Introducing “Blocks on the Move”

For the last few years, I’ve been designing quilts made from one block that can be arranged in a number of different settings. These quilts are quick and easy to make thanks to chain piecing. The real fun begins when you arrange the blocks on your design wall to see which setting suits you and your fabric. I’ve named this series of patterns “Blocks on the Move”. It seemed like an appropriate name since that’s what you do with the blocks. . . .move them around on your design wall until you come up with a setting you like. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll show you other quilts from the series. First up is “Frame of Mind”. The pattern gives directions for Crib, Lap and Queen sizes.

Quilt image on front cover of pattern. Fabrics shown are from Gerri Robinson’s new collection “The Steel Collection” by Red Rooster Fabrics. (I love these fabrics!!)

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Here are a few photos of Crib size quilts in progress from a recent class:

Blocks for Crib quilt in progress:

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Final setting chosen by student:

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Kaffe Fassett fabrics were chosen by this student. Sometimes the fabrics dictate the setting.

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This student tried a number of different settings. They all looked good, but she chose. . . . . . .

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. . . . . .this setting. I made this quilt made from the same fabrics she used.

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The pattern shows different setting for each size quilt. Here are two settings shown in Lap size.

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To see more patterns from the “Blocks on the Move” series, go to my website: http://www.plumtreequilts.com. Look for the patterns with the “Blocks on the Move” logo:

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Leave a comment and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of “Frame of Mind”. I’ll draw the winning name on Saturday, September 12th.

Until next time,

Laura

Exciting news!!

When I first started quilting, I never imagined all of the opportunities that would open up to me. Once I began working at Quilter’s Corner in Virginia things started to happen. . . . .teaching, designing patterns for the shop and then for fabric companies, starting my own pattern company and not to mention, all of the wonderful quilters I’ve met along the way. And now. . . . . . . .I’ll be teaching on a quilting cruise!!! Teaching is my passion and to teach on a cruise will be the best!

I’ve signed on with Quilt Retreat at Sea for a 9-day cruise on the new Royal Caribbean ship, Anthem of the Seas, departing from Newark, NJ on June 2, 2016. Just imagine, nine days at sea, two or three of those days in class with me making a brand new project designed just for the cruise. Stops in Bermuda, San Juan, Phillipsburg, St. Maarten and Labadee, Haiti will round out the adventure. Click on the link to the flyer (Caribbean Adventure Flyer) and go to www.quiltretreatatsea.com/caribbeanadventure to register online if you’d like to join me on a cruise to Bermuda and the Caribbean. I hope you’ll join me!

Keep stitching!

Laura

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And the winners are. . . . . . .

Congratulations to Sharon Work and Linda Webster! They are the lucky winners of the Sew Red Glasses/Clip-On Lenses from the Notion Commotion Blog Hop. They will also be receiving the two Plum Tree Quilts patterns shown below. Thank you to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoyed learning about all of the new tools that my fellow designers presented to you.

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I’ve not been sewing on anything new these days as our house is on the Market and I am a very messy sewer. So I’ve been spending a few days this week sewing at one of the local quilt shops finishing a few UFO’s. I’ll post photos when I get the quilts back from the longarmer. I sent her 4 lap size quilts this week. It feels so good to get them finished! Here’s a photo of my very neat sewing room. I should have taken a “before” photo so that you could see the dramatic change.

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Have a fun week and happy quilting!

Laura

 

Notion Commotion Blog Hop – Day 8

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I hope you’ve been enjoying the Notion Commotion Blog Hop so far. Today it’s my turn to share a new tool I found to make your quilting experience a little easier. It’s the Sew Red Glasses. These  eyeglasses have red lenses that help you determine the color value of fabrics you plan to use in a quilt. It can be challenging choosing fabrics with enough contrasting value so that the finished quilt does not end up dull and uninteresting. The Sew Red Glasses are a great help in selecting fabrics with good contrasting value so that your finished quilt will pop.

There have been similar products on the market over the years, but the fact that the red lenses are made into eyeglasses is genius! It leaves your hands free to work with the fabrics as you make your final selections. AND, if you already wear glasses, this product is available as Clip-On Lenses. More genius!!

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If you’d like to read more about the Sew Red Glasses, go to http://www.sewredglasses.com.

Leave a comment and you will be entered into a drawing for a pair of Sew Red Glasses and two of my patterns: Two by Two and Luminous. You can see the patterns on my website, http://www.plumtreequilts.com. I’ll draw two winners on Friday, July 18th after the end of the blog hop. One winner will receive two patterns with the regular Sew Red Glasses and the second winner will receive two patterns and the Clip-On Lenses. So be sure to let me know if you want the regular glasses or the clip-ons in your comment.

The next blogger is Susan Emory of Swirly Girls Design on Tuesday, July 15. She will tell you about the Creative Grids Kite Plus Ruler.

 

Notion Commotion Blog Hop – Day 3

Today is Day 3 of the Notion Commotion Blog Hop. Click on the link below to see the tool that Joanne from the Fat Quarter Gypsy wants to share with you.

 

Schedule of the hop:

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June 17th: Kris Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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June 19th: Janice Pope of Anything but Boring

 

 

 

 

 

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June 24th: Joanne Harrison Hillestad of Fat Quarter Gypsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 26th: Us! Kate Colleran and Elizabeth Balderrama of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 1st: Debbie Wendt

 

 

 

 

 

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July 3rd: Brenda Miller of Among Brenda’s Quilts and Bags

 

 

 

 

 

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July 8th: Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods

 

 

 

 

 

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July 10th: Laura Blanchard of Plum Tree Quilts 

 

 

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July 15th: Susan Emory of Swirly Girls

 

 

 

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July 17th: Annette Ornelas of  Southwind Designs

 

 

Notion Commotion Blog Hop

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Kris Poor of Poor House Quilts!

Let’s hop on over to her blog, to find out what the commotion is about!

Here’s the schedule:

6/17/14 Kris Poor Poor House Quilts
6/19/14 Janice Pope Anything But Boring
6/24/14 Joanne H Fat Quarter Gypsy
6/26/14 Kate Colleran Seams Like A Dream
7/1/14 Debbie Wendt Wendt Quilting
7/3/14 Brenda Miller Among Brenda’s Quilts
7/8/14 Celine Perkins Perkins Dry Goods
7/10/14 Laura Blanchard Plum Tree Quilts
7/15/14 Susan Emory Swirly Girls Design
7/17/14 Annette Ornelas Southwind Designs