You know the saying, Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? Well, the wait is over for those of you that have been looking for the pattern to my Cutting Edge quilt.
I made this quilt about 6 months ago for Free Spirit Fabrics to display at Spring Quilt Market. I also made them a pattern sheet to go with it. I was hoping that it would become available to you, in some way, but had almost given up hope.
Then a few weeks ago, I received an email from Modern Quilts Unlimited letting me know that the pattern would appear in the premier issue of the magazine! To say I was thrilled would be an understatement. For one, I knew the news would make a lot of very happy readers on the blog. I still get comments and emails about that quilt, lots of people hoping for the pattern. It also was a huge surprise and awesome honor to be in this magazine. It is FULL of great quilts – including that stunning one on the cover by none other than my Sewing Summit coteacher Kati Spencer.
A bit about the magazine. It is really beautiful. The pages are nice and thick, very high quality. It’s a quarterly magazine, this first issue is Fall 2012. You can order a subscription online (although that would start with the next issue). But if you want a copy of this one, you should be able to find it at Barnes and Noble, JoAnns, and some local quilt shops. It sounds like from their Facebook page that they expect it to be at those shops by November 1st.
And on an unrelated note…those of you that subscribe to my blog via e-mail have probably noticed something new! For many of you – it’s finally working again. I had outgrown my old (free) service which was preventing most of you from getting e-mail notifications of new posts. I’ve signed up for a fancy new service so you will now be receiving pretty emails for my blog posts. If you are interested in signing up so you don’t miss anything, you can either do it in the right hand column of the page (above my sponsors) or by clicking here. This is probably the best way to make sure you don’t miss any posts. I know a lot of you follow me on Facebook, but because I don’t pay Facebook to promote my posts, they only appear in about 20% of your feeds. So the e-mail subscription is nice!
And if you just want to stop by from time to time, that’s ok too. Be sure to visit by Thursday though, I will be posting a new block tutorial for Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Party. Here’s a sneak peek for you.
Happy sewing everyone!
October 30, 2012 34 Comments
I’ve been waiting to share this quilt with you for months! Back when I was making the two quilts for Spring Quilt Market, I was lucky enough to also have the opportunity to make a quilt for the Fall 2012 Issue of Scrap Quilts by Fons & Porter…at the same time. During those weeks, I thought I was nuts for signing on to make 3 quilts in 3 weeks, but looking back it was completely worth it!
The Island Girl Quilt is made from a beautiful collection of Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics. I had never used these fabrics before and I was very happy with them. Very soft and tons of colors available. I just did a bit of searching on Google to see where you can buy some now.
See this blog post for color names from the above photo
The blocks consist of a light, medium and dark shade of each color. The pattern has some tips on how to sew your fabrics to make the blocks go together a lot quicker than you might think.
I’ve spotted the magazine out in the wild already (at my local book store).
I hope you will check it out!
October 2, 2012 34 Comments
I’m back! I had a great few days away in Michigan and am now busy unpacking from our trip and getting ready for my sister and her family to arrive in town tomorrow! While I was gone, one of my lovely readers emailed me and told me she found the latest copy of Modern Quilting Magazine, with my Pick Up Sticks pattern, at her Barnes & Noble. You can read more about the quilt and magazine here. On our drive home I stopped at the bookstore and found my own copy.
The issue is the one with “Meet Tula Pink” on the cover (Issue 2). While I was flipping through the magazine looking for my quilt and pattern, I saw this!
Not gonna lie, I was pretty excited to see my blog photo. It was all I could do not to bust out and tell the check out girl about it. She already was looking at me weird for buying a quilting magazine with a giant smile on my face. Ha
So if you are interested in making the quilt or seeing any of the other wonderful patterns in the magazine, go check out your local Barnes & Noble. The magazine is $10 (as it is an international magazine).
I also thought I’d share a few fun pictures from our weekend. We were up at Crystal Lake in northern Michigan. The water is really this clear.
The kids did their first tubing with Mr. Fresh Lemons. You don’t think they liked it do you?
Even my husband’s 91 year old grannie took a jet ski out.
July 5, 2012 32 Comments
I am a true believer that you don’t always have to make an intricate quilt to make a beautiful quilt. I find this especially encouraging for beginner quilters who may not have mastered paper piecing or y-seams or perfect points (yet!), but still want to make something that catches the eye and wows their family and friends.
I recently made this quilt and pattern with all levels of quilters in mind. The underlying design is simple and one you have probably seen many times, but I decided to break the quilt into color blocks, changing the look of the quilt.
I just love these colors, perfect for a little girl I think.
I decided to quilt this using densely spaced free motion meandering, but I only quilted the white, negative space. This makes the prints pop.
For the back of the quilt, I used one of my latest favorites – FreeSpirit Designer Solid Jade as well as a print from Moda’s Hello Luscious called Blissful Floral.
This quilt measures 45″ x 60″ and the digital pattern is for sale for immediate download in my pattern shop!
April 25, 2012 22 Comments