Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Pattern: 9-Patch Pivot, a fat quarter quilt

Do you love collecting fat quarters, but then struggle to find just the right pattern to actually use them? Well, I have just the answer . . . my newest pattern, 9-Patch Pivot!

9-Patch Pivot calls for just 21 fat quarters plus 1 1/4 yards of neutral, making fabric selection a snap! My sample features the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda, which will be available in October. This pretty quilt finishes at 66" x 77".

Friends, there are several things you will like about this pattern.  First, it really allows a fabric collection to shine. It’s scrappy and visually interesting, but it has enough continuity to also be visually soothing.

Second, assembly is really quite easy. The pattern calls for sewing stripsets, which are strategically pressed so that you can nest seams for perfect nine-patch blocks.

Third, you may notice that each small nine-patch block is “floating” within the larger finished block, meaning it rests more than 1/4” from all four sides. What’s so great about this? You won’t have to match points when you assemble all of your completed blocks into rows! Woo hoo!

Finally, this pattern will look fabulous in just about any fabric collection. I made a test block in a charming pastel collection by Elea Lutz, called Bluebirds on Roses. Isn’t this darling?  And my mind is already thinking ahead to winter sewing . . . wouldn't a Christmas version be lovely?

By now you have noticed the glorious machine quilting that ties everything together so wonderfully. This was done by the lovely and talented Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. We chose a soft taupe thread and a pattern called Abundant Feathers, which provides additional warmth and texture to the finished quilt. Having Star finish my quilts is always a treat. She has an artist’s eye and always steers me in the right direction! Thank you, Star!

If you have a bundle of fat quarters that just need a pattern, I hope you will consider 9-Patch Pivot. It’s available on my Etsy shop in PDF format.  I think you will really enjoy it!  And if you’d like to make one just like mine, a little birdie told me that LouLou’s Fabric shop is planning to kit this pattern when Harvest Road releases in October. I’ll keep you posted on that!

Thanks for stopping by, quilting friends!


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pumpkin Sky Pillow: Let's feature a white pumpkin!

Hello quilting friends!  I’m popping in today to share a small project I’m working on, another Pumpkin Sky pillow. This one features a white pumpkin with butterscotch-colored flying geese on a scrumptious denim blue background. I still need to add the side borders and then quilt and bind my pillow, but I already love how it looks.

Below is a photo of my original Pumpkin Sky pillow, sewn up in a much more traditional autumn/Halloween color palette and quilted by the super talented Starlit Bear of Starlit Quilts. Isn't her artistry just amazing? Pumpkin Sky is available on my Etsy shop and includes instructions for the wall hanging and the pillow.

That gorgeous denim blue background in my new pillow top is from the upcoming Harvest Road collection by Lella Boutique for Moda. This collection releases to stores in October, and you are going to LOVE it! I’ve designed two new patterns based on this collection, which I’ll be sharing with you in a few weeks.  But for now, here are two sneak peeks:

A progress shot of my new pattern, 9-Patch Pivot, which calls for 21 fat quarters and 1 1/4 yards of neutral. Both fabric selection and sewing are a snap for this pattern, which finishes at 66” x 77”.

And another progress shot, this time of Star Watch, a jelly-roll friendly quilt featuring stars and log cabins.  This quilt finishes at 64” x 74”.

I can hardly wait to show you these new quilts. In the meantime, I hope you all find time to get carried away quilting! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 2, 2019

Autumn decorating with my Fall Flight quilt

Hello quilting friends! Fall has officially arrived in Minnesota. Not only has the calendar turned over to September, but we are already experiencing much cooler weather. That was my signal to start a bit of autumn decorating, which I wanted to share with you.

Last year when we moved into this home, I hung my Pumpkin Sky wall hanging in our dining room, and I really loved that look.  But this year I wanted to feature my new autumn quilt, Fall Flight. I decided to hang it over the antique door that leads into the room, and then decorate the side table with some fall pretties.

You may have noticed a small fall quilt folded up on the bottom shelf of my side table. I like how it adds another pop of color to the room. That small quilt is an autumn version of the Moda Love quilt I made a few years ago.  It features the Somerset collection by Fig Tree & Company. In our previous home, I had it displayed on a barn wood backdrop.  

Fall Flight is a 66” x 76” throw quilt featuring my signature pumpkin block, alternating with scrappy flying geese blocks.  Fabric selection for Fall Flight might look tricky, but I assure you it's not.  Simply begin by selecting your two orange prints (Orange A and Orange B) that are similar in color and tone.  I chose two butterscotch/orange prints from Fig Tree & Company’s Farmhouse II collection.

Then, select eight fat quarters for the flying geese, star centers, and scrappy binding! You could choose traditional autumn prints or just colors that give you that fall feeling, which is what I did. Here are complete fabric requirements:

Materials Needed:
(8) colored fat quarters for flying geese and pumpkin centers
Orange A (lighter).......... 3/4 yard
Orange B (darker).......... 1 1/8 yards
Neutral.......................... 2 2/3 yards
Stump............................ Fat Quarter
Black star points............ 1/3 yard
Middle border (black)....1/2 yard
Outer border (orange)....1 yard
Backing......................... 4 1/4 yards
Binding......................... scrappy from above
*If you don’t want to do the scrappy binding using leftover material from above, you will need to purchase 5/8 yard.

If you are interested in making your own Fall Flight quilt, it is available as a digital PDF on my Etsy Shop

One of my favorite things about autumn is that it unfailingly reminds my heart to be thankful . . . to feel my gratitude . . . to appreciate the simple beauties that are all around us. I am so thankful for all of you who take the time to visit my blog and share your quilting adventures with me through your comments and your emails. Thank you!