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A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick


You Finally Made It!

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick220 Comments

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.


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.


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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Signature Red

Christmas Candles

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick3 Comments

Another Christmas tradition in our family is putting the Christmas candles in all the windows.  This is as far as I go when it comes to lighting up the house for the holidays.  Sorry, no inflatable Santas, Snoopys, or Snow Globes on my front lawn.  There was a time when we hung green pine garland with white lights up one side of the front door, over the huge arched window above it and down the other side.  This would require getting out the 25 foot extension ladder and having my husband or my then teenage son climb the ladder which was precariously balanced on the front steps and leaning against the house just above the arched window above the door.  It was usually a knuckle biting experience on my part as all I could think about would be the ladder slipping and the person on top of the ladder crashing through the upstairs window.  I think DH and DS were both relieved when I decided, a few years ago, that it wasn't worth risking life and limb just to add a few more lights to the front of the house.

These window candles have been in our family, and glowing at Christmastime in our windows, for over 30 years.  I know there are more beautiful candles around these days but it's just not that easy getting rid of something like this.  Our kiddos used to complain when I would call out every evening, "Go plug in the lights!"  We've gotten wise the past few years and now have all of them on timers, wish we'd thought of that years ago as it would have stopped all the complaining of, "It's not my turn, I did it last night!"

I'm still working to improve my photos by participating in Courtney's Click it Up a Notch tutorials.  This week I learned that it takes a lot of photos and a lot of camera adjustments to get just what you are looking for.  Shutter 1/30, Aperture f18, ISO 1600.