June 14, 2017

New Fabric from Ellis and Higgs, and a Baby Jolly quilt!



Today I'm so happy to be a part of the blog tour for Nadra of Ellis and Higgs and share what I've made with her beautiful new line. I had a great time sewing with it, as I have with all Nadra's fabric! (I've done pattern samples with her previous lines- you can check them out here and here.)

First up, I made a Jolly Baby quilt! I thought the primary colors and sweet prints were just right for a baby quilt, so I added instructions to my original pattern for a crib sized quilt with smaller blocks. It finishes at about 40" x 50" and is a fun little thing to make. I love how differing values make the blocks play out in various ways in this pattern.


One of my favorite things about this line are the low volume prints included. They are perfect. I wish so much I'd had scraps of them when I made my Chamomile quilt! I used one of them for the border, and a Riley Blake basic stripe for binding.


The quilting is just simple straight lines done on my Juki, and I used a solid blue for the backing since the front is quite busy.  I also mixed a few coordinating solids into the top. This was my first time using Riley Blake solids (the white background and mint color), and they feel much softer than the solids I usually sew with. I like their color selection too.




You can see some progress shots over at my Instagram. I post a lot more there, it's such a fun, easy place for inspiration and sharing. 

One thing I noticed with this line is there's a print that Idaho sports fans are going to love. I couldn't even tell you what sport it is (probably football?), much less the name of the team, but I know there's a blue and orange print just for you! It's a basic too, and could be used in projects for boys. Check out the lower left corner here-


See what I'm saying? Ok moving on from my embarrassing sports knowledge....I also made a pillow!


I used the free tutorial from Moda Bake shop that I did earlier this year. I have 2 extra piles of 2.5" squares needed to make the front of this pillow, just comment on this post and I'll pick someone in a few days. One for you and one for a friend!

The prairie points are super fun, but to be honest, the main reason I made this pillow was so I could use my favorite print on the back. That blue floral will go down in my most-loved fabric hall of fame. It's so good! 



I hope you enjoyed my projects, I sure had fun making them. If you're looking for a good place to buy some Arbor Blossom fabric, my very favorite Etsy shop Starlit Quilts has it! Star has wonderful selection and service, I have shopped from her for years. Happy shopping :)


Be sure to check Nadra's blog for the finale tomorrow, it's bound to be good! Thank you so much for having me Nadra, and for making some of the most cheerful, lovely fabric around.



Note: If you purchased my Jolly pattern previously and would like an updated file with baby size instructions please email me and I will happily send you one :)

May 26, 2017

New Precut Quilt Pattern- Happy Thoughts

I am excited to have added another pattern to my shop this week. This will be the Easter/spring quilt at our house and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.


The pattern can be made using precuts- either a Jelly Roll, or Layer Cake, though I cut my own scrappy pastels from my stash. The colors were such a delight to sew together. I straight line quilted this one at home since my bank account doesn't love longarm services as much as I do. It was my first time quilting on my new Juki, and without exaggeration, it took 1/5th of the time it would have taken on my Husqvarna. Man I love that machine. SO FAST!


To be honest, I don't love sewing patterns that have the same block over and over, but the result is well worth it in this case. On the other hand, sometimes I love making quilts that I don't enjoy looking at forever. Funny how that happens! Rare is the quilt that satisfies both for me. Chamomile is one of them, just saying :) I believe Olie and Evie is still selling kits for that one!


The cover quilt fabric is the beautiful Early Bird by Kate Spain for Moda.

One fun thing about this pattern is that it can be used as a memory or signature quilt for wedding receptions, comfort quilts for loved ones going through a hard time, etc. You could have people sign the finished quilt, or even have them write on the center pieces before you sew it together for convenience.


 For mine, I used the blocks to frame a few sweet little fussy cuts. I am way into those lately! Most of these are from Aneela Hoey's line "Posy", with a couple from Tasha Noel lines as well.


The backing is from the Playground line by Amy Sinibaldi, and binding is Cotton and Steel Dottie's Cousin.


 As usual, I like to have a sale for my blog readers at a pattern release. Use the code SUMMER to get 10% off any pattern through Sunday. Thank you so much for stopping by!

May 8, 2017

Star Kisses Quilt and Mini

The pattern I designed for McCall's Quick Quilts last Christmas is now available in my shop, along with a cute mini version. It's one of my favorites- so simple and quick, and showcases fabric very well. Here's the throw size version which finishes at 79" x 61".


The quilt I made for the magazine was done in Hazelwood by 1 Canoe 2 (you can see it here). I gave that one away at Christmas so I needed to make up a new sample. Here's the fabric pull I used- a combination of Cluck Cluck Sew prints for the stars, and mostly Bonnie and Camille prints for the outsides.


This is one of my very favorite color combinations, I just can't get enough of it! The binding is my long-hoarded Avalon by Fig Tree. I'm happy to see her framing this beauty and no longer on my shelf! The pattern calls for either 12 FQs, or 12 FQs and 12 F8s, depending on how much variation you want. I did the former for my first quilt and the latter for this one.


The fabulous quilting was done by Star at Starlit Quilts. She is super meticulous, I've never had a quilter ask me about my preference regarding scale until this quilt. She has several less-common patterns such as this one, which I love. I don't remember what it's called, you'll have to check her site.

For the mini quilt, I went with the same color scheme but added some Christmas prints.


Those winter kissing bunnies kill me! They are from the Pixie Noel line by Tasha Noel, who always designs THE SWEETEST fabric.


