Monday, May 22, 2017

Spring Quilt Market WEDNESDAY -- Day 1

My brilliant idea was to blog everyday during Spring Market, but several thingsmade that a bit more difficult than I had envisioned:

1)  I was just too dang worn out by the end of the day
2)  The wifi was pretty spotty at the hotel so trying to blog was a painful process

So, instead I decided to wait until I got home to tell more about my experiences.

Wednesday afternoon after settling in at my hotel, I took the opportunity to wander around a bit and find the Gateway Arch.  Thank goodness for Google Maps or who knows where I would have ended up???

WOW!  It was utterly breath-taking!

There was a lot of construction going on around the Arch and I wasn't entirely sure how to get across the street and to the park, so I actually just admired it from across the street.  Here are a few photos for you to enjoy.

Here I am trying to take a selfie with the Arch!  It was really windy and I'm not a great selfie-taker anyway.

Ahh!  Here's the Arch all by itself.

On my way back, I stopped at a wonderful Irish Pub and Restaurant for a quick early dinner -- I was starving.

Loved the dark wood very masculine interior!

Had the Shepherd's Pie -- delish!

As I ambled back to the hotel after my lovely meal, I stopped to admire the architecture of the buildings.  What lovely details and decorations.  Lots of Art Deco and Art Nouveau.

 Lewis and Clark!

Then it was back to the hotel to chill out and get ready for Thursday's Schoolhouse Sessions!

Read about Schoolhouse HERE. (Sorry, I wrote the first 2 blogs out of order....)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis Thursday -- Day 2 -- updated!

Today was Schoolhouse day at Quilt Market.

If you've never been to Market, then you're probably wondering what that is.  Well, think of it as 8 hours of constantly changing mini workshops and lectures.  During that time you are constantly running between classrooms, hoping that you actually find the ones that you are interested in.  Here in St. Louis, the classes were even on 2 different floors and you only have about five minutes between sessions unless a presenter ends early.  Talk about doing the hustle!  LOL!

My session to present my book, I Love Precut Quilts!, was scheduled for 3:30 pm this afternoon.  There were 2 of us presenting -- our session was called "Precut Party."  My partner in crime today was Vanessa Goertzen, author of Charm School, also by C&T.

Vanessa is also a Moda designer and isn't it ironic that one of the quilts in my book, Around and Round, featured her first fabric line, Into the Woods?????  What a small world it really is!

  Click HERE to see our Schoolhouse presentations!

Tomorrow is the first day of the actual Show with something like 900 vendors.  OMG!  Can't wait -- it will be like getting locked in a candy shop........

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

My Solo Blog Hop WINNERS!

First, I want to thank everyone who visited -- I really enjoyed reading about your quilting inspirations.  Quilters are extraordinary people and if every person in the world had a quilt -- it would be a better world. 

 Here are our lucky winners:

Janet from California won a copy of my book, I Love Precut Quilts!  Congrats to you, Janet!

Pat from Michigan won a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 15.  Yay, Pat! 

I was so very pleased with your responses that I added another copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 15.  

 Joy from California won that copy.  Hooray, Joy!

What fun -- I think I'll have to do this again soon.  Anyone want to do another blog hop this summer?  Let me know -- I'm in!!!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Quiltmaker Magazine 100 Quilt Blocks Volume 15 + Giveaway

Hello and Welcome to my Blog!

Today I discovered that the Quiltmaker Magazine 100 Quilt Blocks Volume 15 Blog Hop started on Monday and today -- Thursday -- is actually day 4.  Somehow, I missed the Blog Hop boat and I have no idea how that happened.  I emailed Quiltmaker today to find out what was going on, but they didn't reply....

I'm pretty disappointed that I did not get to participate because Blog Hops are SEW MUCH FUN.  I decided that I would do my own Blog Hop GIVEAWAY since I didn't get the opportunity to participate in the official blog hop.

So....WELCOME to my very own solo Blog Hop!

My block is called CITY BLOCK and it is #1476, on page 48.

Isn't it fun?  I chose a selection of modern fabrics by Cotton+Steel.   This block uses 2 1/2" strips so you can use jelly roll strips, too.

Here it is, replacing the printed fabrics with solids.  Striking, isn't it?

Look what happens when I use a black solid background in my favorite red, black, grey (or white) colorway!  Isn't it really sharp?

Now that we've played around with the block a little bit, let's see what it looks like in a project.  Here's a very mellow beachy table runner design using 5 blocks.  

How about a couple of trendy place mats?

I hope you've enjoyed playing around with my block a little bit.  I hope you'll look for the magazine at your favorite quilt shop or newsstand.  


BUT WAIT....................DON'T GO.....................THERE'S STILL MORE!  

Ever since my new quilt book, I LOVE PRECUT QUILTS! came out, I definitely have precuts on my brain (oh no -- I hope it's not contagious!).  Just look at my City Block block (sorry about the repetition here......).  You can make this block from Jelly Roll strips, fat quarters, or even out of your stash.  Just about every quilt that I make now,  I find some way to incorporate precuts.  I'm even starting to challenge myself to make small projects out of my leftover precut bits and  pieces....

If you're new to my blog, let me tell you a little bit about my latest book.

 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.  

Here are some of projects from my book:

I'm really excited right now because I'm heading to Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis in 2 weeks for my book's official debut.  I will be participating in a Schoolhouse lecture and doing a book signing at the C&T Booth.  So if you're headed to Market, stop by -- I'd love to meet you and show you my new book.

Want your own copy??????
You can find my book (ebooks are also available!) at these locations online:

I  also have SIGNED copies available on my website:

(Psst!)  Don't forget to ask for it at your favorite quilt shop.

SURPRISE!  I'm also giving a copy of I Love Precut Quilts! away, see below. 


 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:

  A  copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 15

 A copy of my latest book, I Love Precut Quilts!

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 inspires you as a quilter.
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 Thursday, May 4th through Sunday, May 7th to participate.
 Winners will be selected randomly on Monday, May 8th.