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The Christmas Vault - Day 1

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Some of my mini quilts which I bring out each Christmas Email followers click here to see blog post online: Debby Kratovil Quilts Today is the first day of the Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop . I wanted to make sure that my followers got to see all of the fabulous creations made by today's Hop bloggers. I will be posting a quilt or two from my own Christmas vault each day. July 31 Just Let Me Quilt Grandmama’s Stories Thimblemouse & Spouse Pumpkin Patch Quilter Bumbleberry Stitches Baas Amazing Adventures The House on the Side of the Hill Geta’s Quilting Studio Felt Free Pa Asly CLF by Nailaa How Art You? Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes. I hope you take a few minutes to visit these folks. Enjoy the ride. Come back tomorrow to see a new list - and a new quilt from my Christmas vault! And be sure to see what I will have on Tuesday, August 6 .

Please Don't Pick on My Strawberries!

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Did he really have to count them? Imagine my horror after dinner the other night as I watched my dear husband Phil walk into the hallway, stop in front of this mini quilt and begin counting the strawberries by POKING EACH ONE WITH HIS FINGER! Poke - one; poke - two, up to 8 plump strawberries. I gasped: "What are you doing? You're not supposed to TOUCH quilts. You KNOW that, right?" He looked chagrined - and grinned like a Cheshire cat (or like a junior high boy caught in the act). He IS a keeper and like I always say: I'm still married to my first husband after 36+ years. Never found anyone better. But where did I go wrong about teaching him how to treat quilts? It was the lure, I guess, of those plump strawberries. His own strawberry garden didn't yield any this first year, so maybe he was just getting out his frustrations. I found my pattern for this quilt which appeared in Applique Quilts in 2004. I didn't make the center block (it was an orphan I

Christmas in July Sneak Peek & Giveaway

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Christmas Spectacular Collection by Kitty Yoshida for Benartex Fabrics Direct link: Christmas in July, quilt and tutorial! Today I am featured on the Benartex blog - Sew in Love with Fabric - and I share a tutorial for making that awesome Twisted Hexagon block using this holiday collection. As you can see in the picture above, I am fussy cutting hexagons using freezer paper to isolate the motif I want. You can see how I make that Twisted Hexagon block using these hexagons and also half-hexagons. I square up the hexagons (well, not actually squares, more like rectangles) and then combine them to make a beautiful table runner. I talk about where I get my ideas, whether I make "mistakes" (yes, of course I do!) and my process for sewing. Take a visit because there are prizes EVERY DAY! I am one of five designers who are featured and so you have several chances to win. I've also been asked to share a favorite cookie recipe. My 3 daughters are grown, but they stil

The Lion Sleeps Tonight - But What About the Elephant?

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No, those are not wrinkles in the fabric - just the elephant hide! The Lion Sleeps Tonight - But What About the Elephant? I lived in Africa for 3 years and I have wonderful memories. I met and married my Texan husband there and we visited a few game parks where we saw elephants, lions, cheetah, zebras, and many other dangerous animals. I designed this elephant appliqué several years ago for a Windham fabric collection and still had the freezer paper template. I dug it out, asked for a small piece of the elephant hide fabric and stitched this yesterday. (You can have this applique; more later).  Can you believe all these wild animals? The colors are so vivid in this fabric! I plan on making an elephant pillow or small quilt with other animal motifs for my grandsons. But I wanted to do that one applique. I have to say that my memory of this elephant (and the monkey and giraffe) was triggered by the current issue of Stitch magazine (one of my absolute favorites!). There is

More Joys of Hex

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Hexagon Bullseye Quilt Yes, those are 3 different sizes of hexagons using a raw edge applique technique. This quilt is OLD and has since gone to live in someone else's home. Remember when raw edge applique was so IN? This was simple to make: Stack 3 different sizes of hexagons, one at a time, stitching them onto a large background square. Make several. Cut into fourths and then swap the units: Now for some 60 degree triangles. This is another OLD quilt that has gone on to stay with some young child. I have made this pattern many times using a 60 degree triangle template. Simple rows of 60 degree triangles with a dragonfly novelty print border Now back to those hexagons (which, btw, are made of 6 equal sized triangles, if you want to know): OK. Stop looking at the cute bunny! Can you see all those hexagons? I was given some leftover Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks and I made a few placemats with them. Just appliqued them to a background and added some simp

Sometimes I Sew Things That Are Not Quilts

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It's true. I didn't say it was easy, but when your oldest favorite daughter falls in love with a new fabric collection you have, insists that you buy another 3 yards and then buys a $17 dress pattern, you're in! Audrey with dress she and I sewed with the Timber and Leaf Collection Timber and Leaf Fabrics  The gift bag I made Audrey for Christmas - from Stitch Magazine Market bag with my own curved border and added binding on edges  Pillow with flange and bow - my own go-to pattern She was apoplectic about this fox face fabric. So began her quest for a dress pattern  Yes, hexagons. Who can resist? Quick hexagon spiderweb placemats  You can have this apron pattern - see right side bar (blue ensemble) My own apron pattern with that curved borer and another fox fabric I hadn't made a dress in probably 20 years. We even put in a 20" zipper and faced the neckline. I still can't get over that $17 pattern price. When I began sewing, pa

The Joys of Hex - Windham Wednesdays

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Hexie Hop is now CLOSED (as of Thursday morning) - we are FULL, FULL, FULL   Turning 60 and the Joys of Hex My renewed interest in Grandmother's Flower Garden (GFG) blocks The new "Let It Snow" collection by Windham Fabrics combined with a renewed interest in GFG blocks: English Paper Piecing with sturdy (card stock) papers wrapped with fabric. Makes for sharp points and uniform sizes of hexagons. Did I say hexagons? Isn't there  Hexie Queen Blog Hop coming up? ARE YOU INTERESTED? SIGN UP NOW ! Different center motif; 6 identical cardinals fussy-cut to ring around those snowmen And that brings me to a photo of the collection: Let it Snow by Windham Fabrics Where I live it's hot, swampy and hot (did I already say "hot"?). But there's always room for the holidays and visions of snow. Windham has a whimsical collection called "Let it Snow" and I am making several blocks using the EPP method. You can see the centers of 4

The Hexies Are Coming! The Hexies Are Coming!

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Be a Hexie Queen in the Hexie Blog Hop You will begin at the Sew We Quilt web site, where all great blog hops start! Nothing to be worried about! Hexies are fun and can make your quilt life an awesome adventure. Stay tuned for a BIG announcement this week. I have some inside information that this is going to be a very creative HOP. I have been very busy rummaging through my closets and computer files for 20 years worth of 60 degree creations and boy! do I have a LOT of quilts. Maybe that's due to my history of being a math teacher in a former life. Just some placeholders from previous posts from the past year (with links so you can see how easy hexies are:  A two year old wearing his mom's goggles and swim cap! (He's NOT a hexie, btw) What to give my favorite oldest grandson? Place mats!  No binding, quick to make, finished with pinked edges Twisted Hexagon Placemats Click these two links to see how easy these are (no set in seams) These have bi