nearly 160 new designs so far this year ........................................................... 09192016 _______________________________________________________________________
It was an AMAZING summer! I always enjoy the time off from the studio and totally focus on the twins coming to visit every weekend, the season at Tanglewood with fantastic concerts and picnic suppers on the lawn every weekend (we attended more than 72 rehearsal/concerts in all) and meeting new people as well as catching up with friends and family who stay with us throughout the summer.
Lots of new patterns have gone into the store this year ... 8 pages (nearly 160 in all) of new designs. I think my favorite new design came from an art project I worked on during the winter ... a patterning challenge. You just never know where you will find inspiration.
... BY REQUEST ... Some of my most fun challenges come from customer requests for specific designs ... to fit a block, to inspire an edge-to-edge ... to resize an existing purchased pattern ... I love the connection beyond the studio walls. ... RECENT REQUESTED DESIGNS ...
... THE GOOD STUFF ... It's a SALE!!! A store-wide sale - meaning EVERYTHING IS ON SALE! Let's get this season off to a great start with great savings. ... and that's a wrap-up for the now ... Feel free to share with a friend - tell them to subscribe.
... TODAY: A POP-UP SALE ... Well, who knew ... NATIONAL PUPPY DAY is TODAY! We can not pass up this day. Let's celebrate with a pop-up sale ... 1147 PUPPY LOVE E2E ... marked down from $15 to only $9.
Lots of new patterns have gone into the store this year. I set a goal for myself this year to design 20 new products each month. So far so good and I thought I'd catch you up on the latest designs entered into the store during the last week. Actually, I have added more than 20 new products to the store each month so far, but I'm trying to get ahead because I know it will be much harder to focus on Mountaintop work during the summer months when I "moonlight" as an inn-keeper during the Tanglewood Season. Fun times, busy times, but fun times.
You'll notice several block options for the Hunter's Star block pieced using Deb Tucker's Rapid Fire Hunter's Star piecing method/ruler. I'm working on a book sample quilt for one of Deb's designers so we needed several options for her to choose just the right one for her new Hunter's Star design. (more about that in another newsleter) In the meantime ... here's a little sneak peak ...
... the DAILY DEAL ... You can always find a good deal when you click on the DAILY DEAL tab. Three new products marked down - different ones each day ... sometimes they are quilting designs and sometimes they are patchwork patterns. Not to worry, you'll always find something with a price tag to fit your budget. Today: three favorites of mine ...
I set a goal for myself this year to design 20 new products each month. So far so good and I thought I'd catch you up on the latest designs entered into the store during the last week. Actually, I have added more than 20 new products to the store each month so far, but I'm trying to get ahead because I know it will be much harder to focus on Mountaintop work during the summer months when I "moonlight" as an inn-keeper during the Tanglewood Season. Fun times, busy times, but fun times.
Want to see all of the new designs and fun stuff entered into the store since January 01? All you have to do is choose SHOP CATEGORIES from the menu at the top of the page and 5 pages will pop up for you peruse at your leisure. OR, you could just click on this link: WHAT'S NEW
... TODAY ONLY ... It's a deal you can't pass up ... a must-have FAN FAVORITE (no pun intended LOL) 1312 FAN E2E for your quilting library. I had totally forgotten about scheduling this goodie in the DAILY DEALS for you. You'll want to get right over to the store before midnighttonight. Grab this pattern at an incredibly low price while you can!
Lots of new patterns have gone into the store this year ... over 4 pages (nearly 80 in all) of new designs. But this one 1741 HUGS TRIANGLE has to be a favorite for me. Isn't that just the prettiest border! I can't quite figure how you could possible get more value for your dollar spent with this design. It's like the energizer bunny ... it just keeps going and going and going. The design possibilities are endless but here's a few to get you started. ... LOOKING BACK ... February was a busy month all the way around ... lots of fun playing with the design possibilities with quilt tops piecing using a log cabin block style. I put together a little slideshow highlighting patterns that work with these blocks, ran lots of "featured of the week" sales with heart designs, and helped out with some custom work/design consulting on the side with a Mountaintop customer. Pat did a great job with her Chevron Log Cabin quilt. It was a good month and win-win for everyone. We started here:
And ... ended up here:
... all point-to-point - even the border 1274 POPSICLE STICK P2P E2E
... and that's a wrap-up for the last few weeks ... Feel free to share with a friend - tell them to subscribe.
Have fun thinking about the possibilities as you mix-and-match with the point-to-point triangles or you make it simple and drop block designs in each block of the quilt top. It's fun to dream and scheme and play with the possibilities.
Design time fun playing with blocks as they come ... or tweaking, mix-and-match, or use them in a different way than intended ... the idea: have fun while creating and learning.
What's my favorite ... playing with the triangles and mixing and matching to create a whole new look ... because ... what a great way to get double-duty or more value from the quilting designs in the pattern library. That's the best!
Here it is just 3 days until Valentine's Day. That's enough time to whip out a quick little Valentine love-themed-snuggle-on-the-couch quilt. There are several versions of simple heart block patterns patterns and different layouts for quilt blocks for free (or for purchase) on several different locations on the internet. I did an image search and found a full range of beautiful blocks with as many different variations as one could ever imagine.
As usual, so many ideas, so many possibilities ... so little time. GRRRR ...
Isn't the heart tied up in a bow with the LeMoyne star in the middle just the most precious block ever!
One of my favorite things to do is to use a heart block as a filler when I'm putting together a sampler made of orphan blocks and exchange blocks. See my little heart sandwiched in between 4 patches, a little hexie flower, and some bigger star blocks. Just the thing I needed to make all the different sized blocks come out as neat and tidy rows and strips. This means I need to be able to create heart blocks in a variety of different sizes as I try to make all of my strips and rows come out with even edges. I found a great tutorial on the internet with Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. She has a chart with cutting instructions for heart blocks sized from 4" to as large as 10" AND she has a very easy to understand picture tutorial for assembling a heart block.
Way to go Allison for helping us out with our projects!
You may have noticed (if you've been poking around the store a bit this week and last) that heart blocks and heart edge-to-edge quilting designs have been on sale! And sale prices are always a good thing. So hop on over to the HEARTS CATEGORY and check it out. New designs have been uploaded just so you can keep your pattern library fresh and up-to-date.
And ... as a special thank you for stopping by and following along on my blog I have a special freebie for you this month: a redwork pattern featuring ribbons and flowers in a heart shaped wreath. I used an outline stitch and french knots for embroidery stitches and then used my completed block as the center of my wall-hanging surrounded by ... of course ... heart blocks!
And, if that wasn't enough I found this cute table-topper on McCalls Quilting website that seemed to be calling my name. I love the little heart chain in the center and the way the heart blocks are flush to the edge without the distraction of a binding.
Have a wonderful love-day-holiday with all who are special in your life, and thanks for stopping by.