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Underground Railroad Mini Quilt10.16.14

Underground Railroad

 

So, I finished up all 48 blocks needed for my Underground Railroad mini quilt(pattern is from Primitive Gatherings).  These are mini Jacob’s Ladder quilt blocks finishing at 3″.

Mini Jacob's Ladder

I used a variety of Cotton & Steel basics for this quilt.  These were a lot of fun to work with.  Scale is so important when working with very small pieces like those little 1/2″ squares–very little print is going to show up so I knew I needed to choose wisely.   This little Goldish-Silver block is one of my favorites.

Favorite Block

The blocks are all pieced using traditional piecing methods, no paper piecing involved–very fun to make.

Mini Quilt

I still need to cut all of the sashing–I believe, if I remember correctly, that I need 110 little rectangles & there will be little colorful cornerstone blocks in the sashing.  This little quilt is going to finish at roughly 20″ x 30″–it’s so cute!  I have no idea how I am going to quilt it–any suggestions?–Maybe straight line quilting following the diagonals?

Liberty & Essex

I also picked up some background fabric for my next project–these are Libertys and some Essex Yarn Dyed in Olive–and I plan to use for the little house pattern I referenced a couple weeks back.

Image Courtesy of McCall's quilting

Image Courtesy of McCall’s quilting

The free mini quilt house pattern can be found here.

I will be sharing my house making progress on my blog as I go–I probably won’t start for a little bit yet though–I have a few projects on my schedule that I need to wrap up.  So if you want to join in/follow along, check out the fabric requirements at the above link and do a little bit of shopping or stash pulling. =)

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 909.25.14

Scattered Blossoms

Happy Thursday everyone!–Today I am sharing the last quilt in my book, Playful Petals.  There are a total of 9 quilts and 9 pillows in the book for a total of 18 projects.  This quilt is called Scattered Blossoms  and is a great scrap basket buster.

Scattered Blossoms Quilt

Quilted by Natalia Bonner

I neglected to snap a picture of the pillow so it’ll just have to be a surprise. =)

I really hope that you have enjoyed seeing all of the projects from my book.  If you have any questions about any of them or about anything in the book, please ask! =)

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Today, two quilting super stars will be sharing about Playful Petals on their blogs.  I am so excited that they are joining my blog tour!  First up is Amanda from Crazy Mom Quilts.  I have been following Amanda Jean’s blog for years!–She’s probably one of the first quilty blogs that I ran across–Love her blog!  And 2nd up today is Lori of Bee In My Bonnet.  Lori’s blog is another of my favorites–she’s always got something fun going on!–And her fabric…don’t even get me started!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Tiled Blooms Pattern09.24.14

Tiled Blooms Quilt

Welcome to Day 8 of the Playful Petals blog tour!  Today I am sharing the 2nd free pattern I designed for this blog tour.  This quilt, Tiled Blooms, is a very beginner friendly quilt.  The piecing is very easy and the petals are slightly oversized.  Tiled Blooms finishes at 60″ square.  The fabrics I used are from Heather Bailey’s Up Parasol line of fabric.

Heather Bailey Quilts

It’s no secret that I have a little bit of a “thing” for Heather Bailey’s fabrics.  I love the way the pink colorway from her first line of fabric, FreshCut, goes with Up Parasol.  The folded quilt(the quilt pattern is called Gypsy Girl) was the first quilt I made using her fabrics–FreshCut still remains one of my favorite lines of fabric ever!

For the quilt back, I pieced together some larger pieces of fabric and included a lot of the Ikea Britten Nummer print that I’ve been wanting to use.

Quilt Back

As I was taking this photo a bunch of horses came right up to the fence and walked by.  I thought they might try to eat it off the fence!–Okay, or at the very least, knock it off. =)

Horses

And, here’s the Tiled Blooms Pattern–It’s a freebie made to work with my book Playful Petals.  It uses the applique techniques I have outlined in the book.  Please note, you will need to print out both the PDF pattern and the Petal Pattern.  Make sure your page scaling is set to “none” when printing out the petal template.

