Modern God’s Eye – A New Pattern

Sandy and I are excited to tell you about our latest project!  Last November we submitted several designs to FaveQuilts and Leisure Arts  for a book dedicated to quilted wall hangings.  We are thrilled that one of our designs was chosen for this book of eleven unique projects!
Book pic 1Currently, the book is available for purchase on the Leisure Arts Website and on Amazon.  In August, the book will be available in Joann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Last November, we were reminiscing about Girl Scout Camp and how we used to make God’s Eye crafts from sticks we found in the woods and scraps of yarn.  WHOA!  What if we designed a quilt around this concept???  THEN we decided to call it “Modern God’s Eye”.   Below is a picture from the book.
IMG_1915The book also highlights the quilting from Sharon Johnson of Purple Cow Long Arm Quilting.  Sharon lives here in Ohio and she does a great job, as you can see!
Sharon's quiltingThe fabrics we used are from Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements Collection.  These solid colors are perfect for this modern quilt design.  Speaking of design, Sandy and I are big fans of using EQ8 software from Electric Quilts.  It’s easy for us to share design ideas electronically with this program, especially since we live in different states!

Here’s a sneak peak at the back of the book.  We think you will find a project that works with your décor!
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A New Free Pattern!

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working on a new quilt design with a “Dot Crazy” jelly roll.  These fabrics were designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio.

Sandy and I collaborated over the miles on this design.  Thank goodness for cell phone technology…what would we do without it?  I would send her photos of different layouts and she would give me feedback.

Below is the result of our collective design strategy and we are calling this quilt “Corner Kick”.
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We love these fabrics because they are bright, bold and modern.  The blue and white diamonds help anchor the blocks and bring all these fabrics together in a very easy, beginner friendly quilt.
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We think these bright fabrics make the perfect quilt for sunny day picnics or a casual throw on a cool summer evening.
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Grab a colorful jelly roll and get started on your own “Corner Kick”.
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You can download this FREE Pattern by clicking on this link: Corner Kick 06 06 19

We will also be posting this FREE Pattern to the Fave Quilts website.  This is a great quilting website where you will find free patterns, free eBooks, giveaways, and quilting videos.  Sandy and I both subscribe to their free email Newsletter, “Piecing it Together” and you can sign up by clicking HERE  Lots of quilting inspiration will be delivered directly to your inbox, it’s so easy!

Be sure to share photos of your completed “Corner Kick” quilts with us, we’d love to see them!

 

 

 

 

 

Proof: Santa is a Quilter!

My very dear friend, MJ, cross stitched this wonderful Prairie Schooler Santa and gave it to me as a gift.  What an honor to receive this lovely work of art!

This pattern was released in 2005, as noted on the lower left side.  What makes it even more special?  2005 is the year MJ and I became friends.

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Within such a teeny space, “Santa” created a wall hanging from 6 different, tiny blocks!  I look at each block and am in awe of these tiny little stitches.  Yes, this proves that Santa really is a quilter!

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It looks like Santa is ready to pull an all nighter as he finishes embroidering the Christmas tree nestled in the hoop!  How about that little spool of thread?

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As you can see, MJ even signed (with stitches) the lower right hand corner of this masterpiece.  Friendship, quilting and cross stitch…I think they blend together to make lasting memories!

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As we wind down the 2018 Christmas Season, Sandy and I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year!

Let’s toast to the new quilting journeys that await us in 2019…cheers!

 

 

U.S. Postal Service Fan of the Month

Sandy and I do a lot of mailing back and forth through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).  Since she lives in Upstate New York and I live in Central Ohio, it’s really the best (and least expensive!!!) way for us to pass projects back and forth.

Look what she just sent me!  It was a big box of fabric for a project we started in August.  I am a huge fan of all these beautiful grays, yellows, golds and creams.  This box not only made my day, it made me the USPS October Fan of the Month!

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Truth be told, Sandy hit a creative wall while trying to work out a new pattern design.  I jumped at the chance to give it a try because the combination of these colors and fabrics will provide me with a great cold weather project.

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Then, as luck would have it, I was at the Red Rooster Quilt Shop with my dear friend, MJ, when I stumbled across a scrap pack that had the same large floral fabric along with some other gray, black, yellow and cream fabrics.  What a find!

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Sandy, I’m working on it, I promise!

Well, I mean at least the fabric is out of the box and Norma has given it her sniff of approval!

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