Friday, March 23, 2018

Patriotic Wave Decorating

As you may know, I make and sell patterns of quilts that I design, and that others will love. And that is certainly the case here, as my most loved pattern is the Patriotic Wave Table Runner.

Patriotic Wave Table Runner by QuiltFabrication

It's one of my favorites too, and you know I have a lot of favorites!

So, the reason for this post is not so you can get a jump on your sewing for the 4th of July, though there is a treat at the end of the post. No, this post is because of two pictures I've received - and I just have to share!

This week, Maureen sent me a terrific picture of her Patriotic Wave, hanging in her husband's office.

Maureen's Patriotic Wave wall hanging

Maureen says she sews mostly clothes, but looks for small projects that are within her skill level. And she certainly did a fantastic job! With a hanging sleeve on the back, she turned the runner into a wonderful wall hanging. Maureen, thank you so much for sending this - Patriotic Wave is making a lovely wall decoration!

And in the summer of last year, Pam sent me a picture of her Patriotic Wave, which she turned on end to decorate her front door.

Pam's Patriotic Wave door decoration

Wow - doesn't that look terrific??

Thank you, Maureen and Pam, for sending pictures of your versions of the Patriotic Wave - great job!

And because of these two wonderful ladies, I've got a special treat for today only, March 23, 2018. The Patriotic Wave Table Runner pattern is available for 10% off at Etsy - just use coupon code 'PATRIOTIC' at checkout.

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded my patterns - I truly appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend quilting!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Midweek Makers #116

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Welcome to Midweek Makers! Come share what your working on - we'd all like to see!

My share this week is Strawberry Splendor

Strawberry Splendor quilt pattern

a new finish after teasing you the last two weeks with sneak peeks! Want to make your own Strawberry Splendor quilt? Then take advantage of the special introductory pattern offer of 25% off which runs through tonight - use code 'STRAWBERRY25' at Etsy checkout. 

Aside from spring and berry love, there's been 'plus sign' love out in blog-land, due to the release of Modern Plus Sign Quilts. Some of those beautiful quilts are featured this week:

from MMM! Quilts, this Cat-Eye-doscope quilt,


over at Quilting Mod, it's Tribal Plus,


and at Elm Street Quilts, the RicRac Runner Plus.


Aren't they all pretty? The Modern Plus Sign Quilts hop is still going on, so expect to see more quilts from this new book!

Now, what do you have to share? Come link up, with these few reminders to make it fun for everyone:
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves visitors, comments, and encouragement!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
  • Please link to on your post.

Have a great time!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Strawberry Splendor

Springtime is here, and so are strawberries!

Strawberry Splendor quilted wall hanging

Fresh strawberries, straight from the farm, and oh so sweet! Let's honor this luscious berry with a beautiful wall hanging pattern, Strawberry Splendor - more details and a discount code are within the post!

Strawberry Splendor 38 x 38 wall hanging pattern

This pattern is fairly straight forward - it uses 11" paper pieced berries, appliqued flowers, and pieced ric rac chains. The berries are easy to paper piece as there's no seams to match, no points to worry about, and as a special bonus, all the fabric piece sizes for paper piecing are listed for you - no need to figure it out yourself! Put it all together and there's sweet homage to everyone's favorite, strawberries! Just divine!

Along with those big berries, there's beautiful quilting to enhance the charm of this quilt. As in the preview last Wednesday, the background has straight line quilting, which changes direction throughout the quilt, but stays the same direction around each strawberry.

Strawberry Splendor background quilting

When viewed up close, there are groups of three perpendicular lines evenly spaced in the background, adding a bit more interest to the negative space.

Strawberry Splendor background detail quilting

Simple outlining makes the flowers and leaves stand out. The strawberries have diagonal crosshatching with a little bar at each crossing, giving the impression of a seed.

Strawberry Splendor strawberry quilting with seeds

Gracing each red corner border are motifs of strawberries and leaves, enclosed by micro-stippling to make them pop.  Definitely a lovely addition to the strawberry theme!

Strawberry Splendor strawberry motif in borders

If you, too, wish to honor spring's best berry, the Strawberry Splendor pattern is now available at Craftsy and Etsy. With tomorrow the first day of spring, I'm treating everyone to 25% off the Strawberry Splendor pattern on Etsy, March 19 thru 21, 2018. Just use the code 'Strawberry25' at checkout!

A few more pics to show before you leave: 

Strawberry Splendor quilt backside

 The quilting makes the back just as beautiful!

Strawberry Splendor quilt backside closeup

Time to go enjoy some strawberries!!

Strawberry Splendor quilt

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Worldwide Quilting Day Tomorrow!

Heads up everyone! Tomorrow, March 17, 2018, is Worldwide Quilting Day - yeah!! 

This advance notice gives you plenty of time to plan how you will spend the day! But first, a little history. According to Days of the Year

"In 1991, the National Quilting Association decided to create a special day to celebrate and inspire lovers of quilting and to encourage others to take up this charming and addictive craft. Quilting Day was born, and has been celebrated ever since by quilt and patchwork lovers every spring."

