Category Archives: Quilting


The “I Can’t Believe It’s the Last Day of June” Post

Summer seems to slipping by ever-so-gently.  I’ve enjoyed these days of summer with my family, not doing anything particular, just being together.  So much has happened, I’ll need to catch you up:

  • my birthday gift of  two parakeets.  I named them Boo and Scout, taken from To Kill a Mockingbird
  • we adopted an adorable 7-week-old Lab mix puppy, who we’ve named Shadow
  • sewing camp every Friday with five little girls; this Friday we’re sewing American Girl doll clothes
  • sewing beach backpacks for our upcoming trip to the beach.  These were a project for sewing camp and I liked them so much I’m making them for my family.
  • enjoying lazy days on our screened porch, reading, all of us.  I finished People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, and now I’m onto The Surrendered.  Not an easy read, but something compels me to finish.

What are you filling your glorious summer days with?  You will share, won’t you?

How Much Does Beauty Cost?

I guess that’s an unanswerable question, isn’t it?  How can you put a price on what each of us deems beautiful?

Since we’re quilters, our stash is a beautiful thing, one we would loathe to put a price on.  Those quilts are works of love going to cherished family members, people in need, and our own tables.  But the supplies do cost, don’t they?

They may be far less expensive than you think, and here’s why:  by making a few small changes, you can afford far more beauty in your quilting supplies than you ever thought possible.  I know, because I’ve done it.

My husband and I both started small businesses years ago, and we lived on our savings for four years.  Yes, that’s right.  Four entire years.  We weren’t independently wealthy; we simply were people who saved on a consistent basis, watched what we spent, and were able to benefit later when we wanted to develop our own businesses.

During that time, I still bought fabric, thread, batting, notions, and books.  All of it.  But I did so on a budget.  So, if you think beautiful quilts are out of reach because times are tough, think again.  I’ll show you how you can do it.

My latest book, The Frugal Fabriholic, gives you a 12-step plan for saving more cash for your quilting stash.  You can get all the details on the website here, and I’ll be posting a few tidbits and sketches on how I saved my family $13,000 last year and was able to use a portion of that for my quilting supplies.

Here’s a sketch from my journal that gives an example.  Symphony on the Green is an event we enjoy each year, and it’s free.  I also cooked a picnic dinner, instead of having it catered.  I saved enough from that one night to splurge on some lovely fabric supplies.

It’s Official

Now that it’s official, I can announce Color Mastery is a Benjamin Franklin award winner for Best Craft Book of 2009.  The Independent Book Publishers Association developed the awards to honor excellence in book publishing by independent presses.  David and I flew to NYC, attended the awards, and celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in Little Italy.

Before the ceremony, I corresponded with all three nominees for the Craft category, and guess what?  All three were independent publishers of quilting books!  Crafts is a huge category, with winners in previous years covering weddings, beading, sewing, crafting businesses, and other crafty mediums; for all three to be quilting books is a tremendous coup for indie quilt book publishers.  David and I sat together with Linda Teufel of Dragon Threads, and we had a delightful time.  It was inspiring to be around so many talented, creative, and innovative publishers.  The third nominee, Gyleen Fitzgeral of Fitzgerald Publishing Inc, couldn’t be there, but she sent me a copy of her book and it’s gorgeous.  You really must get it.

David and I did all the sites we could in NYC in two days, considering I was attending Publishing University during the day.  I learned all kinds of wonderful strategies for delivering amazing content to you, the quilting consumer, in innovative and exciting ways.  I’ll be talking more about that in the weeks to come.

Times Square at night was electric, very safe, and totally fun.  Of course, I wanted my photo taken under the Liberty of London ad for Target.  Fabric really is everywhere.

David and I had our anniversary dinner at Lunella’s in Little Italy, a charming and authentic section of the city.  Interestingly, you walk through Chinatown to get to Little Italy.  Vendors were practically dragging me into their shops to see their knockoff handbags.  I had to chuckle and graciously say no thank you.  I make my own, you see.

And no trip is complete without a visit to a museum offering quilts.  We visited the New York Folk Art museum, and it did not disappoint.  It had wonderful quilts, embroidery samplers, and a Howard Finster sculpture I had never seen before.  Here is my favorite quilt, full of proverbs and made by a 79-year-old woman in 1848:

Here are the three winners in the Crafts category:  I highly recommend them all, and your quilting library is sorely lacking without them.  Congratulations to us all!

