Ducks A Waddling Quilt – Ready for Spring

April 12th, 2014

Spring is a great time to watch ducks waddling and splashing in the puddles left by April showers. My newest quilt pattern for the Quilt Dash, Ducks A Waddling, is inspired by the spring ducks.

Ducks a Waddling Quilt Pattern

 

This quilt consists of 12 pieced duck blocks  separated by sashing strips. The finished size of this quilt is 54 1/2″ x 69″. This pattern is free April 15 – April 30, 2014 for those dashing through online quilt shops in the Quilt Dash game. It will be available for purchase after the games are over. Shops, its not too late to sign up to participate and have avid quilters visit your online store.

Please check out and like our new FB QuiltDash page. We will be offering prizes from this page.

In designing this quilt, I used the fabric from my latest fabric collection from Quilting Treasures, Wild Flower.

We have a lot of ducks and geese in our area and I never get tired of watching them. Its not uncommon, when driving, to stop and wait for a parade of feathered friends and family to finish their march across the road.

I hope you are having a wonderful and colorful spring.  Its very welcome after the long, long winter!

Phyllis

Dash to receive a Free Irish Quilt Pattern!

March 14th, 2014

For love of the Irish, this quilt “Memories of Mike”  celebrates Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day with the greens of Ireland and the blues of the surrounding water. This pattern is free for dashing through the online Quilt Dash game.  The Quilt Dash starts today and runs through March 31.

Irish quilt pattern

 

“Memories of Mike”, designed by Tammy Harrison, is 71″ square. Although the center blocks are made with the traditional log cabin block, the arrangement gives a celtic knot look to the quilt or can be interpreted  as a lucky 4-leaf clover.

To Dash and receive this free pattern, sign up for the Quilt Dash.  You will visit a few online quilt stores and locate your pattern and instructions. After that, you can have fun quilting this charming pattern.

Enjoy and happy quilting!

Phyllis

Pantone Radiant Orchid – Beautiful Color!

February 22nd, 2014

A lot of you already know that the Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid 18-3224. I love this color – its such a beautiful shade and can go with so many other colors including the monochromatic colors that go with it. When I was in Atlanta for the Atlanta Gift Market, I saw this beautiful Color of the Year display in the Loloi Rug showroom.

Pantone Orchid displa in Loloi

As you can see, there are so many beautiful colors in the monochromatic color scheme that can be used in your quilting, art and design that can be used alone, in combination with other shades or with complimentery colors. I love the bluish tint to this color. This display emphazied paint with the paint brushes (top left edge of the photo) and paint chips combined with rugs that go with these colors to give you an idea of all the possibilities of Radiant Orchid. (And I have to add that Loloi has the most beautiful rugs!)

You can see prior Color of the Year selections on the Pantone page by scrolling down.

Have a colorful day!

Phyllis

Sweetheart Quilt to Show your Heart!

February 15th, 2014

Although Valentine’s Day has passed, you can show affection all year with this Sweetheart Quilt made with hearts.  Its easy to make with pieced blocks and appliqué hearts.  This pattern is free by joining the Quilt Dash, available for the next two weeks.  You will dash through online quilt shops to get the pattern and instructions.

Sweetheart Quilt pattern by Phyllis Dobbs

 

This quilt has one heart block that is different from all the others.  I placed it at the end of a row but you can place it anywhere in your quilt.  This looks like an on-point pattern but it is made with straight horizontal rows, which makes the construction go a little faster.  It also make it easier to resize for your quilt if you want it larger or smaller than this quilt with 20 blocks. The size is 45″ x 55″ which is a good size for a lap quilt.

I hope you are staying warm.  Quilting is a great therapy for cold days.

Stay warm and hope to see you Dashing!

Phyllis

Happy New Year for a Wonderful 2014!

December 31st, 2013

Its hard to believe another year has flown by! It seems like its only been a few months since I was looking forward to 2013, and in a blink, 2013 is behind me. I have a lot of faith that 2014 will be a wonderful year and wish it for each of you!

