Quilt Mania Special Spring 2013 Edition

I’m in love with several of the quilts that are in this Quilt Mania Special Spring 2013 edition.  The quilts that are in this magazine keep getting better and better!  I can’t wait till each issue comes out!  Just look at these quilt patterns!
This is Bars and Zig Zag by Linda Collins.  Linda this is awesome!!!
This is Holly’s Garden by Suzanne Unbehaun.
This is Sally’s Quilt by Sally Kramer.

Needle Love Bed Cover by Carol Kirchhoff

Charming Posies by Jan Patek 

La Belle Fleur by Penelope Tucker
Good magazine!  Hope you grab one while they are available!

Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine

I received the latest issue – the Summer 2013 edition of Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine!  It’s awesome!~  I really need to get some designs together to submit to this magazine!  I just love it!
Quite a few of my friends have designs in this issue also.  Each of them are so special and talented!  You must check this magazine out.  If you do not subscribe – do it!  You will not be wasting your money!
Here’s a link to Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine:
And here are a few photos from the projects in this issue!  Enjoy!

Love Of Quilting Magazine

I received the newest issue of Fons and Porters – Love of Quilting Magazine last week! This is the May/June 2013 issue. There are a few really great quilts in this issue that I’ll share pictures of with you but first – one of my friends Lynne Hagmeier is the featured “Quilt With The Stars” for this issue!  Great article!  Here’s a picture of her quilt pattern in the magazine
This is Homespun Honey
You can visit Lynne on her website or blog!  Here are those links:

Here are pictures of some other quilts in this issue that are great!

This is the cover of the magazine:

QuiltMania Magazine – Ooooo’s and Ahhh’s

Yesterday while I was at one of my local quilt shops, The Quilt Merchant – for my monthly Applique Society meeting, I was finally able to get my hands on the latest issue of Quiltmania.  This is issue #94 March/April 2013.
I’m so happy I was able to find this issue, there are so many wonderful patterns and articles.  It’s a must buy!
Just look:

All of the above quilts and projects have been added to my to-do list!  Linda Collins of Quilts In The Barn – you have been a busy gal!  Love each of your patterns in this issue!  Hope to see you at spring quilt market in Portland next month!
Also, there is a nice write up on Di Ford.  I’m barely hanging on to my seat waiting for the arrival of her new book:
Primarily Quilts.
I’m a huge fan of Di Fords designs and I like to study her quilts and the way she uses color.  My copy of this book is on order and I sure hope it gets here soon!  I cannot wait much longer!
If you would like to pre-order this book visit Homestead Hearth and place your order today!  This book is hard to find so far here in the states!

New Issue McCalls Quilting Magazine

This is the January/February issue 2013 of McCalls Quilting magazine!  I’ve found 3 possibly 4 projects I’d like to make from it!  I love getting good quilting magazines that have enough projects that perk my interests!
This is Hoedown designed by Maria Umhey.  Just love it and this will be first on my to do list!

This quilt is called News Flash and designed by those 2 great quilt shop owners Sarah Maxwell and Delores Smith of Homestead Hearth Quilt Shop in Mexico Missouri.  I was able to visit this shop last May and if you are ever in that area – you simply must go!  Delightful shop just full of wonderful patterns, books, tons of fabrics and wool!
This quilt is called Porcelain Stars and is designed by Jennifer Bosworth.  The colors are pretty – but just not my style, so I’m thinking this would make a great scrap quilt pattern.  I’ll pull from my reproduction scrap bin if I ever get around to making this one!
This is called Very Vintage by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs.  I’m thinking on this one too…

Quilt-It Magazine – a newbie on the quilting block!

Quilt-It Today is a new magazine to the quilting world.  I missed the first premier issue – but subscribed right away.  Here is their second issue and it’s not a bad magazine at all!  Can’t beat the price of $3.99 per issue!
You can visit their website and even subscribe online here:
I love a few of the projects in this issue especially the quilt shown on the cover!
This is Stash of Stars designed by Julia LaBauve and Tammy Silvers of Outside The Lines Designs.  I might just have to make this one this coming winter!  So quick and easy to make!
 Isn’t that jean bag shown above adorable!
This gorgeous red and white quilt was designed by my friend Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts and is called Prints Charming.
This quick and easy quilt is called Country Roads! This was designed by Connie Tesene and Mary Etherington of Country Threads.

