I know it’s not quite Christmas yet, but here is a really easy project to help usher in the New Year! I will show you how to make prairie points- you won’t believe how easy they are, and what a nice touch they add to the edge of your projects. I found some scraps of fabric in my stash with hints of metallic gold, which add a really pretty and festive touch to this banner. (more…)
Here we are! At the very end of Maggie’s First Dance Free Block of the Month! Thanks to EVERYONE who participated- my fabulous bloggers, our wonderful prize sponsors, and of course YOU- you were all so enthusiastic about this event, sharing photos of your work, telling your friends, and sewing along with us! I am always amazed at how exuberant and excited you all are about this event- I truly cherish all of your kind comments, Facebook posts and emails.
IMPORTANT! Please read! The pattern links in your emails will be deactivated on December 15, 2016. Be sure you have downloaded and saved the patterns (just saving the emails isn’t good enough- those links won’t work after the 15th.) The patterns are NOT AVAILABLE here on my website. If you haven’t’ gotten your patterns yet, please click here to sign up and get them delivered to your emails inbox. The patterns are FREE.
We are having a HUGE grand prize giveaway, PLUS a special SNEAK PEEK for 2017, but first I thought I’d show you the quilt photos that people have sent in. First of all, our bloggers (click on each photo to go to the blogger post):
I’m so happy to be part of this really FUN event! Today, I am part of the blog hop for Pat Sloan’s newest book, Teach Me to Machine Quilt! There are GIVEAWAYS- so read through to the bottom of this post… I got an advance copy of the book, and I just LOVE it! Here’s a photo of Pat and me at Quilt Market a couple of years ago:
I know that the other day I posted a bunch of Christmas Ornament ideas- but it IS still fall- so here are a few ideas for some quick fall quilts! I love playing with quilt designs and seeing what they will look like done in lots of different fabric and color combinations, so this was really fun for me! I took a few of my Free Quilt Patterns, and played with fall fabrics- I think you’ll like them as much as I do… You could get the first two done in an afternoon, the third may take you a couple of afternoons. Sounds like a nice, cozy, weekend project to me! You could also make about 4 blocks and make any of these into a table runner.
First, here is the “Grammy’s Rose Garden” quilt pattern. I have had so many people tell me that this has become their “go-to” pattern when they need a quick project or gift! Here is the original:
But look how different it looks in a fall palette- I love this. Maybe I’ll rename this “Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch”:
I’m getting ready for Christmas season, how about you? I’m drinking hot cocoa, watching Hallmark Christmas movies… I’ve even started humming some Christmas carols around the house! (Yes, I’m one of those people…)
It’s time for some quick projects- things you can make quickly and give as gifts and for your own holiday decorating. If you’re not quite in the holiday mood yet… maybe this will give you a jump start. These are super-cute, super-fun, and many of them are scrappy- so dive into that scrap basket and get started! (more…)
Oh, Friends- can you believe we are at the end?? While the BOM lasts for about 6 months, Maggie and I have been “dancing” for over a year now! It was over a year ago that I designed her and chose the fabrics that we would be using. It’s a bit like having your children grow up and move out of the house- the promise of peace and quiet sounds nice, but you know that you will miss them terribly!!!
Last year, at this time, I had the next BOM planned… but I’m running a little behind this year… getting our new Club up and running took up a good chunk of time over the last couple of months. But don’t worry- my mind is turning over some ideas for 2017’s Block of the Month!
Whether you’ve been with us from the very beginning, or if you just joined in today, I hope you have been enjoying it!! For me, it is such a thrill to see people making and loving a pattern that I have designed… Getting your emails and seeing your posts on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter is soooooooo much fun!
Remember- soon the free pattern links will be de-activated (somewhere around the end of this month, or the beginning of December). Please download and print and/or save the pattern PDFs- once the links are deactivated, I WILL NOT be giving out the patterns!! Thanks! (more…)
Friends, it’s finally my turn to show you my Splendid Sampler block! I designed this almost a year ago and then had to wait to show it to you, but the day is finally here :) My block is number 76.
My block is called Little Things. You know how I have a thing for tea cups!
I constantly have to tell myself to slow down and relax, to take time to enjoy little things. Whether it be noticing a flower on the side of the path, or a bird singing in the garden, or simply enjoying a leisurely cup of tea while savoring a favorite magazine, it’s noticing and appreciating the little things that make life worthwhile. Yes- it is the accumulation of those beautiful little moments that build a happy life!(more…)
Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I wanted to find some fun but super easy ideas for the holiday! (Canadian friends, I know you’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving, so please file this away for next year….)
I always like the idea of trying new ideas, but holidays can be hectic! Sometimes, you just end up doing the same things because it’s familiar. So, I wanted to find ideas that are so simple, anyone can find a way to fit them in to their holiday schedule… Add any of these to your Thanksgiving table and wait for the smiles!!!! A lot of these would be great for the kids and grandkids to help with, too!
Start off the day with Cinnamon Roll Turkeys for breakfast, made from refrigerated canned cinnamon rolls:
Recently I participated in the Teal Mini Swap to benefit Ovarian Cancer– for a small fee, you got to participate in the swap, and money was donated to fund Ovarian Cancer Research. What an excellent cause! I enjoyed working on this little project!
My swap partner was Cindy from Washington. She said that she “loves clear colors. Blues are my fav…. Love modern fabrics best…. Love scrappy. Bits of handwork (embroidery, quilting) put everything over the top!” So, choosing the colors was the easy part! Obviously, it had to contain teal (you get a small piece of the teal fabric as a participant, then you add whatever you want.) And then, adding more blues was easy- I love this soothing monochromatic palette, don’t you?