We Get Mail!

May 17th, 2019 No comments
Ann Marie Knox

Ann Marie Knox

Today we feature Ann Marie Knox and the mail she has received. All 12 quilts she has entered here on Quilts for Sale have been sold. Subscribe to this blog of ours and you will be notified when and if she adds another.

Here is the mail she has received.

The Bird Lovers Quilt looks so pretty, clean and fresh, with the birds beautifully shaped and sewn. It is a delight to my husband and me, as we are indeed both bird lovers and this unique, beautifully made quilt is a treasure. Thank you for sharing your talent with us! – Aloha – Margy O., Hawaii

Bird Lovers Quilt by Ann Marie Knox

Bird Lovers – Ann Marie Knox

Hi Ann Marie. – I received Flower Garden and am totally thrilled with it. It is so well made and just perfect in every way. I am sure we will be doing business again!! Merry Christmas and have a blessed holiday. – D. L., Georgia

Flower Garden by Ann Marie Knox

Flower Garden by Ann Marie Knox

 

Introducing Marcia Monroe

May 14th, 2019 No comments

 

Marcia Monroe is our newest addition to Quilts for Sale and we are very happy to have her with us! This first quilt she has entered – Hole in the Barn Door – is beautiful in its design and in its marvelous quilting.

Be sure to click on its photo below to meet and learn more about Marcia and to view the closeups of the quilt design and the outstanding quilting.

Hole in the Barn Door by Marcia Monroe

Christmas Rapping Blog Hop & Giveaway – Last Day!

May 12th, 2019 No comments


This has been an exciting and fascinating Blog Hop! Former and current Island Batik Ambassadors have created beautiful and stunning quilts from the wonderful patterns in this special book by Nan Baker and Margaret Brewster Willingham.

Nan & Margaret

Nan & Margaret (at Quilt Market)

I was fortunate to learn about Christmas Rapping when it was in the planning stages thanks to the privilege of knowing Nan. Naturally, I wanted it so bought a copy just as soon as it was published. I am delighted with it for three reasons. One, of course, is because of the new and unique Christmas patterns in it. (We can never get started too early in the year when making Christmas gifts and decorations!) The second is that many of these patterns, with different colour choices, will suit every time of year. The third is that we can use these patterns and our creative imaginations to build on them and create different patterns entirely. This definitely makes the book the kind that keeps on giving!

By now, all of you know why the title is Christmas Rapping and if by chance you don’t, take another look at the book’s subtitle.  😀

The Island Batik fabric line chosen by Nan and Margaret for their wonderful patterns is the Batik Foundation Collection. I would love to have yards of each of these! However, I decided to use some of the gorgeous fabrics I had from my exciting, challenging, wonderful 2 years as an Island Batik Ambassador. If you, too, fall in love with any of those I used, have fun searching for my choices here.  While searching for them, you are sure to enjoy seeing all their other fabric lines as well.

Island Batik Foundation Collection

Island Batik Foundation Collection

Nan and Margaret used these wonderful Aurifil Threads for their projects. I mostly used them too, for both piecing and quilting. Having been introduced them back when I was an Island Batik Ambassador, they immediately became my favourites. One exception is the gold metallic thread I happened to have on hand and used for the rays in the quilt below in my version of Miracle At The Manger.

They also used June Tailor‘s Perfect Piecing Foundation Sheets which make paper piecing so much easier.

Having decided to use the fabrics I had on hand, my next challenge was how to make the best use of them. I decided to try to do things a little differently in regard to design and technique. For the first of my projects, I decided to make a wall hanging inspired by their Miracle At The Manger.

Miracle at the Manger

Miracle at the Manger

I chose to use the center portion with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and enlarged their figures. Instead of appliquéing them, I cut them out in silhouette form and fused them to my background fabric with my favourite fusible web, Steam-A-Seam 2. For Joseph, I used machine stitching in place of fabric for the inner sleeves, belt, and so on. For Mary, I simply used a triple stitch to outline her silhouette, which may be difficult to see in the photo below.

After creating the center portion, I began planning the borders. Instead of using the entire pattern for the Mini-Star of Light (seen in ornament size below and in the sky in Miracle at the Manger), I paper-pieced each section and used one section in each corner.

