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February Aurifil Designer of the Month – Joanna Figueroa!

February 23rd, 2015

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MINI QUILT SEW ALONG
Join in the Sew-Along each month during the Aurifil Designer of the Month event! Aurifil Thread has asked twelve designers to work up a mini quilt project for the month we are assigned.  Look for the new posts between the 12th and 15th of each month.

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WIN PRIZES!
You get the instructions; make the project, post it on the Aurifil Flicker Page to enter the drawing and you can win prizes – a 12 spool box of Aurifil Thread!pat-sloan-perfect-colors3
How cute is this mini quilt? Read the interview and get the free pattern on Pat Sloan’s blog here.

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MARCH DESIGNER
Kimberly Jolly fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

DESIGNER LINE-UP
Jan – Gudrun Erla www.gequiltdesigns.com/
Feb – Joanna Figueroa www.figtreequilts.com/
March – Kimberly Jolly fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
APRIL – John Kubiniec bigrigquilting.blogspot.com/
MAY – Sara Lawson sewsweetness.com/
JUNE – Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
July – Ebony Love www.lovebugstudios.com/blog/
August. – Nancy Rink www.nancyrinkdesigns.com/index.php
SEPT – Valori wells www.valoriwells.com/
October – Lynn Harris thelittleredhen.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Nov – Bonnie Christine www.goinghometoroost.com/
Dec – Celine Perkins www.perkinsdrygoods.com/blog/
Host – Pat Sloan blog.patsloan.com

Come back to my blog each month to see what I’m up to for the Aurifil Designer of the Month event – you might learn something new!

Happy Quilting

 

 

 

January Aurifil Designer of the Month – Gudrun Erla!

February 3rd, 2015

I was asked to be part of the 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month Event!

What is the Aurifil Designer of the Month event?? Aurifil Thread has asked twelve designers to work up a mini quilt project for the month we are assigned.  Look for the new posts between the 12th and 15th of each month.

You get the instructions; make the project, post it on the Aurifil Flicker Page to enter the drawing and you can win prizes!

Aurifil 2015 Design Team

January’s designer is……

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Here is Gudrun’s project – the instructions can be found in Pat Sloan’s blog post interview.

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PRIZES every month!

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Make the monthly project and post it on the Aurifil Flickr Page. Each month one person wins a 12 Spool Kit of Aurifil thread!

These are the designers who will be featured each month:

Come back to my blog each month to see what I’m up to for the Aurifil Designer of the Month event – you might learn something new!

Happy Quilting

Winter Readiness – A Binding Tutorial

November 24th, 2014

I’m going to be out of the office for a couple of weeks next month recovering from knee surgery.  While I’m stuck on the couch, I though it would be good to have something to do!  So I’m getting organized.  I’ve been working on getting WIP’s and UFO’s quilted and bound.  I don’t want to worry about pins and clips getting lost in the couch cushions, so I’m GLUING my bindings down!  GASP!

Here’s the scoop:

Supplies

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I prefer using the smaller applicator bottle. It’s easiest for me to control how much glue I’m using.

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100 Blocks Volume 10 winners!

November 22nd, 2014

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments and for participating in the Blog Tour.

I was overwhelmed by the number of responses and have added a third magazine to the give-away.

I’m happy to announce the winners of an issue of Volume 10!

Nicole S.

Debby E.

Nancy

You’ve been contacted by email – please send your mailing address and the magazines will be sent out right away!

Happy Quilting

Welcome to the 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour!

November 17th, 2014

10 Volumes ~ 1000 Blocks!

That’s huge!

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I am excited to be part of this 10th Volume with Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.

There are going to be prizes!

Two Volume 10 magazines will be given away.

To be included in the drawing, please leave a comment at the end of this blog post telling me which colorway is your favorite. Comments will be open until midnight Friday November 21st.

Click HERE to check out Quiltmaker’s Blog!

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My block is called French Twist and can be found on page 63 of the magazine. The fabric is from the first Downton Abbey line by  Andover Fabrics.

I thought it would be fun to play around with different color ways to see what happens to the secondary designs. To make the topper you need:

4 French Twist blocks 12″ x 12″ (page 63)

4 – 4-1/2″ Outer Border Strips

4 – 1-1/2″ Inner Border Strips

4 – 2″ x 12-1/2″ Sash Strips

1 – 2″ x 2″ Center Cornerstone

4 – 2-1/2″ x Width of Fabric strips for Binding


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French Twist Topper


Black - Add high contrast.

Black – Add high contrast.

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02Neutral Block

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Fabrics are from Northcott’s Stonehenge Toast Strips.  See what Patti did with my block on her blog HERE.

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Brights - the center triangles use the same fabric as the chain.

Brights – the center triangles use the same fabric as the chain.

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In the works

November 13th, 2014

This has been a busy week with a quilt deadline looming….

Fabric Fun

You’ll see this project in Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks this spring.  I thought you might like a few tips on some of the quick tricks I like to use when I’m working.

Two Ruler Cutting
I’m right handed and my table is set up so that it works better to have the bulk of the yardage I’m working with off to the left.  This is a work-around to allow me to easily cut my strips from the right hand end of the fabric. Click on the image for a closer look.

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I am also excited to be included in the newest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks – Volume 10!  Join me and Quiltmaker here next week for the Blog Tour.  My day is Monday…there will be prizes too!

Happy Quilting

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Winners!

July 21st, 2014

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I am happy to announce the Notion Commotion Blog Hop winners!

Janet F.
Jamie T.
Mary Jane B.
Mary F.

Winners have been notified via email.

Prizes for each of them are a Corner Cutter Tool and a pattern.

Thanks to everyone for participating!

Happy Quilting

Southwind Designs – Notion Commotion Blog Hop!

July 17th, 2014

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Annette of Southwind Designs!

Let’s hop on over to her blog, to find out what the commotion is about!

How to make your Quilt Border fit…

July 15th, 2014

Border Fitting

The National Quilter’s Circle has a great video tutorial by Diane Harris from
Quiltmaker Magazine on how to make the borders fit your quilt.
Click here to go to the video.

Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Susan of Swirly Girls! Check it out!

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How does a sewing machine work?

July 10th, 2014

I came across this fascinating illustration of how a sewing machine works….

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Laura of Plum Tree Quilts!
Check out her blog to see which tool she is featuring today.

Happy Quilting

February 28, 2015
 
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