Saturday, September 29, 2012

Deck the Halls is coming your way...

Good Morning Everyone!
A great big Thank you to everyone that pre-ordered my new book
It's on the way to you...I hope you enjoy making all the quilts
Chilly's Big Brother is excited to come for a visit!
Please let me know what you think when it arrives!

I've sold out of the books shipped to me, but have reordered! 
They are on the way from the Kansas City Star!

If you haven't gotten your copy.....HURRY! 
Get your name on this new batch coming in.

QUILT SHOPS AND ONLINE SHOPS, I am unable to sell the books wholesale to you, but here is some information on how to get them

For questions, email, or call toll-free 888-719-5003.
We can also be reached at the following mailing address:
Kansas City Star Quilts
The Kansas City Star
1729 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Well, it's been a wild ride this time around, but our Block Party 2012-13 has come to an end.

This event was a HUGE success with 552 quarter blocks returned to me.  5 very large quilts have been made and you can see them posted below.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that the response to this project has been increasing in size each time we get together to have a "Block Party" for our friends at Quilt for a Cause, Inc. 
Cancer has affected all of us in some way.  It is with great HOPE  that some day this horrible disease will no longer affect anyone we love.  We have FAITH  that the work we do here will help.  We will continue to have the COURAGE and LOVE in our hearts to work together until one day we find a CURE. 

It is with those sentiments that the 5 quilts that were made have been named: Hope, Faith, Courage, Love, Cure

                                                                         FAITH             84 x 100 inches
                                                                             HOPE                 73 x 94 inches
                                                                          COURAGE         85 x 90 inches
                                                                             LOVE             90 x 90 inches
                                                                              CURE      88 x 94 inches
Because each person made 1/4 sections they did not sew them together before sending them to me.  Each 1/4 section was sewn together with others that came in so the label for each of the 5 quilts will have everyone's name on it as shown below.  The name of the Quilt and the Size of the Quilt will also be on the label. 


I want to take a moment to say a very special thank you to all the machine quilters  that donated their time and batting to this project. 
Jennifer Soosay
Katherine Christenson - 2 quilts
Cathy Leitner - 2 quilts
I would also like to say a special thank you to my sister in law, Donna Phillips, for helping me stitch all these quilts together.
Also, to Donna and my friend, Carol Crago, for helping me stitch the bindings down.  It was great fun visiting with these gals while we stitched. 
God Bless everyone that helped on this project that is so near and dear to all of us.  Please pat yourselves on the back for a JOB WELL DONE!  Until next time, Lynda 

You can see the back of all the quilts on my website.  Click on Box Lunch Social Page on the home page.  You can also see all of the Block Party Projects archived below the current event.

All quilts from around the globe that have been donated for this project can be seen on the Quilts for a Cause website. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

New Patterns

Hello, hope you are one of the lucky ones that are experiencing some cooler weather.  This morning here in Florida, the humidity was so high it was like pea soup outside........that was at 7:10 this morning when I left from the gym.  I'm so ready for some cooler weather so if you have some, blow a little our way please.

I'm picking up three new pattern covers tomorrow from my printer guy.  Thought I would share them with you.  For those of you that get the Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine the first two you've already seen.
However, if you don't subscribe to the magazine, not a problem, when the magazine is out of print, they become printed patterns.

A 24 x 37 wall hanging and/or table rug that has a pieced fabric background and wool applique'
PPL085, $10.00


This little ditty bag is just fun to make. It measures 9 x 9 1/2, but can be made any size you want by increasing the size of the template.  
  It can be used to go to the store, it can hold dried flowers, it can be made as a gift.  
It's made with heavy homespun and wool crazy pieces decorated on top.
PPL086 $10.00


6 wool pin cushions of various sizes you can add to your collection
Can you ever have enough of these?
This is a brand new pattern.

PPL087 $12.00

They are posted on my website on the pattern page and can be ordered anytime you are ready.  Until next time,  Hugs, Lynda

Saturday, September 8, 2012

We have a winner!

Pa drew the winner this morning.....


for being the winner in the 
Cheryl Wall's Blog Tour 
for her new book

At Home with Country Quilts
Suz, remember to send me your full name and mailing address so I can contact Cheryl.  She will be mailing you a FREE copy of the book. 
Again, Congratulations!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


This morning I sent out word about my newest book, Deck the Halls, to everyone on my email list.  Now I can share it with all of you.

