December 6, 2017

New Pattern Release- Christmas Candy

Today I'm happy to have a new pattern ready for you. It's called Christmas Candy and I do believe it's my favorite quilt ever thanks to the colors, the holiday it features, and the gorgeous quilting!



This pattern actually started over a year ago as a donut quilt! I wanted a pattern with donuts and lots of "donut box pink". However, by the time I finalized it, there were several other donut patterns being released, and I didn't want to step on any toes. So I changed some of the shapes and made it a CANDY quilt. You can see close ups of this one at the beginning of the the #christmascandy hashtag. 


I love this quilt, and it deserves its own blog post eventually. I love the soft colors and especially the gorgeous custom quilting by Marion, but I felt the pattern just needed something more. I decided to add a Christmas variation by changing the solid candies to gifts, and the other two would look like wreaths and peppermints. I still planned on including both versions of the pattern, but considering feedback from IG and my testers, I ultimately decided just to stick with the Christmas version only! (On a side note, I'm trying to choose a quilt to give to my mom for Christmas, and this pink one might be it.) 


So there's the history for you- back to the matter at hand! I did not include this little bow in the pattern as I'm no applique expert, but I'm sure you all will come up with some cute ways to embellish those wreaths! I might even add a few little red "berry" buttons to a couple of mine.


The pattern is designed for use of a Layer Cake, but I cut from my long-hoarded Christmas stash for mine. I used Bonnie and Camille teal bias stripe for the binding, and backed it in Carolina 1" gingham in red.  The light blue background is Moda Bella Ruby Ice.


The real star of today's show is the jaw-dropping custom quilting by Starlit Quilts. Star really outdid herself with varying colors of thread and adorable little details like holly leaves in the background. I could stare at it all day! When I opened the package I gasped, and it's been making me smile ever since. Star doesn't know this, but the package actually arrived the day before my birthday! It was a happy birthday indeed.



As usual I like to share a release day coupon code for blog readers. If you use the code MERRY you can get 20% off any pattern including this one until Saturday night at midnight PST.


Thanks for stopping by and for your patience with the release of this pattern! Merry December to all :)

November 30, 2017

Tasha Noel Pillow with Crochet Trim

I'm so happy to be back on the wagon and making things again! I actually made this several weeks ago but just now mustered the energy to post about it.


I had the pleasure of working with Tasha Noel's newest line "A Little Sweetness" to make this throw pillow. Tasha Noel was my first fabric love in 2013. I went to a quilt shop in Utah with my mother in law and didn't know anything about anything about fabric. I bought a charm pack of "The Simple Life" and some pom pom trim. Ahhhh, those were simpler times, when I wasn't addicted to fabric. ANYWAY :)


This newest line is very fun and I love the color range. I wouldn't have ever thought to combine light blue, mint, and teal, but I love it. And the navy tops it off for me. So cute! I also love the little scattered hearts that I used on the side panel.


I get asked a lot how I put zippers in pillows. I did a tutorial for putting them in the bottom seam like this here and back placement here


I got the idea for this general design from a placemat in the book Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox. She combined a patchwork panel with crochet scalloped trim. I didn't follow the pattern since I needed different dimensions, and I already knew how to make trim.


For the patchwork panel you can use a 5" square pack. Trim them down to 3" and piece into a 5 x 7 panel (35 squares are needed). If you don't crochet, you can use premade trim or ric rac. Baste the trim to the edge of your panel, then sew an 18" x 5.5" side piece. Quilt as desired, and then assemble the pillow. You can see how I do that in the zipper links above.


If you do crochet, here's the pattern for scallops I always use: ch 80, turn, sc across, turn, (skip 1, dc 5, skip 1, slip stitch) all the way across. You will need to trim to size and stitch back and forth on the sewing machine several times before you cut it. For this trim I used 100% cotton worsted weight, same as Sugar N Cream and all those, with a US G hook.

I hope that all makes sense. I made another one just like it last year in Christmas colors that is on our couch right now and I LOVE IT. Happy December tomorrow everyone!!

November 28, 2017

Folk Stitches- Blocks 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, and 42

Hello! So sorry about the whole not posting blocks last week thing. I'll try to make it up to you by posting the last 3 early. So here they all are, the final 6 blocks!!

Block 37
Color A- 6
Color B- 6
Color C- 3
Color D- 6
Color E- 4
Color F- 2
Color H- 4
Background- 33
Classic

Buttercup

 Pansy
Block 38
Color A- 10
Color B- 6
Color C- 1
Color D- 10
Color E- 2
Color H- 4
Background- 31
Classic

 Buttercup

 Pansy
Block 39
Color A- 2
Color B- 10
Color C- 4
Color D- 2
Color E- 6
Color H- 6
Background- 34
Classic

Buttercup

 Pansy

Blocks 40, 41, 42 (all exactly the same)

Color B- 8
Color C- 6
Color D- 8
Color E- 8
Background- 34
 Classic

 Buttercup

 Pansy

I really wish, and fully intended, to have a finished quilt top (perhaps even quilted quilt!) to show you today, but.... I don't. I've spent most of the last several weeks just trying to keep food in my stomach. If you missed my announcement over on Instagram, we are expecting a baby in June! We are thrilled to pieces and really happy to be nearing the end of the sick phase. I'm hoping the burst of energy comes soon and I will get this quilt finished up to show you. In the mean time, I've already spotted a finished one over at #folkstitchesquilt! Can you believe that? I can't wait to see it in other colorways.

Thank you for sewing along with me this fall!

November 20, 2017

Folk Stitches- Blocks 34, 35, 36

Sorry I'm late this week! Thanks for your understanding, here are the next few blocks. Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! I hope you get lots of time to sew this week :)

Block 34
Color A- 7
Color B- 6
Color C- 3
Color D- 1
Color E- 4
Color F- 7
Color H- 1
Background- 35

Classic

Buttercup

Pansy

Block 35
Color A- 7
Color B- 8
Color C- 1
Color D- 2
Color E- 2
Color F- 4
Color H- 1
Background- 39
 Classic

 Buttercup

 Pansy


Block 36
Color A- 6
Color B- 4
Color C- 4
Color D- 1
Color E- 6
Color F- 7
Color H- 1
Background- 35
 Classic

Buttercup

Pansy

November 11, 2017

Folk Stitches- Blocks 31, 32, and 33

It's 11/11 today, make a wish! If you got ahead in the beginning, you have this week off :) If you're like me, you're making deciding whether to sew more blocks or enjoy this beautiful fall day! Outside will probably win for me :)

Block 31
Color A- 9
Color C- 1
Color D- 10
Color E- 4
Color F- 5
Background- 35
Classic

Buttercup

Pansy


Block 32
Color A- 9
Color C- 3
Color D- 10
Color F- 4
Color H- 4
Background- 34

 Classic

Buttercup

Pansy


Block 33
Color A- 10
Color D- 8
Color F- 4
Color G- 7
Background- 35 
 Classic

Buttercup

Pansy

November 4, 2017

Folk Stitches- Blocks 28, 29, 30

Welcome to November! We are almost going to finish entire quilt top this month. These next 3 blocks will officially complete the tulips.
Block 28
Color B- 12
Color D- 18
Color G- 3
Color H- 2
Background- 29
 Classic

Buttercup

Pansy

Block 29
Color B- 8
Color C- 11
Color G- 15
Color H- 10
Background- 20
Classic

Buttercup

Pansy


Block 30
Color B- 4
Color C- 7
Color E
0- 18
Color H- 12
Background- 23
Classic

Buttercup

Pansy