February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

Guys, look at what I just found on my desk! Should I have it for breakfast? I begged him not to buy me chocolates. Don't take me wrong: I love chocolates but I have to eat it all. At once! I forgot to say "Don't buy me anything I love to eat like, chocolate, cake, sweets in any form"... but hey, he bought it, not me, so my job is to EAT it. Happy Valentine's Day to all of you...

I really love how delicate this print is. Strawberries and flowers always tug at my heart. You may wonder why I asked the question about directional fabrics: when I began quilting I would only use directionals on borders. That was such a long time ago and, today, they are fair game. Although I must confess, they do complicate the life of pattern designers sometimes.

We have another winner:

1 Set of 1 Unique Number
Range: From 1 to 36

Set #1
My friend Research Randomizer picked:

I totally use directional fabric...Just have to be careful while using it! Thanks for sharing the giveaway!!

Sewgirl, you have 1-1/2 yards of fabric coming your way. I will send you an email shortly to get your address information.

I woke up thinking that today is Friday. Say What? It is still Thursday! Dang, girl. So, yeah, my job now is to make this an awesome day. I wish the same to you!

February 11, 2019

Winner announced and Fabric Giveaway

Thank you for participating in last week's giveaway! "Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2" is a great book filled with ideas for quilts with 10" squares, whether you bought them as layer cakes, made your own cakes, or use yardage. We have a winner! Here is the randomizer pick:

1 Set of 1 Unique Number
Range: From 1 to 56
Set #1

CeciliaFebruary 6, 2019 at 11:01 AM

I mostly buy yardage, but the precuts are hard to resist...

Congratulations, Cecilia! I will email you soon to get your mailing information. In the meantime...

This week it is Valentine's Day in the US. In Brazil, Valentine's Day (Dia dos Namorados) is in June so in my house we celebrate it twice! In the spirit of this celebration, let's have another giveaway: 1-1/2 yards of this cute fabric by Riley Blake Designs with little flowers and strawberries. Who needs chocolate, right?

I will mail it to you wherever you are in the world. Just answer this question: Do you use directional fabrics in blocks, or do you leave them for the borders only? Remember, if you are not a blogger leave your email address using this format: "soandsoatinternet.com" - you will not get spammed and I will have a way to get in touch with you. 

The winner will be revealed on February 14 - Valentine's Day. Happy Monday!

February 8, 2019

Joyful quilt

Photograph by American Quilter. Used with permission.
Doesn't she make you want to smile all day? This cutie pie must be blessing her family and the life of those around her with her sunny face... I can almost hear the giggles and happiness with all the attention she is getting as she poses for this photograph. Her gorgeous outfit brings out the blue in her eyes and is exactly how I would dress a baby girl had I had one (only boys on this side of the Rockies). But wait, I am supposed to talk about the quilt she is sitting on! "Joyful" is how I feel when I look at this baby!

"Joyful" measures 56" x 56" with blocks that finish at 6" and 8". You can customize it and use mainly blue, green, soft yellow and teal prints for a boy, too. Super easy to make, this quilt would look great with any fabric although, if you want to keep the vintage look, you may want to go with Riley Blake Designs' Date Night collection as I did.

These prints are so fun to work with! They have a great mix of values and textures and I love how the quilt turned out. Their colors are soft with whimsical flowers and dots, well displayed on Joyful's blocks.

Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting made this quilt even prettier with her choice of quilting motif. Joyful would look great hand quilted, too.

You can find the pattern in the March 2019 issue of American Quilter magazine, a publication of the American Quilter Society. I have already received my copy because I am a member! This issue has amazing articles and projects. When you join AQS, you receive your copy of the magazine quickly and have a host of discounts on shows, online classes, and merchandise. So worth it!

Speaking of worthy things, have you entered my giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book  Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2? The winner will be announced on Monday morning, so head over and leave a comment.

Have a wonderful weekend,

February 6, 2019

Layer-Cake Quilts and Giveaway

Last night I read that our bodies crave different colors at different times ("Light Emerging - The Journey of Personal Healing" by Barbara Ann Brennan). Since I began quilting, it seems my body just plain craves colors in all its fiber varieties: bright or subdued, busy or calm, old fashioned or super modern. Against any background, as long as the colors dance before my eyes, my body dances, too, and my spirit soars regardless of what may be happening around me.

"Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2: More Simple Quilts from 10" Squares" by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, recently published by Martingale, has had me dancing from the moment I saw its cover! The book features 11 projects made with Layer Cakes - must-have!

All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Used with permission.
Add a little bit of yardage and you have all you need for beautiful, colorful quilts requiring the skills of advanced beginners and one weekend. "Daybreak", above, is the last quilt in the book but the first one I saw as I peruse books beginning at the back cover... What a happy quilt and ideal to display those prints we do not want to cut into tiny pieces.

The Layer Cakes provide enough of each fabric in a collection to ensure our quilts have a great mix of textures, values, and print scales. Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson expertly use this variety in their designs teaching us how we can achieve the same wonderful results as we use our own stash of fabrics, pre-cut or not.

