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Vote Now & Give-Away: Appliqué Quilts

Quilters' Show & Tell

It’s time to vote and enter the give-away for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. This week’s theme is Appliqué Quilts. Plus, I have a new sponsor to share with you this week.

This week’s guest judges are Lone from Lone’s Universe and myself. We’ll both have 100 bonus points to assign to four of our favourite quilts.

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The quilter with the most votes (community and guest judge) will win an Ambrosia jelly roll by Kathy Davis for Free Spirit and a bar of Zum goats milk soap.


Plus one winner will be randomly selected from the comments below to win two Good Morning charm packs by Moda and a Zum Kiss lip balm.


To enter the give-away, leave a comment below answering: What’s your favourite size of quilting ruler and why? You have until Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT) to enter the give-away.

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This Week’s Quilts

Here are this week’s Appliqué Quilts:

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 31
  • Total countries: 9
  • Total provinces: 2
  • Total states: 11

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

Africa Africa
By: Dewi,
Blog: Belajar Quilting

My 7 years old boy asked me when my quilt is finished, “mama what’s the story of it?”
I start thinking, then I realized “It’s about Africa”,but He not satisfied with my answer,cause the quilt don’t have animal in it :).
Well… but I satisfied with my work boy :)

Quilt size: width: 59" height: 43"

All Dressed Up All Dressed Up
By: craktpot,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: Handiwerx

12 “Sugar & Spice” little dresses have the same starting design. Each one is embellished differently, all are hand appliqued. A hand embroidered center pulls the design together. Dress design is from fredashive.com and embroidered sewing icons from sublimestitches.com

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"

By: Nicole H.,
British Columbia, Canada

I saw this picture years ago, long before I was a quilter. I saved it for when my skills were sufficient to make it the way I wanted. I think it is perfect.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 24"

Best Dressed Bunny Best Dressed Bunny
By: Delia Hardcastle,
United Arab Emirates
Blog: DeliasQuilts

Best Dressed Bunny is my second applique project. I have only recently been introduced to fusible web. This quilt was made with beginner level skills on my part yet anyone would be happy to have this quilt to wrap around a baby girl or as a wall hanging. Please visit: www.deliasquilts.com/blog/

Quilt size: width: 31" height: 39"

clothespin bag clothespin bag
By: grumil,
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Blog: Milkas sewutopia

In this project I used applique, hand and machine embroidery. It was fun to make something thet simple as a break from a hectic day!

Quilt size: width: 11" height: 15"

Family Life on the Serengeti Family Life on the Serengeti
By: Carol,
British Columbia, Canada
Blog: Too Blessed To Be Stressed

I so enjoyed making this wallhanging. It is one of Nancy Chong’s double applique patterns. The border happened as a result of a mistake as it was not lying flat and I became adventurous with rotary cutter in hand! ;-)

Quilt size: width: 28″" height: 36″"

Flora and Fauna, Parts of the Garden Flora and Fauna, Parts of the Garden
By: Karen H,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Faeries and Fibres

Even though I made this quilt I love exploring the little details! There are birds, insects, crittersl, flowers and berries hiden away. Look for ant colonies & one lonely snail! Close-ups are posted on my blog. It was a fun quilt and only nine fabrics were used; this helped me get very creative!

Quilt size: width: 28.5" height: 28.5"

Flowers at the Cabin Flowers at the Cabin
By: QuiltnQueen,
Michigan, USA
Blog: QuiltnQueen

This quilt ended up totally different than planned. It was to be a scrappy log cabin with lots of different appliqued flowers. After I cut all the 1.5″ logs I decided to make the quilt all purple, cream & green. I have all the logs to make another very scrappy log cabin quilt…it remains a UFO.

Quilt size: width: 88" height: 96"

Flowers for Sale Flowers for Sale
By: Bonni Feltz,
Illinois, USA

I tested this pattern for the Quilt Pattern Magazine. The designer is Nancy Richou and I was happy to make it and will give it to my mom for Mothers Day. It was fused on and I did the buttonhole stitching by hand.

