Hello All!–I hope that you had a wonderful weekend & a great fall kick-off. I had the fun of spending Friday and Saturday teaching a class at Mercantile on Main in Coshocton, Ohio. Denise, the shop owner, has a wonderful shop and the ladies in both of my classes were just a delight. There were too many Fat Quarter bundles that wanted to find their way home with me. And they still might! =)
I know some of you are in the holiday swing of sewing and I wanted to let you know that my Joyful pillow PDF pattern is on sale in my Etsy shop for only $5.00. This pattern is mini charm friendly (those little 2.5″ squares) & would be beautiful in Handmade by Bonnie & Camille.
The pattern includes instructions for both pillows pictured on the cover as well as a bonus 3rd pillow.
You know that I always enjoy a bit of handwork as the days turn cooler and this pattern includes both hand quilting:
The PDF is already marked on sale in my Etsy shop–no code needed.
Today, I am excited to let you know about my two latest patterns: Make it Modern & Joyful.
First up is Make it Modern. I first published this quilt at the end of 2012 in Quilt Magazine. You can read more about that here if you’d like. Since then I’ve received so many requests to offer it as a stand alone pattern. And, here it is!
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:
Today, I thought I would start things off with the cover quilt, 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.
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.
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. 🙂
I think it’s time to let you all in on a secret…drumroll…I am a serial project starter–much less so of a project finisher. Ha!–I know many quilters claim to have this same dilemma. But, seriously ladies–sometimes the unfinished projects take over!
When I started quilting over 15 years ago, I told myself that I would only purchase enough fabric to work on one project at a time, finish said project and then move onto the next. I even said this out loud…to other quilters…I am sure they all had a good laugh at that one!
So, my hope is that by sharing a couple WIP’s with you every Wednesday, it will give me the motivation to finish the project by the following Wednesday so I can share the finishes with you. Hopefully it will help a bit, but I know that my personal projects often get pushed to the back burner for other deadlines. Well, and of course, it is still summer and that means all kinds of summer fun with the girls! I’m curious to see how my schedule pans out this fall…the littlest miss will be heading off to Kindergarten and it will be the first time in 9 years that I will have days with no kids at home. Our school district is still deciding as to whether our Kindergartener’s will be going to school every other day or every day. Either way, there are going to be kidless days…weird!
So, the project at the top of the page is MBS project–I won’t be able to share the finish with you next Wednesday but it will be completed by then!
My 2nd project is my sew-together-bag….it still needs sewn together. =)
And the last project I would love to finish in the next week is a Metro Rings Quilt.
I’ve been wanting to try out the Quick Curve Ruler and when I was asked to make a quilt to donate to auction off, I knew now was the time. I am very excited about this quilt–the lady(a relative of my husband) left the pattern design and fabric choices 100% up to me…but, she mentioned several times during our conversation how much she loved my Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt(my pattern is available on MBS).
I showed her the new Miss Kate line of fabric knowing it was a sister collection to Ruby which was used in my original design. I got the feeling she wasn’t entirely sold on Miss Kate(much as I would have loved a good excuse to purchase some more of this line!)–so I raided my stash and pulled fabrics with a similar color palette to make a scrappy quilt with the same feel. I cannot wait to see this quilt finished, I think it is going to be beautiful. =) And, I think she will love it!
So, those are the 3 projects I would love to have finished by next week at this time…fingers crossed! =)
Tell me, what are your tried and true tricks for keeping the unfinished projects under control?