Quilting LIVE! Giveaway!

QuiltingLIVE color 550 Quilting LIVE! Giveaway! This weekend’s giveaway is a wonderful opportunity to attend the Quilting LIVE! event in Atlanta, GA, September 11, 12 and 13, 2014 with Quilters Newsletter‘s very own creative editor Lori Baker and associate editor Mary Kate Karr-Petras without having to pay entrance or class fees! You do have to be a United States citizen and have your own blog or website in order to be able to enter to win this giveaway, however, so apologies to those of you who cannot enter for this particular prize.

Quilting LIVE! will have quilt exhibits, stage presentations, classes, make-it take-it events and more, not just presented by Quilters Newsletter, but also McCalls Quilting, Quiltmaker, Quilting Arts, Keepsake Quilting, Modern Patchwork, QuiltyFons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and QNNtv! Be sure to check out the Quilting LIVE! website today to find out more and learn about all the quilting experiences you could have by attending.

By participating in this weekend’s giveaway, the Value Package which you have a chance to win is worth $114 and will include:

  1. 6 Quilting LIVE! class sessions
  2. 3 days’ general admission to Quilting LIVE!
  3. A Quilting LIVE! shopping bag

Note: Materials fees for the classes are not included.

To enter for your chance to win the Value Package, help us spread the word about Quilting LIVE! by making a post on your blog or a post on your website mentioning Quilting LIVE! with a link to the Quilting LIVE! website (http://www.sewingexpo.com/QuiltingLIVE.aspx), then copy the link to your post once it’s up and paste it in the comments section of this post below. Posts must be shared on your blog or website and the link to that post shared in the comments section of this post below by 11:59:59 pm Mountain Time Monday, September 1, 2014. CLICK HERE for the official contest/sweepstakes rules.

The randomly selected winner will be notified via email on September 2, 2014 as well as having their first name posted as the winner at the top of this post. The email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Quilters Newsletter Quilting LIVE! Giveaway” and contain instructions on how to go about claiming your prize. As the prize must be redeemed by September 5, 2014, if you choose to enter the giveaway, please be sure to check your email with enough time to allow you to redeem the prize if you win.

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 5!

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Here at Quilters Newsletter, we hope you’ve enjoyed the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour so far, because today’s the last day, Day 5! Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 is a splendid issue with enough inspiration to help you make decorations, gifts, gift bags, table runners, pillows, quilts and more. Check out the table of contents for the issue on our website to see a preview of each of the projects. Also be sure to grab your copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014 if you haven’t already done so from a newsstand, quilt shop, bookstore, or online. Then learn even more about some of the quilts by participating in the last day of our Blog Tour! Every day from Monday August 25, 2014 through today, Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs.

Our first featured designer of our last day of the Blog Tour is Patti Carey, who used an adorable flannel collection of owls to make this splendid quilt:

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Hootin’ Holday by Patti Carey

Leave a comment on Patti’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of various size flannel scraps from the Hootin’ Holiday quilt from the Holiday Hoot collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Holiday Hoot by Deborah Edwards for Northcott Fabrics

Our second Day 5 featured designer is Janet Jo Smith, whose star quilt in traditional Christmas colors evokes the feeling of the season:

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High in the Heavens by Janet Jo Smith

Leave a comment on Janet’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat eighths from the Solstice collection by Kate Spain for Moda and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Solstice for Moda

Last but certainly not least, our third designer on Day 5 of our Blog Tour is Quilters Newsletter‘s own associate editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras, whose project makes your gifts twice as nice since they’ll be wrapped in homemade gift bags:

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Silver & Gold Gift Bags by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Leave a comment on Mary Kate’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Winter’s Grandeur collection by Robert Kaufman Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Winter’s Grandeur by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on FacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterestGoogle+YouTube and our website!

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Silver & Gold Gift Bags — Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour

BCQ14 Cover 2501 Silver & Gold Gift Bags    Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog TourHello, and welcome to my stop on Quilters Newsletter’s Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour! I hope you’ve been enjoying the entire tour over the past few days. I want to step out of my role as a contributing designer for a minute and into my role as managing editor of our special issues so I can thank all of the designers who contributed such wonderful projects to this issue; my colleagues Lori, Gigi, Susan, Kath and Bill for all of their hard work putting it together (I think it turned out pretty darn beautiful); and Caitlin for coordinating this blog tour, which is a big job in itself. We all know our efforts are worth it because we know how much quilters love to celebrate Christmas through the medium of fabric, ourselves included!

