Friday, September 22, 2017

Curated Cabins - a finished mini quilt

Curated Quilts is a new a printed quarterly journal that is launching their first issue soon and in their news section of the website, I saw a call for submissions for their next issue.

The magazine was looking for mini Log Cabin quilts 10"x10" up to 16"x16" using their color palette of 5 colors. I have been working on some quilts and patterns for magazines (to support the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book), so I thought that a mini might be a fun little side project.


Here is how my mini came to be...  After finding solids in my stash that were pretty close to the colors in their color palette, I cut a bunch of ¾" - 1 ¼" wide strips from each color and started piecing them together into random log cabin blocks.


Next came the fun part, trying to fit them all together into a cohesive and pleasing arrangement. Due to the size restriction, I decided my blocks were a little on the large size and so when I arranged them, I folded them to get an idea of how to trim them down and fit them together.

I used Kona Windsor as the negative space because I love the color (it is this wonderful dark blue with gray in it which is difficult to capture in a picture) and I had a bunch of it.

For quilting, I used a diamond cross-hatch design with varying spaced lines. The quilting went super quickly due to the small size of the quilt.

I used Aurifil 1246, a medium gray, in 50 wt to quilt with. I wanted the quilting to show up both on the lighter blocks and in the darker blue background to pull the blocks and negative space together.


I bound the quilt with the same print I used on the back of the mini, it is almost the same shade as the orange in the quilt top, just a little less bright with a very subtle print. The mini finished at about 12 ½" x 15 ½" and I named it Curated Cabins :)

I will be submitting my quilt into the Log Cabin Mini Quilt Call for Entries on Curated Quilts in hopes it makes it into the second issue of Curated Quilts. You should check out all of the other mini's that have already been entered, each is such a great take on the log cabin design and the specified color palette.


Thanks for stopping by!

I am linking up with Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.







Thursday, September 21, 2017

Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Newsletter

Would you like more sneak peeks of upcoming Meadow Mist Designs patterns?  How about special coupon codes for newly released patterns?  I have decided to launch a Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Newsletter and I hope you will want to join in :)

This newsletter will be focused on the pattern/sales side of Meadow Mist Designs (including both patterns and my upcoming book Modern Plus Sign Quilts) and will be separate from than the blog content posted here.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Arrow Point Path



It's that time of the year again...each fall, Amy, who blogs over at Amy's Creative Side, hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival on her blog.  We are allowed to link up two quilts and have the opportunity to visit and be inspired by other blogger's wonderful quilts.  

My second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival is Arrow Point Path, a quilt I made for Quilt Theory.  Quilt Theory was formed back in February 2016 from tight-knit group of like-minded quilters collaborating to create simple and modern quilt patterns.  All of our patterns are printed on 4"x6" cards (also available on 1 page pdfs) and we will be releasing our third collection in just about a month. 

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Arrow Point Path has a really fun design that is created using a simple block that is repeated and rotated within the quilt top.  My son said that he really liked the design because it made his eyes do funny things :)

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

I quilted Arrow Point Path in an swirl/paisley type design using 40wt white (color 2024) Aurifil thread.  I liked the effect of using the 40wt (versus my usual go to 50wt) because it made the quilting stand out just a bit more to give the quilt some good texture.

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Quilt Stats

Size: 60" x 70"
Fabrics: Cotton Couture solids by Michael Miller.  
Thread: Aurifil 40 wt in white (2024)
Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
Quilting Patterns: Large paisley shapes
You can find the Arrow Point Path pattern on the Quilt Theory website.

My other entry for the Fall 2017 Blogger's Quilt Festival is Taste the Rainbow, you can read about it right here.

Here are my entries for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over the years:

Fall 2016: State of Being
Fall 2016: Canvas Lines





Spring 2015: Use Your Illusion




Fall 2014: Vintage Star


Spring 2014: Kona 2013 Quilt

Spring 2014: Improv Quilt Two


Fall 2013: Pi Quilt


For those that are new to my blog, please check out the Magnolia Mystery Quilt (my 4th annual mystery quilt), we are just getting started!






Blogger's Quilt Festival - Taste the Rainbow


It's that time of the year again...each fall, Amy, who blogs over at Amy's Creative Side, hosts the Blogger's Quilt Festival on her blog.  We are allowed to link up two quilts and have the opportunity to visit and be inspired by other blogger's wonderful quilts.  

My first entry to the festival is my Taste the Rainbow mini quilt which I designed and made for my local guild's, Greenville Modern Quilt Guild, challenge.   The challenge was to create a 
mini quilt (less than 36" on all sides) with a modern take on the classic birds in the air block.




