Georgie Giraffe: A Visit with Deb Grogan

12800236 10206057852751025 2971042215201080357 n Georgie Giraffe: A Visit with Deb GroganToday we’re welcoming quilt designer Deb Grogan as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Deb designed the adorable Georgie Giraffe quilt featured in our September/October ’16 issue, and today she’s going to tell us all about how this sweet design came to life:

Hello my fellow quilters!  My name is Deb Grogan and I am a quilt/pattern designer and CEO of The Quilt Factory, that stands for Chief Everything Officer!  I live in the midwest with my husband and two yellow labs, Bailey and Charlie.  My pups share my home studio with me during the day… mostly snoozing, but occasionally there is a rousing game of fetch and sometimes a rummage through the fabric scraps in my garbage can which then end up all over the floor!… lol.  Aside from being a quilter I am also an avid reader and vegetable gardener.  My husband and I are vegetarians, so dinner is always an interesting array of vegetables with beautiful color and texture, artistic in many ways… I am also an artist and paint with fluid acrylics that have a transparent watercolor-like look.

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I have been an artist and product designer for major giftware companies for the better part of two decades. I have designed countless products for home and garden, from dishes to metal garden art, holiday ornaments, quilting fabric and more.  It is this rich past in design that has been my greatest treasure when it comes to designing quilts as it pushes me to think outside the boundaries of just sewing seams together.  When working in product development my task was always how can I take this object, make it better and make it different?  I use that same line of thinking when developing ideas for quilts.

Having quilted for almost 20 years, its was easy for me to put together various blocks and choose colors of fabrics that I found pleasing.  But I wanted to do more, I wanted to bring my art and experience as a product designer to my quilts.  I love to design using appliqué, as it is the best way to bring my art to life in fabric.  It’s easy then to add surprising or dimensional aspects to my quilts to give them a little personality.  Those simple little design elements have been added to Georgie Giraffe as well.  His little ears folded over and tucked in under his head when appliquéd, create a dimensional look that helps bring Georgie to life.

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So, where do I get my ideas and inspiration from?  This is probably the biggest question I get and my answer is always pretty much the same: from the world around me.  While that may sound rather simplified, as an artist I tend to find interest in little things.  The concept for several of my quilts with animals seemingly “peeking out” from the quilt came to me when I found my dog Charlie behind the fence in the vegetable garden, the side he wasn’t supposed to be on… lol.  The quizzical cock of his head when I asked him how he got in there made me laugh.  So placing Georgie’s head and neck to appear as of it is coming out from either behind or under something, made it fun.  The traditional quilt blocks I added to the quilt reminded me a bit of a garden fence.

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The Process….This is another question I am often asked and while each designer is different, many of us do similar things, just in different ways.  I always start with a sketch.  I can often be found perusing Pinterest looking for subject, color or textural inspiration, or as often is the case, while doing something totally unrelated an idea will come to me, so I scribble it off in one of many sketchbooks I keep handy.

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Once I have decided on a design, I make a more technical drawing then take my ideas and start the quilt creation process in EQ7.  It is a great program to put down the bones of my design.  I often draw the elements for the appliqué design right in EQ and then use Adobe Illustrator to clean things up, make additional adjustments or add instructions within the appliqué templates.  In EQ7 I can audition different fabrics which can be downloaded from the fabric companies’ websites.  It helps me know how much yardage is needed of a particular fabric so I can work directly with the fabric companies to get yardage to make a sample quilt.  American Made Brand solid cottons were used to make Georgie along with the Impressions and Moire lines from their parent company, Clothworks.  This process is important as it is how I write my patterns.  The actual assembly of the quilt ensures I am writing instructions that any quilter can follow and that what I have given them for appliqué templates and instructions is accurate.

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Once my quilt is pieced and appliquéd it heads out to my wonderful long arm quilter Charisma of Charisma’s Corner.  We make a wonderful team and she never disappoints with her amazing talent and ability to breath life into my quilts.  Once I bind it off it goes to the wonderful folks here at Quiltmaker who make it shine with the fabulous photography; they really showcase all the quilts they share with you readers, in the most delightful way.  Thank you ladies!

I hope you find as much joy in creating your own Georgie as I did.  Please share pictures with the lovely gals at Quiltmaker and myself (deb@thequiltfactory.com)  I love to see your beautiful creations!  Thank you for letting me share a bit of my day with you and for sharing your time with me!

