Gift Ideas for Quilters

Amy, Vicki & I decided to put together "Gift Ideas for Quilters."  Our hope is that our idea list will help you know what to get that quilter!
So, this is my idea list!
These Christmas Stockings, made to match my tree skirt.
EQ6 Applique Drawing. Then someone to teach me how to use my EQ!
EQ6 Sue Spargo: Folk-Art Dreams software.
Fanfare Gift Wrap & a secret elf to wrap everything for me!
The Weekend Traveler Bag by Amy Butler.
A Cricut machine.
A whole bunch of Jelly Rolls.

Go check out Amy & Vicki's wish lists.

Don't forget about the

Ucreate Holiday Boutique. Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2009!

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How about you?

No, I still don't have my Christmas Tree up but much of my Christmas shopping is done. I'm having a really hard time getting in the Christmas spirit this year because we don't have any snow. It seems like as soon as we get snow then I get excited. I noticed over on Camille's blog that she's got her tree up and it's darling. Seeing others decorations is making me a little bit more excited.
So I'm wondering if you've got your tree and decorations up? I would love to see them. Post a picture on your blog and then link to it here. Don't forget to link back to this post to share the holiday spirit!

Don't forget to save 40% off your total purchase @ Piece N Quilt. Through 11/29/09, use discount code 'THANKSGIVING'!
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Thanksgiving recap

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving day! We had some really fun highlights this year that I wanted to share with you!

We at smoked Turkey this year. This was a first. We had someone else cook the turkey so you can only imagine our surprise when we opened it up and saw this! I was totally expecting something like what happened on Christmas Vacation (the movie) but it was actually so delicious!

Krachel and I showed up in the same outfit.

We had a delicious spinach salad but right before we left to go shopping at 10pm we decided that we should make the salad into a smoothie!

Yes, it was delicious as a smoothie too!
Now, let the Christmas festivities begin!
Don't forget to save 40% @ Piece N Quilt. Use discount code 'THANKSGIVING' when checking out to save!

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Happy Thanksgiving!
I have much to be thankful for this year. I will share a few.
*Health, of myself and my family. I am so glad that none of us have had the dreaded H1N1 flu.
*Creativity. I am so thankful that I have to ability to be creative and that I can be creative for a living.
*The internet! Where would I be without the internet! :)
*My family, including my husband and daughter and all of my extended family. They are my life! :)
*A warm place to live!


Check out some darling Fall Quilts that I've machine quilted.
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Starch Applique Tutorial

This is my version of  Raw Edge Starch Applique.



I love applique. Okay, lets tell the truth. I've loved applique for about a year and a half now. I've always loved the way that it looks but.....lets face it. I'm a busy mom who works full time and I don't have the time to applique anything by hand these days.
A few years back maybe about 8 years ago, before children when life was a little bit slower I made this quilt. I didn't have my own machine so I pieced it on my moms' industrial machine and then did all of the applique and embroidery by hand. eeeekkkkk..... I spent about a years worth of Monday night football games working on this thing. I am happy with how it turned out but realistically, a year on a single quilt?

After that I did this quilt with quite a bit of applique.

I did as I was taught and used fusible then by hand I used embroidery floss I blanket stitched everything on. By time I got to the inner circle of the flowers I couldn't push my needle through the applique. I tried everything I could thing of and it just wasn't happening. There were just too many layers of fusible and material. So I gave in and did a small zig-zag stitch by machine, all the way around the center circles. It looks fine but I'm not totally happy with it.
At this point I decided I was never going to applique again. I hated that I couldn't get the look I wanted and it was so time consuming.
A year and a half ago I bought a new Bernina machine, which I love. One of the selling points for me on this machine was the nice blanket stitch and the fact that it can go up to 9mm wide! WAHOO. I spent a large part of the year last year taking classes and learning about applique. I love the look of turned under applique but I'm not doing that by hand! So through all of these classes I, along with my mom devised a new plan on how to applique with just starch. YES, that lovely $1.00 starch that you get at Wal-mart. I now am in LOVE with applique. I find that every quilt that I make or design I look at it and think, hmm.... what applique could I do on this quilt.
So, I'm wondering if you would be interested in me creating a tutorial on my starch applique? Are you as frustrated with applique as I was?
The applique on these quilts was done using my method of starch applique. Check them out.
Tic Tac Baby Quilt
Figgy Christmas Quilt
Gobble Chain Quilt
 Goodnight Monkey Boy
9 Birdie Baby

Tranquil Baby Quilt
Funky Wonderland
Desired Quilt
Crazy Christmas Quilt
Daisies & Lattice

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I've been very very busy quilting, sewing & creating.:) Here are a couple of quilts that I've machine quilted recently.

