Family Fun & 26 Free Blocks

6 Oct

Copy of QBM Oct Image copyFellow Quilters,

Have I got something fun to share with you today!

Delivering to e-mailboxes everywhere is the October edition of Quilt Block Mania, organized by Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore. The theme this month is Family, and 26 designers have each created a 12” block that in some way represents or reflects what family means to them.  Each designer was asked to work within a select palette of colors as well so that all the blocks would color-coordinate nicely.

So, what did I do?  I decided to have some fun with this theme!  My block is entitled Every Family Has One.  One what, you may ask?  A black sheep of course!  Yes, I designed an applique block – quite unusual for me – that has 4 sheep:  3 cream ones and one black one.  And I found some perfect fabrics for it.  I have been working with a fabulous new Basics collection from Banyan Batiks, and there is THE perfect fabric for the cream sheep.  It has curlicues on it.  Then I discovered that it also comes in a charcoal color.

Banyan Classics, perfect for sheep

Banyan Classics, perfect for sheep

Sold!  I now had my cream and “black” sheep.  Here is my first block.

My first version, using the Banyan Classics fabrics - love it!

My first version, using the Banyan Classics fabrics – love it!

Aren’t those sheep darling?!?  I used the teal leaves fabric from my Vino collection for the background and some Banyan Shadows for the tonal off-white, black and peach.

Now, several years ago I made a baby quilt with sheep on it, and I used a fleecy fabric for the sheep.  Could I do that here as well, I wondered?  I dug through my stash and found some cream dotted Minky, and a black lightweight fleece.  I chose these two fabrics because they are knits and won’t fray like woven fabrics do.  You see, I will secure the edges of the pieces when I quilt the block, by quilting ⅛” inside the edges of the applique pieces using a matching thread.  Here’s the fleecy super-cuddly version of my block.


The fleecy version of Every Family Has One

Cute!!!  You can download my block pattern here.

So, I have a great tip for you today.  For this block I chose to use the quick-fuse method for my appliques because I used batik fabrics.  They are much more tightly woven than traditional quilting cotton, and I will secure the edges by stitching ⅛” from the edge as I will do for the knit fleece.  I like to “window” my larger applique pieces – I trim out the inside of the Wonder-Under before I fuse it to my fabric, leaving only ¼” inside the traced line.  This keeps the applique pieces softer and easier to quilt.  Knowing I would cut out the inside of my sheep bodies, I traced smaller shapes inside the bodies and got double the use of my Wonder-Under.

I traced my smaller pieces inside the larger pieces since I would be trimming out the center of the larger pieces

I traced my smaller pieces inside the larger pieces since I would be trimming out the center of the larger pieces

Less waste and more $$ for fabric purchases 😊.

Here are the other designers that are participating in Quilt Block Mania – Family edition.  Please hop over to their sites to collect their free patterns as well.

Warming by the Fire
Paper Chain Family at Slice of Pi Quilts
Family is Love
Family Quote Pineapple Block by Blockofthemodotcom
Family Pumpkin Pickin’ Day
Family Crest at Always Expect Moore
Old Rocking Chair at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Love@Home at Stash Bandit
Sisterhood by Michelle Renee Hiatt
Glimpse of Home at Scrapdash
We Are Family by Heidi Pridemore
Family Trees at Pretty Piney Quilts
Family is the Heart of Home by QuiltFabrication
Gathering by Blue Bear Quilts
Sister’s Choice at Perkins Dry Goods

Orange Blossom Quilt
Wonky Nesting Hearts
Family Photo Block
Celtic Trinity Knot by Appliqués Quilts and More
Family Ring at Devoted Quilter
Tartan Block at True Blue Quilts
Flying Geese Family by Tacy Gray
Family Heart by Amarar Cracions

Again, you can download mine here.  And I welcome you to hop over to my Pattispatchwork website to check out my other patterns and sign up for my newsletter.



It’s a Garden Party Row-along!

22 Sep

Fellow Quilters,

Today is the first day of Fall, and a beautiful day here in my neck of the woods – clear blue skies, the leaves are starting to turn their bright orange/yellow, and the geese are beginning their flight south.  We haven’t had a frost yet so my garden still has basil and lots of colorful flowers.  Which brings me to the It’s a Garden Party Row-along!  Today is my day to post, along with 4 other designer bloggers.  If you’re popping over from another blog, a warm Welcome to you!  Please feel free to hit that subscribe button over on the right 😊.

This annual Row-along is organized by Marian at Seams to be Sew (thanks Marian!) and I have participated for several years.  The theme this year is gardens, and each of the 50 participating designers has created a “free-for-a-week-or-longer” row.  Here is the full schedule:

Tuesday, September 8
Blue Heron Quilting
Carolyn Butterfield
Made By Marney
Pumpkin Patch BC 
The Devoted Quilter
Thursday, September 10
Bobbin In Quilts
KISSed Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Songbird Designs
Stitchin’ at Home

Tuesday, September 15
Daughters of Dorinda
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Just Let Me Quilt
Lovingly Lissa
The Quilt Rambler
Thursday, September 17
Fabric Bash/Carpe Blogum
For the Love of Geese
Kathleen McMusing
Ms P Designs USA

Tuesday, September 22
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Patti’s Patchwork
Quilt Schmilt
Your Sewing Friend
Thursday, September 24
Charisma’s Corner
Clever Chameleon
Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Mountain Meadow Designs
Tuesday, September 29
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Moose Stash Quilting
Tuning My Heart Quilts
Cheryl LaPlante
Thursday, October 1
Barbara Dieges
Linda B Creative
Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Ursa Minor
Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting
Tuesday, October 6
Bumbleberry Stitches
Charlie’s Daughter
Seams To Be Sew
The Quilting Room with Mel
Words & Stitches
Thursday, October 8
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Lynn’s Beauty
Quilt Art
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Tuesday, October 13
Show and Tell Day
Participating blogs to be announced

Not only does each designer have a free pattern, they also have a giveaway from one of our fantastic sponsors, so be sure to visit each site to download the garden-themed row pattern and enter the giveaway.

