I’m In Houston!

Well, something that I made is in Houston. But, it’s not exactly a quilt. More of a little quilt. OK, a quilt block. I made a quilt block and sent it to the Star Block Challenge organized by astronaut Karen Nyberg, and it got sewn into a quilt which is hanging up in Houston. I blogged about the block I made before I sent it off, but here’s a photo as a reminder.

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9 1/2″ star block made by Gigi

It looks like I was in good company, since a lot of people used their space print fabrics to make star blocks. Rather than make the blocks into one big quilt, the blocks were made into 28(!!!) quilts of a more manageable size. Here’s one of the quilts with Nyberg’s block right in the center.

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Nyberg’s block is the wonky red, white and blue star in the very center of the quilt. She stitched it in space! Please ignore the pole.

My block didn’t end up on the same quilt as Nyberg’s block, but that’s OK. I would have loved that, of course, but my block got a nice spot another quilt. Here’s what that looked like.

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Another star quilt. My block is the fourth from the bottom and the right.

It’s so fun to look at all the blocks and see what everyone else has done.You can read more about some of the individual blocks that were submitted here. And we can all pat ourselves on the back, since we have work that is hanging up in Houston. Perhaps one day we can get something just a bit bigger hanging up on those walls, but for today this will do nicely. Here’s a close up of the block in its natural environment.

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Check it out! Shining like a star.

Did you make a star block for the challenge? Is it in one of these photos? Come along and visit with us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and our website. Happy Halloweeeeen!

 

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More from International Quilt Market 2014

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This quilt made up of blocks from each quilting and sewing title in the F+W family was displayed at the F+W booth at Quilt Market 2014. Quilters Newsletter’s improvisationally pieced block is in  the lower right corner.

If you follow any quilt-related social media at all, you know that International Quilt Market happened last weekend in Houston, and International Quilt Festival opened today. Just to clarify, Market is the trade show component and is mostly geared toward quilt shop owners so they can see all the latest and greatest in one location and plan their purchasing for the upcoming year. Although there’s tons of eye candy, if shopping is what you love then you’re not missing out on much by not being able to attend Market. There are some booths that sell product, and then there’s Sample Spree (when shop owners can buy samples of new products and fabrics at wholesale prices the night before Market opens), but most quilters will want to attend Festival.

Having said that, here are some glimpses of the booths set up by fabric companies at Market to highlight the collections that will be coming out in the next few months.

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new Settlement collection in the Windham Fabrics booth

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Leah Duncan’s Morning Walk collection in the Art Gallery Fabrics booth

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Fusions collection in the Robert Kaufman Fabrics booth

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new Downton Abbey fabric in the Andover Fabrics booth

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Cattails in the Meadow quilt in the Reclaimed West by Judy and Judel Niemeyer portion of the Timeless Treasures booth

If you go to Festival — and you really should try to get there one of these years — don’t forget to check out the quilt exhibits next to the main vendor hall. Buying and using the fabric and notions and tools and machines is fun and fulfilling, but the amount of inspiration you’ll get from the quilt exhibits is priceless. There really is nothing like getting to see these works up close and personal. Here are some from the World of Beauty judged competition that caught my eye and that I was able to get somewhat decent photos of — click on the photos to enlarge them. (View the complete list of winners here.)

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detail of Stars on Mars by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, which won the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry

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detail of Golden Ivory by Rachelle Denneny, which won honorable mention for merit quilting, machine

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Persian Panoply by Jan Frazer

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detail of Persian Panoply by Jan Frazer

 

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Sarah’s Revival by Susan Garman

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Bird by Bird by Philippa Naylor

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detail of A Soft Breeze by Kayoko Hata, which won third place in traditional applique — the sashings are made of double rows of yo-yos

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detail of Vivaldi by Moonlight by Sandra Leichner, which won first place merit quilting, machine

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detail of Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden by Margaret Solomon Gunn, which won Judge’s Choice from Marti Michell

 

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The Waltz by Kiyomi Takayanagi

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Anniversary Stars Fabric Giveaway Part 2

About a month ago, I told you all a bit about the Anniversary Stars quilt that was featured in both an episode of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community (now available for purchase at QNNtv.com) and in the October/November 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter which is still on newsstands, at quilt shops, and online at Quilt and Sew Shop. I personally made two of the blocks in this quilt, as did many other current and former staff members of Quilters Newsletter, including two of the daughters of QN founders Bonnie and George Leman. There’s a label on the back of the quilt and printed in the October/November 2014 issue which will tell you exactly which blocks were made by which quilters. The issue also has the full pattern for the quilt, but if you’d rather buy only that pattern for Anniversary Stars, it’s also available individually at QuiltandSewShop.com.

