Happenings – The Sewing Party and More!

It used to be that Quilters Newsletter could spread the news about the goings-on in the quilting world in each monthly issue and if something exciting came up, it would have to wait until it could be featured in the next issue, by which time the event or happening might already be over. But now we live in a world of constant events and information, so I have some quilting happenings to share with you now.

There is to be an online event called The Sewing Party. Starting Saturday, November 8th, 2014, it’s the first ever online-all-day sewing and crafting event in the US. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled day of immersing themselves in more than 30 interactive, fun and innovative classes taught online by leading bloggers, designers and educational experts.

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The Sewing Party is about connecting, crafting and creating. Sponsored by Burda Style, Etsy, HUSQVARNA VIKING®, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, PFAFF® and SINGER®, classes will be available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days; and will feature topics for every creative passion, such as home décor, fashion sewing, quilting, upcycling, and costume design, among others.

Participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in the virtual marketplace. Space is limited and likely to fill up fast. To see a full schedule of classes, read teacher biographies and register, visit www.thesewingparty.com.

Speaking of quilting and excitement, have you looked through the Quilt & Sew Shop recently? We’ve been increasing stock quite a bit recently and in addition to your favorite magazines like Quilters Newsletter and our sister publications like McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker, there are great ebooks, patterns, kits, fabrics, web seminars, quilt-alongs and much more. The Deal of the Week is always fun, and a good reason to keep checking back.There’s also plenty of great stuff on clearance, as well. If you haven’t browsed recently, you may want to check it out and see what’s new!

Even though I have a quilt finish that I really want to share, this is timely information so my quilt will have to wait till next week.

So, essentially, the internet is your oyster and these are only a few of the many pearls to be found in it. Some other internet pearls are our little corners on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and our website. Have a treasure of a weekend!

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Quilting LIVE! demos and good times

It happened, people. I finally got photographic evidence of one of the rarest occurrences in the quilting world: a photo of Lori doing hand stitching.

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Lori did a very tiny bit of (gasp!) hand stitching at Quilting LIVE! in Atlanta, September 2014.

Never let it be said that Lori is anything but a team player. If there’s one thing you should know about her from reading her blog posts or seeing her on Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community, it’s that Lori does not do any handwork as a rule. It’s not that she doesn’t know how, she just chooses not to. She even machine finishes all her bindings — that’s how much she does NOT enjoy doing handwork. (I always need to add that her aversion to doing handwork doesn’t apply to looking at work others have done, of which she’s always very appreciative. It’s sort of like when you enjoy looking at or even holding someone else’s baby but are more than happy to hand the baby back to the parent.)

The setting for this fleeting glimpse was the Quilting LIVE! show in Atlanta last week that Lori and I attended on behalf of Quilters Newsletter, along with colleagues from our sister publications in the F+W family – Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, Quilty, Quilting Quickly, Quilting Arts, Modern Patchwork — as well as folks from Keepsake Quilting and Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. We worked hard and enjoyed getting to know one another better both on and off the clock. The photo above shows Lori in the Quilters Newsletter booth where we were demonstrating techniques from the “Mixed Media Art Quilt” Easy Lesson in the October/November 2014 issue.

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Lori, Holly (video production manager), Mary Kate and Diane (Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting) striking a pose in the Quilt Land photo booth at Quilting LIVE!

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The Weekly Leaf series, Week #16, 6″ x 6″, 2014, by Linda McLaughlin of Weiser, Idaho

This Easy Lesson came to us from fiber artist Linda McLaughlin, and we thought it was both a perfect fit for autumn as well as for a hands-on demonstration. Linda has a lot of experience with a variety of surface design techniques and enjoys hand stitching, so she decided to combine the two in an ongoing project she started at the beginning of the year that she’s calling The Weekly Leaf — you can see the ones she’s finished on her blog. We thought this particular technique of using a mask or freezer paper template and a paintstik to create a negative image of a motif was accessible and easy, not to mention fun.

