Friday, September 24, 2021

Collaboration with FreeSpirit!

After showing the Raindrops and Chloe quilts you might have an idea on what my collaboration with FreeSpirit Fabrics might be...I am the featured designer for the Tula Pink True Colors Pre-Cut Inspiration Catalog!

You can view the catalog right here

The catalog contains renderings of six of my quilt patterns, Arrow Point Path, Sea Star, On a "Jelly" Roll, Irish Puzzle, Raindrops, and Chloe using a variety of Tula Pink True Colors precuts such as fat quarter bundles, charm squares, 2 1/2" strips, and 10" piece stacks.  

Below are all of the quilt patterns and renderings.  The catalog contains these pictures along with all of the details on which precut and background are used.

Note to shop owners: All of the patterns from the catalog are available wholesale from Checkers and Brewer. You can also setup a wholesale account through my shop and can find details on the Wholesale Page which also includes pattern covers with each of the colorways.





















































QUILT KITS

Many quilt shops are creating kits of some of the quilts above.  Here are some I was able to find at Etsy (affiliate links):


Arrow Point Path - Flamengo or Peacock colorways with either the Ink (black) or Paper (white) background.


If you have a fabric shop selling a quilt kit using a Meadow Mist Designs pattern, please let me know and I would be happy to share about it.




CHLOE AND RAINDROPS RELEASE SALE

Both Chloe and Raindrops are on sale in my pattern shop at a special introductory price of $10 through Sunday, September 26th.  You can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings (you can get Raindrops and Chloe together for an even better price!). Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.












Thursday, September 23, 2021

Chloe Quilt and Pattern

I'll be sharing the second of the two new patterns this week (you can find the first, Raindrops, here) today and will be back tomorrow with a post all about a collaboration with FreeSpirit Fabrics.  

Chloe is a beginner friendly pattern that utilizes half-square triangles to make a lap sized quilt.  The pattern is both charm pack and layer cake friendly.  

You can find Chloe (and Raindrops) on an introductory sale each for $10 through September 26th.  In my pattern shop, you can combine these intro sale prices with coupon codes for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.





FABRICS & MATERIALS

Working with FreeSpirit, they were kind enough to send me the fabrics for this project.  My version of Chloe used the True Colors collection and Fairy Flakes in Paper from the Linework Collection, all by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit (this might be a hint about the collaboration :)  I love the bright colors of the True Colors collection on the crisp white background.

I love a striped binding and Tula has some great stripes where each stripe is ½" so it really makes a visual impact.  I cut mine on the bias to get the diagonal look to the binding.

For the backing, I used Big Buds in Wonder from Tula's Curiouser and Curiouser Collection. All of FreeSpirit's sateen backings have a such a smooth finish and great feel.  I love not have to piece a back too!

I used my favorite batting, Warm and White from the Warm Company, and Aurifil thread for the piecing and quilting.

If you would like to make this exact quilt you can find all of the fabrics to make your own "kit" (except the binding) in one shop, Modern Quilter, at Etsy (affiliate links):











QUILTING PLAN AND DESIGN

I really wanted to give Chloe an all over texture without taking away from the piecing, so I chose a large paisley design (one of my favorites to do because it looks great and is a quicker design to quilt). I used the soft white 2021 Aurifil thread in 50 wt to blend with the background and not stand out too much on the prints.








CHLOE PATTERN DETAILS

The Chloe pattern is written at a confident beginner level that comes together quickly and easily.  The pattern contains instructions to make a generous size lap quilt at 64 ½" x 72 ½".

The pattern is now available in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop in both digital and printed format.  Chloe is also available in my Etsy shop.


Chloe is on sale in my pattern shop at a special introductory price of $10 through Sunday, September 26th.  Once you make a Chloe of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #ChloeQuilt.

In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings (you can get Raindrops and Chloe together for an even better price!). Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.









MAJOR OOPSIE

While making the cover version of Chloe, I made a huge whoopsie, can you see what I did from the picture below?



