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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Detour

Whew!  On Saturday night, I got home after a wonderful, whirlwind few days at Quilt Market.  I'm planning to share some photos with you at this week's NTT, but today, it's time to reveal the next quilt from Stash Statement!  The Detour quilt is the sixth quilt in the book, which means we're already halfway through.  Can you believe it?


It seems a little strange to highlight a quilt in late May with a more autumn feel, but when I actually made this quilt in the fall of 2016, the rich, warm tones felt right at home.  I couldn't resist taking the photo of it amongst the fallen oak leaves in my backyard.  The more traditional fabrics in the Detour quilt perfectly illustrate how versatile this technique can be for every quilter, and for even the most traditional scraps.  It's the perfect way to freshen them up and really show them off!

The design of this quilt was inspired by an old city map.  The random twists and turns give the feel of a sleepy little town, and the Kona Khaki background keeps the quilt very cozy.  Best of all, this pattern is so easy to put together.  I cut some traditional print fat quarters for a scrappy backing, and decided that a Kona Burgundy binding would make the perfect frame.



I'm so excited about the two versions of the Detour quilt, made by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts, and Shelley at The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts.  They each put a unique spin on the pattern and both versions turned out beautifully.


Be sure to check out the two versions of the Detour quilt, as well as all of the other amazing projects from the Stash Statement blog hop, and then get a copy for yourself to start tackling your own scraps.  You know you have lots of them!

You can pick up a signed copy of Stash Statement in my Etsy shop HERE, which comes with the Take Flight (angel wings) bonus pattern.  Or, you can get the book on Amazon, Connecting Threads, or even in your local quilt shop!

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                      Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                            Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                              Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
                                                            
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                  Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
                                                           
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
                                                            
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
                                                            
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
                                                            
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
                                                            
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
                                                            
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                          Christa @ Christa Quilts
                                                            
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
                                                            
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
                                                            
7/9- Take Flight (free bonus pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                             Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

 




Modern With a Twist

If you're familiar with my quilt designs, you know I am a big fan of updating the classics.  Though I sometimes like ultra-modern style, my quilts more often live right on the line between modern and traditional.  That's why, when I was contacted by Modern By the Yard e-zine asking if I would like to put a spin on a classic quilt block for their Modern With a Twist series, I jumped at the chance.


The classic block for the month was the Flying Geese block, and I took the opportunity to play with a design that's been rolling around in my head for a little while, the Flying Geese Echo.  The echo effect is created by arranging the flying geese units from largest to smallest, and the colors from darkest to lightest in the block.  The result is really fun, especially when the blocks are put together into a full quilt.


In my block, I used the Color Weave collection in shades of Turquoise, Medium Turquoise, and Light Turquoise, with a Medium Gray background.  These fabrics are very near solid, but have just enough texture to keep things interesting.  I love that they almost have a linen look.

The next time you're stumped and looking for a new quilt design, why not just freshen up a classic?  You can see my design, along with the other Modern With a Twist designs in the current issue of Modern By the Yard HERE.  Check it out!

**Edited 5/22-  Since several have emailed me to ask, here are the block measurements.  The Flying Geese Echo makes a 12" finished block.

     Largest flying geese unit-  finishes at 6" x 12" ,  cut one dark tone rectangle 6.5" x 12.5", plus two gray 6.5" squares for the corners

     Medium flying geese unit- finishes at 4" x 8" , cut one medium tone rectangle 4.5" x 8.5", plus two gray 4.5" squares for the corners.  Then add two gray rectangles 2.5" x 4.5" for the sides of the unit to widen it out to 12"

     Small flying geese unit- finishes at 2" x 4" , cut one light tone rectangle 2.5" x 4.5", plus two gray 2.5" squares for the corners.  Then add two gray rectangles 2.5" x 4.5" for the sides of the unit to widen it out to 12"

Sew the flying geese units together, largest to smallest, and trim to 12.5" if necessary.  Enjoy!



