More International Quilt Market Pictures06.03.14

 This week is such a busy week for me!–School is out which is always excited and we go right into frantic VBS prep.  Our VBS starts on Sunday and as one of 2 VBS directors that means this week gets quite busy for me!  I love it though–I have always wanted to be involved in a serious way with Vacation Bible School and am so excited to be involved every year.  I could almost get a little bit teary about it–it is just so fun to plan for & exactly where I feel I am supposed to be right now at this stage in my life.  I am sure that those of you who have been plugged into your perfect ministry know just what I’m talking about. =)

With that being said, I have found that as my mind gets to going 100 miles an hour, sitting down and spending some time at the computer whether it’s via blogging, designing, or just to answer emails, gives me a little bit of down time and I feel ready to tackle my to do list in a much more productive way.  Whew!–That was a long sentence! =)

So this is my VBS downtime Quilt Market report round 2. =)

Fig Tree

I wanted to kick off this round with pictures of one of my favorite booths at Quilt Market–the Fig Tree booth.  I love this line of fabric–I love the new patterns–large and mini.  Just beautiful!

Fig Tree Quilts

Next up is Hatched & Patched, “Gossip in the Garden” quilt.  Every time this quilt pops up somewhere I think it’s the cutest ever.  This quilt has it all–embroidery, applique, great blocks, all over cuteness.  I was excited to see this one in person.

Gossip in the Garden

 

This is Moda’s Modern Building Blocks quilt which is pretty stellar.  Definitely caught my eye every time I walked past.

Modern Building Blocks

I had to snap a picture of Playful Petals in the United Notions booth! =)

Playful petals

I chatted a bit with Vanessa of Lella Boutique.  She was debuting her first line with Moda, Into the woods.  She was the sweetest ever! =)  Her fabric palette is beautiful.

Vanessa

 

Next up Violet Craft’s new line, Brambleberry Ridge.  Really pretty line & some great patterns coming out.

Violet Craft Booth

 

This pillow was adorable.  On another note, I used the word “adorbs” to my husband last week just to see what he would say.  I thought he was going to fall over laughing–I don’t think I’m an “adorbs” saying sort of person.

Violet Craft Pillow

 

So, there you have it!–Some more photos to wet your fabric buying appetite! =)

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Sunstruck {Free Pattern by LMS}12.20.13

Lottie Da Quilt

It’s time for another free pattern Friday!  This time featuring my Sunstruck Quilt pattern I designed for P&B Textiles featuring their Tuscan Breeze line of fabric.

The quilt at the top of this post is actually made using Lottie Da by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics.  As I was designing this quilt pattern I kept picturing it in Lottie Da and knew I wanted to try it out in these fabrics.

Here it is in Tuscan Breeze:

Tuscan Breeze fabrics designed by Norman Wyatt Jr. for P&B Textiles.

Tuscan Breeze Fabrics

Sunstruck finishes at 61″ square and is an easy quilt to piece.  I used “stitch & flip” techniques for all of the triangle shaped pieces.  So, even though it looks complex, the quilt is constructed using all rectangles or squares.

Sunstruck Quilt Pattern by Corey Yoder (Little Miss Shabby)

The free pattern is available here.

Have a wonderful Friday!

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Framework Pattern11.15.13

Framework Quilt

I know some of you have been waiting on my Framework pattern to be available–and here it is! =)  You will find the free pattern available for download on the RJR website here.

The line of fabric the pattern showcases is called Little Friend by Yuko Hasegawa.

Fox & Rabbit

I actually designed two quilts for this collection, Framework and an upcoming quilt for McCall’s Quilting.  The little foxes, rabbits, and mushrooms were so cute and fun to work with.  I don’t very often work with “novelty” type fabrics so this was a fun change of pace.

Mushrooms

I also really liked the blenders available in this line–in particular these little ovals which are available in 7 different colors.

