Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Flock of Geese Quilt Kits Now Available Through Needle and Foot

I am happy to announce that the Needle and Foot Etsy shop is now carrying Flock of Geese quilt kits (both baby and lap, with and without the pattern) using Sharon Holland and Pure Solids fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Bernie stocks wonderful modern fabrics (a huge selection of Art Gallery!) and patterns.  I had such fun working with Bernie to pick out the different prints and colors from her shop.

Here is a picture of the baby quilt version (I think that this is on my must quilt list!)

You can find the quilt kits right here* This post contains some affiliate links. 

New Linky Party Coming Soon - Favorite Finish Monthly

I have a super fun announcement today :)

I decided to start a new, monthly linky party that celebrates our favorite quilt finishes for the month!  Won't it be fun to have a party where you can see some of the best finishes for that month all in one place?

Party Details
  • The linky party will open at 12:01am EST on the last day of the month.  This month, the party will start on Sunday, March 31st.
  • The linky party will be open for 5 days, through the 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
  • You can link up both blog posts and Instagram posts to the party.
                Marci Girl Designs has an excellent tutorial on how to link up a Instagram post to Inlinkz.
  • 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 :)

Questions?  You can leave any questions in the comments below.  I can't wait to see your Favorite Finishes for March!!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Happy Birthday Modern Plus Sign Quilts

I am a couple of weeks late, but I wanted to wish Paige and my book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, a happy 1st birthday :)

I can't believe that it has been an entire year, I had such fun brainstorming, making the quilts, and writing the book with Paige.

Book Quilts

For the release, we held a 40+ blogger blog hop.  Below are thumbnails and links to each of the quilts from the book and the different versions from the bloggers.

Find Modern Plus Sign Quilts

Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along

The Modern Plus Sampler is wrapping up soon, with a reveal party (with tons of prizes) next month.  You can find more information and a full pdf of the pattern (book required to make the quilt) right here.

Share your Plus Sign Quilts

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

Photo by Paige Alexander

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

North Carolina Quilt Symposium ++ I'll be Teaching

Looking for a fun quilting retreat in a great location?  I am happy to announce that I will be teaching at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in May and would love to see you there :)

The 3-day retreat this year is May 2 – 5, 2019 at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center which is about a half an hour drive west of Asheville, NC. The retreat center is nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains. In registering for boarding, all of your meals are included too.

New this year, the quilt symposium is having a day of business seminars on the first day of the symposium. Three 2-hour long lectures include:
  • From Design Idea to Full Pattern – Quilt Pattern Writing 101
  • From Play to Profit: Starting Your Own Quilting Business
  • Books, Patterns and Instructions, Oh My! Self-Publishing for the Novice Writer
I am excited to be teaching the pattern writing section and looking forward to sharing my process of pattern writing.

I will also be teaching a 6-hour version of my Subtracting for Minimalism technique and a 6-hour workshop on my Ruby Roads pattern.

There are tons of other wonderful teachers and workshops during the weekend from Amanda Murphy, Carole Lyles Shaw, and Michelle Wilkie.

More more information about the North Carolina Quilt Symposium here and you can register for the event here.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Modern Plus Sampler ++ Full Pattern and Parade Reminder

There are no instructions this month for the Modern Plus Sampler so that you have additional time to finish your quilt tops and quilts. 


March 28th - Submissions to the quilt parade due (quilt tops or completed quilts)
April 4th - Sampler Quilt reveal parade 


  • E-mail a picture of the quilt top or finished quilt by Thursday March 28th.
  • Address e-mail to MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com
  • Name your photo with your name as the file name, if possible, such as "Cheryl Brickey.jpg".
  • (optional) Include in your e-mail your location (city, state and/or country) and/or a web address for any related blog posts you would like linked to.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded to those that participate in the parade.
We have tons of prizes, we are looking forward to seeing your versions of the Sampler!  You can find all of the prizes here.


Now that all of the instructions have been posted, if you would like the instructions for the Sampler together in one pdf file you can download it right here:

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company

I would love to welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company today as as new sponsor for the Meadow Mist Designs blog!  
Hint hint....there may be a giveaway at the end of this post.

I asked Shari to share a little about her shop...

Bear Creek Quilting Company started in 2011 as a family business based out of Lebanon Oregon. Over the years they have grown and the online shop now has thousands of yards of fabric available. Bear Creek Quilting Company offers a flat shipping fee, quick shipping, and every order includes a surprise gift; everyone loves something exciting and free.