Most of the rows are applique-based.  If you know me and my quilts, you know I’m a piecer.  Sure, I’ll throw in a bit of applique and other techniques here and there, but I like my pieced blocks.  So naturally my row is pieced.  With a bit of applique 😊.  And some dimensional folds 😊. I wanted a vertical row, just to be different, so mine looks like a floral vine – maybe hollyhocks? I chose some gorgeous shades of coral and lilac from Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer for my flowers and a delicate shade of light blue Shimmer for the sky background.  I designed my row on my computer using the fabulous Electric Quilt EQ8 program, inserting the Shimmer fabrics and the digital quilt image looks identical to the real thing.  By the way, Electric Quilt is offering a 20% discount on all their products except EQ Academy for the duration of the Row-along when you enter the code GARDENPARTY20 (thanks Electric Quilt!).  Let’s take a look at how I made my row.

My row is made of 9 flower blocks, and each block has 2 halves.  The top half is pieced, with a twice-folded square inserted between the 2 colored triangles of the flying geese unit to add that touch of dimension.  What an easy way to add interest to the block!  To ensure I didn’t cut off the tips of my triangles when sewing the triangle pieces together, I made sure that my pieces crossed at the ¼” seam line.  Success!

The bottom half of each flower block is appliqued.  I could have pieced it, however I thought that appliquing that curve might be easier for me.  Not that I’m not up to the challenge of that super-curvy curve with sharp points at the end that disappear into the seam.  Well, maybe I’m not.  So here are a few tips to get a lovely smooth edge to that appliqued curve.

#1 – I stitch 1/8” from the curved edge with a longer stitch length, leaving a nice long thread tail on each end.

#2 – I cut a piece of heat-resistant template material the shape of my curved piece without the seam allowance on the curved edge and used it as a guide for pressing the curved edge of my pieces.  With the patch face down, I inserted the template and gently pulled up the thread tails to gather the seam allowance around the template, then pressed them in place.

#3 – Then I chain-pieced those curved pieces onto background pieces with an 1/8” seam to hold them in place before sewing them to the pieced top half of each block.  Note that I haven’t stitched that curved edge down yet.

#4 – When I sewed the blocks together, I checked that I didn’t accidentally catch my curved edges in any seams.

#5 – I wanted to add some leaves, and applique seemed easiest.  I layered my fabrics wrong sides together to get left- and right-curving leaves.  I used a plastic leaf template without seam allowances to get a nice smooth edge, clipping my seam allowance slightly on that inner curve.

#6 – I pinned the leaves on my row, tucking the ends under the flower appliqued pieces.  Once everything was where I wanted, I invisibly stitched the applique pieces in place.  I actually did this by hand because it was a beautiful warm day at the beginning of summer and I sat outside on my patio enjoying the weather and my June garden.  My perennial garden has different flowers in June than in September!

You can download the free pattern to my row here.  But wait!  There’s more!! Not only do you get a free pattern, you can also have a chance to win a gift certificate for $60 Cdn to be spent at  Simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite quilt-making technique.  The contest is open for 1 week.  The rules are posted over on Marian’s Seams to be Sew blog.

Enjoy the row-along and all the wonderful free row patterns!



Seven Treasures and 50 Row-along blocks

10 Sep

Fellow Quilters,
September is quickly turning into a very busy month for me. A few happenings that I wanted to do or blog about last month were delayed due to an unscheduled blip in my daily life. I’m getting back on track now and putting my nose to the grind to move most of my To Do list to my Done list. It feels so good to scratch items off the To Do list, doesn’t it?

First up is my Seven Treasures quilt featured in the current (September/October) issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.

Seven Treasures lap quilt in Love of Quilting September/October issue

Isn’t she a beauty? When the call for submissions came out for this issue, the theme was quilting techniques from around the world. Since I have a weakness for sashiko hand-stitching (it is my quilty guilty pleasure) I pondered how I could incorporate it into a quilt. I perused Northcott’s current fabric collections and found the perfect one – the freshly-colored whimsical Forest Frolic had an interlocking circles print replicating the Seven Treasures sashiko stitch.

The interlocking circles print from Northcott’s Forest Frolic collection

I downloaded the fabric images into my Electric Quilt EQ8 program and came up with a contemporary quilt design that uses the smaller coordinating prints from the collection in melon-shaped appliques to also replicate the Seven Treasures interlocking circles motif. My challenge was adding the planned sashiko stitching to the quilt image before submitting it to the editor. I design pretty much every quilt I do in EQ8 (it’s sooo easy and foolproof) however I usually don’t utilize Layer 3 where the quilting motifs are added. I quickly learned how to do this following the provided tutorials, even changing the weight and color of my thread to mimic the gorgeous Wonderfil Eleganza thread that I used. I was super-thrilled with my resulting EQ8 quilt image – it looks just like the finished quilt, minus the quilting.

My quilt image (including the sashiko stitching) from Electric Quilt

I even printed off the Layer 3 sashiko “quilting” design to transfer the motif onto my fabric for the actual stitching. The Eleganza 5-wt and 8-wt thread was a perfect match. It is variegated to coordinate with the various shades of peach in the fabrics.

Wonderfil Eleganza variegated thread was perfect!

