A New Look 

Hi All!

Thanks for stopping by. In case you hadn’t noticed,   A Quilted Passion has a new look. Don’t be shy. Take a look around.  What do you think?

And not only a new look, a totally new platform. I moved from Blogger to WordPress. After setting up my new site and drafting a few posts, I am impressed w/WordPress.

And guess what else? I got my very first, new-to-me, iPad mini!20170303_203102

To be honest w/you, I’ve always said how iPhone is overrated, and how I’d never buy Apple products. BUT, when I came across a great deal on this iPad mini, I decided it was time to give the iOS platform a try.  Thanks Shantay!

I have to admit, it’s pretty sweet and now I’m planning on upgrading to an iPhone in the not-so-distant future.

Considering the convenience of being able to blog from my bed or wherever I happen to be, the learnability/usability of WordPress, and what  I’ve learned from my friend Katy of katyquilts.net, that it’s ok for a blog post to be short and sweet, there’s a good chance you may be seeing posts from me more often.

Until next time, God Bless.

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In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. – Romans 8:37

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The Party’s Over

Last week I got an Account Expiration Notification email from InLinkz,  saying my subscription would soon expire.  I was surprised to learn it had already been a year since I started my WHOOOMP There IT Is Linky Party! The notice said my options were to extend my account (pay) to create image linkups or use for free as a text-only linkup.  I opted for neither, and so the party has come to an end.

 And to be honest, I’m not sad about it. I enjoyed hosting the linky, which started out as a weekly party, and later became a monthly one, but something about me and deadlines…  After experiencing both sides; host and linky-upper, I like being the linky-upper better.

Alas, a huge thank you to all who linked up and partied w/me along the way.

Moving right along…

I had a fairly productive month and have a few things to share w/you today to prove it.

One night I was jonesing for a finish. It felt like it had been forever since I’d finished a quilt.  I needed to make one and I needed to make it fast! I dug out some blocks that were given to me. Originally there were seven and they measured approximately 16″ x 19″. I used six of them to make this scrappy little number.  I used the quick turn/envelope/birthing method (no binding), and a combo of stitch-in-the-ditch and other straight line quilting.  And Tada! I got my fix!

I had used the 7th block a few months ago to make a pillow for Moe. This is usually where he is when I’m sewing.

This is Zebrina. A fun applique quilt from Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop.  My grandson says Zebra’s are only supposed to be black and white not “grey”. He was not impressed w/mine. She’s not grey though, She’s made w/Sarah Watts’ Shibuya in linen, from the Tokyo Train Ride collection.

I just have to add some quilting to the sky, and then she’ll be hanging on the wall in my sewing room.

Oh! I also finished Scrappy Litter Blox a pattern by Lillyella. I pattern tested this before it was released in the June Stash Builder Box.

The Scrappy Litter Blox  pattern will soon be available directly from Lillyella.

And here it is in crinkly splendor after warshing and drying. I used a lot of Alison Glass’ Sun Prints in this quilt.  I even got fancy and did FMQ meandering in the borders!

By the way, Stash Builder Box has been nominated for a Brassy award, which could mean $10,000 for their business if they are one of the winners. They have a great quilty box subscription program, and 20% of the proceeds go towards providing quilts for children in need.  They also have great ways for others to join in the giving – you can apply to be an Ambassador and help promote the program, or you can sign up to be a HeartBuilder and actually help create the quilts that are given out!  Go to www.voteforsbb.com to vote – you can vote once per day from now until Sunday, 10/9.
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My last finish is from my UFO Challenge 2016 list.  It’s a wall hanging for my grand-daughter and has been a wip for 1-2 years.

It’ll make the perfect gift for her 6th birthday next month as it has 6 tulips on it. I wish I could say that was the plan all along, but it’s simply coincidence.

The pattern is called Tiny Tulips by Quilting in the Rain. I won the pink fabric I used for the tulips from a QITR giveaway on IG! I got a little fancy w/the quilting on this one too. Anytime I say I did “fancy quilting”, I mean I did FMQ in the form of meandering or a back & forth I learned in an Angela Walter’s Craftsy Class. I also did my fave Faux Piped Binding.

