Welcome to #stayathomeandhop

21 Mar

Fellow Quilters,

Woo-hoo!  Today is Day 1 of the Stay at Home and Hop virtual tour of 40 uber-talented pattern designer’s blogs/websites.  Over the course of the next 10 days I’ll be posting 4 times and providing you with a list of 9-10 other designers to check out.  You’ll get a new list in each post, and 3 days to go through the list at your leisure for a dose of inspiration – these are savvy designers and you may know some of them already!

Today’s post includes:

Lone Star Pattern Works https://www.lonestarpatternworks.com

Powered by Quilting https://www.poweredbyquilting.com

Cottage Rose Quilt Patterns https://www.cottagerosequiltshop.com

The Cloth Parcel https://www.theclothparcel.com

Faith and Fabric https://www.faithandfabricdesign.com

Linen Closet Designs http://www.linenclosetdesigns.com

Designs by Sarah J https://www.designsbysarahj.com

Rona the Ribbiter Quilts https://www.ronatheribbiter.com

Quilt Fox Designs https://www.quiltfox-design.com

Seam to Be Sew https://www.seamstobesew.com

You may want to go back and visit their blogs/websites again during the Hop to see what else they’ve posted.  You might even subscribe to their blog/newsletter or follow them on Facebook.  While you’re at it, if you’re not already following my Patti’s Patchwork Facebook page, you can hop over to do that, and subscribe to my blog here or newsletter here (scroll down to the bottom).

Here’s what you can expect from my 4 blog posts:           – a bit of newsy stuff on what I’ve been up to lately, mostly quilt-related

– a quilting tip or trick.  I’ve been quilting for almost 30 years now (I started when I was 3 – hahaha) and teaching quilting for about 20 years so I’ve gleaned a few nuggets during that time.

-a tasty comfort-food recipe to tide you through these stay-at-home times.  I like cooking almost as much as I like quilting, and I must admit I’m pretty good at it.  These are recipes I make regularly that have become family favorites.  I’m sharing them with you ‘cause you’re my quilting family 😊.

– free stuff!  As if free recipes and free quilting tips aren’t enough, I’ve got free fabric up for grabs. Not just any fabric, no, it’s Northcott fabric!  The good stuff!! You’re going to have to work for it though.  I’m looking for feedback on something and you’re going to post your feedback comment on my blog.  I’ll randomly select 1 (or 2 if I get a lot of responses) to receive free fabric.  Shall we get started?  Yes, let’s do it!

I am super-thrilled to have my E-Z Miter and lone star tool E-Z Miter lo-rezfeatured in the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting, on newsstands March 27.  Let me give you a bit of background on this mini tool with mighty benefits. On the way home from a Borders & Binding workshop I taught to the Sarnia guild last April I was pondering how I could make mitered borders easier to mark – the students really got the concept of pre-cutting the mitered angles prior to sewing them on the quilt.  They struggled, however, with marking the spots to start and stop sewing them.  I came up with the idea of a small angled template with precisely drilled holes, and that is how the E-Z Miter tool came to be.  It includes detailed instructions on fool-proof mitered borders as well as instructions on using the tool for lone star/Lemoyne star blocks/quilts as well.  Simply place the tool in the inner angled corner of your mitered border to mark the exact spot to start and stop sewing.  Use the square corner to mark the quilt or block, then connect the two dots for perfect foolproof mitered corners.  Easy peasy!  I even have a how-to YouTube video here. I demonstrated the tool to McCall’s editor Lori Baker last Fall at Quilt Market and gave her one to try at her leisure.  Word on the street is that she now uses it regularly – yay Lori – and asked that it be featured in the Fresh Picks section of nifty new quilty stuff.E-Z Miter tool featured in McCall's May-June '20 Fresh Picks lo-rez

So, how do get your hands on one of these awesome gadgets?  So glad you asked!  You can find them at select shops or through my website here. They retail for $10.50 Canadian (roughly $8 US, though with the plummeting Canadian dollar they’re getting cheaper by the minute ☹).  Now, Canada Post (I’m Canadian eh) does not let me ship these to the US for less than a parcel rate of $9 (ack!).  However, for the next 2 months I have arranged a special shipping rate for my American quilty friends – enter the code EZMcCalls at checkout for $5 off.  A shout-out to my friend Sara of Ladeebug Design for helping me with this.  To entice you further, I’ve written a free pattern just for you that uses the E-Z Miter tool for the mitered border and the star.  Botanica Lone Star lo-rezThe Botanica Lone Star quilt is 41” square and features Northcott’s new Botanica collection including a gorgeous lengthwise floral stripe, used in the border of the quilt.  Enjoy!

Now we get to the quilt tip part of my post.  When I am piecing a quilt such as the Botanica Lone Star, I press my background seams toward the star – what?!?!?!  Yes, because I am already thinking how I want to quilt this beauty.  I have meticulously pieced that star and I want it to pop, so I am going to stitch in the ditch around the star, in the background if I have pressed the seams toward the star.  My favorite pressing tool is the Clover Hera Marker and I have a quick video on Northcott’s site of how I use this uber-handy gadget.  That’s two tips!

Now for the recipe – it’s a dessert because my motto is “Eat dessert first” or at least scope out what dessert is so I can save room for it.

Chocolate Orange Mousse

Melt…..                                            4oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
Remove from heat and add…     3 egg yolks

Beat until thickened then add… 6tbsp softened butter

1tbsp orange liqueur (Gran Marnier or Cointreau)

½tsp vanilla

Separately, beat until stiff…        3 egg whites
Fold ¼ of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture, then gently fold the chocolate mixture into the rest of the egg whites.  Spoon into 4 dishes and chill for 30 minutes.

