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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.

 

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Northern Woods Blog Hop Winners!

I am sure that you all enjoyed following the Northern Woods Blog Hop this past week! Now that you have seen the fabrics in Nan Baker’s Signature Collection, I’m sure you will agree that they are fabulous!

It was my privilege to be a part of this Hop. My thanks to everyone who viewed and read my contribution and a very special thanks to all who took the time to leave comments. I enjoyed reading each and every one and appreciate them. Now for the winners!

The Winners Are:  Melody and Christie!

Congratulations to you both!
To claim your prizes, please look over my patterns. You’ll find them at Craftsy.

Choose the one you would like to have, then let me know by leaving a comment here with your choices. I’ll be happy to send them to you!

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Northern Woods Blog Hop – Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Northern Woods Blog Hop!

On Day 1 you visited Nan Baker‘s Purrfect Spots, but even before that Island Batik featured Nan in their blog. –  These beautiful Northern Woods fabrics are Nan’s Signature Collection designed by Kathy Engle for Island Batik.

I’m sure you enjoyed reading about Molly Bear in Nan Baker’s Northern Woods Story on Monday. There is more to that story!  Once, during their long winter hybernation, the bears awakened, ambled over to their cave entrance, looked out and saw rainbow colours everywhere. What a beautiful scene it was! How did this happen? Well, the ice crystals covering all the trees and bushes acted as Prisms which create the various colours that make up visible light!

Prisms by Maria Michaels Designs

                Prisms by Maria Michaels Designs

When I received my collection of these beautiful Northern Woods fabrics along with coordinating Aurifil Threads, I spent a lot of time looking at and appreciating both. After looking at them repeatedly, an idea came to me. I remembered one of my husband’s geometric designs and thought it would be a perfect one for these fabrics – and that’s how my Prisms pattern came into being.

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, Karen Overton, and myself, Maria Hrabovsky.  To view the outstanding quilts made by all four of us, be sure to visit Nan’s blog, Purrfect Spots.

I have been using Island Batik‘s gorgeous fabrics and Aurifil‘s absolutely wonderful cotton quilting threads for at least 4 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!

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!

In looking at my Northern Woods fabrics again, I was inspired to create another wall-size quilt. It’s still a WIP (work in progress) and was inspired by 2 of my husband’s interesting water colours, which I call whimsical. Everyone who sees them comments on how much they like both. His evergreens come in blues, reds, oranges, etc.  What would normally be a sky colour background is yellow in his and what would be ground areas include other unusual colour choices. I’ve combined and used ideas from both to create what for now I am calling, Within The Northern Woods. This is my rough beginning. There is more to add and perhaps change. I am using fusible appliqué for the trees and although they hold to the fabric, they can still be moved until I iron them. (Since taking the photo last night, I have already swiched the evergreen on the top left with the yellowy one near the bottom right.) The safety pins are holding the 3 quilt layers together because this way I can stitch the appliques and do my quilting all at once. The lighting wasn’t good so I’ll take a better photo later. You can, at least, get an idea of it with this photo.

What do you think? Is this worth continuing to work on? Subscribe or continue visiting my Maria’s Quilt Scraps to  see how this quilt plan ends.

What will you make with this gorgeous fabric line? Be sure to ask for it at your local quilt shop or favourite online quilt store.

WIN a FREE PATTERN!
There are 2 chances to win.
1. Comment on my WIP and its name. (You may have a better one!)
2. Leave your comments on any topic above.

At the end of this Blog Hop I will assign 2 sets of numbers – one for comments on my WIP and another for every other comment received. A random number generator will be used to choose the 2 winners.

Comments will be accepted until midnight EDT on April 21st.
Winners will be announeced on the 22nd or 23rd.

The Prizes:

1. Your choice of any one pattern being sold on my Craftsy sale page .
2.Win a Northern Woods Fabric Bundle! Visit Island Batik to win!

If you missed the start of this Blog Hop, be sure to go back and catch up! Watch for Karen Overton‘s blog tomorrow!
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Hop Schedule
Island Batik: Northern Woods Blog
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

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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  –   The Quilt Rambler
April 20: Tina Dillard  –  Quilting Affection Designs
April 21: Joan Kawano  –  MooseStash Quilting

Sew Special

Sew Speedy Projects from The Quilt Pattern Magazine 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.

Modern Baby #3 by Maria Hrabovsky (Maria Michaels Designs) Modern Baby #3 by Maria Hrabovsky of Maria Michaels Designs

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.

GardenPath by Maria Hrabovsky Garden Path by Maria Hrabovsky of Maria Michaels Designs

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.

Enjoy!

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 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!

Prisms by Maria Michaels Designs

Prisms by Maria Michaels Designs (Northern Woods Collection) 

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.

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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 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”!

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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 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.

Quilters’ Cutting Guide

 

Last week, we introduced you to Deborah RublesProtective 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!

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