Friday, May 25, 2012

Introducing "Encore" with Amanda Murphy...oh yes Encore encore....

Ohhh yes Amanda is here again...and isn't ENCORE a very good intro for her....
I am not adding graphic here, because I think everyone doesn't need an encore on that....but this...
well you tell

Thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to guest-blog.

Are you ready for another block?

This one is inspired by the sumptious interiors of theaters and opera houses.  It is 12-1/2'' and is called

The little semi-circles representing the audience are perfect for scraps!

To make Encore, you will need:
  • 3 (2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') background rectangles
  • 3 (1-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') white rectangles
  • 3 (1-1/2'' x 12-1/2'') accent rectangles
  • paper-backed fusible web
  • tear-away stabilizer
  • applique thread
To make 1 block, trace 18 semicircles from this template onto fusible web.  Cut out the excess fusible from the center of each and fuse to the wrong side of a variety of fabrics.  Cut out and position each on the edge of one of the 2-1/2'' x 12-1/2'' background rectangles, aligning the raw edges.  The semicircles should be about 1/4'' apart and 3/8'' from the narrow edges of the background rectangles so they don't get caught in the seams when piecing multiple blocks. 

Back with tear-away stabilizer and secure each semicircle using a buttonhole or zigzag stitch.  (If you start right at the edge you don't have to knot threads as they will get buried in the seams.)

Repeat to make 3 semicircle units.

Join all rectangles to produce the block shown.

What can you do with this block?  You can lay multiple identical blocks side by side - enough to fill a theater!

Try a dynamic background!

Or vary the background rectangles and turn some blocks upside down...

Or rotate every other block.  There are lots of possibilities....

I've been experimening with more fusible applique on a small scale like this in my next pattern, so if you have enjoyed these blocks follow my blog and stay tuned!

I'll be posting a sneak peek of my next fabric collection so make sure to stop by!
Happy sewing and thanks again to Madame Samm!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Let's see you wiggle out of this one...

And yes Jean Ann is back and yes for all those who have been writing in, Jean Ann has given us permission to post her blocks, she sent them directly to me. I think some were concerned that she may not know she is here... I can assure you both Debby and Jean Ann are well aware they are here!   YOU funny people lol...OK---let's see how we can wiggle out of this one, and show you yet another one of her great blocks...

All about JEAN ANN Wright

Jean Ann Wright majored in textiles and fine arts combined these interests to become a fiber artist. From 1986 to 2007 she edited QUILT magazine. She then redesigned and edited The Quilting Quarterly for the NQA, leaving that position become a full time designer. Her inaugeral book, Circle of Nine, was co-authored with her sister, Janet Houts. Jean Ann designs quilts for major fabric companies and recently designed two fabric collections for Newcastle Fabrics and a Log Cabin Trim Tool available from your local quilt shop or her website:

Jean Ann has won awards for her quilts at the IQA, and in other local, state, and national exhibitions. She has judged the IQA show in Salzburg, Austria and Houston, Texas; and numerous other shows. She presents programs and quilt workshops at the Houston Quilt Festival and local and regional guilds. Follow her blog:

Jean Ann Wright, Quilt Editor, Author, Designer

 a modern block and quilt....

You may want to see Jean Ann's quilt that she made from this block..
sew be sure to drop by her blog today to see what a wiggly worm
quilt looks like..

I think it will be quite earthly? You think? lol

thanks again Jean Ann..

my best 

Monday, May 21, 2012

block party is still on with Debby today and more blocks for her gaming quilt

Debby showed you the gaming block last week, well today, she is showing you
additional information sew you too can make this quilt.
Thanks Debby, for being part of our block party,
I know I am game on this one...


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!

Antique Gaming Quilt Pattern

Be sure to drop by Debby's blog and let her know
how much you appreciate her helping us out...
she will be thrilled....