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,

July 1, 2019

Quilt Kit Giveaway Winner

Happy July everyone! In the midst of all the preparations for the Fourth of July celebrations, let's stop to congratulate the winner of the Grace quilt kit:

1 Set of 1 Unique Number
Range: From 1 to 24
Set #1
What a fun quilt! Great job! I follow you via IG and Bloglovin.

Jodi, I will email you soon to get your address so I can mail the quilt kit. I know you will enjoy making it and the easy machine applique' will ensure this project does not go into the UFO pile!

If you love applique' as much as I do, try this fun table runner - it is called Eagle Salute and you can make the runner and a wall hanging. The pattern is available at Annie's Catalog, the website I go to when I do not have time to design a quilt and just want to download a pattern and start sewing.

Have a fantastic day,

June 28, 2019

Black and White - free quilt pattern

Free pattern alert! This is the quilt I designed for the Domino Effect collection by Blank Quilting. This collection has amazing textures adding lots of interest and depth to the project through the two quilt blocks I chose.

It measures 61" x 71" and the blocks finish at 10". I love this black and white quilt with its scrappy look which can easily be achieved due to the variety of prints in this collection. Here they are, used in the quilt along with white and purple on one of the borders:

Imagine the possibilities!!! I can see these fabrics made into pillows - one print on each side and a fun pop of color on the binding. They each contribute whimsy and fun to the quilt, with the perfect mix of dark, medium, and light values creating the contrast that allows each block to shine.

The Domino Effect collection is shipping now so look for it at your favorite quilt store. You can download this quilt pattern by going to the Blank Quilting website and clicking on the Free Projects tab.

Before you go, don't forget to enter the giveaway I mentioned on my post yesterday - you could win the pattern and the fabrics to make the Grace wall hanging:

Quilter's Exclusive Bundle - FREE Quilt Kit & 12 FREE Classes With Bluprint Subscription at mybluprint.com through 7/20/19.

One more thing: Blueprint is giving away a quilt kit with each subscription! In addition to your FREE quilt kit, you'll have unlimited access to all of Bluprint’s 1,300+ classes, plus exclusive shows, new interests to explore, and much, much more! You’ll get all the perks, like:

• 15% off kits and supplies on Shop.MyBluprint.com
• Unlimited access to all 1,300+ classes
• Annual plans get 12 classes to own forever — your pick!
• Early access to amazing sales
• Professionally tested patterns

Very much worth checking out! Have a fantastic weekend,

June 27, 2019

Grace wall hanging Giveaway

This is my 800th post and I am celebrating by showing you a finish. Yepee! My Grace wall hanging is finally quilted and it is hanging in my family room where I see it every day. The quilting is very simple - in the ditch on the blocks (no quilting on the narrow border because I was too giddy to finish it), and stippling on the center to make the applique' pop.

This happy quilt measures 26-1/2” x 30-1/2” and the blocks on the border finish at 4". The machine applique' is super easy to do using the blanket stitch and matching thread. The antenna was stitched by machine with the same thread used on the darker flowers.

The fabrics are bright and cheerful - all by Riley Blake Designs. You can make is scrappier and the colorway possibilities are endless. The Grace pattern is available at my Etsy store Quilterly or at a quilt store near you (if they don't carry it yet, they can contact me here).

I have a kit ready with the pattern and all the fabrics I used on the quilt top. Would you like a chance to win it? Leave me a comment: tell me how you follow my blog, how often you do projects with applique', and what type of applique' you prefer. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 1st. Be sure to give me your email using this format - soandsoatmyinternetdotcom - so you don't get tons of spam. I will mail it anywhere!

I look forward to reading your comments and wish you a fun day!

June 26, 2019

Nature Lover - Butterflies quilt

I am releasing today my new pattern "Nature Lover". The quilt measures 47" x 47" and the blocks finish at 8". Naturally, it is made with batiks and these are by Timeless Treasures. They are so beautiful!

Although I designed it with batiks, Nature Lover would look fantastic made with scraps of your favorite fabrics, print or solids, don't you think? I have already begun pulling out my scraps - but batiks again! The butterflies are machine applique' using the blanket stitch. The block above is not appliqued yet - I do it when all the blocks are fused.

The wide border is meant to pop and it is one fabric - not blocks. Stripes or large prints would look great on that border. You can find Nature Lover at your favorite quilt store pretty soon (since I have just released it) or you can have it today by downloading it from my Etsy Store -  Quilterly.

Before I go, look at this cute applique' pattern I found at Annie's Catalog! I am smitten! It is called Sleepy Sheep. Oh, what a fun baby quilt! Anyway, this pattern is also downloadable (not my pattern).

So, this is my inspiration for you today. Enjoy!

