Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Canvas Lines ++ Pattern Release ++

I am happy to announce the release of the full, multi-sized version of Canvas Lines today.  You can now find the pattern as a digital download in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

(photo by Kitty Wilkin)

The pattern is on sale for one week (through Friday March 28th at midnight) for only $7.00. (You can use coupon code TWOPATTERNS for $2 off two patterns or THREEPATTERNS $4 off 3 patterns in my Etsy shop for even more savings.)

The Canvas Lines was originally published as part of the Quilter's Planner 2017 with instructions for a lap sized quilt.  The full Canvas Lines pattern now contains instructions for baby, lap, and queen sizes.

Canvas Lines is a modern take on a tribal styled quilt design with strong geometric shapes and plenty of negative space.  The pattern also includes a coloring diagram to audition possible color schemes.

The cover quilt was made using prints from the Doe collection by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.  I quilted the cover quilt with a square meandering pattern using Aurifil 50 wt in white (color 2024). I think that the square meander added great texture to the negative space without taking away from the pieced blocks.

(photo by Kitty Wilkin)

Many, many thanks to Paige of Quilted Blooms and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl for their awesome tech editing and reviewing!!

Just a reminder, you can find Canvas Lines at Etsy and Craftsy for $7 for the next week :)

PS - Aren't these some of the most beautiful quilt photographs you have seen? Kitty from Night Quilter took all of these pictures along the coast of Maine. (If you would like Kitty to take some wonderful pictures of your quilts, you can find out more information about her photography offerings right here).

Monday, March 20, 2017

Needle and Foot Blog Hop and Giveaway

I am honored to be kicking off the Grand Opening blog hop for the Needle & Foot Etsy shop.  Bernie has filled her shop with some beautiful fabrics!

In addition to the giveaway at the end of this post, Bernie is offering everyone a coupon code to her new shop.  Use the code NANDFREADERS15 for 15% off any order over $5.00 (the coupon code will be active through Sunday,3/26).

For the hop, Bernie sent us the listing of different collections she had ordered for the shop and I immediately went to Maureen Cracknell's new line, Garden Dreamer.  I love Maureen's collections, she has such a way with combining colors and prints.  That they are on Art Gallery's wonderful cotton substrate is another bonus.

Here is the Garden Dreamer bundle that Bernie sent me:

My goal with this bundle was to make a baby quilt for my son's teacher who was due to have a little girl (I actually gifted the quilt before the hop, his teacher loved it, and had her new baby girl last week).

I wanted to keep the quilt as soft and snugly as possible so I first quilted by echoing the seam lines around the blocks using some Sulky light cream thread in 12 wt.  I used the 12wt as the top thread and a 40wt thread in the bobbin, plus a larger needle to handle the thick thread.  The thick thread quilted wonderfully without any issues and created good impact in the quilt.

I wanted to add a little extra touch so I added some big stitch hand quilting between the machine quilting using a light green pearl cotton.

I backed the quilt with an old Denyse Schmidt print that I think complimented the gold/yellow print in the quilt top.

I usually create a quilt starting from the design and then adding in fabrics so it was fun to design a quilt starting with the fabric this time :)

The Grand Opening Blog Hop Celebration will be going on all week with a chance to win fabric at each stop:

Monday: Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs ← Thanks me :)
Tuesday: Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Wednesday: Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal and Kitty @ Night Quilter
Thursday: Mari @ Academic Quilter
Friday: Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

Now on to the Giveaway!


Your choice of either 6 fat quarters or 3 half-yard cuts selected from any of the available fabrics at the Needle & Foot Etsy shop.

To Enter:  

Please do one of the following options:

1. Hop over to Instagram and follow Needle & Foot.
2. Go over to Facebook and follow Needle & Foot.

Then, leave a comment on this post with which option you completed.  

The giveaway will run for 1 week, until 8 pm EST on March 27th.  I try to respond to each and every comment I get on my blog, but with giveaway posts the numbers are usually too great to do this.  PS - If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you win.

Thanks and good luck in the giveaway!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day! March 14th (3.14)

To quilty engineers, scientists, Pi lovers everywhere, 
Happy Pi Day!  

I am an engineer and got my degree at Carnegie Mellon University (known to be a super nerdy engineering school).  We did not have many of your typical college parties, but holidays like Pi day were always huge celebrations. 

Students spent most of the night writing out the thousands of digits of pi on the sidewalks all through the campus.  I always try to celebrate pi day now with a celebration including some pie.  For my kids, I will be sending them to school with cookies having pi symbols on them for their classes.

A number of years ago, I made a pi quilt for my engineer husband containing 49 paper pieced digits of Pi and I thought that I would post it again for the occasion.

Go have a piece of pie today to celebrate Pi Day :) 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Block of the Month ++ January-March

Starting in January, I have chaired the Modern Skill-Builder Block of the Month program for my local modern quilt guild, the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild.

The program includes one modern block pattern every month that focuses on building sewing and modern design skills including improvisational piecing, curves, paper pieces, applique, Y seams, and use of low volume prints.  These blocks are a way of trying out and learning new skills and techniques.  

The block of the month is announced at a meeting and then at the next meeting participants bring in their blocks which will be used to make charity quilts (or they are free to keep the blocks for themselves).

Here are the free block tutorials we used for the first 3 months of the year along with my versions of the blocks.  You can click on the block names for a link to the tutorials.

Carole created a wonderfully clear and detailed tutorial (12 page pdf) for a block that combines curved and improv piecing.  (Carole now offers workshops teaching this technique.) 

Cath makes some fabulous paper pieced designs and I thought that one of her many star designs would be perfect for the guild.  This block using paper piecing and low volume fabrics.  

Debbie's block is a great introduction to improv piecing and a variation on the slice and insert method.  Plus, she has great tips to make up the inserted lines when sewing the block back together.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Vintage Star Patchwork Threads T-Shirt

Happy Story...back in the fall when I launched the pattern for the Vintage Star quilt I thought that the star block design might look cool on a t-shirt.  On a whim, I contacted Patchwork Threads to see if they might be interested in creating a Vintage Star t-shirt and surprising, they said yes :)  Lindsay at Patchwork Threads picked the colors which I think are just awesome.

The t-shirt debuted at QuiltCon and I had to pick up one for basically every adult female in my family.  Here is a picture of me being very excited and (sort of) modeling the shirt:

The Vintage Star t-shirt is now available over on Patchwork Threads website right here (the colors are more true in the picture below, the star really is pink and a dark blue in person).

And here is the original Vintage Star quilt...

The t-shirt makes me ridiculously happy and I have been wearing it every chance I get (we have had a strange February/March this year in South Carolina with loads of t-shirt weather days).

If you decide to purchase a Vintage Star t-shirt, as a special thank you, I will e-mail you a digital pdf copy of the Vintage Star quilt pattern for free (or if you already own the Vintage Star pattern, you can choose from any of my other digital patterns.)  Just email me at MeadowMistDesigns at gmail dot com letting me know (no need to send or forward the receipt, it's on your honor).