Friday, January 19, 2018

Arrow Point Path - Chicopee Version

It is rare that I remake a pattern, there are so many new quilt designs on my to-do list, but I had so much fun making a second version Arrow Point Path as a Christmas gift.

I decided to make my son's cub scout leader a quilt for Christmas.  He has been the leader of the troop for 5 years and with my son bridging up to boy scouts in the spring, I wanted to make him an extra special thank you.

I needed a quilt design that would be a relatively quick make and one that I thought he (and his family) would like.  I had a bunch of charm packs of 6" square (yes, strange size) of Chicopee by Densye Schmidt.  The Chicopee line has been one of my all time favorites and I was looking forward to making it into a quilt.  I was also excited to see how the design would look using prints versus the blue and green solids of my first version.

My pattern Arrow Point Path, which I designed as part of Quilt Theory, fit the bill perfectly.  The pattern requires 6" sq prints along with a background fabric.  I had the white background fabric and the Tim Holtz Documentation print from the Eclectic Elements collection for the backing fabric in my stash so I was already to go!

The blocks came together easily and soon the quilt top was done.  At this point, I needed to gift the quilt in 4 more days so a quick quilting design was a must.  I love stippling a quilt so I stippled using the soft white (2021) 50 wt Aurifil thread.  I had the entire quilt quilted in less than 2 hours.

I bound the quilt using another Densye Schmidt print I had in my stash, from Shelburne Falls, I really like the look of the plaid printed on the bias.

After taking some pictures, I washed the quilt to give it that crinkly, soft look.  I am always worried if I gift a quilt without washing it, the recipient will think that they did something wrong washing it when it comes out of the dryer looking so different.  Here is a picture of the yummy texture of the washed quilt (sorry for the indoor shot, it was super windy out and I had to gift the quilt the next day).

My son's cub scout leader and his family loved the quilt.  He was amazed at how I had quilted it.  It was a good reminder to me that to those that do not quilt and are not familiar with quilting, simply moving the quilt under a stationary needle to create a quilting design (no matter how simple the design is to us) is truly impressive to others.

Quilt Stats:
   Name: DS Arrow Point Path
   Size: 60" x 70"
   Fabrics: Chicopee by Densye Schmidt for FreeSpirit (prints) and  Moda Bella in White
   Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
   Thread: Aurifil 50wt white 2021 for piecing and quilting
   Quilting Design: stipple

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Trio of Plus Sign Pillows ++ a free pattern trio for pattern newsletter subscribers

To celebrate the soon-to-be release of my book Modern Plus Sign Quilts, I have created a Trio of Plus Sign Pillows that I am offering as a FREE bonus for my pattern newsletter subscribers (note this is different than receiving my blog posts via e-mail).

The Trio contains one regular (traditionally pieced), one paper pieced, and one appliqued pillow pattern and I made them to match my new couch :)

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meadow Mist Designs ++ Made By You

I love seeing the quilts made with Meadow Mist Designs patterns!  Here are just a few that have been floating around blogland / Instagram recently. 

Have you made a MMD pattern?  I would love to see it!  Please send me a picture at meadowmistdesigns at gmail dot com. (All pictures used with permission, and some links are affiliate links.)

Jan A. from Cocoa Quilts

Jan made a version of On a "Jelly" Roll (my number one best selling pattern) using a jelly roll of Simply Colorful by V and Co. for Moda.  I love the purples and the texture of the quilt design.

Photographs by Jan A.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts

Rochelle made an awesome version of Half Circle Mirror, using blues for the circle shapes.  Look are her quilting, I love what she has done with the negative space.

Photographs by Rochelle

Liz from Savor Each Stitch

Before you read any further, go hop over to Liz's blog and see her gallery of finished quilts for some jaw dropping quilting.  Aren't Liz's quilts simply amazing?  I was so excited when she told me she was working on a version of Arrow Point Path (a quilt pattern I designed for Quilt Theory).  I just love her version!

Photographs by Liz

Tish from Tish's Adventures in Wonderland

Tish is an amazing quilter, tester, and pattern designer.  She tested this year's mystery quilt, the Magnolia Mystery quilt, and just recently finished quilting last year's mystery quilt, the Meadow Mystery quilt.  I love the colors she used and the quilting is amazing.  Between Tish and her husband David, they have made four versions of the Meadow Mystery Quilt!                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Photographs by Tish

Many thanks to Jan, Rochelle, Liz, and Tish for permission to highlight your quilts!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Wayward Transparency - Quilt Top

I have been taking part in Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl's free quilt along called Wayward Transparency.  I got a late start to making the quilt due to some other quilting deadlines, but I am happy to have been able to finish up the quilt top in time for the quilt along linkup.

Yvonne creates amazing quilts with a transparency effect and Wayward Transparency is one of my favorites she has created.  You can find all of the information and instructions for the quilt along right here.

For my quilt top I used:

Fabric A - Free Spirit Solids in Yellow
Fabric B - Kaffe Fassett - Shot Cotton in Clementine
Fabric C - Kona Cotton in Lipstick

The quilt top came together very quickly and easily.

Yvonne offers 2 different versions, a traditional setting and an on-point setting (and many different layouts of the blocks within each setting).  

