Monday, May 22, 2017

Thank You Quiltmaker Magazine!

Congratulations to all the lucky winners during Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Vol 15 Blog Tour.  What a fun event that was.  And, thank you to Quiltmaker Magazine and all the designers for making it all  happen.

Check out Quiltmaker's blog about the winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated and visited my blog.  I hope to see you back again!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Make a Pit Stop With Me! Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks-Volume 15 Blog Tour Road Rally

Welcome to my blog!  I hope you all are enjoying your road rally during Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 15, Blog Tour Road Rally!

I will be giving away a few goodies during this Blog Tour Road Rally and will have information about how to enter towards the end of this blog.  Be sure not to take any detours - you don't want to take the wrong turn and get lost!

I am honored to have a block I designed chosen for the magazine.  It is called Desert Eyes, and is Block #1460 on page 40 - smack, dab in the middle of the magazine.
I'm afraid my inspiration and reasons for designing this block are somewhat boring.  When I design a block, I usually sit down at my computer and start doodling in Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) until I come up with something I like.  This time was no exception.   After a while, I decided I wanted to end up with a block that had a Southwestern look, so that steered me in the direction I needed to accomplish that.  I also used beige, brown, and turquoise as my colors to stay with that theme.

I put together a few layouts using EQ7 to share with you.  The first is showing the blocks all the same direction, with a border made of Half-Square Triangle (HST) squares.

In this one, I turned every other block sideways.  It gives the quilt just a slightly different look.

Next, I added a different block for contrast.  It's a fairly basic block, but give yet another different look.

I did color changes again.  I changed the brown to dark blue, the turquoise to light blue, and the beige to off-white.

And lastly, I change some of the light blue to bright yellow.

Don't be afraid to play with colors when making your quilts.  It can be surprising sometimes how just a little change can create such different looks.  Most of all - HAVE FUN!

Now for some shameless promoting.  I have a business called Carter Creek Quilts.  Most of the time I sell online at  I design and sell quilt patterns, quilts, aprons, scarves, and other quilted items.  I also crochet Spool Pin Doilies to dress up your sewing machines that have vertical spool pins.  Here are pictures of a couple.  One is ruffled in variegated pinks, and the other is flat in bright colors.  I have over 25 colors available.
 Yes, those are some of my machines.  I search, scavenge, and rescue vintage sewing machines.  Once I get them home, I clean, tweek, tighten, oil, shine, and get them running like new again.  I have way too much fun, but that's another story entirely.

Okay, you've been more than patient, so here's the scoop on what I'm giving away.  If you want to try for one of these goodies, you need to write a comment on this blog post.  Any comment will do - what you think about my block, the blog, what the weather is doing at your place, what your favorite color is - really, anything at all!  But, in order for me to get hold of you if your name is selected, you will need to include an email address if you are a no-reply blogger.  This giveaway will run until 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, May 5, 2017.  I will use a random number selector to determine who gets the giveaways that evening and will try to contact the winners after that time.

So, here are the goodies being given away:

GIVEAWAY #1 - One Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 15 magazine.  After your name is drawn, and I contact you, I will send your name and address to Quiltmaker magazine.  Your magazine will be sent directly from them.

GIVEAWAY #2 - One Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 15 magazine PLUS one quilt pattern (designed by me) called V-Twin.  Both of these items will be sent to the winner directly from me.

GIVEAWAY #3 - One quilt pattern (designed by me) called Bunnies In My Yard.  This pattern will be sent to the winner directly from me.

Here are pictures of finished quilts from the patterns just to give you an idea what they can look like.