Fiberart Montage by Judith Baker Montano, DragonThreads (Gold award)

Color Mastery:  10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts , Willow Ridge Press (Silver Award)

Quilts:  Unfinished Stories with New Endings, FPI Publishing (Silver Award)

And for some light reading, here is the background on the Benjamin Franklin Awards:

Titles that enter the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ are judged for their overall editorial and design excellence. The judging pool is developed from industry professionals: acquisition librarians; bookstore buyers; wholesalers and distributors; reviewers; editors; designers and artists. Each category has three judges who judge independently of one another and return the judging forms to the IBPA office for tabulation. That is a total of 150 judges over 50 categories. Three finalists are announced in each category (out of the three, one is chosen as the winner based on highest total points received, and the remaining two are the silver award winners for that category).

The concept of expanding the awards to include individual titles was developed both to honor the best in the trade and to assist the independent publisher in becoming better at his/her chosen profession. Based on this philosophy, the judging forms are returned to the participants in the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ after the winners are announced, so that they can determine where their specific title is excelling and where it can use a little help. The judges are also encouraged to make comments on the forms to assist the publisher in further developing his/her line of titles.  This is the only award that allows participants to obtain comments on how to become better at the art and craft of book publishing and is the main reason why the Benjamin Franklin Award™ has become one of the outstanding awards in the field of publishing.
Today, the Benjamin Franklin Award™ is given in a variety of specific genres, as well as recognizing specific design and/or marketing excellence. These awards are open to all publishers. The 2010 Awards experienced more than 1,300 entries.

Blue: June’s Color-of-the-Month

Welcome to the June Color-of-the-Month slideshow, offering tips on using blue in your quilt palette.  Blue is a perennial favorite with quilters, and this month’s slideshow shows you how to take blue to an entirely new level!   This month I host Marcus Fabrics, Yolanda Fundora, Barbara Campbell, and Edyta Sitar, sharing fabric designs and gorgeous quilts.  Get inspired to create a fabulous quilting project and remember to support the participants of each month’s show! (If the text is too tiny in the presentation, click on the Fullscreen link to view it Full Screen.)

5 Fresh Ways to Use Blue in a Quilter’s Color Palette

Stars & Stripes Table Runner

Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Stars & Stripes, the June pattern update to our year-long color-of-the-month series.

June’s featured color is blue, a perennial favorite with quilters of all styles.  Stars & Stripes shows you how to coordinate different blues while avoiding an over-matched appearance.  Discover how to coordinate varying color intensities, from dark and deep to bright and light, and make them sing together in a beautiful harmony.  You’ll also learn the secrets of why the traditional red, white, and blue color palette works, and what you can do to make it your own.  Subscribers to the enhanced e-pattern series get exclusive access to a video tutorial on how to apply the rick-rack that you can follow along with as you apply your own, especially around those tricky corners.

Stars & Stripes Pattern Update:  $9.95 (free to pattern series subscribers – keep reading!) Add to Cart

If you can’t get to the quilt shop to select your own fabrics, no worries.  I’m offering a Stars & Stripes kit as well.  It’s best to choose your own fabrics for your color palettes, but we all have those times when life gets too busy and we just can’t get to it.  I’d rather you be able to do the lesson with a kit than not at all.

Stars & Stripes Kit: $21.95 Add to Cart

Learn by Doing

In addition to learning the latest color techniques, you learn how to create harmony among the three blocks which are different and unique:  the Mock Eight-Pointed Star block gives you the set-in look without the set-in seams, while the original Rick-Rack Old Glory block provides unity, harmony, and contrast.

Learn New Techniques

Jumbo red rick-rack provides a whimsical finish to Stars & Stripes, and I show you how to apply the rick-rack so that the corners turn with ease and the start/finish point is invisible.

Forget quilt as desired!  I’ve included quilting designs, the very ones I used in my own project, that make Stars & Stripes really shine. The quilting is the finishing touch that unifies all the design elements in the runner, and it’s super easy.  No free-motion needed!

To order the Color Mastery Table Runners enhanced e-pattern. click here: I Want to Master Color

Sunflower Summer Table Runner

Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Sunflower Summer, the May pattern update to our year-long color-of-the-month series.

