“I Spy Gumballs” new art collage quilt pattern!

I’ve been working on this new collage art quilt pattern for a while now and it is finally ready to release! But first … the reason why I chose a gumball machine! In the past, I’ve enjoyed making “I Spy” quilts for the grandkids, and charity, from a pattern that utilizes lots of little mason jars. Each “jar” is a different novelty fabric. So adorable! But then I thought … what about an old-fashioned gumball machine with each gumball being a novelty fabric? How much fun would that be? The prototype “I Spy Gumballs” quilt is in line to be longarmed at A Needle and Thread. My friend, Sally, made the adorable quilt label! She is so talented and enjoys surprising me with a new embroidery design. Since the quilt top is complete, I am releasing the pattern.

This quilt would look amazing hanging in a child’s room, playroom, or classroom. The finished quilt size is 34 inches wide by 50 inches long. There are approximately 50 novelty “gumballs” in the quilt. Lots of opportunities for a child to learn language! Each gumball is 3-1/4″ in diameter. The PDF pattern can be purchased in my Etsy shop and, as always, a portion of the proceeds goes to charity! This quilt is so much fun to make and I can’t wait to teach it!

I’m currently making the quilt again. This time with a Halloween-theme in mind. Stay tuned!

Trudi, the collage art reindeer is coming to town

Need a Christmas quilting project to get into the Christmas spirit? Or perhaps you have a quilt lover on your list? While Rudolph is still getting into tip-top shape for the big day, his lovely cousin, Trudi was posing for the above quilt! With that being said … Trudi, my collage art reindeer pattern, is being launched today on Etsy. And yes … girl reindeer have antlers. At least that is what Google told me.

Head over to my Etsy shop and check out how you can purchase this full-size pattern with complete pattern directions and supply list. The quilt size is 42 inches wide by 56 inches high. And did I mention domestic shipping is free for a limited time?

Next week I will post more photos and directions on how to make this collage art quilt.

Click her for Etsy shop link

2014 Texas Row By Row Quilt – Part One

I finally almost have all my eight rows pieced together on my 2014 Texas Row by Row Quilt. The 2014 Texas project began last summer (started in June and ended in September). I noticed the pieced row hanging on the wall behind the cash register when I visited our local quilt shop, The Quilt Room, in Huffman. After collecting eight patterns from different shops, this is one of my favorite rows!

The gist of the experience is to create a quilt using at least eight different row patterns collected from participating shops. It is kinda like geocaching, or a ginormous Easter egg hunt, only more fun if you are a quilter because fabric is involved. The participating shops create a pattern which is free. They also sell the fabric for the row.

This pattern is from Sew Let’s Quilt It in Dallas. I wasn’t able to travel to Dallas but the pattern and kit became available for shipping after the event was over. They gave me enough fabric for two rows so I shared with my friend, Sally, who picked up a row for me! You see how this works?

This row and fabric came from Quilter’s Patch in Victoria, Texas. My little sister, Gretchen, picked this row/fabric kit up and mailed it to me. I have to admit to a little bribery. I told her if she did me this favor I’d make her a table runner for Christmas! She probably would have done it for me for nothing. It’s the kind of person she is!

Sew Contempo has a lovely shop! I wanted to linger but had to get back home. I love the colors they chose for his block! It was fun to put together.

Next post will show off my last four rows!

This year’s 2015 Texas Row by Row starts in mid-June and I hear the theme will be water. This year lots more Houston-area shops will be participating. I’m pretty excited as I think Sally and I have hooked Michele into joining in the treasure hunt for quilt patterns!

Follow link to find out what is planned this year for 2015 Row by Row Experience. The project began in 2011 with just 20 shops participating in New York. In 2015, all 50 states and Canada will be participating!