Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Salute

Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday of May.  On Memorial Day the flag is lowered to half-staff until noon, to remember the more than one million men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.  Here are some patriotic quilts representing the Salute America theme from the 2017 Quilt Arizona! show.

(We're featuring fun books, patterns, and fabrics at very low prices on Quilt Inspiration E-Bay !)
(Also, stay tuned for a brand-new free pattern day next week!)

America the Beautiful, ~14" square, by Christine F. Mahon, quilted by Debbie Stanton

Winner of 2nd place in the Theme category, this beautiful mini quilt features 15 different machine embroidery designs. Christine Mahon used 31 threads with 116 thread changes. The quilt is inspired by a familiar song, America the Beautiful

Christine Mahon says, “America is blessed in many ways; we need to celebrate what is right and good. This quilt does just that by reminding us of our flag and all those who have made sacrifices for our freedom.” The machine embroidery designs are based on illustrations by Krista Hamrick (see Embroidery Online for the patterns.)

Accolades for America by Lois Wendling, quilted by Jeannie Rogers

Lois Wendling used a variety of patriotic fabrics to design this stately quilt.  She says, “We are so blessed to live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. [The phrase, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. is from the Star Spangled Banner.] "My quilt depicts many aspects of American history – from the different flags throughout history, to the appliqued Liberty Bell, eagle, heart and star.”

You can find the Quilting Treasures fabric panel with a collection of US Flags, along with the Pledge of Allegiance, at EQuilter.

Statement of Freedom by Jeannie Rogers

Jeannie Rogers created these sparkling stars from fussy-cut flag fabric, resulting in 12 different kaleidoscopic designs.  She says, “The American flag… represents our values, our freedom, our liberty, justice and humanity. It is the pride of citizens. It represents all patriots who fought to give us freedom. May “Old Glory forever wave.”

As of this writing, you can find similar American Flag Waving fabric by VIP Cranston at

Also please visit our updated FREE PATTERN DAY for Patriotic Quilts !

Image credits:  Original photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.  The patriotic quilt photo montage is by Quilt Inspiration.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Floral Print Fabrics for Summer

So many quilts, such little time ! We have a collection of softly colored  floral prints in lovely muted shades that are perfect for summer, but unfortunately we just won't get to them this season.  Each 100% cotton print is one yard or greater in length; and they're yours for super-low prices ranging from $1.99 to $3.99 apiece.

We listed them on Quilt Inspiration E-Bay, or just click on the colored letters directly above each photo. Thanks for looking, and we know you'll produce a lovely project this summer !

( Coming up soon ! Another Free Pattern Day !) 

1 2/3 yds "Victorian Wheeling" by Jennifer Sampou for P and B Textiles

 Rose pink, teal, and sage green on a soft  taupe, chocolate, and beige background. A  pretty border print in the same colors runs along one side of the selvedge. One and two-thirds yards for $3.99 (plus shipping).

 1 1/8 yds "Countryside" print from Hoffman International

Rose pink, powder blue, lavender, and spruce green on a cream background. These flowers and leaves are etched in silver metallic, which make them sparkly and glamorous!  One and one-eighth yards for $3.99 (plus shipping).

1 3/4 yards "Piecemakers" floral by P and B Textiles 

Icy pink, blue, and lavender pastels with pale mint green leaves on an off-white background. Powder blue and rose pink mini-flowers are scattered throughout. Cool and refreshing muted shades, perfect for warm weather. One and three-fourths yard for $3.99 (plus shipping)

2 yds wildflower motif from Concord Fabrics U.S.A.

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1 1/8 yds watercolor motif in blue, pink, green

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Amador Valley Quilt Show (California) : Day 4

We recently attended the annual quilt show of the Amador Valley Quilters in Livermore, California, with the theme "Colors of the Vineyard". This prolific guild had two big rooms full of fabulous quilts. It's difficult to decide which quilts to feature, as they were all wonderful ! Here is Part 4 - the finale - of our photos.

(We're featuring fun books, patterns, and fabrics at very low prices on Quilt Inspiration E-Bay !)

