Wednesday, June 24, 2015

birthdays and coffee

Oh, how I love the summer months! I was born on the first day of summer and really come to life when the sun comes out and warms my heart. I love hot and humid weather and can't get enough of it. I lived in the "South" (North Carolina) for many years and remember lots of years where we had heat waves of 100+ °F! It was fantastic! We didn't always have air conditioning in the house either, so we really had to suffer! ;-) Sometimes I wish Germany weather was like that, but those days are few and far between. We have a joke around here...."I loved summer, but hated it when the week was over!"

I don't make a big deal out of my birthdays and let them slide right by. My husband loves to surprise and comes up with some exciting ideas for presents to flatter me. He loves to extend the gift giving throughout the day to make it last even longer. I love him for that! He REALLY surprised me this year with a Tassimo machine and a pair of matching coffee cups! I don't like kitchen machines cluttering up my counter space, but I have been asking for one of these for about six years (maybe just as a joke, but partly, because I wanted specialized coffee too!)

But the mugs aren't any old coffee cups, they are a very special Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 11 with all of the Designers Blocks and mine twice...once at the beginning, since they were listed alphabetically and once right at the logo, so I could see it every time I drink my coffee! He even considered the fact that I would be always drinking with the mug in my right hand. (I have come to be more aware of "lefties" - left handed people, because I have three at home. I am the exception!) These mugs are mine alone! Can you spot the Gristmill Star? And the retro orange is killer! (Retro-Orange ist der Hammer!)

He was/is just amazing to organize the whole thing! He wrote the editors of Quiltmakers; he hijacked their email address from my email folder and wrote them about how he wanted to surprise me! They were understanding and very kind to send him an image of the blocks to fulfill my wish. He broke the image apart, reorganized so it would wrap around the coffee mug and added my block a second time! I love him! (smoochy). This is a ONE-OF-A-KIND Quiltmakers Mug designed and made by my very own husband!

If you were a designer for Quiltmakers in the past publications, you probably received one of these as gratitude for your efforts. Unfortunately, they are no longer distributed starting with vol. 11. My husband was really proud of me for getting my first block published in Quiltmakers and saw my disappointment when they announced the no longer gift the cups. He so warmed my heard with this powerful act! This post is for you, Sweetie! Now I can drink my coffee with my new extra special tab coffee machine and sip from my new Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Designers and design more quilts and blocks!! Thank you so very much, Quiltmaker Editors! And a special thank you, Hubby!

Friday, June 12, 2015

a practical envelope

I have seen that one of my free patterns, easypatchwork Love Letters, has been downloaded many, many times on Craftsy, lately. I am totally psyched about it too! One reader/downloader told me she was having problems with the download and didn't understand the pattern; half of the directions were missing! It is true, I had a template located on my website and the directions on Craftsy. I did this, because I wanted you to visit both sites. I cannot see who and how often my patterns are downloaded on my website, but I can see that information on Craftsy.

I took another look at my pattern and made some changes. I added both the paper pieced foundation for the envelope as well as the template for making the side pockets to the original pattern directions at the end of the file. Now there are eight pages of information, pattern, and templates.

There are plenty of pictures telling you how to make the envelope pockets. I hope everything is now clear and concise.

The once free pattern is now at an exploding amount of $1. That sounds like a lot of money doesn't it? You probably don't want to download something you have to pay for do you? I know there are lots of patterns out there, but I think this is justified. I see it this way....I offer many free patterns, and the only thank you I really want for the download is to see a picture of YOUR finished product. I do have some very good patchwork friends who upload pictures to Craftsy or send me a picture of their creations, but not too many. Nor, do I get a thanks for the effort in making the pattern. ;-( I am sorry if you see it differently.

So, I posting about my new and improved Love Letters pattern sold for $1 on Craftsy! If you decide to use my pattern, I would still really love to see what you make from it! You can even upload to the ALL THINGS EASYPATCHWORK GROUP on Flickr!

