Virtual Quilting Bee – Block Tutorial #7

It’s time again for another quilt block tutorial for the Virtual Quilting Bee! Today’s block is designed by Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane Quilts.

If you’re new to the Virtual Quilting Bee click here for all the details as well as links to block and introduction to quilting tutorials. 

I’m so excited to make Jennifer’s block. I love the fussy-cutting (cutting the fabric pieces around and to show off elements of the fabric design) Jennifer used with those giant checks.

A few other quick reminders about the Virtual Quilting Bee: 
  • If you are using a fat 1/8th  bundle for your blocks – specifically a Happy Go Lucky fat 1/8 bundle - cut a 6 1/2″ square from each fabric except the white on white dots. (You will need 32 total 6 1/2″ squares.) You will need to save these for your setting squares when the blocks are finished. If you do this, you shouldn’t have to buy more fabric later, but still have plenty for your 16 pieced blocks.
  • Remember: these blocks will be 8″ finished (that means when it is part of the finished quilt) meaning they will measure 8 1/2″ unfinished (when you have the block pieced, but before it’s part of a finished quilt.)
  • You only need to make 1 of each block for the quilt we will be making, but you can always make more if you want a bigger finished quilt or multiple quilts. :)
  • I’ve loved all the variations that people create. Feel free to share yours on the Virtual Quilting Bee Flickr Group if you like! I have loved seeing all the blocks so far.
  • Use the hashtag #virtualquiltingbee if you’re sharing on Instagram or Twitter!
  • And as always feel free to ask questions! I will answer the best that I can in the comments section. 

New Fabric Collection: Technicolor

Have you seen the new Technicolor collection by Emily Herrick that is coming out any minute? I am so excited to dig in and play with some of these prints

 Emily debuted this collection at Quilt Market. It is such a cheerful and colorful collection. And something else cool that I didn’t know about: See those shapes on the counter to the right of Emily? Michael Miller has created precuts in different shapes including circles, hexagons, and triangles. AND you can even buy them with OR without iron-on adhesives on the back. I thought that was pretty clever and pretty cool.
Here’s a closer look at the prints in the Technicolor collection.  Some really great blenders and some interesting new designs. I love the colors she used. I also love that diamond cheater print (right). So much you could do with that. Keep your eyes peeled for Technicolor in shops and online soon. Fat Quarter Shop already has it available for pre-order and Westwood Acres will also carry bundles soon.

And speaking of upcoming collections for Michael Miller, here is a second quilt that I made right before Quilt Market using Sarah Jane’s Let’s Pretend collection – this time in the girl/Masquerade color way. I had a great time making the diamonds. This is the one that surprised my husband. I’ll do a tutorial soon to show how I pieced the diamonds. It’s pretty slick!
I made this one in a hurry – I think there are things about the layout and the design I would tweak if I was making it again. 

I think I like the back equally as much as the front. In fact, it made me think I should make more quilt fronts like this one. The strips are so quick to piece and it’s an easy way to show off lots of cute prints. I love the pink and gray colorway from Let’s Pretend and that little girl with the bear in the harlequin pants is my favorite print in the collection. I definitely need a bit more of that one! And the crowns. Such a cute ‘solid’ print in a variety of colors. Let’s Pretend will ship to shops in June.

The Fat Quarter Shop and a free quilt-along!

If you are an online fabric shopper, you are probably well familiar with one of my sponsors, The Fat Quarter Shop.

In my opinion, the Fat Quarter Shop sets the bar for the online fabric shopping experience. The site is so well organized and easy to navigate and their selection and service is amazing. Also, be sure to check out their Sale section for lots of great deals!

One of their specialties is their Clubs and Block of the Month Quilts and Programs.

The latest program at the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting is a Quilt-along called Deck-ade the Halls.  This Christmas-themed Quilt-along celebrates the 10 years the Fat Quarter Shop has been in business. The patterns consist of 10 free downloads over the next 5 months with plenty of time to complete this quilt before Christmas! To find out more about it, visit the Jolly Jabber blog and follow along on Flickr. There are even video tutorials, as you can see with block #1.

To help you get started, the Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Layer Cake of Moda’s Aspen Frost by Basic Grey. Kits are available for this quilt-along, but you are also encouraged to use your own fabrics and pull from your own stash.

If you’d like a chance to win the Aspen Frost layer cake, leave a comment on this post. Giveaway will be open until Friday, May 31 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

WINNER: LynetteMay 28, 2013 at 6:08 AM

Fabric I love fabric! A diet plan that included a daily fabric treat would help me shed pounds!!! Something like for each pound lost add one “fat” quarter to your stash!!!
Thanks for the giveaway!

