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Birchen Quilt02.23.15

Birchen Quilt

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.

Art Gallery Fabrics

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.

Crosshatch

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.

Birchen by FQS

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.

Happy Sewing!

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Vintage Fancy Medallion Quilt02.03.15

Vintage Fancy Medallion

Hello, Hello everyone!–First blog post of 2015..craziness!  So what has been happening here at the Yoder household?  Well, since my last post, we Christmassed & we New Yeared, got some stomach flu and some regular flu–battled some coughs(are still battling).  Traveled to Sight & Sound in PA with the girls as a surprise Christmas gift(some of the stomach flu was happening then).  Our little pup, Lilli, got really sick but she is much better now.

Some trunk shows happened, some classes were taught, a lot of great quilty friends were met, some meet-ups with blog readers were had.  And of course plenty of sewing has gone on.

Vintage Fancy

It’s been a busy start to what promises to be an exciting year.

If you follow me on IG (lmshabby the first letter is a lowercase L) or facebook you’ve seen snippets and pictures here and there of my Vintage Fancy Medallion quilt.  This is an additional pattern I have designed as a companion pattern to Playful Petals.

Medallion Center

Vintage Fancy finishes at 66″ x 66″ and features a little bit of everything; half square triangles, flying geese, and of course petal applique.

Quilting

I machine quilted my quilt on my Bernina with only about 6″ of throat space–that was certainly a challenge–and a lot of bobbins!

Vintage Fancy Cover

Vintage Fancy PDF Pattern

Just click the link above to access the pattern.

For all of you Playful Petals fans, you now have 3 extra patterns made especially to compliment the patterns in the book:

Tiled Blooms Quilt

The Tiled Blooms pattern can be found in this post.

Mini Buds

And the Mini Buds pattern can be found here.

Enjoy!

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Winged Blog Tour12.02.14

winged-blog-tour

Hello, Hello!–I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We made it through–complete with the requisite holiday germs.  What is it about holidays and the sickies?…almost seems like you can’t have one without the other!  The girls are mostly on the mend–with some lingering coughs..and I was lucky enough to not get hit with it until yesterday–only one holiday party had to be missed.  I call that a success! =)

A few weeks back, I shared this wonderful stack of fabrics.  All Bonnie Christine fabrics for Art Gallery–it’s a mix of Reminisce, Sweet as Honey, & Winged.  And they go so beautifully together.  As soon as Bonnie asked me to participate in the Winged blog tour (to showcase her latest line of fabric, Winged), I knew that I wanted to mix these collections together–it’s “sherbety” goodness.

Bonnie Christine

When, I first started my project for this blog tour I had something completely different in mind.  I was going to share a quilt top with you along with a quick tutorial.  However, when I finished up the quilt top a couple weeks ago, I was so happy with the way it turned out that I ended up submitting it to a magazine to be considered for publication.  There’s one elusive magazine I’ve had my eyes set on that I’m hoping to get into–so we’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, here’s a little peek at the quilt top.

Quilt top

So, that left me with a project still needing to be completed for today–and very little fabric left over with which to use.  I decided to make a table runner using my Stashbuster Blocks (1 & 2)

Runner

I added in a few more of the browns and charcoals from Sweet as Honey to add a bit more contrast.  I machine quilted the runner and surprisingly enough, I machine bound it as well.  The machine binding turned out very well, cutting my binding strips at 2 1/8″ instead of 2 1/4″ made a world of difference.  I almost always opt to hand stitch my binding–but decided to machine bind and it turned out wonderfully.

Quilting

The completed runner measures 12″ x 36″ and will be a welcome addition to my coffee table.

Binding

The Winged Blog Tour will be running through the 18th of this month.  Yesterday, Jo, shared her Winged project &  tomorrow Taylor will be sharing her project.

Are any of you working with Winged right now?–what are you making if so?

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Vintage Fancy Quilt11.05.14

Quilt

I’ve been working on my Vintage Fancy quilt this week.  Yesterday was spent making and attaching the grey border along with the flying geese border.  Just a couple more borders to go and I will call this one done.

Medallion

It has been a very enjoyable project!

In other news, look what showed up in my mailbox today.

Daysail

A Daysail Moda scrap bag!  I love working with Moda Scrap bags and in fact have worked with a number of them over the years.  I made this strippy quilt using a Bliss Scrap Bag along with aqua and white yardage–you can read more about this quilt here.

Bliss Quilt

Bliss Quilt

And I made a little zippy chevron pillow using a Fig Tree scrap bag–more on that one here.  And I came across these string blocks I was working on also using a Scrap Bag–that one is a Martinique scrap bag.

If you aren’t familiar with Moda’s Scrap Bags, you really need to check them out.  They are made up of the strips left over from cutting fabrics for precuts(FQ bundles, Layer Cakes, F8 bundles etc.).   Usually all the strips in one bundle are from one line of fabric but occasionally they are from different lines of fabric–the strips vary in size–2″-3″ or so wide by around 30″ long.  And, if you are lucky you can snag them before precuts and yardage of the fabric come out–like I did with Daysail!  They are such a fun potluck surprise. =)

And lastly, the winners of the Make Modern Magazine Giveaway are comment #30 & #85.

Winner #1

Winner #2

Congrats Jean & Kelly!–I have sent you both an email. =)

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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! =)

Playful Petals Header

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.

Playful Petals Header

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.

Playful Petals Header

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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