Petal Power Fun

I’ve been playing around with some color options on the Petal Power pattern.  This is a Fun&Done! quilt-as-you-go pattern, one of the new ones introduced last month:

Petal Power

Petal Power

I designed this pattern in Electric Quilt, and recently went back to that file to play with the colors and see what other interesting options I could find.  I stayed with the concept of bold prints on the petals and changed up the other components.  The lighter coloring of this picture makes it much brighter and more colorful.  In this version, it varies from the original by changing the corners to print fabrics, rather than something similar to the sashing:

Petal Power 1

What if I changed the sashing to cream?  It seems to make the cream advance and the prints recede.

Petal Power 9And changed those corners back to solid?

Petal Power 8

What if I did a black background instead of cream?

Petal Power 5And made the corners prints instead of solid?

Petal Power 2

Changed the sashing to black?

Petal Power 6And changed the corners back to solid green?

Petal Power 7I like the black versions more than I expected.  Lots of interesting options!! What is your favorite?


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New Patterns!

I’ve been busy preparing new items for release at Spring Market, and they’re ready to go!

I continue to hear such nice things from my customers who love quilt-as-you-go, so I have two new Fun&Done! designs for them.  First is Petal Power.  This design gives instructions for beginning turned-edge applique, but it is easily adapted to fusible if you prefer that method.  It’s a great beginner project because it has gentle curves, and no-stress points since they are hidden by the sashing.

Petal Power #123, $9 retail, Runner, Crib, Lap, Twin sizes:

Petal Power

Petal Power

The next Fun&Done! design is Chain Link.  This uses assorted fabrics, set off by a light and dark neutral.

Chain Link #124, $9 retail, Runner, Crib, Lap, Twin sizes:

Chain Link

Chain Link

The Folded Corner Clipper continues to grow in popularity, so I wanted a new design to feature that tool.  Flower Patch uses it as an optional tool.

Flower Patch #617, $9 retail, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, King sizes:

Flower Patch

Flower Patch

Finally, a classic patchwork design that isn’t related to any methods or tools.  Puzzle Box was designed for those who prefer a simpler, graphic design.  Only 2 fabrics to choose for this one!

Puzzle Box #616, $9 retail, Runner, Crib, Throw, Twin, Queen, King sizes:

Puzzle Box

Puzzle Box

If you’re a retail customer, ask for these patterns at your local quilt shop.  Or, shop online and via phone through

In future posts, I’ll take a closer look at these designs with additional color options.  Thanks for joining me!

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Blog Tour Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Blog Tours.  The winners have been notified by email, so they can send me their mailing address to receive their prize.


For the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour, the winner of a free magazine is:

billiemick: “Really great block.”


For The Reclaimed West Blog Tour, the winners of a free Folded Corner Clipper are:

D Diana: “Looks like a great time saver.  Thanks!”

Carol: “That is a neat tool.  I may just have to get one.”

I appreciate that so many of you took the time to visit, leave a comment, and join in inspiring each other.  Thanks!

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The Reclaimed West Blog Tour


Thanks for joining me on Timeless Treasures’ blog tour!  Judy & Judel Niemeyer’s first-ever fabric line, “The Reclaimed West” has been a big hit! Here’s a peek at the fabrics:

reclaimed west collage

I knew that my pattern Lanterns would feature this fabric nicely, and it ties in with the theme of the west – prairie lanterns, and also the sashing design, that I have named my “barbed wire” sashing.

Here is Lanterns made up in The Reclaimed West fabrics:

Lanterns in Reclaimed WestThis is available as a kit called “Prairie Lanterns” through Hancock’s of Paducah here:

Hancocks pageThe block used for this pattern is so easy to do with my Folded Corner Clipper template:

Folded Corner Clipper webHere is how I used it for this block:

Lan 2To make a folded corner without drawing pencil lines, use the Folded Corner Clipper to cut off the corner.  Then use the raw edge as your 1/4″ seam guide.  It saves so much time by not having to draw pencil lines!  Just sew your seam:

Lan 4and press open:

Lan 5Repeat for the other corner:

Lan 6Make two of those rectangles:

Lan 8Now make 4 folded corners on a larger rectangle:

Lan 9Sew the rectangles together to complete the block:

Lan 10As a bonus, since you trimmed the corners with a ruler, those leftover pieces can be made into consistent-sized half-square-triangles:

Lan 11Use those HST’s for another project:

Lan 12For more information on the Folded Corner Clipper, see the brochure here, or see photo tutorials by referencing the category list on the right side of this page.

