SnugglesQuilts's Blog

Deanne Eisenman, Pattern Designer

November 2010 - Posts

Good Morning!  Boy it's really cold here in north Iowa.  The thermometer says 14 degrees!  That's January weather usually.  I certainly hope it warms up a bit.  If January weather is starting now....I'm in trouble!

I wanted to thank all of you who commented on my block in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks issue.  It's been fun to be involved with this magazine.  I will be in the next issue as well.  I believe will be out in May of 2011 so I'm really excited!

I spent the weekend finishing the set up of my mid-arm quilt table and machine.  I had a friend who was upgrading to a long-arm and wanted to sell her smaller table.  It's a Little Gracie II.  I bought a Janome 1600 to go with it. I also have a stitch regulator on it.   It's going to be really fun to work on.  I do all my quilting right now on my small machine (except for lap size or larger quilts) so I am familiar with machine quilting.  I'm excited to practice.  I've got some large scraps (translation:  ugly fabric that I can not figure out why I bought it!) that i will sandwich up and practice on.  I'll keep you posted on my progress.  If anyone of you has a mid-arm and have any advice for me, I'd be glad to hear it.  Any bit helps. Below is a photo of my machine. 

 

Well, I'm off to get started on my day.  I have a new pattern I'm working on and hopefully it will work out the way I want it.  Everyone have a great Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for a healthy, happy family, great friends and, of course, quilting!

Sherri M.! 

   e-mail address given was: sherrim@mvdsl.com

I will contact you, Sherri, by e-mail so I can get information to Quiltmaker for your prize.  Congratulations!

And to all who visited my blog for the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog tour, thank you! I hope you enjoyed it and are
looking forward to the next time!

Be sure to look for the magazine on newsstands next week.

Deanne

 Welcome blog tourists!

 I was so excited to be included in this issue!  This is my second time appearing in a Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue.  I didn’t have a blog the first time I was in the magazine so I am excited to participate this time.  Check out my blog archives to see what I have been up to since I began the blog this summer.

 I have been designing and marketing my own patterns since 2003.  My love is combining traditional piecing and appliqué to make unique creations.  I also love to design seasonal and holiday themed items.  Feel free to view my web site: http://www.snugglesquilts.com.  I also have a book called “Country Fresh Quilts”   published in 2008 by Martingale & Co.  My next book “Scrap Quilts Go Country” will be out in February of 2011.

 My block is called “Tulip Twist”.  I wanted to create a pieced flower themed block and not use any appliqué.  I created my block in “cool” colors, but I feel you can adapt this block to any color family you like.

Here is my block:

 

 To make a quick and colorful table runner, follow the direction in the magazine to make three Tulip Twist blocks and then join them into a row.  Next add 2 1/4” borders to the sides.  You will need to cut 2 border strips 2 1/4 x 36 1/2 for the long sides and 2 border strips 2 1/4 x 16 for the short sides (about 1/4 yard of fabric will be plenty).  Join the long border strips to the block row first, then the short strips.  The finished runner will  measure 16 x 40.

 

 Look for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks on newsstands November 16th or visit http://www.quiltmaker.com/100blocks to purchase an issue.  Be sure to visit the Quiltmaker blog at http://www.quiltmaker.com/quiltypleasures where you will be eligible for great prizes! 

I will be drawing a name from those who comment here and you will receive a free issue of the magazine!  Leave a comment here and come back Friday, November 12th to see if you are a winner!