December 2, 2016

Stroll in Venice quilt

Here is my newest pattern designed for Timeless Treasures and their batiks collection Tonga Passion Fruit by Judy and Judel Niemeyer. It is called Stroll in Venice - you can download it for free from their site.

Stroll in Venice is reminiscent of Italian tiles with surprising designs. The Diamond in the Square blocks feature my favorite fabrics from that collection. Timeless Treasures batiks have amazing texture and colors, and I often cringe when my rotary cutter gets closer to them. Yet, the pieced blocks take a life of their own so I forgive myself for cutting into them.

Check out their site for more free patterns and inspiration. In the meantime, I wish you a restful weekend.

December 1, 2016

Flannel Chevron Quilt

This king size quilt is finally finished! The pattern is called Crooked Path (fat quarter friendly!) from the book "Oh Sew Cozy Flannel Quilts" by Lynette Jensen (I found it here). Click here to see my original post when I was getting ready to begin this project. The quilt top was pieced very fast but remained folded inside the closet in my quilt studio for more than two years, awaiting my courage to quilt it in my Bernina. It never happened. Two months ago I made the smart decision to send it to a long arm quilter.

It was quilted by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting. I gave her the quilt and asked her to choose a quilting design - she has terrific taste and skills. I did not want the quilt to be heavily quilted and she picked the perfect motif. I am so happy with how it turned out!

I used many Maywood Studio Fabrics Woolies (such soft flannels!) and others from my stash. It was so easy to piece:

No triangles!

My stash of flannels is being 'updated' as we speak as my 16-year-old has asked me to make him another flannel quilt. I think I will make the same pattern and use blacks, reds, and grays.

As for my bedroom, it will probably take just as long for me to make coordinating pillow shams...

... although I did make a coordinating lap quilt which I quilted with meandering.

I have been sleeping under my chevron flannel quilt for the past two weeks and it is heaven! Heavy, soft, and with my favorite colors. So looking forward to getting under the covers tonight!

Do you like working with flannels? Whatever you are working on today, I hope it makes you happy.

November 21, 2016

Jolly Bar Winner

Happy Monday! Here is the winner who will get a Jolly Bar precut and The Jolly Bar Book, courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop:

I guess a D9P is a favorite but I mix it up. I really like the 3 Dudes strip quilt pattern.

I will email you soon to get your coordinates. Thanks to all who left comments - great ideas for quick quilts! I hope you have a wonderful day, hopefully stitching something fun.

November 16, 2016

Free pattern and Giveaway

Guys, I am in love with this simple quilt. I did not want to wait until it was quilted to show it to you! I am calling it Candy Crush because I have major crush on it. I used a Fresh Air Jolly Bar® by American Jane fabrics for Moda Fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop. These 10" x 5" precuts, only available from Fat Quarter Shop, are perfect for a quick quilt or you can cut them and use them in blocks. I wanted to show the fabrics in their full glory, though...

I did not decide on fabric placement. I simply opened the package and started with the first precut and stopped when I had the size quilt I wanted. The pillow matches the quilt and was stuffed with Silky Soft polyester fiber.

Here is the back side of the pillow. Don't you love those fabrics? I'lI will make the quilt sandwich, quilt, and bind it (no borders). Here is how I made it:

Eye Candy Lap Quilt
44" x 53"

1 packet of Jolly Bar precuts
1 1/4 yard white fabric
1/4 yard yellow fabric
3/8 yard binding
2 1/4 yard backing fabric
Batting to size
Thread (I always use Aurifil 50wt for piecing!)

From white fabric:
- Cut (2) 5" x WOF strips. Subcut into 2 1/2" x 5" rectangles
- Cut (12) 2 1/2" x WOF strips

From yellow fabric:
- Cut (6) 1 1/2" x WOF strips

From binding fabric:
- Cut (5) 2 1/2" x WOFstrips

1. Assemble the quilt by columns first. Sew a white 2 1/2" x 5" rectangle to the right edge of a Jolly Bar, repeat with another Jolly Bar and white rectangle without breaking the thread. Repeat with 4 more Jolly Bars and rectangles. Next you will begin the second column: sew a Jolly Bar to the first rectangle, and repeat till the end of the column. Repeat until you have a 'panel' of four sets of Jolly Bars as first photo above.