In the photo below you can see on the table in front of me a sample ready to be painted — I had already used the freezer paper template once before, which is why it’s green, but this charm square had yet to be painted. For the motifs, I traced leaves from my own apple and aspen trees and made about three dozen freezer paper templates.

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Mary Kate demonstrating hand stitching at Quilting LIVE! in Atlanta, September 2014

Here are some of the painted charm squares I brought back from the show after doing demos for three days.

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And below are some of the samples I painted and prepared ahead of time on which I demonstrated the hand stitching step. (I guess I should say “on which we demonstrated the hand stitching step,” since Lori and a few other F+W colleagues all helped out. There was also one young girl attending the show with her mother who I invited to take a few stitches.) Lori even showed me how to stitch french knots successfully on the sample on the right, and as much as I love them I’m not sure they were the right choice for that leaf so I stopped stitching. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with that one.

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IMG 8803 1024x768 Quilting LIVE! demos and good timesAnd here are the balls of Finca perle cotton thread from Presencia we used for the hand stitching. Simply gorgeous, aren’t they?

So now I have a charm pack’s worth of painted squares, a few larger samples left to be stitched and more than a dozen balls of perle cotton threads in autumn shades. Looks like I have a project or two just begging to be turned into something before the season changes to winter, wouldn’t you agree? Check back in a few weeks and I’ll show you what I managed to come up with.

In the meantime, if you want to try your own hand at one or both of these techniques, be sure to check out the October/November 2014 issue of QN. It really is a fun, no-pressure way to try something new while making something completely original.

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Cutting Edge Technology Giveaway!

The best place currently on sale at newsstands, quilt shops, bookstores and online at Quilt and Sew Shop to learn more about die cutters which also cut fabric is the August/September 2014 issue of Quilters NewsletterAS14Cover 500 231x300 Cutting Edge Technology Giveaway!Part 4 of our Quilting Technology series, “Cutting Edge Technology” by ZJ Humbach, explores not only why you might want your own die cutting machine, but also several of the different brands and styles available on the market today. One of these such brands is AccuQuilt, and we’re giving away one of their models of fabric die cutters this week, the GO! baby. With the GO! baby, we’re also giving away a sampling of dies, including GO! Trees by Reiko Kato, GO! Small Houses by Reiko Kato and Holiday Medley. We’re also giving away an adorable mini tote and pen set, also from AccuQuilt.

Would you like to be the one lucky winner of this prize set, valued at over $280?

GObaby 550 Cutting Edge Technology Giveaway!GO dies 550 Cutting Edge Technology Giveaway!Tote 500 Cutting Edge Technology Giveaway!To enter for your chance to win this wonderful AccuQuilt bundle, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time, Sunday September 21, 2014, telling us what your favorite cut out fabric shape to quilt with is. 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.

If you’re looking for more inspiration and news about the quilting world, make sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoogle+Youtube and our website!

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Eye Candy

Mary Kate and I spent most of last week (September 9-13) at Quilting LIVE in Atlanta, Georgia, where we had a lot of fun. We had three stage presentations: one on Quilters Newsletter’s 45 years of history, one on Pieced Backs and one on my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) and how I sort and select the ones I’ll finish and the ones I’ll recycle. I came home excited about one of my PIGS and as soon as I finish the two quilts that I have going at this moment, I’ll work on finishing it. Watch for that in the coming weeks.

As always, when I go to a show I wish all of you could be there  to be inspired by the displays, the new and exciting tools, patterns and techniques. Today, I want to show you photos of some of my favorite quilts from other quiltmakers and quilters at Quilting LIVE.

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Eternal Sapphire Star, 84″ x 94″, 2000, by Sharon Schamber

All of Sharon Schamber’s quilts are lovely. There was a whole exhibit of her work. This was my favorite quilt from her display.

The rest of the quilts I photographed are from Mary Kerr’s Quilt as Desired exhibit. These quilts have a great story. Mary Kerr purchased old, unfinished quilt tops and did not spend more than $50 on any one top. Then she sent them out to be machine quilted by some of the notables in the longarm quilting world.

