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A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick

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Have You Ever Wondered How a Quilt Design Comes to Be?

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Maybe you are already familiar with the 2018 Row by Row Experience. If not, I'll try to give you a brief explanation. Since 2011 quilt shops across the United States, Canada, and Europe have joined together during the summer months to participate in a program to offer customers, who visit their shop, a free pattern. I have designed "rows" for several different shops the past few years but this year brought on a new challenge. Eight of my local quilt shops in the Raleigh and Cary area of North Carolina decided to get together to create a quilt of rows which would go together to create one quilt design. When they asked me to design the quilt, I experienced many emotions, excited, honored, nervous, "What was I thinking!", etc., you get my drift.

The theme for 2018 is Sew Musical, which could be interpreted in so many ways and if you know me at all, you realize that I am an "outside the box" kind of girl. It was nice to be able to focus in on one concept when the shop owners agreed on a Jimmy Buffett themed quilt.

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RxR-2018

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RxR-Drawings

I started the designing process before Christmas. The biggest challenge was that the "rows" were actually blocks of specific sizes this year and I had to figure out how to get eight blocks of specific sizes to work together. Next, I came up with some sketches for design ideas and then needed to arrange them into a workable solution. You will notice that not all of my original ideas "made the cut". In the end, and after many hours of reworking the design, I was able to come up with a workable solution. You may be able to recognize a few of the songs represented if you are a Buffett fan. If not, this would still make a great quilt for a beach house or for someone who simply loves the relaxation of being by the sea.

RxR Blocks Separated

RxR Blocks Separated

The white lines show the separation of each of the rows/blocks and are not visible when they are sewn together.

You can collect your own free rows by visiting the participating shops listed here... APQS - Thread Waggle QuiltingBERNINA World of SewingCarolina Sew-n-Vac (Raleigh)Carolina Sew-n-Vac (Cary)Cary Quilting CompanyElegant StitchesMy Sewing ShoppeWish Upon a Quilt

Each of these shops also have laser cut and regular fabric kits available for purchase.

After the RxR Experience is over, on November 1st, I will have the full pattern available on my website for purchase.

I will also be offering this as a class next June on a cruise with Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, June 16-23, 2019. Save your spot today by contacting Dawn Olmstead at QuiltandCruise.com.

Charge up your GPS and have fun collecting Rows on your travels this summer! Maybe I will see you in passing!

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A New Outlook on Life

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Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. EKG

I was supposed to leave today to teach and vend at Quilt Festival in Chicago. After the show we had tickets to see Hamilton. The following day we were to drive to Paducah, KY to vend at AQS Quiltweek .

If you are scheduled to be in my class in Chicago this week, I apologize, but I had to find a replacement to teach my class. You should receive a separate email from me regarding this issue.

I totally enjoy my job. There is something to be said about being your own boss, doing what you love, and meeting people who enjoy the same things that you do.

My job consists of creating applique quilt patterns, teaching classes, traveling, and vending at quilt shows. That is the fun side, however, there is so much that goes on "behind the scenes" including lots of admin work, which takes up a huge amount of time. I'm not kidding when I tell people that this is a full-time job.

Every year I say that I will be "cutting back" on the amount of travel and shows that I do, and every year I seem to add "just one more thing".

Recently, I had a wake up call, which has made me rethink my priorities.

On March 28 I had lunch with a friend. As I left the restaurant to get into my car I noticed that my heart was racing and my chest began to hurt. I had noticed previously, for about three weeks, that I had been having shortness of breath when climbing just one flight of stairs. Because of these previous symptoms, I had made a doctor's appointment to discuss these issues with my primary care doctor. My appointment was on March 29, my birthday.

When the racing heartbeat and pain in my chest began, I quickly realized that this was something serious. I was able to check my heart rate on my Apple Watch and realized that I was experiencing 122 beats per minute, my normal resting heart rate is generally around 54.

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Three thoughts went through my mind at this point, drive home, drive myself to my primary care doctor, or drive directly to my local hospital. I chose option number three. Granted, this was probably not the best idea, driving yourself to the hospital while having a heart attack, and for future reference I would suggest that you call 911 if you find yourself in this situation.

To make a long story short, I was admitted to the hospital and a stent was inserted into one of the main arteries of my heart. It wasn't until the doctors talked to me after the surgery that I realized what danger I had avoided. It seems that I had a 95% blockage of the LAD artery in my heart. This is often called the "Widow Maker". My cardiologist told me that I had "dodged a major bullet" and that if I had waited a week longer to see a doctor that I would not be sitting here today.

You may have read my post on this on my Facebook page, if so, I apologize for repeating it here. However, since not all of my readers subscribe to Facebook, I thought this info might help someone else to be more informed.

Fortunately for me, I had read up on symptoms of heart attacks in women, as I know that they present themselves differently than in men, and I was prepared.

My advice to you is to listen to your body.

I have no history of heart disease in my family, I am not overweight, I don't have high blood pressure, I do not sit around, and I eat healthy. I do, however, have a history of high cholesterol in my family.

If you are a woman, please read up on signs of a heart attack in women. That description of an elephant sitting on your chest may not be what you feel. In my case that "elephant" must have been a baby one because, tome, it was bearable, although I do have a high tolerance for pain.

I'm currently at home for a few weeks, "taking it easy". I will resume my "new normal" schedule shortly and hope to see many of you at future shows and classes.

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Aurifil Love

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Does it get better than this?! Today I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as an Aurifil Artisan! I've had a love affair with this wonderful thread for many years and have been using it exclusively ever since I discovered it. The quality is unsurpassed in my book, strong, lint-free, fantastic colors, and my BERNINA sewing machine absolutely loves it.

What an honor to be included in such a great group of likewise quilters, crafters, bag-makers, designers, and sewists throughout the world.

If you have taken a class from me, then you probably already know about this thread as I have been preaching about its qualities for years. If you haven't tried it yet, I encourage you to give it a try.

My husband and I took a trip to Italy a little over a year ago and, although it wasn't on our original itinerary, we took a train to Milan to visit the Aurifil headquarters

 

This is me with Elena Gregotti and her Dad, Angelo Gregotti, the founder of Aurifil thread and Studio Auriga.

 

Now this is a priceless shot! Look at all that wonderful Aurifil thread! Oh, and those three great guys in the foreground too.

Alexander, Bradley and Alex

Did you know that you can use Aurifil thread for embroidery too?

So, I'll just be doing my little "happy dance" for awhile here! I hope you will join me in my celebration.

Tennesee Mountain Quiltfest

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What a great week we have had in Pigeon Forge, TN at the Mountain Quiltfest! This is my first time visiting this lovely little city and I must admit I was a little surprised at all the opportunities for entertainment along the way. Dinner shows of every kind, ferris wheels and roller coasters, and great restaurants galore. The hospitality in this area is unbeatable and what a wonderful time I have had vending and teaching at the Quiltfest. My machine appliqué class on Thursday evening included 20 eager students. Although they were a little tired from previous shopping and classes all day, they still managed to come with the enthusiasm and curiosity that makes for a great class.

Sometimes people come into my booth who have never done appliqué before and are scared of the process. I do my best to walk them through the process to ease their fears. Often times, I'm successful, sometimes though they are still resistant. So, it was such a surprise Friday afternoon, just before the close of the day, that four sisters returned to my booth to show me what they had accomplished overnight.

Ellen Hellen BobbieThese ladies came into my booth on Thursday and fell in love with my giraffe quilt, My Favorite Earrings. They hesitantly purchased the kit and came back later in the day to ask a few questions on what they should do to get started. I gave them a quick little tutorial on tracing out their pattern pieces onto Heat 'n Bond Lite and using an appliqué press sheet.