Tiled Blooms

Tiled Blooms PDF Pattern

Tiled Blooms Petal Template

Day 8 of the Playful Petals Blog Tour brings us the 8th quilt in the book.  This one is called Sunshine and Clouds and features Madrona Road fabrics by Violet Craft.

Sunshine & Clouds Quilt

This is a fun take on the petal shape and a great use of a jelly roll.  I really want to either make another of these, or see one made up in a super scrappy version.

Quilting by Angela Walters

Quilting by Angela Walters

I used a little fussy cut Sweetwater print for the center of the Sunshine and Clouds pillow.  In my book, I give some suggestions for placing lighter fabrics over top of darker fabrics.  You’ll notice that none of the text fabric shows through the white fabric petals on top.

Sunshine & Clouds Pillow

Two different bloggers will be sharing about Playful Petals tomorrow.  Make sure to stop back to see who’s up! =)  And on Friday, I’ll be kicking off an exciting giveaway. =)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 709.23.14

Petal Path

Petal Path is on the blog today!–It features Avignon fabrics by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake.  The thing I especially love about this quilt is that the petals can be made using large scale prints–they are oversized petals.

Petal Path Quilt

The accompanying pillow is also larger at 24″ square.

Petal Path Pillow

I added some of my favorite big stitch hand quilting using 8 wt. Perle.  If you are unsure about adding hand quilting to a project or if you want to try just a bit, start with a pillow and mix it in with straight line machine quilting.

Hand Quilting

Adding in the hand quilting will give your pillow a little bit of something extra without adding a lot of time to your project.

I hope you are all enjoying seeing the quilts from Playful Petals.  I have the last two quilts to share this week and I will also be sharing another free quilt pattern with you all.  And I’ve got a great giveaway lined up for the end of the tour–some of my favorites are on board! =)

Playful Petals HeaderToday, Amber from Gigi’s Thimble will be sharing about Playful Petals on her blog.  I always love seeing what Amber is up to over on IG–she always has such cute projects going on!  Make sure to pop over and see what she’s up to today on her blog. =)

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 609.22.14

Flower Garden Quilt

Hope you all had a relaxing weekend!  Our weekend weather was beautiful!–My husband had a work picnic on Saturday and I don’t think we’ve ever had a nicer day for it.  Chloe had a soccer game that morning and it was a perfect day for both the soccer game and the picnic.

Today’s quilt from my book, Playful Petals, is Flower Garden.  This is such a nifty quilt with all of the applique taking place in the sashing.  It really creates a striking border around each print fabric square.  This is a perfect quilt for using some layer cake squares–and it works very well if you want to showcase large scale prints.

Quilting

Fabrics used are Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda & the quilting was done by Angela.

Flower Garden Pillow

The coordinating pillow showcases a little piece of some Lush fabric that I had been holding onto.  It’s a wonderful little pattern for a favorite fabric.

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Today, Sherri from A Quilting Life will be sharing about Playful Petals over on her blog.  I got to meet Sherri at quilt market this past spring–I really enjoyed sitting in on her schoolhouse to hear all about the inspiration for her latest book.  And I got to chat with her a little bit as well.  So much fun to meet these ladies that you get to “know” through their blog!  Sherri’s blog is such an inspiration, and how she manages to get so much accomplished in such a short time amazes me! =)  Be sure to pop over and check it out!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 509.19.14

Tossed Petals Quilt

I hope you have all been enjoying seeing the projects from my book!–I have been kept busy trying to photograph all of them to share with you!  Luckily our weather here has been picture perfect–I’m not sure what I would have done if it would have been raining all week!

This quilt is called Tossed Petals.  Natalia did the quilting on this quilt for me also–and I love it.  I didn’t have a plan for the quilting on this quilt, and Natalia came across a similar quilting motif that I had pinned onto my “quilting” pinterest board and suggested we go that route.  I was so glad that she did because it’s perfect!

Tossed Petals Pillow

And the quilt little pillow project featuring Tula Pink fabrics and one of my favorite Sweetwater text prints.

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Today the Playful Petals blog tour is heading over to Amy’s blog.  I got to meet Amy this past spring at market & was so excited to do so.  She was the sweetest, most down to earth person.  I really think the quilting industry is made up of some of the most genuine people–always so welcoming and friendly–and Amy fit right into that mold. =)  And, of course, her blog is chock full of inspiration!

