Sunday, November 6, 2011

Quiltmaker's 100 Block Issue & Free Giveaway!

Click on Sephora Block to see 4 together to make a quilt

Quiltmaker Block # 345

Today begins the Quiltmaker's 100 Block Blog Tour, November 7 - 11. There will be free copies of Volume 4 and other goodies given away when you follow the blog tour and participate at each stop. Click on the purple button (above left) to continue the tour.  These issues provide an endless source for inspiration whatever quilt design you'd like to make. I keep my issues handy in my studio making inspiration a page turn away!

What did I think when asked to design a block for Quiltmaker's 100 Block Issues Volumes 2, 3 & now 4? Of course I would and was honored to say the least!  I love the design process and ideas are always popping into my head. Better get them down I think and then I wonder when I=ll ever have enough time to make them all. Believing that all good things take time, I personally love the involved details of an intricate quilt. I’m in heaven when working on a labor intensive quilt design; but there=s also a need to provide designs for the quilter with limited time. Being a hand work and needle turn devotee, I don=t travel down the Afusing@ road often, but I decided that would be the path I would take for this latest block. Being fascinated with pottery and it=s many shapes, colors and textures, I drew the Sephora Block. I was so inspired that I drew several other vases, but I only needed one block so better get started on it! I set out to fuse and found there was no fear of failure, no frightening fiascos, no funky faux pas, no fusing folly, just fantastic fabulous fanciful fusing freedom! What just happened to me?.....It was so easy – I simply cut out the vase and it’s decorative elements, positioned, fused them in place and then stitch around all - voila` a beautiful and easy block. This block can be used as a pillow or combined with other Sephora Blocks for a beautiful quilt.

I was inspired to use a black and white base palette which would allow me to float in any color I wanted. The fabrics that inspired me are the upper left pictured below. In this block, some elements can be left out to vary the design, or leave them all out and let the fabric do the work. Many fabrics, especially batiks,  look like glazed pottery. Blue and white fabric can mimic blue willow or delft pottery. Look at the blue fabric below, doesn’t it look like glazed pottery? The crackle finish fabric by Paula Nadelstern would give the look of an ancient vase. Look at the gold hombre fabric that blends beautifully from light to dark, which would be perfect for Majolica vases line the ones pictured below. Look at the background colors….gold, blue, red…what inspiration. Combine those rich colors with complementary colors and you'll portray the look of  pottery from Tuscany!

Most importantly my advice is to play, imagine, create....remember, you=re the potter!   

**FREE GIVEAWAY** – 3 copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue, Volume 4 will be given away. Winners will be randomly chosen to keep things fair! Send an email to with “Sephora Block” in the subject line for a chance to win. You’ll receive an email from me this week, if chosen.  Also, send an email with the word "Reflections" in the subject line and I'll be choosing a winner for that pattern also. Visit my web site,  for a picture of reflections listed on the "Patterns" page.  Good Luck! 
I'll be announcing the winners Friday, November 11.
The winners have been chosen!
 Magazine copies to: Teresa Raleigh, Karyn Ashley-Smith & Debbie St. Germain.
The winner of the Reflections pattern is Rita Goshorn.
Thank you all for participating in Quiltmaker's 100 Block Blog Tour!

my inspiration - Jinny Beyer and Paula Nadelstern fabrics!
Blue Batik

Paula Nadelstern's crackle fabric

Majolica vases

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Quiltmaker's 100 Block Issue

I had been asked to design a block for Quiltmaker's 100 Block issue, Volume 2. Of course I said yes, what an honor and opportunity for creativity! I desigend a block that I named "Tapestry" because when put together with the sashing strips I designed to go with the block, the colors are interwoven so it resembles a tapestry. I used Jinny Beyers Porcelana fabrics, which I love, especially the border fabrics which provide lots of interesting placement for the triangles within the block. I was also asked to contribute blocks for Volumes 3 and 4. Volume 3 will feature my "Blossom" block which uses a fun and easy way to make dimensional flower petals. I'm still toying with lots of ideas for Volume 4. I'm trying to choose between an applique block, or a block called "Picadilly Square" which would use "mod" colors from the 60's! There's also an intersting vase block that I've drawn. It would use an interesting plus/minus fusible technique which would infuse the vase with lots of color and design using just 3 fabrics and a background fab. Well, we'll see what happens with that block. I'll have to stop drawing and make one! Here's a link with more information about the issue.

In the meantime, "Mia's Secret Garden" will be published in the April 2011 issue of McCall's Quilting. I'm almost finished with my new quilt design, "Reflections", which will be published soon too. My inspiration for this quilt came from the idea that it would be nice to look at many words that are nice to reflect on. There are, I think, 17 of these words like honor, wisdom, truth, love, etc. which are embroidered on fabric "tiles". The center panel features a great oriental tree applique with such character giving the quilt a whole zen-like quality. Can you tell I love what I do!? I hope inspiration meets you and spends lots of time the next time you sit down to do your quilting!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

How to set up a blog.....

I'm just learning to set up a blog, probably not a good idea at 12:39 a.m.! Will check out all the possibilities and see what I come up with!

All for now,