Saturday, June 2, 2018

Playful Pillows - May 2018 Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

This month the challenge for the Island Batik Brand Ambassadors is pillows ... and there is nothing that I love more than a good pillow!


I am super excited to share my pillow with you.  The color combination is completely out of my comfort zone but I absolutely love how it looks! Now I just wish I had a decorating scheme to go with it.


I almost never work with earth tones unless I'm challenged - oh ya, this is a monthly challenge - but there is something soothing, refreshing and grounding about the finished combination.  

I pieced the pillow using Aurifil thread and used Island Batik fabrics from several collections, both of which were provided from their respective companies as part of our Brand Ambassador program.

The block pattern is from my The Simple Sampler book which is due out very soon (like really, really soon!!! - but you can't tell based on the number of exclamation points that I'm using !!!!!!!!!!!!!  :)  !!!!!!)



For the back of the pillow, I used an envelope style backing and complete instructions for making these are included in the book.


I really like using the envelope style backing because it lets you change your pillows seasonally by just removing the pillow form and putting it in a new pillow cover.  Plus it takes less space to store pillow covers than it does entire pillows - which means you can make more pillows!

I hope you have enjoyed my Playful Pillow! To stay up-to-date on my quilting adventures, be sure to follow Masterpiece Quilting on Facebook  or Instagram @masterpiecequilting 



Friday, June 1, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge June = Purple

It's a new month and time for a new color!  And it's my favorite color too!  This month our color challenge is purple. 

If you are finding this blog post for the first time and aren't sure what we are talking about .... To get all the scoop, be sure to check out Jen's post.



So let's show off all this lovely purpleness!  I'm using Jen's pattern (available on her blog - see link below) and this month I made the 12" block.  I've got the 6" block cut out, but it just didn't get finished.  Stay turned during the month and I will get it finished and posted. 




I think the purple block will look great with previous blocks that I have made each month.  




I can't wait to see what your block looks like.  On Jen's blog you have an opportunity to share your green block or anything made with green from June 21 to 30 to be eligible for prizes.  And speaking of prizes, the sponsor for this month is Art Gallery Fabrics who are giving away a fat quarter bundle. 



Also be sure to visit the other bloggers who are participating this month.  It's so much fun to see what fabrics everyone has selected and how different the same block looks with different fabric choices!


Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen
Jen Strauser of Dizzy Quilter
Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting
Jen Rosin of A Dream and A Stitch
Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting
Joanne Harris of
quiltsbyJoanne



And if you are playing along with us, make sure to use #2018monthlycolorchallenge on social media! And speaking of social media, be sure to follow me on IG: @Masterpiecequilting and Masterpiece Quilting on FB for sneak peeks and updates!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge: May = Green

It's a new month and time for a new color!  This month our color challenge is green and green is a perfect color for the month of May.  The grass is greening ... finally, after a rather long winter ... and the flowers are all blooming and green is good!

If you are finding this blog post for the first time and aren't sure what we are talking about .... To get all the scoop, be sure to check out Jen's post.



So let's show off all this greenness!  I'm using Jen's pattern (available on her blog - see link below) and I'm making both the 12" and 6" size blocks.



And to show off the beautiful Spring flowers, here are my blocks in the "wild" ... aka the flower bed :)  I love the way the greens match with the daffodil foliage. 


I wanted to take a few pictures of all my blocks together.  Here are the 6" blocks.  Don't they look adorable? 


And here are the 12" blocks. 


Of course in the process of trying to get photos with the blocks laying on the kitchen floor, my canine assistants thought they need to adjust the layout.  Here is Miss Zoey arranging it to her liking :) 



I can't wait to see what your block looks like.  On Jen's blog you have an opportunity to share your green block or anything made with green from May 21 to 31 to be eligible for prizes.  And speaking of prizes, the sponsor for this month is: Island Batik! 




Also be sure to visit the other bloggers who are participating this month.  It's so much fun to see what fabrics everyone has selected and how different the same block looks with different fabric choices!





Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen
Jen Strauser of Dizzy Quilter
Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting
Jen Rosin of A Dream and A Stitch
Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting
Joanne Harris of
quiltsbyJoanne




And if you are playing along with us, make sure to use #2018monthlycolorchallenge on social media! And speaking of social media, be sure to follow me on IG: @Masterpiecequilting and Masterpiece Quilting on FB for sneak peeks and updates!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Looking Back, Vintage Quilts - April 2018 Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

I was super excited when I saw this month's challenge.  My specialty is designing quilts inspired by vintage quilts. 


I immediately knew what quilt I was making.  When I taped my Learn to Restyle Vintage Quilts video class a few years ago, I designed 6 different quilts options but we only used 3 in the class - so this pattern has been waiting in the wings for it's moment to shine :) 


Here is a photo of a vintage quilt that uses the same block. 



Keeping the block and the basic layout the same, I tweaked the borders and here is my Spinning Wheels quilt. 


I used fabrics from a variety of collections that I received from Island Batik as part of their Brand Ambassador program. I opted for scrappy pinwheels and selected a neutral for the background, inner and outer borders.  Since the colors all played well with the deep rose, I used it for the pieced border but since I was running out of fabric, I went with a darker purple for the binding.  Nothing like making design decisions on the fly :) 

Since I learned to quilt from my grandmother, I used one of her favorite patterns in the pieced border - a cable.  Since it was a vintage inspired quilt, a vintage quilting motif seemed appropriate. 


I pieced the quilt using Aurifil thread and used Hobbs 80/20 for the batting, both of which were provided from their respective companies as part of our Brand Ambassador program.  

Here are a few more photos of Spinning Wheels. 




The pattern for Spinning Wheels will be available in a few weeks.  

If you want to learn more about Restyling your own Vintage quilt, my class is available both online or in DVD format. 


To purchase Learn to Restyle Vintage Quilts, please click on my affiliate link to purchase. 
If you enjoy learning online, I have classes in a variety of topics and you can read more about my other online classes.

To stay up-to-date on my quilting adventures, be sure to follow Masterpiece Quilting on Facebook  or Instagram @masterpiecequilting 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Nancy's Top 10 Reasons to Join Annie's Creative Studio Today

As a nod toward David Letterman and his infamous Top Ten Lists, I've compiled my Top 10 List of why every one should join Annie's Creative Studio.



If you aren't familiar with Annie's Creative Studio, check out the post I wrote earlier this year to get the full scoop.  

10. Annie's Creative Studio is available whenever you are - 24 / 7 / 365 - with new video episodes added weekly.  It's like having me "on-demand" waiting to craft with you at all times - even in the middle of night - except you don't have to feed me :) 

9. Annie's Creative Studio has an amazing Facebook page where we can grow as a community and share the projects we have made. 

8. Annie's Creative Studio is instructed by 33 different experts who each are the best in their area - including ME!  You can read more about me and my crafty adventures in another blog post.

7. Techniques, Tips & Tricks.  Not only do you learn the techniques but instructors share their favorite tips for success along with some special tricks that you will only learn here. 

6. Annie's Creative Studio is technology friendly.  As an online video streaming service you can watch at home or on-the-go on your mobile device. 

5.  FIVE - yep, 5 different craft areas for you to enjoy:  Crochet, Home Decorating, Knit, Quilt and Sew.  

4. Giveaways... each month Annie's Creative Studio and their sponsors put together some amazing gift boxes full of products for you to win. 

3. You learn by doing.  When you make your project right along with the instructors you learn how we read the pattern, describe the process and see us demonstrate it. What a great way to achieve success and gain new skills. 

2. Annie's Creative Studio includes programming in Creative Living, Knit and Crochet Now!, Learn, Make & Create, Products We Love, Quick Stitches & Tips as well as Quilter's Skill Builders.  That's a whole lot of value wrapped up into one small monthly price. 

1. Annie's Creative Studio offers a 30-day free trial to get you started. What could be better than that!   




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