Monday, January 17, 2022

Sneak Peek #1 - Ohio Star Block REMIX Challenge

For Sneak Peek #1 of my Ohio Star Block, I'm adding a few elements and changing up some color placement.

In case you missed, last week's blog post will give you more details about the block REMIX challenge. 

I deliberately positioned the lighter & brighter yellow and orange colors in the center and the darker colors around the edges to make the center appear to be floating over the rest of the block!

I truly love the opportunity to play and experiment with different blocks as part of the REMIX challenge.  I'm going to keep playing with this block, so be sure to watch for next week's Sneak Peek #2. 

Each Monday, the participating designers are sharing about the challenge on their Instagram feeds.  Some of us are adding other social media too.   If you don't already follow me on Instagram, I'm @masterpiecequilting 

Here is the list of Instagram handles of the participating designers.  Each of us are sharing our fabric pull and / or color scheme this week.   

@tamarinis

@katecollerandesigns

@crafttowardsjoy

@appliques.quilts.and.more

@debbiewendtquilting

@dragonflysquiltingdesignstudio

@storiedquilts314

@greenmanquilts

@southwind_quilts

@craftmoore

@sewjoycreates

@megschoicepatterns

@patchworkbreeze

@masterpiecequilting

@createwithclaudia      

An easy way to find the posts is using the following hashtags.  Just type them into the search box and the posts will show up. 


Hashtags:

#OhioStarblockchallenge

#OhioStarquiltblock

#morethanjustablockchallenge

#designerblockchallenge

#Januaryblockchallenge

#Januarydesignerblockchallenge

#quilt

#quilts

#quiltdesigner

#quiltblock

#quiltblocks


I can't wait to see what everyone is selecting for their fabrics and I hope that you will take a look too! Be sure to follow each of the designers so you don't miss their posts during this fun challenge.


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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

January Block REMIX Challenge: Ohio Star

 For the month of January, we are REMIXING the traditional Ohio Star quilt block


In 2021, we had the monthly Block Re-Imagined Challenge where each month a group of designers would independently re-work a specific block and share it with everyone.  Good News - it's continuing in 2022 just under a new name - the Block Remix Challenge. 

This week we are posting our fabric pulls.  Since it's kinda dreary outside - it's January in Indiana - I'm opting for some bright solids.  This fat quarter bundle from Michael Miller should spice things up. 

If you loving this bundle as much as I do, here's a direct link to purchase it. 

Here are links to take a look at the quilts I made during the Snowball Block Challenge, the Rail Fence Block Challenge, the Pinwheel Block Challenge, the Log Cabin Block Challenge, the Churn Dash Block Challenge, the Five Patch Chain Block Challenge, the Ocean Waves Block Challenge, the Strip Star Block Challenge and the Dutchman's Puzzle Block Challenge.  I have free patterns available for the quilts I made in the Rail Fence block challenge and Log Cabin block challenge.  Links are in the respective blog posts.  

Each Monday, the participating designers are sharing about the challenge on their Instagram feeds.  Some of us are adding other social media too.   If you don't already follow me on Instagram, I'm @masterpiecequilting 

Here is the list of Instagram handles of the participating designers.  Each of us are sharing our fabric pull and / or color scheme this week.   

@tamarinis

@katecollerandesigns

@crafttowardsjoy

@appliques.quilts.and.more

@debbiewendtquilting

@dragonflysquiltingdesignstudio

@storiedquilts314

@greenmanquilts

@southwind_quilts

@craftmoore

@sewjoycreates

@megschoicepatterns

@patchworkbreeze

@masterpiecequilting

@createwithclaudia      

An easy way to find the posts is using the following hashtags.  Just type them into the search box and the posts will show up. 


Hashtags:

#OhioStarblockchallenge

#OhioStarquiltblock

#morethanjustablockchallenge

#designerblockchallenge

#Januaryblockchallenge

#Januarydesignerblockchallenge

#quilt

#quilts

#quiltdesigner

#quiltblock

#quiltblocks


I can't wait to see what everyone is selecting for their fabrics and I hope that you will take a look too! Be sure to follow each of the designers so you don't miss their posts during this fun challenge.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

2022 Annie's Quilting Calendar

What is a better way to start 2022 than as a calendar girl?  

Well, technically, my quilt design is a calendar quilt.  Okay, it's not exactly the same thing but it's probably as close as I'll come to being a calendar girl :)  

I just received Annie's 2022 Quilting Calendar and my Simply Sophisticated Table Runner is gracing the cover.  Doesn't it look stunning?


If you aren't familiar with it, Annie's Quilting Calendar features a different quilt of the month as well as complete instructions for making the project.   If you haven't purchased your calendar yet - it's not too late.  Here's a direct link to order one. 

