Are you gearing up to become stuffed full of turkey or the diet-appropriate alternative choice? Hope you’re not too comatose to shop this weekend… Martingale’s having a fantastic sale.

Wow! 50% off of anything and everything! It’s a great opportunity to stock up on stocking stuffers and any of their titles that you’ve been eyeing for yourself.

A little bird told me that although the graphic says Friday through Monday, the sale will also run all of Thursday, just in case if you need a break from cooking (or eating).

Have a great holiday! Here it’s me, Dana, Max, and three gray foster fuzzybritches.

Until next time,
Kay

At the Pioneer Quilt Guild show last weekend in Roseville, my neighbors across the aisle were hosting Terry McFeely, who just launched a brand-new company with a brand-new product, Terial Magic.

“Terial” is derived from “material” and is pronounced the same way, like “tirial.”

Terial Magic is a spray-on product that gives fabric enough body so it’s just about fray-free and you can make single-layer sculptural art with it. Beautiful!

This was my view for the weekend.

Terry says it’s not starch, and she actually came up with it out of need, wanting to make dimensional art from a single layer of fabric. She worked with a chemist to find the right formula and keep it in suspension.

Over on the Terial Arts website, there’s lots more information about the product, plus videos showing you different techniques and how to make gorgeous things.

Thought you might be interested in this trail-blazing gal and her brand-new product.

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

P.S. The PayPal conversion seems to have gone mostly smoothly, with a couple little hiccups. Isn’t that always the way. Thank you so much to those who helped test it out. :)

A new Olympic sport!

Yeah, not really. A couple months ago I received notice from Digital River that the shopping-cart and credit-card processing platform that I had been using on my website for 10 years, CCNow, is going away. Like gone, poof, at the end of the year.

Oy vey. After considering a few different options, I decided to go with PayPal, especially since they now have a weight-based shipping option, something I strongly believe in since it’s the closest to actual you can get.

I’ve spent some time converting my website to PayPal checkout, and gulp, I uploaded the new pages today. May the overlords of HTML smile down on me.

Also new on the website: a brand-new pattern, Flying Fan Kites.


As I was working on Scrap-Appliqué Playground, which whacks together scraps and cuts appliqués out of them, I jotted down ideas for taking the idea on a tangent and using traditional pieced blocks.

Flying Fan Kites is the first pattern from that list! You piece a fan and then cut a kite and kite-tails out of it! It’s fun! This is a little guy, 12″ x 16″.

The kites are paper-pieced. Do not groan. Do not fear the paper-piecing. I made it so systematic, so no-brainer, you will not get confused or sew a piece into place that won’t cover when flipped. The full-size foundations are included and ready to use.

Once the fans are pieced, I use paper-backed fusible web for the machine-appliquéd kites and kite-tails. I’ve now started to offer SoftFuse in the 10-pack, and that’s up on my website too, on the Notions page.


I’ve set the shipping to zero on these two new items, through November 22. That’s right, free shipping on Flying Fan Kites and SoftFuse, just in time for a post-turkey-coma Black Friday project!

Fingers crossed that I’ve coded everything correctly, please let me know if you have trouble with anything!

Cheers,
Kay

The lucky blog hopper who came up the winner of 100 Blocks, Volume 6 is…. No. 274, Vivian!

Congratulations Vivian, enjoy the magazine, and thanks a million for visiting All About Appliqué.

The magazine hits the newsstands this week, so if you didn’t win a copy during the blog hop, it’s time to start looking out for it. Or, I just put it up on my website, on the Patterns page.

I’m home now for nine solid weeks. Stay tuned, ’cause there are some very fun and exciting things coming down the pike.

Max is on pins and needles.

Back soon,
Kay

By Kay Mackenzie

Greetings! It’s Day 1 of the 100 Blocks Volume 6 blog hop!

I’m Kay Mackenzie, a designer and author in Santa Cruz, California. My website is By Kay Mackenzie, which has all of my books and patterns on it, plus select notions for the appliqué enthusiast. If this is your first time visiting my blog All About Appliqué, you are very welcome! If you’re a regular reader or you’ve been here before for one of these hops, welcome back!

This time around my block, Sleep Tight, is a whimsical combination of piecing and appliqué. An old-timey patchwork quilt is tucked into a comfy bunk just waiting for someone to snuggle in and dream away under a star-filled indigo sky.

You can click on the photo to bring up a larger version.

As you can see, the more fabrics the merrier, so this is a great chance to pull out your scrap bag. I used raw-edge fusible machine appliqué, but of course you can use any form of appliqué you like. It’s all good!

You could customize this design by making the background look like wallpaper.

Then decorate the wall with ornaments of your own choosing!

There are 99 more bottles of beer charming and delightful quilt blocks in Volume 6, something for everyone. The publishers are offering a free copy of the magazine to a lucky winner! So if you’d like to win one, leave a comment here on this post before 7:00 p.m. California time on Sunday, November 11.

Thanks a million for visiting, enjoy the hop! Be sure to start each day this week at Quilty Pleasures.

Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

The winner of Santa’s Loading Dock is Ruth B. of Washburn, Wisconsin. Congratulations! Ruth writes that she is very excited and can’t wait to see the book and learn new tricks.

I’m off to Lodi today to set up for the Tokay Stitch ‘n Quilt Guild show this weekend.

Then on Monday it’ll be my day on the 100 Blocks Blog Hop. The hop continues all week so be sure to check it out.

Next weekend I’ll be in Roseville, California, for the Pioneer Quilters Guild Show.

A busy little burst, all very fun!

Kay
By Kay Mackenzie