Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have not shared a Work in Progress post in forever... here is a little sneak peek into a few things I have going on in my sewing room.

1.  Swoon

I made this one lonely Swoon block and unknown number of years ago (maybe 3-4 years?).  After making one, I never felt the need to make another.  The one block was 24" square (finished) which I felt was too small to do much with so it has been sitting in my closet.  I am planning on adding 5" borders on all sides to bring it up to about 34" square which is a more usable size.  I will be donating the finished quilt through my local modern quilt guild to be a comfort quilt for a child in the Greenville Hospital System that has been removed from their home.



2.  Midnight Mystery

Similar to the Swoon block, I made this one Midnight Mystery block (24" square finished) when I was testing the Midnight Mystery Quilt instructions.  This block will get the same border treatment as the Swoon block and will also become a donated comfort quilt.



3.  Taste the Rainbow

I am working on an all paper pieced design for my guild challenge.  The challenge was to use the Birds in the Air block in modern way to make a quilt that was less than 36" square.  I finally finished piecing all of the sections and am now working on putting the quilt together.  I will be adding some hand quilting to this quilt which should be fun.



So that is what I am working on, what is on your cutting table today?



Monday, July 10, 2017

Christmas in July: Quilt and Sew Bundle Sale!



**UPDATE - Sale now over, thanks! **

I am very excited to share the second super Christmas in July quilting and sewing pattern sale today! Jen from Faith and Fabric has pulled together a great bundle of designs from 21 pattern designers (including myself) for a special 72-hour only pattern bundle sale.

For only $25, the bundle includes: 
  • 11 quilt patterns, many include instructions for multiple sizes 
  • 3 paper pieced mini-quilt and block patterns
  • 1 scarf & cuff patterns 
  • 1 table runner pattern
  • 1 tree skirt pattern 
  • 1 Advent calendar pattern 
  • 1 pattern each for the following: notebook cover, Christmas bunting/swag, soft baby blocks
  • 1 book on block design 
In addition to the 22 different patterns/books (a $220 USD value for just $25 USD), you will receive exclusive discounts from Sulky and Make Modern. Added bonus? Each purchase includes an entry to win prizes from Craftsy, Make Modern, Quilt Theory, Sulky, Fort Worth Fabric Studio, and UpCraftClub. 

If you would like to purchase this bundle you can find the listing right here.   (Note: this is an affiliate link so if you decide to purchase the bundle after clicking one of the links in this post, I will receive a portion of the sale price.)



The pattern bundle contains tons of holiday and non-holiday themed patterns, including traditionally and paper pieced quilt patterns and sewn items.  Here is a little peek of all of the great patterns:



My pattern for the bundle is Cookies and Cream, a fat quarter friendly pattern for a quick and easy quilting including instructions for both baby or lap sizes.



Remember this is a huge bundle of patterns for just $25 and the sale runs for only 72 hours (the sale ends at 3:00 pm EST on Wednesday).

If you would like to purchase this bundle you can find the listing right here.


Don't forget that each purchase includes an entry to win prizes from Craftsy, Make Modern, Quilt Theory, Sulky, Fort Worth Fabric Studio, and UpCraftClub. *No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. To enter to win one of the prizes listed without purchasing the bundle, send an email to: patternbundlesale@gmail.com with your contact information.




Friday, July 7, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Quilt Fabric Options and Sale

The Magnolia Mystery Quilt officially started yesterday (July 6th) with the posting of fabric requirements and helpful fabric picking tips.

For those that would like some help picking out and/or purchasing fabric for the mystery quilt, here are some options:


Fat Quarter Shop

I have worked with the Fat Quarter shop to create some curated shopping lists.  A little different than a kit, if you like any of the fabric combinations, simply click on each fabric link and add the amount of yardage listed to your online shopping cart.  

