Showing posts from December, 2013

Classes in the New Year, Part 1

Upcoming Class . . . Circles of Geese My Geese Have the Blues I began making circles of Flying Geese several years ago using my own paper pieced patterns. And then made them into quilts which also became options for my book "Paper Piecing Perfect Points." My publisher only chose one, the above quilt not on that list. But I love this quilt because of the various fabric textures (especially the wild circles/bullseye fabrics in the center). Zoo Animals with Geese Ring (just a quilt top center) The publisher didn't want this one, either. Sigh. But here is the one they chose for the book. I made this several years ago and fussy cut a lovely toile for the center and then again for the four corners in the border. Toile Garden Medallion Ooops! One more with a full circle in the center: Yakkity Yak Dinosaurs And here is a variation of this ring of geese which I made to add to a large Mariner's Compass. I upsized the whole thing and, yes: this

Tessellating Leaves - Free Pattern

One more Christmas quilt from long ago I found this picture from about 10 years ago. I gifted it to someone and I sure hope they are enjoying it for the holidays (can't remember who I gave it to). I realized that I have the pattern in pdf format and you can piece the 4" blocks either in the traditional way by rotary cutting patches or try your hand at paper piecing. The pattern is written for using fat quarters. Don't you just love the way the shapes interlock. That's what "tessellating" means. Enjoy! Free Tessellating Leaves pattern

Merry Christmas Quilts

Diadem Quilt from my Supersize 'Em Quilts book As I was looking at the quilts on my wall this morning, in the quiet of the early hours, I realized that I was gazing at a few of my Christmas quilts. The one pictured above is called Diadem because, well, that's the name of the traditional block! The center fabric is a large 10" finished patch so you can feature a beautiful large scale print. And the corners are paper pieced for a 14" finished block. One Day Lone Star (a workshop I teach) All rotary cut patches. This was sewn in the hopes of having it "picked up" by a magazine a few years back. No one picked it up, so I took it on the road. I love teaching this class because many students actually can finish most of the center star in a day. Don't you just love that awesome floral print I used for the background? This was a collection from Blank Quilting called Holiday Splendor. I had some leftover fabrics and used them to create my Magic Triang

Baltimore Album . . . My Way

Classic red and cream basket of blooms Anyone who knows me knows that I do NOT hand applique, so when I found a pile of Baltimore Album blocks for sale I immediately grabbed them. Did I say they were NOT hand appliqued? Oh, sorry about that. These are printed panels that only replicate beautiful, traditional blocks and boy did I have fun with them! Beautiful blue urn with a classic pineapple and pomegranates I pulled colors from the panels: green, blue, mustard, deep crimson and cream. I searched my stash and found perfect fabrics to make Dogtooth triangles. These were tricky as the panel size could not be divided evenly into thirds. I fudged it - so don't look closely at the triangle points as they touch the panel - I lopped off points. But hey - I'm not into perfect, are you? A lovely wreath, book and bird. Have you ever seen a bird with a book in real life? Stop looking at the lopped off points! Look at the beautiful urn of flowers! And how will they look

Quilt Calendars - The Perfect Holiday Gift!

Block a Day Calendar Martingale is my book and calendar publisher and they feature 5 wonderful quilting calendars that will be sure to please any discriminating quilter. One of them is my own perpetual Quilter's Block a Day Calendar (both desktop and on CD). You can see all five calendars here: Stitch This! Blog by Martingale There are 3 wall calendars of quilts and two desktop calendars of blocks (mine and Judy Hopkins). You can see mine here. You can also see ALL THE BLOCKS as contained in the calendar by visiting my web site. Yes, you can see all 366 of the blocks and their size (you just don't have access to the cutting instructions). This way you can decide for yourself if it's a value (which I think it is, btw).       Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar by Debby Kratovil Well-known author Debby Kratovil has been an avid block-pattern designer and collector for many years. Her perpetual calendar includes 366 pieced and appliquéd block patterns that spotli

She Came; She Sewed . . .

Timber & Leaf Collection by Sarah Watts (Blend Fabrics, 2012) My oldest daughter Audrey enjoys sewing with me. (Never quilts, btw. One can only hope.) She comes over from time to time with an idea and digs through my stash and we work out the details using my 40+ years of sewing experience. You may remember this time last year when I created a few things from this awesome fabric collection: An apron for Audrey from the fox fabric, which she loves! More fox fabric with the tree rings print My "go to" pattern for a flanged pillow. Added a simple bow. Simple tote, pattern from my favorite magazine Stitch Audrey wanted to make a flanged pillow for the nursery for our upcoming 3rd grandchild (her first baby, a girl). She pulled out the Timber and Leaf Collection and here is what we came up with: We chose a soft gold for the flange so the bears would pop! We made two of these pillowcases for her own bed and squeezed out the last of this gray print