Tanya Wheatley – Quilt Tester & Friend

My name is Tanya Wheatley. I am a blind quilter, but I do not let that stop me. I have been quilting for about six years and love it. I have trouble with patterns because of the fact that I can’t see, so I usually end up creating my own designs or having someone describe them for me.

I am working with Maria to make her patterns visually impaired accessible and she is wonderful for working with me on this!

I live in Louisville, Kentucky with my wonderful husband, whom I married in 2000! I also enjoy doing loom knitting and playing on the Internet!

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Book Review: Simply Stunning Woven Quilts by Anna Faustino

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Do you remember cutting and weaving strips of coloured construction paper together to make designs or little baskets and such when you were in elementary school? Anna has very cleverly and imaginatively taken that idea and transferred it to fabric. She uses her method in two ways – to create complete or partial backgrounds and to create wonderful geometric designs. Her quilts are absolutely stunning! Be sure to visit her website to see her work.

Anna’s book includes step by step directions accompanied by colour photos and illustrations. With her woven backgrounds, there is no worrying about matching seams, corners or points. There are photos and cutting diagrams for making 26 quilts and an attached, full-sized, pattern page. You can make some or all of them and then go on to make your own creations. Anna’s book will create a whole new world of quilting for you!

This book was a finalist in the National Best Books 2008 Awards Crafts/Hobbies/How-To category!

Simply Stunning Woven Quilts can be purchased through Amazon where you can take a peek inside the book.

Pages:72 
ISBN: 978-1571204523
Cover: Soft
Publisher: C&T Publishing

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Book Review: Cotton Theory® Quilting 2 by Betty Cotton

Cotton Theory® Quilting 2 by Betty Cotton

Cotton Theory® Quilting 2 by Betty Cotton


Long time readers will remember my feature on Betty Cotton and review of her book, Cotton Theory® Quilting. Everything I wrote about the first book applies to this second one as well so long time readers may want to look it up again, too.

To quote my first review:: “With Betty’s book and her Cotton Theory® Quilting technique, quilters no longer need fear struggling to make large quilts. Now they can not only look forward to them, they can take great pleasure in making them and have fun, too!”

Betty has now published Cotton Theory® Quilting 2! This one includes complete instructions for 14 attractive quilt projects. Her Quilt First-Then Assemble™ techniques enable us to machine quilt our layered blocks individually and then assemble them to complete our quilts. The lovely thing is that this quilt as we go method means we do not have to struggle with large bed quilts using our small, home sewing machines. We never have to squish up our quilts and manipulate them to machine quilt their centers. We are always working on the edge of the quilt with the complete bulk to the left! What a relief that is! In fact, before reading Betty’s books I had given up on making large, bed-sized quilts. Now I have no qualms about planning them at all!

Kelly's Secret Garden

Kelly's Secret Garden


My favourite thing about this book is that we can make traditional blocks using the Cotton Theory® Quilting method and most especially that we can use this method to complete our UFOs. In fact, I used it to finish my quilt on the left, Kelly’s Green Garden – a quilt that might otherwise been made into four smaller projects.

I can’t tell you how delighted I was to learn Betty’s methods and be able to complete this quilt especially as it was intended my niece, Kelly. When I saw the quilt’s name, I knew it had to be made for her! It is shown here spread over our sofa because it was too large for me to hang anywhere inside.

Before reading Betty’s book, I had the top completed in four sections. Having recently struggled with two large 80 x 80 inch quilts, I did not want to battle another so those four sections – another 80 x 80 inch quilt – sat for years waiting to be made. Thanks to Betty, it went together very easily and quickly and I was delighted to finally have it done and presented. Now I look forward to making large quilts again! I highly recommend this book to all quilters experiencing the same issues!

Note: This pattern appeared in a book I owned many years ago. Unfortunately, I no longer have it and cannot recall the two designers’ names. If you happen to know them or the book title, please email me at info at mariamichaelsdesigns.com.

