New Quilt Pattern for Sale – Hopscotch

I’m excited today to finally release a new pattern. This pattern is called Hopscotch and was the Craftsy mystery quilt in June. It is now available for wide release and can be purchased from Big CartelCraftsy, or Etsy.

 This pattern includes instructions for the original throw size (67″ x 78″) as well as new additional instructions for a crib-size version (39″ x 51″).

I just picked up the crib version from Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting this week. She quilted my original throw-quilt and I just had her do and over-all hard angle meander design. On the baby quilt I gave her free-reign to play with her custom quilting. 
Wow! She did such an amazing job! This pattern has so much negative space, it’s a really fun one for quilting. I love Melissa’s creativity. I need to get it bound and get some proper pictures this weekend!

Want to hear about one of my recent most embarrassing moments? (*slaps hand to face*) I was SO EXCITED and honored when Craftsy asked me to design a project for their mystery quilt of the month. I’ve had a lot of experience with deadlines lately and last spring seemed to be extra busy, but I was feeling pretty good about my time management skills to get this quilt finished and shipped off on time.

Then all you-know-what broke loose. In my defense, my kids were home for Spring Break and I was planning to take the quilt with me in the car on on our road trip to bind and ship but life got crazy including my daughter getting pneumonia, not sleeping much a few nights in a row, etc and I was not functioning at my best.

I quickly finished the quilt and got it shipped off and did not even realize my embarrassing mistake until I got this marketing photo from Craftsy. Oh. my. heavens. Can you see my mistake? How I could piece, and bind it looking like that without noticing just attests to the chaos that was reigning.

Thank heavens for photo-shop so that I could doctor the picture at least (see top photo) so that I didn’t thoroughly confuse those that signed up for the class. That one silly block will be immortalized permanently as my humility block. D’oh.

Ever since making the original, I’ve wanted to make a new version that was darker and included prints. I decided to shop-my-stash and pulled out a bunch of Denyse Schmidt prints from various lines and collections. They all play together so nicely. I’m excited to see this version come together! (Now if I could just find the time to work on it like I’d like! and the other forty-two recent starts…)
If you are looking for a kit using the original Kona Solids new brights roll-up, kits are still available on Craftsy and they’re even on sale! (Pattern is included, so you don’t need to buy a separate pattern.)
The pattern alone is available in PDF format only for right now and is available to purchase from Big CartelCraftsy, or Etsy. Happy weekend!

(A few other patterns in the works for release soon. Hang tight those who’ve asked!)

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Cover quilt at Love Patchwork and Quilting

This summer I had a SUPER fun invitation: to create a quilt for one of my favorite magazines, Love Patchwork & Quilting. And then, I ended up on the cover of the most recent issue (Issue 12)! (AAaaahhHH!) This is my first time ever as a cover girl and I must say, it is pretty fun!
I’m not a super-squealy/giggly person, but I have to admit, I do get a little squealy and giggly every time I look at my copy. (They made it look so pretty!)
LPQ requested an updated version of my Chain Linked quilt. It was a lot of fun to recreate it in a fresh new palette using navy blue (which I love) and mixing in teals, yellows, and greens. So fresh and fun. I redesigned the pattern to make it even more streamlined and quick and it comes together (fabulously) fast. The new-and-improved pattern is only found in Issue 12 for the time being.
I used a lot of Art Gallery Fabric Chromatics, Essentials, and Carnaby Street as well as some new Cotton + Steel basics and mixed in a few prints from my stash.
I have to give a HUGE shout out to Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting for her amazing job custom quilting this project. I was making the quilt on a quick deadline before our trip this summer and gave Melissa free-reign to do what she wanted. Her work is amazing!
Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 12 on sale now
Issue 12 came out in Aug in the UK. Usually in the US we get it about a month later and it should be available from JoAnn’s or Barnes and Noble soon, if not now. (Will someone let me know if/when they see it available?) You can also find past issues on Amazon.

You can subscribe to Love Patchwork and Quilting here and get future editions delivered right to your house. I have a subscription and I love when those issues show up in my mailbox. Every issue has multiple projects I love. I highly recommend it!

PS Digital versions are available via Google Play, and Apple Newstand.

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Nested Churn Dash block and quilt-along

A little while back I saw Jane Davidson’s adorable nested Churn Dash block (meaning a churn dash inside a churn dash inside a churn dash…) and thought it was so clever. (Clearly, we’ve all had churn dash quilts on the brain.) So when she asked if I’d like to be a part of a tour of Nested Churn Dash blocks I said sure! Aaaand …. here is my version.
I had in mind the colors that I wanted to use and had a great time pulling fabrics from my stash that fit that vision. I love how it turned out. I played with scraps for the smaller, inside blocks. The matryoshka dolls were a little scrap from my pink scrap bin that had been waiting a few years now for just the right project. It seems fitting to have nesting dolls in a nested churn dash block. (It’s a Japanese print that I bought about 6 or so years ago. I’m not sure what it is.)
I quilted my mini quilt using my new favorite machine-quilting method on my BERNINA. It’s so fast and easy. (Which seems to be my style lately.) I like how the quilting gives texture to the solid areas. I also like how the solid fabrics contrast with the bigger prints. Those two outside churn dash blocks are great areas for showing off large-scale fabrics
I did my quilting using these two shades from Aurifil. I tend to use neutral threads constantly, but I’m trying to break out of my neutral-rut and add more color to my quilts. I love how these two colors blended in with the quilt – still kind of neutral, but with some color too. The blue is #2805 and the green is #1231.
The pattern for this 24″ x 24″ block can be purchased and downloaded from here and here.
Look at this beautiful version made by Jane using Moda collections April Showers and Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille.  Jane has a post with measurements for different quilt sizes using the nested churn dash block as well as tips and ideas for choosing fabrics.

