Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis

I recently attended the Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis. As most of you probably know, it’s the largest trade show for anything related to quilting – fabrics, patterns, notions, threads and more and is a kaleidoscope of colors. I took so many photos so am dividing my Quilt Market review into two posts – check back for all the beautiful quilts on display.

Quilt Market Minneapolis show floor

Quilt Market started off with gloomy, rainy and very cool weather, but it turned warm and sunny for two days before it turned ugly and stormy again. Minneapolis is a great location for Quilt Market when weather doesn’t cooperate as city has a system of skywalks going from building to building so that you don’t have to go outside.  The Minneapolis convention center is pretty and in looking at this photo, looks like the inside of a space ship with the large domes.

American Flag Quilt

I always enjoy seeing an American Flag Quilt and especially so at this show since Memorial Day was the following weekend.  This large quilt was displayed in a booth but I, unfortunately, did not get the name of the booth.

Gutterman A&E Thread booth Quilt Market

Gutterman Thread Quilt Market

I was in the A&E and Gutermann thread booth during the show.  I love, love their threads.

Colorful Gutermann Threads

With these beautiful threads and colors behind me, you can see why I enjoyed working in this booth. Yummy!!!

I also spent time in the Quilting Treasures Booth, the fabric company that my fabrics are with.

J Wecker Frisch Letter Stitch Fabrics

One of my amazing friends, J. Wecker Frish, has a new fabric collection “Letter Stitch”  with Quilting Treasures and were displayed beautifully in the booth.  Janet always adds such detail and antiques in her displays.

Quilting Treasures Owl in the family

I also loved the new fabrics “Owl in the Family” by Desiree’s Designs.

Quilting Treasures Minion fabric

And for kids, Quilting Treasures has the fabrics for the 1 in a Minion from “Despicable Me”. What kid wouldn’t want a quilt with this fabric!

Pink Sand Beach Downton Abbey

I’m a huge fan of Downton Abbey, and always get a smile with anything associated with the spunky Dowager Countess.  Pink Sand Beach has an exclusive for the Downton Abbey patterns and fabric kits.

June Tailor Quilt Market Booth

June Tailor is another favorite booth of mine – it’s always so beautiful, colorful and always has some wonderful new quilt tools and notions.

June Tailor booth Quilt Market

A new item by June Tailor is “Quilt As You Go Pre-Printed Batting”  that comes as a complete quilt and four block designs” that are a piece by number construction.

June Tailor Bobbin and Thread pegs

I also love the Thread Mate Spool and Bobbin Pegs from June Tailor, a really great item to let you keep your spool of thread and bobbin together.  No more searching for the right threaded bobbin as you get ready to sew.  It’s the little things like this that makes sewing and quilting easier.

Quilt Market pals

Quilt Market is not all walking the aisles.  There is always the time for fun with friends. Taking selfies by friends in the News Room for dinner –  Jackie Frisch McClenning, Janet Wecker Frisch, Loralie and Ann Regal.

Quilting Treasures group

And I enjoyed spending some time with the people from Quilting Treasures. That really tall paper mache in the back is Freida.

Minneapolis convention center dome ceiling

This is a different view of one of the domes over the convention center.  While looking at it from a distance, it might look like a space ship, but looking straight up, it looks like a quilt pattern, which made it perfect for Quilt Market.

Please check back, as I’ve already started writing another post about Quilt Market to show you some really amazing and gorgeous quilts that were displayed.

Happy Quilting,

Phyllis

Arbor Window Quilt Pattern with Views of Trees

I love trees and enjoy looking out my window at the woods and trees.  This quilt catches the spirit of viewing trees through window panes. This quilt pattern. Arbor Window, is free beginning April 15, 2015 for the next two weeks by joining the April Quilt Dash

Arbor Window Quilt Dash

Arbor Window, designed by Tammy Harrison for this months Quilt Dash, is made with a traditional and classy paper pieced quilt block designed with muted fabric colors.  The blocks with the trees are in random settings in window panes to make this quilt a modern beauty.

