Friday, February 22, 2013

Review on FREE eBook: Modern Quilt Patterns

If you ever wanted to explore the world of Modern Quilts you will want to check out this new FREE eBook, Modern Quilt Patterns from McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. 

This eBook gives you three very fun and impressive quilts to make.  As someone who is in the processed of developing her own patterns, I take a special interesting in how directions are written.  I’m very impressed with this eBook and how clearly everything is laid out.  The directions are clear and easy to follow.  I defiantly could take lessons from these people.

The first quilt, called Baubles and Beads by designer Susan Guzman is such a fresh and fun quilt and easy to make.  It takes a square in a square block and adds a modern twist.  This is one I’m going to keep in mind for my granddaughters.

Then there is Rainbow Ribbon by Tricia Camp.  It’s made up of half square triangles in  a setting that makes triangles modern.   This is a quilt I can see using your scraps to make it look more traditional or use more contemporary fabrics for a modern quilt.  This quilt also gives you some great opportunities for design.

I already have plans for this next quilt, called Lemon Squeezy by Sherri Driver.  It’s a fun take on a strip quilt using strips on the diagonal and a quilt as you go technique.  You could whip one of these up for that next baby shower in no time at all.

Now it’s your turn to check out some eBooks and make your next project.  In no time at all you will impress your friends and you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do it.  Check out this FREE eBook here at .  I hope you enjoyed these reviews and will look into these eBooks.  Keep on quilting!  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Check out this FREE eBook!

How many times have you bought a quilt book and found you only make one quilt from the whole book and then wonder why you spent all that money for something you barely used?  Now is the time to discover eBooks!  I was asked to review two new FREE eBooks recently and was rather impressed with how easy these “books” were to use and the wealth of information they contained.

The first is called Build Your Best Log Cabin from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting.  For many who know me my favorite block has always been the Log Cabin block.  I think it has to do with the fact that there is so much you can do with this block and every quilt you make can look so different with just a tweak of the pattern.

In this eBook you will explore three different variations on the log cabin block: the Traditional, the Courthouse Steps and the Chevron block.  I was extremely impressed with how the cutting directions were laid out.  You don’t just get directions for one size block but for several for the traditional log cabin block and also different layout options. 
There are four variations of the Courthouse Steps block.  First, a quilt by Ricky Tims called Bear’s in Bertie’s Log Cabin containing not only this Log Cabin block variation but the Bear Paw block as well. This section also contains a section called Bobbin Work with Trapunto.  The second quilt, by Shon McMain, is more of a contemporary quilt called Woven Log Cabin.  The quilt is just stunning and so easy. The third one is a very traditional look at Courthouse Steps with directions for two variations and five block sizes for each.  The last is a fun quilt called On the Dark Side by designer Lori Christianson, with a more contemporary and simplified version of the Courthouse Step block.  This quilt is beautiful in dark batiks.

The Chevron Log Cabin block is also introduced with five different block sizes and then we get a pattern for a quilt by Marti Mitchell call Linked Chevrons which is a miniature quilt only 19 ½” x 19 ½”.  You would definitely impress your friends with this one!

To top it all off you will get directions for connecting your binding called Lumpless Binding.

You do not want to miss checking out this FREE great eBook from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting at

Check in tomorrow for a review on Modern Quilt Patterns by McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts and how you can get your free copy.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day.  The weather down here in Southern California is gorgeous, but I'm inside doing laundry and packing for Virgina.  I am also catching up on a last minute class sample which I forgot about.  Here is my flower wreath pillow I drumed up for EQ7 (missing the pillow form) that I threw together today.  Bolts in the Bathtub is having a class once a month taught by different teachers on pillows and this is mine for April.  I'm actually pretty in love with it.
Here's a quilt I finished this weekend for my sister-in-law, Jennifer.  This was her belated Christmas present.  To my defence she travels a lot and she was gone for a month.  Then I learned she was leaving this Saturday.  It got there Tuesday.  What a relief!
After years in my unfinished project pile I finally finished five of these conversation heart wall hangings.  It's not straight but my daughters and grand kids loved theirs.  Now I have something to hang for Valentines Day.  Have a great day with your loved one!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Now for the arty side of things!

I had the privilege of taking Judy Coates Perez at Road to California a few weeks ago.  The class used tea bags as paper in which we traced pen and ink prints, used gel medium to attach to fabric then painted them.  We also use stamps, stencils with paint sticks, napkins and other papers, and was not so successful with the Thermal fax screen.  Although it looks like a big mess, I still plan on quilting it.  I loved the class and hope to use these techniques again.  Maybe not all in the same quilt!
I have been traveling a lot so I haven't gotten much done and I will be in Virginia for three weeks.  But I just got my new computer and EQ7 so while I'm gone I will be making virtual quilts. 
So as we are already done with the first month of the new year, I begin my new venture of designing my own quilts to teach.  I met with Don Linn when I was in Redding and was truly inspired.  I have my team of proof readers all set up and my mentors brains picked.  Now it's my turn.  Stay tuned for some new ideas from me!

Baby Quilt catch up

I spent all day yesterday quilting these baby quilts.  This is just a few of the many I'm making this spring for all the babies that are due. The above was done from leftovers from a class I taught.

These were all done with packs of flannel fat quarters I was hoarding.  I never used them.  Maybe because I do not like working with flannels.

Simple but I hope they will be well loved.

Sticks and Stones Challenge

Although the picture didn't come out well this is my piece from our Loose Threads Challenge.  "Sticks and Stone may break your bones but names will never hurt me." This was our phrase we needed to make into a quilt but I don't agree with the saying so as a result I used this phrase.  "A tongue has no bones but is strong enough to break a heart."  I used my embroidery machine to do the words and heart.  I love this piece.

Mariner's Compass Update

 Here are some of my students blocks! (Mariner's Compass class at Thimble Town)
I'm in love with Diane's fabrics.  Cherrywood fabrics and Stonehenge.

Cheryl loves purple.
I forgot to get some pictures of Sarah's and two of my students were missing.
Last class is March 9th.  I'm sure going to miss my students!