Friday, May 13, 2022

Irish Twist in Love Patchwork and Quilting / Beauties Pageant 173

 

If you didn’t receive a 2021 holiday card from me, please do not take offense—I didn’t send any!—because back in December of last year, I was busy sewing a little bit of sunshine that I’m finally able to share.

Here you see Irish Twist, a bold and beautiful remix of the traditional Irish chain quilt block. Made up in an array of Bella Solids and quilted to perfection by Narda Junda, of Maz Q’s Sewing and Quilting Studio, it’s a quick project to usher in the summer.

The pattern for my Irish Twist quilt and the accompanying pillow appears in Issue 111 of Love Patchwork and Quilting—available now! Click here to go to the Love Patchwork and Quilting website, where you can buy a printed magazine, digital version, or subscription.

See? I had a good reason for skipping items on my holiday to-do list! What can I say now other than … Merry belated Christmas? Happy not-so-new year? Perhaps it would be best to cover my bases and wish you happy holidays 2022—ha!

This was my first go at submitting to a magazine. (Hmmm ... Is that accurate? Maybe I submitted to one of the past QuiltCon magazines? I can’t recall.) If you’re interested in working with a magazine and would like more information, let me know and I’ll write a future blog post about my experience.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Baby-Size Pretty in Pluses / Beauties Pageant 172

 

So I did something I’ve never done before with a quilt project: I tried to track how much time I spent on each step of the quilt-making process.

I never had a reason to keep tabs on my quilting time. I know that some people who sell their quilts like to know the time they’ve devoted to a particular project, but I’ve never sold a quilt. Plus, I thought the exercise might take the fun out of quilting. I don’t really care how long this pattern or that takes, because I like what I like and I’ll make what I want to make—and I prefer to work on multiple projects at a time, which makes keeping track of the time I’ve spent on each difficult. My latest finish, however, is my Pretty in Pluses design, and I’ve specifically promoted that pattern as a quick-to-sew project. It was time to put some hard numbers behind my claims.

Of course, after conscientiously writing down how much time it took to cut out this particular project and piece the top, I cleaned up my sewing space and, in the process, misplaced my recorded times. Figures! This is what I do remember, though: A baby-size Pretty in Pluses is doable in a weekend. I recall that it took me an hour and 15 minutes to cut out the fabric, and I spent about 4 hours piecing the top. I call that a day’s work. The quilting and binding require another day.

 

This quilt is going to a baby boy who was born in December. I fell in love with the sweet animal prints in Acorn Wood, a collection by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio. I paired these fabrics with a Bella Solid called Dusty Jade and quilted the top with a simple 3-inch grid. The binding is the sweetest stripe from Paper + Cloth’s Little Ducklings line (Moda). The stripes are broken intermittently by little gold stars, which I love, and I have more yardage of it on hand for future bindings!



As I make more and more quilts, I’ve come to realize that I prefer faster, easier projects, and I like designing projects of that same vein. I’m more than capable of working on fiddly, more complicated quilts, and I usually have one of those going at any given time. But fast and easy is my sweet spot, so Pretty in Pluses checks all the right boxes—especially for a baby gift that, I hope, will be used much. Does that resonate with you?

To read more blog posts about Pretty in Pluses, click here. To purchase your copy of the pattern, visit my Etsy shop!

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Pageant Highlight Reel: Designer Edition / Beauties Pageant 171

As much as I enjoy making quilts from my own original designs, I sew plenty of projects from others’ patterns. I always appreciate a novel take on a well-known block or a clever construction. I think the highest compliment I can give a fellow quilt designer is exclaiming an honest “I wish I had designed that!”

In that regard, I thought I’d compile a Beauties Pageant Highlight Reel that features some of the designers that frequent this linky. Here are three beauties that popped up recently ...

Yvonne Fuchs’ Sequenced Quilt

Yvonne launched her Sesen quilt pattern just last week. It’s a beautiful, modern design, but the attraction for me is that it comes with a bonus pattern, called Sequence, constructed with large scraps from making the main pattern. Clever, right? There’s something about those secondary shapes in Sequence, combined with Yvonne’s meticulous quilting, that pulls me right into the quilt.

To learn more about Sequenced, click here. Read about the primary pattern design, Sesen, here.

Melanie Meyer’s All the Diagonals Quilt

Melanie’s All the Diagonals pattern received a makeover recently, and now I’m reconsidering the to-do list in my near future! The design has always been unique and modern and hexie-laden—all qualities that make it a good contender for a future project of mine. I could easily envision All the Diagonals in solids or more modern fabric collections, like those from Guicy Guice or Alison Glass. But the same pattern in a collection from Sherri and Chelsi or in Christmas fabric, as Melanie has mocked up here? That’s a game changer for me. I have plenty of stash that is up for that challenge.

Read more about Melanie’s rainbow gradient version here.

Susan Arnold’s Wildflower Table Runner

I appreciate Susan’s designs because they’re such a departure from what I usually sew. Her Wildflowers table runner is no exception. But there’s so much to like here—from Susan’s simple (but definitely not simplistic) quilting to that super skinny inner border to how the applique pieces lie on top of other elements in the design. That runner may not have a place in my more modern home but it’s on my list of small projects that would make great gifts.

Read more about Wildflowers here.

What do you think? Leave these ladies some love in the comments or, better yet, visit their blogs for more information about these beauties.


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