Monday, July 19, 2021

Classes At International Quilt Festival Houston

International Quilt Festival in Houston is back and I am thrilled to be able to teach classes this year.

Enrollment for all classes IS NOW OPEN and it helps to be prepared to get the classes you want.  Here are the classes I will be offering.

International Quilt Festival Houston
October 27-31, 2021

Seminole Banded Shopping Tote: October 27, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Supplies: 1/2 yard of bag fabric, 4 coordinating FQs, 3/4 yard lining fabric
Kit: Complete full color pattern, pre-class cutting guide, fusible fleece

       

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Seminole Sampler Mini Quilt: Thursday October 28, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Supplies:  Rotary Cutter, cutting mat, basic sewing supplies
Kit:  Complete full color pattern, all fabric needed to make 8 Seminole Bands


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SW Pottery Applique Wall Hanging:  Friday October 29, 8:00-11:00 am
Supplies: fabric and paper scissors, glue stick
Kit:  Complete pattern and fabric kit provided, including templates pre-printed on fusible web, applique pressing sheet, stabilizer, & bent nose tweezers


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Indian Blanket: Saturday, October 30, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Supplies:  2 bright Jelly Rolls , 2 yards of black fabric, rotary cutter, cutting mat
Kit: Pattern and 60 degree Diamond Template, Seam Guide and Ruler Grips



Winding Ways Table Mat: Die-Cut Curves without Pins, Sunday, October 31, 8:30-11:30am
Supplies: Basic sewing supplies
Kit: Complete full color pattern and sewing guide, all fabric* for 4 blocks and border, pre-cut and ready to sew, seam guide

*four different fabric kits to choose from:  
Blue and white, Christmas, 30's reproductions, Batik Lights and Brights.

Mama and Me is now available

New patterns are always a reason to celebrate, and this new one is a favorite.  It is really 2 patterns in one, and quite a value.  

Mama and Me is an absolutely adorable panel wall quilt with a half bear paw blocks set on point to form a border.  The bear paw triangles are paper pieced to make them accurate, fast and easy.  If you want to avoid the piecing just frame up this fabulous panel with multiple plain borders and call it done.  But I think the bear paw blocks make it, so give it a try.


The second complete quilt pattern included is this throw quilt with paper piece bear paw square blocks alternating with bear print fabric squares.  The same pieced border is added to the throw quilt making it a show piece for any animal lover, log cabin decor, and just a cozy winter quilt.

The fabric line is Mama Bear by Northcott and will be in stores in August or September.  But you can get the pattern now at Morning Glory Designs.

More new patterns are in the works, so stay tuned in the coming weeks.


JULY PANEL PATTERN SALE

This July I am offering all of my panel quilts at 20% off with coupon code Panel20 at checkout.  See all of the fun panel quilt patterns available HERE on my website.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival June 17-19, 2021

Keeping my fingers crossed that KCRQF goes as planned and everyone does what is needed to ensure the safety of all teachers, students, venders and quilters who choose to attend.



That being said. . . I will be there:  Vending and Teaching

Color Confidence for Quilters: or How to Trust Your Hunches
June 17, 2021
12 pm - 3 pm


Click on the class name (above) for more information or to enroll in the class.


Also check out my booth #123-125.  I will be sharing a booth with an incredible new talented designer of embroidery and quilts, Lynn Kane from Puppy Girl Designs.

Be sure to check out her website to see her amazing work.  If you love hand embroidery you will love her beautiful patterns.

It is really her booth, and I am just there to help out and will bring a few of my NEWEST PATTERNS and quilts.  What fun!!!

I hope I see you there.

Now the really fun part:  
Stop by the booth at festival and tell me you read my blog or my newsletter and 
get a free pattern!!!!!

Yup it is just that easy!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Classes Coming in June -- Reno Quilt Expo

I am so excited that I can begin to teach classes again!  2020 was a long dry spell.  Now that my work life is getting back on track. . . . well, I can't really call it work, because teaching is more fun than work. . . . I am planning new classes and refreshing some old favorites.

