Monday, April 20, 2015

Latest Tutorial and It's never to early or too late :)



(not including Dueces, Pep's cat) - a great quilt for the 4th of July,



and this is the Bunny and Rooster from


Birds & Bunnies, Herbs and Honeys, an awesome spring quilt.


To watch the tutorial on doing the inside and outside curves on both quilts click here.
The kits and patterns for both quilts are on sale today and tomorrow only.   You can get to the store to buy them by clicking here or on the name of the quilt. 
You get tomorrow too because we didn't get things out until late this morning.

Here are two (or really 3) reasons why.


Grandson Jake had Senior Prom Saturday (I cannot believe he's 18 already - it makes a grandma's eyes leak) and his tux had to be returned today.  He's in school of course.


And Quinn and Cullen didn't have school today so they're at Grandma's.

Grandma is meeting herself coming and going - especially with Market looming.
But all too soon they will be 18 too.
Best enjoy these years while I can.
Meanwhile, I've Blogged, Facebooked, Instagramed and fixed them lunch.

Now to sit and stitch for a minute.

Monday, April 13, 2015

And we hope its stopped raining.................

This is Block #3 of Winter Solstice


the Mystery Quilt for 2015 and it's due to ship Wednesday the 15th - God willing and the creek don't rise.

And it had better not rise  :).

Meanwhile,  Market looms so this will be very short. 

We did stop to film a tutorial last Friday on the calendar quilt so that should be up soon.
 
Back to applique.

Keep quilting ladies.  I certainly am  :)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Oh My! It Never Rains But ................

This is the first block of Winter Solstice, our Mystery Quilt for 2015.
Most of you making it know that the new girl (who is no longer with us) we had cutting kits  didn't see that she was supposed to cut two pieces for the snow, one for the roof and one for the ground,


What we didn't realize is that apparently she wasn't very good at reading either.  The background sky piece as supposed to be cut 27"x22", it says 27x22 plainly on the cutting sheet.  She seems to have cut most of them at 22x22 - which won't work.
We're mailing the correct size out to you today. Meanwhile, you can at least applique windows, shutters, etc to the house. 
Be sure to keep the 22x22 piece - you'll use it for the background in Block #4.

This is one reason we didn't catch it.



This is our very, very close friend - pretty well family member - Dave Warner.
Dave was regional manager of an local farm and construction implement company.  He was an avid gardner, hunter and all around outdoorsman who taught Jake to hunt and who helped us keep our farm in tip-top shape while providing everyone with game and vegetables.    He and his wife Kim have been part of our extended family since they were teenagers.
He was cutting wood on our back 80 one minute and was gone the next.
His loss is devastating - he will be sorely missed.  
And as Pep said, at least he spent his last day outdoors in beautiful weather, doing one of the things he loved most.
Time will slowly heal the pain - and we are so much richer for having known him.


This is April Showers Table Stand Quilt and


Parasol Princess (58"x58")

Kelly will be sending an email next week with a coupon code for 15% off of both sets of kits and patterns.
April Showers and needing an umbrella seem appropriate at the time and of course, stitching always helps.

I thought I'd do something nice for my Blog people to say I'm sorry for the Mystery Quilt mess.
If you go to the store now - through April 4th and use the promo code SORRY you can buy them for 25% off by clicking here.  :)
And if the applique seems a little intimidating, you can get a few tips by watching the tutorial when you click here.

My Lord, I hope life settles down for awhile.  
At least I have the quilts for the next fabric line, Hawthorn Ridge to work on.  
Stitching does always help.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Better late than never.......

........... Or maybe we're just getting a jump on next year.
We do have Santa every year, you know.


Anyway, we finally got the tutorial up on Santa and how to do his small tree with it's layers and curves.
To watch the video click here
and to buy a kit or a pattern click here.

We hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oops!

My daughter Kelly tells me not to say "oops" - it doesn't sound professional.
The thing is - sometimes life gives you an oops.


This is the center block for Spring Break - my quilt that's featured in the Spring issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.  We've made up fabric packs for the quilt and have run into a "challenge" on this block.  
The magazine changed my instructions - which is no problem - there are as many different ways to do appliqué as there are quilters.  The problem is that I didn’t know it. I have always just cut the block pieces to size and sewed them together, then put on the applique.  In 30 years of doing applique I’ve never had one shrink up.  Apparently some people do so they cut the backgrounds larger and then trim the block down to the correct size after the applique is on.  And apparently that’s how the wonderful ladies at Primitive Quilts do it and that’s the directions they gave.  And I'm sorry to say I didn't read the directions in the magazine when it came because I thought I knew what they said.
And since I wrote the original directions and sent them, I assumed they were going to use mine so we cut the fabric for the Fabric Packs last summer doing it my way.   The top piece should be cut 21.5x17.5 and the bottom piece should be cut 21.5 x 3.5.  Sew them together and you have a 21.5 square.  Then put your applique on - Unless your stitches are mega tight or your background wasn’t lying flat, it shouldn’t shrink.
So, if you've gotten a Fabric Pack from us, you'll probably need to cut it this way.
Communication - communication - communication.

I hope everyone who got a fabric pack reads this.  
And if the background in any pattern or kit doesn't go together right, try to get it corrected before you start the appliqué.
If you need to get in touch with us our email is janpatekquilts@centurylink.net.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tuesday came a little late this week.......

Actually it came way too early.


I'm doing the layout for the patterns that will show with the fabric line (Hawthorn Ridge) that will show at Spring Market.
And when I'm doing fabric and quilts my brain just doesn't do hardly anything else.

That said I apologize for not posting the winner of the patterns.
The random number generator picked #18 and the 18th comments was M.A. Barb.  If you would send your shipping address, etc. to Tammie at janpatekquilts@centurylink.net, we'll get you patterns out to you asap.

This is "Lilies of the Field" and you can get the pattern for this quilt by clicking here.

Back to work.  (I do still have time to appliqué at night but that's about it.)  :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lilies of the Field and Go Figure!

Lilies of the Field, my latest fabric line for Moda is shipping to stores this week.



my latest Block of the Month pattern made out of  "Lilies of the Field".  It's 62" x 76"


And these are two 14" x 14" Circle/Star Candlemats.


And last but not least is "Let Freedom Ring"
my latest patriotic wallhanging.


There are 3 more patterns - you can go to the store to see them now or I'll post them on my blog next week

Today is Friday the 13th but it's felt like it was Friday the 13th for more than a week.
We're switching systems, from Quickbooks to Quickbooks online.
I'm sure we're going to love it once we get all of the kinks out or rather, once they do.
At the moment when we try to enter a customer s information to charge and ship an item, it works for about 3 - 4 entries a day and then starts giving us "error" messages.
Tammie has been on the phone with customer service for 4-5 days and nothing has shipped out.
Finally today we went back to the old system of plain Quickbooks and we got a lot of items entered and invoiced.  Hopefully we'll be able to import them into Quickbooks online when they figure things out.
The first installment of Spring Break and the Finishing Kit for the 2014 Mystery Quilt should finally be shipping next week.
I mean it never rains but what it pours.  Actually it will be snow, not rain, on Monday but you know what I mean.

Anyway, to celebrate the fabric, I decided to do a pattern Give Away.  To win a copy of all of these 3 of my patterns + a Charm bundle, make a comment, any old comment and I'll have a drawing Tuesday morning.