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  1. P.S. For the Blog Party
    Thursday, November 21, 2013
  2. Blog Hop Party With Give-Away
    Thursday, November 21, 2013
  3. New Tutorial and Christmas Book Available
    Thursday, November 21, 2013
  4. Back to Front Binding Tutorial
    Saturday, November 16, 2013
  5. Operation Homefront
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013
  6. Halloween: Pocketful of Boos
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013
  7. Time Flies
    Tuesday, September 03, 2013
  8. Forgot to post the link
    Monday, May 20, 2013
  9. 2013 Mystery Quilt A Long
    Sunday, May 19, 2013
  10. Pocketful of Dreams
    Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Blog Hop Party With Give-Away

Welcome to the Blog Hop Party.  Since I love crazy quilting, embroidering and embellishing, I decided for my give away to offer two (yes two winners) lovely packets of sparkly threads, silk ribbon, beads and bobbles.  These items can be used to embellish a mug rug, crazy quilting, or decorating anything that doesn't move quick enough .   In order to give a wider variety than just a few spools, the threads and silk ribbon will be wound off spools in usable lengths and placed on storage cards.  I am going to do the same thing with the beads, except I will put them into little bags so they don't get lost.  I am going to include my favorite, some marguerites:


To be eligible for this fantastic give-away, just post a comment on my blog and answer two questions.  One, what is your favorite color and two, what would you like to read about in a blog series about color in quilting?  I am going to start a blog series using the information I used when I taught my popular color class for quilters, starting in December.  Part of what I am going to talk about in that series is building your own 'color book'.  I will be including all aspects of color theory.  So this is your chance to ask that question you always wanted to know about color or how it works differently with fabric than when painting.  And, if you are interesting in the color series, please 'follow' me so you do not miss a segment of the series.  'Following' me is NOT a requirement for being eligible to win the give-away.   Posting a comment, including your email address so I can notify the winner is.  And yes, one packet was not enough, I decided to give away two packets.  Winners will be chosen at random at the end of the blog hop.  And thank you for visiting my blog.

Here is a link to info about the Blog Hop Party:  CLICK HERE

P.S.  Forgot to add this.  I apologize, but I cannot turn off the captcha on my blog.  The provider won't let me.  So just do the best you can please

New Tutorial and Christmas Book Available

I have been working hard at transferring my Christmas Applique book so it will be available for download instead of having to order a paper copy.  I am going totally 'digital' for all my books and patterns.  This allows me to lower the price and has the added benefit of putting more color pictures.  The entire book of seventeen patterns, three sets, embellishment instructions, fusible applique instructions is priced at $12.25, less than half the price I had to charge for the printed version.   Click here to go to Craftsy.  I added a mug rug layout to the book because all of the 8" patterns make perfect mug rugs.  Here is one of my favorite blocks made into a mug rug:

The mug rugs are a generous 8" x 10" finished size.    While I was working on the book, I fell in love with my patterns all over again.  I decided that mug rugs make a perfect little Christmas gift, so I will be revisiting them with fabric again soon.  The pudding one pictured above, I did all by machine instead of hand stitching which makes it go way faster.  I also did a back to front binding because hand sewing bindings are my least favorite part of quilting. 

So of course I did a tutorial, available at a click to my tutorial page............  here's a link to open in a new window.      Click Here

I am thinking of doing the Santa Claus Block next, using fluffy fabric for his beard instead of hand stitching the beard (although I do love doing that stitch). 

Next on the agenda is using the 4" patterns to create a coaster set or placecard set.  That tutorial will be available for free at Pellon in early December.    The best part is I can use whatever I design for tutorial for gifts..........  I need to start earlier next year lol.

Back to Front Binding Tutorial

On a roll this week.  The Christmas Book is almost converted to a straight pdf and I will hopefully have it added for sale on Craftsy and Pattern Spot.  I added an addition setting to it, for Mug Rugs.  I am also designing a placecard or coaster setting that can be made using any of the blocks in the book in the 4" format.  Keep at eye out if you want to get some last minute gifts made for this Christmas.

