It’s almost time for Volume 11 of 100 Blocks to come out!

The editors of Quiltmaker, who put together this very special magazine issue every six months, are once again organizing a blog hop amongst the designers. Mark your calendars for the week of May 4!

There will be lots of prize-winning opportunities all week long. Start each day at the Quiltmaker blog Quilty Pleasures and they’ll send you on your way to visit the blogs of many of the designers who have blocks in the issue.

My day is Friday, May 8. See you then if not before!

Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

Over on the Martingale blog Stitch This!, they’ve put up a fantastic article explaining the various digital formats that books can come in these days.




Each format has its own set of benefits! Something for whatever electronic gidget or gadget you have in your toy box, what the differences are, and how you can do nifty things with each.

Have a nice edifying read (I did). Thanks Martingale!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay’s Etsy Shop

Now before you start singing a J. Geils Band song, it’s not that kind of centerfold, and seriously, I’m no angel :).

But, my project Spice Pinks does appear right smack dab in the center of the current issue of Quiltmaker, bookending the pullout section!

May/June 2015!

Spice Pinks is an old block that was traditionally accomplished using curved piecing. I applied a little appliqué reimagining, and curved piecing no more!

And here I am, the closest I’ll ever get to being a centerfold angel.

Thank you Quiltmaker!!

Until next time,
Kay

By Kay Mackenzie

I’ve been working on stuff. Well, I’m always working on stuff, and sometimes I have something to show for it. :)


A new pattern! I pulled hunks and scraps out of my stash, anything I liked, and put them all together for this important quilter’s statement piece. Your hunks and scraps will be completely different than mine, but your quilt will make the same proud pronouncement.

Also, I made a stand-alone set of instructions for back-basting.


This illustrated guide includes the 9″ Heart and Flower practice block, illustrated back-basting instructions, hand stitching tips, and my guide to points and notches.

Note: If you have Teapots 2 to Appliqué or Inspired by Tradition, you have these instructions built-in.

This weekend I’ll be at the show put on the the Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County in Concord (say that 10 times fast). Hope to see you there if you’re in the area!

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie