October 19, 2014

Linked - a new quilt pattern!

Some fabrics are just too good to cut into small pieces!  My new Linked quilt pattern lets the fabric be the focus.  Use a pre-cut charm pack or cut your own from that favorite fabric you’ve been hoarding.

When I saw Carrie Bloomston’s Paint collection (Windham Fabrics) a few months ago, I knew it was a perfect match for Linked.  The mottled semi-solids in the collection provide the perfect backdrop for the prints to shine.  The Linked pattern includes six sizes from baby all the way to king.  The featured quilt is the throw size and finishes at about 58” square.  The “link” and background pieces are strip pieced to speed your sewing along.

I’m keeping my eyes open for a great kid friendly fabric to fussy cut for the next time I need a baby quilt.

Some of you may remember my Linked Pillow-Along a couple of years ago.  The Linked pattern is an up-sized version of the pillow design.  If you want to give the pillow a try, the links to the blog posts are listed under my Tutorials tab above.

Linked is available in both paper and PDF versions – paper in my Etsy shop and PDF in both Etsy and Craftsy.  Shop owners interested in wholesale can just shoot me an e-mail.

The Fat Quarter Shop has generously agreed to provide a fatquarter bundle of Paint to one of my lucky readers!  To enter the drawing, check out all the fantastic fat quarter bundles they stock and tell me what fabric you want to show off.  I’ll let Mr. Random pick a winner at the end of the day on Tuesday, Oct 21.  Please, please leave your email address in your comment.  If I can’t reach you, you can’t win!

October 12, 2014

Sew Solid Sunday #10

Cooler Weather
Welcome back to Sew Solid Sunday! If you are new here, every month I share a project I've made using solid fabrics.  Sometimes there are tutorials and sometimes just some sharing, but I hope you'll make your own solid projects too and share them here via our linky party.

My quilt this month is called Cooler Weather.  I love making quilts that reflect the seasons and fall offers such great colors to work with.

I added the inner rectangles on the sketch later.

So, I was sitting in bed the other morning, thinking about what to make for Sew Solid Sunday and thinking that Fall seemed like an obvious theme.  That led me to thinking that maybe I should make some flying geese.  I love triangles and haven't made much with them recently.  I got out my graph paper and started sketching, thinking about actual geese flying south and falling leaves.  Since I already had a block in mind, as I was sketching, I just drew rectangles about the size the flying geese would be.  So this is where the plan took a bit of a left turn - I really liked the design with the rectangles.  Rather than using solid blocks of color, I used just the outline of the rectangles.  I also decided to appliqué the quilt instead of piecing it as it would give me the freedom to put the rectangles anywhere I liked.   I could have done something similar with improv piecing (not really my strong suit!), but I like the immediacy of this kind of appliqué - all I needed was a piece of background fabric cut to size and then to move my rectangles wherever I wanted them.

Once I fused the rectangles in place, I decided to stitch them down after the quilt was layered with the backing and batting - an idea I've wanted to try for a while.  I often use a satin stitch when I'm working with fusible appliqué, but that felt too heavy for these slim rectangles so I just straight stitched along the inner and outer edges of the rectangles.  I wouldn't recommend doing this if you plan to wash your quilt as I did!  Quite a mess!  A few minutes with the scissors fixed the worst of it.

For the rest of the quilting I made a big "Z" shape across the quilt and echo quilted lines about 3/4" apart.  I considered doing some more swirly, breezy looking quilting, but it just didn't feel right to me with the hard angles of the rectangles.

A few of the quilt details:  the final size is approximately 24" x 30", the outside of the rectangles measure 3" x 1 1/2", they are 1/4" wide and the fabrics are RJR Cotton Supreme Solids left over from this post (perfect colors!).

A head's up for next month!  It will be a pretty busy time around here on the blog, so my friend Lynn Harris, from The Little Red Hen will be guest posting for Sew Solid Sunday.  I know she'll have an amazing project to share!

Let's see what you and everyone else have been up to!