That’s all I’ve got today for finishes.  But I do want to mention that I’m super duper excited Katy of KatyQuilts will be spending several months in AZ!  I have all kinds of sew days and such planned for us. She’s a talented and prolific quilter/blogger who inspires me immensely. Thanks Katy!

Linking up at:
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
Finished or Not Friday
Fabric Frenzy Friday

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Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2016 – Gossamer

I love gifts. I love receiving them, and I really love giving them, especially quilty ones!   Last year I wanted to give a good friend an awesome gift. And of course it had to be quilted.  After brainstorming for awhile and looking online, I came up w/the idea for the best gift ever!
I came across Janeen at Quilt Art Designs who makes fabulous paper pieced patterns. I sent her a photo and asked if she could turn it into a  paper pieced pattern.  She absolutely could, and did! 
This is the photo I sent.  It’s a pic of my friend’s beloved classic bronco, whom he dubbed Gossamer.
This is the pattern she made.
Now all I had left to do was learn the fine art of paper piecing.  
I enlisted the help of my good friend and paper-piecer extraordinaire, Sue!  And for the next 5 weeks, I spent approximately 5 hrs each Thursday making Gossamer. You can read about in this post

And this is Gossamer!



I was so very pleased w/how he turned out so you can imagine how I felt when I found out he got an award at the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show!  Yep! He got Honorable Mention! AND it was my first time entering an actual show! Can you say ECSTATIC?! You can read all about it in this post


Gossamer measures 22″ x 22″ and  is entered in the Small Quilt Category.  If he tickles your fancy as much as he tickles mine, I’d be over the moon if you vote for him!  Thank you!

This is my second time participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  My first time was Fall of 2014. You can read about that in this post. A big shout out to Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side for putting this lovely festival together! And huge thanks to the sponsors too for the fabulous prizes!

Linking up at:

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #33 – AQP turns 3 Giveaway!

There are a few things I’m super excited about and want to share today.

The first being, on August 29, 2016, A Quilted Passion turned a whopping 3 yrs! In some ways it seems like it was just yesterday that I started blogging and in others it seems as if it’s been forever! Regardless, it’s because of my wonderful followers and friends that this blog is still around.  In appreciation, I will be doing a giveaway at the end of this post, so stick around.

Something else that has me all kinds of excited is, I met the sweet and talented Katy of Katy Quilts in real life!  It turns out her kids live in AZ and one of them is right around the corner from me! We met at Tropical Smoothie, which is a fave of both of ours, and then she came and visited me in my sewing room!

She even brought me a gift! This lovely modern quilt (lower right) made w/fabric dyed by her own hand! Thank you Katy!

 I wouldn’t have been so eager for Katy to visit in my home had I not just had new floors installed!  But they were! Yep. This happened a couple of weeks ago and I love, love, love them!  What do you think? Can you spot my furbabies?

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I think now is a good time for the giveaway!  I’m giving away the kit to make this stunning modern quilt top.

It consists of the Reflections quilt pattern by Nancy J. Smith,  2 Benartex Jelly Rolls and a 2 yard cut for the borders and binding.  It makes a quilt top that measures approximately 56″ x 63″. I’ve also thrown in That Purple Thang and a spool of Essential Vareigated Thread by Connecting Threads; color is Ocean Jewels.

For your chance to win this fabulous prize, simply leave a comment on this post telling me how you follow A Quilted Passion (bloglovin’, Instagram, Google Followers (see sidebar ->->->).

I will randomly choose and announce a winner here on the blog on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  If you are a No-Reply blogger, please include your email address in your comment.

**This giveaway is for US residents only**

Oh, I almost forgot! I’m also doing a 2nd giveaway on Instagram! Be sure to enter there too!


Thank you for visiting/following and good luck in the giveaway!

Last but not least, my 1st Friday WHOOMP There IT Is! linky party!   Please link up whatever it is you’ve been doin’/stitchin’!


