Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gobble Gobble, EXCITING NEWS

I have a new tutorial up on my website for the Monthly Freebie in August! And it is ADORABLE! It also makes me want pumpkin pie but that's another post! This month's monthly freebie required more of a tutorial format so you have to download the free applique templates here, and then get the instructions with photos here. Confusing, I know but trust me, the photos are very helpful! The entire pattern will be available for purchase on Sept 1st. All who order the monthly freebie will have the complete pattern emailed to them. 

Now, on to the exciting news. Rumor in the family has it that my Great Grandmother Anna Tavaroch Buzzelli was a quilter. So now the hunt is on to find a quilt of hers. My mom recalls having some but they were very well loved and had been passed along until they were rags. My great Aunt Kay did not have any of her quilts, but does have some of her fabrics. Blues and Greens. In three weeks I am traveling to Cleveland to rummage through some boxes from the garage to see what historical family treasures I can find. Aunt Kay also quilted. I never knew that so I can hardly wait to visit and talk quilt with her! Oh what a dream come true! Aunt Kay said that Anna Buzzelli made crazy quilts. I have a cousin that may have some of her quilts so I am hoping that my quest will still end with a quilt in my hands made by my great grandmother! Anna knew how to crochet and made several afghans for all of her children and grand children. I was able to snag one from my mom's house, a wall hanging piece of three crosses. She made it for her daughter, my Mamaw. She would place it over the basket and take it to the catholic church to have it blessed for Easter. I now hang it on my quilt rack at Easter. I also have a small little apron that Anna made for my mom. My Mamaw would tie it around my mom when she was a little girl learning to cook. Now I have it and hope to one day have a daughter of my own to tie it around. I can't wait for the 25th, so I can update you on all of my wonderful finds! AND! I can't wait to look through all of Anna's old fabrics and see what I can make from them!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fall has Fallen (at Buzzellis)

So while it is still in the 90's in the Midwest, here at Buzzelli's Quilts you would think it was time for apple cider and pumpkin pie! That's right, Fall has fallen. I just finished piecing a queen size falling leaves queen size quilt top last week and I am waiting to quilt it until I get my Bernina 830 back. I probably could do it on a regular domestic sewing machine but that just seem like too much fighting with a quilt.

I am also working on two new mini wall hanging quilts for Halloween, and have some sketches done for Thanksgiving. Everywhere you look in my sewing room there is a sign of fall! I love it that way and to be quite honest, I am ready for fall leaves and cooler temps! My queen size fall quilt is getting matching throw pillows from all of my left over scraps. I really can't even call them scraps, since I intentionally bought way to much fabric to begin with so I could have fun extras! 

But there is a little bit on my plate that isn't fall related. yesterday my husband went to a job fair. The location was only about 20 minutes away from Fabric Shack in Waynesville, Ohio and I succumb to the temptation of some modern fabrics. My favorite print is the blue and yellow chevron, which you can't see very well in this picture. I am working on so new and very non-traditional methods for piecing blocks. I am still in experimental stages but hopefully, the next time you see all of these lovely colors together will be in a finished funky modern quilt top! It is among one of my goals this week...along with making my mom a watermelon purse! She has been so patient and I keep telling her I will do it, and then I come home and get caught up in writing a pattern. But this week is the week for it to be done!

Hopefully I will have new patterns in the store this week so check my shop frequently and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ho Ho Holiday!

It is time to reveal! The sneak peek was last week, and now it is done (I keep saying "done" but really I still have to do the binding). I am taking a break from writing the pattern so I can show it to all of you! I love how it turned out!

Ho Ho Holiday
Copyright Nicole Newman for Buzzellis Quilts 2012

I am already thinking of other color options! It would look great in a more traditional red and green, perhaps with a cream background, and could even pass off in wintery blues and purples. Some blocks might need to be changed though if it were going to be up as a winter quilt, like the santa belt and the Ho Ho Ho. Maybe I will dream something up and write a version 2.0 of this pattern too. I actually have a sketch book FULL of monthly quilts with a similar layout to this one. 

I just love samplers, especially this one because it combines piecing and applique work together. I must say though, piecing 1" HSTs for the diagonal stripe border was labor intensive. I think that if I make it again, I will search harder for a diagonal stripe fabric, or strip piece red and white fabrics together, then cut at an angle to get this candy cane effect! I do love Triangles though! I will post as soo as the pattern is for sale. It is written, It just needs reviewed and I need to add all of the finishing touches! 

