Stars and Stripes Waving Flag Quilt to Show Patriotism

Cuddle in this Stars and Stripes Waving Flag  quilt to celebrate your patriotism. This quilt pattern in red, white and blue fabrics is easy to sew to give you a quilt to display all year, for patriotic holidays, or give as a gift to a veteran or someone in the military.

Stars and Stripes Waving Flag Quilt pattern

This quilt is a good size for a lap quilt, wall hanging, or for cuddling. The size of 56″ W x 44″ H  can easily be adjusted for a larger or smaller quilt. The chevron zig zag stripes in an assortment of red and white fabrics give this quilt a fresh modern look. Using both piecing and appliqué methods to construct, this quilt pattern has a wide blue band on one side with appliqué white stars. The pattern has full step-by-step instructions, charts, color diagrams and a full size star pattern.

This Stars and Stripes Waving Flag pattern is available online from Craftsy as well as Etsy as downloable pdf’s.

May our flag forever wave!

Phyllis

Bird on Limb For a Scrap Quilt

I love how the bird population increases with the warmer weather of spring. The birds chirping outside inspired this new pieced scrap quilt pattern “Bird on a Limb”.

Bird on a Limb Quilt Pattern

The pattern is designed to use your scraps or precut fabrics and fat quarters for the blocks to give it a scrappy look. You can customize to make it all one color if you prefer. The birds have just landed on a limb with these pieced blocks. The size as shown is 64″ w x 76″ h. It’s easy to adjust your quilt to make a larger or smaller by adding or decreasing the blocks or rows. It’s also easy to customize for a table runner, placemat, table topper or wallhanging to give you lots of uses.

Embellish by adding buttons or beads for eyes, or a mix of both for additional scrappiness.

This pattern is available on Craftsy VibrantQuilts and Etsy WhimsiColor for instant download.

I hope this spring finds you outside listening to the bird chirping with a beautiful day and with plenty of time to quilt.

Phyllis

Enjoy Spring Showers May Flowers With a New Quilt Pattern

Spring is almost here!  Days are getting longer and the weather much warmer. But the spring showers are necessary to have the beautiful May flowers!  This new quilt pattern, Spring Showers May Flowers will have you ready to enjoy both.

Spring Showers May flowers Quilt Pattern

This quilt pattern includes both patchwork piecing and appliqué and is 52″ wide by 63″ high. The size can be easily adjusted to make it larger or smaller. Spring Showers May Flowers makes a great scrap quilt by using your scraps for the flowers and umbrella appliqué pieces. This pattern uses 2 color combinations for the quilt blocks and alternates the blocks. You can use different colors for all the blocks to give it a scrappy look. Its great also for adding embellishments with buttons or beads for the flower centers, or using rick rack for the umbrella handles instead of appliqué.

This pattern is available both from Craftsy or Etsy I would love to see your quilt that you make with this pattern!

Have a fun day of quilting!

Phyllis

ArtBizJam Artist Retreat in Gatlinburg, TN, the Smoky Mountains

We are excited to announce new and exciting details for ArtBizJam, 2016. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors of Gatlinburg, TN in the Smoky Mountains for our 4th annual art business retreat to be held October 5 – 9.  We will be  high in the mountains with a gorgeous view, but only minutes away from Gatlinburg.

ArtBizJam 2016 locationWe are also excited that Susan January will be joining us as a guest instructor!  She is the Vice President of Product Management of Leanin’ Tree, a 65+ year old manufacturer of greeting cards and gift products.  Everyone who knows Susan, knows that she is a guru with her knowledge of the greeting card industry! She is going to share her experience and much more and how it relates to artists over the 3 days of classes at ArtBizJam.

Lori Siebert, Cherish Flieder and myself, will conduct classes with relevant topics for your business to succeed and grow in a variety of ways. You can turn your art business into your dream business! In addition to the business classes, there will also be creative time to ignite your creative spark with rejuvenation and relaxation. There will also be fun surprises and much laughter! You will return to your studio recharged, inspired, with new friendships and ready to create magic with your art business!