I put all three columns pointing upwards instead of having the middle column facing downwards.  I am embarrassed to admit that I did not notice this while piecing, quilting, or even photographing the quilt.  It was not until I had the images edited and was placing them into the pattern instructions that I saw the error.  My heart dropped :(   I had already sent the renderings to FreeSpirit for a catalog so I could not change the pattern to match the quilt (I must say that I really do like the design both ways).

Luckily, this was a fun and quick quilt to piece and FreeSpirit was nice enough to send me enough fabric to remake the quilt, correctly this time.  It wound up being okay though because my daughter loved the incorrect version so she has it in her room and the correct version went off to FreeSpirit.

Have you ever messed up following quilt directions?


WHOLESALE PATTERNS

The newest Meadow Mist Designs patterns, including both Raindrops and Chloe are available through Checkers and Brewer.  You can also setup a wholesale account through my shop and can find details here.


MANY THANKS

I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills and quilting ideas.  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!) and FreeSpirit for the fabric.




MORE PICTURES

I had a lot of fun at the photoshoot for Chloe, here are some of my favorite shots and you can see other pictures and short videos on my Instagram account Meadow Mist Designs or by using hashtag #ChloeQuilt.






I'd love to see your version of Chloe!!!






Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Raindrops Quilt and Pattern

I am excited to be sharing with you two new patterns this week along with a collaboration with FreeSpirit Fabrics.  Today, I will be highlighting Raindrops, tomorrow I will share Chloe, and Friday I will share more about the collaboration.

Raindrops is a super fun, charm pack, and very beginner friendly pattern.  It is the perfect pattern to whip up for a quick finish and to highlight some of your favorite charm packs.  I thought that the quilt design reminded me of raindrops falling from the sky so that is how it earned its name.

You can find Raindrops (and Chloe) on an introductory sale each for $10 through September 26th.  In my pattern shop, you can combine these intro sale prices with coupon codes for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.



FABRICS & MATERIALS

Working with FreeSpirit, they were kind enough to send me the fabrics for this project.  My version of Raindrops used the True Colors collection by Tula Pink and the Tula Pink Dragon's Breath Solids in Tanzanite for the background, all by FreeSpirit (this might be a hint about the collaboration :)  I love the bright colors of the True Colors collection and paired against this wonderful, rich eggplant color just pop.

I love a striped binding and Tula has some great stripes where each stripe is ½" so it really makes a visual impact.  I cut mine on the bias to get the diagonal look to the binding.

For the backing, I used Pinkerville wide back in Purple Sateen.  The colors went really well with the prints on the front and all of FreeSpirit's sateen backings have a such a smooth finish and great feel.  I love not have to piece a back too!

I used my favorite batting, Warm and White from the Warm Company, and Aurifil thread for the piecing and quilting.

If you would like to make this exact quilt you can find all of the fabrics to make your own "kit" in one shop, Hartland Quilt Shop, at Etsy (affiliate links):








QUILTING PLAN AND DESIGN

Because Raindrops is a beginner level pattern, I wanted to use a quilting design that was simpler and thought about using an allover design.  But when I started thinking about thread color, I really wanted to match the tanzanite background but did not want a dark purple thread on the prints.  So I can up with what I would consider semi-custom, the prints getting one design and the background getting a second design.

In the print squares I quilted a wishbone design using a light cream thread.  I was able to quilt each diagonal column of squares together, only having to tie off threads at the beginning and end of each diagonal column.



Next I filled in the background with a stipple (also called a meander) design using a matching Aurifil thread 2545 in 50 wt.  My goal was to give the background some texture and use a design were it was easy to move around blocks and into corners.






RAINDROPS PATTERN DETAILS

The Raindrops pattern is written at a confident beginner level that comes together quickly and easily.  The pattern contains instructions to make a generous size lap quilt at 54 ½" x 70 ½".

The pattern is now available in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop in both digital and printed format.  Raindrops is also available in my Etsy shop.