Curated Fabric Pull 1:


Fabric A - ⅜ yd (lap) or ⅝ yd (queen)
Joie de Vivre Chartreuse Joy Plante Yardage (Joie de Vivre by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics)

Fabric B - ¾ yd (lap) or 1 ⅜ yds (queen)
Aria Begonia Lily Yardage (Aria by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics)

Fabric C and Binding - 1 ¼ yds (lap) or 2 yds (queen)
Bella Solids Charcoal Yardage

Fabric D - 4 ¼ yds (lap) or 7 yds (queen)
Bella Solids White Bleached Yardage SKU# 9900-98



Curated Fabric Pull 2:


Fabric A - ⅜ yd (lap) or ⅝ yd (queen)
Literary Grey In our Stars Yardage  (Literary by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics)

Fabric B and Binding - 1 ⅜ yd (lap) or 2 ¼ yds (queen)
Literary Navy Read Aloud Yardage  (Literary by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics)

Fabric C - ⅝ yd (lap) or 1 ⅛ yds (queen)
Bella Solids White Bleached Yardage 

Fabric D - 4 ¼ yds (lap) or 7 yds (queen)
Bella Solids Aqua Yardage



Curated Fabric Pull 3:


Fabric A - ⅜ yd (lap) or ⅝ yd (queen)
Blueberry Park Ice Peach Sprouting Row Yardage (Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis Textiles for Robert Kaufman Fabrics)

Fabric B and Binding - 1  yd (lap) or 2 ¼ yds (queen)
Garden Dreamer Humid Terra Firma Yardage (Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics)

Fabric C - ⅝ yd (lap) or 1 ⅛ yds (queen)
Bella Solids White Bleached Yardage

Fabric D - 4 ¼ yds (lap) or 7 yds (queen)



💥 Kona Sale at Honey, Bunny, and Doll 💥

The Magnolia Mystery quilt does use a lot of background fabric (Fabric D in the instructions) so Honey, Bunny, and Doll (one of our sponsors) is graciously providing special pricing just for this quilt along for some Kona Cotton solids by Robert Kaufman!

The discount will be through special Etsy Listings below, just click on the link to be taken to the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Etsy shop:


Queen size: 7 yards $42 + flat rate shipping ($6.95 domestic, legal envelope due to size)

HBD has tons of different Kona options for you to choose from (here are just some of the most popular options):




Have fun gathering your fabrics and I look forward to seeing your selections in out Facebook Group :)



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Fabric Requirements

Welcome to the start of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt!!  
I am so excited to get started and I hope you are too!



Quilt Along Intro -
The Magnolia Mystery Quilt will run from July 2017 until February 2018 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. The mystery quilt is an advanced beginner level containing basic piecing techniques (no applique, Y-seams, or paper piecing).

The Magnolia Mystery Quilt will contain instructions for two sizes of quilts: 

  • a lap quilt finishing at 60" x 67" 
  • a queen size finishing at 89 ½" x 95"


Instructions -
The instructions are published right in this post (after these few announcements) and are available in an easy to print pdf format right here:


(If you have any trouble with the link, you can find instructions on how to access and download the pdf file here.)  Additionally, the directions and all of the other information related to the mystery quilt can always be found on the Magnolia Mystery Quilt Page.


Facebook Group 
I encourage you to join the Meadow Mist Designs Facebook Group (if you have not already).  We now have over 2,200 members in the group and I am so excited for the members to start sharing pictures of their fabric picks.  If you want some feedback on possible fabric choices or have any questions during the quilt along, the Facebook is an excellent resource.  You can find the Facebook Group right here.  Please share your progress pics on social media with the hashtag #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt and tag me at @MeadowMistDesigns.


Sponsors - 

We have 15 generous sponsors and over $1,000 worth of prizes for this event!  You can read more about the sponsors and prizes from post 1post 2, and post 3.


Quilt Fabric Options and Sales - 
Tomorrow (Friday July 7th) I will be posting some curated shopping lists for fabric options from the Fat Quarter Shop. A little different than a kit, if you like any of the fabric combinations, simply click on each fabric link and add the amount of yardage listed to your online shopping cart.

