Monthly Archives: October 2013

Quilt Market time….and some quick inspirations

Hi everyone,

hope you are having a great fall and pre-holiday season!

Stitching feverishly all those hand-made gifts? SHHH…don’t tell, but I kinda decided in my head that this year I will give my family all things made by me…one way or the other! Lets see if I can do it, but will report here how it goes. How about you – handmade for gifts or not, this year?

This past weekend, I was not too productive in that regard, partly due to home-improvement projects still going on and partly due to gawking into my iPad in every break – following all the exciting new things at International Quilt Market in Houston. Market is a trade show, open to quilting professionals only (not public) where all the new things coming are exhibited – new fabrics, patterns, notions, trends… It is then followed by the famous International Quilt Festival in Houston – all in all, you could call it 10 days in quilting heaven, right? Some day, I tell you, some day – I WILL be there! 🙂

In the meantime, here are some links I can share wit  you:

Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop shared a lot, here is what happened on Sundayand on Saturday and during the so called Schoolhouse (where all different designers show and explain their products). You can also see a whole video about Moda Fabric Schoolhouse HERE . It is fun to hear what designers have to say about their newest fabric lines and other things!

Pat Sloan shared some beauties on her blog too, HERE and HERE too.

I ma sure there will be more and more – you can just Google Quilt Market and I am sure many blog posts will pop-up in next few days. I love seeing what new fabric and gadgets are coming next, it is always inspirational!

Talking about inspiration, I had a flurry of it few days ago! My baby sister (who lives in Australia) needs a quilt. Better said – needs a “hug” from her big sister and this is the best one I know of, apart from me being there in person. So – this amazing layer cake (Scrumptious, by Bonnie & Camille, for Moda Fabric) was so her colors, but also for me – so happy, happy!


It arrived and all I saw for the quilt was flowers, flowers… So I quickly colored on of my designs I did before and VOILA!

IMG_0738What do you think?

I can’t wait to get a good looking shade of off-white (almost white, but not quite…) for background and start stitching!

This was done so quickly thanks to my trusty EQ7 (Electric Quilt software) and the great feature that now most fabric companies have on their web site – to download the entire collection of fabric with one “click” and then be able to import it into EQ – isn’t that great?

Do you use EQ? Are you one of many who say – I got it but never used it? Or have trouble using it? I love EQ and if there is interest in the Guild, we could do a series of guild workshops on it? What do you all think?

Have a scary good week and Halloween,


PS – on a personal note: looking for some input on my blog and trowing in a giveaway as a thank you, so hop on there and let me know – thank you!!




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Halloween quilts

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Do you have quilts that you only use at certain times of the year, or for certain special days? I’m talking about not just bed quilts, but any type of quilted project–table toppers, pillow covers, place mats, wall hangings, …

I have more quilts that are wall hangings than anything else. I do make bed sized quilts, but not nearly in the numbers as my other types of projects. Why? Mostly for the fact of having the project finished sooner, I guess. A bed quilt is a long-term project in my book. Often I have one underway that I work on in between my other things. My favorite way is to have the pieces going as leaders and enders (see Bonnie Hunter’s site for this idea. She’s our seminar national teacher for 2014; I learned this idea from Bonnie.)

I’ve been getting out a few more of my Halloween quilty things to add around the house. I’ve had some out since the beginning of the month, but am adding the ones that are really screaming Halloween now. I think my favorite motif for Halloween decorations is witches, particularly funky witch shoes and stockings. As I’m sitting here in the kitchen typing this, I’m looking at a small wall hanging made last year featuring four witchy legs. Each one has striped stockings, and a snazzy shoe of some sort. I added glitter and seasonal buttons when I decorated the shoes. One has candy corn buttons, one googly eyes at the lacing holes, and one has a spider in the buckle. The fourth has bats in the “leather” of the shoe. The borders are cut from a Halloween stripe fabric with spider webs and more witch feet. Lots of fun was had in the making of that hanging.

Do you have any Halloween quilts?


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hunting for Bonnie

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Did you get your latest copy of Quiltmaker magazine? I think it might be my favorite of all the quilt magazines I subscribe to. Our next seminar national teacher, Bonnie Hunter, is a regular contributor to Quiltmaker. I like the scrap ideas she submits-see page 62 “addicted to scraps”. This month that’s all she’s got, but some months she has additional articles in the magazine. Bonnie just finished up a 3 part mystery quilt through the last 3 issues. Start watching for her in your issue, and in other magazines to get a feel for her style. At seminar one of our members told me that her sister and a friend are making a special trip to seminar next year from out-of-state because they love Bonnie so much. And she says that Bonnie is like a stand up comedienne–so funny! Looking forward to the lecture if it’s going to be a laugh riot! Here’s a link to Bonnie’s blog as well. Click here.

Just came upon this site by accident this morning. She has a collection of free motion quilting tutorials for some nice motifs. They are different in style than those you get from Leah Day–both ladies have great ideas, just different. The one that drew me there today is an oak leaf “chain”, and I found some other lovelies that I’ll try in her archives. If you are a free motion quilter–newbie or long timer–give these a look. Click here.

This morning I raided the brush pile that my neighbors have out at the curb. It’s been there for 2 weeks now–the town of Amherst is sticking to its rule about bundling your branches, god forbid that the workers might pick up a branch or two to toss into the truck.  I’m working on some stuffed pumpkins for a fall demo and need some stems to stick into the top of the pumpkin. The pattern shows antique thread spools and bobbins–not something I have on hand! So I went out to the curb and chopped off a few chunks of stem for my pumpkins. I wonder what the neighbors thought I was up to!

Off the sewing machine to make a few more pumpkins!


Filed under free motion quilting, seminar