Skip to main content

Your New Favorite Quilt Patterns

It’s an exciting time in quilt world – I've released my first two patterns! Okay, maybe it’s just an exciting time at my house, but I do hope you'll take a minute to read about my design aesthetic and quilting principles and peek at my new patterns :)

In The Right Direction Quilt
I released #InTheRightDirectionQuilt and #AroundTheSquareQuilt as PDF patterns via my Craftsy shop. These are two fun and simple quilt patterns. There’s no magic in what I do. I wish I could tell you I came up with a way to make a million squares or half square triangles in mere minutes, but that’s just not the case. My guiding principle in quilting is to make something fun and practice skill building. I firmly believe that the more time you spend doing basic principles of quilting, the more efficient and accurate you’ll get each time. I love shortcuts too and I own lots of quilting gadgets to help improve in speed and efficiency (hello Bloc Loc rulers!) – and some of those will be useful in these patterns, but it’s also some good ol’ fashioned hard work to get a result you love.

#InTheRightDirectionQuilt is a great introduction to modern quilting. It utilizes large bold elements and lots of negative space. It’s a beginner-friendly pattern. Everyone – beginner to expert – can enjoy selecting a unique color palette, picking solids or patterned fabrics or a mixture of both and creating a very unique, personalized quilt. One of my goals as a pattern designer is to get you excited about how you can make a quilt YOURS with your favorite fabrics. I rarely provide great detail on the fabrics I use because I want you make something using fabrics YOU love. This quilt would look awesome in florals, batiks, large-scale prints, small-scale prints and everything in between.

You can read about the inspiration behind this quilt (it’s actually a nod to finding balance!) here and then go pick up the pattern on Craftsy.

Around The Square Quilt
#AroundTheSquareQuilt is a fun quilt to use coveted fussy cuts! It’s a modern traditionalism style quilt. I’ve simply played with the placement of squares, rectangles and half square triangles. It’s a beginner-friendly pattern. As I mentioned, it’s a fun way to showcase larger prints as you have many centrally-focused squares to use in the pattern. Again, my goal for this quilt is to be approachable by everyone and allow you to customize the feel of this quilt by using YOUR favorite fabrics! Or, step out of your comfort zone and pick a totally different set of fabrics than you typically use. This quilt would really pop using extremely bold, contrasting solids too!

You can read about the inspiration behind this quilt (it’s related to a specific characterization of small towns) here and then go pick up the pattern on Craftsy.

I hope you feel inspired seeing these patterns! And to celebrate, the patterns are 15% off now through 8/10/18 (no code needed)!

I’d also like to acknowledge the very generous, talented and inspirational people who’ve helped me embark on this journey – Marny, Julie, Jill, Kristen, Emily, Kelly, JoEllen, Rebecca, Shona, Kristen, my husband, my daughter and much of my extended family. Thanks for your expertise, cheerleading and belief in me.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Quilt Coat Along

Welcome to the Spring 2021 Quilt Coat Along , hosted by TinaCurtis and Jessica Plunkett ! We are excited to bring together sewists to make one of the hottest fashion trends around – Quilt Coats. We'd like to start by acknowledging that quilt coats are not a new thing, they were found all over the world being made by people of color and of all different cultures. Below are examples from the International Quilt Museum and the Public Library Quilts page. We appreciate the beauty of both of these garments and are thankful for the rich history they lend to our current mainstream trend. https://www.internationalquiltmuseum.org/quilt/20140070004 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Public Library Quilts (@publiclibraryquilts) This is a low key sew along – while we have a relaxed six week schedule to try and keep you motivated, you are welcome to work at your own pace. Here are a few key details about the sew along if you’re interested in participating!

2020 Planning

I recently learned about Yvonne Fuch’s ( QuiltingJetGirl on Instagram !) #2020PlanningParty and I thought it was just the swift kick in the pants I needed to really think about my professional and personal quilting goals in 2020. Here are my thoughts leading into the new year. Professional Goals 1. Teach new quilters. The wheels have been set into motion for an opportunity to teach a quilting 101 class in my community in the spring. I’ve spent the last several months developing a beginner sampler pattern and I’ll be wrapping it up in a few weeks. Here’s hoping there are a few people interested in learning how to quilt! 2. Print four of my patterns. A few shops and guilds have asked me about printed patterns for their stores or for upcoming lecturers. Currently I only offer patterns as PDFs so I have a goal of getting a small batch of four specific patterns printed in 2020. 3. Release three new patterns. With some of my other professional and personal quilting goals in 2020, I’

Transparent Squares Quilt Block Tutorial

If you are new to transparency in quilting or need a refresher, this is a simple practice block to make to play around with fabric choices and the effects of transparency. Transparent Squares Quilt Block I posted a video on IGTV that explains the very basics of transparency in quilting. A short simplified version of what I shared is that transparency is the ability to see through layer(s) of an object. It can be real or implied. So in quilting, you can use fabric color choices to make implied transparency. The most basic way to achieve transparency, in my opinion, is to choose dark, medium and light values of one color. Understanding color structure is important, but being a master of it is not required to play around with transparency. For example, if a grey fabric has a lot of cool color blue undertones, then you have to be cognizant of how that specific fabric color plays with other colors. Also, it’s important to realize that while many colors are available in fabrics, it’s