Molehills Quilt Along, Part 1: The Plan

After WAY too long – the Molehills Quilt pattern is now available to purchase for download and will soon be available in print. I had a wonderful time teaching this pattern. First at Sewtopia in Chicago and then again at Sew Modern in Los Angeles. With all the experience teaching it I was able to refine and expand the pattern a bit before it was finalized.

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Thanks to all of you who have purchased the pattern so far! I get so excited to see people making Molehills Quilts and making them their own.

So, who’s up for a Quilt Along? This will be especially great for those of you that really want to sew this but, are still a little intimidated by sewing curves. I promise, that it is a lot easier than you think! The curves are relatively gentle and I’ll teach you a bunch of techniques that will make this go together like a dream.

In the first quilt along installation we’ll talk about planning your quilt.

The beauty of this pattern is that it allows you to really customize it and make it your own. There are pieced fans, paper pieced arcs sewn into fans and the most recent addition is the template for full fans! These can all be interchanged and mixed.

Version 1
Version one is the main pattern and each fan consists of five arcs.

Chicaco Molehills

Rossie Hutchinson’s Chicago Molehills Block

Version 2
Version two allows you to paper piece the arcs. Lines are drawn on the pattern for ease and convenience.

Carolina Watts working on paper piecing her Molehills Quilt

Carolina Watts working on paper piecing her Molehills Quilt

OR, you can paper piece it free form OR draw your own lines like Myrth did!

Myrth McDonald added her own spin to her Molehills Quilt by paper piecing strategic arcs.

Myrth McDonald added her own spin to her Molehills Quilt by paper piecing strategic arcs.

Bonus: Full Fans
My fabulous TA at Sewtopia, none other than Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts fame was the first at Sewtopia to include full fans but, I was reminded that one of my pattern testers did as well. And so I decided to include it in the pattern as a bonus. Yep, thank Rossie for that one.

Rossie Hutchinson's Chicago Molehills

Rossie Hutchinson’s Chicago Molehills

Coloring Page!
Included in your pattern is a coloring page for you to use to help plan your quilt. You can print out as many copies as you need and play until you have a layout that you are happy with. The coloring page has the Version 1 layout but you can easily add lines for any Version 2 arcs/fans and you can also color all five arcs one color to represent full fans.

Molehills Coloring Page included in Pattern

Molehills Coloring Page included in Pattern

LAYOUTS
With all the variations of arcs and fans there are countless options but, I’ll give you a few ideas to use as a starting point for planing your layout.

Version 1
Scrappy – The easiest way to make this quilt is to make a scrappy Version 1. This requires the least amount of thought. You can just focus on sewing and the result is still fabulous!

Anna Seckman's Scrappy Pink Molehills Quilt

Anna Seckman’s Scrappy Pink Molehills Quilt

Scrappy with a Plan – You can have one constant, like the top arc being the same fabric or the same color and the rest being random and scrappy like I did with my Wet Matches version of the Molehills Quilt pattern. The top arcs are all navy/blue and the bottom alternate aquas and corals.

Wet Matches, the cover quilt for the Molehills Quilt Pattern

Wet Matches, the cover quilt for the Molehills Quilt Pattern

Deliberate Layout – And, lastly you can make a very deliberate layout like Giedra did in her quilt. The coloring pages will be helpful for a very deliberate layout.

Giedra Bowser's (@threadnhoney) Molehills Quilt and fun red shoes

Giedra Bowser’s (@threadnhoney) Molehills Quilt and fun red shoes

Version 2
Scrappy with a Plan – Each fan is pieced with the same color family in this great quilt by January, one of my fabulous pattern tester.

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Molehills Quilt from pattern tester @JanuaryT123.

Highlight a Few Fans – In my very first Molehills I highlighted a couple fans with prints and pieced all the rest in tan/beige neutrals.

The original Molehills Quilt.

The original Molehills Quilt

Scrappy – I sorta want to see someone make a purely scrappy Version 2 Molehills. . . I think it would be lovely. (If you do, please send pictures!)

Full Fans
I haven’t yet seen a quilt made of ALL full fans but, it is a definite option. It would be bold and I wouldn’t even say that you were cheating. 🙂

Mix & Match
This is where the fun really starts!

One of my pattern testers Patti used a solid top arc and pieced the rest of them. Really defines those fans.

