November 16th, 2013
The response to this blog tour was overwhelming! Over 280 comments! The winners have been emailed – please send me your mailing information ASAP!
The prizes include 2 Quiltmaker 100 Blocks magazines Vol. 8 and 2 patterns – the newest that were released in October: Stratford Cross and Sweet Adeline.
Thank you all for participating and for the lovely comments.
November 15th, 2013
I discovered Quilt Dots just before I left for Quilt market at the end of October. I sure as heck didn’t expect to meet the woman behind Quilt Dots across the aisle in Houston! Next thing you know, I’m sending her images and she’s creating Quilt Dots for Perkins Dry Goods! How cool is that?
There are 3 sets to choose from. And she has necklace options, Key Chains and more fun stuff coming!
What are Quilt Dots? They’re 1″ magnets or pins. And cute too!
Check out the website here.
November 11th, 2013
The newest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks hits the newsstands this week.
You’ll find my block on page 71 – it’s called Orion.
I love the three dimensional effect created by the black with the red.
Here are a couple of project ideas:
Make three blocks and sew together with 1-1/4″ sashing using the background fabric and bind with a contrasting print.
Or make a bunch of blocks, sew together with sashing and cornerstones for a quick lap quilt.
Follow the 100 Blocks Blog Tour each day this week, November 11 – 15 at the Quilty Pleasures Blog.
Leave a comment on this post to be included in the drawing for a copy of the magazine or one of my newest patterns.
I would love to hear what your ideas are for using this block!
Winners will be posted here on Saturday!
November 8th, 2013
Join me on Monday November 11th.
I have a block in this issue!
Be sure to stop by and see what I’m up to….and visit the other blogs on the tour for even more fun!
There will be a giveaway that includes two issues of Volume 8 plus a couple of my newest patterns!
See you on Monday!
November 4th, 2013
It was a busy summer, that ended too soon. Two new patterns were finished and I’m happy to share them with you!
Stratford Park is a corner cutter friendly pattern that comes with instructions for three sizes. I used the Stratford Park fabric line from Northcott. A beautiful collection of black, tan and cream….
Sweet Adeline is a simple scrappy quilt inspired by a vintage butterfly block…. also comes with instructions for three sizes, it’s done in fabrics from Pam Buda’s Pin Money Line from Marcus Fabrics.
These patterns are available now on the website and from Checker, United Notions and Brewer.
September 20th, 2013
I think I own at least one of every brand of ruler on the earth. I am obsessed with them! But where do you start? When working on a project, I like to use rulers that are the same brand. The differences between the measurements from one ruler to the next are miniscule; how you use the ruler, the line thickness, etc. can vary.
It’s just me, but I like to keep the same together.
My favorite brand is Olfa’s Frosted Advantage ruler where the entire back surface of the ruler is lightly frosted. This helps reduce slipping.
What rulers should you have to start with? Personally, I recommend these three:
a 6-1/2″ square, a 6″ x 12″ short ruler and a 6″ x 24″ long ruler.
Other excellent brands are Creative Grids or Omnigrid. Ask for them at your local quilt shop!
September 13th, 2013
There is a BIG difference from pin to pin. If your pins are too big, too thick or not sharp, you will distort your patchwork before you even begin to stitch.
If your pins are too short or too fine, they are difficult to use.
I love these glass head pins for the vast majority of patchwork sewing that I do. The heads don’t melt when you iron them by mistake. They are just fine enough, they are long enough and they are sharp. The stats: 1-1/2″ long with a .50 mm shaft. The perfect pin storm. These are by Collins. Ask for them at your local quilt shop!
September 6th, 2013
When I first started attending retreats way back in the early 90′s, my friend Jenni and I decided to put together a box of duplicate tools that we considered essential sewing supplies. I’ve refined that a bit to include things that I commonly recommend for students who take classes from me.
As much as we might dislike “un-sewing” or “frog-stitching” (rip-it, rip-it), having the right tool for the job really helps. I love this seam ripper by Clover. It has an especially fine tip. I’ve never used it for cutting threads under buttons, but sure like the precision and sharp blade that allow me to make quick work of ripping seams! Ask for this at your local quilt shop!
May 6th, 2013
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 7 Blog Tour! The response was overwhelming!
Winners of prizes from my blog have been emailed – be sure to get back to me right away with your mailing address.
Drawing # 1 ~ Blog Comment Winners:
Drawing #2 ~ Newsletter Winners
May 2nd, 2013
It’s been a busy week with the Blog Tour and all of the new patterns coming out for Spring Market.
I have one more to share with you… I hope you like it! I just love the secondary design that appears.
~ Sonoma ~
Instructions include Topper, Throw and Queen Sizes.
This pattern also uses the Fast Flying Geese technique where you make four identical flying Geese units with no waste.
Our Corner Cutter Tool is an optional notion.
I will be drawing names for the 100 Blocks Vol. 7 Blog Tour winners from
comments made by Midnight on Friday night.
Stay tuned for the announcement!