Tuesday, August 25, 2009

North of the forty nine Block of the Month

Announcing another new pattern, North of the forty nine is a unique block of the month and if you are interested in joining our BOM we would love to have you. If you are looking for the perfect project to use up stash fabrics this is the project for you. If you are looking for a quilt to make for a husband, son, brother, nephew, grandson...this is the project for you. Do you like getting monthly mail, working on a project with a group of other quilters...this one...you know! This unique sampler is so easy yet, the end result looks like it was a advanced quilt. This quilt has some traditional piecing, paper piecing (flag) and applique (hand or heat and bond, you choose). All the applique shapes are all full size and the pattern instructions full color. Whether you are a beginner or advanced quilter you will enjoy this project.

We will start October 1st so if you would like to join us please email me. The cost per month is $6.00 including shipping. We will be sending a few of the months by email and the majority of them by mail. We accept Visa or MasterCard and I will mail you all the specifics when you sign up.

I am excited I hope you are too!

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Monday, August 24, 2009


Well it's been a long day and I can finally sit in silence and write you a little something. Summer is coming to a close, when in fact we haven't really had "summer" yet. This evening felt like a fall evening. Don't get me wrong fall is probably my favorite season but unfortunately it is followed by winter, and in southern Manitoba winter was about 8 months long!! yikes.

Enough about the weather....

I got an email the other day from our friend Jill. She was the young lady that was the winner of our plan B contest. Anyhow, we apparently inspired her do a project. You all must know by now that we love it when you change up one of our quilt designs and make it your own. I just wanted to share this with you because it just turned out great!

Jill took our Nantucket rose design and tweaked it to make the quilt pictured below. She kept the outer border and star border the same, picked a different applique and bordered the center square, choose a jewel toned palette and ta da, here you have a one of a kind quilt. I do believe this quilt is being donated to the red cross in her area.

Thanks so much Jill for sending us this picture. I am sure there is more to the story so If Jill wants to share it she can leave us all a comment explaining. (I know you are reading this Jill :))

If any of you have a project inspired by us, please email it to Myra. Maybe we can share your project too.

FYI #1- Myra and I counted all of our new fall release patterns (coming between now and November) and there was about 12 of them. We will let you know as the new patterns are available.

FYI#2 - For those of you who subscribe to our e-letter, we will be sending the fall edition our this week. Included in it this quarter is a new "sweet" project. You don't want to miss it.

good night,

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Update on Domino

I just spoke with the lovely Editors at McCall's and they tell me that it is the November issue of McCall's quick quilts which will be shipping September 1st. Hold tight...it's coming Soon.

And...Thanks to Karen for joining our blog this week! I hope you all enjoyed her quilting tips and if you could give her a "shout out" to say thanks. She will be posting more creative quilting tips in the future.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hello there! Karen Greaves here just popping in on the bmd blog to share some machine quilting ideas. Cori & Myra have been sharing some of their unconventional inspiration sources for pattern designs. They also watch for design ideas they would like in the projects they send out for quilting. I am a fortunate recipient of some of their work. When we were looking to machine quilt Domino (featured in previous post), a scrapbook page sparked an idea for in the border.
Varying sizes of light yellow circles in the pink paper under the photo create a visually interesting design element. To create this look in the border of Domino, I drew on (rather around) items I had readily available. I often use household items such as bowls, plates and cups to mark circles on my quilts. These are the items I used for the borders of Domino.
The teal coloured cup conveniently provided two sizes of circles! A silver marking pencil or chalk marker is useful to mark on dark fabrics. Once the baseline is drawn equidistant from the border edge and the outside edge, the circles are drawn at random along that line.
Working with a free-motion foot, I work around one half of each circles all the way around the quilt. Once back at the beginning, work the other half of the circles, stitching over the connecting lines between them. This technique works well with any border motif that touches the next. Give it a try!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

The waiting is over!

What does this fabric and the Domino have in common? If you go back a few posts we played a little game, what in the picture inspired our upcoming quilt in McCall's. Well it was the pictures behind the table with the 2 dots - like a domino! We always say inspiration comes in mysterious ways.

The bright colors and big prints partnered with Black and white make a graphic statement. This is a picture how the lap quilt appears in the magazine. Kit's will be on sale in our shop shortly.

Does anyone have a copy of this magazine yet?


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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

One of you....

is SO right on! Way to go. The magazine is set to launch on stands on Tues Aug.11 and once I get my copy I will post the quilt.

Sorry it's so short. I will be back soon.