I was able to secure enough fabric for 15 kits that include a teal background from Northcott’s Shimmer Radiance (oooh, ahhh!) and the striped binding fabric. If you’re interested in purchasing one please pop me an email ( – they are US$55/Cdn$73 including shipping within North America. You’ll need to purchase a copy of the September/October issue of Love of Quilting for the pattern.

A few kits that include background and binding are available for sale

I also had some scraps left over , enough to make 3 mini-kits of the interlocking circles section and the applique pieces (you’ll need to provide your own teal background and binding).

Win 1 of 3 mini-kits – supply your own background and binding

For a chance to win one of these mini-kits please leave a comment below by midnight September 18 telling my what your quilty guilty pleasure is – what quilty technique do you absolutely love to do? As always, I look forward to reading your comments!

Also happening this month is the Garden Party Row-along organized by Marian of Seams to be Sew (thanks Marian!). I have participated in this lively event for several years, missing only one or 2. It started September 8 and runs until early October, with posts every Tuesday and Thursday, and lots of giveaways not to mention the free pattern from each participating designer. Here are the first 2 weeks of bloggers:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Blue Heron Quilting
Carolyn Butterfield
Made By Marney
Pumpkin Patch BC
The Devoted Quilter

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Bobbin In Quilts Blog
Kissed Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Songbird Designs/Brenda’s Blog
Stitchin’ at Home

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Daughters of Dorinda
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Just Let Me Quilt
Lovingly Lissa
The Quilt Rambler

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Fabric Bash/Carpe Blogum
For the Love of Geese
Kathleen McMusing
Ms P Designs USA

I will be posting about my free row later this month so stay tuned and please visit the other designers’ blogs to get their patterns.

Well, back to my quilting – I have 4 more quilts to make this month and 2 more to design (here’s a sneak peak at the one I finished last night).


29 Free Spook-tacular Blocks

1 Sep Happy Jacks 12" block by Patti Carey

Fellow Quilters,29-Halloween-blocks

Today’s post is short but oh so sweet… this is the day that the September edition of Quilt Block Mania pops into quilters’ Inboxes around the quilting universe.  The theme for this month is Halloween, celebrating the month of October, ‘cause we want to give you the whole month of September to get your free Halloween-themed blocks made up.  There are 29 generous designers participating in this round, and each one has created a unique 12” finished block in the theme colors of orange, black and a touch of green.  You can download the free patterns at each designer’s blog or website.

“Which Hat?” at Pretty Piney
Black Cat at Inquiring Quilter
Ring of Pumpkins at Always Expect Moore
Haunted House at Powered by Quilting
Three Treats at Sew Brainy
Bat at Slice of Pi Quilts
Day of the Dead Skull at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Gypsy Wagon Fortune Teller at Orange Blossom Quilt
Monster at Seams to be Sew
Patchwork Pumpkin at Quilted Diary
Stacked Pumpkins at Perkins Dry Goods
Spooky Star at Block of the Mo .com
Leaf Ghost at Off the Wall Quilt
Leaf and Vine at Quilt Moments
Frankenstein at Around the Bobbin
Bat by Heidi Pridemore
Candy Corn by Quilt Fabrication
Dark night by Cotton Street Commons
Pumpkin by Sew on the Go
Pumpkin and Bat by ScrapDash
Pumpkin Chain by Stash Bandit
Happy Jack-o-lantern by Patti’s Patchwork
Foundation Pieced Creepy Eyes by Amarar Creacions
Spooky Trees by Aunt Em’s Quilts
Upside Down Witch by Appliques Quilts and More
Scaredy Kitty by Tacy Gray
Sun-Boo-Net Sue by Blue Bear Quilts
Spider by Oh Kay Quilting
Candy, Pumpkins, and Witch Hat by Utah Quilt Appraiser


Do you like to carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween?  Do you look for the tallest pumpkin, or one of the mis-shapen flatter ones?  I like all pumpkins, so my Happy Jacks block features both tall and short jack-o-lanterns boasting toothy grins.

Happy Jacks 12

Happy Jacks 12″ block by Patti Carey

After all, I don’t want them to be too scary!  The pumpkins are easy to make, with simple sew-and-flip corner squares to make the triangles.  The faces are “quick-fuse” appliqued in place.  There is a partial seam in the block, and I will be doing a Facebook Live post at 4pm on Thursday September 3 as part of the Designer Tips & Techniques 3-day event September 1-3 from noon until 8pm EST where I’ll be demonstrating how I make partial seams “impartial” – please pop on over to see it live or watch the rerun anytime after 5pm.  It’s one of my best tips so it’s worth watching, if I do say so myself.

There are some small pieces in my block so it’s ideally suited for a small project such as a 4-block table runner

Four blocks makes a nice seasonal 14

Four blocks makes a nice seasonal 14″ x 54″ runner

or perhaps an 8-block door quilt.

Eight blocks makes a 28

Eight blocks make a 28″ x 54″ door quilt

When my kids were young we had Halloween door quilts to decorate their bedroom doors.  Fun!  You can download the pattern for the block here.

Pumpkins aren’t just for making jack-o-lanterns.  They’re also great for pumpkin loaf.  Yum!

Pumpkin Loaf

1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup pureed pumpkin

1½ cups flour
1 tsp each backing powder, baking soda and cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp each salt and allspice
½ cup each raisins and chopped walnuts

Pour into a greased 9×5 loaf pan.  Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until tester come out clean.  Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Enjoy the September edition of Quilt Block Mania and we’ll see you next week for more exciting things that are happening this month!



