Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Craftsy Featured Designer and #1 Best Selling Craftsy Quilt Pattern !!

I have to share my excitement with you that I am the Craftsy Featured Designer right now!


It all started around 10 pm last night when I was starting to get ready for bed.  I checked my e-mail and noticed a large number of paypal e-mails from people buying my On a "Jelly" Roll quilt pattern from craftsy.  I was a little confused by this so I went upstairs to my computer to the craftsy site and found out that my pattern had made the top 20 quilt patterns as number 18!  [insert silly happy dance here]

I took a screen shot to immortalize the moment and by the time I had saved the picture went back to the craftsy site my pattern was now #16!  Needless to say, I sat at the computer for the next hour refreshing it every minute or so watching my On a "Jelly" Roll move up the charts to #12 until I really had to go to bed. 

This morning my pattern has been continuing up the chart.  At 10 am it was number 2 and right at 11 am, On a "Jelly" Roll reached the Number 1 Best Seller spot and I was shown as the Craftsy Featured Designer! 

I am completely floored by the response to my pattern!  If you have a chance, check it out here because I don't know how long I will have this spot :)




I am so excited right now I had to share (it is seriously impacting my patent drafting abilities right now :)

I hope you are having an excellent, excellent day!





Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Pink Broken Herringbone Quilt

It's time for Blogger's Quilt Fest - Fall 2013!

The second quilt that I am entering in Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival is my Pink Broken Herringbon Quilt in the baby quilt division.

 

My sister asked me to make a modern quilt for a friends' soon to be born baby girl.  She wanted something more than  just patchwork but still wanted it to be simple and classic.  I have loved the broken herringbone design for a while so this was my excuse to make one :)

I pull all sorts of reds and pinks, many from my 5" square scrap pile and set about making some HST.  I love how many of the colors of the prints do not "go" with each other, but when all placed together with a scrappy arrangement on a background of white, they all kind of go together.

I quilted the broken herringbone quilt using straight lines echoing the vertical, horizontal, and diagonal seams.  I used a favorite pink and white stripe fabric for the binding.

Quilt Stats:
    Quilt Measurements:  approx. 40" x 40"
    Quilted by…Me on my home machine, my Bernina.
    Category – Baby Quilt
    Link Number: ___

Thank you so much for taking a look at my quilt! I hope you stay awhile and have a look around the rest of my blog :)  My first quilt entry, the Pi Quilt, can be found here.

Cheryl

Linking up toAmy's Creative Side, the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and the Baby Quilt Division




Blogger's Quilt Festival - Pi Quilt

It's time for Blogger's Quilt Fest - Fall 2013!

The first quilt that I am entering in Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival is my Pi Quilt in the lap quilt division. 

Both my husband and myself are engineers so for his birthday I knew that wanted to make a special math type quilt for him, thus design for the Pi Quilt was born.  I wanted to paper piece the numbers and could not find a pattern of numbers I liked so I set off to make my own. 

The resultant quilt contains 49 digits of Pi (including the period) with the numbers formed from over 700 individual pieces of fabric (and yes, about half way through I realized how insane this was!)  I sashed the numbers in Kona white and added some borders with the Architextures line from Carolyn Friedlander.



For the quilting, I added a swirled vine pattern to the sashing to make the numbers stand out and a sharp line meandering pattern to the borders.

 


For any other math lovers / nerds / engineers out there (or a quilter with one of those in their lives), I have the pattern for the Pi Quilt listed for free in craftsy.  The pattern works with any 3" x 5" numbers, but I also have my paper pieced numbers pattern (including three different sizes of numbers) listed on craftsy and etsy.
Quilt Stats:
   Quilt Measurements: 51.5" x 61.5"
   Design by: Me (Meadow Mist Designs)
   Quilted by…Me on my home machine, my old Singer.
   Category – Throw Quilt
   Link Number: ___


Thank you so much for taking a look at my quilt!  I hope you stay awhile and have a look around the rest of my blog :)  My second quilt entry, the Broken Pink Herringbone Quilt, can be found here.

