Sunday, September 25, 2011

BOM Blocks 12 and 13 Posted

The final blocks in the Jewels in the Crown Block of the Month are ready! Wander on over to the Free BOM tab at the top of the page and pick up your free blocks. Remember, they are only available for 2 months and then they go on sale on my website.
Block 13 Topaz & Lapis
Color way 1

Block 13 Colorway 2

Block 12 Rose Quartz

If you sign up for my newsletter (see the left side of the blog near the top for the simple sign up form) you will receive 2 different ways to finish this BOM!!  Only one will be posted on my blog.  Only subscribers received the second (and more elaborate) colorway.

Work is progressing on the 2012 BOM!!  I am flying along in the design process and collecting fabrics to start working on blocks.  I am still looking for  pattern testers, so let me know if you are interested and I will send you the details.

Hope you are enjoying the cooler Fall temperatures like we are in Kansas!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sneak Preview

I am so excited.  I am always excited when I am working on a new design.  Yup this is the design for my Free 2012 BOM!  Wow, I can't resist sharing a few hints with you.
  • I love vintage quilts
  • I love floral quilts
  • I love sampler quilts
  • I love those wonderful 30's solid colors (you know, like Kona cottons and Moda Bella Solids)
So of course the new BOM will be the re-creation of a vintage floral sampler, circa 1920-30, in wonderful pastel (and a few bright) solids.

But wait. . . there will be at least three versions of each block!!  There will be a beginner, intermediate, and an advanced version of each block -- you can choose!   Blog readers will receive the beginner block for free for a month! If you are subscriber to my newsletter you will get all three for free for a month.  How is that for an incentive??  :-)  Big cheesy grin!

The new BOM will start in January so now is a great time to start taking advantage of sales on those Kona Cottons and Bella Solids.  Or you might want to use 30's prints!!  They would be adorable in this quilt.  Or be wild and use batiks!!

Of course the patterns will all be written for fusible machine applique.  But you can adapt the pattern to your favorite method.

OK, have I got you excited yet???  Whooo hooo.  I have about a dozen of the the blocks done already and am working on settings.  Oh, did I mention there will be 42 blocks???  Oops, another slip there.  hehehe -- and since there will be at least 3 versions of each block that means there will be roughly 126 blocks to choose from for your sampler quilt.  Whew, I must be nuts.

This is a project I have wanted to do for a long time, and now I can't wait to get going on it.  I have my fabrics all picked out.  (Remember the applecores?)
I've added a few more greens and blues to this pile since I took the picture.

Hope you will join me in January for the FREE 2012 Vintage Floral Sampler BOM!

Friday, September 2, 2011

BOM Blocks 10 and 11 Posted!

Block 11 Tiger Eye
Two more Block of the Month Blocks were posted for September!  Yup, they are free for 2 months.  Click on the links on the BLOCK OF THE MONTH page and download your free pattern.  If you missed any of the blocks so far you can get them on my Website for $3.00 each.  Or if you can't wait, you can purchase the whole pattern set.
Block 10 Shimmering Hourglass
I am working on my FREE BOM for 2012 and I gotta say it is really going to be fun.  I am going back to doing applique for this one.  But fear not, all the instructions will be for easy fusible machine applique.  I have been researching old floral applique samplers and I found a wonderful old turn of the century sampler that I will be recreating with modern fabrics and techniques.  The original quilt has 42 blocks!!! 

 Here is a sample of one of the blocks that will appear in the new BOM.  This quilt will be made with Bella Solids by Moda.
1930s Colors Bella Solids Fat Quarter Bundle 9900AB-231930s Colors Bella Solids Charm Pack SKU# 9900PP-23

To make this project extra special, I will be offering 12 blocks on my blog for free, and the remaining blocks will be available for free only to my Newsletter Subscribers.  It is free to subscribe to my newsletter, and those who do, will received an additional free block with each issue!  I can't wait to share this wonderful new BOM with you.  Sign up for my newsletter HERE.