August 10, 2018

Patchwork and Embroidery

Have you seen Gail Pan's latest book? Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too, published by Martingale, has exactly what I need right now: small projects I can embroidery. Except... I am having a tough time figuring out which one to make first!

All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.
This 16-1/2" x 19-1/2" wall hanging is called "Love and Dreams" (I am so tempted to start here!) and can be customized with your favorite color. The hand quilting on the blue borders is an easy and fast way to finish. This wall hanging would make a great housewarming gift.

"Memories of Sewing" would look great in our sewing room or on that corner of the family room where we usually hand sew. I love Gail's choice of trimmings.

The shape of the dark border in "Beautiful Bees" reminds me of old labels in honey jars... How creative! The embroidery was done with black and ecru pearl cotton - no other color needed here, right?

Gail's embroidery designs are simple yet charming. You do not need to be a master embroiderer to make one of them because only 8 simple embroidery stitches are used throughout the book. Should you need help, they are well explained in the General Instructions section. Her designs will add liveness, whimsy, and a touch of color to any home regardless of the season as Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too has motifs related to gardening, sewing, Christmas, Fall and more.

This gorgeous sewing pouch is called "On the Go".  Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too has a total of 14 beautiful projects with Gail's signature embroidery creations beckoning us to put our feet up and relax with needle and thread.

After I typed 'relax with needle and thread" I had to stop writing this post as I decided to make "Beautiful Bee": I literally ran downstairs to my studio, traced the lines on linen and chose the threads and the fabrics for the borders. Guess what I will be doing this weekend!

I hope your weekend will be as fun as mine.

August 7, 2018

Autumn Leaves Quilt

Photograph by Charley Lynch for American Quilter Magazine. Used with permission.
This morning I have my office window open as the temperature is a cool 59F, a hint of what it will be like come Autumn (never mind that later today the temperature will climb to the 90sF!). The cool air inspired me to share with you my quilt, Autumn Leaves, which has been published in the September 2018 issue of the American Quilter magazine.

Autumn Leaves measures 79.5" x 97" and the blocks finish at 16". I used the Can't Stop Falling collection by Hoffman Fabrics. L O V E those fabrics:

These are just a few of the fabrics in the collection (See the entire collection here). The Teal added an element of surprise to the palette and is a fun departure from the traditional Fall colors, don't you agree? The block design allowed me to use many fabrics for a colorful, bright look.

Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting added her own touch to this project with her choice of the quilting motif. We are great partners!

The September issue of American Quilter magazine has six fantastic quilt patterns (look at that cover quilt!!!) and you can find it in stores or download it by going to their website - look for the teal "Download the latest issue" box on the left side.

I need to go to my studio now as I am putting a sleeve on the back of a quilt. After that, I will begin another one which is due to be completed in one week. Phew! I hope your day will be as busy and colorful as mine!

August 1, 2018

Quilt with Geraniums

Free pattern alert! I call it Sweethearts, the quilt pattern I designed for the beautiful Maywood Studio's Chloe fabric collection.  This pattern is being offered as a free download from Maywood Studio's site. I grew up surrounded by Geraniums as my mom loved them, and was so happy with the opportunity to design a quilt featuring fabrics that show them in all their glory.

The quilt measures 70" x 80" and the blocks finish at 12". At this size, the blocks provide the perfect frame for the flowers and are fast to make. Here are the fabrics I used:

Gorgeous, right? Large and small prints, tone-on-tone, stripes - the Maywood's Chloe collection has all the features you like in a fabric line to lend interest to the quilt. The pattern's lattice design is reminiscent of potted Geraniums trailing down garden structures, infusing with rich colors every inch of the garden, windowsill, or porch where they are planted.

The Chloe collection has shipped so head over to your local quilt store to get it, download the pattern, and let the fun begin!

Happy Wednesday,

July 30, 2018

Fall Beauty Quilt

Today I am celebrating Fall and the fact that my quilt, Fall Beauty, made it to the cover of the October 2018 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine! What an honor!
Photographs by Adam Albright for American Patchwork & Quilting. Used with permission.
Fall Beauty is colorful, whimsical, full of texture and... it is big! It measures 87-3/4" x 104" and the blocks finish at 16-1/4". Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting added the crop circles quilting motif which went so well with the theme of the project.
Doesn't the alternate block remind you of the head of a scarecrow? The instructions are clear and have lots of diagrams - you will put Fall Beauty together in no time at all.

I chose Timeless Treasures' Venice Basics fabric collection because the colors were vibrant and the texture was perfect:

This collection had the Fall palette I was looking for as I wanted the design to invoke hayrides, pumpkins, leaves of every color, broomsticks... 

Here is the color option presented by tester Martha Gamm, using Riley Blake Designs' fabrics for a vintage look. Pretty cool, huh? This pattern has lots of possibilities so, if you like it, get the magazine and start having fun.

Enjoy your Monday - mine is already fantastic!

July 28, 2018

Christmas Treetop quilt

Photograph by Shane Pequignot for Quilter's World. Used with permission.
I am back from Brazil and slowly getting into the swing of my work. It was wonderful being with my family for two weeks: there were a lot of get-togethers, I ate amazing food, laughed, and relaxed.

A few of my quilts were published while I was away and here is the first one I would like to share with you: Treetop. It measures 61" x 73" and the blocks finished at 12". This easy pattern showcases festive fabrics from the Poinsettia Song collection by Hoffman Fabrics. I have made a few projects using this fabric line and always return to it when I want my Christmas projects to have a delicate, traditional, elegant look. Here are some of the fabrics I used on my quilt:

The quilts' simple design is perfect for when you want to show off prints you love. The lattice effect can also be the focal point of the quilt if you use solid fabrics.

The quilting was expertly done by Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting, using a Christmas motif.

You can find the pattern for Treetop on page 54 of the Autumn 2018 issue of Quilter's World magazine. This issue has some great patterns which I am sure you will love.

I know many of us like to make Christmas gifts ahead of time, so I found another pattern at Annie's Online Catalog which you might like: it is the Christmas Candle Table Runner above. Table runners are fun to make and to give away so if you are looking for another fun Christmas pattern, check it out!

Have a great weekend,


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