I initially thought I was going to do the on-point setting, but once I had the blocks together, I decided that I really liked the look of the triangles going out on the diagonal so I went with the traditional.  I added a small border to float the design a little more and my top was done!

I am still not sure how I am going to quilt this quilt, but all of the quilts showing up on Instagram #waywardtransparencyqal and on the Quilting Jetgirl Facebook group are giving me some great ideas.  

Thanks Yvonne for hosting such a wonderful quilt along!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book ++ Pre-Order

Modern Plus Sign Quilts - 16 Dynamic Projects, A Variety of Techniques

At long last my book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, is going to be publishing soon!   It seems like forever ago that my co-author Paige and I were brainstorming quilt patterns for this book (it was spring of 2015!).

The book contains 16 different quilt patterns from baby to queen sized and uses a variety of techniques.  There are traditionally pieced quilts, along with paper pieced designs and appliqued designs.

I am happy to offer pre-orders of signed books through my Etsy shop!  

As a special bonus, with every pre-order of placed through my Etsy shop, I will include a bonus printed pattern for free!  (Simply look through the listings of printed patterns and leave a comment in the "add a note to seller" box as to which pattern you would like.  If you do not indicate a preference, I will surprise you!)

If you are local to the Greenville, SC area and you would like to pick you book up at either a Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild or the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild meeting, you can use the coupon code LOCAL to remove the shipping cost.

You can also purchase a copy through Amazon (affiliate link) for a great price or on the C&T website, but if you would like a copy signed by both Paige and I, my Etsy shop is the place to go.

If you decide to purchase the book (no matter who through), I would love it if you left a review on Amazon and C&T to help spread the word :)

Once the book is launched I will show off some more of the quilts and in March we are going to have a huge book hop with 30+ bloggers showing off their versions of the book quilts!

Thank you so much for your support!

Click here to pre-order your signed copy of Modern Plus Sign Quilts

Friday, January 5, 2018

Mini Midnight Quilt Finish

As part of my new year's sewing room clean up, I found a bunch of single blocks that have been hanging out on my fabric shelves too long. 

One of those blocks was a 24" square test block I made for the Midnight Mystery Quilt (the mystery pattern from 2 years ago).

The block itself was a little too small for a quilt so I added a 5" white border to extend the background, making the quilt 34" square.  I love this size for a baby quilt, big enough for a baby or small child but still small enough to easily quilt and use a single width piece of fabric for the backing.

I quilted the quilt using matching Aurifil colors and different quilting motifs for each of the section of the quilt.

I felt that with all of the white background, the quilt needed a strong border so I cut the binding at 3 ¼" wide versus my normal 2 ½".  The quilt is backed with a fun Tula Pink blue print with snails.

The mini midnight mystery quilt will be donated through my local MQG (the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild) to the Greenville Hospital System where it will go to a child who has been removed from their home.

I am glad to get this work-in-progress finished and off to a new deserving home :)

Quilt Stats:
   Name: Mini Midnight
   Size: 34" x 34"
   Design: Midnight Mystery Quilt (by me)
   Fabrics: Prints by Lotta Jonsjotter and Densye Schmidt 
   Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
   Thread: Aurifil 50wt white 2021 for piecing, matching Aurifil 50wt for each fabric
   Quilting Design: swirls, wavy lines

I am linking up with Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts and 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Magnolia Mystery Quilt - January Reminders and My Blocks

I want to give a huge thank you to all of the quilters who decided to participate in the Magnolia Mystery Quilt!  I have had such fun quilting along with you over the last 6 months!

There are no new instructions in January, the quilt top and finishing instructions were posted in the December post, and you have until February 15th to submit your quilt via e-mail (mmdmysteryquilts at gmail dot com) for the parade reveal and to be eligible to win prizes.

Just as a reminder, here are links to all of the instructions:

Magnolia Mystery Quilt related posts:

Note: the easy to print pdf version of the monthly instructions will be available until the reveal parade (March 5th), so be sure to save and/or print any instructions you may be missing.  After the reveal parade, pdfs will be removed from the blog (but the instructions will always be available in the posts) and the pattern will be available for sale as one full pdf on Etsy.

Here are some of my blocks:

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Quilter's Planner Sampler Quilt Along Starting

Looking for a good quilt along to start the year off?  The Quilter's Planner is just starting a year long quilt along for a sampler quilt I designed :)

The sampler contains instructions for 12 different blocks and 2 different settings, an on-point setting and a traditional setting.  All of the instructions can be found in the pattern magazine that is included with a Quilter's Planner (affiliate link).

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Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

The quilt along is structured for one block each month (if you are making the on-point design you will have to make doubles of a few of your favorite designs to get to the 17 blocks in the quilt) with Facebook and Instagram link ups for prizes each month.

One really nice thing is the entire pattern is in the magazine so you can work at your own pace.  You can click over to the Quilter's Planner blog to learn more about the sampler including how to linkup for prizes and tips for completing each block.

Here is January's block...

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

...and here are the two quilt layouts...

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

I am planning on joining in, are you?  (I did not make either of the sampler quilts due to scheduling so I am excited for the chance to sew one.)

I am planning on using some of my Bonnie and Camille fabrics using the on-point layout. I am not sure if I am going to go with a white background or maybe a really light blue?  

Remember, you can get your planner right here and the included magazine contains all of the instructions for the sampler (as well as many other patterns).

Happy sewing!