Bear Creek Quilting Company offers a huge of cotton, flannel and batik quilting fabric for every quilters taste (from traditional to modern).   You can search for fabric by collection, manufacturer, theme, or even color!  I love using the color search option to find just the print I am looking for.

In addition to the yardage, the shop also sells pre-cut bundles (fat quarters, jelly rolls, charm packs and layer cakes), patterns, books, notions and tools.  They have a wonderful selection of Aurifil thread (my favorite) including an Aurifil thread color card to help perfectly match your thread to faric color. 

Some more exciting things Bear Creek Quilting Company offers...

Aurifil Thread Gem Pack of the Month - a 3 spool color collection that launches each 1st of month. 

Creative Grids Ruler of the Month + Free Pattern - new combos are announced to our subscribers about the 15th of the month. 

Bear Creek Quilting Company is always getting new fabric and notions in stock, in their Coming Soon section you can enter your e-mail address in the listings to be notified when that product becomes available.  And because they have so much fabric coming in, Bear Creek Quilting Company also has an incredible Clearance Section (right now it has over 700 products on clearance!).


** Giveaway now closed, congrats Julie **

Bear Creek Quilting Company has been generous to offer a giveaway of a Something Blue Scrappy Bundle by Andover Fabrics. This is a scrap pack of width of fabric cuts left over from bolt ends and weighs about 4 pounds!  4 pounds of fabric is a lot of fabric!!

Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is limited to only the US and the prizes will be shipped directly from Bear Creek Quilting Company.

The giveaway starts Wednesday, March 6th at 12:30 am and runs through Sunday, March 10th at 8 pm (EST).

To enter, subscribe to the Bear Creek Quilting Company's newsletter (link right here) and leave a comment saying that you subscribe.  Be sure to include your e-mail address if you are a no-reply blogger.  

If you are new here, please take a minute to take a look through my mystery quilts (the next mystery quilt, the Mosaic Mystery, will be starting in July), tutorials, and recent finishes.

If you would like to subscribe to the blog you can do so by e-mail or bloglovin.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Sew Tiny Sampler Release Party

You probably have heard of and seen Kitty of Night Quilter's tiny piecing.  She did a 100 day challenge and sewed a block a day and then turned them into the cutest little sampler (the quilt and pictures of the blocks were highlighted in a QuiltCon exhibit last week).

The great news is that Kitty is releasing today a Sew Tiny Sampler pattern today that contains 16 paper pieced tiny blocks and she asked me to help spread the word.  Each block finishes at 1 ¼" square.

The sampler has a bunch of blocks to choose from, but which did I decide on?  The plus signs of course :) 

I decided to use some of the new Figo fabric I got from my QuiltCon goodie bag and the Figo booth.  The colors are wonderful.  Because the piecing was so tiny, I was able to use a mini charm square for each block.

I made two regular plus signs and two skinny plus signs and combined them into a pincushion.

You can find the pattern in Kitty's pattern shop, on sale for $10 for the first week (after that it will go up to its regular price of $15).

Thursday, February 28, 2019

QuiltCon 2019 Recap ++ Other Quilty Adventures

In addition to the quilts (you can see my favorites here), I had many other quilty adventures including meeting friends, teaching, learning, shopping, etc.  I am very bad at remembering to take pictures, but here are some from my time at QuiltCon.


I taught two classes at QuiltCon, Subtracting for Minimalism on Thursday morning and EQ8 for Beginners on Thursday night.  Paige of Quilted Blooms (my roommate, co-author, and winner of two ribbons at QuiltCon) helped me in both of the classes and took these pictures.

Subtracting for Minimalism

EQ8 for Beginners


I took Intermediate Lino Printing from Karen Lewis which was awesome.  I don't think that I created any amazing prints, but I had a lot of fun.

My other workshop was Yoga for Healthy Hands by Heidi Parkes.  I have wrist issues and Heidi took us through some great stretching and strengthening exercises for our hands.

 Intermediate Lino Printing


I had the opportunity to help out Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl in her workshop on Transparency Quilt Design.  Yvonne has such great flow in her class and was very instructive and supportive of her students.  Here we are together.


The only thing that I purchased from the vendors was my thread pooping unicorn from Deborah of Fish Museum and Circus. 🦄  I have followed Deborah on Instagram  for a long time and had my heart set on one of these unicorns.  My unicorn is currently pooping some 12 wt Aurifil thread.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

QuiltCon 2019 Recap ++ Quilts

QuiltCon was an amazing trip, I got to see so many friends, teach some workshops, take a wonderful class, and see such inspiring quilts.  I am going to break this recap into two posts, the quilts and the quilty adventures :)

I am sure that you saw oodles of quilts from QuiltCon on Instagram and on other blogs, but here were some of the quilts at the show that really spoke to me...

