Thursday, August 16, 2018

Cats on Parade

I've known Ann Lauer of Grizzly Gulch Gallery for about 10 years, and when she asked if I was interested in designing a quilt featuring her Cat-I-Tude fabric collection with Benartex, I happily said yes! And then, even better, the quilt was selected to go in a magazine!
Cats on Parade is featured in the Fall 2018 issue of Quilter's World.

"Cats on Parade" 
designed by Lisa Swenson Ruble 
and machine quilted by Diane Oakes
The whole quilt: 

And just for fun, here's what it looks like with the white panel and white background:

I created this design more than a year ago and had been waiting for the right fabrics to make it work. When I saw the cat block panel, I knew I'd found it! 

After I assembled this quilt, I realized that I have a "thing" for woven quilt designs. I like the illusion of fabric strips being intertwined, and I've done it several times before.  

See my other woven quilt designs:
Hashtag (free downloadable pattern here)
Twister (purchase the pattern here)
Off the Grid

Read my entire interview about Cats on Parade here. Ann is offering a kit for the Cats on Parade quilt. Click here to order it.
Click here to purchase the fall 2018 issue of Quilter's World.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hello, Star Crossing pattern!

I'd like to introduce you to my new quilt pattern, Star Crossing. 

This pattern is a good 9 months in the making. I designed it from digital swatches before the fabric was printed. The fabric became available in May, right around the time that our family started packing up our house for a year-long move to Florida. So I packed the fabric. In the "not-essential-and-therefore-arriving-in-FL-in-2-weeks" box. Which became 3+ weeks. Oops.

And let me tell you, I was itching to get this quilt made. When the fabric finally joined us in the Sunshine State, I cut and stitched Star Crossing in about three evenings. And here it is. (Now to quilt it...)

To make the Star Crossing quilt, I used Hoodie Crescent's Ring Ring collection from Paintbrush Studio. I love the vintage feel of these prints! The color palette and print selection are both broader than what you see here, but I picked three prints each of four different colors (pink, blue, green, and orange) to make this quilt. I may be a right-brained creative type, but I do like to keep my colors neat and orderly! :) 

 Love the adorable selvedge on these prints! (And my new Olfa rotary cutter and cutting board!)

All the pieces, cut and ready to be stitched.

The quilt in progress--cute little 6" square star blocks, one of three different sized star blocks in this quilt. I purposely aligned the prints so the pencil stripe would be pointing "out" in all the star points.

Want to make your own?
You can order your copy of my Star Crossing pattern here.

I also designed a free quilt pattern featuring Hoodie's Ring Ring collection for Paintbrush Studio. It's called Linked Up and you can download it here.

Monday, August 6, 2018

OMG August: Binding!

A few months ago, I designed this wall hanging using Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming collection. I love the colors in this collection: Teal and green? Yes please! This design works best with a medium and dark print in the same color, and I knew Gloaming would work beautifully. 

My One Monthly Goal for August: to bind this quilt. Thanks to Patty at Elm Street Quilts for keeping me on target with a task to finish each month! 
As soon as I finish August's goal and write up the the directions, I will be releasing this as a pattern. Stay tuned! 

(And in the meantime, please admire Diane Oakes' fantastic quilting! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

When the place mat you design has 82 pieces...

The thrill of having a project featured in a quilting magazine doesn't go away! Not too long ago, I received this issue with one of my projects inside. 

 These Accordion Place Mats, made using Painter's Palette Solids, are featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Modern Patchwork. 

I chose these ten colors from Paintbrush Studio's Painter's Palette Solids collection. If you haven't tried these solids yet, I highly recommend you do! They're smooth and silky and fantastic to work with, and they come in 168 different colors. 

In addition to the white and gray, I chose a light and a dark each of green, purple, orange, and teal. This color scheme was inspired by my Diamond Drama quilt.
I love how they work together!

The beauty of designing digitally is that you can see what projects look like before making them, and tweak the design before you ever cut a single piece of fabric. The danger of designing digitally is that you come up with a design you really like, and only when you start cutting and piecing do you realize that each place mat has 82 pieces. Yep, 82 pieces. That's A LOT of piecing. Especially when you multiply by four place mats!

I finished each place mat with a flange binding. I really liked the pop of color it added, and it's a fun way to add binding to a project. 

Which color combo is your favorite? I personally like the teal and orange best. Which, if you've been following my blog for a while, shouldn't be a shocker. I really like teal! 

I straight line quilted each place mat. I love the texture it creates! 

Read more about these place mats over at Paintbrush Studio's blog, Inspired by Fabric.
Find Modern Patchwork magazine here
See all 168 Painter's Palette Solids colors here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Star Flight quilt

I've enjoyed sharing all of my "secret sewing" from last fall recently, as the quilts I've made for magazines have gone on sale. The most recent is "Star Flight," featured in the August/September 2018 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts. 

 is the quilt that inspired the Star Struck design. I'd played around with adding the star to it, but didn't at the time; I'm glad I returned to this design and used the star this time! The quilt looks totally different in the crisp blue and white prints, doesn't it?!

I fell in love with these blue and white prints when I first saw them last summer--the collection is called Fleur de Bleu from Paintbrush Studio. I received the quilt back two weeks ago; just in time to take a photo with the blooming orange tiger lilies in our yard. 

My friend Diane Oakes quilted this quilt for me, and as usual, did a fantastic job! 

I also really love the backing fabric. I wanted to use it on the quilt front, but it was too busy. Instead, I can enjoy its gorgeousness in a larger size on the back! 

Read an interview I did about this quilt for the Paintbrush Studio blog here.
I also created this bargello quilt tutorial here.
Find McCall's Quick Quilts magazine featuring this quilt here.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

June OMG Monthly Goal

My June OMG goal is both small and lofty at the same time. Small because I am working with just seven 6-1/2" square blocks, and lofty because my June is a little full as I pack for a yearlong move to Florida, deal with the end of school, and plan Vacation Bible School! July will be quieter, right?! 

Anyway, back in November, our family spent 4 days at my sister-in-law's house in Massachusetts. I decided to be fun crafty aunt, so I brought supplies for an art project and for decorating turkey cookies. 

I brought a bag of solid scraps with fusible web on them and 6-1/2" white squares. I gave each kid (ranging from age 11 to 3) a square and let them create their own fused quilt block. We shared 3 scissors. It was fun to see what they created! 

Here are the kids (my three, plus three nieces and a nephew) with their finished blocks. They had a great time, and I was impressed with how much imagination and thought went into each block. 

We'll be seeing those same cousins at the beach in July, so my goal is to transform those 7 blocks into a wall hanging for the cousins to take home. Wish me luck! 

And just for fun...this is what the crafting table (aka the kitchen island) looked like:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Goal Complete!

I finished my One Monthly Goal (thanks, Elm Street Quilts!) for May!

I wanted to make two blocks of my new pattern, Twister, using the Wave Texture prints. 
Love these colors! 

Here are my blocks. Only five more of each color combination to go! 

Here's what the whole Twister quilt looks like: 
Quilt Size: 57-1/2" x 76-1/2"
(It's available on Craftsy as a digital download.)