Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A Barn Star quilt and the promise of spring

You may remember that last week I was whining about the bitterly cold weather we are experiencing in Minnesota. Well, our low temp this morning marked -32 F with a “feels like” temperature of -54 F.  The local news channels are calling this the coldest day in decades. How am I fighting the polar vortex? I’ve stayed inside and finished up a little project I began last year, a Barn Star quilt featuring the Pepper & Flax collection by Corey Yoder.

This sweet quilt exudes springtime, doesn’t it? I’ve hung it in my dining room with just a few other decorations. Spring is slow to come to Minnesota.  It will be months before we see any green, and I think this little vignette is a nice transition between the seasons.

Corey Yoder’s Pepper & Flax collection mixes sunny yellow and sprig green with a cool granite. It’s a lovely color combination, and it allows me to include a touch of winter in my early spring decorating . . . a chubby nesting bird looks right at home with a sparse little evergreen tree. In the corner of the room, I've replaced my winter springs with touches of green and yellow and propped up some peeling birch logs.

The Barn Star quilt pattern (also designed by Corey Yoder) is a fun and easy pattern to sew. Because of its bold and graphic layout, it lends itself to simple straight-line quilting on the diagonal, which is what I did.  My quilting lines are spaced two inches apart.

I’ve already walked into my dining room twice today to gaze at this quilt, this promise of spring. I know that the bitter cold snap has hit many of you all across the United States. I hope you are staying warm and enjoying some sewing during this hibernation season!

Don’t forget, my spring pattern sale ends on Friday, February 1, 2019. Both the digital and paper versions of some of my favorite springtime patterns are marked down 25%


Friday, January 25, 2019

Spring pattern sale

We are experiencing bitterly cold weather in central Minnesota. Yep, today's low temperature was -11 F.  (They say it's going to warm up to zero this afternoon.)  Next week our temps are expected to dip near -30 F. That is just not right! Don't even get me started on the snow and wind that the weather stations are also predicting.

To improve my mood, I've been looking through my spring patterns and dreaming of green grass, budding leaves, and pretty pastel flowers. Maybe you all need the promise of spring as much as I do! If you head on over to my Etsy Shop, you will find some of my favorite springtime patterns marked down 25%.  

Spring Pattern Sale

Both the digital and paper versions on these select pattern are marked down 25% and the sale runs through Friday, February 1, 2019.  When February rolls around, I am totally expecting mother nature to warm things up . . . or else!

Have a great week, quilting friends. And to all of my local friends, bundle up!


Friday, January 18, 2019

Diamond Trail table runner kit featuring Fig Tree favorites

Hello quilting friends! I’m excited to show you my latest Diamond Trail table runner top, featuring some of my all-time favorite red, green and black prints from Fig Tree & Company. I had enough fabric in store to create a limited number of KITS, so that you can make one too!

This top features fabrics from five Fig Tree collections: Farmhouse II, Christmas Figs, Coney Island, Ella & Ollie and Chestnut Street. It has a decidedly country feel, but I like how the black adds a touch of sophistication. I can’t wait to quilt this piece. I’m planning to hang this runner in my kitchen, which has a lot of black and red accents.

The Diamond Trail pattern is typically a charm pack pattern.  However, this kit does not include a charm pack. Instead, you will receive (12) prints that are 6 1/2” x 21”. You will use these to create your own charm pack. The kit also includes the paper pattern, 3/8 yard neutral and 1/3 yard binding (the black polka dot).  Backing fabric is not included.  Please visit my Etsy Shop for details.

While I was busy creating these custom kits, my rotary cutter kept zipping right along. I cut a few custom fat quarter and half yard bundles featuring lovely springtime Fig Tree prints. The bundles are listed in my shop and quantities are limited.

I have several quilting projects going on at once, a few of which are gifts, and I'm starting to feel a little frazzled. I'm sure many of you are feeling the same way, as the holidays are behind us and we look toward the year ahead. Hopefully we all find the time to get carried away quilting! My to-do list is counting on it!