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How Do You Feel About Spiders?

3 May

Fellow Quilters,

Greetings from Guatemala, the land of heat, humidity and crawling creatures.  Hubby and I are on a wee vacation and I’m hoping my internet connection is now strong enough to allow me to post this – my apologies if you popped in earlier and read my jfkldjafk;h;af.

It is the first Tuesday of the month and that means another round of Quilt Block Mania.  I must admit that I was somewhat apprehensive about the theme for this month – bugs – since I am not a fan of bugs of any kind.  However, the color palette chosen by organizer Carolina of Always Expect Moore drew me in: lovely iridescent teals, greens and deep navy.  The trick for this piecing gal was trying to create a block that was not applique based.  My modern side stepped in and created a mostly-pieced block with a hint of applique – I hope you like it!  Here is my Arachnid block (you can find the pattern here).

Arachnid block by Patti’s Patchwork

Truth be told, I have arachnophobia.  Yup!  It is hard to believe that, when I was a kid, I frequented a hedge at the front of our house to capture spiders in a baby food jar.  I would collect several spiders during each session.  Where oh where did that girl go and where did my arachnophobia come from?!?  When I think of this block, I prefer to think of the Jim Stafford song that goes something like “I don’t like spiders and snakes but that’s not what it takes to love you, oooh whooo”.  Hands up if you know it!

This block looks somewhat spider-ish on its own and is quite easy to piece – simply slash the background and insert the “legs” strips before adding the appliqued circle.  But look what happens when we combine several blocks, and how the layout can affect the impact of the block.  In this first example I used a typical on-point layout that has ¼-square triangles in the corners.  The geometric effect isn’t quite what I had in mind for this block/quilt – I don’t really like what is happening at the edges.

Arachnid blocks on-point in a typical 3×4 layout

But look what happens when I use the not-so-common on-point layout that has two ½-square triangles in each corner.  Can you see the block?  The effect is mesmerizing!  Symmetry at its finest!!

Same block on-point with the alternate 3×4 layout – much better!

Of course, you can also combine it with any of the other insect-themed blocks from the other participating QBM designers – there are a few new ones this month so please click on the links below to check them out.

Ladybug Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Snail by Appliques Quilts and More
Dragonfly by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Aragog by Inquiring Quilter
Bugs in a Jar Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Christmas Beetle by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Bug Jar Quilt Block
Butterfly by Penny Spool Quilts
Beetle Bug by Perkins Dry Goods
Caterpillar by QuiltFabrication
Jewel Beetle by Sugar Sand Quilt Company
Bumblebee Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Arachnid at Patti’s Patchwork
Butterfly Wreath by Jessica of Blue Sky Modern Craft
Marvelous Moth by Blue Bear Quilts

I’ve had my nose to the grindstone the past 2 months finalizing several new patterns using some of Northcott’s new releases.  Since country is near and dear to my heart (I have a dozen pair of western boots and counting – see note below about Pigeon Forge), I jumped at the chance to design with Howdy Christmas and did this down-home design called Hometown Holidays (you can find it here).

I also did a simple but very effective design taking full advantage of the selvage-to-selvage ombre print in Bliss – this one is called Stratify and includes 2 size options (find it here).

And my most popular release ever is Take Flight, using Northcott’s drop-dead-gorgeous Soar collection.  This pattern includes 3 size options (find it here), of which the throw size is available shortly from Keepsake Quilting or your local quilt shop.

Shortly after my vacay ends, I will be heading to Pigeon Forge TN for this year’s A Mountain Quiltfest June 6-9, where I will be teaching 4 classes alongside the inimitable Bonnie Hunter, Linda Hahn, Jocelyn de Jonge and more.  I hear tell there is still space in my Hexie Crush class and my Panel Pizzazz class.  I am thrilled to be back in TN for this fantastic event after 2 years of travel restrictions.  The selection of classes, vendor mall and amazing display of quilts make this a go-to event.  I highly recommend it!

Finally, this month is my birthday, and I will be celebrating by offering a newsworthy subscriber-only special for my newsletter peeps.  If you’re not yet a subscriber to my newsletter you can find the link at the bottom of the main page here.

Thanks for reading and for your patience this month, and we’ll chat again soon 😊



Not your Grandma’s Cup of Tea

5 Apr Time for tea and chocolate with a friend using the good stuff

Fellow Quilters,

How have you been?  The last time we chatted, it will still winter.  For the past few weeks I’ve been buried in an avalanche of paperwork and video editing for looming deadlines but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m excited to be travelling to A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge TN June 6-9 to teach 4 classes, two of which are already sold out – woohoo!  If you’d like to take my Panel Pizzazz (#44) or Hexie Crush (#21) class don’t delay – they’re selling fast.

Mountain Quiltfest classes available June 7th and 9th

Mountain Quiltfest classes available June 7th and 9th

I did a Quilt-along with my Hexie Crush pattern a year ago, and I’m thrilled to be sharing all my tips for this lovely quilt with the MQF posse.  In the Panel Pizzazz class, we’ll talk fabulous flying geese and incorporating panels in our quilts.  There are so many great panels available, and I can’t wait to see what the students bring to class.

Speaking of panels, my Hometown Holidays pattern is hot off the press.  Featuring Northcott’s Howdy Christmas, it includes 3 size options and would work equally well with just about any standard 24” x 42” panel.

