New Quilt Bloggers

It’s the Last Week of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

The New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop continues this week with new quilt blogs and lots of giveaways! Please visit these wonderful ladies from my hive, the Blooming Quilters.

 
Blooming Quilters

Be sure to also visit Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and enter this final giveaway! The prizes are too wonderful! Be sure to visit the other blog hop hosts, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne @ she can quilt for additional new quilt bloggers!

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It’s Week 3 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

We’ve had a couple of weeks off, but today the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop continues with new quilt blogs and lots of giveaways! Please visit these lovely ladies from my hive, the Blooming Quilters.

Blooming Quilters

Please visit these lovely ladies from my hive, the Blooming Quilters.

Tami @ Thrift Shop Commando

Sandy @ Sandy Star Designs

Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Sarah @ Designs by Sarah J

Be sure to also visit Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and enter this week's giveaway. You won't believe the awesome prizes!

I want to also thank our other blog hop hosts, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne @ she can quilt for supporting the new quilt bloggers. They've done a great job and I really appreciate it. If you're new quilt blogger, I highly recommend this group. You'll learn so much!

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New Quilters Blog Hop Continues

But first, I've got a new arrival! I received the loveliest package the other day from my friend Kate @ Smiles from Kate--an adorable mini quilt and a boatload of surprises!

You might remember that Kate and I decided last year to have a mini quilt exchange. We became friends through last year's New Quilters Blog Hop. This year's version continues this week, but more about that in a minute. First let's take a look at what Kate sent me all the way from England!

First, she included her mini quilt in my favorite colors lime and purple! She also included a wonderful charm pack of Oakshot cottons which are so unbelieveably beautiful. If you've never seen shot cottons, they shimmer with different colors depending on the angle at which the light hits them. These are especially gorgeous. I'm going to make something wonderful with them!

Kate also included a selection of Twinings tea. Although we can get Twinings here in the states, we can't get all the different varieties she included. Also, my husband has been to London and had Twinings Earl Grey while there and he says it tastes better than our version. So when I opened the package Kate sent, his first comment was "Lovely quilt. Oh my! It's the real Earl Grey!" I can't wait to try it and see if the difference is simply his imagination. I doubt it because man, that tea smells so wonderful!

Finally, Kate included a bit of Liberty fabric. I had told her that I loved Liberty and would kill to get some. So she wrangled some from a friend because she doesn't live anywhere near London and was unlikely to get some on her own. It's it wonderful?

Kate signed her piece on the back. I love that label!

Kate quilted the mini with diagonal lines through those incredibly tiny HSTs. Don't you love the way she finished the binding? This quilt is going up in my studio where I can look at it every day and think about how lucky I was to meet Kate through the New Quilt Bloggers blog hop.

Speaking of which, the hop continues this week with more quilt bloggers and more giveaways! Please visit these lovely ladies from my hive, the Blooming Quilters.

Be sure to also visit Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and enter this week's giveaway! The prizes are awesome. Thanks also to the other blog hop hosts, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne @ she can quilt. I so appreciate you supporting us new quilt bloggers!

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Changes to My Blog and More!

Hi everyone! This week has pretty exciting, what with the New Quilters Blog Hop going on! I thought I’d end the week by introducing you to some of the changes I’ve made to my blog.

First, I’ve added my quilt finishes! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but just didn’t have the time for. The New Quilters Blog Hop was just what I needed to get this job knocked off the list. I hope you enjoy! Just click the Finishes menu above, and choose 2016 or 2017. I’ll add earlier finishes when I have time.

I’ve also consolidated a couple of older menus into one—Quilts. On that menu you’ll find links to my quilt pattern shop, a gallery of the quilt patterns you’ll find in my book, and some free patterns. You’ll also find any pattern corrections and wholesale discounts for bulk orders on the Quilts menu.

I’ve also added a link to my private Facebook group in my Announcement bar to make it easier to find. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join us!

In addition to various ways to follow me, the bottom of the page includes my submenus. You can easily find out where I’m speaking next, the linky parties I frequent, and my quilt alongs. And hey, if you need to reach me, you’ll find my email address down there as well!

I’ve cleaned up my sidebar to make it easier to find what you need.

The title of this post implies something more, and here it is! As you know, I create patterns for fabric companies. Here are two of my latest, and here are the fabrics Windham and RJR sent for me to make them!

Merry Berry and Bright AND Shiny Little Objects in Holiday Twinkle by RJR Fabrics

Merry Berry and Bright AND Shiny Little Objects in Holiday Twinkle by RJR Fabrics

Painted Wings by Windham Fabrics

Painted Wings by Windham Fabrics

Windham also sent these along for me to play with. Ummmm. My design brain is working overtime! After I decide what I’m going to make with these, I may have a giveway to celebrate. So stay tuned! In the meantime, don’t forget to link up next Wednesday for my Wednesday Wait Loss linky party as I’m having a giveaway there for linking up over the next few weeks.

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Tell me…how do you like the changes? Anything else you’d like to see?