The Winners Are……

Congratulations to Judy B. of Australia. She is so excited about receiving her first copy ever of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine, Volume 10! Special thanks to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks for providing the magazine.

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Congratulations to Loris M., my Facebook winner who has won her choice of one of my patterns!

Thank you, everyone, who participated and made this blog tour so much fun. I am especially grateful for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and this opportunity. They go through a tremendous amount of effort to publish a top-notch quilting magazine with blocks that have been thoroughly tested.

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My Barn Quilt Block in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine

I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. Volume 10 is extra special because it is celebrating 1000 blocks! Be sure to read this entire post to learn about giveaways and prizes.

What better way to celebrate Volume 10 than getting my ten toenails painted with a special fall design?

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I had a blast designing this quilt block. I absolutely love creating landscape quilts and adore barn quilts! Finding them reminds me of the excitement I experienced while hunting Easter eggs as a child. When I drive around the corner of a winding mountain road and see one, I hit the brakes and start shooting photos. It is a passion and yes, I will have to admit, even an obsession.

I am really excited about this block as I continue to design the quilt. The center medallion of my quilt will include a landscape scene with a covered bridge and Amish buggy in West Virginia Amish Country. I am in the process of designing fabric from my numerous photo shoots of a Barn Quilt Trail in West Virginia to go in this quilt.

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Blog Tour - Page 003This barn quilt trail is in the heart of West Virginia Amish Country, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.

wpid-img_20140416_015813.jpgAfter several trips to tour and take photos of the West Virginia barn quilts, I decided that I needed a barn quilt of my own. Of course, I had to pick the most complicated design. It is not completed in the above photo but now that I am finished, it was worth it!

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If you like barn quilts, you will enjoy looking through the barn quilt photos on my webpage.

I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love of quilting by giving lectures and teaching quilting classes and workshops across the US. Please share my website and contact information with your local quilt guild, quilt shop and especially those who coordinate quilting events in your area.

Visit my website to see original quilt pattern designs, including my quilted couch! You will also enjoy seeing photos of my quilting retreats attended by quilters from a six state area who all say “It’s well worth the drive!”

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Please come back again! I share a variety of interesting quilting subjects, including: Barn Quilts, Tutorials, Quilting Tools, Quilting Retreats, Cooking, Home Canning and other interesting subjects.

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A Few of My Favorite Quilts

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I am excited to be part of New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop at Plum and June. At the end of this post, you will find a list of other Blog Hop participants. I will start by introducing myself to everyone who does not know me.

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My name is Camelia Elliott and I started quilting in 1995. My love for quilting has grown into a business, “Camelia’s Unique Creations”. I design and publish quilt patterns, host 4 day/3 nights quilting retreats, give lectures and teach quilting class. I travel across the US and teach at quilt guilds and quilt shows.

My most fascinating quilted project is my quilted couch. I designed a simple block and set it in a kaleidoscope arrangement to create this stunning piece of furniture.

quilted couch TEXTI made a king size quilt and cut it up to reupholster my couch.

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For a slideshow of photos of the quilted couch in progress and to read more, click here then scroll to the bottom of the page. Quilt shop owners from miles around went crazy over my first quilted cushion. I decided to share my concept with others. When I went to my machine quilter’s house to pick up the quilt, she commented, “This looks really good on my bed.” She was right. I made the decision to publish a pattern with all bed sizes “Kaleidoscope Flower Garden”.

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When placing the “couch quilt” (created with blues and yellows) next to the wallhanging (created with country French fabrics in primary colors) I was amazed at the difference.

One change was the layout. In the quilted couch, the starbursts are outside of the center kaleidoscope. In the wallhanging, the starburst is in the center.

Both projects are created with the same simple quilt block. Isn’t the difference amazing?

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“Lighthouse Cottage by the Sea” was created to commemorate our 30th wedding anniversary trip to Florida. I considered creating a scrapbook, but instead designed a scrapbook quilt that resembled 35mm film strips and beach memorabilia.
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Working with the vivid, cheerful colors was a breath of fresh air and filled my heart with joy. This is one of my favorite quilt designs.

To see all of my quilt pattern designs go to my website and click on patterns.

Now I’d like to show and tell you about my charity quilts for P Buckley Moss Foundation.

8 Moss_portrait - Page 007Since 2007, I’ve enjoyed working with Pat Moss. I have always loved children and The P. Buckley Moss Foundation promotes the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. Moss/Elliott raffled and auctioned quilts have brought in approximately $3,000. to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation. Click here to see all of my originally designed charity quilts as well as close up details and photos of the quilts in progress.

I will share a few blogging tips, some quilting tips and a few trivial facts about myself.

My blogging tip suggestions are: do not use an all white background with all words and no photos (b-o-r-i-n-g). Use a lot of photos because they help tell a story and many people are visual learners. Small photos on a blog frustrate me. I like to be able to see everything and strongly dislike small photos.

There are quilting tutorials on my blog. My favorite videos are “Demystifying Y-Seams” (April 30, 2014) and “Easy Needle Threading Video Tutorial” (April 20, 2014). Special thanks to my friend Mary Ellen of Quilt Mouse Blog for filming the videos.

A few trivial facts about myself? I am a blacksmith artisan.

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Although blacksmithing is at the opposite end of the spectrum from quilting, forging that hunk of iron gives me satisfaction and offers another avenue to express my creativity. Because my grandfather and great grandfather were both blacksmiths, it must be in my genes. I have created: a Camellia flower business card holder (click here to see photo slideshow), yard art, a bottle tree and much more. There are more blacksmithing photos on my Facebook page “Camelia’s Unique Creations”.

Trivial fact #2—I am an author. My living history book, “Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains” is a combination of quilting, photography, history and literary work. If you would like to read about my “quilt that grew into a book” click here.

If you are interested in quilting, photography, or blacksmithing, you may enjoy my website and Facebook page “Camelia’s Unique Creations.

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