Imagine my surprise today when they returned to my booth to show me a photo of the progress they had made overnight! Three of the sisters worked together and stayed up until 2:00 am tracing, cutting and fusing until they had both giraffes ready for the final fusing to the background fabric. Now, all they have left to do is the stitching around the individual pieces.

You know how much I love seeing the projects that you guys make from my patterns! This was especially exciting for me to see the pride and sense of accomplishment that these ladies had achieved.

Congratulations to Ellen, Helen, and Bobbie for a job well done!

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Welcome to My Little Corner of the World!

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Teapot stitching If you are new here, I'm glad you found your way to my little corner of the world. I'm participating in a Blog Tour called BERNINA Ambassadors - Telling Our Stories, and today is the day that I get to tell mine. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may already know a few of these little tidbits but sit back and relax as we get to know each other.

My name is Sandy Fitzpatrick and I am a pattern designer, teacher and lecturer of machine appliqué and free-motion quilting. Sewing has always been a passion of mine and I get no greater joy than teaching and sharing my techniques with others.

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I became an official BERNINA Ambassador about two years ago, but I've actually been a BERNINA advocate for almost 40 years! I had previously owned another brand of machine which "gagged" whenever I tried sewing over elastic. Since I was making clothes for myself and my children at that time, it was really frustrating trying to find a "work around" to my stitching problems. When I had the opportunity to sew on and purchase my first BERNINA I thought I could hear angels singing, as all of my stitching issues seemed to vanish. I couldn't believe that a machine could make that much difference in my sewing capability. As Ambassadors we also create great tutorials on the We All Sew blog. Here are a few links to some posts which I have previously written.

Stitch Tape Measure Style

Mantel Cover

Make It Merry Holiday Coasters

Decorative Stitching with the BERNINA Tailor Tack Foot

For years, I made my own clothes and, as my children came along, I made hand smocked outfits for each of my three kiddos. This worked well for a number of years. With two girls and a boy, I would make coordinating smocked outfits for Easter and Christmas along with the normal "church" clothes for the rest of the year. When our son was about four years old, I made coordinating sailor outfits for Easter. On Sunday morning when it was time to get ready for church, my son refused to put on the knickers and smocked shirt that I had so lovingly made. Frustrated, I stomped downstairs and told my husband, "You go talk to him!" About five minutes later, my son came strutting down the stairs, proudly wearing said smocked outfit. "How did you do that?!" I asked my husband. He said, "I told him I'd give him a dollar if he would wear it to church." Let's just suffice it to say that I never made him another smocked outfit.

When my kiddos outgrew these smocked clothes, I had to find another direction in which to focus my sewing. I decided to try quilting, and found my new passion. I began by making traditional quilts, but soon realized that appliqué was more forgiving and I didn't need as many math skills.

It didn't take long for me to realize that I enjoyed creating my own appliqué patterns. When friends started asking me to create patterns of my designs, I realized that perhaps I could turn my fun little hobby into a business, and Hissyfitz Designs became a reality.

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I currently have a line of patterns that are a little outside of the box. I once had a customer tell me that I didn't even know where the box was. Hmmm... I guess I'll take that. Anyway, you may find me vending and teaching at quilt shows throughout the U.S. As we speak, er, I mean type, I am teaching and vending at A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN and next week you will be able to find me at AQS Quiltweek in Lancaster, PA.

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I am currently working on new patterns for Quilt Market in St. Louis in May so keep a lookout to find them at a shop near you.

I hope you enjoy learning about the other participating BERNINA Ambassadors on this little blog tour. Simply click on the names below to get a peek at who we are and what we are all about. Remember that if you are looking for teachers for your guild or local shop we have lots of knowledge and enthusiasm to share!

