Guess who decorated the gingerbread house this year? I usually decorate with my sons, but they’re growing older and not as enthralled about doing crafts with mom as they used to be. So that meant I got to be really compulsive with my colors! Normally I’m totally hands off and let them play and put [...]
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I’m overwhelmed by all the wonderful comments and votes of confidence ya’ll gave me over on Facebook for Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle conference. I’m thrilled to say I won! I’m now on the speaker’s lineup and I’ll be presenting at the conference July 20-23, 2011. I’ve not ever attended Tory’s conference in the past, [...]
I’ve posted an audition video over at Tory Johnson’s Facebook page to speak at her Spark & Hustle conference in Atlanta in July 2011.
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Does it seem like we often over-complicate our lives? Some things just don’t need to be difficult, and in that spirit, I’ve created a fun way to visualize creating your own color palette. This simple chart includes two videos and the basic steps of creating the Renaissance quilt from Color Mastery. Let me know if [...]
A huge thank you to everyone who shared the exciting news about Kay Mackenzie’s new book, Inspired by Tradition: 50 Applique Blocks in 5 Sizes. We kicked off her 10-day blog tour with a huge turnout and quilters all over the globe are discovering that applique doesn’t have to be the [...]
Welcome quilters to Day One of Kay Mackenzie’s blog tour for her newest book, Inspired by Tradition: 50 Applique Blocks in 5 Sizes. If you’re new here, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Maria Peagler, author of the Benjamin Franklin award-winning book Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts. I’m a workshop instructor and [...]
One of my favorite rites of spring is Mother’s Tea at my son’s school: we both look forward to it, but for different reasons. I love seeing my son happy at school and talking with the other students and moms; he loves the brownies, bagels, baklava, and other treats the moms make!
Spring also brings busy [...]
I’m so excited to share another quilting industry first with you: quilting’s first-ever music video. It features the 12 table runners in the Color Mastery Table Runner enhanced e-pattern series. We had a lot of fun putting this together, and a big thank-you goes to my son, who really did the hard work. He produced [...]
What a big finish to 2010 we had with the Quilter’s Favorite Things giveaway! We had so much fun with that contest and we had five lucky winners. This Monday, Jan. 10, I’ll be Pat Sloan’s guest on her Creative Talk Radio show. You won’t want to miss this interview, because I’ll be [...]
Oprah isn’t the only one who likes to gift her favorite things every year! Here’s your chance to watch and win one of my four favorite things for quilters this Christmas. Be sure to watch the video all the way to the end so you know how to enter and win one of [...]
Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Christmas Tree, the December edition of our year-long color-of-the-month enhanced e-pattern series:
A simple red and cream color palette, enhanced with turquoise Christmas ornaments. The basic red and cream allow you to update this classic runner every year with a new set of colored Christmas [...]
Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Blessings Tree, the November edition of our year-long color-of-the-month enhanced e-pattern series:
Every Thanksgiving I long for a way to permanently record our blessings. As often as I teach my children the lesson of gratitude and try to practice it myself, the daily carpool, school, work, [...]
Aaaaahhhhh. It’s so good to be back. It has been so long since I’ve been able to be here and chat with all of you. Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you and saying “Ha! You thought you had a plan? Here’s where you’re going now . . . “ I know [...]
Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Pinecone Wreath, the October edition of our year-long color-of-the-month enhanced e-pattern series:
October’s featured color is violet, a deep hue often seen in fall’s ever-changing outdoor palette. Violet, or purple as I loved to call it, was my very first room color when [...]
Orange is a bit of a conundrum: it harkens fall like no other color, yet quilters have a love/hate relationship with it. More than any other, orange is the most challenging and disliked of all colors when I survey my workshop students. However, those quilters who love orange do so with an unwavering commitment to [...]
Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Autumn Antlers, the September edition of our year-long color-of-the-month enhanced e-pattern series:
September’s featured color is orange, a perennial challenge for most quilters. Orange, more than any other color, pops up as quilters’ least favorite color in my workshops. Well, no more. I show [...]
Thank you for all the wonderful comments about Arbor Lane. The winner is Judith, who guessed it took 5 days for me to cut, piece, and applique this lovely medallion quilt. The whole process of designing, testing, sample making, color palette selection, fabric selection and all that goes into this process took almost one entire [...]
Arbor Lane’s humble beginning started with this lovely rough sketch. Every one of my quilt designs starts with my own hand, pencil, and paper. I spend so much of my day at the computer, I welcome the back-to-basics of sketching and playing in my journal. And that’s exactly what I was doing here: dreaming of [...]
I am thrilled I can finally announce my big news: this beauty is mine. Arbor Lane, JoAnn’s 2010 QuiltBlock of the Month quilt design, is mine. My goal for this quilt was for it not to look like a Block of the Month. I wanted to develop a design that had never been done before. [...]
The latest economic news is a bit glum, especially when you consider we’re about to begin the major quilting season. Fall holds great promise with terrific quilt shows and conferences, cooler weather, new projects, and guilds getting back underway after a summer hiatus. What’s a quilter on a budget to do? Don’t despair – it’s [...]
Since Pantone has declared turquoise the hot color of 2010, blue-green is everywhere. I must admit, blue-green was never one of my favorites, as I’d seen it used badly in southwestern color palettes, but never in a color scheme I enjoyed. So, I took my own advice from Color Mastery and worked with this challenging [...]
Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Petite Pineapples, the August edition of our year-long color-of-the-month enhanced e-pattern series:
August’s featured color is blue-green, the hottest color of 2010. Petite Pineapples combines tradition with trend, juxtaposing 19th century-style hand applique with trendy blue-greens of 2010. This sweet runner uses a clean color palette [...]
We”re doing a virtual studio tour over at the Color-of-the-Month forum, sharing photos of our creative quilting studios, and I thought I would share mine with you. My own studio is the bonus room over my garage, and I share it with my husband, who has his office here too. He often jokes that I [...]
Welcome to the July Color-of-the-Month slideshow, offering tips on using red in your quilt palette. This month’s show features Red in traditional, spare, summertime, and Christmas color palettes! This month I host Buggy Barn, Henry Glass Fabrics, Debbie Grifka, Benita Skinner, and more, sharing fabric designs and gorgeous quilts. [...]