Thursday, June 17, 2021

Macaron Mystery Quilt Staring in Two Weeks ++ Sponsors & Prizes

 


Only two weeks until the kick off of the Macaron Mystery Quilt Along!  I am so excited and I hope that you are too!  You can find out all about the quilt along here including dates, the un-mystery quilt option, and the Facebook group.

Check out all of our generous sponsors and the prizes they are donating. All prizes will be given out randomly to those that enter the final reveal parade (finished quilt tops or finished quilts).  Be sure to scroll to the bottom for an awesome giveaway.

I want to thank all of our twelve (12!!) sponsors for generously donating prizes for this quilt along!  Without further ado, here are the sponsors in random order...



Large Spool Collection - 12 Large Spools

Aurifil is a favorite of quilters for their high quality, wonderful colors, and variety of thread weights.  Aurifil thread is made from the finest cottons grown in the Mako region of Egypt and manufactured in Milano, Italy.





$50 Gift Certificate

Backside Fabrics specializes in wide quilt backing fabrics that are both beautiful and affordable.  I love wide back fabrics so I do not have to piece a backing and Backside Fabrics has the largest selection I have ever seen.  



$25 Gift Certificate - 3 Winners

Myra of Busy Hands Quilts makes custom quilts and designs quilt patterns.  Her patterns include instructions for all sizes from wall to king, including two lap sizes, wherever 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 loves strip piecing because it saves time and she includes directions for strip piecing if it works for the pattern.  You can find all of her patterns in her shop, Busy Hands Quilts.




$50 Gift Certificate

Brewstitched is a wonderful online and brick & mortar fabric shop famous for all of pre-orders, new fabrics, and blender/solids.  Brewstitched is a new sponsor (and is having a giveaway below!!) and will also be offering kits for sale for the Macaron Mystery.

 Cotton Cuts
Cotton Cuts Classic, Modern Maker, or Java Box (US shipping only)

Cotton Cuts is a fabric subscription box that delivers designer quilting fabric based on your preferences.  Cotton Cuts offers subscription boxes for fabrics (large and small amounts), thread, and more. 





$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 huge selection of solids, patterns, notions, quilt kits.





$40 Gift Certificate

Quilt Pattern Mart is a digital pattern marketplace made by quilters for quilters containing almost 200 quilt patterns for sale. The patterns range from beginner to advanced and cover applique, paper piecing, traditional piecing and more.



Quilting Jetgirl
2 winners of 2 pdf patterns each

Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is back as a sponsor for the fourth year in a row! Yvonne blogs at Quilting Jetgirl. She has been quilting for 20+ years and credits quilting with helping her feel balanced and connected to both her local hometown community and a larger global community. Her patterns are available through her shop.



$85 longarm quilting voucher

Quilting by Anne-Marie offers custom and digital edge-to-edge long arm quilting services to quilters nationwide. Whether you're modern, traditional, or somewhere in between, Anne-Marie will work with you to select a design to complement your quilt. She strives to provide excellent customer service in a timely fashion.


Prize details: $85 will cover many designs of edge-to-edge longarm quilting of mystery quilt (or equivalent size quilt). Winner responsible for shipping (both ways) and batting.





Voucher for Macaron Mystery quilt quilting (or similar sized quilt)

Sew Colorado Quilting, LLC Voucher for longarm quilting of mystery quilt At Sew Colorado Quilting LLC, I'm focused on collaborating with quilters to finish quilts through digital edge to edge quilting designs. Quality at a reasonable cost is my priority and I love working with a variety of experience levels. I've quilted for fabric designers, first time quilters and every level in between.


Prize details: Voucher will cover many designs of edge-to-edge longarm quilting of mystery quilt (or equivalent size quilt) and batting. Winner responsible for shipping (both ways) and batting.


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2 winners - each winning a set of star quilt pattern greeting cards (US addresses only)

Soma of InkTorrents Graphics is a software engineer by trade. She is an accomplished quilter, paper pieced pattern designer, painter, drawer, and photographer.  Soma's beautiful creations can be found in her shop InkTorrents Graphics.