My mind went towards how to place the blocks without the traditional grid and thought of a circular design.  Combining that with a rainbow palette and I had the beginnings of my quilt design.  The rainbow fabrics are a mixture of fabric manufacturers with the majority of the fabrics being Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons and Michael Miller Cotton Coutures.  The background is a Blueberry Park print from Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman.

I used Corel Draw to draw out the design and create the paper piecing templates.  In order to keep everything well aligned and spaced, I added a lot of radial lines, you can see the craziness.




The design is paper pieced from 16 "pie slices", with each slice being sewn from 4 paper piecing templates.  This was not a quick make, but it was exciting as each colored slice came together.



I used my favorite batting, Warm & White by the Warm Company for the quilt.  I find Warm & White has a great structure after quilting so it is perfect for wall hangings.

I quilted the background by echoing the triangle shapes close to the seam lines and then adding some concentric 16 sided polygons.  Next, I add some running stitch hand embroidery (I am calling it embroidery as the stitches only go through the top layer, they are not quilting stitches) 1/8" spacing between the lines using matching Aurifil threads in 28 wt.  This also took a long time but gave me a nice hand project for when I was outside with the kids.



As I was showing sneak peaks of the design and quilt on my blog and social media I was asked if I could write a pattern for the quilt so I put together templates for anyone who would like to create their own Taste the Rainbow - Craftsy Etsy

Note: This is a set of advanced level paper piecing templates, not a full pattern.  The instructions do not contain general paper piecing instructions, sizes of fabric pieces to cut, or seam allowances printed on the template sections.  


Quilt Stats

Size: 32 1/2" x 32 1/2"
Fabrics: Solids from Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman and Cotton Couture by Michael Miller.  Background gray is from Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman.
Thread: Triangles used matching Aurifil 12 wt., Background used Aurifil 40 wt in dove (2600)
Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
Quilting Patterns: Triangles used running stitch hand quilting.  Background used outlining and concentric octagons.


My other entry for the Fall 2017 Blogger's Quilt Festival is Arrow Point Path, you can read about it right here.

Here are my entries for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over the years:

Fall 2016: State of Being
Fall 2016: Canvas Lines

Fall 2015: Riley Blake Triangle Quilt
Fall 2015: Improv Table Runner

Spring 2015: Use Your Illusion

Spring 2015: Plus Plus - Two Tone Version

Fall 2014: Oh The Places You'll Go

Fall 2014: Vintage Star

Spring 2014: Kona 2013 Quilt

Spring 2014: Improv Quilt Two

Fall 2013: Pi Quilt

Fall 2013: Pink Broken Herringbone Quilt

For those that are new to my blog, please check out the Magnolia Mystery Quilt (my 4th annual mystery quilt), we are just getting started!







Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ My HST


I am so excited to see all of the half square triangles (HST) for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt popping up in our Facebook group and on social media #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt.

We just started piecing the mystery quilt and instructions are monthly so if you want to join in it is not too late!  You can find all of the information about the mystery quilt here (including the instructions, fabric requirements, quilt sizes, Facebook group, sneak peek, etc).

My Half Square Triangles:


I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation.



Friday, September 8, 2017

Modern Plus Sign Quilts ++ the Book!!

I am so excited to finally be able to share one of my largest and longest ongoing secret-sewing projects....I wrote a book with Paige Alexander (of Quilted Blooms) called Modern Plus Sign Quilts!

You all know my love for the plus sign as a design element in a quilt based on how often they show up in my patterns and quilts.  I love how classic and universally appealing the design is.  We had such fun creating 16 different plus sign quilt patterns, each a twist on the classic and traditional plus sign designs.

Modern Plus Sign Quilts and is being published by Stash Publications (part of C&T Publications) and is now available for pre-order on Amazon (affiliate link) so I can finally share the cover of the book with you!


I think that there are designs for everyone, from baby all the way to queen sizes and from very beginner friendly to more challenging.  Most of the quilt patterns are traditionally pieced but there are a couple of foundation paper pieced patterns and applique patterns too.

The book is supposed to be published in early February (right before QuiltCon 2018) and I will share more information as soon as I can.

I am linking up with Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.




Thursday, September 7, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ HST Instructions


Welcome to the September Instructions for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt, we are starting to piece our quilt top!

You can find all of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt information and posts can be found here. We are just getting started so please join us!

To download the half square triangle (HST) instructions in an easy to print pdf format, click the text below:




The Magnolia Mystery Quilt contains instructions for both Lap and Queen sizes which are both included in this post:



Half Square Triangle Units




Combine the following fabric squares to form half square triangle units (HST units) using the method outlined below:

LAP SIZE
36 Fabric A squares (3” x 3”) and 36 Fabric D squares (3” x 3”) to make 72 HST units (2 ½” x 2 ½”).

