Irish Chain Quilts06.16.15

IrishChain_BlogHopBanner

 

Good Morning All!  Today is my stop on the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop.

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Irish Chain Quilts was written by my friend, Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting Melissa.  Melissa and I have been online friends for many years and we met in real life last year at Quilt Market.  Melissa is just as sweet as you might imagine she is from reading her blog.  We caught up again at Quilt Market this spring and it was so fun to see what all has been going on in the past year for both of us.

Irish Chain Quilts is Melissa’s first book and I really enjoyed looking through it.  The focus of the book as you can probably tell, is on the Irish Chain–however, Melissa has given a fresh spin to this very traditional block.  She has included wonky blocks, appliqued blocks, very modern blocks, as well as a bit of tradition.  With fresh fabric choices and fun designs there is a lot to see in this book.

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Melissa asked each of the blog hop participants to make a block based on one of the quilts in the book.  She will be piecing all of the blocks into a charity quilt.  She is planning on sharing the completed quilt on her blog  on Friday and I am eager to see how it has turned out.

The quilt that I chose to make a block based off of was Connect The Dots–an dotty appliqued version of an Irish Chain.

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This was such a fun block to make.

Irish Chain Block

And it was fun working with this aqua palette.  My fabric stash has an overwhelming amount of aqua fabrics.  I’m not sure how this happens as I wouldn’t claim it as one of my favorite colors–I tend to gravitate toward the warmer colors.  But, somehow these aquas always end up coming home with me.  I had to sneak a couple Prairie prints in there and was excited to see how nicely they play with some of my other favorite designers.

Irish Chain

To see more about this book, you can check out the various blog posts that have been shared:

June 8th –    Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro & Grand Prize Entry
June 9th –    Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander
                    Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th –  Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner
                    In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th –  Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis
                    Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th –  Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez
                    Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th –  Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich
                   Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th –  Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson
                    Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder–(You are Here!)
June 17th –  Fresh Lemons – Faith Jones
                    V and Co.  – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th –  A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell
                    Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th –  Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Prairie Prints and Bag Pattern06.05.15

Market Bag 2

 

Hello friends and happy Friday!  I hope you are all enjoying the start of a great summer (or winter, depending on where you are).  My girls last day of Kindergarten(I can hardly believe it) and 4th grade(equally mind boggling) was last Thursday so we have had a full week of summer break.

Needless to say, we have been busy!–our summer break always kicks off with busyness.  This year seems especially busy as things wrap up from quilt market,  VBS prep is in full swing, and I’ve also spent a little bit of time helping my sister move.

I promised to share more fabric pictures for those of you wondering about specific prints(you’ll find those at the bottom of this post), and I also wanted to share another project with you.

Market Bag

This is the bag I made to take to quilt market this year–I love having a new bag each year for quilt market.  Usually my quilt market bag gets carried around with me for the better part of the next year hauling around all of my gear.  I find that I collect a lot of gear as I get older.  So my quilt market bags are roomy and gear worthy.

I found this bag pattern over here on the A Bright Corner Blog and it’s a great one for using up those mini charm packs you may be hoarding.  Another couple things I wanted to mention about this bag–first, a bit about the fabrics.

Of course I used a lot of Prairie–the colored prints are all from this collection.  But, I also used some great text prints.  It looks like I used a lot of different text prints, but in reality I just used a couple prints.  Feed Company by Sweetwater has two really great text prints:  a recipe print and a feedsack label print.  Most of the text prints on my bag are from those two fabrics.  The recipe print has a lot of different fonts in one fabric so when it’s cut up it seems like you are actually using a lot of different text prints.

Fussy Cutting 3

And, the Labels print is perfect for fussy cutting:

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And, then I threw in just a couple more low volume prints and I was good to go.  Oh, and I want to talk a little bit more about that bottom polka dot print.

Fussy Cutting

That fabric is Mochi Linen.  And, I’ve talked a bit about the Mochi linen here but I wanted to mention it again..because it’s fab.  I love using Linen in my projects but sometimes linen can be a bit fussy.  Moda’s Mochi linen is not fussy–it’s great to work with, doesn’t wrinkle like other linens you may have used, and my favorite is that it has the same shrink rate as the quilting cottons.  That means if you are not a pre-washer, you won’t need to prewash this linen.  And, your quilt won’t turn into a hideous mess the first time you wash it.

Candy Scraps

I used Mochi Linen in my Candy Scraps quilt (tutorial here) and really fell in love with using it.

