December 14, 2009
The winning number is 18 -- Cornfield Quilter. If you'll send me your mailing address, I'll get the book to you really soon!
And if anyone needs help with machine quilting . . .
. . . he's willing to work for just a little food and water.
December 10, 2009
Here is a picture of the full quilt from the cover. I wanted to show you the yo-yos along the edge. Aren't they fun?
November 29, 2009
And isn't the quilting beautiful?
November 21, 2009
One of my sweet friends, Mary (over at Quilt Hollow), recently sent me a little quilt that she knew I would enjoy. She told us about the quilt here, but I had no idea that she made the quilt for me. It was such a surprise to open the package and find this adorable little quilt with most perfect quilting! To give you an idea of how tiny the little blocks are, the entire quilt is 18" x 20". The broken dishes blocks are only 2 1/4 inches! And the buttons are microscopic!
Pardon the pins -- I'm still auditioning for the perfect place to put it. Right now I'm thinking it may be a wallhanging.
Isn't it adorable? I love the quilted flower motifs in the pieced blocks and background blocks. She always does such amazing work. If you haven't visited her blog, you'll definitely want to do that. She shares so many projects of her own, as well as a lot of her customers' quilts. You'll enjoy the inspirational pictures!
Thank you so much, Mary. I love the quilt and will always enjoy and treasure it.
I hope all of you have a special Thanksgiving.
November 9, 2009
Thank you so much for playing along and for leaving such nice comments. I haven't been able to respond to all of them yet, but I'm working on it!
My husband has been relieved of his duties as random number generator. When I asked him for a number from 1 to 72, he offered 96! An online random number generator gave me a reasonable number without the attitude. It's 24. If I've counted properly, Stephanie is the winner of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Collector's Edition! (Stephanie, please send me your mailing address and you'll have it in your hands very soon.)
Don't forget to visit Quilty Pleasures tomorrow!
November 8, 2009
Don't forgot to look for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers in your local quilt shop, or purchase it at quiltmaker.com/100blocks.
November 7, 2009
If you'll come back tomorrow, I'll tell you about this.
And I'll give you the scoop on an exciting blog tour where you can find lots of ideas and inspiration, and win some really cool prizes!
Are you wondering if I forgot about the winning number? It's 7! Congratulations, Terry! If you'll send me an e-mail with your mailing address, your book will be on its way soon.
Thanks for visiting!
November 2, 2009
There are several applique' projects, including this lovely table runner. Lesley has provided full-size templates, and was even thoughtful enough to reverse the templates for fusible web applique'. I love this quilt!
Lesley has used many different styles of charms for her quilts, including seasonal and holiday prints, but encourages the reader to try different fabric combinations. It wouldn't be difficult to think of ten different fabric styles and colors to use for this quilt.
Some of Lesley's instructions provide special cutting techniques for odd-shaped pieces. I'm fascinated by the pieced blocks in her Muddy Waters Table Runner (not shown).
If you'd like to win a copy of Lesley's book, just leave a comment about it here by Friday. I'll announce the winner on Saturday, around 6:00 p.m. CDT.
Thank you, Martingale & Company, for sharing the book!
October 29, 2009
In the meantime, I'll be showing you little sneak peeks of the projects. Like this one:
A sea of red half-square triangle units waiting to be sewn together.
Stop by again Tuesday -- I have something fun to share with you!
October 24, 2009
Great selection Civil War reproduction fabrics.
The store is like Moda Heaven. You'll find so many pre-cut fabrics and kits.
October 15, 2009
Stack three or four strips together, right sides up, and trim the ends like this. Trim the opposite ends the same way.
Pin two strips together.
October 10, 2009
Have you seen the new That Patchwork Place 2010 calendar? It was released in August and I forgot to tell you. Oops. It features 12 quilts from different books published by That Patchwork Place, and includes the instructions for each. And my quilt, Past and Present, appears in September!
August 30, 2009
These fabrics came from Randi's Etsy shop, Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics. If you haven't been there, hop over and take a look. She has some very interesting and colorful fabrics. My quilts were beginning to look alike, so I decided to work with something radically different from my usual fabrics. These prints are so much fun!
July 26, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 9, 2009
Carrie and Camille have inspired me to share a picture of my first quilt. I began quilting in the late 1980s, but didn't finish my first quilt until 1998! I collected fabric, cut pieces from templates, pieced blocks -- all the stuff that quilters do. But when I met my friend Karen in 1996, I had never finished a quilt! We loved primitive applique’ quilts, and decided to make angel quilts together. We were co-workers at the time, and we’d work on our quilts together at lunch, sharing fabrics and “body parts.” We used a lot of Red Wagon’s angel patterns and created some of our own. Our friend Darcy was traumatized by the lack of faces and hair (and sometimes hands and feet) in our angels. I hand-quilted it to death, using a very thin cotton batting. I wish you could feel how soft it is! Over the years it has been used and laundered so much. When it begins to deteriorate, I’ll put it away. But for now, I really enjoy using it and remembering how much I enjoyed working on it with my dear friend.
And here are pictures of the most recent quilt I’ve finished that I can share right now. It’s a Christmas quilt made from a Sandy Gervais Christmas panel. I cut the panel into pieces and added blocks and strips to fill in the spaces.
I think I’ve learned more about combining fabrics over the years. The fabrics I used in my angel quilt are very random. Homespuns, metalics, and everything between.
Hope you’re all having a good week. Be sure to go over to Camille’s and Carrie’s to take a look at the other first quilts!