Prairie Patterns • 05.22.15
Well, it has been a whirlwind of a week. I am back from Quilt Market and I think I would be happy to do it all over again next week. What fun that was! It was such a treat to share Prairie with all of the people attending. I was so nervous about attending market and sharing not only my first fabric line but also launching my pattern line, Coriander Quilts. But, I don’t know what I was worried about. My husband Ryan said, “you are going to hang out with a bunch of quilters…what could you possibly be worried about?” And he was totally right–it was such a blast!
And today, I am excited to share my Prairie patterns with all of you. Warning, there are a lot of pictures!
First up is Dashing:
Dashing is a Fat Eighth friendly quilt with a fun spin on two traditional quilt blocks–a churn dash block and a star block.
Abby of Latimer Lane Quilting quilted this quilt for me. I love the texture it gives the quilt. This is the 2nd time Abby has used this pattern on a quilt for me and I always love the result.
I had some visitors during my photo taking–such a pretty place to take some photos.
I decided to launch my pattern company under a new name–something different than Little Miss Shabby. So, you will be seeing all of my patterns under the name “Coriander Quilts”–I thought it was too perfect not to use. All of my patterns are full color booklet style patterns with easy to follow instructions and lots of diagrams for cutting, piecing, & pressing.
Next up is Floret. Floret requires a layer cake plus two charm packs or six charm packs if you want to scrap it up.
The blocks in Floret are nice, over-sized blocks and the quilt comes together quickly.
Abby quilted Floret for me as well, using a fun little loopy pattern.
Prairie includes a a variety of stripes which I love using for bindings. In fact, I used a stripe for all of my Prairie quilt bindings except for one. You just can’t go wrong with a great striped binding.
The pattern cover:
And next is Gingersnap.
This is the quilt that many of you have been oohing and ahhing over the hand quilting that my mom did. She banged out the hand quilting on this quilt in just a couple days. There is no way that I would have been able to hand quilt this in time for market! Thanks Mom! =)
The quilting is done using 8 wt. Perle Cotton (mostly Presencia Finca). I love the texture and pop using this weight of thread always provides.
This is the only quilt without a striped binding. You really can’t go wrong with a polka dot either. =)
Gingersnap requires just 2 charm packs plus solid yardage to complete the quilt top.
It is such a fun quilt to make!
Moving onto Idyllic. This quilt might be my favorite quilt…I think I have probably said that about all of these quilts at one time or another.
I just love this one! Idyllic is Fat Eighth friendly and I just adore how it turned out. This quilt is actually the most simple of all the quilts to piece. Can you believe that!–it’s always great to piece a quilt that looks trickier than it is.
Abby quilted this one for me also. This quilting design perfectly compliments the quilt. Do you see that bit of yellow peeking out up there? The Idyllic pattern features both a print and a solid version of the quilt.
I have wanted a yellow and white quilt for so long! I was very excited to incorporate it into this pattern so I had an excuse to make one.
Natalia of Piece & Quilt custom quilted this quilt for me. Didn’t she do a lovely job? I’m so excited about this quilt.
Idyllic Pattern cover:
Of course there must be minis.
I decided to incorporate 3 mini quilts into one quilt pattern. So all 3 of these mini quilts can be found in the Sweetness pattern.
There is a Floret Mini:
I opted to hand quilt this one. I can complete a small hand quilting project quickly! In fact, if you are new to hand quilting, mini quilts are a great way to dip your toes in the water.
There is also a Gingersnap Mini:
Look how cute it is!
And lastly an Idyllic Mini:
Again, this little Idyllic Mini was probably the most simple of the minis to piece.
The minis all use either one or two mini charm packs (the 2.5″ mini ones) plus a bit of solid yardage. And, the patterns for all 3 are found in the Sweetness pattern.
As of right now, PAPER copies of all of the patterns are available in my Etsy Shop. I will also have PDF versions at some point. I tried uploading them without success today–my Internet service in my little Amish town was just not cutting it today! I’ll get them added into my shop as soon as I can.
I’ll be back soon with more pictures of Prairie! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Introducing Prairie! • 05.11.15
Today, I am excited to introduce you to Prairie. She’ll be debuting at Quilt Market in Minneapolis in just a few days and available to purchase in October. You guys know my love of all of those rich “sherbert-y” colors and Prairie combines them all into a warm, beautiful bundle of fabrics. This line is full of stripes for that perfect binding, pretty florals, and fun polka dots.
Prairie is the warmth and golden colors of a late summer afternoon. It is those last few lazy days when the bright, riotous colors of the season meld into the rich days of fall. It is where wildflowers grow in their brilliance along fences and in fields and little feet run barefoot to meet them. To me, Prairie signifies those last carefree days of summer before a new season begins filled with fresh adventure. Enjoy the ride!
If you will be at Quilt Market I would love to see you!–I have pins to trade and quilts to share.