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

CMM May Blocks

Yesterday, I posted the Fire Pit quilt, the latest quilt from Stash Statement, so if you missed it, be sure to head over HERE to check it out.  But of course today is the 15th of the month, which means it's time for another set of Classic Meets Modern blocks. We're five months into the QAL, and my stack of blocks is getting pretty thick.  I couldn't resist taking them all out and playing a little.


This month's blocks included the Crossroads blocks, which are the last six inch blocks in the lineup.  It seems that tiny sewing is kind of the rage right now, but if I'm being honest, I really don't prefer it; and I do realize that while it is on the small side, a six inch block isn't actually that tiny at all.  It's probably why I don't make very many mini quilts.  Give me big blocks any day.  That being said, I must admit that these little Crossroads blocks are super cute, and the sprinkling of small blocks really makes the quilt interesting, so it's all worth it in the end.


The other block for this month is the Double Arrow.  For this one, I decided to use a Kona Ash background, and the teal and yellow almost glow against it.  I think these little pops of gray throughout the quilt will really make it more interesting than a solid white background.


I'm so happy with the way my blocks are coming along.  They already look amazing together and I can't wait to get more finished!  How about you?  Have you taken all of your blocks out to admire them like I have?  I can't wait to see your blocks for the month.  Let's link them up!

1.  If you're a little late to the party, it's okay!  You can still join in anytime.  This is a Block of the Month Quilt Along, so we will only be completing two blocks each month.  The pace is leisurely and it will be easy to catch up.  You can get the Classic Meets Modern pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy shops (links on my right sidebar).

2.  Remember, the link party opens on the 15th of each month, and will close at midnight CST on the last day of the month.  You can certainly link to my weekly NTT post if you like, but be sure to link your quilt along blocks to this party, so everyone is sure to see your progress.

3.  You don't have to have a blog to join in!  You can link to an Instagram post, or even a Flickr account.  Use the hashtag #classicmeetsmodernbomqal on Instagram!  If you do have a blog, grab a button to let everyone know you're participating!  You can get the button on my right sidebar.



Monday, May 14, 2018

Fire Pit

When I teach classes, I always introduce newbies to improv piecing with just a handful of scraps, which is a little easier to do when you're working with only one color at a time. Thus far, we've seen four quilts from Stash Statement that were all designed to help you dip your toes into structured improvisation by dealing with scraps of just a single color at a time.

It doesn't take very long to get comfortable with the process though, and then it's so easy to start mixing them into a free for all of color! The second section of Stash Statement includes four quilts with mixed color scraps that are so much fun!  The Fire Pit quilt is the fifth quilt in the book, and the first quilt in the Grab and Sew section.


I have always loved the look of warm/cool quilts, and when I started sketching this quilt, I knew I wanted to design a warm/cool quilt with some real wow factor.  Believe it or not, this quilt is made from a single, 12" block!  The hexagon shape in the negative space is so interesting, and gives the quilt the illusion of being much more difficult than it really is.


I used Kona White in the background, and I love how the fiery warm squares jump right out, while the cool triangles surrounding them recede against the stark white.  The Kona Coal solid strips give depth to the quilt.  They also add to the metal fire pit feel, and anchor the warm squares within the white space.  I decided to quilt this one with an allover dense paisley motif using Aurifil 50 wt. White.  The quilting gives a great impression of smoke swirls around the fire, and I love how well the texture shows up on the back!


On the back, I opted for a light gray tonal print, but added this awesome Art Gallery fabric.  This print is really awesome, and it compliments the front of the quilt so well (I just wish I could remember the name/collection).


Rather than choose a competing color, I decided to stick with a Kona Coal binding for consistency.  It really allows the pattern to shine, and I love that it is just a shade darker than the gray backing fabric.

This quilt is one of my favorites from Stash Statement.  In fact, even though it wasn't the first quilt I made (that honor goes to the Grand Bazaar quilt on the cover), it is actually the first quilt I designed for the book.  Like all of the quilts in Stash Statement, this pattern makes a big impact, and is a fantastic way to use up plenty of your own cherished scraps.