One of my fabulous pattern testers, Patti Shanks (@retiredtoquilt) made this Molehills Quilt

One of my fabulous pattern testers, Patti Shanks (@retiredtoquilt) made this Molehills Quilt

Angela Pingel of Cut To Pieces mixed full fans and Version 1 fans.

Angela Pingel of cuttopieces.blogspot.com also mixed whole fans and Version 1.

Angela Pingel of cuttopieces.blogspot.com also mixed whole fans and Version 1 fans

Color
You can really, really play with color in great ways in this pattern. I’ll give you a few ideas that will hopefully get you to dreaming.

Alexandra uses color in such a great way! It is unusual and unexpected and very, very effective.

Inventive use of color on a Molehills Quilt by Alexandra LĂŒnz

Inventive use of color on a Molehills Quilt by Alexandra LĂŒnz

And, I don’t have a great picture of my Moody Blues Molehills but, I wanted to do an all solids version of this quilt and it’s a sort of gradation from dark blues in the upper left corner into neutrals in the bottom right.

Me showing my Moody Blues Molehills Quilt (Photo by Tami of LemonTreeTales.com)

Me showing my Moody Blues Molehills Quilt (Photo by Tami of LemonTreeTales.com)

These are just a few ideas – the sky is the limit with these layouts and color options! What is your plan?

Next week when you all have a plan, we’ll look at prepping your templates and cutting!

A Modern Twist – Blog Hop

I’m very excited to introduce you to the new book A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin by Natalie Barnes with Angela Walters (Martingale). First of all, let me tell you a bit about Natalie. Working in the industry I met Natalie somewhere along the way. I didn’t know her well but, I knew her and would see her at shows and other events. We would always chat and catch up. One show she mentioned that she needed a roommate for Quilt Market and I had a room for Quilt Festival and after a bit of back and forth with logistics we decided to share and room together. Then I realized I would be rooming with Natalie for 10 whole days! Now, you all know 10 days living with someone could either go really good or REALLY bad. Well, needless to say it was awesome! She is smart, caring and funny (and gives great little care packages for roomies) and she is all about community and supporting each other. We stayed up WAY too late a few nights swapping stories about our lives. I was so happy to find that this spirit comes through so clearly in her book as well!

A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes and Angela Walters (Brent Kane, Martingale)

A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes and Angela Walters (photo by Brent Kane, Martingale)

The whole premise of the book is brilliant – that you can make simple asymmetrical blocks and rotate them to create a very dynamic quilt. The result is brilliant.  It’s actually fun flipping through the book trying to identify the block units without looking at the pattern. One of my favorite quilts is called Circle Shuffle. Go figure, I like circles. 🙂 It took me a minute to identify the block in this one which is why I love it so much. It looks so much more complex than it actually is!

Circle Shuffle Quilt from A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes (photo by Brent Kane, Martingale)

Circle Shuffle Quilt from A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes (photo by Brent Kane, Martingale)

Throughout the book, Natalie explores the design areas of Color, Contrast and Composition through telling beautifully written stories and encouraging the reader to explore these design elements themselves. And, not only does Angela Walters quilt each of these beautiful quilts and projects but, she also explores the concepts of Color, Contrast and Composition as well.

Let me talk a bit about Composition. In quilting, composition is how all the elements of the quilt works together to form the final product. When you think about designing a quilt do you just think about what fabrics will go into the quilt top or do you think about all elements of the quilt. Composition includes how the elements of the fabric play together and in what scale. It looks at block layout and arrangement. It can even include designing with the function of the quilt in mind. Will it just be a throw or will it be on a bed? If it’s on a bed how will that design look when laying on the bed? What is the plan for quilting the quilt? Even your binding choice can affect the final look of the quilt. I love that this book takes a look at composition in a deliberate way.

Circle Shuffle Quilt from A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes (photo by Brent Kane, Martingale)

In all, A Modern Twist is a great book for exploring quilting from a slightly different perspective. Experienced quilters can have fun playing with the elements of color, contrast and composition as they impact the design of each of these quilts.  And beginning quilters will have the opportunity to wow by creating complex looking quilts with simple blocks.

Thanks Natalie for letting me play!

