Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tips and Tutorials Festival ++ Voting Open

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl and I have really enjoyed all the posts linked up to the Tips and Tutorials Festival this week!

Have you had a chance to check them all out? If not, now is a great time to go visit them all because Voting is Open 
(Note: voting takes place on the main link-up post)

The top three posts with the most votes win prizes from our generous sponsors Aurifil | Make Modern Magazine | Fat Quarter Shop | FreeSpirit Fabrics | Sarah Maxwell | Pattern Drop | Olfa | Honey, Bunny, and Doll Etsy Shop | Meadow Mist Designs | Quilting Jetgirl | Whims and Fancies | Quilter’s Planner | Needle and Foot Etsy Shop.

Example of Linkup Voting

Voting is easy: simply click the heart in the upper right hand corner of your favorite three (3) posts in each category on the main link up post here. A red heart indicates that you have voted. Note that the posts are randomly linked, so they will appear in a different order every time you visit.

When you are ready, visit the Tips and Tutorials Festival!





Friday, June 15, 2018

Teaching at QuiltCon!!

I have some super exciting news...I will be teaching at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville, TN!!


I will be teaching two 3-hour lectures:


Subtracting for Minimalism
Thursday Feb 21st, 9 am-12 pm

Subtracting for minimalism is a combination lecture and hands-on workshop that explores taking away elements from a full quilt design to create a minimalist pattern. The workshop will begin by showing sample quilts made using the subtracting for minimalism technique, then the method will be taught using both computer and hand drawn approaches. Students will practice the method by creating their own hand drawn minimalist quilt designs and then learn how to develop the designs into a plan for an actual quilt. Note: This is a design only course and does not include any sewing.


EQ8 for Beginners


Thursday Feb 21st, 6 pm - 9 pm

Are you new to Electric Quilt 8 and don't know where to start? You can leave your pencil and graph paper behind when you learn the basic functions and explore the versatility of EQ8 with this workshop. Some topics that will be covered include: how to navigate the block and quilt worktables, use library blocks and fabrics, create your own blocks, and build a quilt top with the blocks using different block settings, colors, fabrics, sashing, borders, and more. This is a hands-on computer class and students must bring their own laptop computers with EQ8 already installed.



I was so excited to see my picture with all of the other faculty!


You can find my courses and all of the offerings at QuiltCon on the QuiltCon website under Catalog and Schedule.  Are you planning on attending QuiltCon next year?





Thursday, June 14, 2018

Splendid Sampler 2 Starts Today!

I am happy to announce the start of the Splendid Sampler 2 today!  I am honored to have a block in the book and am excited to quilt along with the Splendid Sampler 2.


The Splendid Sampler 2 will be similar to the Splendid Sampler, with 100 blocks that are 6" finished. You can combine blocks from both samplers in your quilt.

The actual book is not available until the fall so to kick off the quilt along, the Splendid Sampler 2 will be sharing a free block once a week until the book launch. (though you can pre-order the book here - affiliate link).

The first free block is by Alex Veronelli of Aurifil called Quilt Market. You can find the pattern for the free 6" block right here on the Splendid Sampler website.


For my blocks I am planning on using some of my Bonnie and Camille fabrics from a bunch of collections, focusing on the pink, red, aqua, and orange prints.

I will not be able to make all of the blocks, but I think that my plan is going to be to use the sampler blocks as the "charm squares" in a setting similar to my Broken Frames pattern.


Here’s the full schedule:
  • June 14 – Sew Along starts with one block a week on Thursdays 
  • Nov 1 – the 20th block is given out 
  • Dec 6 – we start sewing from the book with blocks weekly. 
  • May 2 is the planned end date. So it’s a full year of fun! 
You can pre-order your copy of The Splendid Sampler 2 or get your copy of the original Splendid Sampler right now (affiliate links).




Monday, June 11, 2018

Tips and Tutorials Festival ++ Linkup

Welcome to the first bi-annual Tips and Tutorials Festival I am co-hosting with Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl!  

I hope that you have fun learning some great new tips and tutorials! 



