Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ September House Block Linkup


Today is the link up to show off pictures of your house blocks for September and enter to win some great prizes from our generous sponsors.

Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:


September's Sponsors & Prizes




Sew Fresh Quilts
 $50 of patterns

Lorna is a modern quilter, pattern designer and the author of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog. Lorna uses traditional piecing methods to create a menagerie of animal quilts and an occasional block design. Lorna's patterns are available at her Etsy shop.




Fat Quarter Shop
 $35 gift certificate

The Fat Quarter Shop features high quality quilting fabric for quilting, sewing, crafters and fabric lovers of all ages. They have all of the latest prints as well as a hige selection of solids, patterns, notions, quilt kits.  Free shipping on orders over $80!


Now onto the linkup!

Linkup Details:
  • You will link up your picture of your fabrics using the inLinkz system below.  Details on how to link up and a practice link up party can be found here.
  • The linkup party will open at 12:01 am EST on the second Thursday of the month and will stay open until 11:55pm EST on the last day of the month.  Winners will be announced within the first week of the following month.
  • The prizes will be awarded randomly to people who link up using this system on this post (posting a picture on Facebook is awesome, but it needs to be entered here to be eligible to win).

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter



Thursday, September 5, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ House Blocks

Who's ready to start piecing your Mosaic Mystery Quilt?


Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:

September's instructions...Click the link below for a more printer friendly version of the instructions.




House Block Instructions




1. Combine 32 bg fabric squares 6 ½" x 6 ½" and 64 fabric B fabric squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make
32 house blocks 6 ½" x 6 ½" using steps a.-d.

        a. Place a fabric B square 3 ½" x 3 ½" in the upper right hand corner of the bg fabric square 6 ½" x 6 ½", right sides together. Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the back of the fabric B square (shown as the solid line).

        b. Sew along the marked line. Trim ¼" from the seam line and press open or towards fabric B.



        c. Place another fabric B square 3 ½" x 3 ½" in the upper left hand corner of the bg fabric square
6 ½" x 6 ½", right sides together. Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the
back of the fabric B square (shown as the solid line).

        d. Sew along the marked line. Trim ¼" from the seam line and press open or towards fabric B. Repeat to form a total of 32 house blocks 6 ½" x 6 ½".



BONUS HST
For the house blocks (as well as the flying geese and half geese in the upcoming months) you can sew an additional seam line ½" from the original seam line (shown as the blue line below) so that when you trim the block, you will get a bonus half square triangle that can be used in other projects.






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



Any questions?  Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page.  I look forward to seeing everyone's house blocks.  The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of October (the 3rd).




Saturday, August 31, 2019

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - August 2019

Welcome to August's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!


My favorite finish for August is my Candy Stripes pattern and quilt I made for the 2020 Quilter's Planner.  The pattern is fat quarter friendly and pops in some bright and saturated Paintbrush Studio Painter’s Palette Solids.


Many thanks to Paintbrush Studio for the fabric, Aurifil for the thread, and The Warm Company for the batting.  Also, many thanks to Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl for her super tech editing skills!

You can find this and 12 other patterns (including a sampler quilt designed by Karen Lewis) included as a pattern magazine with your 2020 Quilter’s Planner (affiliate link).



Ready for the party?  

Here is a reminder of the party details:
  • The linky party will open at 12:01am EST on the last day of the month and will be open for 5 days, through the 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
  • For instructions on how to link up blog, Instagram, or pictures from your computer (new - there is now a way to just upload a picture without a web link) to the party, click here.  
  • If linking a blog post, I ask that you please add a link back to the party (and the button graphic if you would like).
  • Please visit at least 3 other links (and preferably leave comments) to share the love and celebration :)
I hope you join in by checking out the posts or linking your favorite finish of the month!
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter



Monday, August 19, 2019

Mini Wholecloth Finish ++ Aurifil Artisan

As an Aurifil Artisan I have the opportunity to take part in some monthly challenges. The challenge for August was to create a mini whole cloth quilt using a Paintbrush Studio Painter’s Palette solid fabric and matching Aurifil thread.


The fabric I received (randomly selected) was Painter’s Palette solids by Paintbrush Studios in Wisteria (color 121-017) and the matching thread was Aurifil 2560 in 50 wt.  Wisteria is one of the Paintbrush Studio trending colors for 2019, you can find them all right here.


I really like using 50wt for free motion quilting as it is thick enough to see, but thin enough that it does not build up on the quilt if I have multiple lines of stitching on each other.

I divided the whole cloth into triangle shapes using my walking foot then filled in each section using different free motion quilting designs.  I was able to quilt very small and dense because the quilt was such a small and manageable size.


I bound the quilt in the same Wisteria color and now the quilt is living on my coffee table in my family room.

Here are some outtakes of the photo session where Reeses and Oreo want to get into the picture.




Thank you Aurifil and Paintbrush Studios for including me on this fun challenge!





Sunday, August 18, 2019

Candy Stripes ++ 2020 Quilter's Planner

I'm very excited to be part of the Quilter's Planner once again!  In the 2020 Quilter's Planner*, I contributed a new fat quarter friendly pattern called Candy Stripes.


I started the design with a fat quarter bundle of Paintbrush Studio Painter’s Palette Solids, picked by Jackie Gering and loved the bright saturated colors.  I wanted to set them against a crisp white background. 

I played around with a number of designs on EQ8 and fell in love with this design, it reminds me of candy in their twist wrappers.  The design works perfectly for your favorite fat quarters and I am planning a Christmas version to make next.

Candy Stripes was quilted by Johellen George, a local longarm quilter who used the most perfect and whimsical double loop quilting design.

This Candy Stripes pattern is one of 13 patterns (including a sampler quilt designed by Karen Lewis) included as a pattern magazine with your 2020 Quilter’s Planner.  I checked and you can still get last year's pattern magazine with the sampler quilt I designed on sale for only $6.30!


The Quilter's Planner gets better each year and this year Stephanie has introduced a number of customizations so that the planner works best for you.

1.  You have a choice of 6 different covers, including 4 designed by Karen Lewis.  Which is your favorite?  I went with the teal with plus sign design (no surprise there :)


2.  You can choose your start day (Monday or Sunday) and there are 4 different layouts for the weekly section of the planner.


Kitty of Night Quilter once again produced all of the photography for the planner, this year in Costa Rica, including all of the photographs in this post.


Remember, you can pre-order your planner right here (affiliate link), the planners are shipping in October this year so you can get a jump start on your planning for next year! If you pre-order, you get 10% off!

Links in the post are affiliate links, if you click through and take action, I will earn a portion of the sales.