Friday, November 29, 2013

A Winner and Craftsy Black Friday Sale!

My favorite place for online learning,, is having a Black Friday Sale today through Monday!  Yeah! the classes are all $19.99 or less!  Here's what I've got on my list:

Online Quilting Class

I won's Thanksgiving quilt Show n Tell for my 'Pumpkins' quilt, and the prize is a pack of beautiful hand dyed fabric.  I'd love to learn how to die such pretty fabric!

Online Quilting Class
Learning the secrets to art quilts is another class on my list.  I'd like to create more art quilts, and get more adventurous with my wall hangings.

Online Quilting ClassTo go along with art design, is the construction.  Hopefully another inspiring class.  The reviews were quite good for this one.

<a href="">Strip Your Stash</a>
And because I'm desperately trying to use up my stash, (mainly so I can buy new fabric), this might just help.

<a href="">Shoot It: Product Photography Class</a>
We all love pretty quilt pictures!  I'm still figuring out my camera and how best to take those quilt pictures, so maybe this will give me some hints.

What's on your list?  I'd love to know what you class you would take, and why.  Feel free to leave a comment!

Now for the winner of's Blog Hop.
First, I want to say thank you for visiting my blog, and becoming a follower.  I know there are lots of blogs out there commanding attention, and I appreciate that you have chosen to look at mine.  

There are 60 comments, but two were duplicate entrants, so from 58, Mr. Random number generator chose

 number 28, which is from           
                             Charlene McCullough    November 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I follow email, FB, bloglovin, and Pinterest. Haven't made any quilts for kids yet. I plan to when I gain a little confidence. The book will be a great addition. Thanks for the chance

Congratulations Charlene!  I've sent you an email--be sure to send me your address.

Thanks again to everyone and hope you take advantage of the sale!  I know I will!



Monday, November 25, 2013

One of the Nickel Trio

Here's another finish from my piecing marathon
I'm calling this 'One of the Nickel Trio' because I made two more blue nickel quilts at the same time.  Well, actually I made three more, but Nickel Quad just doesn't sound as nice!  And technically, one was from a pattern that already had a name.  So, Trio it is.

This one was really simple to put together.  Four twenty-five patch blocks, and a lot four patches on the edges and through the centers, all separated with sashing.  Really an easy way to use up nickels squares.

For the quilting, I used an all over star and swirl pantograph pattern.
'Two of the Nickel Trio' is currently on the frame, and here's a sneak peek of the quilting in progress
I was quite inspired with the quilt design on this one, so it's getting custom quilting.  Still have a long way to go!

And remember that is holding a blog hop with giveaways this week, so be sure to check out the blogs and enter for the giveaways.  To see mine, click here.  The comment count is getting closer to two prizes being awarded!  Contest ends November 27, Wednesday night, so send your friends on over!

Happy Quilting!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blog Hop Party and a Giveaway!

It's time Thanksgiving time, and what better way to celebrate than with a party and a giveaway!  
Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
I'm participating in the Blog Hop Party sponsored by, which is a lot of fun!  Numerous blogs participate, and lots of great prizes are awarded.  

I'll be giving away several books as the comment list increases, which maintains your chances of winning.  So, for the first 75 comments, one prize.  When there are 150 comments, two prizes.  At 250 comments, three prizes.  Anything above 250 comments, four prizes.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to ship internationally.

It's easy to enter!  Just follow this blog, either by email, on, Google+,or and leave me a comment telling me which one you joined.  Pretty easy!!
The buttons for following are up in the top right of my blog.  Feel free to follow me on Pinterest and Flickr, too, for pretty pictures.

Here's the prizes

Prize 1

Prize 2

Prize 3

Prize 4
And on Friday, don't forget to vote for my entry in's Thanksgiving Quilts Show and Tell!
This is my entry, Pumpkins.

Entries for the Blog Hop Party will close November 27, and prizes will be awarded Friday, November 29.  Thank you and good luck!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Craftsy Continues to Impress

If you have followed me for a while, you'll know that I'm huge fan of and their quilting classes.

Online Quilting Classes
They are constantly adding classes, one of which I took this morning, all from the comfort of my quilting room!  So, if you haven't checked it out yet, just what is Craftsy?

Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns area where independent designers (like me!) can sell their patterns; a supplies shop that has yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest creation.  You can find all kinds of classes on Craftsy, from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.  

Craftsy classes are just like an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks (like travel expenses!).  Available anytime online, world-class instructors (Carol Doak, Angela Walters, and Kimmy Brunner to name a few!) bring you the latest techniques. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and you can watch the same section over and over again until you learn the technique.  Awesome!

For me, watching a Craftsy class is almost like an in-person class.  I can go at the speed I want, and even ask the instructor questions.  And even though I've always been satisfied, the classes come with a 100% money-back guarantee.

So, if you haven't already, give Craftsy a try.  Since I love quilting classes, especially those featuring longarms, I took the free mini-class, "A New Look at Longarm Quilting".  I highly recommend this class for those starting out with a longarm, and for those who have been at it awhile, like me.  Wish I had seen it before I quilted my latest quilt--I could have used some of the freehand ideas!