Which brings me to my project in the issue, the Silver & Gold Gift Bags. This is not a quilt pattern but is included in our “Simple Gifts” section of quick and easy projects. And these were definitely designed to be quick and easy.

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Silver & Gold Gift Bags by Mary Kate Karr-Petras

GiftBag3 800 264x300 Silver & Gold Gift Bags    Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog TourI blogged about the first incarnation of this pattern back in January when I made a drawstring bag to hold a gift for my mother-in-law. Once I worked out in my head how I thought I would approach making the bag I think it took me maybe an hour to complete. Now that I’ve finalized the pattern, construction goes even more quickly than that, making the pattern a great one to try if you need to arrive somewhere with gift in hand with little time to spare. The main portion of the bag is unlined — again to keep construction fast and easy — but the top cuff is folded and stitched for a nice finished look. All that’s left to do is tie some fancy ribbon in a big bow to make the presentation complete!

I’m a big fan of reusable fabric gift bags and have made different types over the years. I always hope the recipients will “pay them forward” (which some might call “re-gifting”) by enclosing gifts for others in them, but I find that most people love them and want to keep them. Such is the power of the handmade item. But really, who can blame people for wanting to hold onto the bags when they’re made in beautiful fabrics? I made the set pictured above using the elegant Winter’s Grandeur collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics; two of my friends have already placed dibs on the ones they want to be holding their Christmas gifts this year.

We have a fat quarter bundle of the black and gold colorway of Winter’s Grandeur to give away, which would allow you to make a whole set of gift bags to put under your tree this year.

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Winter’s Grandeur from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight (August 29, 2014) for your chance to win the Winter’s Grandeur fat quarters and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

If you want to see a tutorial on how to make the bags, be sure to tune in to Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community starting September 19; the episode will be available for free viewing for a week.

Thanks again for coming on the blog tour with us this week!

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 4!

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While we may still have 17 weeks until Christmas, that’s only 17 weeks to get all our decorations finished and presents ready! If you’re looking at that number wondering how you’re going to make it  in time, picking up your copy of Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 from a newsstand, bookstore, quilt shop, or online could certainly help in your planning process. If you’re not yet convinced, check out the table of contents for the issue on our website. To learn even more about some of the quilts, keep reading, because today’s Day 4 of our Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour! Every day from Monday August 25, 2014 through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs.

Our first Day 4 featured designer is Karen Gibbs, whose quilt contains a whole village ready for the holiday season:

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Over the Rooftops by Karen Gibbs

Leave a comment on Karen’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of three quarter yard cuts from the Stained Glass Christmas collection by Hoffman California International Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Stained Glass Christmas by Hoffman Fabrics

Our second Day 4 featured designer is Quilters Newsletters own associate editor, Gigi Khalsa, who used metallic prints and a 60-degree angle to create this lovely tree skirt:

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Metropolitan Tree Skirt by Gigi Khalsa

Leave a comment on Gigi’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Lost and Found Christmas collection by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Lost and Found Christmas by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win three new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on FacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterestGoogle+YouTube and our website!

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Metropolitan Tree Skirt

BCQ14 Cover 2501 Metropolitan Tree SkirtWelcome to the blog tour!

When the Quilters Newsletter team was looking through all the submissions for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 special issue (available at the Quilt & Sew Shop), I noticed that there were no tree skirts among the entries, so I volunteered to make one. I had a few design ideas floating around in my head, but once I saw the beautiful Shimmer collection by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman, I knew I wanted to do something using the gradient of neutral, metallic printed tone-on-tone fabrics. The faux-snakeskin print is especially cool, I think.

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Metropolitan Tree Skirt

This fabric collection doesn’t scream “CHRISTMAS!!!” by any means, but it is glitzy, shiny and fun, which describes the holiday season pretty well. The neutral color scheme also gives it a lot of versatility. In a video for QNN TV about 60-degree triangles, I show a few other little things I made with leftovers from the tree skirt, along with some tips and ideas for working with 60-degree triangles in general. Talk about design possibilities!

I do think this tree skirt design would be stunning in traditional Christmas colors. If anybody makes one, please send us a photo because I would love to see it!

Leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight (August 28, 2014) for your chance to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Lost and Found Christmas collection by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 3!

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If you’re not ready for Christmas weather, let alone Christmas, Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 might just be the perfect thing to help you get into the spirit of the holiday season! It’s packed with 29 wonderful quilting projects which you can preview in the table of contents for the issue on our website, and to help you learn even more about some of the quilts, we’re doing a Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour! Welcome to Day 3! Every day from Monday August 25, 2014 through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs. Then be sure to pick up your copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014 from a newsstand, quilt shop, bookstore or online.