Self Portrait by Virginia Standley

Virginia notes, "When I am old, with silver hair, I will wear sequins and sparkly earrings and rhinestones in my hair."  To us, this sounds like a wonderful goal in life ! It's never too late to create "glamour moments" and to be kind to ourselves as we progress through life. 

In this close-up of Virginia's  original design, you can see her dangly earrings, her metallic silver top, her hair made out of what appears to be soft cotton, and the little rhinestone crown in her hair. We really enjoyed seeing this whimsical quilt, which created some fabulous "bling" with its embellishments !

Zoo Holiday, submitted by Mary Ann Anderson, design by Nancy S. Brown

Mary Ann explains, "The 'Bulbs' group have been appliqueing with Nancy Brown for over 10 years. We needed another group project. We decided on a theme, and Nancy created another unique and fun pattern for us. Laura Lee Fritz did the quilting."  In these blocks, you can see many depictions of San Francisco area attractions, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Zoo, and the bear in the kayak ( lower right) wearing the jersey of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. 

We really liked the sweet face, complete with eyelashes, of this giraffe, rising out of the fog, with the Oakland Bay Bridge behind him. This quilt turned out to be such a wonderful applique project !

Home Tweet Home by Susan Mangels, quilted by Lora Zmak

Susan writes, "While on the Shop Hop 'Quilt Rush', I saw this design offered as a class. This was an opportunity to do a small quilt and spend the day with a friend. I had purchased this fabric line because of its designs of punctuation and text - colors not so much. The quilt, when finished, was a very happy surprise." The description says that the design is by Vicki Bellino at Bloom Creek.

 In this close-up, you can see the punctuation marks  (commas and periods) of which Susan is speaking.  These black and white fabrics with intriguing motifs add a lot of personality and sparkle to Susan's contemporary quilt. 

España by Charlotte McConkie

Charlotte explains, This is a "Memory Travel Quilt' of one of the countries my husband and I have traveled to since our retirement. The culture of Spanish art, architecture, and music leave a lasting impression.  I have picked a few of those images in this quilt. " `

In this close-up, you can see the silhouettes of Don Quixote and his friend Sancho Panza, two personages made famous in the year 1605 by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. In the block to the right of  Don Quixote are the windmills which he often imagined to be living giants. The windmills are part of the landscape of La Mancha ,the elevated plateau of central Spain, south of Madrid. Charlotte's innovative border, done in various shades of red, adds to the beauty of her original design.

The Tornado Quilt, OKC Modern Quilt Guild, submitted by Diane Chambers

Diane explains, "Oklahoma City was ravaged by a Category 5 ( very strong) tornado on May 20, 2013.... Members of my daughter's quilt guild, the OKC Modern Quilt Guild, rose to he occasion by making quilts to donate to those displaced by the tornado and by raffling off two quilts to raise money for the victims. This is one of those raffled quilts.

Diane adds........"In a project titled 'Moore Love' ( named after the city of Moore, Oklahoma) , over 400 quilts were collected and distributed. This pretty pattern, which in our opinion resembles an Amish "bricks" quilt, is titled "Tulsa Town" by Villa Rose Designs.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Giant Start-of-Summer Sale -Books !

Looking for a fun project for the lazy days of summer coming up? We have newly-listed books full of ideas at super-low prices on Quilt Inspiration E-Bay !  When you see a book or magazine that you like, just click the link on the colored letters right above the photo.  
We ship immediately, from a smoke-free home, with a tracking number for your security.

Alex Anderson's Baby Quilts With Love : 12 Timeless Projects

 New listing ! Popular quilt designer and author Alex Anderson from Home and Garden Television has written a book for everyone who wants to sew a baby quilt, crib quilt, or even a cute wall hanging using a timeless, classic quilt pattern. There are 12 projects for both girl and boy babies and toddlers, ranging from "new beginner" to "intermediate-advanced" levels. Projects are shown in full-page, full color glossy photos. Like-new condition, super-low price of $5.99 ( plus economy shipping).