Monday March 20 Lynn Carson Harris Kelly Ashton Diane Doran Melody Crust

Tuesday March 21 Kathy Delaney Christa Watson Mandy Leins

Wednesday March 22 Sandy Fitzpatrick Beth Ferrier Cheryl Sleboda

Thursday March 23 Annie Smith Lori Kennedy Kari Karr Catherine Redford

Friday March 24 Joann Sharpe Cherry Guidry Jenelle Montilone

Everyone loves a little free gift! If you have stuck around long enough to get to the bottom of this post, I have a free pattern for you, just by clicking here.

Stitch it Up!

Enjoy!

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It's a Busy Month!

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A little over a week ago I was enjoying the sunny shores of Daytona Beach, Florida. It was a little chilly for my taste but still warmer than most of the U.S. It wasn't really a vacation for me, as I was attending the AQS Quiltweek Show as a vendor. I must say that I do love attending these shows and being able to visit different areas of the country. This was the second year that the AQS show was in Daytona and it was great to see some returning, smiling faces in my booth.

Daytona Booth PhotoIf you have attended any of these shows you know about the amazing quilts on display, such exquisite work! If you were unable to see the show, I'll bring a little of it to you with some of the amazing quilts from the show.

When I'm 64 by Diane J. Evans

Victory by Colette Dumont

Tuscany Village by Claudia Scheja

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts by Cassandra Ireland Beaver

Talking Heads: Giraffec Park by Jan Frazer

Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka

Poinsettia by Laura Ruiz

Otaru Winter by Cynthia L. Vogt

Manor House Cats by Cheryl Kerestes

Infinite Glow by Renee Burson

Chihuly's Gondola by Melissa Sobotka

March is an unusually busy month for me this year as I have three shows this month. After returning home from the Daytona show it was time to restock my patterns and cut more kits. I'm leaving on Monday for A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN. This is my first year for this show and I'm excited to explore a different area. Besides vending at the show, I'll also be teaching Fearless Machine Appliqué.

When I return home on the 26th I'll have just enough time to repack my bag before heading off the next morning for Lancaster, PA. The AQS Quiltweek in Lancaster is one I've been attending for several years now and is truly a great show in such a picturesque area, beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania and Amish countryside.

I hope you are working on something wonderful yourself, and should you be in the area of any of these shows, please stop by to say, "Hello"!

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You Need This Book!

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I recently had the privilege of having a sneak peek at Lori Kennedy's new book, Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3. Lori is a regular columnist for the American Quilter Magazine and has a wonderful blog called The Inbox Jaunt.

If you are familiar with her work, you know about the amazing designs Lori can create with her quilting. If you haven't seen her work and are interested in applying some free-motion quilting to your own projects, you need to purchase this book for your quilting library.

Lori has done an amazing job creating a resource to guide you through the quilting process. What may look like a complicated design once it is stitched out, is actually quite easy and "do-able" using her step by step guidelines. By following her instructions, she will remove any doubt you may have of your stitching ability.

The beginning of the book is loaded with information on how to set up your machine, tools to make the process easier, and a breakdown of batting, backing, and threads.

As you make your way through the book, you will find simple designs, which gradually morph onto what looks like more complicated designs. However, Lori will guide you along each step so that you will soon be stitching your way through new design elements. She also includes areas for you to practice doodling designs so that you can get a feel for how the design is created.

I have been doing my own free-motion quilting for many years and wish this book had been available to me when I first started out. The information Lori has provided will help remove the fear you may have in attempting your own free-motion experience.

 

I would suggest that you pre-order your book through your local quilt shop now! You may also get your copy directly from Lori at The Inbox Jaunt or through Amazon.com. This is a book you don't want to miss.

 

 

 

Sometimes a Girl Just Needs a Makeover

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flamingo-new Do you ever have one of those days when you look in the mirror and decide it's time for a little change?

As a pattern designer, we get to make those decisions when it's time to reprint a pattern. This Flamingo Frolics pattern is not new. However, it still remains popular and when I began to run out of the pattern, I had to make a few decisions. Do I keep it in the line, or not?

