Quilt Cruise Kaleidoscope Projects

September 19, 2014

Hi fellow quilters,

More info on the Quilters Quarters Quilting Cruise  on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Sea’s Caribbean cruise February 22 – March 1, 2015.  I’ll be teaching classes showing my kaleidoscope techniques during the days at sea and enjoying the many cruise activities and adventures at the ports of call.

Here are images of the Kaleidoscope Symphony quilts that I’ll be teaching.  You can choose your favorite kit colorway.

QM501 Kaleidoscope Symphony P&B Veracruz web

QM501 Kaleidoscope Symphony Veracruz blocks closeup web

QM501 Kaleidoscope Symphony BTR Lola Dark web

QM501 Kaleidoscope Symphony Lola Dark blocks closeup

QM501 Kaleidoscope Symphony BTR Lola Light web

Please come join us on this great adventure!  We all experienced a very LONG winter last year, especially here in Minnesota, so wouldn’t you love to make plans for a warm trip next winter?!  You can find all the information and reserve a spot here.  Time is running out to sign up so please sign up before the end of September if possible.  Would love to see you there!

Enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn

Quilt Moments

Free Quilt Moments Pattern for Batiks

September 13, 2014

Hi fellow quilters,

I would like to share the link to the free pattern I made with Timeless Treasures batiks called Flight Plan.  Keep reading to see images of the quilts and then the pattern link will be at the bottom.

I designed the quilt to work with Timeless Treasures’ pre-cuts called Tonga Treat 6-pack which are 6″ by width of fabric strips of 20 different batik fabrics.  I created images in 5 different batik collection colorways.

Quilt Moments Flight Plan TT Reef 2014

Flight Plan with Tonga Reef

Quilt Moments Flight Plan TT Punch 2014

Flight Plan with Tonga Punch

Quilt Moments Flight Plan TT Harvest 2014

Flight Plan with Tonga Harvest

Quilt Moments Flight Plan TT Cabana 2014

Flight Plan with Tonga Cabana

Quilt Moments Flight Plan TT Boysenberry 2014

Flight Plan with Tonga Boysenberry

Which is your favorite colorway?

The pattern is for a throw size quilt.  If you don’t have the 6-pack pre-cut, you can also use 1/6 yard cuts, 1/4 yard cuts, or fat quarters.

Here is the link to the pattern including all 5 colorways:  Flight Plan by Quilt Moments

 

Enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn

Quilt Moments

 

New Craftsy Class + Giveaway – Quilted Kaleidoscopes!

July 1, 2014

Hello fellow quilters!

I am so excited to share the news that I have an online class available on Craftsy starting today called Quilted Kaleidoscopes.

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Click on the image above or here to get $10 off (25%) the class fee.

Please enter my giveaway for a chance to win a FREE class by clicking hereGIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.  JTyner was the winner, congratulations!!

In this class I cover all the steps on how to make four-patch kaleidoscope quilts including information on: how to choose the large print feature fabrics, how to find and cut the repeats, selecting coordinating fabrics, making all the blocks, and border options.  The class includes instructions for making two runners and two quilts. One of the runners incorporates easy kaleidoscope pinwheel twister blocks made with the popular Midi Twister tool.

Once taking this class you will be comfortable making all of my kaleidoscope quilts.

Enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn

 

Off to Pittsburgh Quilt Market

May 14, 2014

Hi fellow quilters,

Flying to Pittsburgh today for International Quilt Market.  I’m bringing quilts to display at fabric companies booths and I’m helping my friend, Lisa Amundson, Around the Bobbin, in her booth #950, so please stop by and say hi if you are there.

Here are images of my 3 new patterns available to ship the beginning of June and also images of the quilts that will be displayed in different booths.

 

QM136-Swirl-Cover

QM136 Swirl – $8.50 retail – Strip friendly pattern in 8 sizes runners to queen

I pieced a throw size version in Timeless Treasures Tonga Reef batiks (fabrics shown on bottom right of pattern) which will be in their booth.