Blenders

Little Friend fabrics will be available in February but you can snag the Framework pattern today.   It’s a pattern that works very well with many collections–you’ll remember that I tested the pattern in Winter’s Lane:

Quilt

And, I did a quick mock-up of it in Mirabelle by Fig Tree Quilts–this is probably one of the lines introduced at quilt market this fall that I am most excited for.  It’ll be available this spring.

Mirabelle Framework

Speaking of Fig Tree(I shared this with my facebook followers), did you know that Soak introduced a new line of nail polishes curated by favorite fabric designers?–and Fig Tree is one of those!–So, you can now have figgy nails!

Fig Tree Nail Polish

There are actually sets from a few fave designers:  Denyse Schmidt, Lizzy House, Sandi Henderson, & Fig Tree.

Fabric Designer Nail Polish

The only spot I’ve found so far to purchase them retail is The Workroom in Canada–but they do ship elsewhere.  Wouldn’t they make great stocking stuffers for your quilty friends!  Who doesn’t want nail polish to match their fave fabrics?! =p

Hope you all have a great Friday!

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Nightfall Quilt Pattern & Scraps Giveaway10.22.13

Nightfall is the quilt that I was working on last week for P&B Textiles for Quilt Market.  I designed this quilt to showcase P&B’s “Intersections” line of fabric.  It’s a paper pieced pattern and is now available for free on P&B’s website here.

If you haven’t tried paper piecing before, this is a pretty simple pattern and would make a great 1st project.

I always like seeing what my patterns look like in other fabrics–so here’s an idea of what it would look like in HoneySweet–Fig Tree Quilts newest line of fabric.

I just happen to have some scraps left over of Intersections that I would be happy to pass on to a new home.  This fabric won’t be available for a couple weeks yet so if you’ve been itching to get your hands on some now is your chance!  Intersections will also be for sale at Hawthorne Threads once it’s available.

Just leave me a comment to enter to win some Intersections scraps and I’ll draw a winner next week.

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Blossoms {A Free Quilt Pattern}07.19.13

I have been anxiously awaiting the time when I could share this pattern with you!  It is one of my favorites that I have designed for P&B Textiles.

I designed it to showcase P&B’s Flower Drops line of fabric which is just now hitting stores.

Photo Courtesy of Hawthorne Threads

I am just itching to try this pattern out as a table runner–here it is in Honeysweet by Fig Tree Quilts

And it would be divine in Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille!

The free pattern is available here.  And the Flower Drops fabrics can be purchased at Hawthorne Threads here.

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A Monogrammed Journal07.03.13

One of the projects on my to do list last week was to make a little thank you journal cover for a friend.  I ended up using a mix of fabrics from Moda and one Alexander Henry print along with some linen.  I used this tutorial from Stitched in Color.  I’ve wanted to try this tutorial for awhile.  When I made this journal cover a few months back:

Machine Quilted Journal Cover

I made the pattern up as I went and I was very happy with the end result.  However, sometimes it’s very nice to be able to follow a pattern without any math or figuring involved.  The Stitched in Color journal cover isn’t finished on the very inside which gave me pause, but it whips together so quickly and, really, unless you plan on giving your journal cover a lot of heavy washing it shouldn’t be a problem.

I created the monogram using a bit of Heat n Bond lite (my go to fusible).  The font was one I had handy to print out in MS word.  After ironing the “J” into place I satin stitched around all of the edges.  FYI: A satin stitch is just a fancy way of saying tight zigzag stitch.

The cover has nice deep pockets so no worries about the cover slipping off.

The stripes on the front of the journal carry around to the back.

The nice thing about Journal covers aside from their cuteness factor is that you aren’t afraid to use the journal.  Once you use it up, just take the cover off and move it onto another journal and you still have a cute journal.

I always have a journal ready to jot down design ideas, write up patterns, make lists etc.  They are so handy!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7: Framed Quilt Block04.30.13

It’s that time of year again!–Time for the  Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks blog tour. =)  This magazine is such a wealth of great block designs and I am excited to have a block featured.  It even made the cover–can you guess which one it is?