Since it was one of the first patterns I designed, I decided to give it new life by remaking the quilt in updated fabrics and redoing the pattern completely. It is now much easier for you to create, as all the pattern pieces are drawn out separately and ready for you to trace onto fusible web. There are new instructions and a guide sheet showing pattern placement.

There is a constant swirl of new pattern designs in my head and I'm working hard to have some new ones ready for Spring Market. But, for now, welcome back girlie, good to see you "keeping up with the times"!

Sandy

 

Make it Merry Holiday Coasters

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img_4903 The Christmas music is playing softly in the background, the fireplace is aglow, and the decorations are finally up. If your holiday shopping is complete, you can take some time to relax. In my world, however, there is always that one last gift that needs to be completed. If you are looking for a quick and easy gift for a special friend, I've got you covered.

For instructions on making these cute little coasters and to receive your FREE pattern, read the rest of my post on BERNINA'S, We All Sew blog, here.

http://weallsew.com/make-it-merry-coasters/

Hope your Christmas is merry and bright!

Sandy

Amping Up the Travel and Stitching

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It's been a whirlwind of traveling, vending, lecturing and workshops the last couple of months and I'm finally able to sit down at the computer long enough to share it with you! In September I attending the AQS Chattanooga show to vend and teach. The show quilts were spectacular again this year and I particularly loved the display of Lion King Challenge quilts made from Cherrywood fabrics. Lion King Challenge

I had the privilege to teach Free-Motion Quilting to an incredible group of ladies and gentleman and it was such a pleasure to be able to teach in a classroom where my favorite BERNINA sewing machines were provided.

 

Chattanooga Free-Motion

 

Free-Motion Fun

The last week of September found me on my annual trip to the beach with my Mom and four sisters. Sorry no photo of us "hot babes" on the beach! This is a trip we have been doing for a number of years and I think this was our tenth trip together. Since we are spread far and wide, it is a great opportunity to get together and "catch up". There is definitely a lot of laughter and fun during our time together.

After I returned home I had a few days to prepare for a workshop and a lecture in Little Rock for the Arkansas Quilter's Guild. Just look at what these wonderful ladies accomplished!

 

Arkansas Quilter's Guild

 

Gorgeous Gourds

 

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I traveled on to Benton, AR the following day to teach another Machine Appliqué class to the Saline County Quilt Guild and found myself among another fantastic group of ladies, so eager to learn. Not only did they learn some great techniques to make their machine appliqué easier, on the second day of the workshops we experimented with wire, bleach pens, and all kinds of fun stitches to create texture on future projects with my Amped Up Appliqué class.

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Frog Days of Summer

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All in all, it has been a wonderful few weeks. There is just something to be said about doing what you love and teaching it to others. Nothing better than experiencing the thrill of accomplishment along with an eager student! I hope you are able to spend some quality time with your new creations soon!

Sandy

Stitching Out Loud - Using Your Tailor Tack Foot for Decorative Stitches

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Have you ever started to applique a project and felt that it needed a little extra something to make it sing? Sometimes we get stuck in a rut with applique and continue to use the same stitches, satin stitch or blanket stitch, for the applique process. Why not try something new? We have so many wonderful decorative stitches on our machines and they are just sitting there patiently waiting for you to discover how wonderful they can be! Stitching Out Loud

Occasionally, I like to jazz things up a bit by trying some of those stitches. The process is the same as any other fusible machine applique. Once you have your pattern pieces fused in place, simply stitch along the edge of your applique piece with something a little more fun and exciting. When you are ready to start your stitching, be sure to use a foot that allows you clear visibility. On the BERNINA, there are a couple of feet that I love to use. Foot #20 is usually my “go to” foot because the view of my stitches is totally clear. When you are doing any type of applique you want to be able to see your stitches without any obstruction. Especially when you are using a decorative stitch, you want to be able to see exactly where your needle is coming down for the next stitch so that you can turn a corner or follow a curve and still have your stitches looking the best that they can be.

