Thursday, December 12, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ December Flying Geese Linkup


Today is the link up to show off pictures of your Flying Geese (and Half Flying Geese and Half Square Triangles) and enter to win some great prizes from our generous sponsors.

Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:


November's Sponsors & Prizes
Busy Hands Quilts
$25 gift certificate

Myra of Busy Hands Quilts is a quilt pattern designer whose patterns include instructions for all sizes from wall to king, including two lap sizes, whenever possible. Clear instructions with easy-to-read charts and diagrams are also a part of her patterns, as well as fabric requirements using yardage and precuts when applicable. She ♥ strip piecing because it saves time, and she includes directions for strip piecing if it works for the pattern. You can find her patterns in her Etsy shop, Busy Hands Patterns


Prize: Quilter's Planner

The Quilter's Planner is a yearly organizer designed specifically for quilters, perfect for organizing work, family, quilting, and life.  The planner also comes with a magazine with a year long quilt along as well as over 10 other quilt patterns.

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



Wednesday, December 11, 2019

QuiltCon 2020 ++ Quilt Submissions

Did you submit any quilts for QuiltCon 2020?  I submitted six quilts this year and I am happy to say that I will have three quilts hanging in the show (plus one in an exhibit).  Here are my submissions and results:

1. Logging into Alchemy (group quilt) - Accepted

Logging into Alchemy was created by the Modern Design Lab, a small group of quilters I belong to.  We each made log cabin style blocks that incorporated at least one half square triangle.  We used blues, grays, and orange Painters Palette fabrics that Paintbrush Studios provided for us.  Then, as a group we turned figured out how to get all of the different sized blocks into a quilt top.  Straight line quilting and some amazing binding (by Paige of Quilted Blooms) finished the quilt.  Many thanks to Hobbs for the batting and Aurifil for the thread.




2. Jupiter (Stripes Challenge) - Accepted

For the APQ Stripes Challenge, I wanted to explore the use of quilting as the main "stripe" element.  I created this minimalist mini quilt (about 17" square) using just three pieced dark blue stripes on white negative space.  Then I used randomly spaced match stitch quilting using a thick gold 12 wt Aurifil thread over the entire quilt.  My son said the gold of the thread reminded him of his tuba and thought I should take a picture of the two together, so the quilt is named after the tuba brand.




3. Stripes on Stripes on Stripes (Stripes Challenge) - Rejected

In my day job, I write patent applications on textiles.  One of the things I do often is selectively pull out the warp or weft fabrics from a woven fabric to look at the individual yarns.  I noticed one day that when some of the yarns are removed, it makes the fabric look striped.  That was the inspiration for this work.

I took squares of a dark blue Kona fabric and selectively pulled out some of the weft yarns to make little striped fabric squares.  Then, I appliqued the striped fabric squares in striped columns on negative.  The negative space itself is striped using white quilting thread.  Therefore there are stripes, on stripes, on stripes.



4. Robo-bot (Hoffman Fabric Challenge) - Rejected

Robo-bot was my submission into the Hoffman Fabric Challenge.  I had just finished up my Camden Road quilt with all of its flying geese and just wanted to play with fabric.  The quilt top was made using improv without the use of rulers until the borders were added.

I hand quilted the quilt using a very organic, big stitch quilting design to highlight the imperfections and randomness in piecing.




5.  Aisle Path Lighting (Small Quilt) - Accepted

I made Aisle Path Lighting in August for my local guild's, the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild, challenge.  We randomly picked three Crayola crayons and had to make a modern mini (no side greater than 36").  I had picked a dark blue, sunny yellow, and bright grass green color.  I used improv piecing to make the quilt and a combination of hand and machine quilting to finish it.




6.  Wooly Bear (Modern Traditional) - Rejected

I made Wooly Bear for the Michael Miller challenge category last year and it was not accepted into QuiltCon 2019 so I thought that I would try again.  More pictures and information are in the Wooly Bear post.



7.  Disappearing Oranges - Part of the Quilt of the Month Exhibit

Disappearing Oranges, a quilt and pattern I made the for the Modern Quilt Guild will be shown in the Quilt of the Month Exhibit at the show.


I hope that you had good news on your submissions, I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful quilts in February!


Monday, December 9, 2019

Best of 2019 Linky Party Coming Soon

It is no secret that I love blog link parties.  One of the main reasons I started my blog was so that I could take part in the sharing of knowledge and inspiration through the parties and so I am very excited to announce that I am hosting my fifth annual blog linky party, the Best of 2019 Linky Party!


