Thursday, October 10, 2019

#SewPINK 2019

I'm super excited to be one of the bloggers for the byAnnie.com inaugural #SewPINK2019 initiative.  My friend Annie & her business, byAnnie, is committed to raising and donating money for Breast Cancer Research.  At the bottom of this post are more details and some helpful links. 


I don't know anyone who hasn't been impacted by cancer.  It's a dreadful disease that ruins lives not only of those who have been diagnosed, but also of those who love them.   Instead of dwelling on the negative, I always try to focus on the positive and ways that we can help others who are battling cancer.  

I've been involved in making several "cancer quilts" or "chemo quilts" which are simply a quilt that has messages written on it from friends, family, co-workers and others to support the person with cancer.  While many times there isn't anything that we can physically do to help, at least we can express our support, encouragement and love. 

My Get Well Wishes Quilt was published in the Autumn 2017 issue of Quilter's World Magazine and was designed in pink to support Breast Cancer awareness.  Log Cabin blocks form the center with plenty of room in the surrounding triangles for hand-written sentiments.  (And yes, I'm wishing I had a better photo of it!) 


Another example of a sentiment quilt is one I helped my friend Jayde make for one of her college classmates who was received a cancer diagnosis while in her 20's.  Jayde handled mailing countless fabric pieces to friends who wrote the most beautiful messages and I handled the sewing and quilting.  Together in a super-short period of time, we created this amazing quilt that shared so much love and support.  



So the next time you hear of someone diagnosed with cancer, grab some fabric and some friends and make them a quilt filled with personal sentiments, love and heartfelt messages that will inspire them on the days when inspiration seems far, far away. 

Huge thanks to Annie for inviting me to be part of this blog hop and be sure to check out all the events that are part of #SewPINK 2019. 


The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. They have pledged to raise funds to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through sales and to promote action through giveaways.

To see the calendar of events visit: https://www.byannie.com/2019-SewPINK#calendar

For more information please visit the official #SewPINK information page: https://www.byannie.com/2019-SewPINK

To donate directly to the BCRF visit: https://give.bcrf.org/give/31404/#!/donation/checkout

ByAnnie will be donating 30% of profits on all SewPINK items sold at their web store. You can search for SewPINK items on their website or see the list of items here: https://www.byannie.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=sewpink

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

One of my favorite weeks of the year!

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year...  It's the Tri-State Tractor and Engine Show which is being held in the nearby town of Portland IN.  It's close enough that we can drive back and forth during the day.   Even though the show didn't open until today, I went yesterday to scope out the sights and sounds while vendors were still setting up.  

There are rows upon rows of vintage and antique tractors on display.  This photo was taken last year when Allis Chalmers was the featured brand of tractor.  While they aren't as popular as John Deere in county music lyrics, they were still very popular.
 



Growing up on a farm, things like engines, grease and gears are all familiar and bring back childhood memories. The WD 45 was the first tractor that I drove regularly as a kid.  I never rode bicycles much, I was too busy driving a tractor! 


Tractors and farm equipment aren't the only items on display.  I'm fascinated by the antique excavation equipment and love to watch this old one dig.  


There is an entire section dedicated to large engines similar to this one. 


The show takes up the entire fairgrounds and some vendors are simply set up and selling from their trailers in the grassy areas.  


And, I've saved the best for last ... the antiques!  There are several buildings full and I have to look at them all :)   I'm always on the hunt for vintage quilts to use as inspiration for my patterns. 



Monday, August 5, 2019

It's August ... my least favorite month of the year

It's August ....  and I say that with a sigh.  I don't know if everyone picks favorite and least favorite months of the year, but August is probably my least favorite month of the year.  

It's an awkward month.  Summer is ending. School is starting.  August reminds me of all the things that I didn't get accomplished so far this year.  Fall is almost here, which means winter is just around the corner, but it's still hot outside.  I'm wearing sleeveless shirts and shorts while pondering my Fall decor and thinking about new recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner and the days are getting shorter. Ugg... August...   

Does anyone else feel this way?  Or is it only me? 

