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Purple Rain

By | Sewing

April Rain

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night –

And I love the rain.

~ Langston Hughes

Mother nature played her version of April Fool’s by dumping a little snow on us today on Easter Sunday. It made egg hunting easier so the jokes really on her.

I know spring showers are soon to follow and I’d like to introduce “Purple Rain,” my latest quilt pattern. The 2018 Pantone, Ultra Violet, happens to be one of my favorite colors so I made it a goal to design a quilt using an analogous color scheme around it. A few more of my favorites about this quilt include the scent of rain…the smell in the air before drops start to fall is wonderful. I’m also in love with the relaxing scent of lavender, it’s in our oil diffuser most often at night.  And who doesn’t like Prince? This scrappy quilt is pays homage to it all using 2.5″ strips. Of course you may make your raindrops any color your heart desires. The latest Moda Watercolor prints make a great addition to the rain effect. Enjoy and be sure to do a little dancing in the rain this spring!

Quilted by Kristi Ryan

Here’s a little something to make your desktop cheerful.  Painted Garden ships this month! Be on the look out for this floral print at your local quilt shop.

Green Goodness

By | Fabric Design, Sewing

There are so many fun things to celebrate in March. Who isn’t excited about warmer weather and the first day of spring?! I thought I would share a few of my favorite “green things” in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

This past Christmas my sister and I had a Vera Neumann scarf exchange. It is now my favorite accessory. As a designer, Vera’s story, art and style has been an inspiration to me. She began her career by designing scarves from parachute silk during World War II. I could spend hours looking at Vera’s vintage scarves on Etsy and am so thankful to have one of my own.


Next, is something new that I started in February. I have cut back on coffee and started drinking more tea. We have the cutest tea shop on the Liberty square called Anna’s Tea Shop and that is where I was educated on matcha tea! It is ground up green tea leaves packed full of health benefits since you ingest the entire leaf. You can find the powder mix at grocery stores. I like to get my day started with the green goodness so I make a smoothie for breakfast. Starbucks is now offering Matcha Green Tea Latte’s with soy milk which is also a delight.

I’m also fond of the greens in Painted Garden that will be shipping to stores next month!

Here is a block tutorial I have put together for March that uses mostly Painted Garden prints called Clover and Violets.

As we are getting closer to the Painted Garden release, I wanted to share the quilts that I designed to go along with the collection. Be sure to check your local shops for these patterns. The “Painted Garden” quilt is great for beginners. It goes together quickly using large blocks and showcases the bold floral print. Overall, this colorful collection brings joy to my soul and I hope others get that sense of joy as they make their own creations.

In my next blog post I will be sharing the garments and bags from Painted Garden that were made for market…so stay tuned. I will also be releasing a new pattern towards the end of the month that I am excited to share. It will be a PDF only pattern. (I”ll have a sneak peek on Instagram before I hand it over to my quilter.)

Painted Garden 92″ x 100″

Soirée 60″ x 80″

Rose Hips 70″ x 90″

Fruit Punch 72″ x 72″

Oh yeah, it’s also time to update your desktop…enjoy!

Hello February!

By | Sewing

In the spirit of LOVE, I am sharing a tutorial for a hot lips block. It’s super cute and can easily be made into a pillow or incorporated into a quilt design. The unfinished size is 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″. Also, feel free to freshen up your desktop with a new wallpaper and calendar design for the month of February. Just right click on the image and select “use image as desktop picture.”

 

Here is a shot of my Crazy Love quilt all finished. The fabrics that I used are mostly from the Painted Garden collection that will release in April! You can refer to the previous post for the free quilt pattern.

Crazy Love

By | Fabric Design, Sewing

We’re halfway through the first month of 2018 and that makes me so excited! I am ready for things to warm up around here. I’ve been fashioning an electric blanket when I’m downstairs on the computer.

One of my first projects in the new year was organizing my scraps and sewing room and it feels great. All of my scraps are in plastic containers according to hue and I’m ready to sew some fun creations. A week ago today, I sketched out a heart block and decided I needed to make a pattern and share it with the world. I love heart blocks and with Valentine’s Day a few weeks away I decided it was now or never. I finished the quilt top last night and it is ready to be quilted.

Crazy Love uses 2 1/2″ strips and half square triangles to make a 12″ heart block. Keeping the right value is key to the design. I used different hues to add interest. I think this quilt would look great in solids as well, however, those weren’t in my stash! LOL. My pattern includes a color page so you can create your own design, along with different quilt sizes.

Use #crazylovequilt on Instagram and share your creations! I’ll be sharing more pictures once mine is quilted. Have a good weekend and happy sewing.


My friends, I apologize…I was so excited to get this pattern out by Friday that I overlooked a couple things that I should bring to your attention. You may have already figured them out. If you haven’t started, please download the file again as they have been corrected as of 1/16/18.

  1. When cutting your Light/Medium strips, the last dimension is 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  2. On step one, you will also use fabric (C) to make Half Square Triangles.

By Hand London

By | Fabric Design, Sewing

By Hand London is one of my favorite pattern companies for garment sewing. The dresses have always fit me well without the need for adjustments. Their patterns are well written with instructions easy to follow. I will be adding to this post as I have three dresses to share made from the Wild Nectar Collection from Moda.

This first dress is the Anna Dress featuring the Flutter print. The classic style and fit makes it appropriate for any occasion. You can change the design of this dress with the different neckline and skirt variations available.

Click here to read more about the Anna Dress PDF sewing pattern!