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12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop at A Quilted Passion

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Hi All! Thank You so much for hopping by!

First things first! Can we get a huge round of applause for the AMAZING Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict for organizing this hop and for allowing me to participate!  So much work goes into organizing and preparing. She also created a Christmas quilt pattern for a daily quilt along for the duration of the hop! There has to be a picture of Sarah in the dictionary next to Wonder Woman.  I don’t know how you do it, but from the bottom of my heart…Thank you!

A couple of years ago I made these awesome Microwave Cozies as Christmas gifts for friends and family. 

They were a huge hit! So it became my intention to give practical home made gifts for Christmas going forward.   However, last year, Christmas came and went…along w/my good intention and only 3 peeps got something homemade from me. So I swore to myself that this year would be different!  I would start my gift making in July! And that’s exactly what I’ve done!

This year, everyone is getting these grocery bag holders. I was able to get a wonderful head start on them this month!

I normally sell the pattern in my Craftsy Pattern Store, however for the rest of this hop you can download it for free on this post, along w/the rest of my patterns! Merry Christmas in July to you!

Easy Grocery Bag Catcher
Easy Reversible Microwave Cozy Combo
Easy MicrowaveTortilla Warmer Cozy

I’d also like to share a recipe that was shared w/me several years ago for an easy and delicious Clam Chowder

My church family usually does a potluck style progressive dinner around the Christmas holiday.  The first house we visit is where we have appetizers. We then progress/move on to the next house for the entrées,  and then finish w/desserts and coffee at a third house.

This Clam Chowder has been a favorite of many at our progressive dinners.

Easy Clam Chowder
1 can evaporated milk (makes it creamier) or 1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 cups water
4 chicken bouillon cubes (it also adds the salt)
1/4 cup of finely chopped onion
2 6oz cans chopped clams in clam juice
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 tsp of Thyme
1/4 tsp of crushed Parsley
1/4 tsp of crushed Tarragon
1/4 tsp of crushed black pepper

Add all of the ingredients into a pot and bring to a rolling boil for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test the potatoes for tenderness. To thicken, add 1 tbls of cornstarch with 2 tbls of water, mix till dissolved and then add it to the soup. It should thicken rather quickly. Serve hot w/crackers or in a bread bowl!

Alas, I’ve a confession. I’m also doing a little selfish sewing this month on my 1st Christmas quilt.

I’m using this Sparkle Punch tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson

Elizabeth’s creation and my inspiration

I’ve got a wonderful head start on it as well and am super excited about how it’s coming together! What do you think?

Again, thanks for visiting!

Here’s the complete line up of the hop. We have a few more days yet.  You can click on the links below to check out the rest of the stops, or to access any you’ve missed along the way.

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home
July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ Made by ChrissieD
July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter
July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts
July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies
July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting
July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter
July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic
July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion
July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms
July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy
July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life! – WHOOMP #18

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Thanks for visiting my stop on the Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life Blog Hop! and my WHOOMP There IT Is! #18 Linky Party.

For those of you who haven’t already heard of Craftsy, I’m about to take you to school!  It’s an online platform that delivers crafts education classes via full-length, professionally-produced, interactive, high-definition videos. The beauty of Craftsy classes is that they never expire!  AND,  you can watch them anytime, as many times as you like, provided you have a proper internet connection.  Oh, and remember, it’s interactive! This means you can ask questions and/or  post pics to get help from the instructor or other peeps taking the class.  Craftsy offers a wide array of classes, from photography to knitting to cooking…however my class of choice is Quilting! And more specifically, Free Motion Quilting. 

So how does Craftsy Sweeten Up My Quilting Life?   Craftsy Keeps Me in Motion!

I was very naive when I signed up for Start Free-Motion Quilting w/Elizabeth Dackson.  I thought I’d be an expert FMQ-er by the time it was finished. I couldn’t have been more wrong.  However, I did learn a lot of things from this class.  Important things you need to know before getting started, like needle and thread selection, how to start and stop, how to bury a knot and how to move the quilt. Thanks, Elizabeth!