Also in tomorrow's post will be a special fabric deal from the Honey, Bunny, and Doll shop for your background Kona needs (because the Magnolia Mystery quilt uses quite a bit of background fabric).

Unmystery Quilt -  
Want to join in the fun but making a mystery quilt is not your thing? If you would like to see the final pattern to decide whether to join in, or to help pick colors; simply e-mail me (MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com) and I will send you a sneak peak (the only rule is that you have to keep the design completely to yourself as to not spoil anyone else's surprise).


And now without further ado....July's instructions...Fabric Selection.




Fabric Requirements


The Magnolia Mystery quilt contains 4 different fabrics in the quilt top:


Fabric Selection Tips


Within the monthly quilt instructions, the following colors will be used to represent the fabrics:



1.  For these quilt instructions, the colors used in the illustrations are as follows: A and B are medium tones, C is a dark tone, and D is a light tone.  However, you can easily change up the colors (such as making D a dark tone) as long as there is good contrast between the fabrics that are going to be next to each other.

2.  The following fabrics will be next to each other within the quilt, please test your fabrics selections to make sure that there is enough contrast between the fabrics:
  • A is next to C and D
  • B is next to C and D
  • C is next to A, B, and D
  • D is next to A, B, and C
3.  Fabric D is the background of the quilt.  As you can see from the fabric yardages above, about 70% of the quilt is going to be background fabric.  So that the eye has a place to rest within the quilt, it is suggested that a solid or a tone-on-tone print that reads as a solid be used for Fabric D.

4.  Due to the finished fabric piece sizes and piecing methods for the quilt top, it is recommended that fabric prints used have a smaller scale, non-directional design.

5.  Each of the fabric yardages above may be made using scraps of similar colors instead of a single fabric.  Instructions are included to use pre-cuts for Fabric B.


Any questions?  Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page.  I look forward to seeing everyone's fabric selections.




I look forward to seeing all of your fabric combinations!  The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of August (the 3rd).






Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rin Along ++ Parade and Prizes


Welcome to the wrap of of the Rin Along, a quilt along for the Rin pattern by Carolyn Friedlander, hosted by Cindy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs and myself.

Thank you to everyone who participated, it was great fun seeing all of the progress pictures and fabric selections in Instagram. (#rinalong)

Here are the entrants for the Rin Along parade...


1.  Camille M. - Camille's Quilting@Camillesquilting



2.  Paige A. - Quilted Blooms@QuiltedBlooms



3.  Carolyn - @caroscolours


4.  Danice - Homespun Hannah's Blog


5.  Kendra W. - @Good_Starter
 6.  Krystina - Krystinah@krystinah_mn


7.  Patty D. - Elm Street Quilts - @elmstreetquilts



8. Stephanie F. - @sewbespokeandco



9. Yvonne F. - Quilting Jetgirl - @quiltingjetgirl



10.Maria S. - @sewsewmaria



11. Jessica W. - @Wester.jessica


12. Emily L. - The Darling Dogwood


13. Liz B - @bess.liz



14. Cindy L. - Hyacinth Quilt Designs@Clammon






And now for our winners!!!  

The winners were randomly selected from the entrants to the parade (excluding Cindy and myself).


Carolyn Friedlander - Fabric to one winner
Winner: Yvonne F. 




Aurifil -  80wt small spool 10-piece collection by Carolyn Friedlander
Winner: Camille M.




Cindy - Simply Modern Christmas
Winner: Krystina




Quilting Jetgirl - Two (2) pdf patterns from her Etsy shop
Winner: Stephanie F.




Meadow Mist Designs - Three (3) digital pdf patterns of the winner's choice from my Etsy shop
Winner: Carolyn 


We will be contacting the winners today.  Thank you so much to all of the participants to the Rin Along and thank you to Carolyn Friedlander for such a wonderful pattern and for supporting this quilt along!