Hissyfitz Designs

A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick

100 Blocks

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!

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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.

Teapot tablerunner

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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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.

If you haven't already "liked" me on Facebook, please do so, as that is the quickest way to see what's new in my world. Click here to be added to my Facebook fans.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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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.

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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.

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!

Fun With 100 Blocks!

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100 Blocks Magazine It's almost here! The new issue, Volume 7, of 100 Blocks magazine will hit the newsstands on May 7th. If you want to get a jump on viewing some of the gorgeous blocks in this issue you can hop on over to the Blog Hop which starts today! This fun "hop-a-long" continues through the week and gives you lots of opportunities to win your own copy of the magazine as well as other prizes offered on some of the blogging websites. Oh yeah, I have a block in this issue, it's even on the cover. My cute little Cuppity Cake block is so easy to make. My date for the Blog Tour is Thursday, May 2nd but you can jump in anytime and start enjoying some creative fun. Head on over to Quilty Pleasures to join along. See you back here on Thursday.