Hometown & Stratify

Two new patterns

And Stratify is a quick contemporary quilt that showcases a selvage-to-selvage ombre.  I used the gorgeous new Bliss Ombre and love how it looks in both the lap size and the queen-size.

QBM April 22Now that I’ve resurfaced, I see that the sun is shining, the tulips are popping up and the birds are twitterpated as Bambi would say.  Spring is here!!  Soon we’ll see the pale pastel colors of young buds and soft Spring grass – the colors that remind me of Easter.  So pretty!

Those same lovely delicate shades are also in this month’s Quilt Block Mania organized by Carolina at Always Expect Moore, and the theme is “Tea”.  The 16 participating designers went all out creating assorted cakes, baked goodies, stacks of cups and the like.  Here is a complete list of the designers’ blocks and links to their blog posts today:

Tea Time Mug by Carolina Moore
Afternoon Tea by Inquiring Quilter
Not Your Grandma’s Cup of Tea
Stacked Tea Cups by Appliques Quilts and More
Tea Time by Manon Hunt
Muffin Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Teapot by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
T is for Temperance by Scrapdash
You Can Brew It
French Macaron by Penny Spool Quilts
Tea Party at Perkins Dry Goods
Teatime Cakes by QuiltFabrication
Broken Sugar Bowl by Becca Fenstermaker
Cake Anyone? by Kaye Collins
Tea Time by Patchwork Breeze
3-Tiered Serving Tray by Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting

Being a tea drinker, I went straight to the good stuff – tea leaves.  I like mine good and strong.  By the time my morning cuppa has steeped, it rivals most cups of coffee for caffeine levels.

So, the traditional Tea Leaf block is quite old, and has some unusual angles in it, resulting in bias edges on the block – no so quilter-friendly.

The original tea leaf block and my re-imagined block

The original tea leaf block and my re-imagined block

Examining the block, I re-imagined it without bias edges – much better for flat quilts.  I present to you my “Not Your Grandma’s Cup of Tea”.   You can find the pattern here.

Patti Carey - Not Your Grandma's Cup of Tea

Not Your Grandma’s Cup of Tea by Patti’s Patchwork

I’d like to share a couple of tips for cutting the pieces with the templates.  Tip #1:  Fold your fabric wrong sides together to cut mirror-image pairs of pieces using the asymmetrical T2 and T3 templates for the outside “leaves”.  It’s much faster than cutting single layer pieces and wondering if you have the correct number of each piece.

Tape the template to the underside of a ruler, aligning it with the ruler edges, then cut along edge of ruler

Tape the template to the underside of a ruler, aligning it with the ruler edges, then cut along edge of ruler

Tip #2:  Tape the paper template to the underside of a ruler to cut the pieces of T1, T2 and T3.  You won’t inadvertently trim your template each time you cut, and it’s faster.  Many of us have these assorted triangle rulers, and this is an excellent opportunity to get double duty from them.  Who doesn’t like a tool that does more than one thing?

runner without corners

Make a 38″ x 13″ runner with 3 on-point blocks and 4 quarter-blocks

This block would make a lovely table runner, perfect for afternoon tea – so pretty!  Just 3 blocks and 4 quarter-blocks and you’re done.  You could start it this morning and have it done by Tea Time.

Time for tea and chocolate with a friend using the good stuff

Time for tea and chocolate with a friend using the good stuff

For my photo, I pulled out my good china and silverware.  I quite like it but seldom use it, but I think that’s about to change.  You see, I lost a dear friend last week, taken much too soon.  I am reminded that life is unpredictable.  Laundry and cleaning will always be there.  Friends – not so much.  So let’s make a promise to use the good dishes, eat the chocolate, buy the fabric, and have tea (or wine) with our friends.



Spring Migration

8 Mar Me and my gal pals at the ski hill

Fellow Quilters,

Me and my gal pals at the ski hill

Me and my gal pals at the ski hill

Last Friday I got together with my gal pals for a fabulous day of skiing, skating and snowshoeing.  It is still very much winter where I live, with enough snow on the ground to (hopefully) snowboard for another 5 weeks.  We’ve had 3 days of 6-10” of fresh powder in the last 15, with more snow coming this week.  Despite that, I can see that Spring is just around the corner – the days are longer and sunnier.Bird Quilt Blocks - Quilt Block Mania  What’s more, the birds are chirping in the trees as I ride up the chair lift.  What an uplifting sound!  I’ve even spotted some robins in the bush on our hikes up the hill – nothing says Spring like the sight of a robin.

Speaking of birds, that’s the theme for this month’s Quilt Block Mania, in a rainbow of bright “toucan” colors.  Like several other blogger participants, I immediately thought of flying geese, probably the most well-known bird block in quilting.  I chose the graphite color for the background since birds start their morning song while it’s still dark.  I combined large as small flying geese since Springtime brings a new batch of young’uns.  And I arranged them in rows, depicting the annual Spring migration.  Here is my Migration block.

My Migration block for QBM March '22

My Migration block for QBM March ’22

The block looks quite ordinary on its own but look what happens when you combine lots of them in a quilt – fun!

