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).

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

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".

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).

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).

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".

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).