Tuesday, August 2, 2016

More Deco Garden Blocks Available

I love these Art Nouveau tile inspired blocks, and this month three more are available on my website.

Block 26 May Apple

Block 27  Frittilaria

Block 28 Wild Onion

Winner Announced 2017 Block of the Month Suggestions

2017 Block of the Month Suggestions

Last month I asked readers to post comments with ideas for next year's free block of the month.  Wow did I ever get some great suggestions!!

Thanks to all of you who offered great ideas for next year's block of the month.  They really give me something to think about as I work out the details for next year's free project.  I chose one of the comments at random to win a free jelly roll.

This month's winner is: CathyQuilts 

Contact me by email to receive your free jelly roll!!!  Congratulations!

August Row is now Posted

August is a great month here in Kansas.  Can you spell H-O-T?  I love the dog days of summer.  The cool mornings, bright sunny afternoons, and the clear warm evenings.  I am a summer junkie!  Of course I am typing this from the comfort of my air conditioned house (ok, wimp wimp wimp), but I still love summer.

We had a big thunderstorm a few nights ago and the top of the maple tree in our back yard went crashing to the ground!  I call it our self-pruning maple tree because every year a branch comes down in one storm or another.  Pretty soon there won't be any tree left!  It is a very temperamental tree!

 It resides right where the electric and cable wires come from the pole to the house, and always drops its annual branch on the wires, testing their strength and endurance.  The wires won this time, but only by a small margin.  The tree seems determined to bring them down, just waiting for the right wind storm to come along and wrench another limb from its lofty heights to show just who is the boss of the back yard.  My husband always says, "I need to take that tree out!"  I can hear the tree quietly laughing at him.  It know he will never do it, and somehow I think in the end, the tree will rule!  "Trouble is a Tree scorned," or so goes the excellent truism which applies to maples as well as misses.  I am thinking we should do this:


The August Seminole Sampler row is now posted on my 2016 BOM page.  You can download the pattern file for free during august.  I love this row.  I call it Floating Windows.  It looks like little black windows peeking out from the yellow and purple squares.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you will also receive the free bonus block which accompanies this row.  No surprise to anyone, it is also called Floating Windows.

This month in my newsletter I am offering two different half price patterns and offering all 7 of the current bonus blocks for $6.00 for the set.  Check those out HERE.  If you are not a subscriber it is easy to do.  Just fill in the little form with your name and email.  You will not get any junk mail, only 2 newsletters a month, and you can do a one-click unsub anytime you no longer wish to receive it.

I am catching up on "stuff" now that I have a bit of down time from traveling.  I do love meeting with guild members, students, and other professionals when I teach and vend, but this month I am enjoying being home, watching the grand babies (6 months and 2-1/2 years!!!), and working on some new designs.

I have a boat load of new patterns coming out this fall and that means lots of writing.  I do enjoy that part of the design process but I sure need a good editor.  My thanks to "Threadlady" Judy who edited my Seminole Sampler pattern for me this month!  You rock!!!!