Sunday, February 28, 2010

Block 3 Triple Tulips Block of the Month Posted

I just got home from a wonderful four-day retreat and feel refreshed and invigorated.  And the four+ hour nap I had this afternoon after I got home didn't hurt either!  So I jumped on my computer and put the finishing touches on the instructions for BLOCK 3 of my New 2010 Block of the Month Quilt. 

This block will be available for free until April 18 so be sure to print a copy while it is available.  After that is will be for sale on my website.

I hope you enjoy this month's block.  I would love to see pictures of your blocks.  Please send them to me at reezehanson (at) and I will post them. 

Saturday, February 20, 2010

And the Winner is. . .

Wow, thanks for all the wonderful comments about my blog and reaching more than 50,000 hits!  I am so thrilled that you are enjoying my travels through quilt land!  Sorry it took me a few days longer to post the winners but I had a magazine deadline I needed to meet.  Now that is done, on to the fun.  And when I read all the great comments I decided not to pick just one winner, but FOUR winners!   Yikes. . . I just kept pulling names out of my little basket. 

So the lucky winners are:
Monica from Texas
Doina from Romania
Gari from Alabama

If you will email me at reezehanson (at) with your address (for snail mail) or email address (for downloads) I will send you your choice of patterns and the FQ's to go with them.

Congratulations to all of you who entered my celebration give-away.  You are the Best!

Monday, February 15, 2010

50,000 Visits to my Blog!! Time for a Give Away!!

To celebrate the fact that my blog has been viewed 50,000 times I am going to give away a pattern and a stack of fat quarters.  If you would like to be in on the drawing please leave a comment telling me what you like (or don't like) about my blog!  You will get your choice of one of my patterns plus a set of FQ's to go with it.  Whoo hooo!
Click on View Full Album to see all the pictures of my patterns.  You will be able to take your pick!  What could be better than that??  I am so excited that so many people have been following my blog and reading along as I show you my weekly progress.  I am so thankful to all of you who have downloaded my free BOM and subscribed to my feed.
If you want to share the love with my new 2010 BOM why not put my BOM Logo picture on your blog with the link to it?  Click on the picture and save to your computer.  Put a photo widget on your blog and link it to the URL below!  blue tulips web
If you leave a comment along with a note saying you put my BOM link on your blog you will get your choice of TWO PATTERNS of your choice if you win the drawing!  The Winner will be announced on Thursday February 18.  Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement.   I love giving away my patterns.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

More Dotty Stars

I spent most of the weekend working on my Dotty Stars.   I have 8 blocks done in the cool colors – blues, greens, purples -- and am now working on another set of 8 blocks in the warm colors – reds, oranges, yellows.  I can’t believe how long it takes to make each block!  Granted, they are 18” squares, but sheesh, they take forever.  Dotty StarsI am paper piecing them for accuracy, which is much easier than traditional piecing on this block.  I redrew the block in EQ6 so I could print off my own foundation papers.   Here is the pink star.
pink block 3I love the way these are coming out so far and am anxious to see all the other blocks that people are making for this swap.  I know some of the swappers are making totally scrappy blocks, while mine tend to be “color coordinated” on the warm and cool color schemes.  I am actually having fun making these. Surprise surprise!  LOL
I am also working on a pattern and quilt top which will be submitted to a magazine and published this fall.  More on this as later, but here is a little sneak peek.  one sunflower peek Look for the whole pattern in the October issue of Quilter’s World.  
Last week I finished another set of 5 blocks in my Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler.  These are so fun to make, but some of them pose a real challenge.
I hope you have taken the opportunity to download my FREE Block of the Month – Tulip Tiles.  Blocks 1 and 2 are both available now for free!! In a few days Block 1 will be removed as a free download and will be available for sale on my website.  Block 2 will remain free until March 18.  I will add Block 3 the first week of March.  You will always have about 5-6 weeks to download each block for free!  Click on the Tulip Tiles link or on the right side bar to go to the free download page.
Hope you are staying warm and digging out of the snow (for all of you in the USA)!!  Yes, it snowed AGAIN in Kansas today.  That dratted groundhog!  I was so hoping Spring would be early this year.  Thank goodness I have my quilting to keep me happy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Swapping Dotty Stars

This week I am working on some blocks I am swapping on my online quilt forum – Sew Many Swap.  I have wanted to do this Dotty Star pattern for a long time and finally have the opportunity.  It is available for free on Here is my first block.


The blocks are huge, 18” stars and all the fabrics are dots!  I have been collecting dot fabrics for a while and I am getting to use them like crazy in this project.  I am doing two sets.  One will be all cool colors with blue, green, violet, and turquoise.  The other set will be warm colors with red, orange, pink, and yellow.  I am paper piecing them and they come out very nice. . . but sheesh. . . do they ever take time to make!

So what are you working on.  Leave a comment, I would love to hear about your current projects.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Tulip Tiles Block of the Month Block #2

I had a bit of time today so I thought I would post the February Block of the month a bit early.  I planned to post each block on the 18th of each month but what the heck.  I am still recovering from my cruise vacation and getting caught up at my day job.  But the snow fell in buckets today so I stayed home and managed to get the 2nd block ready to post.  Here is the block pattern and directions:

I can't wait to see what your blocks look like.  Send me a picture of your block and I will post them.