October 23, 2018

Songbird - Free quilt pattern

Free pattern alert! This is Songbird, the quilt I designed for the Daybreak fabric collection by Dear Stella Fabrics. It measures 67-1/2" x 79-1/2" and the blocks finish at 12". Songbird celebrates spring and, of course, would be a fantastic quilt for the sunroom, a girl's room, or your own!

This one-block quilt has a vintage look because of the gorgeous fabrics I chose. Check them out:

The block shows off the prints very well and the border birdie fabric ties it all together. The white background gives the design a very modern look. You can opt for a dark background, too, for a bolder project.

Download Songbird from Dear Stella Fabrics' website and start working on it right away. While you do that, I am working on another paper piecing tutorial which I will post here soon.

In the meantime, have a great day!

October 19, 2018

Hidden Trees quilt

This is Hidden Trees, the baby quilt I made with Christmas-themed flannels, just published in the November/December issue of Quilty magazine. It measures 38" x 46" and the blocks finish at 8". The alternating block is easy to make and adds lots of movement to the design, a perfect match to the fabric featured on the other blocks, filled with vintage toys for little children.

For this quilt, I chose the Christmas Joys flannels collection by Maywood Studio and love how it turned out. Here are the fabrics I used:

These flannels are so soft - I know of a little boy who will not let go of this quilt once he gets it this Christmas!

Bright colors and the opportunity to play 'I spy' are two features of this project which I like. It is super easy to make - another reason I thought you would want to see it. It would look super cool with other novelty fabrics, too, so this is a pattern you can use year-round for babies.

Here is the cover of the November/December issue of Quilty magazine as I know you will want to get it because the other projects in it are soooo cool.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

October 18, 2018

Modern Patchwork Home

Photographs by Hornick Rivlin Studio, Larry Stein, Sharon White Studio, Dean Schoeppner, and Jay Wilde for The Quilting Company. Used with permission.
Have you seen the book Modern Patchwork Home - Dynamic Quilts & Projects for Every Room published by The Quilting Company? Curated by Vivika Hansen Denegre, the book has 24 projects created by quilters who are well known for their contemporary approach to design. From pillows to quilts, each project mixes the tradition of the quilting art with the modern aesthetic from the mid-twentieth century. The result is a collection of approachable works which will allow quilters to bring a touch of the current quilting trend into their homes.

The Twinkle Star Quilt by Debbie Grifka has a muted palette with modern textures and lots of negative space. It is a perfect project for quilters who want to try their hand at something new yet are not ready to commit to what I call the ABC's of this quilting revolution: abstract, bold, and cutting-edge.

The Modern Courthouse Quilt by Siobhan Rogers is a large-size interpretation of the Courthouse Steps quilt block, her color choices giving away that there is more at work here - it also pays homage to the minimalist art style with its simple lines.

The Hexagon Pillow by Linda Hungerford features our beloved hexies with bright fabrics. Its distinctive hand quilted lines in gradating hues complement the contemporary look and add interest to the background.

The Braided Table Runner created by Daisy Aschehoug is a deceptively simple project based on the log cabin-style construction and is another of my favorites from this book. Do you read 'stash-buster' between the table runner lines?

This Pencil Holder by Gosia Pawlowska would brighten up any desk and doubles as a stocking stuffer (yep, I am on the lookout for handmade gift ideas for the upcoming Holiday Season!). I love paper piecing and, for those of us who have not tried this technique, this is an ideal opportunity to learn it: quick, few pieces, and a cool end result.

Speaking of techniques, the Quilting Basics section at the beginning of Modern Patchwork Home walks you through the methods used to make half-square triangles, Y-seams, English Paper Piecing, etc. After going through it, the new quilter will acquire the needed skills and confidence to complete the projects in the book, while the veteran quilter will find short-cuts to expedite his or her work.

Whether you are a modern quilter or are interested in learning ways to incorporate this quilting trend into your arsenal of quilted projects, this book would make a great addition to your library or a fun gift for a quilty friend.

Thanks, Quilting Company, for giving me a chance to review Modern Patchwork Home!

Enjoy your day,

October 17, 2018

Holiday Games quilt

Photograph by Charles R. Lynch for American Quilter. Used with permission.
Are you ready for another fun Christmas project? This is Holiday Games, my quilt just published in the November 2018 issue of American Quilter. It measures 67" x 79" and the blocks finish at 12". These blocks come together in a flash and the instructions are very detailed - you will have it completed before your guests arrive!

Two of the things which strike me most about this quilt: the 'disappearing' lattice effect of the alternating blocks and the fact that the squares on the 4-patches are large enough for us to display our favorite holiday fabrics. I chose Hoffman Fabrics' Poinsettia Song collection as it includes festive, bright, and lots of contrasting prints to make any design pop. Here is what I mean:

It is great when a fabric collection has large and small prints, dark, medium, and light coordinating fabrics, and vivid colors - a designer's dream! No wonder you see these fabrics on my quilts all the time. I am hoping Hoffman Fabrics never stops making them.

I LOVE this cover photo! What an amazing combination of quilt and car. As you go through the pages of the November 2018 issue of American Quilter you will find fantastic projects, how-to articles, and will see the winning quilts from AQS's contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan. OMGoodness! The creativity and workmanship of the quilters are awe-inspiring, as one wonders about the hours, the patience, and the attention required to make (and quilt!) such works of art. You must see them...

I am off to design more quilts to share with you. Enjoy your mid-week,

October 12, 2018

Christmas Table Runner

Oohh... I just opened the November/December 2018 issue of Love of Quilting magazine and guess what? My table runner Gifts of the Season is on page 40! How I enjoyed making and quilting it...

Here it is on my design wall, once all the flowers, leaves, stems, and baskets had been machine appliqued. I love quilts with applique' and I treasured every minute I spent putting this table runner together. It measures 28" x 52" with 8" blocks. 

Those baskets... aren't the fabrics beautiful? Here I am placing the applique motifs over the baskets before fusing them. The pattern instructions have details on how to work with light-colored shapes over dark fabric so your table runner will look just like mine.

This is my second project this Christmas with the beautiful Poinsettia & Pine fabric collection by Maywood Studio:

The prints are bright and fun, just the way I love my Christmas decoration. This line has lots of textures mixing holly and poinsettia designs with dots, scrolls, and plaids: the traditional with the cozy!

This issue of Love of Quilting has amazing projects for the Holidays and beyond - make sure you get it so you can begin the ones you want to finish and deliver before Christmas.

I can't wait to have this table runner back. It will be even more difficult to wait until Christmas to display it on my dining room table!

Have a fantastic weekend,


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