If you’d like to win your own copy of A Modern Twist, leave a comment below with what part of composition is most fun for you in your quilt design! A Random Number Generator will select the winner on March 15th, 2015. If the winner is from the US they will receive an autographed copy. If they are International, it will be an e-book!

And the winner is:

Number 78 is Lynn! Congrats Lynn. Look for an email from me!

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Join the rest of the blog hop as some amazing quilters take a look at A Modern Twist!

Giveaway Day Winner

Thanks everyone for entering the giveaway for SMS Giveaway Day! I used the old Random Number Generator and got #100.

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A little bit of counting backwards and I figured out that Anne won the Library of Books!

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Anne is currently enjoying Jean Wells book Intuitive Color. Great choice and if you ever get to see Jean in person, don’t miss it! She’s a jem! As a bonus Anne is sharing her library with the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild!

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Congrats Anne!

Former QuiltCon Juror Tells All

First, I have to say I LOVE the salacious title of my blog post! Hey, I’m from LA. I can do that. Mostly this will be an education on how a juried quilt show works.

I do feel that I need to start this out saying that this is in no way endorsed by the Modern Quilt Guild, the organization that hosts QuiltCon. I have to say that because it is an organization that I helped to found but, as of last December I resigned and am not associated with it in any other way than as a lot of you are. I’m just a plain old member of my local guild, the one and only Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild.

But, I’m compelled to write this because I know a lot of people have gotten their feelings hurt and part of it is not understanding the process of how a juried quilt show works.

Rough Idea of the Process
The jury process is pretty much the same no matter what show you go to. For some shows, especially the smaller shows, it can still be manual but the process is basically the same.

1. You submit your quilts with your information (name, email, address, etc.), name of quilt, dimensions, a descriptions and a couple of photos
2. After the entry deadline, the jury will get to view the photos and the description minus your name and other identifying info.
3. This step is done in different ways but, basically each member of the jury will say yes, no, or maybe to each quilt. Sometimes this is done with a numbering system 1 for no, 5 for yes. 2, 3, and 4 are reserved for the maybes. Sometimes it’s simply, yes, no or maybe.
4. The maybe’s are reviewed and decided upon. This can be done in several ways. In a show with a lot of entrants and a few spots you might have to have a unanimous yes from all jurors OR have a really high average score.

For QuiltCon the MQG uses an online computer service specifically designed for this purpose that many juried shows, like quilt shows or art shows use. The process is simple. The entrant submits their entries online submitting personal info, name of the quilt, statement, and two photos of the quilt. When the entry deadline has come and passed the jury gets a login where they can start to review the quilts and put their ‘votes’ in. You do it from your computer on your own so likely some of them were in their PJ’s doing it. OK, I’m telling on myself here. Last year we actually had discussion around the maybes. But, I suspect that due to the amazing number and what I suspect quality of entrants that maybe this was dealt with a little differently. I’m guessing here.

I saw that the MQG refined the judging process to reflect a lot of concerns from QuiltCon 2013 and they may have refined the system a bit. But, the basic process is the same.

“So, Why Wasn’t MY Quilt Selected?”
This is the golden question right. This is the question that all the entrants whose quilts weren’t selected have. Honestly, the ones that were selected probably have the same question “Why was my quilt selected?”. There is a lot that goes into the thought process of being a juror. First of all you react to your own personal tastes. The quilts you love get a YES or a 5. Quilts are art. Art is subjective. Jurors are human. We can’t get around all of that. All shows are like that.

Beyond that, there are space limitations and you must have balance in the show and to have a wide variety of quilts in each category. Also there is the appearance of workmanship that can only be viewed on photographs at this point (I can’t emphasize enough the quality of photographs). So, a LOT of things go into the selection process.

Let’s look at some of the assumptions that people are having on why their quilts weren’t selected.

“It’s Not Modern Enough”
Whether or not your quilt is modern enough is only one of many, many considerations. So, please don’t assume this is why your quilt didn’t make it through. Many, many modern quilts didn’t make it through especially with such a high number of entrants.

“I Bet All Their Friends Got In”
As I stated before, the process is such that there is an attempt at anonymity during the jury process. Let’s be honest though, if you are at all active in this community you start to recognize quilter’s styles and you know your friends quilts. To balance this out, there are a number of people on the jury though.

