Winners of Blog Tour

November 24th, 2014

Thank you for a wonderful blog tour! I really enjoyed hearing from all of you. I have drawn 5 names out of all of you who posted. The first 4 names will be sent an issue of 100 Blocks, vol. 10. They are:

Lori Morton (bearpaws9@cooper.net)
Elain M. (remills@amtelecom.net)
Janet (rushant@northwestel.net)
Laurie P. (blueeyesfirst@yahoo.com)

Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you for your street address.

The winner of the 5th prize which is coming from Quiltmaker magazine is:

Kathy L (bobkat1896@sbcglobal.net)
I’ll need your street address too.

You all had such lovely ideas to use the Tweet Tweet block. I’d love to post photos of what you make. Send me an email with your project and I’ll post it on the blog for everyone to see!

Blog Tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Block vol. 10 issue

November 18th, 2014

Welcome to our blog readers and visitors from the 100 Blocks tour!

We are excited that our block, Tweet Tweet was accepted for the current issue!

Tweet Tweet block

Its block #908 and is on page 21.

This is a sweet, easy block to make for baby quilts.

Below is the image of the quilt I made with the block named Sweet Chicks. The fabric is Vintage Sunshine, a collection from Clothworks Textiles. This pattern will be available later this year when the quilt comes back.

Sweet Chicks200

The quilt has been sent to Golden, CO where Quiltmaker’s magazine has their quilt gallery. It will be hanging there with other quilts from this issue.

Now for some fun stuff!

We have four issues of the volume 10 magazine all ready to send out to four of our blog readers! Post a comment about our block or quilt and I will enter your name in the drawing to receive one of the four issues. The drawing is open till Saturday, November 22. I will draw four names on Sunday the 23rd and announce the names on the blog. I’ll be contacting the winners for their mailing addresses too.

AND Quiltmaker magazine has an additional prize for one of our readers! I will draw a 5th name from the comments to send in to the magazine. They will send to that blessed person a prize of fabric and other items. All of the designers were asked to send in 2-3 gifts for the prizes which I did too. My gifts were two bundles of scrappy charm squares from Clothworks Textiles fabrics.

We are so happy you found our blog! Welcome back to read our news of new patterns and quilt designs published in the variety of quilt magazines we all enjoy. You can find our patterns using this link:

www.cottagequiltdesigns.info

Happy quilting,

Rochelle Martin

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 10

November 15th, 2014

The new and exciting issue, Volume 10, of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks will be on the stands next week! This issue brings the total of 1000 designer blocks for you to choose from!

We have a block in the issue, ready to be revealed on November 19th.

We have four issues to give away to our blog readers. Check back on Wednesday, November 19th to find out how you may be a winner of one of these issues!

Quiltmaker also has prizes to give away. We will be drawing one of your names to send in to Quiltmaker to receive a bonus prize.

And here is a YouTube video prepared by Quiltmaker:

http://youtu.be/A7ehYrbMWBo

Check it out!!

Woven Scrappy Strips

October 27th, 2014

We have a quilt pattern in the issue, Quilting Quickly from Fons & Porter!

Its the winter 2014 issue and includes a video tutorial for each project in the magazine.

Woven strips magazine photo

The quilt used twenty 2 1/2″ wide strips of solids from the American Made Brand collection from Clothworks Textiles. It also used white solid and light beige and dark beige solid fabrics for the alternate setting blocks.

It was very easy to put together-print strips would look fabulous too!

Be sure to check it out! The online address for the video tutorial is on page 33.

Yuletide Greens

October 7th, 2014

Yuletide greens Annies photo

Our newest Christmas/winter pattern is in Annie’s catalog! This is one of the photos they took to showcase it-I love the work of their photographer!

You can order the pattern and fabrics to make the tablerunner using Clothworks fabrics. Simple and quick-two great words to describe this holiday project!

Here’s the link to Annie’s catalog:

https://www.anniescatalog.com

Autumn Delights

September 7th, 2014

Do you love autumn-pumpkins, cooler temps here in the US,  and harvest colors?

I do and its my favorite time of the year. This is off subject of quilting, but I want to show you my photo below.

Autumn Arrangement 2

I was asked to help decorate our church last spring. Its been going well even though I don’t have a floral design background. I have small arrangements to make for the cafe tables (18 arrangements!) and larger arrangements for the foyer and sanctuary.

I needed one more arrangement and asked the Lord to help me make a vertical one this time. The vase came from the church, along with the grapes, and I supplied the rest. Isn’t it lovely?! Our church is revamping the sanctuary so if there is room I want to put this in there when the room is done.

I am so amazed at the results and thankful the Lord helped me again!

New in Quiltmaker Magazine

August 26th, 2014

Quiltmaker magazine photo

In the new fall 2014 issue of Quiltmaker magazine, is our quilt, Mariposa!

This issue has 19 new quilt projects from blocks designed for previous 100 blocks issues. The center block in my quilt was published in the past issue, Volume 3. They are accepting blocks for the 11th issue, so that gives you the time frame! The block was sized at 12″ but I have enlarged it to 18″ to make this lovely wall hanging.

Clothworks supplied the fabrics from their collection, Cultivate with Joy by Peg Conley. My daughter, Laura Day, hand embroidered blanket stitch around the shapes, and Cindy Montgomery machine quilted the 42″ square wall hanging. We worked on it this past spring so I’ve been waiting awhile to show it to you! This quilt would make a marvelous project over the winter months.

Candy Hunt

July 28th, 2014

We have a new quilt photo to share of our new Candy Hunt pattern!

Candy Hunt72

The candy bag blocks have pockets to fill with candy for your favorite treater!

cahudet.72

The pocket also has Velcro sewn inside to keep small candies safe from falling out.

Stephanie, writer for the Clothworks Textiles blog, has posted about our quilt! You can catch her post by clicking on the link below:

http://blog.clothworks.com/2014/07/25/fun-friday-youre-in-for-a-treat/

The quilt is fast to make and sure to delight the children in your life!  The catalog page is:

http://www.cottagequiltdesigns.info/catalog.php?item=170&catid=4&ret=catalog.php%3Fcategory%3D4

Topsy Turvy in Easy Quilts magazine

July 19th, 2014

I have some quilt photos to share with you taken from the fall 2014 issue of Fons & Porter Easy Quilts!

The quilt is Topsy Turvy, sized 54″ x 61″, and made with Clothworks collection, Alsace. The photos have been taken from the magazine’s issue.

Topsy Turvy photo

And this photo of the full length.

Topsy Turvy 2

The pattern uses 12″ blocks. You can order the kit from Fons & Porter for $74.99  from the issue or shop at ShopFonsandPorter.com.

The issue also has cutting instructions for twin, full and queen size options on their web extra on FonsandPorter.com/topsyturvysizes to download.

This is a fun, and quick quilt to make-excellent choice for the beginner!

Dressing Dolls

July 2nd, 2014

I took a break from quilting this past weekend, Monday and yesterday doing something else I love to do-making clothes for dolls!

My daughter’s mother-in-law has two china head dolls in need of new dresses.  She said she wanted a green dress for the black haired doll and red for the brown haired doll to display at Christmas. I went shopping and found the perfect cotton prints!

china head doll dresses

I have my own collection of china head dolls which I dressed in clothes using colors, fabrics, and styles appropriate for their time period. So it was a joy to do it again for her. She loves the dresses! These dolls are reproduction 1890 dolls and she wanted full skirted dresses showing their china shoulder plates.

She loaned me her dolls to get a custom fit and the dresses turned out very nice.

Now back to quilting!