Meanwhile, I have added a Back to Front Binding Tutorial to my Tutorial Page.  Click Here to go visit the tutorial page.  Click on that one or another one that catches your eye.

Back to Front Bindings are great when you are in a hurry and do not have the time to hand sew on bindings and are great for mug rugs.

Operation Homefront

As I said a blog or two ago, I was privileged to design two quilts for Operation Homefront, using Island Batik's Operation Homefront fabrics.  The two quilts are now on the year long tour.  Island Batik has a schedule on their website.   Here is a link to all the information about the project.  See previous blogs for the pictures .

One quilt pattern is available for a free download, 'Your Heart Touches Ours', and the other is available for a $5.00 donation to the project and is available at C&T's website, Pattern Spot.  The 'Your Heart Touches Ours' is also available in a tote bag pattern now.  This bag is large and roomy and would make a great gift for a loved one in your life.

Your Heart Touches Ours Tote

Your Heart Touches Ours Quilt

Banner of the Free Quilt

Please visit the links.   All the sponsors are great and the support it gives to our troops and their families is greatly appreciated.

Halloween: Pocketful of Boos

Time for Halloween.  Here is my latest 'Pocketful' mini-quilt.  Just finished it this week and got it up on Craftsy.  I used up some of my precious Fairy Frost fabric.  I just love that stuff.  The slight glittery look works so well in so many quilts.  Or is it because I love glitter that it works so well.............we won't delve into that too deeply .  Okay, here comes the shameless self promotion part:  This pattern is available in my craftsy store for $3.25.  Click on the photo and it will whisk you to Craftsy (in a new window of course).  It is a foundation-pieced pattern.  I used Stitch-N-Tear® Lite for the foundation.  Love that stuff.  You can tear out a row several times before it falls apart (don't ask but it still comes out easily when you want it to.  I'm working on the other Halloween one, and then it's on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.    

Time Flies

Wow, does it, especially when you are having fun.  I was pleased to participate in the Quilted in Honor project with Island Batik.   Click here to go to their website to read about it.  One quilt, 'Banner of the Free' is available now on Pattern Spot for $5.00.  The other, 'Your Heart Touches Ours' will be available on Pellon Projects, as a free download soon.
  'Banner of the Free' Quilt

'Your Heart Touches Ours' Quilt 

Forgot to post the link

Forgot to post a link to month three for the embroidery.

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2013 Mystery Quilt A Long

I am so bad about blogging more often.  Or does time really slip by that fast?  Here is the top border from my Quilt A Long. And here is the bottom border:

And the two side borders which I made from Lutradur®.  If you have never tried it, you should.  The stuff is fabulous.  I cut snowflakes, dyed them with fabric pens, cut them out and fused them down with Wonder-Under®.  They fused down so well, I didn't even stitch to hold them in place.  Princess and I made a test one on a scrap of fabric, then wetted it down, soaped it up, squished it every which way, rinsed it, dried it with a blow dryer and then pressed the fabric back flat.  But through it all, that little snowflake clung like magic.  Not even one edge came loose, a true testament to the holding power of Wonder-Under® and Lutradur®.  Not that I'm ever planning on washing this wall hanging lol.  But I wanted to make sure before I recommended that people try using Lutradur®.  Lutradur® is the duct tape of the crafting world.  You can do so many things with it and it's almost indestructible.  And the 100 gram Lutradur® doesn't fray or look ragged (my pet peeve with raw edge applique).

Meanwhile, I started drawing again.  It's time for another portrait of my princess and I am feeling the urge to do some drawing.  She is so grown up now.  I'm not ready for my precious princess to turn into a teen.  Her artistic capabilities are expanding at a rapid pace and it is a joy to watch.   

Pocketful of Dreams

Finally!!!!!!  Got March's Pocketful all done.  It should be posted at soon.  I like like this one.  I made it first with a purple and white bunny and then because that was for a gift, I made another with pinks and brown.  Here is a sneak peek: