New Log Cabin Quilt + Book

Blaze Log Cabin Quilt Amy Smart

I am WAY excited that I finally get to share this quilt – it has been one of my favorite quilts I’ve made over the past year. It’s a fun, scrappy twist on a traditional Log Cabin block and I called the quilt Blaze.

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My favorite part of making this quilt was pushing myself outside of my normal color palette. It was so fun to play with different fabrics and combinations for this quilt. I made this quilt last winter. While I was piecing this one, I was listening to the Audible book, All the Light We Cannot See. Every time I look at this quilt now, I can hear that narrator in my mind.

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Here’s a close-up of some of the fabrics and the quilting. I love this all-over design that Melissa used.  I think it’s called Loop D Loop. It gives the quilt such great texture and drape. I also love how the border fabric (from Denyse Schmidt’s Frankin collection) makes the quilt sing.

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The reason this quilt had to stay under wraps is because it is a contribution to a new book published by Martingale called I Love Log Cabins. This book contains 16 different patterns – all variations on the traditional Log Cabin block. Log cabin quilts are some of my favorite to make, so I jumped at the chance when I was invited to contribute a quilt.

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Here are a few examples of quilts from the book so that you can see the wide variety. On the left is Herringbone by Heather Andrus of Quilt Story. And I love this really modern variation called Log Cabin Chevron by Penny Barnes.Seeing-Stars-quilt

I also love this variation with stars called Seeing Stars by Kimberly Jolly.

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And I think this large-scale version on point is so cool. This one is called Ice Crystals by Jocelyn Ueng. As you can see there is a wide scope of styles and designs all based on the log cabin theme.

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You can see more of the quilts from the book at the Shop Martingale blog. While you are there, you can also enter to win a copy of an ebook version – Martingale is giving away 16 copies! Go here for details and to enter the giveaway.

I Love Log Cabins will be arriving in stores any day now. Keep your eyes peeled. It is also available online from Martingale and Amazon. If you are interested in a signed copy, I have a handful available in my shop as well. :)
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And here is one more shot of Blaze with my uber handsome and talented quilt holder. This quilt is a wide one – it’s 83″ x 83″, so it was tough to get those arms stretched out wide enough. But he does a stellar a job. I should probably consider giving him a raise one of these days…

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Green Fairy Quilts – great resource for Pre-cuts

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If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you have surely heard of Green Fairy Quilts. GFQ is an online store specializing in precuts at the best prices. They specialize in carrying Moda precuts of Fat Quarter BundlesJelly RollsCharm PacksLayer Cakes as well as the fun new Moda Frivols. They have expanded to carry Robert Kaufman Kona solids, Quilting Treasures, and Riley Blake Fat Quarter Bundles as well.

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Their great prices also include free shipping in the US on orders over $10. Frequent sales and specials mean the prices get even better. You also have the option to pre-order up-coming collections months ahead to guarantee a new favorite arriving as soon as it’s available.

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Some recent arrivals include Bonnie and Camille’s Vintage Picnic, including the Moda kit for the darling Vintage Picnic quilt. Also new in the shop: Aria by Kate Spain, Flying Colors by MoMo, The Sweet Life by Pat Sloan, and the Words Smith by Janet Clare.

In addition to fabric, Green Fairy Quilts has a great selection of books and notions.

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Green Fairy Quilts is owned and run by award winning long-arm quilter, Judi Madsen who’s machine quilting skills are just mind-blowing to me. She and her husband Clint have been in the quilting business together for many years now. I also love their charitable work for orphans in Romania.

The best way to keep tabs on all the latest sales, promotions, and arrivals is to sign-up for the Green Fairy Quitls newsletter.

New Scraps pattern: Introducing Scraps Inc. Vol 2

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One of my favorite quilt books to come out over the last couple of years was Scraps Inc, Volume 1. It had one of the most creative and inspiring collections of fresh and innovative patterns that I actually wanted to make in one book. Plus it was a great inspiration for using up those scraps that accumulate so so quickly. Well guess what? Get ready for more because Scraps Inc Volume 2 is about to hit the shelves!

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Scraps Inc. Volume 2 is another collection of 15 unique modern quilt designs by 15 different designers. (I think that’s one of the reasons these books are so good – they are the best work of each contributor.)

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The book is also worth buying just for the eye candy and beautiful photography by Nydia Kehnle. Check out some of the projects included in this book:

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Scraps Star quilt pattern Amy Smart

I felt so honored (and excited!) to be asked to contribute to this second edition.  This is my quilt design for this volume – Scrap Bag Stars. I actually made the quilt last summer and was feeling so inspired by this summer-y gold/orange/blue color pallette. It’s a big quilt – 72″ x 72″ – and comes together really quickly. You could easily add borders and make it a queen or king-size quilt.
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It’s also a great one for pulling a variety of those string scraps that accumulate so quickly and giving them a beautiful, useful home. I’m so thankful to Melissa from SewShabby Quilting for doing the quilting on this one (lickety-split too so that I could literally bind it and send it off to be photographed as we were on our way to the airport for our summer vacation!) She chose this cool Peacock Feather’s design that filled the large amount of negative space and gives the quilt a lot of wonderful texture.

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This week all of the quilt designers will be sharing their quilts. You can visit their blogs here:

Monday, February 8
Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter
Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design + Photography
Tuesday, February 9
Amy Friend, During Quiet Time
Alexandra Ledgerwood, Teaginny Designs
Wednesday, February 10
April Rosenthal, April Rosenthal – The {Studio} Blog
Dorie Schwarz, Tumbling Blocks
Thursday, February 11
Erin Harris, House on Hill Road
Janice Ryan, Better Off Thread
Friday, February 12
John Adams, Quilt Dad
Kari Vojtechovsky, Craft Happy
Saturday, February 13
Katie Blakesley, Swim Bike Quilt
Kati Spencer, From the Blue Chair
Sunday, February 14
Melissa Lunden, Lunden Designs
Allison Harris, Cluck Cluck Sew
Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life

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During this week, Scraps Inc. Volume 2 will also be available for presale for 30% off here with the code Scraps30 at checkout.

I also have a copy to giveaway to one of you! Just leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite method for organizing your scraps. Giveaway open through Saturday, Feb 13 at midnight MST.

PS You can see some of my own tips for sorting and using your scraps here!

Sarah Jane’s Sommer Fabric and Quilt Patterns

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Last fall, I was lucky enough to get to sew a few quilts with Sarah Jane’s new collection Sommer for her booth at Quilt Market. Now that Sommer is arriving in stores, I’m excited to finally share some of those quilts, including a free pattern for this star quilt.

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True to Sarah Jane’s unique and inspiring style, this is another collection filled with beautiful details and whimsy, not to mention lots of pretty color. You can read more about Sarah Jane’s description here.

Sommer rabbits, swans, flower fabric

This collection is inspired by Scandinavian Summer – with lots of sweet details like rabbits hiding in tulips, big beautiful florals, and swans. I love the swans – especially in the subtle gray and the bright kelly green.

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One the left is a quilt I made with the subtle, light prints in the collection. I shared that one here, made with the Broken Dishes tutorial.  

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This quilt is made from strips and to show off the darling panel print from this collection -children at the park with kites, more swans and the skyline of Stockholm in the distance.  This quilt measures 42″ x 50″. The print strips are cut at 3 1/2″ x width of fabric. The panel comes from a 1 1/4 yard piece, then trimmed to 12 1/2″ x 42″.

Sommer Free Star Quilt patten

This star quilt was made to show off more of the saturated prints. I love how it has a little bit of a Liberty of London look. Gorgeous quilting on both quilts by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting.

You can find the free PDF pattern for this quilt here

Sommer fabric

Sommer is arriving now in shops. Not only is it available in quilting cottons, it is also available in double gauze, and canvas. It is available from Westwood Acres, Lady Belle FabricsSouthern Fabrics, Bobbi Lou’s Fabric Factory, Fat Quarter Shop, and Fabricworm.

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New Projects + New Fabric = a LOT going on

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This bundle – Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics – has been sitting on the dresser in my sewing room for weeks. I am SO smitten with and I have been holding off cutting into it until I knew just the right thing to do with it.

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This collection is full of so many sweet little details. Which, if you are familiar with Amy Sinibaldi – aka Nana Company – you already know she is a master of perfect detail.

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Last night the perfect idea finally hit and I started cutting furiously once my kids were settled for the night.

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I started sewing blocks and enjoying more little details as I cut into the fabric. I love that quote from Jane Eyre- my favorite book as a teenager. :)

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Here are my blocks so far. This is from my Crossing Guard Pattern in Fabulously Fast Quilts. I am so smitten with the way it’s coming together. I’ve wanted to remake this pattern in scrappy prints (the original is in solids). I love all the low-volume prints in Paperie and I think it will create a whole new look for this quilt design. I’ll probably only do a crib size, and I think it will make such a pretty baby quilt.

Paperie is available from Westwood Acres, Fat Quarter Shop, Lady Belle Fabrics, Southern Fabrics, and Pink Castle Fabrics.

Riley Blake Vintage Kitchen fabric

Speaking of fabric I am totally smitten with right now, check out this Vintage Kitchen fabric by Andrea Muller for Riley Blake. I have been collecting pyrex for a few years now and love prints with vintage dishes on them. I think this collection may be my favorite vintage-dishes print yet!

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I like that the prints are small enough that if you cut it up for piecing, you can still see the cute dishes.

Vintage Kitchen main dishes fabric SO many cute details to love in these prints. The cat! The tulips! The onions! The happy, anthropomorphic cloud!

Vintage Kitchen is available from Fabricworm and Fabric.com.

In other fun fabric news, Westwood Acres is opening a new round of their popular I Want Her Stash and pattern club. There are some awesome faces in this group including Amanda Jean, Jeni Baker, and Denyse Schmidt! (holy smokes) I can’t wait to see what bundles they pick! (Click here to see the full list.)