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Iridescence

Iridescence was quilted by Vicki Maloney of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The placard says it is an applique iris top from 1925.

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Iridescence detail

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Miss Sally

Miss Sally, a top from the 1930s, was quilted by M&M Quilting of Midland, Virginia.

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Miss Sally detail

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Four Square

Four Square, an appliqued top from the 1940s, was quilted by Cathy Wiggins of Macon, North Carolina.

If I’d found this top at an antique store or a farm sale, I wouldn’t have purchased it. I don’t think the unquilted top would have been very pretty.  That would have been a mistake on my part. Doesn’t the quilting make this a wonderful quilt?

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Four Square detail

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Celebrating Cinda

Celebrating Cinda, is an appliqued top from the 1940s, quilted by Pam Clarke of Spokane, Washington.

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Celebrating Cinda detail

 

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Little Pink Flowers

Little Pink Flowers, an Ohio rose top from the 1940s, was quilted by Sue Papalia of Warren, Pennsylvania. Notice that it is so long it is folded. There are four rows of the flowers.

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Little Pink Flowers detail

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Separated at Birth #1

Separated at Birth #1, an appliqued dogwood top from about 1925, was quilted by Pam Clarke of Spokane, Washington.

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Separated at Birth #1 detail

 

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Separated at Birth #2

Separated at Birth #2, an appliqued dogwood top from about 1925, was quilted by Cathy Franks of Carmel, Indiana.

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Separated at Birth #2 detail

I found Separated at Birth #1 and Separated at Birth #2 fascinating. They were different sizes. I believe they were probably from kits. I think one was for a single bed and one for a double bed. Both were truly beautiful but the difference in the quilting patterns and the color of thread used made them unique.

For more information about Mary Kerr and Quilt as Desired, visit her website.

Now it’s time to get back into the groove, so until next week, happy quilting.

Don’t forget to check out Quilters Newsletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website for the latest news, quilting fun and ideas.

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SAQA 2014 Benefit Auction

You like quilts, right? If you’re reading this, I’ll assume you do. And that makes us friends because I like them too! In case you didn’t know about it, friend, I want to tell you about the online auction that is being held by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The auction starts Monday, September 15, 2014.

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The auction is to benefit SAQA’s exhibitions, publications and education outreach, so the money goes to a great cause. People will have a chance to bid on small art quilts made by SAQA members. While I’ve included a sampling of quilt photos in this post, you can see a gallery of all the quilts that are being offered for auction here.

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The auction is a bit different than a straightforward auction. There are no paddles with numbers on them, and there’s no fast-talking guy yelling ‘SOLD!’ Visit SAQA’s website for the details, but here is a brief rundown of how it will work:

The Auction is run in three sections for 6 days each, with a special section accompanying the International Quilt Festival in Houston.

  • The online bidding form will be live on September 15 at 2pm EDT.
  • Each Benefit Auction piece starts at $750 and only pieces in the section listed will be available for bidding. Each day thereafter, the price is reduced according to the chart on SAQA’s website.
  • You can bid on up to 7 pieces at a time – the first bid on each piece wins.

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This is a nice opportunity to acquire a one-of-a-kind piece of art from some very talented fiber artists, and support a wonderful organization at the same time. The range of styles, techniques and aesthetics represented in these quilts is so inspiring. I’ve just been looking through the gallery of quilts being offered for sale, and I have about 40 absolute favorites. I’m sure every quilter will find more than one quilt that speaks to them.

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This is just one of the many wonderful happenings in the wide world of quilts, and I hope you get a chance to participate if you wish! We do our best to keep you informed about the various goings on through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website. Have an inspiring weekend!

