Monday, December 14, 2015

Meet a Quilter Episode #9 and Some Give Aways

Better a day late than to miss meeting another fun quilter all together ~ right! 

Today I'm going to introduce you to another quilter, designer, and friend, Reeze from Morning Glory Designs. Prepare to be inspired to make a block of the month quilt!!!

My thanks to Carol Steely for inviting me to be a guest blogger on her great site!  Carol is an amazingly creative designer and a delightful person, as you already know from reading her fun and informative blog posts.  So thanks, Carol, for allowing me to step in and share the day with you.

I'm Reeze from Morning Glory Designs, and I thought I would share a few of my recent quilts with you.  One of my favorite projects is designing Block of the Month quilts.  Here are a few of them.

This is Midnight Posies and was the first free block of the month I shared on my blog back in 2009.  It was a super easy project designed to help the beginner learn new skills with each block.

The next year I designed a Delph-themed quilt which combined lots of techniques in one project.  Tulip Tiles combined traditional piecing, paper piecing, applique, strip piecing, and scalloped borders. I love blue and white quilts and this helped me scratch my itch for something fun and flowery.

The next block of the month was a design I did for my local quilt guild.  It had 13 on-point pieced 12" blocks which required some piecing precision and color play.  Jewels in the Crown then became my next free block of the month on my blog that year.

I kind of go back and forth between piecing and applique, and the next two years were devoted to a huge project consisting of 42 nine inch blocks replicating a wonderful old 1930's friendship quilt.  I call it Vintage Sampler.

All I had was a photo of this quilt, so it was a real challenge to recreate each block.  With a little research into 1930's magazines and newspapers I was able to locate most of the original quilt patterns and use them to guide my designs.  But the real joy of the original quilt was all the embroidered names, one in each block, attesting to the friends who made this lovely old quilt for a dear friend. 

My version was done in solids and recreated the original with only one deviation.  I chose not to repeat a block which was used twice and replaced it with one from The Farmer's Wife magazine from 1930.


I designed a smaller 30-block version for my local quilt shop using 30's reproduction fabrics which has been really popular!

I had so much fun with these vintage blocks that I turned them all into wreath designs and created another quilt for my local quilt shop called Flower Dance.  This turned out to be a HUGE quilt with 16" blocks.  (Shameless promotion:  I have a kit for this quilt if interested)

Last year I got interested in tiles and tile designs.  So I tried my hand at a series of quilts using Talavera themed tile images.

Flower Fiesta was the result.  These were 8" applique blocks and an applique border and sashing.

This year I moved historically from early 20th century Mexican and California tile designs to late 19th and early 20th Century modernism and the Art Nouveau period.  I had a blast designing Deco Gardens, and a whole batch of bonus blocks to go with it.

I love holiday projects also, so here is a gifty for you to make.

Check out my blog for one of these holiday bonus blocks for free!  On my blog you will see some of the ways I put this block together to make a fun Christmas Poinsettia pillow or candle mat, like this one:

Here is another free holiday project.  If you have some Christmas fat quarters and need a fun and fast project here is a great one that you will be tempted to use all year.

And you might enjoy making these holiday placemats which can be made with a stack of fat quarters.  Download the free pattern here.

So now what do I have in store for you for this year??  Of course I am working on the finishing touches of this year's new Block of the Month!  Any hints?  Well, I will tell you this much, it is a Seminole Pieced Sampler in lots of bright fabulous batiks.  Stay tuned for the unveiling on January 1, 2016.

Thanks Carol, it's been a blast!

 ♥THANK YOU♥ for inspiring all of us today!

 Be sure to visit Morning Glory Designs and sign up for her newsletter. You won't want to miss the new block of the month on January 1st!!

And as a thank you for hanging out with us today, 

Reeze is also giving away one free jelly roll of yummy batik fabric to one lucky winner.

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    beaquilter said...

    great projects, if the batiks are from island batik, I have plenty of those, otherwise if I get lucky enough, I can't say no to free fabrics :)

    Kathy E. said...

    I am loving the poinsettia block...thanks for the free design! Maybe I'll get this made for next year!

    anna brown said...

    Very nice quilts loved the place matts ty for sharing your talents with

    Linda said...

    Neat projects! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

    Rebecca said...

    Love the work of your "Guest" today.

    Calicojoan said...

    Love seeing how all your quilts progress thru the years! They are beautiful!

    PK Sews said...

    I love these intricate designs! They would be beautiful in batiks - my favorite kind of fabric! Thanks for this inspiring post, and for the chance to win fabric!

    Vicki H said...

    The poinsettia block is so pretty.

    Crickets Corner said...

    Love looking at your progression thru the years and have really enjoyed this years. I so appreciate the hard work you put into your designs and thank you so much. Rina

    Ritika Sharma said...
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    Ritika Sharma said...

    which is better for sewing? nylon or polyester thread?