Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 - Boxed Pinwheel - Blog Hop and Giveaways

Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 Blog Tour!





I am so excited to have a block called Boxed Pinwheel in Volume 16 of the 100 Blocks magazine by Quiltmaker!  This is my seventh block to appear in the 100 Blocks magazines.  You can see my previous 100 Blocks: 

Boxed Pinwheel is a great confident beginner level paper-pieced block.  The 12" (finished) block was designed the block using Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) and I really like how it looks like the pinwheel is floating in front of the frame.

I had some fun playing around with some quilt top designs using Boxed Pinwheel



....in a classic design..

... on point...

... with a dark background and some blocks with just a frame...

...a different colorway...


...how about some holiday versions?  Halloween...

...Christmas...

...4th of July or a Quilts of Valor quilt...


I hope that you have enjoyed all of these renderings of  Boxed Pinwheel being used in different quilt tops to see how versatile the block is!

Make sure you stop by Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, for some great prizes and a complete list of blog tour participants! 



Now on to the Giveaways (yes plural!):









Prize 1: Quiltmaker is sponsoring the giveaway of a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 16.  This magazine drawing is open to everyone-international included.  The magazine will be shipped directly from Quiltmaker.








Prize 2:  I am also sponsoring a second prize, a copy 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 16 plus a printed copy of Vintage Star.  This giveaway is open to everyone-international included and will be shipped from me.









To Enter:  

1.  Leave a comment on this post, any comment.  If you would like a topic/question to answer, I would love to know what inspires you to quilt.

2.  My blog followers (old and new) get a bonus entry.  Leave a second comment with how you follow the blog.  (Here are some links for following... BloglovinEmail)

The giveaway will run for 4 days, until 8 pm EST on Friday November 17th.  I try to respond to each and every comment I get on my blog, but with giveaway posts the numbers are usually too great to do this.  PS - 
If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you win.

Thanks!

** Giveaway now closed, thanks for entering!! **
The winners were comment #83 Nancy Sue and #65 Sandra






Thursday, November 9, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ My Flower Units


I am so excited to see all of the flower units for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt popping up in our Facebook group and on social media #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt, it is fun to see how the HST and half flying geese are being combined into these new units.

If you want to join in it is not too late!  You can find all of the information about the mystery quilt here (including the instructions, fabric requirements, quilt sizes, Facebook group, sneak peek, etc).

Here are some of my flower units:




I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Introducing Layered Addition

I would love to introduce Layered Addition to you today...


Layered Addition is the latest of my plus sign designs and compliments the other plus sign design from my book Modern Plus Sign Quilts (which will publish in February 2018).

I made the quilt and pattern for the International Association of Quilters as I am their November 2017 Guest Designer.  IAQ is an online quilt guild full of quilt alongs, free patterns, a community of quilters to connect with.  Enrollment for the IAQ guild is currently closed, but you can sign up to get on their waiting list (enrollment should open again next month).

As part of being the guest designer, Becky of Patchwork Posse had me on her podcast which you can listen to right here.

Layered Addition Back

I had this design sketched out in my pattern book since when I began brainstorming quilts for the book but it was not until this past summer when I was revisiting my pattern book that I figured out the quilt could be made using only 2 block types!  Once I figured out how to construct the quilt, it came together quickly and easily.

Next came the fun part, the quilting.  I decided to do some custom quilting in this quilt, using a different design and matching Aurifil thread for each layer of the plus sign.  I picked the 50 wt Aurifil thread, I find it to be the perfect weight for dense quilting.


I hope that you don't mind seeing a few more plus sign quilts, I have not gotten sick of them yet :)

I am linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.






Thursday, November 2, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Flower Units


Welcome to the November Instructions for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt, this month we are using some of our HST and half flying geese to make Flower Units.

You can find all of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt information and posts can be found here.  We are having such fun, please join us!

To download the flower unit instructions in an easy to print pdf format, click the text below:


The Magnolia Mystery Quilt contains instructions for both Lap and Queen sizes which are both included in this post:

Flower Units


If using pre-cuts for Fabric B:

  • For the layer cake slices/jelly roll strips/fat quarters that you cut 8 matching rectangles 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” from, use all 8 pieces in the full flower units.
  • For the layer cake slices/jelly roll strips/fat quarters that you cut 4 matching rectangles 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” from, use 2 of the pieces in a full flower unit, 1 piece in a left partial flower unit, and 1 piece in a right partial flower unit.



