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A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick

Everyone Loves a Little Something FREE!

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Stitch it Up!Do you have a spot in your sewing studio that could use a little punch of color as well as an encouraging word? If so, you will love stitching up this free little "Stitch it Up" wallhanging.

Sometimes you just want to make something quick and easy and this is the project for you. All you have to do is click on this link and sign up for my newsletter. I promise not to overload your inbox with emails, I only send out the occasional newsletter when I have a new design ready to share with you or a great sewing/quilting tip I have discovered.

You may want to increase the size of the actual design to 125% when printing it out with your printer. This would also make a great pillow! That one is still on my "to do" list.

Feel free to share this link with your friends but they must download it themselves by signing up for the newsletter. It is a copyrighted design so please don't make copies to share. It is for your own personal use, please do not use it for profit of any kind.

Enjoy!

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Today is the Day!

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The blog hop begins today for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour! Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite tea, sit back and relax as you take some time to view some of the amazing blocks in this month's issue. The tour is from May 4-8 so be sure to return each day to see100 Blocks cover all the new and exciting blocks. I even have a block in the magazine and my day for the tour is Thursday, May 7, so be sure to check back here for a chance to win some prizes!

You can access featured blocks each day at http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

I'm sure you will find some new favorites, hope you have a blast!

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Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace Next Week!

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Here is the press release about the upcoming fun in Sanford next week. Hope to see you there! Click here to receive a $1.00 off coupon for admission!

After the holidays, many people put away ornaments and decorations, but quilters and knitters plan a new project to keep their creativity going during the cold months ahead.

A good place to get a creative jolt is The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace. This shopping experience will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 and Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford, NC 27330.  Hours are 9 am - 5 pm on Friday and 9 am - 4 pm on Saturday.  Anyone who enjoys quilting or knitting will find many shops to inspire creativity.  Bring your friends and join us for a day of shopping, creativity, friendship, fabric, fibers and food.  Treat yourself to a day immersed in fabrics, books, patterns, yarns, buttons, sewing machines and long arm quilting machines, mixed media and more.  Some sweet baked goods and famous chicken salad from Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House will make the day complete.

Each day will be filled with special activities.  Everyone who attends the QFAM will have a chance to win hourly door prizes, a sewing machine, and a huge gift basket.  The first 100 people in the door each morning will get two chances to win all these prizes.  Many of the shops will feature “Early Bird Specials”  during the first hour of the show.  Arrive early and spend the day.

Friday afternoon, at 3pm, Find X Designs from Sanford, NC will sponsor a drawing for a Smarter 140s Pfaff sewing machine.  Find X Designs will also feature quilting and knitting supplies.

Saturday afternoon, at 3 pm, Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop from Greensboro, NC will sponsor a drawing for a Magnolia 7330 Janome sewing machine. Ye Olde Forest Quilt shop will also feature quilting fabrics, patterns books and notions.  They will gladly answer any questions you have about APQS Longarm quilting machines.  You must be present to win either of the sewing machine drawings.

Visitors to the The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace will enjoy the varied selection of a “shop hop” without the stress of driving from shop to shop.  Parking is free and good food is available on site.  At the QFAM more than 30 shops are under one roof for your shopping pleasure.  Stroll our aisles and enjoy what each shop has to offer.  Small businesses will open their doors to you…….

Angelia Christine from Smithfield, Va. - Hand-dyed fabrics and wearables.

Auntie Ju’s Quilt Shoppe from Wilmington, NC - Hand-dyed wools, punchneedle and stitchery.

Batting and More from Mooresville, NC - Threads for machine and handwork and batting.

Freda Berry from Morganton, NC - Wool fabrics for small projects.

Blue Ridge Quilts from Millers Creek, NC - Quilting fabrics, kits and patterns.

Cary Quilting Company from Cary, NC - Quilting fabrics, patterns and kits.

The Cotton Quilt from Granite Falls, NC - Quilting fabrics, notions and puzzles.

Dragonfly Quilt Shop from High Point, NC - Quilting books, patterns and kits.

Empty Pockets Alpaca Farm from Climax, NC - 100% alpaca yarn and alpaca items like socks, gloves and shawls.

Featherweight Poppy from Salisbury, NC - Singer Featherweight sewing machines and service.

Find X Designs from Sanford, NC - Quilting, knitting and Pfaff sewing machines.

Heelside Farms from Four Oaks, NC - Yarn, batts and roving from their own sheep.

Hissyfitz Designs from Cary, NC - Very cute original applique quilting patterns.

