WIP Organization

The June challenge for Sew For Fifteen is WIPs (Work in Progress), and I have no shortage of resources to share on the subject. We all approach our list of projects in progress differently.  I typically have a few projects going at one time, as well as a stack of finished (but not yet quilted) tops waiting for attention. I work on the handful of projects I have going until I finish them, then start a few more. I have friends who tackle only one project at a time, waiting until one is finished to start another one. And I have other friends who have WIPs that are decades old and waiting to be rediscovered. My oldest WIP is a decade old, and I plan to finish it this week.  Finally!

Whatever your approach, this month at Sew For Fifteen is all about organizing your WIPs so that you might tackle them at your convenience.

Free PDF WIP Organizers

String & Story WIP Tracker

Canoe Ridge Creations #finishit2019 WIP Tracker

Mama Love Quilts WIP Tracker

Hello Melly Designs Quilt Project Planner

 

Blog Posts & Finish Along Challenges

Guest Post By Holly Lesue on Diary Of A Quilter

The Crafty Quilter: 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge 

Scissortail Quilting: Quilty Project Management

A Quilting Life: Quilt Works In Progress

All People Quilt 2019 UFO Challenge

Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) Tutorials & Patterns

The May theme for Sew For Fifteen is Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP). Fabric is sewn to paper one piece at a time, allowing the sewist to create precise points and angles that are difficult or near impossible to achieve with traditional piecing. FPP can be used to make simple blocks, like Half Square Triangles and Half Right Triangles, as well as complicated compositions such as detailed animal blocks and multi-part mini quilts.

Foundation Paper Piecing is a technique that can be done with nearly the same supplies as traditional piecing, with the exception of the pattern templates. However, there are a number of tools that can make your paper piecing easier and better – a seam roller, water soluble glue stick, add-a-quarter ruler, and a light box, among other things. A few of the tutorials below list them in detail.

I recently acquired a light box, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with that tool here.  Beyond that, all I need are paper, fabric, and thread. Oh, and scissors, a rotary cutter, and a cutting mat.  And a sewing machine. You know, the essentials. 🙂

I use Aurifil 50wt 2600 (light gray) thread for all my piecing, including FPP, and I always turn my stitch length down to 1.0.  The smaller stitch length holds the thread more securely when you rip the paper off at the end, and it helps with that part by perforating the paper.

It’s not too late to join us for the May Sew For Fifteen challenge.  Take a look at the tutorials and free patterns below and jump on in!

 

Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorials:

Blossom Heart Quilts: Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial

Leila Gardunia: How to Foundation Paper Piece

Wombat Quilts: Paper Piecing Tips

Mister Domestic: Foundation Paper Piecing No Tear Freezer Paper Method with Video Tutorial

String and Story: How to FPP

 

Free Patterns:

Quiet Play Patterns: Kristy at Quiet Play Patterns has designed a huge variety of FPP patterns, including geometric animals, holiday patterns, dinosaurs, letters, and so many more. The linked image below is one of a handful of free patterns that she offers on her PayHip site, linked above.

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Wombat Quilts: Cath at Wombat Quilts has shared some really helpful tutorials and posts on Foundation Paper Piecing. In addition, she has rounded up over 70 free FPP block patterns, including her own and those published by other makers. The block below is an example of one of the many blocks that she has designed and shared for free.

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Lillyella Stitchery: Nicole at Lillyella Stitchery has a number of paid and free FPP patterns that are great for learning angles in FPP, and work for small quilted items all the way up to large quilts.

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Sariella Patterns: A collaboration between Sarah Thomas at SARIDITTY and Nicole Young at Lillyella Stitchery, Sariella offers a number of beautiful free and paid patterns.  The Electric Diamond pattern is another great way to learn angles in FPP and can be made in so many ways, from edgy to super cute!

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Lugu Fabrics Blog Tour

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Lugu fabrics, Jessica Swift‘s latest fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics. I have enjoyed each of Jessica’s fabric lines and Lugu is no exception. The lighter color way is whimsical and fun, and the darker color way is deep and moving. All of these fabrics are wonderfully suitable for items made for kids, which is the focus of the Lugu blog tour.