The Flora Dress says, “Let’s Party!” I love the shape of the bodice with the thin shoulder straps. This pattern comes with a bodice and skirt variation as well. Don’t let the invisible zipper in the back but scare you. This allows you to have a dress with a nice shapely fit. Just take your time, I promise you’ll love the end result. Click here for the Flora Dress PDF pattern. 

Last but not least, the Georgia Dress! This little number makes the perfect cocktail dress. A wider strap variation is also available. I would recommend practicing the bodice. If you don’t sew the curves just right the form can be a little rigid. I also shortened my straps since they are not adjustable. Otherwise, it’s pretty straight forward. Sew a few pieces of fabric together and put in a zipper! Click here for the Georgia Dress PDF pattern.

Quilt Of Many Colors

By | Sewing

It’s the quilt of many colors! This is an easy quilt project using 2.5″ strips from the Wild Nectar Collection by Moda. The final dimensions are 98″ x 108″ sized for a queen. To make this quilt, you will need 3 jelly rolls and 4 3/4 yards of an ivory solid. The Basics Grey Grunge is my favorite replacement for a solid because of the subtle brush texture. I hope it stays in production forever.

The pieces I used are 2.5″ x 6.5.” Each row has 49 pieces total, with prints and solids randomly pieced. I made 18 rows and then sewed them together. Matching the seams was my original intent but I soon decided I would rather sew like a mad woman and not worry about being perfect. It’s more fun that way and I will probably quilt it in the same fashion with some crazy swerve lines.

This quilt will update my spare bedroom/sewing room. I hope this has inspired you for a quilt project! The key to quilting with Wild Nectar it is to add some white. Let a little canvas show through all the brilliant color.

Sew To Grow with Wild Nectar Fabrics from Moda

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It’s easy to take pleasure in garment sewing when you hear little voices say, ” We love our dresses!” I would like to share the latest Sew To Grow pattern for children…it’s the Mini Bondi Top and Tunic Dress! Just like the favored adult version, this top is a quick easy sew that features a contrasting yolk in the back. This can be made as a top or you can add a casing and draw string for a super cute tunic. Available in sizes 12 months to size 10.

Mini Bondi Tunic Dress featuring the Wild Nectar Collection from Moda Fabrics designed by Crystal Manning.

If you are intimidated about sewing garments, I vouch for Sew To Grow patterns as they are easy to follow. You will find wonderful tutorial videos on the website as well. Sewing garments isn’t as difficult as you think and it’s rewarding to be able to say, “I made this!”

Once you’ve made a dress and are admiring it in front of the mirror, you will realize that something is off balance when you can go to a store and buy one for $10 to $15. Someone isn’t earning the money they deserve and we are buying more clothes than we need.

Lindsey, from Sew To Grow takes great pleasure in teaching others her love of sewing. If you are a shop owner that carries garment patterns, I highly recommend booking a workshop with her. She instructs the proper way of taking measurements and making alterations so you have the perfect fit and style for your body. Her infectious spirit will leave a lasting impression on your customers and excitement for sewing their own clothes.

The Night Garden PJ Set makes a wonderful handmade gift for someone! Or just treat yoself!

Jelly Roll Giveaway!

By | Fabric Design

Now that I’ve had a little down time after Quilt Market, I’m eager to experiment with some more quilt designs! Yes, my house looked good for a week and now it’s back to fabric piles and obstacle courses. I’m creative you can’t expect me to be neat too. I’m giving away one of my jelly rolls because I’m just as excited to see what other  people can create with the Wild Nectar collection which ships in October. Please “like” this Facebook post to enter and please follow if you don’t already! I will announce the winner on my Facebook page June 10, 2017.

WaterFire
60 x 60
(FREE Pattern)
Quilted by Kristi Ryan

Wild Nectar
80 x 80
Quilted by Della Orndorff

Migration
60 x 60
Quilted by Della Orndorff

Wild Nectar Is Here!

By | Fabric Design, Sewing

I’m excited to finally share with you my first collection with Moda Fabrics! My sample fabric just arrived last week and now I am getting ready for quilt market which is in just a few weeks.

As I designed this collection, I envisioned the prints being used as garments as well as quilting projects. Wild Nectar ships in October so check back here as I will be posting several project ideas. I’m just getting started…so wish me luck. I have three quilts planned for market that I will be writing patterns for and one of them will be a freebie on this website.

The first garment I made was the Bondi Top by Sew To Grow in the “Pebble Vine” print. This top is a favorite of mine because it is and easy sew and nice for everyday wear. A mini version has been released this week which is super cute and on my sewing to-do list!

A Little Sew And Tell

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Finishing a quilt top is a great way to end the week! This is the Tula Pink “Butterly Quilt” in her Eden Collection. I’ve worked on this sporatically for almost a year. When I saw this quilt I fell in love with it and knew the only way I would be able to have one is if I made it myself. My husband says I chose this quilt because of all the colors and it was like putting a puzzle together, which is very true…I like pretty colors and puzzles.

Even though this was a challenge, it was the perfect crash course for me to stumble through. I was able to learn a variety of quilt blocks, assembly, how to break down a design and write a pattern.

In just a few weeks I will be receiving fabric from my first collection with Moda Fabrics. This is something that has been in the works since fall quilt market and I’m so excited about our partnership. They are rockstars in my book…so amazing and easy to work with. They are producing the collection that I presented at market, however seeing the designs in different colorways has given it a new life. I’m anxious to share with you the projects that I will be making. It’s crazy to think about…and possibly write a pattern of my own!

Well…it’s time to vacuum pins and thread out of the carpet. Have a good weekend. Make something awesome!