Kathy’s Patchworks from Falls Church, Va. - Quilting fabrics and chenille.

Lone Star Mercantile from Fuquay Varina, NC - Civil War and 30’s prints, hand-dyed floss and wools.

Loving Stitches from Fayetteville, NC - Bernina sewing machines, Gammill Longarm quilting machines, fabrics and kits.

North Catolina Quilts - Aurofil thread, and fabulous handmade sewn accessories.

Pappy’s Woodshop from Lexington, SC - Wooden ruler racks and binding winder.

Q Bee Quilts from Charlotte, NC - Quilting fabric, patterns and books.

Quilt Patch Fabrics from Charlotte, NC - Quilting fabric, patterns, notions and books.

Quilter’s Loft Company from Mooresville, NC - fabrics, books, notions and patterns.

Quick Qut Quilts from Clinton, Tenn. - Precuts for quilting.

Quilter’s Gallery from Cleveland, NC - Quilting batiks and prints.   “Pizza” kits.

Real Time Pain Relief  - to sooth our achy hands and joints.

Schoolhouse Quilts from Forest City, NC - Books, books and more books.

Shakerwood Woolens from Rock Hill, SC - Hand-dyed wools, applique patterns, books and threads.

Studio Stitch from Greensboro, NC - Bernina dealer, fabric, sewing and embroidery notions.

CF Tomchik from Clemmons, NC - Raku fired buttons and shawl pins.

Twin Birch Products from Siler City, NC - handcrafted birchwod knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarns and fair trade baskets.

Two Birds from Greensboro, NC - Fine handmade bags and purses.

Vintage Textiles and Quilts from Seneca, SC - Vintage textiles and notions.

Wood Quilt Blocks from Manassas, Va. - Quilt designs in wood marquetry.  Jewelry, mirrors, clocks and wood handled sewing notions.

Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop from Greensboro, NC - Janome Sewing machines, fabric, patterns and precuts.

The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace is a day full of fun and creativity featuring many of the finest small businesses you will ever see.  Sanford, NC is centrally located in eastern North Carolina and is an easy drive from many metropolitan areas.  Admission is $6.00.

How Cute is This!

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Laura's-Purse I’m smiling ear to ear! Laura Martell of The Creative Thimble sent me this pic of her As You Like It purse made up using my Cruisin' bike pattern on the front flap. It doesn’t get much cuter than this! The flap on this purse is interchangeable, it simply buttons on. You can change the look depending on your mood or even the season.

We are heading to Chattanooga, TN next week to vend at the AQS Quiltweek show September 10th-13th at the Chattanooga Convention Center and Laura and I are in booths across from each other, #728 and #729. If you are in or near Chattanooga or if you feel like a road trip, come by our booths and say “Hey!” I know there will be so much inspiration for you there.

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Three Down, Four to Go!

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Emma and her quilt I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” This is a phrase that is well known around our house when it comes to getting something done that is sewing or quilt related.

As a quilt designer you would think that my children and grandchildren would be unable to move in their beds at night from the weight of all the quilts I have made for them, right?! Ha, unfortunately this isn’t even close to reality. My own children do indeed have quilts or wallhangings which I made for them many years ago, before I even started designing quilts. When my two daughters got married, the plan was to make a quilt for each new grandchild as they came along. This worked pretty well for the first couple. Kate received a quilt designed especially for her, which resulted in my Cutie Patootie pattern. Jackson followed shortly thereafter and so did his quilt, which eventually became the Action Jackson pattern.

However, the grandchildren didn’t end there. Both of my girls continued having babies and now I am WAY behind on the quilts. Kate now has two sisters, Emma is five and Claire is two, and Jackson now has three brothers, four year old Gavin, and two year old twin brothers Ryan and Dylan.

It would certainly be easier to accomplish my goal of supplying quilts to each of these kiddos if I could simply go to my local quilt shop and pick a pattern from the rack. However, my girls seem to think that each of these wonderful children deserves their own original quilt designed by “Honey”, and I must admit that I agree with them.

Poor Emma has been waiting patiently for her quilt for several years now. I had been working on it sporadically but just hadn’t set aside the time to get it finished, until recently. The layout is similar to Cutie Patootie except that it is upside down, I didn’t feel the need to “reinvent the wheel” here. The designs inside the blocks are all different except for the monkeys. I’d originally planned something else for that particular block, but one of Emma’s favorite things is monkeys, so I just used the block from Jackson’s quilt instead.

