I met fellow appliqué enthusiast Louisa Postier at the SCVQA quilt show last weekend, and she showed me the sweetest little wall quilt that she made using one of my blocks.

Heartberries by Louisa Postier

Heartberries by Louisa Postier

Louisa added heart-shaped buttons to the stems! Adorable! They look like hearts that are just about to bloom. And the border fabric is perfect.

Heartberries is one of the designs in my book Growing Hearts to Appliqué.


You can see the block on the cover, upper righthand corner.

Thank you, Louisa, for taking the trouble to stop by and show me your project. I love seeing what other quilters do with my designs.

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie

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Serena Kim from Duluth, Georgia, sent me some photos of her lovely teapot quilt!

Serena says, “I always wanted to do teapot wall hanging quilt. After I research online, I end up finding your teapot pattern.”


Serena used my first teapots collection “Teapots to Applique” for this 46×52 wall quilt. The book is now out of print, but the patterns are available in a pack over at kaymackenzie.com.

Serena used freezer paper and hand appliqué for the teapots and machine-pieced the blocks together. The look of this piece is so delicate and refined. I love the attic-window settings.


People, this is hand quilted. Awesome.


Serena ended her note by saying, “I spent some time to looking for right fabrics. Well, I’m so happy that I finally finished and hang on the wall to enjoy. Happy quilting!!!”

And happy quilting to you Serena! So glad you enjoyed the teapots, and your furry friends did too! I love this shot so much!


By Kay Mackenzie

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Last year Jan Hood from Virginia wrote to me. She said, “My passion is applique, and 14 months ago I started the Shenandoah Valley Applique Society. We meet at our County Library where I have been a volunteer for a number of years. I love your pattern “Growing Hearts to Applique.”


Jan continued, “Our group of 15 meet at the Library for no charge. I would like for our group to make your pattern and give it to the Library as a fund raiser for the Library. They certainly can use the money from a raffle. The Library has a lot of children that come into the Library with their parents because the Library has a lot of activities for children.

“I wanted to know if I could have your permission for our group to make this darling quilt for the Library’s children’s literacy program. I think both children and grownups would appreciate this particular pattern.”

I told Jan that I would be pleased for her group to use the designs as a fundraiser for the library, and thanked her for her promise of appropriate designer attribution.

Jan’s passion for appliqué certainly shone through when she sent me a photo of the finished quilt!


“I hope you like the border I designed and added. The quilt patterns are wonderful and it gets wonderful praises. You are very talented. Thanks again for letting us share your quilt. I think the ladies in our Shenandoah Valley Applique Society did a wonderful job.”

Did they ever!! And the border is ab-fab! It sets off the blocks beautifully. Great job ladies, and I hope the quilt brings in lots of funds for the library.

Sigh. Kinda gets me *right there.*

By Kay Mackenzie

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“Hi Kay,” writes Kathy Schmidt. I’m sending you a photo of my quilt which I call, Not That Tea Party.”


“As you can see, I used some of your patterns [from Teapots to Appliqué] and some that I drew myself. The brown and gold one was based on my grandmother’s teapot from England, which I inherited. A friend gave me the white lace for the “Wedgwood” blue teapot. Another friend gave me the buttons that matched the black and pink butterfly fabric.

“It was so much fun looking for the right fabrics for each one. The keystones are made from the fabrics in the teapots. I enlarged your patterns so they would fit a ten inch block.”

I agree, a lot of the fun is in searching for that just-right fabric for the body of the teapot, then finding accent fabrics to go with it. I never thought of using lace… what a great idea! It’s very effective, and looks just like Wedgwood blue china.

This must be a very speial quilt for Kathy, with lots of friendship sewn into the blocks.

Kathy says, “I may make a second teapot quilt!” Oooh… I can’t wait to see it!

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie

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Tricia Morrison-Stork sent me this 100 Blocks Show & Tell.

“Dear Kay, I am a long-time admirer of your wonderful blog and patterns, and enjoy looking to see what you will come up with next. I live in a very small village of Barryton, Michigan, and have been self-learning my quilting skills in the last three years. I work with scraps and things that are sent to me for the most part. I love doing hand applique and was finally able to have the pleasure of using one of your patterns.

