Thursday, February 15, 2018

Charming Chains - Cover Quilt of Quilter's World Quilts You Can Make in a Day

It's always fun to get quilts back from the publisher but it's even more exciting to find out you have a COVER QUILT!  It's such an amazing honor to have the photo of your design selected for that prized position on the cover of a magazine.  

Yesterday I got two quilts back whose designs are published in the new Quilter's World Quilts You Can Make in a Day.    On the cover is my Charming Chains quilt!  

Photo Cred: Annie's

If you follow my designs you know I LOVE designing chain quilts so Charming Chains makes perfect sense - but instead of the chain extending clear across the quilt, these chains fit perfectly in each block unit. 

To highlight the chains, I knew I needed a bright, bold, fun fabric and Christa Watson's brand new Modern Marks collection by Benartex Contempo was the perfect choice.  The colors are so fresh and compliment my design perfectly.

I met Christa a few years ago at the SewPro Conference and I was delighted when she shared her first fabric collection with designers and encouraged us to use it in our designs.  And a huge thanks to Benartex for graciously providing the fabric!   

I also want to thank Aurifil for providing the thread I used to piece the quilt as well as The Warm Company for providing the 80/20 batting I used to make it.  I love both of these products and if I didn't love them, I wouldn't be using them! 

Charming Chains is designed with precut squares and strips in mind so it gives you an opportunity to use an entire fabric collection in one quilt.  Just select your fabric and pair it with a neutral and you are ready to stitch.  The pattern for Charming Chains is available in Quilter's World Quilts You Can Make in a Day which you can purchase at your favorite news stand or at Annie's Craft Store.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Happy Galentine's Day - Island Batik Style!

No, that’s not a typo! If you’re not familiar with Galentine’s Day, a holiday created by the fictional character Leslie Knope from the TV show, “Parks and Recreation”, watch this video.

As Leslie explains, Galentine’s Day is a celebration of our best gal pals and lady friends, and it’s the day before Valentine’s Day. Why shouldn’t we celebrate our fellow females who encourage and inspire us?!

So regardless of how you refer to them - your tribe, your posse, your Ya-Ya sisterhood - they are the important women in your life.  The ones who keep you sane, the ones who comfort you and the ones who tell you to "suck it up and move on" and I'm incredibly thankful to have an amazing group of women who make up my tribe!

I know it's not the day before Valentine's Day yet, but I wanted to get my post up so you have time to make a Happy Heart Mug Rug for any of your Gal- or Val-entines... or even one for yourself.  

My Happy Heart Mug Rug is designed a little larger than most.. so you have plenty of room for a mug and a snack - chocolate, or course!   It's made from a scrappy mix of Island Batik fabrics from my stash that I received as an Island Batik Brand Ambassador.  The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, Aurifil and The Warm Company. 

Quick and easy to make with just a touch of applique, a heart shaped mug rug is perfect for showing your love any day of the year!  The pattern of my Happy Heart Mug Rug is available for purchase as a PDF pattern.   It's a super stash buster and I can't wait to see your version.

Be sure to share a photo with me on my Facebook page or on IG @masterpiecequilting  Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Island Batik Box Opening - February 2018

I am super excited to be starting my second year as an Island Batik Brand Ambassador.  Each Ambassador is challenged with a monthly theme where we create projects using Island Batik fabrics and to make that really easy - Island Batik provides the fabrics so all we have to do is CREATE!  

My overly anticipated box of Island Batik fabrics arrived today. And YES, I did check the tracking number at least twice per day to follow it's trek across the U.S. and I did arrange my schedule so I was certain to be at the studio when my wonderful Fed Ex guy arrived!  

To share the excitement with each of you - I videoed my box opening and it is available for you to watch on my YouTube Channel.   

In this box not only did the Brand Ambassadors received beautiful Island Batik fabrics but also thread from Aurifil as well as batting from Hobbs.  

Here are some photos that I snapped to show off the beautiful fabric collections.  