The Ultimate Quilting Book: Over 1,000 Inspirational Ideas and Practical Tips

New listing ! With over 435 pages, this classic is like the Encyclopedia Britannica of quilting. It's full of history, patterns, templates, ideas, beautiful full page glossy photos, and projects with easy-to-read instructions. Something for everyone here, and hours ( days?) of fascinating, helpful information. Super-low price of $4.99  ( plus economy shipping).

101 Fabulous Rotary-Cut Quilts by Judy Hopkins and Nancy Martin

New listing ! 101 rotary-cut classics, plus a suggested pattern for quilting the top of each project. Skill level ranges from confident beginner to advanced. Quilts are shown in full-page color, and there's a complete section on finishing your quilt. 260 + glossy pages for the super-low price of $3.99 (plus economy shipping).

May-June 2017 Current Issue of "Love of Quilting" Magazine


 Free shipping on this 2017 May-June current issue of Fons' and Porter's "Love of Quilting". You save 35%  off the price of this quilt magazine in the stores right now, and we'll pay for the postage.  12 new full color  pretty quilt patterns in 112 pages, plus additional ideas, tips, and techniques for saving time and enhancing creativity.

Quilted Planet: A Sourcebook of Quilts from Around the World by Cecilia Eddy


 New lower price ! A truly lovely, hardbound, coffee-table book in near-perfect condition,  Quilted Planet celebrates the evolution of a beloved folk art in America and around the world, displaying the various influences  present in today’s modern quilt designs. Gorgeously illustrated with more than 200 original examples from six continents, this cornucopia of quilting styles is an inspirational reference for historians, crafters, and quilters alike. We just lowered the price to $9.99  (plus economy shipping) on this beautiful, originally $40.00 book.

Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Quilts : 30 Terrific Projects from the Country's Most Creative Designers
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Quilt Road by Kaffe Fassett : 20 Designs from Rowan for Patchwork and Quilting 
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Foolproof Machine Quilting by Mary Mashuta
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Amador Valley Quilt Show (California) : Day 3

We recently attended the annual quilt show of the Amador Valley Quilters in Livermore, California, with the theme "Colors of the Vineyard". This prolific guild had two big rooms full of fabulous quilts It's difficult to decide which quilts to feature, as they were all wonderful ! Let's continue with Day 3.
Happy Mother's Day on Sunday, May 14 !  😊

(We're featuring fun books, patterns, and fabrics at very low prices on Quilt Inspiration E-Bay !)

Labyrinth Walk by Donna Driver,,  quilted by Dianne Saugier

In sewing this intriguing quilt, Donna Driver was assisted by Elizabeth Taylor and Karen Loughrige. Donna says, [Labyrinth Walk] was made in June 2014 by the United Methodist Women's Quilt Group for Pastor Paul Harkness on his retirement. Paul had always said he wanted to build a labyrinth, so here it is in the eyes of a quilter. This is.... a work of fellowship and love given by the members of Castro Valley United Methodist Church. " The pattern is by Christopher Florence

Donna continues, "Christopher Florence's design was inspired by a gorgeous floor he discovered in Naples, Italy. He had the honor of Quilt Magazine publishing his pattern in the April/May issue of 2012."

Chanticleer by Jean Ann Luther

Jean Ann notes, "Chanticleer is the result of a class by Susan Carlson. I have always loved chickens and wanted him to have a real "presence".  Jean Ann was inspired to create Chanticleer from a cartoon drawing. We really like the lively personality with which Jean Ann imbued Chanticleer.

Here's you can see some of Chanticleer's gorgeous plumage, of which (we imagine) he is obviously very proud ! Jean adds, "He is made using many small raw-edged pieces, then covered with net and quilted."

Tea Pots for a Tea Party by Elizabeth F. Taylor, quilted by Darla Padilla

We really enjoyed viewing this charming quilt ! Elizabeth states, "[Tea Pots] was made from a kit from Keepsake Quilting. Three friends each bought a kit and challenged each other to complete it. Mine got finished in 2016. This quilt is a work of love. The fun is in making all the pieces go together." The Garden Tea Party pattern is by The Quilt Company.