Destin Beach 2014 New Year

I didn’t make any resolutions, other than to make this a good year, and try to stay on target with things I want to accomplish. Well, maybe get out and walk each day, and to find something good and happy about each day. Its not really resolutions, just a plan.

Many thanks to each of you for reading my blog and for your emails and comments. I really love hearing from you, more than you can know – you are special!

May you have the best year during 2014 – filled with good health, happiness, love and hugs!

Phyllis

Free Quilt, Tote Bag and Placemat Patterns -Wild Flowers!

December 14th, 2013

I love bright colors as you can see here with my new fabric collection “Wild Flowers”! And to go with the fabrics, I designed this quilt pattern for a free download from Quilting Treasures. (You will most likely find many other free patterns on the Quilting Treasures website that you would like to give a try.)

Free quilt Pattern - zebra print and flowers

 

The “Wild Flower” fabric collection combines zebra skin print with flowers and several coordinating fabrics to give a wide choice for your sewing and quilt projects. I love to combine pink and orange with a splash of yellow. This quilt is 71″ inches square, a great size for a throw quilt. In addition to the quilt pattern, there are free patterns for a tote bag and placemats in this download. The tote bag is a roomy 18″ x 16 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. The placemats are 18 1/4″ x 15″.

Free pattern for tote bag and placemats

You can see the fabric selection for this collecion in my prior Wild Flower post. Another post shows a different Wild Flower quilt pattern that illustrates how different combinations of the same fabric can yield a variety of looks, based on the dominant color used. These two quilts use the same fabrics but are so completely different.

To go with the Wild Flower fabrics, I created a wide selection of products in my online store with some variations of this art. These items can customized with your name, monogram or other information and are available in several (13 to 14)  color combinations and have a little leopard/cheeta skin art combined with the zebra skin. With these designs, you have a choice between an emblem to customize with your name or monogram initials or with a bright colored flower. (If  you buy anything from a Zazzle store, I recommend purchasing Zazzle Black shipping – you its only $9.95 and you can buy all year long in any quantity or weight without a shipping charge, which is a fabulous deal – many times its hard to buy something considering the cost of shipping and this solves that problem.) I love the cell phone cases and have bought and customized several. Another favorite product of mine, among many, are the luggage tags made with a thick lucite type material. 

Teal Lime Green & White Zebra & Cheetah Skin Cover For iPhone 5C
Teal Lime Green & White Zebra & Cheetah Skin Cover For iPhone 5C by phyllisdobbs
Black & White Zebra & Cheetah Skin & Pink Flower Computer Sleeves
Black & White Zebra & Cheetah Skin & Pink Flower Computer Sleeves by phyllisdobbs

Black White Green & Turquoise Zebra & Cheetah Skin Mugs
Orange & Pink Zebra & Cheetah Personalized Travel Bag Tags
Orange & Pink Zebra & Cheetah Personalized Travel Bag Tags by phyllisdobbs

Pink & White Zebra & Cheeta Skin Album 3 Ring Binder
Pink & White Zebra & Cheeta Skin Album 3 Ring Binder by phyllisdobbs

I hope that you will enjoy using some of these free patterns. December is a busy month, but when January gets here, it will be fun sewing with bright colors to make a spring quilt, tote bag or placemats.

Stay warm, stay safe and enjoy the holiday festivities with family and friends.  Hug your loved ones!

Phyllis

Say Merry Christmas with a Christmas Tree Quilt by Dashing!

December 12th, 2013

If you are like me, you are wondering how Christmas got here so quickly.  The weather turns cold and for some of you, snow arrives, then the seasonal colors of red and green appear everywhere. Its also a perfect time for sewing and quilting while you stay snuggled inside to stay warm.  My newest quilt for the Quilt Dash online game is “Christmas Delight – Christmas Trees”, designed with a flurry of red and green with the yellow of candle light or fire flames.  This pattern is free by joining the Quilt Dash dashing through a few online quilt shops to pick up the pattern pieces and instructions.

Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern

 

The Quilt Dash starts on December 13 and runs for two weeks to give you plenty of time to complete the dash. The online shops participating will have a great selection of quilt supplies and notions so you may find something for your Christmas stocking!

This quilt is approximately 55 1/2″ square and is appropriate for beginners to advanced quilters. I used the red, yellow and green fabrics from my “Celebrate” fabric collection from Quilting Treasures.

So, stay warm, enjoy the holiday festivities and try a little quilting!

Phyllis

 

And the winner is……(Give Thanks Blog Hop Give-Away)

November 27th, 2013

Thanks to each of you who visited my blog, entered the Give Thanks Blog Hop Give-away, and signed up for my newsletter. I sincerely appreciate your visits!  It was fun to read your comments on what you sew or make for Christmas. You women (and maybe a man or two) really do a lot of sewing for gifts!!! And I know how lucky those are who receive these gifts!

I assigned each comment a number as well as assigning a number to those who signed up for my newsletter and put them in a tin for a drawing.

Phyllis Dobbs Blog Giveaway

 

My husband did the honors of drawing and the winner is….

Kathy M Boice!

Congratulations Kathy!

Thanks to Michelle at Quilting Gallery for hosting this blog hop!

I wish you each a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you are with some loved ones, whether family or friends.

Phyllis

 

Giving Thanks Blog Hop Give-a-way – Gutermann Thread

November 20th, 2013

The busy holiday season is approaching with all the holiday festivites, get-togethers with family and friends, good food, shopping, and a rush to finish gifts that you are making. This is a good time to pause and take a hop through blogs to enter for  give-aways for nifty items to add to your quilt or sewing stash of supplies.

Gutermann thread pack Phyllis Dobbs

I’m giving away a colorful packet of Gutermann thread. The wonderful folks at Gutermann of America created this pack of 5 spools of 100% cotton thread based on the colors of my new “Wild Flower” fabric collection with Quilting Treasures. You can see that they are the gorgeous bold colors of yellow, orange, green, fuchsia pink and black. You can see my “Wild Flower” collection to see the great fabric colors that I love to work with.

In addition, the prize will include a fat quarter bundle of one of my fabric collections, all in bright colors too!

To enter, leave a comment on whether or not you do any sewing or quilting for holidays or gifts – and what you make if you do. The prize will be selected by a random drawing of those leaving a comment (and those who sign up for my newsletter) through November 26. I will announce the winner on November 27.

In addition, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter, if you haven’t signed up already (this is not mandatory to enter the contest). Signing up for my newsletter will give you an additional chance to win.  You can sign up in the first column to the right. I don’t send them out often but send them to announce new fabrics, patterns and more.

Click on the Blog Hop image below to find other blogs to hop to – all with great give-aways. You may get lucky and win some prizes to fill your own Christmas stocking!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
I was at both the International Quilt Market and Quilt Festival held in Houston, TX  a little over two weeks ago. I’m still going through the large amount of pictures I took and will be posting soon with some of the fabulous quilts on display.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to reading all your comments!

Phyllis

The winner was drawn on November 27 – see who won the Give Thanks Blog Hop!

Dashing for Quilt Patterns!

November 14th, 2013

Love quilt magazines? Get a free 4 month subscription to The Quilt Pattern Magazine when you join the Quilt Dash and dash through some online shops. You can see more about the patterns and information in the magazine at the Quilt Pattern Magzine blog. Its free to dash and you will also get a free quilt pattern designed by Tammy Harrison – a classic Flying Geese Quilt pattern. This pattern is easy and is a great pattern for beginner quilters.

Flying Geese Quilt

You will be entered into a drawing for a free prize from each of the shops that you dash through in addition to finding some great deals for fabrics and notions. The November Quilt Dash starts on November 15 and continues for 2 weeks through November 29, giving  you two weeks to participate.

The weather has turned colder to let us know that winter is on the way. Fall and winter are perfect times to quilt while we are stuck inside a little more to escape colder weather. Our cold weather quilting gives us new quilts to snuggle in or to give to others for snuggling!

Stay warm and enjoy a quilt!

Phyllis

 

 

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