Thursday, January 31, 2019

OMG: That's A Swirl

I completed my January One Monthly Goal and even had one day to spare! 

I designed this quilt about 18 months ago. I convinced my mom to make it for me--so much cutting!! 
She pieced it and then it sat in my "to be quilted" pile for too long. Now it's done!

Here's a close-up of the quilting. Because it's raw edge applique, I wanted to close as close to the edges as I could, without doing something like a zig zag stitch. That would be a lot of zig zagging! 

For the swirls themselves, I followed the swirl pattern with free motion quilting--which is why the lines aren't anywhere near perfect! For the background, I used pebbles. The quilting obviously shows up more on the white than the prints. 

Now to write the pattern...

Friday, January 18, 2019

Introducing Blinky's Revenge (in Quilty!)

I'm excited to share my latest magazine feature, Blinky's Revenge. This quilt, made with Painter's Palette Solids, is featured in Quilty magazine. My original name for this quilt was the "cog" quilt because it reminded me of interlocking cogs. The Quilty folks thought the design reminded them of retro arcade games and named it accordingly. 

"Blinky's Revenge" featured in the January/February 2018 issue of Quilty magazine

Beyond the wonderfully vibrant colors, what truly makes this quilt is the quilting, and I have Diane Oakes to thank for that. She had fun with a variety of patterns and thread colors. I love how it all shows on the back!

The quilt has great texture on the front as well--alternating sections of wishbones and swirls, with a pebbly center. 

The Painter's Palette Solids colors I used (from the center out):
121-089 Island
121-149 Violet
121-003 Pencil
121-111 Patriot
121-164 Jolly
121-124 Carrot
121-031 Turquoise

See the Painter's Palette Solids here.

Find the January/February issue of Quilty magazine here.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Introducing the Ebb & Flow Quilt Pattern!

I'm excited to introduce my newest pattern today, Ebb & Flow. It's made up of two different blocks that are opposites of each other. I called it "Ebb & Flow" because the ins and outs created by the blocks reminded me of ocean waves. Do you like the Florida feel of this photo? That's my backyard, and my neighbor's palm tree. 

I designed this quilt to work with Windham Fabrics' Gemstone collection by Whistler Studios. I love the checked feel of these prints! My boys think they look like Minecraft. I love the gray background color, as well as the lime, the teal, and the two oranges. It was fun to choose the colors to use in this quilt! 

I really like the wavy negative space created by the blocks. I quilted this quilt with wavy horizontal lines--very forgiving since you can barely see them! :) 

If you want to make Ebb & Flow too, you can purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop. It's a throw-sized quilt measuring 58" x 68"--perfect for the couch! 

Visit my Etsy shop to see all of the quilt patterns I have for sale. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

January OMG: Quilt it!

My January goal for One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty @Elm Street Quilts is both big and small. It's to quilt this quilt design of mine. I say "big" because machine quilting quilts always feels like a big thing to me. I say "small" because the quilt is only 32" square!

My mom pieced this quilt for me about a year ago. I need to keep working through my quilt tops, starting with now in January! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Blue Holidays Quilt

Happy New Year! If you're looking for a wintry sampler quilt, look no further! I designed the Blue Holidays quilt for Paintbrush Studio using their Blue Holidays collection. This quilt features five different blocks and goes together pretty quickly--I sewed it in a week! You can find the instructions for this post on the Paintbrush Studio blog--it's a free quilt along. 

Living in Florida, I had a hard time taking a good photo of the finished top--I cropped the palm tree out of this one! 

We took a quick trip to West Virginia right before Christmas, so I packed the quilt in hopes of snow. 
The scenery fits the quilt better, don't you think?! 

See the Blue Holidays collection here
Find the details for the quilt-along here