Author Archives: Maria Michaels Designs

Northern Woods Blog Hop! – Starts Tomorrow!

Northern Woods is Nan Baker‘s Signature Collection by Kathy Engle. Follow along this Blog Hop to view a new and fabulous collection of fabrics! Bonus – There are prizes to be won! Hop Schedule April 16: Nan Baker  –  Purrfect Spots April 17: Margaret Willingham  –   Eye of the Beholder  April 18: Maria Hrabovsky  –   Maria’s Quilt Scraps April 19: Karen Overton  …

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Sew Special

Sew Speedy Projects from The Quilt Pattern Magazine The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) has a new and special issue out! It is a collection of TQPM’s best 20 quick-to-make patterns. All are truly “sew speedy” and worth having. We quilters know how often we need something quick-to-make when time is short and that special gift …

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Northern Woods – Nan Baker’s Signature Collection

This week has been a special one. It is Aurifil and Island Batik Week. And both are featuring Nan Baker‘s Signature Collection, Northern Woods! I have been using Island Batik‘s gorgeous fabrics and Aurifil’s absolutely wonderful quilting cottons for 2-½ years now and am loving both. I especially enjoy matching Aurifil’s variegated threads to the wonderful colours …

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Preparing for Our Puppy

We had great fun shopping for everything our puppy will need to start with. – Well, everything except his food, a collar or harness, and a leash. We’ll be getting those tomorrow. We have 2 soft puppy beds for him. One to sleep in at night and a slightly larger one to keep in the …

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Introducing . . .

The Newest Member of Our Family He hasn’t actually arrived yet, though. He will on December 13th and we are greatly excited and looking forward to being first-time pet owners, especially of this cutie! He will be 10 weeks old then and is a male Standard Poodle. Our dear daughter-in-law Monica’s mother Kathy, an experienced dog …

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Quilters’ Cutting Guide

  Last week, we introduced you to Deborah Rubles‘ Protective Guides and Ruler Holders. This week I would like to introduce you to her book, Quilters’ Cutting Guide. Deborah teaches us her Sliding Ruler Method for cutting fabric which is absolutely great for beginning quilters and for experienced quilters as well. Everything is explained clearly …

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A Way to Help Puerto Rico

Gumroad.com, the merchant account that TQPM uses to handle EU subscriptions, is donating all proceeds from today’s sales (September 27th) to Unicef Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico. This means their portion of TQPM subscriptions sold will help those in need. Even though TQPM uses Gumroad.com for EU subscribers, anyone can purchase a TQPM subscription …

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Correction! – Quilter’s Cutting Guide!

My profuse apologies to Deborah Rubles, her Quilter’s Cutting Guide and all of our readers for the inexplicable error I made yesterday! In my blog about Deborah’s wonderful Protective Guides and Ruler Holders, I inadvertently, and without realizing it, changed Quilter’s Cutting Guide to Quilter’s Cutting “Edge” in a few places! Don’t ask me why. …

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Protective Guards & Ruler Holders – Great for Quilters!

  Deborah Rubles of Quilter’s Cutting Guide offers 2 wonderful tools for quilters – her Protective Guides and her Ruler Holders! Both are truly quality items! Now that I’ve tried them, I wouldn’t be without the Protective Guides or the Ruler Holder! They adhere nicely and easily to our rulers. They protect our hands when …

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Shocking! – And Spring, Too.

Shocking! Yes, I must confess to being shocked. I had no idea how long it has been since my last blog post nor how infrequently I have posted this year! As an Island Batik Ambassador the past 2 years (ending in February), I posted at least monthly. Since then, and still busier than ever, the …

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