Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rachel's Star Quilt

Happy Friday and happy back to school! I still have one more week with my little relishes before their school starts and I'm counting down the days minutes seconds! We've had a great summer and the girls have been super awesome letting me quilt and sew when I needed to, but boy, it will be nice to have a quiet house again.

With summer ending, so did time with family. My husband's parents are teachers so summer is a great time for longer visits and family vacations. My sister-in-law and her family were also here in the States on furlough from missionary work in India and I was able to make them a fun and fast quilt to take back to India with them (shipping there is unpredictable).

Rachel's Star Quilt

I used a V and Co. layer cake of Color Theory and Moda's fun and free pattern here!

Rachel's Star Quilt

I quilted it using the easy orange peel pattern/pantograph to mimic the awesome orange peel pattern in the fabric. {You can read more about my longarm services here}.

Since this quilt is so fast to make, it makes for great gifts and I definitely see more in my future.

I was also happy to find a new home for a favorite and simple patchwork quilt with my other sister-in-law (couldn't leave her out;). I used BariJ's super sweet Emmy Grace fabric for this one and it washed up so soft and cuddly.

Emmy Grace, Baby Boy, and Grace Quilts

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend! Oh, I almost forgot....my PDF quilt patterns are on sale for $4.95 (regularly $7.95) in my Craftsy shop for the rest of August to celebrate back to school and my fun little feature in Love Patchwork and Quilting MAGAZINE! Eeek! Thanks so much for everyone's support...It truly means the world to me and puts a big smile on my face everyday!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Skipping Pinwheels on the horizon....

This time last year I was waiting very impatiently to see my first published quilts in Quilty Magazine. It hit the shelves last September with two of my designs inside...

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I'm still so in love with my Anna Maria Horner Skipping Pinwheels quilt and it rests comfortably on my guest bed. I'm also so excited to get started on developing this quilt into a My Fabric Relish pattern since I will obtain my publishing rights next month. Yay!

June Quilt Pics

Now, I am not going to pretend that I designed some super original block design that no one has seen before. It's a block with and a very basic design using only half-square triangles (HSTs) and squares that become pluses and commonly called the "Calico Puzzle" block.  I designed this quilt with beginners in mind and Quilty was a platform to reach those beginning quilters (even though their readership was anywhere from novice to professional). As a teacher by nature (and heart), I embrace the philosophy of catering to beginners wholeheartedly and hope my patterns provide the same comfort including Skipping Pinwheels.

June Quilt Pics


June Quilt Pics

I have since made another Skipping Pinwheels quilt using Amy Butler's Bright Heart with a very vibrant green chambray background and now need to figure out which one should be the pattern's cover?

Slipping Pinwheels

Slipping Pinwheels

I'll let yall know when this pattern will be available for purchase in my Shop or on Craftsy!

Thanks again to everyone for your support!

xoxo

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