Skopelos Blog Tour!

Skopelos

I’ve been a fan of Katarina’s designs ever since I came across her first collection for Art Gallery Fabrics at Market.

I’m so pleased to have a chance to work with her next collection, Skopelos, for this blog tour!

I set eight of the prints from Skopelos against Pure Elements in Mystic Grey.

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That lighter grey plays really well with the deep navy and magenta while still giving the low volume prints a chance to shine.

The block pattern is my own design which I’ve named Pirouette:

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That Fish Scholeio print in Aqua featured at the top and bottom of the block is my favorite print from this line.

There’s also a stunning large scale floral that I just couldn’t find a way to work into this quilt because I couldn’t bear to chop it into little pieces (it’s featured in the Blog Tour banner).

I’ve yet to decide how to quilt this top because I’m bouncing back and forth between something loopy or a more angular design. Which would you choose?

 

The schedule for the tour has just started! Here’s a list of who is participating:

 
1. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY – April 20th

2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st

3. ERICA TOOLE – April 22nd

4. RACHAEL GANDER – April 23th

5. AMY FRIEND – April 24th

6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ – April 25th

7. DANA BOLYARD – April 26th

8. ERICA JACKMAN – April 27th

9. JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS – April 28th

10. SVETLANA SOTAK – April 29th

11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS – April 30th

12. APRIL RHODES – May 1st

13. PAUL HALLINGER – May 2nd

14. SHARON MCCONNELL – May 3rd

15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th

16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th

 

Also, if you use Instagram be sure to check out #skopelostourgiveaway for a chance to win a bundle of this beautiful line!

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Whirligig Quilt Pattern Now Available!

Whirligig Cover

 

Whirligig is a beginner friendly double nine-patch quilt!

The cover quilt was made is a lovely mix of ombre solids on a black background.

I think this quilt would also look great in prints on a white background:

Whirlygig Quilt

 

The PDF includes full pattern instructions as well as illustrated block diagrams for piecing. There’s also instructions for strip piecing the nine-patch blocks.

The pattern is listed now HERE in my etsy shop.

I’ll be back with another post soon to show off the bonus baby quilt included with the pattern. It’s made from one super-sized Whirligig block and measures 45″ square!

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Perfect Center Bow Tie EPP!

Perfect Center BowtieWhen working on the Bow Tie block for last month’s traditional block I found myself becoming frustrated that I couldn’t fit a perfect fussy cut center into it.

A couple of samples later and I’ve found a solution:

Bowtie EPP

 

I’m calling it a ‘Perfect Center Bow Tie’…I know… but I really couldn’t think of anything cute.

Now that the sample is done and the pattern is worked out I keep wavering on which fabric I’d like to use. Scrappy tends to reign in my studio so I might just pull pieces out while I’m working on bigger projects. Or maybe I’ll stumble upon the perfect collection.

In the meantime, I’m sharing the templates for free over on my Craftsy page.

Make sure that you don’t scale the page to fit when printing.

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Some Yeti Loves You – Cross Stitch Pattern

Some Yeti Cover

 

Some Yeti Loves You.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned here how very much I love yetis. It’s right up there with how much I love gummi bears.

This little yeti is taking a Valentine to the mailbox. I like to think it’s coming to me….

Stitches up at 5.1″ x 3.6″ on 14 ct. Aida (or 28 ct. Evenweave).
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Pattern is available now at my Payhip shop!

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Bow Tie : Starter Block

Bowtie

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I’ve been in love with this month’s traditional quilt block for a very long time and realized that I’ve yet to make a quilt full of them.

Sure there was the odd block here and there for a bee or a sampler but I think that this block really starts to shine when there’s a whole quilt full of them.

Let’s Make One!

Block Size: 12.5″

All seams are 1/4″ and pressed open

Materials Needed:
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  • Two 6.5″ squares of print fabric
  • Two 3″ squares of print fabric
  • Two 6.5″ squares of background fabric
  • Marking Pen

Sewing:

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  • To start, align your 3″ print square with the top right corner of your background square right sides together. Using a ruler and a marking pencil, draw a line down the diagonal center on the back of your print square.  Repeat with your other 3″ print square and background square.

 

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  • Sew down your marked lines. You’ll notice in my photo that there’s two lines of stitching. This second line is completely optional. I hate to have those wasted corners and sew that second line a little over 1/4″ away from the first so that when I cut it away I have a bonus HST. Press open.

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  • Arrange your 6.5″ squares like the photo above. Sew each pair together. Then sew into your finished block, matching center seams.

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Now you have a Bow Tie block (and two tiny HSTs if you like)! Repeat, repeat, repeat.

I’m hoping to put together more blocks with mixed prints and backgrounds. Here’s hoping Christmas projects don’t eat up absolutely all my sewing time.

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Shine Bright (or Don’t Be a Dud!) Cross Stitch Pattern

I’ve got a slight backlog of quilting and cross-stitch patterns to release. Most of them have just been waiting on samples or final graphic edits.

Since Christmas is quickly approaching (how am I not done with gifts?!) I thought it was best to go ahead and put this one out instead of waiting for a big bundle to release at once.

