Sue Garman's Block of the Month 2017 for TQS, "The Halo Medallion," is a beautiful quilt. We quickly ran out of our kits and couldn't get the fabric to remake them. Island Batik saw the quilt and said, "That would be great in batiks!!" So they have done a computer layout of the look and have chosen the fabrics. We need to know how many to buy. Let us know if you are a serious purchaser. Voting below does NOT obligate you to buy the kit, it just tells us you probably will and we will know how many to order. Take a look. This heirloom quilt by Sue should be in your collection.

Remember, you must be a Star member to download the patterns. The pattern is worth $99 and membership is just $49, so it's a great deal just for that. The kit costs $287, exactly as much as the original kit, and includes 26+ yards of fabric, including background and binding. Vote below the pictures.



Remember that best selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey? I know there is a message in there for me and my fellow quilters/stitchers. And so, mixed between my other rambling posts every couple of weeks, I am going to figure out what are the 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Quilter and share them with you. I think from my own learning experience of hard knock quilting, I can come up with a list.

#1 Be proactive and make your binding when you finish your top.

How many times have I torn my Bee Hive apart looking for binding fabric and sometimes never find it because I used it on another project! GRRR... We all love to make tops, and there is a larger percentage of quilters who are working on multiple projects than those who start and finish one project at a time. It may be days, weeks, or months before we actually get around to quilting and binding our tops. After many frustrating searches, I had a V8 moment and started making my binding when I finished the top.

Here is my latest top made for my dear grandson. Although the top is done, I will not be ready to quilt until sometime in October.

My next step before I put away the quilt top and all the mess is to make the binding...of course, I need some help from my Minion buddies :) I chain piece my binding pieces then fold and press.



This is my favorite part of the process...I then roll my binding into my low calorie binding roll!

Once the binding is done and rolled, it gets stored in my binding cabinet. I can't tell you how good it feels when I finish quilting to walk over
and know the binding is all ready to go. I liken it to grocery shopping for all the ingredients needed for dinner, putting them in the fridge, and the
next day coming home and finding out your husband cooked dinner!!!! If you are like me and occasionally make too much binding, save it in that
drawer for future mini projects or scrap binding on a scrappy quilt.

Have a great week, take a break from the news and quilt!

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We have a bonus puzzle for you this week as the Quilt Alliance is featuring My Garden, made by Margaret Cibulsky of Port Washington, NY. This quilt was the Handi Quilter Grand Prize winner in the 2016 My Favorite Things contest for the Quilt Alliance.
Click on Go to Puzzle to find the puzzle and learn more about the quilt. 
Click on See the Quilt to read the Artist's Statement and see the Judge's comments. You'll need to scroll down the page and click on the first picture, top, left of the Gallery of Quilts.


There's still time left to vote for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum as the Best Nebraska Attraction for the USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice 2017.

Click on Learn More to vote.

(USA Today)



Linda Pumphrey shares stories of her quilt, "Hollywood," at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Raleigh, NC. In this Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! video from the Quilt Alliance, she gives a bit of history for the quilt as well as for Mountain Mist. This quilt is from her new book, "Mountain Mist Historical Quilts: 14 Mid-Century Quilts Made New."


As we end Elements of Design and before beginning Principles of Design, we wanted to share articles that our Editor found to be very helpful when it comes to designing a quilt. Here are her 10 favorites.  We'd love to hear from you. Let us know in the comment section at the bottom of the article, which articles you found especially helpful.


For those who played the quiz last week, gere are the answers:
Row 1-Perspective, Analogous
Row 2-Monochromatic, Triad
Row 3-Shadow, Value
Row 4-Form, Texture
Row 5-Line, Space























Consider the Sparrows-Matthew 10:29-31 by Randi Swindler

Creating Visual Texture (Week 4)

Texture in art engages our sense of touch and sight. It captures the way something should feel when you reach out to touch it. As quilters we are naturally apt to want to reach out and touch a beautiful fabric or quilt. This week we begin studying how you as a quilter can draw viewers in with the use of texture.






Understanding Form (Week 9)

Form in the simplest terms is a three-dimensional figure (i.e. cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, etc.). Form has length, width, and height. Think of it as something you can pick up, set something on, or casts a shadow. Form can bear weight due to it being three-dimensional, while two-dimensional Shape cannot.









