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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Thank you for supporting my patterns and fabric, for reading my blog, and most of all for your wonderful and encouraging blog comments and emails.  

It all allows me to keep bringing you fun quilty projects for your stitching pleasure.  

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!  

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Quilts and Cookies

My Letters From Grace quilt made with all of the fabrics from my new Tall Grass fabrics is  bound and ready for cuddling.
My quilter friend, Ronda, added her magic and made the quilt all the more special.  
If you're like me, you're always looking for quilting ideas, so I though I'd share what we chose for this quilt.
When designing Tall Grass, I made sure to have a nice range of greens from lights to darks and some with added colors and textures.  For some reason, green is a color that we use a lot, especially in applique, but is a color that is not always available in a nice range on shop shelves at any given time....so...be sure to add some to your collection!

Tall Grass will be delivered to your local quilt ship in January....just a few short weeks from now.  Yay....I can't wait!
The hustle and bustle of the season is well upon us and I'm sure you're making last minute preparations for the holiday festivities.  My daughter Nicki and I bake loads of cookies and make up trays of assorted cookies for our family and friends.  
This cookie, Chocolate Walnut Crumb Barsis one of my favorites, is super easy to make, even at the last moment when time is short.  Let's face it....it's good anytime of year!  
Click here for the Chocolate Walnut Crumb Bar recipe.  It's full of chocolatey goodness!

My studio is closed until next week so I can just concentrate on enjoying the holiday.  Today, we will spend the day in the kitchen (as most of us will) making the last two cookies, and preparing to make two pans of my great-grandma Battaglia's lasagna.  Oh my goodness...it's wonderful, but loads of work.  While I'm in the middle of it all, I may as well make two pans and freeze one to enjoy later.  The house will smell sssoooooo good!  

Hoping all your holiday plans are full of yummy food with family and friends.  Enjoy the holiday...no doubt you've worked hard to make it all happen.  

Monday, December 18, 2017

Tall Grass Will Be In Quilt Shops Soon!

In just a few short weeks, my newest fabric collection, Tall Grass, will arrive at your local quilt shop.  

Eleven yummy shades of green prints accompanied by seven assorted light prints round out the collection that are sure to be a welcome addition to your stash!  

Click here to see all of the Tall Grass prints.

I remade my Letters From Grace quilt pattern using all the prints in the Tall Grass collection.  I'll post more photos of the quilt, the quilting and the fabric collection in a few weeks when they arrive here.  

Please ask for Tall Grass and my Letters From Grace pattern at your local quilt shop.  SO important to support your local shop!! 

Last week, I took a poll asking which holiday(s) you made quilted projects.  Here's the ranking of your answers:

(Participants were allowed more than one answer)

69% made Christmas projects
52% made Fall/Halloween projects
37% made Snowman or Winter theme projects
24% made Patriotic projects
8% made Easter or Spring projects
7% made Valentine projects

Any surprises in those stats for you?  I am surprised that only 24% made patriotic projects.  I would have thought that much higher.  

Off to bake a batch of cookies!  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pine Tree Love

I'm so happy to report that my new Pieceful Pines Block of the Month quilt top is pieced and now in the hands of my friend and quilter, Ronda.  We have chosen the designs for the quilt and she's adding her magic.  (More photos when the quilt returns home.)  In my haste to get the quilt to Ronda, I failed to take photos of the quilt blocks to show you.  Geez, I hate when I forget important things like that....but, oh well.  What can I do?

I made an extra block to show you how cute the Pine Tree blocks are.  Hope you like it.  

The Pieceful Pines fabric collection is now on the Marcus Fabrics website.  Click here to see all the Pieceful Pines prints.

The quilt measures 80" x 80" and is an 8 month program.  Please ask for Pieceful Pines at your local quilt shop!!  Program begins in April, 2018 and is finished in November.  Perfect timing as it's just in time to have it quilted for cuddling under next Christmas! 
I am curious about the seasonal quilts we all make.  Are you like me and wish you had more seasonal quilts when it's time to celebrate a season or holiday?  We all suffer from so-many-projects-so-little-time that we just can't make them all.  I know this last Halloween, I wished I had more black and orange quilts to display, and the same thing is happening now with Christmas.

So....I added a little poll to my blog sidebar.  I'd love to hear which holidays you celebrate with quilts!!  You can click here to vote - just look for the poll at the top of the right-hand side bar.  I'll post the results on Monday.  

In the meantime, I hope you are getting to enjoy every moment of this holiday season!  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pieceful Pines Sample Fabric Arrives!

The doorbell rang last Friday and a yummy package was left on the front porch.  My sample yardage for my newest fabric collection, Pieceful Pines arrived!!  Let the sewing begin!
Here's a first look at all the prints in the collection.
Being the traditional quilter that I am, I'm not a person who enjoys "Christmas print" fabrics with Santas and big snowflakes and the like.   
I prefer to stick to the historic prints I love to make my holiday quilts...the same way our 19th century quilting ancestors did.
I do look for prints that will reflect the feeling of the season, but could easily be used in a another quilt for any purpose.

As usual...the colors are somewhat off due to my talent for taking poor photos.  Is there a magic camera that will help me?  I should ask Santa about that!

I have to admit that it's really fun to be piecing a holiday quilt during the month of December.  Christmas is everywhere and I sure have the holiday spirit going on in my studio.  

I'll be sure to post some photos of the blocks very soon.  Hope you like the fabrics!

My Pieceful Pines Block of the Month will begin in April, so please ask for it at your local quilt shop.  

Hope your days are merry and bright!