Mini Medallion Sew Along Starts Today!04.17.14

LMS Medallion

I know a lot of you have been anxiously awaiting the start of the Mini Medallion quilt along.  I’m happy to tell you that it starts today!  I am guest posting over on Sew Mama Sew sharing Part One of my tutorial to make this little mini 25″ medallion quilt.

This is the perfect way to use up some of your scraps, end up with a cute mini, get in on the medallion craze, and have the chance to win prizes to boot.  There are a lot of great sponsors offering chances to win prizes just for participating in the Sew Mama Sew Spring Sew Along.

You can read more about the Sew Alongs here and the prizes being offered.  For Part 1 of my Mini Medallion Tutorial head on over here!

Happy Sewing!

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Great Granny Sew Along04.16.14

GG2-SewAlong-Button

 

Did you guys see the new Sew Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop?  If you loved the Quilty Fun Sew Along you won’t want to miss this one.  This sew along features blocks from Lori Holt’s Holt’s Great Granny Squared book.

Great Granny Sew Along

You’ll find all of the fabric/supply requirements listed in this Fat Quarter Shop blog post.  And Lori talks more about the sew along here.  I had a lot of fun pulling some fabrics this morning for the sew along.

Fabrics

I can’t wait to cut into them!–It’s a mix of Lori’s line Vintage Happy, the new 30′s Playtime line from Moda, Flea Market Fancy, & Katie Jump Rope & I have a little bit of DS Quilts from Joann’s thrown in there as well.

Hope you all sew along!–There are some great prizes along the way–and I hear there are some fun bloggers kicking things off every Monday during the sew along (wink, wink). =)

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Quilty Stitches Block 704.14.14

Quilty Stitches Block 7

 

This week’s Quilty Stitches block is a variation of the Lone Star of Paradise Block–an old traditional block you’ve probably seen popping up in a lot of places recently:

Lone Star of Paradise

I used a variation of this block in my SuperSized Sampler & you may also be familiar with this block from Camille’s super cute “Fireworks” quilt pattern which uses a variation of this block as well.

This time of year with quilt market just around the corner is always so busy for me so I don’t have a quite completed block to share with you but mine is almost done!

Block 7

Quilty Stitches Block 7 PDF

For my block I am using Sullivan’s 45422 for the light orange, DMC 958 for the aqua, and Sullivan’s 45121 for the grey.  And of course filling in everything else with white.

I have a couple Quilt Market quilts that I’m working on this week so hopefully I’ll get a bit of time in to work on my stitching!

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Cerulean Dreams Quilt04.11.14

Blue Stars

I hope you guys aren’t tired of seeing new quilts!  Last fall I worked on a number of magazine quilts and they are all coming out at the same time!  This is Cerulean Dreams–I looove this one!

Cerulean Dreams

As I was working on this quilt, I kept calling it Blue Plate Special because all I could think about was this type of Blue & White Porcelain Dishes.

Image Courtesy of Mothology.com

Image Courtesy of Mothology.com

The fabrics I used are from the Meridian line of fabric by P&B Textiles.  McCall’s Quilting is actually having a giveaway thru May 31st if you’d like to win some of your own!

Applique

This quilt features applique–but, you might be surprised how simple the applique is on this quilt.  I used one of the fabrics in a nifty way that makes the applique quite a bit simpler than it appears. =)

Border

Cerulean Dreams is featured in McCall’s Quilting May/June 2014.  You can see my quilt on the cover!–That’s always a fun sight for a designer to see.  =)

Cover full (1)

Hope you all have a wonderfully productive weekend!

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Tropical Illusion Quilt04.10.14

Tropical Illusion Quilt

 

Today I’m sharing a new pattern I designed for P&B Textiles.  This is my Tropical Illusion quilt & it utilizes a fun way to incorporate striped fabrics into your quilt.  All of the striped squares in this quilt only use one fabric.  This one:

Stripes

It’s such a fun way to work with striped fabric!  All of the fabrics in the quilt are from the Veracruz line of fabric.

Veracruz Fabrics

Image Courtesy of Hawthorne Threads

By the way, did you know that upside down birds are considered bad luck?–I had no idea either!  When I was working on this quilt I chatted a bit with Jessica Weisen, the designer of this fabric, and she filled me in.  The outer border fabric has great tropical flowers and birds.

Hawthorne Threads has the full line of fabric available & the free pattern for Tropical Illusion is available here.

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments on my Star Squared quilt!  If you read my blog and leave comments, you know that I almost always respond–however, I am never able to respond to all of the comments on my giveaway posts.  I wish so badly that I could have responded to each and every comment left on that post!–I loved reading what you all were up to this past weekend!  It made me wish we could all get together and have a big old quilting party!

Random Winner

The winner of my Grace giveaway bundle was comment #11, Dorothy.

Dorothy Matheson

Congrats Dorothy!–I’ll be sending you an email shortly!

 

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Star Squared Quilt04.04.14

Star Squared

I had the fun of working with Mary McGuire’s Grace line of fabric a 2nd time for my Star Squared quilt(pretend that this quilt is hanging vertically!–I didn’t realize until after I got it all pinned up that I had it sideways!).  The first quilt I designed was Grace’s Flower Garden which you can read more about here.

Star Squared utilizes big blocks, prints & solids, and finishes at a roomy 70″ x 88″.

