December 11, 2017

Modern Spools Sew Along - Blocks 11 and 12

Welcome back to the Modern Spools Sew Along! I love the prints on these blocks... The fabric line is called Apple Farm by Penny Rose Fabrics. The funny thing is when I began quilting eons ago I did not like 1930s fabrics at all. Over ten years went by before I even owned a fat quarter that even resembled them. Now I am totally in love.

In fact, my taste for fabrics has not changed but has improved dramatically to include all sorts of themes, traditional or modern, light or dark, you name it. You can say I am totally addicted to every type of fabric. Ai ai ai... no cure in sight.

How are your blocks coming along? Stay tuned for my next applique' one!

Before you go:

Today and tomorrow, Craftsy Twelve Days of Craftsy has two big site events - all at once: Top 200 classes under $20, plus up to 50% off supplies. Wow! I am heading over there right now...

Enjoy your day,

December 8, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange winner

Happy Friday, everyone! Thank you for joining us in the 2017 Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. There were so many delicious cookie recipes, and great giveaways, too. Here is the winner of the book Easy Layer-Cake Quilts by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson:

Congratulations, Nancy! I will email you shortly.

This has been a fun week: lots of cookie recipes and two free quilt patterns on this blog (click on the names above). But, the fun has just begun! You have a chance to score great gifts for yourself or a quilting friend:

Craftsy has major sales going on. Their Twelve Days of Craftsy are back - now through December 12th! Until then, you will see a brand new deal on Craftsy each day, on classes and supplies. Check it out!

Fat Quarter Shop is running great sales, too, so you need to stop by their site and see if you can get any items on your wish list for a great price.

(I am part of Craftsy's and Fat Quarter Shop's affiliate program. You do not pay extra for this, but I do receive a small commission from your purchase. I appreciate it!)

Phew! This is it for this week. Have a restful weekend,

December 7, 2017

Greenhouse Quilt

I did say this week would be loaded with fun, right? Since this is the season of giving, how about another free pattern? This is "Greenhouse", my newest quilt pattern featuring the Island Breeze fabric collection designed by Chong-a Hwang for Timeless Treasures. My goal here is to help you dream of a trip to an island somewhere - is it working yet? :-)

Greenhouse measures 74" square (make it rectangular with another row) with 'window panes' allowing you to peek in the greenhouse and let your eyes feast on beautiful flowers. Here are some of the fabrics I used: 

Chong-a Hwang's designs are intricate, bursting with vibrant colors, and inspirational however you decide to use them. When I design pattern I either start with a fabric in mind, a theme, or a block. In this case, the fabrics just took over and the pattern came to life. I hope you like it.

Download Greenhouse from Timeless Treasures and begin your trip to the Islands soon!

Before you go on your trip, though, check out the sales at Connecting Threads as you will need more supplies upon your return!

See ya,

PS: There is still time to enter the 2017 Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop giveaway! 

December 5, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Giveaway

Hello, everyone! This year I am participating in the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop hosted by Just Let Me Quilt. It is all about sharing Christmas traditions, cookie recipes, and many giveaways - a perfect way to begin this December, don't you agree?

My best memories are from Christmases growing up in Brazil. Look at the fabric above by Dear Stella Designs - there is no snow where I was born in Brazil at Christmas but our Santa Claus might as well be wearing shorts like this one! There we decorate our trees with cotton to mimic snow, the ornaments are beautiful on the artificial trees, and the Spirit of Christmas permeates everything we do in December.

We exchange Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve after midnight and then eat a delicious meal together. On Christmas Day we gather at lunchtime, eat, play games, and stay together until evening falls. However, since I have been in the United States for 31 years I am totally into our traditions here. One of them has to do with the foods we eat at this time, especially cookies!

Above is my favorite recipe for Gingerbread Snaps which I make every year. They are easy, so soft, and everyone loves them. They are perfect as gifts for friends and neighbors when you put them inside cellophane sacks decorated with Christmas images. You should try them!

Here is another 'food' you may want to try: how would you like to win a copy of Easy Layer-Cake Quilts: Simple Quilts That Start With 10" Squares by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs? I love their fun patterns which use 10"-square precuts in such unexpected ways to create beautiful designs. Here are two of my favorites:

Photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.

The instructions are well written and straightforward, the diagrams are clear, and their designs make clever use of the layer-cakes. I love it and know you will love it, too.

For a chance to win it, just like Pieced Brain's Facebook page, and click on the option in the Rafflecopter box below. Leave me a comment telling me you did. This is open to international followers also, which will receive the eVersion copy. If you live in the US you will receive a hardcopy of the book.

[Giveaway not over! Trying to fix Rafflecopter gadget. Ai ai ai... Do leave me a comment and I will manually enter you in the giveaway.]