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This summer we had a great time with the grandgirls as they stayed at our house for two weeks while their parents went to Europe. Before they arrived, I had finished the quilt top and had it layered and pinned for quilting. While they were here, I would find a few free minutes now and then to sit down at my machine for some free-motion quilting. The girls knew that I was working on Emma’s quilt and I had promised her that it would be finished in time for her to take it home with her. One day Emma stood watching me as I was stitching away on the quilt and she said, “Honey, can you just stay up all night until you are finished?” Well, that didn’t happen but I was able to have it ready for her by the time she left.

Emma was pretty excited about her new quilt. Courtney, my daughter, said that she was showing it off to her friends the following week and she overheard her say, “This is the quilt that Honey made for me. She’s old, but she’s not dead.”

Ha ha, aren't kids great!

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Finally, Fabric!

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Thai Silks I knew it was here somewhere, just a matter of hunting it down, but once we found shops with fabric, they were everywhere. In Bangkok there are streets filled with tailor shops willing to make suits, sport coats, and pants out of gorgeous lightweight wool, cashmere and linen. Custom fitted shirts can also be made out of beautiful shirting fabric. Not exactly inexpensive, but certainly less than you would pay in the US.

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Since Fitz needed a wardrobe update (he is either shrinking or losing weight) he had some things made. It took a few trips for measurements, first fitting, and final fitting but he ended up with some great looking clothes.

Ladies silks were everywhere too, once we knew where to look. There are some pretty fabulous shopping malls here and the silk shops all seem to be located inside. I saw some beautiful handmade silk jackets in one shop but they didn’t allow photos, this shop, however, didn't seem to mind.

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We went to Singapore for a few days and found even more fabric there! There is a street called Arab Street, which has rows and rows of Turkish shops carrying more silk, and cotton fabrics. Lots of rug shops available here too, if you need some beautiful floor coverings.

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We were even able to find a quilt shop in Singapore called Quilts and Friends, a great little shop owned by Brigette Lee. She was in the middle of teaching a class when we arrived but was gracious enough to take a break and show us around her wonderful shop. I was hoping to purchase some local fabric but Brigette explained that there were no fabric designers in Singapore so the majority of her fabrics were from American and Japanese companies.

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All in all, a pretty good variety of beautiful fabrics!

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White Temples, Black Houses, and Opium?

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No grass growing under our feet as we have been constantly busy exploring new areas of Thailand. We flew from Bangkok to Chaing Rei, which is in northern Thailand and stayed at the beautiful Meridian Resort for a couple of days.The Meridian  

The town of Chaing Rei is considerably smaller than Bangkok but in order to get around we hired a driver to take us on a tour of the area. With small children in tow, it’s a little difficult to see more than a couple of places each day but they were troopers as we dragged them around in what felt like 100-degree heat.

The white temple was high on our list and not at all what we expected. We have visited a few Buddhist temples here and just thought it would be another Buddhist temple that was painted white but found instead that is was created by a Thai artist with a different idea in mind. There is a great post here http://www.thailandforchildren.com/chiang-mai-family-travel/chiang-rai/white-temple-wat-rong-khun-thailand to give you a better idea, than I can, about all that is represented there.

White TempleNext, we headed to the Black House, which was also quite different. There were several buildings, all black, which looked a lot like temples but contained long wooden tables and chairs made from animal horns.

Black HouseMany wooden carvings on poles and tables, which displayed crocodile and snake skins. Additional buildings on the property housed an elephant skeleton and large fishing traps hanging from the rafters.Black House Inside

As with everything to visit around here, there was a gift shop just in case you wanted to purchase your own “look alike” crocodile handbag.

Finally, the last stop of the day was at the Golden Triangle where the countries of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand come together.Golden Triangle

This used to be the largest opium producing area and there is now an Opium Museum to visit. It’s pretty much a tourist trap but was filled with all types of pipes, and smoking paraphernalia.Opium Pipes

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Apparently you could rest your head on one of these marble and ceramic "pillows" as you smoked the pipe and soon it would feel like you were "floating on a cloud". Ha!

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There was even a replica of a prisoner to show you what can happen to you if you decide to go down this path.

I guess I was expecting to see fields of poppies instead and had great visions of making a poppy quilt! Not a poppy in sight!

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Thai-ing One On!

