Sunday, April 29, 2012

Friday & Saturday recap via Instagram photos.

A quick post to show you what I've been up to. Quilt Market is just over 2 weeks away & I'll be having a booth again. I'm deep into planning, sewing, shipping & pattern writing.

I love Instagram for quickly capturing moments, especially during the quilt making process.


I decided to make a baby size version of Radio Way using Sweetwater's new fabric collection Mama Said Sew. {It will be shown at Quilt Market and in stores in a few months.}

It took under 2 hours to plan, cut & sew the quilt top.

I started playing with Vanessa's new fabric line Simply Color. {It will be shown at Quilt Market and in stores in a few months.}

Mom is my binding hero! She has bound 4 quilts in the last 5 days!! Then together we did 254" of binding in the backseat together during a long car ride!

I'm going to be releasing Three in a Box as a pattern. It was originally published in the 2010 July/August issue of Fons & Porter. The magazine is no longer available and I've had many requests for the pattern. ALSO... It will have block size options!! This was one of the requests in the comments section of my size options post. Shown below are 12" and 18" blocks, but the pattern will have even more!! {More info to come soon!!}

The new patterns are here!! I've been busy getting them in bags & counted so they can be shipped to shops and distributors on Monday morning!!

 ...ok back to the studio for me!!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Teaching this Summer

Just a quick head's up to let you all know about a few classes I'm teaching this summer. I'll be teaching 3 Saturday classes at Quilt in a Day.

I'm teaching Carnival & Firecracker on Saturday June 9th! You can pick which one you want to make & learn all about the Lazy Angle Ruler too!

I'm also teaching Come What May on Saturday July 21st! The key to this one is fabric placement so we will use design walls to audition fabrics.

...and last but not least I'll be teaching Hugs & Kisses and signing copies of my book "Skip the Borders" on Saturday August 18th! 

Contact Quilt in a Day directly to sign up for the classes. If you have any questions you can e-mail me or leave them in the comments section.

I hope to see you soon!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Yummy - Quilt Pattern

The second of my new patterns is Yummy. She got her name by being... well YUMMY!

This is actually a quilt that started out as possibly a quilt for the book. As the design developed I realized she needed a small border, so she became a pattern!

I included 4 sizes! You know I love size options.

Quilt Details
Fabric is Palladium by Dear Stella
Pattern - Yummy
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 2/9/12
Finished on 3/17/12
Quilt measures - 52" x 75"


Here are the outtakes and detail photos!

Similar to the cover, but the blue sky was better than the having the other fences in the background.

Detail of the binding and Angela's amazing quilting.

I tried having it bunched up rather than flat, but it didn't seem to add anything to the photo.

 Here is a peek at the back. I used extra fabrics to make a large vertical label strip. You can learn how to make your own labels with my spoonflower label tutorial. I also have a tutorial on how to make a pieced quilt back.

A flat shot to see more of the quilt.

My parents being silly again. I have the most supportive parents in the world & I wouldn't trade them for anything.

I tried laying it in the rocks, but they were too similar in color... and just didn't add anything.

Quilts keep people warm on windy days. This photo also shows you more of the back of the quilt.

Staying warm while Brad figured out the next location he wanted to try.

We were fighting the same wind as the photos for Varsity.

Fixing the quilt... just in time for the wind to mess it up again.

Right as we were finishing up this old VW van was leaving the park.

The driver was nice enough to let us snap a few photos.

He probably was wondering what the heck we were doing. It also looks like the people in the back left of the photo are wondering too!

In the end I went back to one of the photos from day #1. 
Simple & Clean... it shows the quilt, has a nice blue sky, and shows off the quilting.

This pattern will start shipping on May 1st! 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Varsity - Quilt Pattern

The first of my new patterns is Varsity. She features big & bold zig zags and diamonds.

Usually my cover samples are lap or youth size but I just couldn't help myself & I made the Twin size of Varsity. This quilt is super easy to put together and I got the top done in a day.

I included 5 sizes!
This quilt uses the large 12" Finished Size 60° Triangle Ruler from Creative Grids.  It is the same ruler that I used with Chopsticks.

Quilt Details
Fabric is Modernology by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery
Pattern - Varsity
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 1/27/12
Finished on 3/23/12
Quilt measures - 62" x 84"


As usual... here are some of the outtakes.

As soon as I finished the quilt I took it out back and hung it on our fence. The sun wasn't in the direction I wanted so I knew pretty quick this wasn't going to work.

Mom & Dad keeping warm while I took some photos of yummy.

My brother came to visit the next day, so I took advantage of that & we headed out to try and get some good shots. It was windy.

...really really windy.

crazy wind!

and cold too!

This featured the quilt well, but we couldn't get it to stay in place without me holding it.

 Back to another wood fence, still fighting with the wind.

Maybe we can get a good shot if I'm hiding under the quilt...

A bit better... but still not right.

It was so uncomfortable & awkward under the quilt!... and in the end I didn't even end up using any of these photos!

I liked this one. If only the odd shadows weren't on the quilt.

In the end a photo where the wind worked in our favor ended up being the best. I'm actually holding the quilt. A big thanks to my brother for taking this photograph.
I also love the cover because it really shows off Angela's quilting. Angela quilted continuous feathers to fill in the diagonal parts of the blocks. Within the background triangles, she kept with the feather theme and quilted all-over feather designs.

This pattern will start shipping on May 1st!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Two new patterns!

I've got a peek for you at two of my new patterns today!

More details on each one first thing next week! :-)

Both of these patterns are at the printer now & will be available very soon. First week of May at the moment, but as soon as I know an exact date I'll let you know.

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