Prairie

And now onto some fabric photos.  I wanted to share the various prints as well as the coordinating solids–I’ve been getting asked about which ones coordinate.  First up, the main floral print:

Main Floral

Ditsy print:

Ditsy

Doily print:

Doily

Polka Dots:

Polka Dots

Sprouts:

Sprouts

Sprigs:

Sprigs

and Stripes:

Stripes

The coordinating solids are:

9900-81 Goldenrod (this is the yellow I used in my yellow/white Idyllic quilt)

9900-210 Strawberry

9900-269 Bermuda

9900-171 Etchings Charcoal

9900-134 Pistachio

9900-147 Coral

The white is 9900-97 Bleached White & I used 9900-178 Etching Stone in my print Idyllic quilt.

Have a Happy Sewing weekend!

~Corey

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WIP Wednesday08.13.14

Stitcheries Quilt

Can’t believe we are back to Wednesday already!–Man that week flew by.  It’s unfortunate that time picks up pace as the summer nears an end. =)  I checked my Stitcheries quilt top off my WIP list.

This is my favorite block in the whole quilt:

Stitchery

For some reason, I opted to do all of my little stitcheries on muslin.  This is not the same decision I would make if I were making it again!

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In keeping with that, and against my better judgement, the sashing is also a muslin–albeit cuter than your average muslin.  I picked it up at one of my LQS’s several years ago and it has a flower print sort of “stamped’ into it if that makes sense.

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I may never be able to wash this quilt–none of the fabrics are prewashed and I’m not sure how it will hold up…and the shrinkage wouldn’t be a good thing.  But, aesthetically, I think I made the right decision.  The little flowers in there are pretty cute!

Happy to check this one off my list!  However, now the problem is the overflowing stack of quilt tops–machine quilter I am not! =)

In the upcoming week these are my goals:

  1. Add border to the Metro Rings Quilt–I hope to share this one with you tomorrow or Friday.
  2. Finish next Quilty Stitches block (the last one!)
  3. Bind my Yoder quilt.

I also have another project I wouldn’t mind working on but, with Back to School next week my schedule may get a bit full!

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Quilty Stitches Block 1106.09.14

Japanese x Block

 

The Quilty Stitches Block for today is one you probably recognize as being called “Japanese x & + block”–at least in blog world.  This block really came back in popularity in 2011 when Amy of badskirt.blogspot.com fame posted a tutorial for the block here.  She fell in love with the block after seeing it in a quilt designed by Setsuko Inawaga at the Tokyo Quilt Festival.  The original block is credited to Nancy Cabot in 1938 and is called Spool Block.

A quick google or pinterest search will show you many Japanese X block quilts as the block lends itself to a very striking quilt.

Quilty Stitches Block 11

Quilty Stitches Block 11 PDF Pattern

For my block, I used:

DMC 470 for the green

DMC 958 for the Aqua

Sullivan’s 45076 for the Coral

Happy Stitching!

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Mod Cabin Quilt05.20.14

Mod Cabin Quilt

 

Hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday!  My Monday was spent getting my house & laundry into better shape.  I had a dear friend who spent time with my littlest last Wednesday so I could do some hard core cleaning before I left for Pittsburgh & this helped me out a ton.  So, I didn’t have a lot of cleaning that needed done–however, the laundry and refrigerator were tackled and conquered yesterday…phew!

Mod Cabin

Photo Courtesy of Fons & Porter

Today, I wanted to take a little bit of time to talk about my Mod Cabin quilt.  I designed this quilt for RJR Fabrics to showcase their line of Cotton Supreme solids and the quilt is featured in Fons & Porter Easy Quilts Summer 2014.  It’s a fun little modern variation on the traditional log cabin block–easy to make blocks, and a high impact pattern.

Just for fun, I tried this pattern out in prints in EQ to see what it would look like–It’s a scrappy mix of various Bonnie & Camille lines and a little bit of Fig Tree.

Scrappy Mod Cabin

Natalia, once again, did an amazing quilting job on this quilt.  I seldom have a design that I have to have in regard to the quilting, but for this one, I knew I wanted “bubbles” in the white space.  I think it turned out beautifully!

Quilting

The quilt finishes at 72″ x 89″ & you can make your own if you pick up a copy of Easy Quilts Summer 2014.

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Scattered Pinwheels04.23.14

Scattered Pinwheels

 

The hubs and I just got back yesterday after spending a couple days at Great Wolf Lodge with the girls.  Now I think I need another vacation to relax from the first one!  The girls had a great time and it was a much needed break for all of us.

Today, I wanted to pop on and share another quilt pattern, Scattered Pinwheels.  I designed this quilt for RJR Fabrics to showcase their line of solids, Cotton Supreme Solids.  If you have not yet tried RJR’s solids, I encourage you to check them out.  They have a wonderful hand and an ever growing selection of colors.

