Friday, December 30, 2016

Precut Quilts OR.........Tricia's Quilting Channel!

Yesterday I received a HUGE box from Annie's/Quilter's World magazine.  Inside were five or six quilts that I had made for them as well as couple advance copies of publications.

I really had to smile when I perused the new Annie's Quilting With Precuts Special Interest Publication.



I had made a couple new projects for this one, but Annie's cleverly added previous precut projects that I had made for them in the past.  All in all, there are a TOTAL OF 10 OF MY DESIGNS IN THIS PUBLICATION.  That's 10 out of 25 projects that carry my name.  Sheesh!  Isn't that just crazy????

I'm thinking they'll need to change the name of their publication if this keeps happening.  :)

Hmm.

Tricia Quilts?
Quilts by Tricia?
The Tricia Maloney Quilting Collection?

Oh sew many possibilities.....

Don't forget to grab your own copy of this great news stand publication -- you know, Tricia's Quilting with Precuts......

And since I totally skipped blogging over Christmas, I'd like to send out a Very Merry and Happy New Year to everyone!



Here's to all of the good quilty things coming in 2017....including a blog hop for my new book.  Yay!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ho Ho Ho for Me! I Love Precut Quilts! Book Review

I am SEW EXCITED!  Deirdre at C&T forwarded me the link for my first book review.

The book review below is from Yarns and Fabrics in the UK.




I Love Precut Quilts by Tricia Maloney



I Love Precut Quilts by Tricia Maloney, softback published by C&T Publishing, ISBN 9871617453427, price 14.99 available in the U.K. from www.searchpress.com

Forget the hassle of cutting fabric and use jelly rolls, charm squares, layer cakes, fat quarters and more. Cutting takes time and is often where mistakes are easily made, so you can save time buying pre-cuts and put all your effort into the design and make-up of the quilt. See 16 fast and fun projects to use pre-cuts. For each design, you get a full colour image of the finished quilt, the measurements, shopping list, cutting, construction, making and finishing, plus a diagram so that you know how everything goes together, and alternative colourways. I have been looking for a simple idea to use my favourite Morris charm pack and I think the first design in this book Around and Round might just fit the bill. I can see easy ways of adapting this design too. I like most of the designs, but some stand out for me Divide and Conquer, Big Bow Ties and City Houses. get quilting without delay.

Thanks sew much for a lovely review, Yarns and Fabrics!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Playing With Christmas Part 2

Okay, it was so much fun designing quilts based on favorite Christmas songs, that I'm back with some more!


I Saw Three Ships



O Little Town of Bethlehem



 Here Comes Suzy Snowflake


 Walking in a Winter Wonderland



Frosty the Snowman





It Came Upon a Midnight Clear


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Favorite Cat Christmas Gifts

My plan for this blog post was to continue with my Christmas song inspired quilt designs using my Electric Quilt software, but well, you know what happens.....

My cat had to have emergency surgery the other night.  We noticed that her belly looked really bloated on Sunday.  On Monday it was worse so we called the vet like good pet parents and were able to get an appointment on Tuesday.  Well, things went south from there.  Poor Callie had a terrible infection -- pyometra and had to get spayed ASAP.  So we had to take her to another vet who could do the surgery that night because waiting might have caused everything to burst.  Ugh.  Poor kitty girl.

Callie made it through surgery just fine and came home Wednesday afternoon.  She is not a very happy camper wearing her e-collar.  She also happens to be difficult to medicate and is stubborn -- charming, right?  Anyway, since her incision is huge she won't get her stitched out for 12 days (instead of the usual 7-10).  Ouch.

 Here's Callie (the tortoiseshell) with her favorite companion, Joey, before her surgery.

So in honor of Callie's recuperation, I thought I'd write a post about some fun gifts you can make for your favorite kitty children.

1.  Sushi Cat Toys by Pet Project



 Aren't these just too cute for words?  Add a little catnip and the kitties will go wild for sushi.  LOL!

2.  Recycled T-Shirt Toy by LVLY


Who doesn't have a stack of  old t-shirts siting around?  Although this toy is suggested for dogs, make it smaller and spray a little catnip spray on and kitty's got a great new chew toy.

3.  What about a special bed for kitty?


 I just did a quick search on the Internet for "homemade cat beds" and OH MY GOODNESS -- people are SEW CREATIVE!  I saw beds made out of old TV's, wooden crates, suitcases, hammocks, computer monitors, book shelves, and just about everything else!  Whatever happened to the cardboard box with a pillow inside?

Looks like I need to get in the groove and make my kitties something more fun than a store-bought round fleece bed.  LOL!

4.  Tuna Crunchers Treats by Doggy Dessert Chef


Just a couple ingredients and flour free.  The added catnip with really get kitty going.


5.  What about a cat quilt for your furry buddy?


Whenever I'm working on a quilt, I have at least one furry baby trying to help me out.  You know, curling up in the middle while I'm binding, or pouncing on it while I'm machine quilting, or maybe just hiding under it.