The mini finishes at 18" square, so the blocks are half the size of the big quilt. It is by far the easiest, quickest pattern in my shop.


To celebrate this finish (and the fact that I actually blogged about it), I'm having a sale for blog readers only- use the code STARKISSES for 15% off your entire purchase now through Friday. Thank you for your kind comments and encouragement, it means a lot to me!

Now let's see if my next post also includes sawtooth stars, ha! I don't think I'll ever get tired of them. 

April 19, 2017

Sawtooth Star Quilt

 Well it took me long enough, but I can finally check this one off! You can see my almost two years' worth of progress shots over here.


This is an exciting finish as its the largest quilt I've ever made! I know that because I ran out of binding, and I've never needed more than 8 strips before. I had more of the green solid, but I decided to keep that spot interesting and gave it a little Happy Go Lucky orange mum.


When I started this quilt, I was disappointed that for the first time in my adult life I lived in a house and had a backyard, but I couldn't do what I'd been dreaming of for years- garden! I loooove home grown tomatoes and squash, but we couldn't grow a thing because of a vole infestation. Luckily they were just in the yard, but man I hated those things. They ate everything in sight, there was no stopping them. Since I was so sad that I couldn't grow a garden, I started a quilt full of flowers and juicy reds and oranges and greens. (For the record, it was just a weird occurrence that year, and we haven't seen one in the yard since, thank goodness!)


Fabric: mix of reds, greens, oranges and a dash of grey from my stash. They are about 70% Bonnie and Camille, with some Riley Blake basics and other lines mixed in. The backing is Vintage Picnic wide grey check, and the border and binding are from the Miss Kate line.

Pattern: I did not follow a specific pattern, but the stars are 12" square, the sashing is 2" finished, and the border is 3.5"

Quilting: by Julie Hirt in modern loops. Thanks again Julie!!

April 7, 2017

Finished Swoon Quilt!

I can't believe I just wrote those words in the title. I made a Swoon! And finished it! Miracles never cease. I have probably planned 12 different Swoons (see here and here), but thanks to the fun sew along on Instagram, I finally followed through with one.


I gave a detailed list of the fabrics used for the blocks in this blog post, though I ended up changing one or two of them. The backing is Bonnie and Camille Handmade Olivia print in black, and the binding is V and Co. eyelet print from Simply Style, one of my top favorite prints ever! I wish it came in every color, endlessly. You can check this hashtag to see close ups of most of the blocks. The only one missing has Bonnie and Camille pink orange peels.


I changed the blocks to 20" so that I could fit all the cuts from fat quarters without breaking up the "petals" on the outside of the star. This is the same method used in Camille's Swoon Sixteen pattern if you want to give it a try. I like it much better! Because of that, with sashing, the quilt came out to 67" square- a perfect movie snuggling size for me :)

The gorgeous quilting was done by Julie Hirt- I've sent several quilts to her, I just love her design options. This one is called "Melange" and it won't be the last time I use it!


Though I'm so happy to have made this pattern finally, I still don't feel like I've had my fill. If time and money were endless and free, I would make the Sweet Marion version, as well as one in my favorite colorway- red, pink, blue, green. My mom would love that. There, see? I have an excuse! Time for another fabric pull....

March 27, 2017

Monday Mockup #16- Snippets

It's been a while since I've done a mockup, here's a fun one! A while back I was doodling around on EQ7 and came up with this pattern. Usually I like to run patterns by some quilty friends to make sure they haven't seen something the same out there in the big quilt pattern world. The last thing I want to be is a copycat, even if unknowingly. In this case, they let me know that, with different color placement, this was just like Bonnie Olavesen's pattern "Snippets".


Bonnie's pattern is designed to be scrappy, using Charm Packs. However, if you isolate each print in one block, you get this version! I'm fairly certain this can be done with a layer cake, which is why I put it in a 6 by 7 grid (42 squares in a layer cake).  I think it's so striking this way, though I do adore the original scrappy one! Here's a peek at Bonnie's original version, image via Moda's blog. It's such a fun quilt!


This is going to be a happy week for me when it comes to quilts. I've got three big ones coming back from the longarm- best mail ever! I can't wait to show you. What are you making this week?

March 23, 2017

New Quilt Pattern- Jolly

I have a new pattern listed in my shop today! It's called Jolly and can be made with fat quarters and fat eighths, or yardage from "the stash".

One of my favorite traditional quilt blocks is called "Sister's Choice" (the pointy one). It has been used in countless quilts in many different variations over the years, and with good reason. It's so fun! If what I've read about it is correct, Sister's Choice was named around 1890 by the Ladies' Art Company, a St. Louis pattern house. The jaunty little nine patches are my favorite part of this variation!


I love quilts where you chop up fat quarters and then get to mix and match prints into piles for blocks, it's one of my favorite parts of the quilting process. I pieced this one with prints from my stash, and had it quilted by Emilee Hathaway with simple straight lines. Thanks again Emilee!


The border, binding, and backing are all from Bonnie and Camille's line Handmade. When I started the quilt it hadn't been released yet, but turned out to be absolutely perfect for this Christmasy project.


Mine is made up in Christmas colors, but I think other colorways would be fun too, like rainbow (my latest obsession), or a 4th of July version! Here it is made up in Bonnie and Camille's older line "Daysail". Do you have a fat quarter bundle of that lying around waiting for a purpose in life? :)


For the next 48 hours I'm having a 20% off sale to celebrate Woodberry Way's 1st birthday! Just check out with the code BIRTHDAY. There's also another new pattern in the shop which I'll post about later, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by :)