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DSC00375We’re doing a little traveling, visiting our daughter, son-in-law and four grandsons (all ages 6 and under) in Thailand! After the 32 hour plane ride on three separate flights we finally arrived, although we were pretty exhausted. It has taken a couple of days to adjust to the new time zone, 11 hours ahead of Raleigh time, but we’re not waking up at 3 am and staying awake for a couple of hours anymore. Since our time here is limited, we aren’t letting any grass grow under our feet, although not much grass is growing anywhere here in Bangkok. It’s a really busy place full of sights and smells not often experienced in North Carolina. Traffic is constant and a little harrowing with pink taxis, tut-tuts, baht buses, and motorcyclists fighting for their piece of the narrow streets here. Kathleen drives their mini van around like a champ, not easy considering it is an American vehicle and they drive on the other side of the road here so she has a double challenge with her steering wheel being on the wrong side of the car! Can’t seem to figure out who has the right of way, pedestrians or drivers, as no one wants to give, but we finally realized that if you are walking you are always on the defensive.

What we take for granted in the US is obvious here, as there are hardly any sidewalks wider than about three feet and they are in a constant state of disrepair with uneven levels to navigate, large holes and cracks, and loose tiles. We’re doing a LOT of walking but have to constantly watch where we step so as not to end up flat on our face in front of a taxi or oncoming bus. Needless to say, walking anywhere with a six year old, a four year old, and a set of two year old twins is a lesson in patience and fearful hysteria. Sidewalks aren’t wide enough for a twin stroller so in order to use the stroller you have to walk along the edge of the street and hope no one is having a bad driving day.

Temperatures around 100 degrees are normal here and we, as Americans, seem to be the only ones with sweat dripping from our “red as beet” faces. Yesterday we spent the afternoon at Chatuchak Market.

DSC00373This huge market is apparently very famous here, made up of tiny little vendor shops. They sell everything from new and used clothing, any type of Thai food you can imagine, small animals, birds, and fish and furniture and accessories.

DSC00365 I found a pair of pants and a shirt that I liked and asked to try them on. The ladies were very accommodating, “Sure, sure” they said, “try them on here!” and they took me into their tiny vending space and stood in front of me as I stood there half naked trying the clothes on while hundreds of people walked by just a few feet away! I bought the pants.

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A Little Virtual Quilt Show

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IMG_1970 What a great time we had at the Vintage View Quilt Show this past weekend! The Capital Quilt Guild, along with the Carolina Longarm Association banded together to create this wonderful show and it was amazing! Over 450 quilts were entered and the skill and expertise were obvious in all the beautiful quilts. Since I was vending at the show, I arrived early every morning so that I could get a chance to see all the beautiful quilts myself. Here are a few photos in case you missed it.

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Botanikal by Lynne Turner-Lio is an adaptation of Robin Pandolph's "Botanika" pattern. Lynne added dimension appliqué to make this the Best of Show quilt!

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Wilson, North Carolina by Frances Tillery shows many of the buildings in Wilson where Frances grew up.

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Spring Bouquet by Karen West made from a kit by Laundry Basket Quilts and quilted by Suzan deSerres.

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Dancing Batik by Noi Bland and quilted by Angela Clark.

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Lollipop Trees by Sharyn Cole. This quilt is from a pattern by Kim McLean and was quilted by Suzan deSerres.

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Arboretum by Sheryl Lucas was one of the first quilts Sheryl made. It was quilted by Ann Hull.

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Smokey Mountain Feathered Star by Angela Clark. This quilt was part of a Dee Dalton Mystery Retreat, the pattern is Star Trekks by Dee Dalton and the quilting design is by Dawna Sanders.

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Snails Trails by Gail B. Draney was a Saturday Sampler quilt for 2012 from Bernina World of Sewing. It was quilted by Jan Marie Potter.

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I even managed to garner a ribbon of my own with my Acorns Away quilt which I created from a block I made for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine. My own design, my own quilting.

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These cute little quiltlets were stitched up by Brenda Keeley for herself and her two sisters using my Tweet pattern. She said she made each of the quilts and gave two of them to her sisters but had to ask for them back so that she could enter them in the show. The next picture is a photo of the works in progress. I love it when customers send me photos of items created from my designs!

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Hope you enjoyed this virtual little quilt show and are working on your own fun creations!

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Vintage View Quilt Show in Raleigh

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VintageViewQuiltShow1 Getting excited for the upcoming quilt show here in Raleigh this weekend. I'll be setting up tomorrow and the show starts on Friday. The following press release contains all the info you need to be able to plan your visit to the show. Hope to see you there! There are approximately 450 quilts for you to drool over, I even entered one myself.

