Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Globe Trotter Blog Hop

Welcome the the Globetrotter Blog Hop sponsored by Island Batik and fabric designer Tamarinis.

 I had fun using the fabrics in this line to showcase the versatility and fun of this fabric line.  I did two designs in EQ8.

This first one is called World Tour and I wanted the big flying geese to go around the intertwined Globe in the center of the quilt.  And while we all may be in our own little corner of the world we are influenced by the rest of the world around us.  The fabrics really helped to convey this theme.

I ended up not making this design but worked instead on my second design called In the Pines.

This design used the greens and golds in the fabric line, with a bit of the blue blobs (that is what I called them anyway).  This was fun to make.

First I made all of these rotary cut and traditionally pieced flying geese blocks.  I love working with blocks which are the reverse of each other.  Confusing at times, but the look is so interesting.

Then I paper pieced the setting triangles.  These are a simple palm block set on point.  Super easy to do.

After getting all those flying geese blocks made I had fun putting rows together with sashing.  This pix shows all the blocks on my design wall waiting for their row to be next.

The pine tree blocks in the border are a variation of the flying geese block. 

It was a combination of paper piecing (geese) and traditional piecing (everything else).  At the last minute I changed the border design to add a bit more interest and I really like the movement created by the directional trees.

Wonderful quilting by Brenda Weien, machine quilter, added the final touch to the quilt.

And here is the label on the back.

Here are a few more designs I did for this fabric line that didn't make the cut, but you might like seeing some more ways to use this versatile batik.

Thanks for taking a look and don't forget to go to the other blog hop sites.  And be sure to enter the BIG DRAWING for a fabric collection.

Leave a comment on my blog to be entered to win a free pattern at the end of the blog hop.

Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, October 22
Island Batik 
Tuesday, October 23
Wednesday October 24
Seams Like a Dream
Friday, October 26
Patchwork Posse
Swam Amity
Saturday, October 27
Cranberry Pie Designs

Giveaway Details

What’s a blog hop without a little giveaway?! We have a yummy bundle of Globetrotter fabrics for one lucky winner! Enter to win via the link below.

 Globetrotter Blog Hop

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Quilters Meet and Greet

Want to see some great quilty eye candy and meet some great quilters?  Oh and win some prizes?

There is an amazing Grand Prize Give Away and you can enter on each blog you visit.

Here is my favorite quilt of 2018!

This is my Starburst Blossoms Block of the Month quilt for this year.  The pattern is available on my website.  In fact, the September block just got posted and it is free!

This quilt is inspired by a BOM I designs a few years ago, Vintage Sampler.  It was such a popular block of the month on my blog that I wanted to play with a few of the blocks and turn them into cute wreaths inside a pieced block.

I published a version of these blocks in a 30-block sampler that was featured in Keepsake Quilting Catalog and several big quilt shops around the country.  But there were 42 blocks in the original BOM and I wanted to use some of the ones that didn't get into the published pattern.

Next week I will share a few of my other favorite quilts.
Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of the 
Vintage Sampler pattern.

THEN. . . . . 

The Great Grand Prize Includes...

4 pre-cut bundles from 4 Fabulous Fabric Companies!


Amazon Batiks (2½ inch strips.  40 strips.) from Blank Quilting Corporation.
Ask your local quilt shop for these beautiful batiks!


Kaffe Fassett Collective Spring 2018 collection Design Roll Dark (2½ inch strips.  40 strips.) from Free Spirit Fabrics.
Ask your local quilt shop for these this colourful collection!

Nana Mae II 1930's Collection (2½ inch strips.  40 strips.) from Henry Glass & Co., Inc.
Ask your local quilt shop for these sweet, lovely fabrics!

Brushstrokes by Pepper Cory (2½ inch strips, 40 pcs.) from Studioe Fabrics.
Ask your local quilt shop for Pepper Cory Fabrics!
3 Different Thread Sets from Superior Threads!

Be sure to  sign up for Superior Threads great educational newsletter!
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A Gift Box with 3 Scissors from Kai Scissors!

You can learn more about this wonderful set & Kai Scissors other wonderful products here.

*NEW* Non-expiring Quilt Pattern Membership from Victoriana Quilt Designs!

You can learn more  & sign up for the *NEW* Non-expiring Quilt Pattern Membership from Victoriana Quilt Designs anytime here.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

New Book, New Pattern, New BOM block

I am happy to announce that EQ has included one of my designs in their new book published this month.

My quilt is the blue one on the cover, and one of 8 from nationally recognized artists and designers.

I was thrilled when they told me my design would be included, and stunned when it appeared on the cover.  WOW

I am selling autographed copies of the book on my website.  They are not only on sale but will have free shipping until September 9.


September is my BIG traveling month.  I'll be doing a lecture and 2 workshops next week in Rolla, MO and enjoying the beautiful Ozark scenery.

Then I trot off  to do a wonderful retreat in the Boston Mountains of eastern Oklahoma the following week.

Then back to Missouri to the Lake of the Ozarks to teach and EQ8 class, then on to Springfield, MO to vend at the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show the end of the month.

I hope you can stop by my booth in Springfields and see a few of my new patterns and my new Fleur de Lis Laser cut Kit!

The blocks can be rotated a variety of ways to create a unique look all your own.  Each kit contains pre-fused and laser cut applique for four complete 12" blocks.

In addition to the instructions for the 4-block pattern you will get instructions for the two block runner or set of 2 placemats.

Wouldn't this make a pretty pair of placemats for your fall table?  You purple lovers are gonna love this new pattern and kit.

Turn the block on point and add corner triangles for a whole other look.  Those corners would be a great place for some pretty quilting.

Kits are now available on

The September Block of the Month and Bonus Block are both ready on the 2018 BOM Tab and on my website.  If you are a newsletter subscriber, the newsletter went out today with your links to your free blocks.

September Block 9: Hollyhocks

September Bonus Block 9: Bride of Clam

As you can imagine, there is a story behind the name of this block.  The original block was one I saw on an old vintage quilt  It looked just like a clam.

I was using it in my vintage sampler block of the month back in 2010 and tried to find the origin of this block.  

 I found several quilts and blocks which used this block.

I thought that block was way cuter than the one I was using as a model, but wanted to make it a bit different so I made the outside frilly.

I thought it looked kinda sweet, like a bride, so I named it Bride of Clam.