Back to School Time at Quilt Block Mania

4 Aug 'Rithmetic 12" block by Patti Carey

Quilt Block Mania August blocks

Quilt Block Mania August blocks

We are officially half-way through Summer here in the northern hemisphere.  When I was a kid, August meant that Back-to-School flyers from the area department stores would soon be inserted in the local newspaper.  I would eagerly peruse each one, slowly and methodically going over each page to admire the offerings of fresh new notebooks, pencils, binders and the like.  I would carefully compare prices and make a list of required items to purchase from each store.  Then I would get on my bicycle and ride to each shop to acquire my coveted new school supplies for a new year of learning.  Yup, I was one of those kids that loved school – every subject, especially science and math.

Many quilters, particularly ones with school-age kids, also look forward to Back-to-School.  It is an opportunity learn a new quilting skill or start a new project.  My colleague Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore has organized a Back-to-School-themed event for the August edition of Quilt Block Mania.  She invited fellow quilt designers to create a unique 12″ finished quilt block with a Back-to-School theme and roughly 40 of us jumped at the chance to have fun with this.  Each designer is sharing their block pattern for FREE on their blog or website today – you can find the links here.

Crayons by Slice of Pi Quilts
Lockers by Powered by Quilting
Math Problem by Pretty Piney
Chalk Board by Inquiring Quilter
Stack of Books by Carolina Moore
Pointy Pencil Block by Sew Brainy
Geometry by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pencils by Quilting Room with Mel
School Bus by Orange Blossom Quilt
Book with Animal by Seams to be Sew
Stack of Textbooks by Quilted Diary
Shades of the Sun by Charisma Horton
Basketball by Devoted Quilter
Apples by Perkins Dry Goods
Box of Crayons by ScrapDash
Apple with leaf by Blockofthemodotcom
Crayons by Off the Wall Quilt
School Time Schoolhouse by Quilt Moments
School House by Utah Quilt Appraiser
Pencil by True Blue Quilts
Owl by The Whimsical Workshop
Calculator by Quilt Fabrication
Crayons by Linda B Creative
Applique Computer by DooHikey Designs
Modern Apple by Cotton Street Commons
Glue by Quilting Mod
School Girl’s Puzzle by Sew on the Go
Snack by Quiltfox Design
Backpack by Oh Kaye Quilting
Math Signs by Patti’s Patchwork
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Backpack by Tacy Gray
Schoolhouse by From my Carolina Home
Girl’s Favorite by Blue Bear Quilts
Origami Paper Plane by Amarar Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts


There is everything from schoolhouses to a school bus, lots of pencils and crayons, books, calculators and backpacks.  There is even some math!

Here is my ‘Rithmetic block.  Using the assigned color palette I selected 5 shades from Northcott’s fabulous Toscana texture and created a block that includes the 4 basic math symbols: plus, minus, multiply and divide.

'Rithmetic 12

‘Rithmetic 12″ block

The block is fairly straight-forward and I had my sample completed in 30 minutes or so. I want to share 4 tips on making the “multiply” unit.  This block is constructed from a half-square triangle of background and 2 strips of color.IMG_3083
Tip #1: I centered a triangle on the shorter colored strip and sewed it in place.  When I sewed the opposite triangle in place I first finger-pressed it in half, then I aligned my first unit on my cutting mat so the strip of color was on a horizontal line and the tip of the triangle was on a vertical line.

Align triangle mid-point/tips along vertical line

Align triangle mid-point/tips along vertical line

Then I placed my creased triangle on the strip edge, aligning it with the same vertical line, pinned it in place and stitched.
Tip #2:  To cut the above unit in half, I positioned it on my cutting mat so that the 2 triangle tips were on a vertical line.IMG_3085
Tip #3:  When I added the 2nd half of the cut unit to the longer colored strip, I checked that the shorter colored strips were aligned for perfect placement.

The 2 colored strips are stacked so that they are aligned.

The 2 colored strips are stacked so that they are aligned.

Tip #4:  When I trimmed the “x” unit down to 4″, I positioned the 2″ line of my ruler on the 2 “v’s” created by the crossed colored strips.  The “x” is now perfectly centered in the unit.

Align ruler with both v's for perfect placement

Align ruler with both v’s for perfect placement

The “+” units were super-easy, and the “-” and “÷” signs were included in the sashing within the block.  Just like that my block was done 🙂

My text block using Northcott's Shimmer

My test block using Northcott’s Shimmer

I used some Northcott Shimmer from my stash for the colored parts and a lovely cream Stonehenge for the background.
I even mocked up a quick image of a 51″ x 64″ lap-size version in Electric Quilt – perfect for a math whiz!

20 blocks with 1

20 blocks with 1″ sashing make a 51″ x 64″ lap quilt

Some unfinished business from my July 15th post for the Christmas in July blog hop:  E-Z Miter/Lone Star tools and complimentary patterns are going out to Susan Nixon, Judy Kowalski and Karen from Sunburnt Quilts.  Congrats!
This week is also the August edition of the Designers Tips & Techniques over on Facebook.  From roughly noon until 8pm EST today through Thursday a quilt designer will be going live on Facebook for 15 minutes at the top of the hour to share a neat tip or technique.  My time slot is Thursday August 6 at 3pm.  Here is the schedule – enjoy!

Tuesday August 4th
1:00pm Teresa Weaver
2:00pm Becca Fenstermaker
3:00pm Debbie Wendt
4:00pm Sue Griffiths
5:00pm Marlene Oddie

Wednesday August 5th
1:00pm Nancy Scott
2:00pm Bunnie Cleland
3:00pm Terri Vanden Bosch
4:00pm Marija Vujcic
5:00pm Heidi Pridemore
6:00pm Reed Johnson

Thursday August 6th
12:00pm Jen Belnap
1:00pm  Kate Colleran
2:00pm Monique Kleinhans
3:00pm Patti Carey
4:00pm Melissa Marginet
6:00pm Swan Sheridan
7:00pm Lynn Kane
8:00pm Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio

Also happening tomorrow is the weekly edition of Sew What Zoomcast, hosted by my colleague Linda Hahn and her partner-in-crime Deb Stanley at 3pm EST.  This week’s special guest is appraiser Mary Kerr. The hour-long “show” can be accessed through Zoom Meeting No. 708 847 7971 Password 541374.

