Monday, January 28, 2013

Majestic Garden in Quiltmaker Magazine

If you are a subscriber or picked up the latest issue of Quiltmaker Magazine, you may have seen my quilt, Majestic Garden.  It is featured in the March/April, 2013.  I am so thrilled to be included once again in their magazine!  I designed this quilt using the purples and blacks of my latest fabric collection, Royal Gardens.  I love the contrast that you get when you combine the darker colors with the lighter background.  It is so elegant and striking!  Another interesting thing about this quilt is the play of the blocks together.  The magazine includes different examples of using the same block and either changing the colors or rotating them to get completely different looking quilts.  Make sure you pick up your copy to see these options.

I hope everyone has been enjoying making their first Blogger Girls Block of the Month blocks!  I know that I have really enjoyed seeing them.  My friend, Kathy and I have been making another version of the quilt using Double Chocolat by Moda.  Here is Block #1, Version 2, made by Kathy:

Don't forget to come back on February 1st, this Friday, to get block #2!  See you then!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sweet Maple

We have a 13 year old Old English Sheepdog named Maple.  She is a sweet old dog and I love her to bits.  It seems like I always talk about Tillie because she is young and full of energy.  (as I'm writing this, I had to take a break to take her outside to play!)   Maple lays back and just hangs out with us.  She gets lots of attention even with Tillie around!  She comes outside to keep Tillie and I company when I play ball with Tillie.  She proceeds to bark the whole time letting everyone know that she is outside with us!  Here are some pictures of my sweet Maple:
 Maple at 6 years old
 Glory and Maple (front) at 10 years old
 Maple (front) with Glory at 9 years old
 Maple and Tillie
 Maple with Tillie who adores her big sister!

One of the reasons that I bring up Maple is because I just got my copy of Quilt Almanac 2013 and one of my older quilts, Sweet Maple, is featured.  The quilt was redone using my fabric line, Royal Gardens.  My friend, Kathy Rosecrance sewed it for me.  Make sure you check it out!  We are offering kits for this wonderful wall hanging through  Here is a picture of it:

The block of the month is going great!  I've seen lots of great pictures on flickr and it's been SO much fun!

Have a great week and hope you are having fun making your blocks! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Questions & Comments


Well, the Block of the Month has been going so great!  Thanks for all the comments, questions and suggestions.  Don't forget to check out Flickr in Blogger Girls BoM group.  It's so inspirational to see everyone's blocks!  It makes me so proud and excited to see them!! 

I've had lots of people show great interest and a few questions have come up. 

The first question is whether the block background and the light for sashing are the same fabric.  I did use the same fabric for both.  The follow up question for that was why is there so much fabric for the light for sashing?  There is quite a bit of piecing involved and there are 31 sashing pieces.  So, although I give you a bit extra to work with, a cushion, it does require quite a bit. 

The second question is: Will I post the finishing instructions before the end of the block of the month?  Again, there is quite a bit of piecing so I have decided to post it sometime in March.  I understand that people will be anxious to work on it.  I think it's a great idea and that way, it will give everyone a chance to start working on it so when July comes along, we can do a big reveal!  Won't that be fun!?

The question that I had posted last week was about color and fabric choices.  Shelley and Nellie were kind enough to post her suggestions in a comment:

From Shelley:  Sometimes it's helpful if you can look at the value of the fabric, the tone of the color, ie. light, medium, dark, to help in choosing. Is it possible to print out a copy of the block in black and white to see the different values? I think in the end, especially if you are using a collection of fabric, it will all work out.

From Nellie:  I recently completed the Craftsy BOM and chose batik fabrics with black as my neutral. I found that I could add fabric indefinitely because there are so many batiks to select from. So my suggestion, is to pick something 'generic' especially if you are a beginning quilter, for example: calicos, dots, 30's era fabric, etc. that way you can always add a new fabric but it will still fit in your quilt.

Both awesome suggestions!

Until later, have a great week!

New Picture of Tillie

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Email sign up

Hi Everyone!

I have had such great response for the Blogger Girls Block of the Month.  Thank you so much!!  I am so excited about this project!  As the month goes by, I will be giving updates on the questions, comments and pictures from everyone.

One of the questions that I had is if I could set up an email feed so when I post a blog, you are notified.  I think (cross your fingers) that I set it up correctly.  It is on the right side of this blog.  This is my test because I signed up myself and want to see if it works.  Also, I have been posting my new blogs on Facebook and you can sign up to receive updates through there.  Button on right side too.