Wondous Light

Wondrous Light

The lovely Radiant Christmas Wreath pattern provided elements to use in embellishing the borders – again, by cutting and fusing them. (You can see the Mini-Star of Light pattern in its corners too. Of course, when making these patterns, you can substitute these with the other patterns from the book, or even use more than one.)

Radiant Wreath Wall Hanging

Radiant Wreath Wall Hanging

I chose the fabrics used in the separated sections of the Mini-Star of Light for the rest of the borders. I also decided to make the halo in one piece and used gold metallic thread for the rays of light (though the shine doesn’t show up in my photo, unfortunately). As you can see, my binding is done in 2 colours to match the borders. This wall hanging finishes at a 25-inch square.

My Adaptation of Miracle at the Manger

My Adaptation of Miracle at the Manger

After finishing it, I went on to experiment with some of the ornaments.

The O Tannenbaum Quilt Pattern includes small, ornament-size Log Cabin Blocks so I made one of those as an ornament. However, I decided to make it just a bit on the wonky side, as you can see. I rather like that little bit of charm the wonky look creates.

Log Cabin from the O Tannenbaum Quilt Pattern

Log Cabin from O Tannenbaum Quilt Pattern

Mini Star of Light is paper-pieced and finishes at a 4-inch square. Here is mine turned on its side.

Mini Star of Light

Mini Star of Light

I decided to make it again by fusing the sections and turning the outside corners to the inside and at a slightly larger size with a smaller center section.  Were I to make it again, I would choose a different fabric colour for the corner sections.

Mini Star of Light

Mini Star of Light Variation

I also made Mini Star of Wonder using the fusible method. It finishes at 4 inches. Unfortunately, although taking several photos of these next two, the green fabric looks very dark and doesn’t show its various shades.

Mini Star of Wonder

Mini Star of Wonder

After cutting the pieces from my fabric square, I realized that what was left could also be used and since I don’t like wasting even small pieces of these beautiful fabrics, I made another ornament with it.

Mini Star of Light Variation

Mini Star of Wonder Variation

Then I made it again at a 5 ½ inch square which makes a nice Christmas Mug Rug. Any of these ornament patterns can be enlarged to make more Mug Rugs.

Here is another example using the Tree Top Ornament from the Christmas is Coming wall hanging.(The green fabric pattern shows up a little better in this photo.) It turns out to be  exactly like my cut-out version above.

Tree Top Star

Tree Top Ornament Star

For another Mug Rug, I used the Swirl corner blocks from the Radiant Christmas Wreath pattern. Again, I cut the design from a square of fabric, then  fused the sections to the background.

Swirl Block

Swirl Block

And again, I decided not to waste the rest of the square of fabric so fused it to another fabric square to make yet another Mug Rug.  I don’t have a name for it yet though. It’s a bit on the wonky side too, but again it gives it that little, unique something. I expect to see it start rolling off at any moment.

I had lots of creative fun experimenting with the patterns and methods from the book. Between following the patterns exactly and creating your own variations and sizes, you will be referring to the book often and using it for years to come!  Click here to buy your own copy and start enjoying the wealth of patterns and possibilities!

If, by chance, you just now joined in, be sure to go back and view what you have missed. You may have to scroll down for some blogs because they have made additions since their turns, but you will be happy you did. Look for the schedule posted down at the end.

Win a Prize!

Two lucky people are going to win a bundle of 9 fat quarters and 3 spools of Aurifil thread, thanks to Island Batik and Aurifil. Be sure to click here to register!

– Maria Hrabovsky – Maria Michaels Designs

Blog Hop Schedule

April 29 – Joan Kawano of Moosestash Quilting.
April 30 – Linda Pearl of One Quilting Circle.
May 1 – Kathy Bruckman of Kathy’s Kwilts and More.
May 2 – Bea Lee of Beaquilter.
May 3 – Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting.
May 4 – Jennifer Strauser of Dizzy Quilter.
May 5 – Barbara Gaddy of Bejeweled Quilts.
May 6 – Nancy Myers of Patchwork Breeze
May 7 – Vicki Schlimmer of Vicki’s Crafts and Quilts.
May 8 – Gail Sheppard of Quilting Gail.
May 9 – Michelle Roberts of Creative Blonde.
May 10 – Maryellen Mcauliffe of Mary Mack Made Mine.
May 11 – Denise Looney of For the Love of Geese.
May 12 – Maria Hrabovsky of Maria Michaels Designs.  (Me!)

