Friday, August 18, 2017

Taste the Rainbow

I have excited finish to show today, Taste the Rainbow, a modern birds in the air mini quilt is finally all done!

My local modern quilt guild (the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild) announced a challenge in late spring to make a mini quilt (less than 36" on all sides) with a modern take on the classic birds in the air block.

I love the birds in the air block (in fact the quilt design I have published in the 2018 Quilter's Planner is take on the block, you can see it here.)

My mind went towards how to place the blocks without the traditional grid and thought of a circular design.  Combining that with a rainbow palette and I had the beginnings of my quilt design.  The rainbow fabrics are a mixture of fabric manufacturers with the majority of the fabrics being Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons and Michael Miller Cotton Coutures.  The background is a Blueberry Park print from Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman.

I used Corel Draw to draw out the design and create the paper piecing templates.  In order to keep everything well aligned and spaced, I added a lot of radial lines, you can see the craziness.

In my first iteration of the design, all of the blocks were facing the same direction but as I continued to play with the design, I flipped the blocks so they were alternating facing inside and outside.

Once the design was finalized (at 32 1/2" x 32 1/2"), I created the paper piecing templates.  The circle has 16 slices, each slice contains 4 sections, and each section contains 3-8 pieces of fabric.  Needless to say, this was not a quick quilt to make.

The quilt top finished was finally finished and then it was time to quilt bast and quilt.  Aurifil sent me matching 12 wt threads for each of the triangles.

My first thought was to add little cross-stitch crosses into the triangles but I did not think that looked right.  I then tried french knots, then walking foot quilting, and then free motion quilting.  I was not happy with any of these.  Finally I tried adding some running stitch embroidery (I am calling it embroidery as the stitches only go through the top layer, they are not quilting stitches) and I loved how it looked.  I added running stitches with 1/8" spacing between the lines.  This also took a long time but gave me a nice hand project for when I was outside with the kids.

I quilted the background by echoing the triangle shapes close to the seam lines and then adding some concentric 16 sided polygons.

So here is the finished quilt, I am really happy with how it turned out.  As a bonus, I won first place in the guild challenge!

As I have been sharing sneak peeks of the design I had a number of quilters ask if I could release this quilt as a pattern, I am happy to oblige :)

Taste the Rainbow Templates - Craftsy & Etsy

Note: This is a set of advanced level paper piecing templates, not a full pattern.  The instructions do not contain general paper piecing instructions, sizes of fabric pieces to cut, or seam allowances printed on the template sections.  The mini quilt finishes at 32 1/2" x 32 1/2".

You can find the instructions on sale at both Craftsy and Etsy for only $5 for the next week (ending at midnight on Friday the 25th).  After Friday, the instructions will go up to $7.50.

Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quilter's Planner - Sampler Quilt

I have another fun secret sewing project to share today...

You know that I designed a quilt pattern for the 2018 Quilter's Planner from my post last week, this week I get to show you another new feature for the 2018 Quilter's Plannera full sampler quilt pattern that I designed!  You can find out more about the planner and all of the other wonderful new additions here (affiliate link).

When Stephanie approached me about possibly designing a sampler for the Quilter's Planner I said "Yes!" right away.  I love designing quilt alongs and loved the challenge to create a fun and easy paced quilt along with a modern and fresh feel to it (along with an alternative more traditional layout).

The sampler quilt contains instructions for 12 different blocks and two quilt top layouts, a more modern on point version and a more traditional version.  I am planning on sewing along next year to make the on point version with some of my Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

I designed the quilts and wrote the instructions, Susan Bishop (@suebquilts) pieced the quilts and Mandy (@mandaleiquilts, Mandalei Quilts) quilted the quilts.  They both did such a beautiful job!

Here are some pictures of the finished quilts...

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

Just remember, you can now pre-order your Quilter's Planner 2018 right here and the bundle right here (and you can learn about all of the other new features and my other pattern I have in the planner in my blog post from last week).

Which is your favorite version - the more modern or traditional?  Are you thinking about joining in?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Crush - Mosaic Contest Entries

A couple of days ago, I saw on my Bloglovin feed that Stitched in Color was having a another fabric mosaic contest.  For each mosaic contest, Rachel gives a theme and some inspirational photographs and then you get to go play, creating different fabric bundles from the fabrics at Quilt Sandwich Fabrics. I think that making digital fabric combinations (almost) satisfies my fabric tooth as much as buying actual fabric!

The theme this time was Summer Crush and Rachel pulled together some beautiful inspirational photographs.

To make my bundles, I usually go through all of the shop's fabrics, coping any fabrics that catch my eye and I think might work into PowerPoint.  I usually start with a focus fabric in the center of the mosaic and then play around with the other fabric thumb nail images, arranging them around the center fabric.

For both of my bundles this time I started with Anna Maria Horner prints, their aquas, yellows, and pinks spoke summer to me.

Bundle #1 - Summer Pop

Bundle #2 - Social Summer

 I hope you enjoyed my interpretations of Summer Crush and will hop over to Stitched in Color's blog to see the other gorgeous entries.

Monday, August 14, 2017

OIfa Endurance Review and Giveaway

As August's instructions for the Magnolia Mystery quilt have been for cutting our fabric, I thought it would be very timely for a review of the Olfa Endurance rotary blades and a giveaway!

This giveaway came about because Olfa commented on an older post of mine on Instagram where I had a bunch of HSTs and an Olfa cutter in the picture.  I replied to their comment that I love my Olfa cutter and that I have tried so many different types and brands of cutters and it is the only one I use.  They asked if I had tried their Endurance rotary blades and when I told them I had not, they offered to send me one to try and if I liked it they offered to sponsor a giveaway so you could have a chance to try one too! (So long story short, this giveaway is sponsored by Olfa but all opinions are 100% mine.)

I was wondering if I would be able to really tell if my blade stayed sharper longer, but after cutting all of the fabrics for three complete quilts I can say that I really could tell a difference.  The blade was still sharp after all of that cutting.

In addition, Olfa also sent me a folding cutting mat.  This is going to be perfect to bring to classes or retreats and when unfolded is a very usable 12" x 17" size.

You can find the Olfa Endurance blades and mat on Amazon or your local quilt shop. (affiliate links)

Would you like a chance to win an Olfa Endurance rotary blade and folding mat?  There will be two winners, each winning a blade and mat.  Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is limited to only the US and the prizes will be shipped directly from Olfa.

To enter, simply use the rafflecopter: (if you are reading this post via e-mail, you may need to click over to the blog for the rafflecopter box to appear below).

(If you do not have an Instagram account, you can type in "no IG" into the box for an entry)

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Diamonds in the Sky ++ Pattern Release

I am excited to announce that my pattern, Diamonds in the Sky is now available as a stand along digital quilt pattern in three sizes! You can now find the pattern on Etsy and Craftsy.

The pattern is on sale for one week (through Friday Aug 18th at midnight) for only $6.50. (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.)

Diamonds in the Sky is a fully paper pieced quilt pattern and was originally published in the Winter 2016 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine with instructions for a lap sized quilt.  The stand alone pattern now contains baby, lap, and large lap sizes.

Diamonds in the Sky is a very geometric, paper pieced pattern with a diamond pattern that emerges as the quilt top is assembled.

This quilt is an advanced beginner to intermediate level pattern and assumes basic paper piecing skills. Detailed instructions for paper piecing may be found on many blogs and YouTube.  The cover version of the quilt was made from Kona Cotton Solids and Science Fair, both collections by Robert Kaufman.

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 Diamonds in the Sky at Etsy and Craftsy for $6.50 for the next week :)