I welcome you to share this post with your quilty friends, and you can also subscribe by following the link up on the sidebar – thanks 🙂

Have a great week!


Stunning Blocks and Quilts from the Quilt Designer Shop Hop

16 Jul My layout for the Quilt Designer Shop Hop

Fellow Quilters,

Happy Thursday!  This is another fun and exciting day here at Patti’s Patchwork – today is my day to share my block for the Quilt Designer Shop Hop.  I was beyond thrilled to be invited to join this event with some very well-known designers.

Designer Shop Hop Badge 1-3

What is the Quilt Designer Shop Hop, you ask?  Well, it’s one of the best quilty deals around!  Ten uber-creative quilt designers joined forces to bring this fabulous FREE event to you.  Each designer has designed a unique block in Electric Quilt (one of my absolute essential quilting tools) using the theme “Moving forward …separate but working together, inspired by life under quarantine!”  These have certainly been interesting and challenging times – we are separated right now, however we are moving forward and reaching out to each other virtually instead of in-person.  Our blocks are different takes on this theme. IMG_3050 But there’s more!  Each designer has taken the 10 different blocks and designed a unique quilt layout for them.  Not only do you, fellow quilters, get 10 fabulous blocks, you also get a plethora of ideas on how to put them together to make an awesome quilt.  It has been so much fun to see the blocks and the quilt designs.  The Quilt Designer Shop Hop started July 13 and runs through to tomorrow July 17, and the blocks are FREE until Saturday July 18, so be sure to pop on over to the other designers’ blogs to pick up the patterns and layout ideas.  After Saturday the blocks will be $2 each, which is still a fabulous deal for a multi-block quilt.  There are other online events of this caliber but most of them are not free.

So, let me tell you about my block, To the Stars and Beyond (now available at Patti’s Patchwork).

To the Stars and Beyond

To the Stars and Beyond

If you are one of my regular peeps you know I am a lone star fanatic.  My block starts with a star, because we are all under the stars.  Then I added some funky folded triangles to the expanding corners of the block to show that we are reaching out to each other.  These folded triangles are kind of like inverse cathedral window – we tuck the fabric under the bias edge of the triangle instead of folding it back.


Fold the bias edge of the triangle under to create a curve. I think it’s time for a new ironing board cover!

Then we hand- or machine-stitch the curved edge in place.  It adds an interesting twist to the block.  I like to use an open-toe foot to give me maximum visibility.

Invisibly stitch the curved edge in place

Invisibly stitch the curved edge in place

To make the lone star I used my E-Z Miter & Lone Star tool because it helps me quickly and accurately mark the exact spots to start and stop sewing the diamonds and setting pieces. E-Z Miter lo-rez My block was done lickety-split.  I used Northcott’s Dream Weaver ombre for the star – can you see the ombre effect in the diamonds? – and the coordinating Dublin linen-look texture for the background.

I was a bit nervous watching the quilt layouts that the other designers showed in their blog posts – what if one of them did the same design as me?!?  So far, they’ve all been different – and great!  So here is my layout.

Stars & Beyond quilt layout

My layout for the Quilt Designer Shop Hop

I used 2 of each block for a total of 20 blocks.  The quilt, including the 2” sashing and 6” border measures 70” x 84”.  There are tall people in my house so this could be a generous throw, almost a twin-size.  I originally used white in the block backgrounds and gray in the sashing, then I switched it around and was much happier with the result.  I think it gives the quilt a more contemporary look.

If you’re visiting today from one of the other designer’s blogs I would love if you could click on that Follow button up near the top.  You can also subscribe to my newsletter on my Patti’s Patchwork website.  I usually only post on my blog and newsletter once or twice a month – I’m too busy designing!

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the other designers’ blogs, here are the links to collect your block patterns (free until Saturday).

July 13 Tamarinis

July 13 Laura Piland

July 14 Sherry Shish

July 14 Amy Friend

July 15 Kate Colleran

July 15 Becky Jorgensen

July 16 Leanne Parsons

July 16 Me!

July 17 Swan Sheridan

July 17 Cherry Guidry

Please show them some quilty love for the work they’ve put into their blocks and designs.  Check out their websites, subscribe to their newletters and peruse their patterns and notions for sale.

I would love to see YOUR version of a quilt using these blocks.  Which layout did you like the best?  Which color combination most appealed to you?  Please share your thoughts and feedback.  We love hearing from you 😊




My Gift to You for the Christmas in July Blog Hop

15 Jul Grand Holiday Lone Star by Patti's Patchwork

Fellow Quilters,

Today is a busy day here – I am participating in 2 exciting events.  If you’ve hopped in from the Christmas in July Pattern Parade Blog Hop, welcome!  If you’re one of my blog followers and are thinking “Patti, what are you talking about?!?”, allow me to explain.

Christmas Pattern Hop (1)Carole from My Carolina Home has organized the Christmas in July one-day blog hop with 22 participating bloggers:

Table Toppers, Home and Kitchen
Inquiring Quilter
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cooking Up Quilts
The Quilted Diary
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Morning Glory Designs
Days Filled With Joy

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Today each blogger will be posting a free pattern in their blog.  This could be for a holiday-themed project such as placemats, a table runner, tree skirt, lap or bed-sized quilt to decorate your home for the holidays.  Or it could be a quilt-related project – table topper, home or kitchen décor, lap or bed quilt – that is not holiday themed, that you could make as a Christmas gift.  From personal experience I can tell you that the best time to start making a holiday décor project or a holiday gift is NOT mid-December – it is July!  Hence the well-known phrase “Christmas in July”.  And with 22 projects to choose from, you’ll likely want to make several between now and mid-December.