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.

To take part in the link party, simply write a new blog post highlighting your "best" 5 posts from 2019 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 2019 finishes
  • Posts of your best tutorials
  • Posts that are simply your favorites
This post is not only a great way to find new readers, it is also wonderful to be able to highlight some of your best posts for those readers who have joined your blog throughout the year.

The link party will open the day after Christmas, Thursday December 26th and will be open for one week ending on Thursday, January 2nd.

I hope that you will consider writing a post to highlight your best of 2018 and link up! Here is a button for your blog if you would like:
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While you are waiting for this linky party to start up, you can take a look through the Best of 2015-2018.  Thanks!










Thursday, December 5, 2019

Mosaic Mystery ++ Flying Geese

The Mosaic Mystery Quilt instructions for December are here! This is the last month of piecing instructions, in January we are going to get to assemble the quilt top!


** If you know the quilt layout from the sneak peek, please do not spoil the surprise for others, do not post your blocks arranged into the quilt top **

Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:


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




Flying Geese



Half Geese Blocks

1. Combine 4 bg fabric rectangles 3 ½" x 6 ½" and 4 fabric B squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make 4 bg/B right hand-half flying geese blocks (bg/B RH half geese blocks) 3 ½" x 6 ½" using steps a.-b.

       a. Place a fabric B square 3 ½" x 3 ½" on the right hand side of the bg fabric rectangle 3 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. Repeat to form a total of 4 bg/B RH half geese blocks 3 ½" x 6 ½".


2. Repeat step 1 using 4 bg fabric rectangles 3 ½" x 6 ½" and 4 fabric C squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make 4 bg/C right hand-half flying geese blocks (bg/C RH half geese blocks) 3 ½" x 6 ½".


3. Combine 4 bg fabric rectangles 3 ½" x 6 ½" and 4 fabric B squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make 4 bg/B left hand-half flying geese blocks (bg/B LH half geese blocks) 3 ½" x 6 ½" using steps a.-b.

       a. Place a fabric B square 3 ½" x 3 ½" on the left hand side of the bg fabric rectangle 3 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. Repeat to form a total of 4 bg/B LH half geese blocks 3 ½" x 6 ½".


4. Repeat step 3 using 4 bg fabric rectangles 3 ½" x 6 ½" and 4 fabric C squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make 4 bg/C left hand-half flying geese blocks (bg/C LH half geese blocks) 3 1/2" x 6 ½".


5. Reserve the remaining 4 bg fabric rectangles 3 ½" x 6 ½", these will be used as is in the quilt top.




Flying Geese Blocks

1. Combine 2 bg fabric rectangles 3 ½" x 6 ½" and 4 fabric B fabric squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make 2 bg/B flying geese blocks 3 ½" x 6 ½" using steps a.-d.

       a. Place a fabric B square 3 ½" x 3 ½" on the right side of the bg fabric rectangle 3 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" on the left hand side of the bg fabric rectangle 3 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 2 bg/B flying geese blocks 3 ½" x 6 ½".


2. Repeat step 1 using 4 bg fabric rectangles 3 ½" x 6 ½" and 8 fabric C squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make 4 bg/C geese blocks 3 ½" x 6 ½".


3. Repeat step 1 using 6 fabric A rectangles 3 ½" x 6 ½" and 12 bg fabric squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" to make 6 A/bg geese blocks 3 ½" x 6 ½".





Half Square Triangle (HST) Blocks

1. Combine 2 fabric B squares 4" x 4" and 2 bg fabric squares 4" x 4" to make 4 B/bg HSTs using steps a.-c.

       a. Place the fabric B and bg fabric squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the back of the lighter square (shown as the solid line).

       b. Sew a ¼" seam on either side of the solid line (shown as the dotted lines). Cut on the solid line and press seams open or toward the darker fabric.

       c. Trim each HST block to 3 ½" x 3 ½". Repeat to make a total of 4 B/bg HST blocks.







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 progress.  The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of January (the 2nd).




Monday, December 2, 2019

Arrow Point Path ++ Baby Size

A co-worker was due to have a baby boy in January so I had just started planning her baby quilt when we found out that the doctors might induce the pregnancy early due to a medical condition.  The baby shower was all of a sudden scheduled less than a week out.  I needed to make a baby quilt and fast!


I decided to use one of my favorite patterns, Arrow Point Path.  I like how in this pattern, the block sizes are scaled so even at a baby size, you get the full impact the blocks and design.