QM137-Charm-Bracelets

QM137 Charm Bracelets – $8.50 retail – Charm pack friendly pattern in 3 sizes: runners & lap/baby/wall

Here’s a quick photo of the sample I made with a charm pack of Moda’s Chance of Flowers collection by Sandy Gervais and quilted by my friend Sandi Moser

QM137 Charm Bracelets Moda Chance of Flowers

 

QM138-Coin-Bracelets

QM138 Coin Bracelets – $8.50 retail – layer cake (10″ sqs) & fat quarter friendly, 3 sizes: bedrunner, twin & queen

The twin size version made with one layer cake and yardage of Moda’s Best Day Ever collection by April Rosenthal will be in the Moda / United Notions area.

 

QM128 Ribbon Rings Topper Maywood Christmas Traditions

Here’s a topper version of my Ribbon Rings QM128 made with Maywood Studio’s Christmas Traditions.  My friend Katie Rubatt pieced and quilted several versions of the topper and a runner.  The pattern includes 6 sizes topper to queen.  I love how the Christmas fabrics make the topper look like a wreath.  Can’t you see this as either a wallhanging for the holidays or a topper on your table with a candle or flower centerpiece?

QM109 Celebration TT Hemingway batiks

Here’s a version of my Celebration QM109 made in Timeless Treasures’  Tonga Hemingway batiks which will be displayed in their booth.

QM125 Belle Kaleidoscope TT Zara

Here’s a queen size version of my Belle Kaleidoscope QM125 made in Timeless Treasures Zara collection.  I pieced the twin size.  Easy quilt to make with 4-patch kaleidoscopes.

OK, gotta run….

Until next time, enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn

 

Winners Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour Drawing

May 11, 2014

Hello & Happy Mothers Day!  Hope you all had a wonderful day being pampered, celebrating with your Moms, and sharing happy memories of cherished Moms.

Forgive my tardiness…I randomly picked and notified the 2 winners from the blog hop last Sunday but forgot to post it here!

Thank you all so much for participating in the Quiltmaker blog hop and for the kind comments.

Janet T.  from California is the winner of an issue of the new Volume 9 Quiltmaker 100 Blocks magazine compliments of Quiltmaker.

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Betty W.  from Kentucky is the winner of the 3 yard cut of the Timeless Treasures Nouveau Rouge fabric designed by Alice Kennedy.   This is the same fabric that I used in the Pinwheel Polka block.

Trio-C1339-RedForeman #866 Quiltmaker100BlkVol9

I thoroughly enjoyed the blog hop looking at all the other designers blogs.

Thanks again to Quiltmaker.

Until next time, enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn

 

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 9 Blog Tour

April 29, 2014

Thank you for visiting Quilt Moments’  blog.  I am so excited to be included once again in the fabulous Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine and join in the fun blog tour with my fellow block designers.  Volume 9 hits newsstands May 6th.  Today I’ll share some ideas on how to use my block and give you a chance to win several goodies.   Keep reading to the end to see what you could win!

 

My block, Pinwheel Polka #866, is shown on page 58 of the magazine.  I love using large print fabrics in my quilts and often put what I call “4-patch kaleidoscopes” in my block centers which are made from sets of four identical squares.  For this block, instead of using squares, I used four matching rectangles and made stitch n’ flip corner with black squares to create the pinwheel effect.

Foreman #866 Quiltmaker100BlkVol9

I made the block using  the large black and white floral from the Nouveau Rouge collection designed by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures shown below.  Would you like a chance to own some of this fabric?  Keep reading…..

Trio-C1339-Red

Here is an image of what a twin size quilt looks like using 12 blocks set on point with an easy alternate block and 5″ wide border of the feature floral print.

Pinwheel Polka #866 Twin Quilt Foreman

The large print shown on the border is what is used for all the 4-patch block centers.
I have many patterns and a book featuring this easy technique which you can see on my website, but
here are the construction highlights:
1) Cut or rip a piece of large print fabric containing at least 4 fabric repeats lengthwise down the middle and save one of these pieces for the wide borders
2) Cut out and layer four identical pieces of the fabric following the design repeat and pin around the perimeter with flathead pins carefully capturing the same motif through all fabric layers
3) Rotary cut strip sets 3-1/2” wide and then sub-cut them into 3-1/2” x 6-1/2″ rectangle sets. (Usually square sets, here rectangle sets)
4) Take a rectangle set, and rotate the four identical rectangles to create a 4-patch rectangle kaleidoscope. With the rectangles, you have two  different rotation options so you can choose your favorite look!