Space-Creating Perspective (Week 11)

Think of it this way. If it's large, it's closer. If it is small, it's further away. The road is drawn using two lines that meet at one point along the horizon line. The lines of the street are drawn at an angle to create the illusion of distance and depth. Notice how both the road, and trees along it, seem to disappear into the horizon. At the point where everything seems to disappear is called the vanishing point









Fabric Choices: Predictable vs. Unpredictable Fabrics (Week 23)

How and what fabric choices you make can result in a flat or less dynamic quilt. Scale, value and pattern can make a huge difference when it comes to selecting fabrics for your quilt project. It's one thing to understand the principles of the terms, but another matter when it comes to actually putting a fabric group together.




Understanding the Subtle Nuances of Taupe (Week 24)

Focus on the often misunderstood taupe palette. This group of fabrics is more often than not relegated to what is often called the 'beige' category. But, understanding the subtle nuances of taupe go way beyond just being mere beige.

As you know, working within a single monochromatic color can be challenging for any quilter. Monochromatic literally means "containing or using only one color." And yet, the taupe color palette can create a sense of simplicity, calm, harmony, relaxation and sophistication.








Scrap Quilts and Ugly Ducking Blocks (Week 27)

Scrap quilts have a charm and look all their own. And we as quilters cannot help but be captivated by their quirky mix of colors, patterns, fabrics and the occasional unexpected blocks. Antique quilts especially evoke a sense of days gone by, when life moved at a slower pace. The softened and often faded "vintage' look of these quilts impart a sense of charm, comfort, softness and a 'please cuddle me' feeling. It is this desire for a 'vintage' look that has quilters across the globe seeking out patterns and books. Walk through any quilt store and there is sure to be at least one book devoted to the subject. Antique quilts also serve as a wonderful resource for inspiration.









A luscious border print makes this simple block shine. Do you know what it's called? Play the game and find out.



The Oklahoma State Department of Health is trying to raise awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome, and it needs 5,000 baby-sized purple hats by October 1.
The goal of the Oklahoma campaign is to create awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. The Click campaign involves recruiting knitters to make purple colored baby caps. The caps are collected and then distributed to birthing hospitals and public health units where they are distributed to families with their copy of the PURPLE program through the months of November and December.
Click on "Learn How You Can Help" to learn more about the program (including pattern information) and what you can do to help.
Even if you don't knit, you can still help by donating yarn or hosting a knit-a-thon.



Do you love color? A new "factory" has popped up in San Francisco. It is a two-story interactive exhibition that celebrates color and material, including 10,000 colored ribbons.
Some of the artists who collaborated on the exhibit include: Jacob Dahlgren, Tom Stayte, Geronimo Balloons, Tosha Stimage, Stanton Jones, Andrew Neyer & Andy J. Miller, Carissa Potter, Jessica Hische, Rebecca Wright, Randi Brookman Harris, Leah Rosenberg and Erin Jang.

As the website says,
Lose yourself in 10,000 colored ribbons, sink into a giant yellow ball pit, catch some rainbows, smell colorful memories, and taste a spectrum of treats from our favorite stops in San Francisco. The pinks will delight you, the blues will amaze you, the yellows might make you hungry.
To read more and see more pictures click here and here.

Hole in the Barndoor x 3 by Joe Arnold was the first pattern published in American Quilter magazine in 1985. AQS is providing the pattern again, but beware, it's the original pattern...times (and tools) have changed. Click on "Get the Pattern" to download it from the AQS site.

Hole in the Barndoor x 3 designed by Joe Arnold. Interpreted through piecing and quilting by Allison Arnold. (AQS OnPoint Blog)


Show 2101: Joen Wolfrom on Understanding Color in Quilts

We have packaged the Combo Kit for you, which includes -  Essential Color Wheel along with the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool


Have you seen the latest "HOT" new EverSewn Sparrow30 sewing machine? The Sparrow30 is not just "pink" it comes with an extension table!

All this for only $399.00


Watch Show#1912 (Free) with Rosa Rojas

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Apliquick - 3 Holes Microserrated Scissors



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