Monday, April 27, 2015

Quiltsy Virtual Craft Party

Every year Etsy holds a Craft party, which is a really fun thing for teams that are location based to get together for a time of making things.  This year their theme is Kaleidoscopes.  Since the Quiltsy team has members that are all over the world and we can't really all meet in one place I thought it would be fun to have a virtual party.  And to make it even more fun, we'll make it a challenge so that we can all make a kaleidoscope inspired quilt and share it with each other in a fun online show.  And have some fun prizes for the winners to make it even better!

One Block Wonder by MiniMade
There are lots of patterns that could work for this challenge, including a One Block Wonder like the one above, Winding Ways,'s up to you to find the one that inspires you!

Here are the rules:

1) Make a quilt of any size that is inspired by the kaleidoscope theme.  Your quilt may be made in the next month, or you may enter a quilt that you have made within the last year.

2) Your quilt must be finished and a photo of your quilt added to the link-up provided on memorial day (May 25).

3)  Commit to send a fat quarter to the quilt that gets the most votes in our contest.  (I am planning a couple of additional fun prizes as well to the runner-ups...)

Hope that sounds simple enough!  The idea is to have fun and create something that makes you happy - you can sell it in your Etsy shop, give it as a gift to someone, or just keep it for yourself!  Let me know if you blog about your project, and I'll post a link on our blog so we can have ourselves a month long quilting party!  Use the hashtag #quiltsycraftparty to share on social media and spread the word!

Have fun, and quilt up a party!

If you want some inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Quiltsy Cares' Lauren Krueger

Our final Quiltsy Cares' star is Lauren Krueger of Cactus Penguin, whose dedication had her up to 4:00 in the morning finishing her charity quilt. Lauren is donating her quilt to Queen Creek Fire Dept..In her own words, Lauren explains why this Charity is so important to her- "A few years ago, I witnessed a fatal car accident. After the mother was taken away, the emergency personnel had only plastic ground sheets to wrap around & cuddle the kids. I have donated other quilts to fire departments so that they have something more comforting for family members. That's why I made a flannel youth quilt--something to comfort a baby or small child that they can hang on to.

Lauren started her Etsy shop two years ago. Her Shop, CactusPenguin, represents living in the cold Midwest (Illinois & Wisconsin) for the first 35 years of her life, then moving to cactus country. She kids that when she can stop sewing long enough, she plans to change the banner in her shop to a picture of a cactus with snow in it! Lauren currently lives in Sun Lakes, Arizona, where she will never have to shovel snow again.

Lauren has been quilting for 15 years, but has been sewing since she was 6 years old. She made her clothes in high school and college, including her prom dress and first wedding dress. But to her, quilting is so much more fun and creative.

Lauren joined the Quiltsy team 16 months ago through Gail of QuiltSewPieceful, who is still taking Lauren's pictures, helps and inspires her in her quilting everyday.

Asian Quilted Candle Mat - Fans and Leaves Large Mini Quilt - Centerpiece or Snack Mat - Flameless Candle Mat - Hostess GiftLauren's favorite things to sew are anything patriotic and anything Christmas. Her newest creation for her shop are candle mats for every holiday and season. She is making them for a friend's centerpieces at his wedding, and she just kept creating more
for every holiday and season!

Lauren works a full-time job that she enjoys, except it takes her away from her quilt studio! She has also refereed soccer for the last 21 years. Best times for her are working on a quilt while watching soccer on TV. Go Chelsea & Galaxy! Good luck USA Women at World Cup in Canada this summer!

You can look for Lauren here also:


Written by Pat Young of PatsPassionQuilteds, Quiltsy Team member since May 2011.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Quiltsy Cares ... Catherine Butt

On this beautiful Monday morning, I would like to introduce you to Quiltsy Team member Catherine Butt. The name of Catherine's Etsy shop honours her dad who passed when he was only 52.

The charity that Catherine is supporting this month is Project Linus as it is one of the few charities she has found in Columbus, Ohio, her home town, that accepts donations for babies/children/teens. Since she doesn't make the larger quilts, this lends itself well to the size she make and gives her a good feeling that she is helping these children with a craft that she is passionate about.

Catherine is donating a girl’s baby or toddler quilt this time. Her last donation to Project Linus was for a boy. She enjoyed working with the pink fabrics, and the delightful appliqued birds add such a touch of whimsy.
A detail photo of the birds is seen below.

Catherine has had her Etsy shop since September 2007.  It has been a wonderful place to sell her quilts that are mostly art quilts. Having been a professional artist for over 25 years, she suddenly developed a passion for quilting after seeing an art quilt in a quilt show and buying it! Ever since she has had a passion for fabric and art and she taught herself how to machine quilt and appliqué by trial and error. She first started selling wall hangings to fellow employees and three years later found Etsy.
Catherine is one of the original members of the wonderful Quiltsy Team.

Art quilts are her passion, where she doesn't even start with an idea. She says she just starts pulling out fabrics that go well together and then starst sewing and cutting and piecing. It’s so much fun to see what the end result is.

Catherine has two wonderful grown children in their twenties and a generous supportive husband who loves to race cars. Her son follows in his dad’s footsteps and her daughter loves animals like she does, so their home is full of car talk and animals. She is the grandmother of three dogs so far that we babysit quite often. She still also loves to do her artwork that was her very first true love ... watercolors and colored pencils are her favorite mediums.

You can find Catherine online at:

Written by fibre artist Kathy Kinsella, a Quiltsy team member since 2010.
Kathy's Etsy shop