October 2012

Houston Bound!


I have been packing and preparing to get up early tomorrow morning to catch a flight to Houston. I have not had the privilege of attending the largest quilt show in the world, so I am super excited about this trip.

I will be taking photos of my favorite quilts and booths (as allowed), so check back next week so I can share the experience with you!

I hope all my quilting friends living on the East Coast have made it through Hurricane Sandy with no injury or damage.

Until next week, when I will have stories and photos of my trip,


“Llama Love” – New Pattern!










A few months ago I ordered these adorable prints from Laurie Wisbrun’s Etsy shop, Scarlet Fig.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/scarletfig. The prints are, from left to right:

“Flapdoodle Hats,” “Peruvian Blankets,” and the adorable “Llook, Llamas!”

These whimsical prints were the inspiration for my new quilt pattern, “Llama Love.”

To help ensure that all of the points line up accurately, I chose to design a pattern that combines rotary cutting and simple paper-piecing. It is very easy paper-piecing. I have done all the measuring for you so you simply cut and sew.

I want to thank my friend, and talented quilter, Jennifer Johnston of Ontario, Canada for testing and proofing the pattern for me. She did a fabulous job! And to make it even more fun, Jen used Laurie’s “Holiday Llamas” print for her quilt.

These little Llamas are sure to make you smile. So click on over and check out Scarlet Fig on Etsy and browse Laurie Wisbrun’s wonderful fabrics! And perhaps get some “Llama Love” for yourself.

Until next time,



EQ Block Base Sew-Along ~ Block 2

This is block 2741 from Electric Quilt’s Block Base software. It is the second block in the Block Base Sew-Along. (You can get more details by going to the EQ blog at www.doyoueq.com).

I am continuing to use a lavender/purple/lime green color scheme. I made some color changes to the original block by making all the star points a solid dark purple which makes them more prominent. The white area in the floral makes the points disappear at the center, so I should have been more careful with the fabric placement.

These are my first two blocks together:


The lower block looks more blue than it is in person. I am still experimenting with photos in Word Press, which behaves very differently than my prior blogger site, so bear with me!

Hope you are having a great week so far,


Why Didn’t I Think of This?

FindMyFabric.com is a brand new fabric/quilting/sewing supply search engine. One of the most exciting features of this site is the ability to upload a photo of any fabric and search for it using image recognition technology. If you need more of a fabric and you can’t remember the name of it, or the manufacturer, just upload the photo and search. Not only will the site give you a list of places to find the fabric, it will also sort the results by price.

The products offered are certainly not limited to fabric. They provide access to patterns and a wide variety of quilting and sewing supplies, too.

The website is currently in Beta testing and the creators are asking for our feedback, so click on over and visit them. This is such a great idea. Why didn’t I think of this?

Until next time,



A Block for Amanda

In the Quilt Around the World Bee, Amanda of Manchester, England asked us to make her a 12″ block using aqua and grey, with a little splash of color (gold in this case).

I chose this block, which is from the Lady’s Art Company and dates back to the 1920’s. The modern quilting fabrics certainly update it.

These are Amanda’s blocks so far:

I love the grey and aqua color combo and the blocks are all so distinctively different. This is sure to be a very pretty quilt!

Until next time,


EQ Block Base Sew-Along – Block 1

The first block in the EQ Block Base Sew-Along is…. #1336. Catchy name, right? I guess if you have a compilation of 4300+ blocks, many of which have several different names, a number is an efficient label.

This is a very easy pinwheel block and went together very quickly. There will be a total of 12 blocks in this project, involving a number of different techniques. I am still considering my color theme for these blocks, but am leaning toward this lavendar/purple/lime green combo. It is a modern look and will update these vintage blocks.

The next block will not be assigned until October 17th, so you still have plenty of time to get the software and start sewing! Click on over to www.electricquilt.com and read the details on their blog page.

Until next time,