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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Happy Fourth of July!

July 3, 2013

Hello Fellow Quilters,

Here’s wishing a Happy Independence Day to all Americans and a Happy July to those of you around the world!

The last few months have flown by with the craze of Portland quilt market in May and no school for my 3 kids starting in June which means lots of happy chaos in our household.

Looking forward to a big BBQ with the family tomorrow and then off to the cabin for some fishing, sleeping, eating, & lots of time just happily staring at the lake.

I updated the What’s New section of the Quilt Moment’s website with my newest patterns so you can check out Twister Sparkler, All For One, and Starlight plus see some of my designs in the newest fabric lines.

Since several of the patterns show patriotic fabric options I thought I would share them here today.

First, here’s a red,white & blue version of the new Twister Sparkler (QM134) which is shown on the back of the pattern.

QM134 Twister Sparkler wall&king

And here are two versions of my Starlight design (QM132) in Northcott’s Stonehenge Stars & Stripes collections.  The image below is a page shown in the brand new Quiltmaker’s Classics magazine

QM132 Starlight Northcott Stonehenge S&SII

That’s it for now.

Have a fabulous holiday and enjoy ALL your quilt moments!

Marilyn

Winners Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol 7 Blog Tour

May 6, 2013

Hello Fellow Quilters,

Hope you had fun blog hopping last week.  Thank you so much for all the great comments and I appreciate you visiting my blog.   A big thank you, too, to the great team at Quiltmaker.

I’ve drawn 3 winners from the 453 comments received by end of day May 3rd and have emailed the lucky ladies.

Deborah D. from Illinois won the new Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 7 magazine compliments of Quiltmaker:

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Karen P. from Manitoba won the pattern of her choice from my website and she selected Celebration with Stonehenge (QM109N)

QM109N-Celebration with Stonehenge

And Karen J. from California won my Kaleidoscope Symphony book

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I’m busy preparing for the Portland Quilt Market which is next week already (Yikes!) so I better get back to piecing my quilt samples!  I’ll share what’s new when I return.

Until then enjoy ALL your quilt moments!

Marilyn

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 7 Blog Tour

April 29, 2013

Thank you for visiting Quilt Moments’  blog. I am thrilled that my block appears in the new Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7 hitting newsstands May 7th and it’s fun to be part of the blog tour.  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!

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My block, Kaleidoscope Star #664, is shown on page 53 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.
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I made the block using  the Love Flows collection designed by Jan Douglas for Maywood Studio.  Here are some images of what 5 blocks set on point look like for a 40″ x 40″ tabletopper / wallhanging.

First, here’s what the quilt looks like using the same fabrics shown in the block above.

Foreman #664 LoveFlows cream for web

Next, here is the same setting using brown instead of cream for the background, and changing some of the fabric positions.

Foreman #664 LoveFlows brown web

Now let’s see the block in a different fabric collection, Garden of Enchantment by Maywood Studio.

Foreman #664 GardenOfEnchantment web

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” 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!

Have fun choosing a large print to make your own block.  Florals work great, but you can also have fun using novelty prints and kids’ prints.

I was so inspired by the Love Flows fabric collection while working on my block submission that I made a twin size version of my Trellis Garden (QM116) pattern with the fabric and updated my pattern cover to feature the fabric as shown below.

QM116 Trellis Garden pattern web

Here is an image of a queen size quilt using my Kaleidoscope Symphony design and the Maywood Studio’s Garden of Enchantment fabric line that I showed you above.  Adding easy  “4-patch kaleidoscopes” to the center of blocks is a fun way to spice up your blocks so give it a try!

Kaleidoscope Symphony - Garden of Enchantment

Now for the goodies.  Leave a comment on this post by midnight Friday, May 3rd, for a chance to win a copy of the new Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7 magazine, a Quilt Moments’ pattern, or my Kaleidoscope Symphony book.  Tell me what pattern you would like to win (you can see all of them on my website).

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

Enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn

Triple Twister Kaleidoscope Version & Prize Winners!

January 17, 2013

Before announcing the prize winners from the last post I thought I would show you a closer look at the kaleidoscope option included in the Triple Twister pattern.

Here’s the Triple Twister pattern cover.

Microsoft Word - QM127 Triple Twister Pattern Cover Draft 2012-5

To create the optional kaleidoscope version, I used the four-patch kaleidoscope technique described in the pattern with four repeats of this foliage print called Botanica by Henry Glass.

QM127 HenryGlass Botanica 15in 7433-77

I chose a turquoise coordinate for the alternating squares and light aqua for the background.  Then, using the Lil’  Twister it was easy to create the runner shown here.  I put the leftover foliage print on the back of the runner since it’s fun to see the original fabric used the create the pinwheels.