I decided to make a doll sleeping bag and baby doll carrier.  There is a doll that is set to join the family of items later today, but for now, we have her accessories. I’ll update the post to include her when she’s ready for her big debut.

The sleeping bag pattern is a tutorial from the blog See Kate Sew.  I chose Tekstiil Emberglow and Lumina Dusk for this item.  The deep orange color and delicate print made Tekstiil Emberglow perfect for the exterior.  The teal, yellow, and pink in Lumina Dusk made it a great contrast fabric for the lining.  I was so happy I could include the selvedge as part of the strap.  Details like that add so much to a project.

 

I know my four year old son, and his 5 and 7 year old sisters will love putting their dollies to bed in this little sleeping bag. And it even has a pillow for more comfortable doll slumber.

If mobile doll fun is what your kid needs, then this simple doll carrier pattern by Nicole Bennett is just the thing. I used Sova Dayglo to make this carrier, and I had so much fun with it.  The colors in this fabric are deep and rich, with beautiful pink, mustard, and orange accents. The owls in the print were perfect for fussy cutting the main panel of the carrier. My son had lots of fun jumping around the yard with his doll in tow, and even stopped for a few kisses on the forehead (when prompted by me to do so, I’ll admit. 😉 )

 

The Lugu Fabrics Blog Tour has just begun, and there is already so much beautiful inspiration to be found. Be sure to check out the projects already posted, and follow along as lots more talented makers share their projects made with Lugu fabrics.

Monday March 25 – Jessica Swift

Tuesday March 26 – Priscilla Geissler

Wednesday March 27 – Felicity Greiner

Thursday March 28 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio

Friday March 29 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday April 1 – Michael Caputo | Patchwork and Paper

Tuesday April 2 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much Fun

Wednesday April 3 – Amista Baker | Hilltop Custom Designs

Thursday April 4 – Gwyn LaSpina | Clever Colleen

Friday April 5 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams

Monday April 8 – Brianne Baxa | BriCrafty

Tuesday April 9 – Louise Waterfall | Textile Trolley

Wednesday April 10 – Neressa Bennett

Thursday April 11 – Amista Baker | Hilltop Custom Designs

Friday April 12 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio

Monday April 15 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies

Tuesday April 16 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates

Wednesday April 17 – Alex Sorensen | My Sew Bliss

Thursday April 18 – Jennifer MacWilliams | This Girl Is Sew Destructive

Friday April 19 – Betsy Harrahy | Little Pink Pamplemousse

Monday April 22 – Rebecca Ringquist | Dropcloth Samplers

Tuesday April 23 – Chantal Morin | CG Monsters

Wednesday April 24 – Danielle Gobel | Little Pink Peony

Thursday April 25 – Eve Gaddis

 

Slice & Stitch Challenge

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a project I completed as part of a challenge sponsored by Aurifil and Olfa. Every two months, one Aurifil Artisan and one Olfa Creator will use the same tools to create a new project and share it. This month, I worked with Aurifloss and Olfa specialty blades in the deluxe rotary cutter. The Aurifloss was wonderful to work with for my first hand quilting project, and the pinking blade was a very helpful finishing tool. For more information about the tools I used, see the blog post on Auribuzz, the Aurifil thread blog.

The following is a full tutorial to create your own Stripe Dash quilt block and cushion cover.

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By Isabelle Selak

Finished block: 18″x18″

Notes: Width of Fabric (WOF) is assumed to be 42″. All seams are 1/4″. This pattern can be constructed using strip piecing. However, I find that my piecing is less accurate when I use strip piecing. Because of this, the following instructions are for individual pieces rather strip piecing.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A (background fabric): 1 fat quarter

Fabric B (light aqua): 4″x7″ scrap

Fabric C (medium aqua): 8″x7″ scrap

Fabric D (dark aqua): 1 fat quarter

Batting: At least 20″x20″ piece

Backing fabric: 5/8ths of a yard (20″x20″ square piece)

Cutting Instructions:

Fabric A (background fabric):

Cut (2) 7″ squares.

