Author Archives: Maria Michaels Designs

Christmas in July (in December)

“Christmas in July? I can hear you saying, “But it’s December!” You must be wondering what I am thinking! Those who read, subscribe to, and follow my blog may remember the reason. For those who don’t know, both my sewing machines failed me that month (tension gone so I couldn’t complete my Island Batik Ambassador …

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Quilts for Sales’ Last Few Hours of Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales!

There are only a few hours left on our fantastic sales with quilts up to 50% off! Don’t lose the chance for these tremendous bargains! Click here to view our extended Black Friday Sales. Click here to view our extended Cyber Monday Sales. The quilts on sale for Cyber Monday and Black Friday are different …

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Island Batik’s Winter Wonderland

Welcome to Island Batik‘s Winter Wonderland! This month, we Island Batik Ambassadors were given it as our theme. Of course, Winter Wonderland conjures up many images. First, for me, is one of snow covering the ground and tree branches laced with the fluffy flakes and evergreens dressed in their beautiful best. Snowmen too, of course! However, winter and Christmas …

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A Tutorial from The Quilt Show – Mitered Bindings with Ricky Tims

Ricky Tims demonstrates another method for mitered bindings which I can hardly wait to try! I especially like the fact that it eliminates stitching the miters closed by hand. (Please note that if you subscribe via email, the video will not play. Visit Maria’s Quilt Scraps to view it.)

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Black Friday Sales – Quilts for Sale – 25% & 50% Off!

25% – 50% Off! – Plus Many Lowered Prices! Click here to check them out! Sale ends at midnight EST, November 27th, 2016.  

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Quilts for Sale is about to start its 12th year! We are celebrating with 2 firsts – next week’s Black Friday Sale (November 25th through the 27th) and the week after, our Cyber Monday Sale (November 28th through December 2nd)! Shopping online is quite convenient because you can “Skip the lines and shop from the …

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Island Batik – Pumpkin Fest

This month’s Island Batik theme, naturally, is Pumpkin Fest. Some years ago, I was contacted by a distributor of Simply Plaid fabrics. He wanted quilters to see the value of using plaids in prints and asked if I would design some quilts using their fabrics. One of the ones I came up with, I named, A …

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Book Review: Aunt Dimity & . . .

The Aunt Dimity series of books written by Nancy Atherton are sheer delight! I have read every one of them, including Aunt Dimity & the Buried Treasure published this year. I just finished it today and, as always, was sorry to have to close that back cover! They don’t need to be read in order, but I strongly advise it. …

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Happy Thanksgiving

A Happy Thanksgiving to all of us Canadians celebrating today! May we all feel the joy as we count and give thanks for our blessings! Our family has a great deal for which to be thankful for this year, first and foremost that our son and his family, along with their home, came safely through Hurricane Matthew. Thanks …

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Piece for Shelter Pets

With permission, I am partially quoting from Nan Baker‘s Purrfect Spots Blog: “October is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and some quilt industry professionals are partnering with the Petfinder Foundation to create awareness of Shelter Dogs (and Cats) that need “ furrever” homes. It is an unusual combination but one that is working beautifully to help our furry friends. These quilters are …

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