To keep tabs on the Fat Quarter Shop and their many programs, sales, and upcoming arrivals you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or their blog. You can also check out their YouTube channel for lots of great tutorials and video interviews.

Quilt Market Recap Part 2

Alrighty, are you ready for more? (To see Part 1 go here.) I did my best to consolidate, but still give you a glimpse of all the pretty. Buckle up. Here we go… Riley Blake has added some new basics to their offerings including stripes (in many different widths) and ginghams. (There’s the official Gingham Style suit!)
A few more glimpses of upcoming Riley Blake collections Kensington, Ashbury Heights, and Boy Crazy (cute triangles!) as well as a quick pick with designers Shari Butler and Carina Gardner.
A few quick glimpses of the Michael Miller area: Designers Emily Herrick and Violet Craft who both had awesome new collections Technicolor and Waterfront. Also a familiar quilt and a giant swan boat ride.
The Freespirit/Westminster Fabrics booth is always full of pretty inspiration.  (R-to-L): Joel Dewberry, Jenean Morrison, Denyse Schmidt’s new collection, Florence, which has lots of great colors and prints, and pretty stitchery by Anna Maria Horner.
(clockwise) Heather Bailey had an AMAZING giant bird embroidery on her wall and green turf as the floor. Her booth won an award. Tula Pink’s booth is always full of color, Oliver + S and the Straight Stitch Society (which I love!) and Pam Kitty Morning’s cute new collection.
The Kokka booth. I always love to check out this one. Cute, kitschy Hello Kitty prints, new collections by Melody Miller and Ellen Luckett Baker. Love those tulips!
And guess, what? More fabric from more fabric companies! These companies are smaller, but always have amazing, fresh designs: (clockwise) Birch Fabrics, Dear Stella, Monaluna, Rashida for Cloud 9, and Blend.
Robert Kaufman had some fun new stuff including these saturated tones from new designer, Jennifer Sampou.   Not my typical style, but I loved how the batik-y looking stripes looked used in the quilt and dress. A simple way to add design elements letting the fabric do all the work. Also the new cutesy Hello Tokyo collection was darling.

Speaking of Robert Kaufman, they had a great collection of new apparel weight fabrics including denims, chambrays, swiss dots, etc. Some great things! There is one of my cute roomies, Andrea, who sewed a lot of the samples for RK.  Other cool apparel news included a range of colored denim by Indygo Junction. The weight was SO nice and felt so soft. They’d had some cool sample garments and a nice Union Jack Pillow. Riley Blake is offering a selection of knits now too.

Some amazing designers and their booths: (clockwise) Jen Kingwell from Austrailia. Holy Moly. Amazing quilts. The picture of the full booth does not do them justice. You can see in the close up shot that there is so much amazing detail. Emily Cier of Carolina Patchwork. It was so neat to see her work up close as well. I love her use of color and placement. Just beautiful. And Debbie of Esch House Quilts had her first booth. I love her minimalism. Beautiful work there too. 
One of my very favorite booths of Market belonged to Jodie of Ric-Rac. Ric-Rac was one of the first sewing blogs I ever read.  When it clicked that she was standing there live and in person, I about flipped. And then to see her cute goodies, live and in person, including the dress made entirely of selvage strips, I about flipped again! Also the fact that Jodie was hysterically funny to talk to.

And just to round things off (in case you’ve been waiting) coming soon to fabric collections near you: One Direction and Bobba Fett!  And finally, at one point we were just mozying along, looking at booths when I looked up at a hanging quilt and suddenly thought, “Hey. That quilt looks like one I made. Wait! I did make that quilt!” There was my Blooma quilt that’s in the current edition of McCall’s Quilting magazine.  I hadn’t seen it since I sent it to Blend Fabrics last September. It was nice to be reunited, briefly.

And there you have it. My report of Spring Quilt Market 2013. You made it through the end.

Since I was feeling sad that we couldn’t all be there hanging out together, I brought back a few treasures and decided to give them away. I divided them into two piles so that I could spread the joy.  If you want a pile of Quilt Market Loot, just leave a comment. I’ll randomly pick two winners on Thursday. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.
Winners:  Maria said…

Great recap! Thanks for the chance to win.
And: Cathy K said…
Thanks for sharing this tantalizing glimpse of Market. Someday I have got to GET there! And thanks for the links, too. I will have drooling – er – reading material for hours! :-) Cathy K in SLC