Preeti from Sew Preeti Quilts and Alison from Little Bunny Quilts each made amazing versions of the Fire Pit quilt, so hop over and get your scrappy eye candy fix.  Then, be sure to get a copy of Stash Statement for yourself.  What are you waiting for?  You know you have lots of scraps, and Stash Statement is sure to help you tackle them in a unique, fun way.  I promise- it's so much easier than it looks, and the book will walk you through the process step-by-step!

You can get your very own signed copy of Stash Statement in my Etsy shop HERE, including the FREE Take Flight bonus pattern.  Or, you can find it on Amazon, Connecting Threads, or even at your local quilt shop!

You can follow along with the blog tour every Monday, when I'll be featuring a brand new quilt from the book.  Check out this awesome lineup of quilters!

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                      Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                            Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                              Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
                                                            
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                  Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
                                                           
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
                                                            
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
                                                            
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
                                                            
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
                                                            
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
                                                            
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                          Christa @ Christa Quilts
                                                            
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
                                                            
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
                                                            
7/9- Take Flight (free bonus pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                             Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

 


Friday, May 11, 2018

May Fabric Deals and Giveaways!

If you're looking for NTT, you can find it HERE, but after you link up, be sure to hop back over here to check out this months deals and giveaways.

Happy May, friends; and happy Mother's Day to all of the Mommas out there.  In fact, my monthly sales post is a few days earlier than usual so you can indulge on a few fabric goodies to pamper yourself.  There are two giveaways in this post, so keep on reading for all of the details!

First up is Fort Worth Fabric Studio!  Right now, all Mama's Cottage is 40% off with the code MAMAC40.  This includes yardage, precuts, and patterns!

The colors and prints in this line look are so cheery, and look like they belong on a picnic, don't they?


                   Fort Worth Fabric Studio







Fort Worth Fabric Studio is sponsoring one of the giveaways for this month.  One lucky US winner will receive a Feed Sacks : True Blue charm pack.











Up next is Shabby Fabrics, where they've just added another round of sign-ups for their wildly popular Enchanted Garden Block of the Month.  As with all of their clubs, Shabby Fabrics makes appliqué easy peasy.  The shapes come laser cut and pre-fused.  All you have to do is iron them in place and stitch them down!

Shabby Fabrics has also put together a video with lots of information, tips, and tricks, and you can watch it HERE.  Head over to there to reserve your spot!


                     Shabby Fabrics




At LouLou's Fabric Shop, they are having a huge inventory reduction sale, and you definitely don't want to miss out.  Fabrics will be priced as low as $5.50 a yard from now through the end of May.  That's hard to beat for sure.  Personally, I'm crushing on this Charcoal Colorway bundle!


LouLou’s Fabric Shop
Last but not least, is Lady Belle Fabrics.  Lady Belle is having a sale on all bundles right now!  Clearance bundles are always 30-40% off, but right now, ALL bundles are 20% off!  This Amalfi bundle by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton and Steel is just yummy.
Lady Belle is also sponsoring our final giveaway for the day.  They are generously providing one reader with a $25 gift card to spend however you choose!
Lady Belle Fabric



Head over to these amazing shops to treat yourself to a little bit of fabric goodness, but before you go, be sure to enter both giveaways by leaving a single comment below!

Remember to leave an email address if you're a no-reply blogger, and only one entry per person please!  Unfortunately, replies to your own comment counts as an entry (the system numbers those, too), so remember to put your email address in your comment.  If you're an international reader, please let me know!

Additional replies/comments/entries are always deleted.  I'll announce the winners at the next NTT (May 23rd).

Good luck, happy shopping, and Mother's Day to all the Mommas!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

To Market, To Market (and NTT)

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  Have you been keeping up with the Stash Statement blog hop every week?  In case you missed it, on Monday, I revealed two different versions of my Beach Retreat quilt, and one of them used those rainbow improv panels I showed at last week's NTT. This week, life has been all about preparations for Spring Quilt Market in Portland next week!


Clearly, I have a full schedule of signings, demos, and even a schoolhouse presentation, and if you're planning to be there, come find me!  Since I'll be at Market, NTT will be taking a little break next week, but we will pick right back up on May 23rd.