Meadow Mist Designs
2 pdf Patterns - 2 Winners

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 and she just published her second book, Just One Charm Pack Quilts.







And now who is ready for a giveaway?

This giveaway of a $25 gift certificate is generously donated by one of our newest sponsors, Brewstitched, who is also going to be offering kits for purchase for the Macaron Mystery Quilt.

Giveaway open now through Tuesday June 22nd at midnight EDT.  Open to everyone everyone around the world, ages 18 and up.

To enter the giveaway:  

1. Sign up for Brewstitched newsletter (which includes their free pattern of the month) here. Leave a comment on this blog post saying you have signed up (or are already a subscriber).

2. Follow Brewsitched on Instagram here. Leave a second comment on this blog post saying you are a follower.

** If you are a no-reply blogger be sure to include your email address otherwise I have no way of contacting you **










Saturday, June 5, 2021

Ending Soon - Super Awesome Pre-Sale Signed Book Bundle!



Just a quick reminder that the Just One Charm Pack Quilts Super Awesome Presale Signed Book Bundle Sale ends tonight.

The Special Deal will end at midnight tonight (EDT), Saturday June 5th





WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THIS BUNDLE
  • Signed copy of Just One Charm Pack Quilts book ($25 value)
  • Three (3) individual Meadow Mist Designs patterns, printed or digital ($36 value)
  • Digital copy of Cathedral Window Pincushions pattern ($12 value). This is a special pattern not available for purchase outside of this bundle.

$73 dollar value for $25 plus shipping*

* Shipping - Bundle will be shipped using USPS Priority Mail flat rate envelops for a cost of $7.50 for US and $28.50 for Canada. For all other countries, please email me at Cheryl@Meadow-Mist-Designs.com for a shipping estimate.

The shipping estimate currently is about June 25th, but this subject to change based on shipping delays and when I receive the books. As soon as I receive them, I will ship them out as quickly as possible.

Signed Copies - I will sign the inside of the book and include your name that is listed in the shipping address so if you would like a different name, please email me after purchase.







HOW TO PURCHASE THE BUNDLE

1. Add the Just One Charm Pack Book Bundle to your cart.


2. Add three individual Meadow Mist Designs patterns (digital, printed, or a mixture of both) to your cart. Note: Digital patterns will be available right to download right after purchase. Printed patterns will be shipped with book.


3. Add the digital Cathedral Window Pincushion pattern to your cart.


4. Enter the coupon code CHARMBOOK during checkout. The coupon code will take off $48 from the total to make the bundle cost $25 plus shipping.


If you have any questions with the listing or using the coupon code, e-mail me at Cheryl@Meadow-Mist-Designs.com and I will help you.



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BONUS BOOK

If you purchase this bundle, you can add a signed copy of my first book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts for only $15 (40% off the list price of $25).










ABOUT THE JUST ONE CHARM PACK BOOK

Who can resist a perfectly coordinated and fun-filled fabric charm pack? Now make the most of your growing collection with projects designed with the charm pack lover in mind. Sew colorful and bright quilt projects, each using only one charm pack, one extra fabric, and a background fabric.

All 18 projects come in two colorway options with easy to follow instructions and illustrations. Finished creations have multiple uses! Projects are perfectly sized for a baby or child, but also make for unique house décor as table toppers, wall hangings, or the perfect gift for friends and loved ones. Plus, you'll never need another excuse to keep buying those irresistibly fun charm packs!

By Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. Published by Stash Publications, an imprint of C&T Publications, June 2021.

You can find a series of posts and videos all about the book showing samples and giving many tips and tricks:





 




Friday, June 4, 2021

Just One Charm Packs Quilts & Cats

I thought it might be fun to highlight my favorite quilt testers Oreo, Reeses, and Piper today.  They took their job of laying on and messing with every fabric, quilt block, quilt top, and finished quilt I made for the Just One Charm Pack Quilts book very seriously.  

