Wednesday, November 21, 2018

THANKFUL Free Doll Quilt Pattern

c. 1890s Doll Quilt Detail
It has been such a wonderful year...rolling by with highs and lows!
I extend my thanks to each of you for being part of it. Even the things that don't go as planned are learning experiences.

As a little thank you gift this Thanksgiving, and as a token of appreciation, I'm sharing one of my antique doll quilts with you - and the FREE pattern.
We can all do with some little treasured projects.
Fun, sweet and simple - you might like to make more than one!

First, a little background.

Last May I bought a set that included a cradle, doll and bedding. It was topped off with a doll quilt.  The doll quilt felt like it had something other than batting inside it.  I have been lucky in the past to find older quilts inside other quilts. Could I be so lucky this time?
I was!! It wasn't just a cut down - it was a true mini quilt!
The original is hand pieced and hand quilted.  I machine pieced and hand quilted mine.

There are two choices.
If you like a mystery DO NOT go to the "Thankful" pattern tab with the photos and complete instructions.

If you want to make the project now, straight through go HERE.
If you like a mystery, stay on this page for the first part of the project.

Finished Size:  12 1/2" x 12"

Cut 36 1.25" squares
       7   Dark Fabric
       11 Medium Fabric
       18 Light Fabric
            IF you do not like scrappy
            Cut 36 1.25" squares, 18 Dark and 18 Light

In a coordinating fabric
Cut 2" Squares
        4 in a Contrasting Print
        8 in a Contrasting Print * (This print will be used again)

From the Contrasting Print * also cut
     7   3" squares

Did you peek at the finished one on the pattern tab yet?
Tempting isn't it?

Backing:  14" square
Binding: 1" 52" long
Or use your preferred method for binding

Assemble the 1.25" squares into four patches
Making a total of 9 four patch blocks:
       Combining light and dark squares.
       NOTE: In the scrappy version one block uses two
                    different dark prints.

Once you are ready to assemble all of the blocks go to the pattern tab for 
complete instructions and photos. HERE  
Send me photos of your finished quilt and let me know if I can share them on the "Thankful" pattern page.

Have FUN and be THANKFUL!
Thankfully Yours,

Reminder - Limited Time Free US Postage in our Etsy Shop HERE
Signed copies of my book - also free US Postage HERE

Friday, November 16, 2018

NEW Heritage Roll

We have an exciting new pattern - "Heritage Roll"

It is named for the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage center. 

The inspiration roll is in the collection of Kathy Gery Lesieur and shown in my book, "Antique American Needlework Tools".

Proceeds from the pattern sales go to the Capital Fund at the Schwenkfelder.

The pattern has a couple of options -for the interior pockets and the edge finish. 

You can further customize it
by changing the template for the shape at the top.

The pieced version has fabric placement like Kathy's. This one is great for scraps and little bits of fabric.

The blue variation features special selective cut fabrics the feature gorgeous fabrics.

There are a couple edge finished as well.

 I plan to hang one of mine on my design wall with a tape measure, pencil, sticky notes and other small items I always want within reach at "the wall".

They make great gifts and the proceeds benefit a wonderful facility.

I attend the Penn's Dry Goods Market there every May - Hope to meet you there in 2019!  We can bring our rolls~! 

I have been thinking of trying one half size...WHY?  I don't know.  Just because minis are so sweet too.

No matter how you decide to make it -  and I bet you don't make just one - Enjoy every stitch and be sure and share your photos with me.

***Also now - through Christmas we are giving free postage on US orders in our Etsy shop***

Happy Stitching,

My Book - Signed Copies HERE
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center HERE
Penn's Dry Goods Market  HERE 
Heritage Sewing Roll Pattern HERE
Etsy Shop HERE 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Top 100, to 80, to 35

It is Quilt Market time - and my book is in the Schiffer Publishing booth (1749).  There are 13 new titles in their booth as well as best selling titles they keep in print.
If you are there stop in and have a look. If not, browse the catalog with the link below.
The books are not for sale in the booth - This is market for businesses to order wholesale.  The booth has all the titles available to preview.  For this reason they do not retail at quilt festival.
I do not know who might have my book at Festival. If you do - please let me know I have had many inquiries.  I did make arrangements for some presages and people are picking them up in a friends booth.  I have also sent some prepaid copies to hotels for customers saving international postage.
Contact me I am still selling books directly.
SCHIFFER CATALOG HERE.  Many books have preview pages.

Not a link - just shows rank
I chose Schiffer for my book because of their long history with a broad range of book outlets.  To be in the Amazon top 100 needlework books is...well...its' a bit of a rush!
Maybe I need loftier goals?  Keep climbing?

It validates that research, history and collecting do interest people and can sell books.

Amazon is a blessing and a curse, it deeply discounts the books initially which also cuts the author.  One just has to hope that the distribution makes up for it.  They have 60-80% of ALL book sales, theres no choice but to go with it!
I also sell signed books at my events.
I have been asked to do a post of FAQ's regarding writing the book.
If you have a question send them to me - I can keep your name anonymous if you like.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement!
Happy Stitching - and Reading,