Patches of Blue in Laundry Basket Style

Edyta Sitar’s newest book is scheduled for a November arrival – just in time for holiday open houses.  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and I just need to share the wealth!  I just saw glimpses of the inside today.





































Why not set up a display featuring the book, triangle papers, and of course, those beautiful blue fabrics!

New Releases by Edyta Sitar

California is obviously agreeing with her because Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is designing a wide variety of projects – each with her classic style.

I love applique so this is definitely my favorite.  Did you notice that the applique borders don’t meet at the corners?  This gives you a little bit of a fudge factor so you can applique all of them before attaching it to the quilt.  How portable is that??









No pictures yet, but the item numbers for the pre-packaged appliques are on the website. For those of you who have her latest blue line of fabrics, the following quilts are a great way to use up some scraps!








I love earth tones so these quilts spoke to me and show why Edyta is the queen of color! Once again, the appliques are available.















Need some instant gratification?  Why not choose this darling design that is a perfect wall hanging or pillow.






You already know who will want them so why not share this article and have your customers pre-order them?

Mini Quilts are Hot Part Three

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts has created 32 awe inspiring miniatures.  Expand your repertoire by creating these quilts while learning new techniques.









Whether you make these miniatures to accessorize a full size Edyta Star creation or create a vignette to add a touch of whimsy and charm to an alcove in your home, these beauties are sure to make you smile!

Just a taste of the surprises waiting inside….

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This book will be arriving soon so place your order now!

Plant a Garden with Edyta Sitar

It’s Sew Emma and Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts have combined forces in this new book – due to arrive this month.  Quilter’s Patch is a perfect choice for a series of classes.


The book is chock full of techniques that will improve your piecing skills and others that will have you thinking outside of the box!  I love quilts that are created from blocks – but the blocks are so well hidden that the quilt flows into an entire scene.  This quilt has taken that concept to a whole new level!

So why not plant your garden….one block at a time!

Think Spring with Laundry Basket Quilts

Homestead hit the top 100 this week and is the perfect project to welcome Spring!  Don’t we all dream of our house surrounded by flowers???


Item #LBQ0445  Retail $15.00

The appliques are available in two different formats.  The Silhouettes are cut the exact size of the appliques for raw edge applique.  The Snippets include the 1/4″ seam allowance if you prefer to turn the edges.  Edyta chose the fabrics so you know you will love them!


Item #LBQ0448  Retail $28.00


Item #LBQ0449  Retail $25.00

The proportions of this butterfly take this quilt to heirloom quality.  It is so beautiful, that it is available in three different sizes.  What a great hand project as you travel this summer!  Since it is scrappy, pick up fabrics while you visit Row by Row Experience shops!  You could have this done by the end of the summer!


Item #LBQ0472  Retail $10.00

This comes with a companion stencil…


Item #LBQ0474  Retail $8.00

For those of you who love minis – or have grandchildren with American Girl dolls, Little Butterflies is striking with the variety of backgrounds and batiks.  Why not make both so you have a wall hanging ready.  This has a stencil as well (Item #LBQ0478 Retail $5.00).


Item #LBQ0475  Retail $3.00

Or, go big and accentuate the fabrics with this companion 18 inch pillow.


Item #LBQ0485  Retail $10.00

Many of these patterns are available now – and the rest are due in any day so place your orders now.  And why not kit them?  It is the perfect project since everyone would love a variety of fabrics to add texture to this quilt.

AQS visits historic Lancaster, Pa.

I was fortunate enough to demonstrate at the recent American Quilter’s Society show in Lancaster, Pa.  This is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows!  The town is simply charming – and the convention center is right downtown, surrounded by wonderful restaurants and one of the oldest Farmer’s Markets in the country.    The architecture is striking!

I walked out the front door of the hotel and convention center to take these pictures so you can appreciate the beauty of the area.

And inside, it is just as beautiful!  This is the hallway leading to the doors of the event….

To accommodate all of the quilters, the hotel made the common area into a food court! It was comfortable – and sew appealing!

AQS has a crew that sets up the shows – and travels to all of their events.  This gentleman has checked my badge at every AQS event – and always has a smile on his face!
Some of the vendors were “head over heals” in love with this show!  (Note to anyone who thinks this is a good idea – remove box cutters from your pockets BEFORE standing on your head!)
This was my home for the next four days…the Landauer Publishing booth.
Many of our friends were there, including the fine folks of YLI…
The folks from Kaleidoscope Kreator drove all the way from Colorado to be here!
Kathie Alyce had a beautiful booth…..
and it was a treat to see her quilts up close and personal!

