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?

Blog Tour - Page 002Fun, fun, fun!

QMMS-140050-ELLIOTTAbove photo courtesy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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.

Blog Tour - Page 001Here is a photo of the barn quilt from which my inspiration came.

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!

wpid-img_20141117_154615_275-1-1-1-1.jpgMy Barn Quilt block with pattern directions is on page 38.

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.

Now for the giveaways! Continue reading

And The Contest Winners Are…..

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in my contests. I gave my twin nieces the privilege to draw the winning names for the contest. I have such good helpers!

IMG_20140502_070449It was great fun to read all of your comments during Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour. The winner of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine is Michele, who posted a comment on May 1 at 2:03PM.

Special thanks to everyone who “liked” Camelia’s Unique Creations on Facebook! Linda Webster is the winner of two of my patterns.

Congratulations Michele and Linda!

I Want To See Your Block

On May 1, during Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour, I received many comments with good ideas on making my quilt, Ladybug@FlowerGarden.bzz, with batiks, brights or 30′s reproductions.

If you make the block, Camelia’s Garden, I would love to see your finished product! I may create a future blog post with all of the blocks. Please email a photo to

Happy Quilting!


Thank You!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 9
I would like to thank Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine for their generosity and the opportunity to be on their blog tour.

I would also like to thank everyone who visited my blog and made comments. I am overjoyed to say that 919 people visited my blog from 10 different countries! I receive several hundred comments. You guys are awesome!

The winners will be announced on Monday.

Happy Quilting Everyone!
Camelia’s Unique Creations

Demystifying Y-Seams

This morning I’ve invited Mary Ellen of the Quilt Mouse Blog to guest blog again.  Last fall we spent some stitching time together and made a number of videos.  I’ll let her tell you about that.

Good Morning!  I’m happy to be the guest blogger on Camelia’s Blog today.

Camelia and I met in 2008 at a Quilt Camp.  I was a beginning quilter having only been quilting for a year.  One of the best parts of attending a Quilt Camp or Retreat is meeting new people, making new friends and learning from each other.

We have a ‘long-distance’ quilt-y friendship since she lives in SW Virginia and I live in Maryland. The only times we get together are at Quilt Retreats or when we make our own Quilt Week! 

This is what we did last fall.  Having a number of projects we both needed to get done, we wanted some dedicated sewing time.  So, after several rescheduling issues, we finally were able to find a week we could get together. We spent a week using her living room as our sewing studio.


We worked on some pattern testing, some tutorials, a number of pillowcases, quilt tops and more!

One project we worked on together was creating a few videos to share.  Today I would like to share with you one of the Tutorial Videos we made – Demystifying Y-Seams.

Have you made any Y-Seams, sometimes called Set-in Seams?  They can be confusing and frustrating.  I am a visual learner and it really helps to watch someone demonstrate a new process.

We hope that this video helps you understand Y-Seams.  I know, for me, if this isn’t something I’ve done in a while it helps to refresh the steps needed.

Some Breaking News:

For the past several issues, I have been a Block Tester for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Spring & Winter issues. This week they are having their Blog Tour to introduce some of the Blocks & Designers in the newest issue.


Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 9 will be on news stands and in quilt shops Tuesday, May 6th.  I want to invite you back here tomorrow.  It is an exciting day!

Each day this week the Blog Tour highlights some of the 100 blocks and the designers were invited to share on their blogs, too.  Tomorrow, one of the designers that will be highlighted is Camelia!  Her block is #864 on Page 57, and a quilt she made using her block is featured on Page 18!

So, come back tomorrow and see the great unveiling of her new block!

Happy Stitching!

Quilt Mouse