Cut (4) 3.5″x7″ rectangles.

Cut (16) 3/4″x7″ rectangles.

Fabric B:

Cut (4) 1″x7″ rectangles

Fabric C:

Cut (8) 1″x7″ rectangles

Fabric D:

Cut (2) 7″ squares

Cut (1) 6.5″ square

Cut (4) 1″x7″ rectangles

Piecing Instructions

Create HSTs

1. Use the 7″ squares of Fabric A and Fabric D to create (4) 6.5″ HST blocks.

2. Take (1) 7″ square of Fabric A and (1) 7″ square of Fabric D. Place them right sides together. (RST)

3. Mark a line across the diagonal of one of the fabrics. Mark additional lines 1/4 away on either side of the center line. These are your stitch lines.

4. Stitch along both stitch lines. Cut down the center line to create two HST blocks. Press open, with seams open or to the side of the darker fabric, according to your preference. Repeat with the remaining pair of 7″ squares to create a total of 4 HST blocks.

5. Trim HSTs to 6.5″x6.5″. Set aside.

Create Stripe Blocks

Note: Use a scant 1/4″ seam to ensure that your block dimensions are correct when constructed.

1. Retrieve (4) 3.5″ Fabric A rectangles, (16) 3/4″x7″ Fabric A rectangles, and all 1″x7″ rectangles of Fabrics B, C, and D.

2. In piles of four, lay out your strips according to the following illustration:

3. Chain piece the strips, one colored strip on the left and one Fabric A strip on the right. Place the strips right sides together and sew together with a 1/4″ seam.

4. Sew the strip pairs together into sets of 4 strips.

5. Sew the sets of 4 strips together into one set of 8 strips.

6. Attach the 3.5″x7″ rectangle of Fabric A to the strip set to complete one Stripe Block. Trim the block so it measures 6.5″x6.5″. Repeat to create 4 Stripe Blocks.

Final Assembly

1. Use 4 HSTs, 4 Stripe Blocks, and (1) 6.5″ square of Fabric D for the final assembly.

2. Lay out your blocks according to the illustration:

3. Connect the blocks to create 3 rows of 3 blocks each.

4. Connect the rows to complete the quilt block.

5. Baste and quilt as desired.

Use your preferred method for constructing a cushion cover. Options are envelope closure, button closure, hidden zipper, or invisible zipper. You can also use binding on the edge for extra trim.

And just like that, you’re done with your Stripe Dash cushion cover! I hope you enjoyed the project as much as I did. I’d love to see your finished projects. Please share them on social media using #stripedash.

Third Star Quilt: Mister Domestic’s Aura Blog Party

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I’m so excited to join Mister Domestic and his Aura Fabrics Blog Party fun! I finally get to share my newest quilt design and pattern-in-the-works, the Third Star Quilt.

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For this blog party, I knew I wanted to design a new quilt.  I usually try to design something that features most of the fabrics in the line, but this time I tried something a little different.  I chose five prints from Aura fabrics and combined them with some of my favorite Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Solids and Wicked Sky denim from Art Gallery Fabrics’ Denim Studio to make this stripy, sunburst-y pattern, Third Star Quilt.

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Originally, I planned to achieve that striped star effect by making a large number of tiny HSTs – 384 to be exact. Yikes! I went back to the drawing board to figure out a different approach.  I thought about using traditional piecing to make the striped sections of the block, but that would require some serious precision.  Doable, but challenging. I finally settled on foundation paper piecing.

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Foundation paper piecing (FPP) is one of my favorite techniques.  I love the sharp corners and straight seams that I get with FPP.  It was the perfect solution for the striped part of my Third Star blocks. Once I finished all the components, I pieced them together to make 12 finished blocks.  The Third Star quilt is made with an 18″ block, so it comes together pretty quickly.

