I am so excited to share this pattern with you - this is the Willow Quilt! It is available now in my shop and is 20% off for the rest of the week.
This idea has been bouncing around in my head for a while and I finally put it together. The pattern has two options: the two color version (like the one above) uses a limited color palette and the fat quarter friendly option uses a variety of prints. It's the best of both worlds. Read more »
Have you ever made a sampler quilt? I have finished two, started another, and am thinking it’s time to make another one.
This is the Fussy Cut Sampler. I participated in a quilt along a couple of years ago and it is a fantastic pattern. The block instructions are well-written and none of the blocks are too fiddly.
About 5 years ago, I made my very first sampler which was a paper pieced stars sample over at Don’t Call Me Betsy. This was a great intro to sampler quilts because it was so low stress - I did one little block each month. Read more »
It is very, very rare that I don't finish a project within a couple weeks. A big part of what I like about making quilts is working through each step in the process. I choose the fabric, cut the fabric, make the blocks, sew the blocks together, baste the quilt, quilt the quilt, and then bind the quilt.
But then sometimes I get stuck on a step. A while back when I was working on my Patti Quilt pattern, I made blocks using my precious, hoarded Hope Valley fabric (mixed with a few other Denyse Schmidt prints) and I never sewed them together. They just sat on my sewing room floor for months. Read more »
Last week I did a little non-quilt sewing that has made me very popular at my house.
My kids LOVE quilts backed with minky, so I thought they would really enjoy some blankets with minky on both sides. That makes them twice as cozy and makes them a little bit on the heavier side (which is something my kids really like). Read more »
This year I am putting a lot of energy into reducing the content of my scrap bins. I considered just getting rid of everything and starting over, but I have an emotional attachment to my scraps. Each one is a little piece of something that I have made and I love making scrap projects.
I love making scrap quilts SO MUCH. They are always my go-to project when I’m feeling drained or stuck or just tired. There is something so restorative about taking lots of little pieces that could have easily been trash - and making them into something useful. It really helps me to understand and feel a connection with early quilt makers who made beautiful quilts with old pieces of clothing. It is pretty magical.
I have mentioned it before, but I am making a real effort this year to burn through some of my scraps. So far I have made 4 scrap quilts (see here, here, here, and here), but there are still so many scraps in my bin.
There were a large number of long, skinny strips and leftover charm squares and I wanted to make a quilt that used as many of them as possible. After playing around with a few ideas, I decided to give a plaid-inspired design a try. Read more »
Recently I have been ignoring my newsletter. I hadn't sent one out in about 6 months because, well, I'm not really sure I understand the point. Between my blog and Instagram, I'm not sure I have much else to say. And if I have something to say, don't I want to post it here?
I try to be a minimalist when it comes to extras - as fun as they can be, I'd rather use my time to sew. But recently I have started to wonder if there is value to newsletters and I opened up this question in my Instagram stories: What do you value in a newsletter?
Thank you all so much for your excitement about the Violet Quilt Pattern! I wanted to share a little more about my quilt, which I made using some beloved Anna Maria Horner prints.
A while back, I picked up a fat quarter bundle of AMH's gorgeous Dowry collection. Whenever I buy FQ bundles I am always so afraid to cut into them - they are so pretty wrapped up in ribbon - but this one has been calling my name!
I hope you have some fat quarters that are waiting for just the perfect pattern, because I have one for you! This is The Violet Quilt - it is fat quarter friendly and so much fun to make and it is now available (on sale!) in my shop.
The best part? It works with just about any fabric combination. The pattern includes instructions for the version pictured here as well as the rainbow version I shared last week.