Little houses made with Kaffe Fassett prints and awesome stripes. 59 of them! Check it out and see how I did it: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2022/10/kaffe-fassett-house-quilt-1.html. Just needs a border or two.
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Operating as usual
Went to live in a new home: Red Hot Logs. I've made it scrappy, too. Easy and fun! https://www.etsy.com/listing/703444398/greek-key-log-cabin-quilts-pattern
Free Pattern Friday: 5" paper pieced basket. https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2022/10/free-pattern-friday-5-paper-pieced.html
It's time to destash some quilts, blocks and other quilty items crowding me out. I'm hoping to sell some quilt tops that I have no interest in finishing. And some blocks that are crying out to become a quilt! Winding Ways quilt top is 62" x 72" and those were pieced using templates (each block has 12 patches!). The 14 string pieced blocks and 3 bags of scraps are all Kaffe Fassett. You can find them in my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuilterbyDesign
Diamonds. Lots of them. Check out this blog post. https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2022/10/more-diamonds-how-rich-am-i.html
Set of free patterns from a few years ago. Quilt, placemats, aprons and tea cozies. Find your own veggie motifs. Quick gifts in time for Christmas! https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2021/12/eat-your-veggies-and-free-pattern.html
Eat Your Veggies and FREE Pattern I've been going through the many patterns I designed for various fabric companies (almost 50!) and came upon a super, multi-project one call...
Hanukkah comes early this year. Begins next Sunday/Monday. Just in time for my paper pieced Dreidel gift bags featured in the latest issue of Quilting Arts Holiday issue. (They first ran in 2015). I have 3 little blocks left that I'm turning into mug rugs. So cute!
One of my favorite Halloween quilts. Halloween is NOT one of my favorite holidays, but since I have worked for many fabric companies over the years, they always seem to come up with a pumpkin/ghost/bat themed collection! Vintage (2007!)
Tree of Life quilts today on my blog. Did you know that there were TWO trees in the Garden of Eden? Good thing Adam didn't eat from the Tree of Life AFTER he ate from the other one! (That's the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, btw). https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2019/12/tree-of-life-quilts.html
Michael Miller Mondays today: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2021/10/michael-miller-mondays.html
Michael Miller Mondays I love the timeless beauty of gingham (otherwise known as "Buffalo Plaid"). Michael Miller has the collection Gingham Play in beautiful col...
3 charity quilt finishes using leftover teaching samples from my workshops. Arrowheads (uses batiks along with some Windham Fabrics "Fresh Catch"); Fishing panels (using "Keep it Reel by Benartex) and a quilt donated by my sister (the pink Rail Fence).
A lovely quilt made with Michael Miller's Tropical Batiks - a fat quarter bundle! But it worked with a single 16" center star: my paper pieced Divided Diamonds. Check it out and see some of the steps: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2021/10/michael-miller-monday-with-divided.html
Halloween Quilts week. Check out the 5 days of fun quilts: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/
Constitution Oak is a vintage quilt pattern. I love the folk art feel to these trees. On my blog today with a few other quilts and a FREE pattern. https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2021/05/constitution-oak-quilts-and-free-pattern.html
Constitution Oak Quilts and FREE Pattern I have always wanted to make a Constitution Oak quilt. Vintage. Traditional. Lovely. Here is a vintage quilt that we featured in Quilt Magaz...
The Swallows are flying - or at least they are in this quilt. Read about it and 3 more quilts like it: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-swallows-are-flying.html
I cut these 5" charm squares a few years ago and I finally pulled them out again, this time to stitch a very scrappy Dresden Plate quilt. Finished it last week. Two dresden wedges per square with almost no waste. And that fans print was perfect for my border! See some of the steps on my blog today: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/11/charming-dresdens.html
Labor Day 2020 sale in my Etsy shop. 20% off everything until midnight Monday. Give this parrot something to put in his cart! Use CODE:2020 at checkout. https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuilterbyDesign
I have a short survey about HOW and WHAT you enjoy about learning (quilting) online. If you want to answer 6 questions, I would appreciate it. https://us7.list-manage.com/survey?u=830077c9499c57fdecb11e2f1&id=70d10f9659. My Flying Swallows quilt is so sad she and her two sisters can't go into a real classroom this year.
Check out my 2nd YouTube video, filmed in my Studio (aka, dining room). Bubbles & Hexagons, a popular workshop in 2019. Create the illusion of whole hexagons using half-hexagons! https://youtu.be/cuich1foaOQ
Bubbles & Hexagons Create the illusion of whole hexagons by using rows of half-hexagons. The trick is in the placement of the patches. Pieced in vertical rows, this can become ...
I've created an online slide show that is being offered to quilt guild reps to consider for future Zoom lectures. I currently offer 4 topics. There's a little bit of my background info and then some teaser slides of my quilts. Not sure how this will view on your computer (and it's pretty bad on an iPhone and iPad - Smilebox problem, not mine). Guild reps would also get an info doc with more details. Under 2 minutes. Anyway, check it out and give me your feedback. https://plus.smilebox.com/play?g=1007f5ff-81e9-47c2-a926-9ed0ca38a81f&sbid=3466
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Check out my first YouTube video, a teaser on my blog hop Christmas in July post (on Thursday). https://youtu.be/puLBzLVc6ik?t=2
Festive Chickadees Preview Christmas in July blog hop! Festive Chickadees fabrics are what I use to create some fun projects. This teaser shows you the fabrics and two projects. Visit ...