I just wanted to share a picture from your “Sitting Pretty” pattern that was in the “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 5″ magazine. I was taking part in a HomesteaderToday.com forum block lottery when I just picked up the magazine earlier in the day. We had to use the chosen focus fabric, which was the pretty white with blue, red, and golden-yellow paisley print.

This happens to be the first one of these that I gotten but I have to admit the main reason was that I had seen your blocks during the 100 Blocks Blog Hops. I saved all my change for several months in order to buy the magazine as this was an extra in our really squeaky tight budget.”


“I used a blanket-stitch for the appliqueing process. Dark brown for the kitty and a blue for the basket that matched nicely with the blue in the paisley print. The only issue was I could not get that back ear that is separate from the main body to play nice for me, but as you can see the pattern still worked on for me. I call the block ‘Pretty in Paisley’.

I loved the results so much that I am waiting for the day when I can purchase some blender fabrics that would make some almost realistic-kitties in basket-weave print baskets. I’ve started my change jar again LOL! Thank you for bringing me such happiness with such a wonderful chance to make one of your beloved patterns. These days it’s the little things that help make for a good day.”

Tricia, your story and photo have certainly made my day a very good one! Thank you so much for sharing your Pretty in Paisley kitty.

By Kay Mackenzie

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Alexandra Kent sent me photos of her fabulous teapot quilt.

I’m a fairly new quilter living in Suffolk, England. I’ve been admiring your designs for a while now and bought a copy of Teapots 2 to Applique. I’ve just finished the lap quilt I’ve been working on and I thought you might like to see it.”


I hand appliqued the teapots onto calico during evenings and weekends while my husband and I watched TV. I used the back-basting method as you described and found it so easy and fun. I’d been nervous about applique for ages but this technique was great.

Yay Alexandra! Another back-basting convert, like me!

Then I made the strip blocks using scraps from the teapot fabrics and pieced the whole quilt together. I hand quilted teacups, jugs, and sugar bowls into the middle of each strip block before machine quilting an echo around each teapot and meandered over the strip blocks. It was definitely an experimental quilt for me. I hadn’t appliqued or machine quilted before. I’m pleased with the outcome though. It’s 44″ square. Thank you for the designs.

Alexandra, it is my distinct pleasure when a quilter takes my designs and does something wonderful and different with them. Not only that, to hear that my information on hand appliqué has helped you, well that’s all that a designer and author could ask for! Thank *you*!

By Kay Mackenzie

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I received a wonderful note from Molly Serkin. She said that she loved my Mackenzie family quilt so much that she decided to make a Serkin family quilt.

Mackenzie Family Quilt by Kay Mackenzie

Mackenzie Family Quilt by Kay Mackenzie

Here’s my quilt from Easy Appliqué Blocks, the one that inspired Molly to make a sampler that was special and unique to her family.

Serkin Family Quilt by Molly Serkin

Serkin Family Quilt by Molly Serkin

Molly says, “Each block has a special meaning to us. Since my husband and I are very patriotic, I used a patriotic fabric, and since our son-in-law is in the Army, I used a piece of his uniform for the two corners. I used the Star of David for the other corners to celebrate our Jewish heritage. I am going to add my son-in law’s unit patch.”


This is so wonderful, Molly. It makes me feel great that my personal project using blocks from EAB inspired you to create such a wonderful family heirloom.

Molly adds that she learned a lot about applique, which is her favorite form of quilting. She’s able to take the blocks with her and work when she has a wait somewhere.

Happy smiles,
By Kay Mackenzie

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I recently received this heartwarming note:

Hi, Kay! My name is Sheryl Walker, and I live in Chesterfield Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. I love applique and have several of your books and follow your blog.


I particularly love your Dolls & Dresses book! I’ve been using the doll patterns in several different ways.

First I made all of the blocks enlarged to 150%. They’re not quite finished because I need to do the embellishments. I plan to assemble them into a quilt which will be used in a fundraiser for the Volunteer Department at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. They use the fund for benevolence needs for patients and their families, especially the ones from out of town. Since they are a Level 1 trauma center, they get a lot of people from all over the state, and they often need meals, housing, gas, etc.