2. In order to keep the order of the Jolly Bars, clip the top row of Jolly Bars and press seams. Sew the 2 1/2" x WOF strips of white fabrics together end to end with diagonal seams. Press seams open. Stitch this white strip to the bottom of the top row you just pressed. Trim. Sew the 1 1/2" x WOF yellow strips together end to end with diagonal seams. Press seams open. Stitch this yellow strip to the white strip you just stitched. Trim. Stitch another strip of white onto the yellow strip. Trim and press seams.

3. Clip the second row of Jolly Bars and press seams. Repeat step 2 until you finish with a row of Jolly Bars at the bottom of quilt top. Make a quilt sandwich with backing, batting and quilt top and quilt as desired. Stitch binding strips together end to end with diagonal seams. Press seams open, press binding strip in half, and attach it to front of quilt. Flip it to back and hand stitch binding in place.

4. For pillow, sew together six Jolly Bars for the front and six for the back. Press seams. With RST, stitch all sides leaving an opening of 5". Press seams, flip pillow inside out, press seams again, fill it with polyester filling and hand stitch the opening to close it. Done!!!

Cool huh? It worked for me as I made these two projects in less than 3 hours! I will quilt it with simple straight lines. Here is the best part: Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring this giveaway!

You have a chance to win The Jolly Bar Book and the Juniper Berry Jolly Bar! This is what you need to do:

- Leave a comment telling me your favorite fast quilt pattern; and
- Leave me another comment if you would like, to tell me you follow this blog.

Make sure I have a way to contact you (if you are a noreply blogger, give me your email as "soandsoatanynetdotcom so you don't get spammed [do not use the @ symbol and .com]). The winner will be announced here on Monday, November 21, in time for a Happy Thanksgiving.

So, play along and have a fun day!

November 11, 2016

Placemats Tutorial

Here is what I am working on today - placemats using the Broderie Perse technique. I am loving them! Here is a quick tutorial:

I've had this beautiful fabric from Benartex for a while (no idea what is called!) but did not want to lose its beauty by cutting through it. So, I ironed fusible web to its back (I always use Heat'nBond Lite) and carefully cut around the designs I wanted using sharp scissors.

Then, I peeled the paper backing and played with the placement onto the background (using a few fat quarters by RJR Fabrics). Next, I fused the flowers and leaves according to the fusible web manufacturer's instructions.

The designs on the left are right above where the silverware will be, so nothing will be hidden when placemats are used.

Finally, I stitched around the edge of all motifs using Aurifil monofilament thread, quilted, and bound them by machine (well, as I said, it is still a WIP so I am finishing them today).

This set is darling and will making a fun Christmas gift. Broderie Perse allows us to keep the entirety of fabric designs we love and, if your design does not include any piecing, it makes for a fast project.

What are you working on today?

November 8, 2016

Layer Cake Giveaway

[Giveaway Closed!]

Here is something to brighten your day today: TWO layer cakes of Varsity by Sweet Water for Moda! This giveaway is happening at @picedbrain on Instagram. You could make at least two quilts with this much fabric! All you need to do is like the post on Instagram, follow me there, and tag three friends. (If you can't do it, don't worry, I will have another giveaway in a couple of weeks here on this blog).

Hop over to Instagram after you've done your main (ahem) task of the day... Then, join Pieced Brain's community on Instagram for a chance to win these layer cakes. The winner will be announced Friday morning, November 11.

These 10" squares are so colorful! You can use them just as is for a fast quilt, or get ideas from some of the designs in these video tutorials:

- Fat Quarter Shop

Join in the fun, and have a great day!

November 4, 2016

Paper Pieced Star

I was looking for ideas for a mini quilt I wanted to make for a neighbor who is waging a tough battle against illness. Leafing through Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks I found Icicle Star by Sheri Diesburg, Dawn Koltz, and Ann Marceca on page 114. Bingo!

I pulled out blue batiks from my stash, printed the template which came in a CD, and went to work. Eight blocks later and my mini quilt, which I am calling "Love and Light", was done. This morning I quilted it using Aurifil monofilament - perfect for this project as I did not want the quilting to interfere with the wonderful designs and colors of the batiks.

For backing I used a fat quarter a friend brought from Alaska.

The light comes from the paper pieced star and the love from all the tiny hearts I quilted on it. I thought about her the whole time, so there is love in the process, too.

Sometimes, this is all we can do: put a little of ourselves into a project and take it to them. So, if you know of someone who could use a boost and decide to make a "Love and Light" mini quilt, send me a photo and I will post it on this blog.

Have a restful weekend,


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