These are all in-progress iPhone pictures so they are not the best photo-wise but it they were too cute not to share.



Reeses on the Nine Patch Challenge quilt top






Piper asleep on the job monitoring Baskets piecing






Piper on Baskets while I was trying to cut batting






Reeses and Piper helping with basting Coin Flip






Piper helping to block the Nine Patch Challenge after quilting








Oreo helping with basting Ships Ahoy






Reeses and Piper wrestling over Nine Patch Challenge








Piper modeling the finished Fishies quilt






Reeses getting cat hair on Baskets as I was trying to de-lint and fold it for shipping





Piper getting cat hair on Baskets as I was trying to de-lint and fold it for shipping






Oreo getting cat hair on Baskets (the other version) as I was trying to de-lint and fold it for shipping



Just as a reminder, my super awesome, signed book bundle pre-sale for Just One Charm Pack Quilts ends tomorrow night (Saturday June 5th at midnight EST).  The bundles includes:

  • Signed copy of Just One Charm Pack Quilts book ($25 value)
  • Three (3) individual Meadow Mist Designs patterns, printed or digital ($36 value)
  • Digital copy of Cathedral Window Pincushions pattern ($12 value). This is a special pattern not available for purchase outside of this bundle.
$73 dollar value for $25 plus shipping

You can find out more about the deal here and purchase the deal here.








Thursday, June 3, 2021

Macaron Mystery ++ 1 Month Until Kickoff!

The Macaron Mystery Quilt, a free monthly mystery quilt along will kick off in just one more month on Thursday, July 1st! 




The Macaron 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.

We will kick off the quilt-along on Thursday, July 1st with the fabric requirements and some helpful hints to pick fabrics and colors (you will have an entire month to gather fabrics before the cutting instructions in August).

Here are some more details about the upcoming mystery quilt...




QUILT ALONG INSTRUCTIONS

The monthly instructions will be posted to this blog as blog posts (and can always be found on the Macaron Mystery Page).  I will be attaching a link to the downloadable, easy to print, pdf versions of the instructions right into each monthly instruction blog post.  There is no need to sign up to get the instructions, they will be posted here each month.

To make sure that you do not miss any posts, make sure that you are subscribed to the blog (here are some links for following... BloglovinEmail).




PRIZES 

We will have many prizes which will be given out randomly to quilters who submit finished quilts or quilt tops to the reveal parade in April 2022.  I will be posting about the sponsors and prizes in about two weeks.



UN-MYSTERY QUILT OPTION

Want to join in the fun but making a mystery quilt is not your thing? I totally understand and offer a sneak peek of the design!

If you would like to see the final pattern to decide whether to join in or to help pick colors, you can sign up to receive the Un-Mystery Quilt Sneak Peek.  The sneak peek will be sent out on Thursday, July 1st and will contain the sneak peek, multiple colorway renderings, and a coloring page.



  • The only rule is that you have to keep the design completely to yourself as to not spoil anyone else's surprise.
  • This sign up is only for a sneak peek and will not be used for sending out instructions.
  • This is a fresh signup so if you want the sneak peek you need to sign up, even if you had signed up for last year's sneak peek. 




FACEBOOK GROUP
We have over 8,000 members in our Facebook Group (Meadow Mist Designs Facebook Group) sewing together! Join the group today so you can share and see everyone else's fabric, progress pictures, and finished quilts.





QUILT KITS

There is no need to purchase a kit to take part in the mystery quilt along, but for those that would like to purchase a quilt kit, there will be kits offered (more info and links will be posted on July 1st)



PREVIOUS MYSTERY QUILTS

The instructions for my previous mystery quilts are located in the Mystery Quilt tab above (and are always available so you can start them at any time).





QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions regarding my mystery quilts you can e-mail me at MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com or leave your question in a comment below.



