Fabulously Fast Fall Quilts

I decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and scenic foliage to finally take some photos of the remaining three quilts from my book, Fabulously Fast Quilts, that I hadn’t shot yet. And since they each had a nice autumn vibe, this felt like a good time to show them off.
These quilts were still with the publisher last spring when I took pictures of the others and then spent the summer hanging local quilt shops as part of a couple of trunk shows.
This one is a Jelly-Roll-friendly quilt called Diverging Diamonds. 
This one was quilted with all-over Pebble quilting by Natalia Bonner. I love the texture it gives to the quilt as well as the way it echos the circle motifs in the various prints.

(This is a crib-sized quilt called Butterfly Effect and comes together super quickly. (There are also instructions for a twin-size version.)

The quilting on this one was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting.  

And finally, this quilt is called Floating Shoo-fly. It is a great quilt for using up scraps – especially low-volume prints. This version is very monochromatic, but I’d like to try it in bright contrasting colors as well.

The figure-eight quilting on this one was done by Emily Sessions. It’s so subtle, but I LOVE the way it finishes off the quilt!
As I mentioned, each of these quilts is in my book, Fabulously Fast Quilts. You can see most of the other quilts in this post. I still have signed copies in my shop and it is also available on Amazon.

If you make or have made something using the patterns from Fabulously Fast Quilts I would love to see them! You can add photos to the Fabulously Fast Quilts Flickr group, tag them #fabulouslyfastquilts on Instagram or Twitter, or email them to me at amy(@)diaryofaquilter.com.


Wee Wander Free Quilt Pattern and a BIG thank you!

Well, Wee Wander is arriving in shops starting now! It’s such a sweet collection. (I predict the horses will be hugely popular.)
wee wander blog tour logo blog
As part of the fabric release, Sarah Jane is hosting a series of projects, patterns, and tutorials on her blog using the Wee Wander collection.
The first free pattern available is for the quilt that I made! This quilt measures 38″ x 44″. 

I am finally getting my Virtual Quilting Bee Kona Solids quilt off to the quilter and realized we still need to have a Virtual Quilting Bee Party! I’ve been receiving emails from people sharing the beautiful quilts they’ve created with the Virtual Quilting Bee blocks so I want to have a day where we can link up finished quilts or share them some how. And it has to involve prizes and fabric giveaways too, right? So to give all of us that need it a little more time, we’re going to set the date for Monday, February 24 and create a week for people to share and link up their finished quilts or quilt blocks. Stay tuned. If you’ve needed a little inspiration to get out those blocks and finish, this is it!

Finally a huge thank you for the kind thoughts and well wishes on my new book coming out. I’ve tried responding personally to as many as I could, but I know I haven’t been able to respond to everyone. I truly was amazed and touched by the number of people who shared their happiness for me. And even pre-ordered the book! I can’t tell you how much it meant! Holy Smokes! It’s not even out yet and yesterday it was the number 1 best seller in the Sewing category on Amazon. That is CRAZY. And all because of YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

So, I wrote a book.

Want to hear something crazy? Last year I spent a lot of time making those 12 quilts and never shared one of them here. And why? They are going to be in a book that will come out this Spring called Fabulously Fast Quilts. *someone pinch me*

It all feels a little bit surreal at this point. Let me explain some of the things I’ve learned about the book production business and you’ll see why. Last year at this time the book process felt very real and was constantly on my mind and my kitchen table. Starting September 2012 I made all 12 quilts (with some help on the quilting part) and wrote the content for the book.

Putting in the last biding stitches on the last quilt…
I shipped it all off last May and then stopped for tacos on the way home. Once everything was turned in and it was mostly out of my hands, the actual book felt so far away – still almost a year before it would be published. Martingale, my publisher, then took what I gave them and ran with it!! They took pictures, and edited the content. I got to see the proofs and go through the editing process last summer, but April 2014 and a real live book still felt so far away.

And then THIS showed up! Holy Smokes! There’s my book listed on Amazon! It’s real! And then I realized 3 months from now, this book that I created will be on the shelves of shops and book-sellers near you. In real life.

I’m excited to share more about this book and the quilts it contains over the next few months prior to it’s release. The basic premise is based on short-cuts in quilting. Whether you’re someone who has little time to sew because you have a house full of little people who need you, or you have a full-time job, or you just need a quick quilt project, I hope this book will be a good resource for quilts you can be proud of. AND that will fool your friends and family into thinking you spent way more time and cut out way more tiny pieces of fabric than you really did.

I’m still in a little bit of awe that this is real. I certainly couldn’t have happened without the support of my family, a few extra nights of take-out pizza, and the encouragement so many of you have shown me here. A huge thank you!

The movie rights for this book are still up for grabs at this point. Although I don’t think I could let it get into the hands of Quentin Tarantino – I mean could you imagine the rotary cutter scenes in his version? In the mean time, watch for the book Fabulously Fast Quilts due out April 2014!

Modern Red Cross Quilt

I’m so excited to finally share a quilt that I worked on last summer. I’m calling it Modern Red Cross (because I’m so gifted at coming up with creative names). This is my modern interpretation inspired by a traditional Red Cross block created during World War 2. 
This quilt is one of the quilts featured in a brand new book from Kansas City Star called Classic Modern Quilts. All of the projects in the book are modern quilt patterns inspired by very traditional quilt blocks. All of the contributors also discuss their thoughts on modern quilting. You can read some of my thoughts on KCS’s My Stars blog as well as meet some of the other authors and learn more about the book.
My copy of the book arrived just this week! I was so excited to finally see the other projects in the book. I’ll be sharing more about this book in a few weeks. But if you want to come back on Monday, there will be a fun giveaway with a copy of the book and a bundle of reds to make your own!
This quilt was quilted by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. I wanted a simple square-stipple to coordinate with the right angles of the quilt design.