So awesome that the creative work we do has it's own special day of recognition, along with March being National Quilting Month!

Quilt shops may have special celebrations on Saturday. To check if your local shop is participating, type your city into the Participating Shop Finder. Then go join the fun!

Online stores are participating too - here's a couple I found:
Martingale (no affiliation) with a warehouse sale, March 12-19. Books as low as $6 - worth a look!
Connecting Threads (no affiliation) with 20% off your entire order thru March 17, 2018. I took advantage of this one!
Missouri Star Quilting Co (no affiliation) has a month's long celebration of projects.
And Keepsake Quilting (affiliated) has this: National Quilting Day! 30% Off All Kits with Code QUILT30 at Keepsake Quilting! Valid 3/17 through 3/18

Don't need to add to the stash? There are other ways to celebrate, such as:
Teach someone to quilt
Host a quilting party
Finish an older project
Start a new project
Learn a new technique
Watch quilting videos
Get together with quilting friends
Make a quick quilt to donate
Snuggle under your favorite quilt

Have a great day quilting, however you spend it!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Midweek Makers #115

Ready for another Midweek Makers? Write a new project post and come share it here today!

Midweek Makers

I have a bit of quilting to share from my latest spring project:

quilting in progress on new spring project

more lines! Seems I'm trending that these days, but really, I think it's just me. I remember what Angela Walters said in a class, "there are two kinds of quilters - curvy or straight line.  You're either one or the other." That was years ago, and the more I quilt, the more I fall into the straight line category. Her theory really is a pretty good assessment of quilting styles - which one do you fall into?

This week I'm featuring stars, being a bit liberal in that interpretation! Let's have a look, shall we?

Pink Doxies
Making a Lather

                                                                Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

sawtooth star block tutorial
Katie Mae Quilts

Princess Bubbles Creates


Quilting and Learning
Now it's your turn!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves visitors, comments, and encouragement!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
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Have a great time!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Giveaway Winner and More Blog Hops

I hope everyone enjoyed the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop last week! I was super impressed with the number of quilters who love to sew really tiny pieces - made my Serendipity Mini project, at 24" x 24", look like a giant!

Serendipity Mini quilt

That's okay though, cause it's wonderful to see everyone's idea of small!

And thanks to everyone who visited and entered to win your choice of one of my patterns, which is a pdf file sent via email. Without further delay, Mr Rafflecopter has selected - - -

                                           Bonnie Larson

Congrats Bonnie! I've sent you an email notifying you of your win!

I had so much fun with this blog hop, I signed on for two more:

Wish Upon a Star, May 21-25, hosted by Just Let Me Quilt


Where Flowers Grow, June 11-15, hosted by Creatin' in the Sticks


If you want to join in, contact the hostesses, as space is limited. I'll be making brand new creations for these - I'd better get started!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Book of the Month Update

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I wish I had awesome pictures to share today of a new quilt project based on the color theory presented in The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color. The most I've done is read the first 20 pages, and so far, I like this book.

The author, Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake Designs, has a wonderful conversational tone in this book. Lots of pages have a 'Practical Advice' section, in which she discusses her color choices in a quilt, or provides suggestions on how to expand your own choices. I love this, because it provides a window into the thought process behind the choices made in a quilt.

This book has the standard color wheel information, with tips on choosing color schemes. But Becky goes beyond that, with discussions on value, contrast, texture, scale, clarity, and other considerations.

One tidbit of information found in the first few pages is about contrast, the definition of which she quotes from

contrast: opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines, or colors
 in work of art to intensify each element's properties and produce a 
 more dynamic expressiveness

Wow! How many quilters think just about color contrast, neglecting form and line? Food for thought, right?

In addition, Becky also provides guidance on expanding your color skills, with ideas on how to go beyond the expected.

It's these bits of information and gentle prompts that really make this book stand out for me, explaining chapter by chapter, that there's so much more than just color that goes into a quilt. And that we shouldn't be afraid to explore - are you?

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Midweek Makers #114

Welcome to Midweek Makers and to all the new followers! Feel free to join in by sharing your project, or spend some time visiting the other link ups. Most of all - have fun! So let's roll right into the sharing, cause there's a lot to see.

My share is a sneak peek at a new project - mom would have loved this! 
progress on a new quilt project
Sorry, I'm not giving you any more clues - you'll just have to wait! 

Did you get a chance to visit the other party-goers from last week? There are some really great things to see! I'm choosing all the fun animal shares as the features this week:

Bird Brain from Karen at Quilt's Etc 


Mr Squeak from Jayne at Twiggy and Opal


Fancy Forest from Lynette at What a Hoot


Year of the Dog from Dione at The Clever Chameleon

                            Year of the dog mini quilt

Grab the 'Featured' button for these virtual pets!

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What do you have to share this week? Come link up!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves visitors, comments, and encouragement!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
  • Please link to on your post. 

Don't forget to check out all the quilters participating in the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop and enter my giveaway! Click on the pink to find the whole list and entry details. 

Happy Quilting!

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