Kovarik SAQA 2014 Benefit Auction

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Magnolia, Forest, Flowers Giveaway

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

Although August is over, the new school year has started and in many places the weather seems to think that the new season needed to come early this year (autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere both don’t officially start until September 23), there’s still plenty of time to get your copy of Quilters Newsletter‘s August/September 2014 issue. QN is celebrating 45 years in 2014, and we’ve celebrated in multiple ways. The cover quilt of our August/September 2014 issue was designed by Mary Leman Austin, the daughter of Quilters Newsletter founder Bonnie Leman, and all the blocks featured in our staff picks section were made with the block featured on the cover of the very first Quilters Newsletter issue, Moon Flowers. Check out Moon Flowers made with the Mineral Forest collection by Andover Fabrics  and alternately made with the Lula Magnolia collection by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake DesignsMoonFlowersx2 Magnolia, Forest, Flowers Giveaway

Now that you’ve seen an example of what can be done with these collections, check out the two prizes (one bundle each to two lucky winners) which we’re giving away this week: a bundle of 18 fat quarters from the Mineral Forest collection by Andover Fabrics for lucky winner #1, and a bundle of 19 fat quarters from the Lula Magnolia collection by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs for lucky winner #2.

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Mineral Forest collection by Andover Fabrics

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Lula Magnolia collection by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs

To enter to win one of these lovely bundles of fat quarters, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time, Sunday September 14, 2014, telling us what sort of quilted decorations you plan to display in your home or office this holiday season. If you have a preference which bundle you would like to win if you’re randomly selected as one of the two winners, tell us in the same comment. We can’t guarantee you’ll get your preferred bundle, but we’ll try out best! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as a winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

If you’re lacking for ideas of quilted projects to decorate with (or give as gifts) this holiday season, make sure to grab your copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014, on sale at newsstands, quilt shops, bookstores and online at Quilt and Sew Shop in both print and digital formats. And if you’re looking for even more inspiration or even news about the quilt world, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Youtube, and our website!

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks both at home and at work preparing for Quilting LIVE which is in Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday through Saturday. Mary Kate and I are leaving tomorrow, along with a handful of other people who work in the Golden offices. It should be a whole bunch of fun. For more details, visit the Quilting Live website.

Saturday morning, I finished the last of my preparation. I have all the pieces and parts ready to put in my suitcase tonight. Now, anyone with any discipline would have gone on to one of the projects that has been put aside while I prepared but I didn’t do that – oh, no – not me. I wanted to do something just for fun!

One of my stage presentations at Quilting LIVE is about my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks). So most of my PIGS are in Georgia. That meant I couldn’t even work on one of the PIGS I wanted to finish this year. But some of what I do at work is check the math and check the directions for patterns we write so I had several PIGS that are new since the first of the year when I talked in my blog about the PIGS I wanted to finish.

This is what I worked on for the rest of the day Saturday.

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This is the starting point.

You may recognize the block as one of the blocks from our August/September 2014 cover quilt, Bonnie’s Rocky Mountain Star, designed by Mary Leman Austin.

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Bonnie’s Rocky Mountain Star

That issue, with the pattern and the story of Bonnie’s Rocky Mountain Star, is available in print or digital format.

I made a single block to be certain everything was absolutely correct and then the block and the leftover fabric went home with me. For fun and relaxation, I decided to make something out of that single block. It’s a 20” block.

I made a border of 3 narrow strips of fabric and put it on my design wall. I put up the bright pink to use as a second border.

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Previewing on the Design Wall

This was one of those times I was really glad for my design wall. I thought this was awful. I hated that big, wide boring band of pink. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the fabric, I just think this was a really bad way to use it. I am saving it. I’ll audition it for the binding. I think it may be perfect for that.

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Borders Stitched in Place

I put my narrow borders on all four sides and decided it was perfect. It measures 28”.

I used the leftover pieces and parts and made a back.

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The Front and the Back on the Design Wall

Now I’m quilting. I have been following Lori Kennedy’s blog for a while now. She does wonderful free-motion quilting and puts tutorials on her blog with a new free-motion pattern every Tuesday. She did one a week or so ago for a dizzy daisy so I’m experimenting with that. It’s a cool pattern with swirls and an occasional flower thrown in the mix. I’m using pastel pink thread for the quilting.

