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.






Thursday, August 8, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ August Cutting Linkup



I hope that you have decided to join in on the Mosaic Mystery Quilt Along and busy cutting your fabrics!  Today is the link up to show off pictures of your cut pieces and enter to win some great prizes from our generous sponsors.

Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:


August's Sponsors & Prizes


Needle and Foot is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to their shop. 

While Needle & Foot has been around since 2014, Bernie began stocking fabric in January of 2017. She strives to carry a wide variety of quilting cottons. In her Etsy shop, you will find a large selection of small fat quarter bundles, an affordable way to have a collection of pieces from one line without having to buy the entire fat quarter bundle. Also, Bernie has recently expanded and now carries a selection of voiles and stretch knit fabrics for sewing garments. Providing individual help is a pleasure for Bernie so don’t hesitate to contact her with questions or concerns when selecting fabrics.

Needle and Foot has continued to add new quilt kits for the Mosaic Mystery quilt and now you can get them with free shipping! You can find all of the kits here.







OLFA is giving away a 45mm Ergo Cutter in Pacific Blue (US and Canada mailing addresses).

OLFA makes superior cutters, mats, rulers and more, the perfect tools to cut fabrics and make accurate quilts. OLFA just launched their new, navy blue colored mats and cutters. Blue is my favorite color so I was so excited to see OLFA just launched their newest color collection, called True Blue. The ergo cutter is my favorite color and now I have one in my favorite color!



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).
Update:  Congrats to the winners:
  • Ifoverton for the OLFA cutter
  • A. Dillman for the Needle & Foot gift certificate

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



Thursday, August 1, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ Cutting Instructions

It's time to cut your fabric for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt!


Mosaic Mystery Quilt Links:

August's instructions...Click the link below for a more printer friendly version of the Cutting Instructions.





Cutting Instructions



FABRIC A
1. Cut 1 strip 4 ¾" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strips into 7 squares 4 ¾" x 4 ¾".
2. Cut 1 strip 3 ½" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strip into 6 rectangles squares 3 ½" x 6 ½".


FABRIC B
1. Cut 1 strip 4" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strip into 2 squares 4" x 4".
2. Cut 7 strips 3 ½" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strips into 76 squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" (11 squares per strip).


FABRIC C
1. Cut 2 strips 4" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strips into 16 squares 4" x 4" (10 squares per strip).
2. Cut 2 strips 3 ⅞" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strips into 16 squares 3 ⅞" x 3 ⅞" (10 squares per strip).
        i. Cut each square once on the diagonal to make 32 triangles 3 7/8" x 3 7/8".
3. Cut 2 strips 3 ½" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strips into 16 squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" (11 squares per strip).
4. Cut 2 strips 2" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strips into 32 squares 2" x 2" (20 squares per strip).


BACKGROUND FABRIC
1. Cut 6 strips 6 ½" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strips into 32 squares 6 ½" x 6 ½" (6 squares per strip).
2. Cut 1 strip 4 ¾" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strip into 8 squares 4 ¾" x 4 ¾".
3. Cut 2 strips 4" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strips into 16 squares 4" x 4" (10 squares per strip).
4. Cut 9 strips 3 ½" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut 5 strips into 26 rectangles 3 ½" x 6 ½" (6 rectangles per strip).
        b. Sub-cut 4 strips into 44 squares 3 ½" x 3 ½" (11 squares per strip).
5. Cut 6 strips 2 ½" x WOF.
6. Cut 2 strips 2 ⅜" x WOF.
        a. Sub-cut the strips into 32 squares 2 ⅜" x 2 ⅜" (16 squares per strip).
        i. Cut each square once on the diagonal to make 64 triangles 2 ⅜" x 2 ⅜".


BORDER
You are welcome to hold off on cutting the border until the quilt top is complete to better audition border options.
1. Cut 7 strips 4 ½" x WOF.




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 fabric selections.  The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of September (the 5th).




Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - July 2019

Welcome to July's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!


My favorite finish for July is my Disappearing Oranges quilt I made as the July pattern of the month for the Modern Quilt Guild.  I created the design using my Subtracting for Minimalism technique (that I will be teaching again at QuiltCon this February).  The pattern is free to all MQG members and can be found here on the MQG website.

Many thanks to Hoffman fabric for the Indah Batik solids, The Warm Company for the Warm & White batting, and Aurifil thread for the thread for piecing and quilting the quilt.

If you attend QuiltCon 2020 in Austin, you will be able to see the quilt in person, it will be hanging in the Pattern of the Month special exhibit.



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



Saturday, July 27, 2019

Charity Birthday Sale!


Please join my in celebrating my birthday today and help out two wonderful organizations.

Today only, get 35% off everything in my Etsy shop and 100% of the profit will be donated to the Greenville Human Society and Greenville Animal Care.  

This is a great way to grab a pattern or book from my shop you have been eyeing and give to worthy causes.