Combine 16 Migration blocks for a cool lap quilt

Combine 16 Migration blocks for a cool lap quilt

You can download the free pattern here.  And you can find the links to the other 15 designer’s blocks here:

Birds on a Wire by Carolina Moore
Signs of Spring by Inquiring Quilter
Cute Bird by Powered By Quilting
Flamboyance by Becca Fenstermaker
Migration by Patti’s Patchwork
Peacock Quilt Block by Appliques Quilts and More
Blue Bird by by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Chubby Chicken Block by Kaye Collins
Hummingbird Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Flying in Formation by QuiltFabrication
Birds Circling by Nancy Myers
Lorikeets by Sue Griffiths
Fly Away Home by Scrapdash
Puffin Head by Penny Spool Quilts
Birds in the Air by Perkins Dry Goods
There is always one
Budgie on a Branch by Blue Bear Quilts

Last Fall while in Dolphin World in Dominican Republic Hubby snapped this photo of me feeding some colorful parakeets – their claws are sharp on the scalp!

Feeding parakeets in Dominican Republic

Feeding parakeets in Dominican Republic

Speaking of fun, it’s also the first month of the

Two special Quilt-alongs supporting Quilts of Valor

Two special Quilt-alongs supporting Quilts of Valor

For the Brave Quilt-along and With Glowing Hearts Quilt-along – it’s not too late to sign up!  I’ve partnered with Northcott for this fabulous event that runs monthly until December, is free to join and has some terrific prizes.  In my dedicated QAL newsletter I’ll be sharing extra tips to help you piece each of the unique pieced blocks and easily assemble this stunning quilt.  Find all the details here, sign up for the For the Brave QAL newsletter here or the With Glowing Hearts QAL newsletter here.  Wont’ you join me for this special QAL event?

Also check out last week’s post here to see lots of other fun creative things that I’ve been working on lately.  You just might find a new favorite!



Out from Behind the Scenes

3 Mar

Fellow Quilters,

Happy March!  Typically, my first-of-the-month blog post is for my participation in the fun Quilt Block Mania event, however it has been postponed for a week due to scheduling issues.  So instead, I’ll chat about some other stuff going on at Patti’s Patchwork that has been tucked behind the scenes for a while.

Back in July 2021 I answered the call for submissions for Quiltmakers magazine and my design was accepted for the March/April issue, on newsstands now or available online here.

I'm featured in Quiltmaker March/April '22

I’m featured in Quiltmaker March/April ’22

My unique design features hexagonal log cabin blocks in a lap quilt made with FIGO’s stunning Honey Blooms collection.  I used my Electric Quilt program to design the quilt and create the diagrams.  I had to delve into EQ a little deeper than usual to figure out how to draw this block as I envisioned piecing it.  What a sense of accomplishment when I succeeded!  I am always learning something new with this quilt design software program and also always impressed that it has the capability to make my visions a reality.

Honey I'm Home

Honey I’m Home made with FIGO’s Honey Bloom collection

I just love how this quilt turned out!  Because it features log cabins that look like honeycomb, made with Honey Blooms fabrics, I called it Honey I’m Home – haha.

Last Fall I mentioned my upcoming Color Play fabric collection for Northcott and showed a couple of sneak peek images.  The collection (which I designed with the help of EQ) is a learn-to-free-motion-machine-quilt tool that also doubles as a fabulous colorful collection for easier-than-it-looks dynamic quilts.  Here’s the collection.

Color Play is a learn-to-machine-quilt fabric collection available in August

Color Play is a learn-to-machine-quilt fabric collection available in August

Quilt shops can purchase it now for August shipping, so please head into your local shop and ask them to order it.  I designed 3 patterns for it, including a learn-to-quilt sampler that has 3 design options using the pre-printed blocks – no block piecing required!  Simply cut squares of the block fabric and quilt ‘til you wilt 😊.

Color Play patterns available late Summer

Color Play patterns available late Summer

The patterns will be available late Summer.  I’ll be doing a series of how-to tutorials on YouTube using these blocks (did you know that I have a YouTube channel?), and probably be doing a quilt-along with them later in the Fall.  Stay tuned for further details.

Speaking of quilt-alongs, the For the Brave QAL and With Glowing Hearts QAL launched yesterday – woop, woop!  I’ve partnered with Northcott for this monthly event that runs until December.

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Two special Quilt-alongs supporting Quilts of Valor

The how-to videos will be on my YouTube channel and the special QAL monthly newsletter contains extra tips and details for better piecing (sign up for the newsletter here). Northcott has rounded up some really terrific monthly prizes for those participants who post pics of their blocks on Instagram with #ForTheBrave2022 or #WithGlowingHearts2022.  You can find the detail on Northcott’s website on the Resources tab.

And if that’s not enough, I have 3 new patterns!

PC282 Woodlot pattern includes king-size

PC282 Woodlot pattern includes king-size

PC282 Woodlot is the updated version of Woodland/Oh Christmas Tree and now includes 4 sizes from wall to king.  It uses packs of 2½” strips.  You can find it here.

PC283 Stone Strip Sampler also uses a strip pack and is a great pattern for a block-of-the-month or quilt-along program.

PC283 Stone Strip Sampler front cover

PC283 Stone Strip Sampler also uses a strip pack

There are 10 months of blocks, and the pattern includes 3 quilt size options to make with your finished blocks.  You can find it here.

PC281 Misted Pines is an updated version of my iconic Winter Solstice, this time featuring the Stonehenge Gradations textures in 3 quilt size options including king-size.

