Thursday, November 15, 2018

Let's Gather Table Runner from Masterpiece Quilting's 2018 Christmas Collection book

Last week I shared the release of my latest book - Masterpiece Quilting's 2018 Christmas Collection - with you.  In case you missed the introductory blog post, you can read it here.   I promised I would share more about each of the projects in the book and give you some of their background story. 

So let's start with the Dining Room, after all, who doesn't love food and a nicely dressed table too! 

Your Holiday table will be dressed in style with the Let's Gather Table Runner! 




When family and friends gather, nothing sets the mood better than a beautiful table runner. The length of this runner can easily be adjusted by changing the number of blocks in the center section.  Our dining room table is large, as it seats 12 people easily, so I tend to make my table runners extra long so they cover the entire length of the table.  However, I realize not everyone has long tables, so Let's Gather can be custom made to fit your table. 





The pattern uses four fabrics and I simply pulled fabrics from my stash to make the sample runner.  I wanted Let's Gather to have a traditional red, green and gold Christmas look but you can easily substitute other fabrics that match your decor and decorating style.   

A pet-peeve of mine is table runners that don't lie flat.  After all, the gravy boat always wants to spill on its own, so I don't want a thick and puffy batting helping it!  To keep the runner flat, I used Warm 80/20 batting compliments of The Warm Company when I made the sample runner. 



And yes, 2018 Christmas Collection is eligible for Amazon Prime so order today, get the book in 2 days and be ready to start sewing. 

Even though the Holidays are just a few weeks away, Let's Gather is one of the beginner friendly projects that doesn't take a large amount of time to complete.  It would even make a perfect Hostess gift.   

Not sure what to get your favorite quilter for Christmas - I'm sure they will love this book and they might even make you something from it!  

I couldn't have completed 2018 Christmas Collection on my own - photo credit  to Danielle Morales of InJoy Photography, photo styling by Abigail Hake Kellermeyer and Tammi Hake and page layout by Page + Pixel

If you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to my blog, follow me on Facebook or on IG @masterpiecequilting.  If you know someone who would love the Let's Gather Table Runner, please share this blog post with them! 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Masterpiece Quilting's 2018 Christmas Collection

I'm pleased to announce my latest book, 2018 Christmas Collection, is now available for purchase on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Masterpiece-Quiltings-2018-Christmas-Collection/dp/0692199160/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541725562&sr=8-1&keywords=Masterpiece+Quilting

It's a collection of 11 original designs perfect for your Christmas decorating.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing more about each of the individual projects and the inspiration behind each of them - so stay tuned to the blog!


Decorating for the Holidays fits into one of two categories. For some people, it is a glorious event – which they live for, plan all year for and thoroughly enjoy.   And for the rest of us, our goal is to get it done as quickly and as painlessly as possible sometimes within minutes of guests arriving!

As I designed each of the projects for this book, I focused on getting the most impact out of each piece as possible. Regardless of your decorating style, there is something in this book that is sure to please.  I’ve divided the projects based on the primary areas of the home – dining room, bedroom and living room.  

The holidays are traditionally associated with celebratory meals and the projects in this book will have your dining room set for any occasion. Regardless of whether you have guests spending the night or the bed is simply a gathering place for coats and hats, your bedroom will be seasonally styling with these options. And for those who sit and visit, your living room will be comfortable and inviting.

Here is a run-down on each of the projects and the area of the home they decorate.  

Dining Room Décor
Let’s Gather Table Runner
Wreath Runner & Wall Hanging
Holly Table Topper
Mugs Rugs & Coaster


Beautiful Bedrooms
Poinsettia Bed Runner & Pillow
Jingle Bells Quilt
Jingle Bells Wall Hanging

Lovely Living Rooms
Mistletoe Magic Throw & Pillow
Tree of Presents Wall Hanging
O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging
Friendship Stars Throw

And yes, 2018 Christmas Collection is eligible for Amazon Prime so order today, get the book in 2 days and be ready to start sewing. 

And even though the Holidays are just a few weeks away, many of the projects are beginner friendly and don't take a large amount of time to complete.   

Not sure what to get your favorite quilter for Christmas - I'm sure they will love this book and they might even make you something from it!  




Wednesday, November 7, 2018

My Texas Trip .... Quilting, Decor and Design

I'm back home from my 7 day, 6 night road trip to Texas!  It was an absolutely amazing time .... I experienced incredible quilts and all things quilty, was inspired by beautiful farmhouse decor and increased my knowledge of surface pattern design.  

