Monday, March 30, 2015

Stash Report - Lotta Jansdotter at JoAnn

When I saw a post over at Cedar Fork Stitches that Lotta Jansdotter had a collection in JoAnn Fabrics, I had to go and check it out.  The JoAnn Fabrics near my work did not have any in stock, but the JoAnn Fabrics near my home had most of the collection.  The fabric has a really great feel to it and the colors are very classic Lotta.  I bought 4 one-yard cuts and am excited to cut into them :)

Also, I am taking part in the Modern Quilt Guild's Riley Blake Challenge using Cottage Garden's collection by The Quilted Fish.  The challenge is to do something you have never done before so I think that I am going to try some sort of triangle quilt.  I needed some additional yardage past the fat eighths given to us and I also wanted some of the pink prints to use.  I was excited to find out that one of our local quilt shops had the whole collection so I was able to see the fabrics in person.  Here are fabrics for the quilt: 

I'm a day late but still linking up with Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival Feature

Amy from Amy's Creative Side posted a short feature today about me as a featured Blogger's Quilt Festival quilter :)  In the interview, I explain a little on how I got into quilting and how textiles relate to my day job.  You can check out the interview right here.

I have entered the previous three Blogger's Quilt Festivals and have a great time pouring over all of the other wonderful and jaw dropping quilts.  Here are my entries over the years:

Fall 2013:  Pi Quilt
Fall 2013:  Pink Broken Herringbone Quilt

Spring 2014:  Kona 2013 Quilt
Spring 2014:  Improv Quilt Two

Fall 2014:  Oh The Places You'll Go
Fall 2014:  Vintage Star

...and because no post is complete without a picture, here are the March bee blocks for the New Blogger's Quilting Bee that I just finished.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday - March 25, 2015

I have been working a lot on my computer lately giving each of my current patterns a face lift (with new graphics and layouts) and finishing up a few new patterns (I just released Pike's Peak in two sizes), but I have been able to sneak away to my sewing room some.  Here are some updates on two Work-In-Progresses I have going on:

Irish Twist QAL by Melissa Corry (Happy Quilting)

This weeks assignment was to applique stitch the petals onto the petal blocks.  Even though I am making the wall size version of the quilt, I decided to replace all of the modern patchwork blocks with the appliqued petal blocks (mostly because I have only tried applique once or twice and I wanted to make more than one block).  

I used Heat and Bond Lite to hold down the petals and a fun blanket-like stitch on my Bernina to sew them on.  The pattern of the stitches went like this:
  1. A forward stitch along on the outer edge of the petal
  2. A stitch in and out of the petal area forming the blanket part of the stitch
  3. A backwards stitch along the outer edge of the petal and 
  4. A forward stitch along the outside of the petal. 
Around the outside of the petal, each "stitch" is really 3 stitches on top of one another which gives the stitching a more bold look, which I really like.  The stitch is number 720 on my Bernina 710.

Technicolor Galaxy Skill Builder by Pile O'Fabric

I put off starting this quilt until after QuiltCon because of the craziness before and frankly being a little scared and intimidated by the pattern.  I think that I have made good progress and I now can say that the hardest part of this quilt a long is picking the colors and just starting.  Once I actually stopped stalling and started cutting fabric, this part of the quilt top came together pretty easily.  

I am off to make the bias tape now for the "lead" in the stained glass section of the quilt.  I am nervous about this step too, but I will be diving into it this weekend.

I am very happy to link up with Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh QuiltsNeedle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pike's Peak Quilt Pattern Now Available

I am excited to announce that the stand alone version of Pike's Peak is now available.  You can find the pattern in my HipPay store, on Etsy, and on Craftsy.

Pike's Peak uses solid colored half square triangles to create a modern and minimal design with plenty of negative space.  The pattern now includes instructions for both wall (about 25" x 25") and lap (about 50" x 50") sized quilts.

The quilt was featured in the 2nd issue of Make Modern Magazine and juried into QuiltCon 2015 in the Use of Negative Space category.

What is also very exciting is that this is my first pattern release using my new professionally designed cover and my new graphics and page layout software.  I hope that you enjoy the look of the pattern, I am slowly but surely revamping all of my existing patterns too :)

Once again, the pattern is now available in my HipPay shop, on Etsy, and on Craftsy.  Thanks!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Stash - March Edition

I have not had a Sunday Stash post in a while so I thought that I would show some of the fabrics that have shown up at my door in the last month or so.

1.  Liberty of London:  I have always wanted to try some Liberty of London lawn fabrics, I love their small scale floral patterns, but I have always shied away do to their crazy price.  A couple of weeks ago I entered Red Pepper Quilts' giveaway from Duckadilly and I actually won!  I have no plans on what I am going to do with the fabrics, but I have a bunch of ideas percolating.

2.  QuiltCon Purchases:  QuiltCon had such wonderful fabrics to buy, I tried to limit myself from buying too much fabric.  I wound up purchasing 4 one-yard cuts of some newpaper prints from Suzuko Koseki and one Echino print.

3.  Cotton & Steel:  My local quilt shop just got some Cotton & Steel prints in for the first time so to celebrate I purchased a few prints.

4.  Riley Blake Challenge:  As a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, I am taking part in the latest challenge which is to use the Cottage Garden line by the Quilted Fish in a quilted item making something you have never done before.  I am leaning towards something with triangles as I have never attempted them before.

Those are some of the fabrics that come into my house over the last few weeks, happy sewing everyone!

I'm linking up with Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.