This is one of those quilts that I love to hear about. This ladies mother made these blocks at least 40 years ago and they have hung around since then. This summer her mother passed away and she decided to finish them into a quilt. I just love to hear the stories behind quilts!

I quitled a feather in the corner of each block along with outlining each of the ladies. I love how it turned out!

You may remember a while back when I participated in the Scrappy Block Swap....well I wish I could say that this is mine all put together but it's not. My blocks are still sitting on the shelf waiting for me to get to work with them. Anyways, I quilted this one for Beth and she is going to donate it to charity! Thanks for arranging this swap Beth. I had a lot of fun participating in it and am going to get my blocks put together now!

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Today is the big day! I've been sew excited for this day for about 6 weeks or so. Kari from Ucreate asked me to be a guest blogger and share a tutorial on her darling blog!

So, my mom and I got to work and designed this darling quilt, Snuggle Snowmen.

I absolutely love how it turned out and I am so honored that Kari is letting me share it on her blog today!
There is a complete tutorial on Ucreate. Head on over there and check it out. I'd love to hear what you think. If you love it we do have kits available.
I have also shared this quilt with Amylouwho in her Sew & Tell.
Kari is also hosting a Holiday Boutique November 30-December 7, 2009 and we will be a part of that. Sew be sure to check it out!

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Home Spun Holiday Show N' Tell

I am so excited to announce the 2009 
Home Spun Holiday Show N' Tell
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How it will work:
*On 12/16/09 we will place a post on our blog and the Show N' Tell will begin.
*Place a post on your blog telling all about your Holiday project. Preferably something that includes sewing.
*Include our button in that post.
*Then place your link on here. Please link back to the post not just your blog. We will be checking & removing links that aren’t linked to a specific post.
*Win a prize! Leave a comment telling us where you are from, make sure that there is a way to contact you in the comment. We will randomly select 5 people to win $20.00usd gift certificates to Piece N Quilt!
**If you would like to be a sponsor for the Home Spun Holiday Show N' Tell please e-mail Natalia for details.

In the meantime please help us to spread the word by posting the Home Spun Holiday button on your blog.


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*Copy the HTML below and paste it into your blog today!

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Moda Bake Shop Sampler

These are so darling! Have you seen the Moda Bake Shop Sampler? Available now @ Piece N Quilt! They feature 40- 2.5" square packs of the following future collections. Bar Harbor, Butterfly Garden, Charity, Eden, Frolic, Garden Party, Lakeside Resort, Looking Back, Martinique, Spring Fever Verna And Whimsy.

You can't get these materials in the store until the spring of 2010!
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Summer Dreams

 My friend Cat designed this Summer Dreams quilt as a mystery quilt and she did an amazing job! This is hers and I was lucky enough to quilt it for her.

I had a lot of fun quilting it and I thought that the quilting turned out gorgeous, if I say so myself:)

I also have to share with you.....again, my Summer Dreams quilt. I think it's so fun to see that they are the same quilt but how different they look with different materials and borders!

I love them both! You can purchase the kit here.
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One Pretty Thing

The Chesney Skirt is featured over on One Pretty Thing today! Go check it out!
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Twilight Boutique

We were invited to participate in a "Twilight" boutique last weekend!
 Here is a picture of part of our booth.

We had lots of fun chatting with other quilters.
I was lucky enough to spend most of the night with my two sisters and mom! Thanks so much for helping me! You are all amazing!
Above are my sisters Krachel & Whitnee, somehow I forgot to get any pics of me or my mom!

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I decided to try my hand at baking.....no I'm not a great cook but I tried.

I've heard people talk about fondant that it wasn't too hard to work with. After about three hours of you-tube videos I decided to give it a try. I know it's not expert status here but I'm thinking it was okay for a first timer!

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Remember a couple of weeks back several of you helped me with your great input on my Summer Dreams mystery quilt. Well, yesterday I finished it, it's now quilted and bound and I'm loving it.

I went with a modern circle look and I'm really happy with how it turned out. What do you think?

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The Chesney Skirt Tutorial

The Chesney Skirt Tutorial

Moda Bake Shop

As you know, we are obsessed with Moda's pre-cut fabrics. So imagine the excitement when were recently asked to create some quilts for Moda Bake Shop! Yes, I'm still on cloud nine and the wheels in my head are spinning!

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Yes, I've been busy quilting, quilting, quilting! I've quilted some more darling quilts and I just had to share them!
I love this one! She is going to add some more embellishments, but I think it's already so stinkin' cute!

Mary Engelbreit panel. Yes, love Mary Engelbreit!

Cute, simple quilt!

Whitnee's Figgy Pudding tree skirt! Yes it's all done, the tutorial is under way and she's got her home all decorated! I need to get over there and see it but I'm guessing it's darling!

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