Thank you to everyone for stopping by my blog during the 100 Blocks blog tour. Five winners were randomly chosen and they are…
If you’ve been participating in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour this week then I know you have seen some amazing blocks and you are just “itching to get stitching”! I hope you will find my design Tea for Tulips equally appealing and that you will rush right out to purchase your copy of Vol. 11, 100 Blocks magazine, it’s on sale now where all the best magazines are sold!
Applique is my favorite way to design. I love coming up with a concept, sketching it out, and then creating a pattern from the sketch. Once I have the pattern complete, it’s just a matter of tracing the pieces with my favorite fusible, Heat ‘n Bond Lite, cutting them out and fusing them to the backside of the appropriate fabric. Once I have all the pieces fused, I cut them out on the drawn line and fuse the final design to the background fabric. Then I use either a blanket stitch, a satin stitch or if I’m feeling really adventurous, I may use some of the decorative stitches on my machine to appliqué the design to the background.
I’ve come up with some ideas of how you can use my Tea for Tulips design on page 35. Of course you can always make a few blocks for a tablerunner just by stitching three blocks together.
But how about something a little different! This block can be appliquéd to anything you choose. How about creating an apron to wear while preparing for your next summer picnic? Or, stitch this little beauty onto a tote bag. I know you all have tote bag patterns, you can add a little pizzazz to any pattern that you currently own with a little appliqué design on the flap or directly onto the bag!
Now for the prizes….
I will be randomly selecting five winners!
Two people will receive free issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine, Vol 11., one mailed to you from Quiltmaker and one mailed from me.
Three other people will receive a pattern of their choice from my website. All you have to do to enter to win one of these five prizes is tell me which pattern you would like to win. You can go to my website here to have a look at the patterns to choose from. Then come back here and comment below with the name of the pattern you would like to win. Be sure to leave me your email address as well, so that I can contact you when you win.
As an additional free gift for you, check out my previous blog post from May 5th to receive your free Stitch it Up pattern. All you have to do to receive this fun pattern is sign up for my newsletter here.
Have a great time on the rest of the tour and I hope you are a winner!
Sometimes you just want to make something quick and easy and this is the project for you. All you have to do is click on this link and sign up for my newsletter. I promise not to overload your inbox with emails, I only send out the occasional newsletter when I have a new design ready to share with you or a great sewing/quilting tip I have discovered.
You may want to increase the size of the actual design to 125% when printing it out with your printer. This would also make a great pillow! That one is still on my “to do” list.
Feel free to share this link with your friends but they must download it themselves by signing up for the newsletter. It is a copyrighted design so please don’t make copies to share. It is for your own personal use, please do not use it for profit of any kind.
The blog hop begins today for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour! Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite tea, sit back and relax as you take some time to view some of the amazing blocks in this month’s issue. The tour is from May 4-8 so be sure to return each day to see all the new and exciting blocks.
I even have a block in the magazine and my day for the tour is Thursday, May 7, so be sure to check back here for a chance to win some prizes!
You can access featured blocks each day at http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/
I’m sure you will find some new favorites, hope you have a blast!
Here is the press release about the upcoming fun in Sanford next week. Hope to see you there!
After the holidays, many people put away ornaments and decorations, but quilters and knitters plan a new project to keep their creativity going during the cold months ahead.
A good place to get a creative jolt is The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace. This shopping experience will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 and Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford, NC 27330. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Friday and 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Anyone who enjoys quilting or knitting will find many shops to inspire creativity. Bring your friends and join us for a day of shopping, creativity, friendship, fabric, fibers and food. Treat yourself to a day immersed in fabrics, books, patterns, yarns, buttons, sewing machines and long arm quilting machines, mixed media and more. Some sweet baked goods and famous chicken salad from Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House will make the day complete.
Each day will be filled with special activities. Everyone who attends the QFAM will have a chance to win hourly door prizes, a sewing machine, and a huge gift basket. The first 100 people in the door each morning will get two chances to win all these prizes. Many of the shops will feature “Early Bird Specials” during the first hour of the show. Arrive early and spend the day.
Friday afternoon, at 3pm, Find X Designs from Sanford, NC will sponsor a drawing for a Smarter 140s Pfaff sewing machine. Find X Designs will also feature quilting and knitting supplies.
Saturday afternoon, at 3 pm, Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop from Greensboro, NC will sponsor a drawing for a Magnolia 7330 Janome sewing machine. Ye Olde Forest Quilt shop will also feature quilting fabrics, patterns books and notions. They will gladly answer any questions you have about APQS Longarm quilting machines. You must be present to win either of the sewing machine drawings.
Visitors to the The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace will enjoy the varied selection of a “shop hop” without the stress of driving from shop to shop. Parking is free and good food is available on site. At the QFAM more than 30 shops are under one roof for your shopping pleasure. Stroll our aisles and enjoy what each shop has to offer. Small businesses will open their doors to you…….
Angelia Christine from Smithfield, Va. – Hand-dyed fabrics and wearables.
Auntie Ju’s Quilt Shoppe from Wilmington, NC – Hand-dyed wools, punchneedle and stitchery.
Batting and More from Mooresville, NC – Threads for machine and handwork and batting.
Freda Berry from Morganton, NC – Wool fabrics for small projects.
Blue Ridge Quilts from Millers Creek, NC – Quilting fabrics, kits and patterns.
Cary Quilting Company from Cary, NC – Quilting fabrics, patterns and kits.
The Cotton Quilt from Granite Falls, NC – Quilting fabrics, notions and puzzles.
Dragonfly Quilt Shop from High Point, NC – Quilting books, patterns and kits.