Since I shared my latest sewing on Monday, let's get right to the highlights from last week's party.  Anja Quilts shared this awesome rainbow banner quilt-


This lovely Palm Canyon quilt is by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts-


Check out this beautiful, modern quilt from Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty (that green binding is divine!)-


and finally, this fun Suburban quilt is by The Lilac Cat-


I could have easily included several more quilts to feature this week.  Y'all are just inspiring.  Without further ado, let's party, quilty people!

1. You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop"  when selecting your thumbnail photo.  For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work!  :)


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Beach Retreat and a Popsicle Party!

Whoop Whoop!  It's time to highlight the next quilt on the Stash Statement blog hop.  I'm super excited because I've made two very different versions, and in today's post, I get to reveal both of them.  First up, take a look at the Beach Retreat quilt pictured in the book.


As the name suggests, this quilt was inspired by boardwalks, crashing waves, hot sand, and gentle ocean breezes.  The palette is so soothing;  it's really no wonder that so many people choose it for their homes.


The background of this quilt is Kona Prepared for Dyeing, and the creamy white looks right at home with these softer colors.  The Kona Chocolate Brown contrasting strips give the quilt depth and add to the woven effect in the pattern.  Gentle wave quilting continues the beachy theme, and the Aurifil 50 wt. #5006 (Light Turquoise) adds an extra little touch of color and texture.


I don't use a ton of tan and taupe in my quilting, so once I started sewing, I discovered that I needed to supplement my scraps a bit.  Luckily, Stash Statement includes simple tips for doing that, just in case you find yourself running short on a specific color.  On the back, I made a chunky, scrappy background, keeping the colors together in bold stripes.


The scrappy binding used many of the soft blue/aqua strips from my scrap jar and makes a great frame for this quilt.  If you've never made a scrappy binding, a scrap quilt is the perfect place to give it a try, and Stash Statement has instructions for this as well!

If you saw my NTT post last week, you might already have a clue to my second version of this pattern.  I'm calling this rainbow version Popsicle Party.  Something about the shape of the blocks makes me think of the icy, brightly colored treats.


The background of this version is crisp Kona White, and instead of solid contrasting strips, I chose a black and white polkadot, which is so much fun against the rainbow of color.

Instead of an allover free motion design, on this quilt I opted for figure eight loops in the black and white polkadot strips and matchstick quilting in each of the colored blocks, using matching thread.  A dense stipple in the white background finishes it off!





The thread lineup, all Aurifil 50 wt.-

#2625, Arctic Ice (polkadot strips)
#2024, White (background)
#2260, Wine
#1133, Bright Orange
#2135, Yellow
#1231, Spring Green
#5006, Light Turquoise
#2720, Light Delft Blue
#4225, Eggplant
#2530, Blossom Pink









I love the texture added with the quilting, and it shows up really well on the back of the quilt.  This is my first attempt at figure eight loops, and even though some of them are a little lopsided, I'm pretty happy with the result.


Instead of using a single consistent thread on the back of the quilt, I carried the colored threads onto the back as well, giving just the slightest hint of a rainbow against the Kona Ash and polkadot fabrics.  I wish it showed up better in the photo, but in person, the effect is so neat.


The Beach Retreat quilt looks awesome whether you love modern, bright fabrics, or you have a stash full of softer tones.  It can easily be made to match any decor, and the design is quick to put together.  Liz at Savor Every Stitch and Sarah of Sarah Goer Quilts each made their own versions of the Beach Retreat quilt, and their chosen color palettes are so much fun.  Head over there to check them out!

After you've checked out the other quilts for today's stops on the blog tour, pop over to my Etsy shop HERE to get your very own signed copy of Stash Statement.  It is also available from Amazon, Connecting Threads, or you can ask about it at your local quilt shop.  


Don't forget to keep up with the blog tour each week.  Next week, we're moving into the second section of the book, and this lineup is filled with awesomeness that you won't want to miss!

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                      Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                            Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                              Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
                                                            
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                  Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
                                                           
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
                                                            
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
                                                            
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
                                                            
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
                                                            
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
                                                            
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                          Christa @ Christa Quilts
                                                            
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
                                                            
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
                                                            
7/9- Take Flight (free bonus pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                             Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

 


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