Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fat Quarterly Issue 10 is out

Time to get the latest issue of the Fat Quarterly. 

There are a lot of great patterns, including mine; 'Squirrel, Squirrel, Squirrel.' I was inspired by Tula Pink's 'The Birds and The Bees' collection. 

This quilt is dedicated to those squirrels that are constantly being chased up the tree by my three dogs!

I love this latest fabric line by Tula and  I knew I had to design a quilt as soon as I laid eyes on them.  The fabrics are fun, bright and cheery. I like to create quilts that are fun, bold and graphical and. it was easy for me to incorporate these fabrics in my design aesthetic.  From the Squirrel print, to the Lazy Stripe, they give my design the punch I like.

Sometime you know when you are making a quilt, that everything works in harmony.  As soon as I started to cut the pieces, I knew this would be a great quilt. I hope everyone will give this pattern a try, and please, don't hesitate to email me with any questions.

 I am in the process of creating another pattern using these wonderful fabrics. You'll be able to get that in a future issue of 'Fons and Porter Love of Quilting' magazine.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hoffman Challenge 2012 WInners Announced

The winners were announced on Friday July 27, 2012 for the Hoffman Challenge 2012.  I did not win this year, but I did make the traveling show.  My quilt will be in Trunk B.  I don't know the travel schedule yet, but will post it as soon as I do.  Congratulations to all the winners! Once again, here was my entry for this year.  I called it 'The Painted Horse.'

Friday, July 27, 2012

Check out my latest quilt in the Fat Quarterly

Issue 10 of the Fat Quarterly is soon to be released.  Check out all the great projects, including mine featuring Tula Pink's 'The Birds and the bees."  Looks like it will be a great issue!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A New Pattern is on the way!

My latest pattern, "Squirrel, Squirrel, Squirrel" will be appearing in the next issue of Fat Quarterly on July 31, 2012.  I have included a sneak peek of the fabrics used and the yardage so you can get ready to make your own.  I am so excited to share this quilt, featuring Tula Pink's 'The Birds and the Bees' fabric line from Free Spirit.  I hope you all will enjoy making this quilt as much as I did.

Here is the fabric yardage required:

1/2 Yard PWTP2,8 Squirrel Print, in Mist (if you want to fussy cut the squirrels for the center block like I showed in a previous post, you will need 7/8 yard)
5/8 Yard PWTP21,Swallow Skies, in Storm
5/8 Yard PWTP21, Swallow Skies,  in Gypsy
1 Yard PWTP22, Lazy Stripe, in Mist
1 1/4 Yard PWTP22, Lazy Stripe, in Lapis
3/4 Yard PWTP24, Lady Bugs, in Sky
7/8 Yard PWTP27, Little Bits Print, in Mist (G)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Squirrel, Squirrel, Squirrel!

It's getting closer to the final reveal of my latest pattern.  I will published finished pictures of the project on July 31, 2012 when the pattern will be available in The Fat Quarterly magazine. In the meantime, here is another sneak peak.  Here I am chain piecing some of the blocks for the quilt.

Class openings still available - July 21, 2012

There is still space in my classes this weekend.  I have two, one in the morning and one after lunch. Not too late to sign up and reserve your spot!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hoffman Challenge 2012 Quilt Completed

I finished my Hoffman Challenge quilt back in May, but have waited until today to post pictures.  This was a challenge for me.  The fabric for this years challenge was definitely not in my pallet, nor was it a fabric that I would typically buy for myself. 

This presented many problems for me.  The fabric was sitting in my stash for several months while I consider what to make.  I played with various blocks and settings, but was never happy with any of them. The first picture below is the challenge fabric. 

Then, one day, all I could think about were the may places I had visited with street art, painted bulls and horses. (the second photo shows my inspiration for the project.) After that initial thought, that was all I could imagine, a painted horse.  With that in mind, I created my quilt for the Hoffman Challenge. (final picture)

I used fusible to adhere the fabric to a large piece of interfacing.  After the entire piece was fused, I carefully cut it out and then used a satin stitch to sew it in place. I stitched around every piece, which I think makes each fabric stand out. I used a molted black fabric for the background to make the image pop and give the appearance of velvet.  Finally, I framed the entire quilt with a wood-grain fabric. I am happy with my final project and now it is in the hands of the judges.

Hoffman Challenge Fabric for 2012

The Inspiration

My final Quilt

I would like to thank Jeanne Zyck for the wonderful quilting.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Sewing Room has been over taken by Squirrels!

Tula Pink Squirrels, that is!

I've been spending the past few weeks creating a new pattern featuring Tula Pink's The Birds and The Bees.  This new pattern will be published in Issue 10 of the Fat Quarterly, due out July 31, 2012.
This quilt will be bright, cheerful and fun. I have totally enjoyed working with this new line, and I am sure you will love it too!

Use the links above to check out the fabric line or to order you issue of the Fat Quarterly.

The picture above shows how I have used the squirrel print from the line.  This is a great print for fussy cutting and even borders.  I will be posting other sneak peaks throughout the month with a final reveal on July 31st.