Raleigh, NC…Whether you want to take a step back in time to remember the days of your grandmother’s soft comfy quilt or fast forward to today's cutting edge quilting techniques, you’ll find it all at the Vintage View Quilt Show, March 14-16, 2014 at the Kerr Scott Building at NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. “The Capital Quilters Guild (CQG) is partnering with the Carolina Longarm Association (CLA) to present this big show. The group anticipates 400 quilts on display, vendors, demonstrations, Wearable Quilt Art Displays, and special exhibits,” said CQG President Penny Prichard adding that the show is a fundraising event for the two non-profit groups. The three-day show will include judged quilts (submitted prior to the show), themed exhibits and 40 vendors who will offer every type of quilt tool, patterns, notions, fabric and machines geared to the casual and dedicated quilter and sewer. Hours for the show are: Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4. Admission to Vintage View Quilt Show is $5. “Since our grandmothers lovingly stitched every piece by hand, we follow suit but on machines,” said Suzan deSerres, President of the Carolina Longarm Association who added that quilting is a $ 3.58 billion dollar industry that appeals to an estimated 21 million women and men over the age of 18 who shop at approximately 3,500 quilt shops in the United States. (over 50 in North Carolina; 11 in Triangle Region). Traditional quilting abounds and still appeals although art quilting is making its mark in this modern era.

Make Your Own Design Wall!

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Image As far back as I can remember, I've always had some type of sewing space in my house. My DH is retired from the Air Force and for 29 years we moved about every 3-4 years. When my kids were small there was very little extra space to allow for a dedicated area to sew. I often would set up my sewing machine at the kitchen table, make a huge mess with fabric scraps and  pattern pieces scattered all over the place, and then try to push everything aside to allow enough room to eat at the kitchen table. After dinner, everything would be returned to the previous chaos until that sewing project was completed. At that point everything would be cleaned up, machine  and ironing board put away until the next sewing project.

Eventually we moved to a house that had a downstairs family room which allowed me to take over a corner of the family room. This allowed me a little more freedom as I was able to leave the sewing machine set up between projects which also meant that I got more sewing done because it wasn't as hard to haul everything out to start a new project. I became so used to having my own space that I continued to commandeer a corner in the basement of the next house. With the next move we ended up in a house with no basement and no room in the family room for me to have my own little corner. By this time my three kiddos each had their own room so I convinced the girls that it would be a great idea if they would share a room and I took over one of the bedrooms for my ever growing sewing supplies. I can't begin to tell you how many fights I had to referee over them sharing a room, I think there were a few months of actual masking tape down the middle of the room so that neither of them stepped in the other's space (but that's another story in itself)!

When the girls were in high school we lived in yet another house that had no extra room for me so I ended up taking over the dining room for my space. This actually was not the best solution because it was in the main living area and one of the first things people saw when they came to the house. Because of that, I had to clean up quite a bit when I finished sewing for the day to keep everything looking presentable. Several moves later I now have a dedicated sewing studio of my own! It's the bonus room over the garage. I can start a project, leave everything as messy as I want, start another project, etc. etc, and I am the only one who has to deal with the mess.

We've lived in our current house for 11 years now. Ack! That's like a lifetime for someone who was used to moving every three or four years, so occasionally I get a little itchy to move things around.

Recently I realized that the design wall I had been using for a few years just wasn't hacking it anymore. I had a sheet of styrofoam insulation from the local hardware store which I covered with flannel. It leaned against the wall and was stored behind a large chair which manages to stay covered with piles of fabric. Whenever I needed to use it I hauled it out from behind the chair and propped it against the storage cabinets at the end of the room.

Eventually I began to want a larger design wall, something a little more permanent so that I wouldn't have to move things around whenever I needed to use it. I decided that the only way to accomplish this was to move all the shelves and storage cabinets to another wall so that it would "free up" the wall I needed.

Since my original design wall wasn't quite large enough I added another covered sheet of foam insulation next to the original one. It wasn't until they were covered and nailed to the wall that I realized that the color of the insulation makes a difference. The original one was pink and the recently purchased one was blue. You can see a little difference in the color now that they are side by side but I've gotten used to it. When I use this wall to take photos of quilts I crop out the background anyway so it really doesn't matter.

If you have been yearning for your own design wall, here are a few pointers...

Depending on how large a wall you want, you will need one or two styrofoam insulation sheets from your local hardware store. Measure your wall to determine the finished size of your design wall area. Since I rearranged my room to accommodate a large wall I used two styrofoam sheets.

To cover the styrofoam I purchased some heavy duty flannel. It wasn't large enough to cover the styrofoam so I sewed two widths of the flannel together and made sure to allow enough fabric (about 6 inches) to be able to fold over to the back side of the styrofoam board. After sewing your flannel together be sure to press the seams open.

