Friday, October 31, 2014

Holiday Wall Hanging Update


Well, after releasing over 30 patterns I need to issue my first pattern update. 
I have received some emails concerning the yardage for block 2 of the quilt.
The yardage is correct at 1/4 yard, however your tree will appear as shown below.


Not bad, but in order to have the stripe fabric appear as in the original illustration you can either purchase a fat quarter of each fabric or 3/8 yard of each. Then you will be able to cut parallel to the stripe.


I truly apologize for any inconvenience. Typically when I design for a fabric line I never actually see the fabric. I only receive images of the fabric. This is because these designs are done well in advance of any fabric ever being printed. The patterns go through several reviews and iterations and sometimes things like which direction is the stripe placed of the fabric is overlooked.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Introducing my newest pattern "Urban Jungle"

Urban Jungle in Plum

Well, here I am at Quilt Market and enjoying seeing all the new products and meeting friends old and new.  I am excited to finally be able to show you my latest pattern. This pattern features Elizabeth by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics.  It was such a joy to work with this line. The pattern will be available from the American Quilting Society (AQS) and at your local quilt shops.
Elizabeth comes in three color ways and this quilt looks great in any of them.

Sky Colorway

Tart Colorway

Plum Colorway


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Prairie Quilt Guild

I had a great time spending some time with the ladies and men of the Prairie Quilt Guild. They are a Guild located in Wichita, KS and have over 600 members. I did two lectures for them yesterday on Color 101 and a mini trunk show related to the subject. A very attentive group and lots of good questions afterwards. Today I am looking forward to our Workshop on my pattern Spinning Stars by Cut Loose Press.

The Prairie Quilt Guild afternoon meeting

Spinning Stars

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Something Wicked


I recently participated in the Cherrywood fabric Wicked Challenge. For this challenge we were given several fat quarters of the fabric that had to be used in our design and we could add any other fabrics as long as they were from Cherrywood.

The Inspiration
The Clock of the Time Dragon and the City of Emeralds. Unless one reads the book "Wicked" you truly don’t understand the meaning of the Dragon and the clock in the Musical. 
"the Cock of the Time Dragon is mounted on a wagon and stands as high as a giraffe . It is nothing more than a tottering, freestanding theatre.... On the flat roof is a clockwork dragon, an invention of green painted leather, silvery claws, and ruby jeweled eyes. Its skin is made of hundreds of overlapping discs of copper, bronze, and iron."
The clock does not tell time; rather it tells people the secrets from their past and present and predicts their future, but sometimes the clock exaggerates or outright lies.
The City of Emeralds is filled with splendid gardens, beautiful streets set with glistening emeralds and vast Royal Palaces of polished green marble and luxurious apartments. But also streets filled with crime such as prostitution, drug-dealers and drug addicts, street rats and even sections of Assassins who are involved in top secret conspiracies.
What could be more WICKED!

The concept


Starting to put it together. I used fusible and raw edge applique.
Oz

the dragon


putting it together


My quilt did make it to the top 25 finalists, so my quilt will be displayed at the Gershwin Theater as well as many other venues around the country. I hope you have a change to see the exhibit.



Monday, September 1, 2014

Signature Block Quilt

I participated in a signature block exchange on Facebook for a group of male quilters.  I got my signature blocks returned to me last month. So. what do you make out of 6" signature blocks? Hexagons I say!

I found that Fons and Porter had the perfect size template, and I used that to cut my hexagons.


I used a jelly roll of Robert Kaufman Botanics that I purchased last year and some Kaffe spots for the setting triangles.  I still need to complete the half hexagons to complete the rows, then I can start sewing it all together.  I am excited to get this project compete. Actually, this would have been my 4th completed quilt this weekend if I kept sewing!

It's been good to get some projects and UFO't out of the way and I'll post some finished pictures on my Facebook page later.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tula Pink Bumble Presale

My friends over at stjoefabics are having a Presale on Tula Pink Bumble fabric! I hear the orders are coming in and the fabric is already flying off the shelves. They have yardage and precuts!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

English Paper Piecing (EPP)

I decided to take some time and make something for myself and I decided to give EPP - English Paper Piecing a try. The quilt that I decided I would make is called Patchwork of the Crosses which was originally made by Lucy Boston. Below is a picture of the original quilt.


I was inspired by my friend Tula Pink to give EPP a try. I am fortunate to live close to Tula and I get to spend some time with her in her studio and get to hang out every once in a while for dinner to chat.  She has made several EPP quilts and has published patterns, but I was particularly interested when I saw her working on a Millefiori Quilt. (Sample Pictured below)


What intrigued me was how Tula fuzzy cut her fabric for EVERY piece.  She also enlarged the templates to make the quilt bigger. This gave me an idea, I could make my templates larger also, then I could make fewer blocks.  I also liked the thought of fussy cutting (Lucy fussy cut the fabrics for her original quilt also).

The Lucy Boston quilt used elongated hexagons with one inch sides. (The elongated hexagon has two angles that are 90-degrees). So, following Tula's example, I enlarged my templates 200% (or 2" sides). Here is a sheet for the 2" hexagons if you want to quilt along. I printed these templates on card stock and cut them out. (These templates are actual size and do not include a 1/4" seam allowance)

Next was to choose my fabric. I know I wanted to do some fussy cutting, so I grabbed my stack of Jinny Beyer border print fabrics. These lend themselves well to fuzzy cutting.



I used template plastic to make a template to position on my fabric, traced around it and the cut out the fabric. (NOTE: I traced on of the hexagons from the sheet above, then added 1/4" on all sides to make my cutting template.) I will go over in more detail in my next blog post on how I cut my fabrics.

So far I have 3 blocks cut and in the process of assembly.




I hope you sew along with me and make your own quilt.  I will post templates for the setting and joining squares when I get to that point in the top assembly.  Have fun !