Dec 14 10

Quilt for a New Class and Day #4 of the 8 Days of Patsy’s Birthday Give-Away

I’m kind of running out of stuff to blog about during this daily blog give-away, so I’m going to have to show you some pictures of stuff that’s not very far along in process and you might find this stuff kind of boring. Here’s what’s been on my machine bed today:

This is still just a quilt TOP and it’s for a quilt that will be the basis of a new class I’m developing. The whole point of the class will be to introduce quilters to how quickly and easily you can create a fused applique top using dies and a fabric cutting machine. I’ve just barely begun embroidering the edges of some of the applique shapes:

Now you are probably saying to yourself that this top doesn’t quite look like a Patsy-quilt because it’s got fairly subdued colors, and you would be right! I will probably make this quilt (or one somewhat like it) in more saturated colors, but I’m trying this out here. Sometimes you gotta mess around in unfamiliar waters, ya know?

Because I wanted to finish the edges of the heart with a satin stitch, I ironed a tear away stabilizer on the backside underneath the heart. This way, I can avoid any puckering and that finished edge will look nice and smooth once it’s done:

(You can kind of see that I used gold thread to outline those bird wings in the area above the stabilizer.) The heart came out really nicely:

…and so did those feathers inside, except the close-up shot of the feather stitching came out really blurry so you’ll have to wait until the next time I work on this top to see a clear shot of them. Sorry about that!

And as for today’s give away…Have you seen the new 2011 Quilting Arts Calendar?

It’s really very beautiful and has quilts from many great quilt artists like Susan Brubaker Knapp, Maria Elkins (who I actually got to meet earlier this year!), Diane Marie Chaudiere, and many others. This lovely and inspirational calendar could be yours and you can enter the drawing just by posting a comment to this blog. Good luck!


  1. Lori S Says:

    I don’t have a 2011 calendar yet – Pick me! I always enjoy your blog and all the wonderful photos of your quilting. Keep them coming!

  2. Scott Says:

    Your quilting projects boring??? Never. The Quilting Arts calendar would be a great gift to receive. Thanks.

  3. Michele Hester Says:

    Love the new quilt top! Are you using Go Dies?

  4. Patsy Thompson Says:

    No Go dies here; I am a Sizzix girl through and through!

  5. MariƩ Says:

    We do not have dies in South Africa- except for paper- and it is way to expensive in South African rands to import- Ill eat my heart out!

  6. katie Says:

    I realized today that I don’t have a calendar yet, so this would be perfect!

  7. Beth-Pretoria, RSA Says:

    I don’t have a calendar for 2011…. yet either… well that is not entirely true… I have my iPhone. But I love the Sizzix… and want one!!! I have been waiting for the ‘new’ one to be available… and it IS.

  8. MoeWest Says:

    I’ve been reading good reviews about the Sizzix. I’ll have to compare the prices because I haven’t purchases a cutter yet. Your project is very pretty. I find it interesting to see the process. I hope you are enjoying your birthday week. Happy Birthday!

  9. Marcia W. Says:

    This would be a fabulous calendar to have near my computer so can keep up with dates / todos.

  10. Marti M Says:

    I love the quilt that you are working on. I can not wait to see how you will quilt it. What type of fusable do you use?

  11. Terri Says:

    Hi, I started following your blog recently and really enjoy seeing the beautiful work you do. Thanks for the opportunity to win the QA calendar.

  12. Debbie S. Says:

    Got my fingers crossed, love to win a new calendar! Santa is bringing me a die cut system for I’m very excited about your new class!! Merry Christmas

  13. Nancy Rehak Says:

    What a beautiful quilt! I was surprised at the colors, but it’s always nice to change things up sometimes. I really appreciate how you share all of the process with us so we can learn and improve our own skills and methods.

  14. Carol Sc Says:

    I, too, was surprised at your color choice for the background (or lack of color?). It does really showcase the applique shapes, though —I look forward to seeing it progress.

  15. Pam Butler Says:

    Hi! Just wanted to say that I ordered something on the 10th (in the afternoon) and it was in my mailbox on the 14th! Wow superfast shipping and affordable too!
    Would love to win the calendar – it would be great at work reminding me of quilting all year. Thanks!

  16. Linda Erickson Says:

    I have never had one of their catalogs so would enjoy that one I’m sure!

  17. Cornwoman Says:

    The calendar looks like it would be fabulous hanging on my wall! lol I would love to win it.

    As for the colors of the quilt top not being your “thing”, you just never know what will grow on you after you’ve worked with it awhile. Besides, just like with the birds’ wings, the thread work will “spice” it up to get the colors in that you like.

    Of course, this new project is going to make me wish that I had one of those new Sizzix machines, since I can’t buy dies for mine any more.

    And boring is not a word that I would apply to your blog. lol It’s the only one that I read with real regularity, though I’m starting to read the couple that you’ve pointed us toward now too. lol

  18. Leslie McNeil Says:

    Patsy, are the purple/blue feathers on the heart piece in your quilt top from a die too? Which one? Accuquilt/Ricky Tims…or Sizzix maybe? Will you carry them in your store?!
    Thanks! Love it!

