Sunday, February 26, 2017

March BOM blocks and New Deco Garden Blocks

This was a busy week!

First, my week began with my cat running off when a neighbor's dog attacked my dog Max -- IN MY YARD!  I know, some nerve, eh?  Max recovered with a few bites to his neck which healed quickly.


 But Buster, my long-haired Siamese got freaked and ran off.  He came home 2 days later, like nothing ever happened.  I was so worried, thinking that dog would have turned Buster into a light snack.


So now Buster is grounded for a month and not allowed outside.  He is none too pleased with this turn of events.  He is a pretty independent cat, and I worry that dog could be back!

Along with all the critter drama, I have been shipping patterns and writing more patterns, working on my 2017 BOM and trying to overcome 2 weeks with bronchitis!  I am drained!

But here is the good news.  Two new deco blocks are available.  #48 is Rosey Posey and #49 is Cyclamen.  I am so close to having 50 of these done, which was my initial goal.  Now I am not sure if I should keep going or just say enough!



They are available for sale on my website: morningglorydesigns.com

This week I also released another free block:  The crossing block for the Fair Isles BOM.  You can pick up this block for free on the 2017 BOM Tab on my Blog.  You can also still get the February block for free for a few more days.

The Crossing Block is used between each of the monthly blocks.  There are 13 of these in the setting I am showing on my BOM page.


This block will be available for free for a few months so everyone who wants to do this setting will have access to this block.  Remember, these blocks are all paper pieced this year.

I am almost ready to post the March Fair Isles blocks also.  If you are a subscriber you will get links to both of these blocks in my newsletter that comes out March 1.


Here is Block 3: Breath of Spring


And here is the Bonus Block for March (available only to subscribers)

Bonus Block 3




I couldn't decide which way I liked it better.  I drew it with the white background and the dark blue corner leaves.  But the reverse is kinda growing on me.  Which way do you like best?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

New February BOM Blocks

The block for February has been posted and is ready for you to download for free for 30 days.  You can still get block 1 for free for a few more days, if you didn't get it yet.

This block is called Bridget's Wedding and is named after my niece who just got married.

Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter if you want this month's free bonus block.


Which one do you like better?  White on blue background, or blue on white background?


I also have the February Flower of the Month table runner on half price for all of February at Morning Glory Designs.com.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Look What Came in the Mail!!

I opened my issue of American Patchwork & Quilting that came in the mail today and guess what I found?  It is the April 2017 issue, and on page 73 was a copy of my quilt pattern in the Northcott ad!


This is really an amazing picture for a number of reasons.  Of course I am thrilled that they chose my design to feature for their new A Stitch In Time fabric collection (which is fabulous, I might add). But the pattern includes two sizes -- a throw and a table topper -- in the pattern.




But there are also two more patterns using this line in addition to this Studio Throw pattern.  You can get them here on my Website.

I also designed a Studio Wall Quilt


and a Studio Organizer using this fabric collection.


This last design is super easy!  The squares with the saying on them are pockets, sewn onto the background fabric, for storing tools and notions in your sewing room.  The fabrics are all pre-print stripes, panels, and prints, so there is very little piecing in this project.

Check out the Northcott website for this fabric line.  There are several great tote bag patterns (by other designers) that are very cool and would go well with these patterns.These vintage block and sewing machine prints go with a group of Stonehenge fabrics in a collection called Oxidized Copper.  What is not to love about these?


I love designing patterns for Northcott because they keep giving me wonderful fabric collections to work with.  You should be able to find this line at your local quilt shop.  I know several shop owners have called me to order patterns for kits, so check your local shops and pick up some of this yummy yardage.




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kits Available for the New 2017 BOM Fair Isles Winter

Fabric Kits for Fair Isles Winter are now available from ConnectTheBlocks.com.  

You will love these first quality batiks and white-on-white prints!  Each kit includes the fabric for one featured block and one sashing block!  The $29 per month fee includes postage and the finishing kit for all the borders. The kits will be offered one per month for 14 months starting in February 2017. Peggy put together one great value for this 88" x 88" queen-size quilt.