I haven't made a cat quilt for a while, but I did make one for my furry baby Sandy a long time ago.  Sadly, Sandy's no longer with me, but he sure loved his quilt so we buried it with him.

A simple little scrap quilt with left over quilt blocks perhaps around 30" x 30" would do for most kitties.  To make it more cozy, use flannel fabrics and a flannel or fleece back.  You could even just quilt some printed fabrics together for a super quick quilt.  I wouldn't suggest tying a pet's quilt, however, because he/she might try to eat the yarn which would not be healthy at all for your furry friend.


Well, I hope these ideas inspire you to make something special for your best furry friends this holiday season.  They sure inspired me!  I'd better get back to my studio and start whipping up some goodies for the furry kids.








Thursday, December 1, 2016

Playing with Christmas

I love my local radio station because they start playing Christmas music the day before Thanksgiving and play it continuously until the day after Christmas.  That's a lot of Christmas songs! 

Listening to Christmas music when I'm heading to work, to the gym, to the grocery store or wherever  really helps to put me in the holiday mood and I just can't help singing along.

Listening to those wonderful holiday tunes inspired me and made me wonder what would happen if I played around with some quilt designs in Electric Quilt inspired by my favorite holiday songs???????

Well, let's see what happens.


Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree 


Silent Night




 

Let it Snow!  Let it Snow!  Let it Snow!



 

Silver Bells


 

Joy to the World


O Christmas Tree

 

Blue Christmas

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

 

Well, that was a lot fun and now I'm excited to play with this idea some more.  Stay tuned to see what I come up with in my next post.  

Who knows?  Maybe this will inspire your next project, too.

























Monday, November 28, 2016

And the Winners Are.......





Well, folks, the winners have been notified, and all six of the prizes have been claimed and shipped.

I want to thank everyone for joining us on the Blog Tour.  It was tons of fun, wasn't it?  Although I was on the Blog Tour, I really enjoyed reading the designer blogs every day too.  What a lot of talented people there are!

Our Quilt With a View lucky winners were from all over the United States:

Marie from Texas

Vivian from North Carolina

Wanda from Iowa

Sue from Ohio

Brenda from Wisconsin

Nicole from Washinton


I have submitted blocks to volumes 15 and 16, so keep your fingers crossed that my blocks will be selected and we'll get to Blog Hop again in the spring.

In the meantime, keep on quiltin'!



Monday, November 21, 2016

WINNERS

AND WE HAVE WINNERS! 


6 OF THEM, ACTUALLY.


I DID ADD A COUPLE OF MORE PRIZES SINCE I HAD SUCH AN AMAZING RESPONSE!


THANKS EVERYONE WHO RESPONDED, IT WAS SEW FUN!


I WILL POST THE WINNERS AS SOON AS THEY'VE RESPONDED WITH THEIR SHIPPING ADDRESSES AND THEIR PRIZES ARE ON THE WAY.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Block Volume 14 BLOG TOUR



Hello and Welcome to my Blog!

YAY!  I'm sew excited to be participating in the Volume 14 Blog Tour -- it's like a quilt party with all my friends -- both old AND new.

My block is called SLIDER and is #1383 in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14.


A lot of people ask me how I come up with my designs.  Let me tell you that it definitely isn't rocket science.  LOL!  I like to start with something familiar like a favorite block, an inspiration piece of fabric, or maybe even an idea.  Then I usually sit down in front of my computer to use my Electric Quilt 7 software.  Do you EQ?  If not, then I really suggest that you try it out because it can take your quilting and designing to new levels. 

When I started playing around with ideas for the 100 Block project, I first decided that I wanted to use red, black, grey, and white fabrics in the block.  That made me determine that my block had to have enough pieces so that I could use 4 fabrics.
 

This was my first block attempt.  Ugh.  Pretty ugly, isn't it? 
 I was trying out some asymmetrical qualities here.

Oh well.  Back to the drawing board.


This was my second try.  Hmm.  Much better, I think.  But too busy.
Maybe I should reduce the number of pieces in the block.

This thinking led me to the actual Slider block that I submitted.


Voila!  There you have it!  A peek inside my design process.

Now let's play with the Slider block a little bit.

 Five blocks and a border makes a fun table runner, doesn't it?

Maybe we should add some printed fabrics instead of just solids?


Here it is in Moda's For You fabrics.
 
Now let's try it in Riley Blake's new Crayola fabrics.  Fun and cute!


Here we have fabric from Benartex's Kitchen Love line.  Yum yum yummy!

That was fun, wasn't it? 

Auditioning blocks, layouts, and fabrics is all part of the quilt design process. 
 Thanks for coming along for the ride.

BUT WAIT....................DON'T GO.....................THERE'S STILL MORE!  
KEEP READING......YOU'LL GET TO THE GIVEAWAYS SOON, I PROMISE!!!

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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY NEW BOOK --

IT'S LITERALLY JUST HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!