Quilt size: width: 17" height: 19"

Flutterbye's Flutterbye’s
By: Rita McCart,
Missouri, USA
Blog: Ritamae’s Blog

As the butterflies flutter past my window the gentle breeze stirs the curtains.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"

Krazy Katz Krazy Katz
By: Lorna McMahon,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Sew Fresh Quilts

My daughter, Erin, loves cats and she loves to read. She especially loves to read about cats. Her love is what inspired me to make my first quilt – the Krazy Katz quilt. I designed the quilt to have a bookshelf surrounded by cats – featuring Erin’s real life cat – Fluffy. Erin designed the mouse!

Quilt size: width: 75″" height: 85″"

Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
By: Sarah DiDomizio,
New York, USA
Blog: Upstate NY Creations

“Let It Snow!” is a wall hanging pattern that I purchased from Connecting Threads. I made this pattern for my Mom who lives in VERY snowy upstate NY. She loves the snow and the holidays, so this was the perfect gift for me to make for her.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 20"

Margaret Griffiths Margaret Griffiths
By: Margaret Griffiths,
Virginia, USA
Blog: MMGfiber designs

This was done for a Childhood Memory Challenge Quilt in 2012. My favorite childhood memories centered around summers playing in the park under the hot sun. 100% commercial cotton fabrics, machine pieced and quilted with fused appliqué, hand crochet ric rac & 124 prairie points

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

Mustache Mini Quilt Mustache Mini Quilt
By: Carolyn Braun,
New Jersey, USA
Blog: Sweet Boater Chick

Last year I began seeing mustaches everywhere and I thought it would be fun to make a little quilt out of them. I pulled some scraps out and drew some mustaches out. Then I machine stitched them to the background with a zigzag stitch. The mini quilt is straight line quilted on the diagonal.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 14"

My Grandmother's Rose of Sharon My Grandmother’s Rose of Sharon
By: Donna,
Rhode Island, USA

I chose nine of my favorite blocks from the book The Rose of Sharon Block Book by Sharon Pederson. I love the look of batiks on a dark background. Each block is machine appliqued. It was quilted by a friend of mine.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 48"

On the Rocks: Sometimes You Just Need to Get Away On the Rocks: Sometimes You Just Need to Get Away
By: Juanita Sauve,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: juanitasauveartquilts

As a woman, sometimes you just need to get away from it all! That’s what inspired this appliqued fantasy piece of a mermaid on the rocks with book and sunglasses, martini in hand, attended to by a well dressed penguin serving snacks and fanned by an octopus. Applique and hand painted background.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 19"

Oriental Expressions Oriental Expressions
By: Jenny in NZ,
New Zealand
Blog: jenny quilts

Adapted from a design by Yvonne Morris in a APQ magazine. Changed 4 blocks to Calligraphy that read from top left Happiness, Peace, Love, Dream
The Kimonos are fabric Origami, fans hang loose from the sides
Superb custom quilting by John Neilsen
Our bedroom will be redecorated to an oriental th

Quilt size: width: 77" height: 78"

Pablo Pablo
By: corapensa,
Blog: corapensa

Quilt personalized for my son. Technology of applied in the prominent figures of sport, in the name and in the buckets.

Quilt size: width: 300" height: 200"

Railroad Underground Story Quilt. Railroad Underground Story Quilt.
By: Isabell,
United Kingdom

Hand applique throughout using Civil War fabrics for the blocks from a design pattern by Mandy Shaw (UK)
I have used variagated Perle #8 threads for all the stitchery.
The quilt design depicts the story of the wonderful courageous Harriet Tubman born in Maryland USA 1820.

Quilt size: width: 76" height: 90"

Reading Owls Reading Owls
By: Barb@Witsend,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Witsend

I made this quilt for the school office where I work. Our mascot is an owl. I’m a Librarian so I love the fact that the adult is reading a book to the child. This is the first applique quit that I completed on my own. This quilt is based on a magazine pattern with my own additions.