Cheryl

Linking up toAmy's Creative Side, the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and the Throw Quilt Division
 



Dash Churn Quilt Finish and Celebration Etsy Sale

Happy Friday!!

My finish for this Friday is my aqua and orange dash churn quilt.  This was my work in progress last Wednesday (Oct 16th) blogged about here

 
I decided to quilt this quilt echoing the straight lines so that I could try out my new walking foot for my Bernina.  It is so much less stressful trying to quilt straight lines with a walking foot and machine that actually work! 

I might be doing more of this straight line quilting even though it does take longer than my favorite meandering.  I love the look it gives, it almost makes little "pillows" in the quilt.

 
For the back of the quilt I used an fun gray slightly wonky grid print.  This baby quilt is now listed in my etsy shop.



Now onto the celebration!

This fall I launched two new patterns, Arrows All Around and On a "Jelly" Roll, started this blog, and reached 100 admirers on etsy so  I feel a need to celebrate!  How about a special Meadow Mist Designs etsy sale? 

Please use the code Celebrate from now until November 15th for 20% off everything in the store!  Get a jump on your holiday shopping for your loved ones (or yourself).

With the 20% off, you can choose any three Meadow Mist Designs digital patterns for $14.40 or get a three piece sewing accessories set for $32 (the coupon works on custom accessories too).  I hope you take a look around my shop and get a head start on your holiday shopping :)

I am linking up to Link a Finish Friday, Whoop Whoop Fridayand Finish It Up Friday
 

 




Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WIP Wednesday and a Giveaway!

First up, if you look up I actually have a logo!  It was designed by Inkblot and I love it.

Today I would like to show you a quilt I am making for a friend for use on her dining room table.  I made a granny square quilt using the red and greens of the Nature's Christmas collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda and added a sashing and border of one of the cream prints.  I love how the different arrangements of light and dark fabrics produces such different looking blocks.

The plan is to back this quilt with a simple ivory fabric, quilt it using a meandering stitch (I love how it gives quilts that crinkly vintage look) and bind with my favorite print from the line, a bias plaid in red and white.  The quilt is 75" x 75" which makes it a little difficult to get a good picture of it.



 


I actually made the same quilt design for the same friend earlier this year using Boho Girl by Insights (shown below).  She liked the granny squares so much she choose the same pattern for her Christmas quilt.  I usually do not make the same quilt design twice, but it is really kind of cool to see the same design in multiple colorways.


I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday!

And now for the giveaway!!!!

My super quilty friend Katy from Lethargic Lass was kind enough to test my Arrows All Around and blogged about it here.  She made the most wonderful pillow using the pattern (is below).  She is giving away a copy of the pattern so hop on over and say hi to her for me :)

 





Monday, October 21, 2013

Pile O Fabric Stash Share - 10/21/13


I have been visiting Alyssa's blog (Pile O'Fabric) for a long time, she has wonderful quilt alongs, tutorials, and beautiful quilts.  She started a stash share a while ago where you pull fabrics from your stash to match her colors she selects and post them in her link party.  It always sounded like fun but I could never join in because I had no blog... until now :)

This was actually harder than I thought that it would be but a lot of fun.  I used my Kona color card to get the colors and went digging in my stash.  If this exercise showed me one thing, it is that I have a few holes in my stash.  I have virtually no cream and although blue is my favorite color I seem to not have a wide range of blues but actually have a lot of blues in just two different hues.  I think that this is a good reason to go shopping :)

It was also a little difficult to photograph the fabrics as I was taking the picture under tungsten light at night (a big photography no no) but I figured out how to set my camera to get what I hope are pretty good representations of the colors.

For my fabrics I have some Pezzy, Nature's Christmas, Chicopee, and Quilt Blocks.

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheryl

Pile O' Fabric


Greenville Modern Quilt Guild

I just wanted to wrie a short post to share my excitement that I was elected (okay no one else was running or volunteered for the role) as the Vice President of the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild.  I am looking forward to working to grow the guild, learn new things, and most importantly make new quilty friends.
 