The description card says, "There was piecing of the fabrics, applique on some of the prints, embroidery by machine and by hand, and a lot of patience by Elizabeth F. Taylor. The quilt was longarm machine quilted by Darla Padilla of "Wildflower Quilting."

Stars in the Garden by Elva Blackburn

Elva writes that she chose the "Stars in the Garden" pattern by Piece O' Cake Designs because she really liked this design. It's bright, very artistic, and a real eye-catcher.

Close-up, Stars in the Garden

Elva's embroidered embellishments on these tiny blue flowers add such a finished, pretty touch to this lovely quilt. In this close-up, you can see the precise, even hand-quilting that Elva did on this project.

Symphony in Sea by Susan Mangels, quilted by Lora Zmak

Susan states, "Growing up in California, I have always lived on the coast, currently I live near the coast. I love the sea and the life it contains. This design hit all my favorites, so I just had to make this."

It must have been such fun to applique these happy ocean creatures ! This pattern is by Karen Brow at Java House Quilts.

Susan continues, "Lora Zmak was recommended to me by a friend, and her work on my quilt has enhanced its theme beautifully."

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Amador Valley Quilt Show (California): Day 2

We recently attended the annual quilt show of the Amador Valley Quilters in Livermore, California, with the theme "Colors of the Vineyard". This prolific guild had two big rooms full of fabulous quilts It's difficult to decide which quilts to feature, as they were all wonderful ! Let's continue with Day 2.

(We're featuring fun books, patterns, and fabrics at very low prices on Quilt Inspiration E-Bay !)

Zinger by Gretchen Crozier

Gretchen notes, "I had a challenge to use a "zinger" fabric. The "zinger" is my background."  (We believe that Gretchen is referring to the swirled light-colored fabric just inside the border). 

Gretchen adds, "I had a wedge ruler for years and never used it, so why not? I used piping in the wedges to make it easy to turn under raw edges."  Gretchen herself quilted this original design.

Rendezvous in Florence by Linda Schmidt

Linda says, "Won't you meet me in Florence, Italy? It's a lovely, bustling, friendly place, where flowers bloom in window boxes, and the streets are full of bicycles, walkers, and vendors of jewelry and silk scarves."

Linda, who quilted this project based one one of her photos,  continues, "Ahh...Florence ! Wish I was there."  And, observing Linda's very detailed street scene, complete with blue shuttered windows and pretty flowers, we wish we were there also !

Mauna a Hoku by Charlotte McConkie

Charlotte explains, "This quilt is the result of the mystery quilt from our 2014 Amador Valley Quilters retreat and is made in Hawaiian fabrics. Ultimately it will be given to my daughter who lives on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Thus, it is fitting to give it a Hawaiian name, "Mauna a Hoku", which means "mountains and stars".

Charlotte quilted this project herself. Flowers and petal-shapes in the quilting pattern mirror the tropical floral patterns of the fabric.

Ballerina by Lulu Ainsworth

Lulu remarks, "I saw this quilt (from Bobbie G Designs) made up in a vendor's booth at the Folsom (California) quilt show a few years ago. Since my granddaughter is an avid dancer, I had to make it for her 9th birthday. "

Lulu adds, "The only thing I changed was to add her name instead of the word "dancer". Pat Hove embroidered [my granddaughter] Grace's name for me. Thank you, Pat !"

Antique Sampler by Laurie May, quilted by Laurie May and Debbie Coleman

Laurie writes, This was a block-of-the-month from In Between Stitches Quilt Shop. Tina Plohetski offered a drop-in class to teacher the paper piecing techniques. Even though I had promised myself not to do any more hand quilting on a large quilt, this one just asked to be quilted the old-fashioned way.

Laurie continues, "I completed the hand quilting at several retreats during the past couple of years. Debbie Coleman quilted the border. I love what she did. I had also asked her to machine baste the quilt for me. That made the hand quilting much easier !

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.
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