Quilt size: width: 42" height: 56"

Rose of Hope Rose of Hope
By: Marlene Oddie,
Washington, USA
Blog: KISSed Quilts – Keeping it Simple and Stunning

The center block I designed for the Rose of Sharon EQ Block Contest in 2009 and was ultimately selected for inclusion in the Nine Patch Media DVD. I finally made it up and had fun creating an illusion of looking out a thick wall and seeing a Rose of Hope!

Quilt size: width: 37" height: 37"

Taylor's Quilt Taylor’s Quilt
By: Jana Anderson,
Wyoming, USA
Blog: Quilting Away

Found this quilt pattern at Acorn Quilt and Gift Company and knew it would be perfect for my newest grandson since the different outfits reminded me of how I dressed his daddy when he was little. When Taylor is older, I will add the buttons, etc. onto the quilt to finish it.

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 45"

Teddy Bear Family album Teddy Bear Family album
By: Gemini Jen NZ,
New Zealand
Blog: Jen’s Crafts and Quilts Scrapbook

This was a block of the month quilt that I began in 2009, left for a while, then finished up in 2012 – each teddy block is hand appliqued while the quilt was machine pieced and long-arm quilted. I love the twelve different family characters!

Quilt size: width: 66" height: 82"

The Hunter The Hunter
By: happyred10,
Florida, USA

Since I love cats, this was a no-brainer. You can tell how scared the birds are! My preferred method of applique is raw-edge, using free-motion to secure the edges.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

Toyland Toyland
By: Anita at Margret Mary’s Place,
Florida, USA
Blog: Margret Mary’s Place

This raw edge applique quilt is the first that I free motion quilted. I used several different FM techniques, McTavishing, cross hatching and small stippling.
The appliques are trapunto. You can see close ups here


Quilt size: width: 47″" height: 62″"

Trains, Planes and Bicycles Trains, Planes and Bicycles
By: Angelahen,
United Kingdom
Blog: Pink Bicycle Quilting

This quilt was made for my youngest son and all the vehicles were hand drawn by his Dad. Finished in 2002 and used and loved every day. This is a family treasure as we all got involved in picking the vehicles and fabric. At the time I was using the triplet bicycle to transport the boys to school.

Quilt size: width: 54" height: 80"

Tribute to Mrs. Vigors Tribute to Mrs. Vigors
By: Diane U.,
Ontario, Canada

Tribute to Mrs. Vigors – applique border

Quilt size: width: 96" height: 96"

Under the Stars Under the Stars
By: Nina,
Virginia, USA
Blog: Quilts, Life and Balance

This was made from a pattern by The Rabbit Factory for a snowman lovin’ friend. It’s made of flannel fabrics front and back so it’s nice and cozy for those cold days.

Quilt size: width: 49" height: 62"

Virgo Mermaid Virgo Mermaid
By: Amanda Reid,
South Africa

Machine Applique and fabric marbling.Thread painting with Metallic and invisible threads.Inkjet printed upper body and coloured in then thread painted and quilted ,paper pieced tail. Lots of experimenting with techniques.Marbled fabric for sky,faux leather for rock.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 21"

Welcome To Leaf Springs Welcome To Leaf Springs
By: WaggonsWest,
Missouri, USA
Blog: WaggonsWest

This is what happens when you let your husband choose the magazine page for the inspiration challenge. I ended up with an article about 3WD car parts. So… Welcome to Leaf Springs.

This is fused, raw-edge applique. Machine stitched and quilted. Hand bound.

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 20"

By: Cleary Kipe,
Florida, USA
Blog: CieAngel’s Haven

This is my first hand applique quilt. Hubby suggested adding the What? at the bottom of it. I also did all of the quilting myself.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 60"

Vote Now

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday to Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
  • Winner announced Monday evening

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to THREE favourites this week.
  • Below, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.