New American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

The new American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine arrived yesterday and it’s a keeper!  This is the February 2013 issue.  Don’t you just love that cover quilt! It was designed by Laura Boehnke and is called Way Around.
This one is called Sawtooth Surround and I’m drooling over it!  It’s designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop.
This is another drool worthy quilt designed by Jo Morton and is called s’mores.
This one I like the design – but the colors are just not me!  I can really see this one done up scrappy style using reproductions!  How fun would that be.  This one is called Mix Master and is designed by Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Bumble Beans Inc.

New McCalls Quilting Magazine alert!!!

I just purchased this new issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine – the November/December 2012 issue because I’m completely in love with a certain project in this issue created by my friends Deirdre Bond-Abel and Leonie Bateman who own Quilted Crow Girls Designs in Tasmania Australia!  Just look at the project!
Is this not lovely!  It’s titled Woolen Welcome and can be found on page 24
These gals also have a great book out titled Elegant Quilts, Country Charm – a must have book!
Here is a link to the Crow Girls blog:
and a link to their website:
Here is another project from the magazine I’ve added to my to-do list also!
This one is called My Signature Color: Red

Coming Soon…

Here’s the line up for this spectacular “A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop”  All the links and dates are provided for each of the blogs you will just have to visit to join in on all this fun and excitement!

A finish!!!

My Merry Go Round quilt is finished!!
The original quilt pattern for this quilt called Merry Go Round can be found in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine February 2012 issue. It is designed by Kimberly Walus of the following blog www.bittybitsandpieces.blogspot.com

This week my daughter is away at summer camp.  This is a first for our family – my children have never been away from either my husband or I for very long and so far she seems to be doing really well and enjoying herself.  Here’s what we got in the mail today:


Is that not sweet!

As for me – I’m glad to be done with the Merry Go Round quilt because now my design wall is freed up and I can move on to other fun new designs.

But for the rest of today, an old favorite hand stitching project is calling my name – if you need me, I’ll be out on the back deck stitching away with a nice big glass of peach tea!


Merry Go Round Quilt and Day 4 of Blog Hop & Book GiveAway

Well – one of my kids wanted to put a smile on my face this morning!  This is the cute little thing that was staring me in the face this morning as I sat down to sew!  Love it!!!
I haven’t showed you what I’ve been working on for the past couple weeks.  I started this project with a vengeance and then had the urge to hand piece and applique, so it’s been sitting on the design board for a week looking all lonely!
This is a pattern called Merry Go Round and you can find it in the February 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  It’s a fun and easy pattern to piece.  Here’s a few shots of the actual quilt in the magazine.
And here are a few progress photos I took.

This was actually my test block – I almost went completely scrappy – but then changed my mind and just did scrappy with the dark colors and used the following fabric as a “constant” light throughout the quilt!

This is the background “light” fabric I’m using. The photo is showing a bit darker and more gold than the actual fabric is. This is a fabric from the Holly Taylor Classics fabric line by Moda and designed by Holly Tayler. The Item and Color number is 6197 21

I started this quilt because I need to clear out my overburdened scrap fabric bins.  I have a lot of odds and ends from my fabric selling days that I wanted to clean up before the end of summer.  I’ve started to make a good dent in the pile!
Here’s a picture of my “stack” area.  As I cut pieces for this quilt I’m working on  – I’ve also been cutting up other shapes and sizes of fabric to get everything organized a bit better.  So far this is the fourth go round!  I’ve already filled this part of my counter 3 other times and when the stacks of cut pieces get too high and start toppling a bit – I put all the shapes into their labeled bins for future projects!
Here is another quilt block on my design wall that I tinkered around with because an idea popped in my head while working on the Merry Go Round quilt.
I really need to get my act together and finish Merry Go Round.  I’m getting the itch to start working on some more small, little quilts!  So many ideas – so little time!
Now – on to Day 4 of our Blog Hop for the new quilt book by Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet!
(Don’t forget to read Monday’s post and comment for your chance to win a copy of this book here on our blog!)
Well, today I invite you to visit this wonderful blog of:

Today it’s Me and My Sister Designs!  What a fun and crazy twosome!  They are actually sisters too!
Here’s a link for you to visit their blog and comment also for a chance to win a copy of Kathy’s book over there too!