Thursday, February 14, 2019

All Valentine's Day, All the Time!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm sharing a few of my favorite projects:

featuring Benartex's Cherish collection

featuring Paintbrush Studio's Dianthus collection

featuring Paintbrush Studio's Painter's Palette Solids and this heart block tutorial  from Cluck, Cluck Sew

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

NEW Pattern Release! That's a Swirl!

I'm excited to be releasing my latest pattern, That's a Swirl! 

I have always been a huge fan of swirls. Swirl fabric; I'm in. There's just something so appealing about the motif. So when I figured out I could design a quilt with swirl shapes, I jumped on it. 

It's packed with spiral after fun spiral--fusible applique and reverse fusible applique swirls. It uses both types to prevent a shadowing issue if you choose to use a lighter color to contrast with your prints--like the white solid I used below. This means the white square is always on the bottom and the applique is always done using the print!

 I designed the quilt using 8" square blocks so that the template would fit easily on one page.  This quilt is sized as a wall hanging, table topper or even baby quilt (37-1/2" square).

The original quilt: 
Made using Paintbrush Studio Fabrics' Walkabout 2 collection. I love all the detail in these Aboriginal prints! This version doesn't have borders. A shout-out to my mom for sewing this quilt top (she did a great job cutting all those swirl shapes!)

Here's the pattern cover! You can purchase it from my Etsy shop.

With Valentine's Day approaching, I was in a chocolate frame of mind and realized this pattern had great potential. So I tweaked the pattern and recolored it using Benartex's Cherish collection and a wonderful chocolatey brown Wave Texture print to make a chocolate version. The directions for this variation are included in the That's a Swirl! pattern. 

Here's the design recolored in Michael Miller Fabrics' upcoming Boho Boutique collection and paired with a navy solid. 

And the Boho Boutique pink version: 

This is a really fun and versatile pattern--it will work with so many different types of fabric and uses just 8 fat quarters for the blocks (plus background). 

See all of my available patterns here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

OMG: New Wonky Spirals Sample

In January, I stitched a new version of my Wonky Spirals pattern. I'm excited to be teaching this class at Wandering Stitches Quilt Shop in Orlando, and I needed a fresh sample! I used the Fish Hope prints by Hoodie Crescent for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics and a solid Silver background. My One Monthly Goal for February is to finish this quilt--quilting and binding.

This pattern uses improv piecing techniques with a Courthouse Steps block. Beyond that, it's all about color placement. 

Want to make your own Wonky Spirals quilt? 
Purchase the pattern here.
Or, join me at Wandering Stitches on February 27th for the class! 

Here's a look at my other versions of Wonky Spirals. Which do you like best? 

Small geo prints with sashing helps the spirals to pop. 

Two sizes of wonky spirals add to the wonky feel of this quilt. I used a variety of black and white prints and a bright red background. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

OMG: That's A Swirl

I completed my January One Monthly Goal and even had one day to spare! 

I designed this quilt about 18 months ago. I convinced my mom to make it for me--so much cutting!! 
She pieced it and then it sat in my "to be quilted" pile for too long. Now it's done!

Here's a close-up of the quilting. Because it's raw edge applique, I wanted to close as close to the edges as I could, without doing something like a zig zag stitch. That would be a lot of zig zagging! 

For the swirls themselves, I followed the swirl pattern with free motion quilting--which is why the lines aren't anywhere near perfect! For the background, I used pebbles. The quilting obviously shows up more on the white than the prints. 

Now to write the pattern...

Friday, January 18, 2019

Introducing Blinky's Revenge (in Quilty!)

I'm excited to share my latest magazine feature, Blinky's Revenge. This quilt, made with Painter's Palette Solids, is featured in Quilty magazine. My original name for this quilt was the "cog" quilt because it reminded me of interlocking cogs. The Quilty folks thought the design reminded them of retro arcade games and named it accordingly. 

"Blinky's Revenge" featured in the January/February 2018 issue of Quilty magazine

Beyond the wonderfully vibrant colors, what truly makes this quilt is the quilting, and I have Diane Oakes to thank for that. She had fun with a variety of patterns and thread colors. I love how it all shows on the back!

The quilt has great texture on the front as well--alternating sections of wishbones and swirls, with a pebbly center. 

The Painter's Palette Solids colors I used (from the center out):
121-089 Island
121-149 Violet
121-003 Pencil
121-111 Patriot
121-164 Jolly
121-124 Carrot
121-031 Turquoise

See the Painter's Palette Solids here.

Find the January/February issue of Quilty magazine here.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Introducing the Ebb & Flow Quilt Pattern!

I'm excited to introduce my newest pattern today, Ebb & Flow. It's made up of two different blocks that are opposites of each other. I called it "Ebb & Flow" because the ins and outs created by the blocks reminded me of ocean waves. Do you like the Florida feel of this photo? That's my backyard, and my neighbor's palm tree. 

I designed this quilt to work with Windham Fabrics' Gemstone collection by Whistler Studios. I love the checked feel of these prints! My boys think they look like Minecraft. I love the gray background color, as well as the lime, the teal, and the two oranges. It was fun to choose the colors to use in this quilt! 

I really like the wavy negative space created by the blocks. I quilted this quilt with wavy horizontal lines--very forgiving since you can barely see them! :) 

If you want to make Ebb & Flow too, you can purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop. It's a throw-sized quilt measuring 58" x 68"--perfect for the couch! 

Visit my Etsy shop to see all of the quilt patterns I have for sale. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

January OMG: Quilt it!

My January goal for One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty @Elm Street Quilts is both big and small. It's to quilt this quilt design of mine. I say "big" because machine quilting quilts always feels like a big thing to me. I say "small" because the quilt is only 32" square!

My mom pieced this quilt for me about a year ago. I need to keep working through my quilt tops, starting with now in January!