Wednesday Giveaway

This week I’m giving away a 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Quilter’s Select ruler. I love the non-slip coating on the QS rulers so much that I’ve made all my other rulers go away. The numbers can be read left to right AND right to left which takes a little getting used to but once you get it, it’s a good system. This size is handy when you are cutting small shapes.

Leave a comment/reply on this blog post to enter the drawing. A winner will be chosen by the random number generator tomorrow.

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Show and tell…

Gail Ghiozzi from the Brentwood Delta Quilters Guild wrote to me back in January asking for permission to use our pattern, Swallows in the Window, from Once Upon a Season for their opportunity quilt. I happily gave permission and today I got to see the quilt. It is lovely! Thank you, Gail, for sending these pictures!

They adapted the pattern from the original in a really brilliant way. They only used the pieced bird body units in bright batiks and with a white background. They didn’t add the setting blocks in between. Amazing how the pattern changes, isn’t it?!

Gail says that

Matching the points of the bird body units so that the four point stars that touched were the same fabric was quite a feat. Lots of brainery and patience was required. LOL.  I am attaching two photos of the quilt itself; on the design wall and at its first showing, which was at a Quilt in the Garden affair. I am also attaching the flyer for our Opportunity quilts for the 2020 year.  

Here’s the flyer…

Here’s a link to their site: in case you want to see about buying tickets.

Show and tell…

Pat McCandless sent this version of the Lawn and Garden design. Here’s what Pat wrote:

I used magenta background based on the one you showed some months ago, and combined it with 3 different artists’ bluebird patterns to create a wedding quilt for a young friend. I loved the way it turned out. It is now en route to Ohio, due to be delivered to the bride’s mom today, in time for a shower on Saturday. After I had already completed the quilt top, I learned that the bride’s fiancé calls her his”little bird”, and the decorating theme for their December wedding revolves around birds. Ahhh….kismet!

Thank you, Pat, for sharing your quilt. I love the way you mixed up the different quilt blocks to make this special quilt!

Pat also said that she is truly appreciating the Hand Sewing Adventure right now. She was one among the many, many California household without power due to the PG&E shutoff.  Having something to sew by hand underway is especially important at times like this!

I agree with that sentiment!

Wednesday Giveaway

Adrienne is this week’s winner and she will receive a really nice Pocket Color Wheel! it’s compact and has a whole lot of information at a truly affordable price. If you are not the lucky winner, I think you should definitely buy one :-).

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Show and tell…

I met Lynn Hyman last month at a quilt meeting in Loudon, Tennessee. She wasn’t happy with the way her Sizzle blocks were turning out. I suggested that she remake the blocks she wasn’t happy with because she had already put so much work into the quilt.

Lynn did that, and also removed the corners from all of the circles.  She auditioned some other fabrics and fell in love with a different color than my original choice for the corners. That made such a difference! Lynn says that she can’t wait to finish the quilt now….

I really like Lynn’s colorway. It is so different from either of the two Sizzle quilts I made. You can see both of my quilts at The Quilt Show. The pattern is part of your membership for 2019.

Thank you, Lynn, for sharing your quilt!

Wednesday Giveaway

Oops! I forgot to post the winner last Thursday! Wendy Richards won the Gimle zippered notions case with a geometric print exterior, and denim interior. I’ll bet she has it already! It is just the right size at 9″ x 3.75″. A sturdy brass YKK zipper with leather lace tie assures that your goodies stay inside.

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Mysterious Challenge – Applique Block

October 1 is the deadline Susan and I set for me to have the 18″ x 18″ applique block drawn. This is my rough sketch. I was playing with two ideas at the same time. I liked both; Susan preferred the bottom, left iteration. You’ll probably see the other side of this drawing in a quilt at some point in the future.

Here is the link to the finished pattern. It is a PDF file and will print out onto 6 pages that you will need to trim and tape together. I used a ruler to keep the center lines straight.

Susan and I both have finished sewing the blocks we are going to share with each other. Rather than wait until November 1 we are going to go ahead and share them. I’ll post more photos once my design wall is free and I can put them up.

Happy stitching!