Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Congratulations to the Blog Hop Winners

Congratulations to the winners of free patterns and free fabric on the Vintage Shirtings and Dress Prints Blog Hop last week:

Janet T won a Fat Quarter Pack from Paintbrush Studios

Gloria C won her choice of 3 free Morning Glory Designs patterns

You can still pick up the free patterns and tutorials from the list in the previous post.  Hope you had fun following along and collecting those great free patterns and tuts from all the designer, including Barb Eikmeier, the fabric designer!!  How cool is that?

Check out my new Deco Gardens bonus block for May. 

It is a pretty Calla Lily block and is available on my website. 

Here is my idea for this month's pillow top or wall hanging using the Calla Lily Block.

 Hope you have enjoyed this new blocks.  I would love to see what you do with them.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's My Day! Vintage Shirtings Blog Hop - Free Block

It's my turn to share my block and offer some great prizes for hanging out with me!

My block is called Zig Zag and is just a little different than the incredible blocks posted by Barb, Donna and Kelly!

 I paper pieced this block to make all those half square triangles easier to piece and more accurate.  You can download the foundation pattern HERE.

Here is the rotary cutting directions for the block center.
  • cut (1) dark blue square 2-5/8" x 2-5/8"
  • cut (2) black flower print squares 2-5/8" x 2-5/8"
  • cut (2) black flower print rectangles 2-5/8" x 6-7/8"

This completed square should measure 6-7/8" square.

Pre-cut pieces for foundation piecing.  The dimensions provided below in the list are 1/2" - 1" larger than the actual rotary cut patches, to allow for trimming.

  • cut (2) blue & cream print squares 3.5"; subcut on the diagonal to make four triangles (outer corners) (A)
  • cut (4) dark blue flower print rectangles 3.75" x 8" (B)
  • cut (1) dark blue star print 5" square; subcut on both diagonals to make four triangles.(C)
  • cut (1) light blue print 5" square; subcut on both diagonals to make four triangles. (D)
  • cut (2) red print 5" squares; subcut on both diagonals to make eight triangles. (E)
  • cut (3) blue & cream print 5" squares; subcut on both diagonals to make twelve triangles. (F)
  1. Cut apart the foundation patterns.  On the unprinted side label each patch with the fabric color.  Compare to the block photo for reference.  Remember: the printed side of the foundation is the REVERSE of the actual block.
  2.  Take a cream print (F) and a red print (E) triangle right sides together.  Position them on the unprinted side of the small foundation paper (shown on top in the photo above) so that the cream print is underneath and the red print on top.  Position over the cream print triangle spot so that there is at least a 1/4" or more of fabric around all sides. Pin in place from the printed side of the paper.  Hold up to a lamp or window to check placement.
  3. Stitch on the line between the cream and red triangles.  Sew a few stitches into the adjoining spaces. Reduce stitch length when foundation piecing.
  4. Clip threads and turn the paper over and press the red triangle open.

  5. Fold the paper back on the line between the cream triangle and the next triangle (light blue) using an Add A Quarter Plus Ruler (or a note card). 
  6. Pull back the stitched fabric corner with a good swift tug.
  7. Place the Add A Quarter Ruler's 1/4" raised edge along the paper fold.  Trim the fabric along the ruler.
  8. Place the next triangle (light blue) face down on the cream triangle, aligned with the newly cut edge. Position the blue triangle so that when it is sewn and flipped it will completely cover the triangle on the paper.
  9. Sew the light blue triangle in place on the printed side of the foundation.  Fold the light blue triangle back and press.
  10. Continue to add fabric patches to the foundation until all triangle patches are covered.
  11. Trim and add the dark blue rectangle. Stitch and flip the dark blue rectangle. Then add the cream triangle corner patch (A).
  12. Press the whole foundation and then trim the pattern on the cutting lines.  Be sure to leave 1/4" beyond the stitching lines!!
  13. Complete the remaining foundation patterns. Press and trim as shown above.
  14. Now sew the two smaller foundations to either side of the center square you made first.  Match seams.
  15. Remove the foundation paper from the back of the sections once you sew them into the block.  If you choose to leave the paper on until you are done, at least remove the paper from the seam allowance to make pressing easier. Press the seam allowance toward the center square.
  16. Foundation piece the remaining sections of the block.
  17. Be sure to label each patch with the fabric color on the unprinted side of each foundation pattern. 
  18. Trim the corners of each large pieced foundation as shown on the paper.  This will make lining up easier.

  19. Stitch the triangle sections to the main section of the block matching seams and ends.  Press the seam toward the triangle sections.

Here is the completed Zig Zag Block!

If you have EQ7 you can download the EQ7 File HERE.  Be sure to save the file first and then open it in EQ7.

If you’re ready to continue the hop, then head over to Inspired by Fabric  and sign up to follow their blog (either by email or blog reader).  You will be entered to win Vintage Shirtings Fabric Bundles!
Then, come back here and let me know you’re signed up by either leaving a comment below OR leaving a comment by contacting me.  Also in your comments, let me know how you would use this block in a project.  By doing so you will be entered to win any 3 Morning Glory Designs Patterns of your choice!!!
 Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you win!  The drawing for my patterns will take place next week.