As a juror last QuiltCon, I had a few very good friends quilts that didn’t make it through (some of which I really wanted to and voted to get through some of which honestly I didn’t vote for) and a few people’s quilts that made it through that I didn’t think should have made it through. It’s part of the process. And, as a juror it can be difficult to remove your love for your friends or your respect for the quilter and look at the quilt and see if it fits in with the needs of the show.

One of the caveats when you agree to be a juror or judge is that your quilts cannot be considered for prize money OR ribbons. So you give up a lot being part of the jury. But, even your quilts don’t make it in automatically! I know for a fact that last year at least one of the juror’s quilts didn’t make the cut. Yep, rejected. 😉

Who are These Jurors Anyway?
A few juried quilt shows announce who the jurors are for their show but, many do not. And, personally I think it’s wise. These are generally board members or volunteers who have stepped up to the plate. And what is the sense of criticizing individuals? If we have a problem it should be about the process and not the individuals. I wasn’t alone responsible for any quilt that hung at QuiltCon 2013 and neither were any of the jurors. The same goes for this year.

I do have to tell  you that the MQG does make a concerted effort to put an impartial group of people on the jury that will make choices for the good of the show.

The judges on the other hand are announced and should be!

Over 1300 Entries!
I don’t know the exact numbers. I could have emailed the MQG but I wanted to come at this from a completely impartial perspective. But, I do know there were a lot of entries and only so many quilts can hang at in a show. My last entry was number 1466 I think (yep, I waited until the last minute) and I’ve seen the number 1350 pop up online as the number of quilts entered so maybe there were some that didn’t go through and so the number was a little lower. So just for kicks lets say there were 1200 entries. And then lets say that there is only room to hang 300 quilts. So, 3 out of every 4 quilts will be a reject. No matter how modern or fabulous they are.

But, I Got Rejected. Why?
I know, it’s hard when you receive that email that states: “Thanks for entering your quilt into. . . but. . . ”  In this society of everyone’s a winner it’s hard to see that. I KNOW all the work that goes into making a quilt especially when you put your all into it and it’s show quality. And, you sorta feel like what did I do all that work for?

But, everyone can’t be accepted. Please remember that not being accepted is not a judgement on your quilt. It’s not even winners and losers. It just wasn’t selected this time. That is all.

A Little Experiment
I want each of you to see how difficult it is to jury a show. Hop on over to Instagram and look at the hashtag #quiltconreject. Go ahead. Do it. Then select eight quilts. Any eight, I don’t care. Then select the two quilts that will be shown because you don’t have space to show any more than two quilts.

Haha! Not that easy, huh?

Be Kind Online
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s so easy to post something online putting down someone else especially when that person doesn’t have a name and a face to you. But, its real people who put on an event like QuiltCon. And there are a few paid staff but, this event is largely successful because of people who volunteer their time to make it fabulous. The jurors are no exception.

So, if you don’t like how the process is going then email the MQG (info@themodernquiltguild.com) and give constructive criticism and then volunteer your time to make the organization even better than what it is.

I’m not at all saying that the jury process can’t be improved or made better, I’m just asking everyone to look at the full picture and put it all in perspective.

Personally, I’m excited to see what quilts DID make it in if so many awesome quilts didn’t make the cut!

Enter Shows!!!
I can’t emphasize this enough. There are some AMAZING quilts that didn’t get in to QuiltCon. I’ve seen them online and on Instagram. The world deserves to see them in person. Please, please, please enter them into shows! A lot of shows now have modern quilt categories and are lacking in quality entries. Some of your quilts may not even fit into modern quilt categories anywhere. Enter them! You may get rejected again if it’s a juried show but, the quilts are already made. So, enter them. Don’t take the rejection personally. It may just not be the right quilt for the right show for the right jury.

Here are a few national shows you can check out their entry dates, etc:

American Quilters Society QuiltWeek – http://www.quiltweek.com/
Quilts Inc. shows – http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/
Mancuso – http://www.quiltfest.com/
The National Quilters Association – http://www.nqaquilts.org/quiltshow/site/2015
Fiber Arts Fiesta (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – http://www.fiberartsfiesta.org/FiestaEntry.html

(Note: This list is not complete and I’ll add to it.)

And, don’t forget your regional, local and guild shows! Lots of them aren’t even juried. In the least you can submit to your county fairs. It’s great to see quilts but, especially modern quilts hanging at the fair! And, worst comes to worst have your own show! Some local MQG’s have been putting on fabulous shows. Or do a one man or one woman show.

