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.







Monday, May 3, 2021

Salad Bin Fabric Storage

Today I am sharing a tip today that is:
  1. good for your fabric
  2. good for your health
  3. good for the environment
What is this amazing tip?  Using empty salad tubs for fabric storage.  These tubs will organize for fabric, be great for your heath (from all of the salad you will eat), and save the environment by reusing the container.




When I started building up a fabric stash, I would stack my fabrics on shelves and in various containers, which was very messy and disorganized.  My lack of organization made finding the fabric I wanted very difficult and even harder to put away neatly.

I started searching out options for better organizing my growing fabric collection, quickly dismissing plastic storage bins from Target due to the cost.  Making mini-bolts using magazine boards looked interesting, but a good chunk of my stash was fat quarters and quarter yard cuts which do not lend themselves well to mini-bolts. (I do store my cuts greater than 1/2 yard cuts on the boards).

The solution came to me as I was serving my family salad one evening.  The salad bin was the perfect size...and it was free!  I decided to collect enough bins to have one bin per color for folded fabric and one bin per color for scraps.  That is a lot of bins which is where the health benefit of the fabric storage plan comes in...my family ate a lot a salad!



The salad bins I used were from Costco (shown above), but they have similar salad bins at Sam's Club, Publix and other larger grocery stores.

Now take a look at my organized shelves :) Each bin is clear making it easy to see all of the fabric. When I want to go through my pink fabrics (for example), I can just pull out the bin, take out the fabric I want, and put the bin back on my shelf.




Here is how I fold my fabric to fit well into the bins (the pictures below show a half yard cut)...


1.  Begin by laying out your yardage folded like it comes off the bolt, with the two salvages on the right side and the fold on the left side.  For fat quarters, orient your fabric so that the salvage is on right side.



2.  Bring the fold (or the cut edge in the case of a fat quarter) to the savages.



3.  Repeat  #2 again, bringing the folded edge to the salvages.  You should now have a fabric folded to approximately the width of the storage bin.  The length of the folded fabrics will depend on size of the fabric cut.



4.  Now fold the fabric along its length so that the bundle matches the depth of the bin.  I have found folding a half yard cut into fourths works best for my bin size.

What are your best fabric storage tips?