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!


And the Winner Is . . .

I numbered entries, then used the Random Number Generator to choose the lucky winner of Quilters’ Cutting Guide shown above.

And the lucky winner is Joan Glasgow!

Congratulations, Joan! I know you are going to be very happy with this book and  Deborah’s cutting method!

To claim your book, email me at info at mariamichaels by deleting all the spaces and changing “at” to “@”.  (With thanks for doing so and preventing my getting spam emails.) – Alternately, if you wish, leave all that information in a comment. It won’t show up as I must approve them first because otherwise we get tons of spam. Of course, I won’t “approve” of yours, just copy your address, then delete it.  –  Enjoy the book!


Win A Free Book!


How to Win!

  1. Read the Review on it which I blogged about a few months ago.
  2. Visit Deborah Rubles’ Quilters’ Cutting Guide website.
  3. Comment here on which 2 of her videos you liked best and why.
  4. Give me your reason for hoping to win this special, helpful book.

Winner Will Be Announced:

  1.  Friday the 13th, 2018 right after 7:00 p.m. EDT. I will assign a number to each comment, then use a computer-random-number generator to choose our winner and announce his/her name here. You have until 7:00 p.m., EDT to enter!

Good luck!







Tool Reviews & Win A Free Book!

Last September, I wrote a review of Deborah Rubles‘ book, Quilters’ Cutting Guide.

Today, I want to tell you again about 2 of her quilt tools that I wouldn’t be without! You won’t want to be either! They are her Ruler Holders and her Protective Guards.

These wonderful Ruler Holders are made of wood by Deborah’s very skilled husband. I am the proud owner of one of the large versions seen on the left below. I absolutely love it! All my rulers, which used to be stored in box and not easily accessed, all fit perfectly on this one. They are easy to see and reach for whenever one is needed and just as quick and easy to replace!

Ruler Holders from Deborah Rubles

Ruler Holders from Deborah Rubles 

Here is a photo of mine. Unfortunately, my camera refused to take a good one. With flash both on and off, there was too much glare, but you will get the idea.

My Rulers in the Large Size Ruler Holder

My Rulers in the Large Size Ruler Holder

Since taking this photo I have inserted more of my rulers for a total of 10 in various shapes and sizes stored on it. Each of them also has Deborah’s Protective Guards attached.

Not all ruler holders are made equal. Deborah’s have slots which are wide enough for rulers to slip in and be held in place easily. They are also spaced well enough apart to accommodate both the rulers and the protective guards attached to them. Although the guards aren’t easily seen in my photo above, each ruler has one and you can see how perfectly straight they are held without crowding and how well-spaced they are.

Deborah has kindly allowed me to use her photos here, which I appreciate since mine haven’t turned out well at all. Thank you, Deborah!

Protective Guards from Deborah Rubles

Protective Guards from Deborah Rubles – These also come in 5 and 6 inch sizes – all the sizes need to fit most rulers.

Longest Protective Guard on a 15" Ruler

Protective Guard on a 15″ Ruler

These guards are perfectly clear and easy to see through. They do not obscure the rulers’ lines. The brown strips you see in the photo  are peeled away in order to fasten the Protective Guards to your ruler. They attach well, which adds an extra bonus. They make picking up and moving our rulers very easy as we cut! That’s because we can pick them up and hold them by these Protective Guards instead of fumbling to grasp them. The 5 size choices make them usable on most ruler sizes. 

Another benefit – if you are teaching young ones to sew and quilt, they can learn to use a rotary cutter safely because their hands (and ours too of course) are placed on the left side of the guard (or the right side if you are left-handed) out of harm’s way. This is so much easier than taking protective gloves on and off –  something that young ones do not seem to enjoy doing and are not as confident using. So much safer!

Win a Free Copy of Quilters’ Cutting Guide: The Sliding Ruler Method by Deborah Rubles!

How to Win:

  1. Visit Deborah Rubles’ Quilters’ Cutting Guide website.
  2. Comment here on which 2 of her videos you liked best and why.
  3. Give me your reason for hoping to win this special, helpful book.
  4. On a date which is considered unlucky by some, but may prove to be lucky for you –  Friday the 13th, 2018 – I will assign a number to each comment, then use a computer-random-number generator to choose our winner and announce his/her name here.  (Friday the 13th was  certainly a lucky number for me as my husband was born on Friday the 13th!)Good luck!

Kennel Quilts Featured on WJHG

If you would like to make and donate Kennel Quilts, visit TQPM’s Kennel Quilt web page, where you will find free patterns and all the necessary information.

World UFO Day – Today, June 2nd

At our TQPM staff meeting this morning, our Technical Editor, Nancy Noah, brought up the interesting fact that today is World UFO Day. Of course, as she said, the day is dedicated to the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects. However, as Nancy, pointed out, we quilters have our own versions of UFOs (UnFinished Objects). I have a few too many right now, all waiting in line to be completed.

Just one of them is a quilt top I’ve put together with the fabric scraps given me by my local chapter of Project Linus (Canada) to make quilts for children. For those of you in the U.S., click here for your Project Linus website.

With a garbage bag filled with unrelated prints and colours, I am finding making these quilts quite a challenge and fun, too. As you can see below, among them I had solid red fabrics and orange striped which, to my mind, couldn’t possible work together. Then, further down in the bag, I found a variety of fabric scraps which seen to be Hawaiian prints. There are parrots, fruits, flowers, and a tiny image of a woman in a grass skirt dancing  the hula. Since there were some reds and oranges in those prints, I thought I could use the solid red and orange-striped fabric with them. This is the quilt top I made with them – which definitely qualifies as a UFO since it has yet to be layered and quilted and have the binding applied.

I still have some of the orange-striped fabric and some prints left so will use them when making the quilt back.

UFO for Project Linus

UFO for Project Linus

As Project Linus Volunteers make quilts for children ranging from birth to 17 years old, do you think this will suit? I will truly appreciate your comments!

If you are interested in making blankets and quilts for Project Linus, click on either of the links above. If you aren’t a quilter, you can knit or crochet blankets, too. You will also find free patterns on both sites.

Two years ago, as an Island Batik Ambassador, we made quilts for charitable purposes with their gorgeous batiks. If you would like to see those that I made back then, click here.

Just one other of my UFOs is a quilt I showed in progress last April is still waiting to be finished – Within the Northern Woods. The design is now finished. If you look closely, you’ll find the section added after that blog post. Hope to get back to that one soon!

Searching for UFOs!

The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) is searching for UFOs.
The search will take place from July 15 to the 21st.  For all the information and to join in, click here.