You can buy the book from Betty’s website or order it from Amazon.

Pages:168 
ISBN: 978-0-9772611-1-6
Cover: Soft
Publisher: Cotton Theory LLC

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Chemical Warning

A recent study indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts. When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the pheromones (in the fabric) causes memory loss and induce the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels have before the onset of winter i.e. storing food), thereby perperpetuating their species and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut into pieces and mixed with others.

Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high pitched sound, heard only by a select few, a breed of women know as “quilters”. When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, “buy me, cut me, and sew me.” In order to overcome the so called “feeding frenzy effect” that these fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. One must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a quilt fabric store, with WWII army gas masks and headphones!

Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these fabrics have on the human population. They are called Quilt Fabric Store Clerks.

It’s also been experienced that these same pheromones cause a pathological need to hide these fabric purchases when taken home (or at least to blend them into the existing stash) and when asked by a significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is, “I’ve had it for awhile.”

– With Permission
– Author: Kathy Harris, President of the Tucson Quilters Guild

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Book Review: Magic Quilts by the Slice

Magic Quilts by the Slice by Bethany S. Reynolds

Magic Quilts by the Slice by Bethany S. Reynolds

Most quilters are familiar with Bethany Reynold’s Magic Stack-n-Whack® technique and have thoroughly enjoyed making quilts with this method. Bethany takes it further with this book.

There are 15 projects included, all of which use wedges to create both traditional and contemporary fan blocks. Large step-by-step photographs both guide quilters and inspire them. Wedge template patterns are included so we can either make our own or purchase them from Bethany’s website. Directions are complete and easy to understand and follow.

Pages: 144
Cover: Soft
ISBN: 1-57432-820-4
Publisher: American Quilter’s Society

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Stolen Quilts

SOS Sue Down by Sonja Stormo, Stevensville, MI

SOS Sue Down by Sonja Stormo, Stevensville, MI


These quilts had all been participants in a quilt contest and were stolen when they were about to be returned to their makers. They’d been all packaged and ready for pickup when they were taken. A police report has been filed.

My Imaginary View by Phyllis Campbell

My Imaginary View by Phyllis Campbell

You can see more photos of these quilts and read about them at the Grace Full Creations website.

Come Play With Me by Amy Carlstrom

Come Play With Me by Amy Carlstrom

If you see these quilts please inform Ronna Lynn Ross
by emailing her at ronna at GFCquilting.com (remove the spaces and replace at with @ or call her toll-free at 877-763-5652.

My Choice by Donna Cook

My Choice by Donna Cook

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National Qulting Day – March 21

This special day for quilters was started by the The National Quilting Association back in 1991. To celebrate this year, they are offering a free pattern. Click here to visit their site and download the pattern.

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100 Years of Anne of Green Gables

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Early in 2008 I was pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation to enter a juried quilt show celebrating the100th year of the Anne of Green Gables stories by Lucy Maude Montgomery. There were two categories – 100 Years of Anne, and Kindred Spaces. For the Kindred Spaces category, quilts had to depict a scene from one of the Anne books. I chose one from the start of the book when Matthew goes to the train station to bring the orphan “boy” home to help with the farm work. Instead, he finds Anne waiting for him. This is the paragraph I illustrated:

The “Avenue,” so called by the Newbridge people, was a stretch of road four or five hundred yards long, completely arched over with huge, wide-spreading apple trees, planted years ago by an eccentric old farmer. Overhead was one long canopy of snowy fragrant bloom. Below the boughs, the air was full of a purple twilight and far ahead a glimpse of painted sunset sky shone like a great rose window at the end of a cathedral aisle. . . . . But they shouldn’t call that lovely place the Avenue. There is no meaning in a name like that. They should call it, – let me see – the White Way of Delight.

Naturally, I named it The White Way of Delight.