So, keep quilting people. And keep putting your work out there. I don’t know about everyone else but, I’m proud of you!

Hope to see you all in Austin!

Giveaway Day: Library of Quilt Books!

Thanks for stopping by my brand new website and blog via Giveaway day! Thanks so much Sew Mama Sew for sponsoring. After you enter feel free to spend a little time browsing!

Giveaway Day – or more correctly Giveaway Week – is sorta like Christmas.

I am so excited to present to you my blog giveaway this year. I call it the Library of Quilt Books! I was able to go to Quilt Market this fall and I scored some really great books that have just hit the stores – and many of them are signed. Then I had a bunch of books in my stash that had been sent to me or that I acquired for a giveaway over time and had never given them away. So, I put together a collection of 10 awesome quilt books to start your Quilt Library! Yes, 10 books!

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Books included are:

School of Sewing – Shea Henderson (signed)
Scraps, Inc. – Compiled by Susanne Woods (signed by 5 of the contributors)
Alison Glass AppliquĂ© – Alison Glass (signed)
Fun-Size Quilts – Compiled by Karen M. Burns (signed by all 17 contributors)
Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration – Denyse Schmidt
Seaside Home – Complied by Susanne Woods (I contributed two projects and signed it)
Modern Blocks – Compiled by Susanne Woods (I contributed a couple blocks and signed it)
1>2>3 Quilt – Ellen Luckett Baker
Quilting for Peace – Katherine Bell
Modern Minimal – Alissa Haight Carlton (signed)

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Yep, that’s a signed copy of the awesome School of Sewing by Shea Henderson!

It’s super simple to enter. Just tell me what your current favorite quilt book is in the comments below!

One entry per person please. This is open to US entries only. (Sorry to my International readers – but, books are REALLY heavy and expensive to ship internationally! Check out my Facebook giveaway and my Instagram giveaway both of which are open to International entrants!)

Giveaway is open until Friday, December 12th at 11:59pm. Good luck!

Why I Love the Pantone Color of the Year

I have to start this out with complete honestly. When I first saw Marsala, I was unsure. Completely unsure. All I could think of was if this is THE color of the year then it has to be an awesome color that a lot of people would automatically love, right? And then for me the color Marsala by itself conjured up visions of Mauve and Marsala and floral prints and bad bedspreads from the 80’s. Not a good start. Not a good start at all. Then I let the idea of Marsala as the Color of the Year simmer for a day or so and started to see it all differently.

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I’ve been known to say that I’ve never met a color that I didn’t like. I may not love it. But, I at least like it. I understand that colors don’t exist on an island unto themselves. They interact and play with other colors often looking and feeling completely different depending on what color it is next to. It’s all about the reflection of light and electromagnetic waves and all sorts of fun things with how our eyes work. So, I knew I didn’t hate Marsala like I don’t hate other colors. I liked it because it opens up the world of color to me. It’s another tool in my color arsenal. So, the question was, did I love it? I came to the realization that yes, I think I do! But, not for the reasons that you might think.

I had posted a pic the color on Instagram with the question “What do you think?”  and one of my followers asked if I knew “why/how they choose the color of the year?”. The way the Pantone folks work, the release the Spring colors for the next year around Sep and one of those colors is chosen to be the color of the year. When they released the Spring Fashion report Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman stated in the report “There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still”. It was also stated that “Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.” Looking back, it helps to put the color of the year in perspective. Sorta. The vision that Pantone has for the whole year wont be shown until the beginning of the year when they show the other seasons but, just looking at the Spring palette you can see how they have chosen a pretty muted palette. But, if you look at the other colors and start to pair them with Marsala, the Color of the Year, you’ll start to see some possibilities.