QUEEN SIZE 
36 Fabric A squares (4” x 4”) and 36 Fabric D squares (4” x 4”) to make 72 HST units (3 ½” x 3 ½”).

     1. Place the Fabric A and D squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the back of the lighter square (shown as the solid line).

     2. Sew a ¼” seam on either side of the solid line (shown as the dotted lines). Cut on the solid line and press seams open or toward the darker fabric.

     3. Trim each HST unit to 2 ½” x 2 ½” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen).

     4. Repeat to make a total of 72 HST units.




Do you love or loath making half square triangles?  Any tips for making them more accurate or quicker to share?  I love to oversize my HST and then trim using my Bloc-Loc ruler.  I find this makes the most accurate HSTs for me.



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Sunday, September 3, 2017

FREE! Craftsy All-You-Can Watch Day

You will seldom see me posting about sales on my blog, but free quilting classes?  I need to spread the word!

For tomorrow only (Labor Day), Craftsy is giving FREE one-day access to ALL online Craftsy classes.  You can binge watch 1,200+ streaming classes - FREE! 
  • Starts: Monday, September 4th at 12:01am MST
  • Ends: Monday, September 4th at 11:59pm MST

You can hop over to Craftsy right here (affiliate link) to learn some new techniques!


I have the following on my to-watch list:
Note: This post contains an affiliate link which do provide a small commission from your purchase (this does not affect your purchase price).

Which classes are on your watch list?  






Monday, August 28, 2017

Cookies and Cream ++ Pattern Release

I am excited to announce that my pattern, Cookie and Cream is now available as a stand along digital quilt pattern in two sizes! You can now find the pattern on Etsy and Craftsy.


The pattern is on sale half off for one week (through Monday September 4th at midnight) for only $5.00. (You can use coupon code TWOPATTERNS for $2 off two patterns or THREEPATTERNS $4 off 3 patterns in my Etsy shop for even more savings.)

Cookies and Cream is a fun and easy fat quarter friendly pattern with blocks that resemble sandwich cookies. All you need is 5 fat quarters and a yard of background fabric to make the baby quilt top!

The cover version of the quilt was made using prints from the Garden Dreamer collection by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics and a white background from Needle and Foot Fine Fabrics.

For the quilting, some simple outline quilting and a bit of hand quilting finished the quilt.



Many, many thanks to Paige of Quilted Blooms and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl for their awesome tech editing and reviewing!!

Just a reminder, you can find Cookies and Cream at Etsy and Craftsy for $5.00 for the next week :)









Thursday, August 24, 2017

Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop - Morse Code - My Version of Dot 'n' Dash

Christa Watson, a good quilting friend of mine, just launched her 3rd book called Piece and Quilt with Precuts: 11 Quilts, 18 Machine-Quilting Designs, Start-to-Finish Success. (affiliate link)  I love Christa's books in that they take you all the way from fabric selection, through the quilt top making process, and through the quilting process too.  It is a pattern book and a quilting book in one!



Christa sent me a copy of the book and I chose to remake the Dot 'n' Dash quilt pattern with a little twist in the fabric selection and size.  Here is the book version of Dot 'n' Dash, a lap sized quilt.

Photography courtesy of Martingale/That Patchwork Place

The Dot 'n' Dash pattern is written for jelly rolls (which makes for a very speedy quilt top). I did not have a jelly roll that I wanted to use, but I had this wonderful print from Anna Maria Horner that I did not know what to do with. The print is Crossing Paths from the Lou Lou Thi Needleworks collection and it is a 58" wide quilting cotton with stripes running from selvedge to selvedge with cross-stitch patterns on them.

Instead of cutting the fabric the traditional way (selvedge to selvedge), I cut the Crossing Paths fabric along the length of the fabric so each of my pieces contained different colored stripes.  It gave the look of improv sewing a bunch of fabrics together with much less work.  I actually made the entire quilt (top, binding, and backing) with only this print and some white background fabric! I thought it was a neat touch to have the backing show what the fabric looked like before it was chopped up. 


I changed the number of blocks in the quilt to bring it down to a baby size. I am always needing baby quilts as gifts so it is good to have one finished in case I need one in a hurry.  My version finished at about 40" x 48".


The quilt top came together very quickly and easily and soon it was time to bast and quilt.  I quilted using the continuous stipple design from the book (shown on the Windows quilt in Piece and Quilt with Precuts).  Stippling is one of my favorite quilting designs, it gives great texture and is very quick.  


With so much white, I would have typically gone with a white thread, but to add just a hint of color, I used really light pink Aurifil thread in 50 wt. for the quilting.


I really enjoyed Christa's book, especially how it combined great looking quilt designs, easy to follow instructions, and inspirational quilting designs.  You can pick up a copy of Christa's book over on Amazon by clicking here (affiliate link) or buy a signed copy in Christa's store.