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PC281 Misted Pines in taupe, Robins egg/Blue planet and Mystic colorways

I am in love with the Mystic colorway!  And I am thrilled with the Robins egg/Blue planet colorway too – it reminds me of the Great Smoky Mountains and Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge TN where I’ll be teaching in June.  You can find the pattern here.

So, I have an extra copy of the magazine containing Honey I’m Home to give away, courtesy of Quiltmaker.  For a chance to win it, please leave a comment below by midnight March 10 telling me which of the 3 Misty Pines colorways is your favorite.

Chat soon,


Wedding Season at Quilt Block Mania

1 Feb Tying the Knot lap quilt is 47" x 59"

QBM Feb 22Fellow Quilters,

Welcome to February and this month’s Quilt Block Mania blog tour.  In my area February brings longer sunnier days (January is quite overcast with lots of snow – especially this year!) and the promise of Spring.  And Spring brings the beginning of wedding season, the theme for this month’s Quilt Block Mania organized by Carolina at

The palette for this month’s blocks is soft and delicate – vanilla, blush pink, and misty aqua in various shades.  I found the perfect match of colors in Northcott’s Toscana suede-texture blenders. (PS.  There might be a Toscana giveaway at the end of this post.)

Classic weddings can be formal affairs, with the groom and his entourage wearing tuxedos and bowties, so my block has some of those bowties, and a simple appliqued heart – for the romance of the day of course!  Here is Tying the Knot.

Patti Carey - Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot by Patti’s Patchwork

These bowties are 3-dimensional – the knot is floating!  This adds nice texture to the block and is surprisingly easy to do.  In my instructions I used a different fabric for the bowtie so that you would be able to see the contrast of the front and back of the bowtie fabric.  The pictures are from my Wall Street Wardrobe pattern which you can find here.  You can find the Tying the Knot instructions


Fifteen other designers are also sharing their blocks with you – you can find them here:

Wedding Dress Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
With This Ring by Inquiring Quilter
Wedding cake by Powered By Quilting
Loopy Hearts by Becca Fenstermaker
Tying the Knot by Patti’s Patchwork
Car with Wedding Couple by Appliques Quilts and More
True Lover’s Knot by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Vintage Hankie Dress Quilt Block by Kaye Collins
Wedding Invitation Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Wedding Chapel by QuiltFabrication
Lucky horseshoe charm by Sue Griffiths
Apple Blossom Quilt Block by Scrapdash
Solitaire by Penny Spool Quilts
Something New by Perkins Dry Goods
Courthouse steps by Sew Joy Creations
Hearts Aflutter by Blue Bear Quilts

Just for fun I mocked up a nice-sized lap quilt with Tying the Knot.  This is 47” x 59” – I think it would make a lovely signature quilt for a wedding.

Tying the Knot lap quilt 47x59

Tying the Knot lap quilt is 47″ x 59″

Have you ever made a quilt for a wedding gift?  I have done 2 wedding-themed patterns:  Circle of Love is a classic double wedding ring, and White Lace and Promises is based on a block called English Wedding.  I have made 3 quilts as wedding gifts and I have 2 waiting to be made.  Leave a comment below telling me about your wedding quilt story for a chance to win a 2yd packet of Toscana.  Please comment by midnight February 7.

I have been working behind the scenes on an exciting feel-good project that I can now share with you.  The For the Brave and With Glowing Hearts Quilt-alongs are starting in 4 short weeks.

IG postIG post imageSign-ups are now open for this 10-month Block-of-the-month Quilt-along.  I’ll be sending out a preliminary newsletter with details in the next week or two – sign up now so you don’t miss out.  The quilt-along is free and chock-a-block full of great tips as we make this special quilt.  Simply purchase the pattern at your local quilt shop (you can find the fabrics there as well) or from Patti’s Patchwork.  You can find all the details here.  I’d love to have you quilt-along with me 😊



Please join me in a celebration

27 Jan

Fellow Quilters,

This is a special year, marking a couple of noteworthy anniversaries.

QOV founder Catherine Roberts with Chaplain John Kallerson

QOV founder Catherine Roberts with Chaplain John Kallerson

Twenty years ago, Catherine Roberts founded Quilts of Valor after a vivid dream moved her to present a quilt to a wounded soldier.  The seed was planted, and by 2012 more than 50,000 quilts had been awarded to veterans and service members.

That year, Northcott was moved to help this growing and honorable organization.  Using the popular Stonehenge brand, Northcott’s Design Director Deborah Edwards and Stonehenge creator Linda Ludovico collaborated to design the first collection supporting QOV – Stars & Stripes aids QOV in the United States, and Oh Canada supports Quilts of Valour Canada.  It quickly became a quilter favorite and has been used in a large percentage of QOV quilts ever since.

Each and every year a new Quilts of Valo(u)r collection is designed that complements the previous ones. These collections are inspired by the noble work of Quilts of Valo(u)r and honor our great country while recognizing our brave service personnel for their sacrifice.  Deborah says the collections have continued to evolve but have always maintained their roots, with patriotic designs in the Stonehenge tradition.

Fast forward to 2022.  Currently more than 313,000 quilts have been awarded in the US and Canada. To recognize the 20th anniversary of QOV and the 10th anniversary of the Stonehenge Quilts of Valo(u)r collections, Deborah and Linda have designed a special 10th anniversary QOV collection.