Now for the giveaway.  I’ve got a bundle of Botanica waiting to be made into a Botanica Lone Star quilt.  For your chance to win it, visit the Workshops tab on my website and post a comment below telling me which workshop you’d like to take.

Thanks for stopping by, have fun and please stay safe and healthy.



33 Responses to “Welcome to #stayathomeandhop”

  1. Sharon Benner March 21, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

    this is fantastic! so much information..
    not to mention dessert, my favourite part of the meal

  2. Audrey Neufeld March 21, 2020 at 12:35 pm #

    It was a difficult decision but I would be interested in taking the Sashiko workshop and attending the Fiber to Fabric lecture. I have supplies to start Sashiko but never seem to take the time; maybe today during Worldwide Quilting Day, I would really like to learn the technique with the camaraderie of fellow quilters. The transformation of fiber into that lovely commodity called fabric has always intrigued me and I am a sponge to learn everything I can about the process. I have really enjoyed your post and look forward to exploring the others during this blog hop.

  3. Pat Hill March 21, 2020 at 1:26 pm #

    I would like to try a bargello quilt.

  4. Pat Hill March 21, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

    I would like to try Making a bargello quilt

  5. Cathi March 21, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

    Your Sashiko workshop is the one I would love to take. And although I know it’s not a workshop, the Fiber to Fabric lecture is one I’d be fascinated to hear.
    Is that gorgeous fabric available in stores now? The floral stripe is fabulous!!!

  6. Betsey Ryan March 21, 2020 at 2:55 pm #

    As I was madly sewing away (140 of 960 HST) I was actually thinking of you!!!!! and low and be hold an email from you….. go figure. I could not narrow it down to just one workshop, so here are three: Improv Piecing, From Fiber to Fabric and Alternate Gridwork. Looking north of me, I would imagine that the suns rays are as glorious up by you as they are down here. Hope you are able to get out and drink in that Vit. D.
    Stay Healthy.

    • Patti March 21, 2020 at 5:49 pm #

      You too Betsey. Have fun with those HST’s 🙂

  7. Debra Rolfe March 21, 2020 at 3:24 pm #

    I would love to learn the Easy Lone Star.

  8. Lisa England March 21, 2020 at 4:27 pm #

    Ooh, Fractures looks like a good one! Your recipe sounds great too, staying in makes me want to cook and bake! And with the gym closed, that could be dangerous.

  9. nancyangerer March 21, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

    I just tried to sign up and was told I should try again with a valid email address. I was using my right address, so I don’t understand.

  10. Sam March 21, 2020 at 6:32 pm #

    Enjoyed the post from today and look forward to more. Plus love the chance for free fabric

  11. Sandra Cassidy March 21, 2020 at 10:25 pm #

    I would love to make the bargello.

  12. Cathy B. March 22, 2020 at 8:24 am #

    A double wedding ring quilt has been on my bucket list forever! And would also like to tackle curved piecing techniques so double bonus. I’ve taken your sashiko workshop in Barrie and really enjoyed it. Stay safe!

  13. Christi March 24, 2020 at 2:06 am #

    Stacks of Presents would be fun. I’m already thinking this year should end.

  14. Cindy Pieters March 24, 2020 at 7:11 am #

    I would like From Fiber to Fabric followed closely by Sashiko. I too am cooking and baking this could be dangerous for my waistline.

  15. Bunnie Cleland March 24, 2020 at 9:23 am #

    I would love to take the Intro to Improv Piecing. It is something I have never done but would be curious to understand. Do you have any classes scheduled anywhere?

    • Patti March 24, 2020 at 10:22 am #

      Hi Bunnie, thanks for commenting. I have only local classes scheduled however if your local guild or shop is interested please have them contact me regarding coming to teach and lecture.

  16. Rosalind Gutierrez March 24, 2020 at 10:45 am #

    The Borders, Bindings & more workshop appeals to me.

    • Patti March 24, 2020 at 12:18 pm #

      It is my favorite workshop to teach – the students get so much out of it.

  17. glorybquilts March 24, 2020 at 11:59 am #

    I would love to learn Sashiko or take the Fractures class. I always enjoy your classes.

    • Patti March 24, 2020 at 12:17 pm #

      Thanks Gloria!

  18. Maryjane Baker March 24, 2020 at 10:37 pm #

    I think it would be fun to learn the Sashiko technique. It has been a long time since I took a class, most of the time I watch online tutorials.

  19. Donna Cutting March 25, 2020 at 10:23 am #

    You have wonderful workshops, borders, bindings and more, free motion quilting.
    The alternate grid work sounds very interesting.

  20. Vivian Lewis March 25, 2020 at 11:06 am #

    Intro to Improv–so freeing and fun!

  21. Delaine March 27, 2020 at 6:20 am #

    I would love to take the Fast and Furious Bargello Wall Hanging workshop. I have always wanted to learn how to make Bargello. They are fascinating. Thanks!

  22. Judy Duffy March 27, 2020 at 6:51 am #

    I love your post Patti. They are cheerful and fun. The links are brilliant. Hope your staying safe & well. JD🤗

  23. Bonnie Larson March 27, 2020 at 8:59 am #

    I would love to take your workshop on Stacked presents. It looks like such fun. Thanks

  24. Carol Kuse March 28, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

    I’ve been reading about Sashiko lately also. Sounds interesting.

  25. D March 30, 2020 at 10:44 am #

    Using the miter tool! I have a cardboard template from a binding class I took 10 plus years ago. Woohoo I won’t have to worry about trimming cardboard and to be able to use it in the body of a quilt!

  26. Jane Sanders March 30, 2020 at 5:55 pm #

    The Double Wedding Ring is the class I would take. Making things look curved when they are not is something that intrigues me.


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