As many of you know the whole quilt/block design process is my favorite part of making a quilt–it ranks right up there with my love of fabric.  This block came to be after a fun time playing in EQ7–it combines traditional patchwork with a slightly modern spin.  The solids contribute to a modern feel–they are a mix of Moda Bella Solids and Cross Weaves, Robert Kaufman Kona Solids, and maybe a Free Spirit Solid or two).

The instructions for my block, Block #700, can be found on page 71 in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7  which hits stores next week.

This block is pretty cool used just by itself in a quilt–here it is in Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda:

But, it’s even niftier when used with a 2nd block–Here I’ve used a 2nd block and Folk Tale Fabric by Natalie Lymer for Lecien Fabrics.

Or this one using Avalon by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics:

The possibilities are endless!  You can see another take on my block in the sampler, block tester, Sheryl Patton made.  It’s pictured in the Block Tester’s Gallery on page 90.  She used Lovely by Debbie Beaves for RJR fabrics and combined my block with two others to create this lovely sampler.

You can see more peeks of the blocks in the issue, visit other blogs participating in the blog hop, and enter great giveaways over on the Quiltmaker’s Blog.

Giveaway Details:

Would you like to win a copy of  the soon to hit Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks?  Just leave me a comment here & tell me about your fave type of quilt–do you prefer modern, traditional, applique?  I’ll draw a winner on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by!

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That Red Quilted Pillow–A Free Tutorial03.20.13

I get asked quite frequently for a tutorial on this little pillow which I made for a class I taught awhile back.  It’s gotten pinned and repinned quite a bit over on pinterest–especially after Joann Fabrics pinned it(how fun!).

Can’t take credit for the Daisy pillow–I received it in a round of the Pillow Talk Swap.

I’ve decided to offer the tutorial here on my blog for anyone interested in making one of their own!  It’s a super easy tutorial with tons of pictures–including all of the finishing details(binding/pillow back).  The quilting is easy to do & a perfect project for a beginning quilter.

Patchwork Pillow Tutorial

The tutorial itself doesn’t have the supplies listed so here they are:

Pillow Supplies:

25–3″ squares of assorted fabrics

1/2 yard fabric for pillow top backing and pillow backing or a 15″ square piece of muslin for pillow top back and 1/3 yard print fabric for pillow backing)

1/4 yd. fabric for binding

14″ square piece of batting

505 Spray & Fix temporary adhesive

Perle Cotton

embroidery needle (size 5)

water erasable marker

thimble (optional if preferred for quilting)–quilting can also be done without a thimble for this project

12″ pillow form

Enjoy!

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Moda Sweet Celebrations Blog Hop & Sweet Giveaway!10.04.12

Hello, Hello!–Welcome to any new folks stopping by and thank you to my faithful readers for swinging by my stop on the Sweet Celebrations Blog Hop!

I have been just itching to share more new with you about the 2nd Moda Bake Shop book coming out very soon.  Last fall, Lissa Alexander, invited me to participate in the book and of course that was a huge “yes indeed” & now I can finally share a bit more about the book.

Sweet Celebrations is a precut friendly book with projects for all of your favorite holidays.  And today, my celebration for the blog hop is Wedding!  Which is perfect because I just happen to have several wedding projects in the Sweet Celebrations Book…here’s a little peek:

I made a trio of “Love” pillows & a Wedding quilt using a.m.a.z.ing fabrics from Fig Tree’s, California Girl line of fabric.

As you can see, tons of great projects!

So, for the blog hop, Moda decided to do a little Q & A with questions from Oda May for each of the chefs.  So, without further ado..a little bit more about Little Miss Shabby.

1.  Do you prefer to celebrate with cupcakes, cake pops, or just plain old cake?  Hmmm…I gotta be honest I am not much of a cake person in general.  I can totally pass up cake at any event with no problem.  Now, the hubster is a white cake guy all the way…and let me tell you, do not mess with the wedding cake…in his eyes it is one of the key elements to a great wedding.