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The bright, bold patterns and soft, tropical florals in Mathew’s Aura fabrics make it such a versatile fabric line. Aura’s Kauai Sunrise color way is light and playful while the Maui Sunset color way is dark and romantic – but that can all change depending on what you pair it with. I cut the Tiki Way Papaya fabric on the bias to make that stripe appear to be radiating out from the center, and I’m so happy with the effect.

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I finished it off with some straight line quilting using Aurifil 50wt thread – 1125 (teal) for the top and 1246 (dark gray) for the back – backed it with Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Solids in Tile Blue and used Wicked Sky denim for the binding.

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I love working with Mathew’s fabrics, and Aura is no exception. Be sure to keep an eye out for more of my Aura fabrics projects in the next couple months.

In the mean time, the party rages on! Check out all the projects already made and keep an eye out for all the new ones coming your way – all made with Mister Domestic’s Aura fabrics!

Get Started with English Paper Piecing

Sew For Fifteen is all about finding those sewing techniques or patterns that are on our “Someday I’d like to try…” lists and diving in together.  English Paper Piecing (EPP) is next on our list of techniques to learn.

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My basted (still yet unsewn) EPP Party Block #7

English Paper Piecing was on my list for a long time before a nudge from a friend finally inspired me to dive in.  I was intrigued by the fun new patterns being released – The Mischief Quilt and Brimfield blocks were high on my list – but I was intimidated by all the things I thought I needed.  New supplies, new skills – too much, right?!

Thankfully, I discovered a few really helpful resources that taught me how to EPP and even provided files for the templates I needed to dive right in. Having extra supplies is so helpful, but I’m a firm believer that with a little creativity, we can usually find what we need to start a new craft hidden among the things we already have at home.

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I have a limited budget for crafting supplies, so I was very happy to find that I could purchase single block packs for some of my favorite blocks for less than $10. I have papers for a few of my favorite Brimfield blocks, and have since splurged on one complete Obsession Quilt Kit from Karen The DIY Addict. If treated gently during the basting and removal process, EPP block papers are reusable.

I’ve rounded up a few tutorials and supply lists to help get you started. If you can, I definitely encourage you to get started with the Brimfield blocks or a quilt kit by The DIY Addict.  There are also tutorials that walk you through a few hexagon projects and some other popular EPP shapes. I’ll let you know, soon, what my favorite EPP supplies are. In the meantime, jump on in and feel free to ask questions in the comments.

 

Karen The DIY Addict: Comprehensive Guide to EPP

Brimfield Awakening: Introducing the Avon Block (The template is free!)

The EPP Party hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo

Sometimes Crafter: Adventures in Hexagons

Emily Dennis at Quilty Love: English Paper Piecing

String & Story: EPP

Curved EPP Tutorial by Mister Domestic

 

 

 

*Linked products are not paid endorsements.  Rather, they are items and tutorials that I use and enjoy.

 

 

 

Curves: Types and Tutorials

We’re just about to start week three of Sew For Fifteen, and you guys are blowing me away with your awesome curves! We’ve had improv curves, hand sewn curves, and lots of curves using templates and patterns.  I will be working on a template pattern this month – the Picnic Quilt by Color Girl Quilts.  I cut it out last summer, so it’s definitely time for me to get working on it! Which is your favorite type of curve?

Template Cut Curves

There are many patterns written for curves using printed templates or rulers specifically for curved piecing.  The following blog tutorials and videos are just a few of the great resources that you can use for template cut curves. One of them advocates using ALL THE PINS, one suggests skipping pins altogether, and the rest explore both options. I use a few pins when I’m sewing curves, but you have to find what works for you. Check out these tutorials and videos for guidance.

Color Girl Quilts: How To Sew A Full, Set-In Circle

Sewing Curves by Suzy Quilts (This video features the Propeller Quilt pattern, which has since been improved and renamed Modern Fans.)