One of my favorite Quilt Moments patterns that uses both 4-patch rectangles and 4-patch squares is Tilt-A-Whirl (QM103).  In this pattern I use smaller blocks finishing 8″.  Here is a version using the black and white butterfly print shown below.

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QM103 Tilt-A-Whirl with Flor D'Luna

I never get bored trying out different fabrics with the easy 4-patch kaleidoscope technique since it always yields fun surprises.  Who would have imagined that using this simple butterfly print with 4″ butterflies could create such cool effects in the blocks?

QM103 Tilt-A-Whirl with Flor D'Luna CLOSEUP

 

Have fun choosing a large print to make your own block.  Florals work great, but you can also use novelty prints and kids’ prints.  My examples today feature black & white fabrics, but of course you can choose from a whole rainbow of colors!  Adding easy “4-patch kaleidoscopes” to the center of blocks is a fun way to spice up your blocks so give it a try!

I love sharing my quilts during trunk show talks and teaching classes at quilt shops and quilt guilds, so I was thrilled when Sandy Fogarty of Quilters Quarters in North Carolina invited me to teach on a quilting cruise next year!

I’m excited to share the news that I’ll be the featured teacher on Quilters Quarters Quilting Cruise  on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Sea’s Caribbean cruise February 22 – March 1, 2015.  I’ll be teaching classes showing my kaleidoscope techniques during the days at sea and enjoying the many cruise activities and adventures at the ports of call.  Please come join us on this great adventure!  We all experienced a very LONG winter, especially here in Minnesota, so wouldn’t you love to make plans for a warm trip next winter?!  You can find all the information and reserve a spot here.

Now for the goodies.  Leave a comment on this post by midnight Sunday, May 4th, for a chance to win a copy of the new Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9 magazine, or a 3 yard cut of the beautiful Nouveau Rouge floral print featured in my block.

For a second chance to win, please “like” Quilt Moments on our new Facebook page and leave another comment letting us know you liked us:)

Then remember to visit Quiltmaker and all the other blogs for more entertainment and chances to win prizes.

Enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn

Ribbon Rings in Quiltmania Special Spring 2014 Edition

April 25, 2014

Hi fellow quilters,

The new Quiltmania Special Spring 2014 magazine has just arrived at newsstands.  It’s a lovely issue containing 13 projects varying in size from pillows to runners to quilts.

QuiltMania Spring2014Cover

I’m thrilled to share that a version of my Ribbon Rings design (QM128) is included in this issue.  The quilt was pieced by my friends Pam Matthews and Cindy Luby, and quilted by Cindy.  They used fabrics from the Charleston Farmhouse collection designed by Felicity Miller for Free Spirit Fabrics.  Beautiful job ladies!  Thank you for making such a lovely version of Ribbon Rings!  And thank you Carol & Christelle at Quiltmania for selecting the quilt to include in your lovely magazine!

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QuiltMania Spring2014 RibbonRings2

Pam is selling kits for the quilt with the same fabrics as shown in the magazine on her website at Del Ray Fabrics.

QuiltMania Spring2014 Ad

I love how the setting for the magazine version differs from the four layouts shown on my Ribbon Rings (QM128) pattern cover & back.  The pattern cover shows the “rings” and “garden” layouts which I pieced using Galaxy Java batiks.

Microsoft Word - QM128 Ribbon Rings Cover 2012-5-7

The pattern back shows this “Tic Tac Toe” layout pieced by my friend Karen Ytzen using a light and dark strip pack of Anthology batiks,

QM128 Ribbon Rings with Anthology Strips

and this scrappy “garden” layout version made by my friend Katie Rubatt with fat quarters of a Moda 3 Sisters collection.

QM128 Ribbon Rings Moda Papillon FQ 2011-12-15

The quilt is made from just one simple block rotated to achieve the different layout options.  You can use yardage, fat quarters, or pre-cut 2-1/2″ strips.  The pattern includes six sizes: topper, runner, small throw, large throw, twin & queen.

Until next time, enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn

 

 

Houston Quilt Market

December 6, 2013

Hi Fellow Quilters!

Yes, I know quilt market was over a month ago but I’m still playing catch up so I thought I would share some of the photos I took with my cellphone.  Quilt Market is the wild and crazy venue where quilt shop owners come twice a year to purchase fabrics, patterns, books and notions for their stores for the next 6 months. The convention center is filled to the brim with beautiful booths and people from all areas of the quilt industry.

