Monday, September 1, 2014

Winners...we have WINNERS!

Yes.... we have 3 winners!  Congratulations to all of you that have participated in our Marcus Fabrics "Friends & Companions" SEW-ALONG!!!

Here are the gifts my winners will receive!

5 Fat Quarters from our County Londonderry fabric line... and our Only A Few Hours "Mini" pattern! 

We hope you enjoy them!

Only A Few Hours Mini - KIT

Here are the comments from our winners:

Jeanenne Nielsen said:
I love your block and the whole quilt.  My friend and I want to make the quilt bigger.  Do you have any suggestions on how to best do that?  My email is  I think your best tool is the ruler that measures the triangle after it has been sewn to make sure it is the right size.

Thanks Jeanenne for the great comments.... I would recommend you email and chat with Paula Barnes.  She is the wonderful designer of our Blog Quilt and is the expert at helping you with your size changes.  Thanks for the guess of a "ruler", but that's not it.....

Karen in Breezy Point said:
What a fun block!  I love your baskets too--I've made a couple small ones, but nothing like that cool double handled one!  I'm going to guess that your favorite notions is.... a ruler?!?

Hi Karen.... I'm so glad you LOVE basket blocks too.  They are my absolute favorite.  We just designed this new one - Londonderry Market.  It's inspiration came from an antique one I have hanging in my dining room.  I have a primitive yellow cabinet (one of my doors is open) with it hanging over the door.  The cabinet is filled with antique white ironstone pieces (another love of mine).  You also have guessed a "ruler" as my favorite tool... but that's not correct either!                                              Londonderry Market Kit
Grannie Smith said:
Thank you all so much for this wonderful mystery quilt.  Every block has been unique.  I love them... and I'm keeping up!  My favorite notion is my hexie pincushion in a zinc lid (I bought the kit from Heartspun Quilts - Pam Buda)       Pin Cushion

You are so welcome!  All of us are truly enjoying chatting with each of you and letting you all know a little more about us.  I toooooo love the double handle on the basket!  I have one of Pam's hexie pin cushion in
the zinc lid too!  It's one of my favorites and makes me "smile" and think of Pam every time I'm sewing!  I also have an adorable pin cushion that Paula Barnes (Red Crinoline Quilts) made for me!  It's in my sewing basket so it travels with me where ever I take my "hexie" hand piecing.  Here are some other English Paper Piecing projects I'm working on!

 Lucy Boston Blocks - you can get a starter kit on Red Crinoline's Website  Lucy Boston Kit
Grandmothers Flower Garden
Daiwabo Fabric

Here is my "hexie" quilt that I'm now assembling together...
It's made from Japanese Daiwabo fabric!  I've been collecting this fabric for years and had the hardest time trying to decide what to make.  This pattern is perfect!  I cannot wait until it's finished (hhhmmm... I wonder when that will happen?)
6 Pointed Star
Then.... there are those wonderful six pointed stars that my friend, Mary Ellen Robison (Red Crinoline Quilts) has hooked me on!  All she had to do was show me some she had made and it was all over... can you tell I have no discipline when it comes to new projects?  I'm so bad!!!  When we are all finished we will set them with large plain hexagon blocks!

Then... I can't forget what got all of this English Paper Piecing started!  I'm working on Mrs. Billings Coverlet Quilt!  Oh Yes... I've lost my mind!  I picked up the pattern at market one year and began making all of my border hexies first (5/8").  My colors are blue, browns and blue/white shirtings.  Well... while working on it with my sewing group... everyone was amazed at this fabulous quilt... and before I new it - 5 more have jumped in and are working on their own.

This fabulous quilt was hanging in the booth of Karen Styles - Somerset Patchwork & Quilting!  She's so talented and NOW she is a designer with Marcus Brothers.  Be sure to visit March website and read all about her.   Karen Styles   She also has a GORGEOUS fabric line that will be delivered to the quilt shops in October -Victoria Park

What joy to have this great lady and designer with the Marcus Team!

To all 3 of my winners... don't forget to email me with your name and address so I can send your prizes!   Thanks so much for every one's comments... we loved them!  And... happy blogging and sewing.  I can't wait for each of you to see the final quilt on October 3.  We were so fortunate to have one of my quilters here in Jacksonville have the honor of quilting.  Thanks to Cathy and Lynn at Longarm Quilting by Lynn!!   (p.s.  They do mail order quilting also!!)  They quilt for many designers (including Red Crinoline Quilts) and are with the local quilt store here in Jacksonville - Cinnamon's Quilt Shoppe.

Now... here is the answer to my question..."What is my favorite tool/notion to use when quilting?

Can you tell what it is?  A PORCUPINE QUILL!!!  Yes... I use this REAL quill as my stylus... all the time!  They are so strong.... with a really, REALLY sharp point at the dark end and a duller - somewhat larger tip at the white end.  Paula Barnes, Red Crinoline Quilts, gives them to her students when she's teaching... so she too is spreading this great tool throughout the quilting industry.  I even have a smaller one for tiny  projects!  Now...are you wondering where in the heck you can find these?  Well... none other than E-BAY!  (I love ebay, Etsy, Amazon, and Pinterest....)  So... go shopping and be sure you look at the sizes... 5" - 7" work the best...with strong wider centers on the quill!

Have fun visiting the rest of your Marcus's designers and friends.  It's been great visiting with each of you!

Gloria, Vicky and Heather

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