Take time from your busy day, everyday even if its just a few minutes to be creative, push yourself to learn a new technique or try something our of your comfort zone.  Creating from your own two hands truly feeds the soul… xxx, Deb

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Thank you for joining us today, Deb!

If you’d like to make Georgie Giraffe and don’t have a copy of our September/October ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

Kits and a digital pattern are also available for Georgie Giraffe.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 24 + Giveaway

Hi Everyone! Can you believe this block marks the halfway point in our 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along?

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

And, in honor of our halfway point, we’re having a giveaway—more about that later.

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today’s block is Climbing Squares, block #858 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 9. This fun block was designed by Caroline Critchfield. Be sure to check our her blog as she sews along with us.

858 1 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along   Block 24 + GiveawayThis block is easily sewn with squares and rectangles.

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Climbing Squares assembly

And, here it is in three different colorways:

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three different colorways

This block looks great in any color!

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

And now for the giveaway! Leave a comment with what you’d like to see more of on the pages of Quiltmaker, and if there’s anything that you’d like to see less of, I’d like to know that too. I’ll randomly select one winner next Tuesday, 8/30 to win these quilty goodies: 2 books including some of our 100 Blocks designers, an exclusive Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks mousepad plus one of the Fat Quarter Shop’s new tins.

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Win Fabric for Life from Keepsake Quilting!

 Enter daily through Dec. 31, 2016

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Keepsake Quilting’s Fabric for Life Contest is back! Enter every day, now through the end of this year, for a chance to win a 20-year supply of fabric. That’s 52 yards of fabric of your choice each year for 20 years, to be exact. Can you imagine how much fun that would be to win? And there are other wonderful prizes up for grabs too! Check out the full prize list:

Grand Prize – The Grand Prize winner will receive a 20-year supply of fabric from KeepsakeQuilting.com (valued at $11,440)

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First Place – One lucky winner will receive a 570 QE Sewing Machine from Bernina (valued at $4,399)

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Second Place — One lucky winner will receive a Velocity 200IR iron, The Board 2-in-1 ironing table, and iron rest from Reliable Corporation (valued at $463)

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Third Place — Five winners will receive a fabric bundle from each of these sponsors: Henry GlassBlankFabri-QuiltStudio e Fabrics, and Quilting Treasures (valued at $100-$200)

This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Learn more and read the official rules here.

Enter the contest now, and be sure to bookmark the page and check back daily to enter.

Good luck!
Natalie

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Board Game: A Visit with Connie K. Campbell

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Today we’re welcoming quilt designer Connie K. Campbell as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures!

Connie designed the Board Game quilt featured in our Sept/Oct ’16 issue. This striking wall quilt is made in purple, cream, green and gold batiks and features geometric shapes and striking angles.

My name is Connie Kresin Campbell and I blog at Freemotion by the River. I am an ambassador for Island Batik and really enjoy working with their beautiful fabrics. When I saw the Sea Canyon collection that came out this summer I knew I wanted to make a quilt that would use the neat leaf print batik for the large border. I like working with two different blocks in quilts and this layout made me think of board games from my childhood.

Board Game Quilt Wall Board Game: A Visit with Connie K. Campbell

I also do a monthly blog post for AccuQuilt where I share tutorials using their dies. Many times I will do a quilt with a mix of regular quilt fabrics and also batiks.

Sometimes batiks have a tendency to bleed so you should either prewash your fabrics or add a Shout Color Catcher in the wash machine. I normally go with the Color Catcher and have never had a problem with dyes bleeding, I also take my quilt out of the washer as soon as it is done and then put it in the dryer on a low heat.

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I have been quilting most of my life and a little over 20 years ago I bought a old Singer sewing machine at a estate sale and fell in love with old sewing machines. I continue using my 15-91 Singer sewing machine for all of my quilting. It is a single stitch machine so I use my darning foot for my free motion applique and quilting.

I am always sharing tutorials, patterns and other fun things on my blog. Please stop by for a visit! Freemotion by the River http://www.conniekresin.com/

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Thank you for joining us today, Connie!