I knew that I did not want to use a white background due to the quilt being for a baby, so I went up into my sewing room to see what I had available.  I have a bolt of the FreeSpirit Solid in Cerulean which looked perfect for a baby boy.

I combined the blue background with white, gray, and black scrap prints from my stash.  How is it that I cut all of the prints from my scrap bin and yet it does not look any smaller? :)

I picked a Me + You modern batik print for the backing.  The quilt was the perfect size to use with a single width of backing fabric, no piecing the backing, yeah!



The blocks came together quickly and easily and soon I was onto basting and quilting.  I quilted using a stipple (one of my favorite designs).  I timed myself and had the quilting complete in less than 18 minutes.


After a quick photo shoot, the baby quilt was washed and ready for gifting.

The mom loved the quilt and even better news was that she found out that she would most likely not have to deliver early!

If you want to pick up your own copy of Arrow Point Path (which contains instructions for baby, lap, twin, and queen sizes) you can get it in my pattern shop.

Here are the other two versions of Arrow Point Path I have made (both lap sizes).


Photo by Michelle Bartholomew





Saturday, November 30, 2019

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - November 2019

Welcome to November's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!


My favorite finish for November was my Camden Road quilt.  My friend Cindy of Hyacinth Quilts helped me with the fabric pull for this quilt and I am in love with it.  As soon as the pictures were taken, this quilt went onto my couch for some snuggling.

The Camden Road pattern is available in my new pattern shop: www.Meadow-Mist-Designs.com and is a fat quarter friendly pattern that contains instructions for baby, lap, and twin sizes.






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



Wednesday, November 27, 2019

November - Slice & Stitch Challenge


I had the privilege of taking part in November's Slice & Stitch Challenge hosted by OLFA and Aurifil.  In each challenge, one Aurifil Artisan is paired with one OLFA Creator / Ambassador and given a OLFA and Aurifil product to make a project out out.

I was so excited to be paired with Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl, one of my best quilting friends.  We even wound up both making reverse applique pillows (without talking to each other)!

For the Slice & Stitch Challenge, we were given OLFA scissors and Aurifil 12 wt thread.  I made a raw edge applique, snowflake pillow using the products.  I have needed some new Christmas pillows and this was the perfect excuse to make one :)


You can hop over to the Auribuzz blog to get the quick tutorial and see more pictures of the finished product and make sure to visit Yvonne and see her tutorial and finished pillow too.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving Sale

I hope that you will be enjoying the holidays this week!




To celebrate, I am offering a special discounts in my new pattern shop (these codes will not work in my Etsy shop). 

Use the following coupons codes for:

15OFF - 15% off all items in the shop
25OFF - 25% off your purchase when you buy 2 items
35OFF - 35% off your purchase when you buy 3 or more items

These coupon codes will work on everything in the shop: digital patterns, printed patterns, and books.

The sale starts right now and will run through midnight (EST) on Monday, December 2nd.

Due to the holidays, any print patterns or books order between Tuesday the 26th and Sunday the 1st will be shipped on Monday the 2nd.  Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you so much for your support throughout the year!







Friday, November 22, 2019

A Quilter's Christmas Wish List


My husband was asking me the other day what I would like Santa to bring me for Christmas this year.  I had a good time shopping virtually on Amazon (the only place my husband will shop) and thought you might like some ideas to put on your list too.  Links are affiliate links.

You can find all of these items and other quilting equipment and notions on my Amazon page.







1.  Fabric
I think that number one on most quilter's wish lists are fabric.  I added my favorite Carolyn Friedlander print as well as a couple of fabric bundles to my wish list.







2.  Mats, Cutters, and Rulers

OLFA is my go to for cutting items.  My favorite rotary cutter is their ergonomic rotary cutter, their cutting mats last forever, and their rulers have a slight texture to them to help prevent sliding.  I have a number of OLFA rulers but would love to have Santa put the few remaining ones under my tree.






3.  Notions

Have you ever finished basting or quilting a quilt only to see that there is a dark thread under the quilt top you can see?  The Clover Soft Touch Pic is like the world's tiniest knitting needle and can pull those evil little threads out through the quilt top.

Organ Needles are the only needle I use in my machine.  They are so cheap ($11 for 100 needles) I have no excuse not to change the needle as frequently as I should.  I got 100 each of 3 different sizes for Xmas last year and still have a bunch to last me through 2020.