Read the rest of this article on the BERNINA WeAllSew blog here.

Loving Lancaster

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Last week I was able to spend a few days in the lovely city of Lancaster, PA while attending the AQS show. It was a very busy week with two lectures, teaching a class on machine applique and vending. After setting up on Tuesday we were able to spend some much needed "down time" taking in the idyllic sites of the surrounding area. We love the Central Market which was first established in 1730. It's the oldest farmer's market in the country and has such a great selection of food, flowers, and crafts. Definitely the best baklava I've ever eaten and the tastiest sandwiches on homemade bread! Central Market, Lancaster, PA

As we toured the peaceful Amish countryside we went in search of one of the local covered bridges and enjoyed the sites of a simpler life.

Neff's Mill Bridge 1824

Amish Life

My class on machine appliqué was such a treat. It's always fun for me to be able to show that there really is nothing to fear with appliqué and that it really can be so much fun, almost like playing with paper dolls. The students were a delight and we even had the joy of having an assistant, as Pumpkin the service dog, joined us for the class. Since Pumpkin has been trained to turn on lamps at home by pressing down on a foot control, we did get quite a chuckle as she decided to take a few stitches on the machine, thinking she was doing us a favor by turning on the lights.

Woo Hoo!

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Pressing

There were some absolutely exquisite quilts in the quilt show....

Celebration

Celebration by Lynne Taylor of Cape Girardeau, MO

The Minotaur

The Minotaur by Marilyn Belford of Caldwell, NJ

Spanish Arches

Spanish Arches by Lenore Crawford of Midland, MI

Bouquet

Bouquet by Katie Pasquini Masopust from her Paintings in Quilts special exhibit.

Now that the show is over, I'm spending some much needed "grandma/honey" time with the grand girls in NJ. We've managed to work in a few art projects of our own.

Emma's cake

Painting

Create!

Hope you are spending some time creating something of your own!

Sandy

Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza

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  Statesville Coupon

It looks like it will be a great weekend to "get your shopping on" at the Statesville, NC, Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza!

Hope to see you there this Friday and Saturday, January 29 and 30 at the Statesville Civic Center.

Use this coupon for $1.00 off your admission fee. Grab that cash you've been stashing away and come on down for some retail therapy.

 

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A Little Christmas Gift for You!

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Mantel Cover It’s a hustling, bustling time of year and sometimes we just need a little reminder to take it easy and relax. I’ve created a free appliqued mantel cover design for you to give your own home a cheerful pop of color. Also, a little reminder to take a deep breath to remind yourself that “…all is calm”. If you don’t have a fireplace, this would also make a great tablerunner.

This was created for BERNINA's We All Sew blog. For your free pattern and instructions on how to make this yourself simply follow this link...

http://weallsew.com/mantel-cover/

Enjoy, and have yourself a merry little Christmas!

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Houston Market/Festival, What a Show!

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I can finally see the light of day after playing "catch up" on everything that needed to be done after attending Market and Festival in Houston so I thought you may like to see a little of what goes on at these two wonderful shows! Market is for shop owners and others "in the business" to find the latest and greatest among fabric designs, notions, patterns, sewing machines and anything else you can think of, to make your little heart go "pitter-pat"! Since I am a pattern designer, it is the place to be, to show my newest patterns. I introduced two new patterns called, "Kiss My Stash" and "Merry Mouse Mischief" which were both hits!

Kiss My StashMerry Mouse Mischief

A typical booth at Market starts out looking a little desolate, but within a few hours looks pretty amazing!

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Within 24 hours the show floor is transformed into something magical, which lasts only three days. Once Market is over, there is a two day break to allow some vendors to move out and others to move in for Festival, which is open to the public. It is a quilter's/sewist's heaven! This year there were about 1100 booths, walking shoes are a must!