For all of you unable to attend market, next week I will be sharing my new patterns–(there’s 5 of them!) here on the blog and more fun fabric pictures. Follow me on IG @lmshabby (the first letter is a lower case L) to see pictures from Quilt Market coming up in just a couple days.
And the Quiltmaker giveaway wrap-up from last week: the winner is:
Comment #106, Karen who said:
Love this little friendship star.
Wonderful blog tour and thanks for the chance to win!
I’ve sent you an email Karen. =)
Friendship Circle Quilt Block • 05.07.15
Today is my stop on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog tour. Things have been hectic over here with quilt market preparations so it’s nice to pop onto the computer for a minute to share with you all before all of those last minute details take over.
I always enjoy contributing to 100 blocks and this issue has some great blocks. If you already have the issue, isn’t block #1020 just the cutest little block ever!–It’s on page 20. Check it out if you haven’t already!
My block is the last one in the magazine–block #1100, Friendship Circle.
It’s done in a variety of sherbert-y colors–some solids and some C&S basics.
One of my favorite parts about designing blocks for this magazine is playing with layouts in EQ. I really like this block set on point in a mix of scrappy bright solids with Essex linen:
It also works really well in a horizontal layout:
If you haven’t had a chance to peek at a copy yet–make sure you do!
For a chance to win a copy here on my blog, leave a comment below. I’ll draw a winner Monday. ~Comments are now Closed~
You can pop over to the Quilty Pleasures blog for other giveaways and to see the other featured bloggers for today.
Blog Takeover! • 05.01.15
So you may have noticed all over blog land that the Moda Designer’s blogs are being taken over. I’m pretty sure that’s because if they are like my mom, they haven’t had a lot of time to keep up with their blogs over the past few weeks.
Hi!–it’s me Chloe. I pop up every now and then on my mom’s blog–so you’ve probably seen me around.
So, let’s take a little bit of time and talk about just what has been going on here over the last few weeks. First of all, I think we all know what time of year it is—Quilt Market time. Every year, twice a year, hundreds(maybe even thousands) of people from around the world travel to Quilt Market to look at quilts, fabrics, thread, and other such things. So, what does this mean for me? Well, this year my mom is going to Quilt Market as a fabric designer for Moda. Apparently, that is something pretty exciting. And, how do I know this?–Well for one thing, check out her face when she sees the UPS guy coming:
Who knew these sort of boxes would cause such excitement.
And once those boxes arrive, there is a lot of work to be done. My grandma comes over and helps my mom sew, and sew, and sew. And then piles of quilts start popping up everywhere.
But there is still more work to be done. Luckily for my mom, she has my sister and I to help her sew.
I don’t know what she would do without us!
You can get a little behind the scenes peek into some other Moda Designer’s blogs today as well:
Letting the Cat out of the Bag • 04.06.15
I’ve been keeping a bit of a secret over the last year and boy has it been hard to keep to myself! =) If you follow me over on Instagram or Facebook you’ve seen a little bit of this secret leaking out. I snagged these pictures from IG as I haven’t had a proper chance to take any “real” photos.
Just over a week ago, two wonderful boxes of Moda goodness arrived on my doorstep filled with fabric and a lot of excitement ensued. I have gotten wonderful boxes from Moda in the past but this one took the cake:
That is my name, alongside Moda Fabrics…eep!
Guys, Moda Fabrics introduced me to fabrics. I very vividly remember the designer and the first line of fabric that I sought out back in the day of dial up internet. I picked up what I could locally and then spent hours looking for more online–and we all know how slow going that was in the dial up days! Plus your phone was busy for long periods of time as you looked for fabric…surely I’m not alone in this memory! =p
To say I am excited to have a fabric line with Moda would be an understatement and I can’t wait to share more about it with you all very soon!
I’d love if you’d follow along with me over on facebook or IG (lmsshabby) the first letter is a lowercase L. I tend to post more on those spots than here when I am busier. Although, I’ll definitely be sharing more here when I get the go ahead!
Follow-up • 03.20.15
Hello Friends and Happy Friday! So, I am sitting here waiting from some programs to download on my computer(I got a new computer yesterday!–yay!) and thought I’d shoot up a quick blog post while I wait. =)
So, no pretty pictures–I don’t really have any on this computer.
What I really wanted to post was a huge thank you to all of you who responded to my call for pattern testers!–I appreciate each one of you so much. I received hundreds of wonderful emails & comments from all over the world from ladies eager to be testers.
Thank you, thank you!
I wish I could have reached out to each and every one of you–and wish I would have the time to thank each one of you personally!
I have several ladies working on my current round of patterns and I will be adding all of you who expressed an interest in pattern testing for me into a data base to pull from as I design new patterns that need tested. So, if you didn’t hear from me over the last week, no worries–I will have more patterns I’ll need tested down the road. =)
Again, thank you all so much!
I can’t wait to share the patterns with you all!