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One of the two blocks I made for Anniversary Stars.

To see the whole quilt, go back to the first giveaway I posted, but today I’d rather talk about things you can do with a quilt pattern, like making the quilt in a completely different colorway than the original. This particular pattern could be made in numerous different colorways to take on a different feel, though because the original Anniversary Stars was made by so many different quilters, it has the feel of a scrap quilt and uses many different fabric lines in the blocks. The background, binding and backing were also from different fabric lines, and one of those lines was the Lexington collection by Minick & Simpson for Moda. As you can see in the picture below, this is primarily a blue and white colorway, though the tone-on-tone in the middle goes very well with the red and cream colorway of Anniversary Stars.
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To enter for your chance to win this lovely fat quarter bundle, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time Sunday November 2, 2014, telling us about a quilt or quilted project you’ve made (or plan to make) in an alternate colorway from the pattern, and if you’ve already made the project whether you liked your new colorway or the original colorway better once it was completedOpen to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as the winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

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International Quilt Market Photos

I just can’t wait to share some photos with you. I know I don’t usually blog on Tuesday but I have too many wonderful photos to make you wait nearly a whole week for when I will post my next regular blog.

I have two memory cards for my camera. They are both full. I have 158 usable photos. I need to get a bigger memory card because I had to break out my phone and I have another 44 photos there. Today I’m going to start showing you some of the wonderful things I saw.

Market is not open to the public; it’s for the trade only, but the quilt displays that open to the public Thursday were already in place for us to view. This year is the 40th anniversary for International Quilt Festival – the Ruby Jubilee. In celebration, there is a wonderful display of red and white quilts, many hung from the ceiling. It is really beautiful.

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What catches my eye is not necessarily what catches anyone else’s eye but here are a few beyond the red-and-white quilts  I particularly liked.

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Dazzling Dahlia by Andrea Brokenshire of Round Rock, Texas

This quilt, based on a photograph by the quilt artist, is hand-painted fused turned-edge applique with thread painting and free-motion quilting.

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Arizona Starry Night by Alicia Sterna of Surprise, Arizona

Based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Alicia Sterna used small pieces of fabric as if they were brush strokes of paint. She glued them to the background, covered them with tulle and secured them with quilting.

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Golden Girl by Hollis Chatelain of Hillsborough, North Carolina

The information card only says “machine appliqued, machine quilted”. Isn’t that an understatement?

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Blues and Sunflowers by Connie Silber of Bryan, Texas

 

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The background and leaves are machine pieced. The flowers and sunflower stems are made with painted zipper chain. The sunflowers are accented with glass seed beads. Other techniques are fused foundation for the bluebonnets, machine and hand applique and machine quilting.

And here is the last one for today.

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Home Among the Gum Trees by Dale Robson of West Wollongong, Australia

Whole cloth painting, raw-edge applique, free-motion quilting, fabric molding, hardening and manipulation, felting and 3-D items made this such an interesting quilt to look at.

I could go on and on and on. If you’ve never been to International Quilt Festival, put it on your bucket list. It is truly worth the effort.

Now, you should see my office. I have quilts to put away, papers to sort and file, patterns and books to check out from Market and, of course, the things that accumulated while I was gone so I should get busy on something.

Until next time, don’t forget that you can find more quilting inspiration if you go to our pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website.

 

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Snuggly Warm Wool Quilt

It’s Wednesday (the 22nd). I leave for International Quilt Market in Houston tomorrow and won’t be back in the office until next Tuesday. I’ve been working very hard at keeping my inbox empty so the team isn’t waiting for me to do my work while I am gone.

