quilting a lot!

    1. Denise Post author

      I’m not sure which quilt pattern you are referring to because of where you wrote this comment. But sometimes you may have to square up blocks a bit. Depending on which pattern, doing a little trimming works fine. Other times, if you trim off too much, it causes the quilt too look “off”. Which quilt were you making?

  3. lyndylou51lj

    Hi Denise,
    I have been quilting for thirty years or so and these days make quilts for charity – family members and friends having long since been catered for! I make some from original ideas and most from public domain patterns. I love your Shadowbox quilt and would like to make it for fundraising for a local charity that re homes stray dogs. If I gave the proper attribution would you allow this? I understand if you’re not happy with it. Regards, Lynda. (Perth Australia).

    1. denmck Post author

      Hello Lynda! You are most welcome to use this pattern for your fundraising efforts. Best of luck!


      On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 9:35 PM Beyond Sock Monkeys ~ My Quilting Adventures wrote:


  4. Kathleen

    You have a unique talent of explaining and communicating quilting concepts. I am glad I discovered you! Keep up the good work! Kathleen

    1. Mary Andrade

      I am following your “Accidental Quilt Block” tutorial to turn saved scrap fabric into a quilt for my daughter’s dorm room. Thank you for the excellent, easy to follow photos and text directions! You turned a daunting task into something totally doable,

  5. Pamela

    Recently discovered your site and want to thank your for the detailed tutorials. I like the color diagrams as well as the photos and find your directions very, very helpful, so thank you!

  6. Shari Harrison

    Denise – I’d like to share your ‘Accidental Quilt Block’ tutorial with my guild as a Block of the Month this year. I am focusing precut squares and this block would be very nice use! I would be sure to credit you and provide the URL to your tutorial. Shari


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