I took a bunch of pictures of this ‘on location’ in an orchard but the clothes-line wasn’t high enough to hang the whole quilt. Fortunately my husband snapped this picture when I was showing it to my sisters, that shows the whole thing. Look at how inspired and reverent I’m being.

I also found this picture on my phone from when I was binding it. And that is proof that I put actual blood, sweat (but no tears) into this quilt. Good thing the red is kind of camouflaged in the plaid. 

This is one of my favorite quilts of the year so far. I’m so excited to finally get to show it off – especially just in time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival!


I-spy baby quilt + i-spy charm packs available

One of my favorite go-to baby gifts is an i-spy quilt made from different fabrics with little motifs like animals, vehicles, etc., that you can hunt for or play “i-spy” with. 
The design for this quilt is a classic checker-board pattern, but the i-spy prints give the quilt an added element you can play with.

I like to use the Essex cotton/linen blend by Robert Kaufman as the off-set blocks because they give some added texture and contrast to the quilt. (You can find it here, and here.) Not to mention when the quilt is washed, the linen shrinks and crinkles up so nicely, giving the quilt a nice vintage feel. I have a simple pattern for this i-spy quilt in my etsy shop.

I had the perfect backing in my stash – a Moda print by Jan Figuroa from a few years ago with more items to spy! The quilting is a simple meander loop by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. 

I’ve been collecting cute (not cheesy) i-spy prints for a while now and finally had them all cut up to sell. I’ve done this in the past and most likely this will be the last round I will do this. Each set is made up of 65 different 3 1/2″ squares, all of high quality quilting fabrics.
Here is a close-up of some of the prints. All of the prints in the above photos are in the charm packs in my shop. Also, if you buy a charm pack the baby quilt pattern is included for free! You can find the I-spy Charm Packs here. And they are SOLD OUT. Holy Moly that was so much faster than I expected. Thank you so much to those who bought them!
I am also listing copies of the book Modern Baby in the etsy shop. This book contains patterns for 14 fresh, modern baby quilts by a variety of modern quilt designers and bloggers.
Martingale - Modern Baby
One of my favorite is this pattern by Shea Henderson.
This book also contains the pattern for this quilt by yours truly. (It is charm pack and jelly-roll friendly.) You can see more quilts from this book here. For a short time, I am listing this book at 40% off! To buy Modern Baby visit my etsy shop
Thank you so much to all of you who have supported my etsy shop for almost 5 years now. I-spy kits were one of the first things I ever stocked. I’m blown away by all that has happened since then. Thank you, THANK YOU!

Modern Baby Quilts + Book

I had a fun surprise show up in my mailbox yesterday. My very own copy of Martingale’s new book Modern Baby: Easy, Fresh, and Fun Quilt Designs! It goes without saying that I was excited, but it was also perfect timing for my stop on the Modern Baby blog tour.

This book, available in both hardcopy an ebook formats, contains the patterns for 14 cheerful, contemporary quilts by some very talented and creative folks, whose company I am humbled to be a part of. I am so excited to use this book! Baby quilts are my absolute favorite quilts to create. I love making them for gifts, but I also probably love them due to my short attention span. Baby quilts are the perfect way to pull out new colors and fabrics and ideas, but because they aren’t big, they’re easier to actually finish. Then I can move on to the next big idea! 

My contribution for this book – is called Crossweave. As are a lot of modern quilts, this quilt was inspired by a very traditional quilt block. I can’t say I’m a purist when it comes to defining ‘modern quilts’. I don’t really stick to definitions, I just create what I feel like making. 

Modern Baby quilt pattern.
By adding the one solid color (see! my love for white fabric!) this quilt is a great one for bringing cohesion to a variety of monochromatic prints. It’s also perfect for using precut 5″ charm squares and 2 1/2″ strips.
I’m itching to make a boy version of this quilt.  It’s not a pattern that screams one gender or the other, so could be easily personalized depending on the colors you use. I’m thinking of trying navy blue next.
Well guess what! Today Martingale is giving away an Ebook of Modern Baby to one of you readers! Please just leave a comment on this post to enter to win. Giveaway open until Monday, May 6 at midnight MST. A winner will be announced and Martingale will send you a copy of the book! And you have 13 other chances to win. Visit any of these other blog stops and check out the quilt they created for Modern Baby as well. Good luck!  GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Winner: Jess said…
I love your quilt. Especially that orange mock-up in the post. Thanks!
April 18, Thursday Jenny, StitchThis! http://blog.shopmartingale.com/

April 19, Friday Shea Henderson, http://emptybobbinsewing.com
April 22, Monday Jake Finch, http://generationqmagazine.com/
April 23, Tuesday Audrie Bidwell, http://blueisbleu.blogspot.com/
April 24, Wednesday Carolyn Friedlander, http://carolynfriedlander.com/blog/
April 25, Thursday Melissa Corry, http://happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com/
April 26, Friday Jen Eskridge, http://reannalilydesigns.com/blog/
April 29, Monday Sarah Flynn, http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/
April 30, Tuesday Dana Bolyard, http://oldredbarnco.blogspot.com/
May 1, Wednesday Amy Smart, http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/ ME!
May 2, Thursday Carrie Bloomston, http://suchitysuch.blogspot.com/
May 3, Friday Victoria Findlay Wolfe, http://www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
May 6, Monday Lindsey Rhodes,http://lrstitched.com/
May 7, Tuesday Pippa Eccles Armbrester, http://www.pippapatchwork.com/blog/

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