Saturday, April 30, 2011

Time for another installment of the BOM Jewels in the Crown - Block 5

It's time for another block of the month.  I have lots of news, photos and stories of my travels over the past 2 weeks but I am just so dratted sleepy I will save the news till tomorrow.

NOTE:  An error was found in Block 5 and it has been corrected!  Please download Block 5 again if you downloaded the file on April 30 or May 1.  It was corrected at 11:30 pm May 1.  Thanks to Bettina for catching the error!!

Here is block 5 of the Jewels in the Crown BOM:

Be sure to go to the BOM page to download the block instructions and the optional foundation piecing pattern.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bath of Apolausis finished

Whew!  It has taken me a while to get this quilt finished, but it is finally done!

Tomorrow it goes in the mail to Quilter's World magazine and I will get a few days break from quilting before starting on the next one.  Watch for this pattern in the October issue of Quilter's World.  The quilt was really not very hard to make.  But the instructions were a booger to write!  LOL

I had fun making a label for this quilt too.

My next quilt will be for McCall's Quilting, and it is made with civil war reproductions.  That is a bit out of my usual style, but I found a great old vintage quilt and updated the pattern using reproductions.  Originally a 2-color quilt in red and white, it will have a whole new look and feel than the original.  I will post some pics of my progress as I work on it.  Calling it Civil War Stars.  Not very original for a name, but it gives a flavor of the quilt.  LOL

This week I am going to be all over the place.  I drive to Salina, KS on Monday to speak to the Silver Needles Quilt Guild.  I teach EQ Club on Tuesday night at the LQS and on Wednesday night I have a night class for my real job as a college professor.  Then a three day break. . . sigh. . . and then off to Bella Vista, AR for two days.  I will teach an EQ7 class on Sunday (Easter!) and give my Grandmother's Flower Garden Lecture on Monday.  Then back home for a little work on my day job and then off to Oklahoma City for two lectures and a workshop the end of next week.  I get home just in time to vend at the Kaw Valley Quilt Guild Quilt Show, where I am chair of the mini quilt silent auction and doing an EQ7 demo and lecture on. . . oh my, not sure which day!  Gasp.  I think I am seriously over-committed for April!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Winner of the BOM Block 3 contest is . . . .

I am a bit late with picking a winner this month!  I confess I have been busy trying to do my taxes. . . nope I still don't have them done, preparing for a Guild presentation I gave this morning, getting patterns printed and bagged, and working on quilts with deadlines.   Oh. . .did I mention I have a day job?  Sometimes I forget that in addition to my full time job as a pattern designer and speaker I also have a full time job as a college professor and teacher.  Ok, enough excuses.

11 blocks were submitted this month, and the colors are wonderful.  I hope you go take a look at all the blocks.  They are just stunning.  JewelBOMS is really looking like a jewelry store.

Ok, the random number generator churned and clanked as I put in the entries. And it pulled out number

So I counted out number six and the winner is

Bettina Meier

and here is a picture of her awesome block:

Those are amazing fabrics and really create a stunning block.  Congratulations Bettina.  Please send me your snail mail address and favorite color and your prize pack will go in the mail this week.

Congratulations to all of the Block 3 entries.  You just blow my socks off with your talent and colors.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Block of the Month Posted - Block 4

Time to post this month's Block of the Month:  Emerald Arrows

Go to the Block of the Month Page (tab at top of page) and scroll down to see this month's block.  It is a beauty!  Ok, the piecing is a little more difficult on this one, but the directions will walk  you through it.   And don't forget to post pictures of the block in the Flicker JEWELBOMS group to win a great monthly prize. 

Sunday I will draw the winner of the March block, so you have until them to post your pictures.

This weekend is the Heartland Quilt Network Annual Meeting in Kansas City and will be there all day on Saturday.  It is also the Shop Hop Weekend in Kansas City so when I finally settle down on Sunday with weary feet I will be ready to veg!!