Working at Northcott, I can tell you that we time the arrival of our holiday collections so that they ship to quilt shops in June/July because that’s when quilters are planning their holiday projects.  Quilt magazines also feature holiday-themed projects in their Summer/early Fall issues.  When Northcott’s holiday collections come along I jump at the opportunity to design with them.  Between holiday projects for my Patti’s Patchwork pattern shop and for quilt magazines, I design and make 2-3 holiday/winter quilts every year.  I have lost count of how many holiday quilts I own but if I had to guess I would say at least 30.  Christmas quilts go onto the beds in my home December 1.  Holiday lap quilts come out to be tossed over the back of chairs and couches, and holiday wall-hangings replace artwork hanging on walls.  The more the merrier!  Can one have too many?!?  I think not!!

For my Christmas in July Pattern Parade project I chose the gorgeous The Scarlet Feather collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.  The stunning 24” x 42” wreath panel had me at “hello”.  Anyone who knows my quilting style knows I’m a sucker for panels.  But I also want you, my fellow quilters, to experience the joy of having holiday quilts on your beds at Christmastime, so my pattern is for a bed-size quilt.  Queen-size actually.  And it won’t take you from now ‘til mid-December to get it done.  No siree Bob! The quilt is a classic lone star (yes, I’m a sucker for lone stars as well) with enormous setting squares and triangles, and nice W-I-D-E borders.  Here’s a picture.

Grand Holiday Lone Star by Patti's Patchwork

Grand Holiday Lone Star by Patti’s Patchwork

Isn’t she a beauty?  You can download the Grand Holiday Lone Star pattern here.  This quilt uses 6 panels, so just a heads up that you’re going to want to get your fabrics soon before the stores sell out.  Northcott has THE BEST feature on their website to help you find the fabrics you’re looking for.  The Product Finder is toward the top right corner of each collection’s page.  Click on the Product Finder tabWhen you click on it and click on your preferred state/province, a chart pops up listing the shops that received the collection and which fabrics from the collection they received.

Find a shop with checked boxes for the fabrics you're looking for

Find a shop with checked boxes for the fabrics you’re looking for

Simply find a shop that received the specific fabrics you want and check with them for availability.

The Scarlet Feather 24" x 42" panel

The Scarlet Feather 24″ x 42″ panel

Each panel has a lovely 8” wide poinsettia border on the selvage edges so you’re going to have a few of these left over.  What can you do with them?

  • Use them as bands on matching pillowcases for your bed – you’ll need an additional ¾yd – 1yd of coordinating fabric for each pillowcase, depending on whether you use the panel strip for the band lining or use the coordinate for the band lining.
  • Use them for an easy table runner. Triangle Frenzy or The Quilt Company have some patterns using 60° rulers that would be perfect.
  • Use them for projects by the other bloggers today
  • Use them to customize ready-made or store-bought items such as hand towels, aprons, toss cushions, etc.

The Grand Holiday Lone Star pattern is perfect for using my E-Z Miter & Lone Star tool, the handiest gadget ever for fast foolproof mitered borders and foolproof lone stars.  You can find a YouTube video on my website or watch a (fuzzy) Facebook Live tutorial on making mitered borders with the tool (it was my first Facebook Live recording and my practice round was crystal clear).  I will be adding a video soon for making lone stars with the tool.  Of course, you could make this quilt the old-fashioned way without the E-Z Miter & Lone Star tool but once you’ve used it, you’ll understand why I’m such a fan of it.  In the pattern I include a helpful tutorial on how to use directional border prints for your quilt borders – it’s at the end of the pattern.  You can use this same concept on most directional border prints.

The Grand Holiday Lone Star is not the only quilt I’ve designed using Northcott’s The Scarlet Feather collection.  Check out PC252 Stellar Medallion.

PC252 Stellar Medallion

PC252 Stellar Medallion (includes wall, throw & queen)

Here are some other Christmas patterns from Patti’s Patchwork:  PC242 Carpenter’s Star(a split lone star),

PC242 Carpenter's Star

PC242 Carpenter’s Star (includes wall, throw & queen)

PC224 Gifts Galore,

PC224 Gifts Galore

PC224 Gifts Galore (includes wall, lap, throw & double)

PC185 Stacks of Presents,

PC185 Stacks of Presents

PC185 Stacks of Presents (includes wall, throw, twin & queen)

PC147 Holiday Gifts, (a fat quarter pattern)

PC147 Holiday Gifts

PC147 Holiday Gifts (includes lap, twin & queen)

PC144 Poinsettia Medallion,

PC144 Poinsettia Medallion (includes wall and queen-size)

PC144 Poinsettia Medallion (includes wall and queen-size)

PC133 Festive Frostings

PC133 Festive Frostings (includes lap, twin, queen & king)

PC133 Festive Frostings (includes lap, twin, queen & king)

and the ever-popular PC119 Oh Christmas Tree (a jellyroll pattern).

PC119 Oh Christmas Tree (includes wall, lap & queen)

PC119 Oh Christmas Tree (includes wall, lap & queen)


If you’re reading this before 3pm EST today I invite you to pop onto Zoom for my trunk show on Linda and Deb’s Sew What! Zoomcast.  It’s fun and free.  Log on to Zoom and find the event at Meeting No. 708 847 7971 and Password 541374.  Knowing Linda, it will be highly entertaining.  Have a social beverage in hand for your chance to win prizes.

