Thursday, May 7, 2015

 Hello Blog Tour Attendees!

First, I'd like to say thank you. I know that all of us designers are so grateful for your support.

As you can see, I haven't written a blog in a couple of years. I guess life gets in the way and priorities change. Want to see pictures of my adorable grand children?
I tend toward instant gratification, like the FB page, you can look for The Irish Chain there.

Later this summer, I'll be rebuilding my web site, finally! I have several new patterns designs to add and there will be a contest or two. And, just maybe, I'll start blogging on a regular basis.

Right now, I am getting ready for Quilt Market, as are many of the other designers. One of the fun things that Quiltmaker does is that they give us a LARGE button just like the picture above to wear at market. It's fun to meet the other designers while walking the floor of the convention center. For those not familiar with what the Quilt Market is, it is a buyer's convention for the industry. Quilt shop owners go to see new fabrics, notions,machines and all of those wonderful things that we quilter need (or not!) and want.  I usually post a few pictures from market on my FB page.
Getting ready for market is usually a very busy time for me. I am blessed to be able to work for a couple of fabric companies, Blank Quilting Fabrics and Timeless Treasures among them. It is crunch time with several projects to complete in a very short time. If quilting burned more calories, I'd be a size 2!

Enjoy the tour and have a blessed day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Short Market report

Hello everyone.  I hope you all get a chance to relax a bit this long weekend, and get in a bit of quilting!

I'm posting a few pictures of quilts from quilt market which was in Kansas City, MO this time. These are quilts I did for Timeless Treasures. First is the Paris quilt. I will be writing a pattern for this next week and as far as I know the fabric will be available soon, too. It's probably not in stores quite yet.
This quilt is from a book and I apologize for not having the name handy. I didn't design it or even pick the colors. I am pleased with how it turned out and the quilting shows up well. The star sections are paper pieced and if you are interested in the book, please comment below and I'll get you the name. I'll post it next week, I want to give the author proper credit. It's a neat book
Quilting close up.
This fabric group is called Ruby. The pattern is written and at the Timeless office for corrections. It will be on their website soon and would also be available, most likely with kits, from quilt shops that bought this particular line of fabric.

Quilt market is a busy, fun and tiring experience. Lots of work before hand making quilts (I did 18 all told), hectic 1-1/2 days of set up and 3 days of selling, shopping and just over dosing on beautiful quilts. I went a little crazy buying thread but I use it all! I stopped at 5 shops on the way to Kansas City and back and I supported the economy a bit in each....

I have several more pictures but I'll save them for future posts. Gives me something to say!

Have a safe, relaxing and delightful Memorial weekend. Remember those who served.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Thank you everyone for taking time to check out my blog. I truly appreciate all of your kind comments! Along with my block, I do have a small quilt shown in the magazine that uses 4 'Luck of the Irish' blocks. Quilt Maker chose the block name. Works for me!

As you can see, I'm not a big blogger but I'm trying to be better about posting regularly. I post infrequent enough that they changed the posting format between my posts, ugh. I'm sure you have all experienced the why-can't-they-leave-well-enough-alone? type of thing with on-line sites. The most popular social media site comes to mind......Anyway, I hope I've figured this out. Yesterday I could not, for the life of me, get a handle on putting spaces between what should have been paragraphs, I think I've got it now.

The Little Pine Pin quilt shown is a new pattern coming out soon. If you've checked out my web site, you may have seen the Quilted Jewels Series of patterns, this will be part of the series but it has it's own template, the 1/4 Carat. The template will come with this pattern and more patterns, sold separately, will follow as I get them done. I'm planning 2 more for June release; a table runner and a baby doll quilt. I think a little tote bag/purse pattern (in dupioni silk!) would be fun as well. I'm open to ideas!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

100 Blocks!

HI Everyone! Sorry, I'm a little late this morning for the blog tour. I've been sewing like crazy getting ready for quilt market!
When I did my block I sent 2 in, the one you see in the magazine and the one here. (Sorry for the fuzzy picture!). Both turned out nice but I think the cream background one that they chose was a bit better. It was fun designing a small quilt to go with the block as well. I've always wanted to do a shamrock block and with a last name like mine, well, this was a great time to do it! I'm going to make a bed size quilt when time allows! I've enjoyed seeing all the blocks since the first magazine came out and what an honor to be in it again! Good luck to all that enter!

Monday, April 9, 2012

McCall's Quick quilts

HI everyone!

A couple of markets ago, I was in the McCall's quilting magazines booth and one of the ladies there said to another, " oh, you need to meet Sandi, she's one of our designers." I felt like I had 'arrived'. One of THEIR designers, it was cool.

Well, I do have a quilt coming out in the next issue of McCall's Quick Quilts which ships out on the 17th of this month. This is special because it uses my line of fabric. They have named the quilt 'Split Decision', it's a perfect fit. I'll have kits for it my web site if you are interested. It's black and white with touches of green.

After that, I will have a block in the 100 Blocks by 100 Designers magazine which is put out by Quiltmaker magazine, this is also part of the McCall's group. They will be doing a blog tour of all the designers (that wish to) and the designers will be selecting reader that will get a free magazine. The only hitch is that you have to comment on the post. Easy enough.

Also, McCall's asked me to post the following note and link about a contest that looks exciting! Time is short but you never know, some of you may work better under pressure! I can't enter, bummer.

The McCall's Quilt Design Star™ 2012 contest has officially launched and is currently in the qualifying round phase, which continues through April 29, 2012. This year for the first time, the contest has 2 separate tracks for Amateur and Professional Quilt Designers. Don’t let the term Professional scare you…for the purposes of this contest, a pro is anyone who has ever received monetary compensation for an original quilt design. For example, if you’ve made money by self-publishing a pattern, making a quilt for a fabric company, or teaching a class based on your quilt design at a local shop, you’re a pro! Grand prizes this year include a sewing machine (a Pfaff quilt expression™ 4.0 with toolbox in the professional group and a Viking Sapphire™ 875 Quilt in the amateur group) and $500 cash to the winner of each group. Winning quilts will also be featured in McCall’s Quilting magazine.

Happy Quilting,

Thursday, March 22, 2012

HI everyone! Happy Spring! We've been enjoying spring-like weather here in MN for a couple of weeks now. Way above average temps., many temperature records have been broken. It's been lovely!

The spring issues of many magazines are out now or soon will be. Simple quilts is one of them and I have a bed runner pattern in this issue (page 16). I hope to post a picture of the bed runner later, but for now, this is the cover shot so you can look for it in your local quilt shop or where ever you might pick up magazines. I got a copy in Wal-mart yesterday.

The bed runner uses a 2-1/2" pre-cut strip pack from Blank quilting featuring their Inspiration fabrics. These fabrics are teal and white, very light and airy. Also, when fabric is purchased from Blank quilting by the quilt shop, Blank donates to Ovarian cancer research, a win-win for everyone. Kits are available from Millie P's quilt shop (link to the right). I'll post a picture later, my scan was less than wonderful.

Other things that I have up-coming in magazine are: a block in the 100 Blocks spring issue (watch for this and a chance to win the magazine, go to and sign up), Belle Fleur (shown below in a previous post) will be in the June issue of Quilt Magazine and kits will be available from Quilt Cove (Link to the right), and lastly, my line of fabric will be in a quilt featured in McCall's Quick Quilts, the June issue I think. I will have kits for the black and white fabrics on my website.

My newest line of fabric is available on my website now. Hit the purchase fabric tab and scroll down to Thngamajigs to see it.

Happy Quilting,