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This bundle club is extra fun because it includes a new, exclusive pattern with the bundle. Here’s a peek at the January bundle and pattern by Megan McNeilly of Lucy and Norman. Westwood Acres has other monthly clubs including their low volume Inside Voices club and their dreamy Liberty Club.

I love my bundles of fat quarters from last year’s stash – in fact I’m using them to pull fabrics for the upcoming Splendid Sampler. (I’m doing my best to channel Jen Kingwell now and make it super scrappy – at least 200 fabrics!)

If you haven’t heard about the Splendid Sampler, check out the website and Facebook group. It’s a free, year-long sampler quilt with over 100 quilt blocks and lots more besides, and it starts next week!

Fleet and Flourish diamond block

There is a lot going on behind this scenes around here right now – including this diamond block using Maureen Cracknell’s Fleet and Flourish. I am deep in the throes of prepping for QuiltCon which is only 2 weeks away. Yikes! I’m so excited and slightly nervous (okay, majorly nervous) as I’m teaching multiple classes and I’m a QuiltCon newbie. Anyone out there coming to QuiltCon? Are you a newbie too? If you’re a veteran, I’d love any advice as well as suggestions in what you liked best about classes/teachers.

Okay, whew. That was a lot of random stuff for one post. See? Like I said, a LOT going on around here. February is going to be a bit bananas! But a good kind of bananas. 😉

Winter Quiltfest recap

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I had such a great time attending Winter Quiltfest in Logan, Utah last weekend.  I got to be around fun people, eat good food, hang out with my mom who came with me, and be around the wonderful Jen Kingwell and her quilts. Oh my goodness, the quilts. Don’t worry – there are lots of pictures.

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Winter Quiltfest is hosted by Amy Maxfield who is so wonderful! She is assisted by her darling, helpful sons. They (and their Dad) also solved a major problem I had with my car on the last day so I could get home safely. Turns out I had a 3″ long screw in the front tire. Yikes! They are my new BFF’s. Also you know you’re among friends when you can walk around all day with a sweater covered in thread…

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I felt so honored to be invited to teach a few classes and share some of my quilts. Fortunately Amy Maxfield’s sons were on hand to hold up those quilts. They were the best sports. (Quilts include the Virtual Quilting Bee quilts, Modern Buzz Saw from Fabulously Fast Quilts and the patchwork trees. Look at that teamwork…)

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As part of the retreat I got to teach a few classes myself, including my new Watchtower pattern. One of my favorite things about quilt classes is seeing the same pattern in different color combinations. Here are a few from that class. (I’m hoping to finalize the publishing of this pattern by the end of next month for those who are interested.)

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I also love getting to visit with other quilters who become new friends. Sandy (on the left) had me in tears telling me about her 90+year old dad, visiting France where he served in World War 2. (I’ve been on a total WW2 kick this year.) And Karen (center, right) came all the way from Ohio – we’ve been communicating for a long time and it was so fun to finally meet her in person. Also great to see Melissa from Happy Quilting. Stately Type sewing t-shirts and bags were also well represented. 😉

But the biggest highlight was having quilt pattern, fabric designer, and all around lovely person, Jen Kingwell there from Australia. Jen was such a wonderful guest and teacher. She really is just the most funny, real, delightful person. I think almost every person at the retreat took one of her classes and loved it.

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Here is part of her trunk show. SO inspiring. Seeing Jen Kingwell quilts just makes me want to cut up every piece of fabric I own and copy everything she makes. I felt inspired to try new color combinations and really think outside the box.

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Here are some more. I’ll just let them speak for themselves. On the left is Gypsey Wife and top right is Green Tea and Sweet Beans (still on my bucket list!) Jen’s patterns can be found in lots of local and online quilt shops, as well as her own shop, Amitie Textiles.

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These quilts are all from her book, Quilt Lovely. Quilts show include Glitter (which is properly pronounced “Glit-tah” 😉 ), Daisy-Do, and another who’s name escapes me…

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We also got a peak and Jen’s latest block of the month – Long Time Gone. Just mind-blowingly beautiful. Kits are available from her shop.

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I was SO excited to get to take Jen’s Steam Punk quilt class. This quilt has been another one on my bucket list for years. But I will admit to being intimidated by the curves. Learning from Jen gave me so much confidence! That is my own first finished block in the top right. I’m pretty pleased with myself :) and can’t wait to make a bunch more.Jen Kingwell Halo Quilt

Jen also taught classes for another brand new pattern called Halo. Again with the fantastic fabric placement!

I have always been so amazed and inspired at Jen’s scrappy, eclectic use of fabric and color. Seeing her quilts makes me want to just take all of my fabric, cut it up, throw it into the middle of the room and start randomly start sewing it together. Maybe one day I’ll get as good as her. If you’re like me and wonder how in the world she does it, here is a little video clip I felt lucky to catch of her answering that very question. Also, you’ll get a taste of that lovely Aussie accent. (I’m an amateur at adding videos, so pardon the quality.)

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Winter Quiltfest will be held again next January, in Logan, UT. It’s such a great time to take classes and learn something new, as well as meet a bunch of awesome quilting friends. A big thank you to Jessica and Leisa for the use of many of their wonderful photos!