Sunday, May 29, 2011

Table Talk Book Winner

And the winner is:

Cathy, who said:

"Hops are always fun! I think I would choose sweet. Gotta have chocolate! I plan to take a look at your book. Thanks for the hop!"

Cathy, please email me at so we can get you your book.  Thanks for participating and congratulations!

Thank you everyone for commenting on the sweet or salt question.  The consensus is in, most people went for the sweets and a few went with salt.  Some even went with both - kettle corn, chocolate covered pretzels, peanuts and candy corn and my favorite: popcorn and licorice...yum! 

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day and you get to eat your favorite, salt or sweet.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Spring Quilt Market - Installment 4

Okay, this is the last installment.  Not because I'm running out of things to tell you, I'm running out of pictures!  You'd think that by now I would remember to take more pictures.  Not the case. 

I wanted to say hello to a couple of bloggers that I met at Market.  First, Sandy from tp://  She comments on my blog regularly.  She is an absolute sweetheart and when we met face to face, her enthusiasm and smile were infectious.  Here is a picture of the two of us in my booth in front of some of the quilts from Fat Quarter Winners.

I also wanted to say hi to Sherri from A Quilting Life.  I met her through blogging and we finally got to meet at Market.  Poor Sherri came by my booth several times and I was out but we finally got to meet on Sunday.  Thanks, Sherri, for being so patient and I'm glad that we finally met!  She's an awesome blogger and it was so much fun to meet her!  Look for Sherri to be involved with my blog hop coming up in July.

In the Moda booth they had an old time photo booth set up.  So, the first day, Joyce and I were walking around before the show opened and they told us about the booth.  I immediately drug Joyce over there and we had our pictures taken.  It was so much fun and we laughed the whole time!  Here we are:

Thanks for stopping by and will blog more next week.  Have a great Memorial Day!

Stop by next week for the announcement of the winner of Gudrun's awesome book, Table Talk. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Table Talk Blog Tour

Welcome everyone to day 3 of the Table Talk Blog Tour!  If you haven't checked out the other days of the tour, here is the schedule:

Posting every day of the week: Gudrun Erla - GE Designs :

Monday May 23rd: Kimberly Jolly - Fat Quarter Shop :

Tuesday May 24th: Sandy Gervais - Pieces From My Heart :

Wednesday May 25th: Monique Dillard - Open Gate Quilts : me :)

Thursday May 26th: Kate Spain - Kate Spain Designs  :

Friday May 27th: Kansas City Star - Diane McLendon :
Make sure that you check them out!
Gudrun generously gave me a copy of her book to review and use.  She is also giving a book to one lucky winner who comments on my blog. 
There are several projects that I love and really want to do. 
One is called Wrap it Up Runner and is made from Colorful Christmas by my Mind's Eye for Riley Blake.  At Market, I had noticed My Mind's Eye and loved their fabric designs so I was so excited to see that Gudrun had used them in her book.  The tablerunner is whimsical and fun and would be a great Christmas present, especially for yourself!  I am thinking that I might just have to make one or two!

The project that she made using my fabric Olde World Style is called French Inspiration and is absolutely gorgeous!  She used the Fleur de Lis print as the center and added a Fleur de Lis applique on top of it.  Isn't it wonderful?  She made it as a quilt as you go project with a fusible center.  Quick and easy and fun to make!

Not only does she include the wonderful projects but she also has some great recipes included in the book.  On the topper, she has a piece of the Chicken & Spinach Quiche.  It's a bonus to get these yummy recipes!

To be entered in the drawing for this wonderful book, make a comment on food...salt or sweet?  What is your favorite?  And if you had to choose, what would it be?  I will leave the drawing open until Saturday night and will announce the winner on Monday, May 30th. 

I will have more to post about Market so make sure you keep stopping by!  Also, I am planning another blog tour for the beginning of July...lots of giveaways and surprises so keep reading!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Spring Quilt Market - Installment 3

As I had mentioned, one of the fun parts about Market is meeting new people and seeing old friends.  One of the new people that I had met mentioned that Alma Alan of Blackbird Designs blogged that my Fit to be Geese ruler is the best flying geese ruler out there!  I was SO excited and flattered!  I love Blackbird Designs in everything they do.  I love their applique, there pieced designs and especially their fabric.  I was so honored and I even got goosebumps!  I have been unable to find the post but if anyone does, let me know.  I would love to see it!

I promised that I would show you some of my new patterns using my upcoming fabric line, Memories of Provence.  Here are they are:
61" x 85"

Monte Carlo
60" x 80"

Both patterns along with Secret Garden will be on my website soon.

Also, Sue and I designed a Block of the Month using Memories of Provence.  We have put a unique twist on it by designing two quilts using the exact same amount of fabric.  That way, you can decide which quilt you would like to make.  Watch for your local quilt shop to be offering the block of the month later this year. will be offering the block of the month as a pattern and kit but not as a monthly installment. 

Memories of Provence Block of the Month
Available in September, 2011
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the blog tour with Gudrun Erla from GE Designs with her new book, Table Talk.  I will be giving a copy of her book away so make sure you come by and leave a comment.