ArtBizJam artist retreat

We would love to have you join us! Read more about it at ArtBizJam. Reservations made by June 20, 2016 will receive an early bird special of a free portfolio review by all the instructor (a value of $95).  Spaces are limited so please book early. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Phyllis

Sew a Bunny Apron for Easter

If you are stuck in the kitchen cooking for Easter, why not make it fun wearing this bunny apron? This apron will delight kids of all ages with the bunny pocket.

Easter Bunny apron pattern

This half apron made with this Bunny Apron Pattern is 33″ W and 21″ H and can easily be adjusted to another size. Buttons and embroidery floss embellishments are used for the bunny face. It can quickly be sewn for Easter or for everyday use in a couple of hours. The bunny pocket can be made without the bunny adornments.

Aprons are so trendy, you can wear it as a fashion statement while hiding the Easter eggs!

This apron pattern is first in a coming series of Special Occasion apron patterns and is priced so low you can easily buy one for each occasion.

Happy Sewing and Happy Easter!

Phyllis

Quiltcon, The Modern Quilt Guild Amazing Conference

I was delighted to attend Quiltcon, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild  in February. Quiltcon is a beautiful and amazing quilt show, with wonderful classes and lectures. Not only was the location in Pasadena, CA beautiful, the weather was also (well, except for the day I arrived when it poured rain). I want to share a few of the gorgeous quilts exhibited at the show.

Modern Quilt Guilds throughout the US and several countries submitted entries for the “Member Charity Challenge”. These quilts were displayed through the hall of the convention center and in rooms for viewing. This quilt is “My Baltimore” by the Baltimore MQG.  I showed many of these quilts in my Instagram and Facebook posts while atending Quiltcon.

My Baltimore BMQG

“David Bowie” was designed by Holly Hickman and was in the Moda fabric booth. I think this quilt was shown on social media more than any other quilt there! You can find more information about the making of this quilt on Moda’s Blog.

David Bowie

“Falling” is by Kathy York of Austin, Texas. The batik cirlces reminded her of strands of beads so she hand stitched some dashed lines to represent the cording. This quilt was entered in the “Use of Negative Space” category.

Falling Quilt

“Cat Face” was by Megan Callahan of Bakersfield, CA. and was entered under the “Piecing” category.

Cat Face Quilt

“Handcrafted Triangles” is by Jennifer Johnston of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and was entered in the “Improvisation” category. I love all the colors.

Handcrafted Triangles Quilt

“My Brother’s Jeans” by Melissa Averinos won “Best in the Show”.  She found the jeans in the trash after her brother’s death.

My brothers Jeans Quilt

“Picnic Petals” is by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Woodbridge, CT and was entered in the “Modern Traditionalism” category.

Picnic Petals Quilt

“Puttin’ on the Glitz” is by Gina Boyd of Davis, CA and was entered in the Glitz Fabric Challenge by Michael Miller Fabrics.

Puttin on the Glitz Quilt
“Square Dance” is by Carol Dennis of Garland, TX and was entered in the “Piecing” category.

Square Dance Quilt

“The Big Swirl” by Betsy Vinegrad of Short Hills, NJ, was entered in the Glitz Fabric Challenge by Michael Miller Fabrics.

The Big Swirl Quilt

“Whimsical Logs” by Letitia Chung of San Francisco, CA, was entered in the “Modern Traditionalism” category and won 1st place.

Whimsical Logs Quilt

“Red Hot” by Shawna Doering of Denver, CO, was entered in the “Use of Negative Space” category and won the Judge’s Choice Award.

Red Hot Quilt

“Making Triangles” was made by Dawn Golstab of Leander, TX.  This quilt was entered in the Triangle Quilt Challenge.