My publisher, The Kansas City Star, will present this book to all of you approx. Sept. 15th.    I can't wait to get my first shipment in my hot little hand.  If you want to be among the first to have a copy, please pre-order by emailing me - to reserve a copy..  I'll make sure you are on the list to have it right away.

The premise of the book is a time line.  So, come walk with me through the fall when I first start decorating for the Christmas holidays.  Hear about our family traditions and see quilts you can make to start your own.  To get you  started, a fall quilt called "Christmas Wreaths"  is the first you can make and hang in your home before Christmas, keep up all during the holidays as well.  If you are like me I get so excited about Santa coming so you'll be able to track his route by making a quilt called  "Santa's Route". We all know he brings "Christmas Packages"  so the quilt that will hang in my stairwell will showcase that.  What do you eat for Christmas dinner?  Gramma would have made "Christmas Goose"!  Having a quilt by that name seems only right!

Do you remember Chilly? He's in the book to introduce you to "Chilly's Big Brother" who is going to be the center of attention hanging on my barn wall in the kitchen.  He's so proud to be the focus of attention this year.  If you know the story about Chilly, you know he hid behind a tree forever!  And, of course, for so many of you he can hang well into spring  keeping you entertained until the last snow storm passes.

And, it always makes me sad that Christmas comes and goes so I hope you will walk a little further down the holiday lane......."Bridging the Gap" and "Behind the Log Cabin" is a reversible quilt you can have hanging around for the Christmas holidays, Valentine's Day and,  you bet, turn that quilt over for.........St. Patrick's Day.  

I love the idea that the quilts we all make don't have to be out of site just because a holiday comes and goes.
I hope you will travel with me through the seasons............Gee, you'll almost be ready for summer by the time you've made all the projects in this book.

I'll have to think of what will come next..............

Until then, 
Hugs, Lynda

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Special note I received today

Good Morning and Happy Labor Day,

It's the little things in our lives that always mean the most.  A hug, a thank you or just a smile is what can make my day.  This morning when I turned on my computer I received this note:

Good Morning Lynda,
In May, I had sent you a picture of my son and the quilt I had made him for his college graduation and you featured it in your May 18th, 2012 blog post.  As a follow-up, I wanted to let you know, the quilt won a blue ribbon at the Monterey County Fair.

Thank you again for the pattern.


Rori certainly made my day today!  The quilt is beautiful, her son loved the quilt and now a ribbon to go along with it.  Life doesn't get much better!  Thanks Rori for sending me your email this morning and a big CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!

Hugs, Lynda

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Blog Tour..........and so much fun!

Good Morning,
It's hard to believe that it's already September!  But, I must admit the fall color palette suits me to a "T"
and also a special gal I'm writing to you about this morning.  I first met this gal many years ago in Houston,
Texas, at the fall International Quilt Market.  She and her two sisters traveled from Canada to be a vendor at market.  The minute we met we felt like kindred sisters.  Having both been from the same country and our color palette being so much the same it was only right that we have been friends since then.  We've chatted and had lunch together at other quilt markets as well.  Only the miles separate us getting together to have lunch or dinner more often!  Thank goodness for emails and blogs!

Cheryl Wall of  "Country Quilts"  is the gal I'm talking about and she has so graciously asked me to be a stop on her new book tour.  The name of the book is "At Home with Country Quilts" and I don't know of anyone that does a better job than Cheryl.  Of course, I love her colors and the fun quilts that she makes.  There are 13 projects in her newest book.  Trust me you will have a very hard time deciding which one you want to make first.

I had to choose this particular project as my "to start" quilt from the book. I love stars and I  have the perfect quilt for this one to share a space with in my home.  I wonder which one will be your first pick???

Oh, Oh, Oh, I know -  let's play a game.......You could be the winner of your very own FREE book by leaving a comment on this blog.  A name will be drawn on Friday, September 7th.  If you are the winner, I bet Cheryl would mail you a signed copy! Did I say FREE?   Hurry, you don't want to miss out on this blog give away.  

I can't imagine anyone not knowing about Cheryl, but if you are new to the quilting world, here is Cheryl's blog information.   Be sure to visit!  You can see all the fun stuff she has going on.  I always love seeing pictures of all her new quilt designs and her adventures.  

Congratulations Cheryl on another wonderful book!  You, my friend are one of the best!  Say hi to your sisters for me! 

Until next time, 
Hugs, Lynda