Archive | April, 2021

Rain Clouds and Silver Linings

6 Apr Pouring Rain by Patti Carey of Patti's Patchwork

Fellow Quilters,Quilt Block Mania Rainy block patterns

Guess what day it is?!?!? Yup, that’s right, it’s Quilt Block Mania day 😊, and that means another round of free blocks from 24 generous designers.  Yay!  This monthly event is organized by none other than Carolina of AlwaysExpectMoore.  A shout-out to Carolina for her hard work.

The theme this month is RAIN.  I will admit that an idea didn’t immediately pop into my head.  Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Rather, it forced me to exercise my creative muscle.  I scrolled through the designs that had been posted by the other designers – there are some waaay creative people out there in designland!  Of course I wanted to do a pieced block, and so my block is mostly pieced with a bit of easy applique.  And I think my block plays nicely with the other blocks – always a bonus – and makes an interesting quilt on its own – also a bonus.  On my last run into Northcott, I snagged some scraps of lovely Toscana texture and also a piece of Canvas for the darkest color in my block for a perfect match.  Here’s my Pouring Rain

Patti's Patchwork - Pouring Rain

Pouring Rain by Patti Carey of Patti’s Patchwork

block.  I’m thinking it looks like driving rain from some very dark stormy clouds above.  I live at the base of a ski hill and we get copious amounts of precipitation (rain or snow) as clouds similar to these come over the hill regularly.

Naturally I tested the pattern (found here) to check the math and the methodology and can share the following tips for the applique.

#1  – From heat-proof template plastic I cut a piece of Template 1 without the seam allowance on the curved edge and used this to press my fabric pieces to a perfectly smooth curve.

#2 – I spray-starched (using MaryEllen’s Best Pressed) the curved seam allowance prior to pressing it so that it was wet.

#3 – I used just the tip of my iron to press the seam allowance up and over the curved edge of the template plastic.  Master appliquer Karen Kay Buckley shared this tip in a workshop that I took.  Side note:  Karen Kay Buckley’s scissors are THE BEST.  Worth every penny. I have 3 sizes of them.

Here are a couple different quilt layouts. 

Straight-set quilt layout with 12 blocks

Straight-set quilt layout with 12 blocks

The first one is straight-set with 12 blocks and the 2nd option is on-point with 8 pieced blocks. 

on-point Rain quilt

On-point layout with 8 blocks

The quilts are roughly the same size, approx. 38” x 50”.  Which layout do you prefer?  Please leave a comment below for your chance to win a bundle of these fabrics – over 2yds of luscious Toscana and Canvas from Northcott.  Comments must be posted by midnight EST April 12 to be eligible.  Good luck!

Here are the links to the other designers’ blog posts and blocks.  Enjoy!
Rainbow of raindrops by Carolina Moore
Raindrops by Perkins Dry Goods
Rainy Day Walk Home by The Quilted Diary
Raindrop by Blockofthemodotcom
I Love Rainy Days by Heidi Pridemore
Petrichor by Althea Gyde
Gray Skies are Gonna Clear Up by Blue Bear Quilts
Rain from Heaven by Faith and Fabric
Umbrella and Gumboots by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
April Showers by QuiltFabrication
Pouring Rain by Patti’s Patchwork
Spring Crocus by PhoebeMoon Designs
Playing in the Rain by Puppy Girl Designs
Rainy Day by Studio R Quilts
Rain Showers by Slice of Pi Quilts
Rain by Oh Kaye Quilting
Doves in the rain by Sara Flynn
April Showers by Inquiring Quilter
Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow by Devoted Quilter
I’ve Got Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Let it Rain
Splish-Splash by Pretty Piney Quilts
April Showers by Cotton Street Commons
Rain on the Window

Speaking of links, the super-fun Hexie Crush Quilt-along is only 8 days away! Hexie Crush Quilt-along During this 10-week online event we’ll be going step-by-step through the 6 different blocks of the Hexie Crush lap or queen-size quilt (you choose your size.  The pattern has both options).  We’ll share our photos using #hexiecrushqal for a chance to win weekly prizes (woop! woop!).   You can sign up for the quilt-along here – I’ll be sending out an email with all the details very shortly.  And don’t forget to grab a copy of the pattern here.

Also, all aboard for the Quilt Bee at Sea 19-day Hawaiian cruise February 2-20, 2022 (that’s next year).