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We Get Mail!

May 10th, 2019 No comments

 
Angele Comeau is another of our very-talented quilters who has received an impressive number of tributes from her customers.

Angele Comeau

Angele Comeau

Here they are – but remember to click on them to see those Angele still has available and choose one for yourself before they are all gone!

Angele’s Quilt, A Good Day, arrived and is stunningly beautiful. Thank you. Angele does such marvelous work. Please let her know we will enjoy it for a long time to come. – Chip Saunders, U.S.

A Good Day by Angele Comeau

A Good Day by Angele Comeau

I received the quilt, Basket O’ Kittens, today. Thanks for the quick shipping. So much fun to open the box! I am thrilled with this very pretty quilt with i’s hand quilting and hand-
embroidered kittens -so special and unique. Please give my thanks to Angele for her wonderful work. Thank you Louise. – Debra, Ontario, Canada

Basket o' Kittens by Angele Comeau

Basket o’ Kittens by Angele Comeau

Canada Post delivered the Fall Leaves Quilt on Sunday. It is terrific! I think that I first saw this quilt this time last year. I didn’t have the money at the time to purchase, so I put it out of my mind. When I checked the website in April or May of this year it was still available, so I decided to save a bit each month. When I saw it on sale, I just bought. It is a wonderful quilt. This all started because several years ago, when the YWCA fundraised with donated quilts. I bid successfully for a leaf-themed quilt for one of the bedrooms. Ever since then I’ve been on the hunt for another leaf-themed quilt. Thanks very much for the prompt delivery.  – Sean, Canada

Fall Leaves by Angele Comeau

Fall Leaves by Angele Comeau

I received the quilt, Best of Scrappy Yellow, yesterday – it is beautiful! Thank you for your help, and please tell Angele I love her wonderful work. Best wishes, Elizabeth, San Diego, CA

Best of Scrappy Yellow by Angele Comeau

Best of Scrappy Yellow by Angele Comeau

I love my quilt, Sunbonnet Ladies! It arrived safe and sound. It is even more beautiful in person if you will, than in its pictures. Please thank Angele for me. It will be cherished. LOVE IT ! – Mrs. Lyon, Arizona

Sunbonnet Ladies by Angele Comeau

Sunbonnet Ladies by Angele Comeau

WOW . . . this Green Scrappy quilt is beautiful. Ya know ladies, I love the machine quilting but there is nothing else like hand quilting. Angele has to be one of the BEST hand quilters I have ever seen other then the Amish or Mennonite. I am a true fan of Angele’s quilting and will look forward to purchasing many more of her lovely hand-quilted quilts. Thank you again so very much. Our Lord’s Blessings to you and yours – Mrs. Lyon, Arizona

Green Scrappy by Angele Comeau

Green Scrappy by Angele Comeau

We Get Mail!

May 3rd, 2019 No comments

 
Today, we start a weekly, “We Get Mail” addition to our Quilts for Sale Blog. That’s because so many of our customers email us to say how much they love the quilts they have purchased, and often go on to say that they are much more beautiful in person than can be shown on our web pages. Each of us here at Quilts for Sale appreciate our customers taking the time to let us know how happy they are with their purchases. So, to honour them and our quilters as well, we are starting this Friday weekly feature.

We start with skilled quilter, Aneta Stewart.

Aneta Stewart

Aneta Stewart

Surrounded by Stars is one of the quilts Aneta sold and received mail about afterwards.

My wife loved the amazing quilt. Surrounded by Stars, and how it brightened up the entire room. It was her favorite Christmas present! Thanks for the great gift. – Mike McKean, Silverdale, WA

Surrounded by Stars by Aneta Stewart

Surrounded by Stars by Aneta Stewart

Spinners is another one.

Greg LOVES the Spinners quilt!! When I asked what his favorite gift was he answered the quilt with zero hesitation (which I did not expect as he also received tools and some electronics). I really do wish that I had the talent that it takes to create something like that!!! – C. Donnelly, Boise, Idaho

Spinners by Aneta Stewart

Spinners by Aneta Stewart

To get one of Aneta’s special quilts, visit her web pages and choose one!

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