We adopted Reeses through Greenville Animal Care and Oreo through the Greenville Human Society last October as kittens.  Both organizations provide low cost or free spaying/neutering, great adoption programs, education to the community, and medical care to animals.  The groups are always in need of supplies (like cleaning supplies, rice, food, blankets, and toys) and I want to help as much as I can.

Here are my girls again...






















Reeses                                      Oreo


My plan is to take my kids shopping for items on the organizations' wish lists, then deliver the goodies in person.  I think that it will be a great learning experience and fun for my children to be involved in the donation process.



Charity Sale Details

When: Today only, Saturday, July 27th (12:01am through midnight EST)
Where: Meadow Mist Designs Etsy shop
How: Use coupon code BDPARTY
What: 35% off everything in the shop (this includes digital and physical patterns and my book)

I hope that you will celebrate with me!! Thanks!






Thursday, July 25, 2019

Birthday Celebration Coming This Saturday!


My birthday is this Saturday and I want to celebrate with you!  Last year, I had such fun having a sale to raise money for the Greenville Zoo (I was able to donate $500) that I am going to repeat it this year.

On my birthday this Saturday, I will be having a 35% off sale in my Etsy shop and will donate 100% of the profit to the Greenville Human Society and Greenville Animal Care.  

This is a great way to grab a pattern or book from my shop you have been eyeing and give to worthy causes.

Why these organizations?  We adopted Reeses through Greenville Animal Care and Oreo through the Greenville Human Society last October as kittens.  Both organizations provide low cost or free spaying/neutering, great adoption programs, education to the community, and medical care to animals.

Here are my girls that just turned one year old...  Oreo is the tabby and Reeses is the calico...




My plan is to take my kids shopping for items on the organizations' wish lists, then deliver the goodies in person.  I think that it will be a great learning experience and fun for my children to be involved in the donation process.

Charity Sale Details

When: Saturday, July 27th (12:01am through midnight EST)
Where: Meadow Mist Designs Etsy shop
How: Use coupon code BDPARTY
What: 35% off everything in the shop (this includes digital and physical patterns and my book)

I hope that you will celebrate with me!! Thanks!






Monday, July 22, 2019

Disappearing Oranges - MGQ Pattern of the Month for July

I am so happy to show you my newest quilt, Disappearing Oranges which is the July pattern of the month for the Modern Quilt Guild (free to all MQG members)!

You can find the pattern on the MQG website right here.

For quilters coming over from the MQG, welcome! I hope you have a chance to take a look around my little blog including some of my recent finishes and my fifth annual mystery quilt called the Mosaic Mystery quilt which just started a few weeks ago. You can also find me over on Instagram as MeadowMistDesigns.


Disappearing Oranges was made using my Subcontracting for Minimalism technique starting with an orange peel design.  I am excited to be teaching this technique again at QuiltCon 2020.

Many thanks to:

  • Hoffman Fabrics for the Indah Batik Solids
  • The Warm Company for the Warm & White batting
  • Aurifil for the thread for piecing and quilting
Photo by the MQG

For the quilting, those that know me well know that I prefer to do free motion quilting over straight line quilting.  But looking at the design, I really thought that a cross-hatch pattern would be the right choice.  I used random spacing of the quilting lines (guiding off of previous stitched lines with different parts of my walking foot) to have spaces between ¼" to 1 ½".

I used a 50 wt white (2021) Aurifil thread for the quilting.  The thread was great for adding texture and not standing out too much on the high contrast dark blue and orange fabrics.

Photo by the MQG

A fun light blue Me + You batik from Hoffman Fabrics completed the quilt as the backing.

I want to give a special thanks to Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl for her super pattern review skills!! 




Friday, July 12, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ My Fabrics

I am happy to share today the fabrics that I will be using for my version of the Mosaic Mystery quilt.  I am using all Painter's Palette solids by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.



I had the opportunity to learn and try out these solids a few years back during a block hop for the New Quilt Bloggers group.  This brand of solids quickly became one of my favorite solids to work with. I would estimate the weight and feel of the fabric somewhere between a Kona and a Bella, a really nice weight and thickness.

Painter's Palette solids wash great, have a wonderful hand, and are one of the least fraying solids I have ever worked with. You can see all of the available colors here and PBS even has a chart showing matching Aurifil colors.

Paintbrush Studio Fabrics generously provided me with the fabrics I am using for the Mosaic Mystery quilt.  If you would like to make your quilt using Painter's Palette solids, you can find almost every color (plus a color card) available at Pineapple Fabrics.  The solids are only $6.99 per yard!


Fabric A - 134 Tomato

Fabric B - 049 Coral

Fabric C - 100 Aruba

Background - 000 White

Binding - 050 Cadet

Backing - 048 Pale Pink

The Mosaic Mystery quilt is just getting started so I hope you decide to join in!  All of the information about the quilt along can be found on the Mosaic Mystery Quilt page.  Remember, you can link up your fabric selections yesterday's post to win some great prizes.