Also, be sure to check back later in the week.   I'll be participating in Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop Party,
Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
and yes, there will be giveaways!  See you soon!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, November 15, 2013

This Was Incredibly Fun!!

Created this awesome top yesterday afternoon--yes, just one afternoon!

Convergence quilt top

Based on Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilts book,

Convergence Quilts by Ricky Tims

this quilt was so easy and fun to put together - I want to do another! Just like going on an amusement ride for the first time, and running to get back in line to do it again.  Silly, I know, but it really was a lot of fun!

Here's a bit of the assembly.
My fabric choice was truly impulsive. 

fabric choices

It was a hey, I'll just use this and see what happens. 

Then the first step, cutting different width strips.

first step, cutting strips

Then sewing the strips together after shuffling them.

strips sewn together

The final convergence.

convergence top all together

And the convergence with borders.

Convergence top with added borders

How awesome is that??  

This measures approximately 37 inches square, perfect for another baby quilt. Added it to the tops that need quilting. Right now, I'm in line to get back on that ride!

Happy Quilting!
PS - for the finished quilt, see Pink Lattice

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hanging Towels

I took a break from quilting yesterday to make some hanging towels.

I've made these in the past, and was due for some new ones, especially for the holidays.  If you'd like to make these, even as gifts, here's a tutorial.

Fabric requirements are minimal:  a 2 inch strip WOF, and a small piece approximately 12" x 4 1/2".  
A fat quarter would work just fine, but cut two strips 22" long
plus a small length approximately 4" long.  Also need a small piece of batting, 6" x 4 1/2".  And of course, a hand towel.

Cut the batting to 5 1/2" x 4 1/8".  On one 5 1/2" edge, measure over 1 1/8" from each corner, and cut a diagonal line from the bottom corner up to that measurement.
Place this batting piece on the fabric, which has been folded in half.  Cut the fabric using the batting as a template. 
I fussy cut these.
Cut the hand towel in half, then tri-fold the outer edges to the inside.
Pin in place, and stitch across the top edge with a scant 1/4" seam.

Place the back fabric right side down on the backside (the fold side), and stitch with 1/4" seam with the fabric on top.
Place the batting on the wrong side of the front fabric, and place it right side down on the front of the towel.  Stitch through all layers, with the top side up (so the batting doesn't catch on the feed dogs).
Bring both pieces together and pin.  To prepare the binding, press it in half lengthwise, then press each edge to the center.  Press again on the center fold.
Cut a 4" piece for the top edge, and stitch in place.  Trim to off the excess.
Cut the remaining binding in half, creating two pieces approximately 20" long.  Fold 1/2" of one end in

then apply to the edge of the hanger, matching the edge where hanger meets towel.  Pin in place.
Start stitching near the towel, tucking in any exposed edges.  Stitch to the end of the tie, turning the end back like before.  Repeat on the other side.  Tie and enjoy!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Another Finish

Here's another finished baby quilt from my piecing marathon.  I'm calling this one Rocking Horse.
Such a cute little quilt, full of rocking horses!

The quilting was done with gold Glide thread, both top and bottom.  When in doubt on a thread color choice, try gold as it blends nicely with so many colors.
Love the swirls on the Breath of the Gods panto!

And for fun, I went to a quilt show this weekend and everyone got a coupon for 25 fat quarters for $25 at a local quilt shop.  Just had to buy a bundle to freshen up my stash!
Saw a cute monkey print on pink that would look great with the pinks and browns.  Need to go back to the store to get some!

That's it for now!  

Happy Quilting!



Friday, November 8, 2013

Mom's Medallion--October Book of the Month

Hooray!  It's done!
This is Mom's Medallion quilt, because a) she gave me the red fabric, and b) she gets to snuggle under it!

The block is Winding Paths, templates provided by Judy Sisneros in her book Circle Pizzazz
The curves were really easy to sew, and the blocks went together nicely.  I hope to do another quilt from this book in the future.  Check out my Book of the Month post here.

Now, the red fabric originally had white flowers but they didn't stand out with the black and white. 

So I painted them with these water color crayons from Caran D'Ache, then heat set them for permanency.
Click on the picture to check them out on

This quilt is big, 57" x 75", at least for me!  And the fleece I chose for the back was not quite big enough, so a bit of piecing for the back was necessary.  I did buy extra yardage just for this purpose.

Since I needed 6 inches on the side, I cut two strips 6" wide, selvage to selvage, then pieced those to make one long strip.
To make sure it was going to stay together, I zigzagged a 1" strip of fabric over the joint, and then a straight stitch on either side.

Here's the finished back, front side and backside.
Now I know that the grain on that extra piece doesn't run the same as the rest, but it's such a small amount for the quilt (less than 4"), that I'm not concerned.  So if you find yourself a bit short, try this technique for adding on more.

And last but not least, the quilting.  Glide was used front and back, with red on back, black and white on front.  Tension was balanced fairly well, so very few pokies.  Yeah!
 The quilting is hard to see on the front, but the white area uses designs from a panto called Hyacinth, and the black is just lines at an angle.  Here's the back for a better look.
I've discovered that red just does not photograph well!!

Hope this has given you some design options, from the fabric to the quilting.

Happy Quilting Everyone!