Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop 2019 Starts Today

Virtual Cookie Exchange 2019


Another year has come and gone, and it is time again for Carol’s “Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop”. She has five days of fun planned for you. My turn to post is on Thursday, so today I am only going to share the schedule. Be sure to visit these amazing bloggers for cookie recipes, Christmas projects, giveaways and other fun stuff.


Monday, December 2
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Ms P Designs USA
Home Sewn By Us
Vroomans Quilts
Cathie’s Craftworks
Sew Many Yarns
Just Because Quilts
 
Tuesday, December 3
MooseStashQuilting
Stitchin At Home
Barb – Hosted by Just Let Me Quilt
Hill Valley Quilter
Little Penguin Quilts
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Selina Quilts
Count it *all* JOY!
Purring Cottage

Wednesday December 4
Made By Marney
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Beaquilter
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Life in the Scrapatch
DesertSky Quilting
Sunlight in Winter Quilts

 

 
Thursday, December 5
Quilt Doodle Designs
Ridge Top Quilt
Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting (that’s me)
Websterquilt
Bumbleberry Stitches
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Friday, December 6
Just Let Me Quilt
Kris Loves Fabric
Domestic Felicity
Karrin’s Crazy World
Songbird Designs
Melva Loves Scraps
Brenda’s Quilt Blog



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Tuxedo Cats BOM – Block #12

Welcome to December and the last block of the Tuxedo Cat BOM. This pattern includes instructions on how to make the sashing and assemble the quilt. If you missed downloading any of the blocks, now is the time to get them. The Black Friday coupon code is still valid for 20% off until tomorrow. (Scroll down to see the Black Friday Sale post for the coupon code.)


In other news, I am not going to start another BOM on January 1. I really, really want to but I have decided to be reasonable and not jump into another big project right away. All year long I have been complaining about how busy I am and how I am always behind. In addition to that I have been having health issues for the second half of the year and I also took over as president of the Chilliwack Piecemakers Quilting Guild. Don’t ask me why… somebody had to step up and do it, and I like doing it but it does add to my workload.

But the main reason is that I just need to take some time to catch up. If you downloaded all my BOM blocks you might have noticed that I changed my layout earlier this year. I had a reason for this, and a big one as well. My patterns were accepted by QuiltWoman.com last December for sale on their website. If you haven’t heard about them, they sell patterns in digital and printed formats, and they sell to everyone – retail, wholesale, distributors and also chains like JoAnn’s. But they have certain format requirements including fonts and page layout. Almost a year has gone by, and I haven’t managed to edit very many of my patterns to match their requirements. So instead of working on new things (which would be much more fun, I admit) I will take the time to edit my patterns for their website before another year comes and goes and I still haven’t made any progress. We will see how long it takes, I am hoping that maybe by April I will be ready to start another BOM project. But if not, I will just work on it for as long as it takes. (And for those who keep telling me I don’t owe any of you an explanation… I know 🙂 This is mostly pep talk for myself. My main business is still longarm quilting but I almost enjoy the pattern part more and have to keep telling myself to focus.)

But enough of my ramblings, here are the links to the last patterns with the finishing instructions.

EDIT: The December pattern has moved to the store and is available for purchase if you missed the free download. Pattern bundles for blocks 10, 11 and 12 and for blocks 7-12 are also available. And I finally uploaded the pattern for the full quilt, direct links can be found below for both versions (English/Imperial and German/Metric).














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Black Friday Sale 2019

Once again, I am joining the general frenzy that sets in right after Thanksgiving in the US by providing a Black Friday discount code. And once again, I have been really creative… (not). Enter the code BLACK2019 during checkout and receive a 20% discount on your purchase. The coupon code is valid until Dec 2, 2019 11.59 pm PST and works only on my website. Happy shopping!



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New Pattern: Coffee Break Mug Rugs

Yay, I made my self-imposed deadline… this is the last unpublished pattern that I have been selling at quilt shows in the paper version. This is actually the oldest one, I have been selling it for over a year. As you can tell by looking at the mug rugs, this is the first pattern I designed after buying the Brother ScanNCut last year. I was so excited by the possibilities that I didn’t consider how difficult it would be to manually cut out the words “Coffee Break” in that fancy font I used. I ended up selling two versions of the pattern, either printed pattern only or printed pattern with the precut words included. Since I am only offering digital versions of my patterns online, I have added the cutting file for the words to the pattern download, in both SVG and FCM file format. They are included as a courtesy to those who have cutting machines, and there is no additional cost. If you don’t own a fabric cutter, just ignore the additional files.

