The time has come! Yay! I’m so excited for all of us!  The first block of the “Sew Sweet Simplicity” Blog Hop is now available on Jacquelynne Steve’s – The Art of Home website – www,jacquelynnesteves.com/blog.  If you haven’t already downloaded the material supply list you can still do that.

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Haven’t already signed up?  There’s still time!

Here is my Block #1 – it was so much fun to make!  I almost forgot the poor dragonfly’s antennae before I shot my photo – geesh!  I’m doing hand applique which is my favorite evening TV time hand work.

 

I love my fabric choice which is totally not me.  I’m a folkart, vintage type fabric collector.  But when I saw this line of fabric it really made my eyes light up and I grinned from ear to ear!  It’s called “Dynasty” from Timeless Treasures.  Pretty, eh?

I’ve had my blocks done for a while now, and can’t wait to assemble the whole quilt!  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more photos and drawings!

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Winner!

Martin Morgan!  Winner of the “Sew Sweet Simplicity” gift drawing – please use the Contact Me tab at the top of this front page to leave me your email address.  Congratulations!

Barbara

October 24, 2014

I’ve started really narrowing down my searches on Pinterest for quilting items I’m interested in.  Do you do “Pinterest”?  If not – you may want to consider just getting into it and playing around.  Why?  Well, to be honest, at first I couldn’t figure out what Pinterest was all about and what it would do for me.  I know I should be interested in it more for my business – spreading the word of my blog, getting my patterns out there, and so on.  But I find that there are loads of free quilt patterns available to download on Pinterest.  Also lots of free quilt block ideas, and free quilting stencil designs you can download.

There are a lot of quilting designers that share one or two of their patterns for free so that you’ll peruse their blogs or websites.  It is a LOT of fun checking all the sites out – be warned – you’ll be swept up for hours if you let yourself!  Just play around on Pinterest.  Click on the “PINTEREST” button at the right of this front page to get to my Pinterest page and my different fun categories.  That’ll sure get you started!

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New Notions!

It’s Houston Quilt Market this weekend!  That means there is going to be a lot of new quilting notions, patterns, books, and fabric coming onto the scene over the next couple of months.  I always love seeing what the next newest “must have” notion will be, and what the upcoming pattern fads will be coming down the line.  I discovered these new notions!

The “Ladybug Essentials Sewing Caddy” by Smartneedle is a cool idea!  There is a suction cup on the back to attach it to your sewing machine.  The bug holds your scissors, then up to six sewing bobbins, and the front is pincushion!  Cute!   The three piece scissor set isn’t new, but I think it’d be so cute to have this set all together at your sewing space.  The set is from Madeira and there is a 4″ scissor, tweezer, and a thread cutter.

 

How about a “Wrist Cushion for Wonder Clips”?  What a neat idea!  And the Wonder Clips from Clover come in new colors too.

    

Judy Niemeyer’s newest line of fabric “The Reclaimed West” by Timeless Treasures is due out the middle of November.  It’s beautiful, and subtle, which impresses me.  I’m showing just a couple of the prints here.  I love that the line of fabric isn’t the typical western cowboy and bandana look with bright prints.  There is so much that one can do with these prints.

     

Today I found the line of patterns also called “The Reclaimed West” by Judy Niemeyer with Clothworx.  “Cattails in the Meadow” is a special release.  Below is also “Country Picnic”.  There are nine beautiful patterns in the collection.

 

October BOM

Finally! Right?  Both of October’s Free BOM blocks are now available for download!  Yay!  November will be the finishing instructions.  Again – thank you for your patience! Barb  

JACQUELYNNE STEVES – BLOG HOP!

Hello everyone!  I’ve discovered that I love having the time to put my feet up and focus on some hand applique – which I love doing!  I’m a participating blog shop for Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home “Sew Sweet Simplicity” Blog Hop and am taking my time creating the blocks for her pattern !  The blog hop with its free beautiful quilt pattern doesn’t start until October 27 so there is still plenty of time to join.  Click on the link in the right border of this front page, or click here  http://jacquelynnesteves.com/sewing-quilting/sew-sweet-simplicity-free-block-of-the-month/ to sign up and for more information.

I’m quite tickled over the line of fabric that I chose to create the pattern in.  It’s totally “not me” but once I saw it I fell in love with it!  You’ll just have to wait and see the blocks as I post them!   This is where my hand applique is coming in while I’m relaxing.  You have the option of doing the applique any way you’d like to – or do embroidery instead, or just plain piecing!

I’ve been a quilter for around 23 years!  I owned a quilt shop in our small town for thirteen years where I taught loads of classes, designed the yearly Block of the Month programs, and became fast friends with many of my customers.  I just loved owning a quilt store.  I became ill so now that part of my life is behind me, and when I wondered exactly what I was going to do with myself I discovered that I really enjoyed my quilt pattern making and that is where my heart is now.  I sell my patterns through Craftsy and Etsy.  I really love getting online and perusing my favorite quilt websites and quilt blogs.  A favorite of mine has always been Jacquelynne Steves!  So this blog hop is going to be great fun for me!

And talk about fun!  Who doesn’t like winning giveaways!  There will be lots of giveaways of books, fabric and thread!  AND the first giveaway starts today!  Leave a comment to this post telling me which is your favorite way of doing applique (and why!), and I’ll put your name into a drawing to be held on October 23.   The gift is a surprise from Jacquelynne that retails for over $40!

Hello everyone – I want to thank you for your patience these past couple of weeks.  I’ll mention this only this one time on this blog as I try to keep my personal life seperate from my quilt blog, but some explanation is needed here.

My Stage 4 Colon Cancer has recently recurred.  The surgery to remove the tumor went well last week and I’m now simply relaxing – hoping that healing runs smooth.  I’ll begin radiation in a couple of weeks which will last somewhere around five to seven weeks.  I’ll continue to work on my quilt patterns, hosting my mystery block, and participating in the Sew Sweet Simplicity Blog Hop coming the end of this month.

I plan to be back at working on this blog next week, and will have the Mystery Block of the Month patterns ready.  Enjoy the fall weather!  Barb

Sorry For The Delay…

To all BOM Participants:

This is Mike, Barb’s husband (for those who don’t yet know).  I’d like to appologize for the delay this month with getting the BOM’s posted.  Barb had her surgery on Tuesday, September 30th and I haven’t had the time to finish getting them ready.  She’ll be coming home soon and I should be able to have them done by next weekend.

I was recently asked to post this information about a great source of backing fabric.  If I can’t get what I need locally (always try your local quilt stores first!) then I check out a favorite quilt backing fabric site “Backside Fabrics” – www.backsidefabrics.com.  They have backing fabric available in lots of different price points and colors.  Locate the fabric you want by price, or by color!  Even by style.  If you’re not sure of the brand or actual color you can get a small sample piece of the fabric too.  I’ve been very happy with all of the backing fabric that I’ve purchased from Backside Fabrics.  And shipping prices are very reasonable.

Also – I have a link to the “Fat Quarter Shop” at the right side of this page.  When I need to go hunting for errant fabric pieces, or even whole collections, this is where I hit first.  This online company carries a lot of everything!  Shop by color, design, or designer!  And, they too, have great shipping rates.

My “Go To” shopping list then is:  Connecting Threads, local quilt shops, then Fat Quarter Shop!

BackSide Fabrics