Thanks for dropping by. And if you have ever downloaded a pattern of mine, wether free or bought, I would love to hear from you to know if it was worth it or not. Thanks!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

pillow swap four seasons - autumn edition

Sign ups are now open for the Autumn Edition of Pillow Swap Four Seasons found on flickr. Come join us!

What is it all about? We are a group of talented, international quilters and patchworkers who love to sew for each other four times a year using seasonal fabrics, motifs, designs, etc. according to the wishes and desires for one lucky recipient. The best part about our group, is that your partner remains one big secret until she/he receives her/his pillow case. You will also receive a pillow cover from a different person in return according to YOUR WISHES. No one knows who is sewing for whom until the final reveal date announcing all swap partners. It is sort of like "secret Santa" but four times of the year! You  will also be posting little sneak peeks of your creative process throughout the season and let the final pillow be a surprise for your partner. Anyone is allowed to join up as long as you have an active Flickr account.

Made for me by Karriofberries - Spring Pillow Swap

How does my "secret partner" know what I like? Before you submit a Google Form, we ask you to design a mosaic of items of interest or wishes for aN autumn pillow. The amount of ideas is up to you. You design your own mosaic. You can have six ideas or 40! This will be the starting point for the person sewing for you. Your partner will also be forwarded your personal information such as shipping address, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, blog, etc. so she can "stalk" you to find out your exact interests and your style.

Made for me by Karin - Summer Round

What do you need to do to sign up? (1) You must have an active Flickr account. (2) read and agree to the Rules and General Information of the group. (3) create a Flickr mosaic with your interests/style/wishes. (4) post your mosaic of your style/interests/wishes for pillow case in the Pillow Swap Four Seasons Flickr group and (5) sign up with the form below. We require a mosaic before you sign up to ensure your Flickr account is active, and the others can get started learning about you and your interest. Only your mosaic will be public for all to see.

My Mosaic for Autumn 2015

1. Pumpkin Mini Quilt - detail, 2. Vineyard at Dalla Terra, 3. Witchy toes, 4. buttons and pin cushion, 5. Free Quilt Pattern, 6. Appalachian Autumn, 7. Patchwork pumpkin, 8. Halloween Fabrics, 9. Perfect Apple Pie Recipe, 10. Pumpkin Patch, 11. Aspens in Wonderland, 12. pleated pillow tutorial, 13. Too Cute to Spook Pillow, 14. appliqued apple, 15. Peanut Carmel Apple, 16. Who has more sincerity than Linus? #Charlie_Brown #It's_The_Great_Pumpkin,_Charlie_Brown #Linus #Sally #Pumpkin_Patch, 17. Indie Pillow inspired by West Elm Kantha Chevron Pillows, 18. Handmade Autumn Swap-Pillow close-up, 19. Lone Tree detail, 20. Moonlit Scaredy Cat, 21. For Natalie, 22. Halloween Block, 23. Ruska Quilt - WIP, 24. autumn leaves, 25. Pillow Cover.

After we receive all forms, the group will be divided into three sub-groups according to skill level. We like to assign a new partner every round, too. The groups are also divided in such a way that even the swap mamas don't know who is sewing for them! That way, we have fun too!

After sign-ups close, you will receive a secret letter from one of the swap mamas (Sandra or myself) with the name and personal information of your partner. This information should remain secret. To ensure you are not "found out" by whom you are sewing for, it is best to stay in contact with all members of group and comment on all the photos others post! Stalk everyone! Not literally, of course! ;-)

Registration for the Autumn Round closes on June 12, 2015 so don't be shy. And please be 100% committed before you sign up. If your schedule is too busy at the moment, you can always join up for the Winter Edition. Check back at the beginning of September.

Autumn 2015
Registration: June 1 - June 12
Partners Assigned: Monday, June 15
Shipping Dates: Aug. 8 24 - Sep. 1
Announcement of Recipients: Monday, Sept. 15 

Registration Form
(Please click below to go directly to the Google form)

Registration is now closed.

Thanks for joining up and can't wait to see a whole new array of beautiful fall pillows!!
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