Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Patriotic Quilt Book Giveaway

It's that time of year again -  time to make red, white and blue quilts for the upcoming holiday season. Here are some ideas for you to celebrate your love of Americana from a new book, Oh Glory - 11 Quilt projects to Salute the Stars and Stripes  by Kathy Flowers.


If you love red, white and blue, then you'll love this book!

Kathy is letting me give away a free copy of her book to one lucky quilter.  Leave me a comment and you can enter your name to win. 

If you're like me, you enjoy changing the quilts in your home to match the seasons. Oh Glory includes quite a few projects to brighten up your home around the summer holidays, many of them with the scrappy look we love. There's a nice selection of quilts in different sizes that use a variety of red, white and blue fabrics and traditional blocks.

This quilt that uses a Martha Washington Star block combined with a Friendship Star is probably my favorite. Which one is yours??

I love the look of red, white and blue in quilts.

Leave me a comment with your name and make sure you include your e-mail or a way for me to reach you so I can let you know you've won. (If your comment says "Anonymous" then, sorry, I will have to pass over it and go on to the next one chosen at random. Just sayin'.)  I'll announce the winner on Friday. Good luck!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Happy May 1 - Another Small Quilt Challenge

It's that time again -  Time to make another small quilt  : )   For our small quilt challenge in May, we're making the Flying Geese Doll Quilt on page 8 of my book Small & Scrappy. I love this little quilt.

Making a small quilt every other month is so doable. I hope you'll have fun following along. As I mentioned recently, this quilt was inspired by this antique flying geese doll quilt -

As soon as I saw it, I knew I would reproduce it someday.

As an extra bonus, we are also making another small quilt from one of my favorite quilters. Drumroll, please! Marian Edwards from Australia has just had a small quilt published in Primitive Quilts magazine (Summer 2017 issue) and so you have the option of also making that lovely little quilt this month. Great job, Marian -  Congratulations!

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Looks like May will be a busy month. If you're following along in my Welcome Home Mystery Sew along, Block # 6 has been added to the Files sections of my Facebook Small Quilt Lovers group and also the Yahoo Small Quilt Talk group. I hope you're keeping up. This past weekend I was happy to find time to get my nine-patch blocks done and my squares cut for Block # 5 - the clue from last month. 

We're getting closer to finishing. If you haven't joined in yet, there's still time. I will keep these free monthly patterns available in Files until we finish the quilt in the fall. Here's the post I wrote about starting the Mystery Quilt if you missed it and still want to make this scrappy quilt with me.

Begin with a House - 

Add some half-square triangles to frame it -

Then, add a simple border - 

Make a bunch of square-in-square blocks and some nine-patches (I'll tell you what to do with them later).

It's simple to follow along - Join my Facebook group or the Yahoo group  (click on the link on the sidebar of the blog) to get the patterns. Right now the groups are the only way for me to upload these types of files so you have to become a member to follow along.

Happy May 1! We've had quite a bit of rain here in Illinois lately and my backyard is now a small pond. But the sun just came out and everything is getting greener by the minute.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day Quilt Pattern Sale

Happy Earth Day, quilters! In the interest of helping out the environment, my publisher, Martingale, is having a blow-out e-pattern and e-book sale this weekend. E-books are 50% off and e-patterns are only $1.00 each. That's right - $1.00. What a deal.  Go digital for Earth Day and visit the website to order. (With e-patterns and e-books, you just download them instantly to your computer (or iPad). So easy - no paper and no waiting for the mail to arrive.) 

Here are a few of my favorites -

Of course you'll want this orange peel pattern of mine if you don't have it yet  : )  

You can't beat this kind of a pattern sale. And there are many more. Too many to list. Visit Martingale's blog or website for more info and order a few if you need a few new books, patterns or projects to work on (Hah! You know we always need more projects . . . .). 

Have a great weekend and Happy Earth Day! I'll be spending my time quilting inside today but cheering on my husband from the window as he cleans up the earth in the backyard, mows the lawn and picks up a multitude of tree branches from the last storm.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I know it's not really a race or I would have conceded a long time ago.  I STILL have 3 blocks left to go to finish the center of my Dear Jane quilt. I had 2 separate days picked out last month to work on them but got interrupted with family things and never got to it. Oh well.

Even if I don't have time to work on the blocks I haven't forgotten them. I still like to take them out and post photos now and then because it really encourages me to keep going. 

Today's not going to be the day and probably not tomorrow either because I have too many other things I need to work on. But I AM thinking about you, Jane. I often wonder how long it took you to complete your quilt and if you ever struggled. 

Small goals - Three more blocks. 

It's not a race, it's not a race, it's NOT a race. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Cozy Life

It's raining here today. The kind of rain that makes you want to stay inside and get cozy.

But I really don't mind the rain and I needed something to read so I went to the library this morning. Ever wondered why the country of Denmark is consistently named the happiest country on earth? This book sparked my curiosity and I'm about to find out - 

Not that I have any thoughts of leaving the U.S. or anything . . . .

After I got home I looked into this happiness concept and found an interesting article in the New Yorker last year about the Scandinavian concept of "Hygge"  - a Danish term defined as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." The word does not translate into English very well but "cozy" comes close. Russell, the author and a British journalist, defines the term as "taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things" like a freshly brewed cup of coffee, cinnamon rolls and warm socks. And maybe a quilt or two? Hygge has something to do with creating sanctuaries for ourselves during life's dark or difficult times.

What's cozy to you? Reading? Sewing inside on a rainy day? I'll read a little and then I'll sew a little today. 

For me, sometimes cozy is a clean sewing table that's conducive to creating . . .  . Getting rid of distracting clutter makes me feel good so I can cozy in and sew.

Surrounding myself with pretty things makes me feel cozy . . . 

Working on the sofa, cozying up under a quilt, near a dog while the rain trickles against the windows . . .

Delighting in my finished blocks . . . 

Making a  great pot of coffee . . . 

Crossword puzzles (and coffee) . . . 

Coffee cozy I made a few years ago. 


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