Sometimes Crafter: Options For Sewing Curves

Pile O’ Fabric: Easy Methods To Piecing Curves

Art Gallery Fabrics Blog: Alice’s Tulips Block Tutorial

Sewn Up: Curved Piecing Video Tutorial

 

Improv Curves

Improv curves are typically cut without a template, though one of the tutorials listed here describes a great method for sewing improv curves with a freehand template. Most of these tutorials show you how to layer fabrics, cut a few curves into the layers simultaneously, then sew them together where they match up. Improv piecing is an art in itself, but we’ll cover that later in the year.  The spirit of most of these tutorials is to leave the templates behind and just go for it.

Red Pepper Quilts: Cutting And Sewing Free Hand Curves

Man Sewing: Curved Piecing Tutorial Video

Spontaneous Threads – Caution: Curves Ahead

Quilting Jet Girl: Improv Quarter Circle Tutorial

Night Quilter: Steps To Sewing Perfect Curves (This tutorial describes the method used by Stephanie at Spontaneous Threads, but with different photos and sample blocks.  Both are super helpful.)

 

Sew For Fifteen

If you’re just finding out about Sew For Fifteen, I’m glad you found it! We’ll be working together to learn some new techniques and check things off our quilting to-do lists, fifteen minutes at a time, for the whole year.  The community, tutorials, and prizes are bound to make this year productive and tons of fun! You can find all the information about how to participate here. Each month has a different theme.  January is all about curves.

So, which kind of curvy quilter are you – template or improv? If you’re just trying curves for the first time, tell me in the comments which type you think you’ll try first.

 

Reflections and Looking Ahead

Yvonne of Quilting JetGirl is throwing the #2019PlanningParty again, and since I hate to miss out on a party, I’m here reflecting on 2018 and looking ahead to 2019.  My goals for last year were:

Participate in more design challenges and calls for proposals: I met this goal somewhat, though not to the extent that I had hoped.  I had an amazing experience working with the Quilter’s Planner team, and very much enjoyed working with a few designers on their blog tours.  I intend to keep at it this year by submitting at least two patterns to quilting magazines and continuing to put myself out there for design challenges.  I learn so much each time I take a risk and put myself out there.  Sometimes I don’t hear back and I have the opportunity to reflect on why, and other times I’m lucky enough to dive into the experience of working with a publication or fabric designer. Either way, there’s progress to be made.

Sew from my stash: I made two or three projects using only what I had in my stash, and it felt great to do that.  With regard to new purchases, I’d say no comment, but I’m here for accountability and reflection, so the honest answer is  – my stash has grown and I’m okay with it.  I made some investments in my growing pattern business and acquired some bundles that I plan to use for pattern samples.  I also purchased some fabrics at great prices for skirts that I plan to make and quilt backs that I will definitely use.  Finally, I bought some fabrics that I loved, had my eye on, and wanted to play with.  This year I plan to continue to be thoughtful about fabric purchases, and to use what I have when I can.

Garment sewing: This year I made a cardigan and a triceratops halloween costume (3T, not for me). My garment sewing goals for 2018 definitely took a back seat to quilting goals.  I have a handful of garments waiting to be made – shirts, skirts, and coats – and hope to get to them in 2019.  I love having handmade garments to wear – they often fit better than off the rack, and the feeling of accomplishment from making my own clothes is the best!

Continue to develop and discover my voice – I am very happy with the progress I made in this area, and so excited to keep at it in 2019.  I was lucky enough to pattern test for some incredibly talented pattern designers, connected with lots of inspiring and talented quilters, and had some really great opportunities thrown my way.

 

My one new goal for 2019 (for now – new ones always pop up along the way):

 

Just go for it, and work with you to do the same! There are a lot of quilting techniques I want to try for the first time (FMQ is at the top of that list), and other techniques I want to improve at.  I’m looking forward to working together to check those things off our quilty to-do lists as we inspire each other and help cheer each other on.

What are your goals for 2019?

