August 6, 2019

Gypsy Dreams - Free quilt patterns

How about two free quilt patterns today? I designed two quilts for the Gypsy Dreams fabric collection by Ani Del Sol for Blank Quilting. Quilt #1, above, uses the blocks in the panel and measures 60" x 84".

The fabrics in this collection are so beautiful! Check them out:

Ani's choice of vibrant colors and the movement in her designs make me want to dance outdoors. I absolutely love this fabric collection: butterflies and dragonflies - heaven in wings! It is coming to stores in September - I hope your local quilt store will carry it.

This is Quilt #2. The blocks are easy to put together and the whole quilt seems to scream "Let's celebrate something!" The blocks finish at 12" and the quilt measures 57" x 69", a fun lap quilt that will never go out of style.

The Gypsy Dreams patterns can be downloaded from Blank Quilting's site and are under the Free Projects tab. What are you waiting for?

Have an awesome day,

August 5, 2019

Zen Life Quilt

Photograph by American Quilter magazine. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Today I introduce you to Zen Life, my quilt just published in the September 2019 issue of American Quilter magazine. Since I received it back from the publisher, I have had it in front of my office so I see it all the time. The vibes!

Zen Life measures 70-3/4" x 83-1/2" and the blocks finish at 9". I worked with the amazing Tonga Vivid batik collection by Timeless Treasures and the quilting was done by Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting.

The blocks are made up of easy patches and the careful fabric placement ensures lots of contrast and brightness.

Yes, I went for the bold because when you are happy, in a Zen state, you see everything with sharpness and in its brightest hue. The Tonga Vivid batiks were perfect to express my version of a Zen Life! What will your version be like? Will you use the Tonga Vivid batiks I did, solids and white for a modern look, a softer palette, prints from your favorite collection, or will it be scrappy?

American Quilter magazine is renowned for featuring amazing show quilts and their makers, for its detailed how-to articles, and for publishing beautiful quilts and patterns we can all make. I am so honored when one of my designs is selected to be showcased!

You can find the pattern for Zen Life in the September issue of American Quilter, available online or at your favorite quilt store. I know you will love it.

Have a colorful day,

August 2, 2019

Lap Quilts

All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.
O M Goodness! Have you seen The Big Book of Lap Quilts published by Martingale earlier this year? It is a round-up of 51 amazing patterns for lap quilts all in one beautifully photographed package!

Regardless of the mood you are in, you will find a project in the book to match it as there are quilts for every season by your favorite quilt designers. Lap quilts are versatile and make perfect gifts, are ideal for home decor, and their size allows us to make them fairly quickly. You know the season of gift-making and giving is coming up and I think it is awesome to have so many options in one single source.

The quilts in The Big Book of Lap Quilts range from the fast to more elaborate, from modern to traditional, and every other type in between. Best of all, they are great stash-busters (I need to make more room for the new fabric lines coming up this Fall!).

I love the use of traditional blocks in different settings and the many projects with applique' here and there to add a touch of whimsy. I have already made a list of the 'must-make' projects.

If you are like me, you have all sorts of fabrics in your quilting room and, sometimes, it is difficult to figure out how to combine them into a beautiful quilt. Well, do you see the possibilities here? There are some fabrics I never wanted to cut into but the fantastic projects in The Big Book of Lap Quilts may just break my resolve - look at "Hand Warmers" by Susan Nelsen (top right) - yep, I will finally use my stash of black prints on this one!

I have many of the Big Books by Martingale - the value for your money is incredible! I rush to them for inspiration, when I want to make a project but not sure which one to make, or when only quilty eye-candy can get me through a day with the blues. The Big Book of Lap Quilts is "the" gift for beginners and veteran quilters alike and is a beautiful coffee table book, too.

So... was this enough to get you sewing today? I hope so! Have a great one,

July 31, 2019

Autumn Picnic quilt

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
"Autumn Picnic" is my newest quilt design with my all-time favorite color combination for Fall, featuring fabrics from the Can't Stop Falling collection by Hoffman Fabrics. The quilt measures 66-1/2" x 90-1/2" and the blocks finish at 12". I love how it turned out!
In every inch, you will find reminders of Autumn with acorns, leaves in all shapes, and flowers and berries in rich hues. The pinwheel and leaf blocks showcase the traditional colors of Fall and the teal on the chain blocks and on the border say: I am the NEW traditional!
The movement of leaves and pinwheels remind us of the windy days of the season, the cool air letting us know that soon the landscape will change into a less colorful, yet still beautiful, palette. However, with this quilt Autumn can last forever!

You can find "Autumn Picnic "in the October 2019 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine which goes on sale August 2nd. This issue has amazing projects (look at that one on the cover!) so be ready to grab your copy and start making them.

I am peeking outside my office window and see one single yellow leaf on the highest branch of the tree. And just like that, I feel a little cooler already.

Enjoy your day,

July 29, 2019

Day Dreamers quilt

Free pattern alert! This is Day Dreamers Quilt 1 which I designed for the Day Dreamers fabric collection by Kate Mawdsley for Henry Glass Fabrics. This quilt is loaded with cute cats! It measures 71" x 81" and the blocks finish at 10". Here is a close up of the fabrics I used:

Oh, Kate was having a lot of fun when she designed this fabric collection with paws, whiskers, mice, and all. I love the bright colors and they work well for boys or girls.

It would be cool to come up with companion projects for this quilt to decorate the kids' room such as pillows and wall art - you know, stretching the fabric over a canvas, stapling on the back and hanging on the wall for a quick and colorful room decor solution.

This project is perfect for beginners as the blocks are very simple to make. On the other hand, veteran quilters will appreciate the whimsical, fast, and 'catty' quilt!

The Day Dreamers collection has already been released (I totally forgot to write about this project!) and you can find it at your favorite quilt store or online.

Download this free quilt pattern by going to the Henry Glass website. Toby, the dog, seems to know I am writing about cats as his nose won't leave my desk. Let me go take him for a walk so I can redeem myself!

Have a fantastic day,

July 12, 2019

Free Quilt Pattern - Chromaview

Happy Colorful July! I have been wanting to share two free quilt patterns with you and only now had a chance. I made them with Chromaview, a fabric collection from Blank Quilting shipping this month to stores. Those colors are sure to brighten any room in your house or add cheer to a friend's life.

Quilt #1 above showcases the amazing panel of the collection with vibrant prints on the simple borders. It measures 46" x 66". The stripe fabric adds such beautiful texture to the quilt!

Quilt #2 shows the fabrics in the collection with a fun lattice design, sure to make any garden envious of its gorgeous blooms. It measures 72" x 84" and the blocks finish at 12". The blocks are easy to put together featuring colors from Blank Quilting's Jot Dot collection as the perfect complement to the prints.

Here are the fabrics on this collection:

Aren't they gorgeous? I am so happy to be able to work with amazing fabric collections such as this one. I know you will treasure these quilts when you complete them. Don't forget - both patterns are free and you can download them from Blank Quilting's website.

Have a great weekend,


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