Showing posts from July, 2017

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 31 and FREE pattern

How about this? Week 31 already! Thanks for still staying with me as I share Patricia's blocks made using my block a day calendar.  Quilter's Block a Day Calendar Some of you are thinking I made these myself. Ha! It makes me feel tired to think I did all that sewing. (I think Patricia is still on vacation after completing these.) Remember her pile of blocks? All 366 blocks that Patricia Bryant made from my calendar Now for this week's show! July 30: Thrifty July 30: Thrifty, 6"  July 31: Town House July 31: Town House, 6"  August 1: Angel Fish August 1: Angel Fish, 6" Here's my free pattern this week. I made the Angel Fish in the 12" size (as found on my Calendar CD). I pulled out my Kaffe Fassett scraps and my own Arrowhead rulers (which are the same angle as the Tri-Recs rulers) and made this. The paper templates are included for both 6" x 12" sizes. 12" Angel Fish in mostly Kaffe Fasse

Christmas in July with Nordic Holiday and Fabric Giveaway

Amanda Murphy's  Nordic Holiday  fabrics (by Benartex Fabrics) is refreshing, modern and appeals to just about any quilter. Snowflakes, reindeer, bears and a non-traditional holiday color palette combine to inspire all sorts of patterns. Amanda included a lovely reindeer in her collection. Nordic Holiday reindeer I have a similar one I designed in 2004. Reindeer from my Merry Merry quilt I initially was going to bring out my Merry, Merry patterns from 2006. But then I thought "Lone Star." Here are the set of fabrics Benartex sent me. Nordic Holiday fabrics I call this easy because I took out all the y-seams traditionally associated with a Lone Star quilt . I selected two fabrics with good contrast for my star center. I cut two strips of each. Offset the red one as shown here and sewed with 1/4" seam, pressing toward the red print . Using the 45 degree line on my ruler, I lined it up with the seam as shown below. Slice off the side. (This

Book Panels Become Kids' Quilts

FIRST: Congratulations to Leslie W. of Alpharetta, GA who is the winner of the fat quarter bundle of Christmas fabrics from Windham! Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Like I always say: to a quilter, anything in fabric can become a quilt! My friend Jeannine Davies likes to make baby quilts for all sorts of relatives and friends' babies. She has found using book panels is a quick way to get that done. A little history here: about 3 years ago I came across a HUGE group of book panels for sale at my local quilt shop. When I say huge, I mean I had to buy about 15 at once (as they were bundled). But I think I only paid about $15 for the lot. And there were several other bundles there. I came home and called Jeannine and she went back the next day and bought some. We swapped a few and I have since given away many of those. But she and I kept a few and here are some of her most recent creations. We had about a dozen of the Funky Monkey panels. Easy to cut up, add sashing and ba

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 30

Seven more days. Seven more blocks. Patricia does not disappoint! July 23: Ribbons. (Oh, how I have fond memories of the ribbon counter at the fabric store when I was more craft minded than quilt minded!) July 23: Ribbons, 10"  July 24: Ribbon Weave July 24: Ribbon Weave July 25: Rolling Pinwheels July 25: Rolling Pinwheels, 12" July 26: Lattice Square July 26: Lattice Square, 12" July 27: Shooting Squares July 27: Shooting Squares, 6" July 28: SpooL and Bobbin (Can you just imagine having ALL those colors available in your sewing room?) July 28: Spool and Bobbin, 12" July 29: Stepping Stones July 29: Stepping Stones, 12" Patricia does not disappoint! I love seeing all these settings. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed seeing seven more of her blocks made from my calendar of block patterns.

Quilter's Block a Day Calendar: Week 29

Back again with seven more beautiful blocks by Patricia Bryant of Australia. She truly has done an amazing job with both the sewing and the styling! This week she shares with us some truly stunning displays. July 16: Godey Block. This is a very traditional, vintage pattern well over 100 years old. July 16: Godey Block, 12"  July 17: Heart Flower (one I designed, not based on any traditional block; just hearts) July 17: Heart Flower, 12"  July 18: Double Star July 18: Double Star, 10" July 19: Milky Way (yum, yum!) July 19: Milky Way, 8" July 20: Mill Wheel Variation July 20: Mill Wheel Variation, 12"  July 21: Nosegay July 21: Nosegay, 6"  July 22: Radiant Star (don't you just love that fountain behind the block?) July 22: Radiant Star, 18" Hope you enjoyed the show!

Garden Inspired Coloring Books

I am not an artist. I raised one and she can draw just about anything. Me? Squares, triangles and stick figures! On occasion I release some of my quilting designs as C oloring Pages  on Pinterest. Simple. Basic. Quilterly. Schiffer Books sent me two review copies of these beautiful coloring books by Kristy Rice . Then I got nervous because they were beyond my squares, triangles and stick figures. Here is the cover of the Spring collection, Spring Cutting Garden : Spring Cutting Garden by Kristy Rice A 60 page book with 25 watercolor pages for coloring. There are tips and hints on how to use both watercolors and colored pencils. Lots of color illustrations. Here is a bit of the book description online: The first in a series of seasonal watercoloring books based on artist Kristy’s Rice ’s cutting gardens, this book celebrates spring’s profuse blossoms such as peonies, magnolias, pansies, and Eastern blue star. Her easy-to-learn, joy-driven approach includes simple tutorials o