Appliqué – Any Style

  • Flora and Fauna, Parts of the Garden (23%, 144 Votes)
  • Family Life on the Serengeti (14%, 84 Votes)
  • BATIK WAVE (13%, 79 Votes)
  • All Dressed Up (12%, 76 Votes)
  • My Grandmother's Rose of Sharon (11%, 70 Votes)
  • Flowers at the Cabin (10%, 62 Votes)
  • Africa (10%, 61 Votes)
  • Virgo Mermaid (9%, 58 Votes)
  • Trains, Planes and Bicycles (9%, 53 Votes)
  • The Hunter (8%, 52 Votes)
  • On the Rocks: Sometimes You Just Need to Get Away (7%, 42 Votes)
  • Rose of Hope (7%, 42 Votes)
  • Krazy Katz (6%, 38 Votes)
  • Teddy Bear Family album (6%, 37 Votes)
  • WHAT? (6%, 34 Votes)
  • Taylor's Quilt (6%, 34 Votes)
  • Toyland (5%, 32 Votes)
  • Oriental Expressions (5%, 30 Votes)
  • Margaret Griffiths (5%, 29 Votes)
  • Pablo (4%, 27 Votes)
  • Reading Owls (4%, 24 Votes)
  • Welcome To Leaf Springs (4%, 23 Votes)
  • Tribute to Mrs. Vigors (3%, 21 Votes)
  • Flowers for Sale (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Under the Stars (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Let It Snow! (2%, 12 Votes)
  • clothespin bag (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Railroad Underground Story Quilt. (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Flutterbye's (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Mustache Mini Quilt (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Best Dressed Bunny (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 614

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Next Week’s Show & Tell

The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event is Quilts for Mom. Any quilting style is acceptable and unfinished quilt tops are welcome as well. Please don’t submit a quilt you’ve already entered in the past… let’s see something new! Also, it does NOT have to be a quilt you made for this year’s Mother’s Day.

Read the Guidelines and submit your photo before next Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 8 a.m. (EDT).


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193 Responses to “Vote Now & Give-Away: Appliqué Quilts”

  1. ana ruiz says:

    !Son todos unos trabajos preciosos!!!

  2. Karee says:

    Rulers are funny things, some have specific purposes and some are general purpose.

    The reality is I love & use my 6×24 ruler all day long. It is always at the ready to help me cut into my stash.

    Second place would go to specific purpose rulers such as, Eleanor Burns’ Flying Geese rulers & Deb Tucker’s Wing Clipper Rulers – which are indispensable for perfect geese. But I have MANY favorites! Marti Michell’s Perfect Patchwork Templates.

    Another used daily ruler: Fons & Porter’s Quarter Inch Seam Marker!

    A new ruler I am falling in love with is Sew Kind of Wonderful’s Quick Curve Ruler.

    Come on over and let’s play!

  3. Heidi says:

    Nice quilts this week!

  4. i don’t have any quilt ruler yet :( , just using ordinary ruler
    but i like seeing what quilter usually used, but i don’t know the name

  5. Kevyn says:

    I love my very old 6×24 ruler. It was my mothers and I inherited it when she passed away in 2006. I miss her so much, and I remember her each time I use her ruler…which is with every project.

  6. Bev C says:

    I mostly use the 6.5 by 24 inch ruler but I am finder that my 6.5 square ruler is very handy.

    Happy days.

  7. Nina Latimer says:

    Currently, my favorite ruler is The Omni grid 3″ x 18″ ruler. It is very useful for cutting strips for binding. Also I often need something a little longer than 12″, but the 24″ruler is too long !

  8. Mary says:

    I love the 6 1/2 in. square ruler. I love making hsts and it’s easie to make them a tad bit bigger than to fiddle with 7/8 in markings, and then square them up. I have found it works with most size patterns.

  9. Meg Plumeau says:

    For general purpose I use my 6 by 24 inch the most. but I am really enjoying learning to use my hex and more ruler from jaybird quilts as i work on my toes in the sand quilt.

  10. carol broughton says:

    I love my 6 x 24 ruler, it seems to be the handiest for most projects.

  11. susana says:

    Que difícil elegir! muchas bellezas .
    No tengo nada especial .Solo las reglas comunes de la escuela y una escuadra de dibujo.Todo en centímetros.