Second, I wanted to use the dolls in quilts for Project Linus. These quilts also go to Mercy Hospital, mostly to cancer and burn patients. I have made 197 Project Linus quilts and am always looking for new ideas to keep it fresh–and to keep me interested! I decided to further enlarge the patterns and use the big 26″ dolls as center medallions of PL quilts for little girls. So far I have made five of these, and a sixth is in progress. I’ve drawn a some new hairstyles and clothes for the same basic doll figure.

I’d love to have your blessing for donating these quilts and making more! It is so satisfying to me to be able to keep making quilts beyond what I can use at home and to incorporate applique into most of them. Your patterns give me lots of ideas and inspiration.

I told Sheryl she was welcome to continue using the doll designs for her wonderful charitable contributions, and thanked her for contacting me first. Here are Sheryl’s darling dolls! I especially love the Hawaiian one, in which the little doll is wearing Sheryl’s muumuu and island hair style.






Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie

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I received the following note from Linda Nystrom of Placitas, New Mexico.

“After retiring in Spring 2010, I made small quilts for 12 friends in our book club. Each quilt was chosen to fit the person’s individual interests and/or personality. This 40” x 40” quilt. “…a cuppa,” was for an English friend, Carol.”

Is it not wonderful the way that Linda made the teapots dance?

nystrom-1Linda continues, “The pansy border fabric, which also reminded me of England, was used as the basis for color scheme/fabric selection. I digitized the patterns from Teapots to Appliqué and Teapots 2 to Appliqué and used my embroidery machine to applique the teapots to the plaid background squares. Outline and free-motion quilting completed the piece.”


Linda, thank you so much for choosing my teapot designs for your friendship quilt. It came out just lovely and I’m sure that Carol treasures it.

By Kay Mackenzie

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Cynthia Wheeler just sent me the most amazing Show & Tell. In her words:

“You and I meet at various quilt shows. I’ve bought most of your books because I just love the simplicity that you offer without it being silly looking. I had asked you at the Delta Quilters quilt show (one of my guilds) if it was all right to use the patterns in the Growing Hearts book with my appliqué group in Fairfield to make a quilt for donation. You said it was all right as long as I put the name of the book and author on the label, which I did.

This quilt was made by the members of the D’Vine Applique Society in Fairfield, California. We chose the blocks from your Growing Hearts to Applique book and each member hand appliquéd their block during our monthly meeting. It took about a year to complete and we are really pleased with the finished product. We hope you are too.”


Are you kidding me Cynthia? Am I pleased with it, seriously? I’m over the moon! I can’t believe the fabulous job you did, and for such an important cause.

The quilt is named “Hearts of Joy.” It was made for The Breast Cancer Quilt Auction, a community-service project to raise funds for Sutter Cancer Center’s breast cancer research and patient treatment programs. The auction takes place Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.

“Hearts of Joy” is 70” x 70” and also can be seen as quilt # 537 on the Sutter Medical Center Foundation Philanthropy auction site.

h-cover.jpgCynthia continues, “We all got together and selected the backgrounds and border fabrics. We followed the idea that was on the cover of the book with four different off-whites and different brown/tan colors for the sashing, etc. Sometimes it amazes me how so many women can actually agree on so many choices. But we did in short order. We also all agreed on having certain fabrics carried throughout the blocks. These were all scraps that were brought to the meeting and shared.

The real work actually began with the preparation, and then there was a lot of concentration as you can see from the photos. I think it is fun to see the progression of a project in photos.”













Cynthia quilted the quilt on her longarm. She says, “I tried to quilt each block in a non-traditional way, such as the swing in the tree, the planter became a sailboat, and the ribbons being dropped by the bird as it is flying.”




Here’s the beautiful quliting that Cynthia did on opposing corners of the border.



“Oh, I forgot to tell you another part of our story,” Cynthia continues. “We were so bent on completing the quilt so it could be quilted on time for submission that we decided to forgo our annual Christmas celebration and work right on through. Instead we promised ourselves that when we completed the quilt we would treat ourselves to chocolate sundaes. And that is just what we did, the completion of the quilt made those sundaes taste ever so sweet.

The D’Vine Appliqué Society meets from 6:30to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Cornerstone Quilt Shoppe in Fairfield. We have a very special group. Thank you for letting us use your patterns. We are hoping that this quilt earns a lot of money for the auction.”

I sure hope so too, and I have a feeling it will. Thank you so much for choosing my designs for your efforts.

By Kay Mackenzie

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