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Bridal Roses Quilt

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Bridal Roses Quilt -  2013 Block a Day Calendar Believe it or not, I am currently finishing up the 2015 Block a Day Calendar files and my brain is so empty. We work two years in advance of when the calendar is published and I tend to forget to stop and smell the roses - or even pay attention to the projects I created for TODAY's reveal. I actually checked my 2013 calendar and this Bridal Roses project appeared this week. I especially like the block for today, Topeka Rose, which is a 12" applique block. Topeka Rose 12" Topeka Rose Applique Block for June 29, 2013 I don't even have the copies of my 2014 calendar yet, but they should be here REAL soon. When they come, I promise - I will have one as a giveaway! Coming soon, my 2014 Block and Quilt a Day Calendar Hope you have a fabulous weekend. I spent yesterday straightening my very messy fabric shelves. Found things I forgot about. Come back on Monday for my Stamp on It Blog Post!

The Beauty of Black, Red & White

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The Tanglewood Collection by Blank Quilting A few months ago I featured this collection of fabrics and gave an extensive tutorial on paper piecing. I gave away a fat quarter bundle of these to a lucky winner  I used the Shimmering Waterwheels pattern from my new book ( Paper Piecing Perfect Points ) and went from greens to red and black. A very classic look, I must say. If you missed the post, you can see everything here: Paper Piecing Monday . I put 4 of the units together with sashing, but didn't like it. I don't know why, but something wasn't right. What do you think? 4 Waterwheel units with sashing. Something's not right! So, what do you do when a quilting item isn't right? That's right - pull out the seam ripper and take it apart. It's always wise to listen to the voices in your head (my voices quilt!) I just finished putting together 16 of these units (that's all the fabric I had) and used NO SASHING, but instead put them block

Windham Wednesdays - The Birds are Back and a Giveaway

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The Collage Collection by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics  Collection is available August 1 These birds dance along the bottom of the dotted fabric in my birdhouse  Well, no birds yet because I cut up that fabric to make my project. This is such a delightful group of fabrics and it makes me smile just to look at the color drenched pieces. I wanted to feature both a bird (or birds) and a birdhouse, and so I did BOTH! Up-sized a paper pieced birdhouse, pulled out a 20 year old applique and re-purposed an alphabet Birdhouse: 11-1/2" x 18-1/2"; Panel: 23-1/2" x 28-1/2" Aren't these colors just awesome? See the dots around the birdhouse? They are part of a larger panel which has these sassy birds prancing about. I added them to the bottom of this quilt and I call it . . . Pecking Order - one of my happy quilts! Looks like the big bird on the birdhouse is top-dog! Needs to be quilted, but first have to applique the letters and ot

Pink Slip Quilts and Giveaway

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Blazing Autumn draft block and quilt Pink Slip? Doesn't that mean "reject" or discard? What do I mean by this title? Well, I want to show you that I have PLENTY of projects that have flowed from my fertile, creative mind that were rejected by more than one publisher or fabric company. I am not a total success story, by any means! When I worked for Quilt Magazine we had a lot of fabric companies asking us to work with their fabric collections, both for publication and for display at Quilt Market. Bali had asked me to make something with the above collection, something organic and out-doorsy. Hence, my Blazing Autumn quilt. They said, "Nice. But not this time." I liked it and to tell you the truth, I can't find it anymore. It disappeared in one of my recent moves. Yikes! But I think I stayed with their theme, right? Moda Kansas Troubles Jelly Roll quilt  Can you believe it? I made the above quilt using ONLY 2-1/2" strips. I mean every single t

Awesome: 52 Quilting Tutorials!

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Yes, it's true! 52 quilting tutorials from Martingale First, the disclaimer: Martingale is my publisher (books, calendar). But, with that said, I have to share some awesome information about a resource they have posted at their blog. (No one is twisting my arm or paying me to pass this along, btw). I follow their blog, which is updated every day by Jenny Wilding Cardon, and this one caught my eye like none other. Jenny took 52 of their best posts and captured them for a phenomenal resource in one place. Jenny does an awesome job of featuring new books and author interviews. There are a LOT of pictures there and they have giveaways and contests and free patterns (did someone say FREE?) And this week they have a LOT of books at 40% off ! So, what do they have? Quite a few categories - and here are a few of them: How to choose fabrics How to machine applique . Also links to hand applique. How to sew not only flying geese, but other piecing techniques. Quilt

New Fabrics, Fun Patterns - a Mini Blog Hop and Giveaway

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The new Lola Collection by Blank Quilting We have a winner, Therese from Georgia. Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments! Today I am joined AGAIN by two blog buddies. We've never met but I discovered their blogs this past year and I follow them because of their obvious joy in playing with lovely fabric and making happy projects. This is our THIRD challenge, aided by fabrics from Blank Quilting .  For this Lola Collection we each got 1/4 to 1/3 yard of each print. Sometimes "small" works wonders. Who are my partners in this challenge? Linda of Buzzing and Bumbling Amy of A Quilting Sheep   I invite you to visit their blog sites today, see what they have come up with, and then go to Blank's Facebook page and see what new things they may have. Come back and tell me you've been to Blank's site and I will enter your name in a giveaway of fabrics. None of us have enough to offer these exact fabrics, so I've pulled together so

A Recap of May Blog Posts

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Listed on right side bar; click image to get to pdf  Read about these and more, with links, in my May Newsletter. You can download the single page pdf here: June Newsletter (which has May news, but is called June - go figure) Added last block to FREE Welcome Home quilt You are free to send this to your friends and guild members. Maybe they'd like a free pattern or two! Free pattern for everything, see image on right sidebar Who can resist a Pickledish pattern? - Fabrics by Windham Free pattern for this Fractured Jewels quilt, created for Windham Fabrics I'm on the road traveling for a few days. I finished a new Birdhouse pattern (paper pieced) and hope to upload it before the weekend. And then Monday I have another mini blog hop. Please check back often or SIGN UP as a follower or by email. Then you won't miss a thing!