Monday, February 1, 2016

February Seminole Sampler Row Posted

Here is the second row of the Seminole Sampler block of the month.


Click on the 2016 BOM tab at the top of the page to get the link to the free row.
And there is a new give-away for February!  Post a picture of your completed January row and be entered to win a free batik jelly roll.  All the details are on the 2016 BOM tab.

Several folks have been asking for the fabric requirements for the whole BOM project.  Well, I am still working on those.  I have several patterns I am writing now (for which I get paid) and the ones that I give away for free keep falling to the bottom of the list.  I am sorry about that, but when they make it to the top of the list you will be the first to know!  LOL

I am also working on a new Deco Gardens Block.  You may purchase this block pattern at Morning Glory Designs.  It is a 12" block (like the others) and will work beautifully with the other blocks, if you have been collecting those.

This is Deco Garden Block 14 Peony

Saturday, January 30, 2016

January winner of Aurifil Thread!

The winner of the January give-away of an aurifil thread pack has been selected!

To see the winner go to my BOM Page.  If you haven't downloaded the January Seminole Sampler row, you still have 1 day to get it for free.  Starting Monday Feb 1, Row 2 will go up and Row 1 will be retired to my website, where you will be able to purchase it.

Check out my Facebook Page for three additional winners of Free Patterns!  The sun is out and it is 60 degrees here in Kansas and I am feeling generous!  LOL

You can still order Fabric Kits for the Seminole Sampler for just $15 month!

That includes all the fabric to make the whole quilt top, plus binding and postage for each shipment. Click HERE to order your Fabric Kit!  Oh, and did I mention that the fabric comes cut in the right widths so you can start sewing as soon as your kit arrives???  Whoooo Hoooo and thanks Peggy at ConnectTheBlocks.com home of the 40" yard.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Another Deco Gardens Block

If you are collecting the new additions to the Deco Gardens series of bonus blocks I have just added a new one.  This is the Thistle.  12" finished block size.


A very delicate looking block with LOTS of little applique pieces!  Yea, just what you needed on a cold January day!  I like it in the white background, but the black background is also pretty.


And a four block pillow or wall hanging would be very distinctive.


You can get this new Deco Gardens Bonus Block 14 Thistle Block HERE.

Have you downloaded you free Seminole Sampler Block for the new 2016 BOM?  It is still available on the 2016 BOM tab at the top of the page.

Want to link your blog to this BOM so you don't forget to download your block every month?  Here is a Blog Badge to post as a reminder.


Don't forget to enter the drawing for a free Aurifil Thread Pack by leaving a comment on the 2016 BOM page and filling in the Raflecopter entry.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Block of the Month for 2016

Well, now, that's different!

That is what I heard when I showed this year's new BOM to some friends.  Yup, it is different!  After 4 years of doing applique BOMs I promised my readers I would do a pieced one this year and here it is.

The Seminole Sampler


I have been teaching Seminole Patchwork for several years and thought it was time I designed an original sampler I could use as a teaching piece.  So this does double duty!  I will be offering a free row every month on my blog and in my newsletter.  Subscribers will receive a bonus block, as always.

Peggy from ConnectTheBlocks.com will be providing FABRIC KITS for this project, and I am thrilled to be able to offer these incredible kits to my readers. Last year's Deco Gardens kits were a huge success, so I am hoping that you will enjoy these fabulous batik beauties.  Watch for the link coming January 8.

In the meantime check out Peggy's amazing batiks and kits.  Her yard cuts are 40" and shipping is free.

Go to the new 2106 BOM tab at the top of this block to access the link for row 1, the Harlequin row.


BIG NEWS, I am doing a monthly give-away on my blog for those who enter each month's contest.  Each month will be something different to enter.  This month all you have to do is leave a comment on the 2016 BOM Tab. WOW!

Did you love all those Art Nouveau flower blocks?  Well I did too, so I am still designing more of them.  Click here to get this month's new block, the Daffodil.








