Splendid Sampler 2

In their own words: More than 28,000 quilters have joined the Splendid Sampler online quilt-along–and now Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson return with 100 all-new block patterns to inspire quilters all over the world, all over again!

Along with blocks from Pat and Jane, quilters will find beautiful designs from superstar quilters including Lissa Alexander, Carrie Nelson, Jenny Doan, Susan Ache, Betsy Chutchian, Rob Appell, and more. Patchwork, appliquéd, embroidered, and foundation-pieced blocks provide plenty of opportunities to try new techniques, while a quilt gallery offers fun ideas for arranging blocks. Quilters can share their progress online and experience the joys of quilting with this very special community of quilters.

In case you need to catch up, here is the original 100 blocks:

     

What a great way to learn! Join the online group and you have a multitude of experts to help and provide inspiration!

Glamping with the Salem Quilt Guild

Meg Hawkey has done it again! Her sense of humor shines through in these new designs. Don’t you want to go camping with this group?

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Happy Camper

Quilt Sisters

Hocus Pocus

 

 

 

 

 

The Cosmos flosses are listed with each pattern – which is due to arrive later this month. Wouldn’t this be the perfect gift for that witch or quilter in your life???

Sue Spargo Every Day

I am a huge fan of Sue Spargo. She has such an amazing, quirky and recognizable style. Last year her calendar was a top seller and many of you framed the images – they were that good!

Her 2019 calendar is due to be released next month – just in time for traveling quilters and shop hops! Order them now so you will get them as soon as they arrive. If the cover is any indication, these will sell out fast

The Witches are Baking at Kimberbell

I ran into Kim from Kimberbell while we were setting up the booth and she told me that Broomhilda was visiting.

The description for this is so darn cute – you can’t improve on perfection so I am not even going to try:

Come sit for a spell in Broomhilda’s Bakery where every ghoul-friend is welcome! Hang your hat and rest your witchy toes, while sampling the spooky sweets like Boo-Berry Pie and Rice-Creepy Treats. Kimberbell’s vinyl and glitter sheets conjure the cutest applique with charming frogs under glass, plus diva witch hats and high heels. All the extraordinary embellishments like Mylar candy corns and flowers, fuzzy fringed spiders, and Broomhilda’s collection of eyeballs will have you screaming in a good way.

Kimberbell’s spook-tacular new quilt features: 26 embroidered blocks, Flying Geese (pieced in the hoop) and three more traditionally pieced blocks include Pinwheel, Four-patch, and Broomhilda’s twist on a Sawtooth block, which she calls the Sweet-tooth Star. Plus 4 pieced picture blocks, where the sections are embroidered separately, then applique images are aligned before piecing the blocks together to make a complete picture. The quilt can be made with the 4×4 and 5×7 hoop sizes.

Broomhilda’s Bonus projects include:
Smell my Feet Tea Towel
Face First Frosted Cupcake Hot Pad (4 sizes)
Suspiciously Sweet Table Runner (2 sizes)
Apothecary Jar Wall Hanging (2 sizes)
Under Your Spell Bench Buddy

And, in typical Kimberbell style, she has included an embellishment kit that includes everything to make this sing!

Don’t have an embroidery machine? It’s okay. there is a version for you as well!

And, of course there is a fabric line to make it all oh so easy!

Everything will be in stock by next month so plan your classes now!

Backpacks for Dinosaur Lovers

These backpacks by Embroider Buddy are sure to be the hit at any school. The hidden zippers can hold all kinds of treasures – including homework – and the “belly” can be embroidered in a hoop in your choice of designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These newest additions to the Embroidery Buddy line are sweet gifts for your favorite pre-schooler. Some are in stock – others are due to arrive this month!

Pearl Pereira Revisits an Antique Quilt

I love handwork so everything from P3 Designs makes me smile – and this latest endeavor will have you smiling as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In her own words:

The Sarah Simms 1816 quilt is owned by my dear friend Dawn Licker. We have talked over the years about reproducing some of her antique quilts in her collection as patterns. This quilt just seemed to speak to me even though the rest of the quilt was not very exciting. Sarah Simms embroidered 1816 date with one strand of thread at the bottom of the medallion. The Crewel embroidery was done with wool threads which I believe have faded over the years. The embroidered center medallion was framed with uneven sawtooth inner border and hexagons in the corners. It was framed with 4 1/2” blocks, 20“ rectangles to make a wide border. But the center of this quilt was my inspiration and I set the block on point and added hexagon a border and repeated the sawtooth border to frame the quilt.

The pattern contains two full color 22” x 34” pattern sheets with full-size drawings for the center embroidery medallion, a color embroidery stitch guide and easy to follow instructions.

Look at this beautiful center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is due to arrive soon, so order it now!

The Witches Quilt Show

When EVERY pattern in a series is in the top 100 patterns, you know you have a winner! The Stitchwitch Spellbinders Quilt Show by Meg Hawkey of Crab Apple Hill is a block of the month – and if you start now, it will be done in time for Halloween, 2018! We quilters have to plan ahead!

Check these out! Each one is more adorable than the last…

Block One – Nivelda Fifflestitch was recruited to advertise the opening of the quilt show and she’s doing a great job – as long as she can stay air born. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Block Two: Appelonia Fifflestitch is a bit of a free spirit! I hope she doesn’t get hung up in the clotheslines hung with quilts on her way down. Yes, it’s happened before.

Block Three: Ludmilla Hexenbroot is so late getting her quilt entry into the show, she just had to throw it around her shoulders, tie it at her neck, and FLY! Hope she gets it there on time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Block Four: Delthezda Booch’s cat, Honeybunny, is holding on for dear life! Usually he gets to ride in the box on her handlebars but today the box is full of Delthezda’s quilt entries for the show.

Block Five: Cursida looks a little apprehensive about riding to the show in Adrazelle’s motorcycle sidecar! Hold on Cursida – you’re almost there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Block #6: Blanderhoop and Appeldore are are picking up last minute entries for the quilt show – and having WAY too much fun doing it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Block Seven: Alwinnia Carbunkle is driving the Blackbird Shop Hop Bus again this year and possibly for the last time if the look on her face is any indication of how the trip has gone! The shop hop ends with the Stitchwitch Spellbinders Quilt Show, so ready… set… SHOP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Block Eight: The quilts are hung, the shop is ready, all of the vendor booths are set up – there may even be live music!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ninth pattern in the series shows how to put all of the blocks together into an heirloom holiday quilt!

 

 

 

 

Wouldn’t a set of these be the perfect holiday gift? Include the background fabric – and if you are REALLY feeling generous, trace the designs so they are ready to stitch!

Embroidered Mandalas

I love that embroidery is coming back in so many different ways. Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envholdsen-Harris offers twelve large and twelve small patterns using just ten stitches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a wonderful way to learn – or teach – embroidery and the repetition in each mandala guarantees that you will actually LEARN the stitches. Can’t you picture an entire wall display of these delights?  The book is due to arrive in February – just in time for Valentine’s Day.