Happy New Year for a Wonderful 2014!

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!

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. 

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!

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)

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

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!

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

 

 

Quilt Pattern made with “Wild Flower” for Dashing!

For autumn splendor I naturally think of the rich colors of yellow and orange. To design a quilt on this theme, I used my new fabric collection “Wild Flower” from Quilting Treasures to create the quilt “Autumn Splendor”. This quilt pattern is free by dashing through the Quilt Dash through online quilt shops.

Wild Flower quilt pattern autumn splendor

 

Each person doing the dash will also receive a free 4 month quilt magazine subscription and you will also be entered to win a prize from each quilt shop participating. You will find a lot of great fabric and notions as you dash that  you will love as an addition to your quilting supplies.

The Quilt Dash is going on now through the end of October and is free to enter.

So fall is finally here and cooler weather is approaching with, I hope, low humidity. To all of you, I wish you a “happy fall, y’all” from my southern studio!

Phyllis

 

Add a Little “Wild Flower” to your Day with Fabrics!

I want to introduce you to my newest fabric collection “Wild Flower” from Quilting Treasures! I love the bold bright colors of this colection and hope that you will too.

Wild Flower Zebra Skin Fabrics by Phyllis Dobbs

The main print features a black and white zebra animal skin print with yellow, fuchsia pink and orange flowers scattered randomally on top of the black and white print. Coordinating fabrics include a black and white as well as an orange and fuchsia pink zebra stripe fabrics. Other fabrics include a smaller flower design on each black and white backgrounds and tonal fabrics in several colors to round out the collection.

The “Wild Flower” collection will be in independent shops sometime during this month of October and can be ordered by shops now from Quilting Treasures.

I am getting ready to attend the fall Houston International Quilt Market and will also be at the International Quilt Festival that follows market. I will be in and out of Quilting Treasure’s booth as well as the Gutermann thread booth during Market and in the Gutermann booth during Quilt Festival.  I would love to meet all of you who may be attending either show, so please stop by!

Also, please check back for some free patterns with the “Wild Flower” fabrics. I have designed several quilt and sewing patterns to go with this collection and will post as soon as they are completed.

Well, back to prep for Quilt Market. I hope that you are having a colorful week!

Phyllis

 

Dash for a Free Quilt Pattern – a Splash of Color

I love color and this quilt pattern gives lots of it, which is why I named it “Splash of Color”. And its free by dashing through the Quilt Dash. You can receive parts of this pattern from each online quilt shop that you dash through.

Splash of Color quilt pattern

 

This pattern is easier than it looks and you can customize it with your own favorite colors. The finished quilt size is 56 1/2″ W x 80 1/2″ H. Its easy to customize for a smaller or larger quilt by doing it in 4 block increments so that you can have a small wall hanging quilt or a full bed sized quilt. The quilt is made with 24 identical blocks. You can also use your scraps to make this a scrappy quilt. Oh, the possibilities! And I know that each quilt made with this pattern will be uniquely your own, with each quilt having a different look and emphasis from this pattern.

The Quilt Dash starts on August 15 and goes on for 2 weeks.  You can enter at any time during the 2 weeks and its free to enter. You can find some great sales and other products in the quilt stores that you visit. In addition, you will be entered into a drawing for a prize from each shop.

Shops, you can still sign up to participate to get new quilters and fabric lovers to Dash through your online stores.

I hope you will join us in the Quilt Dash for this free “Splash of Color” quilt pattern. I would love to see the quilt that you make from it.

Happy Dashing!

Phyllis

Quilt Art Used for Quilt Shop Signs

I’m always flattered when someone contacts me about my art or fabrics. I was especially delighted when a new quilt shop contacted me about using my Quilt Art for their store signs. Jody Winn, the owner of  “A Winn-ing Quilt Shop, LLC“, contacted me prior to the opening of her new quilt shop.

Winn-ing Quilt Shop Store Sign

 

A Winn-ing Quilt Shop, LLC, opened on July 3, is located at 1002 Diamond Ridge, Ste. 1050, Jefferson City, MO, 65109. I hope if you are in the area you will stop by and check out her great selection of fabrics and notions! Jody found my art on products in my Zazzle store and wanted to coordinate everything with my art and business products for her store. Jefferson City looks like its about half way between Kansas City and St. Louis. These cities are frequent locations for the Spring International Quilt Market so maybe I will be able to visit Jody’s shop some day.

The above sign is on the building above her store. The sign below is on the store window. And if you are driving around in Jefferson City, you may also spot a similiar sign on her car door.

Winn-ing Quilt Shop store Sign

 

My quilt art is also being made into a fabric collection, titled “Xanadu”, and is due out soon. I will post more information when it’s ready for shipping.

Meanwhile, I have been adding more products made with my Quilt Art to my online Zazzle stores. My main store, PhyllisDobbs, has lots of products with colorful quilt designs in assorted color combinations, including business cards, smart phone and tablet cases, return address labels, mugs and much, much more for the quilt lover. I also have a business store, BusinessWithFlair, that concentrates on business related products designed for any quilt business. I hope you will check them out.

 

I wish Jody a big, huge success with “A Winn-ing Quilt Shop, LLC”.

Phyllis

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