I hope you love her stop on the tour!

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Mini Buds Pattern09.18.14

Mini Buds

 

A lot of you have been waiting very patiently for the release of 2 new Playful Petals freebie patterns–and today is the day for the Mini Buds pattern. =)

Mini Buds is a little 15″ mini quilt that makes quick use of a mini charm pack (or 2.5″ squares) and a bit of yardage.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with Playful Petals, using the techniques outlined in the book.  And, it’s a little thank you to all of you who support my blog, have purchased by book, and have given a lot of encouragement over the years.  Thank you!!

The pattern cover might give you a little bit of a hint to some more exciting things in the works over here. ;)

Mini Buds Cover Navy for blog

Mini Buds PDF Pattern

Just click the link above to open up and print the PDF pattern.  Make sure that the page scaling is set to “none” when you print it since the pattern includes a petal template pattern.

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Day 4 of the Playful Petals blog tour also brings with it a couple photos of the Daisy Fields quilt and pillow from my book.  The fabrics I used for this quilt are from the Notting Hill collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics.  If you are looking for a fun Christmas project, I think this quilt would be darling in Christmas fabrics.  Those little flowers have reminded me of poinsettias from the day I made this quilt.

Daisy Fields

Natalia did the quilting on this one for me–I love that I can send anything over to her with little instructions and she always nails it.

Daisy Fields Closeup

And the little Daisy Fields pillow:

Daisy Fields Pillow

Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts is today’s stop on the Playful Petals blog tour.  Faith and I were in a quilting bee together years ago which is when I first started following her blog.  She’s an amazing quilter & I’ve seen some peeks of her Playful Petals project and I can’t wait to see the full reveal!

I hope you are enjoying the tour!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 309.17.14

Starflower Quilt

Day 3 of the Playful Petals blog tour brings you my Starflower Quilt.  Long time followers of my blog may remember this bundle of fabrics that I shared right before I began working on the quilts for my book.

Spa Day Bundle

And these fabrics went on to become the Starflower quilt, the first quilt completed for Playful Petals.  The fabrics are a mix of fabrics from my stash but the quilt could also be completed using 20 fat 8ths.

Starflower Quilting

Starflower was quilted by Margaret and she did an amazing job.  I usually have a little bit of an idea of how I would like my quilts quilted but for this quilt, I knew exactly how I wanted it done and it turned out just as I imagined.

The backing is from one of my favorite Heather Bailey lines, Freshcut.  This is still one of my most favorite lines of fabric.  And I love this large scale print as backing.

Starflower Backing

I completely changed up the feel of the accompanying Starflower Pillow by using bold fabrics from Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden line of fabric.

Starflower

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For today’s stop on the tour, Jessica will be sharing over on her blog.  Jessica’s blog caught my eye this summer, as all kinds of Orange Peel quilts began popping up on Instagram from the Orange Peel Quilt Along she hosted.

I loved seeing all of these quilts and really enjoyed when some of them were made using patterns from Playful Petals!  What a great quilt along!  Be sure to pop over and see what she will be sharing with us today. =)

Applique Q&A

On Monday, I mentioned that you could leave your applique questions in the comments and I would answer them throughout the blog tour.  Here are a couple that I received so far(feel free to keep asking!):

Question: I have never appliqued before, but I have these dupioni silk fat quarters that I want to use for applique. I was thinking about using fusible interfacing and do the turn inside out method. Does that sound like a good idea? I don’t know how the interfacing will work with the silk.

Answer: First off, I would recommend that you try out applique using an inexpensive, user friendly fabric like quilting cotton and practice a bit.  Because silk dupioni tends to cost a bit more than quilting cotton you want to make sure that you have your technique down and it’s one you enjoy!  Because I have never worked with silk dupioni, I did a little bit of Internet research, I came across this information Taming Silk Dupioni.  This gives a lot of great, useful information including the recommendation to use Soft Fuse fusible web for applique.  I have used Soft Fuse and it is a wonderful, very lightweight fusible.