As a quilt designer, my life doesn't know seasons anymore.  I can be found working on Christmas Quilts in March, stitching Spring florals in August and if I get a stellar idea for a Fall quilt, it has to wait til next year.  

A lot of my friends are Fall people .. they can't wait for hoodies and bonfires and Halloween decor.  If you are among that group, then keep reading, I've got a few of my fall favorites to share with you. 

Each of these projects are available through Annie's Creative Studio, so not only do you get the pattern but you also get me on video taking you step-by-step through making it.  What could be better than that?  

For your table, I recommend the Harvest Table Runner.  If learning curved piecing is on your to-do list, then table runner is the perfect place to start.  

I just finished the binding on this smaller version that I made while taping the class.  I was impressed with how well the fabrics complimented my UHL pottery.  If you have watched many of my classes, you know it's all about the antiques! 




For those back-to-school mornings with actual sit-at-the-table breakfasts, the Punkin Time Placemats will help brighten your day and the Coasters are perfect for afterschool snacking!  The padded applique adds the perfect 3-dimensional embellishment and is actually easy to make!





For your wall, who can't help but love the Happy Howling Wall Hanging featuring this adorable kitty.  Well, of course, my pooch isn't loving it but I know your family and friends will!   The yo-yo's really add an upscale finish to the edge! 




If you are looking for a fall quiltalong, then the Star Bound Sampler is perfect for you.  Broken down into a block a lesson with the 13th episode covering the assembly, this quilt will grow your skills as well as beautifully decorate your home. 



Hopefully, you don't have the August blues like I do, but just writing this post makes me feel better.  Sometimes we just need to share what we are feeling. I wish you a beautiful quilting day! 

This post does contain affiliate links which helps support my business.  Thank you for using them. 



Sunday, August 4, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop - Wrap Up & Giveaway Reminder

Wow - what an amazing two weeks it has been.   The Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop ended on Friday but entry into the giveaways continues until 12 MIDNIGHT EST tonight August 4, 2019. 

It's been a humbling two weeks as I have seen so many beautiful versions of my projects made by the guest bloggers and as I have read your comments on the blog posts and on social media.  Thank you to each of you who have participated in the blog hop and have purchased my Christmas Collection book. 

As a reminder, the Christmas Collection book is  available on Amazon and eligible for Prime shipping.  




To make it easy to find all the blog posts, I compiled a master list with links so you can "binge hop".  Be sure to enter the giveaways before 12 MIDNIGHT EST on August 4, 2019 and be sure to check out all the guest blogs too! 


Monday July 22, 2019 - Let's Gather Table Runner

Tuesday July 23, 2019 - Wreath Runner & Wall Hanging

Wednesday July 24, 2019 - Holly Topper

Thursday July 25, 2019 - Mug Rugs & Coasters

Friday July 26, 2019 - Poinsettia Bed Runner + Pillow

Monday July 29, 2019 - Jingle Bells Quilt + Wall Hanging

Tuesday July 30, 2019 - Mistletoe Magic Throw + Pillow

Wednesday July 31, 2019 - Tree of Presents Wall Hanging

Thursday August 1, 2019 - O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Friday August 2, 2019 - Christmas Friends Throw

Here is a quick gallery of the projects. 













Friday, August 2, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #10 - Christmas Friends Throw

Welcome to Day #10 and the final day of Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop.   I have been humbled by the tremendous response from everyone who has taken to participate in the blog hop - both the readers and the guest bloggers.  

In case you are just joining us, which is perfectly fine, each day for the past two weeks myself and a group of elite guest bloggers have highlighted one of the projects in my Christmas Collection book which is available on Amazon and eligible for Prime shipping.  



Today's featured quilt is actually the cover quilt from the book - Christmas Friends Throw.  Made in  traditional reds and greens, it appears much more complex than it really is.  

During the Holiday season, it's easy to quickly change your decor by swapping out throws in the living area of your house.  So even if you have repeat guests, you decor will always look fresh and inviting. 