If you’d like to make Board Game and don’t have a copy of our September/October ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Board Game.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 23

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer.  Welcome back to our sew along.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

Today we’re featuring a great block for this time of year – Summer Fun, block #169 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 2. This block was designed by the lovely sister team of Me and My Sister Designs, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson. They design bright and colorful fabrics for Moda Fabrics.

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Summer Fun, block #169 designed by Me and My Sister Designs

Quarter-square triangles along with some squares and rectangles are all you need to make this fun block.

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quarter-square triangle unit

Block assembly:

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block asembly

Three different colorways:

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three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

Next week is our halfway point – block #24. Can you believe it? We’ll have a little celebration and a giveaway. Be sure to stop by! Until next week, happy sewing!

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Ninja Stars: A Visit with Bea Lee

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Today we’re welcoming quilt designer Bea Lee as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! Bea designed the Ninja Stars quilt featured in our new September/October ’16 issue, and she’s going to tell us how this design came to life:

Ninja Star quilt (shurikens)

Hi, it’s Bea from beaquilter.com. I’m a stay-at-home mom of 4 children (1 boy and 3 girls from 14 years old down to 9 months old) I’m originally from Denmark but have lived in the US (now NC) for 20 years and have been married for almost 18 to my wonderful supportive husband. I’ve quilted for 12 years and long arm quilted for 8.

I’m here to show a little insight on this fast and fun kite quilt.

First, a little about how this quilt idea started. I’m an avid blogger and I love to join blog hops, challenges, or do tutorials, etc.

In 2015 another blog (soscrappy) had a challenge of doing a block or two or more of a specific color each month and the color would be announced each month (RSC16).

I had all intentions of joining, but never did, so I was happy when the challenge restarted in 2016! I joined right away and my challenge to myself was to use Accuquilt dies! (They are one of my sponsors on my blog so I have a LOT of dies.)

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When January’s color was announced it was blue, and I made a bunch of test blocks with my dies.

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Here is my 4” Kite die blocks.

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Then I also started playing in EQ7 with different quilt layouts. One sketch had a white background but I liked the black better.

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I emailed this to Quiltmaker and they accepted it so then of course I had to make up the rest of the colors and with this one it uses 10 colors.

As I made the quilt center I came up with the idea of an inner border and thought a plain one-color was boring so I designed this.

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And my plan was to use the same scraps for the border. Then that also gave me the idea to continue the scrappy-ness in the binding, so I used any scraps I had for that as well and cut plenty extra!

Here’s the finished quilt. I quilted feathers and swirls all over it, which is a customer favorite. (I long arm quilt for customers too.)

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I really like to use what I have on hand for backings, so here I added a stripe down the middle of a WOF and deliberately did it off center. Then embroidered a label too. icon smile Ninja Stars: A Visit with Bea Lee

My husband named the quilt “shurikens” by the way.

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Hope you liked reading a bit about how this quilt came to life!

A special thanks to Accuquilt and Electric Quilt and of course Quiltmaker!

-A note to readers: If you are ever thinking about being published in a magazine, just email them! I had an idea and a sketch and they liked it. They are super nice to work with too, so try it out one day!-

Happy quilting,
Bea

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Thank you for joining us today, Bea!

If you’d like to make Ninja Stars and don’t have a copy of our September/October ’16 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store.

A digital pattern is also available for Ninja Stars.

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 22

Hi Everyone. It’s time for block 22 in the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All the blocks in our 100 Blocks Sampler have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

This week we’re featuring Spinwheel, block #675 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 7 designed by Cindy Lammon. Cindy has a special treat for you over on her blog, so be sure to stop by and visit.

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Spinwheel, block #675 designed by Cindy Lammon

Triangles are all you need to sew this fun, scrappy block.

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Spinwheel assembly

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Spinwheel in three different colorways.

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

We’re getting close to the halfway point in our Sew Along—two more weeks. We’ll have a special giveaway then to celebrate. I hope you’re following along with us! Happy Sewing!

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Help Us Choose Our November/December ’16 Cover

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Which one’s the best? Follow the link to place your vote!

We’d like to invite you to help us choose the cover for our upcoming November/December ’16 issue of Quiltmaker! We have two potential covers we are considering. Please place your vote at this link to let us know which you would notice and reach for on newsstands.

Be sure to keep an eye out for this upcoming issue when it goes on sale at newsstands October 4, 2016. Better yet, you can subscribe to Quiltmaker so you never miss an issue!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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10 Fun Sewing-Themed Quilts!