Pattern Testers Wanted • 03.09.15
Hello All! I hope everyone’s Monday is off to a great start! Here at the Yoder household it is off to a sleepy start. The Spring time change is never a welcome one here. It leaves us all tired, and slightly cranky. However, I am very thankful not to have to adjust a newborn to the time change any longer–that was even trickier! I am also excited to have temperatures nearing 50 today–that’s almost shorts weather here in Ohio folks! =p
By they way, I don’t have photos exactly pertaining to today’s topic so instead I am interspersing this post with some beautiful Moda fabrics for no other reason than that a blog post needs some pretty pictures!
January and February have proven to be very busy months. With Spring Quilt Market just a couple months away, I have kicked things into a higher gear. The reason for this is that I will be attending market again this Spring and I will be launching a new pattern line.
I can’t wait to share my patterns with you. =) Right now, they are in the testing phase and ready for some pattern testers. I would love to compile a list of readers who might be interested in pattern testing for me. Interested testers are those who love to make quilts, have an eye for detail, will give honest feedback, & can test the patterns quickly(within a 1 to 2 week turn around).
In return for your feedback, you would receive the complete collection of this set of patterns upon their release and perhaps a little fabric surprise. =)
If this sounds like something that might interest you, send me an email(just hit the pink “contact me” button on the top right of my page). I will be compiling a data base of testers and contacting several of you for this first round of patterns.
Thanks so much!
Birchen Quilt • 02.23.15
Happy Monday all! Fat Quarter Shop has teamed up with Art Gallery Fabrics to release a number of free patterns for you all this year. I was excited to be asked to participate in sharing the release of the first quilt pattern, Birchen.
For my quilt, I chose 2 fabrics from Petal and Plume (Panache in Fresco as well as Nib and Pluck in Zinnia) , Nature Elements in Green Tea, & Pure Elements in both Nocturnal & Linen White.
We were asked to make the blocks into whatever project we wanted to make. The original Birchen Quilt pattern is for a 72 1/2″ square quilt, which is what I planned to make when I started my project. I had my fabrics all cut out and was making the triangles for the blocks when my trusty Bernina of 15 years quit in mid-sew. Mind you, this was on Wednesday–just a couple days ago Wednesday.
I called my local Bernina shop and was able to get a same day appointment for Thursday to have the machine serviced and ready to go by Thursday afternoon. I was told to drop off the machine at 9 in the morning. So, I showed up the next morning to do so–but they were closed!–and remained closed for the 1/2 hour I waited there for them to open. I called at noon and they were still closed. Not sure what happened!
I decided to stop at my local Sew & Vac (after I couldn’t reach the Bernina shop at noon)–I’d heard great things about them. The folks that do the servicing were out of town but I was able to drop off my machine to have it looked at within the next few days–and they give out loaner machines to their customers to use while their machines are getting serviced.
So I have been using a wonderful Elna the last few days–it’s got all the bells and whistles. My girls think it’s a fancy machine and want me to get rid of my Bernina and buy the Elna. =) The Elna really has been a great machine to sew with over the past few days.
Because, my time was a bit more limited than I had planned for, I opted to make a Birchen mini–it finishes at approx. 36″ square and utilizes 2 of each of the blocks in a slightly different orientation than the original. And then I finished off the quilt with some simple straight line quilting.
Here’s a picture of the original Birchen Quilt pattern as designed by FQS. It features Hello Bear fabric by Bonnie Christine.
Kimberly and the gang at Fat Quarter Shop have put together quilt kits for the Hello Bear quilt which can be found here. The Birchen quilt pattern is a free pattern which you can find here. Don’t be alarmed by the number of triangles!–They are made using triangle on a roll paper and are such fun to make. If my sewing machine hadn’t conked out and my time cut so short, I definitely would have enjoyed making the large version.
In addition, Kimberly has put together a wonderful video to walk you through the making of this quilt.
Yummy Fabric Mix • 02.06.15
At the end of last year, I purchased a bundle of Mimosa by Windham fabrics. I first saw peeks of it before Spring Quilt Market last year and knew it was a line that I wanted to have. I was disappointed that it wasn’t shown at spring market as it was one of the lines I was really looking forward to seeing in person.
Fast forward to this past fall when Mimosa came out. I knew I needed some of it because I planned to pair it with Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope. In my mind, I knew they would be beautiful all mixed up.
However, it wasn’t until yesterday, that I actually opened up my Mimosa fabrics and pulled my Flea Market Fancy & Katie Jump Rope from my stash to see just exactly how well they played together.
Over on Instagram Soak Wash has a great Photo of the Day thing going on where you post a picture based on their word of the day. Yesterday’s word was “throwback”, so I figured between the reproduction feedsack prints & that FMF & KJR were printed from 2005-2007 that they fit the bill for my “throwback” photo. Does 10 year old fabric count as a throwback? =p
And, oh my!.. they are beautiful together in all their feedsacky goodness.
I have no idea what quilt pattern I will be using for these fabrics, nor when I will have time to make said quilt. But I am excited about it nonetheless!