The Quilt Dash is free to join and you will be entered for a drawing from each participating quilt shop for a prize.

Have a beautiful day of quilting!

Phyllis

Quilt Colorful Dragonflies for Spring

Spring is almost here, I hope. With that arrival, we will see all kinds of flying things, from birds to butterflies and dragonflies. I love dragonflies and we have a lot of them buzzing around in our yard in the warm months. I thought dragonflies would make a great subject for a spring or summer quilt with this new pattern.

Dragonfly Flight Quilt Phyllis Dobbs

This Dragonfly Flight quilt is available for purchase here through Craftsy and the Etsy WhimsyColor store.

Dragonfly Flight is a nice size for a throw, 44″ x 55 ¾”, but can be resized by adding blocks. Large green buttons are used for the dragonfly heads. Is a fun quilt that allows you to play with the direction of the blocks and dragonflies to give a totally different look to your quilt. You can make your dragonflies all one color or make them several different colors. I also chose bright color fabrics (from Quilting Treasures) for this quilt as I’m really tired of the dreary winter months and am looking forward to the warm sunny days of spring while I watch the dragonflies flit around.

I wish you a wonderful spring and summer!

Happy Spring!

Phyllis

Show Love with this Valentine Love Quilt.

Love will be in the air shortly – Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching! Instead of giving a gift that contains calories (chocolate) or will wilt (flowers), give a gift of love with a quilt of hearts that will continue to express love for many years to come!

Valentine Love Quilt Pattern

This “Valentine Love” quilt pattern with hearts is available for purchase through Craftsy and Phyllis’ Etsy WhimsyColor store.

The finished quilt size is 45″ x 55″ and is made with pieced blocks and appliqué hearts in two sizes.  Three fabrics were used in this quilt (these were from Quilting Treasures). Although this pattern may look complicated, its easy enough for a beginner.

Happy Valentine’s Day and show your love with a quilt of hearts! Or create this quilt as a gift of a wedding quilt for newlyweds.

Phyllis

 

Say “Merry Christmas” with a Christmas Stockings Quilt.

One of the traditional and fun activities of Christmas is hanging the stockings to be filled by Santa. I have a collection of stockings that I have made over the years or received as gifts, all in a variety of techniques including sewing, quilting, applique, embellishment, embroidery, cross stitch and needlepoint.  With stockings on my mind, I designed this “Christmas Stockings” quilt pattern.

Christmas Stockings Quilt

This quilt pattern was created for the Quilt Dash, a fun way to visit online quilt shops.  It starts Monday, December 15, 2014  and runs through December 28. This fun Christmas quilt pattern is available for purchase through Craftsy and Phyllis’ Etsy WhimsyColor store.

This pieced patchwork quilt, sized 46 ¾” x 58″, with 12 blocks. It’s easy to adjust if you want to make it larger or smaller.  I designed it to be a scrappy quilt so that you can use a multitude of fabrics or the scraps you  have on hand.  The fabrics shown in this pattern are all from Quilting Treasures.

I hope you join the Quilt Dash and use this pattern  to make your Christmas stockings by creating a heirloom quilt.

Merry Christmas and happy quilting!

Phyllis

Halloween Quilting with this Spooky Ghost Pattern!

It’s the time of year for little ghosts and goblins to ring our doorbell. I love to see all the cute little costumes, especially on toddlers. It’s also fun to decorate for Halloween and with that in mind, I designed this Halloween “Spooky Ghosts”  quilt that is easy to make and is a good size for a wall hanging.

Spooky Ghost Quilt by Phyllis Dobbs for Quilt Dash

This quilt pattern was designed for the Quilt Dash during the dash October 15 through 31, 2014. Its now available through the WhimsyColor online shop. Its also easy to dash through online quilt shops to obtain the pattern pieces and you will also find some great fabric and notions. If you have an online shop, there is still time to sign up to get lots of visitors to your stores.