The Stonehenge Stars & Stripes 10th Anniversary (top) and Oh Canada 10th Anniversary (bottom) collections

The Stonehenge Stars & Stripes 10th Anniversary (top) and Oh Canada 10th Anniversary (bottom) collections

In addition, Northcott has planned a year-long celebration with a variety of fun events, and you are invited and encouraged to participate in as many of them as you wish.  There are 2 sets of events – the US events use Stars & Stripes and the Canadian events use Oh Canada.  Each set includes a Celebrate 4th of July/Canada Day event, a Wear Your Patriotic Pride event and a 10-month quilt-along.  Let me tell you a bit more about the stunning quilt for this event.

I was thrilled and honored when Northcott approached me to design a special block-of-the-month style quilt to be used for the quilt-along portion of the year-long celebration.  You see, I have always enjoyed working with these fabrics to design QOV quilts.  Not only do the various fabrics play well together, but they speak to my heart.  Over the past 10 years I have had the good fortune to witness just how impactful these QOV quilts are to the recipients.  I am humbled and deeply moved by their gratitude.  I simply cannot make it through a presentation without a box of Kleenex tissues.

With that in mind, I set about designing a multi-block quilt that incorporated the fantastic 10th anniversary collection, including the 2 panels, AND was QOV-sized – yes, you can participate and then donate your finished quilt to Quilts of Valo(u)r. A win-win!

label panels

Label panels 24″ x 43″

In this quilt design I wanted to showcase the preprinted block/label panel that Deborah designed.  Not only can these blocks be used as quilt labels, when used on the quilt front, they are also a place for embroidered or inked sentiments.  I placed them in 4-patch blocks, alternating them with cream background and added simple appliqued hearts to reflect our heartfelt thanks.  If desired, the hearts can be replaced with additional sentiments or lovely quilting motifs.

For the Brave is 66 1/2" x 80 1/2"

For the Brave is 66 1/2″ x 80 1/2″

The 6 different pieced blocks were chosen to showcase the various fabrics and to complement the 4-patch blocks and each other.  Sashing was added to eliminate bulky seams where blocks meet.  The cornerstones at the sashing intersections make assembling the quilt easier and extending them into the border provides continuity and balance.

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With Glowing Hearts is 66 1/2″ x 80 1/2″

It was important to me that the quilt design incorporates an option to showcase the large panel from the collection.  This was accomplished by replacing one set of pieced blocks in the quilt center with the panel.  Do you like lots of piecing?  Go with the all-blocks version.  Just a taste of piecing?  Opt for the panel version.  Either option – the central panel version or the all-blocks version – is a fitting tribute to those who have served our nation and defended our freedom.

When is the quilt-along, how much does it cost and how do you participate?  I’m glad you asked!

1)  The quilt-along runs from March through December 2022.  It is a monthly event – the block video and newsletter for each month will be posted the first of the month starting March 1st.

2)  There is no cost for the QAL (sign-up is free) however you will require a copy of the pattern to follow along.  You can purchase it from your local quilt shop (preferred) or my website.  Contact your local quilt shop to purchase a kit containing the fabric and pattern – choose the panel option or the all-blocks option (or both!).  The pattern has instructions for both options.  Many shops already have their kits ready and waiting for you.  Here’s the list of participating US shops and Canadian shops.

3)  Sign up for Northcott’s For the Brave newsletter or With Glowing Hearts newsletter to receive the monthly (starting in March) newsletter with information and links to the quilt along video, creative contest, monthly giveaways and more. Those who sign up now will receive a welcome email with Frequently Asked Questions. Participants can subscribe and unsubscribe at any time.

4)  Sign up for my For the Brave QAL newsletter or With Glowing Hearts newsletter for my monthly posts.  You really want to do this – just ask the participants of my last 2 QAL’s.  In my posts I share extra tips and tricks to help you successfully make each month’s block.  While the monthly how-to videos are a fantastic visual on how to construct each block (you’ll be able to watch these on my YouTube channel, and Northcott will also be sharing them), there are some details that require more information – close-up photos, detailed descriptions, etc. – that are too hard to show in a video.

5)  Want to win some great prizes?  Complete each month’s block made with the Stonehenge QOV fabrics and post a photo by the last Thursday of the month on Instagram with #ForTheBrave2022 or #WithGlowingHearts2022 to be in the running for one of two $150 prizes each month.  Yowza!!  That’s a nice prize!  But wait!  There’s more!!  There will be 3 grand prize winners at the end of the QAL in January 2023.  Prizes have been generously supplied by Janome, Accuquilt, Olfa, Aurifil, Quilter’s Dream batting, Love of Quilting magazine and Northcott. Thank you sponsors 😊

Here’s a quick recap:

US participants:  Sign up for my For the Brave QAL newsletter here

Sign up for Northcott’s For the Brave newsletter here

Purchase your fabrics and pattern from a participating shop here

Visit Northcott’s website here for details on all the For the Brave events

Have questions?  Find answers here

Canadian participants:  Sign up for my With Glowing Hearts QAL newsletter here

Sign up for Northcott’s With Glowing Hearts newsletter here

Purchase your fabrics and pattern from a participating shop here

Visit Northcott’s website here for details on all the With Glowing Hearts events

Have questions?  Find answers here

Please help me support QOV and honor our service personnel by participating in this worthwhile and creative event.  Together we’ll blanket them in love and comfort 😊

Let’s quilt-along together,


Pet Projects

4 Jan My wintery backyard view today
My wintery backyard view today

My wintery backyard view today

Fellow Quilters,

Happy New Year!  After a bit of family time over the holidays I am chomping at the bit to get back into sewing/quilting mode, and I hope you are too 😊.  After a fresh snowfall last night, today is pretty-as-a-picture but cold – a perfect reason to hunker down in my sewing space with a cuppa and a new block to make.

