Friday, December 15, 2017

Ready, Set, "Go Fish"

This one just tickled my fancy.....featuring 'one fish two fish'  fabric designed by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics out of Atlanta.  It's a free downloadable quilt pattern designed by Mary Kay Davis.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It's A Challenge.....A Challenge It Is ~

How timely that I've been thinking about quilt challenges the past several days, when The Quilt Show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims opened up Show 2112 for everyone - even non-paying non-members - until Saturday December 16.  Here's the link that has a short life span featuring Queen of the Quilt Challenge, Mel Beach.  

But, just in case you miss the show, Mel Beach confesses to participating in 50 or more quilt challenges in the past 3 or so years.  Quilt challenges start with a specific theme or fabric or a twist on things that has to be accomplished.  Mel admits to enjoying the challenge of being pushed to try new fabrics, new quilt designs, new techniques....anything to get her out of her comfort zone.  Mel says she would never have completed....would on her own, never even have thought of, so many different style quilts without each quilt challenge prompt.  

Some of the challenges are spread out over a year long period, some monthly, but Mel says she even entered some that from start to finish last only one week.  She finds her challenges in many places, beginning with
  • Quilt Magazines:  Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilting Arts, for example.
  • Fabric Companies:  Hoffman Fabric, Riley Blake, , Cherrywood Hand Dyes and American Made Brand, just to name a few.  Michael Miller Fabric teamed up with QuiltCon 2018 and American Patchwork and Quilting for a "Flying Geese" challenge. 
  • On line....of course.  Start by searching for Quilt Challenges 2018 and see what pops out. 
  • Friends:  Mel says that once the word gets out, your friends will bombard you with newly found quilt challenges.
  • And most importantly.....Quilt Guild Challenges. The Modern Quilt Guild, of which several QGA are members, hosts a charity quilt challenge each year. 
  • Stay tuned, there will be more to come on the Quilters' Guild Acadienne quilt challenges. 
Needing a nudge to give yourself a creative push?   Find a challenge....or two.

"I never lose.  I either win or learn."  Nelson Mandela


Monday, December 11, 2017

In The Holiday Spirit ~

I'm a stalker.....a blog stalker that is.  And a favorite creative spot to land is on Alisa Burke. Alisa is an artist, author, teacher, wife and mom who stretches herself to find ways to redefine creativity.  Today she gives to us holiday gift tags......just in the St. Nick of time.

Original holiday gift tags compliments of Alisa Burke
Image Credit from
Alisa Burke who Redefines Creativity

Download, print on cardstock,  trim and tag each gift with an artfully created holiday gift tag.  Thank you, Alisa Burke for your generosity.  My gifts are tagged.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pantone Color of the year ~ 2018

Enthusiastic Pantone color of the year....ultra violet.  A wonderful mixer and blender to be used in moderation by the feint of heart.  The I'm-in-control-get-out-of-my-way-type will go for the gold and use ultra violet with gusto. 

Ultra Violet 2018 pantone color of the year
Image Credit
Talisman London
Ultra Violet.....a mix of blue and red.....loud and individualistic.  A color that allows creativity. 

Image Credit
Getty Image

Have yourself a most delightful weekend. May it be filled with enthusiasm and creativity. 


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2018 Quilting Calendars ~

Okay, here's the scoop:  I'm still a little bit old...urrrah, I mean old-fashioned!  and continue to use a calendar and even write on it to keep track of activities, important events, birthdays, and yes, even guild meeting date and time.

Thinking you might need a refrigerator calendar also, here's a (not) complete list of quilt related calendars to be found out there.

Quilts Wall Calendar by Wyman Publishing  featuring images of thread painted quilts by fibre artist,  Bridget O'Flaherty.

Images of thread painted quilts
by Bridget O'Flaherty

The Art of The Quilt  a  12" x 12" wall calendar by Willow Creek Press:  Quilts by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio....Includes patterns and instructions.

Quilts by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr

365 Day Desk Calendar  by Andrews McMeel Publishing.  A 365 day quilting desk calendar featuring quilting blocks and patterns by Debby Kratovil for your every day pleasure. 

Debby Kratovil's 2018
Block & Pattern-A-Day Calendar

Prayer Quilts by Cafe  Press.  Images of quilts made by Quilters at First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, California. 

 A delightful alternative and a fond reminder that every quilt doesn't have to be completed before pictured and put on a calendar.........Prayer Quilts in Process:


Missouri Star Quilt Company  where there's  a link to blocks and patterns.

