Anneliese

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Warm Seas Revisited

Warm Seas is a pattern of ours that is a breeze to put together. So sometimes we get the itch to remake it and see how it comes out in a new set of colors. For us, Warm Seas always starts with a focus fabric. Brenda found this fantastic Kaffe Fasset fabric for the border and setting
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Sewing With Blondie

There’s a new addition to the Eye Candy Quilts Crew! Everyone, meet Blondie. I’ve been wanting a second machine for a while. I’ve even met up with some shady people from craigslist in my pursuit of the perfect match. It’s like a dating service—sometimes you have to meet a few weirdos before the perfect thing
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16th and Baltimore: Block 3

Here it is, the next 16th and Baltimore block! With rich showy peonies and fragrant eucalyptus branches, this baby is all about fabric selection. Which I found out the hard way when I made my first peony and it looked like a big red blob. All that work and you don’t even see it?!? I
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Hanama Bay

This is Hanama Bay. When Brenda was little, she was lucky enough to live in Hawaii in the ’60s. She and her brothers swam in the ocean in places that are now nature reserves, with bright fish darting below and the sun dancing on the waves up above. Hanama Bay conjures up those memories with
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Balti-Maroon

I twisted my ankle during an exuberant bout of walking on solid ground in flats yesterday. And of course, it’s the ankle attached to the foot that runs the sewing machine. It’s times like these that I wish my sewing machine came with a knee-dohickey. You know, people told me I was nuts for trying
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Weftovers

After all the applique that’s been floating around here lately, we needed a change of pace. Weftovers is just what we needed to shake things up a bit! Weftovers, like so many of our quilts, has a story. It originally started out destined to be a graduation quilt for a good friend’s daughter. Its spiky-spunky design
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Everyday Adventures Photography

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Today is lovely. The weather is great, and the Eye Candy Quilters have off work. Win! Yesterday, the weather was lovely for most of the day, that is until we had our photo shoot with Alyx of Everyday Adventures Photography. Then the intermittent sprinkles became a torrential downpour! But you’d never
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16th and Baltimore: Block 2

Our 16th and Baltimore block program continues with Block No. 2! The second block shows off those showy day lilies and limelight hydrangeas. Orange and lime. The perfect combination of sherbet-y goodness. You can download the pattern here from Craftsy. Or you can download the pattern here from Etsy. Don’t forget—if you finish a block
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16th and Baltimore: Block 1

When I say “Baltimore,” you say “Album!” Ready?! Baltimore! Album! Baltimore! Album! And the crowds go wild! Ok, now that we’re all pumped up, we can get started. It’s 2014, and this year marks the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. What does this have to
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Dash Away All Border Correction

In my Dash Away All pattern from Debbie Roberts’ book Baskets, Birds and Boughs, there are corrections for page 65. In the right hand column under the heading Inner and Outer Borders Cutting Instructions the second and third bullets should read:   Inner border From the inner border light and cornerstone fabric cut: 4 — 2-1/4“ squares for
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Fully Glazed

Fully Glazed is a small quilt. That’s not my fault. I know, I know, I like to make things small and fiddly and complicated. But this quilt is small and fiddly because it started out as a bonus project for a Jo’s Little Women Club session. And Jo Morton quilts are small. So really, those
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A Grand Time

We had our trunk show with the lovely ladies of the Prairie Pioneers Quilters in Grand Island, Nebraska two weeks ago, and we had such a good time. When we were working to get everything put together, people kept asking us if we were nervous. We had a simple answer for them; we are quilters. We know
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The Time of Great Binding

We’ve been busy little bees over here in Candy Land. We’re finishing up projects, and getting them to the quilters. Then comes the most dreaded and feared part of any quilt… Binding. Time. Duh DUH DUUUUUH! I am the slowest binder in the universe. Ever. You see, I have hand problems. When I do binding, my
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Bringing Hexy Back

I love taupes. And pomegranates. And English Paper Piecing. And applique. And pomegranates. There’s a reason why they call pomegranates a love apple. It makes me all lovey-dovey. This little guy has everything that I love. I started it a couple of years ago when my local shop was doing a Japanese taupe club. This
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Website Yoga

The lovely dot com is undergoing a few small changes, have to keep up with the young ‘uns and all that, so bare with us as we stretch our limbs and work out our web kinks.