QBM PetIt is also Quilt Block Mania day – yay!  That means a new batch of free quilt block patterns, including one by yours truly.  If you’re popping in from another blogger’s site, you can subscribe at the link on the right.

The theme this month is pets, and chances are that if you don’t have one, you know someone who does.  #1 Son has a cat that just had a litter of 4 kittens (so cute!!), and #2 Son has an adorable dog.  There are so many options for pets, and this month’s color palette inspired me to design a block featuring rabbits.  You can get my Bunny Buddies pattern here.

You could easily turn the rabbits into other animals by changing the shape of their ears.  Here’s a nice throw-size comfy quilt perfect for your favorite pet-lover.

Make 12 blocks for an easy 53" x 67" throw - bunnies everywhere!!

Make 12 blocks for an easy 53″ x 67″ throw – bunnies everywhere!!

You could even make a pet sampler quilt using blocks from the other participating designers this month.  Find the links to their blocks here:

Chicken Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
First Snow by Inquiring Quilter
Clown Fish by Powered By Quilting
Bunny Buddies at Patti’s Patchwork
Cute Turtle by Appliques Quilts and More
Doghouse Quilt Block by Kaye Collins
Scottie Dog
Dog Bone by QuiltFabrication
Bird Feeder by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Birdie Block by Blue Bear Quilts
Fishies at Perkins Dry Goods
Parlor Panther Queen at Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Perky Pig by Masterpiece Quilting

If you’re on Facebook, there’s a Facebook group for Quilt Block Mania – a great place where you can share pics of your blocks and projects made with the monthly patterns.

Speaking of samplers, it’s not too late to join my Cottage Sampler quilt-along.

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti's Patchwork

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti’s Patchwork

We officially started last week but the sewing doesn’t begin until this week.  It runs until March 16, by which time you’ll have a drop-dead gorgeous quilt top ready to be quilted.  You can sign up here and get your pattern here.  I’ve been testing out some video recording to include in my weekly quilt-along newsletters that are chock-full of how-to-tips.  Bonus: there are weekly prizes 😊

Quilt Bee at Sea February 2-20, 2022

Quilt Bee at Sea Jan 30 – Feb 18, 2023

The much-anticipated Quilt Bee at Sea Hawaiian cruise that I’m teaching on, scheduled for next month, has been postponed for a year due to Covid-related issues ☹.  The good news, however, is that sign-ups for it have re-opened 😊.  If cruising to this tropical paradise next February 2023 while quilting-’til-you-wilt on sea days sounds like something you’d love to do, find out more here.   It will be SO. MUCH. FUN.

Last but definitely not least, I have a project in the January/February 2022 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine – woohoo!!

With Heartfelt Thanks featured in the Jan/Feb Love of Quilting magazine

With Heartfelt Thanks featured in the Jan/Feb Love of Quilting magazine

I am always honored to have a quilt featured in a magazine, and it is an extra-special honor when that quilt is selected as a Quilts of Valor project paying tribute to our valued veterans.  This quilt was made with Northcott’s Stonehenge Stars & Stripes, supporting QOV, and is easy enough for anyone who wants to show their gratitude.   You could say that Quilts of Valor quilts are a pet project of mine!

Love of Quilting January/February 2022

Love of Quilting January/February 2022

Fons & Porter has given me a copy of this issue to give away.  For a chance to win it, please leave a comment below telling me about your favorite or current pet project.  Deadline:  midnight January 11, 2022.  I can’t wait to read your comments!

Until next time,


Ready, Set…

18 Dec

Fellow Quilters,

I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself!  My second quilt-along, the Cottage Sampler QAL, is starting in just 11 days.  I had so much fun hosting the Hexie Crush QAL earlier this year, and this one is going to be WAAAY bigger and better.  Sign-ups have been brisk the past few weeks and if you haven’t joined yet, here’s why you’ll want to.FB group banner cropped

The Cottage Sampler QAL is based on my new Cottage Sampler quilt pattern. I designed the pattern with the stellar Canoe Lake fabric collection – my second collection for Banyan Batiks, the batik division of Northcott.  It is one of THE best-selling Banyan collections (she says modestly) and has just shipped to quilt shops – well – everywhere!  You can use the awesome Product Finder on the Canoe Lake page of Northcott’s website to find shops in your area that have received their shipment.

So, I am a panel-and-border-stripe gal.  If a collection has one or both, you can be sure I’m going to use them in a quilt or project.  Naturally, when I designed Canoe Lake, I included a 9″ square mini panel and a coordinating lengthwise border stripe.  The panel features a classic lakeside scene of a canoe beached on the cattail-lined shore of a tree-rimmed lake as the sun rises/sets over the hills.  I have very fond memories of paddling on such a lake as a kid.