Be sure to check out the rest of Jane’s posts each day this month – there is so much good information, hints, and tips such as how to match up points, choosing fabric, half-square-triangle techniques, etc from other quilters who have made their own blocks. 
You can also see other versions of the blocks on these blogs:
June 9th – Carrie Nelson – http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/lavieenrosie/
June 10th – Kim Niedzwiecki – http://www.gogokim.blogspot.com.au
June 11th – Pat Sloan – http://www.blog.patsloan.com
June 12th – Lissa Alexander – http://www.modalissa.blogspot.com
June 13th – FatQuarterShop – http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com.au
June 16th – Frances Newcombe – http://www.bellybuttonsboutique.blogspot.com
June 18th – Sherri McConnell – http://www.aquiltinglife.com
June 19th – Sara Lawson – http://www.sewsweetness.com
June 20th – Amy Smart – http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/ (moi)
June 21st – Katy Jones – http://www.imagingermonkey.blogspot.com
June 23th – Making a quilt using the Nested Churn Dash block.
June 30th – Finishing the quilt.
July 30th – Winners selected from the Flickr group.

At the end of the month, Jane will be sharing tips on finishing your block. If you want to play along, you can upload your finished blocks or projects to the Flickr Group to win some beautiful Aurifil thread packs and other great prizes. Use #NestedChurnDash on IG, FB, Flickr and twitter. Winners will be announced 30th July 2014.

Sneak peak of my new book, Fabulously Fast Quilts

I had a GREAT mail weekend this last weekend. An advance copy of my book, Fabulously Fast Quilts arrived and I got to hold it in my hands for the very first time. It still feels so surreal.
Also arriving in the mail were 8 of the 12 quilts I sent off last May. (The other 4 are still with the publisher for marketing purposes.) This was my first time seeing them againo. The book writing/publishing business is such an interesting thing. You create quilts, some as long as a year and a half before you ever get to show them to other people. I started making the quilts for this book in September of 2012!
As the book gets closer to coming out (it will start shipping to retailers the second week of April) I’ll share more sneak peeks of some of the quilts that are in the book.
If you’ve been visiting these parts for a while now, you may remember this quilt I made at Christmas time over two years ago. Since that time I’ve had multiple people ask me if I had a pattern for this quilt.

Well, I’m excited to share that the pattern for the Countdown to Christmas quilt will be in this book! It’s called Square Deal. Here’s a sneak peak of version in the book. I tried to take it outside yesterday to get a picture, but the wind was CRAZY. So this will have to do for now. (The quilting on this quilt as well as the one with the red and white blocks was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting.)

Fabulously Fast quilts is a book about quick tips to speed up quilting projects and contains 12 quilting patterns. As I mentioned, it won’t start shipping until the second week of April but you can pre-order it from Martingale or Amazon. If you would like a signed copy by yours truly, you can pre-order one from my shop and I will personalize it for you. (POST EDIT: International shipping rates have been added.)  As I mentioned before, I have been so touched by the amazing response and generous support since I first announced I have a book coming out.

Thank you again, for all of the generous and kind words, vibes, and thoughts you have shared. I’m excited to share more of the projects and quilts from Fabulously Fast Quilts.

Charm Pack Cherry free quilt pattern

I was asked a while back if I would like to create a quilt using the Fat Quarter Shop’s latest free pattern, Charm Pack Cherry. Who could resist playing with new Moda Charm Packs, so I said sure! This is my version. This quilt is about 52″ x 54″ (before I washed it) and made from two patterned charm packs and two solid charm packs. The quilt works up super fast.

I chose the new Wishes collection by Sweetwater for Moda. Such a cute collection. I especially love those little pennant flags, not to mention the bias tone-on-tone gingham, which was perfect for the binding too. I was worried that the solid red would be too dominant, but it has really grown on me. I think the texture of the quilting made a big difference (it always does.)

The quilting on this quilt was done by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. It’s a simple, boxy-square, all-over design and works so well with the design of the quilt. I also gave the quilt a wash to give it that nice, puckery, worn-in feeling.
I used my leftover Wishes charm squares as an accent on the back. The rest of the back was pieced from fabric from my stash. (*pats self on back*)
This is rare for me, but I’m actually putting this quilt for sale in my etsy shop. Details here
You can download your very own copy of the free Charm Pack Cherry pattern here and watch the video tutorial below.

Visit the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, the Jolly Jabber, to see other versions of the Charm Pack Cherry pattern.
 In celebration of the Charm Pack Cherry pattern release, all charm packs are on sale through March 2!

GIVEAWAY: And on top of that, the Fat Quarter Shop is generously giving away 4 charm packs (2 packs of prints and 2 solids = enough to make your own new Charm Pack Cherry quilt) to one of you! Just leave a comment telling me which charm packs you’d pick! Giveaway open until Sat, March 1 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

WINNER: cse84663February 25, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Color me happy, wishes, or April showers, too many good ones to choose. I love your quilt with the red! So striking.
Finally, I just have to share a funny little story about taking the pictures for this post. I always feel a little sheepish taking pictures of quilts out in “the wild”, worried about what people might think. As I was taking this one, and older man rode by on his bike and shouted, “Did you make that blanket?” when I said yes, he yelled,”Good on you!” and kept riding. Thank you nice old man!

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.)
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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.
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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!