  19. Marilyn W Says:

    I’m desperately in need of a 2011 calendar for my office at work…I ALWAYS try to get a quilting one to keep me inspired for when I get home.

    I love you blog!


  20. Sarajane Says:

    This is a beautiful project! I’d love to win the calendar. Thanks for the inspiration on your blog!

  21. Gill Says:

    I’ve just subscribed to QA and I’d love to win a calendar

  22. Jennifer Says:

    I just received the pattern I ordered from your website…that was fast!! And with a hand written note, too!! I am impressed…can’t wait to start my new project :)

  23. Pat Bandura Says:

    I can always use a new calendar. they are such inspiring quilts

  24. Phyllis Says:

    Way to go for having birthday week! We do it in our family all the time.

    Could use a calendar to help keep next year’s events in front of me – and a pretty one at that.

  25. Teresa Harich Says:

    Still don’t have a calendar for next year. This one would be right at home in my studio! I enjoy seeing the pictures of what you’re working on.

  26. Gayle Says:

    I haven’t purchased my Quilting Arts calendar for 2011 yet. Must be because I was meant to win this one huh?

  27. Deanna Says:

    Quilt calendar? Count me in. And, it will be a great place to note important birthdays, too.

  28. Rebecca Says:

    I like all of your work. It’s very inspiring.

  29. Jeanne Says:

    I haven’t bought my 2011 calendar yet. This quilt calendar would be perfect.

  30. Kathy Schmidt Says:

    Another great giveaway prize, another great quilt in progress to look at…I don’t think you will run out of things to put on your blog! Can’t wait to see the progress on this one…

  31. Jocelyn Says:

    Beautiful quilting. What a lovely calendar! This one would be perfect for 2011. 2011!!!!

  32. OHSue Says:

    I love the EKG stitching on the birds, what a fun quilt.

  33. Dianne Giles Says:

    Ohhhhh! What a gorgeous calendar you are giving away. True eye candy!! I love your applique sampler! A cutter is now definately on the list. Cheers, Dianne

  34. robin Says:

    Looks like an awesome calendar! Thanks for a chance to win it.

  35. Debbie Says:

    The cover of that calendar is beautiful! Thanks for counting me in.

  36. Brita Says:

    That calendar looks like great inspiration, and since my calendar hangs in my sewing room, it would provide lots of opportunities to call to me :-)

  37. Margaret Says:

    You do such awesome work.

  38. Anya Says:

    How wonderful! Thanks for the chance for the calendar!

  39. sharmond Says:

    Beautiful calendar! That would be lovely to see all year long!

  40. Kyra Says:

    This looks like such a beautiful calendar, and I need one, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Maeve Says:

    This quilt you are working on is gorgeous! I am really happy I have found your blog! I will probably be reading it daily now, it is so inspiring!!!!!

  42. Judy Says:

    Thanks, Patsy. Love those calendars and haven’t bought one yet, so this is a great prize. You’re truly inspirational!

  43. Betsey Ryan Says:

    One can never have too many calendars!! I’ve yet to get a 2011 one.
    Cheers Betsey

  44. Kathy S Says:

    I love Quilting Arts and would certainly enjoy this calendar, especially since I don’t have a 2011 one yet. I love your fused applique design and the cutting of the shapes seems so perfect.

  45. Billie K Says:

    So many wonderful giveaways!



  46. Bec Clarke Says:

    Oh I have not seen one of these calendars in person but I believe they are amazing

  47. Peach Rainbow Says:

    Thanks for the chance :)

  48. Carol C Says:

    Love the quilt top and the giveaway.

  49. Connie Says:

    Beautiful stitching around the birds! Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Sherry Says:

    I make sure to get the QA calendar every year. A quilter can never have too much eye candy!

  51. Amy Says:

    What a beautiful calendar! It would look great in my sewing room!

  52. Nina Clotfelter Says:

    This would be a fun calendar to have in my sewing room. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  53. Nancy Sue Phillips Says:

    I love this calendar. I’ll have to be careful where I use it. I may find myself staring at its inspiration, in a daydream and forget to get to work.

  54. Patty Says:

    I’d love to have that calendar in my sewing room. What a great source for inspriation.

  55. carol H. Says:

    Thank you for the chance of another give away.

  56. Robyn Says:

    That’s such a great looking calendar! Thanks for another great giveaway :D

  57. Barb in MI Says:

    Haven’t bought my 2011 calendar either. Maybe I’ll be lucky to win one from your generous giveaway! Thanks so much!

  58. Karen S. Says:

    I love the beautiful stitching you are doing and the calendar looks lovely. Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  59. Sarita Rogers Says:

    Beautiful Calendar!

  60. Kim Says:

    Who wouldn’t love that calendar?
    Pick me :0)!

    That quilt is gonna be just fantastic…..what a gift!

    Thanks again for a chance to win.
    Happy Sewing

  61. Mary on Lake Pulaski Says:

    I love quilting calendars – such inspiration.

  62. Deb Says:

    Oh I hope the draw date hasn’t passed on this giveaway! I LOVE quilting calendars and need one for 2011!

  63. Monique Says:

    what a beautiful calendar ..I like very much the colors …

  64. Paula Says:

    Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!