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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Inklingo™ Shape Collection #3

Inklingo Shape Collection 3 - by Linda FranzWhen Linda produced Inklingo™ Shape Collection #1 and later, Inklingo™ Shape Collection #2, we quilters rejoiced at how much easier quilting became whether we piece by hand or by machine.

The reason for the rejoicing was, and is, that Inklingo makes things so simple! You need only print your desired shapes on your chosen fabric, layer the printed fabric over several others (depending upon how many you need) then cut out your shapes. No templates or special rulers are needed! You don’t have to deal with stretchy bias seams, you don’t need to copy or trace to size, nor do you need to draw lines on fabric or stitch on paper! Inklingo also saves on fabric! An added bonus is that you can cut with scissors if that is your preference.

Inklingo™ Shape Collection #3 includes 30 shapes and sizes. Hexagons, the triangles that go with them and related shapes such as Hexagon halves, quarters, thirds and star points. Elongated Hexagons are also included along with their related shapes – thirds, quarters, and halves. There are also triangles and their halves, and pentagons.

Inklingo™ only uses tiny amounts of inkjet ink and you can choose from 20 colours which will show up on the back of most any fabric. The inks can be allowed to fade or be washed out of the finished quilt. The shapes in Inklingo™ can be used with any quilt pattern that uses the same shapes and sizes.

Linda’s books and tools are always of the best quality. Her books qualify as “eye candy” and they contain everything you need to know. The directions and illustrations are complete. Nothing is missing from them.

You will also appreciate the fact that there is a Yahoo Inklingo™ group which you can join to discuss Inklingo™ and your projects, and to ask questions. For those of you who are new to Inklingo™ Linda even has a demo video on her website. Click here to see Sample Pages of Inklingo™ # 3.

If you have Inklingo™ Shape Collection # 1 and # 2 you will be pleased to know that Linda is adding new Shape Collections quickly. To see the choices available, click here.

If you do not have them and would like them in book and CD form be sure to buy them right away because once Linda’s current current inventory is sold, they will no longer be available. They will however, be replaced with smaller downloadable collections which are wonderful too and have many advantages. To state a few – they enable more choices to be made available, there is immediate delivery, there are no shipping costs, they contribute to the Greening of our planet, and they are compatible with both Macs and PCs. There is a summary PDF at the bottom of the page for each Shape Collection which is a very useful resource.

In the past three months Linda has published not only The Inklingo Handbook but also five more Shape Collections, all of which are available as downloads. The newest one is for the Jane Austen Patchwork Quilt which is on sale right now for only $25 – an introductory special! It was just published last week and there is a companion book that will be available in the New Year. Watch Linda’s website for it!

The Inklingo™ Handbook – by Linda Franz

iinklingo_handbookThis review goes hand in hand with my review of the Inklingo™ Shape Collections which can be found below in the Tool Review. Be sure to read them both!

This Handbook is a great reference book for making quilts with any Inklingo Shape Collection of which there are 8 now, with many more to come! You can start with any collection, depending on the shapes and sizes you need, but Linda recommends the FREE download first, because it includes the first chapter of the Inklingo™ Handbook too!

The first three Inklingo™ Collections were published on CD (# 1, # 2, # 3) but since September, Inklingo™ Collections are downloads. So far, there are five with several shapes each: LeMoyne Star (free) (triangles and squares), The Jane Austen Patchwork (On sale! – Make an authentic replica!), 1.25 inch Grandmother’s Flower Garden (GFG) (hexagons and related shapes), 0.5 inch for GFG, 0.5 inch for Seven Sisters (diamonds and related shapes).

There are 5 chapters included: Printing with Inklingo, Piecing with Inklingo. Appliqué with Inklingo (including the back-basting and needleturn methods) Pressing and Trimming, and Using Patterns with Inklingo.

Like all of Linda’s books and work, it is extremely well done with wonderful colour photos and illustrations on just about every page – clear, well-written, complete directions – yardage calculations – and it has holes already punched in for placing in a binder for easy use and access. When I think of Linda, I think of quality and perfection! Her books and tools are a joy to own and use!

You can take a peek inside this Handbook and buy it on Linda’s website. You can also download the free LeMoyne Star here. If my review isn’t enough to convince you of how great Inklingo™ Shape Collections are, this free sample will!

Pages: 128 
ISBN: 978-0-9730304-7-1
Cover: Soft
Publisher: Linda Franz

Mary Pauline Laughlin

Mary Pauline LaughlinAlmost two years ago, in our January 2006 newsletter, I introduced you to a very special lady – Mary Pauline Laughlin. Miss Pauline was 93 at the time and is now, of course, 95.

I ended her feature with these words: Pauline has no plans to retire from quilting and crafting. Her business is thriving and she likes the people she meets at craft shows. She plans to give lessons and to quilt as long as she is able. She is doing just that and continues to be an inspiration to us all!

Her feature generated more email messages than I’ve received from any article before or since. Quilters were
as delighted as I was to meet Miss Pauline via these pages.
A few months ago, I happened to learn that Karen Musgrave of The Alliance for American Quilts interviews quilters for the Quilters’ SOS – Save Our Stories. Her interviews are added to the Alliance’s website and here original audio recordings and photographs are archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. I was delighted to have the privilege of introducing Karen and Miss Pauline to one another.

The photos of Miss Pauline’s quilts and the interview will be added here soon. Then you’ll be able to learn more about Miss Pauline’s story, and to find out what has been keeping her busy during the last two years.