Our first Day 3 featured designer is Tammy Silvers, who used a single triangle template to create the scene of the perfect Christmas tree, or at least a beautiful tree that doesn’t shed sticky needles all over the carpet:

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Leave a comment on Tammy’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Pine Fresh collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais for Moda

Quilters Newsletter‘s very own art director, Susan Geddes is the second featured designer for Day 3. Her quilt recognizes that not everyone celebrates Christmas in cold-weather areas, and even those of us who do might welcome something a little more tropical into our seasonal decorating:

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In the Tropics by Susan Geddes

Leave a comment on Susan’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Warm Wishes collection by Michelle Palmer for Red Rooster Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Warm Wishes by Michelle Palmer for Red Rooster Fabrics

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win two new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on FacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterestGoogle+YouTube and our website!

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In the Tropics

This post contributed by QN art director Susan Geddes:

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In the Tropics by Susan Geddes

In the Tropics’ inspiration came from an HGTV show on Christmas decorations around the country. I watched a show about a regatta in San Diego, California. The marina residents decorated their boats with lights, trees, Santas in flip flops and tropical shirts and sailed around the harbor. It got me thinking that many parts of this country never see snow, so their Christmas decorating must take on a whole different look. I spend Christmas in Colorado or Ohio, both cold weather states.

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Close up of one of the blocks from In the Tropics by Susan Geddes.

One of these years might find me in Hawaii or Florida for the holiday. But until then,  I created a block reminiscent of a Christmas Cactus or Bird of Paradise. The traditional red and green colors are mixed in with orange, purple, yellow and lime greens reflecting the colors of those areas. I joined the blocks with large patches to create a wall hanging or table runner.

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Leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 PM Mountain Time tonight (August 27, 2014) for your chance to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Warm Wishes collection by Michelle Palmer for Red Rooster Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

Also be sure to pick up your copy of Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 today if you haven’t already, available at newsstands, quilt shops, bookstores and online!

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 2!

BCQ14 Cover 250 Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 2! Welcome to Day 2 of our Blog Tour for Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014! If you haven’t already picked up your copy of the issue from a newsstand, quilt shop, bookstore or online (it went on sale August 12, 2014), then here’s your chance to find out a bit more about the issue! You can also look at the  table of contents for the issue on our website to see all of the quilts which are patterned inside. Starting yesterday, every day through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit that day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs.

Our first Day 2 featured designer is Marcia Harmening, who utilized turned edge applique to make a stunning two-color quilt:

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Nordic Crystals by Marcia Harmening

Leave a comment on Marcia’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Winterlude collection by 3 Sisters for Moda and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Winterlude by 3 Sisters for Moda

Our second Day 2 featured designer is Debbie Grifka, who also made a two-color quilt, but with very different techniques, creating a piece which can be used all year round:

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Serenity Stars by Debbie Grifka

Leave a comment on Debbie’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the It’s Elementary collection by Jacqueline Paton for Red Rooster Fabrics and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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It’s Elementary by Jacqueline Paton for Red Rooster Fabrics

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win two new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on FacebookTwitter,InstagramPinterestGoogle+YouTube and our website!

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Art Quilt?

I’ve been working on an art quilt for an upcoming issue for the past few weeks. I can’t show any pictures of it right now but I will share it later.
I often say I am not an artist with pen and ink – only with my quilt design do I feel like an artist. So I’ve been telling everyone that the quilt I just finished is my first art quilt. But this weekend at home, I realized I’d forgotten one.

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Are We in Kansas Yet?

This is Are We in Kansas Yet?. I made this sunflower wall hanging in 2002 so I could teach a class on dimensional flowers. It is 20” x 40”.
I appliqued the stems in place first. Next , I stitched the grass fabric to the sky fabric. Then I layered the back, batting and quilt top and quilted the quilt. Yes, that’s right. The third step was to quilt the quilt.

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Detail of Leaf

The leaves are two layers of fabric I put right sides together. Then I stitched around the entire leaf. I cut a slit in the back of the leaves and turned them right side out. Then I stitched them to the quilt, stitching only the veins so the rest of the leaf is loose.

