Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays

Popular Christmas Ornament to Make and Give!

This Cathedral Window Ornaments pattern is in the December 2012 issue of TQPM (The Quilt Pattern Magazine). Past issues are $5 each! You will get the holiday project and all the other patterns for that one low price! Purchase more than one past issue and get an even better price!

Click here to view all holiday projects.

Christmas RAPPing – Book Review

Christmas RAPping by Margaret Brewster Willingham & Nan

Christmas RAPPing by Margaret Brewster Willingham &
Nan Baker

This is a book that all quilters who love Christmas and making the special decorations that we love and cherish through the years and are passed down through generations who will treasure them.

The book has 96 pages filled with colour, lovely designs, and all the directions needed. It starts with General Sewing and Quilting Information, followed by General Techniques for Reverse Appliqué by both hand and machine, followed by General Directions for Paper Piecing.

Next comes the exciting part – the Patterns! There are a variety of them and in a variety of sizes too, so you’ll find something for everyone! Here are just 3 samples to whet your quilting appetite:

Mini-Star of Wonder Ornaments

Mini-Star of Wonder Ornaments

These 2 sets of Mini-Star of Wonder Ornaments will be fun and quick to make from your scrap fabrics as will the Tree Top Star Ornaments.  And yes, that Wondrous Light Tree Skirt pattern is also included!

Here are 2 more patterns, one which will add to your decor and the other keep you snuggly and warm. Perfect for those chilly nights enjoying time at home with your family or a good book!

Radiant Wreath Wall-Hanging

Radiant Wreath Wall-Hanging and Radiant Christmas Quilt

This next one helps us remember and to celebrate what Christmas is all about.

Miracle at the Manger

Miracle at the Manger

These are just a few of the Christmas Quilts you will find in Nan and Margaret’s special book.
Click here to order one. You will have time to make the smaller projects for this Christmas, then enjoy making the others throughout 2019 so you’ll be perfectly ready for next year’s celebration!

Quilt Sale Correction!

Our apologies! We experienced a glitch when posting Quilts for Sale‘s  sale pages.

Only one page showed up and there are 3 pages of quilt bargains for this yearly sale. So, be sure to click here and view them all, including the 2 pages you missed! You may just find that special quilt you have been thinking of buying at a special price!

Here is just one example of the many bargains. Be sure to see the rest!

Quilt Sale!


To view the Sale Bargains –
Click here!


Sale ends at midnight EST, November 30th.







Need a Quick Project for Halloween?

A Simply Plaid Halloween by Maria of Maria Michaels DesignsA Simply Plaid Halloween by Maria of Maria Michaels Designs

Simply Halloween by Maria of Maria Michaels Designs

Both versions of this wall hanging are made from the same pattern. The first was made in plaids because I was commissioned to create patterns using plaid fabrics. This is one of those I designed. Later, I recreated it as an Island Batik Ambassador, using their lovely fabrics.

Using fusible appliqué, this quilt can be made up quickly and be ready for your Halloween Night festivities. Click here to purchase the pattern.




Project Linus

Baby Dresden

Baby Dresden for Project Linus

In an earlier post, I mentioned having been asked to make some quilts for Project Linus from fabric pieces and scraps that had been donated. That was over a year ago and although I completed some before the end of 2017, other deadlines prevented me from continuing. I finally got back to  it again last month.

At first, my intent was to complete each quilt as I went along, but then decided on a kind of assembly-line method. This means that I am making all of the quilt tops first. When all the fabrics have been used up, I’ll start preparing the backs, then making the quilt sandwiches and pinning them all together ready to quilt. Once quilted, I’ll start on the bindings and as each one is done, I’ll post it here.

This first one – Baby Dresden – was not made from donated fabrics. Some months ago, I posted a photo of a Dresden Plate baby quilt I had made as a gift. Two plates were left from that project so used one to make the baby quilt shown and will make another soon. I used leftover strips to make the binding.

This is the first time I used ruler work for quilting. Stitched many of the lines that way, one on each side of the plate points. Then, I switched to the quarter-inch foot to add the rest. The silvery buttons you see in the corners are not a part of the quilt. They are magnets. Because I had no place to hang the quilt indoors, I attached it to our garage door with them.

I’m pleased with the quilting. What do you think?

For Sale – Janome Free Motion Frame Quilting Set for 1600P

Janome Free Motion Frame Quilting Set for 1600P

For Sale:
This Janome package has been opened but never used. I bought it to use with an adapter on my Bernina Virtuosa sewing machine, then decided to add a Janome sewing machine to my collection. However, this set doesn’t work with my Janome MC 9400. It was made for those Janomes which have 7mm wide stitches.

Originally paid $55 U.S. for it (not counting shipping costs).
Am selling it for $25 plus shipping costs calculated exactly on your zip/postal code.
To find out what those costs are, email me at – info at mariamichaelsdesigns dot com – by changing “at” to “@”, the “dot” to an actual dot and deleting spaces – or – leave a comment here and I’ll get in touch with you. Your comment will not be published here though. I’ll keep it private.

P.S. To Donation Request

Originally, Shopper’s Drug Mart of Barrie, ON, Canada requested the donation of a bed-sized quilt to be raffled to raise money for their annual fundraiser for their local Women and Children’s Shelter.

However, they now realize that quilts of all sizes would be a big help to their raffle as well. So, if you have smaller ones to donate – wall, art, baby, crib, lap/throw, and so on, they will be most welcomed and appreciated, too!

If you have a quilt of any size to donate, contact Quilts for Sale for the necessary contact information for Shoppers Drug Mart.SaveSave

This particular Shopper’s Drug Mart of Barrie, ON, Canada is requesting the donation of a bed-sized quilt (preferably a Queen size) to be raffled off. The money raised will be donated to a local Women and Children’s Shelter. The fund raiser is an annual event and a donation will be deeply appreciated.

If you have a quilt to donate, contact Maria Michaels Designs for the necessary contact information for Shoppers Drug Mart. (Or email me at info at mariamichaelsdesigns dot com by deleting the spacies, changing the “at” to –  @  –  and the “dot” to an actual dot  –  .  –  (With my thanks for helping me eliminate spam!)

Some lucky winner will be thrilled with your quilt and the Shelter along with the be women and children there will deeply appreciate your help, as will that particular Shopper’s Drug Mart, of course!