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There are some that equate color of the year with the economic temperature as well and if that’s the case we may be in trouble for 2015. 🙂

Let’s just look at the color though. Like most quilters I look at color through the lens of how it would look on a quilt. I keep thinking about using a color LIKE Marsala in a “modern” quilt how would it look and feel. One person on my Instagram post likened Marsala to having the feel of Civil War Reproduction fabrics. A lot of people the ’80’s. Several even mention barf and ahem, other bodily functions. 🙂 This color seems to bring up a lot of associations! Several posters seem to like it though they were in the minority. But, it always seemed they didn’t like it just for the color itself. They liked it because it could play well with other colors and make them pop. Could possibly stand in as a neutral.
I thought about my own work. The closest that I’ve ever gotten to Marsala on a quilt wasn’t really Marsala at all. It was this quilt that I made for my dear friend Katie on the birth of her baby girl CC. It’s far more burgundy but it put me in mind of that color family and the associations we have with it.
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I thought about fabric and instantly thought of the designers bringing the southwest into focus in a fresh and fun way. It brought to mind both April Rhodes upcoming line Wanderer and Maureen Cracknell’s Wild and Free. Art Gallery seems to be on trend. 🙂 These are fresh and fun and very current and not 1980’s at all.
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Fabric from April Rhodes Wanderer (top row) and Wild and Free from Marureen Cracknell (bottom row).

So back to the Color of the Year. I started to reflect on previous colors of the year. Radiant Orchard, the reigning queen of 2014 wasn’t necessarily my favorite color. I am a big fan of some shades of green but, I didn’t love the particular CMYK combo of the color Emerald that Pantone picked in 2013. Some people LOVED 2012’s Tangerine Tango but, some people really HATED it too. So, you can never please everyone, right? I didn’t love these colors in and of themselves. But for the first time, lots of shades of greens and violets and oranges are being put on consumer goods because of Pantone. Now, mind you I’m not a trend girl AT ALL. But, I do like to keep my work fresh and like to incorporate things that are ‘in’ in ways that reflect me and work with my personal style. So, I’ve always looked at color and design trends in many areas of design including fashion, interior and graphic design. It’s interesting to see the colors of the year for the past 15 years.

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As a quilter, let’s put Pantone in perspective though. To be fair, the Pantone folks were probably not thinking about quilts. 🙂 First of all, color and design trends will hit fashion first and this is where the color of the year is already being seen.  And by fashion I don’t mean what you’ll find in the department stores but, I’m talking about the runway shows. Then after that there will be a trickle down effect from there throughout all other areas of design and we might not see some of the trends in quilting and fabric until much later if ever. So, it was fun to see Maureen and April (and I’m sure other designers out there as well) be so ‘on trend’.

So, why do I love Marsala? For me as a designer and as a person that LOVES to immerse myself in color Pantone’s Color of the Year brings to the forefront colors that would normally lie in the back of the crayon box and forces me to look at colors different. And, for that I love Marsala and I love Pantone for picking it.

So, thank you Pantone. I don’t necessary look forward to the next few years seeing the marketing types slapping shades of Marsala on products just because it’s the ‘in.’ color. But, I’m really excited to see those that will really explore the nuances of the color and how it plays with the other countless colors and figure out how to make it shine in ways that it maybe hasn’t before. And, I look forward to being able to do this myself.

Now, which of you will make the first Marsala quilt of the year?! 😉 And, what do you really think of it all?

Kona Charm Pack Winner!

Thanks everyone for all your kind comments about Triangulate and for entering the giveaway! Thanks Robert Kaufman for sponsoring!

 

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And the giveaway winner is. . . drumroll please. . . number 45!

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And number 45 is Kathy Pfaltzgraff!

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Kathy look out for an email from me so we can get your address and send you your charm pack.

 

Robert Kaufman: 30 Quilts, 30 Years

I love Kona Cotton! I remembered getting my first Kona color card and drooling over all the colors and all the possibilities. And to think they started with just a dozen colors 30 years ago!

When I was asked if I would design a quilt to help Robert Kaufman celebrate 30 years of Kona I was a bit overwhelmed. Especially when I knew they would be choosing 29 other Ah-may-zing quilt designers to do the same. In the end, I decided to go for a quilt that would really highlight the fabric without the quilt being too matchy matchy. I was asked to specifically use the latest releases, the 32 new colors that combined with the existing colors made 303! #omg303

My quilt is called Triangulate and it is a free download on the Robert Kaufman website.

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I LOVE styled quilt shots so I’m so glad that they took this pic!

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To see how much of a Kona Cotton nerd I am, Robert Kaufman hosted a Kona IG game at Quilt Market a few weeks ago and I was the first person to get a perfect score. Yep, Kona nerd and proud. 🙂

There are SO many other stunning quilts that were a part of this project. Click on over to the Lookbook to see them all! If I can only choose two the first one would no doubt be Bartow. I must say that I LOVE everything this lady does. Carolyn Friedlander. Yep, enough said. And to think she’s just as awesome in person as well. Love this. Love her! The quilt is simple and clean and stunning!

