Thursday, August 27, 2015

Amish Inspired Quilts for Today's Home - A New Barn Raising

I really like the traditional log cabin block.  I wanted to give it a twist by first making the block into a 45-degree diamond.  Then, to give it an update I used a gray chevron fabric for the back ground.  I think this choice of fabric almost gives it a gray tweed look when cut up. I also changed up the traditional Barn Raising Quilt pattern by setting the blocks in a Carpenters Star.

The main solids used are Shot Cottons by Kaffe Fassett for Westminster Fabrics. I would love to remake this quilt using the Wonky Strip in Gunmetal from Tula Pink's True Colors. Quilting by David Hurd.

A New Barn Raising

Traditional Barn Raising Quilt

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Amish Inspired Quilts for Today's Home - basket Case

This in one of the quilts that will have multiple size options, There are options from a crib size to king size and each has a slightly different layout. Below I have pictured the Crib, lap and King size layouts.
Basket Case Crib
Featuring Tula Pink Flutterby

Basket Case Lap
Featuring Legendary Basics by Jason Yenter
Pieced and Quilted by Barb Wilkerson

Basket Case King

The layout for the king size was inspired by the traditional Diamond in a Square Quilt (pictured below)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Amish Inspired Quilts for Today's Home - A Formal Affair

In my research on the Amish and their quilts I learned that not every community uses black.  In fact, most only shun away from what they consider "modern" fabrics and may adopt more mainstream fabrics such as a calico print.

For this quilt I decided to take a more monochromatic approach in my fabric selections. I then chose a periwinkle for the back ground. I also decided to use a 6-pointed start instead of a more traditional 8-pointed star. I had actually created this pattern a while ago and thought it would fit nicely into the book, and many of you have been asking for the pattern.

For this quilt I used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton for the back ground solid and Free Spirit Fabric's Tula Pink Parisville for the main prints. Quilting by David Hurd. You can pre-oder from C&T Publishing.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Amish Inspired Quilts for Today's Home - Shattered Glass

I love this quilt, This was actually the first quilt that I designed for the book and was the inspiration for my color palate. This is also the only quilt that was done in all solids and I used Kona Cotton for the quilt.  This quilt is patterned in two sizes, Crib and Lap. The one pictured here is the Lap Quilt.  I love foundation piecing, and this is the only quilt in the book that used that technique. You can pre-order the book directly from C&T at their website

Now, I think David almost fainted when I told him how I wanted this quilted. If you look at the detail below you can see every piece is quilted individually. David did a great job!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Amish-Inspired Quilts for Today's Home - Sun Catcher

The first quilt I will be featuring is called Sun Catcher.  This quilt features True Colors by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics and Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman.  The quilting was done by David Hurd (Quilting by David). I am thrilled the way the fabric makes this design just glow, just like the sun passing through a glass sun catcher hanging in the window.

I am thrilled that the book has finally made it to print.  The book was originally scheduled to be published by the Kansas City Star Books. And, as many of you now know, was purchased by C & T Publishing.   It was a long process, not just to make the quilts and write to manuscript, but waiting for the final announcement and my publication date.  I am thrilled that this book is the first new one to published with this new imprint.

I will be traveling with these quilts to several guilds over the next few months to speak and teach. So, check with your guild to see if I will be headed to your area soon.  My schedule is booking up, so contact me soon to get me on the schedule.  Contact information and a schedule of events can be found on my website.

Don't forget about my give away.  I will be giving away at least one signed copy of the book to a lucky follower on by blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or anyone that subscribes to my newsletter. Drawing will be the September 14, 2015.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Amish-Inspired Quilts (Quilts on a Fence)

Please join me over the next few weeks as I reveal the projects in my latest book from C&T Publishing. I will be sharing photos of the quilts as well as providing some of my inspiration behind them.  The picture above displays all of the projects in the book and also shows some of the quilts in their various sizes.  I decided that I would provide multiple size options for some of the quilts.  I realize that just because I wanted a quilt in a Queen size, not everyone would want the same.  I will indicate which of the quilts have been patterned in multiple sizes as I reveal them. So join me over the next month and take a walk with me on the Amish side!
You can pre-order you copy for shipment around September 14th from C&T Publishing.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Amish-Inspired Quilts for Today's Home

I am excited to announce that my second book is now available for pre-order (the book is scheduled to ship in September). You can order a copy at the C&T website. Follow me over the next few weeks to see the projects and learn a little about the quilts and the inspiration behind them.  Many of the patterns are presented in multiple sizes ranging from crib to king. I hope you will share your projects as they are completed!