Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pat Bravo + Art Gallery Fabrics = One Great Podcast

Hello Everyone,

If you don't know Art Gallery Fabrics, now is the time to find out a little bit more.

Aside from my shop carrying a wide array of Art Gallery Fabrics, and also having pieced and quilted this design...

for the Dec/Jan 2012 issue of Quilt Magazine, as designed by Pat Bravo, you will learn so much more.

The above quilt contains all fabrics from Pat's Bohemian Soul line of fabrics.  The kit and the fabrics can be found here on my site. The fabrics are glorious and feel like silk!  I mean it!!

Pat has a keen eye for design and it really shows in all of her fabrics.  She has some new lines coming out...

They will also be found in my shop, coming soon!

But, I had the opportunity to sit down with my friend Pat at Quilt Market and it was a fabulous time.

We laughed and even cried a bit. We both would like to invite you to listen into this fabulous interview and learn a little bit more about this dynamic lady and friend.  And find out more about her fabulous company, might I add family run!

You can find the podcast by clicking here and listening in from your computer, or... 

You can go to the iTunes store and search Jackie's Quilting Chronicles and download Episode 32.  As always they are FREE!  Enjoy!  

While you are at it you may want to visit these links to learn a little more about Pat:

1.  Facebook
2.  Blog
3.  Website

Please tell her I said hello!  I would also love to hear your feedback on this podcast, so leave a comment!

In celebration of this podcast... ALL Art Gallery Fabrics are marked down to $7.50 per yard through January 1, 2012.  Just click here to start shopping.  Help us make room for the NEW collections.

Until Next Time...


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gifted Quilt Equals Happy Son!

Hello Everyone,

It was wonderful to spend Christmas with family and withdrawal from the computer a little bit.  I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday, I certainly did!  One of the highlights was giving the Jelly Roll Race Quilt that I blogged about here and here, to my son for Christmas.

I finished it just in time too!  I quilted it with a very modern design that I thought was "man" friendly.  I had also done this design on Stephanie's quilt she had made for her son.  You can see his quilt here.

I added a beautiful batik for the border, which can be found in the shop here along with the Bali Pops that I used for the quilt.  The Bali Pops can be found by clicking here.

I thought that the browns, blues, and creams made for a great manly color scheme.  Although it does remind me of blueberry pie.

I forgot to measure the entire quilt but it is big!  My son is about 6' 3".

The backing was also a beautiful dyed batik (found here) and I used a brown batik for the binding.

Here is my happy guy!  He was being funny and asked me if I used a "high quality batting" to keep him extra warm.  I replied that no skimping was involved in the making of this quilt.

I love him and was happy making it for him and to see the smile on his face!

If you didn't get the Blogger's BOM #4, just click here.

Until Next Time...


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Blogger's BOM Month 4

Hello Everyone,

Can you believe, it is Month 4 already?  So here is the recap...

Sherri designed the block for Month 1.

Vicki designed the block for Month 2.

Stephanie designed the block for Month 3.

And this month's block will be brought to you by...

the infamous Pat Sloan.  She has her tutorial all set!  So just click here  for the reveal and the instructions!

If you haven't joined in yet, you can at any time!  It is free!  Just click here for all the details.  And then make sure you go to the Flickr group to check out all the awesome blocks that have been made.


Until Next Time...


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Visions of Christmas

Hello Everyone,

I thought I would share with you some of our Christmas decorations...

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas filled with all the joy and blessings that this wonderful holiday brings us.

Until Next Time...


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Designing a Quilt On A Mac - Lesson 2

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to everyone who took the time to watch my first video tutorial of designing a quilt on a Mac.  Tons of great feedback too!  The next lesson is ready for you to view.  Hopefully you have all been tap, tap, tapping away on your keyboards!

You can click on it and watch from here or...

You can go to YouTube and watch by clicking here.

Let me know what you think and how you make out with the second lessons!  Suggestions, comments and feedback are welcome.

Don't forget, the Blogger's BOM Month #4 will be ready on the 27th this month, due to Christmas.  This month's block is presented by the infamous... Pat Sloan.

