Summer Sewing

Summer Sewing

Hello there! Hope your summer is off to a good start. I’ve got loads of sewing projects lined up – mostly quilts, but maybe some clothing, too. I’ve had a lot of these roaming around in my head for awhile and now that Jane’s graduation has come and gone (sniff), I finally feel as if I have some time to devote to them.

One of these quilts is one that I have made twice before, but I wasn’t really pleased with some parts of it. I knew that there had to be a better way. I woke up on Monday morning and my sleeping brain had figured it out. I love it when that happens! I quickly pulled the stack of fabrics above so they would be ready for cutting as soon as I had a chance. And yesterday was the day. I took my rotary cutter, ruler and the fabrics down to the family room for a cutting session in front of the TV. I pulled my extra cutting mat out from under the couch (I keep one there for moments like this!) and set up a little ironing and cutting station. I had forgotten that working somewhere other than the studio can be super energizing. It worked – I got an entire twin quilt cut out, the math bits figured out for the pattern and the pattern written up. I haven’t been that productive work-wise since I don’t know when.

Can we talk about these fabrics for a quick second? I am just smitten with this palette – purples, pinks, oranges, golds. It’s not my normal go-to (no green! no blue!), but they are calling to me so I am running with it. These are all Anna Maria Horner prints, from her latest line, Sweet Dreams. That lady does color like no other! Like the shift in my work space for yesterday, the shift in the colors I am working with is energizing me. I am excited to start sewing this afternoon!

Finally, as a bit of an aside, if you follow me on Bloglovin’, you have missed a number of my latest posts. So sorry! Apparently, when the blog was moved to the new platform, the feed changed ever-so-slightly and it took a little time for the situation to get corrected. Anyhow, if you did miss something, it was mostly about my new PDF pattern, Rinse and Repeat, that I launched last week. You can read those posts here, here and here. The pattern in available in my shop.

 

Rinse and Repeat Quilt Pattern Now Available!

Rinse and Repeat Quilt Pattern Now Available!

I am very excited to release the Rinse and Repeat quilt pattern today! This quilt is a fun make and perfect for showcasing your favorite fabrics. It works well with a curated palette of prints, treasured scraps, and even all solids. I’m sure it would be equally as stunning in a monochromatic color scheme as it would in all the colors of the rainbow. No matter which fabrics you choose for the blocks, they all POP! when surrounded by the wide bands of negative space.

The pattern includes four sizes (baby, throw, twin and full/queen) and is rotary cut and machine pieced. It’s good for any quilter that considers themselves a confident beginner (a few projects completed) and above. My latest version, above, is a twin size and is ready for quilting. I’ve made it three times now and have plans for a fourth version. If there is enough interest, I might even host a sew-along later this summer. Would you all like that?

Photo by Dan Collins

You can pick up your copy of the Rinse and Repeat quilt pattern in my shop. It’s a downloadable PDF that is available immediately after checkout. If you would like to be inspired by other versions of the #rinseandrepeat quilt, including those made by my awesome pattern testers, check out the hashtag on Instagram. And, please tag your photos, too! I can’t wait to see what you all make.

Rinse and Repeat Quilt

Rinse and Repeat Quilt

Do you all remember my Rinse and Repeat quilt? With Make Your Own Medallion finished and out in the world, I finally had the time and attention to get the pattern completed and I will be releasing it next week! Of course, I will let you know when it’s available here and on Instagram. I’ll also be sending out a coupon code to my newsletter subscribers. Not on my mailing list? You can sign up at the top of this page, in the blue bar.

Back with more Rinse and Repeat action throughout the week. I started cutting and sewing another one this weekend!

Even Steven Quilt Top

Even Steven Quilt Top

Hi there! Long time no blog….

Many things have been going on behind the scenes around here: sewing, knitting, living life. Also I have new blog design and a new blog platform. Switching everything over has been a little bit of a challenge and I know that there are some hiccups, especially with the tutorials. Please hang tight. I am making my way through the list of things that need attention all while helping the girls get through year-end exams and gearing up for Jane’s high school graduation. If you have specific questions or need help with something, please email me. There is a contact form in the top navigation bar of the new website and I will email you back within a day. Pinky swear.

Now on to some fun sewing!

I was lucky to be one of the testers for Erica Jackman’s new pattern, Even Steven. As soon as I saw her version, I knew I wanted to make this quilt. And I am thrilled with how it came together.

The Even Steven pattern is designed for beginners and is fat quarter-friendly! It is simple to construct and sews up quickly. If you can sew a 1/4″ seam, you can make this quilt! I tested the block construction as written (it’s perfect!) and then decided to strip-piece the parts of the blocks that I could which made the construction even faster.

I chose a very bright, cheerful group of fabrics that I had purchased on impulse back in March. While I love sewing with ALL THE COLORS, I wasn’t sure how I was going to use these Tula Pink dots and stripes until I saw this pattern. If bright and crazy isn’t your thing, don’t be deterred – this pattern looks just as amazing in a more subtle palette. It’s definitely one I will revisit in the future.

You can buy a PDF or paper pattern of the Even Steven Quilt from Erica’s shop. She has many other great patterns worth checking out, too, as well as an inspiring blog, Kitchen Table Quilting, chock-full of gorgeous projects.

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