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I was unable to attend the show which took place from September 12th to October 12th in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. However my sister, Celeste Pelliccione, made the trip, was there on opening day, and saw my quilt displayed. She returned that evening for the opening ceremonies and phoned me immediately to tell me I’d won third place! This is my sister in the photo, phoning me from the Kier Gallery where the quilts were displayed. You can tell how excited she was for me. What a thrill this has been!

Happily, I have been given permission to share photos of the first and second place winners along with some of the other quilts in the show.

Unfortunately, some of the names of the quilter/designers are missing. One has been identified since this newsletter was published this morning. Please let me know if you can identify any of the others.

They are uniquely and imaginatively done. You will truly enjoy looking them over!

I direct you to the December 2008 issue of my newsletter to see these wonderful photos. There are three pages of them, each of which will take 30 seconds or more to open depending upon your connection speeds. Please be patient – it will be worth your while! Soon I will add a few more photos of the entries here.

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Email Warning

Unfortunately, dreadfully, and irritatingly, our two websites – Maria Michaels Designs and Quilts for Sale – have both been targeted by spammers who have copied our email addresses. Many of them contain little boxes with an X in them to click on and/or other links. Clicking on these is sure to invite virus downloads and/or enable computer hacking/identity theft. Please don’t click on anything in them and don’t respond to them. Just delete them.

Please be very careful if you happen to be the recipients of email messages that look to come from us. Watch out for these subject lines (and variations) on them:

    Delivery Status Notification
    Discount ID_8345 (or other numbers)
    Doctor Crystal (and/or other names)
    Dr. Jarrod or Salvador or . . . .
    February 79% Off (and/or other months & percentages)
    File Not Found
    I found your private info in my mailbox
    Important Information
    Message 95352 (or other numbers)
    RE: kd.MedHelp 3416157 (letters and numbers will vary)
    Re: Order Status
    Sales Receipt
    Save an extra 20% (or something similar)
    Your neighbor sent us your video
    Your Order
    Plus . . . . pornographic subjects, viagra, political innuendoes, etc., etc., etc., and more likely to come.

These are the email addresses they’ve been copying and using:

    maria.michaels.designs@. . . . .
    info@mariamichaelsdesigns. . . .
    newsletter@mariamichaelsdesigns . . . .
    maria.h@. . . .
    info@quiltsforsale. . . .
    webmaster@mariamichaelsdesigns. . . .

From Maria Michaels Designs, I only send you messages to announce that another newsletter is ready to view and to announce that new patterns have been developed – and those come to you from Yaho so I think it will be easy enough for you to spot my real email from the frauds. The subject lines and the contents will always give you the necessary clues. The same applies to my messages from Quilts for Sale.
I have looked into this problem and apparently, and unfortunately, there is nothing that I can do about it.

Soon, I’ll stop using those newsletters as my blogs will be taking their place. I’ll let you know when I send out the last ones.

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Easy Appliqué Blocks – by Kay Mackenzie

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This book of Kay’s will soon be published by That Patchwork Place!

It will be shipped to quilt shops on March 10th and you will also be able to order signed copies through Kay’s website beginning March 9th, too. It is available for pre-order at Amazon right now.

I have copies of all of Kay’s books, so I just know this one is going to be another terrific book to add to our quilt libraries.

It comes with a CD, too! We’ll be able to use it to print the blocks in any one of the 5 sizes included for each. There are even reversed versions for back-basting and machine appliqué! Very handy indeed!

Kay’s book includes quite detailed instructions for freezer-paper-on-top preparation and back-basting preparation for hand appliqué. Information on stitching smooth curves, pointy points, and sharp notches by hand is also included as well as an overview of raw-edge fusible machine appliqué.

Visit Kay’s website to read all about it. This is going to be a “Must Have” book for appliqué lovers and with its easy-to-sew pieces, a great book for beginning appliquérs!

Pages: 64 
ISBN:10: 1564778851
ISBN: 13: 978-564778857
Cover: Soft
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

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