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Monday, April 30, 2012

The Pat Sloan Focus on the Center Blog Tour Starts 5/1!

Hey Quilting Fans! I’ve got some exciting news! We’re celebrating the release of teacher/designer/quilter extraordinaire Pat Sloan’s newest quilt pattern book—Focus on the Center, with a blog tour running May 1-May 5 and featuring 10 of our favorite quilty bloggers!
Check out the Tour Schedule:
Tuesday May 1
Vanessa Christenson at vanessachristenson.com
• Carrie Nelson at lavieenrosie.typepad.com
Wednesday May 2
• Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.blogspot.com
• Michele Foster at quiltinggallery.com
Thursday May 3
• Victoria Findlay Wolfe at bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
• Rachel Griffith at psiquilt.com
Friday May 4
• Jackie Kunkel at cvquiltworks.blogspot.com
• Dana Bolyard at oldredbarnco.blogspot.com
Saturday May 5
• Vicki Welsh at vickiwelsh.typepad.com
• Faith Jones at freshlemonsquilts.com

Be sure to also click on Pat’s blog, http://blog.patsloan.com, during every day of the tour to see what she’s got going on! 

And yes, of course, there will be prizes! Be sure to visit each stop on the tour for your chance to win your very own copy of Focus on the Center. Each blogger’s got two copies to give away! (Can’t wait to win? Get it now at LeisureArts.com! It’s also available as a pdf download!)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Crocheted Hats for Charity

Hope you’re having a fabulous Sunday! It just dawned on me that I never shared the photo of all the hats I crocheted for charity in 2011! I may not have been as prolific as some of you master crocheters out here, but, for me, I think I did pretty good!
Wanna take a little trip down crocheted memory lane with me?
This Two Stitch Hat came from Bonnie Barker’s Noggins & Necks!
These 3 little hats are from the Baby Hat pattern in The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky’s Hug It Out!
Gotta love the Chinese Acrobat Hat from Shibaguyz Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Heady Affairs!
And my autumn-colored Basket Weave hat from Bonnie Barker’s Noggins & Necks!
I was very pleased with this Eco Green Hat from Lisa Gentry’s Celebrity Slouchy Beanies to Crochet!
This little green hat with the crocheted flower…
…and these 5 baby hats (plus the blue one in the big picture) all came from one of my favorite pattern books—Teach a Group of Kids to Crochet by Kay Meadors!
Cute & Cozy Caps by Lori Adams was the source for my little purple Ruffled Pillbox hat.
Drew Emborsky, yet again, is responsible for the pattern for this Cabled Tam. It’s from his In All Caps little book!
Did you knit or crochet any hats for charity last year? What have you got on the hook for 2012?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mother’s Day Flower Pincushion Free Pattern

Happy Saturday Y’all! Mother’s Day is coming up on May 13, and since all moms like getting flowers, I thought this sweet Flower Pincushion by one of my favorite designers, Anne Stocks, would make a great Mother’s Day gift! It’s really quick and easy to make…

Flower Pincushion 
• cording
• fabric
• embroidery floss (to match   fabric)
• green felt
• green embroidery floss
• sewing needle

(All measurements are approximate depending on the diameter of your cording and the size you’d like your pincushion to be.)
1. Cut a 2ft. length of cording.
2. Tear a 1in. x 4ft. length of fabric. 
3. Tightly wrap cording with fabric strip.
4. Coil the wrapped cording into a flower shape and use 6 strands of matching floss to tack in place.
5. Draw a pattern for leaf and use it to cut two leaves from green felt.
6. Use 6 strands of green floss to stitch around the edge of each leaf and to add veins in the leaves.
7. Tack leaves to bottom of pincushion.
Hope you enjoy this free pattern! What’s the best Mother’s Day present you either gave or received? Please share the inspiration!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Another New Quilt Pattern Book—Simply Creative Quilts

Even relatively simple quilts can make a striking impression when you follow Maya Chaimovich’s creative approach in the new Leisure Arts quilt pattern book—Simply Creative Quilts. Her practical home accessories (featuring quilts and more) sparkle with distinction from her integration of diverse fabrics, patterns, and techniques. The designs employ variations of work with stripes, squares, and crazy quilting, as well as promoting the idea of “green” quilting through use of recycled fabrics. 

The 15 projects in Simply Creative Quilts include:

Desert Stained Glass

Language and Music Quilt

Midnight Rose

Memory Lane Album Cover

Citrus Sassafras

Vibrant Window Valance

Fuchsia Forest Medley

Azure Wonder

Golden Age Pillow Covers

Quilt of Many Colors

Charming Chair Cushions

Practical Blanket Pillow

Gorgeous Garden Apron

Handy Hip Handbag

Practical Chair Pockets

Meet The Designer: Maya Chaimovich
Born on Kibbutz Yad Mordechai in southern Israel, Maya Chaimovich grew up in Holon, Israel, on the central coastal strip south of Tel Aviv. Today, she lives in Ramat Gan, east of Tel Aviv. Prior to developing her art in quilts, Maya created all sorts of handiwork—from woodcarving, jewelry making, embroidery and needlepoint, to assorted weaving and lacework, in particular, bobbin lace.

