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.