May’s featured color is yellow, which so many quilters find to be challenging and avoid using.  No more!  Sunflower Summer shows you how to make yellow play well with others, giving yellow a chance to mingle and be social with its friends from around the color wheel without overwhelming the quilt and giving it that “oh no!” look.  Yellow can be overwhelming in any project, and Sunflower Summer reveals how you can coordinate yellow in any quilting project.

Sunflower Summer Pattern Update:  $5.95 (free to subscribers – keep reading!) Add to Cart

If you can’t get to the quilt shop to select your own fabrics, no worries.  I’m offering a Sunflower kit as well.  It’s best to choose your own fabrics for your color palettes, but we all have those times when life gets too busy and we just can’t get to it.  I’d rather you be able to do the lesson with a kit than not at all.

Sunflower Summer Kit: $21.95 Add to Cart

Learn by Doing

Yellow is the brightest color in any quilt shop, and using it in your quilt’s color palette takes special care and handling.  Without savvy color skills, your quilt can have an off look, even if you use limited amounts of yellow.  I show you the why behind yellow’s glare and how to avoid yellow overload.

Learn New Techniques

May’s Sunflower Summer pattern uses a modified Dresden Plate block, and you’ll learn how to make perfect points without having to turn them under using hand applique.  All of the sunflower petals are done on the sewing machine!  I also demonstrate how different backgrounds can make a color completely disappear or look too strong, and how you know when your colors have achieve a wonderful harmony.

Forget quilt as desired!  I’ve included quilting designs, the very ones I used in my own project, that make Sunflower Summer really shine.  I created wonderful textures throughout the quilt, and you can too!

To order the Color Mastery Table Runners enhanced e-pattern. click here: I Want to Master Color

Don’t Blink – It’s a Whirlwind!

What a week we’ll be having:  Judith won last week’s Color Mastery Goes Viral contest, I’ve announced a new social media scavenger hunt contest this week over at Color Mastery (the quilting industry’s first ever!), and tomorrow debuts the May color-of-the-month!  Wow – I think I need to sit down and prop up my feet.  Oh, excuse me, that was yesterday.  I hope moms all across the globe had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I spent the entire day with my family and relished every moment.

Okay, enough reminiscing:  onto the fun!

Let the Games Begin

I did promise prizes didn’t I?  Contests too.  I deliver on my word:  Over at my Color Mastery blog I announced the first of four weekly contests I’ll be holding to celebrate Color Mastery being a Best Craft Book of 2009 Finalist.  What’s up for grabs?  That gorgeous Wildflower jelly roll, a Love Apple table runner kit, and a set of my watercolor note cards.  Just for spreading the good news about Color Mastery.  Details are over at my Color Mastery blog, but here’s a secret:  I make winning this completely easy.  You won’t believe how simple this contest is, so get on over there and get started!

P.S.  The Color-of-the-Month show will be here next Tuesday, featuring my May project, which just happens to be peeking out from all the goodies that are begging to be yours.  I’m delaying the slideshow and pattern for one week due to all the festivities.

Secrets of Accurate Half-Square Triangles

The Spring Tulips table runner uses a lot of half-square triangles (HSTs) in the pieced tulips blocks.  In fact, every table runner I’ve designed so far uses them.  For much of my early years as a quilter, cutting and piecing accurate HSTs was a mystery to me.  I followed all of the instructions, tried the triangle paper, triangles on a roll, and just didn’t find a way that suited me.  I even did Debbie Caffrey’s method of cutting bias strips, seaming them, and then cutting the HSTs.  It was accurate, but a headache too.

I needed something simpler.  I like simplicity:  clean, accurate, easy, no weird tools, just the basics on how to do it right.  I finally figured out the secrets of accurate HSTs, and now I’m sharing them with you in this checklist.  I’ve become a huge fan of checklists after reading Atul Gawande’s book The Checklist Manifesto.  It’s a fascinating look at how pilots, surgeons, architects, and other creative and technical people nail down a procedure so there are no mistakes.  So here’s my gift to you:  a HST Checklist for getting them right.  Every. Time.

To view this full-size and print it out, click here for the link.  I suggest putting it next to your sewing machine or cutting table:  someplace visible so you don’t miss it!