Making Triangles Quilt

In addition to lectures and classes, there were also demonstrations in the exhibit hall. I really enjoyed this block printing demonstration by Valori Wells. You can see some of the gorgeous fabrics she created with her block prints on the table in front of her. I learned a little about block printing in college and was so inspired watching Valorie that I bought her book “My Life in Fabric”afterwards

Valorie Wells Demonstrating Block Print

An exhibit of quilts by Gwen Marston created a display of beautiful colors. She also gave a lecture that I thoroughly enjoyed. She is so colorful in all that she does!

Gwen Marston Quilt

In addition to all the color and quilts, I enjoyed spending time with a very good friend, Robin Pickens. We definitely inspired each other shopping in the vendor area!  One can’t have too many quilt supplies!  Robin had lived in the Pasadena area several years ago and gave me a tour of parts of it and I enjoyed meeting her lovely family. Spending time with a friend and lots of talking was icing on the cake for Quiltcon!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the quilts! I tried to get all the information correct, but if I have any mistakes, I apologize and hope that someone will let me know so that I can correct it.  There were so many more absolutely breathtaking quilts and I wish I could show them all.

Keep quilting!

Phyllis

 

Interview by Terrys Fabrics, England

I just received this interview that Terrys Fabrics Co, UK conducted with me and am delighted to share it.  Thank you to Terrys Fabrics!

Courtesy of: Terrys Fabrics UK

For the top 5 choices above, Number 2 is from Lori Siebert Studio Blog, and number 4 are tea towels from Robin Pickens.

Phyllis

Merry Christmas in Red and White!

I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, filled with love and laughs and with good health! How did Christmas get here so fast? It seems just a blink ago, we were celebrating Christmas in 2014.

Christmas Pappermint

My thoughts have been in red and white the past few weeks while preparing for Christmas. Maybe it’s because I have been eating so many of those pretzels covered with white yogurt and crushed peppermint candy. Its one of my favorites and I’ve been eating it non-stop since Thanksgiving. I’m almost to the bottom of the current container, so I will head out in the morning to stock up again and then diet later when the candy is no longer available!

I would love to hear the little traditions that you repeat each year for Christmas, the little things that have become special for you.

Wherever you celebrate the holidays, I wish you the best!  I know for some it can be a sad time, or bittersweet with memories as life’s ongoing events don’t take holidays.

I want to give Thanks to our military for keeping us safe and to their families for their sacrifices!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Phyllis

Create a Christmas Holly Wreath Quilt for the Holidays!

Christmas is rapidly approaching, just a few weeks away! Get started on your Christmas quilting with this Christmas Holly quilt pattern. This pattern is made with piecing and appliqué of the holly leaves to form a wreath in the center and holly swags in the borders. Embellishment is added with beads and/or buttons and ribbon.

Christmas Holly Applique Quilt Pattern

This quilt can be made in two sizes.  The full size is 68″ wide by 84″ high. This is a good size for a throw or to lay on top of a bed to add Christmas cheer.  Welcome your holiday guests by putting it in a guest room.

Christmas Holly applique Quilt pattern

The smaller version leaves off  borders and is approximately 55″ x 55″ square, a perfect size for a table topper or wall hangingas well as a quick gift.

For the holly appliqué leaves for the wreath, you can use green fabrics from your stash or fat quarters, charms or other precut packs.

Wishing you a fun Christmas with lots of holiday quilting!

Phyllis

Add Pizazz in the Kitchen with Retro Double Skirt Apron

Aprons are so much fun to wear when cooking in addition to being stylish and trendy.  This double skirted apron pattern is stylish with a retro feel.

Double skir apron pattern by Phyllis Dobbs

This apron pattern is medium sized and is easy to adjust if you want it smaller or larger.  The skirt is made with two layers with an underskirt and a second apron skirt on top and is completed with a handy pocket.

The bodice is topped with a ruched band across the top edge.  The apron has both neck ties and ties at the waist.   An option of 3 choices is given for fabric arrangement.

This double skirt apron pattern is available in my new VibrantQuilts Craftsy store.  I would love for you to visit and look through all the other patterns available including a wide assortment of quilt and quilt block patterns.

I hope that you get your apron on!

Phyllis

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