And while you are shopping at ConnectTheBlocks.com check out her other amazing fabrics and kits, and her 40" yard cuts!  Her fabric is wonderful, her packaging is so cute, and her customer service is amazing!


It is not too late to sign up for the Morning Glory Designs monthly newsletter and get the additional free Bonus Block in your email.

The mailing includes links to the new block each month and another link to the free bonus block, available for free only to newsletter subscribers. Plus you get a link to my monthly half price quilt pattern and the new Deco Gardens blocks still being added each month.  I try to add some additional eye candy by posting anything new or in the works.  Sign up here.*



*Your name and email are secure and will not be shared with anyone!  It is used solely for the purpose of sending my monthly newsletter.


Here is Bonus Block 1.  

I know, it looks really scary, but you can leave out the scary parts, if you prefer, and then you have a very non-scary sweet block.


Block 2 will be posted this weekend so don't miss your chance to get the first block and first bonus block for free!





Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Two New Deco Garden Blocks

Are you still collecting those fun Deco Garden blocks?  Here are two new ones to tempt you.  Both are available HERE.

The first one is called Red Rose MGD410-44


Look how fun cool this block looks when four blocks are put together to make a cushion cover or a table runner.



 It even has a certain appeal when placed on a white background.



Here is the second new block.  It is called Peach Blossom.  MGD410-45



I made another version of this block as a wreath, just for fun.  I get a little crazy using EQ7 sometimes.  I like the way the stems make a secondary design.


I would probably make this as a 16" block rather than a 12" block, just so there would be plenty of room for all those crazy stems.  If you want a pattern drawn up for this one let me know in the comments and leave a name so I can contact you.


Here is a four block version of the pattern.  What do you think?  Kinda cool in a weird way.  And the version with the white background is also fun.  Can you tell I get a kick out of doing these blocks? 
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OK hope you enjoyed that.  Of course I have 2 more in the works for next month.  

Want 20% off?  Use Coupon Code MGD20% when you check out! Yup, really is just that simple.

Click here:  Morning Glory Designs


Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Website for the New Year

After weeks and weeks of planning, work, and laying down some serious cash, I now have a new, faster and easier to use website.  Thanks to Madi at LikeSew Websites, the beastie is now up and running.  Still a few rusty spots and a couple of missing photos for some of the categories, but its alive!

As for my old site, as Scotty on Star Trek used to say (with a rolling Scottish burr) "Captain, she's breaking up!"  And so am I and WordPress.  PHEW!  I hope you find the new website easier to use. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions about how I could make it better.  I actually have some control over this one.

 I would like to thank my web Maven Jo Ericson from the bottom of my heart.  She was Johnny on the spot every time I had a problem and was always ready to help whenever there was a glitch.  I recommend her to anyone needing a web expert. She has saved my life, not to mention my web site on countless occasions.  And while I am thanking people I really need to shout out at Anne Ashley, the incredible graphic designer who did all the incredible art work and logo/branding on my site.  Anne and Jo are a great team and I am super happy for all the help and inspiration they have given me over the years.

So without further ado, welcome to the NEW and IMPROVED Morning Glory Designs!!

And in case you wondered, no need to change your bookmarks.  It is the exact same URL as the old one.  Just hosted on a new server.

And click on the same link and subscribe to my newsletter because the new 2107 BOM is FINALLY ready.  And as Scotty would say,  "Captain, she's a beauty!"
 


Thanks for all the Birthday Wishes on the 18th.  It was a great day spent with my family and beautiful grand babies.




Hugs!  Reeze



Friday, January 13, 2017

New Block of the Month for 2017

Finally, I have come up with an idea for the 2017 free block of the month.  Usually it does not take this much time or angst to design and write my BOM, but this year the gears are going around slowly.

I am so tickled by those of you who have written to ask where the 2017 BOM is, but it has motivated me to get to work on it, or rather on all the versions of it I have come up with and rejected.  I am my own worst critic!  But I finally said "enough already" and stood back from all the versions I designed and chose one.  A bit different from last year's Seminole Sampler, or even the Deco Garden Sampler from the year before.

The new BOM  has a name!  