Green: April’s Color-of-the-Month

Welcome to the April Color-of-the-Month slideshow, offering tips on using green in your quilt palette and featuring stunning color palettes that celebrate spring.  This month I host Susan Branch, Jan Patek, Franchelle Contreras, and Pat Sloan, sharing fabric designs and gorgeous quilts.  Get inspired to create a fabulous spring project and remember to support the participants of each month’s show! (If the text is too tiny in the presentation, click on the Full icon at the bottom to view it Full Screen.)

Stay tuned until the final slide to see an announcement from me:  be the first to get the scoop, because I’m sharing the word here first!

Spring Tulips Table Runner

Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Spring Tulips, the April pattern update to our year-long color-of-the-month series.

I’m celebrating spring’s arrival with a picnic on the new Spring Tulips table runner.  I’m so excited to see spring’s explosion of color after such a harsh winter that was spare in its color landscape.  My favorite part of spring is the warmer weather and stunning colors that absolutely beckon me to to the outdoors.  That’s where I notice the green everywhere in in nature:  in grass, flowers, shrubs, and perennials and annuals that beg to be planted.

Spring Tulips Pattern Update:  $5.95 (free to subscribers – keep reading!) Add to Cart

If you can’t get to the quilt shop to select your own fabrics, no worries.  I’m offering a Spring Tulips kit as well.  It’s best to choose your own fabrics for your color palettes, but we all have those times when life gets too busy and we just can’t get to it.  I’d rather you be able to do the lesson with a kit than not at all.

Spring Tulips Kit: $21.95 Add to Cart

Learn by Doing

April’s featured color is green, nature’s neutral, and one of the most abundant colors in the quilt shops.

Spring Tulips’ color palette of green, blue-green, and blue, uses similar colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, meaning they blend well.  Because they are so similar, you use value and intensity to create contrast in the tulip designs.

Learn New Techniques

April’s Spring Tulips pattern uses my original Hawaiian Tulips applique design, and you’ll learn how to cut the design from paper before you touch your fabrics.  I also show you how to play with greens in your color journal to achieve just the right balance of color harmony (look for an upcoming color journal article in Quilter’s Newsletter).

Forget quilt as desired!  I’ve included quilting designs, the very ones I used in my own project, that make Spring Tulips really shine.  Color-of-the-Month subscribers also get exclusive access to several new videos on how to do freemotion quilting.  It’s a terrific bonus:  learn about color and machine quilting techniques!

To order the Color Mastery Table Runners enhanced e-pattern. click here: I Want to Master Color

The Winner of the Kennesaw Mountain Kit is . . .

Maeve Binder!  Congratulations!  A kit of Kennesaw Mountain’s reproduction fabrics are on their way to your mailbox.  Thank you to everyone who forwarded my newsletter on to their friends, guild newsletter editors, program chairpersons, Pres. Obama’s press secretary, Geronimo Stilton,  Matt Lauer, and ooops!  Found myself getting carried away.

If you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter, you can click on the tab at the top of my blog and start getting my latest news every month.  I always include a delicious recipe, so you can feast on color in your studio and at your table.  Wow, that fits table runners, doesn’t?  Something from your quilting studio for your kitchen or dining room.  Serendipity.

What’ll Ya Have?

A newsletter, please.  March issue, with the recipe for Varsity chili dogs on the side.  That’s right – my March newsletter is out and I’m including all kinds of exciting news, another giveaway, and my own recipe for Varsity-style chili dogs.  Did you know the actual recipe for Varsity Chili dogs chili actually appeared in Gourmet magazine several years back?  Food writers Jane and Michael Stern, authors of RoadFood, profiled the Varsity and their chili dogs.  Living in Georgia for almost 40 years (!!!) I grew up eating Varsity hot dogs, attending Braves baseball games, and loving every minute of it.  You can see a photo here of a sketch I did of the Varsity’s famous sign from a family outing with my husband and kids to the Varsity and a Braves game.

So order up a chili dog, onion rings, an FO (Frosty Orange for those who haven’t experienced the Varsity), and enjoy my latest newsletter.  You can sign up here to get them delivered automatically to your email Inbox, almost as good as the car hops who still come out to your car at the Varsity!  You can see previous issues here in the archives.

Lucky Winner of Dolls & Dresses to Applique is . . . .

