Tuesday, March 26, 2013

my finished scrappy trip around the world

My scrappy trip around the world quilt is finally finished! It's quilted and bound and ready to go. And I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite quilts that I've ever made. I used Bonnie Hunter's great tutorial for the quilt blocks. 

It is totally scrappy. I lost count of the number of fabrics that I used, but considering that there are 36 blocks, and each block has six fabrics, and I only repeated a few fabrics in the whole quilt, there are a lot.  Most of them are prints by Denyse Schmidt with a few of my favorite Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner prints thrown in too. I have been hoarding some of these fabrics for a long time, and it was so much fun to finally cut into them and use them.

And here's a shot of the back. I used a medium shade of gray solid fabric with an off-centered strip of patchwork, using some of the prints that I used in the front of the quilt.

My friend Jill Montgomery of Darling Jill Quilts quilted it for me in a meandering loopy pattern, which is one of my favorite designs that she quilts.

You can see the quilting a bit better in this shot. She always does such a great job!

And here it is on our barn door. I've mentioned briefly in the past that we are in the process of moving, and one of my favorite things about the new house is that we have a barn! I've got big plans for it...I'm thinking workshops in there would be so amazing. But it needs a bit of work, so for now, it's just a great backdrop for a photo shoot. 

For the binding I used a darker gray solid because I thought it went well with all of the patterns, and didn't compete with them at the same time.

This quilt is coming with me later today to Cleveland for a segment on Quilting Arts TV, so keep your eyes out for both of us during the next season. More on that later, too. 


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

a sneak peek at my next project

 I'm so excited about this soon-to-be quilt! This project was commissioned by my friends at Coats & Clark and it's full of lovely solid cottons in eight fun, springy colors, combined with one focus print. Which is amazingly lovely. Seriously, it's so good.

I've got all my fabrics cut and I'm just about to start piecing the top. I can't wait to show you the finished quilt! It may be a while though, since this will be on display in the Coats & Clark booth at Market, so it probably won't be revealed until then. My pattern for the quilt will also be available on their website in the spring as a free download.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

a fun little write up on my Anni quilt

My friends at the International Quilt Festival have included my Anni quilt in a fun little feature on quilts that have been inspired by works of fine art. Along with my quilt, which was inspired by the work of Josef Albers, there is a really fun Van Gogh inspired quilt by Ann Horton, and the Kandinsky challenge that the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild hosted. So fun! You can read the entire article here.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Diamonds in the Sky: my first workshop on Creativebug

I'm so excited to finally be able to share this quilt with you. This is my Diamonds in the Sky pattern that I designed for Creativebug. In my workshop I'll show you how to construct this quilt, step-by-step, from fabric cutting to finishing, and everything in between. I love this pattern because it's really visually striking and it's much easier to construct than it looks. 

Even though this quilt makes such a strong visual impact, it's really simple to construct. I created this pattern to be beginner friendly, and it's strip pieced so the blocks come together pretty quickly. It also makes a fast project for more experienced quilters, as well.

In my version of Diamonds in the Sky I used one print and one solid. The print is Amy Butler's Flora in Coral from her Alchemy Organic line, and the solid is FreeSpirit Designer Solids in Cream. I love how the design really allows the colors of the fabrics to pop. I think this would be a fun project to make with all solids too, which might not come as a surprise to you if you're familiar with my work.

The quilt finishes at 60" x 80", so it's a nice size for a throw quilt, and it also works well on a twin sized bed. You can sign up for the individual workshop on Creativebug, or you can join as a member for a low monthly price to gain access to all of their amazing workshops. It's really such a great deal, and I love the fact that you can check out so much great content on your own schedule.

And I leave with you my favorite photo of my Diamonds in the Sky. I love how the quilt looks on that fence in front of the industrial building. This was taken by my Creativebug friends on a photo shoot in San Francisco last month, and I think it's so great. I hope you enjoy the quilt, and the workshop, and I would love to see your versions of Diamonds in the Sky, too! 

Friday, March 8, 2013

the winner of FOLK magazine is...

Thank you to all of you who entered my giveaway of a year's subscription to FOLK Magazine! Using the random number generator, the winner is lucky number 18...

who is Sowing Stitches. She said: 

Congratulations! I'm off to email you now so we can get your subscription started. And for those of you who didn't win, please remember you can still enjoy a subscription to FOLK Magazine for 50% off, using the code #FOLK at checkout here

Thursday, March 7, 2013

want to win all of my quilt patterns, and a whole lot more??