Just as a reminder, details about the festival...
  • Submissions close at 11:55 PM Eastern on Friday, June 15th.
  • You can submit up to 4 tutorials: one per category or all 4 in one category. The choice is yours!
  • We encourage fresh, new content, so we ask that you link up posts that have been published since January 2017.
  • Please only link up blog posts, no Instagram or Facebook pages.
  • Voting opens at Midnight Eastern on Saturday, June 16th and closes at 11:55 PM Eastern on Wednesday, June 20th.
  • Winners will be announced on Thursday, June 21st!
  • The festival link up and voting are the same on both Yvonne and my blog so you only enter/vote through one blog and it will show up on both.























Questions about the festival?  Please ask any questions in the comments below.



Thursday, June 7, 2018

Modern Plus Sampler ++ Reveal!

I am so excited to show the design for the Modern Plus Sampler today!

Paige (Quilted Blooms) and I designed this sampler quilt using blocks from our new book Modern Plus Sign Quilts and it has been so difficult keeping it secret for the last 5 months!

The fabric requirements and different layout options will be posted next month on July 5th (giving you an entire month to gather your fabrics).


Just a recap of the quilt along... (you can find out more information and always find links to the instructions on the Modern Plus Sampler Page).

1.  Schedule

This quilt along will be run similarly to my previous mystery quilt quilt alongs, a nice slow pace with a set of instructions posted the first Thursday of each month.  

The quilt along will finish up in April 2019 with a fun reveal parade where you can show off your quilt.  


2.  About the Quilt Along

The Modern Plus Sampler is a free quilt-along that will run from July 2018 until April 2019 that uses most of the blocks from the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book together in a brand new lap sized quilt design! 

As this quilt along is a compilation of all different blocks from the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book, the book will be required to quilt along.  The good thing is that the book is on sale at Amazon!

(At the time of this post), the kindle edition is only $9.99!! and the printed version is only $16.94 at Amazon (you can get the book for less than the cost of 1-2 yards of fabric!).


The book is available at:



3.  Confident Beginner Level Pattern

This pattern will be at the confident beginner level with a few more challenging blocks.  Don't worry if you have questions or get stuck, we will all be quilting together and you can ask me or the Facebook group any questions you have along the way.

Most of the quilt will be traditionally pieced, but there will be a couple of applique blocks and paper pieced blocks.  I encourage you to try these and learn some new skills.  If you would like to avoid applique and/or paper piecing, we will be giving alternative instructions to avoid these methods.


4. Facebook group 

We have over 3,000 members in our Facebook Group (Meadow Mist Designs Facebook Group) sewing together! Join the group today so you can share and see everyone else's fabric, progress pictures, and finished quilts.



5. Prizes 

We have tons of great prizes lined up for this quilt along!  (All prizes are awarded randomly to those that participate in the reveal parade in April 2019 with a finished quilt top or quilt).

We will be posting about prizes on Thursday, June 21st.


6.  Questions?

I hope that you are planning on joining us for a fun quilt along! If you have any questions you can leave them in a comment below or e-mail me at MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com, I look forward to quilting along with you!





Friday, June 1, 2018

Tips and Tutorials Festival ++ Rules and Prizes

I hope that you are getting as excited as Yvonne (Quilting Jetgirl) and I am about the upcoming Tips and Tutorials Festival!  The festival will open for links to tutorials on June 11th.


Festival Rules
  • Submissions open at Midnight Eastern on Monday, June 11th and close at 11:59 PM Eastern on Friday, June 15th.
  • There will be 4 categories open for submissions, so please enter into the most appropriate category:
                1.  Block and Pattern Tutorials
                2.  Sewing Tutorials
                3.  Other Sewn or Quilted Item Tutorial
                4.  Quilting Tutorial
  • You can submit up to 4 tutorials: one per category or all 4 in one category. The choice is yours!
  • We encourage fresh, new content, so we ask that you link up posts that have be published since January 2017.
  • Please only link up blog posts, no Instagram or Facebook pages.
  • Voting opens at Midnight Eastern on Saturday, June 16th and closes at 11:59 PM Eastern on Wednesday, June 20th.
  • Winners will be announced on Thursday, June 21st!
  • The festival link up and voting are the same on both Yvonne and my blog so you only enter/vote through one blog and it will show up on both.