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A cute little Christmas cross-stitch with two options!

Pattern includes a full color chart, black/white chart and color key for either DMC or Weeks Dye Works floss. The sample stitched up above is done in DMC. I’m waiting for a couple skeins from WDW to stitch up the Don’t Be a Dud version and I’ll throw pictures of that sample up here along with instructions for a little reversible pillow/wall hanging.

It’s available at my CRAFTSY and ETSY!

Happy Stitching!

 

P.S. I’m putting the finishing touches on the block tutorial for December. It should be up this afternoon!

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°318QAL° Thank You!

The link-up is all wrapped up now and the 318QAL is officially closed.

Thank you to all my sponsors and contributors. And thanks to y’all for all your hard work and lovely comments!

I’ll definitely be looking for another project to QAL with y’all in the Spring/Summer. (Any ideas? Let me know!)

318QAL Final Draw

The Random Number Generator picked Indianna for the winner of the Final Link-up! I’ll be emailing you shortly to arrange delivery of your prizes!

There’s still so many awesome blocks left in this book! I know I’ll be mixing some into projects throughout the year. Be sure to tag me if you make any more blocks! The thing that I’ve loved the most about the whole event is having y’all share your blocks with me!

 

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°318QAL° Guest Post from Lindsay at World Book Media!

For this week’s sewing post and link-up, please go HERE

World Book Media doesn’t have their own blog so I’ve offered up my own to give Lindsay a space to share some info about her block! 

 

We were so honored when Al invited us to be the final guest for the 318 Patchwork Patterns Quilt Along! We’ve really enjoyed seeing all the blocks you guys have made so far and have been so inspired by the amazing projects that our very talented blogger friends whipped up for the 318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop.

When we first started stitching up these blocks, we quickly realized just how addicting they are to make! One of our favorite blocks to put together was the slice of cake (#3 in the book). This design is constructed with several large, rectangular pieces, so it is one of the easiest blocks to make. We enlarged the block about 200% then hand sewed the pieces together using a simple backstitch.

WBM CakeOnce we got started, we couldn’t stop sewing these blocks! We ended up adding a backing to each block and displaying the completed squares on a message board. The book includes a full alphabet, numbers, and some symbols, so we plan to make a few more blocks in order to create fun messages!

–World Book Media, Publisher of 318 Patchwork Patterns by Kumiko FujitaWBM 318

After seeing all the wonderful projects everyone has made, we’ve come to believe that this book is even more special than we realized. Thanks for all the support and enthusiasm you’ve all shared for this book!

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°318QAL° Final Sewing Week!

We’ve come to the last set of blocks. Thank you all for joining me in this event! I’ve loved the chance to connect with you and share blocks/tips/ideas.

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This week’s blocks are the trickiest of the bunch. I have no doubts that y’all will be able to conquer them, though.

  • Scissors (#13)
  • Whale (#66)
  • Elephant (#127)

 

Our guest block for the week was picked by Lindsay at World Book Media . Without Lindsay taking the time to meet me at Quilt Market, this event would have never happened. I’m so thankful that I’ve gotten to know her! This is definitely a company that you want to keep your eye on. They’re working to bring more English translations of craft books into the market (and single patterns too!).

World Book Media doesn’t have their own blog, so I offered up my own so that Lindsay could share her block with you!

The guest block is: Cake (#3)! Take a look at her guest post HERE.

My version:

318CakeMy strawberry is a little shiny because it’s actually a piece of laminate that I found in my scrap bin. When I held it up to my pattern piece and saw that it was almost the exact same size and shape…I couldn’t resist throwing it in.

  • Scissors (#13)

318ScissorsI’m gonna say that this block was the hardest for me to piece in the whole set. I split the pattern up separating out the handles from the blades. I’m still wishing that I had decided to hand-piece this one as putting it through my machine left a bit of a knot in the center of the handles. I was able to press it out mostly, but there’s the slightest bubble there.

  • Whale (#66)

318WhaleAnother block with a bit of cheating by strategic fabric choices. I didn’t piece the triangles in the wave sections because I knew that my machine would most likely chew up those points (all those baby triangles in the Farmer’s Wife quilt taught me that). So I grabbed some chevron fabric and cut it to mimic the waves. Seeing the block on it’s own like this and right next to the pattern it doesn’t have the same effect but it is similar enough that I’m happy.

Maybe I should have pieced those triangles after all.

  • Elephant (#127)

318ElephantI love everything about this block. The second that I saw the design I knew I was going to include it. I agonized over every bit of fabric for this one and I think it shows. His hat is a bit rough to distinguish from the background fabric but I love how the blue sits against it.

I’m trying out something a little new with this block and putting together a little flipagram video today to show the sections I pieced this one in.

 

And that, my friends, is it. We’ve made all 16 blocks for the QAL! Because mine had so many different background colors, I pieced my mini quilt together with some 2″ sashing. It pulls them all together just enough.
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I arranged them all in a bit of a mixed order, focusing more on splitting up similar background fabrics.

And since this is the last week…we’ve got the Grand Prize Giveaway brought by our sponsors!