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You may need a helper at this point. Lay your flannel out on the floor or use a large table with the wrong side of the flannel facing up. Then lay your styrofoam sheet over the flannel. Make sure the fabric is flat and begin turning the fabric to the back of the styrofoam board. Staple a couple of staples on one side and then pull the fabric slightly from the opposite side and staple. Continue alternating sides, stapling as you go until you have secured each side. Next, staple the top and bottom the same way.

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Since the styrofoam isn't strong enough to hold the staples in place for an extended period of time, use some type of wide tape (I used duct tape but packing tape will also work) to tape over the edge of the fabric and staples. Tape all four sides.

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I used two pieces of styrofoam and wanted to keep them aligned so I added additional tape to make a "hinge" between the two boards.

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Now you simply need to attach the finished design wall to your wall. I rested the bottom of the design wall onto the baseboard and used small nails and nailed through the styrofoam right into the wall.

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If you are limited on wall space, you could always make a design wall like this, hinge it together with tape and store it somewhere, maybe under a bed, until you actually need it.

Once you begin to use it, though you will love it enough that you will want it out all the time!

Congrats to the Winners!

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QMMS-130037-cover_200_56636If you joined in on the Blog Tour from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine I hope you had a great time visiting all the websites. Through a random drawing, I chose six winners from my blog visitors… Kathy S - Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine sent from Quiltmaker Michele - Qultmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine from me Joan H - Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine from me Carol Williams - Here Comes the Sun pattern Laura McFall - Jiggity-jig pattern Linda Christianson - My Favorite Earrings Pattern (Giraffe)

If you are one of these lucky winners, you should have received an email from me asking for your mailing address.

If you subscribed to my newsletter, you are also a winner because the free pdf of "Santa's Flight" was included in the newsletter which went out today.

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Thanks so much for participating in the Blog Tour, now you just need to get busy making some of the wonderful blocks included in the magazine!

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You Finally Made It!

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I hope you have been having a great time on the 100 Blocks Magazine Blog Tour! I'm glad that you found me here in my corner of the world. I have a little post-it note stuck to my computer screen that says, "I live in my own little world but it's okay, they know me here!" So welcome, sit back and relax and enjoy a few minutes with me. Image

I am excited to have a block in this wonderful magazine once again and hope that you will find it is just what you need to make up something quick for the holidays. My block is called "Shine a Little Light" and it actually has a little bit of special meaning to me as we place candles, just like this, in all of our windows for the month of December.

This block would be lovely if you combined three of the blocks together to make a table runner or even use it to make a mantle cover over your fireplace.

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Since I like to do things a little differently, I'm also showing how you can make a simple wallhanging of a window and add the candles to the windowsill. For a little special touch, I added the moon and a silhouette of Santa and his reindeer flying off into the night.

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If you would like to make a similar wallhanging, I'm offering a free download of the Santa and reindeer silhouette called "Santa's Flight" as a free pdf that you can print out on your own computer. In order to get the free download, you just need to sign up for my newsletter. Don't worry, I only send one out when I have a new design coming out or if I have some quilt related news to share, so your inbox won't be overrun with emails from me. I'll be sending out a newsletter next week with a link for the free download.

Sign up for the newsletter here. newsletter-button I also have a couple of giveaways for you here. You can win one of three of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazines, I'll be sending out two magazines and Quiltmaker will mail out the third. I'll also be giving away three of my patterns. To win one of these six prizes, simply go to my website, decide which pattern you would like to win, and then come back here and tell me which one you would like, by leaving a comment below. Six lucky winners will be selected Monday morning and I will contact the winners to get a mailing address.

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Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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How to Add a Flange to Your Quilt Block and Mount it on a Canvas Frame

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16Finished-block Many of my patterns have an additional little design element that's called a "flange". This is actually just an additional strip of fabric in a contrasting color to add a little zing to the design. However, it not only adds that little pop of color but also has a very useful purpose! It allows you to lift up the flange on your finished project to begin free-motion quilting in an area so that no one call tell where you began. After you have done all of your wonderful quilting, you can then end your quilting by lifting up the flange again and secure your stitches underneath. Again, no one will be able to tell where you ended your quilting! AMAZING, I know!

I decided to add a little tutorial on my blog so that you, too, would have the knowledge to add a flange to your projects and give them a little extra personality. The design I'm using is called "Stitch" and can be purchased on my webpage.

The first thing you need to do is complete the stitching on your particular appliqué block.

1Stitch-block

For this block I decided to stretch it over an artist's canvas. I purchased a 12" blank canvas from my local art supply/craft store.