I think the best part of the blog hop is seeing the versions made by the guest bloggers.  Don't you agree?   Today I have amazing projects to share by: 


Anorina Morris of Samelia's Mum 
            
Marlene Oddie of KISSED Quilts

Maryellen McAuliffe of Mary Mack Made Mine



           
It's always blows me away how each quilter can take the same pattern and add their own unique touches and they all turn out so beautiful! 

As a part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the Christmas Friends Throw pattern.  In the comments, share which area of your home you like to decor best - dining, bedroom or living room.  The winners will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 



















Anorina Morris
            Ellen Ault
            Maryellen McAuliffe

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #9 - O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

It's Day #9 of Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop.  Are you getting in the Christmas spirit yet?  As a designer, I'm always designing out of season, so it's not unusual for me to be working on Christmas patterns in the Spring and Summer. 

In case you are just joining us, each day for two weeks myself and a group of elite guest bloggers are highlighting one of the projects in my Christmas Collection book which is available on Amazon and eligible for Prime shipping.  



A few years ago, I started designing tree themed wall hangings and they have been quite popular.  Yesterday we showcased my Tree of Presents Wall Hanging and today's feature quilt is O Christmas Tree.  

I'll be totally honest, the popularity of O Christmas Tree has taken me by surprise.  I shed a few happy tears the night I found a quilter's version proudly pinned on Pinterest.  Many times as a designer we are busy creating new patterns but never knowing if anyone actually makes them, so it is always heartwarming to see posts of my patterns made by other quilters.




I think the best part of the blog hop is seeing the versions made by the guest bloggers.  Don't you agree?   Today I have amazing projects to share by: 



Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen

Joanne Harris of Quilts by Joanne

Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs
           
It's always blows me away how each quilter can take the same pattern and add their own unique touches and they all turn out so beautiful! 



As part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the O Christmas Tree pattern.  In the comments, share if your Holiday decor is traditional or more whimsical.  The winners will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #8 - Tree of Presents Wall Hanging

Welcome to Day #8 of Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop.  A huge thanks to each of you are participating in the hop.  I love reading your comments!  

In case you are just joining us, each day for two weeks myself and a group of elite guest bloggers are highlighting one of the projects in my Christmas Collection book which is available on Amazon We are at Day #8 with just two more days to go. 




As you have probably figured out by now, my Christmas decor isn't strictly traditional red and green. Not only do I like to decorate outside the traditional box, I like to design out of the box too!  And yes, I'm one of those people who still haven't taken the tree down until mid-January!

Today's featured Tree of Presents Wall Hanging is the perfect example of my non-traditional designs.  Don't just put presents under the tree, but deck your walls with them too! Easy row piecing and touch of applique makes this the perfect last minute project.  This fun wall hanging is a super stash buster and adds a whimsical touch to your Holiday decor. 


Photo Creds: Danielle Morales at InJoy Photography


I think the best part of the blog hop is seeing the versions made by the guest bloggers.  Don't you agree?   Today I have amazing project to share by: 



Tracy Stauch of Fearless Quilter

Terry Vanden Bosch of Lizard Creek Quilting 


As always, the guest bloggers have done an amazing job and I am absolutely blown away by their creativity! 

As part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the Tree of Presents pattern.  In the comments, share if your Holiday decor is traditional or more whimsical.  The winners will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #7 - Mistletoe Magic Throw & Pillow

Welcome to Day #7 of Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop!  I hope you enjoyed all the posts thus far.  As a designer, it is so interesting to see how others interpret your patterns.  Today we have one of my favorite projects - Mistletoe Magic Throw and its matching pillow. 

In case you are just joining us, each day for two weeks myself and a group of elite guest bloggers are highlighting one of the projects in my Christmas Collection book which is available on Amazon 



Today we are transitioning from the bedroom to the living room for decorating.  We have a very small house, so most of our time is spent in the living room.  

As I was selecting fabrics for the projects in this book, I deliberately searched for fabrics that weren't traditional Christmas red and green.  The softer palette of Christmas will make this throw and pillow a go-to favorite for seasonal decorating.  You may even forget that it's Christmas and leave it out all year long. 