I hope you have enjoyed my Box Opening and be sure to follow me on Facebook or on IG: @masterpiecequilting to see all the beautiful items I make from these fabrics. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Shoofly Chain Bed Quilt

While I normally prefer brighter and bolder fabrics, sometimes we just need to a be little girly and break out those pastels for a fun, feminine and fresh look. 

And if I may digress at only the second sentence of this post, THIS IS one of the reasons I LOVE quilting as a craft ... you can work on so many different styles, different fabrics, different colors, etc. all with the same tools and supplies.... the same sewing machine, same iron, same rotary cutter, cutting grid and mat can make art quilts, paper-pieced quilts, appliqued quilts, modern quilts or traditional patchwork - anything your heart desires!

Anyway, back to my Shoofly Chain Bed Quilt!  

Photo Credit: Annie's
This gorgeous bed quilt features a beautiful floral print by Amanda Murphy of Amanda Murphy Designs along with coordinating light pastels all from Benartex fabrics.   Two easy blocks are alternated to make the quilt appear harder than it really is to make.  

I designed the Shoofly Chain Bed Quilt as part of my Time-Saving Quilting with Precuts video workshop and due to it's success it is also available as an individual workshop. 

If you aren't familiar with my video classes, a preview is available for you to watch so you can get a feel for the quality of the instruction and video. 

As with all my other online classes, Time-Saving Quilting with Precuts is available both as an online class or in DVD format which you can watch whenever you want.  It's like having me in your quilting room 24/7 :)   

To purchase Time-Saving Quilting with Precuts, please click on my affiliate link to purchase. 

 If you enjoy learning online, I have classes in a variety of topics and your can read more about them. 

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge ... February = Blue

Last month's block was so much fun and now we are ready for February's!  Are you participating in the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge?  I hope so!  If you aren't, there is still time for you to join.  To get all the scoop, be sure to check out Jen's post.

In February we are celebrating the color blue!  Blue is one of my favorite colors.  When I played sports in grade school our team colors were blue and white.  And blue is symbolic to first place and we all like a winner :)  

So since blue is one of my favorite colors - you can image that I have a huge stash of blue fabric... the hard part was deciding which colors I wanted to use to give me the contrast needed. Blue's can be a little fickle and have undertones to them which makes them not want to play well with other blues.. so I tried to make sure all three fabrics played well together. 

Again this month I made both the 12" and 6" version of Jen's free block. It was way too cold to take photos outside on the day I made the blocks, so you will have to settle for our kitchen floor as a backdrop! 

And something I totally forgot to do last month was to introduce myself .....  so feel free to read more about me and my quilting journey.

I can't wait to see what your block looks like.  On Jen's blog you have an opportunity to share your blue block or anything made with blue from February 21 to 28 to be eligible for prizes.  And speaking of prizes, the sponsor for this month is: The Fat Quarter Shop which is giving away a $25 gift certificate. 

Also be sure to visit the other bloggers who are participating this month.  This is always fun to see what everyone is making too!

Jen of Dizzy Quilter
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne

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, January 30, 2018

Island Batik Four Season's Blog Hop + GIVEAWAYS!

Welcome to the Four Season's Blog Hop!

It's finally "my day" to share my quilt with you!  The Island Batik Four Season's Blog Hop has been going on all month and I've been waiting patiently while admiring all the quilts my fellow Island Batik brand ambassadors have made.... Aren't they just gorgeous!  If you have missed a few, I have updated all the links at the bottom of this post. 

The collection I'm working with is Plum Delicious by Kathy Engle which contains all these gorgeous rich colors.  Plum Delicious will be arriving at your local quilt shop in April .... so be sure to ask them to order it if they haven't already!

I struggled for a long time trying to decide what pattern to use for the blog hop quilt... I wanted to make sure I showcased all 28 (yep, 28!) fabrics in the collection so I ended up designing a pattern that did just that ... and I named the pattern Plum Delicious too! 