 




Monday, May 31, 2021

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - May 2021

Welcome to May's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!




My big news this month was the official pre-sale launch of my book Just One Charm Pack Quilts. The super awesome, signed book bundle pre-sale includes:

  • Signed copy of Just One Charm Pack Quilts book ($25 value)
  • Three (3) individual Meadow Mist Designs patterns, printed or digital ($36 value)
  • Digital copy of Cathedral Window Pincushions pattern ($12 value). This is a special pattern not available for purchase outside of this bundle.
$73 dollar value for $25 plus shipping

This special offer is only available through Saturday June 5th and you can find out more about the deal here.




I thought that in honor of the Just One Charm Pack Quilts, I would share one of my favorite quilts from the book. 

Here is Ninja, one of the very beginner friendly patterns from the book. I used a charm pack of Flower Shop by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics paired with Moda Bella solids in white (fabric A) and frost (background) for this quilt. I love the bright happy colors of this quilt and the swirl quilting that Carol Alperin quilted on it.

Photo: C&T Publications
Designed & sewn by Cheryl Brickey, Quilted by Carol Alperin







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

 

 




Friday, May 28, 2021

Super Awesome Pre-Sale Signed Book Bundle!



Today is the day!!  The start of the Just One Charm Pack Quilts Super Awesome Presale Signed Book Bundle Sale!!

I originally said I would send all links today and the sale would start tomorrow, but I could not figure out how to get the links to work if the products were not live, so I decided to just launch a day early :)

Special Deal only from today Friday May 28th through Saturday June 5th





WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THIS BUNDLE
  • Signed copy of Just One Charm Pack Quilts book ($25 value)
  • Three (3) individual Meadow Mist Designs patterns, printed or digital ($36 value)
  • Digital copy of Cathedral Window Pincushions pattern ($12 value). This is a special pattern not available for purchase outside of this bundle.

$73 dollar value for $25 plus shipping*

* Shipping - Bundle will be shipped using USPS Priority Mail flat rate envelops for a cost of $7.50 for US and $28.50 for Canada. For all other countries, please email me at Cheryl@Meadow-Mist-Designs.com for a shipping estimate.

The shipping estimate currently is about June 25th, but this subject to change based on shipping delays and when I receive the books. As soon as I receive them, I will ship them out as quickly as possible.

Signed Copies - I will sign the inside of the book and include your name that is listed in the shipping address so if you would like a different name, please email me after purchase.







HOW TO PURCHASE THE BUNDLE

1. Add the Just One Charm Pack Book Bundle to your cart.


2. Add three individual Meadow Mist Designs patterns (digital, printed, or a mixture of both) to your cart. Note: Digital patterns will be available right to download right after purchase. Printed patterns will be shipped with book.


3. Add the digital Cathedral Window Pincushion pattern to your cart.


4. Enter the coupon code CHARMBOOK during checkout. The coupon code will take off $48 from the total to make the bundle cost $25 plus shipping.


If you have any questions with the listing or using the coupon code, e-mail me at Cheryl@Meadow-Mist-Designs.com and I will help you.



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BONUS BOOK

If you purchase this bundle, you can add a signed copy of my first book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts for only $15 (40% off the list price of $25).










ABOUT THE JUST ONE CHARM PACK BOOK

Who can resist a perfectly coordinated and fun-filled fabric charm pack? Now make the most of your growing collection with projects designed with the charm pack lover in mind. Sew colorful and bright quilt projects, each using only one charm pack, one extra fabric, and a background fabric.

All 18 projects come in two colorway options with easy to follow instructions and illustrations. Finished creations have multiple uses! Projects are perfectly sized for a baby or child, but also make for unique house décor as table toppers, wall hangings, or the perfect gift for friends and loved ones. Plus, you'll never need another excuse to keep buying those irresistibly fun charm packs!

By Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. Published by Stash Publications, an imprint of C&T Publications, June 2021.

