Sunday, February 7, 2016

"Nuts About" Blog Hop!



Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew rocks and she hosts these fun blog hops from time to time.  I am so excited to be a part of Nuts About Blog Hop!

http://www.seamstobesew.com/


If this is your first visit here… WELCOME!  If you’re a follower of mine already, take time to visit each blog on the hop each day… there are creative ideas, fun stories, and fantastic giveaways at each stop (including a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop and a free pattern from anypattern.com each and every day of the Hop!). 

http://www.fatquartershop.com/



http://www.anypattern.com/





So... what am I "Nuts About"??  Well there are lots of things but one of the easiest is PINK!!!  And what is better displayed in PINK than hearts???

This is my completed Shoofly Hearts pattern!


http://www.battsintheattic.com/shop/patterns.htm


I don’t know why in the world I decided to write patterns.  Maybe it was because I considered myself a math/science girl rather than an art person and the geometry of it all fascinated me, but about three years after making my first quilt I decided that I wanted to make one that was entirely my own.  I was an accurate piecer, but didn’t like anything too complicated.  Quilts were great, but wall hangings were better.  As I gave this more and more thought, I started jotting rough drawings (rough is the best I can do!) of what I thought the quilts might look like and then made a few of them.

Shoofly Hearts was my very first pattern – if it hadn’t sold so well, I probably wouldn’t have designed any more!  I was so happy with the initial reception of this easy beginner pattern that I designed and published eight more and then went to Quilt Market as a vendor for the very first time!  It was all so new and exciting and fun!  That was the time and place where I met Alex Anderson and started the lifelong friendship that means a great deal to me; no wonder I love this pattern so much!  I published a bunch of patterns in 1994, then a few sporadically since so that at one time we had 19 patterns in the line.  I’ve since cut out the ones that haven’t sold as well to come down to the present number.  But I don’t think I’ll ever take away Shoofly Hearts.

In playing with this quilt and making it your own, you could use any block where my Shoofly is.  You can also rotate the quilt and sew it together either with the bottom of the hearts pointing in or pointing out.  There’s a lot of play value with this one!
 

See this pattern and other fun things on my website!


Now for the line up…


February 4, 2016


February 5, 2016


February 8, 2016


February 9, 2016


February 10, 2016


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And finally… how to enter the giveaway.  And a BIG THANK YOU to Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew for putting this together and to Fat Quarter Shop and anypattern.com for sponsoring this blog hop and donating the giveaways!  

 To enter, simply click on the Rafflecopter below!

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


55 comments:

  1. What a lovely pattern! So beautiful!

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  2. Your pink heart wallhanging is adorable!

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  3. Love your pattern. Great job!!

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  4. Lovely pattern. vanda@chittenden.co.za

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  5. The hearts are cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. What a cute pattern, I can see why it has done so well over the years.

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  7. Your Shoofly Hearts pattern, and the resulting wall hanging, are beautiful! I enjoyed reading your history too.

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  8. I love this pattern and I love your work and your story - being able to take a class from you a few months ago, was truly amazing! Your work is truly stunning.

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  9. I love pink as well. Your heart pattern is great

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  10. As a breast cancer survivor I love pink too...Your hearts are great ty for sharing the love.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  11. As a breast cancer survivor I love pink too...Your hearts are great ty for sharing the love.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  12. Cute pattern. It is nice to find out how some people get started writing patterns. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Pink is a great color for sure! I really enjoyed your story and your quilt. Thanks for sharing both.

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  14. Pink is a beautiful color and that heart quilt is adorable!

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  15. Love this pattern, and it's quite fun that it was your first, thank you sew much for sharing it today.

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  16. CUTE PATTERN AND SO TIMELY. I LOVE HEARING HOW THINGS CAME TO BE. I'M OFF TO SNOOP AROUND YOUR SHOP! :-)

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  17. The pattern is so cute, I love the hearts

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  18. The pattern is so cute, I love the hearts

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  19. The hearts are lovely, and your other patterns are nice too!

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  20. Those pink hearts are really beautiful.

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  21. I am fond of hearts in all decorative things. Your Shoofly Hearts quilt is great!

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  22. I, too, am nutty about pink - any shade as long as it isn't used for house paint or for painting cars. :) It's perfectly used in your Shoofly pattern. Thanks for being nutty about pink and about patterns.

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  23. What a cute pattern! I love the suggestion that you can swap out different blocks for the shoo-fly.

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  24. I am nuts about red and pink and always have been--love your heart pattern--just might have to purchase that one--
    thanks-
    love and laugher, di

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  25. Shoofly Hearts is a great pattern! I like the versatility of it. I like shades of red more than pink so that's how I would do one.

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  26. I love your Shoofly Hearts pattern. It does look very adaptable. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  27. You must really love February, so many ways to use pink. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  28. I am currently auditioning pink fabrics for a quilt!! Must be the love in the air!!!

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  29. I love the pink hearts! Would this be a pattern a beginner could do without getting overwhelmed?
    donnalee1953 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  30. LOVE LOVE THE SHOO FLY HEARTS>WANT TO MAKE ONE SIMILAR! THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLOG+GIVEAWAY! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  31. What a sweet pattern. Loved your story of becoming a quilt designer. I also love wall quilts.

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  32. I can't say I'm quite as nuts about pink, but I do like that pattern!

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  33. I like patterns where another quilt block is inserted into the larger block. This is pretty.

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  34. I love pink, too, but hearts are especially meaningful to me. Lots of Love!

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  35. I'm working on a pink heart baby quilt right now.

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  36. Love your hearts quilt! It is beautiful!

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  37. this is so pretty
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  38. this is so pretty
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  39. Love the shoofly heart. This would be a great way to use my huge stash of pinks.

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  40. Lovely pattern.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  41. Great quilt, I could use a Valentine wall hanging!

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  42. Thanks for sharing your story. I like your heart quilt.

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  43. So pretty! It would make a lovely gift for so many occasions. Thanks for sharing.

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