 

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Schedule updated and printed in case I can’t access email. Check

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Oh dear. That’s just what needs to be done here at the office.

Then when I get home, I have to pack, get my nails done … who said my life isn’t exciting?

I will be on a flight back from Houston on Monday morning when I usually write my blog, so I’m writing my blog on Wednesday instead. And don’t worry; I’ll be sure to tell you about my adventures in Houston soon.

But for now, I’d like to share with you a wonderful quilt my mother made for me when she retired.

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It’s a generous queen-size quilt.

Mom said she knew she didn’t need all those wonderful wool skirts and jackets she’d worn to work.  But most of them were made with Pendleton wool so they were much too nice to just get rid of them. She carefully took them apart. She bought the tan fabric for the borders and as I recall, the bright green.

Wool quilts are a little unusual but they are wonderfully warm. This is my absolute favorite quilt in the winter time. It’s big enough that Bake and I don’t fight over the covers and it is nice and heavy and so very snuggly.

Mom made the blocks really large in order to avoid lots of bulky seams. I’m sure she pressed carefully. That’s one of the first rules she taught me when I was a kid learning to sew. “Never sew across a seam without pressing it.” I’m going to guess that Mom pressed the seams open on this particular quilt – again to eliminate bulk.

The backing is a beautiful forest green flannel. Mom’s quilting is simple. She stitched on the ditches with decorative stitches from her machine using brown thread.

As I said, it’s my favorite winter quilt, partly because it’s warm and beautiful but also because Mom made it.

If you’d like to try making a wool and flannel quilt, here’s a kit for one from our friends at our sister publication, Quiltmaker and there is a cute little wool appliqued wall quilt in this issue of their magazine.

I best be on my way now; the afternoon is nearly gone. Until next time, remember for more quilting inspiration, go to our pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website. Happy quilting!

 

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Circular Detour

Even with all the excitement and bustle of everyone preparing for Market, I was able to take a little side trip away from thinking about quilts and making them, just for fun (and just for a bit. There’s a lot of quilting that needs to be done!). I recently found this great piece of fabric at the thrift store, a big panel printed with a circular motif.

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My big circular panel. $4.99 at the thrift store.

It might be fun to turn it into something I could wear. And what is more perfect for a big circular print than a circle skirt? I decided to make it using techniques that most quilters could do, even if they’ve never made a garment before. Using just a few simple supplies, like a decorative zipper, 3/8″ black twill tape and bias binding. Here’s what I did.

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I found the zipper at my local big name sewing store.

First, I figured out what size the waist should be. I measured myself, which gives me the circumference of the circle. (A note about measuring: measuring right around the natural waist will give the circle skirt a more formal 1950s look with an hourglass shape. If you measure a bit lower on the hips, your skirt will wear with a more hippie, bohemian look. I chose the latter, mostly because of the print of the fabric.) I need to find the diameter, which is the measurement across the width of the circle. To calculate the diameter, divide the circumference by pi(3.14). Then, using the center of the print as a guide I determined the placement for the waistline is right around the elephant’s ankles on my print. That sentence only makes sense with a picture.

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The zipper is stitched along the outside edges of the zipper tape, and I’m pinning the twill tape around the waistline.

I was very wary to cut out the circle for the waist because all that bias can stretch out of shape really easily. So I did everything I could before I did any cutting, like putting on the zipper and stabilizing the waist. That worked well, because of the nice decorative zipper that I used. Since the zipper tape is meant to be seen, you can just stitch it right on top of your fabric with less hassle than a standard zipper. Kind of like appliqueing a zipper.

So I stitched the zipper on top, a single row of stitches at the very edge of the zipper tape. Even if you’ve never used it, your machine most likely came with a zipper foot and they’re simple to use, especially on these decorative zippers.

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Both the zipper and twill tape are appliqued on the fabric.

Then I appliqued a circle of black twill tape all around the elephant’s ankles, to stabilize and keep it from stretching out when I cut. After that I had no choice but to cut into the fabric.

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I finally had to use scissors on it.

