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!
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.
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!
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. =)
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:
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.
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.
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!
The winner of my Grace giveaway bundle was comment #11, Dorothy.
Congrats Dorothy!–I’ll be sending you an email shortly!
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.
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.
It seems like a lot of the patterns that I worked on over the summer are now becoming available at the same time! Today, I’ve got another free pattern to share with you. This pattern is called Stems & I designed it for P&B Textiles to showcase their Garden Party line of fabric. You can find the free pattern here.
This pattern is great to showcase just a few favorite fabrics. In addition to the Color Me Happy version at the top of the post, I had to try it out in April Showers.
I can’t wait for some of these fabric lines to be available! And on that note–thanks so much for all of you that visited my Etsy shop yesterday and helped me clear out some of my stash! I added more items last night and I’ve got more to add today–really, I could keep adding all week and not run out! =p Hopefully, I’ll be able to clear out plenty of goodies so I can shop some more in the Spring! =p
If you are anything like me, you are probably a tad bummed out that Fall Quilt Market 2013 has come and gone without you in attendance. However, I did have a pick me up over this market weekend when 11 pounds of fabrics arrived to me from P&B Textiles on Friday. I am giddy over 6 oz. packages of fabric so 11 pounds is pretty fun!
These fabrics are from two new fabric lines from P&B that I designed quilts for over the summer. Now that the fabrics have arrived, I have the fun task of making the two quilts tops.
My weekend was spent doing some fun sewing with these pretties.
As always, I’ll be sure to share the quilts with you when they are finished and the free patterns are available on the P&B website!
In other news, thanks so much for all of your wonderful comments on my Nightfall Quilt! =)
The winner of the fabric scraps is comment #84.
Congrats Elizabeth!–I’ve sent you an email. =) And one final note:
On Monday, I will be a guest on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio..say, what?!? You’ll be able to listen here. You will want to listen in for a big announcement… =p
And one final new thing–I don’t consider myself very “techy” but, I have decided to start up a facebook page for Little Miss Shabby. I have been getting some wonderful friend requests to my personal page and I have decided a LMS page is the way to go. If you have recently sent me a facebook friend request I would love if you’d pop by my new LMS page! =)
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.
Welcome to anyone visiting from the Electric Quilt blog today!–and of course welcome to you who visit me often! =) I was excited to be contacted by Heidi of The Electric Quilt Blog last month to see if I would be interested in being featured on their blog. The first sentence of her email was “We noticed your website and it looks like you use EQ7”..oh boy, do I ever!
Long time followers of my blog have seen many of my finished designs but maybe not that much behind the scenes of my design process. Almost everything I design begins in Electric Quilt–from the initial block designs to the finished quilt layout. Above you can see the finished quilt design for my Organic Elements Quilt which I designed for Moda Bake Shop.
I am able to try out different fabric options and see what works and what doesn’t work quite as well. My Organic Elements quilt doesn’t work nearly as well in prints–and the addition of sashing in the solid version was a must.
Many fabric companies offer their fabrics as free scans online which can very easily be imported into Electric Quilt which allows you to see exactly what your quilt will look like as a finished product.
Moda Fabrics does a wonderful job of providing free fabric scans for anyone to use. You can find all of them available here.
When I designed the Ruby, Pearl, & Opal quilt:
I had originally planned to use Central Park by Kate Spain:
But when it came time for my fabrics to arrive, Moda didn’t have the precut in Central Park that I needed to complete the quilt. Making the change to the Ruby line of fabric was a no brainer after seeing it in those fabrics!
I have also totally used EQ to make cool coloring pages for my daughters. I’ve got a whole portfolio of these to keep them busy on a rainy day!
Today, I’m excited to be sharing my Dancing Pinwheels block with you all.
This is a great little easy block that’ll look neat in any setting…basic horizontal layout:
On point(it’s so easy to try out different layouts in EQ):
Or in solids:
And here’s the easy little block pattern:
The HST units will finish at 4 1/2″ within the block so instead of cutting triangles as indicated by EQ you could also cut squares at 5 1/2″ and piece them using this method(trim after pressing):
Also, in my Dancing Pinwheel layouts I have two different block orientations. To achieve the 2nd orientation, all you have to do is cut your piece A blocks diagonally in the opposite direction (instead of cutting them from the lower left corner to the upper right corner, cut them from the upper left corner to the lower right corner). If you are using a solid background fabric that you can use either the back of the fabric or the front of the fabric you can cut them all the same and just use the opposite side for a portion of the blocks.
Thank you so much Heidi for featuring me over on the Electric Quilt Blog! I hope you all have enjoyed this tiny little peek into my design process!
Hey All!–I hope your summer is off to a great start! Mine has been busy, but good busy! I was director of VBS at my church this year which just wrapped up last week. We had a fantastic week and averaged about 125 kids per night. So my summer kicked off with a bunch of VBS prep–like I said, busy but oh so good busy. =) I would almost be ready to dive right in again…almost. VBS came right on the tail of Quilt Market–I’m sure you all have seen pictures and read other reports on various blogs. So many great lines of fabric debuting!
Remember this little teaser?:
It was a little sneak of a quilt that I made showcasing P&B Textiles new line of fabric which was shown at Quilt Market this Spring.
My quilt, Mod Twist, is a fun little folded quilt. It looks more complex than it actually is.
It is made of many rows of carefully folded fabric, pinned, ironed and then quilted into place.
It does requires a bit of patience.
If you fancy making a Mod Twist quilt of your own my pattern is available on the P&B Textiles website here. And Hawthorne Threads is carrying the complete line of Classical Elements fabrics.
I’m working on responding to all of my emails & questions so if you sent one to me just hang tight! =)