 

 

 

 

Sew For Fifteen

Sew For Fifteen is an opportunity for us to inspire and challenge each other to get started on those quilting techniques and projects that we’ve had our eye on for awhile, but haven’t started for one reason or another.  I want to be that person cheering you on, encouraging you to get out there and try that thing you’re scared of.  Maybe you’ve been wanting to try sewing curves for awhile.  Or maybe English Paper Piecing or Foundation Paper Piecing look fun, but you never got around to finding the tools you need to get started. You can do it! During Sew For Fifteen, we’ll encourage each other, challenge each other, and of course, have the chance to win awesome prizes!

The Challenge:

Sew For Fifteen has two primary objectives. I challenge you to:

  1. Find 15 minutes to work on a quilting project of your choice (related to each monthly theme) at least once a month. Sometimes we put things off because we don’t have the time to really sit down and get into it. I don’t know about you, but looking back on 2018, I would have finished a lot of projects if I’d found 15 minutes here and there to work on them.
  2. Learn new quilting techniques that you’ve been wanting to try. Each month will have a theme.  In 2019, we will try:
    • January: Curves
    • February: EPP
    • March: Quilting (By machine or by hand)
    • April: FMQ (get those practice quilt sandwiches ready!)
    • May: FPP
    • June: WIPs
    • July: Quilt Design
    • August: Applique (of all kinds)
    • September: Binding/Facing
    • October: Quilter’s Choice: Pattern
    • November: Quilter’s Choice: Technique (Improv, fabric weaving, Y seams, etc)
    • December: Year In Review and Planning Ahead

How to Participate:

Choose a Project: You may work on any quilting project you choose that you’d like to chip away at 15 minutes at a time (or longer if you’re lucky enough to find the time).  It does not need to be related to the monthly theme, but only entries that relate to the monthly theme will count toward winning prizes.

Take a Photo and Share it: Sew For Fifteen will take place completely on Instagram. You do not need to officially sign up, but you will need to have a public Instagram account.  You will enter by posting a picture of what you did during your 15 minutes of project work using the hashtag #sbbsewfor15.  Whether you pulled fabrics, cut some blocks, or got started on your sewing, share a photo of your progress and that’s an entry.  You may enter as many times as you would like throughout the month.

Enjoy the resources: Throughout the month, I will share resources that will support you in your effort to learn new quilty things. I will post links to blogs and videos shared by experts on that month’s theme.  I will also do some Instagram live videos with our sponsors. And of course, I will post throughout the month to say hi and check in on your progress. If you find any good tips or tricks, please share them!  We’re all here to learn from each other.

What projects can I work on?

You may work on any project you choose, but only photos that are related to the monthly theme will count as entries toward the monthly prize.  We have many generous sponsors, and we’d like to highlight their work as it relates to the theme each month.

Do I have to participate every month?

We’d love to have you with us each month of the year, but you are welcome to pick and choose the months with themes that interest you.  Just post an entry during the months that you choose to participate, and you’re in!

What are the prizes?

There will be two giveaways each month.

The “Getting Started” giveaway: On the first day of each month, I will announce the “Getting Started” giveaway in a post on Instagram.  It will consist of at least one tool that will help get you started for that month’s theme.  It will run for 48 hours, after which point the winner will be announced on Instagram and here on my blog. I will send the winner a DM on Instagram to arrange for shipment of your prize.  If you do not respond within 72 hours of when I sent the DM, another winner will be chosen.

The End of the Month giveaway: On the second day of each month, I will choose a winner from the previous month’s entries.  For example, on February 2, I will choose a winner from all of the January photo entries.  An entry is eligible to win if:

  • It was posted between the first and last day of the month, in YOUR timezone.
  • Used the correct hashtag (#sbbsewfor15)
  • Pertained to a project that relates to the monthly theme (see list posted above).
  • The person is following the Instagram accounts for that month’s sponsors.
  • The entry is from a public Instagram account.

Monthly Sponsors:

January (Curves):RJR Fabrics has generously offered to donate a bundle of Cotton Supreme Solids for our Getting Started giveaway.

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Also on offer for the Getting Started giveaway (offered by yours truly) is a set of Drunkards Path quilting templates.

Color Girl Quilts has generously donated one Classic Curves Ruler and pattern pack for our end of the month giveaway.

