Saturday, November 3, 2018

My Quilts at Market!

What's the next best thing to going to Quilt Market?
Sending quilts there! 

I'm lucky enough to have six quilts in booths at Quilt Market this year. I'm hoping that some of my quilty friends at the show can take photos of them hanging, but here's a preview:

Paintbrush Studio Fabrics (booth 641)
Otter Playtime
This is a free quilt pattern for the bright and fun Otter Romp collection. Designing a quilt with 320 half-square triangles in it is a alot faster than making it! Seriously, though, I love how the prints work together in this fun quilt, and the otters are adorable. The print that looks solid(ish) in the photo is a constellation print--so cool! Diane Oakes quilted and bound this one before sending it off for the show. She found a great balance between letting the busy pattern be in charge but still allowing the quilting to play a role. More close-ups to come when I get it back. 

A (pre-quilted) close-up
You can download the free quilt pattern and see all the Otter Romp fabrics here.

The Suitcase Quilt
This is another free quilt pattern--this time for the Dear Friends collection. The prints show handwritten letters, airmail stripes, stamps and passports, and were just calling to be made into a quilt full of suitcases! I had fun choosing the Painter's Palette Solids colors to use with the prints. Diane Oakes also quilted this one--don't you love the beads in the suitcase straps?! Keep watching for details--The Suitcase Quilt will be featured in a quiltalong at some point in the near future.

You can download the free quilt pattern and see all the Dear Friends fabrics here.

Honey Bees
The honey bee block was a natural fit for a fabric collection called Bee Kind! I love the hexagon prints and the text prints in this quilt, as well as the bee-colored palette. I did not make this quilt (a girl can only sew so many quilts before Market), but someone else did and the image here is the digital version, and but the actual quilt will be hanging in the booth. It's also a free pattern.

You can download the free Honey Bees quilt pattern and see all the Bee Kind fabrics here.

Small Plates
What to do with veggie prints? I kept coming back to the idea of tapas and small plates, so I used circles in various sizes to showcase all these bright and fresh vegetables in the Market Medley collection. It makes you want to eat a salad, doesn't it? It also makes me wish I had a green thumb. I also did not make this quilt, but someone else did, so while you see the digital image here, the actual quilt will be hanging in the booth. It's also a free pattern. 

You can download the free Small Plates quilt pattern and see all the Market Medley fabrics here.

Windham Fabrics (booth 622)
Ebb & Flow
I designed this quilt back in April and have been (im)patiently waiting for the fabric to arrive ever since. The collection is called Gemstone by Whistler Studios and it was such fun to design with. When the fabric arrived, I was happy to see that I liked the quilt just as much in fabric as I did digitally (which isn't always the case). It's currently my favorite quilt! I machine quilted this one myself--wavy horizontal lines add texture and that's about all, as the fabric and the quilt pattern do the rest!

You can see all of the Gemstone fabrics here. The pattern will be available for purchase from me shortly.

Michael Miller Fabrics (booth 822)
This paper pieced quilt is made up of one simple quarter block with only three seams. It's all about repetition and fabric placement. The fabrics are called Strata and come in three different colorways. I really like the fabric--especially the stripe-iest dark purple one. I only have a photo of this one before quilting, but Linda Leathersich did a fantastic job on it. Jewel will ultimately be a free quilt pattern available on Michael Miller's website. 

That was A LOT of sewing in a short period of time.


  1. All of these quilts are fantastic! You are so clever. Dishes with the veggies, suitcases with the travel prints, gems with the jewel prints. And Honey Bee with Bee Kind! Now I know what I'm going to do with my leftover Front Porch fabrics with the bumble bees! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. thanks Debby! Coming from you, that's high praise!