Quilt Bee at Sea February 2-20, 2022

Quilt Bee at Sea February 2-20, 2022

I’ll be teaching 7 classes on this fabulous quilt retreat/vacation.  This is THE BEST cruise for a quilting cruise – lots of days at sea for quilting, and ample time for sightseeing the spectacular ports of call in Hawaii at the perfect time of year for this.  Who won’t be ready for some fun in the beautiful sun by next February?  This cruise is almost completely sold out so please contact Deb Roberts at World of Quilts Travel to reserve your room.  You don’t want to miss the ship!

Last month I offered up a prize if you commented on the Rosebud Wreath block, and the winner from last month is Maggie Khaja.  Congrats !  Maggie wins a copy of Fons & Porter’s Quick & Easy Quilts.

So, what about the “silver linings” part of this post’s title?  Well, some of you may know that my #1 Son has been battling cancer for the past 10 months.  After an aggressive chemo treatment followed by a very major surgery recently, there appears to be no live cancer in his body.  We are over-the-moon elated, so grateful and thankful for the incredible care he received and helping him get back to normal.  Small steps forward every day.  

Enjoy this month’s blocks, good luck in the draw and we’ll see you in the Quilt-along!



Please Join Me on Two Special Events

2 Apr

Quilt Bee at Sea February 2-20, 2022

Quilt Bee at Sea February 2-20, 2022

Are you a quilting cruiser?  Or perhaps a quilting cruise wannabe?  I have been on several – everywhere from Alaska to Panama to New Zealand – and they are the best!  Think “quilt retreat” combined with “luxurious vacation”.  Seriously, does it get any better?!?  We quilt during the sea days and do tourist-y things during the port days (maybe even visit a local quilt shop!).  It is the best of both worlds.  And a Hawaiian cruise is the best of the best.  There are lots of sea days (a.k.a. quilting days) and breath-takingly beautiful ports of call in a tropical paradise.  We will be so ready for paradise by next February!

Along with 3 other talented instructors (Cheryl Lynch, Carrie Fondi and Krista Moser), I have been invited to teach on the World of Quilts Hawaiian cruise dubbed the Quilt Bee at Sea.  I am so looking forward to in-person teaching again.  My workshops include all my favorites, from Borders & Binding to Creative Free-motion Quilting to Intro to Improv, as well as some project-based classes like Faster & Fabulous BargelloLovely Lone Star and my iconic Winter Solstice.  Coordinator Deb Roberts has been organizing quilting vacations for a long time and she knows her stuff.  I have heard rave reviews about her trips from fellow quilters.  The cameraderie on these trips is amazing, and many of the quilters form life-long friendships.  We will have so much fun!!

This cruise is on the gorgeous Koningsdam, one of Holland America’s newest ships.  Hubby and I have been on many Holland America cruises – we highly recommend them.  Now, seasoned cruisers are chomping at the bit to get back on the high seas, so this cruise is almost sold out – very few rooms are left.  I have had several quilters tell me in the past week that space is very limited.  If you are sitting on the fence, or even just thinking about joining me on this epic adventure, please reach out to Deb and her team at World of Quilts Travel right away to secure a spot on the ship.  Deb is happy to answer any questions that you may have, as am I.

I released my super-cool super-fun Hexie Crush pattern a couple weeks ago and will be hosting the Hexie Crush QAL to help you make your own version. 

PC263 Hexie Crush throw-size (coming soon!)

PC263 Hexie Crush pattern now available!

This 10-week event will pop into your mailbox each Wednesday from April 14 to June 16.  Join me and the rest of the posse as we create the delightful Hexie Crush throw- or queen-size quilt.  Each week we’ll go through the steps to piece a different block, and I’ll share my tips to make constructing it a breeze.  My original quilt is made with the drop-dead-gorgeous True Kisses by Heather Bailey for FIGO Fabrics (available in quilt shops now – find it by using the Product Finder here) and I’ll be using the elegant Kensington Park by Northcott for a completely different look.

True Kisses and Kensington Park fabrics - two different looks!

True Kisses and Kensington Park fabrics – two different looks!

Whether your style is modern, traditional or somewhere in between you’ll have a unique and exciting quilt top by June 16. The QAL is free – all you need is the pattern, and it can be purchased here.  Did I mention there are weekly prizes?!?  The first email with the details will go out very shortly.  Sign up now and join in on the fun!

Finally, next week is the monthly Quilt Block Mania blog hop where I’ll be sharing my free pattern for a block showcasing this month’s theme “Rain”.  The block is designed, all that’s left is the testing 😊.  If you have quilty friends that you think would enjoy my blog and the blog hop, the Hexie Crush QAL or the Quilt Bee at Sea cruise, please forward this email.  The more the merrier!