Winter Wonderland Tree
Copyright Nicole Newman for Buzzellis Quilts 2012 
For now, you can enjoy a piece of this quilt for FREE! The christmas tree block was able to stand alone as it's own wall hanging so I have made a blue and white sample of that block, and it is the July Free PDF Pattern Download at my store.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Buzzellis Website

The Buzzelli's Website is now open! There are currently seven new patterns for sale, with MANY more to come. I am trying to add new patterns every week and give you the first look at what's to come. I hope to one day expand into fabric kits. For now, I am trying to get a good variety of patterns in the store. Once a month there will be a FREE pdf pattern. I am working on the July pattern right now, and hope to have it up no later than tomorrow evening. Also, Buzzelli's  now has a newsletter called "What's the Buzz!" Sign up on the website and you will receive the July Issue. The newsletter will be sent out every two months and will include new information, upcoming patterns, sneak peeks, and coupons! There may even be an occasional poll question so I can hear from you. The Blog will still be a part of Buzzelli's, but will eventually be moved to the website. This site will simply redirect you to the website blog. Thanks for your loyalty and I hope you enjoy the new site! (my husband set it all up, he did a GREAT job!)

Mystery BOM 4

Thanks for your patience with this month's block. I finally have it for you!

Fabric A: (Navy, I used a print this time instead of my solid, you can add in a coordinating print too if you wish. Mine was just a fat quarter that happened to go with the fabrics.)

Cut one 8" x 8" square 

Fabric B: (Turquoise)

Cut one 8" x 8" Square

Fabric C: (White)

Cut two 8" x 8" squares


1.) Place 8" square of fabric A and C right sides together. Draw two diagonal lines from corner to corner and sew a 1/4" on either side of both lines. When complete, your square should look the the Figure 1 below.
Figure 1

2.) Cut block into four 4" blocks, then in half diagonally. See Figure 2 below for cutting guide. White lines indicate where to cut Press seams towards background and square up all HST's  to 3 1/2"

Figure 2

3.) Place a fabric B 8" square right sides together with a fabric C 8" square. Repeat steps 1 and 2

4.)Sew blocks together into rows. Press seams of rows 1 and 3 to the left and seams of rows 2 and 4 to the right. Match seams and sew the rows into the block. Use photo below for placement of the HST's. 


Click here for blocks One, Two, and Three.
Click here for fabric requirements
Click here to see a video on making the HST's for this block.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Sneak Peeks, and Updates

I have been breaking all of my personal sewing records this week. On Tuesday I started this Holiday sampler and had it all pieced together by Wednesday. 

I LOVE this quilt (I know, I say that about all of them!)
Here is a sneak peek of the holiday one. I love the candy striped border! I made mine from 60+ 1" HST's, only to go to Creative Fires last night and see a NEW candy cane striped fabric. Oh well, maybe when you make the pattern you will find some diagonal striped fabric and won't have to make 1" HST's.  BUT, if you do, here is a great video on how to make 8 at one time!

On Wednesday after I finished up the Holiday quilt, I immediately began working on a queen size fall quilt. I started around 3 in the afternoon when My husband was leaving for work. I worked on it the entire evening and had the center and two borders done. Then Thursday at one I worked on it again and before 5pm, I was completely done with it! There is just something great about pressure to get it done. I still enjoy it as much as if I were doing it at a more leisurely pace. This one, is for ME! For MY bed! I have made 6 queen size quilts (now seven), and they have all been commissioned projects of gifts. Now I finally have one of my own.

I can't wait to get the pattern written and show it to you! And in case you were wondering, I made it with Nancy Halvorsen fabrics. This is her Bittersweet collection from last fall. I love the rich warm colors.

Finally I made this charity quilt Thursday night. It is for a Breast Cancer fundraiser. Early this morning my sister-in-law lost a dear friend to breast cancer. They taught school together and in a short time grew very close. So I have decided to dedicate this quilt to Michelle. 

In Honor of Michelle Benning for her Brave Battle with Breast Cancer

Finally, I wanted to say that I AM going to post the July Block of the month soon! I am hoping by Monday at the latest, so if you are working on it, please check back Monday night. Sorry that it is so late. I am busy working on launching my website. It is very close and I cannot wait for you to see it! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

In Case You were Wondering...

I was able to fix my Bernina 440 the same day it broke! So I only had to go a few hours without it. Truth be told, it was probably a good thing that it didn't work for a few hours since I had a test to study for. Quilting always seems to trump studying! 

I also have even more great news! Tomorrow, I am going to be teaching another young quilter (21 years old), how to quilt. Jessica has sewing experience so I expect that she will catch on quite well! I am just so excited to be teaching her this wonderful skill. She will be the third young person I know that quilts. Soon we will just have to start a quilting bee of our own. I can hardly wait for the day for me to have a community of quilting friends! I found a great sampler a long time ago on Pinterest from Riley Blake Designs. 

I think it is going to be a PERFECT project for Jessica. It will teach her many quilting fundamentals from basic strip piecing to HSTs and QSTs. I took the beginner's series at Creative Fires, and I was able to make four quilts; a rail fence, a log cabin, a friendship star, and flying geese. They were all wall hanging size. It was such a beneficial class. But since Jessica will be going back to school in August, we do not have the time to make four quilts. This one will still teach her a lot of the basics. I can't wait to post about her progress and post pictures of her quilt!