Raindrops is on sale in my pattern shop at a special introductory price of $10 through Sunday, September 26th.  Once you make a Raindrops of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #RaindropsQuilt.

In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings (you can get Raindrops and Chloe together for an even better price!). Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.





WHOLESALE PATTERNS

The newest Meadow Mist Designs patterns, including both Raindrops and Chloe are available through Checkers and Brewer.  You can also setup a wholesale account through my shop and can find details here.


MANY THANKS

I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills and quilting ideas.  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!) and FreeSpirit for the fabric.




MORE PICTURES

I had a lot of fun at the photoshoot for Raindrops, here are some of my favorite shots and you can see other pictures and short videos on my Instagram account Meadow Mist Designs or by using hashtag #RaindropsQuilt.






I'd love to see your version of Raindrops!!!








Thursday, September 2, 2021

Macaron Mystery ++ Triangle Units

 


Let's make some triangles :)  

Welcome to the second month of instructions for the Macaron Mystery Quilt!  This month we will be making a variety of triangle units.

There is plenty of time to join in on the quilt along, we are just getting started! Last month we cut our fabric for the quilt top.  You can find all of the information about the Macaron Mystery, including schedule, past instructions, links to the Facebook group, sneak peek, and more at the Macaron Mystery Page.

The Macaron Mystery Quilt is a free quilt-along that will run from July 2021 through April 2022 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. The Macaron Mystery is a lap size design, that can easily be made larger with the addition of borders.  

    Here is a link to a printer friendly, pdf version of the triangle instructions...






    Half Square Triangle (HST) Units

    Combine 27 fabric A squares 5" x 5" and 27 Bg2 squares 5" x 5" to make 54 A/Bg2 HST units 4 ½" x 4 ½".

    1. Place a fabric A square 5" x 5" and a Bg2 fabric square 5" x 5" right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the back of the lighter square (shown as the solid line). 

    2. 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.  

    3. Trim each A/Bg2 HST unit to 4 ½" x 4 ½".  

    4. Repeat to make a total of 54 A/Bg2 HST units 4 ½" x 4 ½".





    Divided Triangle Units

    Combine 3 fabric A squares 5 ½" x 5 ½" and 3 Bg2 squares 5 ½" x 5 ½" to make 12 divided triangle units 5" x 5".

    1. Place a fabric A square 5 ½" x 5 ½" and a Bg2 fabric square 5 ½" x 5 ½" right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the back of the lighter square (shown as the solid line). 

    2. 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.  

    3. Trim each HST unit to 5" x 5".  




    4. Cut each HST in half once on the diagonal to make 2 divided triangle units 5" x 5".

    5. Repeat to make a total of 12 divided triangle units.




    Bg1 Triangle Units

    Cut 3 Bg1 squares 5" x 5" in half once on the diagonal to make 6 Bg1 triangle units 5" x 5".




    Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Macaron 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 October, the 7th.





    Tuesday, August 31, 2021

    Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - August 2021

     Welcome to August's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!





    August has been a quiet one for me on the blog and social media front, I needed a break after the Just One Charm Pack Quilts blog hop and getting ready for the school year to begin. No finishes for me for this month but I am excited to see yours! 



    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.
    • 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



    Thursday, August 19, 2021

    2022 Quilter's Planner

     The 2022 Quilter's Planner just opened for pre-orders and I am very excited to show you my contribution to the planner, the Checkerboard Sampler pattern for the planner.

    Photo by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for Quilter' Planner 2022

    I designed the Checkerboard Sampler as a fun sampler perfect for all quilters from more beginner to advanced.  The different blocks can show off your favorite prints and colors.

    Lorinda, the new owner of the Quilter's Planner, sewed and quilted this version using Tula Pink's True Colors collection.  I love the bright colors and Kitty's photography is always wonderful.