Follow along with the hop - There are multiple quilters showing different versions of each of the book patterns over the course of the hop, you find a listing of all the different posts over on Christa's blog.






Monday, August 21, 2017

Guest Posting at Quilt Theory

I'm over on the Quilt Theory blog today kicking off a series to give readers a little more insight into the Quilt Theory designers.  Yvonne is my first victim interviewee :)  To learn more about Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl in my serious (and not so serious) interview, you can click right here.





Friday, August 18, 2017

Taste the Rainbow

I have excited finish to show today, Taste the Rainbow, a modern birds in the air mini quilt is finally all done!


My local modern quilt guild (the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild) announced a challenge in late spring to make a mini quilt (less than 36" on all sides) with a modern take on the classic birds in the air block.

I love the birds in the air block (in fact the quilt design I have published in the 2018 Quilter's Planner is take on the block, you can see it here.)

My mind went towards how to place the blocks without the traditional grid and thought of a circular design.  Combining that with a rainbow palette and I had the beginnings of my quilt design.  The rainbow fabrics are a mixture of fabric manufacturers with the majority of the fabrics being Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons and Michael Miller Cotton Coutures.  The background is a Blueberry Park print from Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman.

I used Corel Draw to draw out the design and create the paper piecing templates.  In order to keep everything well aligned and spaced, I added a lot of radial lines, you can see the craziness.

In my first iteration of the design, all of the blocks were facing the same direction but as I continued to play with the design, I flipped the blocks so they were alternating facing inside and outside.

Once the design was finalized (at 32 1/2" x 32 1/2"), I created the paper piecing templates.  The circle has 16 slices, each slice contains 4 sections, and each section contains 3-8 pieces of fabric.  Needless to say, this was not a quick quilt to make.


The quilt top finished was finally finished and then it was time to quilt bast and quilt.  Aurifil sent me matching 12 wt threads for each of the triangles.


My first thought was to add little cross-stitch crosses into the triangles but I did not think that looked right.  I then tried french knots, then walking foot quilting, and then free motion quilting.  I was not happy with any of these.  Finally I tried adding some running stitch embroidery (I am calling it embroidery as the stitches only go through the top layer, they are not quilting stitches) and I loved how it looked.  I added running stitches with 1/8" spacing between the lines.  This also took a long time but gave me a nice hand project for when I was outside with the kids.

I quilted the background by echoing the triangle shapes close to the seam lines and then adding some concentric 16 sided polygons.




So here is the finished quilt, I am really happy with how it turned out.  As a bonus, I won first place in the guild challenge!


As I have been sharing sneak peeks of the design I had a number of quilters ask if I could release this quilt as a pattern, I am happy to oblige :)

Taste the Rainbow Templates - Craftsy & Etsy

Note: This is a set of advanced level paper piecing templates, not a full pattern.  The instructions do not contain general paper piecing instructions, sizes of fabric pieces to cut, or seam allowances printed on the template sections.  The mini quilt finishes at 32 1/2" x 32 1/2".

You can find the instructions on sale at both Craftsy and Etsy for only $5 for the next week (ending at midnight on Friday the 25th).  After Friday, the instructions will go up to $7.50.

Thanks for taking a look and thank you to my pattern reviewers Paige @ Quilted Bloooms and Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl for all of their time and experience.





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quilter's Planner - Sampler Quilt

I have another fun secret sewing project to share today...

You know that I designed a quilt pattern for the 2018 Quilter's Planner from my post last week, this week I get to show you another new feature for the 2018 Quilter's Plannera full sampler quilt pattern that I designed!  You can find out more about the planner and all of the other wonderful new additions here (affiliate link).

When Stephanie approached me about possibly designing a sampler for the Quilter's Planner I said "Yes!" right away.  I love designing quilt alongs and loved the challenge to create a fun and easy paced quilt along with a modern and fresh feel to it (along with an alternative more traditional layout).

The sampler quilt contains instructions for 12 different blocks and two quilt top layouts, a more modern on point version and a more traditional version.  I am planning on sewing along next year to make the on point version with some of my Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

I designed the quilts and wrote the instructions, Susan Bishop (@suebquilts) pieced the quilts and Mandy (@mandaleiquilts, Mandalei Quilts) quilted the quilts.  They both did such a beautiful job!

Here are some pictures of the finished quilts...


Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner



Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner




Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner



Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner



Photograph by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter, taken for The Quilter's Planner 2018 @thequiltersplanner

Just remember, you can now pre-order your Quilter's Planner 2018 right here and the bundle right here (and you can learn about all of the other new features and my other pattern I have in the planner in my blog post from last week).

Which is your favorite version - the more modern or traditional?  Are you thinking about joining in?