Market Floor

When customers aren't shopping, they can view the hundreds of award winning quilts in the quilt show. This is just a sampling of the amazing talent displayed by quilters from around the world.

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Shower Trees by Kathy Nakajima of Tokyo, Japan

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Brilliant Rose by Junko Fujiwara of Narashino, Chiba Pref, Japan

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Ben's Midnight Garden by Barbara Korengold of Chevy Chase, MD

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Audrey II Plus 3 by Marianne Mulheren of Ukiah, CA

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon by Jerry Granata of Palm Springs, CA

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance? by Jan Reed of Grass Valley, CA

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Eager to Learn - Afghanistan by Gillian Shearer of Tweed Heads West, NSW, Australia

 

Ewe Are My Sunshine

And the Grand Prize Winner, Ewe Are My Sunshine by Janet Stone of Overland Park, KS

We did manage to have a little extra fun since Halloween fell during Festival this year.

Happy Halloween

Hope to see you at a future show!

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Measuring Tape Border? No Problem...

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If you've been wondering how to use the blanket stitch on your sewing machine to create the look of a measuring tape I've created a post on just how to accomplish it on your BERNINA.

We all love to sew, right? That’s why we’re here! I especially love to create things that depict my passion for sewing. Did you know that you can use the stitches on your BERNINA machine to replicate the look of a tape measure? Not only can it be done, it’s also very easy to accomplish.

Quilt Stitchin' Addiction by Sandy Fitzpatrick

I used this technique to create a “tape measure” border around my Stitchin’ Addiction quilt and I can’t tell you how many people have fallen in love with this idea. It is basically just three regular blanket stitches and one a little wider.

For the full "how-to" article, check it out on BERNINA'S We All Sew blog here....

http://weallsew.com/stitch-tape-measure-style/

Enjoy!

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...and They Made Skirts!

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K & E skirtsI'm sure you will agree that it has been a really fast summer! I know that, as the years fly by, time seems to move so quickly. We had such fun visiting with all of our children and grandkiddos this summer and even had the opportunity to have two of the grandgirls spend a week with us. The last time they visited I introduced them to the sewing machine and we made small baby quilts by sewing squares together. Kate, age 8, decided she could do it herself and managed to sew all the squares and rows together to create her first little quilt. Emma, age 6, was perfectly content to watch me stitch her squares together and they both went home with their own original quilts.

All of our grandchildren live far away so we don't see them nearly as often as we'd like so when the girls came to visit a couple of weeks ago I had a new plan for them. They do not like to wear shorts or pants so I thought we'd tackle making skirts. I told them they could "shop" in my fabric stash and surely find something they would like. I have tons of novelty prints and was sure they could decide on something quickly. Big mistake...for one thing these girls don't decide on things quickly. Apparently this was a big deal and they wanted to make sure they got the perfect fabric for their new creations. It probably took a good half hour for them to find exactly what they wanted to use.

Now, I don't know if you are like me, but there are a few fabrics that I have been hanging onto for quite sometime because I love them and just didn't want to cut them up. Apparently these two little girls have equally good taste because they managed to find the only yardage I had of Laurel Burch fabric and decided "This is the ONE"! I would never have let my own daughters use such a coveted piece of "no longer in print" fabric but being the sucker grandmother (Honey) that I am, I caved. I told them they needed a coordinating fabric to go with this beautiful piece and that, fortunately, was easy to find as I do have my fair share of stripes in all colors and sizes.

I set up my new BERNINA 380, threaded the machine, and showed them how to use it. They are very fast learners!

The plan was to make this skirt as easy to sew as possible so I just measured around their hips and used that measurement plus 13" to determine how wide to cut the fabric. Next, we determined what the length should be, they wanted them long, so we came up with a final length measurement and then deducted about 4" from that because we were going to add a contrasting band to the bottom of the skirts. The contrasting fabric was cut 5" by the width of the fabric and trimmed to the same measurement as the skirt width.