  12. Stephanie A says:

    My favorite ruler size is 3×18. It seems to work for most projects that I do and it’s so handy!

  13. Christa says:

    My favorite ruler is my 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 square ruler. Why? I use it to trim all those half-square triangles, flying geese, etc., so that my piecing is as accurate as can be!

  14. Sandra Visser says:

    My favorite ruler would have to be 6 1/2 x 24 inches. However I always have a 4 1/2 x 12 real handy.

  15. I have to say the 24″ lipped ruler that I got a garage sale. The gentlemans wife had passed away and he had a tub of all her sewing stuff. There were 3 rulers and a ton of fabric, most of the items I donated to my church. But I did keep the lipped ruler, love it.

  16. I use my 6″ square and my 12.5″ square equally and A LOT, but honestly, I think I’d be lost without my 6″ x 24″ ruler, even though I don’t use it as often.

  17. Rhoda Forbes says:

    I have a 15″ square that is my go to ruler for many things. Beautiful array of quilts this time.

  18. Johnne says:

    6 x 24 is wonderful for me!

  19. Jenn Vallimont says:

    My favorite ruler is my 6 inch by 24 inch for cutting width of fabric pieces. It is by far my most used ruler; however, I really like my 6 1/2 inch square ruler when I’m making HSTs. Love the charm packs.

  20. Frances says:

    6 inch X 24 inch is used most frequently.

  21. Rina Mason says:

    I am a ruler hoarder so it’s hard to pick my favorite but I’d say my favorite is a toss up between my 6’x24 and 3×18.

  22. Lou says:

    6×12 is the one I always grab when cutting:)

  23. Melissa says:

    My favorite quilting ruler is 12.5″ by 12.5″. It is perfect for squaring up all my blocks, though I do love my 6.5″ x 6.5″ for trimming smaller pieces! Thank you for the fantastic giveaway! You rock Michele!

  24. Joyce says:

    I love the 3×18 I use, It just seems easy to handle. between it and my cutting matt, works great.

  25. Bev in TX says:

    Like many others, the ruler that I use the most is my 6-1/2″ square ruler, which is great for squaring up blocks and trimming half-square-triangles.

  26. Lise says:

    My fav is the 6×24, always ready to go :)

  27. Melanie D says:

    My NEW favorite ruler is Lori Holt’s circle rulers!

  28. Shelley Scarbro says:

    3 x 18~ just too handy

  29. Kate says:

    I mostly use the 6.5 by 24 inch ruler but my little 6″ square is also very handy.

  30. Vicki in MN says:

    I love my 6×12 and my 6 1/2 sq. ruler.

  31. BOBBIE WARREN says:

    Beautiful quilts this week, hard to make choices…

  32. Shawn J says:

    There are so many lovely quilts it is hard to pick. I don”t have a ruler yet.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  33. Holly Elam says:

    Loved all the quilts. I love my 24 inch x 5 inch ruler. It gets used the most.

  34. Tammy Pettus says:

    My favorite size of quilting ruler is 6″ x 24″. The 24″ length spans the 44″-45″ fabric when it’s folded in half. The 6″ width gives me plenty of room to lay my hand.

  35. Susan says:

    My favorite is my 2.5 x 30 Binding Buddy …. love the quilts and wish I were as talented! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  36. I love my 12 1/2 inch square ruler, it is versatile and I have never cut myself while using it. My 20″ long ruler is more dangerous – ended up in the ER after an errant slice cut off a hunk of my finger.

    I enjoyed the quilts as applique is something I normally don’t do myself.

  37. Pat O says:

    My 6×24 is my favorite because it is so versatile.

  38. eyonne sanders says:


  39. roccagal says:

    love my olipfa with the lip edge as it allows me to stay straight!

  40. rosa says:

    Awesoome quilts.I love 30x15cm,always handy for everything!

  41. Karrie Smith says:

    I like my 4X14 because it’s the perfect size for me

  42. Pam says:

    I like the 6 x 24.

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