September 15, 2017

Introducing Linked Within + The Quilter's Planner 2018

I am beyond thrilled to share with you Linked Within which will be included along with 12 other fabulous projects in the full-color glossy magazine accompanying The Quilter's Planner for 2018.

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin at Night Quilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 (affiliate link)

Linked Within includes two prints from the Sun Print 2017 collection by Alison Glass, featured designer for The 2018 Quilter's Planner.  More about these prints in this post.


Kitty did such a wonderful job photographing Linked Within in beautiful Maine.  Just look how well you can see the quilting detail in this shot.

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin at Night Quilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 (affiliate link)

And speaking of quilting...Johellen George of Cabin Quilt Studio did a fabulous job of custom quilting Linked Within.  This is the center where Johellen quilted a combination of swirls and pebbles.

Linked Within by Paige Alexander and quilted by Johellen George

Do you see how the two-color plus signs form the links?  It was so fun working on this design and I am so grateful to Stephanie for including Linked Within in the The Quilter's Planner for 2018!

Linked Within by Paige Alexander and quilted by Johellen George

It's time to pre-order your 2018 Quilter's Planner now!
Planners ship the first week of November!



The Quilter's Planner (8″ x 10″) features:
  • 8″ x 10″ planner, 240 pages
  • Weekly and monthly calendar pages
  • Project planning pages and project at-a-glance pages
  • 12 monthly blocks featured in a new Quilter’s Planner Sampler Quilt pattern by Cheryl Brickey NEW!
  • A companion full-color glossy magazine with 13 quilting and sewing patterns by top designers NEW!
  • 4 pages of planner stickers by 2018 Featured Artist Alison Glass NEW!
  • Laminated cover and colorful tabs designed by Alison Glass NEW!
  • 15 coloring pages designed by Alison Glass NEW!
  • To-do lists galore
  • Photography of the 14 included patterns by Kitty Wilkin
  • Deadline planning pages
  • Bee block & swap projects planner
  • Yearly goals planning page
  • In-depth reference section with cutting measurements and yardage planner
  • Fabric chart from Andover Fabrics featuring Alison Glass fabrics NEW!
  • Measurement chart for personal garment sewing NEW!
  • Lots of graph paper and blank drawing paper
  • Pocket on the inside back cover

Once again, you have the option to include the Quilter's Planner Mini with your pre-order.



QP Mini (5″ x 7″) features:
  • Small 5″ x 7″ 80-page book that fits nicely in your bag
  • Undated daily planning pages with to-do lists, appointments and shopping lists is the perfect companion to the full-sized Quilter's Planner
  • Meal planning and grocery lists to take on-the-go NEW!!
  • Graph paper and blank pages for sketching or jotting down notes
  • Projects-at-a-glance pages so you can keep your full list of ongoing projects with you
  • Project planning pages so you can easily keep notes on your project and what you need to buy, to bring with you to the quilt shop
International orders can be placed at the Fat Quarter Shop for the Planner and the Bundle.

One day I hope to make it to Maine but until then I'll have to admire Kitty's photography!

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin at Night Quilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 (affiliate link)

Linking to Finish it up Friday with Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.



Disclosure: Links to the 2018 Quilter's Planner and Bundle are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you purchase through my link. Thank you!

September 8, 2017

Modern Plus Sign Quilts ++ Book Pre-order!

I am super excited to share Modern Plus Sign Quilts with you today!  You may have seen the cover already since it is available on Amazon for pre-order (affiliate link).



Modern Plus Sign Quilts will have 16 different projects, all based on the popular plus sign, and includes mostly traditional piecing, but there are some foundation paper piecing patterns and, my favorite, applique.

The designs range from baby sizes up to queen sizes and includes something for all skill levels.

This quilting book has been in the works for many months and came about when Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs asked me to join her on this book writing venture!  Cheryl's love of plus signs may have rubbed off on me a bit as you can see in this quilt.

Modern Plus Sign Quilts should be out in early February 2018 right before QuiltCon and is being published by Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing.

I'll share more details as soon as I can, but until then consider pre-ordering your copy of Modern Plus Sign Quilts (affiliate link) today!

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish up Friday!



August 30, 2017

Poodle Bee Block ~ August OMG

I declared my August One Monthly Goal thinking I would get this poodle block done earlier but I just kept putting it off until I realized August is almost over.  Finally, I have a right facing poodle block for Karen at Tu-Na Quilts.


The cutting chart Karen provided in this post and all the assembly tips she provided over her 8 days in Paris were very helpful.  I was alrealy speaking French by the time I had all the poodle parts cut out which took about an hour.

The labels very helpful to keep everything in order.  I pinned the labels to the larger pieces and kept them attahced while sewing.  I removed the labels to press and pinned them right back on afterwards.


You can find the instructions for the right facing poodle here at The Objects of Design.  I printed out one assembly photo Sally provided and outlined the poodle parts with a sharpie for reference.  With this one photo, I assembled the poodle without needing the instructions.  Karen has a series of posts which are helpful also.


I took the approach that done was better than perfect and didn't redo any seams.  The tail section matched up perfectly.  Where the legs join the poof could be a little more aligned, but he's done!  The piecing took over three hours.

With the help of Photoshop Elements, I 'made' a left facting poodle.  You can find the instructions for the left facing poodle here.


Now this poodle needs to find his way to Karen's house!

Excited to have this Bee Inspired block done, I'm linking to the August OMG finsh link-up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

And I'm linking to Let's Bee Social #192  with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts and Midweek Makers #87 with Susan at QuiltFabrication.