You can find a series of posts and videos all about the book showing samples and giving many tips and tricks:








Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Just One Charm Pack Quilts - Quilt Sizes

 I hope that you are enjoying the different videos for the launch of my next book, Just One Charm Pack Quilts which comes out next month.  The previous videos are:

In today's video, I am answering the most asked question about the book and giving you a sneak peek on the super awesome, pre-sale signed book bundle.

Video #4 - Quilt Sizes & How to Enlarge plus Book Bundle Deal




BOOK QUILT SIZES

The number one question I have received about the book is how big are the quilts?  

The quilts from the book are perfect for babies, kids, smaller adult lap quilts, wall hangings, and table toppers.  The smallest quilts are around 36" x 44" and the larger ones are about 52" x 52".  

In the video, I hold up one of the larger quilts called Star Surround (purple background with stars) and it is almost the width of my arms and goes from the floor to about my shoulders.  I would say that it is a nice size lap quilt, but would not be big enough for a 6 foot person to have from his chin to his toes.


HOW TO MAKE QUILTS LARGER

This brings us to the second part of the video, three ways of enlarging a quilt.  I hope that you will find this section helpful not only for the book quilts, but any quilt you would like to make.  

If you love a book quilt but really would like it to be larger there are three main methods to change the size:


1. Add borders - You can add simple or complex borders to a quilt top.  This is the easiest way (math-wise) to enlarge a quilt.  Here is Nine Patch Challenge made into a large lap quilt using borders. 



2.  Add more blocks - By adding more blocks you can change not only the size but also the shape of the quilt. This is Coin Flip made into a very large lap quilt by increasing the blocks from 9 to 20.



3.  Resize the blocks - This is the most complex way (math-wise) of enlarging a quilt because all of the piece sizes will need to be recalculated.  However, if you like the design and do not want to change it, enlarging the design is the way to go as the design will be the same, just bigger.  

Here is Cat's Eye transformed into a queen size quilt with the same design, just using a layer cake instead of a charm pack.





SUPER AWESOME PRE-SALE SIGNED BOOK BUNDLE

For a limited time, this Saturday May 30th through Saturday June 5th, I am offering a signed book bundle.  All details on how to purchase and links to the bundle will be posted on Friday, May 30th.

For only $25 plus shipping, you will get s signed copy of Just One Charm Pack Quilts, 3 stand alone patterns (digital and/or printed), and a digital version of my Cathedral Windows Pincushion pattern.  The pincushion pattern is a great way to use up extra charm squares (each pincushion uses 3 charm squares) and this pattern is not available for sale outside of this bundle.

Please note that all digital patterns will be available for download right after purchase and all printed patterns will be shipped with the book.  

The estimated date I have been given to receive books is June 25th, but this may change based on shipping.  I promise that as soon as I get the books in, I will have them shipped out as quickly as possible.

You can also pre-order Just One Charm Pack Quilts through Amazon (affiliate link).  

Due to shipping costs, the bundle is only available for US mailing addresses.  If you are international and wish to take part in the deal, please email me at cheryl@meadow-mist-designs.com and I can estimate the shipping cost.






Monday, May 17, 2021

Just One Charm Pack Quilts - Making Your Own Charm Pack

The Just One Charm Pack Quilts is launches soon!  At the end of this month I will be having a limited time, signed book bundle and next month the book is released! 

As part of the launch, I have recorded a number of videos showing some of the quilts from the book and giving some helpful tips.  

Introductory Video

Picking Out Fabric A and Background Fabric

The book, Just One Charm Pack Quilts, stretches a charm pack to make a quilt by adding in an additional fabric (called fabric A in the patterns) and a background fabric.  

I'm back today with the third video of the series for some tips on how to make your own charm pack.  You can also use this to pick fabrics and colors for a quilt (not just for a charm pack).

Just One Charm Pack Quilts - Video #3 - Making Your Own Charm Pack




EXAMPLE 1

My favorite way to create a charm pack is to build off a favorite print.  Looking at the colors in the print, I pick additional prints and solids that go with this colors.  If you need help figuring out the colors in the print, the selvedge will typically have spots of each color used in the print. 