The quilt finishes at 69" x 69" and features 9 blocks - each of which looks totally different based on the fabrics that are in the block. I love designing star quilts, so I just had to incorporate stars of two different sizes into this quilt. I have a PDF Download Version of the pattern available RIGHT NOW via my Craftsy page - so you can start making your Plum Delicious quilt right away.  Print patterns will be available in a few weeks.

In addition to the Island Batik fabrics, I used Aurifil thread to piece the quilt and Warm 80/20 Batting from The Warm Company.  Even though it is hard to see in the photo, the quilt is custom quilted with block, sashing and border patterns. 

I am giving away 3 copies of the pdf pattern for my Four Seasons Blog Hop giveaway. To enter, please leave a comment on this blog post about which season - Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer - is your favorite and why.  I will select and notify winners on Monday February 5, 2018.

And don't forget to visit all the blogs that participated in the blog hop. You can always check the Island Batik blog for an updated schedule and while you are there - be sure to enter the main giveaway! 

Here is a list of the bloggers and their pages. 

January 8, 2018 featuring the Blue Moon Collection

Jennifer Fulton:

January 9, 2018 featuring the Mountain's Majesty Collection

Carol Steely:
January 10, 2018 featuring the Alpine Ice Collection

Connie Campbell,
Kate Colleran:
January 11, 2018 featuring the Alpine Jingle Collection

January 15, 2018 featuring the Elementz Collection

January 16, 2018 featuring the Southern Blooms Collection

Sharon Denney Parcel:
Sally Johnson:

January 17, 2018 featuring the Morning Sunshine Collection

Stephanie Beritcs:
Jessica Caldwell:

January 18, 2018 featuring the Season's Shades Collection

January 22, 2018 featuring the Paisley Dot Collection
Pamela Boatright:

January 23, 2018 featuring the Sunflower Serenade Collection 

January 24, 2018 featuring the City Culture 2 Collection

Maryellen McAullfie:
Joyce Mullis:

January 25, 2018 featuring the City Culture 2 Collection

Karen Overton:

January 29, 2018 featuring the Pumpkin Patch Collection

Marian Pena:

January 30, 2018 featuring the Autumn's Grace Collection
Bea Lee:

January 31, 2018 featuring the Plum Delicious Collection

February 1, 2018 featuring the Northern Woods Collection
Vicki Schlimmer:

Pinwheel Throw

Besides stars, pinwheels are one of my favorite quilt designs...  No wait, behind stars and chains, pinwheels are one of my favorite quilt designs! 

I love the movement they create in a quilt and I love how pinwheels look good regardless of the fabric you choose for the quilt... pinwheels look stylish in solids, 30's reproductions, batiks, blenders, you name it and they look awesome.

This is the Pinwheel Throw quilt that I designed as part of my Learn to Restyle Vintage Quilts online class.  Actually, I re-designed it from an antique quilt top that I purchased in an auction.  The original top was all hand-pieced, never quilted and was in really rough shape, so I was able to preserve it's memory with a new design. 

Photo Cred: Annie's

For my version I opted for bright springy Tonga batiks from Timeless Treasures.  Whenever I look at this quilt it brings a smile to my face.  Instead of making a bed size quilt like the original, I went smaller with a throw size so I could use it in the living areas of our home.  As you can see from the photos, it works well on a chair or hanging on a quilt rack. 

The Pinwheel Throw is one of three patterns that are part of my Learn to Restyle Vintage Quilts online class. 

Each pattern is inspired by a vintage or antique quilt.  In the video you will learn how to take an older quilt and make a new version of it.  I discuss and show you ways to rework it with an easier pattern and simpler construction techniques, plus updating the fabrics and colors.  After learning the techniques in the class, you will be ready to restyle your own vintage quilts into new, functional quilts you can use and cherish.

Learn to Restyle Vintage Quilts is available both as a online class 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.

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