K hands close-up These were so easy to make, first we sewed the contrasting band to the bottom of the skirt, right sides together. I made sure to use lots of pins to keep the fabrics lined up for stitching but laid out the rules right away that "you never sew over a pin, always take them out just as you get to them". Next we stitched the back seam, finished off the edge, turned up the hem and put an elastic casing in the top.

K sewing Kate's excitement grew with each step, and she even loved using the iron to press the seams and hem. I know, I know, that too will wear off someday. She now has visions of going home and making skirts for all her friends!

Both girls were so thrilled with their new creations. Although the original plan was for each of the girls to make their own skirts, Emma was a little intimidated by the machine and decided that she would wait "until next time" to try to sew.

If you need a quick and fun project to do with your own children or grandchildren I highly recommend introducing them to the hobby that you love!

Eek, ants! Eeek, ANTS!!!

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And the Winners Are...

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Thank you to everyone for stopping by my blog during the 100 Blocks blog tour. Five winners were randomly chosen and they are...

 

Debbie Rhodes won a Ha Bum Hug pattern
Karen Thurn won a Cruisin’ pattern
Connie Cain won an Action Jackson pattern
Brenda E won a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine, Vol. 11 which will be mailed from Quiltmaker
Michelle Mullikin won a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine, Vol. 11 from me
Congratulations to all the lucky winners! They have all been emailed and I am awaiting mailing addresses to send out their loot.
I'll be hitting the road again on Tuesday as I head to Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis. I have five new patterns that will be debuting for shop owners. You guys already got a sneak peek at two of them, Ha Bum Hug and Flurrious Fun.
I'll be posting the other three designs when I return home. Right now I am up to my eyeballs with lists of things to take to Minnesota!
Hope you all had a great Mother's Day!
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It's a Beautiful Day for a Blog Tour!

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick150 Comments

100 Blocks coverTeapot-with-border If you've been participating in the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour this week then I know you have seen some amazing blocks and you are just "itching to get stitching"! I hope you will find my design Tea for Tulips equally appealing and that you will rush right out to purchase your copy of Vol. 11, 100 Blocks magazine, it's on sale now where all the best magazines are sold!

Applique is my favorite way to design. I love coming up with a concept, sketching it out, and then creating a pattern from the sketch. Once I have the pattern complete, it's just a matter of tracing the pieces with my favorite fusible, Heat 'n Bond Lite, cutting them out and fusing them to the backside of the appropriate fabric. Once I have all the pieces fused, I cut them out on the drawn line and fuse the final design to the background fabric. Then I use either a blanket stitch, a satin stitch or if I'm feeling really adventurous, I may use some of the decorative stitches on my machine to appliqué the design to the background.

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I've come up with some ideas of how you can use my Tea for Tulips design on page 35. Of course you can always make a  few blocks for a tablerunner just by stitching three blocks together.

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But how about something a little different! This block can be appliquéd to anything you choose. How about creating an apron to wear while preparing for your next summer picnic? Or, stitch this little beauty onto a tote bag. I know you all have tote bag patterns, you can add a little pizzazz to any pattern that you currently own with a little appliqué design on the flap or directly onto the bag!

White Apron with teapot

Tote bag with teapot

Now for the prizes....

I will be randomly selecting five winners!

Two people will receive free issues of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine, Vol 11., one mailed to you from Quiltmaker and one mailed  from me.

Three other people will receive a pattern of their choice from my website. All you have to do to enter to win one of these five prizes is tell me which pattern you would like to win. You can go to my website here to have a look at the patterns to choose from. Then come back here and comment below with the name of the pattern you would like to win. Be sure to leave me your email address as well, so that I can contact you when you win.

As an additional free gift for you, check out my previous blog post from May 5th to receive your free Stitch it Up pattern. All you have to do to receive this fun pattern is sign up for my newsletter here. 

Have a great time on the rest of the tour and I hope you are a winner!

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