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 :)

March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Mini Quilt

Happy St. Patty's Day to you! I woke up today with an idea and just HAD to make it. I struggle with impulsivity- it seems to be a trait that comes hand in hand with creativity, and can be a curse and a blessing!

Obviously this isn't quite how rainbows work, but I wanted to give piecing within a curve a try, and it worked! Here's how to do it, assuming you already know the basics of piecing curves. First, I pieced a half circle using the EZ Dresden ruler with 10 blades that are 4" long.

Next, using the Circle Savvy ruler fold the rainbow patchwork in half and trim at the 10 1/2 and 4 1/2 mark. The fold is at the bottom. I didn't follow the directions and placed the fold at the bottom line, not the fold line.

I realize there are a lot of gadgety rulers going on here. Thing is, I love them both to death. I dislike working with paper templates, and both the dresden and the curve one can be used forever, with every size I'll ever need. I really love having them around!

Next cut a piece of background to 14" x 7" and fold in half.

With the fold at the bottom once again, trim the white background using the Cirlce Savvy ruler just like you did for the rainbow, but at the 9 1/2 and 5 1/2 marks. Here are the pieces still folded in half:

The middle arc won't be used. Open them up and pin and sew the top and bottom piece on either side of the rainbow patchwork. Here's what the top looks like after you sew and before you press. Curves are so strange! I'm still kind of getting used to them.

Then, sew a 14" x 4 1/2" piece of "grass" to the bottom. Baste, quilt, and bind according to your pleasing and voila! You can see the bottom curve gave me some trouble, but perfect is the enemy of trying new things, right? Or something like that.

My Kindergartener loves festivity and will be so delighted with this when he gets home today. I will assign him to make a pot of gold and a leprechaun to go with it, which will be his great honor :) Maybe some day I'll try one with the colors going the right direction. The thought gives me the shivers right now, but never say never!

Hope you have fun celebrating this somewhat silly, but very happy holiday. I'm off to start the corned beef and cabbage and put green dye in the toilet to make it look like a leprechaun used it. My boys will die over that!

March 5, 2017

Sweet Marie Quilt

This poor little quilt has been waiting months for her glamour shoot. This is a pattern available in my shop called "Sweet Marie". I've started naming quilt patterns after the little girls I never had, ha :) And if I do have one someday, she is pretty much going to be set in the quilt department!

Emilee Hathaway did the quilting on this one with these adorable little rainbows. It's one of my favorite quilting motifs!

The pattern uses fat eighths, and includes full instructions for a larger throw quilt as well, if you don't want to make it baby size. I want to make the bigger size in Christmas fabric some day.

My favorite part about this quilt is the sorting of colors into piles for each block after you cut the pieces out. Don't you just love sorting pretty fabric? I used a mix of fabric from lots of different Bonnie and Camille lines for the entire quilt, including the border, binding, and backing. The solid blue is Moda Bella aqua, and the lighter blue in the corners is the tiny aqua scallop from their Little Ruby line.