QM127 Triple Twister Kaleidoscope Runner 150dpi

Here’s an image zooming into the middle section so you can see the effect of the kaleidoscope pinwheels.  The squares in the border are the leftover pieces from the Lil’ Twister cutting.  Isn’t that fun?!

QM127 Triple Twister Kaleidoscope closeup

Have I tempted you to try “kaleidoscoping” your pinwheels?

OK, now it’s time to announce the winners from the Pinwheel Patterns for Lil’ Twister & Twister Tool post.  Using the random number generator on the 95 comments, the winners are #47 and #70!

Nancy M. wins the Triple Twister kit with Moda Fig Tree Tapestry with cream background.   Reading through all the comments, it looks like preferences are pretty evenly divided with 13 people noting that they prefer Version 1 with one background and 16 people prefer Version 2 with two backgrounds.

#47  Nancy M. Says:
January 9, 2013 at 11:51 am I have the little ruler but have yet to work with it. You patterns are inspiring. My goal for 2013 is to make a twister quilt! PS I like the one color background best!

QM127 Triple Twister Moda Tapestry LC 1 bkgd

Chris wins the pack of all 3 patterns Triple Twister, Twister Tapestry & Twister Illusions

#70 Chris Says:
January 10, 2013 at 2:03 am I really enjoy the Twister. It’s just plain fun! I hadn’t seen the new patterns. They are great! Can’t wait to try them.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment and I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog.  Thanks again to Moda for helping me get back into blogging.

See you next month and until then….enjoy all your Quilt Moments!

Marilyn

Pinwheel Patterns for Lil’ Twister and Twister Tool

January 8, 2013

Happy New Year fellow quilters!

Hoping to start blogging regularly (or at least monthly).  Making it an actual resolution sounds wrong since that would make it a chore rather than fun so let’s just say I’m optimistic and eager to try!

My friends at Moda have helped me start my blogging goal by inviting me to write an entry for their Moda Cutting Table blog so please read that post tonight and come back here to read the rest of this post and enter to win a kit and patterns!

My patterns have never required special tools or rulers…simply the basic rulers.  I know there are lots of great rulers and templates for different techniques on the market, and yes, I have acquired several but haven’t been inspired to actually incorporate one into some of my patterns until now.

The Lil’ Twister and Twister tools were created by Marsha Bergren of CS Designs (Country Schoolhouse) and they continue to be on the top selling tools lists.  They make it a piece of cake to make pinwheels out of squares.  The Lil’ Twister uses 5” squares and the Twister uses 10” squares.

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Three of my patterns feature the popular Lil’ Twister and Twister tools:

Twister Illusions (QM131)

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The Twister Illusions pattern works great with solids.  It’s also perfect for batiks.  In the version below I simply changed the placement of the blues and greens and used batiks instead of solids.

Keepsake Quilting is selling this Twister Illusions batik kit on their website.  They also have a kit of my Ribbon Rings quilt.

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Twister Tapestry (QM130)

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Below is the Twister Tapestry baby and queen layout shown on the pattern back in solids.

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Triple Twister (QM127)

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All three patterns have the option of multiple sizes from baby to queen or king, and pattern above has table-runner and bed-runner options.  The patterns utilize the Lil’ Twister for the smaller quilts sizes (runner, baby and throw) and the larger Twister tool for the bedrunner and queen size quilts.

You can also use these patterns with other pinwheel tools on the market for smaller pinwheels.  Simply follow the tables inside for the number of squares needed of each fabric and cut square size as directed in the instructions for your tool.

Below are two versions of Triple Twister made with one layer cake (Forty+ 10” squares) plus 1 or 2 backgrounds using Moda’s Tapestry collection by Fig Tree.  This is the kit I’m giving away in honor of my guest blogging on Moda’s Cutting Table.

Version with 1 Background Fabric

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Version with 2 Background Fabrics

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Which version do you prefer? The winner can choose their favorite version. On the Moda blog I also showed versions in an upcoming fabric line called Snap Pop by Sandy Gervais.

I hope you enjoyed this introduction to my Twister patterns.  Have you used the Lil’ Twister or Twister yet?   I know I’m definitely late to the party since these tools have been out for several years already but perhaps I’m only “fashionably late” since I anticipate these tools will be around for many, many years to come.

Please leave a comment here for a chance to win the Triple Twister Quilt Kit with Tapestry or a collection of the 3 patterns.  The lucky winners will be chosen at random end of the day next Wednesday, January 16th.  This is an especially lucky day since my father and oldest brother (both named Harry!) were born on that day.  Sadly, Dad is no longer with us but he would still want us to celebrate!

