February 25, 2018

Clementine QA - Month 2

Guys, this is month 2 of the Clementine Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop! Last month's Watermelon Wheel Block was such a hit! 

I am loving the fabrics from Mama’s Cottage by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics - if you like them too, get the quilt kit and the matching backing set also as I did.

Here are my two blocks for this month which are called Broken Berries (available for download today - February 25th). The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I really liked the way we made the flying geese and plan on using those steps the next time I need to make them. 

This is the 12" block...

... and its identical twin in a 20" version. You can make the whole quilt or purchase the patterns for the blocks you like as they are released. Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics are benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with this year’s quilt along. They are asking for a small donation in exchange for downloading each month’s pattern, and Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match up to $20,000 of our donation. Join us!

You can find the full fabric requirements and all the patterns and videos posted so far on Fat Quarter Shop's blog Clementine Quilt Along page.

Toby can't sew with me but he is here while I am writing this post. I purchased this trash can so he would not reach the trash, but this smarty pants learned how to reach inside to get the papers he wants to shred. Ai ai ai...


Oh, don't forget: Craftsy is having a great sale this weekend. Check it out!

Have a wonderful day!

February 23, 2018

Spools Quilt

Yeah! I put together the quilt top for my Spools quilt! I have yet to quilt it but I wanted to show you how cool the blocks look stitched together. The quilt measures 38-3/4" x 42-1/4" and the blocks finish at 5" x 9".

I followed the spool instructions from Peta Peace's book A Piece of Cake - Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares published by Martingale. All the fabrics are by Riley Blake Designs - the fabric line is called Apple Farm by Penny Rose Fabrics. I am glad I chose these fabrics!

The sewing notions I machine applique' on some of the blocks was a cool addition to this project. The iron, seam ripper, rotary cutter, scissors, and button jar were taken from the book Needle and Notions book also published by Martingale.

I can't wait to quilt it. I have the perfect fabric by Riley Blake also for the backing. However, on this snowy day, I am writing patterns so the quilting will have to wait. My husband has his winter jacket and hat on because it is cold and the fluffy stuff is still coming down.

Guess who is enjoying this photo shoot the most! Toby's paws are buried in the snow but he does not care - he is running around happy.

And this is my finish for today. I am linking to Crazy Mom Quilts so head over to check out other Friday finishes.


But, before you go, I heard that Craftsy has 50% off all quilt, knit, crochet kits and supplies until February 25th. For cake decorating supplies, the sale is 40% off. Wow! Pattern-writing plus online shopping - this is turning out to be a fun Friday!

Enjoy yours,

February 20, 2018

VIdeo with tips

So, crazy me did a Facebook Live video this morning with quilting tips: my favorite methods to make half-square triangles, my current favorite Quilt Book, tips on fabric and project storage, etc. Phew! Sort of nerve-wracking but had to be done because I will go live again next week on someone else's site.

I uploaded the video to YouTube. The camera and sound quality will improve on the next one - newbies have technical problems regardless of how much they research. One more learning item about to be checked off my list.

My quilting activities lately are restricted to pattern writing. Lots of patterns for clients so I have been making test blocks as opposed to whole quilts. Next week I will embark on a major sewing marathon to make about 6 quilts before April 1st. I think I should place an ad in the local newspaper looking for sewing elves!

Speaking of patterns, I found this one on Annie's Catalog:

This gorgeous quilt pattern is called Simply Cool Quilt Pattern. A perfect name. I think it is ideal for showcasing favorite fabrics. I love the border - isn't it cool? You can download it if you want to start on it right away. It would also look great in a scrappy version.

By the way, this is post number 700! Yeah!

Have a fantastic day!

February 15, 2018

Woven Together quilt

"Woven Together" is my quilt pattern using the Timeless Treasures newest batik line called Tonga United. I really love how it came out... When I designed it I was looking for a way to express the brightness of our country and the fact that we are all linked together by values, friendship, and a sense of belonging wherever we live. The quilt measures 65" x 85" and the blocks finish at 10". It is perfect for a graduating senior, a family member who is in the military, or for anyone who enjoys these colors.