I am blogging July 16 in the Quilt Designer Shop Hop

I am blogging July 16 in the Quilt Designer Shop Hop

Finally, tomorrow is my day to blog and go live on Facebook as part of the Quilt Designers Shop Hop – 10 talented designers, 10 great website tours, 10 free blocks, and 10 creative inspiring quilt designs using these blocks.  Please subscribe to my blog today to catch all the quilty goodness tomorrow.

If you’ve read this far, I have more good stuff for you.  What – more?!?  If you leave a comment on my blog telling me what Christmas gifts or projects you make, I’ll randomly draw 3 winners to receive an E-Z Miter & Lone Star tool.  If you also tell me which of my Christmas patterns is your favorite, I’ll throw that in if I draw your name. If you prefer a different one to make as a gift, I could make that substitution.  Please leave your comment by midnight Sunday July 19 to be eligible.  Good luck!

Enjoy today’s events and I’ll see you tomorrow.









Quilty Bits & Bobs

1 Jul Happy Canada Day! PC215 Canadian Shield

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Fellow Quilters,

I’ve got lots of quilty bits and bobs to share with you today.  My colleague Millie laughs every time I say this.  What are bits and bobs, you ask?!?  Odds & ends.  Tidbits.

My friend Linda Hahn of Frog Hollow and her bestie Deb Stanley host a weekly event Wednesdays at 3pm EST on Zoom called Sew What! Zoomcast – it’s quite entertaining.  Linda interviews a different guest quilting celebrity each week, then Deb does a quilt-related demo, and the hour-long zoomcast winds up with prizes.  Who doesn’t like free stuff?!?  Past guests have included Stevii Graves, Banyan Batiks Creative Director Karen Gibbs,  and last week’s guest Joyce Hughes.  Joyce thread paints on quilt panels to create truly stunning pieces of art and tells me that anyone can achieve the same results.  This week’s guest is the iconic Nancy Mahoney.  To watch, log into Zoom using Meeting No. 708 847 7971 Password 541374.  Linda has invited me to be her guest on July 15th so mark your calendar!  Same meeting and password.

Did you see my Facebook Live post on June 16 as part of the June edition of the Designers Tips & Techniques Virtual Show?  You can still watch the rerun on my Patti’s Patchwork Facebook page.  The video is somewhat fuzzy – of course my test run was clear as a bell.  Hubby has picked up a new stronger modem so my next post should be much better.  Yes, I’m doing it again.  July SMThe July edition runs from noon until 8pm EST July 7 – 9 and my time slot is July 8 at 4pm.  The schedule is here.  I hope you’ll tune it to learn lots of quilty goodness.  I watched all the episodes last month and really enjoyed it.

Fellow designer Andi is coordinating a Patriotic Quilt Mashup – a video slide show of patriotic quilts just in time for July 4th.  I shared videos of 2 quilts from my PC236A Panel Plus pattern.  I snapped a photo of one of the quilts taped to the outside wall of the cabin.

PC236A Panel Plus pattern option #1

Happy July 4th!  PC236A Panel Plus pattern option #1

I’ll be sharing the mashup video on my Patti’s Patchwork Facebook page as soon as Andi posts it.  Fun!

I’m also participating in a 1-day Christmas in July event on July 15th (it’ll be a busy day!).Christmas Pattern Hop (1)  Each of the 21 bloggers is sharing a freebie so you can get started on those quilty Christmas gifts.  What better time to start than now?  I love, love, love Christmas quilts, and will be sharing a pattern for one.  If you’re a blog subscriber you’ll automatically receive the link.

Also happening the week of July 13 – 17 is the awesome Quilt Designer Shop Hop – 10 designers – 10 websites – 10 blocks.  Each designer has created a block for this fun virtual hop and will be sharing it for free during the hop.  Designer Shop Hop Badge 1-3We created our blocks in Electric Quilt, so each of us will also be coming up with unique layouts for these stellar blocks.  I’ll be blogging and Facebooking (is that even a word?!?) on July 16 as part of this exciting event.

In my last post I shared a photo of my mammoth-leaf basil plant and asked for advice on how to help it flourish.  Well, my SIL came to my rescue and suggested that, when I want to harvest some, I prune it from the top, thereby ensuring that the plant doesn’t start to flower.  I googled this and, sure enough, if I cut a stem just above a 2-leaf split, I can force the plant to grow 2 stems where 1 existed.  I’ll let you know in a week or 2 if this is successful.

I also had to resort to google to fix my broken sewing chair.  The hydraulics were dying a quick death.  Every 5 minutes I had to lift the seat back up.  The quick fix I saw online, if I don’t mind the chair being always at a fixed height, was to remove the base, insert a length of PVC pipe and reattach the base.

My steno sewing chair with a quick fix

My steno sewing chair with a quick fix

My handy son had a spare piece of pipe, so 15 minutes later my chair was fixed (for me).  I’m a happy camper!  I’ll eventually paint it, but for now it’s good :).

I’ll see you in a week or so.  In the meantime, Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July!

Happy Canada Day! PC215 Canadian Shield

Happy Canada Day! PC215 Canadian Shield



Who would like some Stag & Thistle?

11 Jun

Fellow Quilters,

This is a quick post with a couple of updates and reminders – quick because I know some of you are very busy trying to get your Time to Quilt quilt-along tops assembled for tomorrow’s deadline.

In my last post 2 weeks ago I asked for some inspiration and motivation from you so I could finish my Super-size Shimmer quilt top.  I offered up a fabric prize as YOUR motivation to send me a picture of your assembled top or finished quilt by end-of-day tomorrow June 12th.  Your picture can either be emailed to me at or posted on my Patti’s Patchwork Facebook page.  To further motivate you I snapped a photo of the lovely prize – a fat quarter packet of all 14 pieces from new Northcott designer Brett Lewis’ premier collection Stag & Thistle.

