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


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.

Home: A Heartfelt Nap Quilt by Kay Mackenzie

This is another in a series of beautifully done books by Kay!

Not only can you make this fun, cozy, homey, 38″ x 48″ quilt, you can use the great appliqués in other projects as well – a treasure times two!

Kay’s books are always a feast for the eyes as well as inspirational! The colour photos and images on the front and back covers are bright and attractive. The appliqué patterns are full-sized – which saves quilters lots of time – plus, you can use your favourite appliqué method. Kay’s directions for making the quilt are clear, easily understood, and complete from start to finish.

This quilt is sure to become a family favourite!

You can purchase it from Kay’s website or through Amazon.

Pages: 16 
ISBN: 978-0-9725852-7-9
Cover: Soft
Publisher: Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs

Introducing Maria’s Quilt Scraps

Maria’s Quilt Scraps takes the place of our Maria Michaels Designs Newsletter which has been going strong since its inception in June of 2002.

It will include all of the same features:

    -our new quilt patterns as they are developed.
    -our reviews of quilt books and a list of quilt books of interest.
    -our reviews of quilt tools and a list of quilt tools of ineterest.
    -the stories of a variety of interesting quilters.
    -links to quilt-related websites and blogs.
    -quotations, humour, and special thoughts
    -photos of quilts.
    -monthly draws for a free pattern.
    -and more as ideas and suggestions come to mind
      and are proposed.

As time permits, all previous newsletters will be archived with each article under its own category. Once I have the blog all set up and ready, I will begin adding new material.