Until Next Time...


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Certifiable! ... and winners...

Hello Everyone,

I know that you have seen all the following quilts on my blog at one point or another, but do you know what they all have in common?

A Touch Of Spring

Summer Solstice

A Garden For My Wedding Ring

Fourth of July 

Seasonal Table Runner

Golden Harvest

And Total Eclipse.

Do you know yet?  Well, they are all paper pieced, and Judy Niemeyer patterns, I made them all.  But the most important and exciting thing to me besides the fact that I so enjoyed making them... They were my portfolio which helped me to become accepted into Judy Niemeyer's National Teacher Certification program!!

I am besides myself with excitement.  I love her methods and her patterns that is why I stock many in my shop (click here to see)! I will be heading back to Montana in July of 2012 to get more training in teaching her techniques with 9 other new teachers.  I will be a part of a very small grouping of teachers that are Certified to teach her methods and classes within their regions.

I already have some lectures/trunk shows and workshops scheduled with guilds and shops into 2013!  If you are or know of anyone who is interested in having me come to do any of the above, leave a comment or send me an e-mail!  I would love to come!  I believe I will be covering some of these areas, CT, RI, MA, NY, Northern NJ, and Eastern PA.

SIDE NOTE:  Don't forget to return here for the Blogger's BOM, but it will be delayed until the 27th due to the holiday.  

Our two winners from the Art Gallery Fabric Giveaway were:

Sunnybec of Living the Dream


Until Next Time...


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Raspberry Roll

Hello Everyone,

Have you ever seen a Raspberry... Roll?  Well, this could be your first time.

This quilt was designed by me for Quilt Magazine and I have to say it is quick and fun!

Using 2.5 pre-cut strips in batiks, gives this quilt a great scrappy look.

The entire top and binding were created from 2.5 inch strips. The only yardage needed was for the backing.

I quilted it with a pattern called Feathered Truffles.  I love how it turned out.

Since it was nice out the other day, I had taken it outside for a photo shoot.  All the above photos were taken by me.  It was great to have a 50 degree day in December!! Plus the lighting is waaaay better outside.

This above photo was also taken by me outside.  Yes, the grass looks pretty green still doesn't it?  It is on the southern side of the house that could be why.  But I love the contrast of the colors of the quilt against the grass.

This is one of Quilt Magazine's photos.  Love it on the sofa!

This is their flat shot.  Their photographers always do a great job.

You can find it in the current (Feb/March 2012) issue.  If you want another quick, easy, and fun quilt to make this could be it!

You can find the magazine by clicking here.
You can find the kit to make this quilt by clicking here.

For today only ALL batiks are on sale for $7.95 per yard in my shop.  Click here to start shopping.

Don't forget, today is the last day to enter the Fat Quarter Giveaway!! Click here to find out the details. 

Until Next Time...


Friday, December 16, 2011

Aussie Maze

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback on my video tutorial from my last post!  I am so glad that I have helped give many of you another avenue to design quilts.

Speaking of designing quilts.... I wanted to introduce to you Aussie Maze.

This is a quilt that I designed for the current issue of Quilt Magazine.  It is made all from Australian Aboriginal fabrics, which can be found in my shop.

Light and bright, almost springlike, with a touch of Christmas too!

Very easy and quick to piece... gotta love that!

I decided to quilt ribbons on the quilt.  The picture above shows some detail, but if you click on the photo above that to enlarge you will see it even better.

Here is my photo shoot above and...

Quilt Magazine's flat shot.  And...

Their stylized photo in the magazine.

This is the issue it can be found in.  It is currently available in my shop, along with KITS to make this fun, quick, and easy quilt. (They are selling quickly!!! Just click here to find yours)  Thanks to my friends at Quilt Magazine for allowing me to play again!

Just as a side note, if you have never worked with these fabrics, they are some of the softest fabrics and have a wonderful drape. 

PS.  Don't forget to enter my fabric giveaway here!  There is still time!

Until Next Time...

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