 

Quilts in Space

NASA Astonaut Karen Nyberg is my newest quilting hero. She is the first person to quilt in SPACE. Click the picture to watch the video as she explains the difficulties of hand quilting while weightless! Nyberg, NASA, and the International Quilt Festival in Houston have teamed up for a quilt block challenge that’s out of
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I am the Swan Queen

Ok, so I may have been watching Black Swan…again. After writing the blog post the other day, I couldn’t stop thinking about it! And then I pulled up some Tchaikovsky on Spotify. I love me some Pyotr Ilyich in the morning. Or all the time. And I may have become obsessed. Like Nina, in Black
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Olympic Level Quilting

Quilting is headed out to Sochi, and at least for me, in an unexpected way. Burton was the manufacturer tasked with making the U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team’s uniforms. Greg Dacyshyn, Burton’s creative director, scoured a Massachusetts antiques show to find a ‘weathered’, aka beat-up-beyond-all-repair quilt. This quilt was then shipped to a Burton employee’s grandmother.
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Put Another Ring On It

I first wrote about the Double Wedding Ring phenomenon on the Quilted Moose’s Blog on August 20, 2013. Major quilt designers still seem to be enamored with it. And that makes me really excited. Really, really excited. Like half price fat quarters excited. You know what that means to me? People want to be challenged. Whether it’s one
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Swanning About

I think swans are going to be the next big thing. I mean after elephants. There. I’ve said it out loud. It all started with the Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan released in 2010. Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Best Actress. The Rodarte team designed the dance costumes and had a very public conflict with the
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2013 In Review

As I was decidedly absent for most of 2013, at least as far as this site went, here’s a rundown of what went down. Counted snowflakes secretly engaged co-designed a block of the month for Andover designed more quilts for a book wrote patterns bought a house corrected patterns designed extras for market went to
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This Hotel is Awesome

AKA, Cliff now gets to make all my travel decisions. We stayed at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland. And. It. Rocked. Literally. The first night we were there, there was an acoustic performance by John Rzeznik, the guitarist and lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls. The hotel was also dog-friendly, and I must say
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Minty Fresh Trend Report

If trends were ice cream, I’d be ordering two scoops of mint double chip. This color is freaking everywhere; it’s on the cardigans at Nordstroms (that I bought), on the wallpaper of the hotel in Portland (that I stayed in), it’s even a fabric in a graduation quilt for a friend’s daughter (that I’m working
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The Quilts of Prairie Rose

I’m sure many of you know how hard it is for me to keep a secret. I am a self-professed loud mouth, and normally I’m alright with that. But this was something that I couldn’t utter a peep about. It was awful. So finally, I can say that I co-designed a block of the month
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Candy Grams

I’m sad that I couldn’t get this post up earlier, because then everyone could’ve seen what I saw at Quilt Market! That’s right, one half of the dynamic Eye Candy Quilt duo blazed new trails and went to Portland last week. I’ll be posting lots of stuff that I saw and learned in the upcoming
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Knot Yet

It’s been almost a year since I’ve last posted. I’ve been deep in the quilting jungles, and have many MANY exciting things to tell you all. But that’s just it; I can’t tell you. Yet. And if any of you have ever met me, you know how difficult nigh impossible it is for me to keep
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Hello, Gourd-geous!

It finally feels like fall here in Nebraska, so I can put this fun fall quilt out and shout Hello, Gourd-geous! Gourd-geous features fabrics from Renee Nanneman of Need’l Love, Jo Morton, and the Little Black Dress fabric line from Basic Grey. Fun pumpkins roll front and center, while winding vines twist their way through
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Fabric Panic

Quilting is hard to understand and explain to outsiders. When I say outsiders, I mean those who give you the look when you come home beaming, arms full of new goodies from your latest shop hop. They just don’t understand why you needed that fat quarter, and it is a need. You see, I believe that
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Perennials

Hey hey hey, the gang’s all here!  There are certain types of flowers that I always seem to make and therefore, applique onto anything that holds still. I decided to grab my favorites and make something with them. So without further ado, here’s the line up: Note: This was my first attempt at turned-edge machine
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Calavera

So I know I have certain hang ups about being a 20-something year old quilter. A lot of the time, people are very supportive and positive and love to share. But there are some times that I still get asked, “Did your mom make that for you?” The answer is no, no she did not.
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To Market To Market, To Buy A Fat Quarter

Last weekend was Quilt Market, also known as the time when my eyeballs exploded from overstimulation. I felt like my head was on a swivel. However, I can’t share every little thing I saw, there just simply isn’t enough space! But I can give you my top 5… 1. Marcia Derse I have loved her fabrics
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Welcome to My Batiki Hut

This started as a challenge; there was a new Schnibbles pattern from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company called Full House featuring house blocks, surprise, made out of charm packs. I’m not normally one for charm packs. I have control issues with color. However, I found a mega charm pack of batiks at my local quilt shop.
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I Got the IPad for Work, But…

It is way more fun to do non-work things on it. 1. Snapseed This is a really cool and extremely user friendly app for photo editing. I could give you some very technical reason why I needed this app to take pictures of quilts and then tweak them and of course to put aforementioned tweaked
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Bess and the Bard

Queen Elizabeth was the patron of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s plays were shown at the Rose Theater. The Tudor Queen Elizabeth’s symbol was a rose. I think you get what I’m going for, so without further ado, I present to you Bess and the Bard!