 



** If you live the in the Greenville or upstate part of South Carolina (we also have members from Ashville and Spartanburg) I hope you would consider joining us!





Friday, October 18, 2013

Arrows All Around

I would like to introduce you to Arrows All Around, my sixth pattern. 
 


I tried some new things with this quilt, it is my first pattern having the blocks on point and my first quilt using Kona Ash instead of White as the background.  I used a bunch of different prints in reds, aquas, blues, and yellows.  This was also my Lovely Year of Finishes for October.

This quilt pattern can be made using basically any type of pre-cut (charm pack, layer cake, jelly roll, fat quarter, fat eighth, quarter yard cuts) and scraps.  The pattern contains detailed instructions and cutting diagrams for each pre-cut size and directions on how to combine various sizes of pre-cuts for the arrows.

I had some wonderful woman to help test and review this pattern: Judy, Paige, and Katy.  These women definitely improved the pattern and my thanks go out to them.

I quilted the quilt in a loopy pattern and backed the quilt with a fun modern sheet I found on sale at Target.

The pattern is now available through etsy and craftsy.

This was also my "A Lovely Year of Finishes" October goal on Bittersweet Designs blog .  Here is my original linkup (on flickr because it was before I started my blog).

Thank you so much for visiting my new little blog! I hope you visit again soon or subscribe :)

Cheryl

I am linking up to Link a Finish Friday, and Whoop Whoop Friday, Find a Friend Friday, and Finish It Up Friday

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LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts








Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WIP Wednesday 10/16/13


 


Welcome to my second WIP Wednesday.  Last week I featured my Oh Deer Baby Log Cabin quilt.  I actually finished it a few days ago and you can see it here.

This week I am working on finishing a baby sized dash churn quilt.  While I don't tend to have many WIPs, these blocks were made over a year ago as the first dash churn blocks I ever made using some scraps I bought from etsy.  I added some white sashing to set them apart and a little border.  The quilt top is basted and ready to be quilted (I even have the binding made).  The only question remaining is how to quilt it, any ideas?

Dash Churn Quilt (sorry for the icky night photo, the quilt really is square)


My other WIP is not really a WIP yet as I have not started it yet (does buying the fabric and washing it count?)  I am going to attempt a Washi dress.  As I have only made two dresses so far in my life (both for my daughter) this should be interesting.  The fabric on the left is a Joann's fabric that I got for $2.50 a yard so it will be my muslin.  The fabric on the right is a fabric from the Chicopee collection.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheryl

I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



Monday, October 14, 2013

Oh Deer Modern Baby Quilt

When I was making my On a "Jelly" Roll quilt, I wound up with some very fun and colorful left over strips and scraps that were begging me to play with.  I have never make a log cabin quilt so I decided that I would turn all of the fun 2.5" strips into a modern version of log cabin blocks.  I made 4 blocks larger and larger until I ran out of fabric which was about 15" square.  The blocks were so fun and quick to make.


I played around with the layout and decided on a little white sashing to make sure that the blocks stood out and added a thin border with some of the deer prints because the deer are so darn cute. I chose to quilt using a meandering pattern because with all of the colors and patterns going on I thought that a simpler quilting pattern might look better.

 

I found a wonderful 100% organic cotton print from the Pop Posies Collection by Nancy Mims for Robert Kaufman on a sale at Pink Castle Fabrics for the backing and I used my usual Warm & Natural batting.
 
 


I have the quilt listed here in my etsy shop.  Thanks for looking!

 
 




Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WIP Wednesday 10/9/13

Hi and welcome to my first ever WIP Wednesday post.  When I first found the online quilting community one of the first link parties I found was the WIP Wednesday linkup.  That is how I found most of the wonderful blogs I follow today and I am so excited to join in.

