Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

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   25 Comments

Let’s Get This Party Started

First Blocks - couldn't resist cutting!

Just call me Faith, collector of quilt tops. Seriously though, I have the fronts and backs finished for my last two quilts I’ve shown you, so I let myself cut into my new Denyse Schmidt fabric Just.This.Once. I had the itch, I’ve scratched it, and now I will go back to finishing my other two before continuing this one. :)

April 14, 2011   10 Comments

Denyse Schmidt – Picnic and Fairgrounds

DS Flickr Favs!

1. kosews, 2. DS Prints, 3. DS fabric + AB pattern = JOY!, 4. DS Quilts, 5. Stars, 6. Denyse Schmidt in Orem, Utah, 7. kosews, 8. denyse schmidt at joann’s!, 9. Providence Handmade

The Flickr and Blog universe are positively in a frenzy over the discovery of a new line of fabric by Denyse Schmidt available at JoAnn Fabrics of all places. It was first found by Stephanie and posted on Flickr. Since then, photos and fabric have been popping up all across the country. A Flickr group has been created. FQ sets and handmade jelly rolls are already selling on Etsy. There is definitely excitement in the air from Denyse fans, as this line looks like a perfect combination of Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope.

With no formal announcement yet from Denyse or JoAnns, the fabric line is being referred to as “Picnic” and “Fairgrounds”, which has been found on the receipt of the purchases. There appear to be 21 prints.

If you haven’t found the fabric yet at your local store, do not despair. It is not in the Chicagoland area either, but there are trucks delivering today so I have my fingers crossed that it is on board. Until then, I can just stare at everyone else’s beautiful photos and dream.

I also contacted JoAnn Fabric and they told me the fabric will be available on their website mid-May! For readers in Australia, True Up says you can also expect to see the fabric in your Spotlight stores.

Update! After trips to a couple stores, I found the prints I wanted! If anyone is in the Chicagoland area, Fox Valley in Aurora has at least 18 of the prints. They were bringing them from the back, so it’s possible they have all 21.

Denyse Schmidt Picnic and Fairgrounds

Also, if you shop this week, Denyse’s McCall’s quilt pattern is on sale for $.99. McCall’s pattern number M6341.

April 13, 2011   16 Comments

Munki in the Middle

Munki in the Middle Front

Monday I finished my latest quilt using Heather Ross’s Munki Munki fabric as well as other designs from her collections. Munki Munki is a company that sells clothing/pajamas made from Heather’s designs. Crazy people like me buy pieces of the pajamas, cut them up more, and use them in quilts. Lots of people sell pieces of Munki Munki pjs on Etsy as well as trade it on Flickr. You can also find it at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Munki in the Middle Front Top

For this quilt, I used the Heather Ross fabric for the center of each block. I included lots of whimsical prints – VW vans, campers, bikes, goldfish, tennis, the princess and the pea, mushrooms, gnomes, sushi….and more! Then I framed that in a coordinating solid. I used shot cottons and Moda cross weaves for these solids. Finally I completed the block in some of my favorite bright prints. The squares are 12″ each.

Munki in the Middle Front Bottom

I quilted this one with straight lines, 1/4″ on each side of the block seams (horizontal and vertical). Then I also added diagonal quilting through all the blocks.

Munki in the Middle Back

The back is a really fun print from Cosmo Cricket’s Snorkel collection. I have been saving it for a backing on just the right quilt and I think this was it. I love how the bright squares mirror the bright squares on the front. The binding is Kona Peacock.

Munki in the Middle Hangs

This one came together fairly quickly and it was great fun to cut into my Munki stash that I feel like I’ve been hoarding. It’s listed in the shop!

March 30, 2011   14 Comments