    Photo by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for Quilter' Planner 2022

    The planner is available for pre-order here.  The planner has multiple cover options, Sunday/Monday start days for the calendar, and many options for the weekly calendar portion of the planner.

    I went with the pink gradient cover, the Sunday start, and the graph paper option for the weekly layout.  Which cover is your favorite?



    Cedar Bay Planner Co:
    Lindsie Bergevin- Graphic Design
    Kitty Wilkin- Photography
    Lorinda Davis: Editor and weekly tips for QP


    Quilter's Planner:
    Yvonne Fuchs- Technical Editing
    Cheryl Brickey- Checkerboard Sampler pattern and weekly tips
    Sylvia Schaefer: Science, Baby! pattern
    Leanne Parsons: Scrappy Playground quilt and weekly tips
    Christine Slote: Palace Walk wall hanging
    Sarah Ashford: Windmills Quilt and QP Social Media Manager
    Lynett Muhaso: Joyful Moments quilt
    Jemima Flendt: Luminous Stars pillow
    Brett Lewis: Range Road quilt



    Thursday, August 5, 2021

    Macaron Mystery ++ Cutting Instructions


    Is everyone ready to start cutting their fabrics?  

    Welcome to the first month of instructions for the Macaron Mystery Quilt! The Macaron Mystery Quilt is a free quilt-along that will run from July 2021 through April 2022 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. The Macaron Mystery is a lap size design, that can easily be made larger with the addition of borders.  

    There is plenty of time to join in on the quilt along, we are just getting started! You can find all of the information about the Macaron Mystery, including schedule, past instructions, links to the Facebook group, sneak peek, and more at the Macaron Mystery Page.
    Here is a link to a printer friendly, pdf version of the cutting instructions...





    Cutting Instructions




    FABRIC A

    1. Cut 1 strip 5 ½" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strip into 3 squares 5 ½" x 5 ½".

    2. Cut 4 strips 5" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strips into 27 squares 5" x 5" (each strip can yield 8 squares).


    FABRIC B

    1. Cut 3 strips 5 ¼" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strips into 15 squares 5 ¼" x 5 ¼" (each strip can yield 7 squares).


    FABRIC C

    1. Cut 3 strips 5 ¼" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strips into 15 squares 5 ¼" x 5 ¼" (each strip can yield 7 squares).


    FABRIC D

    1. Cut 2 strips 2 ⅜" x WOF. (Cut the strips to 2 ⅝" x WOF and the squares to 2 ⅝" x 2 ⅝" if you like to oversize the triangles used in square in a square blocks.)
    a. Sub-cut the strips into 26 squares 2 ⅜" x 2 ⅜" (each strip can yield 16 squares).

    2. Cut 3 strips 2" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strips into 52 squares 2" x 2". (each strip can yield 20 squares).


    BACKGROUND FABRIC 1 (Bg1)

    1. Cut 1 strip 5" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strip into 3 squares 5" x 5".
    b. Use the remainder of the strip to cut 4 squares 4 ½" x 4 ½".

    2. Cut 1 strip 4 ½" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strip into 8 additional squares 4 ½" x 4 ½" (for a total of 12 squares 4 ½" x 4 ½").

    3. Cut 5 strips 2 ⅞" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strips into 60 squares 2 ⅞" x 2 ⅞" (each strip can yield 13 squares).

    4. Cut 1 strip 2 ⅝" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strips into 13 squares 2 ⅝" x 2 ⅝".


    BACKGROUND FABRIC 2 (Bg2)

    1. Cut 1 strip 5 ½" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strip into 3 squares 5 ½" x 5 ½".

    2. Cut 4 strips 5" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strips into 27 squares 5" x 5" (each strip can yield 8 squares).

    3. Cut 14 strips 3 ½" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut 4 strips into 8 rectangles 3 ½" x 17" (each strip can yield 2 rectangles).
    b. Sub-cut 2 strips into 4 rectangles 3 ½" x 15 ½" (each strip can yield 2 rectangles).
    c. Sub-cut 8 strips into 24 rectangles 3 ½" x 12 ½" (each strip can yield 3 rectangles).