This quilt is 41″ x 47″ and combines patchwork with appliqué. There are 8 ghost blocks and 1 pumpkin block.  A little embroidery is used to accent for the ghosts mouths and for the pumpkin lines.  Buttons add additional accents.  Tonal fabrics were used but you can easily substitute cute Halloween prints.

I hope you have a Happy Halloween and enjoy the little ghosts running through your neighborhood!

Phyllis

Create a Quilt for Music Lovers!

Does your heart hear the music when  you look at this quilt?  “Music of My Heart” is a free quilt pattern for dashing through this month’s Quilt Dash September 15 through 30, 2014.

Free pattern Music of my Heart quiltQuilt Dash is free to dash through online quilt shops to receive this pattern. This quilt, designed by Tammy K. Harrison, is perfect for music lovers and can be created with favorite fabrics.  The appliqué flowers are hearts joined together to form a flower like design and alternat blocks with music notes.

I hope to see you in the Quilt Dash!

Phyllis

More Quilts Displayed at International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh

In my last post, I showed you pictures of some of wonderful quilts displayed at the Spring International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. I didn’t want to visually overload you, as they are all awesome, so I saved some to show you today.

Alices Kitchen Miki Murakan Quilt

“Alice’s Kitchen” by Miki Murakami of Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa Pref, Japan. In the story of Alice in Wonderland, there is no kitchen scene. Miki thought it would be fun if a kitchen appeared in the world of Alice so she imagined the kitchen in this quilt. The techniques used were pieced, appliquéd, satin stitched, quilted, fused, and embroidered.

Larry Jennifer Day Quilt

“Larry” by Jennifer Day of Santa Fe, NM, depicts Jennifer’s sewing machine repairman. She took the photograph of him as he repaired her machine one day. You can tell that Larry loves what he does. The techniques used were phototransferred, free-motion embroidered (with less than 1/4″ between stitches).

Boy and his best friend Jennifer Day

“Boy and His Best Friend” also by Jennifer Day of Santa Fe, NM, is a quilt of Jennifer’s 10-year-old-son and his Old English Sheepdog, B Bear, who spend hours together every day. Jennifer printed a photograph of them on fabric and covered their images with 58 different colors of thread. The techniques used were photo transferred and free-motion embroidered (with less than 1/4″ between stitches).

Lincoln Virginia Greaves Quilt“Lincoln” by Virginia Greaes of Roswell, GA. This design was based on a public domain photograph in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Virginia was inspired by Lincoln as a great defender of the U.S. Constitution, a document she has been reading lately to understand our founding fathers. This image of Lincoln reflects the determination with which he pursued his goals in addition to the stress that he endured in that struggle. This quilt is available for purchase.

The quiltmaker Jennifer Bowker

“The Quiltmaker” by Jennifer Bowker of Garran, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The techniques used were machine pieced, raw-edge appliquéd, free-motion quilted, and painted.  Jennifer designed this quilt to honor Margaret Rolfe, the founder of the first Australian Quilt Guild, Canbrella Quilters and whose designs brought Australia into the quilting world. She views a quilt landscape that melds traditional blocks with her own designs.

Cosmic Tango Paulette Landers

“Cosmic Tango” by Paulette Landers of Camp Nelson, CA. This is from Paulette’s series “Journals from Mars.” These are her friends from Galaxia, a small world in the vicinity of Planet Mars. They are a joyous people who have evolved in complete harmony with their surroundings and every occasion is a cause for celebration. (Maybe we should all move to Mars.) The techniques used were machine piecing, turned-edge and raw-edge machine applique and machine quilting.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing these quilts as much as I did! I indicated which of these quilts were for sale, but have no way of knowing if they are still available. They are all so wonderful!  I also provided links to the websites of these quilters that have sites. I hope that you check them out – these are some pretty amazing women.