Question: Thank you for doing the book and being so sharing. Appliqué the “a” word.i have not done appliqué they way its usually thought of in the quilting world. I appliqué repairs for my grandchildren’s favorite, blankets, pillows, stuffies. Appliqué to fix their favorite treasures makes both of us very happy.  My question is how do you hold the appliqué piece so as you sew around everything comes out even no puckers or wrinkles I’ve had more than a few times that I’ve had to add embrodery to cover appliqué boo boos.

Answer:  Using applique as a repair method is a very practical application!  There are a couple different ways to keep those little applique pieces in place while you sew them down.  You could use a temporary fabric adhesive such as 505 Spray and Fix.  You would spray the back of your applique piece & place it in the intended location and the adhesive will keep it in place while you sew.  The adhesive will wash right out leaving no sticky residue.  The bonus to this method is that the applique is re-positionable until it is sewn down.  Another great option is to use Elmer’s school glue, the washable kind.  For this method, you would place a couple dots of glue around the edges of the applique.  Place the applique where you would like it and set it by pressing with a hot iron for just a few seconds.  Many quilter’s claim that the glue doesn’t gunk up their sewing machine needles at all–however, if you are concerned about this place the glue dots in from the edge of the applique where you will not be sewing.

Thank you for the questions ladies!–Keep them coming!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour Day 209.16.14

Posey Patch Closeup

Today marks Day 2 of the Playful Petals Blog tour.  And, I am skipping from the first quilt in my book, to the last quilt in my book.  This one is called Posey Patch and it’s one of my favorites.

Posey Patch

At one of my book signings one of the ladies I was talking with thought that it was a cheater quilt!  She didn’t realize that all of the petals were appliqued.

Posey Patch Pillow

The pillow project showcases the Posey Patch quilt block in print fabrics.  It’s equally pretty in prints as it is in solids.

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Today, Melissa of Happy Quilting is the 2nd stop on the Playful Petals blog tour.

I got to meet Melissa this past spring at Quilt Market and she is just as fun in person as you would think she might be after reading her blog!  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us on her blog today! =)

I’m putting the finishing touches on the 2 patterns I promised you as part of the blog tour–I have one planned for this week and the 2nd for next week.  Make sure to keep an eye out for them!!

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Playful Petals Blog Tour09.15.14

Playful Petals HeaderToday kicks off the Playful Petals Blog Tour!  I’m so excited to for the amazing line-up of bloggers participating in the tour!

September 15: Amy @  Stitchery Dickery Dock
September 16: Melissa @Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons Quilts
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
~Break for Weekend~
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced
~ The Blog tour will end with a wonderful giveaway  you won’t want to miss back here on my blog ~
Today, Amy, of Stitchery Dickery Dock will be sharing about Playful Petals over on her blog.  I really hoped Amy would join my blog tour after I ran across this amazing quilt she made.
Stitchery Dickory Dock Quilt
This is Amy’s “Tuileries” quilt that she designed to showcase Heather Bailey’s, True Colors, fabrics.  The design fits in perfectly with the quilts in my book–I love it!!  You can read more about Amy’s quilt here.
Be sure to pop over to her blog sometime today to see what she is sharing about Playful Petals!
Each day of the tour I will also be sharing quilts from my book:
Playful Petals Cover
Today, I thought I would start things off with the cover quilt, Rainbow Petals.
Rainbow Petals
Rainbow Petals is designed to use a layer cake or 1/8 yd. cuts of fabric.  I love it in all of it’s scrappy goodness!–The original quilt was made using Vanessa Christenson’s line of fabric Simpy Color with just a couple Sew Stitchy prints by Aneela Hoey thrown in.
Hand Quilting
My mom hand quilted Rainbow Petals for me using 8 wt. Perle Cotton in a rainbow of colors.  The accompanying Rainbow Petals Pillow is made using a few sweet, Japanese prints.  The pillows in the book are a wonderful way to use up some scraps.
Rainbow Petals Pillow
You can read all about my inspiration for writing Playful Petals here.
Be sure to stop back tomorrow for some more quilty fun!  I would love if you would ask your applique questions in the comments so I can take time to answer them during the blog tour.  And remember, I’ll also be sharing 2 free patterns with you and the blog tour will be ending with a wonderful giveaway. :)

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