April 19, 2018

A Whale of a Time - 2 Free Patterns



Free Pattern Alert!!!Let me introduce you to Skipper (Quilt #1), one of the two patterns I designed for Studioe Fabrics and its line A Whale of a Time by Sarah Prosser. Sarah Prosser was really inspired when she designed this line for Studioe which is well known for its fantastic novelty fabrics.

I love that panel so much and tried to come up with a design which did not take away from its whimsy yet, at the same time, added interest to the project. The quilt finishes at 56" x 64" and comes together very easily. The fabrics in this collection are so fun! These are the prints I used for this quilt:




But then, there are other super cool prints continuing the nautical theme in this line so I designed another quilt:

This is Pier 49 (Quilt #2), a row quilt showcasing the whole A Whale of a Time fabric collection and measuring 64" x 80". That lighthouse block uses machine applique' and is a bright addition to that row - can you envision the boats sailing by it? Here are the other prints I used on Quilt #2:








This fabric collection is dreamy! I included solid colors to make everything pop and I like how both designs turned out. Remember, these are free patterns ready to be downloaded from Studioe's site.

Either one of these quilts would look wonderful in a kid's bedroom. This line has just been released so rush to get the fabrics before they are gone. Download the free patterns from their site then check out the other cool free downloads they have.

Enjoy your day,

April 18, 2018

Civil War Legacies IV

All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.

I woke up at 5 am and, knowing there was not a snowflake's chance in hot water I was going to fall back asleep, I went to the family room and, dog in tow, settled on my favorite chair to browse through my precious stack of quilt books. Carol Hopkins' new book, Civil War Legacies IV, was at the top because its cover has a quilt (above) with my favorite reproduction fabric color: cheddar. Cheddar adds brightness, warmth, and goes well with brown, blue, burgundy, cream, black... It is the new neutral!

Carol is a veteran in the battle to use every scrap of fabric in our private fabric collections and her new book is an invitation to us all: Use it up, bring it out, make it last, don't do without (my quilty adaptation of Boyd K. Packer's famous saying)!

Each of the 14 projects in Civil War Legacies IV showcases Carol's mastery in working with reproduction fabrics: attractive choice of texture and color, a perfect palette where the lighter fabrics infuse brightness in the design and allow the darker fabrics to show off their glory, and an original use of traditional blocks.

Her quilt 'Patriotic Logs', above, is so beautiful! There is so much history behind its name, its colors, its block... and, of course, each strip of fabric has its own story - I bet Carol can remember where she bought them as I can with my fabrics.

These small projects are perfect for impromptu home decor, gifts which must be delivered tomorrow, and for those of us who decided it is time to try working with reproduction fabrics but do not have a huge amount of it at hand. The instructions for each pattern are full of illustrations and easy-to-follow directions so you can start making the quilts right away.

Civil War Legacies IV is available in print or as an eBook, and you can find it in stores or online.

The dog is stretching beside me, and my teenagers and husband are moving about getting ready for the day. These are my cues that I must stop writing and start pumping in caffeine because the day ahead will be a busy one. However, I now have all the inspiration I need to make my own quilts.

Have a productive day!

April 17, 2018

Forever More quilt

I just got my copy of the May 2018 issue of American Quilter magazine and my quilt, Forever More, is featured on page 76. Yippee! Forever More measures 87" x 99" and the blocks finish at 12".

This quilt was made using batiks from the New Java Blenders collection by Timeless Treasures. Here are the fabrics I used:









These rich colors look great together, with lots of texture and contrast to make the design pop. I wish I had a bolt of each of the New Java Blenders (B7900) as they also complement a lot of other batiks. Check out the backing:

 This batik is also by Timeless Treasures: Tonga-B5800-Pizzazz (its name is so fitting!).

Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting quilted this project - I love how the curves of the motif soften the straight lines and points of the blocks.

You can find the May 2018 issue of AQ magazine at stores or on the American Quilter's Society website. You may consider joining AQS as you will have immediate access to all digital issues since January 2013 AND patterns from more than a decade. Cool.

We are in the middle of April and we got about 3 inches of snow so far. The buds and flowers are totally hidden under a white, powdery blanket, no doubt as surprised by the snowfall as we are. I will finish checking out this magazine and then will write more quilt patterns - a colorful plan for today.

I wonder what you will do today...





April 9, 2018

Atop the Barn quilt

Photograph by Annie's. Used with permission.
This is "Atop the Barn", my latest quilt pattern available on Annie's Craft Store. It is a fun and easy pattern, great for a lap quilt or a twin bed.

The quilt measures 60" x 84" and the blocks finish at 12". Atop the Barn can be done in one day because the blocks are simple to put together, a perfect pattern for a quick gift or a charity quilt.

I love the quilting motif that Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting chose for this quilt. It goes so well with the Toys 3 fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs - beautiful 1930s reproduction fabrics which they graciously provided for this project.




These are some of the fabrics I used and are my favorites! The 'Diamond in the Square' blocks are ideal to showcase our favorite fabrics or those preferred by the recipient of the quilt. For this reason, Atop the Barn can be customized for boys or girls, and can also be made for men if you change the background color to a gray, for instance, and use theme fabrics for the large blocks (fishing, hunting, books, plaids, etc.).

Before I go: remember the Paint Chips quilt pattern? Well, there is a booboo in the cutting instructions. The wide strips of fabric must be cut at 8-1/4" and not 8-1/2". Dang.

Lastly, you can now view this blog through a secure connection by going to this address:
https://www.piecedbrain.com. Woohoo!

I hope you enjoy this pattern and that it inspires you to sew today!





April 6, 2018

Old St. Nick

I finished it! This is Postcard from St. Nick, one of my recent patterns. The photograph was taken indoors because we've had 3G kind of weather: gray, gloomy, and gross. But I think you can see how fun it turned out!

I ended up trimming the panel to be smaller than in the pattern, so I edited the instructions to show what to do if you decide to trim away.

Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting added this texture - perfect! The colors are really beautiful on the fabrics from the Christmas collection by Hoffman Fabrics. There are two panels - one with Old St. Nick and one with 8 fat quarters:








Traditional Christmas colors and motifs bring back wonderful memories... that is probably why I designed not one but two patterns with this collection (see below). I did not use (yet!) the fat quarter with the stockings.


The Paisley and Pine batiks worked very well with the color scheme so I am happy to have included them.

Memory Maker is my second design and the quilt will be done very soon. I do have three sons - I will need to make two quilts of one of these patterns so everyone will be happy. Both patterns are available in my Etsy store or in a quilt store near you. If your favorite quilt store hasn't gotten them yet they can contact me.

Postcard from St. Nick is my finish for this Friday. I am joining the linky party at Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Have a great weekend!

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