July 27, 2016

Red and Aqua Quilts Galore!

I have been on a huge red and aqua kick lately. No kidding, you say. But even more than usual!

First of all, I have a new pattern- First Snow- which is in the testing phase. I am excited and a little nervous about it. It will have two block variations in one pattern, and here is one of them:

My IG friend Julia  @redrainbootshandmade is going to sew up this version for me. She makes such beautiful things. Have you seen her barn quilts? Check out her shop, I think you will find you probably need one :)

Recently the town of Bothell, WA suffered a fire that destroyed 17 businesses on their main street, many of them historical. The local fabric store is collecting red 9-patch blocks to make quilts to give to those who were affected. I love to participate in things like this. I'm grateful to the people who put them together. If you are interested in helping out, you may send 6.5" unfinished blocks (2.5" pieces) to:
Keepsake Cottage Fabrics
818 238th St. SE
Bothell, WA 98021

As I was working on blocks to send, I had an idea for my next quilt. Every time I make a project that uses red and aqua (which is like 95% of the time, ha) I'm going to use some of the scraps to make a few nine patches. They are so easy! When I have enough collected, I'm going to make a quilt that looks something like this. It will be my second true scrap quilt and I'm really excited about it.

This week I also finished a little pillow that has the first dresden plate that I ever made. It has some special fabric in it- the Tasha Noel that I bought with my mother-in-law back in 2013 when I had just barely started sewing. I love how it's finished off with Tasha's newest line- Pixie Noel, it was the perfect binding for this project! My middle son wanted to model this one since his big brother got to hold the last pillow I made, and I was more than happy to indulge him in that.

I used Essex Linen in black for the background, and the center is the Miss Kate aqua printed solid. The rest has Lecien, Simple Life, Riley Blake Swiss dots and some Daysail.

Lastly, I'm plugging away on my Splendid Sampler (with many other additions) blocks. Here are the latest three. I think I'm up to 52 or so. Who knows when I'll stop! It's too fun, I never want this project to end. These were fun because I got to try floating seams for the first time, and use a selvedge, which I hadn't ever done before. I featured the quote from Bonnie and Camille's new line Handmade- "You don't find the happy life...you make it." Boy is that the truth!

I told you there was a lot of red and aqua going on! I wonder if this color combo will ever get old for me. I think not. :)


  1. These are all beautiful projects Anne. Your son is so cute holding that cushion. Love the block you've shown us. Hope it all goes well.

  2. Allison, that block at the beginning of this post is wonderful! Can't wait to see the other one. I've been needing to make a Christmas quilt and that just screams snowflake. No need to be nervous. It's going to be a smash. :)

  3. I, too, am a huge fan of red and aqua. I think your scrap quilt idea using those colors is going to make a wonderful quilt.

  4. The fun thing about the red/aqua combo is you can vary it so much. You can use pale aqua with bright deep red or vice versa. So many combinations. And what a very handsome model you have there.