I think the best part of the blog hop is seeing the versions made by the guest bloggers.  Don't you agree?   Today I have amazing project to share by: 


Marlene Oddie of Kissed Quilts   

Rohn Strong of Rohn Strong Designs

Pam Morgan of Sweet Little Stitches  

Andi Stanfield of True Blue Quilts   

Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis  

Sherri Noel of RebeccaMae Designs 

Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting 


As always, the guest bloggers have done an amazing job and I am absolutely blown away by their creativity! 

As part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the Mistletoe Magic Throw & Pillow pattern.  In the comments, share if you prefer traditional red & green for your Christmas projects or a different palette.  The winners will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 







Monday, July 29, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #6 - Jingle Bells Quilt and Wall Hanging

Welcome to Day #6 of Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop!  I hope you enjoyed last week's posts.  I know I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful projects made by the guest bloggers.  Ready or not - week #2 is here and more beautiful projects to share!

In case you are just joining us, each day for two weeks myself and a group of elite guest bloggers are highlighting one of the projects in my Christmas Collection book which is available on Amazon.  We are wrapping up week 1 and next week will full of stunning projects too!




Today we are still focused on the bedroom for our Christmas decorating with the Jingle Bells Quilt and Wall Hanging.  This duo is presented as two separate patterns in the book, but I chose to combine them together for the blog hop.  The wall hanging and the quilt use the same swags and bells.  The wall hanging is the perfect size for over the mantle or above a dresser or buffet while the quilt will quickly be the focal point for any bedroom. 






I think the best part of the blog hop is seeing the versions made by the guest bloggers.  Don't you agree?   Today I have amazing project to share by: 


Kathy Bruckman of Kathy's Kwilts and More
Joanne Hillestan of Fat Quarter Gypsy
Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew
Rona Ribbit Herman of Rona the Ribbiter
Andrea Tisdel of The Sewing Fools


As always, the guest bloggers have done an amazing job and I adore their versions of my pattern. 

As part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the Jingle Bells Quilt pattern.  In the comments, share which version you like better - the wall hanging or the bed quilt.  The winners will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 











Friday, July 26, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #5 - Poinsettia Bed Runner + Pillow

Welcome to Day #5 of Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop.  Today we are shifting from decorating the dining area of the house to the bedroom and I have an important question for you at the bottom of the blog post - so keep reading! 

In case you are just joining us, each day for two weeks myself and a group of elite guest bloggers are highlighting one of the projects in my Christmas Collection book which is available on Amazon.  We are wrapping up week 1 and next week will full of stunning projects too!


The Poinsettia Bed Runner & Pillow has very little piecing with it's raw edge fusible applique vines and petals.  It's the perfect decorating option to give a bedroom some quick seasonal charm.  Just layer the runner over the end of the bed and fluff the pillow - even while the overnight guests are pulling into the driveway!  They will think you spent hours decorating just for them. 


I think the best part of the blog hop is seeing the versions made by the guest bloggers.  Don't you agree?   Today I have amazing project to share by: 


Stephanie of Quilt N Party 


I love her choice of colors and how a simple fabric switch can change the entire look of a piece. 

As part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the Poinsettia Bed Runner & Pillow pattern.  In the comments, share whether you decorate bedrooms for the Holidays.  The winners will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #4 - Mug Rugs & Coasters

On Day #4 of Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection blog hop we are showcasing projects that I consider essential for any entertaining - mug rugs and coasters!  During the winter months, a warm cuppa of your favorite beverage always tastes good and the perfect landing spot for it is a mug rug or a coaster.  

In case you are just joining us, each day for two weeks myself and a group of elite guest bloggers are highlighting one of the projects in my Christmas Collection book which is available on Amazon



Mug Rugs and Coasters are a great way to use up scraps from any of the projects and have accessories that match a throw or wall hanging.  Santa will spend a little extra time at your house when he finds his milk and cookies presented on a beautiful mug rug! 


And Santa might even spend more time putting presents under your tree when finds a glass a wine setting on a pretty coaster for him to enjoy! 



The coasters are made using a improvisational piecing, which maybe a new technique to many.  Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts has a great video that demonstrates improvisational piecing.  If you have never used this technique before, give it a try with these coasters.  