Reno Quilt Expo:  Nugget Resort, Reno, NV
June 10 - June 12, 2021

Indian Blanket:  Thursday, June 10, 8am - 3pm**
Supplies:  1 bright Jelly Roll, 2 yards of black fabric, rotary cutter, cutting mat
Kit: Pattern and 60 degree Diamond Template $20


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SW Pottery Applique Wall Hanging:  Friday, June 11, 8am - 12pm
Supplies: fabric and paper scissors, glue stick
Kit:  Complete pattern and fabric kit provided $45


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Jeweled Windows: Stained Glass Paper Pieced Mini:  Friday, June 11, 4pm-8pm**
4 identical blocks can be combined in a variety of settings
Supplies: Bright FQ bundle, rotary cutter, cutting mat
Kit: all foundation papers, pattern, Add-A-Quarter Ruler+ $30


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Color Confidence for Quilters: Or How to Trust Your Hunches  Saturday, June 12, 8am-11am
Supplies: 20 3" squares of your favorite fabrics, color magazine ad with colors you love
Kit:  Complete color kit with Color Wheel, Crayons, Handouts, Tools  $20


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The Big Apple: Sewing Curves without Pins!  8 Steps to Success**
Saturday, June 12, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Supplies: 1 "Layer Cake" or 42 10" squares, rotary cutter, rotating cutting mat
Kit: Pattern, Large Apple Core Acrylic Template, Bent Nose Tweezers, 4 practice pre-cut apple cores


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**Machines are not provided; 
bring your machine, power cord, basic sewing supplies, small travel iron, pressing mat

For more information or to enroll in classes
CLICK HERE


Hope I see you there!

Stay tuned, because I will also be teaching at 
the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, June17-19
and The International Quilt Festival in Houston, October 27-31


Friday, March 5, 2021

New Patterns coming soon

I am excited about the new Morning Glory Designs patterns that will be in shops this summer, featuring a new Christmas collection from Northcott called Old Time Christmas.

The patterns are done and on their way to the printers.  They will ship in April and go to shops in May, if all goes as scheduled.  Yea right!  Hahaha  If you want a jump on them, I will be putting them up on my website as digital download patterns next week.

There are two patterns.  The first is called Celebrations Table Topper and is super simple.  It measures 50 x 50, a perfect size for a dining table.  It uses a tree skirt panel appliqued to a big square of background fabric!  Add a border and you are done.


MGD 233  Celebrations Table Topper

The second pattern is actually THREE patterns in one!  Celebrations Table Trio. Yup, this one is a great value.   It is a set of 2 placemats with a matching table runner (20 x 48).  


MGD 234  Celebrations Table Trio

The pattern is paper pieced to make it easy and accurate featuring blocks on point.  On-point blocks often have fractional measurements which are difficult to cut, so piecing with foundations makes them perfectly accurate every time.  The ribbon print borders are a stripe printed on the diagonal so cutting rectangles is easy- no bias edges!

I even added a bonus 6" mug rug pattern to go with the set.  Isn't it cute?  This set will make a great Christmas or Holiday gift for friends or family.  Watch for the Northcott Old Time Christmas collection in shops this summer.


The mug rug would make a great class project for shops.  It could be completed in one class session, incorporating foundation piecing and directional cutting.

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Beach Dreams Block of the Month




I just finished printing Block #3 for Beach Dreams!  WOW this is a BIG pattern. 21 pages!  But they are printed, bagged and ready to go out to subscribers.  


The pattern is big because the blocks are big!  The palm trees in Block 3 are 14" x 25".  They are almost big enough to plant outside!


It is not too late to purchase Beach Dreams Block of the Month or Beach Dreams Fabric Kits (which include full color patterns and postage).

CLICK HERE to Subscribe

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One More New Pattern

I just heard from Northcott who approved another new pattern.  The fabric is a Southwest fabric collection called Stonehenge Sun Valley.  Their Stonehenge SW collections have been popular in the past and always sell out.  So I am excited to see a new collection coming.

I will be writing this pattern, but it needs a name.  I would love some suggestions.  Normally my pattern naming mojo works well but I could use your help on this one.  This is a lap quilt 56 x 56 with a bonus wall hanging version in the same pattern.  It would also make a great table topper if you have SW decor.


 Leave a suggestions in the comments.  
If I choose your suggestion you will get the pattern for free when it is ready to release!

Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, February 8, 2021

Beach Dream Kits are Here

2021 Block of the Month:  Beach Dreams


Don't you just love a kit to make the fabric shopping decisions easy?  Yup, me too.  I love kits.  And the fabrics beautifully selected for Beach Dreams will tempt you for sure.

Take a look:


Patterns for Blocks 1 - 5


Block 1 Pattern



Block 1 Fabric Kit

WOW.  Patterns and kits are available now.  This is a great value that includes all the fabric needed to make the quilt, all 12 patterns and 12 fabric kits!  Where can you get them?