I’ve had a booth at 5 spring quilt markets, but since I usually only manage to escape for one market per year, this is only my second time having a booth at the Houston quilt market.  The first time was October 2007 a year after starting Quilt Moments so I was long overdue.

QuiltMoments 2013 Houston

Here I am in the Quilt Moments booth.  The quilt behind me is my newest pattern Twister Shimmer (QM135) which just started shipping November 15th and can be seen on my What’s New page.  The quilt was pieced by my friend Karen Ytzen and was made with Robert Kaufman’s Kona solids and the Lil’ Twister tool.  I pieced a version in Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer collection for Northcott’s booth and also one using my collection of Jinny Beyer palette fabrics and other Jinny collections in my huge stash!  Karen also pieced another sample using Anthology Fabrics Chromatic batiks which is shown hanging in Anthology Fabrics booth below.

QuitMoments TwisterShimmerQM135 AnthologyBooth QMHO2013

QuiltMoments QMHO2013 Booth Right

Here is the right side of my booth featuring my Starlight QM132 design.  The quilt was made with Robert Kaufman’s Winters Grandeur collection and beautifully custom quilted by my friend Sandi Moser of Moonlight Quilting.  She did such an amazing job with the quilting detail that many people thought the tree was embroidered rather than a large panel!  The runner and topper on the left are my Ribbon Rings QM128.

QuiltMoments QMHO2013 BoothLeftSide

Here is the left side of the booth.  The large quilt hanging below my sign is Twilight Kaleidoscope QM117 made with Robert Kaufman’s Lumina collection in the Peacock colorway combined with Prisma Dye batiks.  A version made with the Dawn colorway was hanging in Robert Kaufman’s booth.

QuiltMoments Twilight Kaleidoscope QM117 TimelessTreasuresShimmerMist QMHO2013

Another sample of Twilight Kaleidoscope featuring Timeless Treasures Shimmer Mist collection was hanging in Timeless Treasures booth shown above.  Sorry, the wacky lighting in the photo doesn’t do the quilt justice.  I pieced this quilt and it was quilted by Sandi Moser.

CheckOutTheStars QM107 QMHO2013

My Check Out the Stars QM107 design was featured in Robert Kaufman’s booth in Artisan Batiks Colorsource 4 collection by Lunn Studios shown above.  It was pieced by Ramona Burke and I was very pleased to see that it was beautifully quilted by Angela Walters.  Detail of the intricate quilting is shown below.  My Changing Ways QM123 design was also featured in their booth with Artisan Batiks Spring Mod collection by Lunn Studios.  A version showing a dark background and different border is shown here.

Check Out the Stars Closeup QMHO2013

QuiltMoments Elegance QM121 NorthcottStratfordPark QMHO2013

The Elegance QM121 quilt that I pieced with Northcott’s Stratford Park was hanging in Northcott’s booth shown above.  Below is a photo of their booth featuring the new Artisan Spirit Shimmer collection which I used for my Twister Shimmer QM135.

QMHO13 Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer

QuiltMoments TwisterShimmerQM135 Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer

QuiltMomentsQMHO2013 Marilyn&Lisa

My friend and fellow quilt designer Lisa Amundson of Around the Bobbin  helped me at market.  Thanks Lisa!  Check out her wonderful bag and runner patterns at Around the Bobbin.  After market we quickly dismantled the booth and went to Pappasito’s TexMex restaurant to unwind and enjoy strawberry margaritas, guacamole, chips and amazing fajitas!

We were thrilled with the wonderful warm Houston weather.  Definitely something to dream about today since we had a low of -9F here in St. Paul, Minnesota today!!!!  What’s the weather like today in your neck of the woods?

Until next time, enjoy all of your Quilt Moments!

Marilyn

Winner of Midnight Blues Quilt Kit

September 16, 2013

Hi fellow quilters,

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I was amazed that 400 people entered for a chance to win the queen size kit of the Midnight Blues quilt featured in Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall 2013 issue.  I appreciate all the kind comments.