Canvas-back

Since I started with a 12 ½" finished block, I needed to determine how much to trim off the block in order to add the flange and have the block wrap around to the back of the canvas. I wanted my flange to be 1" inside the edge of the canvas so I trimmed my block to 10 ½".2Trim-Block

Next, I cut one strip of fabric 1" x wof (width of fabric).

3Cut-flange

I then placed this on my ironing board in a little pile and added spray starch to it.

4Spray-starch

Next, iron this little strip of fabric, wrong sides together, to create a long strip of fabric that is ½" wide.

5Press-flange

Now, cut four of these flange strips 10 ½" in length.

Trim-flange

Line the raw edge of the first strip up with the raw edge of the top of the block and sew it on with a ¼" seam allowance. Then continue to sew the flange strips onto your block. I usually sew the top and bottom on first and then the two sides.

Stitch-flange

When the flange has been added, you need to determine how wide to cut the border strips to add to your block so that it will wrap to the back of the canvas. Center your block on the front of the canvas and measure from the edge of the block to the back side of the canvas and add ¼". My measurement was 3" so I cut two strips of background fabric 3" x wof (width of fabric).

Measure-to-back

I then cut two strips 10 ½" in length because that is the size of my block, and I sewed one border to each side of the block, again using a ¼" seam allowance, encasing the flange between the block and the border fabric.

Stitch-border

Remember to press your borders away from your block each time you sew one on. The folded edge of your flange strip will be towards the center of your block.

Press-border

Now that your side borders have been added you need to cut two lengths from your border fabric to measure 3" x 15" and add these two borders to the top and bottom of your block. When all the borders have been added, it's time to layer your block with backing and batting and do some fun quilting. If you aren't sure about free-motion quilting, you can always do some straight line quilting or cross-hatch quilting.

13Free-Motion

After quilting is finished, trim your block to 15" square and staple it to your canvas.

15Staple-to-canvasCenter your block on your canvas and pull the fabric to the back a little at a time and staple with a heavy duty stapler. Start in the center of each side so that you can determine that the block is centered and square and pull the fabric tight. The corners can be a little tricky, so fold the corner up at a diagonal and then fold the sides over it. Then continue to add staples around the block every couple of inches.

What a quick and easy way to give a block more personality. You can also add a flange to an area on your quilt that needs a little extra pop of color!

Join Me on the Tour!

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QMMS-130037-cover_200_56636It's time for another exciting Blog Tour from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine and today is the first day of the tour! My block is called "Shine a Little Light" and it's perfect to stitch up quickly for the holidays. It even made the front cover, it's the three candles all the way to the right in the third row! Sit back with a nice cup of coffee or tea and join me and many other designers as we guide you along. The tour is November 11-15 with different designers featured each day. Simply click here to begin the tour! The list of designers changes each day and when you visit the designers' websites you will have a chance to win some great prizes. joinforblogtour8_200 My tour date is November 15th so come back by on Friday for a chance to win your own copy of this wonderful magazine and a chance to win some of my patterns as well. See you then!

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And the Winner Is...

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Quilts From 100 Blocks coverThanks for your comments regarding the Falling Acorns quilt. The winners of the two magazines, Quiltmaker's Quilts From 100 Blocks are Anya King and Elizabeth McDonald. Congratulations ladies, please send me your mailing address to hissyfitz@earthlink.net and I will send these magazines out to you on Monday. Random No 15Random No 2

I'm heading out of town for a few days to attend my high school reunion, 40 years, yikes! It has been at least 20 years since I've seen any of my fellow classmates. I just hope there is a yearbook available as a reference of how we all looked those many years ago because I'm afraid I won't be able to recognize anyone!

Wish me luck!

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Falling Acorns

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The days are getting a little shorter and occasionally you can feel a touch of fall. What better time to tackle a new project! Last year I submitted a block to Quiltmaker Magazine's Fall issue of "100 Blocks". When I created the block, I also quickly made up a wallhanging using that block, and a variation of it, for the center of the quilt and the corner blocks. I was hoping that they would include it in the magazine. But, when I sent them photos of the quilt, they decided to hold onto it in order to include it in their magazine  "Quilts From 100 Blocks". I'm happy to report that this issue just hit the news stands and I am so excited to be included! I'm giving away two copies of the magazine by random drawing on Tuesday, September 10. Simply comment below telling me what you love most about Fall. You can increase your chance to win by also "Liking" my Facebook page, Hissyfitz Designs,  and come back here to tell me that you have "liked" my page. If you are already a fan of my page just tell me that too.