The Superior Threads booth was always busy…
Come Quilt with Me had samples of all of their templates – and the quilts they can create…
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts always attracts a crowd…
Who doesn’t love a booth filled with Creative Grids….
But at the end of the day, they were still smiling – and just needed to put their feet up for a few moments, before heading home!  We will all be back next year….to visit with old friends….and, yes there were amazing quilts too – but AQS does a much better job of photographing them than I can – and they will be in a future magazine…

What’s New from Laundry Basket Quilts

Who doesn’t love anything by Edyta Sitar?  And her new patterns are no exception.  These Laundry Basket Quilt patterns are due out next month.  You don’t have to wait for Spring Market!  Why not order them now so that you will be the first to receive them?

“North Star” features nine inch blocks in cream and blue – and with Edyta’s sense of color, this quilt is striking!  Notice that the borders of this 78″ square quilt are neutral too.  Sometimes, the pattern should be allowed to speak for itself!

Item #LBQ257  Retail $9.00

This simple “Cranberry Chain” quilt combines four-patches with nine-patches, sewn into four-patches, to create a striking secondary pattern.  And, again, the fabrics shine.  This is a great beginner quilt – no sashings or borders required!

Item #LBQ0258  Retail $9.00

If “Cranberry Chain” is a beginner quilt, “Frosty Window” would fall into the intermediate category.  This time nine-patches are combined with strip pieced units to create a dramatic secondary pattern.  Wouldn’t this be a perfect quilt to showcase some beautiful embroidery or applique?

Item #LBQ0260  Retail $9.00

“Believe” features 60 degree triangles and hexagons.  At 42″, it is the perfect table topper or tree skirt.  Snowflakes were never more impressive.

Item #LBQ0263  Retail $9.00

“Sweet Mint”  combines circles and 16 – 22 1/2 degree triangles to create these “Sweet Mint” candies – and if your center doesn’t match, no problem.  It is covered with an applique!  Edyta even has templates available for this one!

Item #LBQ0259  Retail $9.00

Item #LBQ0261  Retail $9.00 (Templates)

Edyta combines her amazing color sense with great designs to create heirloom quality quilts that are accessible to everyone!

Scraps and Strips from Laundry Basket Quilts

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket quilts is releasing a new book from Landauer this fall – and you will love it!  Who can resist anything she does???  Edyta has a great sense of style; creative ideas; and enthusiasm – all of these traits combine to make her a true star in our industry!

Her latest book – Friendship Strips & Scraps – includes 18 projects.  But in true Edyta style, she has included all kinds of ideas for scrap and strip swaps that are perfect for any shop or quilt group.  Her years of experience in this industry shine through.  She KNOWS what it takes to teach a class and get those creative juices flowing!

Item #L11262  Retail $27.95
If you notice, there are twelve houses in the cover quilt- perfect for a block of the month, but the quilt is so gorgeous, kits of the entire quilt would fly off the shelves.  It is  a great way to demo bias tape; applique, strip piecing, and triangles.  Learning opportunities are always a good thing!!
Try hosting one of her strip or scrap exchanges – who doesn’t have a stash they would like to share, or trade for new inspiration???
Pre-order this book NOW to guarantee that you will get it hot off the presses!  Edyta will be sharing projects from this book and demonstrating her techniques at the Checker Booth at Houston Quilt Market.  Stop by and visit with her on Sunday at 9:45.  She is an absolute delight!!!

Hop to It just in time for Easter

It is absolutely my favorite time of year – six weeks to Market, and all of the new books are arriving!  For a geek who spent every Saturday growing up in the library – this is a little piece of heaven!

Many of these authors are doing book signings at the Checker booth so  I not only get to read their books, I get to visit with the authors as well!  And, guess what – you can too.  Later this month, I will give you the author signing and demonstration schedule.  It is one impressive line up!

And, we are kicking this off with one of my favorite designers – Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  She made her mark as a pattern designer – and I bought and loved them all!  And, if you drool over her applique block designs, you will love her first book – Hop To It!

Hop To It Item #L11232
Retail $27.95

The book includes 12 – 12 1/2″ applique block designs that are truly spectacular!  Not only do you get the patterns and instructions for the cover quilt, the book also includes eight projects that are inspiring too!

This is not just a pattern book.  Edyta shares three different methods of applique so it is a great teaching tool.  Why not offer a series of classes – trying each method – and finishing each block as suggested in one of the projects!  And, guess what – she squares them all up with the Creative Grids Square It Up and Fussy Cut Square!

Item #CGRSQ12  Retail $27.00

I have always loved Edyta’s sense of color so I was thrilled when she included a chapter on how to choose fabrics for your quilts – and why I love hers!  When you read her “rule of five” it will make perfect sense – and you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it!  Stop by our booth at Market – and she’ll tell you all about it.  Promise!

My favorite is the Fleur Delight Throw.  This quilt looks like a color wash – completed in large squares.  Edyta shows you how to take one applique block and showcase it in a stunning 73″ throw – talk about getting a lot of bang from one applique block!

As quilters – nice matters!  And, in this case, Edyta is one of the sweetest women I have ever met!  She is simply a delight through and through.  That joy for life and enthusiasm for everything she loves shows through in her designs.  If these quilts were any happier they would literally glow!