September 23, 2014

Robert Kaufman Sale!

Check out this great sale at Fat Quarter Shop!  It includes Kona solids and pre-cuts so stock up :)

September 17, 2014

Sewtopia and #travelhandmade

Do you #travelhandmade?  I must admit I'm so busy making quilts that I don't take much time to make items so that I can travel handmade.  However, you may recall my luggage tag tutorial from earlier this year.

Well, the awesome folks at Sewtopia saw it too and have added it to their post encouraging their attendees to #travelhandmade.  The post includes lots of wonderful #travelhandmade tutorial links.  It is totally worth checking out.  I just love my Jeni Baker Lined Drawstring Bag that I use to corral my toiletries when I travel!  If you #travelhandmade, show us what you travel with on social  media and # it #travelhandmade.

Sewtopia is a weekend of pure sewing indulgence!  It happens in Salt Lake City in early November and in Chicago next April.  If you are one of the lucky ones attending Sewtopia, you can add your handmade items to their linky party on the post.

So, do you travel handmade?

September 16, 2014

Neighborhood Charm

I love it when people send me pictures of quilts they've made with my patterns!  What could get better than that?

I received these adorable photos from Kristin of Quiltilicious recently.  She made my Neighborhood Charm pattern (on Moda Bake Shop) using a Sweetwater Road 15 charm pack.

Kristin's quilting is the most amazing part!  She added so many adorable details!  Check out her blog post for more pictures. Among other things, she added a clothesline, a trailer, a lemonade stand, a hammock, a kite and some balloons - all quilted free hand.  So fantastic!

So, send me pictures of anything you've made from my patterns!

September 14, 2014

Sew Solid Sunday!

Welcome back to Sew Solid Sunday!

This month I'm sharing an English Paper Piecing (EPP) project I've been working on (on and off) for several months now.  I wanted to try my hand at the ever-popular hexies and had some neutral fabrics that were dying to be used.  I designed this spiral pattern and set to EPPing! You can find a tutorial here.

As I love handwork, it wasn't a surprise to me that I enjoyed the process of basting the hexies and stitching them together.  I really like the way this warm and cool spiral worked where it looks never-ending - the warm turns the corner into the cool and vice versa.

The greys did not transition from one to the other as smoothly as the creams and, in hindsight, I wish I had purchased a couple more to use instead of relying on what I had on hand.  However, I do try to use what I have in my stash when possible!

Once I finished the spiral section, I set it in Amethyst Kona cotton a bit off center.  I put some batting in and pillowcased it to finish the edges.  I haven't added any quilting yet and have not really decided what I want to do.  At a minimum, I'll probably quilt around the outside of the hexy part.  I think it needs something more, but can't quite decide yet.  What do you think?  Maybe some handstitching?

September 11, 2014

BadAss Quilters Society Special Exhibit

Comma Link
Have you heard of the BadAss Quilters Society? Maddie Kertay is the woman behind it all.  Among other things, she owns Spool in Chattanooga, TN.  Basically, BadAss quilters believe in making the things they like to make, the way the want to make them while saying what they think and being nice to everyone.

So BAQS and AQS teamed up to do two special exhibits at the AQS shows this year in Chattanooga, TN and Des Moines, IA.   The Chattanooga show started yesterday and goes through Saturday and the Des Moines show is October 1-4.

My quilt, Comma Link, will be hanging in the Des Moines BAQS exhibit.  I wish I was able to go and see either of these exhibits!  You should definitely go if you can!

I went to the AQS show in Grand Rapids, MI last month and it was wonderful.  Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@eschhousequilts) and Facebook saw a lot of photos of great quilts.  My quilt, Think Positive, was finishing up nearly a year of traveling in the AQS Modern Quilt Challenge.  I'm happy to say it is now home with me again :)

As much as I want to, it can be hard to take time out of my schedule to go to a quilt show.  I never regret it when I do.  The variety and quality of the work on display never fails to amaze and inspire me.  (And I haven't even mentioned the vendors...)

Have you been to a quilt show this year?