I also cut the fabric right between the zipper teeth. To keep everything nice and neat, I folded the raw edge under the zipper tape on the inside and stitched that down.

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Folding and stitching raw edges on the underside of the zipper.

For a final finishing touch on the waist, I added bias binding all the way around the waist, right on top of the twill tape. You can see a little bit of the twill tape peeking out from under the bias binding and it’s a nice, strong finish that looks pretty good. I will need to add a hook and eye closure by hand.

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Close-up of the waist in the front. You can see the top of the zipper in the back and I’ll sew a hook and eye on the bias binding.

And there you have it! You’ll have to wait for a shot of me wearing it, because I have to finish the hem first. The weight of the fabric and the corners that will be cut off makes the skirt really, really heavy at the moment, and it’s far too long.

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Almost done! Well, maybe. Not quite. I’ll cut the hem at the edge of the red circle, which will make the circumference only about a mile long. Then I have to stitch that.

I don’t want to cut the hem until I’m ready to finish it, because of the bias thing I mentioned earlier. I don’t have a rolled-hem foot but I was thinking I might run the twill tape all around the hem instead.

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Bird’s eye view of the finished bias binding and zipper.

While quilting and garment making are two very different animals, there are instances when ideas of one can be adapted to the other and vice versa. This technique is something I made up and it does break a few official garment-making rules, but I think that makes it a bit more accessible to quilters who may want to dip a toe or two into the ocean of making clothes. Plus, circle skirt are flattering on just about everyone, I think so anyway, besides it being a good style for a beginner.

So, this may go into a UFO pile since I kind of have to get back to working on quilts, but it’s a fun little detour. Do you ever take a break from quilting? If so, what does your break consist of? Sometimes, I take a break from quilting to check out Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website. Enjoy your weekend!

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Preparing for the Holidays Giveaway

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATIONS PAMELA AND JOAN!

Seeing as Halloween is now only nine days away, we’ve been posting a lot of inspiration to help put the final touches on decorations for that holiday, and if you or someone close to you is planning to dress up, you’re probably also putting finishing touches on that costume. However, we know all too well that when we’re planning on sewing and quilting our holiday decor and/or gifts, we need a bit of time to do so prior to the week before that holiday, which is why today we’re switching gears a little. Quilters Newsletter has two brand new eBooks available today from our online store, Quilt and Sew ShopQuick Christmas Decor and Quick Christmas Gifts.

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Both eBooks provide inspiration for projects which won’t take up a lot of time but will beautify a home and bring a smile to the face of a recipient. My personal favorite is the Folk Art Snow Ornaments by Angie Hodapp. I may just have to make some to spruce up my cube here at the office. Go to Quilt and Sew Shop to get your copies of Quick Christmas Decor and Quick Christmas Gifts today.

To celebrate the release of these two new items, we’re also doing a giveaway of a trio of other Christmas books to two lucky winners: Christmas is Coming by Cheryl Almgren Taylor from That Patchwork Place, Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon from That Patchwork Place and a copy of Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 (no longer available on newsstands but still available from Quilt and Sew Shop if you haven’t already gotten your copy and aren’t declared one of the lucky winners this week). ChristmasBooks1 Preparing for the Holidays Giveaway

To enter for your chance to win one of the two identical sets of the trio of Christmas-themed books, leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time, Sunday, October 26, 2014, telling us about your favorite ornament you or someone you know made for the holiday season. Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as the winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

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A Mistake? Or a Head Start?

Today, I have a funny story to tell you.

I started my weekend knowing that I had a bunch of quiltmaking to do. I have a quilt to make for our upcoming Best Kids Quilts issue. The issue won’t be on the newsstands for quite a while, I’ll remind you when it is. But my quilt is due on November 11th and I’m going to be gone for 4 days between now and then so I knew it was time to get serious.

The first problem was that I still had a partially done pieced back on my design wall. I had to finish that before I could even start my kids quilt.  So Friday night, I finished making the pieced back. Here’s a photo of the back the last time you saw it.