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Then there is a quilt by my new friend Anita Grossman Solomon. I love two color traditional quilts. Simple, classic, beautiful. And, I hear that she teaches methods for making these easier than they look. It’s it just lovely!

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Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

Giveaway
If you love Kona as much as I do then tell me your favorite color in a comment below to be entered to win a charm pack of the new Fall 2014 Kona colors! International entries are welcome. You have 24 hours to enter – giveaway ends on 11/16/14!  Giveaway closed!

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318 Patchwork Patterns Giveaway Winner!

I used a Random Number Generator to select a winner and the number is:

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This means the winner of the book 318 Patchwork Patterns is Irelle Beatie! She says:

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Congrats Irelle. Check your inbox for an email from me so you can let me know where to ship your new book!

318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop: Around the Circus Quilt (and a Giveaway)

I couldn’t resist agreeing to be a part of this Blog Hop – Kumiko Fujita’s 318 Patchwork Patterns translated into English?!?!! Yes, please! I know a lot of you have hunted the Japanese version of this book down and now it’s available to all for purchase. World Book Media has worked with Fujita to provide this book in English. Yay! There are 318 patterns for both patchwork and appliquĂ© and most of them are divided by theme.

Book

First of all – so many fun patchwork patterns! I wanted to be able to just use a few of these fun patterns and make a whole baby quilt out of them. ALSO, I’ve been wanting to remake a version of my Play Around the World Quilt  So, I decided to combine the two.

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I picked four of the At the Circus (pp. 14-15 ) patchwork patterns.  I enlarged the pattern so that these would finish at 6″. Fujita provides techniques for piecing these with standard piecing. But, I decided to convert them to paper pieced patterns. Some of them required a bit of creativity to make paper piecing work – like adding a few seam lines. Below is a picture of some of the final paper piecing layouts but, I think I changed a few things as I actually sewed them together. Kerry of Very Berry Kerry has written up an awesome tutorial on how you too can turn these into paper pieced patterns but, her method is freezer paper piecing.

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I wanted to create a palette for a fun yet sophisticated circus themed quilt. I went with minty green, grape, red, and yellow. This was my initial fabric pull of which I used to pull from when I worked with each block.

Fabric Pull

I love, love, love my first two blocks! That elephant!

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You can’t have a circus without a clown, right? And I loved the dancing girl! I pieced these using a modified “six minute circle” method for piecing the large curves.

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As this is just the quilt top, without the batting and backing, you can see all the seams for the paper piecing. Some of them are teeny, tiny but, paper piecing makes them go together easily! I’ve yet to add a few details to complete the faces.

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I already have the backing and binding selected. I think they got his approval.

Backing & Binding

And, I know I’ll be adding some hand stitching detail to this quilt and my existing threads seem like they will work perfectly!

HQ Threads

318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop

October 22nd Penny Layman from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
Project: Gardening apron with blocks from Vegetables collection

October 24th Angela Pingel from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
Project: Wall hanging or bunting from Halloween collection

October 27th Amy Sinibaldi from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
Project: Tote bag with appliqué blocks

October 29th Amber Carrillo from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
Project: Blocks from Christmas collection

October 31st Latifah Saafir from www.thequiltengineer.com
Project: Baby quilt from At the Circus collection

November 3rd Charise Randell from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
Project: Make up kit and shoe bag from Girls’ Night Out collection

November 7th Amy Friend from http://duringquiettime.com
– Project: Table runner with blocks from Fruits collection

November 5th Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
– Project: Tea Cozy from Tea Time Collection

November 12th Caroline from www.sewcanshe.com
Project: Tote or pouch with appliqué block

November 10th Faith Jones from www.freshlemonquilts.com
Project: Mini quilt from Vehicle Collection

November 14th Rashida Coleman-Hale from http://iheartlinen.typepad.com

Giveaway
So much fun! If you’d like to win a copy of this book – leave a comment below about what project you might make out of this book if you won it. International entries are welcomed! Entries will be closed on Wednesday, November 12th Pacific Time.   Giveaway closed!