Kay Mackenzie’s Book-A-Round


Quilters and appliqué lovers won’t want to miss Kay’s Blog Book-A-Round which takes place this week from March 27 to April 5th.

She’ll be making stops with 10 bloggers around the U.S. and Canada and introducing her newly published book, Easy Applique Blocks: 50 Designs in 5 Sizes from That Patchwork Place

On each stop along the way a different aspect of the book will be presented and at each one you will have a chance to win a free copy of Kay’s book and some
other prizes as well.

I am excited to be one of the participants in this Blog Book-A-Round. My turn will come on Sunday, the 29th. If you haven’t already subscribed to Maria’s Quilt Scraps, be sure to do so right now and you’ll receive an email with all the details on that day.

One lucky reader will receive a free, signed copy of Kay’s Easy Appliqué Blocks!

To win, all you need do is leave a comment about the book on that day before 7 p.m. EST. The winner will be randomly chosen from among those who leave a comment.

A second name will also be randomly chosen to win my Easter Table Runner pattern.

To read more about Kay’s Book-A-Round event and to get the Book-A-Round schedule, visit Kay’s All About Appliqué blog.

The Quilter’s Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide by Meg Cox


This book is an amazing collection of resources for quilters! Its eight chapters cover such topics as tools, technologies, techniques, fabrics and where to find them, great teachers and ways to learn quilting, well known quilters, how to buy a sewing machine, 12 projects from notable quilters, steps for beginners, showing quilts, fabric dyeing, longarm machines,and so much more that I can’t begin to share it all here. It is just chock full of interesting and important information!

There are interesting images on many of the pages, both current and from times gone by. They are in black and white but the 12 projects (directions included) are pictured in full colour.

The Quilter’s Catalog will quickly become a welcome and well used part of every quilter’s home library!

Visit Meg Cox’s website to learn more about her and to purchase her book. While you are there, be sure to subscribe to her free newsletter, Meg Cox on Quilting Now.

Pages: 598
Cover: Hard
Publisher: Workman Publishing

The Quilter’s Kitchen by Jennifer Chiaverini


This small book is the latest in Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilt Novels.

Readers of these novels will remember that Chef Anna Del Maso joined the circle of quilters in the novel that preceded this one. In this book, we get to know Anna better as she and Sylvia prepare to renovate the kitchen.

The book is chock full of great recipes which are included at the end of every chapter. All of the recipes were created especially for The Quilter’s Kitchen.

Visit Jennifer’s website where you can learn more about this book and even read the first chapter!

Ask for The Quilter’s Kitchen at your local quilt shop.

Cover: Hard
ISBN-13: 978-14165-8329-5
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

A Quote

“The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing that you will make one.”
Elbert Hubbard

Guidelines™ Ruler


This new ruler is the first one for quilting made of flexible polycarbonate, which is 25 times stronger than acrylic. It is backed up with a lifetime replacement guarantee!

It is a 6 x 12 inch ruler with clear, easy to see marking and angle lines whether using dark or light coloured fabrics. It has two, non-slip strips along the back of both long edges which makes it easy and handy to use.


The ruler comes with a yellow fabric guide and 2 angle line markers (seen in the image above). The guide can be slid into any position on the ruler in 1/8 inch increments. The notches in the guide (not seen in this photo) allow a good view of where the fabric meets it.

Using both the guide and the markers, it is easy to cut diamonds, triangles, and many other shapes!

This ruler is perfect for both left-handed and right-handed quilters. The measurements are marked in both directions and the guide can be removed and turned to face the opposite direction, making it very easy to adjust.

I like the convenient size of this ruler and find myself reaching it for it 99% of the time.


Three Additional Parts can be purchased for the ruler:
Attaching S adds 1/2 inch for Squares.
Attaching H adds the extra 7/8 inch needed for making Half Square Triangles.
Attaching Q adds the 1 1/4 inch needed for making Quarter Square Triangles.
So, for example, if you were making a 9 patch block made up of squares, Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and Quarter Square Triangles (QSTs) you would set the fabric guide once (to the finished size you want) and attach the seam allowance addition to cut any of the above shapes. They will all fit! No mathematical calculations needed at all! It couldn’t be easier!

Visit the Guidelines™ 4 Quilting website for more illustrations, more information and to purchase these additional. parts.

If you are a member of QNN TV.com watch for John Brady demonstrating the Guidelines™ Ruler and the Prep-Tool ™ .


Questions and Answers from the Retired

Question: How many days in a week?
Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday.

Question: When is a retiree’s bedtime?
Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.

Question: What’s the biggest gripe of retirees?
Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.

Question: Why don’t retirees mind being called Seniors? 
Answer: The term comes with a 10% percent discount.

Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
Answer: Tied shoes.

Question: Why do retirees count pennies?
Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.

Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire?
Answer: Nuts!

Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage?
Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.

Question: What do retirees call a long lunch?
Answer: Normal.

Question: What is the best way to describe retirement?
Answer: The never ending Coffee Break.

Question: What’s the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree?
Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.

Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn’t miss work, but misses the people he used to work with?
Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.

Question: What do you do all week?
Answer: Monday to Friday – Nothing. Saturday and Sunday, I rest!

– author unknown
– contributed by Betty


eQuilter.com is a good online source of quilt fabrics. I have enjoyed shopping there. When you visit, you’ll see a huge choice of fabrics to choose from and one special thing of note – they donate 2% of all sales to the buyer’s choice of charities from their selected list.

Visitors to the site will enjoy the 20 or more short videos on quilt techniques and other quilt-related topics.

StrataVarious Quilts by Barbara Persing and Mary Hoover

StrataVarious Quilts

StrataVarious Quilts

This book’s name is a cute one. It is based on creating strata – panels of fabric strips sewn together, then used to piece blocks. Look for it at your local quilt shop and on Amazon.

Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott


This looks like a good book for using the jelly rolls you have collected and been planning to use.

It includes 17 projects, has a soft cover, and colour photos. Pam Lintott owns The Quilt Room, a quilt shop in the UK. The book can be bought through her website or through Amazon.

Elaine Phillips – Quilt Tester & Friend

Jerry & Elaine Phillips

Jerry & Elaine Phillips

I live in Coral Springs, Florida. We have two girls, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and another on the way. I have been quilting for about 20 years now and I still call myself a beginner because I am always learning something new. I tried learning quilting on my own but for me it was too frustrating so I started taking classes for machine quilting and fell in love with it. I still take classes when I find something new to learn. I do not hand quilt because I like to finish my project right away. Besides quilting I like to knit, crochet, needle felt and read.

Here are some of the beautiful quilts Elaine has made:

Geometry in Motion by Maria Michaels Designs

Geometry in Motion by Maria Michaels Designs

This pattern will soon be available and announced here.



The missing designers of Elaine’s quilts will soon be added.



Mystery Wheel

Mystery Wheel

Soaring Compliments by Caryl Bryer Fallert

Soaring Compliments by Caryl Bryer Fallert

Visit Caryl’s website to see more of her spectacular patterns.

Soaring Compliments by Caryl Bryer Fallert - A Close-Up

Soaring Compliments by Caryl Bryer Fallert - A Close-Up