Monday, December 28, 2015

Keepsake Quilting & 3 Day Block Sale

My before-Christmas 3-day block sale was such a success I am doing it again for the last three days of 2015!  Shop for blocks for this year and last year's Block of the Month and Bonus Blocks for HALF PRICE.

Only December 29, 30, 31, 2015

Click here to shop the 3-Day Sale, and be sure to use the coupon code DECO50 when you check out to get the 50% off.


I love when my Keepsake Quilting catalog arrives in the mail.  It has so many beautiful patterns and kits which always tempt me.  Yea, right!  Like I have time to do more quilts!  LOL  But this issue has one of my patterns in it!  So I hope it tempts you.
Arboretum Stars is named for the gorgeous line of artisan batiks produced by Robert Kaufman which are used in this quilt.  The pattern may look difficult but here is what makes it actually pretty easy to make:

  • There are no set in seams!  Yup, you assemble pieced triangles which go together in vertical rows.  Yes, it really is that simple.
  • Those tiny triangles are fused on!  No difficult or tedious piecing of all those little triangles.  Fuse them on and off you go.
  • The entire quilt can be cut using 2-1/2" strips and Marti Michel's STRIPPERS Templates, 60 degree diamonds.  The cutting is super accurate and the piecing does not require any crossed corners to line up.
  • Keepsake Quilting is offering both the pattern and the kit!
That sounds like a pretty cool deal to me.  If you need the 2-1/2" Strippers Templates you can get them HERE on my website for $15 with free shipping.

Oh and hang in there for the big reveal on January 1, 2016 of my new FREE Block of the Month for 2016.  It is completely pieced (no applique), and is sorta, kinda, almost, could be, a row quilt.  Stay tuned!  I will be offering the blocks free for 1 month and then they will be for sale on my website.  I will again be offering KITS for the BOM!!

I am so thrilled to be collaborating again with CONNECTTHEBLOCK.com who will offer batik kits for the 2016 BOM.  To get the free block and a free bonus block each month subscribe to my newsletter.

Click here to subscribe:  NEWSLETTER

Happy New Year everyone.  Hope you have a wonderful holiday and a great 2016.




Sunday, November 29, 2015

December Free Project

Sometimes I get carried away when I am designing with EQ7.

I wanted to do something special for all my readers and subscribers to thank you for hanging out with me this year.  So I designed a special block just for you.



So here is where I start getting carried away.  I wanted to add a border so that when I put four of the blocks together I would get a square designs.  So I added a vine to the flower block.



So  here is what it looks like with the four blocks together.


I love this 24 x 24 pillow look and thought about some other arrangements for other Christmas decorating.  Here is my idea for a table runner.


Two squares of four block. 24 x 48 Pretty simple, but still fun. However, if you are not an applique girl then you might break out in a sweat trying to do 8 blocks. Then I thought of something simpler and less square.


I really like this one.  Three 12" blocks on point and the little deco garden border blocks festooning the sides in reds and greens.  I might even make this one.  At 20 x 45 it is a great size for a holiday table.


So here is a table cloth sized quilt.  I liked the offset squares of flowers when I started rotating the blocks.  But the next one is simpler and leaves room for some pretty quilting.


So you can use these two free blocks to make any of these settings or just use the four in a square to make a pillow, candle mat, table topper, or wall hanging.

"It amazes me that a little bit of moving around changes the look of the block so much.  But wait till you see what happens when you start changing the color!"

So now I am starting to get really carried away in EQ7 and go back to the four block poinsettia arrangement and start playing with color.  I always see blue poinsettia fabric in the stores so I did a blue variation.


Wow, I loved that one, and the bit of purple really contrasted nicely with the blue.  Of course poinsettias don't really come in blue, but they do come in white and pink so I thought I would try a variation in first white, and then pink.


What do you think of the white one?  I loved this one too because it reminded me of those years as a teenager when I worked in the florist shop with my mom and sister.  There were so many gorgeous white poinsettias in the shop.  OK, so here is the pink version.