 

Homestead

All roads lead to home, or something like that…This 85″ square medallion quilt features the Hard Frost line with a twinkling star in the center beckoning each round home.

 

Foggy Thicket

When the weather starts to turn, there are times when the air can’t decide whether to be liquid or solid. So we get fog, especially by the rivers and creeks. This lap quilt shows those strange times when the river starts to steam and fog blankets the trees. 2.3.17. Update: New pictures! With this version
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Thunder Snow

Imagine that; I create a line about frost and snow and we don’t get any in Nebraska until February. So, in honor of the first truly wintry day I bring you Thunder Snow! In this quilt, purple streaks of lightning dance across a snow-laden sky in an unusual log cabin block. Thunder Snow measures 42″ x
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Good Queen Bess

I have always loved the Tudors (Not the TV series, although if someone is willing to lend it to me I will love those Tudors as well.). There are Tudor roses, squiggly starched ruffs, and Sonnet XVIII from the Bard himself. Someone pull out their lute and we’ll get this party started.  

 

Things I Do When I Should Be Doing Other Things

  Alright, I guess it’s back to work.

 

And the Stockings Were Hung Above the Electric Fireplace With Care…

  I have to start with the gratuitous artsy shot. Just because. Happy Holidays from the Eye Candy Quilters! Amid all the cookie exchanges and spiked nog, we have actually been sewing. These stockings were started last year, and three of them were even finished before Christmas. However, now they are truly complete.    
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Hard Frost

When I moved back to the Midwest, there was some culture shock and a lot of cold weather. But before the mountains of snow arrive there’s a quiet time of frosty mornings. It’s the time when everything surrounding you seems to have given up its colors.  

 

White Caps

Even warm seas get a little choppy, but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful! This throw sized quilt has a crisp color scheme of creamy lights and dark blues. White Caps measures 52″ x 62″. 2.3.17 Update! New picture time. White Caps is the quilt that happens when you watch the new Pirates of the
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Warm Seas

Ok, so I’ve never been swimming in tropical waters, but I think it would feel something like this quilt. Small fish darting back and forth. Sunbeams dancing off the ripples. A quick dip sounds just right. Warm Seas measures 44″ x 44″. To see another version of Warm Seas, click on over here. To download
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Island Chain

Island chains crop up everywhere. Each island is so unique, yet part of a bigger system. Eye Candy Quilts’ Island Chain shows that no matter how many times you make a block, each one has its own personality. Version No. 1 of our Island Chain pattern uses many different colors for your scrappy island look.
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Isla

Isla is the first line designed by Eye Candy Quilts. Based off of corals from around the world, Isla uses bright tropical colors, contrasted with sun-bleached hues. Dive right in.

 

Lucky Strike

No no, not the cigarette. This summer, Eye Candy Quilts tried to submit a line of fabric to a couple of manufacturers, but to no avail. But really, who gets lucky on the first try? So the Eye Candy Quilters are back to the drawing board designing new quilts and patterns, as well as attempting
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Diego

Do you ever feel that when certain movies come on TV that it’s a sign from the cable gods to start quilting? That’s how this quilt started. The wonderful Pixar movie Ice Age was on TV one night, and I took it as a sign to start something. I had no pattern, no directions, I
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Ranunculus

Ranunculus is as fun to say as it is to quilt. This multi-petaled wonder features foundation pieced blossoms appliqued on a pieced background with a section of mini-blooms. Ranunculus finishes at 53″ x 53″. Pattern coming soon!

 

Mes Petits Choux

What are Mes Petits Choux?! And how do you say that?! Well, mon petit choux is a French saying, like sweetheart or darling. Spring brings so many beautiful flowers, we couldn’t just have one basket of sweethearts! And for the pronunciation, start with mey-puh-TEE-shoo, and you’ll have it in no time! Mes Petits Choux measures
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Cricket

Once I saw the Authentic line from Sweetwater, I knew that it was perfect for capturing the chocolate covered espresso beans and minty flavors of one of my favorite coffee concoctions: the crunchy cricket! This lap quilt will perk you right up with creams, blacks, and a zing of green. It can also be used
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