Dresdens, Denim and other fabric inspiration

I have so many projects in the works right now, my head is spinning. I feel like I haven’t shared anything finished for a while. Well, next week there will be a bunch, so stay tuned. But here’s a little bit of what I’m working on behind the scenes. First up, these traditional Dresden Plate blocks. I love the monochromatic blocks, but now I’m trying to decide what to put in the centers. Whether to use a light center or go dark – black maybe? Whether to have a center color that matches the individual block or whether to have one contrasting fabric center that unifies all the blocks. Thoughts? 
For these Dresdens I’m using a collection of all my favorite American Jane prints, including the latest and greatest, Pot Luck. (Those baby chicks!) Yardage should be hitting stores soon, but you can find Pot Luck precuts here and here.  Also, the fun thing about Dresden plates is that they are so much easier than they look. There is a tutorial on Sew Mama Sew here.
And because I don’t have enough unfinished projects in the works, I think I need a few more. A few weeks ago my boys started their flag football season. They are SOOooo excited and it’s fun to watch. This season we are cheering for the Dirtbags and the Killer Goats. (Can you tell the kids picked the names themselves?) We’ve already had some COLD games. (This fall is not my favorite fall. Too cold, to early.)
As I sat at those cold games, snuggled under our old pea-green, wool army blanket (which does it’s job) and looked at other people wrapped up in old quilts, I wondered why I didn’t have a quilt for these settings. Obviously I have a plethora of quilts in my house, but I’m too chicken to take them out to a wet, sometimes muddy, football field. I want to make something heavy and durable, so I’m going to use these cotton Crossroads Denims from Amy Barickman. I love the saturated colors of these denims and they will make a nice heavy, durable quilt for my cold sporting events. It probably won’t get done before the end of the Killer Goats’ season, but I’m itching to start and then I’ll be all ready for soccer season this spring.
And speaking of projects, I bought and need to do something with this Halloween print. SO cute. It’s from the Spooktacular collection by Maude Ashbury for Blend. You can find the prints still from the Little Fabric Shop. The Jack-o-lanterns are equally adorable.
And finally, if you’re looking for a new project yourself, check out this cute kit from Honey Be Good fabrics using Arin Turnmire’s latest collection for Moda, Little Things
Honey Be Good created this kit using my Hour Glass pattern and has it ready to go as a kit! For the next week you can get 15% off Little Things fabric or the kit using the coupon code DOAQ. (Good until October 15.)
Alright. Let’s meet back here soon and discuss more unfinished project, shall we? 

Christa Quilts – and free quilt-alongs!

Today I’d like to introduce you to a new sponsor and new-to-me online fabric resource, Christa Quilts

Christa from Christa Quilts is a long-time quilter but is relatively new to modern quilting. She’s had her online shop for several years now but is in the process of incorporating more modern lines into her selection.

Christa’s favorite fabrics are solids, and she stocks over 100 different Kona solids. In fact, her Charming Chevrons quilt (which hung at QuiltCon and was a recent blogger’s quilt festival viewer’s choice winner) is made entirely from Kona Solids. If you want to make a quilt like this one, Christa has a step-by-step quilt along with multiple tutorials to create this quilt – including tutorials for the straight line and pebble quilting! Kits are still available in several color options.

In addition to managing her store full time, Christa loves to blog nearly every day and share her original quilt designs with a series of other free quilt alongsEach quilt-along has a well-organized series of posts with step by step instructions and tutorials (everything from choosing fabrics and rotary cutting, to piecing, quilting and binding) to finish an entire quilt and many of them still have kits available. Go here to see the list of free quilt alongs. Seriously, if you are looking for helpful step-by-step tutorials to finish a quilt, you should check them out.

She’s just started a brand new free quilt along this week called String of Pearls which features Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets, along with solids. Kits are available for this quilt – what a perfect way to get the variety of colors of that Pearl Bracelet collection, with out having to buy big pieces. Although, if you are looking for Pearl Bracelet fabric yardage, Christa has a huge selection of that too, including fat quarter bundles.

And to make it even better: Christa is offering a special offer on all kits to go with her quilt alongs. Just use the code CQA2013 to save 10% off your entire order of kits and fabric supplies through Saturday, June 15, 2013. There is also free shipping on all US orders!

PS: Christa also carries those nifty new Olfa Splash cutters!

Girly Scooter Quilt

Some pictures of a quilt that has been in the works for a long while. This quilt was made for American Quilting, a local quilt shop where I used to work and where I still make occasional samples.
There were a few of those Sherbert Pips scooters and dogs left even though most of the collection was gone, so I decided it would be fun to make a girly, patchwork, throw quilt using those prints and adding some other pink, red, gray and turquoise. 
The quilting on this quilt was done by Meridy Palmer who also works at American Quilting. She used a light pink thread and big double loops.  The quilt is so snuggly now that it’s finished and washed.
The binding is from Aneela Hoey’s latest collection, A Walk in the Woods.  I love how it works on the bias.
I got to help at the store last week during a local Shop Hop and it was fun to be back, cutting fabric and talking to nice friends again, and being sorely tempted by all the new bolts of pretty fabric. It was also fun to see this quilt hanging on the wall.  
There are a few kits for this quilt still available at the store. The finished quilt measures 55″ x 77″.  The kit costs $84 and includes pre-cut and pre-stacked squares, ready to pick-up and start sewing.  Borders and binding fabric are also included. Backing requires an additional 3 3/4 yards.  You can see other currently available kits from American Quilting here. To order, call the shop 801-802-7841.
Also, the winner of the Dresden ruler has been posted, finally. (Sorry for the delay. That’s summer + a holiday weekend + a marathon dance recital Monday for you). Thanks for your patience, and thanks so much for the dresden quilt love!! It means so much and I’m so thrilled that people liked it. And with it being summer, I can’t possibly so an adequate job of thanking you individually, so here is a giant, collective thank you! 

