Monday, May 7, 2012

and the party continues....

Yes, another lovely lady I came across while on holidays..... She is just sew darn sweet. and sew accommodating too. Before I was even a quilter..(* not even a great one at that) I was purchasing these calendars. Of course never once thinking someday I would be managing a blog ( 2 actually) and meeting the authors. Who would have thought lol. Sew it gives me great pleasure to introduce yet another BLOCK Lady....Debby Kratovil you have the floor...


Debby Kratovil was Special Projects Editor with QUILT Magazine for 15 years, with over 600 articles published. In 2006 alone, she saw 54 of her quilts published, with another dozen sewn for major fabric companies. She has seen 25 of her quilts make the cover of quilting magazines, with 9 covers in 2006 alone. As she says, "I sew for the camera, making sure my quilts are very photogenic." She is a popular teacher both locally and nationally, as many happy students will attest. Debby authored "Bold, Black & Beautiful Quilts" (AQS, 2004), six quilting calendars for Accord/Andrews McMeel Publishing (2006 - 2012), a perpetual Quilter's Block-a-Day Calendar and companion CD by Martingale. Her latest book, Supersize "Em Quilts, is filled with 22 projects to appeal to any quilter's discriminating taste. Debby is a prolific quilter, designer, and illustrator. Her next book, "Perfect Paper Pieced Points" is due out in February 2013. Best of all, she enjoys every minute of it.
Currently she designs and sews quilts for 3 fabric companies and her quilts appear in a variety of magazines. She loves to travel and teach and working for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo takes her to a dozen cities a year.
Debby takes her wide range of quilting skills from a pile of fabric to a finished quilt, then to creating the patterns and professional illustrations print-ready. Debby likes to say, "I've never met a fabric I didn't like." One of her special talents is making a beautiful quilt using challenging fabric collections. She is on very good terms with her computer and computerized sewing machines, which enables her to take a project from start to finish quickly.
Debby lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Phil and dog Belle. She has 3 grown daughters and an awesome grandson!

Debby and Jean Ann are ready for 2013.
Here is their calendar for next year!

Who is having a birthday this YEAR?

Debby sent this one for appliqué, I can just imagine the possibilities...

Surely someone needs a birthday block to remind
them how wonderful they are. ( to us)
A happy birthday to" me" celebration!

I have noted many  birthday celebrations lately
often put on by the bloggers themselves...lol
Always nice to know how much we all appreciate 
knowing someone's birthday celebration.
WE love celebrating YOU!

Sew happy name sake day all you birthday peeps out there..
It is YOUR YEAR! no doubt about it....

Thanks Debby.
If you go visit her too..I bet she will just love to hear from you...

my best 


  1. Anna in GeorgiaMay 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Yes a birthday cake block would be wonderful. I have a couple nieces who have birthdays this month and next. Timely and enjoy your holidays Samm, although I am thinking you are not relaxing much. Thanks Debby.

  2. Love that block....it would make a great table topper display!

  3. What a coincidence! I'm having a birthday this year--love the cake!

  4. I hope we're ALL having a birthday this year - like it or not!!! lol I'm thinking this is a great "pattern" for the table toppers!! Ding, ding, ding!!! Wow, I'm so glad you've connected with Debby - love her work!!! I actually have the 2006 calendar!!

  5. Now to order a table topper, what a great idea. By golly ladies, this will be perfect for my household of ankle biters. hugs Sarah

  6. Love Debby Kratovil. Love the cake! If you ever have an opportunity to take a class, do so! I have the new book and it is great...plus the current calendar and a few other goodies...can you tell I'm a fan?

  7. I know someone who would just love this block ~ she loves cake! I think, scaled down, it would make a really cute mug rug too!
    Thanks for the pattern!

  8. I buy her calendars most years. I have a collection of them in the basement.

  9. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh yummy, my grandchildren are having birthdays very soon, what a great idea for a table topper. Thanks for sharing.
    Madame Samm, I am having a great giveaway on my blog for your readers:http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com/2012/05/pilot-frixion-pen-giveaway_07.html

  10. How cute is that! Great little cake & cake stand pattern. Thank you!

  11. Cute cake pattern. Bet it would make a cute placemat for the bithday boy or girl!

  12. Cute cake pattern. Bet it would make a cute placemat for the bithday boy or girl!

  13. Cute cake pattern. Bet it would make a cute placemat for the bithday boy or girl!

  14. This would let cake be eaten on a cake table runner.... Thanks for the tutorial.


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