Quilting Closeup

Angela did a beautiful job of quilting this quilt!

Quilting

Star Squared was featured in Fons & Porter Love of Quilting March/April 2014.  And it’s available as a free pattern on the F&P Website!  You can find it here.

I plan to list this quilt in my Etsy shop shortly—so if you love it keep an eye out!

And now, how about a little Fabric Scrap giveaway?–I have a bunch of Grace Fabric Scraps left over and I’m happy to send them to a new home.

Fabrics

 Leave me a comment with your weekend sewing plans and I’ll draw a winner next week!

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Mini Medallion Quilt04.01.14

Mini Medallion Quilt

The past couple of weeks I have been working on a new pattern, Mini Medallion.  The finished mini is 25″ square making it an adorable wall hanging or even a table topper.

Fabric Stack

I started off with a bunch of stash fabrics from various designers.

Fabrics

The center portion of the mini(including the pink border) measures 12″.

Center

And then there are several little borders.

Borders

The little 3″ Friendship Star border is my favorite.  I think I am on a Friendship Star kick lately! =)

Friendship Star Border

This little mini is a perfect excuse to use up some of your scraps and make a cute medallion at the same time.  Interested in making one of your own?

I will be sharing the free tutorial over on Sew Mama Sew later in April as a part of their Spring Sew Along.  And, even better, there are prizes for sewing along.  Go check out their post yesterday for more details about the sew along and to see the other quilt in the sew along.

And in the meantime, gather up some cute scraps and a bit of background fabric and you’ll be all set to start making your mini medallion. =)

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Quilty Stitches Block 603.31.14

Pinwheel Sampler

So many fun things going on over here these days!  I got my pinwheel sampler back from Abby last week & I am really looking forward to getting the binding on this one.  It has been an unfinished project for so long!  I’ll be sure to share more photos of the finished quilt when I get that binding on. =)

Friendship Star Block

Many of you are anxiously awaiting Block #6 of the Quilty Stitches Sampler.  And here it is. =)  It’s my version of a Friendship Star Block–based off the pillow that I made for Sew Mama Sew.  I make scads of pillows and this is one of my favorites.  I’m so tempted to make a quilt version.

Friendship Star PIllow

For the Cross Stitch pattern I used the following colors:

DMC 744 (yellow)

Sullivan’s 45313 (Aqua)

Sullivan’s 45169 (Orange)

Sullivan’s 45121 (Grey)

Sullivan’s 45105 (Green)

Sullivan’s 45338 (Pink)

DMC White

I’ve received a number of questions as to whether I am filling in all of the blank spaces or leaving it empty.  I am filling in all of the blank spaces with white DMC–it’s hard to tell that in the photos.  So, both the sashing and any background fill are white stitches in my sampler.

Block 6

Quilty Stitches Block 6 PDF

I have really been enjoying seeing all of the Quilty Stitches blocks showing up over on flickr and instagram!  Here are a couple flickr pics that caught my eye:

3 Blocks In

LMS Stitchy Sampler Along, 1-4

Little Miss Shabby Quilty Stitches Sampler Along

There are so many more great ones–and even more pretty ones on Instagram!–So exciting to see everyone following along.

Happy Stitching!

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Starflower Pillow03.28.14

Starflower Pillow

Julie, over at The Crafty Quilter, gave a wonderful review of Playful Petals.  In her review, she shared a pillow she made using the Starflower pattern.  And I love it so much!

Starflower

From her fabric choices(love the Strawberry Fields fabrics in there), to the amazing quilting:

Starflower Center

This pillow is just too cute!  It totally makes me want to make the Starflower quilt in this color way & add feathers!  If you’d like to make one of your own you’ll find the pattern in Playful Petals. ;)

Here is a quick shot of my original pillow featured in the book:

Starflower

We’ve been enjoying spring break over here but I did manage to draw a giveaway winner from last weeks’ giveaway. =)

Winner

Alice, you are the winner of a copy of Playful Petals and Pillow Cover.  Look for my email soon!

Giveaway Winner

Thanks again everyone for all of your wonderful feedback about Playful Petals!

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Chevron Quilt Finish03.24.14

Vertical Chevrons

First off, I want to thank you all for all of the wonderful comments about my post last week!  I have really enjoyed reading your thoughts on applique–and you guys are all so kind!!  Thank you, Thank you!

Chevron Quilt

Today, I wanted to share with you the finished Chevron quilt from the Be Purposeful Bee.  These quilts are being made to help support missionary work from my church.  The group of ladies who joined me in making these quilts was just amazing and we have made some beautiful quilts!  This is the 3rd finished quilt.  The first was the Scrappy Trip Quilt:

Scrappy Trip Quilt

Then the Churn Dash Quilt:

Churn dash

And now, the Chevron Quilt:

Chevrons

Rachael, was in charge of picking the colors & theme for October and she chose a very fun Navy/Aqua chevron theme.  I think Rachael intended to run the chevrons horizontally, but I loved it vertically as well!

Quilting

Since October was Rachael’s month, she was also the quilter on this quilt.  She recently purchased a long arm and put it to good use on this quilt.  Each of the white strips is quilted in a different design.  It makes for such a striking quilt!–Perfect design choice.

Quilting closeup

Thank you Rachael for such a great month–the finished quilt is beautiful!–Beautiful Quilting!

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