Those who know me well, know that I am the Queen of Road Trips ... it's been a while since my last multi-state excursion, but I was game for an 18-hour to drive to Texas! 

My first stop was Houston for the fall edition of the International Quilt Market.  This is a wholesale market where fabric companies, suppliers and distributors release their latest to quilt shop owners and buyers.   



This year I had two quilts on display at Quilt Market for two different fabric companies.

In the Island Batik booth, I used their new Oh Deer collection and my Fractured quilt pattern to make this beautiful quilt which is perfect for any deer enthusiast. 



In the Windham Fabrics booth, I used Felice Regina's new Night Song collection to make this super fun quilt.  I love this collection - it has all my favorite things - fussy cutting and stripes! 


At Market, many of the fabric designers are there promoting their new lines.   While I love many fabric designers, there is one who rises to the top in my admiration and respect.  His bold use of color is unparalleled.   If possible, I always try to get a photo with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably of the Kaffe Fassett Collective. 


Each fabric company outdoes itself with their booth decor.  I love these fabric covered balloons that adored the RJR booth. 


As part of the Quilt Market, there is a quilt exhibition which is beyond stunning.  While I didn't have enough time to see all the quilts, I wanted to make sure to take in Cathy Wiggin's display of quilting leather saddles.   Yes, you read that right ... quilted leather!  


The details are beyond amazing.  


Next up - Bonnie Christine's Immersion Retreat at Round Top, TX.  As soon as I heard the location, I was ready for this retreat.  And yes, I had to take the obligatory selfie with the town sign!  


For those who aren't familiar, Round Top is home to two large Antique Week events each year and is home to the Junk Gypsy's of HGTV fame.   So of course, I had to drive around until I found their store.  Unfortunately, it was closed - so I will have to save my shopping for another trip! But I did stop and photograph Large Marge, the Suburban, and the chandy hanging from the tree! 



The retreat was open to those of us to participated in the Immersion Surface Pattern Design class earlier this year.  And just to keep everyone in the loop ....  yes, I am considering designing fabric.  Please note "considering" is the key word in the sentence.  I'm not sure if my name belongs on selvage  ....  but I am sure that I don't know enough to make an informed decision.  So I'm learning, sketching and growing creatively in the meanwhile.   Anyway - back to the retreat! 

The retreat was held at The Prairie at Round Top which was absolutely magically.  Retreats are designed to renew the soul and this location did exactly that!


Nothing is more beautiful than a sunset! 



The view at night was so amazing!


I stayed at The Vintage Round Top  and I was so bummed that I had to leave!  I loved the farm house / industrial decor.  This photo captures two of my favorite things - ironstone china and reclaimed barn wood! 


Okay, so how often when you are on a trip do you take a photo of your bed and start texting it to people?  I've never slept with fur and canvas before but there is always a first for everything!


And I had to bring a bit of Round Top home with me - a peach pie from Royer's Pie Heaven at Royer's Round Top Cafe


And yes, it was a good as it looks! 


Well, this blog post turned out rather long ... but I just had to share my trip with y'all!   Congratulations if you made it to this point! 

If you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to my blog, follow me on Facebook or on IG @masterpiecequilting 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge - November is Blue - Green

For November we are celebrating another one of my favorite colors - Blue Green

I know I sound like a broken record every month ... but I have a lot of favorite colors!  



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.




I used three fabrics - a light, a medium and a dark - from the Garden Club Collection by Brenda Ratliff of JustaBitfrayed for RJR Fabrics to make this month's block.   The colors are so perfect for this month and a huge thanks to RJR for donating the fabrics.



I'm using Jen's pattern (available on her blog - see link below) and made both the 12" and 6" block this month.  


With only 1 more block to make, I've already started on the final quilt and it's so hard to keep it a secret.  Be sure to follow on social media for some sneak peaks starting mid-November.  

I can't wait to see what your block looks like.  On Jen's blog you have an opportunity to share your red violet block or anything made with blue green from November 21 to 30 to be eligible for prizes.  

And speaking of prizes, the sponsor for this month is Monaluna who are giving away a bundle of fat quarters of organic fabrics from their Haiku 2 line.  







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


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!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween - Island Batik Style!

Happy Halloween!  

For this month's challenge, the Island Batik Brand Ambassadors have been working with Needle, Paper, Scissors as the theme!  


I will be honest, paper piecing is not my favorite technique....  but I'm not afraid of a challenge! I wanted to make a fun pattern, something whimsical and why not a paper-pieced pumpkin for Halloween!  