Maya’s art quilts have been exhibited, and won recognition and awards, in her native country, as well as England, Japan, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the U.S. Her work also has appeared in numerous magazines and show catalogues. She has participated in the International Quilting Association exhibition, the Quilt Nihon Japan exhibition (2008 and 2010), and Quilt National in Athens, Ohio (2009). Maya’s solo exhibitions included MILESTONES in 2006 in Columbus, Ohio, which traveled in 2007 to 5 different cities across England., Her current exhibition ‘A Bundle of Letters’ was exhibited in 2011 at the JCC in Columbus, Ohio and the JCC in Houston, Texas.

Are you ready to creative some art of the simple quilted variety? Get your copy of Maya’s Simply Creative Quilts today!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Asymmetrical Quilts—A New Quilt Pattern Book

Go off center and enjoy creating unique quilts with the asymmetrical designs in this new pattern book from Leisure Arts—Asymmetrical Quilts. These 9 throw and wall hanging sized quilts from designer Phyllis Dobbs will add drama to your decor. The designs feature both traditional and non-traditional blocks combined in very untraditional arrangements. Whimsical applique adorns several quilts for exciting floral designs or geometrics. The designs are created for all skill levels from beginning to advanced, so there is something for everyone in this book.

Check out the pretty pictures!


Windmills of Color

Which Direction?


Floral Majesty

Tilt A Whirl

Swirling Stars

Garden Maze

Splash of Flowers
Meet The Designer: Phyllis Dobbs
Phyllis Dobbs was enticed into designing quilts by a love of fabric and design, combined with a family history of quilt making. Surrounded by stacks of quilts sewn by her great-grandmothers, grandmother and aunt, she is constantly inspired by tradition but loves to put fun and unexpected twists into her designs. After years of designing quilts for books and magazines, Phyllis turned her artistic talents into designing fabrics that, along with her quilt designs, are influenced by her sense of whimsy and love of vibrant colors. Her art is also licensed for gift, home d├ęcor and garden products. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Phyllis lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and cat. To see more of Phyllis’ designs, visit her blog at Phyllisdobbs.info and her web site at Phyllisdobbs.com.

Get your copy of Phyllis’ new quilt pattern book—Asymmetrical Quilts, today, and check out our other new releases on the Leisure Arts New Arrivals page!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

3 New House of White Birches Quilt Pattern Books

 I showed you some pretty pictures from one of our new House of White Birches quilt pattern books just the other day (Quilting in Black & White)…and now here I am with three more to share! Take a peek at—Geometric Quilts, Curves to Quilt, and Quilting for Christmas and the pictures of just a few of my favorites from the combined 43 designs you’ll find in these three books…

Geometric Quilts
Discover the fun of using color, block placement and shape to add an extra dimension to your quilting. These 12 quilt designs by various designers all use basic shapes, but the fun part is how they are pieced together to make striking designs that stand out among other patterns. Techniques used include applique, piecing, and paper-piecing. Each design is shown in a lifestyle photograph, has an assembly diagram, and is accompanied by a complete materials list and step-by-step instructions. 

Chained Lightning by Pat Campbell

Window to the World by Cheryl Adam for Westminster Fibers

Sound Waves by Florence Harsche of Florence’s Creations

Gypsy Wind by Phyllis Dobbs

Arabesque by Larisa Key for Classic Cottons

Diamonds in Light & Dark by Gina Gempesaw (Quilted by Carole Whaling)

Polka-Dot Party by Connie Kauffman

String Stars by Sue Harvey

Curves to Quilt
Calling all quilters: Put pizzazz in your projects by adding curves! Beginner quilts make use of appliqued circles and leaves added to basic patchwork. Intermediate projects use variations of the Drunkard’s Path block and piecing curved templates. Advanced projects use multiple curves in the quilt design and also add curves to the borders and binding. 14 projects by various designers include table runners, a pillow, quilts for kids, throws, bed quilts, and wall quilts. 
Hibiscus Blooms Pillow by Carol Zentgraf

Oh Lollipop by Charlie Scott (Quilted by Angela Walters)

Labyrinth by Bev Getschel

Road to Kansas by Avis Shirer

Green Leaves Runner by Chris Malone

Stars and Swirls Toddler Quilt by Holly Daniels

Whirligigs by Toby Lischko

Quilting For Christmas
Keep your home looking festive all winter long—with mini quilts, runners, wall quilts, bed quilts, and more. 17 designs by various designers range from classic Nine Patch to a modern appliqued ornament quilt. Techniques include applique, patchwork, and paper piecing. So dig out all your holiday fabrics and get started!

Poinsettia Table Runner by Brenda Connelly & Barbara Miller

Ornament Wall Hanging by Carolyn S. Vagts

Star Bright Table Set (runner and place mats) by Jodi Grenzner of Quilter’s Roost

Counterchange by Connie Kauffman

Winter Magic by Ann Lauer for Grizzly Gulch Gallery

Scrappy Red Christmas by Ruth Swasey

Redesign Nine by Bev Getschel

Christmas Hospitality Runner by Julia Dunn

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