Friday, June 24, 2016

Bonus Block 24 now available.

What a week!  I spent 2 weeks preparing to vend at Common Threads, the Wichita regional quilt show and teach at the Reno Quilting and Creative Expo.  Phew.  The show was great and it was so fun to see so many friends and colleagues in the quilting world.

We pulled the whale down to Wichita, and nearly floated home from all the rain!  But we got home, high and dry, and the whale has been beached until the next trip.

I had one day to unpack and repack to fly to Reno to teach quilt classes at the Quilting and Creative Arts Expo.  Wow, is it ever pretty here, at least what I can see of the city from the 26th floor of the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino!  Yesterday I taught and EQ7 Bootcamp and today I did a Merry Go Round hexagon quilt class.

My thanks to a wonderful group of ladies both days who it was a pleasure to work with.  Tomorrow I teach curved piecing without pins in the morning, and a Seminole Sampler workshop in the evening.  Phew!  Saturday morning I teach Color Confidence for Quilters, and fly out Saturday evening.

In the midst of this my website went belly up on the same day I sent out my newsletter!  Called GoDaddy and found out they had not received the payment for my domain hosting.  Yikes!!!  We tracked that down, got it all fixed (they had my email address spelled wrong and were trying to bill an expired credit card!) but it took 2 days to get my site back up.

So. . . . now my new bonus block in on my website and available.  Thanks to all of you who sent me notes about my website being haywire!  I appreciated the kind sentiments.  :-)

Bonus Block 24 Night Shade is now available for $5.50

I think when I get home Sunday morning I will burrow into my comfy bed and sleep for 48 hours!  LOL

Monday, June 6, 2016

June Seminole Sampler Row 6 available for Free

The June Row in this year's free block of the month is ready.  It was a little late getting posted since I was camping for 2 weeks and just got home!  Phew, it was fun and the weather was mostly great.

Ok, here is the new Seminole Sampler Row for June:  The Greek Key.

Some sources refer to this as a snail's trail block.  It is a bit different from a traditional snail's trail, but it is easy and fun to make.  Note that the last block in the row is reversed, just for fun.

If you subscribe to my newsletter (see subscription box in left margin) you will also get the free bonus block.

I love doing these bonus blocks.  If you are doing the layout I designed for these rows you will need a few of these bonus blocks to fill in the side of the quilt.

Tap on the 2016 BOM Tab at the top of the page to see the whole quilt and to download your free pattern.

I also have some new Deco Garden Bonus Blocks for sale this month.  If you subscribed to my newsletter you got last months block free!  Why?  I was just in a generous mood!  LOL

Here are the two new ones:  This is Blue Bells.  I like to show the blocks on both black and white backgrounds.  I prefer the black, it looks more dramatic to me, but the white ones are really sweet and would make a great quilt too.

This is the new Magnolia block.

 Here is another version of it with red petals and blue leaves.  Just thought it looked fun.

Each month I design a 24" pillow or wall hanging with 4 blocks.  I love the effect created by the rotated blocks.  The magnolia block just really came out amazing. Don't you agree?  I loved how the green and blue leaves make a cool secondary pattern which looks so typical of the nouveau style.

The patterns for these blocks are available HERE.  The wall hanging is just 4 identical blocks with a simple border!

Leave a comment and you will be entered in a drawing for a free Magnolia pattern this month.

Thanks and Happy June!

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 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.