Thursday, January 20, 2022

Gemstone Quilt Pattern

New to my shop...Gemstone!  I really like this quilt design and how it can highlight some favorite prints. Gemstone is now available in my pattern shop in both digital and print versions for a special introductory price.



FABRICS & MATERIALS

The cover quilt is made with (affiliate links):

Gemstone is prefect for prints that you want to showcase.  For my version of Gemstone, I had a fat quarter bundle of the Smol collection and I loved the prints so much that I did not want to cut them into small pieces.  The center of the stars is great for them.  Layer cake slices (10" squares) would also work well. 

I framed the center prints in solids and like-solids along with a really cool print from Rifle Paper & Co. I have had in my stash forever.  I think that it adds interest without taking away from the Smol prints. 

I used my favorite Warm & White batting by the Warm Company and Aurifil thread for the piecing and quilting.  

For the backing, I went with a Tim Holtz print that was similar in colors to the Rifle Paper Co. print. 








ABOUT THE QUILTING

Initially, I had planned on doing an all-over quilting design for my version of Gemstone.  But when I was trying to figure out what design to use, I decided that I really wanted to treat each area differently to highlight each fabric. 

For the block centers, I used a swirl design using thread that matched each fabric.  The star points each got little cursive "l" shapes that followed the size of the triangles.  I quilted the white areas using a back and forth line design placed on a 45 degree angle.  This is one of my favorite parts of the quilting and I think that it adds an extra dimension to the design.  The cream print and gray sashing were quilted using loose back and forth lines. 

The quilting did take considerably longer (especially all of the thread burying) than an all over design but it was fun and kept my interest because I was able to switch quilting designs so often.






ABOUT THE DESIGN

The center of the blocks is perfect for larger scale prints and the pattern contains instructions for different prints (like the cover quilt) and using a single print for all of the centers.  Here is a version of Gemstone using the Wild collection by Brett Lewis, Natural Born Quilter for Northcott Fabrics that is being released in August 2022.  The center blocks use the focal "hero" print of the collection.




PATTERN DETAILS

Gemstone is a more intermediate level pattern due to all of the piecing involved, but a confident beginner can definitely make it. The pattern contains instructions to make three sizes: lap, twin, and queen.

Gemstone is on sale in my pattern shop in digital and print versions at a special introductory price of $9.50 now through Sunday, January 23rd.  Once you make an Gemstone of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #GemstoneQuilt.

In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.











MANY THANKS

I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills and quilting ideas.  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!).





MORE PICTURES & RENDERINGS

I just got a layer cake of Cozy and Magical by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics and I'm in love.  I think that Gemstone would be perfect as a Christmas quilt.


Here is another version using more of Maureen Cracknell's prints, with the same print in the center of each block.



Here is Piper "helping" me with some pictures inside the house...




PINTEREST 

I have been more and more active on Pinterest (check me out here).  If you would like to save Gemstone for later on your Pinterest boards, here are some pinnable images.





Remember, you can get the Gemstone pattern (digital and print versions) in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop for only $9.50 through Sunday, January 23rd (Midnight EDT).

In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.




 




Thursday, January 6, 2022

Macaron Mystery ++ Snowball and Doublet Units

 

Happy New Year :)  

Welcome to the seventh month of instructions for the Macaron Mystery Quilt!  This month we will be sewing some of our units from previous months together.

There is plenty of time to join in on the quilt along!  You can find all of the information about the Macaron Mystery, including schedule, past instructions, links to the Facebook group, sneak peek, and more at the Macaron Mystery Page.

The Macaron Mystery Quilt is a lap sized, free quilt-along that will run from July 2021 through April 2022 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. 

    Here is a link to a printer friendly, pdf version of this month's instructions...






    Snowball Units

    Combine 46 A/Bg2 HST units 4 ½" x 4 ½" and 46 fabric D squares 2" x 2" to make 46 snowball units 4 ½" x 4 ½".

    Note:  Only 46 (of the 54) A/Bg2 HST units 4 ½" x 4 ½" and 46 (of the 52) fabric D squares 2" x 2" will be used in this step.  Save the remaining HST units and fabric D squares for a future step.

    1. Place a fabric D square 2" x 2" right sides together with A/Bg2 HST unit 4 ½" x 4 ½" such that the fabric D square is on top of the Bg2 triangle corner.

    2. Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the back of the fabric D square (shown as the solid line). 
     
    3. Sew along the marked line.  Trim ¼" from the seam line and press the seam open or towards fabric D to make a snowball unit 4 ½" x 4 ½".

    4. Repeat steps 1-3 to make a total of 46 snowball units 4 ½" x 4 ½".






    Doublet Units

    Combine 60 B/Bg2 flying geese units 2 ½" x 4 ½" and 60 C/Bg1 flying geese units 2 ½" x 4 ½" to make 60 doublet units 4 ½" x 4 ½".

