October 23, 2014

Escape! - new quilt pattern and giveaway #2

I love quilt blocks that make secondary designs.  One day earlier this year, I sat down to play around with some quilt designs with the idea of designing a block that made secondary circles.  I didn't like any of the arrangements I came up with, but I kept playing.  Somewhere along the line, I drew the Escape block and thought, "Hey, I kind of like that" - no circles, but yes, let's go with that one instead!

I love the way that one little square "escapes" the rest of the block!  Then, when I saw Lotta Jansdotter's new Follie line, I knew it was perfect for this quilt!  Some of the prints in the line are large scale and give the visual effect that the background "escapes" its proper place and jumps into the printed parts of the block.

Maybe it sounds a bit nutty, but these are the things that make me happy :)  It also makes me happy that Escape works so well with fat quarters.  After all, what is more fun than a beautiful bundle of fat quarters that become a favorite quilt!  You can get four Escape blocks from a fat quarter, but I chose to use more fabric and only made two blocks from each fat quarter in the quilt above.

The Escape pattern includes five size from baby to full/queen.  The quilt shown is the throw size at 54" x 74".  Kathy Koch of ThreadBear Quilting did the amazing quilting.

Escape is available in both paper and PDF versions - paper in my Etsy shop and PDF in both Etsy and Craftsy shops.  Shop owners interested in wholesale can email me.

The Fat Quarter Shop has generously agreed to give a fat quarter bundle of Follie to one of my lucky readers - are they amazing or what!  To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment.  Winter is fast approaching in my neck of the woods, so tell me if you have a favorite winter quilt you are looking forward to snuggling under as the temperatures drop.  I'll pick a winner randomly at the end of the day on Saturday.  I'll be honest and tell you I probably won't get around to posting the winner until Wednesday, when I get back from Quilt Market, so you'll need to have a bit of patience.  Please, please don't forget to leave your email address in your comment - you can't win if I can't reach you!  Good luck!

October 22, 2014

Paint winner!

Beth is the winner of the Paint fat quarter bundle!  Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop and everyone for playing along.  I had a lot of fun looking up all the fabric you chose.  So many wonderful fabrics out there to play with!

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!