Blue Houses by Melanie Tuazon

I love how Melanie combined improv piecing, simple shapes, and high contrast colors to create such prospective in this design.

Louver by Jayne Willis

I love Jayne's designs and was very excited to see these 3D flap like elements in person.

Slivers of Rivers by Simone Bradford

Another improv quilt that made my favorites, I love the ombre affect with the pops of orange and the quilting compliments the design well.

Self Portrait by Melanie Tuazon

The simple curves and colors of this mini quilt drew me in.

Burst by Marge Tucker

I love how the quilting extends into the white framing fabric in this design.

Modern Mandala by Betsy Vinegrad

This quilt was so tiny with such detail it was amazing.  The quilting in the blue background is difficult to see in the picture, but it was amazing too.

At the Junction by Marla Varner

This was my viewer's choice.  The piecing, colors, quilting, and design were amazing.  I loved this quilt when I saw it on Instagram and even more when I saw it in person.

Here is my guild, the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild's charity quilt.  My contribution was the swirl quilting on the lower third of the quilt.

Here is my quilt Flew Away in the mini category.

My quilt Periodicity hung in the Pattern of the Month exhibit section.

My design, Mikado, hung in the 2-color challenge category.

Dorito-ish by Christopher Brickey

I watched people walk by my son's quilt and it seemed to bring a smile to people's faces.

I hope that you enjoyed a little peek into the QuiltCon quilt show and maybe saw a few quilts here that you had not seen yet on social media.  Did you attend QuiltCon?  Which was your favorite quilt?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Modern Plus Sampler ++ Quilt Top Assembly

We made it!  Here are the quilt top assembly instructions for the Modern Plus Sampler!  

Now that the quilt top instructions are posted, you will have almost two months to complete your quilt tops and/or quilts.  The reveal parade will be on Thursday, April 4th.

March 28th - Submissions to the quilt parade due (quilt tops or completed quilts)
April 4th - Sampler Quilt reveal parade 

E-mail a picture of the quilt top or finished quilt by Thursday March 28th.
Address e-mail to MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com
Name your photo with your name as the file name, if possible, such as "Cheryl Brickey.jpg".
(optional) Include in your e-mail your location (city, state and/or country) and/or a web address for any related blog posts you would like linked to.
Prizes will be randomly awarded to those that participate in the parade.

Here are the instructions in an easy to print pdf format:

 Additionally, the directions and all of the other information related to the sampler quilt along can always be found on the Modern Plus Sampler Page.

Please share your pics on social media with the hashtag #ModernPlusSamplerQuilt and tag me at @MeadowMistDesigns.

Quilt Top Assembly

You can cut the fabric A rectangles for the first through third sections from 1 strip 5" x WOF and 1 strip 7" x WOF.

Sew together the following blocks and pieces to make a first section 18 ½" x 63".

     2 rick rack blocks
     1 first partial tribal row
     1 second partial tribal row
     1 kaleidoscope block
     17 small plus blocks

     2 fabric A rectangles 5" x 7"

Sew together the following blocks and pieces to make a second section 14" x 63".

     1 transparency plus block
     1 petal block
     1 faceted rings block
     6 small plus blocks

     2 fabric A rectangles 7" x 14"

Sew together the following blocks and pieces to make a third section 18 ½" x 63".

     2 rick rack blocks
     1 button block
     1 first partial tribal row
     1 second partial tribal row
     17 small plus blocks

     2 fabric A rectangles 5" x 7"

1. Cut and sew together 2 fabric A strips 4 ½" x WOF end-to-end and trim to the width of the quilt top (approximately 63"). Repeat to make a total of 2 border pieces. 

Sew the sections together to make the plus sign sampler quilt top, 63" x 78". 


1.  Make backing:  Remove selvages from backing fabric (4 ⅞ yards), cut into 2 pieces (approx. 87" x WOF) and sew backing pieces together along the trimmed selvage edges using a ½” seam, pressing the seam open.  Trim backing to approx. 72" x 87".

2.  Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing.  Baste and quilt as desired.

3.  Cut the binding fabric (¾ yard) into 8 strips 2 ½” x WOF.  Trim off selvages and sew together end-to-end to make the binding.  Bind and enjoy your quilt!