The lucky winner is Patty from Missouri.   The kit with the magazine, and my Kaleidoscope Symphony book will be at your doorstep soon!  Congratulations Patty!  The kit includes 15 yards of fabric, the magazine, and my Kaleidoscope Symphony book, so the retail value is over $170.00!

Here is a listing of all the fabric included in the kit:  Midnight Blues Timeless Treasures fabric reqs.  The information is also shown on my website in the tab Magazine Quilts and I have some kits available.  I updated the listing to include substitute suggestions for some of the fabrics in case shops run out of some of the specific coordinates.

QMMS-130035-blues_350flat MarilynForeman

Quilt Moments Midnight Blues Quilt Kit

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Enjoy all your Quilt Moments!

Marilyn

Midnight Blues Quilt by Quilt Moments in Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall 2013 Issue

September 3, 2013

I’m thrilled that the kaleidoscope quilt that I designed using my blocks from Volume 4 & Volume 7 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is included in the Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks fall issue hitting stores and newsstands today.  You can find the magazine at your favorite quilt shop or purchase it directly from Quiltmaker.  Please keep reading to the end of this post since there is a drawing for a quilt kit!

QMMS-130035-cover_500 MarilynForeman

The Midnight Blues quilt is shown on the cover (bottom) of the magazine and on pages 14-17.  I pieced the quilt and my friend Katie Rubatt of Sweet Pea Quilting did the beautiful custom quilting.  Timeless Treasures provided the fabrics from the Tree of Life collection designed by Chong-a Hwang and Tonga Java blender batiks.

QMMS-130035-blues_350flat MarilynForeman

QMMS-130035-blues_350  MarilynForeman

The magazine includes instructions for making the quilt without the easy 4-patch kaleidoscope block centers and mentions that my book Kaleidoscope Symphony describes the technique if you would like to make the block centers like mine.  All the kaleidoscope patterns shown on my website also describe the easy process so if you have one of my patterns you can refer to that or review the technique summary that I included in my blog post about Volume 7 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks in April and also shown below.

Here is a closeup image of how stunning the block centers look made with easy 4-patch kaleidoscopes.  This little extra effort really helps highlight the beautiful Tree of Life fabric.  You can also see Katie’s wonderful quilting better in this photo.

QM-MidnightBlues MarilynForemanBlockCloseup

The large print used for the wide quilt border (Tree of Life Eden-CM1203-black) was also used for all the 4-patch block centers.  I used 3 yards for the lengthwise cut borders and a separate 3 yard piece for the block centers.  You will need half of the yardage (22″ x 3 yards) to prepare the block centers and the remaining 22″ x 3 yards can be used for part of the quilt backing or share with a friend!

Here are the 4-patch kaleidoscope construction highlights:
1) Cut or rip a piece of large print fabric containing at least 4 fabric repeats (3 yards in this case since the fabric has a 24″ lengthwise repeat and 24″ times 4 equals 2-2/3 yards) lengthwise down the middle and save one of these pieces to create more kaleidoscopes later, piece into backing, or use for some of wide borders.
2) Cut out and layer four identical pieces of the fabric following the design repeat and pin around the perimeter with flathead pins carefully capturing the same motif through all fabric layers
3) Rotary cut strip sets 3-1/2” wide x 22″ and then sub-cut them into 3-1/2” square sets.
4) Take a square set, and rotate the four identical squares to create a 4-patch kaleidoscope. There are four different rotation options so have fun choosing your favorite look!

And now for the drawing!  I thought it would be fun to give away a complete kit to make the queen size quilt as shown in the magazine with the exact Timeless Treasures fabrics shown.  I’ve also listed all the fabric requirements and skus here Midnight Blues Timeless Treasures fabric reqs  and on my website in the tab Magazine Quilts.  The kit includes the magazine and almost 15 yards of fabric so the retail value is over $150.00!

For a chance to win the kit, please leave a comment anytime between now and midnight CST September 10th.  Remember to also visit Quiltmaker’s blog and enter their drawing for a magazine.

Visit my website to see more ways to highlight large prints.  Here is another design that showcases the Timeless Treasures Tree of Life collection used in the magazine quilt.  It is called Starlight (QM132) and features the Tree of Life panel.  Fabric designer Chong-a Hwang also created these fabrics in a new autumn colorway called Eden which can be see at Timeless Treasures.

QM132 Starlight with TT Tree of Life


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