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be announced on December 8 on this blog. Be sure to leave your email address (use this format so you don't get spammed: "soandso at gmail dot com") so I have a way to contact you.

Below is the schedule for the Blog Hop. Let's visit their blogs to learn about their traditions, gather delicious cookie recipes, and maybe win prizes:

I am so glad Carol from Just Let Me Quilt invited me to participate in the 2017 Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop, and am grateful to Martingale for the giveaway. I have this nagging feeling that the blog hop will not be good for my waistline, though! :-)

Enjoy your day,

December 4, 2017

Glass Beads Quilt

This week promises to be a fun one! Let's begin with another free pattern, shall we? This is Glass Beads, my pattern featuring Tonga Zing batiks by Timeless Treasures. It measures 66-1/2" x 76-1/2" with one block showcasing the gorgeous fabrics!

Glass Beads makes me happy every time I see it. When you look at it from afar the blocks look like flowers with vibrant-colored petals.

These are some of the fabrics I used. The entire line has bright colors and amazing textures so this pattern is perfect for showing them off. Wouldn't you want to have the entire bolt of each one? That is my wish for this Christmas because my fabric stash needs them, right?

You can download the Glass Beads quilt pattern from the Timeless Treasures site. I bet you are already thinking of the many possibilities for this it. Just be sure to let me see your quilts!

This is another pattern of mine where the Tonga Zing batiks would look great: Spring Fest. The colorful prints would give Spring Fest a totally different look! This pattern can be downloaded from Annie's Catalog, or you can request to have it printed and mailed to you.

Have a fantastic Monday,

December 1, 2017

Just Don't Crawl quilt

Are you ready for another free pattern? "Just Don't Crawl" is my newest pattern for Dear Stella Designs, featuring their fabric line Things That Go. It measures 54-1/2" x 63-1/2" and the PDF can be downloaded by clicking here.

I named it Just Don't Crawl because of all the transportation options featured on the prints, inviting you to move any way you fancy. My grandsons were also on my mind as I designed this quilt because they never stop.

Here are some of the fabrics I used:

My quilt design is simple to showcase all the prints while conveying movement with fabric placement and the introduction of the pinwheel blocks. I liked Things that Go so much that I designed another quilt with it:

"Morning Commute" measures 54" square (change it to a larger size by adding more rows). This pattern can be downloaded from my Etsy shop Quilterly.

And this is how I am wrapping up my week. Have a great weekend,

November 29, 2017

Patches of Blue

How do you like my Gingerbread Men? I decided to make it yesterday and did not get out of my sewing room until it was finished - I get in that mood sometimes!

I used scraps of navy blue fabric with different whites for the background. The shapes were fused in place and appliqued with my method of choice - machine stitched with blanket stitch and dark blue 40 wt thread. The quilting was done with Aurifil monofilament around the Gingerbread Men and on the ditch, then with 40 wt white all over.

That Santa Claus cracks me up every time I look at him! It is a piece of one of the fabrics from the North Pole After Dark fabric line by Dear Stella Designs. I only have scraps of it now, so the pattern really must deserve it...

I found the Gingerbread Men pattern in Edyta Sitar's latest book "Patches of Blue: 17 Quilt Patterns & a Gallery of Inspiring Antique Quilts", published by Martingale. The book opens with the antique white (beige) and blue quilts which no doubt inspired Edyta's patterns. This presentation order gave me the impression I was inside her brain connecting the dots between the old and what might be, bridging the generational gap and focusing on the colors, the blocks, the fabrics at her fingertips. Whatever her process, it resulted in 17 fantastic patterns.
All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.
Blue Bells above wins my prize as my favorite quilt in the book.The block repetition is so soothing to me: I still prefer a quilt to be a sampler of fabrics as opposed to a block sampler.

Unlike my wall hanging where the blues are bright, Edyta's blues are subtle making them a perfect accompaniment for the beiges she uses as background. The applique' branches on Shining Star above soften the sharp edges of the sawtooth star without stealing its spark.

I liked that "Patches of Blue" has smaller projects also. These table runners are beautiful and so fast to make, perhaps even faster than the project I chose. I did have my grandsons in mind when I chose it, though, especially since I used some fabrics from a quilt my son is using over his couch at his house. There, now you know my plan!

It had been a long time since I made a white and blue quilt as my brain and hands have been so occupied with fabrics of every other shade on the planet. Of course, any of the patterns in Edyta's book would look wonderful as scrap quilts or with red or your color of choice in place of the blues. However, "Patches of Blue" is a celebration of gorgeous blues so if you haven't made white/beige and blue quilts yet, this is the best place to start!

Did you notice the sky in my photograph? Wow. On that note, I sign off and go play with florals. Enjoy your day,


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