Sherry Hogan!  Congratulations Sherry on winning Kay’s precious book, Dolls & Dresses to Applique.  I’m also excited to announce Kay Mackenzie will be my special guest on the Color-of-the-Month forum in April, so if you haven’t joined as a subscriber, now is the time.  Kay will be sharing her applique wisdom and answering questions during our live chat.  You can subscribe to the pattern series here.

Girls’ Day Applique!

My buddy and applique guru Kay Mackenzie (Easy Appliqué Blocks)  has a brand new book out called Dolls & Dress to Appliqué and it’s just perfect for the mom, grandmom, or woman wanting to play with fabric paper dolls!  Here’s my exclusive interview with Kay about her newest offering:

Q: What was your inspiration for Dolls & Dresses to Applique?

A: The original idea was ‘Paper Dolls to Appliqué.’ But when I drew them with their hands and feet out into the seam allowances so that they would connect up when the blocks were sewn together, I was not a fan of the look, so it became just Dolls. Then, I had so much fun thinking about the fabrics for the dresses, it evolved into Dolls & Dresses to Appliqué.

Q: What fabrics do you recommend for the doll faces?  For their dresses?  What should we look for?

A: I ordered the Complexion Medley from Keepsake Quilting, but I think it’s discontinued now. You can use any solid or near-solid that looks like skin-tone to you. Or hey, maybe you can find freckle fabric! For the dresses, whatever looks good to you and represents the flavor you’re going for! One thing to think about is scale.

Q: What advice do you have for quilters who are still a bit intimidated by appliqué?

A: I would say, find your method. There are a gazillion ways to appliqué and they’re all good. Some prefer to work by hand, others like machine sewing. Some want a prepared edge, others have no issue with turning the edge as they go. Some are glue or starch gals, some like freezer paper templates, I could go on and on. Just find the method that works for you and gives you satisfaction in your results. Don’t think you have to do it a certain way. There’s lots of information about appliqué, all kinds, on my blog All About Appliqué. There are photo tutorials and links to other sites that have tutorials too. Just investigate the Categories and enjoy!

Q: What was the most fun part of developing this project?

A: Choosing the dress fabrics and the embellishments. I used the embellishments with restraint but I have a tub full of ribbons and beads and buttons and flowers and lace and rosettes and bows… it was so much fun rummaging through that stash to fund just the right touch! Including a little dog that is a 3-dimensional scrapbooking sticker.

Q: Did you ever do paper dolls as a young girl?

A: That’s funny. Not so much! I ran around the neighborhood in dungarees, went fishing, and rode the horse for miles through the countryside. I did a blog post about the dichotomy of the tub o’ doodads and my tomboy childhood.  Now I love floral fabrics and the shabby chic look.

Q: I just created some paper dolls with the kids in the Sunday School class I teach.  One little girl wanted to do paper dogs, and asked me to draw them:  that was a challenge!

A: Now that’s a cool little girl. I’m a total dog person.

Q: Have you thought of combining your teapots (in Kay’s books Teapots to Appliqué and Teapots 2 to Appliqué) and your dolls for the ultimate little girl tea party quilt?

A:  What a great idea! Synergy! A friend of mine, Kim Jamieson-Hirst, already combined one of the dolls with a dog design from my book Easy Appliqué Blocks into a Wizard of Oz project. I love it!

Thanks Kay for stopping by and chatting about such a fun appliqué book that’s bursting with possibilities!  You can win your own copy of Dolls & Dresses to Applique!  Just leave a comment here and I’ll choose the winner on Friday.  Good luck!

Kennesaw Mountain Table Runner

Creative Quilters, I’d like to introduce you to Kennesaw Mountain, the March pattern update to our year-long color-of-the-month series.

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War in 2011, this table runner gets its name from a battlefield near my home in north Georgia. The red-violet, mustard-yellow, and yellow-green reproduction fabrics give an historical feel to blocks that look like they’d be right at home in Civil War times. I’m not a quilt history expert; rather, I’m inspired by that period of history to create a project that commemorates our history in a muted, dull color palette.

Kennesaw Mountain Pattern Update:  $5.95 (free to subscribers – keep reading!) Add to Cart

If you can’t get to the quilt shop to select your own fabrics, no worries.  I’m offering a Kennesaw Mountain kit as well.  It’s best to choose your own fabrics for your color palettes, but we all have those times when life gets too busy and we just can’t get to it.  I’d rather you be able to do the lesson with a kit than not at all.