And, please “follow” my blog so you can be notified when I make additional posts. I anticipate lots of show and tell and more giveaways.

Enjoy all your Quilt Moments!

Marilyn

Congratulations Winners!

November 14, 2011

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks tour and commented on my first blog entry.  It was fun and informative to learn what you like about blogs, get some feedback on my patterns, and even hear what you were having for dinner….some answers made me wish I was dining at your house!  Remember to look for Volume 4 at your quilt shop, newstands, or directly through Quiltmaker starting this week.  And thanks again to Quiltmaker for including me in this wonderful magazine and inviting me to join the blog tour!

Now that I’ve entered blog world I hope to post something at least every few weeks (I know I won’t be able to keep up the pace of every day so I’m not making that my resolution!).  So please signup to be notified of future posts.  I plan to share photos and inspirations for my designs and other quilty thoughts.   And of course, to make it fun and tempting, I’ll have occasional giveaways!

And now, the winners for the 4 prizes for my first blog entry and Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol 4 tour are…….drumroll please……………………………………………………………………….

1) Quiltmaker 100 Volume 4 magazine goes to ……..Wordygirl!

wordygirl Says:
What do I love about quilt blogs? The inspiration, sense of community, and chance to take a moment to focus on creating, right in the middle of the day or night.

2) Kaleidoscope Symphony book goes to …….Maria Kievit!

Maria Kievit Says:
Really enjoyed looking at the kaleidoscope effect! Beautiful block.

           

3) Quilt Moments’ pattern of your choice…..goes to KT!   I will be sending KT one of the two patterns that she likes shown above.

KT Says:
Love your Kaleidoscope block! I really like Elegance and Keyboard Kaleidoscope. We’re having pasta for dinner tonight–swim meet tomorrow. Thanks for the chance to win!

    

4) Kaleidoscope Symphony table/sofarunner kit with Moda Jovial &  Puzzle Pieces fabrics goes to……Diane Durrant!

Diane Durrant Says:
Great pattern! I visited your website and perused the patterns. I loved the Twilight Kaleidoscope the best – the colors just jumped off the page!! My next favorite was Keyboard Kaleidoscope.

Congratulations to all the winners.  I’ll be emailing you to get your mailing addresses to send out your goodies.

Enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn

100 Blocks Volume 4 Blog Tour Day 5

November 10, 2011

Thank you for visiting Quilt Moments’ new blog. I am so excited to be included in Quiltmaker’s fun publication along with so many great designers and thought this hop would be a great incentive for me to finally start a blog and share my quilting adventures. Today I’ll share some ideas on how to use my block and give you a chance to win several goodies including a kit!   Keep reading to the end to see what you could win!

I was tickled to find that my block was on the cover of the magazine. If you’re familiar with my designs you know that I love to use large print fabrics in my quilts and often put what I call “4-patch kaleidoscopes” in my block centers. My block is #376, Holiday Splendor. Can you guess from these hints which block is mine?
Well, here it is………

Block 376 Holiday Splendor

I made the block using the large poinsettia print from Moda’s Jovial collection designed by Basic Grey and combined it with prints from Moda’s Puzzle Pieces blender collection. Let’s play with the block and see how it looks in some other fabric collections.

Here is an image of the block made with Robert Kaufman’s Holiday Flourish 4 line

And here are 9 blocks put together with a border to make a 48” x 48” tabletopper or wallhanging.

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” 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!

Here is an image of the same block made with Monique Dillard’s Memories of Provence collection for Maywood Studio.

Monique is one of the designers in the hop so I thought it would be fun to show her fabric line, plus I’ve created images of several of my quilts using this beautiful fabric line (see What’s New on my website) and wanted to see what it would look like in this block.

See how the quilt changes by simply switching the pink to green:

Have fun choosing a large print to make your own block.  Florals work great, but you can also have fun using novelty prints and kids’ prints.

Now for the goodies. Help me start out my first blog entry with a bang and enter to win one of 4 prizes in honor of Volume 4.
The prizes are:

1) Quiltmaker 100 Block Volume 4 magazine
2) My Kaleidoscope Symphony book
3) A Quilt Moments’ pattern of your choice
4) A table/sofarunner Kaleidoscope Symphony kit with the same Moda Jovial fabrics used in my block. See photo below.

So simply leave me a comment by midnight Saturday November 12th with your contact info and you may win one of these prizes! Tell me what pattern you would like to win (you can see all of them on my website), what you like about blogs, what you’re having for dinner and/or whatever you feel like sharing in your comment!

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

Enjoy all your quilt moments!

Marilyn


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