OK, so it's not really pink, but I loved the combination.  I started playing with my favorite EQ7 tool - random recolor - and it looked sorta pink, ok more red than pink. But I liked it anyway, and it was a bit less traditional for all you non traditionalists.


This is more like it.  I loved this pink version.  So romantic and victorian.  I picture it in a Country Home article on "A Victorian Christmas!"  It would fit just right in my pink and green bedroom.

Then I inverted the colors just for fun.  Peggy (www.connecttheblocks.com) this one is for you, the bling girl!  I would put crystals all over this for you.  It also matches my Easy Binding Winder!  Hohoho.


Doesn't that make you want to run for the pepto bismol?  Hahahaha  So I kept hitting the random recolor button and here is what I came up with.  Well actually this is only a small sample of what I came up with because once I started I couldn't stop.  But these were some of my faves.  Perhaps they will give you an idea about how you would like to color your blocks.


These colors looked Asian to me.  The gold behind the deep blues and purples looked so rich.  Not sure about the light blue border, but it does make a soft contrast (complement of orange is blue!) to the bold colors in the design.  Remember, these combinations are totally random!  Those of you who are especially anal and #don't do random may want to look away at this point.


This looked like ice to me.  If you are a "Frozen" fan you might like this. It  would go great in a little girl's bedroom filled with "Frozen" stuff.  The stonehenge fabrics in the background are such a cool texture, also.  Even the purple border provides a nice counterpoint.


This is another one of those warm variations with the blue violet and red against the gold.   Whooo doggy, that would light up someone's ugly brown sofa!


This one with the blues, grays and turquoise is much more "me".  I love these cool colors against a silver background.  I would so totally make this for my back porch wicker chairs and sofa.


While these muted greens and tans are not my colors I could see this in the cabin with rustic furniture and hunting decor.  My husband would call this the "camo" version.


This has a more modern look to me, especially those cool black and white print flower centers and lime green (the new neutral!) haha.  But I gotta tell you it is growing on me and I am more open to these colors than I once was.


This is for all of you K-State fans.  You know who you are and I didn't want to leave you out so when this variation popped up I save it just for you.


This one is for my friend Cara Gulati, cuz it is in her colors and style.  I think this would appeal to her.  Warm, rich, kinda kinky, but fun - always fun.

I can see you start to yawn so the show is over.  Hope you enjoyed playing along with me while I shared this project with you.  Download the free blocks (available only for 30 days) and share with me what you would do with them.

Thanks for hanging out with me in 2015.  I love each and every one of you.

PS.  Watch for my NEW block of the month coming in 2016!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Christmas is in your heart Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas is in your Heart Blog Hop November 12 - 19.

Each stop on the hop has a free project or tutorial and is offering a give-away for a free $25.00 Gift Certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are all the stops on the Blog Hop:








Sponsored By The Fat Quarter Shop

I am offering a free Christmas placemat pattern which is great for using up those holiday fat quarters.


 The pattern includes instructions for matching folded napkins!  Mix and match fabrics from a single fabric line or use up all those great holiday scraps.  It is super easy and fun to make. . . . and is made from Fat Quarters!







Thursday, November 5, 2015

November Bonus Block

Just a quick note to say the November Newsletter with the free bonus block will be delayed a few days.

We just got home from Houston (read Quilt Festival) yesterday and while I was catching up on pattern orders, Bruce went up to visit his dad (who is 95 and very ill).  Well, His father passed away this afternoon while Bruce was there and we are both grateful that we got home in time for him to see his dad one last time.

I promise the bonus block will be worth the wait.

Bonus Block 11 Violets



 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Quilt Market and Festival

Two weeks of excitement, innovation, and all things quilty!


I have been in Houston at Quilt market and then Quilt Festival.  It was quite an adventure having a booth at both shows this year!


I shared a booth with Peggy and Rex who demo'd and sold their Easy Binding Winder.  It was so fun to see this product take off.


I sold my patterns and kits and had a blast shopping for cool stuff!  Happy to get home and take a few months off to recharge my creative batteries, design my new BOM for 2016, and work on some new quilts.