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The Beginning of the Quilt Back

And …

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The Completed Quilt Back

You can see it changed quite a bit from the first photo. That’s one of the fun things about pieced backs. It’s all so “liquid” as the process goes along.  Nothing is set in stone.  I was quite a bit short of the size I needed so I found a small pieced quilt top in my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) made of the blue and brown chain blocks. I tried it on the design wall all in one piece but it looked like it didn’t belong since there was not a bit of brown anywhere else.  I took the quilt top apart into rows and tried adding the rows. It worked. And I accomplished 2 things; I finished the pieced back and I got rid of one of my PIGS.

And now I could move on to the project I actually wanted to work on for the weekend, my kids quilt. I’d cut a bunch of strips at work during the week. The cutting table at work is higher than my dining room table and much more comfortable when I am cutting a bunch of pieces. So that step was already done. I went to bed on Friday night knowing I was ready to start sewing.

My blocks are simple, just 25 squares sewn together in 5 rows.

I got up Saturday morning, took the dog for her walk and while I was walking, I came up with my plan for the first step. I’d sew the strips together in sets of two. I did that.

I sewed them together again so now they were 4 strips wide.

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Strip Sets

That’s when I realized I’d failed to think the whole thing through. My blocks are 5 squares wide. You simply cannot make something 5 squares wide out of sets of 2 strips. My only excuse is that I came up with the plan on my walk, before I’d had any coffee. My brain didn’t know I was awake and it was supposed to be functioning.

I went back to my stash of pink fabric and cut more strips. Late afternoon yesterday I completed all of the blocks.

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A Completed Block

I’d cut what I thought was a generous number of strips. Then I had to cut more so look at this stack of leftovers.

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Leftovers!

I have a great head start on the pieced back. I suppose that’s another fun part of making pieced backs. I can make a big, big mistake and it’s not all that bothersome. I can just use the mistake on the back. And if there are still strips left, I can make something from Scrap-Basket Surprises, a great book with patterns for quilts made with strips.

I’m going to International Quilt Market in Houston on Thursday. I hope to see some of you there. If you see me, don’t be shy about introducing yourself; I’d love to meet you.

Now, be sure to go to our pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website for lots more quilting inspiration. Happy quilting!

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Quilting For Kids. Or With Kids. Or By Kids.

You know how I like to share information and products with everyone, so we all stay as informed as possible. I see a lot of books, gadgets and quilting-related paraphernalia come across my desk and sometimes I get a series of related items in a short period of time. Recently, I’ve been seeing a number of books that are in a sort of unusual, or perhaps emerging, category and I’d like to let people know about them, in case it sounds like something you’d like.

These books are unique in that they are not quite picture books, not quite story books, not quite pattern books, but a cool combination of all three. You could read the story with your kids and then make the quilt together, or give a completed quilt along with the book as a gift to a new mom, or whatever you like.

First up is Edyta Sitar’s Rainbow Nest (Landauer Publishing, 2014). It’s got a cute story, lovely illustrations by Sue Cornelison and a pattern, incorporating both piecing and applique, so you can make the featured quilt. Sitar is famous for her beautiful applique designs and this will not disappoint. It all makes a really sweet package.

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Rainbow Nest by Edyta Sitar

Next we have Sleepy Sheep: An Illustrated Quilt Journey by Suzanne Stevens (Heart’s Piece, LLC, 2014). This is less a story and more of an interactive quilting experience, which I think might be fun for a young beginner quilter to follow along with. As the pattern progresses, one learn quilting skills and builds the quilt, but is also encouraged to think about favorite memories and how to incorporate them onto your quilt. There are questions to encourage more profound ways of looking at quilts and space to fill in the answers, so the quilt that you make is more than a quilt, but a complete journey.

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Sleepy Sheep: An Illustrated Quilt Journey by Suzanne Stevens

Kristy’s Quilt by Brandy Maslowski (Brandy Lynn Design, 2014) doesn’t have a quilt pattern, but is a nice story about a young girl learning to make her first quilt, detailing the entire process. It’s illustrated by Marcia Stacy. Kids learning to quilt and sew might identify with Kristy and her story can encourage them to continue even in the face of inevitable setbacks.