Sponsors

We are able to offer prizes to the people with the top 4 votes in each category thanks to our very generous sponsors!  Below are the sponsors and prizes for the Tips and Tutorials Festival:

Aurifil - 12 large spool collection by Christa Watson


Make Modern Magazine - Four 6-month subscriptions


Fat Quarter Shop - $75 gift certificate


FreeSpirit Fabrics - 21 piece fat quarter of the Rambling Rose Collection by Tanya Whelan


Sarah Maxwell - 23 piece fat quarter bundle of Lapis and Emerald batiks & two coordinating spools of 50 wt Aurifil 

Pattern Drop - $50 gift certificate


Olfa - 45mm rotary cutter and endurance blades


Honey, Bunny, and Doll Etsy Shop - Four digital pattern bundle


Meadow Mist Designs - Digital quilt patterns

Quilting Jetgirl - Digital quilt patterns




Whims and Fancies - 4 winners each receiving the Penguin Paper Pieced Block Collection (Little Penguin Polaris, Viking Penguin Olaf, and Scottish Penguin Glen)


Quilter’s Planner - $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop

Needle and Foot Etsy Shop - $20 gift certificate


Tips and Tutorials Schedule
  • Monday, June 11 – Submissions Open
  • Friday, June 15 – Submissions Close
  • Saturday, June 16 – Voting Opens
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Voting Closes
  • Thursday, June 21 – Winners Announced 

Questions about the festival?  Please ask any questions in the comments below.



Thursday, May 31, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Tab

Just a quick post to let you know that I have added a tab above (right under my logo) for the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book.

The page contains information about where to find the book, the Modern Plus quilt along, errata, and most importantly thumb nail images with links to all of the quilt patterns in the book made by bloggers during the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop.

Please go check it out and I hope that it is helpful being able to see and have links to all of the amazing hop quilts all in one place.

Photo by Paige Alexander

Have you made a quilt from the book? I would love to see it! You can share on social media using #ModernPlusSignQuilts and e-mail me at cheryljbrickey at gmail dot com





Friday, May 25, 2018

Celestial ++ Baby Version

As part of the marketing for my book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, Stash has a few of the book quilts (including Celestial) to bring to Quilt Market, QuiltCon, and other shows.

Paige and I knew that we were going to be doing some trunk shows for the book so I decided to remake another version of Celestial (this is the quilt in the lower right hand part of the front cover.   I decided to re-make the quilt in a baby size, which is much easier to travel with.


Celestial is a super fun and quick quilt to piece, each block is 24" square finished so only 4 blocks are needed to make a 48" x 48" baby sized version (9 blocks make a large lap and 16 blocks make a queen).

For this new version of Celestial, I started with a background of Kona Cotton in cornflower, one of my favorite blues.  For the plus signs, I used a variety of prints, mostly Cotton & Steel, in blacks and whites.


As this was a small and manageable baby sized quilt, I decided to have some fun with the quilting and took some pictures along the way to show how I quilted Celestial.

I knew that wanted to quilt feathers on the quilt, where the feathers wound around the different plus signs.  To highlight the feathers, I planned on doing a dense quilting pattern so my goal was to fill as much area as I could with the feathers (to minimize the area I had to densely quilt).  Matching the Aurifil thread (50 wt) to the fabric hides many imperfections with the quilting.

Here was one of the feathers...


I then echoed the feather to help it stand out more.


Then I filled in the remaining area with pebbles.


I then quilted each plus sign using a square meander.


I hope that you enjoyed seeing the quilting progression of Celestial!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Celestial (made into a baby size) from Modern Plus Sign Quilts
Size: 48" x 48"
Fabrics:  Kona Cotton in cornflower and various black and white prints.
Quilting: Feathers and pebbles
Batting: Warm & White
Thread: Light blue, soft white, and black 50 wt Aurifil cotton thread





Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Quilt Basics ++ Quilt Basting

Today, I would like to to show you how I baste quilts.  The step of basting is definitely not one of my favorite parts of quilt making, but it is a very important step to make sure you wind up with a nice finished quilt without any tucks or pleats in the quilt top or backing.  I came up with my way of basting over the last few years, reading about how other bloggers bast their quilts and by trial and error.