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Detail of the Quilting

I’m about half finished with the quilting and will show it to you again when I finish.

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I can tell I’m going to like this one!

Now I’m going to get to work and see how much I can accomplish before I head for Quilting LIVE. I hope to see some of you there. Be sure to come and introduce yourself to me. I’d love to meet you.

Remember to check out Quilters Newsletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website for the latest news, quilting fun and ideas.

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On a Roll

When I started making the Metropolitan Tree Skirt for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 issue (check it out at the Quilt & Sew Shop if you haven’t seen it), I began thinking about how versatile and fun working with 60-degree triangles could be. I spent a little too much time arranging and rearranging the patches of the tree skirt on my design wall, because there’s so many cool ways to rotate and combine the different patches to get wildly different looks. So as a way to explore this idea, I decided to cut some smaller triangles after the tree skirt was done and have a little fun with them.

I cut triangles from strips that were about 4 1/4″ wide. I explained how I decided on this measurement, and how to cut the triangles, on a recent video for Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community, which can be viewed in its entirety on QNNtv.com. When the triangles are joined together, they ended up being strips of the perfect width to make one my favorite-ever projects, the Eye Candy glasses cases. This pattern is in 2103′s Best Christmas Quilts issue, which is still available at the Quilt & Sew Shop.

I really love making these cases, and I’m not sure I could tell you all the reasons. They go together really quickly. They hold glasses and sunglasses (or pens, or other stuff) like nobody’s business. I carry several of them in my purse for different items and I love using them. Other people seem to like receiving them, too. And of course, like any quilted thing, you can put any combination of fabric to personalize it. My husband asked me why I keep making them and he thinks I should move on to other things, but I really just like this project. A lot.

So I started with a bunch of triangles to mix and match one Saturday morning, and by the end of the weekend I had 5 new cases. These particular triangle patches have a variety of stripes and it was cool to try out the different combinations. Let’s take a look at all the cases!

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Case #1. I was so excited to find black-and-cream stripes in the same width as the black-and-gray stripes.

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Case #2. I added some scraps and coordinating strips to this one.

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Case #3. The colored stripes give a lot of options for fun arrangements.

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Case #4. Eventually I ran out of the black-and-cream stripe fabric.

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Case #5. That purple print is nice because it is and isn’t a stripe at the same time. It’s also an interesting mix with the floral.

You may notice that I machine stitched the bias binding to the back, rather than hand sew it down. Like Lori, I avoid handwork if I can. If the stitching is a little wobbly, no big deal, because I got it done in a fraction of the time. And since I use my cases pretty heavily, I like that the binding is very secure.

The only change that I made to the written pattern for this batch of cases is cutting the angle at the top/opening of the case at 60-degress, rather than 45. It’s a nod to the triangles themselves, but I also found that it provides a little more space for the bias binding so it doesn’t bulk up in that area. If you haven’t tried this pattern, I highly recommend it, even though I may be a bit biased about it. Christmas is coming up and if you like to sew gifts, these are fast and fun to make and well appreciated by the recipients.

That’s all I have for today, but we always have stuff going down on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and our website. Have a stitchtacular weekend!

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Quilting LIVE! General Admission Tickets Giveaway!

PLEASE NOTE, THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. CONGRATULATIONS, TAMMY, LAURALEE, LAURA, MARTHA & VIRGINIA!

The Quilting LIVE! event in Atlanta, GA is almost here, and around the Quilters Newsletter office, we’re getting pretty excited!

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Just in case you aren’t yet as excited about Quilting LIVE! as we are, we’d like to give away five pairs of tickets to five lucky winners, one pair per winner at a value of $30 per pair! Visit the Quilting LIVE! website for more information on this event. You’ll have the chance not only to meet, view presentations from and make a project with Quilters Newsletter creative editor Lori Baker and associate editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras, but also to meet, view presentations from, make projects with and take classes from editors from several other quilting titles, including McCalls QuiltingQuiltmakerQuilting ArtsKeepsake QuiltingModern PatchworkQuiltyFons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and QNNtv!

