Thursday, February 28, 2019

Wonky Spirals quilt - Fish Hope version

My One Monthly Goal for February was to finish my latest Wonky Spirals sample.
I used the Fish Hope collection from Paintbrush Studio. 

I used straight line machine quilting, 1/2" apart, to create texture. 
 These are my two favorite blocks! I love those little minnows on purple, and the bigger fish on orange. 

I decided to add a flange binding to the quilt to add a little color and interest to the edge of the quilt. 

Want to make a Wonky Spirals quilt? Purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop
I'll also be teaching this pattern at Wandering Stitches in Orlando on May 2nd. Come join me to make your own version! 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

All Valentine's Day, All the Time!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm sharing a few of my favorite projects:

featuring Benartex's Cherish collection

featuring Paintbrush Studio's Dianthus collection

featuring Paintbrush Studio's Painter's Palette Solids and this heart block tutorial  from Cluck, Cluck Sew

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

NEW Pattern Release! That's a Swirl!

I'm excited to be releasing my latest pattern, That's a Swirl! 

I have always been a huge fan of swirls. Swirl fabric; I'm in. There's just something so appealing about the motif. So when I figured out I could design a quilt with swirl shapes, I jumped on it. 

It's packed with spiral after fun spiral--fusible applique and reverse fusible applique swirls. It uses both types to prevent a shadowing issue if you choose to use a lighter color to contrast with your prints--like the white solid I used below. This means the white square is always on the bottom and the applique is always done using the print!

 I designed the quilt using 8" square blocks so that the template would fit easily on one page.  This quilt is sized as a wall hanging, table topper or even baby quilt (37-1/2" square).

The original quilt: 
Made using Paintbrush Studio Fabrics' Walkabout 2 collection. I love all the detail in these Aboriginal prints! This version doesn't have borders. A shout-out to my mom for sewing this quilt top (she did a great job cutting all those swirl shapes!)

Here's the pattern cover! You can purchase it from my Etsy shop.

With Valentine's Day approaching, I was in a chocolate frame of mind and realized this pattern had great potential. So I tweaked the pattern and recolored it using Benartex's Cherish collection and a wonderful chocolatey brown Wave Texture print to make a chocolate version. The directions for this variation are included in the That's a Swirl! pattern. 

Here's the design recolored in Michael Miller Fabrics' upcoming Boho Boutique collection and paired with a navy solid. 

And the Boho Boutique pink version: 

This is a really fun and versatile pattern--it will work with so many different types of fabric and uses just 8 fat quarters for the blocks (plus background). 

See all of my available patterns here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

OMG: New Wonky Spirals Sample

In January, I stitched a new version of my Wonky Spirals pattern. I'm excited to be teaching this class at Wandering Stitches Quilt Shop in Orlando, and I needed a fresh sample! I used the Fish Hope prints by Hoodie Crescent for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics and a solid Silver background. My One Monthly Goal for February is to finish this quilt--quilting and binding.

This pattern uses improv piecing techniques with a Courthouse Steps block. Beyond that, it's all about color placement. 

Want to make your own Wonky Spirals quilt? 
Purchase the pattern here.
Or, join me at Wandering Stitches on February 27th for the class! 

Here's a look at my other versions of Wonky Spirals. Which do you like best? 

Small geo prints with sashing helps the spirals to pop. 

Two sizes of wonky spirals add to the wonky feel of this quilt. I used a variety of black and white prints and a bright red background.