To start I have a baby quilt that is basted and ready to quilt. It is a modern log cabin quilt pattern using the Oh Deer line by Momo for Moda.  I had never made a log cabin quilt before but loved the pattern, so when I had a whole bunch of leftover jelly roll strips from the On a "Jelly" Roll quilt I knew they should go into making some log cabin blocks.  I simply kept sewing strips on (and sewing all of the scraps into more strips) until I had 4 approximately 15" blocks. 

I gave them some white sashing to set them apart from one other and a multicolored border.  I was able to get a great print (organic even) from Pink Castle during their last sale for the back.  I think that I am going to quilt this quilt using a serpentine stitch which I have never done. (sorry about the pics, I had to take these at night after the kiddos went to bed)



My second quilt that I am ready to quilt is a charity quilt.  As part of the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild members make blocks, make quilt tops, and/or quilt the quilt.  I did not make the quilt top but offered to quilt and bind it.  I am going to use this quilt to try out and practice some new FMQ patterns. 






Thank you so much for visiting my new little blog, I hope you visit again soon or subscribe :)

Cheryl

Linking up with WIP Wednesday!






Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Winnings - Yeah!

I had the good fortune to win Christa’s Year of Weekly Giveaways #24 – Kona Solids 6 FQ Pack– back at the end of August from Christa's blog.  A week ago I finally decided what to get and I wanted to share with you the fabric that arrived.

If you have never shopped at Christa Quilts you really should check it out.  She has a great selection (especially of solids), free shipping in the US, and she has the same Bernina 710 sewing machine as me!  I went shopping for Kona solids to fill in my blue stash.  I have a bunch of  dark blues but needed some lighter blues and aquas.  A few FQ extra past the giveaway 6 might have made it into my shopping cart :)

I have ordered from Christa a few times and her service and shipping is always excellent, but what I really wanted to show you was how she packaged each fat quarter.  Each has its own little envelope with the Kona color name and style number on it.  This is so helpful!


I hope you all have an excellent day!

**This is not a sponsored post, while I did win some of the fat quarters I paid for the rest myself and am getting no compensation for this post.  I just am really happy with Christa's store and wanted to share.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Heather Ross Dance Bag

Last month my daughter who is 3 started dance classes taking tap and ballet.  Not thinking, we showed up at the first class with her shoes in the plastic bag from the store.  All of the other girls had cute little shoe bags.  So what is a crafty mom to do?  Make her a bag of course.

When we got home I allowed her to pick out fabric and because she has such good taste she picked out my brand new Heather Ross strawberries prints (I had not even have the chance to fold it and put it away).  I paired the Heather Ross with a red print from Ruby by Bonnie and Camille.

I used Pink Penguin's lunch bag tutorial (because I liked how you could close it so all of the shoes etc would not fall out.).  The tutorial can be found here:  lunch bag tutorial.

I made the bag a bit larger, about 30% so that it could fit her shoes for years to come.  I also added twill tape into the handles to make them studier.  The pattern is wonderful and now my daughter has a beautiful new bag :)





Friday, October 4, 2013

On a "Jelly" Roll

One of the main reasons I decided to start this blog was to connect with other quilts and be able to link up with the fun linky parties going around in blog world.  So without further ado...my first link post!

This week I have completed my On the "Jelly" Roll quilt and pattern, which is my sixth pattern.  I wound up designing this pattern because I got a jelly roll of Oh Deer by Momo for Moda from my parents for Christmas and had no idea what to do with it for over half a year.  I came up with this pattern and loved how the blocks when put together for kind of an Irish chain and a star pattern.




 
Here is a close-up of some of the blocks:


 
I was going to try to quilt the quilt differently in each section, but I decided that with all of the color and patterns going on in the quilt to use a simple overall meandering pattern. 

The back of the quilt is a gray cross-hatch pattern that was an on-sale sheet from Target.  This is the first time I have used a sheet as the backing and I really liked how it came out (no seams and low price).  I did not have any tension or skipped stitch problems.

The pattern is now available through etsy and craftsy.

Thank you so much for visiting my new little blog!  I hope you visit again soon or subscribe :)

Cheryl

I am linking up to Link a Finish Friday, and Whoop Whoop Friday.