Monday, July 23, 2018

Hexie Snowflake Sampler ++ 2019 Quilter's Planner

I'm very excited to be kicking off the 2019 Quilter's Planner - Blog Hop!  On this first stop of the hop, I am showing the Hexie Snowflake Sampler quilt that I designed for next year's planner.

As you might remember, I had designed the sampler for the 2018 planner and was honored to be asked to contribute another sampler for 2019.  I checked and you can actually still purchase the 2018 Planner Magazine which includes 14 patterns including the sampler pattern for only $7 now.

When I spoke with Stephanie about the upcoming 2019 Sampler design we came up with a list of requirements:

  1. Different looking sampler, beyond a traditional grid layout.
  2. Beginner friendly, using some basic traditional piecing techniques.
  3. Have enough blocks to be able to fill an entire year.
  4. Look great in Bonnie & Camille's new fabric line.
I went to work and luckily created a design that Stephanie liked :)  The Hexie Snowflake sampler contains many different blocks with different shapes and sizes, all combined into a hexagon shape to make a lap sized quilt.

I designed the quilt, but due to my book being published at the beginning of the year, I was not able to make the quilt.  Sue Bishop pieced and quilted the quilt and she did a fabulous job.  Check out her ghost blocks she quilted into the background. 

Kitty of Night Quilter once again produced all of the photography for the planner in the beautiful wilderness of Maine including all of the photographs in this post.

Remember, you can pre-order your planner right here (affiliate link), the planners are shipping in September this year so you can get a jump start on your planning for next year!  (And if you pre-order, you get to choose your cover while supplies last.  The orange peel version is my favorite.)

Here is the full 2019 Quilter's Planner Share the Love Schedule

Monday, July 23 Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs @meadowmistdesigns
Wednesday, July 25 Karen Lewis Karen Lewis Textiles @karenlewistextiles
Friday, July 27 Karie Jewell Two Kwik Quilters @karie_twokwikquilters

Monday, July 30 Mandy Leins Mandalei Quilts @mandaleiquilts
Wednesday, August 1 Megan Fisher @ayragon
Friday, August 3 Andrea Tsang Jackson 3rd Story Workshop @3rdstoryworkshop

Monday, August 6 Trinia Braughton Penguin Feats @penquinfeats
Wednesday, August 8 Yvonne Fuchs Quilting Jetgirl @quiltingjetgirl
Friday, August 10 Kitty Wilkin Night Quilter @nightquilter

Monday, August 13 Isabelle Selak South Bay Bella Studio @southbaybella
Wednesday, August 15 Sylvia Schaefer Flying Parrot Quilts @flyingparrotquilts
Friday, August 17 Lee Monrow May Chappell @maychappell

Monday, August 20 Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream @seamslikeadreamquilts
Wednesday, August 22 Shannon Fraser Shannon Fraser Designs @shannonfraserdesigns
Friday, August 24 Kerry Goulder Kid Giddy @kidgiddy

Monday, August 27 Kitty Wilkin Night Quilter @nightquilter

Friday, July 20, 2018

2019 Quilter’s Planner ++ Now Available for Pre-Sale

As you may have seen, the Quilter's Planner 2019 (affiliate link) is now open for pre-orders!  

I have been lucky to have been involved with Stephanie's planners from the beginning and am excited to give a little sneak peek of my contribution to the planner...I designed the 2019 Sampler shown on the cover of the pattern magazine that is included with all planner orders.  You can see the sampler in the picture above.

In the coming months I will be able to share some additional pictures of the sampler and show my process for designing it.

Featured Designer Camille Roskelley and Two Cover Options

The featured designer for 2019 is Camille Roskelley, of Thimble Blossom Designs (and half of Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics). I have collected most of her fabric collections since I started quilting and am so excited for the planner to feature her designs.

New this have a choice of two covers for the planner! Which is your favorite? My favorite is the orange peel version. 

Special Sewing Surprise

This year, when you pre-order from, you will also receive a special sewing surprise along with your planner and magazine order.*

*Please note that this coupon code and special gift offer only applies to orders placed on, and is while supplies last.

Hop over to the Quilter's Planner website to pre-order your planner today and I hope to quilt along with you with the sampler starting in January 2019!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Modern Plus Sampler Quilt ++ My Fabrics

I am so excited that the Modern Plus Sampler has officially begun and I am looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful fabric combinations on the Facebook Group and on Instagram (#ModernPlusSamplerQuilt).

Fabric Requirements

You can find the fabric requirements here and here (and all of the Modern Plus Sampler information and posts can be found here).  We are just getting started, I hope you decide to join in!

Me + You Batik Version

For the version of the sampler I am making along with everyone, I am using some Me + You batik fabrics from Hoffman Fabrics.  I fell in love with the vibrant colors and Aaron Hoffman was super nice to send me some to play with!

I am actually still figuring out where I am going to use each fabric.  My original thought was to use the dark blue for the plus signs that form the large plus sign (Fabric C), but I am thinking of instead possibly using the red.  What do you think?