The other question that I had was about fabric and how do you go about using it for the block of the month.  This is a great question and here is both Nicole's from Sister's Choice's and my response:

Question from reader:

Dear Nicole,
 I'm a lurking devotee of your blog (as well as other quilting and knitting blogs), never a commenter. But now I have a question about the Open Gate BoM, please.

I've never done a BoM before and am not sure how you cut the fabric efficiently to be sure there's enough for future blocks. Are there any tricks to this?

Thanks for any help. And Happy New Year!

Answer from Nicole:


Thanks for your email.  Your question is a very good one.  I am using fat quarters of the fabric, and have more pieces than the project calls for.  I am finding it a bit tricky to calculate the amount I will have on hand after I use a piece to make one or more blocks.  I am thinking I can use each fat quarter in at least two blocks.  However, I have already made two blocks that I have rejected because I didn't like my fabric combinations once I got them made!  So, I can see using up  my favorite pieces, perhaps before I am ready to!

My method so far, has been no method at all.  I have just been picking out the fabrics I think I will like in each block and plunging in and cutting without really considering if I am making the best use of my materials.

I will run your question by Monique (the designer) and see if she has any thoughts.

Thanks again for your thought provoking question!

All the best,

Answer from me:

Hi Girls,

You are right, that is a great question.  Nicole, your idea about using the fat quarter for more than one block is a good suggestion.  I definitely used the same fabric in two or more blocks.  The only problem is that it's hard to know when you are going to use it.  :)  If you are worried about running out of a particular fabric, you could always get more, if it's available  Either 1/3 or a 1/2 yard.  
I have the same problem that Nicole has in the auditioning fabric and sometimes need to reject blocks.  Sometimes, what I do is I download my fabric onto my quilt program and plug the colors in to see what it will look like.  It's all a feel and sometimes, you can't do that or it doesn't look like the picture of the block. 

The cool thing about this Block of the Month is that there are 7 different bloggers working on the blocks and a great variety of fabric.  If you like one of the fabric selection that is featured, you could go with that line and for sure you know it will work out.  All the lines are either current lines or will be in stores soon.  We tried to keep it current so that you guys could use one of our selections. 

For the background, I allow plenty of fabric and add a bit extra so you won't run out.  Also, when you are cutting your background, save the scraps and you can reuse the extra for the next blocks.

Hope this helps and thanks for joining us!  I think I might blog about this question because it's an excellent one and I'm sure others are asking the same thing!  


Keep the questions, comments and pictures coming girls!  Remember, you can post your pictures on flickr under the group Blogger Girls BoM.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Blogger Girls Block of the Month - Block #1

It's finally here!  Time for the Blogger Girls Block of the Month, block #1.  Click on this link to get the block instructions:  Block #1  I have set up a page on my website for the instructions and pictures.

Here is Version 1 using Royal Gardens:

 Here is Version 2 using Royal Gardens
The cutting and instructions are designed to use the Fit to be be Geese ruler and this is the first step in making the block.

Sew the red triangle onto the brown triangle with the bottom aligned.  Press out.  Sew the other red triangle on in the same manner and press out.

Line up the roof line of the ruler along the seam and trim the top.  The 1/4" is already built in.

Rotate the piece and line up the 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" black line on the bottom of the flying geese where you just trimmed.  Trim the top.

Rotate the ruler and sandwich the piece between the 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" red lines with the center red line going through the seam.  Trim.

Rotate the piece one more time and line up the 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" all the way around.  Trim the final side. 

Next, put the center of the block together.

Make flying geese using your second red and main background in the same manner as above.

Make 1/2 square triangles using the second red and main background by drawing a line on the back of the main background squares from corner to corner.  Place the drawn square with right sides together with the red square.  Sew 1/4" from each side of the line and cut apart.  Square to 2 1/2" using the Fit to be Quarter ruler.

Using the second red flying geese and the 1/2 square triangles make the following units:

Now, you can put the block together!  Here it is using Double Chocolat from Moda.  Yes, I am making another version with the help of my friend Kathy! 

Make sure that you check out the other blogger's versions.  Here is the list of the participating bloggers:

Sherri from A Quilting Life -
Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~
Lissa from Moda  Lissa  ~
Denise from Quilter’s  Window ~
Nicole from Sister’s Choice  ~
Lisa from Stashmaster ~

Anyone can sew along with us so make sure that you get your free pattern and sew, sew, sew!!

One more thing, we are posting our block on a flickr account under the group name of Blogger Girls BoM.  Please join us by posting your blocks.  We would LOVE to see them!!

Until next time!