Kennesaw Mountain Kit:  $21.95 Add to Cart

Learn by Doing

March’s featured color is red-violet, and while most people think of fuschia, magenta, and raspberry, I chose a more elegant and historical palette.

The key to contributing a mood to a quilt is by orchestrating the intensity, or how bright, the colors are.  A child’s quilt relies on high-intensity, bright fabrics to convey an energetic, playful mood; reproduction quilts rely on duller, muted intensity fabrics to create an aged, historical feel.

Learn New Techniques

You’ll learn how to identify the dull fabrics in your stash by making your own intensity wheel, and selecting just the right fabrics for Kennesaw Mountain.

Forget quilt as desired!  I’ve included quilting designs, the very ones I used in my own project, based on simple quilting women of Civil War times would have included in their own quilt.  Color-0f-the-Month subscribers are also enjoying our weekly chats and videos, and are looking forward to a new video on how to do freemotion quilting next month.

To order the Color Mastery Table Runners enhanced e-pattern. click here: I Want to Master Color

One More Peek at Pink

February is almost over, and I’ll miss our look at everything pink this month.  Being the only woman in a household of boys and men, it was delightful to play with pink fabrics, thread, pomegranates, baskets, and paints.  I don’t want to say adieu, but March calls.

A couple more peeks at pink.  I’ve shared this quilt before but wanted to do so again, as I don’t make many pink projects.  This quilt was for a baby adopted by friends, and I had so much fun basking in toiles, paisleys, and pastels.  It truly was a joy to make.

Here’s one of several blocks I made to makeover a Log Cabin quilt that was my very first.  You can see both here in my Extreme Makeover Quilt Edition video:

Goodbye pink!  We had so much fun together.  I look forward to the lessons and joys ahead in this creative journey called Color-of-the-Month.

Kits Are Here! Kits Are Here!

I’m thrilled to announce I’m offering kits to go along with each monthly table runner in the Color of the Month series.  The Winter Bird and Love Apple kits are available in the online store, and they contain the same fabrics I used in my own quilt, with a few substitutions.  No worries, though, as you’ll love the other fabrics as much or even more than the ones I used.  I had so much fun putting together these fabrics and kits.

What I love about these kits is they allow you to play with color and value and still achieve great results in your project – just without the cutting.  In a perfect world, we would all choose our own fabrics, cut them, and piece our own table runner.  Then life happens.  Work gets crazy.  The kids get sick.  Church commitments call.  Before you know it, the month is gone and you’ve haven’t been able to get to any piecing or quilting.  Think of these as a back-up plan or a sweet treat for yourself.

And the winner is . . . Sandra!

Congratulations to Sandra Davidson for winning the exceedingly tall FQ bundle from Robert Kaufman!  Over 20(!) FQs will be arriving in your mailbox soon as a thank you for subscribing to my blog.  Isn’t a big bundle of pink fabrics a lovely surprise to find in your mailbox during February’s cold days?  We missed the huge snow storm but are forecasted to get sleet tonight.  Winter in the mountains is an adventure!

Thank you for all the lovely comments and for sharing your pink quilts.  Roolen shared a link to her lovely pink, as did Kristen showing her art quilt group’s challenge of using pink.  Need even more pink?  Keep scrolling!

My pink doll quilt, made just because I needed a feminine touch in my home:

Chocolate Covered Cherries from Color Mastery:

I’ve made some design changes here at the Quilts & Creativity blog, and you’ll see a few more over the coming weeks.  The most exciting of which is I’ll be offering kits for the new Color of the Month pattern series in my online store.  Oh, did I mention I now have an online store?  Yep, pretty excited about it too!  Look for the kits next week.

My email newsletter will be going out soon as well, so if you haven’t signed up yet, you can get your hands on the newest issue by clicking on the Email Newsletter tab at the top right of the screen.  Coming to you will be a color tip, quilts, my schedule, and a great recipe!

150 is Here!