Thanks to all of  you who generously shared your suggestions.  Wow, it was really hard picking a name I like best because so many of them were amazing.  I culled the list down to my top 6 favorites and then just had to choose.  The winning suggestion came from Debbie Green* who suggested Fair Isle Fantasy. Special thanks to those of you who used "winter" in your suggestion.  I thought that really captured the feel of the quilt so I added to the name.

Fair Isles Winter

So here is the 2017 BOM.  What do you think?  NOTE:  Each star block will be unique.  This picture just puts all the same block in each space so as to not spoil the surprise.  Click on the 2017 BOM page for more details.



Thanks for your patience, comments, and name suggestions.

*Debbie Green please contact me to claim your prize.  You did not leave contact information!  I will award the prize to my second choice if I don't hear from you by February 1, 2017.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 New Free Poinsettia Block

To celebrate the month of December I designed another Free Poinsettia block as a thank you gift to my readers and subscribers.



Click HERE to download the free block.



If you make four of these blocks you can put them together into a great holiday wall hanging, and now flowers to remember to water!



You can still get the 2015 Free Poinsettia Block HERE. It was a big hit last year and several people send me pictures of projects they made from the block pattern.  I hope you will do the same this year.  I love seeing the way you make these patterns uniquely your own.



This photo is from a sweat shirt a reader made last year.  Don't you think it would look great with some holiday bling all over the center yellow?


Hope you enjoy these two fun holiday quilt blocks.  
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Morning Glory Designs

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Deco Garden Bonus Block Half Price Sale - only in November

I know everyone loves a sale, and here is one just for those of you who love the Deco Garden Bonus Blocks I have been offering all year.  A one-time opportunity to get them for Half Price during the month of November.


CLICK HERE FOR THE SALE

Many of you have already taken advantage of this sale. Thank you!  I so appreciate your continued support and good wishes.  Here are a few more new blocks to tempt you.  I hope you enjoy the blocks, and the savings.

As always, if you send me a picture of a project you have made with one of these blocks, I will send you a free pattern for one of the new blocks of your choice.

Block 38 - Grapes. 
I grew up on a fruit farm in Northern Ohio and we had acres of concord grapes which we sold to Welches.  In addition, my dad also grew a few acres of wine grapes and made his own wine.  He supplied the wine for my wedding 33 years ago, a memory which always makes me smile when I think of my dad.

Block 39 - Gooseberries
I am not sure I have ever eaten a gooseberry, but I know they are really bitter and require quite a bit of sugar to make them palatable.  But they do make great jam and pie!

They are on sale only for the month of November!

Coming Soon!

Block 40 - Hyacinth
Coming soon!  Watch for this pattern coming next week. 
This is one of my favorite spring blooming bulbs.  I always planted a few in my yard.  Last year when they replaced my front porch and sidewalk all my bulbs were dug up in the process and my gentle hyacinths were one of the victims.  I am going to buy some more to replant this fall.  My favorite is actually a bright pink hyacinth which bears my real name:  Anne Marie.  Yup, the secret is revealed!  Reeze is a nickname I have used most of my life.  Now I have to scour the bulb catalogs to see if I can find another Anne Marie Hyacinth.  Anyone know where I can get one????

And just for fun, here is a pink hyacinth.


I have had more fun designing these blocks.  I thought you might enjoy a picture of all of them, well actually, this is most of them, not all, as they all wouldn't fit into 6 x 7 setting.  But it is most of them. 

Want to be a quilt tester?

My project for 2017 is to write a book featuring these and more Deco Garden blocks and a series of projects I am designing to go with them  If you are interested in helping with this project by making a project which will be featured in the book, send me an email. 

I am lining up projects for the book this winter.  You will receive a free pattern for the project.  You will use your own fabric and keep the resulting project.  All I ask is that you send it to me for photographing.  You will receive credit for the project in the book, and a free copy when it is published.


Sound like fun?  I would love a variety of techniques used: fusible web, needle turn, back basting,  freezer paper, wool applique, machine embroidery*
. . . . .

Interested?  Contact me at reeze at morningglorydesigns.com

Happy Quilting


*Do you digitize?  I would like to hire someone to digitize the files for me.  If you are interested please contact me to work out details.