Who would like a fat quarter pack of Brett Lewis' Stag & Thistle?

Who would like a fat quarter pack of Brett Lewis’ Stag & Thistle?

It is gorgeous!  I debated about keeping it for myself and finding something else for the prize before my moral compass re-aligned itself.  I look forward to seeing your photos.

In my last post I also shared that I would be doing a Facebook Live post as part of the Designer Tips & Techniques 3-day event June 2-4.  Well, the event was postponed and rescheduled to June 16-18. Revised June SM The full schedule is here and my time slot is June 16 at 2pm EST.  It will still be my very first Facebook Live and I hope to see you over on my Facebook page.  I have also signed up for the July 7-9 schedule and my time slot is July 8 at 4pm.  I should be much better for the 2nd event 😊.

I wanted to keep the Wednesday at 3pm time slot open because my friend Linda Hahn hosts a weekly Facebook Live event called Sew What! Zoomcast.  She posts the zoom link on her Facebook page and replays the weekly post on YouTube (just google Sew What! Zoomcast on YouTube to find the previous recordings).

My feeble attempts at gardening continue.  I stopped at a local nursery to pick up 2 patio plants and added 2 cherry tomato plants and a basil plant to my purchase.  I have a delicious recipe that uses cherry tomatoes and basil.  I’m not sure what type of basil I bought but the leaves are enormous.

My new basil plant has enormous leaves

My new basil plant has enormous leaves

I want this plant to flourish so if anyone has advice on how I should care for it please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Time to head into my sewing room to finish a magazine project and practice my Facebook Live again…



Finishes and Future Fun

30 May

Fellow Quilters,

Apparently I have slipped back into my pre-Time-to-Quilt-quilt-along blogging schedule.  It’s been 3 weeks since my last post – where does the time go?!?  Spring garden clean-up has taken some of that time.  After weeding the beds, I divided some daylilies and planted 2 flats of annuals that Hubby bought.  I must admit that I am not a very good or enthusiastic gardener.  Except for a few obvious species, I can’t tell the weeds from the perennial flowers.  My friend says a weed is just a flower that you don’t like.  I feel that way about the mini begonias that Hubby bought.  I have never liked begonias.  I think I shall do the flower buying next year – just saying.  I have left quite a few green sprouts in several of the beds, waiting to see if they are more recognizable in another week or two.  I almost pulled out all the Evening Primrose thinking it was a weed.  Hubby bought the last rhubarb plant in town – a scrawny pathetic thing – that will probably need 3 years to establish itself before I can harvest any.  The rhubarb plant at our old house was finally at a stage where it was producing a nice sized crop.  I really wanted to dig it up and bring it with us when we moved last year but thought the hole in the ground surrounded by bricks might be rather obvious.  I would also like to plant 2 pear trees though Hubby says he needs to do some re-leveling of our backyard before that can happen.

So, speaking of the quilt-along, I managed to get 2 of my sets of blocks sewn into quilt tops AND quilted.  The FIGO Midsommar mini one was easy – small, with straight-line quilting.

Midsommar-time quilt done!

Midsommar-time quilt done!

I used a variegated thread with orange, pink and purple – it was perfect.  I loaded it on my longarm machine and used the channel lock function to stitch perfectly even straight lines in no time flat.  I used my extra test blocks on the back for a splash of color.

The back of Midsommar-time

The back of Midsommar-time

Then it was on to the Vino version.  I added the outer borders and loaded it on my machine.  I decided to use some plastic Baptist Fan templates for the quilting – I haven’t used them in forever.

Plastic Baptist Fan templates

Plastic Baptist Fan templates

I pulled out what seemed like half my thread stash and finally decided on a variegated thread.

The variegated thread matches nicely with the prints.

The variegated thread matches nicely with the prints.

I threw the quilt on my son’s bed (when he comes for an overnight stay) just to take a photo and I’ve decided that it belongs there.

My Vino Time-to-Quilt found a home.

My Vino Time-to-Quilt found a home.

So that leaves the stack of super-sized Shimmer blocks.  I’m not motivated so I’m asking for your help.  Inspire me!  Show me your finished Time to Quilt quilts or quilt tops.  You can either email me a picture of your quilt/quilt top at or post a picture on my Pattispatchwork Facebook page.  If you do this by June 12th (my son’s birthday), your name will go into a draw for a bundle of fabric.

Speaking of Facebook, I am participating in a fun 3-day event June 2-4. Designer Tips Banner SM lo-rez The Designers Tips & Techniques Virtual Show takes place from noon until 8pm each day.  Each participating quilt designer has selected a time slot and will do a 15-minute Facebook Live post at the top of their hour, demonstrating their tip or technique.  The schedule is here.  My time slot is June 3 at 3pm, and I am madly researching how to do a Facebook Live post.  Between you and I, I am very nervous!  What if my post doesn’t go live as planned?  What if I forget what I’m going to say, or leave out vital details?  What if my internet goes down part-way through my talk?  Hubby has jury-rigged a device to hold my phone – lots of duct tape was involved.  I still have several dry runs to do before June 3.

I am also participating in a Designers Shop Hop July 13-18.  Just like with a traditional shop hop, each designer will have a free unique block pattern in their online shop for the duration of the hop.  Quilters travel online to each shop to collect the block patterns and see what each designer has done with the blocks to make a quilt.  Stay tuned for further details – I’ll be posting more information on my website, on Facebook and in a future blog post.

Time for me to do another dry run of my Facebook Live demo…