Made 3 more blocks and put all 6 in a different setting than is expected. More of my Pentagon Wreaths using Spellbound by Windham Fabrics. Would be a fun class to teach, I think.
My quick method for Winding Ways is a 2-patch approach. I remade it using the Sweet Wish fabrics by Windham. https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/06/windham-wednesdays-with-sweet-wish.html
Blog post today using Planted with Love fabrics. Check it out: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/06/planted-with-love-for-technique-tuesday.html
Planted with Love for Technique Tuesday I am not much of a gardener. I leave that to my husband. But I love all things flowers and veggies and am always amazed how a seed will tur...
Foxwood is a new Windham Fabrics collection. Porcupines, pheasant, ducks, guinea fowl and, of course, foxes! Here one EPP block so far with others soon to come. At my blog today: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/06/windham-wednesdays-with-foxwood.html
I created a survey concerning thoughts about attending quilting events in the Fall. Six quick questions. As a classroom teacher, I want to know how potential students feel about their safety, etc. If you want to answer this, you can find it here: https://us7.list-manage.com/survey?u=830077c9499c57fdecb11e2f1&id=9d972f7bc2&e=
She's been busy this week, posing with all sorts of quilts in my Log Cabin week. Today she talks about curves (not hers! the ones in the logs). She's wearing her prom dress (and she didn't get to go this year, boo hoo), so she wants you to see her at least! https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/
She's all dressed up in party black and dancing on my sweet little Log Cabin quilt. Read more about it in Log Cabin Week, Day One: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/05/log-cabin-week-day-one.html
Day 3 of EPP Week. My Little Helper shares how strings of hexagons can become a wreath (and more): https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/05/english-paper-piecing-day-three.html
I've had Twisted Hexagon Week at my blog (not to be confused with Twisted Sister). Today I share a twist with my project made with the 6 half-hexagons and 1 single whole hexagon. Lots of pictures! https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/05/twisted-hexagon-week-day-5.html
Twisted Hexagon Week, Day 5 Day 5. Are you still with me? What if you took the parts to a Twisted Hexagon and sewed them in a different manner? As you can see from...
Orphan block adopted by fat quarter family after being in foster care for 27 years. I'm not kidding! https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/03/orphan-block-adopted-by-fat-quarter.html
Orphan Block Adopted by Fat Quarter Family She was born in 1993 and was quite a beauty. Her mother knew she was special and wanted her to see the world (and the world to see her). She...
Sent off 3 of my quilts to be part of the Sewing Expo traveling (faculty) exhibit. They were so excited to get out of the closet, they didn't mind being stuffed into a box and shipped FedEx. But, they'll be happy; think about it. They'll be singing Kumbaya, taught to them by my African Adinkra Quilt; supervised by Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam (the adults in the box) and able to drink tea and eat cake the entire time. Maybe they won't want to leave the box when they get there . . .
New quilt. Scrap Buster. Love those shot cottons by Pepper Cory. My Gretchen quilt with EZ blocks made with two sizes of squares and NO templates. No kidding! https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/03/one-more-gretchen-quilt.html
One More Gretchen Quilt! How in the world have I made so many of these Gretchen quilts? Do you know what I'm talking about? The updated version of the vintage block ...
Last block in the Cookie Cutter Sampler BOM: Fleur de Lis. Just in time for Mardi Gras, right? It's free (along with the other 10 blocks, but only until the end of March. https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/02/fleur-de-lis-last-block-in-cookie.html
Fleur de Lis: Last Block in the Cookie Cutter Sampler Just in time for Mardi Gras. This is Block #10 in my Cookie Cutter Sampler BOM . You can find the other 9 by clicking that link . ALL patter...
Sneak peek of a new collection by Windham Fabrics, Pop Dots: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/02/windham-wednesdays-with-pop-dots.html
Windham Wednesdays with Pop Dots Well, this is just a sneak peek because I didn't finish my project. What? That's never happened to you?! On my way to a fun project wit...
Dollar Store inspiration! What looks like a lollipop is actually a set of 24 rainbow colored elastic headbands. I snatched it up, ran home and pulled 6 bright colors and made a few blocks. Check it out: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/02/windham-wednesdays-with-bedrock-again.html
The 9th block in my Cookie Cutter Sampler BOM is up. It's the Tulip. I had 4 left over from my workshops and they all got into this quilt! FREE pattern! https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/02/cookie-cutter-sampler-block-9.html
Princess Feathers is a vintage pattern I keep coming back to. I first made one for Windham Fabrics in 2007. Then one for my second book. Then a table runner . . . You get the picture. You can see all of them on my blog today (with a link to the FREE pattern). https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/02/princess-feather-quilts-and-free-pattern.html
Princess Feather Quilts (and FREE pattern) I keep coming back to my Princess Feather quilts. The first one I made was for Windham Fabrics in 2007. It is owned by them and hangs in a p...
Pulled out my Valentine's quilts to display in my home. One or two may go for a visit to my granddaughter's kindergarten class. Love this chocolate quilt the best, I think. And the Woven Danish Heart - hey, we learned how to do that in kindergarten, right?
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