I love sewing-themed quilts. From spools of thread to vintage sewing machines, there are lots of fun designs you can feature on a quilt to showcase your love of sewing. I had a little fun this week and dug through our archives to pull together a list of sewing-themed quilts that have been published by Quiltmaker and some of our sister brands. Hope you enjoy!

SewfulThings 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Sewful Things

Sewful Things: Spools, buttons and thimbles, oh my! This throw designed by QM associate editor Diane Harris is featured in Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Fall ’14. (It was inspired by her I’m Sew Happy block from vol. 9). Finished size is 57” x 70.5”.

MySewingRoom 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

My Sewing Room

My Sewing Room: This wall hanging designed by Charise Randell would make the most charming addition to your sewing room. It features a foundation pieced sewing machine, an iron and two dress forms — and check out those spools on the border. The pattern is included in Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Spring ’13. Finished size is 21” x 45”.

QuiltingAtTheLake 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Quilting at the Lake

Quilting at the Lake: Escape to a blissful sewing getaway at the lake with this fusible-appliqued wall quilt designed by Sue Pritt. Finished size of the quilt is 29” x 38”.

QuiltmakerGarden 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Quiltmaker’s Garden

Quiltmaker’s Garden: Created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Quiltmaker, this twin quilt was originally featured as a popular five-part series in our magazine. Pinweel blocks “bloom” on the design alongside flowers, birds, butterflies, appliquéd vines and leaves and a gazebo. It was designed by our art director Denise Starck and the QM staff and features piecing, foundation piecing and appliqué. Finished size is 72” x 94”.

QuiltSquad 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Quilt Squad

Quilt Squad: The Fabric Stasher, the Needler, the Chain Piecer and the Perfect Presser —which member of the Quilt Squad are you? Laughs are guaranteed with this fun wall hanging designed by Amy Bradley. The finished size is 23” x 21” and a kit is available!

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Quilter’s Puzzler

Quilter’s Puzzler: This clever embroidered crossword puzzle quilt was designed by Carlene Litz for our Quilting & Embroidery Fall ’10 issue. It finishes at 58” x 58”.

3LittleQuilters 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Quilters

1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Quilters: Celebrate your quilting friends with this whimsical wall quilt designed by Amy Bradley. The design shows three quilting friends showing off their blocks at show-and-tell. The design finishes at 24” x 24” and a kit is available!

Threaded2 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Threaded

Threaded: A traditional spool block gets a makeover in this pretty quilt designed by our friend Kimberly Jolly from The Fat Quarter Shop. The finished size is 62” x 76”.

QuiltDiva 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Quilt Diva

Quilt Diva: Meet Quilt Diva — she’s full of fun and at every quilt getaway. You know someone like her, or maybe you are her! Either way, this quilt designed by Amy Bradley will look great in your sewing room. Finished size is 29” x 53”. A kit is available!

SunsetLake 10 Fun Sewing Themed Quilts!

Sunset Lake

Sunset Lake: A finished quilt and a glass of wine by the lake — what could be better? This wall quilt was designed by Sue Pritt. Finished size is 25” x 30”. A kit is available.

Follow our newest Pinterest board for even more sewing-themed quilts and blocks!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 21

Happy August everyone! It’s hard to believe summer for us here is 2/3 over. Where does the time go? How’s your 100 Blocks Sampler coming along?

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

All of the quilt blocks in this pattern have come from different issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and have been reduced to 6″. There are kits available in different colorways, as well as a digital pattern. You can catch up on our previous sew along posts here.

I hope you find that sewing one block each week is doable and enjoyable. I know it’s hard to keep up sometimes, no matter how large or small the block is that you’re making!

Today we’re featuring a block from the talented young designer Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design. This block is North Country, block #479 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 5.

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North Country, block #479 designed by Doug Leko

This block is a little more challenging to sew than some of the other ones, but the result is well worth the effort!

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units for the block

Assembly:

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North Country assembly

North Country in three different colorways.

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North Country in three different colorways

Be sure to check out the other designers who are sewing along with us.

Follow the links below to visit their blogs:

Lynn Roddy Brown

Jessie Kurtz

Toby Lischko

See you next week with another fun block from the 100 Blocks Sampler! Happy Sewing!

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