Photo Courtesy of Fons & Porter Quilting.  All Rights Reserved

Photo Courtesy of Fons & Porter Quilting. All Rights Reserved

The pattern is featured in the May/June 2014 Issue of Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Magazine

Love of Quilting

Natalia did a beautiful job on the quilting as always!

Magazine Quilt

If you make a Scattered Pinwheels quilt of your own I would love if you would share a picture with me! =)

LMS Medallion

I also wanted to let you know that Part 2 of my Medallion Mini tutorial should be available over on Sew Mama Sew today or tomorrow.  If you are following along make sure to check it out!

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Cerulean Dreams Quilt04.11.14

Blue Stars

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!

Cerulean Dreams

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.

Image Courtesy of Mothology.com

Image Courtesy of Mothology.com

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!

Applique

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. =)

Border

Cerulean Dreams is featured in McCall’s Quilting May/June 2014.  You can see my quilt on the cover!–That’s always a fun sight for a designer to see.  =)

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Hope you all have a wonderfully productive weekend!

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Mini Medallion Quilt04.01.14

Mini Medallion Quilt

The past couple of weeks I have been working on a new pattern, Mini Medallion.  The finished mini is 25″ square making it an adorable wall hanging or even a table topper.

Fabric Stack

I started off with a bunch of stash fabrics from various designers.

Fabrics

The center portion of the mini(including the pink border) measures 12″.

Center

And then there are several little borders.

Borders

The little 3″ Friendship Star border is my favorite.  I think I am on a Friendship Star kick lately! =)

Friendship Star Border

This little mini is a perfect excuse to use up some of your scraps and make a cute medallion at the same time.  Interested in making one of your own?

I will be sharing the free tutorial over on Sew Mama Sew later in April as a part of their Spring Sew Along.  And, even better, there are prizes for sewing along.  Go check out their post yesterday for more details about the sew along and to see the other quilt in the sew along.

And in the meantime, gather up some cute scraps and a bit of background fabric and you’ll be all set to start making your mini medallion. =)

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Chevron Quilt Finish03.24.14

Vertical Chevrons

First off, I want to thank you all for all of the wonderful comments about my post last week!  I have really enjoyed reading your thoughts on applique–and you guys are all so kind!!  Thank you, Thank you!

Chevron Quilt

Today, I wanted to share with you the finished Chevron quilt from the Be Purposeful Bee.  These quilts are being made to help support missionary work from my church.  The group of ladies who joined me in making these quilts was just amazing and we have made some beautiful quilts!  This is the 3rd finished quilt.  The first was the Scrappy Trip Quilt:

Scrappy Trip Quilt

Then the Churn Dash Quilt:

Churn dash

And now, the Chevron Quilt:

Chevrons

Rachael, was in charge of picking the colors & theme for October and she chose a very fun Navy/Aqua chevron theme.  I think Rachael intended to run the chevrons horizontally, but I loved it vertically as well!

Quilting

Since October was Rachael’s month, she was also the quilter on this quilt.  She recently purchased a long arm and put it to good use on this quilt.  Each of the white strips is quilted in a different design.  It makes for such a striking quilt!–Perfect design choice.

Quilting closeup

Thank you Rachael for such a great month–the finished quilt is beautiful!–Beautiful Quilting!

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Weekend at the Lake Quilt03.13.14

Quick pink

Today I am sharing my Weekend at the Lake quilt I designed for McCall’s Quick Quilts featuring Little Friends by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics.

Weekend-at-the-Lake flat

This little quilt features two oversized blocks that come together quickly–and the Little Friends fabric line is adorable!

Mushrooms

You might remember my Framework Quilt/Pattern which I also made featuring these fabrics.

Framework Quilt

Natalia Bonner quilted my Weekend at the Lake quilt and she knocked it out of the park as usual!

Quilting

You can find the pattern in the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts which is available now.

Quick Quilts

I snapped this picture taken just minutes after my quilt arrived back home from McCall’s:

Weekend at the Lake

Elonie was pretty quick to snatch it up!

By the way–I’ve heard that preorders of Playful Petals are starting to ship.  I’m excited and nervous about this at the same time as I start receiving feedback from everyone about something I worked on for so long.

Playful Petals

The folks over at Moda were kind enough to ask me to share a bit about Playful Petals on their blog.  If you’d like to read a bit more about my book just pop on over and take a peek.

And of course I’ll be sharing a lot more about it here!!–Can’t wait!

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