Friday, September 30, 2016

A Dover Show and Share-a-bration!

This is Michelle! 

She brought her half-pint Allietare to show & share during our workshops with the Helping Hands Quilt Guild of Dover, Delaware on Monday!

I had seen photos before, but seeing this up close and in person just took my breath away.

She took all of the units, and cut them down to half-size.  Half square triangles that once finished at 1 1/2’’ were now finishing at a tiny 3/4’’!

I was so happy to see this beauty in person and I asked her if she planned on doing THIS year’s quilt in half-size as well. 

We will have to wait and see what she comes up with!

Just to give you an idea, there were other beautiful Allietare quilts as well, in full size splendor:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Let’s Draw - September Quilty Box!

I’m packed.  I’m antsy.  I’m ready to go!

I have a whole bunch of Razzle Dazzlers ready to join me in Fort Lauderdale, Florida tomorrow for our Quiltville Caribbean Cruise that leaves port for beautiful aqua blue seas on Saturday.

We’ll have 3 full class days at sea, and we’ll have extra evening sew time as well as fun days in our ports of call, Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten.

But before I go, I promised that we would draw for the winner of the September Quilty Box!

Remember what is in here?

A New Spin on Drunkard's Path Blog Tour (and Giveaway!)

Hello, Everyone!
I’m very excited to be taking part in the blog tour [complete with give-away that you won’t want to miss!] for John Kubiniec’s brand new book with C&T publishing -
A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path!
I have known John for a number of years.  We became friends on Facebook through the quilting communities and found we have quite a bit in common!
When Kansas City Star was acquired by C&T Publishing, John and I discovered that our book release dates were happening within the same time frame, and we were able to discuss all the ins out outs, tests, tribulations and excitement [sometimes terror!] of going from one publisher where you kind of knew the routine, and finding yourself in a new ballgame where you really were the new kid on the block and trying to fit in and do everything right and prove yourself with your new publishing house. 
We’ve been each other’s back and bent one another’s ear many times over this process.  I have been a cheerleader for John, and he has been a great listening ear for me as well!
If you have loved and been intrigued by the Drunkard’s Path pattern in the traditional realm, and are ready to kick it up to the next generation, you are going to LOVE John’s book!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A My Blue Heaven Kind of Day!

Sisters that sew together stay together!

I was so happy to meet these lovely ladies yesterday.  It seems they have enough sisters, daughters, cousins, and other women in the family that quilt that they pull together a retreat as often as they can for all of the women to get together and quilt up a storm.

Doesn’t that just sound SO GREAT!? 

I have two younger sisters that are busy with small children and I would love to get them into quilting so that we could do something along the same lines.

When we gather together like this, our hands may be cutting and pinning and stitching and pressing, but what I see with the laughter and the conversations are relationships being formed, strengthened, nurtured and a whole lot of memories being made in the process.

Quilting is the WHOLE package!  Heart, mind, body and soul!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Talkin’ Turkey in Dover, DE!

We had a marvelous day yesterday!

Fall is definitely in the air in Delaware.  [and I didn’t intend for that to rhyme, but whatever, go with it!]

We gathered together with machines and fabric, rulers and cutters, and all that goes with it for a day of sewing the blocks from Talkin’ Turkey, found in my book String Fling.

What a beautiful fellowship hall at the Wyoming Methodist Church in Wyoming, Delaware! Large, clean, bright and airy, and the lighting was fabulous, just made for quilters!

I was very excited to have so many in attendance.  Several guests joined joined us from neighboring states such as Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and from as far away as California, and even one special guest, Petra, who came all the way from Germany as a special birthday bucket list trip.

Monday, September 26, 2016

And What Did Delaware?!

And What Did Delaware?


A New Jersey!

I love the childhood rhymes and plays on words from days gone by that fly through my memory when I cross state lines.

However, it is never fun to realize that there are red and blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror as you fly through Maryland.

OOPS!!  The speed limit went from 65 in DC down to 55 in Maryland and as I was in the far left lane, I never saw the change in speed limit signs on the far right.  I am totally guilty.

I was also heavily involved in listening to Charade by Sandra Brown on my audible.

Officer, I’m guilty!  And I’m so sorry.  And I’m not from here, and not familiar with this road, and I’m just going to Delaware and I’ve been driving for hours and hours…..

I sat patiently in my car while she took my license and registration.  My hands were shaking.  I texted home.  “I’m pulled over!”  “Serves you right!  You drive like you sew.  Pedal to the metal!”

And I got off with a warning.  My lucky day.

The cruise control from then on stayed at 55 even though traffic was now flying by me on either sides at a rapid pace.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

St Peter’s Basilica, Italy!

It was hot. You can tell.

This was Rome in August.

And those Swiss Guards with their funny traditional outfits looking as cool as cucumbers, how do they do it? 

That is if cucumbers came with gold and purple striped pantaloons and tights.

Hour after hour, protecting Vatican City.

The green ear bud? So we can hear our guide more clearly. Best invention ever.

We entered St Peter’s after leaving the Sistine Chapel, and we were brought in the back way, through corridors and passageways, and all of a sudden we were INSIDE.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September Quilty Box Giveaway!

Oh, be still my French General Loving Heart!

I’ve got a fabulous French General filled Quilty Box to give away to one of my lucky faithful readers.

Who wants it?

This box is just full of the yummy fabrics that French General by Kaari Meng is known for.  Deep reds. Glorious golds. Totally Tempting Taupes.  Never-to-be-missed Neutrals, all from the Madame Rose collection and Moda.

What is a Quilty Box?
  • Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box of fun quilting supplies. We offer plans from $44-48/mo.
  • 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions are donated to Quilts for Kids - a non-profit which donates quilts for children in need
  • Each month we have 4 or more products (Fabric, patterns, thread, or notions)
  • Our retail value of the products in the box is always more than $50
  • We will be using the hashtags #QuiltyBox and #GetQuilty
Your support is appreciated. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to contact me.
Get Quilty!
Patrick Claytor, CEO
Quilty Box
Subscribe today at Quiltybox.com

I LOVE the fact that 5% of the profits go to Quilts for Kids!  It’s a win win all the way around!

Let’s look closer at this box:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Digital Daydreaming! And a Sale!

I was going to wait and post this tomorrow morning.

But I’ve been working on it for what seems like forever and I just couldn’t wait.

Especially since so many of you have been asking for these patterns for the past several months and I kept having to put you off due to other irons in the fire.

H is for Happy, P is for Pinwheel aka H’s & Pinwheels is now up in the digital section of the Quiltville Store!