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Detail of Sunflower

The flowers are two layers of fabric that I placed right sides together; then I stitched around the edges of the petal, leaving the base open to turn. I placed the petals on the quilt and put the brown center of the flower over the raw edges of the petals and appliqued it in place. So the petals are only attached at the base by the stitching that holds the brown flower center in place. I quilted a small grid in the flower center to suggest the seeds of the sunflower. The final steps were the hanging sleeve, label and binding.
I do want to point out a couple of things that I would do differently. So here is hint #1. This was early in my days of free motion quilting. I hadn’t learned yet to loosen the upper tension so my bobbin thread shows way more often than I’d like. Now I like to do a small sample of the quilt with the bobbin thread and top thread I’ll be using and fabric, batting and backing of the same type as I’ve used in my quilt. If I’d done that and examined it closely, I might have realized my tension needed to be adjusted.
Hint #2. I meandered over the top of the flower stems. If I had stitched in the ditch around them and meandered only on the sky fabric, the stems would have had a little more dimension. The sky fabric would appear to recede.
Hint #3. I attached the hanging sleeve all by machine. I stitched the top edge in with the seam when I attached the binding. The bottom seam I stitched with a blind hem stitch but the “bite” of the blind hem stitch was too deep.

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Top of the Quilt

That blind hem should only catch the backing and possibly a bit of the batting. I can see the stitching on the front and even worse, there is a crease in the quilt. You can see it inside the box in my photo. There is a fix. I could take that row of stitching out and restitch it but I probably won’t. I don’t mind those reminders of things that I didn’t do well in earlier attempts.
I also stitched the back side of the binding on with a blind hem stitch – by machine. I did a pretty good job with that. I haven’t done that in a long time. In fact, I’d forgotten about it. I may have to break out that technique again. The finished binding is very pretty. I attached the binding to the front side in the regular way.
Hint #4. The straight stitch of the blind hem stitch should be “in the air” when you are attaching binding this way. I don’t catch any fabric with the straight part of the blind hem stitch. The bite is narrow and ideally only goes through the binding and the quilt back. I think with a little practice, I could get good at it.
Now the reason that I had to show you something from out of the past is that this weekend I was finishing my project for Quilting LIVE. That’s right – the quilt top is done and the pieced back is nearly ready to take for my stage presentation on pieced backs. I’m really excited about this particular part of Quilting LIVE. I will be showing my four very favorite quilts that I’ve ever made. And they’ll probably never all be together again after this show. One belongs to my son and his wife – I borrowed it for the trip to Georgia. I posted photos of it in my blog last week.  Another belongs to my grandson and his wife and we hope to deliver it to them in October. They’ve never seen it. You can read about it here.
So if you have a chance, come to Quilting LIVE. I think it will be a fun, fun experience. There’s more information here.
And until next time, check out Quilters Newsletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and our website for the latest news and other quilty fun and ideas.

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Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 1!

BCQ14 Cover 250 Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour Day 1! Quilters Newsletter presents Best Christmas Quilts 2014 officially went on sale in newsstands, quilt shops, bookstores and online August 12, 2014, which allows plenty of time to make gifts from the pages before Christmas. Or, ahem, at least by Christmas 2015. For those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to flip through the pages or even check out the table of contents for the issue on our website, or even for those of you who have, we thought we would give you an even more in depth sneak peak into the issue in the form of a blog tour. Starting today, and every day through this Friday, August 29th, 2014, you’ll have the chance to visit 2-3 of the contributing designers blogs. For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on the relevant blog post, you’ll have the chance to win a bundle of fabric. Each day’s new main Blog Tour post will appear on the QN Blog at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, after which you’ll have until 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time that same day (unless otherwise specified on the designer’s blog) to visit the day’s blogs and comment on those posts in order to enter to win the featured prizes for those blogs.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started. The first featured designer for the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 blog tour is Jen Daly, who contributed not one, not two, but three amazing projects to the issue:

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Merry and Bright by Jen Daly

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Tiny Trees by Jen Daly

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Christmas Ribbons by Jen Daly

Leave a comment on Jen’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Through the Winter Woods collection by Holly Taylor for Moda and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Through the Winter Woods by Holly Taylor for Moda

The second designer in today’s Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour is Tracy Souza, who used hand work, fabric coloring and a smattering of other techniques to make this lovely quilt:

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Christmas and Holly by Tracy Souza

Leave a comment on Tracy’s blog post by 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Time tonight for a chance to enter to win a bundle of fat quarters from the Merriment collection from P&B Textiles and a copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2014.

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Merriment from P&B Textiles

Randomly selected winners from all blogs involved in the Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour will receive an email from QNMsubmissions@fwmedia.com with the subject line “Best Christmas Quilts 2014 Blog Tour giveaway.” Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days.

And don’t forget to visit us here at the QN Blog again tomorrow for a chance to win two new bundles of fabric by visiting two more designers’ blogs!

We also love to share quilting news and inspirations with you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube and our website!

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