No doubt the beautiful batiks from the Tonga United collection provided amazing inspiration for this design:

Look at those textures! I used more fabrics but these should give you a good idea. This is a downloadable pattern so you can get the fabrics and start sewing right away. I am also selling it wholesale so if you want your favorite quilt store to carry it, just ask them to contact me.

Woven Together has a very special meaning to me, and I am sure I do not need to say more in view of all that is going on around us lately...

Be sure to send me a photo of your project when you make it so I can share it here.

Have a fantastic day!

February 8, 2018

Colors of Spring quilt

Have you seen Hoffman Fabrics' All Purpose Flowers collection? It is sooooo beautiful! I designed "Colors of Spring" for this fabric line and the pattern is available as a free download. This one-block pattern is enhanced by the amazing colors, textures, and floral prints of this digitally printed line.

Here are some of the fabrics I used in the design:

Dang! I can already smell Spring just by looking at these images. These are happy colors any time of the year for me. Oh, and while I was at Quilt Market in Houston last October, I had a chance to take a picture of the quilt hanging in the Hoffman's booth:

I did not make this quilt but I wish I had because I would be staring at it right now! It measures 77.5" x 91" and the blocks finish at 12". Easy peasy!

I "know" it is time for you to go shopping and add these fabrics to your stash ( ! ). So, head over to Hoffman Fabrics' site, download the free pattern, get your shopping shoes on (or fingers ready to type) and get ready to sew.

Enjoy your Thursday!

February 6, 2018

Black and Gold quilt

Photo by American Quilter. Used with permission.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I can finally show you my pattern Timeless Elegance which has just been published in the March issue of the American Quilter magazine. This quilt measures 77" square with 12" blocks.

 I chose amazing fabrics from the Zephyr collection designed by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures:

These aren't all the fabrics I used but they give you an idea of why I called the pattern Timeless Elegance as the prints convey just that: a sophistication and elegance which stand the test of time. Yes, the fabrics inspired my quilt design.

Three different blocks set on point formed this beautiful design and Melissa's choice of quilting motif contrasted with the sharp points softening the quilt's look. I love it!

You may consider joining AQS to get this issue digitally as soon as you join, plus 6 more issues (full year) in print. With digital access, you can get to ALL of the magazines for the last several years - awesome perk!

I am so blessed to be able to work with the colors and textures of fabrics... How they soothe my soul, inspire me, and allow me to participate in this great chain of creativity which begins with the fabric designer, the fabric maker, is aided by the distributors, and finally land on our cutting tables for us to work our magic.

Here is hoping I am inspiring you, too!

February 5, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along

Photo by Fat Quarter Shop. Used with permission.

I am so glad to be joining the Clementine Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop! This is month one and we are making the Watermelon Wheel Block. I chose to make my quilt with the same fabrics as the ones shown above: Mama’s Cottage by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics so I received the quilt kit and the matching backing set also. I am stoked as the fabrics are gorgeous!

Here is another reason why I am so excited to be participating: Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics are benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with this year’s quilt along. They are asking for a small donation in exchange for downloading each month’s pattern, and Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match up to $20,000 of our donation. What a wonderful opportunity to help!

For this month's block, we are working with these fat quarters plus the white background fabric.

Although the block is formed by many pieces, I was able to chain piece every step of it. Oh, yeah.

I am in love with this yellow fabric. This is one-fourth of the large block. Note: I pin at every step of a block's construction. However, I did not pin anything until it was time to join the top and the bottom parts of the block above. Seriously. The diagonal flying geese seams just fit at the right spot next to the squares.

This is the multi-color block all put together.

This is the smaller one.

And here are mother and son together!

If you would like to join us, you can find the full fabric requirements and all the patterns and videos posted so far on Fat Quarter Shop's Clementine Quilt Along page.

Before you go, check out the new patterns I uploaded here and to Quilterly, my Etsy store. I will write this week with more details about them.

Have a wonderful Monday!


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