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Bonus – There are prizes to be won!
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 – The Quilt Rambler
April 20: Tina Dillard – Quilting Affection Designs
April 21: Joan Kawano – MooseStash Quilting
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 is needed.
The cover gives hints of the quilt designs you will find. Full quilt photos are included on the inside. I am so pleased that 2 of my designs were chosen to be included and happy to show them to you here!
Modern Baby #3 is easy to make with leftover border prints.
Garden Path uses up leftover floral prints. A variety can be used or one print throughout. Also, the area for the pathway and the flowers can be reversed for a different look.
A real bonus for quilters is the fact that we are free to make any of the quilts included in this special issue and to sell up to 5 without the need to ask permission! The same applies to subscriptions to TQPM! You’ll find those permissions at the bottom of the first few pages, often under the Editor’s column.
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 in the batiks I use. Those who have been following my blog have seen the quilts I’ve made using both. If you happen to be a new follower, be sure to scroll on down to earlier posts and see them all!
If you attended Quilt Market in Houston last fall, you may have met Nan at Island Batik’s booth where she displayed her outstanding designs made with her signature collection and those of her quilting friends, Margaret Willingham of Eye of the Beholder , Karen Overton of The Quilt Rambler. To view the outstanding quilts made by all three, be sure to visit Nan’s blog, Purrfect Spots.
I was, and still am, honoured to have been included among this great group of quilters/designers and to use those luscious fabrics and threads to create a quilt with them. It’s always a privilege to have a quilt on display at Quilt Market!
Remember! Be sure to visit Nan’s Purrfect Spots to see the wonderful designs she created with this collection along with those made by Margaret Willingham and Karen Overton!
If you would like my Prisms pattern, click on its photo above where it is being sold via Craftsy.
To view Aurifil’s feature on Nan Baker’s Northern Woods Collection, click here.
To view Island Batik‘s feature on Nan Baker’s Northern Woods Collection, click here.
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 family room should he want to nap.
We will crate train him at first to keep him safe during the night and just in case he may ever have to be left for a short period, though that will be extremely rare, if at all. We’ll do our best to always bring him with us. The crate will be assembled tomorrow, too. Of course, I’ll quickly make a crate quilt for his comfort. Will share a photo another day.
We have a pet carrier to take him to the Vet when needed and to keep him safe in the car. I’ll be making a quilt for it, too.
Last, but not least, we have a basketfull of goodies and needs: soft puppy treats, chew toys (a squeaky monkey, a ball, and a tennis ball (made especially for puppies), toothbrushes, grooming brush, tug rope, nail scissors, an attachment to seat belt him safely when he outgrows the pet carrier, and 2 stainless steel bowls for food and water.
Have we forgotten anything? I don’t think so, but if we have, the pet store is just 2 blocks away.
One more day to go, or as little ones would say, just “two more sleeps”!
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 lover and owner, suggested I blog about our puppy and our experience as new pet owners. I wouldn’t have thought of it. So glad she suggested it! It will be fun.
No name for the pup yet. We are going to wait a few days after he arrives so he can tell us what he wants to be called. I’m sure he’ll indicate it in one way or another.
All you dog lovers and owners, do chime in and leave comments about your experience and advice too of course.
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 with both directions and ample images – perfect for those who learn visually as well as those who learn best from text. The charts at the end of the book are handy for reference whenever needed. Using Deborah’s method, we will spend less time cutting and more time quilting.
Click here to visit Deborah’s website and order your copy. You will be glad that you did!
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 through them.
Here is the announcement TQPM received from Gumroad.com yesterday.
If you would like to help out, you need to act today! You can subscribe at https://gum.co/KKVPs
Spread the word!
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. I have no explanation whatsoever. I’m very sorry!
I have made the corrections, so when you go back and look at it, if you don’t see them, click on “refresh” or “reload” to update the web page with my thanks for doing so.
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 using our rotary cutters and will work for both left and right-handed quilters. They are clear so see-through, therefore there is no obscuring of ruler lines. They come in several sizes and make picking up our rulers easy, too. You can see mine, below. – The brown areas are the adhesive strips waiting to be removed. I tried taking photos of them actually on my rulers but get too much glare, unfortunately.
The stands are beautifully crafted! They are perfect for holding my rulers (and yours) and come in several sizes. Mine is the largest. I found it difficult to take good photos because of light glare on the plastic, but this will give you an idea. Also because of the glare, it’s hard to see any of the protective guards on them. However, if you will click on either image or the following link you will be taken to the Quilter’s Cutting Edge website where you can learn more about these handy, useful tools and others, 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 time has fled by without my realizing just how much time had passed in regard to blogging.
I will make sure to get back to it at least once weekly, if not more often. Thank you readers, for staying with me!
Last spring, our lilacs bloomed beautifully, so I’ll start with some of the photos I had taken with the intention of sharing them here. Bit by bit, I’ll continue catching up.
Aren’t lilacs beautiful? What is your favourite spring-blooming bush? I look forward to your comments!