Pittsburgh View Phyllis Dobbs
Pittsburgh is a beautiful city for Quilt Market and I enjoy visiting there. One evening, I went to dinner across the river (one of the many bridges) and took the cable car to the top of the mountain on the other side. This is the view from my table – a spectacular view and great weather for dining outside.

Please check back as I’m working on another post from Quilt Market about some new products for quilt techniques from one of my favorite companies, June Tailor.

Quilts Display at International Quilt Market – Pittsburgh

I wanted to post, finally, some of my pictures from the Spring International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. I know you will enjoy seeing some of the spectacular, fun, colorful and whimsy quilts that were displayed. It’s hard to believe that Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh was almost 2 months ago. It seems like only a few days since I was walked off the plane to return home.

Gutermann both spring quilt market

First, I want to show you the booth that I was working in during Quilt Market – Gutermann of America. I helped with the decorating of the booth with my quilts (made with my fabrics for Quilting Treasures and sewn with Gutermann thread). For a sneak peek of my next fabric collection due out this fall (Purr-fect Balance), check out the small turquoise and red quilt shown on the left side. I had received small pieces of the fabric for approval the week before Quilt Market, so I whipped out a small quilt with the pieces.  Please check back as I will post more about this fabric shortly.

You are what you eat Kathy York Quilt

“You are What You Eat” by Kathy York of Austin Texas. Kathy was inspired to create this quilt because of the deers in her neighborhood and that they must be made of flowers because they eat all of hers. The techniques used include hand-drawn batiks, bleach discharged, overdyed, machine pieced, fused appliqué, machine and hand quilting.

Tutti Frutti Main Street Susan Bleiweiss

“Tutti Frutti Main Street” by Susan Bleiweiss of Upton, Ma is part of her ongoing series of art quilts celebrating the use of vibrant color and whimsical imagery.  Sue’s techniques include raw-edge fused appliqué and machine quilted.

Its a Crazy Life Gail Thomas

“It’s a Crazy Life” by Gail Thomas, of Vernon, BC, Canada. She created this quilt with the techniques of hand-pieced, hand-appliqued, painted, machine quilted and hand-embroidered.  Gail worked on this quilt during and after treatment. As her world started healing, she decided the name “Its a Crazy Life” fit with all her stories and the “wow” moments in her life.

House in the Valley #5 Larua Wasilowski

“House in the Valley #5” by Laura Wasilowski is a view of her house by a busy body bird.  The techniques used were fused appliqué, hand-embroidered and free-motion quilted.  This quilt is available for purchase.

A Bright Sun-shiny Day Terri Stegmiler

“A Bright Sun-Shiny Day” by Terri Stegmiller of Manadan, ND is her original design of whimsy, girls, cats and birds. She thinks of this as a self-portrait as she is outside on sunny days watching birds with her cats. Her techniques include hand painted, whole cloth, and free-motion quilted. This quilt is available for purchase.

Roses in the Window Carol Morrissey

 

“Roses in the Window” by Carol Morrissey of Double Oak, TX.  Carol’s techniques fused applique and machine quilted.  She was inspired for this quilt design by a photo she took of some roses that were sitting in her kitchen window. This quilt is available for purchase.

I have many faces Natalie Carlton

Nancy Carlton of Stuart Florida created “I have Many Faces”  and it is available for purchase.  The technique used by Nancy is fused appliqué. She posterized the photos, printed them out and used them for her pattern for fusible appliqué. Available for purchase.

Aren’t these quilts wonderful!  But I’m not finished! I’m working on another post to include more of these wonderful quilts. So check back Monday.

I indicated which of these quilts were for sale, but have no way of knowing if they are still available. They are all so wonderful!  I also provided links to the websites of these quilters. I hope that you check them out – these are some pretty amazing women.

So have a nice weekend and check back Monday for more beauties!

Phyllis

Ducks A Waddling Quilt – Ready for Spring

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 available through the WhimsyColor shop.

Shops, 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

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