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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour

Welcome to the first day of the Quiltmaker’s  100 Blocks Blog Tour!!

I am so happy and pleased to not only have a block in this edition, but to take part in the blog tour.  I hope that you will enjoy my block, Blooming Bias Baskets and the free pattern for a table topper.


For those of you that are familiar with my designs, you know that I enjoy adding some dimension to my quilts.  The baskets are simply a square that has been folded in half on the diagonal and then, once two sides are stitched into the seam, the folded edge is pressed back to form a scallop.  I also enjoy wool applique because the fabric is so forgiving and is always rich looking.  If you don’t want to use wool,  you certainly can use cotton!

Below are some pictures I snapped during the design process that I thought you might be interested in.  The first one is showing a variety of fabrics that I had pulled from my stash along with some applique (basic) ideas.


Once I decided on the fabrics I started to play around with ideas for the applique.  I even contemplated using some narrow rick-rack for a basket handle, but decided against it because the block, when divided into fourths, was too small.


Did you notice how I started with the background fabric larger and chalked the area that I had to work with?  I trimmed it down after I had the appliquing done.


I felt honored when I was asked to make a quilt using my submitted block.  You will find the quilt in the magazine (and below).   I really liked the basketweave fabric and wanted to include that into a border.   I hope you agree the ribbon border is just the right amount of color and style to set off the center block.

Printable instructions can be found by following this link:  Blooming Bias Baskets

Did you know there are several give-aways??  Make sure to leave a comment both on the Quiltmaker’s blog page and below.  I will leave the comments open the entire blog tour and next week I will do my own drawing for several prize packages of a Clearly Perfect Angles and patterns!


Special Pricing for a limited time!


From one valley to the next….I love to teach!  In just the last week alone I have gone from the Hudson Valley in New York to the Red River Valley in North Dakota.  One thing I know for sure…all quilters across this great country of ours are warm, welcoming, and super creative!!

First Dutchess Quilters – NY

Wiltwyck Quilt Guild – NY

Sister’s Choice Guild and Faye’s Henhouse Quilt Shop – ND

These gals are all smiles after a long day of stitching.  I’m only sorry I didn’t get a picture taken before some had already left!

Did I mention that I love to teach!?!?!?   If your guild or shop is looking for teachers, please feel free to contact me for information and references.

Available Now.
Image041Available Dec. 2012

Don’t forget to leave a comment below…sharing your favorite type of applique!

update 2:

Because of the comment issues I have decided to close the option for leaving comments here.  Please feel free to email me if you are intersted in being considered for the drawing.

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