You did it!  150 subscribers to the Quilts & Creativity blog.  I’m so proud that my corner of creativity is reaching so many around the world.  Thanks for the blog love and I’m giving everyone the weekend to subscribe and enter the drawing for the big FQ bundle.  If you’ve never subscribed to blog before, it’s super easy.  You can either:

  • read your favorite blogs (including mine) in a blog reader from Google, Bloglines, or Yahoo
  • receive my blog posts in your email Inbox

Either way, you sign up over in the sidebar to the right where it says “Don’t miss out – Subscribe to My Blog”

I’ll announce the winner of the Robert Kaufman fabric bundle on Monday, so you have a few more days to subscribe.  Don’t miss out – subscribe!

If you’d like to know more about reading blogs in a reader, here’s a great video that explains it in plain English:

Pink: February’s Color-of-the-Month

In the month of hearts, roses, and valentines, pink is a natural for February. Being the only woman in my home, I enjoy touches of pink here and there, so I had a blast putting together this month’s show. Nine terrific designers and fabric companies offer their tips for using pink in a palette, and don’t miss how you can win a ginormous fabric bundle valued at over $60!  (If the text is too tiny in the presentation, click on the Full icon at the bottom to view it Full Screen.)

This is my 250th blog post and I’m celebrating with a big giveaway! I’m giving away this stunning Robert Kaufman pink fat quarter bundle when my blog reaches 150 subscribers.  So, if you haven’t subscribed already, do it now by clicking on the Subscribe buttons in the “Don’t Miss Out – Subscribe to My Blog” section of my sidebar.  When I reach 150, I’ll be giving this away to one lucky subscriber.  Ready?  Subscribe!

Love Apple Table Runner

Creative Quilters, I’d like you to meet Love Apple, the February update to my new Color-of-the-Month pattern series:

Learn by Doing

This month’s color lesson is all about value, and you’ll learn how to work within a single color palette and still get enough lights, mediums, and darks to make your baskets and pomegranates stand out.  Then take this lesson and apply it to every other quilt you make!

Learn New Techniques

This month’s update even includes quilting designs!  I listened to my loyal subscribers and they wanted suggested quilting designs, so I offer two different free-motion quilting designs in the pattern.  And I show you, step-by-step, how to make accurate half-square triangles that keep their points without getting cut off.  I also have step-by-step photos on how to precisely place the appliques so there’s no question where they go. Each month will showcase different techniques so you can become a more versatile quilter.

To order the Color Mastery Table Runners enhanced e-pattern. click here: I Want to Master Color

All Dressed Up . . . .

The cupcakes were baked, decorated, and ready to be nibbled on in a ladylike manner.  My studio was sparkling, ready for the Mom & Me Quilter’s Tea guests to take a tour.  Their parents won the experience at a silent auction for my son’s school.  Books autographed, check.  Camera, check.  All done a day before.

My elder son and husband were away at a Boy Scout caving trip, so it was just me and my younger son.  Who came to me in the middle of the night saying, “Mom, I don’t feel so good.”  Poor guy.  He was up all night with a stomach bug.

Tea postponed, check.  After all, fiddle-dee-dee, tomorrow is another day.

Like the frosting on those cupcakes?  Then you won’t want to miss February’s Color-of-the-Month show.  It’s the first Tuesday in February, only 7 days away!

January Newsletter

The January issue of my newsletter is out and it’s filled with promise for the new year. While some resolutions are drudgery (losing weight and going to bed earlier), I personally like to cloak mine with fun opportunities. Like exploring a new aspect of my creativity. My latest newsletter helps me and you do that by filling you in on:

  • New Color-of-the-Month feature offering innovative tips on color from the industry’s top quilters and designers
  • My latest teaching schedule. If you’re in Georgia, you’re in luck! If not, forward my newsletter to your program chairperson
  • A fabric bundle giveaway
  • Chicken Cutlet in Mustard Sauce recipe

Haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet?  Click on the Email Newsletter tab at the top of the screen, and soon they’ll be coming to your Inbox automatically.  And I don’t do anything with your information but use it for my newsletter, of course.

Top Ten Habits Revealed

Look what the post man delivered today to my mailbox!  My Top Ten Habits article is on the cover of the Feb/Mar Quilter’s Newsletter magazine above the masthead.  Woo-hoo.  I’m thrilled, proud, and humbled all at the same time.  My husband and I are going out to dinner tonight to celebrate.  In the meantime, I’m working on a project and not getting nearly enough done.  I know you’ve had those days, so gotta go!

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