Thursday, March 10

Just One Star!

Hello Everyone,
Blogging brings many opportunities for helping with quilts for good causes. I found one the other day while I was at a local quilt shop.

Moda is coordinating an effort to make 100 quilts in 100 days from Minick and Simpson's "Flag of Valor" pattern. 
The quilts are to be donated to American servicemen and Veterans through the Semper Fi Fund. 

Here is how you can help by making Just One Star!

Piece one star block from this tutorial using a medium red or blue and a cream background. Sign the block with your name and state. Mail the completed block to:

United Notions/Moda Fabrics
Attn: Just One Star Project
13800 Hutton 
Dallas, TX 75234

Submit your untrimmed block before May 1, 2011 and the busy bees at Moda will trim your block and include it in one of the 100 quilts to be presented to wounded soldiers and their families.

Why not ask  your friends in your guilds and sewing groups to make Just One Star. We'll have those 100 quilts in no time!

I'm off to stitch up my star block! How about you?

Until next time…  
Happy Quilting, Kathy

Tuesday, March 8

Friends, Friendship Blocks and Winner

Hello Everyone,  
Remember way back when, the Tuesday night group that I belong to decided to do our own block exchange. (You can read about it here.) 
Last night the Tuesday Night Quilters got together at a local Panera Bread to show what we had done with the blocks from the exchange.
Chris's blocks are still blocks.
But Peggy has turned her blocks into this great quilt that she is hand quilting. Peggy also added a couple of extra blocks.
Donna made her blocks into a great looking wall hanging for above her fireplace.
Pattie made this really beautiful quilt that I was lucky enough to quilt for her. (This photo doesn't do Pattie's quilt justice.)
Cindy was unable to make our Tuesday night quilt group on Monday night this week - so I don't have a picture of her quilt. She made a stunning wall hanging with her blocks and she asked me to quilt an all over pattern for her; which I did.

Oh, what about my blocks you ask? Well, I'm right there with Chris. My blocks are still blocks.
I'm looking for a layout suggestion for my blocks. Any ideas? I'm happy to make extra blocks if you think I need to. Let me know how I should proceed.

Now onto the winner of the Strip It pattern from this post... 

Random Number Generator chose #4, that's Pam!! 
Pam commented: On a sunny winter day I love to start the day with a walk and let the fresh air invigorate me!! Then spend some time in front of my sewing machine before making dinner.

I have sent you an e-mail, just send me your snail mail address and the Strip It pattern will be on its way!

I would like to thank Quilters Corner for their generous donation of the quilt pattern for our giveaway. If you are interested in purchasing your own copy of this pattern it can be found here.

Until next time…

Happy Quilting, Kathy

Friday, March 4

A Pleasure To Quilt

Hello Everyone,
I want to share with you a quilt that I recently quilted. 
The quilt was made using Maison De Garance by French General. The piecer wanted a simple all over design. I chose an open airy pattern called Flirtatious. 
From a longarmer's perspective, what makes this quilt great is the care that the piecer took with cutting, piecing and pressing as she constructed her quilt top. As you can see in this photo her top lays really, really flat!

The first row.

The quilting pattern, Flirtatious.

The quilt just before I'm ready to deliver it. (I think I need to work on my photography a bit.)
The quilt maker was thrilled with the quilt. She immediately began to put her binding on the quilt that afternoon. I hope that she brings it to a local shop's Quilt Tea next week. If she does, I might have a chance to get a finished quilt photo!

This quilt truly was A Pleasure To Quilt.

Until next time…  
Happy Quilting, Kathy

Wednesday, March 2

Sunny Winter Day and Giveaway

Hello Everyone,  
What do you do when the air is crisp, the sun is shining and there is still snow on the ground?

My friend, Myra answered that question with 'Do you want to take a ride to Ithaca?' My response was, "Absolutely!" I knew that we were off to Quilters Corner.

Quilters Corner was featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler.

Myra picked me up and off to Ithaca we went! After driving for about an hour and a half we had arrived. We went into the store and were warmly greeted. Myra and I looked around, exclaiming, 'Oh wow look at this!' 'I just love this shop!' 'I don't know about you but I'm starving.' 'Okay, lets get some lunch.'
We asked the owners where a good place for lunch. Without  hesitation the answer was Ithaca Bakery.
We walked over a block and down two and we came to Ithaca Bakery
We were not disappointed. Lunch was really good. But we needed to get back to business.

Quilters Corner is full of friendly faces. Everyone just loves this bright and cheery quilt shop.
Front window display.
Do you need a quick and easy strip quilt? Quilters Corner has a really nice selection.
Easy Strip Quilts let the fabric be the focal point.
Two Quilts: Anything Goes and Strip It
They offer some wonderful classes...
Four Patch Posies, Stitcher's Garden, and Hop To It
How about some inspiration for a quilt?
Free Spirit Fabric used to create 5&Dime quilt.
There is a wonderful display of books.
Need a Book?
New merchandise is always arriving. Katie Barnaby, one of the four owners opens a box.
Katie Barnaby looks to see what has just arrived.
Myra and Cyndi Slothower, another of the four owners, wait for me to finish up my shopping.
Myra and Cyndi Slothower
I hope that you enjoyed what I did one Sunny Winter Day.

Now for the Giveaway part. Leave me a comment on what you like to do on a Sunny Winter Day and you'll be entered to win the pattern, Strip It, complements of Quilters Corner.

The giveaway will remain open until Midnight EST on Monday, March 7. I will do the drawing on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 using random number generator.
Good Luck to all!

***The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered. I would like to thank Quilters Corner for donating the pattern, Strip It.***
Until next time…  
Happy Quilting, Kathy
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