Hi Folks, my good fortune continues with a design featured in Quilty Pleasures Blog from Quiltmaker magazine. The design is called Hip Hopscotch and it's the online sew-along project for their Back to School Party. This is another design that I came up with while scribbling in my graph paper sketchbook. The block is very simple and the layout is not complicated. The magic happens with your choice of fabric color and value placement. As you can see in the examples below the design has endless variations for you to explore. In fact, the bottom three designs use fabrics from the same collection. Watch the Quilty Pleasures blog in the days to come for an interview I did with Diane Harris. On day 5 of the blog you can find the link for the pattern and the adorable quilt label they are offering.
I'm excited to that have another quilt in Quiltmaker magazine. You will find the design, called Magic Stars, in the September/October issue. The designed was inspired by the diagonal designs found on decorative ceramic tiles. I've always been fascinated with repeating patterns. I love the surprise design you see where the corners meet when you connect the tiles. Below, you'll find the design depicted in a couple of different collections now available from Quilting Treasures Fabrics. Below that are the individual blocks from each quilt. If you go to Quiltmaker Blog you can see what their Scrap Squad folks did with the design.
This is Psyche-Dahlia, another project that my friend Janice Roy and I collaborated on. It was for the Hoffman Challenge 2014. We decided to use the medallions in the print as our inspiration. I drew a few ideas in my sketch book and then we decided upon our final design. I drafted the design and made the top. I then handed it off to Janice to add her wonderful quilting designs to the final creation. When she was done, she gave it back to me so that I could finish the quilt by adding the binding, label and hanging sleeve. Our creation didn't win but it was good enough for travel! So that's a pretty good consolation prize. Click here to see the winners.
I have a new quilt design that appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts, The official publication of the Quilters Club of America. The quilt is simple to construct. It meets the guidelines for and has been approved for Fons & Porter's Quilts for Kids program. The basic block for the quilt is shown below left. It's a simple design that looks complicated but it isn't. The quilt appears to be woven in my eyes. The fabrics are from the Crayola- Ready, Set, Color collection from Quilting Treasures. This design would look cute with any fabrics. If you make one please send me a picture and permission to post it on my site if desired.
Here is another free pattern for you. It's a lap quilt I designed for eQuilter.com. It features the panel from Robert Kaufman's Imperial 10 fabric collection. I also used some of the coordinates to the panel in the design. The rest of the fabrics were found among the fabulous selection of fabrics available at eQuilter.com. I've also posted an alternate color way using the blue/green panel. I changed the placement of the lightest fabric to give the border a different look. The border features a Drunkards Path block on point. The corner blocks were designed to continue the border motif around the corners of the quilt. As always, if you make this design, please send me a photo and I'll post it on my blog.
Hi everyone, I'm excited about the July/August issue of Quiltmaker magazine. You can find my new design, Pup Tents, in this issue. This idea was the result of playing with my sketch book. I like to sketch on a gridded surface. Since I'm usually designing quilts or quilt blocks the grid is helpful. it's also helpful when trying scale an image up or down a size.
When I came up with this idea it was originally a larger design. In the image below you can see the original idea at the top left. When I finished my drawing I thought it looked like a camp full of pup tents, that's how it got it's name. When I did a mock up in my EQ program I felt that the block was too busy. So I stripped it down to the image at the bottom left in the sketch below. It looked much better with less tents.
If you go to Quiltmaker blog you can see what one of their Scrap Squad folks did with the design.
Visit Louisa Robertson's blog Louisa Quilts to see what she did with the block. If you go to Louisa's blog you'll see how she constructed the units. I was thinking of constructing the units in a similar fashion. Only I would probably foundation piece the individual units and join them together to form the block.
At the bottom of this post you can see a couple more layouts for this block. I also show it in a couple of different collections now available from Quilting Treasures Fabrics.
This is a quilt I designed for Quilting Treasures about a year ago. It commemorates the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Click on the image to get the directions from Quilting Treasures. I also took a little time to see where you could find fabric. I found fabric at a site called the Sewing Basket. I found the kit at a site called Stich N Time. Happy quilting. As always if you make a quilt from one of my designs, I would love to see it!
Chateau quilts; queen twin & lap sized
Here are some quilts I designed using fabrics from Tina Higgin's collection for Quilting Treasures. This lovely collection is perfect for anyone who loves lilacs. The pattern from Quilting Treasures has instructions for all three sizes. Click here for the link. If you want to purchase a kit check out Melinda's Fabric Shop. I found kits for the twin and lap size on her web site. Right now their on sale. Below is a picture of the queen size.
Here's a cute wall hanging I designed using fabric from Simon & Kabuki for Quilting Treasures. The collection is called Let it Rain. Click here for the link to the pattern instructions. The collection is old and may not still be available, but I'm sure this design would look cute with any fabrics. I did a quick search of the internet and the fabric is still out there. The boots are appliques made to resemble the boots in the fabric used in the center. I really enjoyed working with this collection.
Ct Piecemakers quilt show 2014 & Electric Quilt- EQ
Hi Everyone. I'm still on cloud nine even a week after the quilt show. Our raffle quilt did really well. I don't know the final number, but the last I heard we the quilt had made $8500! OMG, I can't believe it. My guild members displayed their awesome talent. I'm always blown away by how much talent this group has. I hope more members enter their quilts in the next show in 2016. Our guild has over 200 members, but only about a quarter of the members entered their quilts for display.
I won a quite a few ribbons. I haven't had a first place ribbon in years. So it was pretty exciting to get two at one show. I also received a Judges Choice ribbon for my Book Cliffs & Blossoms quilt. I never won one of those before! I have a picture of me with the quilt below. I love this quilt and wish I could hang on to it, but I'm going to give it to one of my nieces who is graduating from college. My other niece will get the Blue Willow quilt. I hope to give each of them a copy of the Fons & Porter Love of Quilting issue that both quilts appeared in.
While at the show, I had the opportunity to meet many quilters. I would often ask them, Do you EQ? Meaning, do you use Electric Quilt design software to design your quilts? Many said they had the program but haven't utilized it to design a quilt. I asked them why do they think they avoid utilizing their investment? I received many different answers. I was wondering what they need to inspire them to use this wonderful design tool. So, if you own a copy of EQ tell me why you do or don't use it? If you have used it what do you like about it the most? I look forward to hearing from you.