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Vintage Picnic

Vintage Picnic Front

Please tell me this has happened to some of the other quilt bloggers out there. You make a quilt. You find the perfect spot to photograph said quilt. Your loving husband drives 15 minutes to the location after work with you, kids in tow, and holds the quilt for many photos. You get home, very excited to see the photos, and realize the quilt was held sideways the entire time (front and back)? I know there technically isn’t a correct direction for most quilts. And no one would really notice. Except me.

Vintage Picnic Detail

I do love this quilt though. I used the latest fabric collections by Denyse Schmidt, Picnic and Fairgrounds, found surprisingly at JoAnns. Did you hear she has another collection coming out there later this summer called Sugar Creek? Can’t wait!

Vintage Picnic Drape

I started these blocks shortly after buying the fabric. Each block focuses on one of the 16 prints I bought from the collections. There are a couple small exceptions for added interest, but not many. I then used a variety of Kona solids from my stash.

Vintage Picnic Back

The back (also sideways in this photo – yellow should be top right) contains mostly my favorite print in the collection, Picnic – Floral on Texture. I also included Modern Texture in yellow and Modern Ditzy in red. The binding is Modern Texture in blue. I quilted it with straight lines, about 1/2″ from the side of the block seams and then diagonal through the blocks as well.

I really love the colors in this collection. They are right up my alley, thus earning this quilt a prime spot hanging on the wall in my sewing room. Now I can look at it all the time.

Vintage Picnic Correct Orientation

And just so I can sleep tonight, here is a photo of the quilt in the orientation that I envisioned when I made it. Phew, I feel better now. :)

June 9, 2011   20 Comments

Framed Fairy Tales

Framed Fairy Tale

It’s done! No, this block wasn’t meant to be a quilt…well not a traditional quilt anyway. I found this really cute frame at Home Goods not too long ago. It was actually a framed bulletin board. I thought it would be cool to find a bunch of different frames and use them to decorate my sewing room. (More neat finds later!) I decided to removed the cork board and sew a mini quilt to fit (10″ x 18″). Removing the cork was harder than I anticipated – it involved scissors, a knife and pliers!

Framed Fairy Tale

I thought this mini quilt would be a fun project to try some new things. I added some embroidery to the block. Although I was pretty conservative and just went along with the design mostly, so it’s not that easy to spot unless you see it in person.

Framed Fairy Tale

I also didn’t want to bind it because I was afraid that would add to much bulk for the frame. So I finished it like a pillow, sewing the back to the front and flipping it right-side out.

Framed Fairy Tale

I am really excited to get it hanging in my sewing room. And make a few others as well!

May 27, 2011   19 Comments

Blocks to Share

Princess and the Pea

First I want to thank everyone for the pattern love from my Kaleidoscopic Kites quilt. I really hope that if anyone makes a quilt from it, you will send me a photo. I would love to see them!

I was planning on waiting to share these (and more) blocks when I had one of my next projects finished, but I am just horrible at waiting. So I will share, but I will save the final plan for them to be a surprise. No, they won’t be in a quilt together. :)

The first block features fabric from Heather Ross’s Far, Far Away I collection as well as bits and pieces I somehow have of F lea Market Fancy. And speaking of Heather Ross, she just unveiled her fabric for Far, Far Away III.

Circus

The second block was made mostly with fabric from Laurie Wisbrun.

I hope everyone had a happy Easter holiday. I had to share these pictures with you – I figured anyone with a toddler and/or preschooler could commiserate. These are just a few of my failed attempt to photograph them together. Oh well, maybe next year!

Toddler + Preschooler = Impossible to Photograph

April 25, 2011   7 Comments

Kaleidoscopic Kites

Kaleidoscopic Kites Front

I am very excited to have this latest quilt finished to share with you. I planned this one last month and instantly knew this would be a great choice as my second free quilt pattern to offer on my blog.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Hangs

It really is a rainbow of color. Although my 4 year old is quite disturbed that I did not include purple. Honestly I just don’t have a lot of purple fabric. No fear, you can always replace the brown with purple if you’d like.

This is a great quilt for beginners. The cutting is easy. Each block only has 4 pieces so they go together rather quickly, especially if you are chain piecing. I used a variety of fabrics from my stash in order to have a scrappy look, but I think this pattern would look just as nice with solids, or all fabrics from one collection such as Denyse Schmidt’s Katie Jump Rope.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Back

The backing is my new favorite style of giant randomly placed blocks of fabric. I dug into my out of print fabric stash that I have been hanging on to – it felt good to really use it in large chunks. Kind of like spring cleaning for the fabric soul. The binding is an old print from Anna Maria Horner’s Garden Party line. This was the only print I had from the line and have been wondering what to do with it for awhile now, so again, it was good to see it in action. I quilted this one free motion style. The final size is about 63″ x 72″. It will be listed in the shop shortly.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Flies

I am finalizing the graphics and details for the pattern for this one and will post it probably no later than tomorrow! I hope you will come back and make one yourself. As always, you can find links to my patterns on the right column of this page, or by clicking on the Quilt + Patchwork Patterns tab at the top.

Update – the pattern is now available!

April 21, 2011   24 Comments