That Patchwork Place found on Amazon.  A cheerful wall calendar with a variety of quilt designs to tempt each of us....includes complete instructions and patterns. 

That Patchwork Place
Quilt Art 2018 wall calendar by Klaudeen Hansen.  A spiral bound hand held calendar with 54  week-to-week images and plenty of room for note-taking. 


American Quilters' Society:   2018 wall calendar spotlights winning quilts from the 2017 Spring Paducah Quilt Show.

Go ahead now and get on with your day.  It's on the 2017 calendar which is just about to be obsolete
and ready to recycle.  Just sayin' .


Monday, December 4, 2017

Mini Stocking Socks and Tasty Lagniappe

I've been hankering to take a road trip all the way up to Sisters, Oregon, where I'm told has an outdoor quilt show!! and a beautiful quilt shop with loads and loads of workshops and retreats.    But, in the meantime, there's always the Stitchin' Post newsletter to enjoy. 

Need more Christmas tree ornaments?  How fun are these mini gift socks by Jean Wells - a PDF Pattern.

 What a delight to have several ready when holiday guests arrive....each mini sock stuffed with Jean's recipe for her chocolate crunch brownies or even better....a brownie or two.   These little cuties would also be a great surprise for every child to find their special stocking and little gift tucked inside.   Yes, 'Tis The Season for all things merry and bright with a bundle of fun tucked in. 

And a tasty Lagniappe - Jean's Chocolate Crunch Brownie recipe. 

Jean Well's Chocolate Crunch Brownie recipe
 Jean Well's Chocolate Crunch Brownie recipe


Friday, December 1, 2017

What do you think of in your spare time?

Perhaps it's a waste of good sewing time,  but you are at the movie theater anyway, so may as well enjoy the moment(s).........searching for quilts on the big screen! 

Photo Credit - Houzz
Thanks for sharing your beach houzz  
I wasn't doing any kind of homework for a blog post, but out of curiosity, searched for 'quilts in movies' and lol, found this blog post by Petal Patsy back in 2009, in the garden web forum of all places.  Patsy remembers two movies....The Birdcage and She's Got Mail where quilts were in focus..... but the readers who shared their finds in the comments...oh, my.    Go ahead, go there and read all the comments.  Very enlightening as to how many other folks out there think of the darndest things - like wondering if there really are quilts in movies! 

Have a wonderful weekend, one filled with good movies and quilts. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Happy Accident Love ~

I set out this morning in search of Noodleheads' free cargo duffle pattern and wound up here.......The Robert Kaufman free pattern page.  I'll get back in just a minute to the cargo duffle bag but in the meantime, you're gonna love this:

How quick and easy and wonderful  this 2 X 4 child's quilt for all those plaid shirts we've been collecting since Quilters' Guild Acadienne had the pleasure of having Sue Welton stop in for her beautiful program and workshop.  Just click on the free download and get sorting, cutting and sewing.   Loving that this pattern is for "the enthusiastic novice."  Now that's my kind of quick and easy for a Christmas gift needing to be made.   

But now, back to the original plan.... Noodleheads'  free Cargo Duffle pattern ~

Don't be's a great's just a step one, two, three (and more).  Here are pics of two of the three I've made and gifted.  How fun for that special someone. 

Noodleheads' pattern....cargo duffle bag made by marty
Noodleheads' pattern....cargo duffle bag made by marty


Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber WHAT???

Shopping local is what all good quilters should do and we all do that.....right?  However,  when there are still a few gaps in fabric selections and not quite enough yardage on the home shelf, then let's go shopping:  Internet shopping on Cyber Monday spotlighting quilt kits found at Hawthorne Threads, a little internet shop run by Lindsay and Charlie. 

So many quilt kits, ready for the picking....many of which are on sale this Cyber Monday.

Just a sampling.  For the more contemporary quilt maker "Velanio" by Katrina Rocella: 

"Velanio" a Katrina Rocella quilt design
Katrina Rocella quilt design
found at Hawthorne Threads

and for those in the artistic quilt construction mood:   "Elephant Abstractions" by Violet Craft:

"Elephant Abstractions" quilt pattern by Violet Craft
"Elephant Abstractions" quilt pattern by Violet Craft
found at Hawthorne Threads


Traditional is always a good thing and this quilt kit is a great one....."Briar & Bramble" made available by Amy Gibson and it's on sale! 

Briar and Bramble....quilt pattern by Amy Gibson
"Briar and Bramble"
Amy Gibson quilt pattern
found at Hawthorne Threads
It's Monday ~ Go forth and enjoy!