    4. Cut 5 strips 2 ⅞" x WOF.
    a. Sub-cut the strips into 60 squares 2 ⅞" x 2 ⅞" (each strip can yield 13 squares).

    5. You will have a good amount of Bg2 fabric left (at least 19" x WOF).  Save this fabric for a later step.



    Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Macaron 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 2nd.




    Tuesday, August 3, 2021

    I'm Teaching at QuiltCon 2022!

     


    QuiltCon 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona from February 16th-20th is only 165 days away.  Registration for Modern Quilt Guild members starts tomorrow at 10am EDT.  I have the honor of teaching at the event again and I am looking forward to it!

    I'll be teaching 5 classes at QuiltCon:

    EQ8 for Beginners: DES002ThuAM - Thursday, February 17, 9 am-noon
    EQ8 for Beginners: DES002SatEve - Thursday, February 19, 6-9 pm
    All About Using Fabrics in EQ8: DES007 - Friday, February 18, 9 am - noon
    Modern Quilt Design Using EQ8: DES008 - Friday, February 18, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
    Modern Strip Piecing: PIE - Friday, February 18, 6-9 pm

    Are you planning on attending QuiltCon?




    EQ8 FOR BEGINNERS

    EQ for Beginners gets new EQ users acquainted to EQ8 allowing them to leave the pencil and graph paper behind when they learn the basic functions and explore the versatility of EQ8. This is a hands on computer class and students must bring their own laptop computers with EQ8 already installed.

    Some topics that will be covered include: how to navigate the block and quilt worktables, use library blocks and fabrics, create your own blocks, and build a quilt top using different blocks, block settings, colors, fabrics. sashing, borders, and more.






    ALL ABOUT USING FABRICS IN EQ8

    This workshop focuses on everything fabric for EQ8. Want to learn to import fabric images, resize and fussy cut them, and create your own fabric libraries? This is an intermediate EQ8 class which assumes that students have a basic understanding of EQ8 and can navigate the program. This is a hands on computer class and students must bring their own laptop computers with EQ8 already installed.

    This workshop will teach how to transform fabrics within EQ8 using the Design tab and the Fabric Workshop, import fabrics in three different ways, and create custom libraries and default libraries so the fabrics are ready to use in every project.








    MODERN QUILT DESIGN USING EQ8

    Ready to design modern quilts using EQ8? Learn how to use the three different quilt layouts (Horizontal Grid, Horizontal/Vertical Strip, and Custom) to get your modern quilt ideas out of your sketchbook and into EQ8. This is an intermediate EQ8 class which assumes that students have a basic understanding of EQ8 and can navigate the program well. This is a hands on computer class and students must bring their own laptop computers with EQ8 already installed.

    This workshop will teach how to incorporate modern design aesthetics such as negative space, alternative grid, multiple sized blocks into EQ8 designed quilts.








    MODERN STRIP PIECING

    This workshop is geared towards beginners and focuses on the techniques of strip piecing (cutting, sewing, and pressing) and how strip piecing can be used to create modern quilts. Quilters will learn how to sew techniques for successful strip piecing including: a scant quarter inch seam allowance, accurate measuring and cutting, and pressing. Quilters will then practice strip piecing to
    create a modern quilt.




    Tips on How to Register as an MQG Member:

    • No discount code needed! During registration, you will log in to your MQG account to show your current membership.
    • TIP: If you haven't used your MQG account recently, log in now to make sure you know your password! Can't log in? Email us at info@themodernquiltguild.com for assistance!
    • Plan ahead! View the QuiltCon catalog to choose what items you'd like to register for, or use the interactive schedule to find the lectures and workshops you're most interested in.
    • Lock in your top picks first! Register and complete payment for them. You can log back in and add more items later.
    • Join the waitlist! If something you are looking forward to has sold out, we will let you know when a spot opens up.