    1. Sew together 1 B/Bg2 flying geese unit 2 ½" x 4 ½" and 1 C/Bg1 flying geese unit 2 ½" x 4 ½", pressing the seam open or towards the B/Bg2 flying geese unit to make a doublet unit 4 ½" x 4 ½".

    2. Repeat to make 60 doublet units 4 ½" x 4 ½". 








    Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Macaron Mystery Quilt!




    Any questions? Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page.  The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of February, the 3rd.


     


     

     




    Tuesday, December 28, 2021

    My Best of 2021

    Hi and welcome to my stop on the Best of 2020 blog linky party!  I had such fun going through my posts from the year to figure out which 5 posts I would be highlighting today.  It was a great way for me to review the year and revisit some finishes from earlier in the year that I had forgotten about.  I'm looking forward to 2022, how about you?

    Click on any of the titles to be taken to the actual blog post for more details and pictures.

    1.  Macaron Mystery Quilt

    The Macaron Mystery Quilt kicked off in July and is going strong.  If you want to join in the fun, you can find all of the information about the Macaron Mystery Quilt here.





    2.  Morewood Mystery Quilt

    The Morewood Mystery Quilt kicked off in July 2020 and wrapped up this April.  The reveal parade had over 400 Morewood Mystery quilts in it!!  Check out all of the quilts here.  





    I was so excited to release by second book this year, Just One Charm Pack Quilts and the response was so awesome!  I love seeing the quilts everyone is making from the book, using up their stashes of charm packs.  

    I really enjoyed the blog hop where so many of my friends joined in to make and share quilts from the book.  You can find the wrap up of the hop here with links and pictures of all of the quilts and I just saw that the book is on sale on Amazon right now for $18.80 (affiliate link).








    4.  Irish Puzzle Pattern

    My most successful and poplar new pattern this year was Irish Puzzle which I made using one of my favorite lines of all time, Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt against a gray background.  You can see more pictures and read about the quilt here (you can find the pattern in my shop in both digital and print versions).






    5.  Favorite Tutorial - Photo Stand for Quilts

    One of my most asked questions is how I take my flat quilt photos outside by myself.  This post shows the photo backdrop holder I used along with how I attach the quilt to it.  





    Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I hope you will consider linking up your favorite posts from 2021 or stopping by to see other blogger's best of 2021 posts!  You can visit the Best of post right here.


     

     




    Sunday, December 26, 2021

    Best of 2021 of Linky Party

    Welcome to the Best of 2021 Linky Party! 
     This is the sixth annual "Best of" blog party to share your and read others top posts of 2021.



    Please enjoy the best of posts below and leave a comment for the blogger, your kind words will bring a smile to their face.

    To include your blog in the link party, simply write a new blog post highlighting your "best" 5 posts from 2021 and linkup.  There is no set way or rules to pick your best, you can pick and highlight your posts anyway you would like.  Some examples include:
    • Posts with the most views
    • Posts with the most comments
    • Posts that provoked the best discussions
    • Posts showing your favorite 2021 finishes
    • Posts of your best tutorials
    • Posts that are simply your favorites
    I invite you to grab a cup of tea, coffee, apple cider, or your favorite blog reading beverage, relax, and have some fun reading the best blog posts of 2021:)

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter

    Please note that this year end party will take the place of the Favorite Finishes Monthly Linkup, so there will be no monthly linkup for December.


     

     




    Monday, December 13, 2021

    2021 Goal Review and 2022 Goals

    Where did 2021 go?  Is it just me or was it just the spring?  Having my kids move up to the high school and middle school and all of their new school and after-school activities has made the time fly by.

    I am looking forward to 2022 and teaching in person (safely) at QuiltCon 2022 and starting to meet back in person at the different guild events.

    And now for a look back at my 2021 goals and plan for the new year...

    My wonderful bloggy friend Yvonne, who blogs at Quilting Jetgirl, hosts an annual planning party to layout goals for the upcoming year. I thought that I would use this post to first go back to my 2021 goals to see if I had actually accomplished them and then post my 2022 goals.  







    2021 Goal Check-In

    Due to the uncertainty of life this year, I kept my goals for 2021 pretty simple...

    1. Just One Charm Pack book launch - done over the summer :)
    2. Pattern releases - 8 Total: Tahoe, Irish Puzzle, Supernova, Flagstone, Orchid Valley, Chloe, Raindrops, and Reedy River Falls.
    3. Mystery quilt - done, the Macaron Mystery quilt along is under way.
    4. Charity sewing - I am a little behind on this one.  Many of the Just One Charm Pack Quilts book quilts will be donated when I am finished with trunk shows.


    2022 Goals


    My main quilting related focuses for this year will be:
    1. Working on my next book - this is going to be taking a good amount of my time this upcoming year.
    2. Teaching - I hope to teach more in-person next year and work on some new workshops.
    3. Mystery quilt - the next mystery quilt will kick off in July 2022 and the design is actually already set.
    How are your 2022 plans shaping up?  You can read all of the 2022 planning posts at Yvonne's #2022PlanningParty.