My new Canoe Lake fabric collection - Autumn Blaze, Lakeside, and Misty Morn

My new Canoe Lake fabric collection – Autumn Blaze, Lakeside, and Misty Morn

The fir tree border stripe is cleverly designed to be not-so-directional – the trees go both ways.  And with 5 repeats across the width of fabric there is enough to border a quilt AND use for bands on matching pillowcases – who doesn’t love batik pillowcases?!?  So luxurious!

The collection has 3 fabulous colorways from cottage country:

  • Autumn Blaze mixes golds, rust and burgundy – the resplendent colors of maples in the Fall
  • Lakeside has forest greens and sandy-beach tans
  • Misty Morning includes soft smoky blue/sage/gray accented with berry (this one just might be my favorite)

I knew from Day 1 that I wanted to host a QAL with Canoe Lake, so the Cottage Sampler pattern was born.  Half of the blocks feature the mini panel with a pieced frame.  The remaining 6 different blocks are pieced using the coordinates from the collection.  The pattern includes 2 sizes – a 55″ x 70″ throw-size, with 1 each of the 6 pieced blocks, and a 96″ x 96″ wow-factor queen-size that has 2 each of the pieced blocks.

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti's Patchwork

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti’s Patchwork

What will we be making in the Cottage Sampler QAL? You choose!!  Simply pick your preferred size and color option and quilt along with me.  I’ll be making all 3 colorways, and making the throw AND queen-size options. Yup, busy gal!

Here’s what’s included:

  • I’ll be doing weekly posts from Dec 29 to March 16 through the Cottage Sampler QAL newsletter (sign up here)
  • Posts will include lots of tips and tricks to help you successfully make each block (or pair of blocks if you’re making the queen-size)
  • Video how-to’s included in weekly posts (as needed)
  • We’ll share our photos and comments in the Cottage Sampler Facebook group.
  • Weekly prizes to randomly-selected active QAL’ers – those who actively participate (post pics/ask questions/provide feedback)
  • I’ll answer any questions you may have as we go along – I love questions!!
  • Cost to participate:  FREE!  You will need a copy of the pattern to follow along though.  You can purchase one at your local quilt shop or from me here.Cottage Sampler panel block

Speaking of local shops, a few of my favorite shops have kits available:

You can also find shops that have purchased the fabrics and patterns on Northcott’s site by using the Product Finder here.

This is the perfect project to work on together as we spend some quality quilty time in our sewing space this winter.  If all goes well, we’ll have a cozy new quilt ready for the cottage, cabin or retreat by summer.  It also makes a fab guy quilt – just saying.  Please sign up now – I can’t wait to quilt-along with you!

See you in 11 days 🙂


Fun and Games with QBM

7 Dec Option #2 - same size but so different!

Fellow Quilters,toy themed quilt blocks

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to the December issue of Quilt Block Mania. Wait – did someone say December?!?  What happened to the previous 11 months?!?  I don’t know about you but this year has been a blur for me.  If, like me, you’re north of the 49th parallel, masks and social distancing are still the norm, along with virtual gatherings.  Hubby and I just spent the past 3 glorious weeks on a long-overdue and much-needed Caribbean cruise where masks were required except when dining/drinking – I must say that I felt safe as a church mouse.  Kudos to Holland America for a very successful cruise. It was SOOO good to finally get away and I am really looking forward to the Quilt Bee at Sea to Hawaii in February for 19 fantastic days of perfect weather, breath-taking scenery and quilt-till-you-wilt.

Last night Hubby and I were invited to dinner by a couple we met on our cruise – they live 4 blocks away – small world!!  Their lovely home was decked out for the holidays, including resplendent poinsettias at the front door and a majestic Christmas tree in the foyer – so festive!

Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of the year.  In my area we are almost guaranteed to have enough snow to go tobogganing.  I absolutely adore Christmas baking, from my mom’s Christmas fruitcake (unlike the much maligned store-bought version, it’s so moist and rich that my sons actually request it) to traditional shortbread, rum balls, mincemeat mini-tarts and several others that have become must-have additions to the requisite list.  My family and friends manage to devour 12 batches of goodies over the holidays.  Christmas dinner would not be complete without the classic plum pudding, a recipe handed down 3 generations from my friend’s husband’s great-grandmother – we set it aflame with brandy and serve it with rum sauce!  Mmmmm!

Flaming Christmas plum pudding

Flaming Christmas plum pudding

Speaking of classics, I had great fun designing my block for the December edition of Quilt Block Mania, coordinated by Carolina at  Twenty designers participated this month, and you can find the links to their blocks here:

Puzzle Cube Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Swirlybirds by Scrapdash
Rocking Horse by Appliques Quilts and More
Old-fashioned toy by
Wooden Toy Blocks by Penny Spool Quilts
Xylophone by QuiltFabrication
Stacked Rings at Patti’s Patchwork
Toy Truck at Blue Bear Quilts
Bullseye at Pretty Piney Quilts
Toy Plane by Mom and Me Quilting Co
Nutcracker by Inquiring Quilter
Water Colors at Perkins Dry Goods
How to Theread a Book by Craft Towards Joy
Sling Shot by Faith and Fabric
Candyland at EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Shape Sorter Block at Patchwork Breeze
Colorku at Love to Color My World
Toy Wagon by Cristy Fincher
Baboushka dolls by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Baseball by Masterpiece Quilting

This month’s theme is “toys” and the color palette reminded me of a classic toy that every child seems to receive around age 1 or so.

Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack

Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack

That’s right, it’s the iconic Stack of Donuts (find my pattern here).  I dutifully adhered to the chosen palette, using a selection of Northcott’s Toscana textures, leaving out the orange ring, but I must admit it still looks remarkably similar to the toy my boys played with as they developed their fine motor skills and learned their colors.

It makes me wonder how many millions of stacked donuts have been gifted to babies everywhere.  Did you know that there have been several color combinations of stacked donuts over the years?

I decided to play with the blocks to make a baby quilt.  Here is option #1 with 12 blocks.

Option #1 38" x 51"

Option #1 38″ x 51″

But wait!  Here is option #2 with half of the blocks flipped upside down – so cool!!

Option #2 - same size but so different!

Option #2 – same size but so different!

Did you know that most quilters take up quilting to make a baby quilt?  How about you?  Tell me about the first quilt you made – who was it made for and what was the occasion?  Post your story in the comments below by midnight December 14 for a chance to win a packet of my new Canoe Lake fabrics for Banyan Batiks – I’ll give away 2 prizes! 

My new Canoe Lake fabric collection - Autumn Blaze, Lakeside, and Misty Morn

My new Canoe Lake fabric collection – Autumn Blaze, Lakeside, and Misty Morn

And join me in the Cottage Sampler Quilt-along starting December 29 here to make a throw or queen-size sampler featuring 7 unique blocks. Each week I’ll share tips and tricks to easily piece your blocks with expert precision.

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti's Patchwork

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti’s Patchwork

Speaking of sharing, I’ll pop back into your Inbox in a couple of weeks to share one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

Until then,



Lemons or Limes?

2 Nov
November's QBM blocks

November’s QBM blocks

Fellow Quilters,

It’s the first Tuesday of the month and that means Quilt Block Mania, and time for another round of free blocks from some generous designers.  Many of you have commented that you are really enjoying this monthly event.  I’m glad, as I am too.

This month’s theme is food – yum!  Here is the tasty palette presented to us by organizer Carolina at Always Expect Moore.

This month's chosen color palette from the Seeds website

This month’s chosen color palette from the Seeds website

And here is a list of the other 15 participating bloggers.

Hot Dog Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Corn off the Cob Quilt Block at Scrapdash
Pumpkin Pie by Appliques Quilts and More
Ice Cream Cones by QuiltFabrication
Citrus Wedges by Patti’s Patchwork
Peppers at Blue Bear Quilts
Pineapple at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Strawberry by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Home for the Holidays by Inquiring Quilter
Red Delicious at Perkins Dry Goods
Pumpkin Quilt Block
Little Lemons by Love Sew Modern
Sew the Carrots Go Round Block at Patchwork Breeze
Cake Quilt Block at Masterpiece Quilting
Avocado at EvaPaige Quilt Designs

Even though the picture shows veggies, I’m thinking fruit.

For my 12” block I selected a variety of Toscana and Canvas textures from Northcott along with some fun new Glam blenders from Patrick Lose Studio.  When I mixed them together I saw citrus wedges – lemons, limes, oranges and – my favorite – ruby red grapefruit.

Citrus-flavored fruit jelly slices

Citrus-flavored fruit jelly slices

The wedges made with Glam remind me of the sugar-coated citrus jellies I had as a kid – my Nana would buy them from iconic candy maker Laura Secord as a special treat for us grands.  Here is my Citrus Wedges pattern.  Pucker up!

Citrus Wedges block by Patti Carey

Citrus Wedges block by Patti Carey

In the instructions I recommend that you press seams toward the wedges, even though it adds a bit of bulk.  Why would I do this?  Because when I quilt this, I want to stitch in the ditch in the dark green background and those fruit slices will pop off the quilt, ripe for the picking.

I also press all the seams in a counter-clockwise direction to “spin” the seams at the center of the block – this helps distribute the bulk of those 8 seams coming together.

Press seams counter-clockwise to minimize the bulk

Press seams counter-clockwise to minimize the bulk

If you’re visiting from another blogger’s site and are not familiar with me, welcome!  In addition to blogging (you can subscribe up there on the right), I design patterns at Patti’s Patchwork and the tips above are the type of thing I like to include in my extensive range of popular quilt patterns.  When I host quilt-alongs I even include videos showing many of the steps in creating our blocks and assembling our quilt.  My Cottage Sampler QAL is starting December 29, running through until March 16, and you can sign up here to join the fun and learn a trick or two along the way while you make a fabulous throw or queen-size quilt using my Cottage Sampler pattern.

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti's Patchwork

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti’s Patchwork

This pattern showcases my Canoe Lake fabric collection and I’ll be making blocks in all 3 colorways during the QAL.

Speaking of QAL-type events, I participated in the Seaside Adventures Row-along in September – it ran from early September to last week, and the wrap-up week is this week.  Visit Quilting Room with Mel to see the quilts made with many of the seaside-themed rows.  My tropical fish row is still available for free – find the link in my blog post here.

That’s all for now!

Chat soon,