Empty Pockets Alpaca Farm from Climax, NC – 100% alpaca yarn and alpaca items like socks, gloves and shawls.
Featherweight Poppy from Salisbury, NC – Singer Featherweight sewing machines and service.
Find X Designs from Sanford, NC – Quilting, knitting and Pfaff sewing machines.
Heelside Farms from Four Oaks, NC – Yarn, batts and roving from their own sheep.
Hissyfitz Designs from Cary, NC – Very cute original applique quilting patterns.
Kathy’s Patchworks from Falls Church, Va. – Quilting fabrics and chenille.
Lone Star Mercantile from Fuquay Varina, NC – Civil War and 30’s prints, hand-dyed floss and wools.
Loving Stitches from Fayetteville, NC – Bernina sewing machines, Gammill Longarm quilting machines, fabrics and kits.
North Catolina Quilts – Aurofil thread, and fabulous handmade sewn accessories.
Pappy’s Woodshop from Lexington, SC – Wooden ruler racks and binding winder.
Q Bee Quilts from Charlotte, NC – Quilting fabric, patterns and books.
Quilt Patch Fabrics from Charlotte, NC – Quilting fabric, patterns, notions and books.
Quilter’s Loft Company from Mooresville, NC – fabrics, books, notions and patterns.
Quick Qut Quilts from Clinton, Tenn. – Precuts for quilting.
Quilter’s Gallery from Cleveland, NC – Quilting batiks and prints. “Pizza” kits.
Real Time Pain Relief – to sooth our achy hands and joints.
Schoolhouse Quilts from Forest City, NC – Books, books and more books.
Shakerwood Woolens from Rock Hill, SC – Hand-dyed wools, applique patterns, books and threads.
Studio Stitch from Greensboro, NC – Bernina dealer, fabric, sewing and embroidery notions.
CF Tomchik from Clemmons, NC – Raku fired buttons and shawl pins.
Twin Birch Products from Siler City, NC – handcrafted birchwod knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarns and fair trade baskets.
Two Birds from Greensboro, NC – Fine handmade bags and purses.
Vintage Textiles and Quilts from Seneca, SC – Vintage textiles and notions.
Wood Quilt Blocks from Manassas, Va. – Quilt designs in wood marquetry. Jewelry, mirrors, clocks and wood handled sewing notions.
Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop from Greensboro, NC – Janome Sewing machines, fabric, patterns and precuts.
The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace is a day full of fun and creativity featuring many of the finest small businesses you will ever see. Sanford, NC is centrally located in eastern North Carolina and is an easy drive from many metropolitan areas. Admission is $6.00.
I’m smiling ear to ear! Laura Martell of The Creative Thimble sent me this pic of her As You Like It purse made up using my Cruisin’ bike pattern on the front flap. It doesn’t get much cuter than this! The flap on this purse is interchangeable, it simply buttons on. You can change the look depending on your mood or even the season.
We are heading to Chattanooga, TN next week to vend at the AQS Quiltweek show September 10th-13th at the Chattanooga Convention Center and Laura and I are in booths across from each other, #728 and #729. If you are in or near Chattanooga or if you feel like a road trip, come by our booths and say “Hey!” I know there will be so much inspiration for you there.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” This is a phrase that is well known around our house when it comes to getting something done that is sewing or quilt related.
As a quilt designer you would think that my children and grandchildren would be unable to move in their beds at night from the weight of all the quilts I have made for them, right?! Ha, unfortunately this isn’t even close to reality. My own children do indeed have quilts or wallhangings which I made for them many years ago, before I even started designing quilts. When my two daughters got married, the plan was to make a quilt for each new grandchild as they came along. This worked pretty well for the first couple. Kate received a quilt designed especially for her, which resulted in my Cutie Patootie pattern. Jackson followed shortly thereafter and so did his quilt, which eventually became the Action Jackson pattern.
However, the grandchildren didn’t end there. Both of my girls continued having babies and now I am WAY behind on the quilts. Kate now has two sisters, Emma is five and Claire is two, and Jackson now has three brothers, four year old Gavin, and two year old twin brothers Ryan and Dylan.
It would certainly be easier to accomplish my goal of supplying quilts to each of these kiddos if I could simply go to my local quilt shop and pick a pattern from the rack. However, my girls seem to think that each of these wonderful children deserves their own original quilt designed by “Honey”, and I must admit that I agree with them.
Poor Emma has been waiting patiently for her quilt for several years now. I had been working on it sporadically but just hadn’t set aside the time to get it finished, until recently. The layout is similar to Cutie Patootie except that it is upside down, I didn’t feel the need to “reinvent the wheel” here. The designs inside the blocks are all different except for the monkeys. I’d originally planned something else for that particular block, but one of Emma’s favorite things is monkeys, so I just used the block from Jackson’s quilt instead.
This summer we had a great time with the grandgirls as they stayed at our house for two weeks while their parents went to Europe. Before they arrived, I had finished the quilt top and had it layered and pinned for quilting. While they were here, I would find a few free minutes now and then to sit down at my machine for some free-motion quilting. The girls knew that I was working on Emma’s quilt and I had promised her that it would be finished in time for her to take it home with her. One day Emma stood watching me as I was stitching away on the quilt and she said, “Honey, can you just stay up all night until you are finished?” Well, that didn’t happen but I was able to have it ready for her by the time she left.
Emma was pretty excited about her new quilt. Courtney, my daughter, said that she was showing it off to her friends the following week and she overheard her say, “This is the quilt that Honey made for me. She’s old, but she’s not dead.”
Ha ha, aren’t kids great!