Best of luck to you and I hope you are working on a project that you love.

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Spring Market in Portland

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What a great time I had at Spring Market! Portland is a wonderful city and I wish I had gone a few days early to be able to experience more of it. Since I actually arrived at midnight (Eastern time) I started out a little on the tired side. Let me tell you, it's not easy carrying everything you need for your booth in two suitcases on a plane! I shipped out boxes of patterns and kits, as well, but this is what my booth looked like when I arrived.My booth in Portland After a lot of effort and many trips climbing up and down on a ladder, it finally came together. Hissyfitz Designs in Portland There were so many other wonderful booths to see. Since I arrived early each day, I took a few pictures of other great booths. Pat Bravo Mo Bidell

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Ric Rac BoothGotta love this cute little dress made from selvedge edges in the Ric Rac booth!

Stella LightingI had great neighbors across the aisle from me in the Stella Lighting booth. From left to right are Marshall Collins, Janessa Bruce, Michael McCormick, and Nathan Wiedenmann. Let me tell you, these guys and their lights are amazing! The lights are LED so they never get hot, there are three different settings, warm, natural, and cool to meet all your lighting needs and each of these settings can be dimmed to your specifications to make just the perfect amount and style of lighting you prefer to work on your particular projects. Since there is no bulb to burn out, these lights last for over 50,000 hours of use. As I listened to their spiel throughout the show I decided that I had to have these lights. The task light for my desk followed me home and the floor light, called Stella Sky is on order and I can't wait to have it in my sewing studio!

A couple of highlights from the show were that I added a new distributor to those that carry my patterns. I am very happy to say that Checker Distributors was added to my list.

Checker Sign

And I was excited to see that my block "Cuppity Cake" was on the flyer being distributed to potential designers who may want to add their block to an upcoming issue of 100 Blocks Magazine.

100 Blocks Flyer

All in all, it was a very successful market for me. I loved meeting new shop owners and it was a joy to see current customers as well. I came home with a head full of new ideas and am anxious to get them down on paper.

Congrats to the Winners!

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I hope everyone had a great time with the 100 Blocks Magazine Blog Hop last week.

Here are the winners I randomly selected using random.org.

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Sarah Beyer won a "Santa Mouse" pattern from my website.

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Kris S - Won "A Spot of Tea" from my website.

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Lavonna ZWB - Will receive a copy of the 100 Blocks Magazine.

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Ellen McCaulley - Will receive my "Flamingo Frolics" pattern.

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Carol Kuse - Will receive a copy of the 100 Blocks Magazine. Her copy will be sent directly from Quiltmaker.

Congratulations to all the winners. You will be receiving an email from me shortly to get your mailing address.

 

I've Been Waiting for You!

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Image Hello, and welcome to my blog! I’m so excited to have another block in the 100 Blocks Magazine. There are so many wonderful blocks in this issue to give you some quilting and sewing inspiration, you’ll be busy for months!

If you are anything like me, the ideas to create using these blocks are so abundant that I don’t want to do anything else but lock myself in my sewing studio and sew. Unfortunately though, life has a way of getting in the way of studio time so I just have to stitch a little when I can.

I’m happy that you have made it to Day 4 on the Blog Tour. When I sat down to create a block for this issue I wanted something that could be displayed year ‘round. After a few sketches I decided on a cupcake block as they are so sweet and tempting.

Cuppity Cake

Here are a few ideas of ways to use my “Cuppity Cake” block.

You could make a traditional style quilt using any number of blocks, I kinda like the look of this nine block setting using alternate blocks of four cupcakes.

9 patch cupcake quilt

For something a little simpler, how about a table runner? You can add some cupcake quilting in the center block.

Cupcake Tablerunner

Or, if you really want to try something a little different, here is an idea using the completed block and then taking portions of the design to create something a little more unique. I really like the look of this one.

Cupcake Alternate Layout

Giveaway Prizes:

Five lucky winners will be chosen randomly using random.org to win one of the five prizes.  Prizes include one of two copies of the 100 Blocks Magazine, the kind folks at Quiltmaker are supplying one, and I will provide the other. Three Hissyfitz Designs patterns (winner's choice) will be given away as well.

How to enter:

Go to my website, Hissyfitz Designs, check out my patterns and then leave a comment here stating which pattern you would like to win.

Giveaway will close at midnight EST on Friday, May 3rd.  Winners will be contacted by email and will be posted here on my blog.

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Be sure to check back tomorrow with the Quilty Pleasures blog to see even more inspiring blocks and ideas!