 See you tomorrow!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Spring Quilt Market - Installment 2

One of the things that I love about Market is the people you meet and the friends that you make.  Shop owners, teachers, fellow designers, company reps, bloggers and so many more! 

The exciting news that we heard at Market is about two of my favorite quilt shops.  Prairie Stitches in Oswego, IL and Vintage Threads Quilt Shoppe in Dyersville, IA were chosen to be part of American Patchwork and Quilting's Top Ten Shops for Fall, 2011!  Both shops are fantastic and the owners are wonderful.

First, Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe in Oswego, IL.  I met Susan and Kim several years ago at Quilt Market.  They have always been so friendly and supportive.  They were one of the first shops to buy my patterns and have an extensive supply of my patterns, books and rulers.  Whenever I talk to them, they make me smile!  Both have dogs and as you know, I'm a huge dog lover.  So, we chat about our dogs, quilting and everything else in between.  I have taught classes for them and my most recent class was King's Corner from Fat Quarter Winners.  Their shop is so inspiring and they have a wide variety of items to enjoy.  They have a wool wall, lots of fabric and samples.  The quilt that they designed for the Sampler magazine is fantastic and you are going to want to get a kit.  There website should be up and running soon and I am strongly encouraging them to get a blog going!  :)  If you are ever in the area of Oswego, IL, make sure that you stop by and see the shop, it's well worth the visit!

Me, Susan and Kim

Second, Vintage Threads Quilt Shoppe in Dyersville, IA.  Deb used to attend a retreat that I taught at several years ago.  She was always so sweet and I enjoyed her company.  When she opened her quilt shop with her friend, Sue, we became friends by again visiting at Quilt Market.  They have a retreat house right above their shop and last year several of my friends and I stayed there and visited the shop.  We had so much fun and the retreat house is fantastic!  They have a wonderful vintage, reproduction feel to their shop and it is so warm and inviting when you walk in the door.  Deb and Sue are so helpful and friendly that you will want to stay and get to know them better.  Make sure that you stop by their website and if you are in the area, visit their shop. 

Display window at the front of Vintage Threads

They are both taking orders for the magazines and their kits.  Make sure you check them out! 

Congratulations for both shops!  Well deserved!

More Market installments much to talk about, so little typing time!  :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Spring Quilt Market - Installment 1

Quilt Market was very successful and inspiring!  It was in Salt Lake City, UT this year and the people in Salt Lake were so friendly and helpful.  Joyce and I flew in on Wednesday and walked around the downtown for a bit.  We wanted to find a grocery store to get some supplies and when we asked a couple of city workers where to find the grocery store and how to get there, they were so friendly and helpful.  20 minutes later, we were on our way...sorry Thelma, we were a few minutes late for dinner. 

We met Thelma from Cupcakes 'n Daisies for dinner.  She had taken 2 classes from Carrie from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co and met us in Salt Lake after the classes.  This was the second time that I had met Thelma and she is an absolute doll!  Petite and sweet!  I felt like an amazon next to her!  We had a wonderful dinner and then off to Market for set up the next day.  I put Thelma to work right away and she helped us set up my booth.  Here she is labeling the brochures.  What a great help she was! 

Here is a picture of my booth the day of set-up.  I was really please to see how it all came out. 

I had 2 book signings for Fat Quarter Winners, one in the C&T Booth and the other one in the E. E. Schenck booth.  It was so much fun talking to the people as I signed books.  I love to hear where everyone is from and it amazes me how far they travel to get here for Market.  I talked to people from New Zealand, Thailand and Belgium.  Amazing!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday were a whirlwind of activities talking to shop owners, magazine editors and other designers.  It is so inspiring seeing everything and chat with everyone.

I had 4 new patterns for this Market and here they are 2 made from Olde World Style:
 Black Pearl
Secret Garden

Also, I debuted my new fabric line, Memories of Provence which will be out on fabric in September.  It is reminiscent of French fabric inspired by the Provence region.  It will have 3 colorways, blue, red and black with accents of green.  I love the updated antique look.  Here are the swatches of my new fabric and I will post my new patterns soon.   

I will tell you more about Market and my new items later.  Hope you enjoyed the first Market installment!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fit to be Quarter Winners

Hi all!

Back from Market and catching up on things.  I wanted to post the Fit to be Quarter winners and then will blog more about Market later this week.  The two winners are:

pcflamingo who said:

"Gotta be my rotary cutter. Or my Easy Angle ruler. Or my snips. Color me indecisive."

Henrietta who said:

"My favorite quilting tool is my seam ripper. I use it for lots of other things not just frog stitching. It is useful to flip a seam over (or under) while stitching, tease threads out of seams when pressing or guide when curved piecing.

I have always bought the cheap blue ones (naming no names) but got very tired of them simply snapping. I have been pleased with the Fons and Porter ergonomic handle one, worth every penny."

Thanks everyone for participating!

Look for the next blog hop to be starting next week!  It will be with Gudrun Erla from GE Designs and her new book will be featured.  Table Talk is published by Kansas City Star and is a wonderful compilation of table toppers, table runners and family treats.  She even used Olde World Style in one of her designs and it graces the cover!  So, make sure you come back to visit the blog hop and see her wonderful new book.