In developing a process that worked for me, my "musts" were:
  1. Uses basting spray instead of pins.  I prefer the speed of spray and it is easier on my hands.
  2. Sprays the basting spray outside, I do not want any fumes in my house or spray glue on my floors or furniture.
  3. Uses a wall to wall carpeted floor (because that is what my house has).
Tools / Notions
You can find these and many of the products I use in quilting making on my Amazon page (all Amazon links are affiliate).
  • Basting spray - I only use Odif Usa 505 Spray.  I find that this spray holds well and washes out (some other brands I have found not to wash off, leaving fabrics with sticky residue).
  • Basting pins - I use stainless steel T-pins to hold the quilt backing to the floor through the wall to wall carpeting.
  • Batting - My favorite batting is Warm & White by the Warm Company which is a cotton batting.  I have never used all polyester batting, but heard that it sometimes has more difficulty sticking with basting spray.


Here are my five simple steps to making basting as easy and pain free as possible.

1.  Spray the backing

I take my quilt backing outside (I usually lay the fabric on the grass away from the house) and spray the wrong side of the backing with the basting spray.  If the fabric is light colored, I first lay down an old sheet and then the backing fabric to make sure the backing does not get dirty.



2.  Pin the backing to the floor

I lay out the backing (spray basted, wrong side up) onto the wall to wall carpeted area.  Using T-pins, I pin the perimeter of the backing to the carpet every 3-5 inches.  I make the backing taunt, but try not to stretch it.



3.  Lay batting onto the backing

Next, I lay the batting over the backing and smooth it flat with my hands.  I usually start in the middle area of the quilt and spread towards the edges.


4.  Spray the quilt top

I take my quilt top outside and spray the wrong side with the basting spray.  Once again, if the fabric is light colored, I first lay down an old sheet and then the quilt top.


5.  Lay the quilt top onto the batting

I lay the quilt top onto the batting and using the same process as with the batting, I start in the middle area of the quilt top and smooth towards the edges.  If the quilt is very large (anything larger than a lap size) then I also add a few safety pins through the quilt sandwich to make sure there is no slipping.  I space the pins out about every foot or so.

After the three layers are all together, I actually walk all over the quilt, using the weight of my body to press the fabric, batting, and adhesive together (to make sure that the three layers are all adhered well together). I have tried ironing my quilt sandwich after it is basted and have not found it to make a difference in my quilts so I skip that step.

Baby version of Celestial from the Modern Plus Sigh Quilts book

Congrats!  Your quilt is basted and ready to quilt!  I have had quilts basted and ready to quilt for 5+ months and the basting spray still gives a great hold to the layers.  Come back Friday to see the reveal of the finished Celestial baby quilt.

Are you a spray baster or pin baster?  Do you have any tips that make basting quicker or easier?

I am excited for the upcoming Tips and Tutorials Festival (starting on June 11th) I am co-hosting with Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl and will be linking up this tutorial :)






Friday, May 18, 2018

Isosceles Addition ++ Love Patchwork & Quilting

Today, I get to show you the last of the plus sign designs that I had made for magazines to celebrate the release of my book, Modern Plus Sigh Quilts.

This quilt is called Isosceles Addition and it appears in the latest issue (#60) of Love Patchwork & Quilting.


I really like the strong geometric shapes and the bright colors of this design.  I was so happy to see that a little piece of the quilt made it to the cover :)

Photo by Love Patchwork & Quilting

My thanks to Robert Kaufman for the Kona Cotton Solids, Aurifil for the piecing and quilting thread, and the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting. 

In my quilt, I used Kona colors honeysuckle, chartreuse, and white.  The bright pink and green pop against the white.

It took me a very long time to figure out the quilting design for Isosceles Addition, I wanted something more than an allover design, but I could not think of how to custom quilting it.  Many thanks to Paige for helping me come up with the design.

Using Aurifil soft white (color 2021) in 50 wt, I quilted a series of randomly spaced straight lines between the plus signs, then filled in the areas of the plus signs with a bear claw quilting design.  I really like the contrast of the straight lines and the curved lines.


Here is a beautifully styled shot from Love, Patchwork & Quilting.

Photo by Love Patchwork & Quilting

I love the Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine, the magazine is so bright and happy. Check out Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 60!

If you love plus sign quilts as much as I do, be sure to check out the Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along that I will be hosting with my book co-author Paige Alexander.  The reveal of the design will be on June 7th and the quilt along will kick off on July 5th.  You can find out more information here.