And not only that, you’ll be able to see all of the finalist quilts including the winners from our 45 Years of Quilting Quilt Challenge! There will also be other fun quilt exhibits and so much more happening at the Quilting LIVE! event. Lori and Mary Kate hope to see you there!

To enter to win one of the five pairs of General Admission tickets to Quilting LIVE!, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 pm Mountain Time, Sunday September 7, 2014. Please note that winners must be US Citizens for this particular giveaway. CLICK HERE for the official rules for this giveaway.

Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com on Monday September 8, 2014 with instructions on how to redeem your prize.

We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications and you will find that many contests are only valid in the country where they originate. This article gives a good explanation:howstuffworks.com/question541.htm

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Wrap Up!

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 is an issue for every quilter, even for quilters who don’t celebrate traditional Christmas. Many of the quilts come in non-traditional colorways and patterns that could be used year round to celebrate different holidays in different color schemes. Check out the  table of contents for the issue on our website to see which of the 29 cheery projects is your favorite. And then be sure to share any quilts you make from the issue (or any of our other issues) with us on our social media or at QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com. With your permission, we might share your quilts in our Quilting Bee section in an upcoming regular issue of Quilters Newsletter, but even if we can’t share them, we always love to see what you’ve made!

So without further ado, Congratulations to all of our Blog Tour Winners!
Day 1, on Jen Daly’s blog: Janet
Day 1, on Tracy Souza’s blog: Melinda
Day 2, on Marcia Harmening’s blog: Susan
Day 2, on Debbie Grifka’s blog: Jocelyn
Day 3, on Tammy Silvers’ blog: Carrie
Day 3, on Susan Geddes’ blog post: Debra
Day 4, on Karen Gibbs’ blog: JoAnne
Day 4, on Gigi Khalsa’s blog post: Gloria
Day 5, on Patti Carey’s blog: (TBA)
Day 5, on Janet Jo Smith’s blog: Diane
Day 5, on Mary Kate Karr-Petras’ blog post: Nancy

And because not everyone who contributed to Best Christmas Quilts 2014 has a blog, let’s see some of the other quilts in the issue:

Lerlene Nevaril contributed Diamonds in the Sky, pictured below.

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Diamonds in the Sky by Lerlene Nevaril

Joyce Robinson contributed Holiday Stripes, pictured below.

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Holiday Stripes by Joyce Robinson

Bev Getschel contributed Nature Sings placemats, pictured below, as well as a matching Nature Sings table runner and a 70″ x 70″ quilt, Baubles.

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Nature Sings by Bev Getschel

Heidi Pridemore, who does have a blog but was not able to participate in the tour this time (check out her latest posts HERE), contributed Simply Sweet, pictured below.

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Simply Sweet by Heidi Pridemore

Ramona Sorensen contributed Christmas Cards, pictured below, as well as a trio of Yuletide pillows.

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Christmas Cards by Ramona Sorensen

ZJ Humbach contributed both Cowgirl Christmas and Jingle Bell stockings, pictured below, as well as Joy wall hanging which pairs with her Ho Ho Ho wall hanging from the Best Christmas Quilts 2013 issue. (Ho Ho Ho is available to purchase as an individual pattern HERE.)

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Cowgirl Christmas by ZJ Humbach

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Jingle Bell Stockings by ZJ Humbach

We hope you enjoyed our Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour, visiting many of our talented designers blogs and making plans for your holiday decorating. If you didn’t manage to win a copy of the issue, fear not, because it’s available on newsstands, at quilt shops, bookstores, and online at Quilt and Sew Shop (in both print and digital versions)!

And if the copy of the issue you brought home didn’t come with both pull-out pattern sheets which were supposed to be in the issue, go HERE for printable PDFs of both of those pull-out pattern sheets. Apologies for those of you who received one of the few issues missing one of them.

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