The added in fabrics do not have to be an exact match and having them a vary a little gives great interest to the quilt top.  I really like to add blender fabrics, which fabric that have prints but read as nearly solids (such as grunge or tone-on-tone) to the charm pack. 

Here is Coin Flip made and quilted by Travis.  To make this charm pack, I started with the pink, white, and black plaid fabric you can see in the quilt top.  Then I pulled a number of black, gray, white, and pink fabrics to compliment it.  I usually try to have enough fabrics that I only have 1-3 squares of each print in my charm pack. 


Coin Flip
Pieced and quilted by Travis
Photo by Stash Publications





EXAMPLE 2

You can also go more monochromatic and pick 1-3 colors to build your charm pack.  Making a charm pack can be as easy as grabbing your bin of pink/red scraps and cutting them down to 5" square.

In One-Eyed Monster, I decided to use lime greens, true greens, and blues (some of my favorite colors).  I went with more saturated colors to stand out well against the white background.  

Usually when I pull fabrics, I over-pull meaning that I pull too many options.  Then I look at them all together and start editing and eliminating some.


One-Eyed Monster
Pieced and quilted by Cheryl Brickey
Photo by Stash Publications




SPECIAL SIGNED BOOK BUNDLE

From only May 29th - June 5th, I am going to be offering a super bundle for signed books that will include additional stand alone patterns, plus an unreleased pattern that will only be available during this pre-sale. More details soon :)




LAUNCH DATES

Publication Date Late June - Just One Charm Pack Quilts will be published towards the end of June.  The exact date is still unknown depending on shipping times/delays.

Pre-Sale Dates May 29th - June 5th - I am going to be offering a super bundle for signed books that will include additional patterns, plus an unreleased pattern that will only be available during this pre-sale.  More details soon :)

Book Hop - July 18-28th - Join in with me and over a dozen quilters highlighting each book quilt!


Just One Charm Pack Quilts - Video #3 - Making Your Own Charm Pack

Do you have any questions after watching the video?  Let me know in the comments below.







Monday, May 10, 2021

Just One Charm Pack Quilts - Picking Fabric A and Background Fabrics

The count down in on!  Next month, Just One Charm Pack Quilts will be released and I am so excited!

As part of the launch, I have recorded a number of videos showing some of the quilts from the book and giving some helpful tips.  You can find the introductory video here: Intro Video.

The book, Just One Charm Pack Quilts, stretches a charm pack to make a quilt by adding in an additional fabric (called fabric A in the patterns) and a background fabric.  

I'm back today with the second video of the series for some tips on how to pick out your fabric A and background fabric.

Just One Charm Pack Quilts - Video #2 - Picking Out Fabric A and Background Fabric




EXAMPLE 1

For some of the quilts in the book, like Bowtie shown below, both the charm prints and the fabric A (the gray solid) touch the background fabric.  The charm prints never touch the fabric A.  

In this case, you would want to pick a background fabric that has good contrast with both the charm prints and fabric A.  In many charm packs, the prints tend to be medium in tone so picking a lighter or darker background works well.  

Fabric A can be any fabric that has good contrast with the background fabric.  You could even use some yardage of one of the charm pack prints. 


Bowtie
Pieced by Cheryl Brickey, Quilted by Carol Alperin
Photo by Stash Publications





EXAMPLE 2

For other quilts in the book, like Blossom Chains shown below, the charm prints are next to both fabric A (the white solid) and the background fabric (the teal solid).  And the fabric A and background fabric are also next to each other.

In this case, you want to make sure that the charm prints, the fabric B, and the background fabric all have good contrast with each other.  When your charm pack has mostly medium tones, the easiest way of doing this would be to use a light fabric and a dark fabric (or vis versa) for fabric A and the background fabric.


