Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vintage Star {Pattern Launch}

I am excited to announce my second pattern release this fall, Vintage Star, is now available! You can find the pattern:

Digital download version: Etsy, and on Craftsy
Printed version: Etsy

The pattern (in both formats) will be on sale for $7.50 until October 4th. 
 (You can use coupon code TWOPATTERNS for $2 off two patterns or THREEPATTERNS $4 off 3 patterns in Etsy for even more savings!)


I actually made this quilt back in January 2014 (I can't believe that it was so long ago!).  The cover quilt was made using the Scrumptious fabric collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

The pattern was always on my to do list but always seemed to pushed down the list for another project.  I am so happy that I can finally cross it off my list :)

Vintage Star is an intermediate-level pattern.  The blocks contain a bunch of flying geese and are not the quickest to make, but I think that they have a really cool look to them.  The pattern contains instructions for baby and lap sized quilts.



I want to thank all of my pattern testers and reviewers, their suggestions and edits have greatly improved the pattern!  Some of my reviewers are offering giveaways of both Vintage Star and Check Plus (released yesterday).  Click the links marked as giveaway for a chance to win!


Here are some of the wonderful tester versions:















Just as a reminder: The pattern is now available on Etsy and Craftsy for $7.50 until October 4th.




Monday, September 26, 2016

Check Plus {Pattern Launch}

I am excited to announce that my pattern, Check Plus, is now available! You can find the pattern:

Digital download version: Etsy, and on Craftsy
Printed version: Etsy

The pattern (in both formats) will be on sale for $7.50 until October 4th. 
 (You can use coupon code TWOPATTERNS for $2 off two patterns or THREEPATTERNS $4 off 3 patterns in Etsy for even more savings!)


The lap size version of Check Plus was originally published in the November/December 2014 issue of Quilty Magazine and used the April Showers fabric collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

I have received numerous requests for alternative sizes over the past couple of years so I am happy to be able to release the pattern with 4 sizes.  Check Plus is beginner-level, fat quarter friendly and is now expanded to include baby, lap, twin, and king sizes.


I want to thank all of my pattern testers and reviewers, their suggestions and edits have greatly improved the pattern!  Some of my reviewers are offering giveaways of Check Plus (and Vintage Star which will be posted about tomorrow).  Click the links marked as giveaway for a chance to win!

Beth of Cooking Up Quilts (giveaway, plus Beth is releasing her wonderful new pattern Stack O'Bubbles today!)

Here are some of the wonderful tester versions:


Just as a reminder: The pattern is now available on Etsy and Craftsy for $7.50 until October 4th.

Come back tomorrow for the release of Vintage Star :)

I'm happy to be linking up to Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts's linky party Main Crush Monday






Thursday, September 22, 2016

Handmade Halloween Linky Party



You all know I love a good linky party, they are such a great way to connect with the online quilting community and get new ideas and inspiration. 

There is a new link party happening on October 4th, to celebrate all handmade Halloween over at Bernie's blog, Needle and Foot.  The link party is for all handmade Halloween projects, including costumes, quilts, and decorations. You can link up old as well as new posts and there will be tons of great prizes too!

You can find out more information on the Needle and Foot blog and make sure to hop over to Needle and Foot on October 4th for the linky party!


Also, I wanted to announce that Barbara S. was the winner of the Cloud 9 fat quarter bundle from the Cloud 9 New Block Hop.





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler - Sewing Triangles


Quiltmaker started a new Block of the Month series that began in March 2016 called Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler. This 48-block (with a 49th bonus block) sampler quilt features blocks from all issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks reduced to 6” from their original 12".

I was honored to find out that my block, Sewing Triangles from 100 Blocks Vol 10 was included in the sampler.

Here is the sampler in three different color ways (you can purchase the pattern and kits here). As part of this year-long program, Quiltmaker will be featuring a different block on their blog quiltmaker.com/quiltypleasures each Wednesday (4 blocks per month).



Here was my original version of Sewing Triangles with a single focal fabric and a scrappy background:


For the 6" square version I decided to use a number of navy prints for the focal fabric and a single print for the background.

Once the block is shrunk to 6", those HST are 1" finished and so to make the piecing easier and more precise, I decided to paper piece the block. I used my free Square in a Square templates for the middle area of the block and quickly drafted the paper piecing templates for the corner sections using EQ7. (I was just playing with different arrangements of the corner blocks below.)



I made 4 blocks, then pieced them together to make a mini quilt 12" x 12". I quilted the mini using Aurifil 50 wt in Dove, which matched the background in a crosshatching design. The finished mini is going to go on my sewing room wall :)





You can find more about the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Sampler on the Quilty Pleasures Blog and find purchase the pattern and kits here.

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


Thanks for stopping by my blog!




Monday, September 19, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - State of Being - Fall 2016


It's that time of the year again...twice a year during quilt market, Amy, who blogs over at Amy's Creative Side, hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  We are allowed to link up two quilts to the various categories and have the opportunity to visit and be inspired by other blogger's wonderful quilts.  I am excited to be not only a participant this year, but also a sponsor of the festival.

My first entry to the festival is my State of Being quilt which I designed and made for the pattern of the month for the Modern Quilt Guild.  The pattern is available as a free download to all MQG members and is now for sale in both paper and digital formats in my Etsy shop and in a digital format in my Craftsy shop.  The pattern is on an introductory sale for $7.50 for 2 weeks (until October 1st)


My post about the quilt and design of State of Being can be found here and I am entering the quilt into the Modern Quilt category.



“State of Being” is a modern take on a traditional Ohio Star block.  The design begins with one full star block in the corner of the quilt and becomes increasing fractured as the design extends into the negative space of the quilt.  Both the design and quilting represent our complex and sometimes chaotic state of being.

The quilt was made using Kona Cotton Solids in white and shale and a print from the Doe collection by Carolyn Friedlander, all from Robert Kaufman.  

For the quilting, I quilted the star pieces with dense back and forth quilting and quilted the background using Wild Quilting as taught by Christina Cameli (which I learned in her Craftsy class (not an affiliate link)).  In Wild Quilting, a bunch of different quilting motifs are combined together.  I quilted State of Being on my home Bernina sewing machine
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The relatively small scale in the quilting and the matching threads give the background texture and interest.   I used 50 wt Aurifil thread in 2024 (white), 2610 (gray), and 1154 (orange) for the quilting.  The background alone took over 25 hours to quilt (most of the pebbles are about a 1/4" to 1/2"). 

My other entry the Canvas Lines is entered into the Original Designs Quilt category and can be found here.

Here are my entries over the years:

Fall 2016: Riley Blake Triangle Quilt
Fall 2016: Improv Table Runner

Spring 2015: Use Your Illusion
Spring 2015: Plus Plus - Two Tone Version

Fall 2014: Oh The Places You'll Go
Fall 2014: Vintage Star

Spring 2014: Kona 2013 Quilt
Spring 2014: Improv Quilt Two

Fall 2013: Pi Quilt
Fall 2013: Pink Broken Herringbone Quilt




If you have stopped by my blog for the first time from the quilt festival thank you!  You can find some of my 2016 finishes and the free Meadow Mystery Quilt Along going on right now in the tabs at the top of the page.  


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