I tie and bury all of my thread tails and use a self threading needle to quickly thread and the tails and tuck them into the quilt top.

505 Spray is my go-to basting spray.  I have a tutorial up on the blog about how I spray baste my quilts, you can find it here.




4.  More Notions


I have tried basically every thimble made and never found one comfortable that did not fall off until I tried the leather thimble from clover.

Everyone needs thread for quilting.  My favorite is Aurifil thread because my machines love it, and it is strong, low lint, and comes in tons of colors.  I do almost all of my piecing and a lot of quilting using the white 2024 color in 50 wt.  I also enjoy quilting (both by machine and hand) using their 12 wt thread.

Finally for notions, I would suggest adding a pair of quilting gloves to your list.  They get dirty and lose some of the grippiness over time so it is always nice to have a new pair.





5.  Other Quilting Items

During a class with Kitty Wilkins, she showed us an LED light box.  They are super thin, light, and inexpensive.  I bought one for foundation paper piecing and English paper piecing, it makes fussy cutting so much easier.

We all need batting.  You can buy it folded up in the size you need, but I recommend biting the bullet and buying a roll.  The roll as less waste of batting when cutting out batts for quilts and is cheaper than buying it individually.  My favorite batting is Warm & White by the Warm Company.

Binder clips have really come down in price over the years.  I stocked up on a 160 of them for less than $13.

I love making pincushions, but for when I am pinning seams on a quilt top and using 100 more pins, I love my Zirkel magnitic pincushion.  I can just kind of toss the pins on the cushion and they "stick" with the magnetic and they are easy to remove.





I have a number of other gift ideas in the Christmas Wishlist Page and you can also stop by the Meadow Mist Designs Influencer Page for even more ideas.





Friday, November 15, 2019

Camden Road Pattern Release & New Pattern Shop!

I have two pieces of news to share today: the first is the release of my newest pattern Camden Road and the second is that my new pattern shop is now open!



Camden Road is fat quarter friendly pattern based on the traditional Mrs. Bryan’s Choice quilt block.  I love the design and how it highlights all of the different prints against the two background fabrics.

The quilt is named after the street I grew up on. You might have seen some of the pictures of the quilt in progress on my Instagram account.

Camden Road contains instructions for 3 three sizes: baby, lap, and twin.



The flying geese in the quilt blocks are made using the no-waste (also called the four at a time) method which is perfect because you need the flying geese in sets of four for the blocks. 

The cover quilt was made using a variety of fat quarters on a white background.  Warm & White batting from the Warm Company and Aurifil thread were used in the quilt. 


A used a favorite Anna Maria Horner print for the backing which incorporates many of the colors used in the front of the quilt.

Camden Road is on sale for only $8 for one week (through Friday Nov 22nd) and then it will go up to its regular price of $12. You can combine this introductory sale price with coupon codes for even more savings: 

Use code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns
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Many, many thanks to Cindy of Hyacinth Quilts for helping me pick fabrics for this quilt, she turned my boring fabric pull into one of my favorite fabric combinations ever and to Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl for her spectacular tech editing skills.  You can see Cindy of Hyacinth Quilts' blocks on her Instagram account.

Cindy and I are thinking about running a little quilt along for Camden Road starting in January.  Would you like to join in?







And now for more good news...my new pattern shop is OPEN!

I have been working behind the scenes for the last couple of months setting up a new pattern shop on the Shopify platform.  I hope that you will find the new shop easy to navigate with clear pictures and descriptions.

If you have a minute I would love for you to hop over and take a look around, check out Camden Road, and let me know what you of the new shop.







Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ November Diagonal Block Linkup


Today is the link up to show off pictures of your Square in a Square units for October and enter to win some great prizes from our generous sponsors.

Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:


November's Sponsors & Prizes


$50 gift certificate


Christine Scholz, is the owner of BackSide Fabrics, an internet only, family run business, and is located in the Lake Norman area of NC (near Charlotte). They specialize in a large selection of wide quilt backing fabrics that are both beautiful and affordable, and Quilters Dream Batting.

Check out Backside Fabric's Instagram account, they are always posting pictures of their new fabric arrivals.  I love wide back fabrics and not having to piece my quilt backs.




1 winner of 2 pdf patterns

Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs focuses on producing innovative patterns with clear instructions by combining her technical writing and math skills with her love of quilting. She loves teaching computer aided quilt design and basic quilting skills to others. You can find all of her patterns in her shop.

**Congrats to the winners, #64 and #59**

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