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One of my Favorites!

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The “Walled Garden” quilt is one of my favorites!  I designed it for  my book called “Perfect Fit, Pieced Borders“.  Since that release it’s also appeared in a few other places, such as American Patchwork & Quilting (chosen for the COVER!!!)!,  “Quilt Lovers Favorites”  vol. 11 from Better Homes and Gardens, and “The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts” from Martingale, and then of course it appears regularly on my bed!!

“Walled Garden” is the most frequently chosen classes as I travel to teach and lecture at guilds!  I love it too as there are some techniques to teach, and of course who doesn’t LOVE an opportunity to make a scrappy quilt from their stash?

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New Pattern on Craftsy!

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A New York Minute!

This is my most popular class pattern of all time.  Most guilds will choose it because it looks complex, but is simple enough to finish in a day-long class.  Originally it was designed as a baby quilt, but I’ve also used it for a throw and a wall hanging.   It finishes at 40″ x 50″ and takes mostly 1/4 yard and 1/2 yard cuts of fabric.  It really is a fun quilt to sew together, and can easily be that last minute gift you pull from your stash.  You can cut and sew it together in 4 hours!

Use the Craftsy icon in the left column to get to my Craftsy Pattern Shop.  You will make this quilt over and over! The name says it all, you will finish this one in a New York Minute!

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Hidden Agenda is here!

Be sure to check out the latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting!  My Hidden Agenda quilt is featured, along with it’s companion just Bright!  My plan as I was designing this quilt was to use the piecing lines as registration marks for quilting.  That helped in a couple of ways.  First, I didn’t have to mark the quilt to prepare for quilting and second, I didn’t have to get rid of any markings later! The quilting may look complex, but that is only because there are a few steps to complete it.  But each step is fairly simple and even considering the large size of the quilt, didn’t take all that long!  I’m really proud that AP&Q chose this quilt to be included in the magazine, and BY THE WAY the photography is spectacular and very creative!  Get you copy before they’re sold out!

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Free Patterns Available through P&B

So, as I’ve been mentioning, there have been some new patterns in the works.  They are inspired by new fabric collections coming out from P&B Textiles!  Well, they are available now on their web site, and I’m happy to introduce them to you!

Three of a Kind table runner is made from the Silvia’s Sonnet Collection.  It’s a quick little project of three repeated blocks using fused applique.  The picture shown here uses just one block for a pillow.

Fun With Fizz is another modern quilt that features the whole line of the Fizz Collection.  Simple cutting and piecing, you’ll have this one finished in no time!

#Zig #Zag is modern quilt that will help to debut the Moderne Collection!  Following the pattern is the only way to keep things organized to make the colors flow across the quilt.  Remember it’s FREE, so don’t miss out!

Guardian Stars, made using the Harrington Collection is a quilt that I’ll be teaching this coming weekend for the Emerald Valley Quilters Guild in Eugene, Oregon!  It is a fun quilt to put together, and I’ve made it in other fabrics as well.  I think it would be a great Quilt of Valor!

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Cozy Flannel Quilts!

wintergreen quiltJust noticed that All People Quilt was featuring some cozy flannel quilts on their weekly newsletter today! I thought I should check it out, and what did I find but MY QUILT Wintergreen featured on the first page! What fun to see it again in a wonderful setting. This quilt is on my guest bed right now, awaiting our company for Christmas. It is made of flannel, and homespun, both plaids and prints, and even a stripe thrown in for good measure! I used a shot cotton backing as I wanted to keep it light, but I used a wool batting for the warmth. The quilting is pure fun: a large paisley in the plain blocks with contrasting thread so it would show against the print, and horizontal zig-zags in the background. My good friends helped me meet the deadline: Wendy Fast pieced the quilt top and Lisa Bee Wilson of Towerhouse Quilts did the quilting on this one. It’s fairly loosely quilted so the loft of the wool is maintained, and believe me, this is a cozy one. All People Quilt is offering it as a free download now, but originally it was published in “Quilts and More“.
I hope you will send me a pic when you finish yours!

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Excited to Share!

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While working behind the scenes is very rewarding and gives a great sense of accomplishment as I check things off the to-do list, it’s so fun to get to the point of being able to share my latest project with everyone! I’ll be teaching at a BIG EVENT this summer (more on that later) and am finalizing plans by dropping off the “virtual” pattern, photos and sample blocks to my wonderful graphic artist Barbara Gleason!
Next, she will make it beautiful, legible and clear, put the photos just where they should be and return it all by email for a final edit. This quilt uses some fun fabric from Maywood Studios, called “13 Going on Thirty”! Very soon it will become a downloadable pattern! It’s exciting to learn how to make this all happen, I’m so glad to have some experts around to help me figure it all out!

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Black-Eyed Batik! Featured Quilt of the Week

This table runner was inspired by my little quilt group!  We gave each other a challenge to make blocks of bright batiks on a black background.  I loved the effect, and had this project in mind from the beginning.  This runner provided instant gratification because of how quickly it went together, especially since I still haven’t finished thw quilt we were supposed to make!  The quilting it was pure fun, I used a turquiose thread which I knew would be outstanding on the black background.  You might have three stray 12″ blocks waiting for the perfect project, and you could use them here!  If you do please send me a picture so I can post it for everyone to see.  Find the pattern in my book, “Perfect Fit Pieced Borders”!

 

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“A New York Minute!” Featured Quilt of the Week!!

Quick as a “New York Minute”, this quilt can be finished in time for that last-minute gift.  I’ve made so many of these fun quilts and have begun to think of them as my quilt “missionaries”, sent out all over the country to keep the babies warm!  It’s a perfect size (40″ x 50″) for a crib, or for a small throw/lap quilt.  The secret to finding a good collection of coordinating fabrics is to choose the stripe first.  You’ll find it in my new book Perfect Fit, Pieced Borders.   Look in the gallery for a few more pictures of this quilt in different fabrics.

Try it, betcha can’t make just one!

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“Stargazing” – Featured Quilt of the week!

Stargazing

The Milky Way, the Big Dipper, and the Little Dipper seem to fill the night sky and light up the castle in a dreamland.  This fun appliqued and pieced project was inspired by my friend Tonye Belinda Phillips, a wonderful applique artist.  Be sure to check out her web site www.tonyebelindaphillips.com and see for yourself why she and her work are so inspiring.  I was also thinking of a trip I had taken with my husband to Crater Lake, Oregon.  We stayed at the historic lodge and were up late into the evening stargazing at a breath-taking sky.  The early morning sunrise over the rim of the crater was equally impressive.  So much to be inspired by, so little time!  Of course this is a pattern from my latest book, “Perfect Fit Pieced Borders”.  It uses some fun embillishments including wool, velvet and organza as well as quilting cotton, and then is finished with a fun quilt design.  Hope you will try a version of your own!

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Featured quilt of the week!

The Drama Club

I am very lucky to have many quilting friends who inspire me!  Judy Dillree is one talented quilter and best of all I get to call her my friend.  She designed this outrageously fun quilt just after my first book (PIECED TO FIT) came out and agreed to let me put it into the second book.  It’s included in Perfect Fit Pieced Borders.  I had such a fun time quilting it and choosing thread colors.  Now I’ve been able to see it done in other color schemes, and different applique techniques, but this one is the masterpiece.  Judy you are a gem in my life, I appreciate the many times you’ve let me quilt your quilts, the time we’ve spent together talking and laughing and quilting.  It is a treasure to have you as a friend for 3+ decades!