Head on over to the Spoonflower blog for a huge Makerie Sewing giveaway. I'm including a copy of all of my pdf patterns, and there are awesome goodies from my friends, as well. Amy is giving away a copy of Midwest Modern, a set of her Sunblooms stationery, and her Charm Clutch, Oval Patchy Pillow, Must Have Pillows, Laptop Cover and MP3 patterns; Cal is giving away a copy of Design-It- Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified; Jenny is including a full set of her gorgeous Sublime Floss for your embroidery projects; Kaari is giving away a fat quarter bundle of her French General "Esprit de Noel" fabrics; Liesl is including the winner's choice of two Oliver + S patterns and two Straight Stitch Society patterns; and Tamar is giving away one of her beautiful bird and birdcage soft sculptures.  Pretty amazing, right? The contest ends on March 13, 2013 at 6:00 am ET and the winner will be announced that day as well. For more information, and to enter, head on over to the Spoonflower blog.

Good luck!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

day packages at the Makerie

I can't believe that the Makerie and the Makerie Sewing Retreats are almost here! In case you've been thinking about joining us there, but weren't able to commit to the entire weekend, day packages are now available. You can find more information on them here. Of course, we would love to have you participate in the entire weekend as well, too.

Hope to see you next month in Boulder!

Monday, March 4, 2013

FOLK Magazine || review and giveaway

Are you familiar with FOLK Magazine? If not, you should be. I'm a huge fan of the people at FOLK Magazine and I'm so excited to be able to share their work with you. FOLK Magazine was founded by Ben Ashby, the editor in chief  and CEO (who, I may add, is still a college student, which is so great!), and their motto is to live authentic. Here's how Ben describes FOLK on their site:

So great, right? It's been so cold in southwest Ohio lately, and I've really been longing a bit of Spring,  so I was excited to receive the Spring issue a bit early to review for you. First of all, I really love the look and feel of the magazine. Secondly, as a visual person, I'm really drawn to the photography in each issue. All of the images are beautiful, and they often capture simple day to day scenes which are transcended to exquisite moments in time.

Case in point. And this totally makes me want to buy a few sheep for our new house.

The stories are what capture your heart, though. From the tale of a young couple who leaves the big city to start a family and a handmade business in the foothills of the Appalachians in rural North Carolina, to an interview with Ben's childhood idol Leann Rimes, and really everything in between. There are features on artisan Lori Ann Corelis, author and gardner Margaret Roach, musician Greg Sczebel, designer Melody Doyel, and much more. There are stories about a mushroom farmer in New York, a shop owner in Portland, Oregon, an antique store in Nebraska, and a sheep farm in Massachusetts. And more. Plus there are some great recipes and fun craft and DIY projects, too. I'm totally going to make an old ladder stand for the new house, but instead of plants (as suggested) I think I'm going to display some of my vintage quilts on it. 

I've seen two issues of FOLK Magazine so far, and I'm honestly pleasantly surprised at the amount of great content that is included in each one. These days, many magazine are so full of advertisements, so it's really a nice change of pace.

Ben and the team at FOLK are offering a great deal on their subscriptions as well. Just enter the code #FOLK for 50% off of the regular price. You can purchase your subscription here.

Plus, I'm giving away a subscription to one lucky reader. To enter, please leave a comment below. The giveaway will end on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at midnight ET. Please be sure to include your email address in your comment if your blogger profile doesn't include it, so I can contact you if you're the winner.

Be sure to check out FOLK Magazine on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for daily doses of inspiration, too!

DS inspired improv blocks, in progress

The other day I shared a bit about my experience in Denyse Schmidt's improv patchwork workshop that I was lucky enough to attend at QuiltCon. Since I returned home last week, I haven't been able to get these blocks off of my mind. And I've added quite a few to the ten or so that I finished in Denyse's workshop.

I'm trying to construct the blocks as randomly as we did in Denyse's class. I even made my own version of scrap bags similar to those that we used in her workshop and have been choosing fabrics without looking. It really is a lot of fun to work this way and I love the result. 

Each block is totally unique and this technique forces you to use fabrics in combinations that you may never would have otherwise. And somehow, if you trust in the process, it all works out in the end.

You start to notice relationships between the blocks as they come together: the repetition of color, shape, and pattern in what seemed like completely random blocks.

This isn't the final layout of the blocks. I'm just hanging them on my design wall as I go, and in fact, I'm not even sure what I'm going to do with all of them. I have a couple of baby quilts that I need to make, but I wonder if something like this would be too much for a project like that.

Here are my two latest, which I finished the other night. The one on the bottom has a large piece of Denyse's corduroy for FreeSpirit fabrics and it adds such a great texture to that piece. I'll keep you posted on the progress of them and the finished quilt, or quilts, that they become.

P.S. Please excuse the poor quality of these photos. Most of them were taken late at night after the kids have gone to bed. They have been attached at my hip during the hours that they are awake...I think they missed me while I was in Austin, just a bit. :)
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