See you later this week!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fit to be Quarter Ruler

Well, it's finally here and ready to go.  The Fit to be Quarter rulers are in my "warehouse" aka our garage, the printing came and they are ready to go.  I'm so excited that it is finally ready!  The ruler is designed to trim quarter-square triangles, combination units and square up quilt blocks but I've found it to be a multi-purpose ruler.  I've used it to trim 1/2 square triangles too.  It is 9 1/2" x 9 1/2".  Let me show you how it works with quarter-square triangles.

1.  Quarter Square Triangles:

1.  Start with 2 squares 1" larger than the unfinished size of your quarter-square triangle or hourglass block.  I want a 4" unfinished square so I cut my light and dark 5" x 5".  On the back of the light square, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Sew 1/4" from both sides of the line.

2.  Cut on the line and press towards the dark.  Rotate one piece and place it, right sides together on the other piece.  Make sure that the light is on the dark and the dark is on the light.

3.  Draw a diagonal line on one of the pieces, bisecting the seam.  Sew 1/4" from the drawn line.

4.  Cut on the line and press the pieces in one direction.  You get two quarter-square triangles.

5.  Using the Fit to be Quarter, line up the two diagonal lines so the two lines cross on the 2" at the center of the block.  Also, watch to make sure that the diagonal lines on the top left are at 4" and the bottom right are at 4".  Trim the two sides.

6.  Rotate the piece and line up the 4" lines on the edges that you just cut.  Trim the two remaining sides.  There you go, perfect quarter-square triangles!

Black Pearl can be made using the Fit to be Quarter ruler for the center of the block.

The instructions for the ruler tells you how to trim combination units.  I will do another tutorial on that unit in another blog. 

If you want to order your Fit to be Quarter ruler, it's now on my website. Remember, I will be at Quilt Market from May 11th-May 16th so order will not go out until after the 17th.  (I need a day to recoup and get things ready to send out!) 

So now that it's finally here, I decided to do a give-away of the ruler.  Not one but two rulers!!  All you have to do is leave a comment on your favorite quilt tool.  You have until Sunday, May 15th to comment.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday, the 17th. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Talk Radio with Pat Sloan

Does anyone listen to talk radio?  If you do, have you heard of Pat Sloan's Talk Radio show?  It's on the internet and her latest venture is that she has partnered with American Patchwork & Quilting.  Isn't that awesome!?

She contacted me a couple weeks ago to let me know about her radio show and asked if I would like to be a guest.  I jumped at the chance!  How exciting!  She is on every Monday afternoon and she interviews 2 designers on each show.  They talk for about a 1/2 hour.  Here is the link to her show.  I listened to it on I-Tunes but you can listen to it through the Internet as well.  Hope you can all listen in on Monday, June 13th for my interview! 

Also, our wonderful talented friend, Carrie Nelson from Miss Rosie's Quilts Co was on May 2nd.  You can listen to past radio shows as well so make sure that you listen to Pat's interview with Carrie.  If you have never met Carrie, you must listen to her show.  She is so much fun and if you have met her than you know that you will be clicking over quickly to hear her interview. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Quiltmakers 100 Block Blog Tour Winner

Congratulations, who said:

"Recently I heard someone say it is the experiences that you can cherish not the I'd have to say...after the movie....but black pearls - the jewelry are beautiful!"

Thanks so much to everyone who commented on the blog tour!  The general consensus was that most people preferred to spend their money on jewelry instead of movies.  Of course, if the choice was fabric or movies and jewelry, we all know what we would choose! 

I had a book signing in Rockford at Acorn Quilts this past weekend and it was very successful!  It was so much fun to see familiar faces and meet some new quilters.  Thanks everyone for coming out!  Here is a picture of me at my table with the one book that I had left...awesome turnout!

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the tour!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour Starts Today!

It just happens to start today and be my day to blog.  My block is called Black Pearl.

My friend Sue asked me if I named it after the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean.  Although I like the movie, I did not name my block after the Black Pearl on the movie.  I actually thought of Black Pearls when I looked at my block.  What do you think?  Movie or jewelry? Here is my question for you to be entered in the drawing for a Quiltmakers 100 Block Volume 3 magazine.  What do you prefer - to spend your money on movies or jewelry?  I know it's a tough one!  Also, for the lucky winner who gets chosen for my blog, not only will you get a copy of the magazine, I will send you my new ruler, Fit to be Quarter.  Yes, it's close to being finished and I will have it on my website later this week!! 

Make sure that you stop by Quiltmakers blog to enter your name in for the prizes that they are giving away.  I also decided to give you a free pattern, Black Pearl Table Topper.  It is a quick, fun project to make and can be done in any colors.  My original block is done using my first fabric line Olde World Style.

In the magazine, the editors decided to do a Quilt Gallery.  I submitted a quilt and they decided to put it in!  I was so excited.  It is called the same name as the block, Black Pearl.  We will have kits available on within the next few weeks. 

Hope you enjoy the blog hop and let me know if you make the table topper.  Enjoy!