Congratulations to our winners!

Our two winners have been notified and books have been mailed. I hope you both enjoy them. Let me know!

Now, as for the many followers and readers who didn’t win, I’ll be running another drawing for the first ten-books in the series next month so give it another try. Watch for the announcement in mid-June.

I’m really interested to know how you folks are spending your time during these unusual days. Please leave a comment below or send me an email on QuiltingCozy@gmail.com.

As I told you last month, I have found that writing is out of the question right now. My head just won’t go there, but I’ve come up with an alternative. I’m making baby quilts which I may or may not sell on Etsy. And I’m learning how to do my own machine quilting. I’ve always sent my quilt tops to a long-arm quilter but learning to machine quilt seemed like an interesting project while confined to the sewing room.

I thought I’d share a few with you. This one, obviously, began as a panel but I added the borders. I stitched in the ditch on all straight lines then outlined all the animals, trees, and leaves. This was an early practice one but I was pleased.

The one below is one of my favorites. I had a pattern for this one, but altered it a bit with the pieced inner border and the placement of several of the cats. I’m tempted to keep this one. (and yes, this one went off to the quilter!)

I’ll include one more just because it’s particularly sweet as you can see from the close-up below the full quilt. This was also quilted in the ditch on all seams and outline quilted in the sashing with diagonal lines quilted through the kitty blocks. The back is the kitty fabric

This was also quilted in the ditch on all seams and outline quilted in the sashing with diagonal lines quilted through the kitty blocks. The back is all the kitty fabric.

So that’s just a few of my early ones. I now have a dozen finished and they are becoming more detailed with better quilting. It’s a process…as we all know.

I hope everyone is doing well. Stay tuned for the June ten-book giveaway and in the meantime, Beneath Missouri Stars: a quilting cozy (book 11) is now available from the publisher, C&T publishing and from Amazon.

Let me know what you’re doing. If you use the gmail address (QuiltingCozy@gmail.com) you can even send me pictures!

My very best wishes to every one. Stay safe.

Carol

About Carol Dean Jones, Author, Quilting Cozy serieshttp://caroldeanjones.comI am a retired geriatric social worker, avid quilter, and author of A Quilting Cozy series published by C&T Publishing.

10 thoughts on “Congratulations to our winners!

  1. Clapping wildly Carol. I love each one equally…the kitty of course speaks to me the loudest. Such fun quilts that I know will be treasured by anyone who is lucky enough to have one.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    • Thank you, Cecilia. I’m having a great time with these baby quilts. I have no idea what I will do with them…I may try a craft table or an Etsy shop, or maybe many of them will get donated but I’m having such fun with these adorable fabrics and coming up with patterns. If we really must have a pandemic, and it looks like we must, then this isn’t a bad way to spend my time at home. Continue to take good care of yourself.
      Blessings

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  2. I’ve missed seeing you in person and have wondered what kinds of adorable baby quilts you’ve been working on and now I know! They’re so cute and so many cats which you know are my – well – FAVORITE for obvious reasons. I do hope you open an Etsy shop because these would simply fly out of your hands into the homes and hearts of new Moms and their kids who would keep them forever. That’s what I love about quilts – they are personal and become PART of a home instead of just a decoration. Congrats to the winners of the drawing!

    Hugs from afar………..your sister Pam

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    • Hi Sis, I’ll probably do an all baby quilt blog soon. It’s just a matter of getting good pictures. I’m working on my 13th quilt now, but that number includes three tops I haven’t quilted yet. Baby quilts are just the perfect thing for me right now. There are such adorable fabrics, the quilts are fun to design, and they don’t take long to make….this is not a time for serious work, at least for me it isn’t. I miss seeing you but it may not be before the holidays, if then even. Take good care. Much love.

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      • Well you do such beautiful work I know there are a lot of people who would love to have a sweet baby quilt to give to someone they know. As I said, quilts are not just cozy, they’re “familiar” and homey and best of all “one of a kind”. I hope to see you before the holidays…..and I do hope you open an Etsy shop for your quilts!! Hugs……

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  3. Awww those are just adorable. Thanks for sharing. Life really hasnt changed too much for us here. My husband has been working from home for the last six years and I have been retired for the last three. I have been keeping track of other people in the neighborhood more. Though it is difficult not seeing family and friends face to face, we will get through this.

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    • You are right. We will get through this! And thank you for reminding me. It’s just me and my puppies here and we’ve been in for three months now but, thanks to ample quilting supplies on hand, I have plenty to do. I appreciate your comment about the baby quilts. They are such fun to make. I have no idea what I’ll do with them, but they feel like the thing to do right now — Small projects, creative projects, colorful happy projects. Just right for the times. Take good care. Carol

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  4. Carol, your quilts are precious and how exciting to be doing the quilting yourself; very brave!
    I have made five quilts during the stay home and finishing last two for delivery to long arm quilter when she opens. I joined a block of the month and will be participating in a row quilt with Pat Sloan starting in June. I quilted with Gudrun of GE Designs on her Hope quarantine quilt for charity online May 3 that raised $35,000 in pattern sales for local charities providing direct food service. Quilters are such givers! Warm hearts and warm quilts. My copy of book eleven arrived Friday, it will be my reward read when these last two quilts are ready for long armed. Stay safe and healthy.

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    • Oh my! You’ve been one busy lady. And I agree about quilters being amazingly generous. Our local club always has a charity project going. We were scheduled to begin making walker bags for local nursing home residents but that’s the month we began canceling meetings. We are so fortunate to have such a creative hobby and one that doesn’t require shopping for supplies since we all tend to have enough stash to quilt for years!
      I’m happy to hear that your copy of Beneath Missouri Stars has arrived and I hope you enjoy it. Best wishes, Carol

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