TWO CHANCES TO ENTER THIS WEEK! 

The giveaway is going to be open until the end of the month to give y’all enough time to pull everything together.

For your first entry: link up a pick showing at least TWO of this week’s blocks. It doesn’t matter when you made the blocks, just as long as they’re pictured together. You can link up an Instagram or Flickr photo or a blog post.

For your second entry: Put them all together into a mini quilt! All you need to show me is your finished quilt top. It can be sashed…not sashed.. it’s all up to you! All I ask is that the mini quilt have at least EIGHT out of the sixteen blocks picked for this event in it. If you’d like to add more blocks from the book, that’s great too! Link up a photo with your quilt top in it.

Grand Prize Sponsors: 

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I’ve got a whole bundle of goodies to giveaway for the last link-up of this event.

First:

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Fat Quarter Shop has generously donated a $50 Gift Certificate! This certificate will be emailed to the winner after the drawing on Dec. 1st. Just in time for a little fabric christmas shopping.

Second:

I’ve got one last box of pink Aurifil 50wt thread to send off to the winner. This will be shipped by me.

Third:

soak  will send the winner a bottle of  Flatter and a bottle of Handmaid. I can’t possibly work in my studio without Flatter since I was introduced to it! They have an unscented version as well that is wonderful for anyone with a sensitive sense of smell.

Thank you again to all of y’all, my sponsors and the guest bloggers. I’m so glad I got to share making these blocks with y’all!

 

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°318QAL° Week Three Sewing

Good afternoon, y’all! I’m getting a bit of a late start today because my brain is overwhelmingly convinced that today is Wednesday.

Poor brain.

First things first: RNG has picked #1 for last week’s giveaway which is Tiffany! Yay! Congrats!

Thank you for all the tags and #pp318qal love on Instagram. I love seeing all the blocks y’all have been making!

 

Let’s Get Sewing!

We’re halfway there! This week’s blocks can be a little trickier. I am *always* happy to answer any construction questions y’all might have. People have also been leaving some great piecing tips for some of the blocks in the comments so those are worth looking at too!

This week we’re making:

  • Car (or maybe I should call it a truck) (#47)
  • House (#161)
  • Daisy Flower (#204)

My guest this week is the amazing Kerry. I’ve always been in awe of her piecing skills and fabric choices. I feel incredibly lucky that she joined in for this event. Her block choice is: Dog with a Bone (#136).

Let’s kick this week off the same as last by starting with the guest block first. I’ll admit that it is a little tricky.

Here’s my version:

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Kerry’s fabric choices and construction are just divine…I’m really not afraid to say it. I was so concerned with the white of the bone showing up in this block that I picked a dark background fabric and I think that might have been a ‘meh’ choice.

I really want to tell y’all to ignore the guide marks that I’ve made on the pattern and go take a look at Kerry’s post HERE. You can see the super cute project she turned her block into as well.

  • Car/Truck (#47)

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I have a lot of pieces of very silly fabric in my studio. It’s not something I talk about much but the Mister will occasionally let me drag him to a fabric store and he has this unique ability to find the strangest/silliest fabric and then make up a story about it. I’m a sucker for a story so that fabric always comes home with me.

This week I found that little robot/alien fabric and knew that he had to be the driver of my truck (because robots live in my house block this week too). I didn’t think he’d drive an ice cream truck though…so now my quilt has a sushi truck.

I wish there was a real sushi truck….

This block isn’t too terrible. There’s luckily a number of straight-seam sections that you can evenly split the block into. That center piece between the tires can be a little tricky.

  • House (#161)

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I will easily admit that this block I cheated a little. I really wanted to use that scrap of Lizzy House fabric in the star but couldn’t get it to cut right to use in one of the small pieces….so I just substituted that whole square in.

It’s hard to see in my pattern but I split this block into two sections right on that seam above the house. I kept from splitting my window pieces as well because I had some perfect robots to live in this house.

I also kinda like to think that background fabric looks like snow.

  • Daisy Flower (#204)

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I knew when I started this event that I was going to pick at least one applique block because I love doing applique. This flower was the easiest layout (just in case y’all hadn’t done much applique). I chose to do raw-edge because my hands were refusing to cooperate with a different technique.

The benefit to picking raw edge is that you can cut your pieces out exactly as-is with no additional seam requirements.

To make things a little easier I did use a Clover bias tape maker  (affiliate link) to make my stem. I find it’s a tool that I never thought I would buy but now use more often than not, especially for flower stems. This at least gave my stem a nice edge that I could just straight stitch along. The other pieces were appliqued down with a tight zig-zag.

 

Sponsor Giveaway:

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This week is sponsored by Soak who makes the most lovely starch-free spray. I use it a million times a month. I have three bottles that I’ve bought for the studio because I just have this fear that I will run out when I need it most.

They’ve generously donated a bottle of flatter and another product of theirs Handmaid to this week’s winner.

To enter: You just need to enter a picture with TWO of this week’s blocks in it. It’s perfectly alright if a block was made at an earlier date as long as it is from the same book. Instagram pictures are totally okay to enter!

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Link-up will close next Wednesday!

Happy sewing!

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