April 21, 2017

Pottery Shop Quilt Pattern

This is "Pottery Shop", the pattern I designed for Timeless Treasures featuring batiks from their Tonga True Love line designed by Daniela Stout. It is available for free download from their site here.

Pottery Shop measures 54-1/2" x 54-1/2". The instructions and diagrams help you easily put together both the Navajo and Diamond in the Square blocks. There is also a template for the border blocks.

Here are the gorgeous fabrics I chose for the pattern:

Aren't they amazing? From the moment I first saw them I knew the quilt had to have a Southwestern motif because of the teals and browns. Timeless Treasures batiks showcase rich colors and delicate designs, are perfect for traditional or modern quilts, and would look great on bags, totes, and home accessories.

So, head over to their site to download the free pattern. Can't wait to see the projects you make with it!

Have a fun weekend,

April 17, 2017

Cake Mix Bake Off

I am so excited to show you the quilt I made for the Cake Mix Bake-Off Week #4, hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

Cake Mix Recipe #4 by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. has 45 'recipe cards' (pages): you can make eight 3.75" or 4" finished half square triangles from each page on the block. I used the HSTs by themselves, but if you want to make blocks with them, two assembled Recipe Cards makes one 15" or 16" finished block. The Cake Mix Recipe #4 has four block options and three block setting options, but you can use the HSTs in any way you want. Here is how I used mine:

I used one This'nThat Layer Cake by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex and forty-two 10" squares of Cloud9 Cirrus Solid in Gray. These fabrics yielded 336 4" unfinished HSTs. Although the photo above does not make it justice (you will see fabrics better below), I love the design and the quilt which measures 71" x 92".

It was a fun process putting them together. I was doing it in the wee hours of the morning... I chose to chain piece it so HSTs were stitched into rows with rows linked together. By the time I added the last HST, I had all the rows ready to be stitched.

I call it my "Happy Quilt" because that is how it makes me feel, so the name stuck. I played around with the design until it was just as I liked it, so the purple and white blocks would stand out.

I quilted it with loops, adding more texture and whimsy to the project. Loving the scrappy look!

I will definitely use the Cake Mix recipes again as it is a cool way to get HSTs out of 10" squares. I also liked the fact that I was able to use ALL the HSTs in this project, so no orphan blocks. Yeah!

Now I will head over to Fat Quarter Shop's blog to see what the other designers made. Won't you come with me (and perhaps even vote for mine quilt)!

April 14, 2017

Nature Sweet Quilt Pattern

I am so happy to show you this quilt! It is my new pattern "Nature Sweet". Here are the details:

- The quilt measures 59" x 79"
- The blocks finish at 10"
- There are 35 blocks. The half-square triangles for the pinwheels are made using the Strip Tube Ruler, a fantastic tool for quickly making HSTs (This is my preferred method of making HSTs; I make no money as I mention the ruler on this blog or use it on my patterns).

The downloadable PDF features step-by-step photographs of the block assembly process, and is available now from my shop Quilterly on Etsy

For the this sample I chose Timeless Treasures' fabrics from the beautiful, cheerful, and colorful collection called Perch designed by Rae Ritchie. The peach, teal, lime, and gray palette is perfect for modern quilt designs! As I was stitching the quilt I remembered when I would take my first boy out on walks: he would want to grab every bug he saw on the way but I was so squeamish! I grew up with a sister and bugs were the last thing on our list of things to touch. I learned fast as a young mother to find beauty in (and touch) bugs!

The blocks were pieced using Aurifil 50 wt thread. Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting matched the quilting motif to the print on the gray and teal fabrics. I love it!

Check out the backing fabric! The Perch line is gorgeous, and its prints are reminiscent of sun rooms, nature walks, and singing birds...

Loving this finished quilt and finished pattern. You can tell this is a great Friday for me! Enjoy yours,

April 12, 2017

Rectangular quilt blocks

Last Saturday night I went to bed at 9:30 pm and woke up promptly at 12:30 am. After staying in bed for 30 minutes trying to go back to sleep, I realized my only option was to get up and go do something without waking up the rest of the household. Toby, the dog, looked up as I walked into the family room as if to say: Not again! Yes, again I can't sleep.

The two latest books I received from Martingale for review were standing guard at the coffee table, and I needed no further enticement!

There is an amazing collection of rectangular blocks in The 4" x 5" Quilt-Block Anthology - 182 blocks for Reproduction Fabrics by Carol Hopkins and Linda M. Koenig. I have been making square quilt blocks forever and was delighted by the unexpected variety, beauty, and creativity revealed on each page!