June 17, 2019

Fourth of July Mini Quilt

This is All-Star, a pattern I designed with beautiful fabrics from the Tonga Patriot collection by Timeless Treasures. I know you have seen this quilt before - it measures 74” x 88” and the blocks finish at 12”. They are so easy to make!

I had one of these blocks on my design wall for the longest time, made with scraps. Before I began working on another project, I pulled the block down and turned it into a mini quilt.

I made a sandwich and stitched in the ditch using monofilament.

Then, using 40 wt navy blue thread and large stitches, I shadowed the star points.

As I told you, I needed to work on another project so there would be no time to hand stitch the binding. Still, I stitched it to the front, flipped it to the back of the quilt and pinned every 2" or so, making sure the pin caught the edge of the binding.

Working on the front of the quilt, I used the walking foot and the monofilament again to stitch in the ditch all around the edge, next to the binding.

And here is what the binding looks like on the back.

Voila'! My friend Connie gave me this stand a little while ago. I have a wood barn quilt block behind the mini quilt to make it stand flat. It is already in my dining room where I can see it every time I pass by. Love it, don't you? A fast and simple way to prepare my house for the upcoming holiday.

You can find the All-Star pattern on my Etsy Store, Quilterly. There is still time to make the whole quilt!

How about you? Have you made any new quilted projects for the 4th of July?

Have a wonderful Monday,

June 13, 2019

Let's Party - Quilt block tutorial

This is my quilt "Let's Party", just published in the Summer 2019 issue of Quilter's World Magazine. It features Maywood Studio Fabric's collection Back Porch Celebration by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio. The center panel is super fun and I chose border blocks to set it off. The quilt measures 58" x 70".

The pattern is easy to follow in the magazine. Yet, I love these blocks so much that I decided to show you how I made them. The overall design looks complex but when you look at these steps below you will see I used super common patches and the construction has no secret to it. So, here it goes:

Let's begin with this block. All the cutting instructions are on page 48 of Quilter's World Summer 2019 so I will skip that part here.

 These are the pieces I need for one block. I will make half-square triangles next.

I chained pieced the patches and you will do the same as you will be making 28 blocks. See that strip of painter's tape next to the Bernina? Stay tuned for comments about it later.

I know the half-square triangles turned out fine because I placed them next to the square they will be joined to and there was a perfect match.

Next, I place all the patches in order next to my sewing table and begin the block assembly. There are a couple of ways you can go about it: sew the patched in columns then sew columns together, or sew patches row by row. I will demonstrate the latter.

Notice that the triangles at the end of the rows fit well.

I check every seam after I stitched it. Notice the spot in blue - this won't do as it will mess up the design. Jack the Ripper goes into action...

That's better!

There is no trick here. The seams align well as long as use 1/4" seam. No need to stretch, fudge, curse, reach for some chocolate to calm the nerves...

After pressing the patch I look at the back to see if the seams are laying flat. That one is not but I will make it!

I snip a V where the seam is unruly, and problem solved. I am careful not to touch the seam with the scissors.

The block is almost ready.

To add the red triangle, I fold in half the unit I just completed, right sides together, and crease it.

I then fold the red triangle in half, wrong sides together, and crease the fold.

Now it is time to nest the creases...

... pin liberally, and sew. Notice the ends of the triangle sticking out a cool 1/4".

And here is Mr. Block number 1. How easy is that???

Next block is even easier!

These are the corner blocks. You will need only four of them.

 These are almost all the patches I will need - I left out from this photo the corner square.

First, I made the two flying geese units. Remember the painter's tape? Here it comes in handy. My friend Deb told me this is how she sews, and she is awesome at sewing and quilting, so I had to emulate her. I no longer mark the back of the squares for flying geese blocks and for other "stitch and flip" blocks, unless the squares are larger than, say, 3". Position the patch, align the bottom corner to the tape, and make sure that corner lines up with the tape while you stitch. Does it work? See for yourself:

 Perfect straight seam.

Now I have all I need to complete the block.

The red corner square can be stitched either to the bottom strip or to the side one. I chose to join it to the bottom strip.

 No magic here, you see. Just regular stitching with 1/4" seam.

Here comes the sun!!! I really like this block.

 I sew the blue triangle to the patch in the same manner as above, by nesting the creases I made to the folded units.
And here it is. These fabrics are so cute!

 There is no secret to putting these blocks together as you saw. Just plain old 'mind your seams'.

I love how Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting quilted it. Simple lines reminiscent of the wind on the flags of the center panel and on the borders.

Here is a YouTube video where I show you how I made the decision to assemble these blocks the way I did. It is a quick video with the Electric Quilt Software with an alternative way to put them together, and why I did not choose it.

I hope this has been helpful. Have a fantastic day!


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