As part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the Mug Rugs & Coasters pattern.  In the comments, share whether you prefer mug rugs or coasters.  The winners will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #3 - Holly Topper

Welcome to Day #3 of Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop.  We are still decorating the dining area of the house and today's featured Holly Topper switches styles from the long Let's Gather Table Runner and the Wreath Runner.   

In case you are just joining us, each day for two weeks myself and a group of elite guest bloggers are highlighting one of the projects in my Christmas Collection book which is available on Amazon




The Holly Table topper features curved piecing for the outer border and raw-edge fusible applique.  I added buttons to mine for the holly berries but you could applique or embroider circles in place just as easily, especially if you have small children on pets who could easily choke on a button.  The sample was made using Island Batik fabrics, Warm 80/20 batting and Steam-A-Seam Lite from The Warm Company. 



I think the best part of the blog hop is seeing the versions made by the guest bloggers.  Don't you agree?   Today we have two amazing projects by: 

Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney 


Suzy Webster of WebsterQuilt

I love the subtle changes each made to my pattern and how it really changed the look of the topper!

As part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the Holly Topper pattern.  In the comments, share whether you prefer square or long rectangular table toppers / runners.  The winners will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 

Here is another photo I took my version of the Holly Topper. 


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #2 - Wreath Runner & Wall Hanging

Yesterday was an amazing start to Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop!  You can catch the opening post here.   I hope you join us on a regular basis for the next two weeks to see all the beautiful projects made by the guest bloggers.  The Christmas Collection book is available on Amazon and is eligible for Prime delivery. 



Today the Wreath Runner & Wall Hanging is being featured.  This duo will make your Holiday decorating super simple. Whether gracing the center of a table or a buffet this runner spreads Holiday cheer in style. The wall hanging completes the ensemble to make your decor the envy of the neighborhood.  Instead of the brighter Christmas greens and reds, I opted for more muted and darker fabrics when I made these samples. 




I can't wait to share with you the guest blogger's version of Wreath Runner & Wall Hanging - it's always fun to see how other's interpret your patterns! 

Check out the creative project by Joanne:

Joanne Hillestad of The Fat Quarter Gypsy

I am blown away by the creativity!  I would have never thought of adapting the pattern in this way, but now I think I made need to do this too! .

As part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the Wreath Runner & Wall Hanging pattern.  In the comments, share how you would use the runner and wall hanging in your home.  The winner will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 

Here are a few more photos of the Wreath Runner & Wall Hanging 


If you wanted to use the Wreath Runner as a long vertical wall hanging, it's as easy as changing the location of the wreaths! 




Monday, July 22, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop Day #1 - Let's Gather Table Runner

Welcome to Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Blog Hop!  For the next two weeks, myself and an incredibly talented group of bloggers will be sharing projects from my book with you. 

My Christmas Collection book is available on Amazon and features 11 projects perfect for decorating the dining, living and bedroom of your home for Christmas.  I am a firm believer in quick, easy yet stylish decor and all of these projects bring loads of style and function for your Holiday needs.  



No other project could be more perfect to lead off this blog hop than my Let's Gather Table Runner.  After all, that's what we are doing - gathering quilters for this amazing blog hop! 

When family and friends gather, nothing sets the mood better than a beautiful table runner. Here are a few photos of my traditional green, red and gold version of Let's Gather that is in the book. 




I can't wait to share with you the versions of Let's Gather the guest bloggers have made - they are so amazing! 
Check out the beautiful projects by Kate and Terri:

 Kate Starcher  of Katie Mae Quilts  
 Terri Vanden Bosch of Lizard Creek Quilting

I am blown away by how gorgeous their table runners are and how Christmas patterns don't always have to be traditional colors. 

As part of the blog hop, I am giving away 3 digital copies of the Let's Gather Table Runner pattern.  In the comments, share what colors you would use to make this table runner.  The winner will be selected at the end of the blog hop on Sunday August 4, 2019. 

Actually, the traditional Christmas version wasn't my first pick of colors for Let's Gather.  Originally I designed it as a Fall table runner.  The single pattern is available for pdf download in my Bluprint store or as both pdf and paper pattern in my Etsy store where I also have kits available for this version.