Bright new quilt + baby quilt kits

A recent finish.  I love this stripy binding using Anne Kelle’s Remix Bermuda stripes. Isn’t it a cheerful looking binding? Brings some sunshine for dreary January. And makes me want to go to Bermuda.

This quilt, with many other Remix prints, is a creation for American Quilting, a shop in Orem, Utah, where I make samples. They had a lot of random brights that weren’t moving and so we decided to throw together a happy-go-lucky, psychedelic little quilt, guaranteed to stimulate busy babies.

Lots of Remix prints available here and I’ve seen the binding fabric here.

 Pre-cut kits for this quilt are available at American Quilting by calling 801-802-7841.

American Quilting has some other new baby quilts (that I did not make) available as well, in case the loud, bright look is not what you’re after. This cute turquoise, green, and gray quilt is called Eli.

 This one is called Max and Whiskers.
And this one is called Ruby Dear.  Each of these baby quilts measures about 42″ x 42″.  The patchwork squares are pre-cut and pre-stacked in some of them so that all you need to do is pick-up a stacked row and start sewing.  Most baby kits are $45-50 and include everything for the top, including ric-rac and binding.  Backing is sold separate – 1 1/4 yard required.  There are still a couple of these kits available as well. Just thought I’d share in case anyone out there is looking for a quick baby gift.
Many have asked about the Freebird Circles quilt from last week. Sadly I bought that kit over a year ago and they are long gone, as is that fabric. So sorry to tempt you with something that is no longer available. But I did notice that the new Half Moon Modern fabric also by Moda, uses Momo’s same dots. In this collection they are white on a solid color, but they’re the same shape and would look equally cool quilted like the dots in that Freebird quilt.  Just a thought. You can find Half Moon Modern here, here, and here.

Shop Update

I have a little etsy shop update this weekend.  I’ve been assembling a selection of novelty blocks to make a kit for the Retro Christmas Quilt from last year.  This kit has 82 pre-cut squares perfect for this project. Every single fabric is not identical to the ones in last year’s quilt, but many are the same and all are cute and create the same look. Purchasing the kit includes the PDF pattern that I will email to you. 
So sorry. The kits are SOLD OUT.
The pattern is also sold separately on etsy. You can also get the pattern instantly here via Pulley.
This kit does not include the fabric for the rest of the quilt.  (To simplify and save on shipping for you all, I decided to just assemble the unique blocks. The rest is easy for you to find on your own.)  The rest of the fabric requirements are 3/8 yard red for cornerstones (I used a micro-dot but a solid would work too), 2 yards solid white, 1/2 yard binding and 3 1/2 yards backing.
I do have a handful of pre-cut backings available in the shop as well. Both are from Holiday Happy by Monica Solario-Snow for Lecien and coordinate with a lot of the fabrics in the kit. They are pre-cut to the perfect size for a 66″ x 66″ back, but do require sewing one seam.
In addition, I listed a Halloween Pennant Kit. This includes 20 different 6″ x 5″ die-cut pennant triangles. You could use them to make a bunting like I did last year. The fabrics are slightly different this year, but equally awesome and Halloween-ish.
It feels slightly wrong to post about Christmas and Halloween considering it’s 90 degrees outside and I’m still loving wearing flip-flops – and in no hurry to stop.  I’m one of those who can’t even listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but I wanted to give folks time to, you know, make the quilt before Johnny Mathis hits the airwaves. 
And now, I’m off to a football game with my husband on this gorgeous, last day of September. (sniff) And then, I am going to watch General Conference on Saturday and Sunday.  It’s one of my favorite events of the year. I always come away uplifted and motivated to do and be better. I hope you have a great weekend too!

Wee Woodland Quilt

This is another little quilt I put together for American Quilting where I work occasionally.  This week AQ is participating in a shop hop with a bunch of other stores in northern Utah.  So I’ve been madly assembling kits and writing patterns. I seem to do this every year.  A couple of years ago it was the Sandy Klop hexagons and the vintage stars.  Last year it was Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley.

The fabric for this little quilt is called Wee Woodland and came out from Moda last fall. I’ve always liked this collection and the shop still had a bunch of the fabric so we decided to do a simple baby quilt. This quilt is uber-easy – it lets the fabric do all the work! Which isn’t hard for these cute prints.

The kit for this quilt is available at American Quilting (801-802-7841) for $24 and includes everything except the backing fabric. 1 1/4 is required for the back. The quilt finishes at 42″ square.

Also finally available: the Soul Blossom Quilt kits.  The finished quilt measures 67.5″ x 82″.  The kits cost $88 and include everything except the backing yardage. The back requires 4 yards and there is yardage available at the shop.  The pattern is included with the kit.

I am still finishing the pattern to sell and plan to have it listed by Monday.  I have to tweak it from the one included with the kits because I need to give yardage measurements for cutting your own. Stay tuned – almost there!

I will be working at American Quilting Saturday morning from 10:00-2:00. If you’re out shop-hopping, stop in and say hi!

In other totally unrelated news, my daughter made oatmeal butterscotch cookies two days ago and I think I managed to single-handedly consume half of them.