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Windham Wednesdays and a Sneak Peek

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Getting ready for my Christmas in July posts. One is with Windham Fabrics and their Merry and Mod collection. I am combining it with their new Diamond Dust blenders (released in 2020). Diamond Dust by Windham Fabrics Merry and Mod is releasing to quilt shops this month (June 2021) and it a fun, fresh and colorful group of Christmas fabrics. This was designed by the VERY talented Natalie Barnes (one of my favorite fabric designers!) Merry and Mod by Natalie Barnes for Windham Fabrics Let's see another shot of these fabrics. Isn't this the greatest with the three Buffalo Plaids (green, black/red and black/white)? They are an unusual - but perfect - accompaniment with those fabulous prints! I used one of my tried and true patterns and was able to use 6 of the prints in my yet to be revealed 30" x 30" quilt. Remember, I am working with fat quarters, but I can do wonders with those cuts and you will love to see my creation. Yes, I still have several of the other prints l

Michael Miller Mondays and a Sneak Peek

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I have been sewing since I was about 12 - decades! Garments. Home dec. Kids' clothes. Even altered my husband's clothes (ie, suits - yikes!) And, yes - I even sewed my wedding dress (but that's because I was living in Africa and that was about the only way I could wear a traditional dress!) But, I am a Minky virgin! Never sewed with it other than putting two pieces together and stitching them up into a doll quilt. First Minky adventure I'm nervous but ready to take on my next sewing adventure. Michael Miller invited me to play with their latest Minky fabrics and this is making me sweat some bullets! This stuff is so - FLUFFY! Beary Soft Minky fabrics from Michael Miller And stretchy and thick, but OH SO SOFT! Yes, I sewed a lot of polyester in the 60s and 70s. That was just about all we had. This is 100% polyester, so I have to put a different hat on and approach it from a very different angle than the 100% cottons I've been sewing and quilting with for the past 35

Windham Wednesdays with Solstice, Part 2

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Solstice by Sally Kelly for Windham Fabrics has so many possibilities. I've made some blocks with circles: 6" Circle Blocks A CD-ROM was my template! And Square in Square blocks, also 6" (finished). Paper is still on the back of these (since removed). Yes, I paper pieced them! 6" Square in a Square blocks Then I saw these fabrics on another Facebook page. They reminded me that I hadn't done anything yet with the blocks above (though I DO have a plan). And the member said that she was going to use these gorgeous fabrics for English Paper Piecing. Here are just a few of the 28 fabrics. Some of the 28 fabrics from Solstice I keep coming back to one of my favorite EPP blocks. It's a Pentagon Wreath using 2" papers. Do you remember this from the Foxwood Collection (also Windham)? Foxwood Friends  pattern on Etsy Here is my first block (not stitched down yet). It still has the papers on the back. Pentagon Wreath And what do those papers look like? Notice that

Two More Star Spangled Banner Quilts

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Sometimes I discover a fabric collection that wants me to sew until I have NOTHING left. That's the way it was with the Storybook Americana collection (early 2017). This next quilt uses my Steps to the White House pattern (from my Block a Day Calendar ). While it's not technically a Memorial Day quilt, the colors are the same. Steps to the White House : 22" x 22" center square You've got to see these fabrics up close (I've shared them before). Can you see that image of George Washington chopping down that cherry tree?!! And who's scolding him? Gotta love this, right? Storybook Americana fabrics (some) Here's my Hey, Hey USA banner made with - you guessed it - more Windham Fabrics. It's their Pride and Honor collection. FREE PATTERN Hey, Hey USA made with Pride and Honor These are blocks from my Quilter's Block a Day Calendar and I have my 3 block banner hanging in my kitchen. These are 18" blocks! Hey, Hey USA Banner You only need to sig

More Star Spangled Banner Quilts

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I keep these quilts in a section of my hall closet that has other holiday quilts (Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day - you get the picture!) and I pulled them out yesterday so I could hang them throughout the house.  This single LeMoyne Star appeared in my second book: Supersize 'Em Quilts. The block is 19" x 19" and is all rotary cut with NO y-seams. Single LeMoyne Star: 31" x 31" I also made this 9 block star quilt with the same collection. Notice that there are 3 different renditions of a LeMoyne Star! Yes, these are also 19" square. Windham Fabrics owns this quilt. Farmhouse West Stars: 92" x 92" And one more that I made using one of the Storybook Collections from Windham. Here it is with my neighbor's Barbie dressed in her Air Force uniform (my neighbor served with the Air Force). This just came out of that closet - she's SO happy and is celebrating in my living room! Storybook Americana Lone Star : 31&qu

Star Spangled Banner Quilts and FREE Patterns

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I have made a LOT of quilts with the red, white and blue theme. Here is an oldie, but the pattern is still available at the Windham Fabrics web site (yes, I make a LOT of quilts with their fabrics). This is from about 2007, but still a fantastic beauty! FREE PATTERN! American Beauty Quilt  by Leslie Sonkin and Debby Kratovil Here is a VERY old one I made even before I came into the professional quilting world. I even hand quilted this. I'm pulling it out to hang this weekend. Stitched and hand quilted about 25 years ago And one more: this was given to the family who lost their dear son in Afghanistan. It is hanging over his bed in his bedroom. His mom considers it a precious reminder of his beautiful - and short - life. This is also a FREE PATTERN. Americana Quilt with Hearts If you are with me in this crazy email subscription transition, I think I've found a way to make it easy. Remember, the end of June Blogger will retire the email feed. If you wish to continue getting these

New Format for Following This Blog

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Blogger (who hosts my DebbyKratovilQuilts blog here) is no longer offering the option of getting an email notification whenever I post something new. After June, this service disappears - poof! into cyberspace. Maybe that's ok with you. But, if not, then I have set up another service which will take up where Blogger leaves off. And I will still offer FREE patterns (see them below!) This is what you look for at TOP LEFT of this page You can find the above image/link at the top left of my home page . It's hard to see on a laptop and almost impossible on an iPad or iPhone. This new service is NOT going to harass you with annoying ads. It's just a way for you to transition over from Blogger (which turns off their email notification on June 30). If you can't see it or just want me to do this for you, send me an email: kratovil@his.com. Then, I will enter your email and hit "Subscribe." Then YOU will get an email (not me) that asks you to confirm. Now, let's see