I like that Barbara and Mary suggest how we can use leftover triangles in other projects, and the many other tips we get throughout the book. You see, sometimes one little tip can make all the difference in our quilt-making journey so I always make sure I read them all. I feel as if they were granting us a personal interview ("How did they know I was wondering about that?" is what I ask myself often as I read those tidbits).

"Around the Block", above, is such a fun design with a fantastic explosion of color. Just make sure there is a lot of contrast between the prints you choose and the background, and your quilt will be a gem!

I also noticed that almost all the projects show cool textured fabrics on the binding. You can tell Barbara and Mary have a lot of fun designing the projects for their books, putting a lot of thought into every aspect of the process. All the hard work is done so we, quilters, can just cut, sew, and snuggle.

Snuggling is what I feel like doing because we have wind and snow raging outside to make life interesting today. All the more reason to go through Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2, choose one of the projects, and focus on colors!

[Giveaway Closed]
How about a giveaway today? Leave a comment to let me know which one you purchase more often - yardage or precuts. On Monday morning I will announce the winner of a copy of Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2 (hardcopy within the US, eVersion for international locations), courtesy of Martingale.

Don't forget to mention your email address (but use this format: "soandsoatinternet.com" [in other words, do not use the @ symbol opting instead for the 'at' word] so you do not get spammed!) as I will need a way to contact you.

Happy Wednesday!

January 29, 2019

Ribbon Dance quilt

Photograph by Justin Wiard for Quilter's World. Used with permission.
I was so happy when I opened the box and saw my quilt Ribbon Dance. I had forgotten all about it as it was mailed to the publisher so many months ago. The pattern for Ribbon Dance has just been published in the Spring 2019 issue of Quilter's World - have you seen it?

The fabrics I chose for this design are by Timeless Treasures from the Angelica line (gorgeous florals) with accents from their Viola and Solid-ish collections. Ah... but wait until you see the Timeless Treasures backing fabric!

L O V E it! The perfect print for the quilt. Wide backs make me so happy because...

... Ribbon Dance finishes at 79" x 99" so it was so nice not to have to piece the backing. Yes, it is a monkey photobombing on the right...

The pinwheels you see on the design happened only because of fabric placement: one block with different fabric combinations fill the quilt with double pinwheels. The straightforward and simple construction is explained in detail on the pattern on page 22 of the magazine.

The Spring 2019 issue of Quilter's World has amazing projects that you can complete in one weekend so you will be ready for Spring (at the rate we are going it will be here before we know it). And while you are at their site, check out this super fun Floral Mug Rug project:

Easy and fast to make, these mug rugs make great last minute gifts, and you get the pattern only from Annie's, the publisher of Quilter's World.

Hey, I do not mean to rush you to Spring, but my view from the window is cloudy with snow lingering on the ground, the ideal setting for snuggling under Ribbon Dance.

Happy Tuesday!

January 15, 2019

Serpentine - Free quilt pattern

Happy Tuesday! How about a free quilt pattern for you today? I designed Serpentine with the Tonga Sky View batik collection by Daniela Stout for Timeless Treasures. It measures 61-1/2″ x 71-1/2″ and the blocks finish at 10". I love the colors in this collection - serene is the word that comes to mind:

I really need one bolt of each of these fabrics and then I should be all set! Maybe... It would be nice to have a whole set of drawers stuffed with batiks of every hue and texture.

The quilt blocks are very simple so the fabrics can shine. Serpentine's design is achieved by alternating the direction of the blocks every other row. There are other possibilities and by rotating the blocks you will come up with surprising designs.

This is a fast and fun project - and it is free. Three Fs :-). The Tonga Sky View batiks were perfect for it, yet you can choose other Timeless Treasures batiks for a more vibrant look (try Tonga Vivid).

Have a great sewing day!

January 8, 2019

Piecing and Applique'

Used with permission from Quilts & More™ magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Our town is covered with a heavy white blanket as we had our first snow storm of the year in Utah this weekend. Although the skies have been gray I still need to wear sunglasses when I walk the dog because the white snow is blinding. White, gray, and leafless brown sticks reaching to the sky have their own beauty, yet I longed for spring as soon as I received this photograph of my quilt, Coneflower Chain, published in the Spring 2019 issue of Quilts & More magazine.

I used fabrics from the Follow the Sun and Impressions Moire II collections by Clothworks. The burst of flowers on the fabrics is matched by all the flowers on the 21 blocks, making it a very bright, happy, and colorful quilt.

I love the texture of the Clothworks' Impressions Moire II fabrics on the petals and, luckily for me, I found that nice green with white dots fabric (Riley Blake Designs) or I would have had to applique' the dots, too! I like it so much I bought a whole bolt!

If I have not yet convinced you that I like machine applique', here is another try! The blanket stitch is my all-time favorite and my Bernina delivers a flawless stitch. I always use Aurifil 40wt thread when appliqueing and no, I do not use stabilizers. Two months ago I replenished my stock of 40wt thread and I may now have almost every color that Aurifil makes.

The Spring 2019 issue of Quilts & More will hit the stands on January 11 so get ready because it is loaded with fun projects. Quilts & More is doing a Trunk Show video of all the projects from this issue on their Facebook page today at 1:30pm CST. Let's join in!

I hear the plows going through the snow and ice outside. I get to stay in and play with fabrics. Yeah!

Enjoy your day,


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