I have named it Paisley Pumpkin since there is a paisley motif in the fabric in the middle of it's forehead! 


I started with a digital sketch that I created in my design software.  This gave me a general idea of what the pumpkin would look like and most importantly, it allowed me to print the papers for the paper piecing. 


Next I started sorting thru the fabrics I have received as an Island Batik ambassador.  I found all these fun orange patterns - paisley, ferns and swirls!  And then I found some wicked cool gray batik for the eyes .... I love the eyes the best.  They look so real :) 


I'm so pleased with Paisley Pumpkin and I hope you enjoy him too!  I used Warm 80/20 batting from The Warm Company but it would have been really fun to have used a super thick batting to give him more dimension.  

To keep up on all the fun projects I'm working on, be sure to follow me on Facebook at Masterpiece Quilting or on IG @masterpiecequilting. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

My Happy Place - 2018 STBS Row Along

Welcome to my Blog!  I'm Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting and I'm excited to be part of this elite group of bloggers bringing you the "My Happy Place" Row Along.  You can get to know me on my About Me page.   

Today I want to focus on My Happy Place row.  This theme was a challenge for me... I guess I don't think much about where "my Happy Place" is or what it is :)  But everyone who knows me knows that I love Antiques so it made perfect sense to use that as the theme for my row. My favorite antiques are quarter-sawn oak and walnut furniture as well as depression glass, ironstone china, Ruby Red glassware, blue canning jars and of course, antique quilts! 

I credit my love of antiques to my father, who was always refinishing antique furniture, and an amazing lady named Bernice, who was a dear family friend.  I loved going to her house because she had more antique furniture than anyone else I knew! 

So without any further adieu - here's my row! 



First of all - huge thanks to Northcott Fabrics for graciously providing the fabrics to make this quilt.  I used fabrics from their Artisan Spirit collection. 
And huge thanks to The Warm Company for supplying me with their Warm 80/20 batting and Steam-A-Seam 2 Fusible Web. 

I pieced the partial Dresden blade and Wedding Ring arc and then use raw edge fusible applique to attach then as well as the letters to the background fabric.  Each piece was secured using matching thread and a machine-blanket stitch.  The pattern is available for FREE until October 11, 2018 in my Craftsy store.   After that, the price will increase to $5.00. 

And what's a blog post without a giveaway or two or three! 

From Moda - 2 Moda Collector Tote Bags  valued at $15.00 each.  Shipping is the responsibility of the winner. 








And from Masterpiece Quilting (that's ME!) - 3 copies of my new book The Simple Sampler valued at $17.98 each.  I will pay shipping - international too!  In case you aren't one of the lucky winners, you can purchase a copy on Amazon.  






And from Electric Quilt - Electric Quilt Version 8, a $239.95 value!  The shipping  will be a Coupon Code Via Email. 







Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.  Be sure to visit the other bloggers participating in the My Happy Place Row Along.  I've seen previews of many of the rows and they are simply beautiful! 

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Show and Tell Day


Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
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Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.

You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.

I will start announcing winners on September 11, 2018, and finish announcing winners on October 10, 2018.

In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their 
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You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.

You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

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Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
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If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.

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Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.

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Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.


Monday, October 1, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge - October is Blue Violet

I'm excited about October's color - Blue Violet.  It's not as edgy as Red - Violet that was featured in September.  In case you missed them, be sure to check out my red-violet blocks.   

Anyway back to Blue Violet (it's one of those days when I digress on every topic!)   I was surprised I didn't have much Blue Violet in my stash.... I'm going to need to work on that. :)   I ended up purchasing a few quarter yard cuts of blenders to fill in what I was missing.   I'm noticing that my stash has a lot of medium to dark fabrics and not very much in the light and light-medium range.  I guess I'm not much of a pastel person! 



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.


I'm using Jen's pattern (available on her blog - see link below) and made both the 12" and 6" block this month.   I love how subtle the block is - it's very soothing! 



With only 2 more blocks to make, I've started working on my final quilts.   I can't wait to share them with you.  Stayed tuned to social media for some sneak peaks :) 

I can't wait to see what your block looks like.  On Jen's blog you have an opportunity to share your blue violet block or anything made with blue violet from October 21 to 31 to be eligible for prizes.  

And speaking of prizes, the sponsor for this month is Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics who are giving away a $25 gift certificate!  I love hand dyed fabrics - don't you? 





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



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 peaks and updates!