2.  Do your pets/kids/spouse help or hinder your creative process? Help for sure!–well, maybe not so much the pets…although she does make for cute photo ops(can you spot her?):

My daughter, Chloe was 100% the inspiration for this pillow:

after she showed me this adorable little water color painting she made:

3.  If you could have a quilt shop spree, which items would you snag off the shelf?  I’m going to go with future items because it always seems like I am waiting on a fabric line to come out.  So, I would snag some Honey Honey by Kate Spain(I’ve seen a couple prints in person and they are fabulous!):

And, I’m also itching to see Bonnie & Camille’s next line of fabric after Marmalade.  I actually had a dream about it last night(seriously, I’m not the only one who dreams about fabric, right?).  It was an aqua, brown, orange line–they were going a more boyish route.  And it had the same tree fabric in the line as Just Wing It by Momo for Moda.  Craziness, right!?!

4.  What have you gained from the online quilting/sewing world?  What a vibrant community first of all!  I think the main thing I have learned is to just go for it, dive in & have fun…you can do it.  Too often, I think we sell ourselves and our skills short.

5.  What is your favorite part of quilting – fabric selection, piecing, quilting, binding, and why?  Definitely fabric selection…I love putting together stacks of fabric…I mean, seriously…

Bella by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

 

I actually began purchasing fabric before I ever touched a sewing machine or knew how to sew.

Now, as part of this blog hop, each chef was asked to share a recipe with you that corresponds to their assigned celebration.  Well, if you remember my celebration was wedding…and when we think wedding, we all think cake!  Well, as we learned earlier, I am soooo not a cake eater, however…I have a favorite cake…and it is one that is requested often to be made by my mom…it’s an old family recipe for Oatmeal Cake.  Just thinking about the ooey gooey delight that is this cake, makes me want some. =)

There you have it–a little bit of fluff about Little Miss Shabby–and now on to some more fun…

It’s Giveaway Time!

To enter to win a copy of Sweet Celebrations and a Moda Fat 8th Bundle, just leave me a comment.

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(*Note: Only entrants with U.S addresses are eligible to win the actual book.  Winners with addresses outside the U.S. will win the e-book version).

You have from now until October 14 to leave a comment–winners will be announced on October 19.

Be sure to hop along to all of the other chefs’ blogs on the Blog Hop to enter to win a copy of the Sweet Celebrations book and some fantastic fabric.  You will be able to collect all of the yummy recipes on your hop as well. =)  A complete list of participating blogs is listed here.

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Sweet Celebrations Moda Bake Shop Book07.10.12

I have been waiting for almost a year to be able to share some exciting news with you all.  First off, Moda Bake Shop has a new book coming out in October, which is pretty exciting news by itself.  Secondly, I was asked to contribute to the book!  I had so much fun last fall–designing and working with Moda Fabrics to create some pretty cool patterns.

While I can’t share with you just yet the projects that I made, I can tell you that I got to work with California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts.

And, I can also tell you that one of my projects just might be pictured in this promo shot of the book:

Hmmm….I think that might be a rather large hint. =p 

I’ve got a couple other projects in the book using California Girl as well–it’s such a great line of fabric.  I do love me some Fig Tree!  I mean seriously:

Those are all projects I have made using various Fig Tree lines of fabric…Yes indeed, love Fig Tree!

I’ll be talking more about this book in the upcoming months and sharing my projects as we get closer to the release date.  I’m sure that Lissa has all sorts of things in the works for the launch of this book!–so stay tuned!

Make sure to pop on over to Cindy’s blog today for the 2nd installment of the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along.  I loved reading Cindy’s blog post this morning and she echoed so many of my thoughts.  Cindy is so on the same page as me right now–I totally could have written the same post!  I’m certainly no crochet genius & she’s provided some great resources to help us all along.

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