Thursday, January 19, 2017

A New Little Gem


I thought I'd send this photo from Brenda of a quilt she made from my book Little Gems.  This is
the pattern called Forest Fire and her use of the reproduction prints gives it a totally new look.  I love her buttons and the addition of the machine fancy stitching.

And here's another Little Gem from Elaine W. This is the pattern Spinner, done if fall colors.  Isn't it cute!


Thanks for the photos - I love to see what people are making.

*the new winner of The Big Book of Table Toppers is GranChris.  Her ebook is on the way.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book winner

The winner of the ebook The Big Book of Table Toppers was chosen by Random.org.  The winner is Anna Hutchins.  Please contact me with your email so the book can be sent to you.  If I don't receive your email by Sunday another winner will be chosen.

If you weren't a winner- check out the book at your local quilt shop.

Monday, January 9, 2017

January Blog Hop with Island Batik




Today starts a brand new Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  Highlights are the use of the new Island Batik fabrics that were released at Fall Quilt Market.  Join us each day as a new fabric line is presented along with many special surprises!  Island Batik is having a giveaway for two beautiful fabric bundles from the Rafflecopter entries at the end of the hop, so don't miss anything!

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
Linda Pearl
Beaquilter
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner


Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year, New Book, New Drawing

photos courtesy of Martingale
Here's a brand new book hot off the press:  The Big Book of Table Toppers by Martingale.  This is truly a BIG book!  It has 56 patterns in it. That's a lot of patterns! I'd say the patterns are some of the best of the best.  I think many if not all the patterns come from different Martingale designer's books. I'm happy to say that I have a small table topper included in the book that came from my book Little Gems.  

Here is my little table topper called Basket Weave.  It is made using paper piecing.

This cute runner by Tammy Johnson is called Grandma's Sewing Basket.  I like how the ric rac flows thru the runner and forms the basket handles!


This quilt by Cindy Lammon is called Simply Simple.  It IS very simple, but I love how she used the large print in the center.  The colors are wonderful.  It's a great way to use one of those beautiful prints that you just can't bear to cut up!


One last sneak peak- this quilt is called A Pack of Posies is by Vicki Bellino.  It has a touch of applique and could also be a good project to use lots of scraps.


As you can just begin to see from these four runners, the projects in this book have a nice range in techniques.  The colors and patterns are really inspiring.  This book has it all.  I'm sure everyone could find many projects that they'd like to make!

Check it out at your local quilt shop or ShopMartingale.com for a hard copy or ebook.

Martingale has graciously offered a free ebook of The Big Book of Table Toppers for a drawing from my blog.  Please leave a comment telling how many table runners you've made to be entered in the drawing.  Drawing will be held Jan 13.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A few favorite things

The past few weeks I've been working on several projects and using some "tools of the trade" that I especially love.  I thought I'd share these with you in case you need a last minute gift for yourself or a quilting friend.

1.   Triangulations 2.0 by Brenda Henning/Bear Paw Productions.  This is a CD Rom that prints out Half Square and Quarter Square paper piecing patterns in 1/8" increment sizes.  Believe me- this makes any size you could possibly need.  I've used the half square patterns many times over the years, but just used the quarter square paper patterns for the first time and they are just as wonderful.
You can't beat them for speed and accuracy.
I love many other paper patterns like Thangles, but this CD is so handy to have on hand.  During the cold, stormy weather the past couple weeks when I really needed the patterns, all I had to do was pull out the CD and select the size quarter square triangles I needed and I could print exactly what I needed!

I've had this CD for many years and just found that they now have a new CD called  Triangulations 4.0 that looks really great too.

2.  Free Motion 1/2"  Quilting Ruler Foot for domestic machine sewing by Westalee.
This ruler foot is just fantastic.  I can't say enough about it.  I've wanted a foot like this for years and am loving all that it allows me to do with my domestic machine.  The foot and many quilting templates are sold in the US thru www.sewsteady.com. 

I find that I switch from my 1/4" foot, walking foot and 1/2" ruler foot continually.  They are my most used feet for my domestic machine.  There are also many You Tube tutorials to get you started, and be sure and check out all their quilting templates.

3.  80 wt Aurifil Thread.  I was fortunate to try out the new 80 wt. Aurifil Thread on a project that will be published in a book with Annie's next year.  I love 50-60 wt threads and this 80 wt is also wonderful.  The quilting was smooth and the thread seems to sink into the fabric.  Lovely!

These are three of my favorite things - check them out!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Quilting for Charity


December is a wonderful time to think of doing some quilting for charity.  The challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors this month was to choose a charity of our choice and make something for them.  I chose David's Run for Autism.  A friend of mine has two teenage sons.  The younger of the two boys - David, has Autism.  Two years ago David's brother Noah began a run in honor of his brother and to benefit the group Autism Speaks.  Autism Speaks  provides many services for those with Autism.

I made a table runner for the Silent Auction for next years run from a small bundle of strips from Island Batik.  I seldom remember to take photos of my quilts in process- but here are a couple:


I started with a small bundle of strips and thought it would be fun to see how large a project I could make with them.  I wanted to make a puzzle block design as that is the symbol they use for Autism Speaks and David's Run for Autism.  I had fun at a guild retreat getting the whole top put together in a couple days.  The leftover pieces I used in the binding.  For once I hardly had any scraps left!

Here is the finished Table Runner.


The run this year will be May 6, 2017 in Nappanee Indiana.  You can find more information by going to Facebook at David's Run for Autism.  The run is fun and there are informational booths, some games for the kids and a great silent auction. It is a fun day for the family and the proceeds go to a great cause.  If you are in the area in May- come for a run and join the fun.  Also be sure and check out the silent auction and bid on the table runner and other great items!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Crossing Lines Table Runner

There is a new book out that is about working with charm squares.  It is called Just Charm Quilts by Annie's Quilting.


My project in the book is called Crossing Lines,  It is a table runner 37 1/2" x 15" that uses a charm pack from Island Batik called Drizzle.  The 5" x 5" fabric packs from Island Batik are called Stamps. The background fabric is also from the Drizzle collection. These are lovely fabrics and the squares are fun to work with.  You might want to pick up some to work with!

Crossing Lines by Connie Kauffman   Published in Just Charm Quilts by Annie's Publishing, Berne IN.  Annie'sCraftStore.com