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A New Year- and a giveaway!

A new year??? It’s not January 1.

But to me, the day after Labor Day has always had the same feel as New Years.

A new year,  a new start. I think that is because when I was a kid, we always started school on the day after Labor Day. I don’t know if that is really true, but it is how I remember it.

Now my kids are grown and so no one in my family is heading back to school. Well, except for my son in law who is a teacher.  Still, the day after Labor Day makes me feel like I need to buy pencils, notebooks and penny loafers. I love new notebooks, new pencils… new pens… new books… a fresh start.

new notebook
new notebook


I had taken a small hiatus from the blog this summer but I am back, ready for a fresh start this fall. I know, I know- it is not officially fall yet, but it is fall to me. I have been busy this summer- working on designs and making quilts. It’s what I do!

I have been preparing for Quilt Market. In October, I am going to Houston to Quilt Market, the wholesale trade show that is in the days right before the huge quilt show, International Quilt Festival. It is where I will have a booth,  #1202, and I plan to show off all my new stuff and encourage quilt shops to carry my patterns.

Over the next 2 months I will introduce a BUNCH of new patterns. I am really excited about this. Each time I introduce a new pattern, I will give you all a code to buy it from me for a few days at a discount. 

Getting new patterns ready for Market


To get the party started, I am offering ZigZagNoli for $1.00 off until September 11th. She is not a brand new pattern, but she is only a couple of months old! I originally introduced her here in this post

I love this version of her- it is the lap size.

Love, love, love it! The colors, the quilting, everything about it just makes me smile.

HST quilt
Lap Quilt


The pattern has 3 sizes and it whips up fast! Use the code ZigZag to get the pattern for $1 off until Sunday. Click here to get started.

My latest magazine pattern, Garden Boxes, is in the McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November issue.

Garden Boxes quilt
Garden Boxes quilt- photo courtesy of McCalls


Actually, it is on the cover!

Garden Boxes quilt
Cover Girl!  photo courtesy of McCalls


It is always so exciting to see your quilt on the cover of a magazine. And to celebrate, I have a copy to give away.

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Garden Boxes quilt- photo courtesy of McCalls


The fabric line I used is called Gardening and it was designed by Dinara Mirtalipova for Windham Fabrics. It has these great chickens, carrots, cats and just fun images. AND, as an added bonus, I have a 1/2 yard each of the orange chicken fabric and the light blue and yellow florals to get you started on your own Garden Boxes quilt. How fun!

Gardening fabric
Gardening fabric


Leave a comment on this post to be entered for a chance to win. And, as always, my newsletter readers get a second chance- IF you leave a second comment.

Contest closes Sunday September 11th at 9pm my time.

Giveaway is now closed! Thanks to everyone who commented. Good luck!

happy quilting,



98 thoughts on “A New Year- and a giveaway!”

  1. I can only imagine the excitement of seeing your own quilt on the cover of a magazine! Congratulations and it certainly is worthy of being there. It sounds like you’ve got a busy schedule ahead of you, Kate. Enjoy it all!

  2. Oh what a delight to have your own quilt on a magazine cover!! Congratulations!! I need to go get the magazine!! 🙂 Love the Pattern! & the fabrics!!

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! (LOVE the Chickens! soooo cute!)

  3. Congratulation on being published and to being on the cover!! I can understand why, this is a beautiful quilt.

  4. Congratulations cover girl-another gorgeous quilt! Love the little chickens and the colorway is perfect for fall.

  5. Very nice quilt. I see it in Christmas colors, maybe because it’s that time of year to start thinking of making things for the holidays.

  6. Fun fabrics. My friend now has backyard chickens and I’d love to make her something chicken themed. Beautiful cover quilt. Fabulous fabric.

  7. Cover Girl!! The quilt looks like it’d be fun to make. I’m so jealous – you get to take a class with Denyse Schmidt. Pictures please. Congratulations.

  8. I like Garden Boxes and can see why it made the cover. Nice fabric choice, too. Patchwork quilts have so much charm going for them.

  9. I am a front of the class student and I would guess that you are too?? Your quilt is lovely. I especially like the chickens! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Some of those fabrics remind me of some I saw 30 years ago. I love the quilt in the McCall’s Magazine.

    I’m a front of the classroom type of gal and would feel a little unnerved to have to ask for a hall pass!

  11. I love those chickens marching across that fabric! Such fun. Thank you for being so generous in this give away.

  12. I receive your newsletters. That’s how I knew to come over here! Love your quilt and congrats on the cover girl!!! That Gardening line of fabric is just the cutest!

  13. Congratulations on another magazine cover! I love that garden quilt and how it reflects what our gardens are beginning to look like as the “new year” begins.

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