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February (EPP): Get your EPP journey started with some Brimfield blocks.  The Getting Started giveaway features a starter pack with papers for each of the Brimfield blocks: Brimfield, Brimfield Meadows, and Brimfield Star.

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This giveaway also includes a Liberty fabrics scrap pack offered by South Bay Bella Studio.

The rest of our sponsors will be announced as the event unfolds.  We’ve got lots of great stuff planned, so stay tuned.

I have lots of questions!  Where do I ask them?

This is my first time planning something like this, so please be gentle! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave comments here and I will respond as quickly as possible.  Otherwise, get those curved projects ready for January and I’ll see you in about a week!  Thanks for joining me on this crazy adventure.

Introducing Garden Windows: The Quilter’s Planner 2019

I am a mom, a spouse, a quilter, a pattern designer and, less often talked about here, a historian.  I remember the first moment I realized I was a historian, and not just a history student or future history teacher.  I was working on a paper as an undergraduate student, and the words of our professor echoed in my mind – he stressed that the thoughts we were putting into our projects were our own and to make sure that, at least in some small way, we contributed to the overall understanding of the topic.  It was likely a simple reminder about plagiarism, but for me it was the moment that I realized I had something to contribute to the academic discipline that I loved so much, and that what I had to contribute was worth sharing.

This year, I have taken that sentiment and applied it to my quilting and pattern design.  I challenged myself earlier in the year to respond to calls for submission and to submit my patterns for publication more often.  I submitted three patterns for consideration for the Quilter’s Planner, and almost fell out of my seat when I saw the email subject line, “Congratulations, your pattern has been accepted!” I am super excited to share Garden Windows, one of the many beautiful patterns included in the 2019 Quilter’s Planner.

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Photo taken by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for The Quilter’s Planner

I made Garden Windows with Mediterraneo fabrics by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. I love the vibrant colors and fresh floral prints in this line. I used Pure Elements Snow for the background, and a beautiful Mediterraneo floral fabric for the backing and binding. This quilt can be scrappy or made with just a few fabrics and focus prints.  I can’t wait to see your vision for this pattern!

Here are a couple more views of Garden Windows, photographed by the incredibly talented Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for The Quilter’s Planner.

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Above photos taken by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for The Quilter’s Planner

I am excited to share this design with you in the 2019 Quilter’s Planner, along with the many other quilt, project, and block patterns featured in the planner and accompanying magazine. Pre-orders for the Quilter’s Planner are open now.  The pre-order comes with a few bonus goodies for a limited time, so head over and pick one up.  You will be so glad you did!  For US orders, you can order the Quilter’s Planner here, and for international orders, head to Fat Quarter Shop to place your order.

Mine is the tenth design to be revealed, and there are still six to go. Follow along with the rest of the reveals, and take a look at what’s already been shared:

July 23 – Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs @meadowmistdesigns
July 25 – Kitty Wilkin Night Quilter @nightquilter
July 27 – Karie Jewell Two Kwik Quilters @karie_twokwikquilters
July 30 – Mandy Leins Mandalei Quilts @mandaleiquilts
August 1 – Megan Fisher @ayragon
August 3 – Andrea Tsang Jackson 3rd Story Workshop @3rdstoryworkshop
August 6 Trinia  Braughton Penguin Feats @penquinfeats
August 8 Lee Monroe May Chappell @maychappell
August 10 Karen Lewis Karen Lewis Textiles @karenlewistextiles
August 13 Isabelle Selak South Bay Bella Studio @southbaybella
August 15 Sylvia Schaefer Flying Parrot Quilts @flyingparrotquilts
August 17 Yvonne Fuchs Quilting Jetgirl @quiltingjetgirl
August 20 Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream @seamslikeadreamquilts
August 22 Shannon Fraser Shannon Fraser Designs @shannonfraserdesigns
August 24 Kerry Goulder Kid Giddy @kidgiddy
August 27 Kitty Wilkin Night Quilter @nightquilter
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Photo taken by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for The Quilter’s Planner