I'm really really hyped about my third and newest quilt book. 
 I mean, who doesn't love precuts, right?
If you're anything like me, you buy them but never seem to use them.  Yes, I am guilty of precut hoarding and I keep adding more to my sagging shelves.
What about you?


That's where my new book, I Love Precut Quilts! , comes in.  My book has 16 go-to projects ranging from place mats and table runners to wall quilts, throws, and YES! even big bed quilts.

The projects are easy enough for beginners but interesting enough for more advanced quilters, too.   It  has a fun fresh contemporary feel that is light and airy and all of the projects feature traditionally-pieced blocks.  

Time to get your own copy, isn't it?????

Sew.....where can you find my new book?  

Well, read to the bottom to the Giveaway section and you just might win
your very own SIGNED copy.  

You can also find my book (ebooks are also available!) at these locations online:

AND it's coming to your local quilt shop soon 
(Psst!  Don't forget to ask your favorite quilt shop owner to order it). 

I will also have copies available soon on my website:

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NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY

 You've all been very patient, reading through my entire blog, so I promise that it'll be worth it!

I will be giving away the following:

1.  A copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14
2.  A copy of my new book, I Love Precut Quilts! (Yippee!)
3.  A  Riley Blake Crayola 2 1/2'' strip roll
4.  A Mystery Prize donated by my local quilt shop owner, Gail, who owns Homespun Treasures.

Who knows?
 I might just add some more prizes along the way if I get
lots and lots of encouragement.
(Wink!  Wink!)

Here's how it works:

You have up to 3 chances to win the prizes listed above.

1.  Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite precut is.  
2.  Become a blog follower and leave a comment telling me you that you're a blog follower.
3. Follow me on Instagram @tricia.maloney and leave a comment telling me you're an Instagram follower.

Ready!  Set!  GO!

You have from Tuesday, November 15th until Saturday, November 19th to participate. 
 Winners will be selected randomly on Saturday, November 19th.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS 
SO THAT I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN!
 




Monday, November 14, 2016

Some of My Favorite Things Part 2

Okay, here are some more of my favorite finds at Quilt Market (in no particular order):

Camelot Fabrics

I made four quilt samples featuring fabrics from some of their new collections.  It was sew fun to see my quilts displayed so beautifully at their booth!  Here are three of them.


 Cloud 9 Fabrics

I stopped by Cloud 9 to see the quilts my friend, Linda, made to showcase their new fabrics.  Here are a few of Linda's awesome quilts!  Some of them she designs and makes and others she only makes the tops.



 Riley Blake Fabrics

What can I say?  I just love Riley Blake fabrics.  Their vibe is sew sew me.


Angela Walters and Christa Watson

I had the opportunity to see both Angela and Christa in action -- what fun!  I loved how they played off of each other -- Angela on the long arm and Christa on the sit down machine.  Their book will be a great resource for my own free motion quilting.   Methinks also great find for quilt shops -- perfect for FMQ classes!
 

Little House of Quilts

When I was a child, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls.  Here's a sweet sweet book just right for all of your "prairie" fabrics!  Would be a great book for a quilt shop to feature all of those dainty calicoes that people love but don't know what to do with.




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I hope you're ready for.................

Because it starts today!!!!!


Stop by my blog tomorrow (November 15th) and you just might win some cool prizes!









Sunday, November 13, 2016

Some of My Favorite Things Part 1

While at Quilt Market, I had the opportunity to check out all of the latest and greatest.

Here are some of my favorite finds (in no particular order):

 I Love Precut Quilts!

By Moi!   What can I say?  Of course, this would make my list of favorite Quilt Market finds!  There were lots and lots of precuts out and about at Market too, which would compliment my book beautifully.  You know, I even saw circle-shaped precuts.  Hmm.....new precut, new quilts.........

  Addicted to Scraps

By fellow C&T author, Bonnie Hunter. If you've never checked out Bonnie's scrappy style, you definietly should!  Her books and patterns are guarateed to empty your scrap stash!!!

   

Iris Ultra Quilting Thread

I know I've talked about this thread before, but you really should try it out.  They've just added more than 20 new colors AND added a giant 2500 yard spool called King!  I'm really glad we're finally making headway finding the spool of thread that never runs out!




 The Make Series by C&T 

This is a fantastik series of books!  Each book has a nice mix of projects great for beginners but also fun for more advanced quilters, too.  The price is very modest too.  Terrific books for quilt shops -- low price, great projects, and would make super projects for classes.


Retro Clean

Have you tried this product yet?  I have and it's awesome!  I have this ginormaous collection of antique and vontage quilt blocks, fabrics, quilt tops, and quilts.  Retro Clean worked really well for cleaning this fragile stuff.



Rose Cards

I have loved the Rose Cards since I first discovered them in 2010.  Each year, Villa Rosa introduces a new card collection to add to the existing cards.  This  ensures that the designs and even the fabrics used in the samples are up-to-date and fresh.


Stay tuned for more favorite finds in my next blog entry.
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DON'T FORGET...............................