Magic Carpet
Pieced by Cheryl Brickey & Quilted by Carol Alperin
Photo by Stash Publications




SPECIAL SIGNED BOOK BUNDLE

From only May 29th - June 5th, I am going to be offering a super bundle for signed books that will include additional stand alone patterns, plus an unreleased pattern that will only be available during this pre-sale. More details soon :)




LAUNCH DATES

Publication Date Late June - Just One Charm Pack Quilts will be published towards the end of June.  The exact date is still unknown depending on shipping times/delays.

Pre-Sale Dates May 29th - June 5th - I am going to be offering a super bundle for signed books that will include additional patterns, plus an unreleased pattern that will only be available during this pre-sale.  More details soon :)

Book Hop - July 18-28th - Join in with me and over a dozen quilters highlighting each book quilt!


Just One Charm Pack Quilts - Video #2 - Picking Out Fabric A and Background Fabric

Do you have any questions after watching the video?  Let me know in the comments below.








Thursday, May 6, 2021

Orchid Valley Quilt and Pattern

I am excited to share a new quilt finish and pattern with you today called Orchid Valley, now available in my pattern shop!  This quilt is a little different for me, I usually do not use this many prints all together, but I must say that this is one of my favorite quilts I have made in the last few years.


FABRICS & MATERIALS

The cover quilt is made with:

  • Kismet collection by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics 
  • Essex Linen in Flax by Robert Kaufman 
  • Moda Bella Solids in White

The start of this quilt was the purchase of a fat quarter bundle of the Kismet fabrics.  I knew that I wanted to use the fabric together as a collection and design a quilt that would highlight all of the wonderful prints and colors.

I used my favorite Warm & White batting by the Warm Company and Aurifil thread for the piecing.  The beautiful quilting is by Carol Alperin and it is kind of a swirls clamshell like design.

For the backing, I went with a soft cream and tan wide back print (I love not having to piece a backing!).




ABOUT THE DESIGN & NAME

I love star designs and this little twist on the star block is so fun, with extra window-pane like grid incorporated into the block.  I also love how having different values and prints in various spots in the blocks make each block have a different look and feel.

The sashing and cornerstones ground the design a little and give the eye a place to rest.

One of my best friends (and the most awesome tech editor in the world!) Yvonne recently moved to the Big Island of Hawaii.  In addition to having the most interesting fruit trees, she also has a ton of native orchids growing on her property.  I named this pattern Orchid Valley in honor of her and in thanks for sharing all of Hawaii's beauty so that I may live a little vicariously through her.




PATTERN DETAILS

Orchid Valley is written at a confident beginner level and is fat quarter friendly.  You can use fat quarters, ¼ yard cuts, or a mixture of both to make the blocks.

The pattern contains instructions to make three sizes: baby, lap, and twin.

Orchid Valley is on sale in my pattern shop as a digital pattern at a special introductory price of $10 now through Sunday, May 9th.  Once you make an Orchid Valley of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #OrchidValleyQuilt.

In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.








MANY THANKS

I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills and quilting ideas (and for sharing her wonderful orchid pictures which inspired the quilt name).  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!).





MORE PICTURES

I went to take pictures of Orchid Valley over the weekend and had perfect photography weather.  It was around 4 pm and cloudy so the sky was bright but diffuse.  I went on a walk to the wood near my house (I always get funny looks walking down the street with my quilt and photography equipment) and the forest was just coming to life.  




All of the new grown had this gorgeous light green color and played really well with the earth tones of the quilt.  After I finished outside, I took a few styled shots within my house and my littlest cat Piper decided to join in.  

Here are some of my favorite pictures:























PINTEREST 

I have been more and more active on Pinterest (check me out here).  If you would like to save Orchid Valley for later on your Pinterest boards, here is a pinnable image.



Remember, you can get the Orchid Valley pattern in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop for only $10.00 through Sunday, May 9th.

In my pattern shop, you can combine this intro sale price with an additional coupon for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.