Our summer is flying by. We are just home from a two month trip to Jerry's hometown, Eureka, South Dakota. Eureka is a very small town and there really isn't much to do. I've spent two months appliqueing, appliqueing, and appliqueing some more. I've completed three quilt tops. One is a baby quilt, the second is a throw for a toddler and the third is a throw for an adult. Have I mentioned how fast and easy Quick Prep Applique is? We lived in our 5th wheel during these two months so housework was minimal. We will do the same next year. I'm already planning the projects I'll be working on then. I've also been playing around with our free BOM patterns. There will be four patterns in all. All will be floral. I've come up with a very simple set for these four patterns. I'll include it with the last pattern in the series in September.
I have a very special price on my two volume DVD set of my Quick Prep Applique Method. You can purchase this set - this month only - for just $50.00. Click here to order.
Our 2016 Travel Schedule We will be traveling to Florida in January/February of 2016. My trunk show/workshop schedule is below. If your guild is interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Florida January 7 & 8, 2016 - Country Road Quilters', Ocala, Florida - trunk show/workshop January 14 - Martin County Quilters, Jupiter, Florida - Trunk show/workshop January 18 & 25, 2016 - Cape Coral Quilters' Guild, Cape Coral, Florida - trunk show/ 2 workshops January 21, 2016 - West Pasco Quilters Guild, New Port Richey, FL - trunk show/workshop February 13, 2016 - Hibiscus Guild, Lake Worth, Florida - trunk show/workshop February 20 & 21, 2016 - Pieceful Hearts Quilters Guild, North Augusta, SC - trunk show/workshop
Ontario These are the dates that we will be going to Ontario. We will be stopping along the way in Michigan. If your guild is interested, please contact me at email@example.com
August 11, 12 & 13 2016 - Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild, Petoskey, Michigan - trunk show, 2 workshops September 14 & 15, 2016 - Kincardine Sunset Quilters, Kincardine, Ontario - trunk show/workshop September 22 & 23, 2016 - The Island Quilters Guild, Mindemoya, Ontario - trunk show/workshop October 13, 2016 - Tall Pine Quilters Guild, Newaygo, Michigan - trunk show/workshop
Applique Turner or Orange Stick
I've been making applique turners for several years now. I'm often asked in workshops if an orange stick will work as well. It seems that I'm always too busy to purchase some and try them out. Well the time finally came when I took the time to order a bag from Amazon.com. I've been using one now for about a month. I absolutely love it. It has a toothpick end on one end and a slanted cut on the other. I use the slanted cut to turn under my applique and I use the toothpick end to roll under inner curves. Both work perfectly. The orange stick is slightly thicker than my applique turners but I've found that to be an advantage. They area also less expensive. I have to factor in a 40 mile round trip to purchase the dowels then I make each one individually and inspect it individually. I can't begin to compete with the price on these orange sticks. I don't usually provide links to other merchandise - only my own. But I'll make an exception for these orange sticks. They work beautifully. Click here for link to orange sticks.
Free BOM - 2nd Month - "Twirling Heart Flowers"
Currently our free BOM will be four misc. blocks that I have designed over the years and just haven't gotten around to putting into a quilt. Each block will finish 12" square. You will be able to use all four blocks together in a quilt if you wish. I haven't stitched these blocks. You can be my pattern tester for these blocks. Also I would love to have a photo of the actual blocks made up. It is so much more fun to see the blocks in actual fabrics. Please send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org