Coffee Break Mug Rugs PPP-039






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Crop Circles

Elaine’s mom pieced this quilt as a gift for her granddaughter, and Elaine brought it to me for quilting. The relatively large pieces of the snowball blocks required a little more quilting, and the pantograph “Overlapping Crop Circles” was the perfect size for this quilt. I love the texture it created.

Crop Circles


Crop Circles Back



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New Patterns: Pansies, Snowdrops and Sunflower

Today I am publishing three new patterns at once. Two of them are not particularly new, the Pansies and Snowdrops are based on postcards I made about ten years ago and then recreated for the Quilt Canada Postcard Challenge in 2017. I resized them and turned them into wall hangings. The Sunflower is a completely new design that I created this August. Our neighbours had some beautiful sunflowers in their yard that I could see when I was sitting at my desk working at the computer, and I thought they might make a nice addition to the flower series. At the quilt show in October somebody asked if I had a Poinsettia as well. I didn’t, and I still don’t have one but I still have some of the background fabric I used for the appliqué, and I like the idea of adding more patterns to this series, so I have made a note of the Poinsettia request and will wait for inspiration.

Pansies PPP-041



Snowdrops PPP-043



Sunflower PPP-050


 

 



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Rail Fence

Colette made this quilt as a gift and asked for simple, not too dense quilting. She picked the design “Raindrops”. I prefer to use this one sideways to create a wavy pattern but in this case it doesn’t matter as her quilt is square. In case you are wondering, I didn’t like the pictures I took with the quilts draped over the frame, so I went back to my old method for now until I can come up with a better way.

Rail Fence




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Moose Tracks

This fun quilt was made by Mary, and we didn’t have to think about the quilting design at all. “Deer in the Woods” has deer, moose, bears and trees and was just perfect for this project. It shows up nicely on the back of the quilt.

Moose Tracks


Moose Tracks Back



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New Pattern: Sleeping Kitty Pillow

As promised (or at least as planned), here is the other Tuxedo Cat pillow pattern. My favourite block is block #5 with the sleeping kitty. I am really happy with this design, I still think you can almost see her paws twitching, and those little pink paw pads are just adorable. This will be the last Tuxedo Cat block to be turned into a separate pillow pattern. As with the other pillow, I enlarged the block to 12″ instead of 10″ to make handling those small pieces easier. I have four more patterns left to publish and two weeks to go until Black Friday, I will try to have them all up on the website by then.


 




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Romantic Roses

This romantic rose quilt was the third project Carla brought to me for quilting. The top has been around for a while, she thinks at least ten years, waiting for a border to be added. Carla felt that a border wasn’t going to happen anytime soon and decided that finished was better than perfect and the quilt was just fine without a border. Choosing a quilting design was easy, we went with the rose theme, and I used the pantograph “Rose Garden”.

Romantic Roses



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Checks and Plaids

This cozy flannel quilt is another one of Carla’s projects. The quilting design is called “Diagonal Plaid Bias Cut”, and it is my new favourite for quilts made from squares. There is also one just called “Diagonal Plaid” that doesn’t have the rounded corners of this “Bias Cut” design version but I personally think that the rounded corners work much better with the strict geometric lines and angles of the pieced squares.

Checks and Plaids




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New Pattern: Tuxedo Cat Pillow

Here is the next of the patterns that I finished quite some time ago but never posted on the website: a Tuxedo Cat Pillow. If you have been following the Tuxedo Cats BOM, you will recognize this kitty from the first block that I published back in January. It is just a 12″ block instead of a 10″ one, and the Flying Geese border is 3″ instead of the 2.5″ from the quilt. I had planned to do a separate pillow pattern from the beginning. Not everyone is such a cat lover that they need a quilt with twelve different blocks, and this is also a great gift for the favourite cat lover in your life. I started selling the printed pattern at the Abbotsford show back in April, and it was a big hit, the patterns sold out right away. Over the summer I turned another block of the quilt into a pillow pattern, I am hoping to post this one next week, so stay tuned.

Tuxedo Cat Pillow


 




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