Morning Glory Designs



Thursday, February 4, 2021

Beach Dreams Block 1 Available NOW

Beach Dreams is the 2021 Block of the Month. 





And what a dreamy quilt it is!  It is fun to make, and will banish the blues as you dream of a sunny warm day at the beach.


 On January 15 we released block 1: Dolphins leaping


It was so easy to make using machine appliqué,  and the beautiful batik fabrics are perfect for this quilt.  Here is a beautiful version made by Tina B.


Or this one made by Kim R





There is still plenty of time to order your copy before the next installment is released on February 15.

CLICK HERE to order the pattern.

Do you want a kit with all the fabrics for the complete quilt preselected and beautifully packaged?  Kits are still available at a great price which includes the full pattern in color and shipping.

CLICK HERE to order the fabric kit.

On February 15 Block 2 will be released.  It is the pieced background for the whole center row of the quilt.  



Once you have Block 2 completed the following months will include the applique for the palm trees, pelican, and flamingos.  It would make a great table runner all on its own, but looks best as part of the whole quilt.



Join us for this fun in the sun seaside adventure.  It will make you smile!



Friday, January 8, 2021

Beach Dreams Block 1: Leaping Dolphins

Excitement is building as we get closer to the release of the first block in the NEW BEACH DREAMS block of the month for 2021.

Block 1 will be released on January 15, 2021.


These adorable leaping dolphin are cut out using fusible web and machine appliqued to the simple 2 part background.  And their tails leave an extra fun splash behind them as they leap. 

I saw these two leaping on a bird sight-seeing trip off the Texas shore last winter.  I was so excited to see them out in front of our boat, showing off and playing in the surf.  It is a special memory I will always remember about my time at the beach at Rockport, TX.

Two-piece sea and sky background for the dolphins.

I hope you will take the time between now and the 15th to comb through your stash and pick out just the right fabrics for your quilt. 

If you plan to go out and purchase fabric, you can take along the Fabric Requirements Guide I prepared. 

CLICK HERE to download the Fabric Requirements.
CLICK HERE to sign up for a monthly Pattern subscription or the Pre-Pay Option.
With the Pre-pay Option you get 2 months free!


What about Kits?  

Of Course we are offering fabulous batik kits for each block, at the same price as lasts year's BOM!  It is a fabulous value.  You receive all the fabric to make the entire quilt top, including the background, all the applique, and the paper pieced blocks.  You also get the complete pattern printed in full color with complete instructions, illustrations, along with tips and tricks to help you be successful.    


CLICK HERE to order Kits.

In addition we will be posting monthly videos showing you how to do each block, and a dedicated Facebook Group just for this quilt.

So come along and quilt with us and make your Beach Dreams come true.


Monday, December 28, 2020

2021 Beach BOM has a name:  Beach Dreams

Balmy breezes …. Sunshine …. The soothing swish of waves brushing the shore …. The music of sea birds in the air accompanied by the slap of flip-flops against one’s heels … The chime of sail and flag riggings gently hitting their masts …. The tangy scent of salt and seaweed in the air …

Connect The Blocks and Morning Glory Designs are excited to partner again in 2021 to bring you this sea-worthy Block of the Month!  After a tumultuous 2020, aren’t we all ready for some calm? Our beachy BOM represents the easy-going life at the beach.


This will be a 12-part series that will include piecing, applique, and some paper-piecing.  It’s appropriate for confident beginners and seasoned quilters alike and when it’s complete you’ll have a beautiful large lap throw or wall hanging (approximately 68” square) to give someone special or keep for yourself.

Click on the 2021 BOM tab at the top of the page for more details.

Sign ups are open now, and the first block (Dolphins) will go out January 15, 2021.  You may choose to get monthly digital downloads, or have a paper copy mailed to your home (or beach) address.

You may subscribe by the month or, pre-pay for the whole project, and get 2 months free!

Click Here To Signup

Block 1: Dolphins

And of course, gorgeous batik fabric kits will be available from ConnectTheBlocks.com

                                              Click Here to Order Kits

Your kit subscription to this Block of the Month (BOM) includes all the fabrics you need to make the top, the printed patterns and templates for each block, and the postage to send it to you monthly.  The first kits will be sent out in January, usually about a week after you sign up.  If you choose to start later in the year, that’s no problem!  We’ll work with you to complete this on your time schedule.

I hope you will join us this year for another great block of the month adventure.  I will be offering monthly videos to help you each step of the way.   Thanks for hanging out with us and playing along on this beautiful Beach Dreams quilt.