Here is the schedule for this week’s blog hop.  Visit the Sew Timeless Blog all 5 days for prizes!

I will be giving away 2 Folded Corner Clipper Templates, selected from those who leave a comment below by Friday midnight.  Good luck!


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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks v10

Welcome to the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!  This is my third time to participate in the 100 Blocks collection.  I’ve done foundation-pieced blocks – not what you usually see in my patterns, but it’s a technique that I love to use.  The piecing is so accurate, and the designs are so stunning.  I consider foundation piecing to be a cousin to the easy stitch & flip method in my Fun&Done! quilt-as-you-go patterns.

You will find my block, Diamond Pinwheels, on page 30:

pg 30It’s made with only 3 fabrics!  This block really shines when placed next to more blocks, for example, in this tablerunner:

runnerOr in a table topper:

topperAnd if you’re abitious, how about a crib size?

cribHere are two versions, done in fall colors, that alter the placement of med/dark fabrics:

fall 2fall 1Or rotate the blocks to make a horizontal layout:

horiz 3horiz 2Lots of options!

This edition hit the newsstands yesterday.  But if you’re feeling lucky, Quiltmaker is giving away a free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Block magazine. To be entered in the drawing, please leave a comment by Friday, November 21, answering this question: Do you like foundation piecing?

Don’t forget to visit the other designers on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Block Blog Tour this week.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!


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Blog tours next week!

I will be participating in 2 blog tours next week.  The first one you are already familiar with:

joinforblogtour10_200I’m so happy to be in the latest edition of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!  It hits the newsstands on Tuesday, November 18.  My day for the blog tour is Wednesday the 19th.


The other one is a Timeless Treasures Fabrics blog tour for Judy Niemeyer’s new fabric line, “The Reclaimed West”.  Did you see my quilt featured in the new Hancock’s catalog?  It’s my Lanterns pattern done in The Reclaimed West fabrics.  Visit me on Wednesday, November 20.  Two days in a row!

Hancocks pageBoth of these blog tours will be going on all week, so there will be lots of great eye candy to inspire all of us.  See you next week!

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Orphan Blocks Quilt

When I got my longarm last year, I decided to make practice quilts by sewing together some orphan blocks.  I often use plain yardage for practice, but working on a real quilt top helps to develop my skills.

I had some leftover blocks from a design that didn’t work out the way I had hoped.  I had 9 leftover blocks that I sewed together, added some borders, and made a crib-sized quilt:

orphan blocks 1I wanted to practice using ruler templates to guide my machine, and started by doing straight lines on the sashings and block centers.  Then I did a different free-motion filler design in each block’s background.  I chose a neutral thread, so the quilting is very difficult to see:

orphan blocks 2Trust me, there is dense filler stitching in each block.  For the borders, I love feathers, but once again chose a matching thread.  Here’s the center of a border:

orphan blocks 3Here’s the corner:

orphan blocks 4It’s ironic that at one time, I viewed feathers as being too challenging, and now, after some practice, they seem easy and are my favorite design.

We have all heard the warnings about using a balanced amount of quilting throughout the quilt top.  Dense stitching in some areas with light quilting in others makes for a quilt that won’t lie flat.  I thought that I had enough border quilting to balance out my dense block fillers, but I was wrong, and the quilt doesn’t lie flat:

orphan blocks 5You can see that I have “Friendly” borders, the kind that wave to you!  I should have made the border quilting more dense.  (I know that the borders were measured correctly and the unquilted top was flat).  This isn’t a big deal, it won’t be a wall quilt, and it was a practice quilt anyway.  This is another example of why pantographs and edge-to-edge quilting are so popular, because you know the quilting will be evenly balanced throughout the quilt.

Now to back up in my story a little bit, I had considered a few options on how to sew these blocks together.  One idea was to quiet down this busy quilt by alternating the printed blocks with some solid fabrics.  I made 4 blocks, but they didn’t look good with the other blocks.  So now I have 4 new orphan blocks!

orphan blocks 6

In this case, 4 blocks isn’t enough to make a quilt top, so they go back to the orphan block pile.  Two steps forward, one step back!

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