Friday, August 27, 2010

New Free Quilt Block Pattern: Stamp Basket

Stamp Basket quilt block is a pretty, traditional quilt block that combines piecing with embroidery. The handle for pieced basket quilt block can be hand or machine embroidered. The free quilt block pattern for Stamp Basket is now available at MyWebQuilter.com.



Click here for the free quilt block pattern for Stamp Basket quilt block.

Free quilt patterns are available at MyWebQuilter.com using the stamp basket quilt block in many different colors. Here are examples in purple and Christmas colors.



For more free quilt patterns, quilt block patterns and quilt design software visit MyWebQuilter.com.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Free Easy Quilt Block Pattern: Puss in the Corner Variation

The free quilt block pattern for the easy, beginner quilt block, Puss in the Corner Variation is now available at MyWebQuilter.com.

Examples of Puss in the Corner Variation in Oranges and Reds


Click here to access this free quilt block pattern.
Example Quilts the Easy Quilt Block Puss in the Corner Variation



For more free quilt block patterns and free quilt design software go to MyWebQuilter.com.
Happy Quilting!
Amber

Friday, August 13, 2010

Raffle Quilt for Charity

I am a member of the Rapid River Quilt Guild. Every year we make a raffle quilt with the proceeds going to local Delta county Michigan charities.

In past years we have given to the Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul, Alliance Against Violence & Abuse, as well as several local schools to support children's need for clothes.

This is a picture of our 2010 Raffle Quilt. It is the Strip Tease pattern from Bettie Hammock.




Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They are available at our local quilt shop Quilts 'n Stuff.

The drawing will be in October 2010.

Amber

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Quilt was selected for the Traveling Hoffman Challenge Show

I blogged about my Hoffman Challenge quilt back in July. I just found out that it was selected to travel with the 2010 Hoffman Challenge quilts!


I am thrilled! I have placed in a few local quilt contests but this is the first international quilt challenge that I have entered.


My Hoffman Challenge quilt is called Ariel. The sailboat applique was created from a picture of my friend's boat with the same name.





The picture was taken in September 2009 during a sailboat cruise. This cruise was very productive for generating quilt ideas! In addition to the Hoffman Challenge quilt I made the one below.


It is called "Deann and Amber's Most Excellent Sailing Adventure 2009". I made this quilt for my friend Deann who sailed with me. This quilt is based on a nautical chart of northern Green Bay, Lake Michigan. It shows the route of our sailing cruise from Escanaba, MI to Fayette State Park on the Garden Peninsula, then on to Jackson Harbor on Washington Island, WI, then back home to Escanaba. It was a three day trip.






Many non-sailors have asked about the red "dots" on the quilt. The red marks are the aids to navigation. (e.g. lighthouses, buoys, etc.) Check out this site for an interactive chart of northern Lake Michigan. It expains the geography behind this quilt.


Wishing you all fair winds and following seas...


Amber

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Quilt Block: Propeller

The free quilt block pattern for Propeller has been added to MyWebQuilter.com.

Propeller is an easy quilt block pattern using simple squares and half square triangles.

Here are examples of the Propeller quilt block in purple and yellow color waves. Use MyWebQuilter.com to test your favorite fabric colors with this fun, easy quilt block.


Here are examples of quilts using Propeller quilt block.

Happy quilting!
Amber

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Quilted Postcard Contest

My friend Glenna, who owns our local quilt shop, Quilts 'n Stuff by Glenna is having a contest for the best quilted postcard. She is also celebrating her 20th year in business with a GREAT sale and a bead party. See her blog for more details on the sale.

I recently took a class on making quilts of faces so I attempted to make a postcard of Glenna's face for the contest. I didn't want to use "normal" colors. Glenna loves batiks so I wanted to make her face in crazy batiks.

My first two attempts went in the trash can.... In the first one, I made very bad fabric choices. Glenna's face looked green...like she was going to be sea sick...very bad.

In the second one, the features of her face seemed lopsided. I had tried to place the nose, mouth, etc. just by looking at the picture. In my third attempt, I actually traced her facial features on clear vinyl and used it as an overlay to fuse the pieces in the correct location.

So here is my third postcard...and the picture I was using as a pattern.



I am not sure that the postcard really looks like Glenna that much. But, it was fun to make, a learning experience, and Glenna seems to like it. I think she likes the idea of the crazy purple and pink hair!
Happy quilting!
Amber