The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting w/Christina Cameli  is another class I’m enrolled. It’s also packed w/great information like sketching and stitching, staying in a straight line and getting out of corners. Thanks, Christina!

Help How DO I Quilt It? is my most recent class. This class will definitely help w/the dilemma of how to quilt your quilts.  It will also teach you how to add lots of texture and movement to your quilts.  Thanks, Angela!

All of these Craftsy classes are great and I’d recommend any and all of them. The instructors are extremely encouraging and the classes do exactly what they are designed to; build your confidence as you learn FMQ. They make it look easy but remember, they’ve been doing it for years. They all stress this important point:  Practice, Practice, Practice! And the MOST important point of all…Don’t compare your work to that of others!  Why? Because Comparison is the Thief of Joy! 

Craftsy is also a place where independent designers can sell their patterns. There are thousands of sewing and quilting patterns to choose from and even a great selection of free patterns! Click here to browse my pattern store and be sure to download my Easy Grocery Bag Catcher, which is free for a limited time.  Thanks, Craftsy!

Here’s the complete line-up of stops.  Be sure to hop over and visit each stop to see how Craftsy sweetens up their quilting lives!

Wednesday 10 February

Helen Midget Gem Quilts

Thursday 11 February

Friday 12 February


Saturday 13 February
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Sunday 14 February

Monday 15 February

Julie @ Pink Doxies

Did you like reading about these classes? Does all this sweetness make you want to join one? Class discounts will be available for one week following each post, and while you’re there you can click through any bloggers in the hop to enter the Craftsy Giveaway.

And now the moment y’all have been waiting for…the giveaway!  Enter here for a chance to win.

Two peeps will win one class each, and 1 peep will win this fabulous grand prize:
1- Boundless Solids Crown Jewels by Amy Gibson Quilt Kit 

Boundless Solids Crown Jewels by Amy Gibson Quilt Kit - None

1-Boundless Solids Modern Brights Pre-Cuts 6″ Strips

Boundless Solids Modern Brights Pre-Cuts - None

1-Boundless Solids Modern Brights 10″ Squares

Boundless Solids Modern Brights Pre-Cuts - None

Enter the Craftsy Giveaway here, or on any site during the hop. One entry per person.  Enter until Sunday, Feb 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm MST.

The winners will be announced Feb 22 at Pink Doxies and Musings of a Menopausal Melon.  

If you are still w/me and would like to show your stuff, it’s time to link up!

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My Best Posts of 2015

Thank you, Cheryl, for hosting the Best of 2015 Linky Party.  ‘Tis a splendid idea!

Best of 2015 Linky Party

I chose my best based on most visited (# page views).  They are listed in ascending order.  Click on a title to read the original post in its entirety.

#5 My Favorite Tutorial – I wrote about my absolute favorite tutorial:  Faux Piped Binding, which is still my fave!

#4 My Sewing Room Make Over – I wrote about my sewing room improvements in week #2 of my WHOOMP There IT Is! linky party.   I revised my DIY sewing table, built wall to wall shelves in my closet for fabric storage and added risers to my cutting table.  *I’ve since made more improvements which I will soon be sharing, so stay tuned to A Quilted Passion!

#3 My Wishlist to Santa – This fun post features my remix of the classic song, Santa Baby. It was this year’s wishlist to Santa.  *I did get almost all the items on my list, which will also be featured in an upcoming post.

#2 WHOOMP There IT Is! #1 – The 1st post of my brand new linky party! It features a beautiful comfort quilt and Practice Makes Perfect which is a quilt I FMQ in an afternoon after taking Angela Walter’s class Help! How Do I Quilt it?

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#1 Grow Your Blog 2015 – Of course, this post is #1. It was a blog-hop specifically organized to generate blog traffic.  I had lots of visitors! (Thank you All!)  I wrote about quilting and my desire to play the bass guitar (which I’ve honestly only “practiced” once this entire year!) and why I started blogging in the 1st place.

Thank you for visiting! Here’s to a fantastic 2016!

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Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Cor. 11:13