Here are the list of bloggers for the Vintage Shirting & Dress Print Blog Hop.  Be sure to collect all the blocks from these talented quilt-makers!!
Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:
Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction
Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb’s Favorites
Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter
Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter
Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns
Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider
Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

Thanks for Hopping by!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Vintage Shirting Blog Hop

Vintage Shirting Blog Hop!

If you've been admiring Barbara J. Eikmeier's Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints collection, as well as her BOM Vintage Sampler quilt, you're in for a treat! 

We are hosting a 6-day blog hop featuring blocks made from these beautiful fabrics. Starting tomorrow, we'll send you to a different blog each day for a block tutorial. Each designer will show her block in two colorways. By the end of the hop, you'll have 12 blocks, perfect for a lap quilt. Of course, there will be giveaways along the way as well! 

Come back tomorrow, when the fun begins with Barb! 

Sneak Preview!  My block is called ZigZag and it is super simple to paper piece.

Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints Blog Hop Schedule:
Thursday 4/14: Blog Hop Introduction
Friday 4/15: Barb Eikmeier @Barb's Favorites
Monday 4/18: Donna Lynn Thomas @DonnaLynnThomasQuilter
Tuesday 4/19: Kelly Ashton @KellyQuilter
Wednesday 4/20: Reeze Hanson @MorningGloryDesigns
Thursday 4/21: Sally Schneider @SallySchneider
Friday 4/22: Theresa Ward @AlwaysQuilts

See the entire Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints collection here and ask for it at your local quilt shop.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April Seminole Sampler Row Available free all month

Have you been collecting the free Seminole Sampler Rows?  It's not too late to start if you want to begin.  This month is the Woven Star Row.  Isn't it gorgeous?! Think how pretty it would be in your own colors.  If you like these colors you can still get the fabric kit from Connect The Blocks.com for just $15 a month. And yes, Catch-up kits are available for Jan-March if you missed them.

There is still time to get the Seminole Sampler Bonus Block too!  I resend the newsletter on the 15th of April.  It has the link to the free row and the free bonus blocks.  (The free bonus blocks are only available to subscribers.)

Look at the rows my fabulous niece Krista made. She is my #1 pattern tester!

April is such a wonderful month!  Spring flowers, tree blossoms, and warm weather starting up.  I love it.  To celebrate April I designed a dandelion block for the continuing series of Deco Garden bonus blocks.

The applique is all raw edge machine applique done with fusible web.  There are a few more templates than usual in this block, but I just thought these dandelions needed a bit more fun.  You have to admit they are easier than the Thistle block!

The Dandelion Block 20 is available for purchase at Morning Glory Designs.

I have been traveling during March and April.

The end of March was the Annual Spring Retreat of the Quilting Beauties in Winslow AR.  What a fun and productive week with tons of sewing time and some great eye candy.  Here are a few of the show and tell quilts from the participants.

Wish I could post pictures of all the quilts because they were wonderful.

My thanks to all the incredible ladies I met in my travels to Denver CO, Liberal KS, Payson, Coolidge, Globe and Sedona AZ.  You really are great and I learn so much from each of you.  Thanks for allowing me to visit, teach, and lecture to your groups.  It was a blast.

Monday, February 15, 2016

New Block of the Month in The Quilt Pattern Magazine: Starry Medallion

I am really excited to be able to offer a NEW Block of the Month called "Starry Medallion" in The Quilt Pattern Magazine starting in the March 2016 issue.

If you don't subscribe to this completely online monthly quilt pattern magazine, you can get it here for just $16.95  $13.95 (just for my subscribers!) for the entire year (12 issues)!  Enter the secret code glory.

This quilt is king sized, 104" x 104' and designed in those adorable 1930's reproduction fabrics.  Each month you will get one of six installments in the monthly issue with downloadable instructions, templates, and foundations. 

Starry Medallion Quilt Block of the Month
The really exciting part is that I am offering Fabric Kits for this incredible quilt project.  Kits are $45 a month (for six months) and include all fabric to complete the top including the binding, postage included.

Part 1 will begin shipping March 1.  You can subscribe anytime and get the 6 monthly shipments starting with Part 1 (which is a huge beautiful kit) and continue until you have all six.  This is the kit for Part 1.

And this is the huge pile of fabric you will get in kits 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6!  It really is an amazing value!

Here is how it works:

  • You purchase kits, one month at a time, and a new kit is shipped each month. 
  • The price of $45 per month, for 6 months, includes all this fabric and postage on all 6 shipments.
  • There are No added fees.  
  • The kit fee will be charged to your credit card - through PayPal - each month on the same day.  Your kit will ship the next day each month.
  • All fabric is first quality quilt cottons from Moda, Maywood Studios, and Fabri-Quilt.

I only made 20 kits so if you want one, order early!  :-)