The fabrics and their codes are:

143 646 Canyon
113 63 Rose
112 68 Indigo
100 365 Tavarua
157 15 Powder
100 3 White
115 190 Ice Blue

For my test version of the sampler I used the fabric below.  I wound up using more of fabric B than listed because I did not have much of fabric F and I really just loved that text print.
Fabric A - Free Spirit solids in gray
Fabric B - Literary by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics - Read Aloud in Cresendo
Fabric C - Mixture of black prints - mostly from Cotton & Steel
Fabric D - Moda Bella in white
Fabric E - Kona Cotton in Candy Blue
Fabric F - Cirrus Solids in amazon

I am excited to start cutting into my fabrics, I hope you are too!

I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Professional Pictures of the Modern Plus Sampler

I am so excited to share some professional pictures of my version of the Modern Plus Sampler today taken by Amy Garro through her new company Quilt Photography Co.!
You probably have heard of Amy's work as a quilter through her quilting business name 13 Spools (and her book Paper Pieced Modern).  You may not know that in addition to being an awesome quilter and pattern designer, Amy is also a fantastic, professional photographer.  For many years, she has her own studio and photography company focusing on family portraiture.  You can check out some of her work at her company's website Indy Family Photo.

Amy has recently started a new company to combine her love of quilting and photography to offer a much needed quilt photography service through her new company, Quilt Photography Co.  Her website says it best, "You make the quilts, we'll take the photos". 
When Amy launched this new business, she selected a few quilters to be Quilt Photograph Co Ambassadors.  I jumped at the chance to help spread the word and see Amy work her photography magic on my quilts. 

Disclosure:  I applied to be an ambassador of her company because I such a fan of photographic work.  Amy provided me with the photographs of the Modern Plus Sampler for free.  All opinions are completely mine.

Nowadays, jurying of many of the larger shows (like QuiltCon and Paducah) is based on the photograph of the quilt.  Your quilt could be the most mind-blowing quilt, but if you can not take a good picture of it, then the quilt might not make it into a quilt show.  Amy provides crisp, color balanced flat shots of the quilt.

Amy also takes detailed pictures of the quilt top, quilt binding, and styled shots of the quilt.  Her photographs are perfect for quilt show entries, books, and even as a keepsake to remember the quilt long after it has been gifted away.

What do you think of these photographs?  I'm blown away how beautiful Amy made my quilt!!

If you would like more information on the packages and prices of the Quilt Photography Co, you can find them right here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 Mid Year Review

I can't believe that 2018 is halfway over!  Did we skip over some of the spring months because I really don't remember some of them :)

My wonderful bloggy friend Yvonne, who blogs are Quilting Jetgirl, hosts an annual planning party to layout goals for the upcoming year. This is the mid-year check in to see where we are with goals.

2018 Goal Check-In

I have done well meeting or making progress towards my "to-do" style goals:

  • Launch of the Modern Plus Sign Quilt book
    • Done!!
  • Host the Modern Plus Sign Sampler quilt along.  This is going to be a fun quilt along that combines almost all of the plus signs from the book into a lap sized sampler.  The QAL will kick off in July.
    • Just kicked off, you can find more info here!
  • Host a twice yearly Tips and Tutorials Festival with Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.
    • We hosted the first Festival in June and it was a great success, I look forward to this fall for the second.
  • Make at least 4 charity quilts 
    • I've made and donated two, plus I have another two that are basted and ready to be quilted.
  • Host the Best of 2018 Linky Party
    • Planned for December

However, my main goal and word for 2018 was BALANCE and I have completed failed at that.

I can say without a doubt that balance has not been my word of the first half of 2018.  I felt as though I was racing from one deadline to the next, never getting ahead and never being able to relax and losing some of the joy of quilting.

As a student and as an adult, I have always pushed myself to do more, take on more, and always be moving ahead.   In Meadow Mist Designs this has been no different, I admit that seeing my quilts in magazines and my first book being published was a thrill, but the pace I have been on is unsustainable.  I am at my limit and am burnt out a bit from the business side of quilting.  

In my personal life, my older child is entering middle school and my younger one is going into third grade and I still work 3 days a week.  The kids are requiring more time for homework help and after school activities.  They are my first and most important priority and I need to make sure that my quilting commitments stay in check so that I am not up to 2 in the morning, rushing to meet quilting deadlines.

I was planning on attending Quilt Market this fall, but every time I went to look at airfares or hotels I started to freak out a bit.  Market is where you go to make new connections with industry members and find new opportunities.   I simply can not take on any more commitments at this time and do not think that I could resist the temptation to say yes to working with some amazing designers and companies.  I have decided not to attend market and once I made that decision, I felt relief, I know that I am making the right call for myself at this point in my life right now.

I want to use what time I have for quilting more mindfully, spending it on creating things that bring me joy.  I love connecting with other quilters online and am beginning some projects that make me happy: starting to plan the 2019 mystery quilt, making some quilts to enter for QuiltCon, sewing some charity quilts.  I think that for the second half of 2018 you will see more in-progress posts from me as I will be doing little, if any, "secret" sewing. 

I'm excited for the next 6 months!

This was a little heavier than my usual, more light hearted posts.  Thanks for being there for me and connecting with you has always been one of the best things about quilting!!