Since my Simply Sophisticated Table Runner is made using a patriotic colorway it is the July quilt of the month.  It's perfect for a summer picnic at the park or even to spread across the tailgate for an impromptu buffet while watching fireworks.  

I designed the runner so it is a stash / scrap friendly project so you can make one quickly.  And don't be limited by my colorway choice - you can pick fabrics that match your decor, match any season or match the favorite colors of someone you might gift it to. 

There are several projects in the calendar that I've added to make "want to make" list, so be sure to check it out and get yours today.  

Click here to order

And when you make your own version of Simply Sophisticated, I'd love to see it.  Just use #masterpiecequilting or #annies when sharing on social media. 

And, as if you need yet another reason to order, there are some amazing coupon codes and special shipping offers in the calendar too!  You don't want to miss those! 

 

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Link to purchase calendar

https://shrsl.com/3bwi1



Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Perky Pig Quilt Block - Quilt Block Mania

The theme for this month's Quilt Block Mania is Pets and why not a pet pig!  

Growing up on a livestock farm, I was the kid who tried to make a pet out of all the animals.  It worked well except for one bull who had anti-social issues but that's a different story for a different day :)  

I'd love to introduce you to Perky Pig! 


He's fun, he's happy and he is completely made using raw-edge fusible applique techniques.  

One of my goals as a quilt pattern designer is to increase my skills using raw-edge fusible applique to design more complex patterns.  This was a great start.  

The pattern for my Perky Pig Block is available for free using the link below. 


I'd love to see the version you make.  Be sure to share on social media using #perkypigblock and #masterpiecequilting 

An entire group of designers have been working with this same theme and here is a sampling of the blocks they have made!  Aren't they gorgeous? 


Below are the links to each of the blocks.  


Did you know there is a Quilt Block Mania facebook group where you can share your finished block and see the blocks other quilters have made?  It's a great community and I invite you to join.  Here's the direct link. 



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Friday, December 17, 2021

Tipsie Geese Quilt - Part 1 available on Annie's Creative Studio

I hope you love learning with Annie's Creative Studio as much as I love teaching classes there.  There are so many amazing classes, I have a hard time selecting which one to watch next. 

Today I'm sharing the release of Part 1 of the Tipsie Geese quilt class.  


This quilt is a little more complex but the extra steps are so worth it when the quilt is finished.  It is simply stunning.   And no worries if the techniques are new to you, I'm there to guide you step-by-step along the way.   If you have ever wanted to learn curved piecing, then be sure to take this class.  

I've got a quick introductory video to share with you. 


If you aren't familiar with Annie's Creative Studio, it's a great online learning platform where you can learn all sorts of crafts, not just quilting.  If you are multi-craftual like me, it's fun to take classes in just one location without having to pay for a variety of different classes. 

Here is a direct link to sign up for a free trial to 

experience Annie's Creative Studio for yourself.  

Another bonus is the classes available are in a variety of skill levels.  I can challenge my quilting skills with advanced classes but still take beginner crochet classes and well, what can I say ... pre-beginner knitting classes!  

I hope you will check it out with the free trial. You'll be amazed at all the learning opportunities. 


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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Calm Lagoon Instagram Loop

It has been a fun couple of weeks celebrating with Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting and the arrival in stores of her new signature collection called Calm Lagoon by Kathy Engle for Island Batik.   

A few weeks ago I shared more about the collection and the Serenage quilt I made using the fabrics.  If you missed it, here is the direct link to that post

For the next two days (until 9:00 a.m. EST on December 17, 2021), we are running at loop on Instragram with lots of free prizes!  Who doesn't love free prizes? 

To get started, hop onto my Masterpiece Quilting Instagram page and following the directions on the post with this image. 



You could be the lucky winner of my new Serenade quilt pattern and class!  I'd love to have you be the one, but you can't win if you don't play - so don't wait. 


Hayloft Stars Quilt Class on Annie's Creative Studio

I'm excited to share my latest class on Annie's Creative Studio - the Hayloft Stars Wall Hanging! 


This is a super fun and stunning wall hanging to make. 

Even if your decor is a different colorway, you can easily substitute fabrics that will make it perfect for your home.  

Here's a quick video introduction to the class. 


The design is one where you can really have some fun adding pretty quilting.  It's the perfect size for practicing your custom quilting motifs too. 

If you aren't familiar with Annie's Creative Studio, it's a great online learning platform where you can learn all sorts of crafts, not just quilting.  If you are multi-craftual like me, it's fun to take classes in just one location without having to pay for a variety of different classes. 

Here is a direct link to sign up for a free trial to 

experience Annie's Creative Studio for yourself.  

While Hayloft Stars make look complex, it is really easy to make, especially with the video instruction.  During the class, I'm your guide each step of the way - so put those worries aside if you think it looks too complex and get started today!  


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