What began as a block exchange with Carol, Linda, and three other friends with the purpose of creating 4"x 5" rectangular blocks using reproduction fabrics in blue, black, red, and double pink, culminated into a selection of 182 unique blocks ready to be featured into a sampler quilt, or used on their own in a repeat pattern.

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

 What great blocks, I thought! Some I recognized and others were so new and unique.
Each page has a photograph of the block, diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions. About 20 minutes into the book I took it to my studio and started going through my small stash of reproduction fabrics (I need to remedy this situation!) in search of the perfect fabrics. I decided to make a small sampler quilt, a project I could start and finish before my family woke up on Sunday morning.

Using fabrics from a Churn Dash quilt I made and hand quilted a few years ago, I made four blocks, prepared the quilt sandwich, and stared at it wondering how I would quilt it. It was then I remembered the second book on my coffee table, Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3: 61 Designs to Finish Your Quilts with Flair, by Lori Kennedy. Maybe I could find the perfect motif in it!

Look  at these! The motifs in this book are divided into 8 categories (loops, pictorial, flowers, etc.), each one accompanied by step-by-step photographs to help you create amazing texture on your projects. I do love single-line designs for free-motion quilting, but never attempted designs such as houses, umbrellas, and pencils before. Yes!

As I searched for an idea, I read through the Supplies and Setup section. Although I am no stranger to free-motion quilting, Lori's 12-Step Setup check list is a perfect reminder of things we need to do as we get ready to quilt. The section on marking tools and threads (two anxiety-building items for many beginners) was comprehensive and to-the-point.

I looked through the pages and thought "Yes, I can do this". But still, I needed a more traditional motif to complement the reproduction sampler I had made.

That is when I found the Orange Peel instructions on page 138. I had only quilted orange peels inside a block before in this quilt. I marked the quilt, chose the perfect thread - Aurifil 40 wt - and ventured into making curved lines.

This book has spiral binding: I kept it open on the page I needed next to my sewing machine as I could easily refer to it when I did not know where to go next. Sweet!

I bound it by machine and as soon as the household was alive I threw it in the washing machine because I wanted to give it a worn look. I usually do not wash wall hangings but this time I could not resist.

Never mind that it has taken me a few days to recover from that all-nighter. Oh, but was it ever worth it. Of course, I am now looking at those rectangular blocks, thinking of the other fabrics I have, and wondering what combination of blocks would make a perfect canvas for the umbrella quilting motif. Or the row of houses. Or the square flower.

Books. They provide endless inspiration, feed my passions, and allow me hours of comfort and relaxation, all the while helping me develop my skills. Combine them with fabrics - reproduction, modern, 1930s, any fabric really, and adorn them with straight lines or curved ones, and there you have it: a sleepless but happy girl.

Do you see the flowers on my peach tree? I had not seen them until I went outside to photograph this yet unamed sampler. Looking forward to delicious fruit in the summer. In the meantime, would you help me name this quilt?

Have a creative day,

April 10, 2017

Pumpkins and Patches

Happy Monday, everyone! Hoffman Fabrics is shipping to stores their gorgeous screen print line of fall fabrics called "Falling for You". Pumpkin and Patches is the pattern I designed for them featuring Ivory or Black background.

The quilt finishes at 49" x 49", a perfect size for a wall hanging or table topper. The fabric combinations make it a perfect project to adorn your home all the way to Thanksgiving.

The pattern is available for free download from their site. "Falling for You" showcases the warm colors of Autumn with pumpkins, sunflowers, and leaves in bright, rich, I-want-to-pet-them hues.

I know Spring has only started but these fabrics are too good to leave folded in a drawer until the Fall. So, download the free pattern then check out your local quilt stores to see if they've received "Falling for You".

Enjoy your day!

April 7, 2017

Cubes and Lines

[Edited to include more information on Marci's book.]

I just realized I finished this quilt in the beginning of January but never shared it with you. So I give you First Steps. I based this wall hanging on Marci Baker’s Hollow Cube, Too design (more information here). The design was suggested to me by someone else after I worked on many variations using the hollow cubes. It was not easy to make, to be sure, yet the resulting quilt looks great. The cubes are much larger than in her pattern, so I had to modify the measurements.

It measures 27.5" x 39.5". I used a mix of yellow and black prints, with a gray by Riley Blake Designs. I buy this gray by the bolt because I use it all the time.

I chose not to quilt inside the cubes, quilting lines all around it.

I quilted it with Aurifil 40 wt and am very happy with the texture it added to my project. This is a must-have thread for me, and goes well with the gray fabric. 40 wt thread is great for many applications, but it is specially cool for free motion quilting.

The cubes remind me of the toy ones babies play with and so, First Steps became the name of the quilt. This is one of my favorite modern quilts. Hope you like it, too.

Have a great weekend!


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