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Kristy’s Quilt by Brandy Maslowski

Quilters are a creative and talented sort, and this is evident in a new batch of coloring books, designed by well-known quilters and fabric designers, from FunStitch Studio. There are three new books in the series - Fantastical Designs Coloring Book by Paula Nadelstern, Boho Designs Coloring Book by Valori Wells, and Playful Designs Coloring Book by Patty Young. Pretty much everyone likes coloring, so these are great. Apparently, it’s not just for kids and studies have shown that coloring can relive stress in adults.

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New coloring books from FunStitch Studios

Now these next items aren’t quite books, but I just love the Patch Pal patterns and kits, from our sister publication Quiltmaker. Since they are pretty much based on squares and triangles, I imagine they’d be really fun to make with a kid. They could choose their favorite animal (there’s a bunch!) and since they’d likely need some supervision and guidance with the sewing it’s a fun way to spend quality time together as you make it. Then there’s this amazing quilt when it’s all done and they can take pride in the fact that they made it (mostly) themselves.

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A few of the Patch Pals quilts – available as kits or patterns

If you can’t decide which quilt kit you like best you can get the Patch Pals pattern ebook, which contains 12 patterns. There are other great kids quilt patterns and ideas over at the Quilt & Sew Shop.

I also found this free ebook with 4 really cool kids quilt patterns from Quilting Daily and Quilting Arts magazine. Click on the link to check it out!

Quilting just keeps getting more interesting, don’t you think? Let’s discuss it further on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and our website. Have an exuberant weekend!

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Because We Love Halloween

This morning as I was pulling out of my garage, I heard the leaves crunching under my tires and got that little thrill of the autumn season.

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Mixed Media Art Quilt

All the trees are still busy turning pretty colors and  it’s almost time to start raking those leaves up off the lawn, reminding me that I still need to collect a few to try with the Easy Lesson in Quilters Newsletter October/November 2014, “Mixed Media Art Quilt.”

I’ll be moving within the next couple weeks into a bigger home, though, which means that project might have to wait a while. Either way, the move is giving me a bit of anticipation that now I’ll have space to decorate for the holidays. Since Halloween is just around the corner, I’m picturing hanging on a wall the Halloween quilt that was the first quilt I was ever given  and placing the black tinsel-type wreath with the orange pumpkins hanging from it around the frame of the front window.

Robbing Peter to Pay Jack 200 Because We Love Halloween

Robbing Peter to Pay Jack

I’m also thinking that I could use a new Halloween table-runner, however, and several of the other walls could use decorating, too. Lucky for me, Quilters Newsletter recently created a page on our website devoted to Autumn and Halloween quilt patterns. My personal favorite, even though it wasn’t in QN,  is Robbing Peter to Pay Jack from our sister publication Quiltmaker. The original quilt is hanging on the front of the reception desk in our lobby, which is also a quilt gallery we’d love to have you come visit.

Halloween HOwl 200 Because We Love Halloween

Halloween H’Owl

Aside from the patterns on our website, there are plenty more to consider. The Halloween H’owl Quilt Kit is a cute and easy project that’s the right size to cover a door or wall in a stairwell landing. QNNtv.com has a video project “Boo to You!” that would also work as a door quilt to greet Trick-or-Treaters. 

Since I’m moving soon, I have not yet bought a pumpkin to carve, even though every time I go to the grocery store I see the display and wonder how cute my little black cat would look scoping one of those large ones. Quilting Daily has a free pumpkin carving template for those of you who have gotten your pumpkins and it’s called “Beware of Quilters.

The Interweave Store also has a pattern compilation, 8 Spooky & Sweet Halloween Sewing Projects to provide even more inspiration. I’m not really sure how to choose what to start with. Maybe I should postpone moving so I can do some quilting!

HaleBookGhosts 200 Because We Love Halloween

Ghost banner from 8 Spooky & Sweet Halloween Sewing Projects

Have you already decorated for Halloween, or are you still making decorations? Be sure to let me live vicariously in the comments below, or on any of our social media where we love to share new and exciting quilts, quilting projects, and news from the quilt world, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and of course our website.

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