FULL FLOWER UNITS
Arrange and sew together the following fabric pieces and units as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each flower unit should measure 6 ½” x 6 ½” (lap) or 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” (queen).  Repeat to make a total of 32 full flower units.

1 right facing half geese unit
1 left facing half geese unit
2 HST units
2 Fabric C squares: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)
1 Fabric D square: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)




LEFT PARTIAL FLOWER UNITS
Arrange and sew together the following fabric pieces and units as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each left partial flower unit should measure 6 ½” x 6 ½” (lap) or 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” (queen).  Repeat to make a total of 4 left partial flower units.

1 left facing half geese unit
1 HST unit
2 Fabric C squares: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)
1 Fabric D square: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)


The left and right partial flower units are mirror images of each other so be sure to double check the layout of the fabric pieces.


RIGHT PARTIAL FLOWER UNITS
Arrange and sew together the following fabric pieces and units as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Each right partial flower unit should measure 6 ½” x 6 ½” (lap) or 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” (full/queen).  Repeat to make a total of 4 right partial flower units.

1 right facing half geese unit
1 HST unit
2 Fabric C squares: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)
1 Fabric D square: 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (lap), 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (queen)


The left and right partial flower units are mirror images of each other so be sure to double check the layout of the fabric pieces.

I hope you have fun with this month's sewing :)  Many thanks to our generous sponsors!








Friday, October 27, 2017

Kayak Point Runner

As part of Quilt Theory's technical editing process, all of us designers are paired up and test each other's patterns.  (You can read more about our entire editing and reviewing process here.)  I was paired us with Lorinda for this collection and had the opportunity to test her Kayak Point quilt pattern.


I loved that the pattern is jelly roll friendly and was a fun and quick make (with few seams to match).   I wanted to turn the blocks I made into a runner for my parents' anniversary present so I used some colorful prints from Lucky Girl by Jennifer Paganelli got Free Spirit paired a cream and black polka dot print from Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery (my mother loves color).


The pieces sewed together quickly and easily and soon the quilt top was finished.  Instead of my usual one fabric backing, I decided to use some of the leftover prints and sew them into a random pieced backing.  I quilted the runner using an allover swirl design, the bound it with some of the darker print fabrics.


I am happy to report that my parents loved the runner. Thanks Lorinda for creating such an awesome design, I was lucky to be paired with you!


You can find all 6 Quilt Theory patterns here and see my design Up the Ladder here.  I am linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.




Friday, October 20, 2017

Quilt Theory ++ Up the Ladder ++ Pattern Release

I am excited to be able to share some secret sewing and a new project with you today... (and a giveaway at the end of this post :)

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew



I would like to introduce Up the Ladder, my quilt pattern for the 3rd pattern collection of Quilt Theory. Up the Ladder was inspired by traditional quilt ladders used to showcase and store quilts and is a lap sized, jelly roll or mini charm pack friendly pattern.  The pattern combines beginner level piecing into a strong geometric design. 


Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Many thanks to Michael Miller for providing the beautiful Cotton Couture solids and to Aurifil for supplying the thread for the piecing and quilting.

I quilted Up the Ladder in a topography like design using 50 wt white (color 2024) Aurifil thread.  The 50 wt worked well to create texture but not stand out too much on the darker colored fabrics.

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew


Our goal at Quilt Theory is to create simple and modern quilt patterns, and we design collections of patterns printed on small cards and one-page PDFs. As a group, we have become a strong team as we worked through writing, testing, editing, and quilting the patterns in our collection.

For our third collection, we picked out a color palette that each of us worked with. We hope you find a lot of inspiration in our collection to make quilts from your favorite bundles in your stash.

Where to Buy
PDF patterns are available now through our website QuiltTheory.com. Pattern cards coming soon to a local quilt shop near you!  Let your local quilt shop know you want them to carry Quilt Theory patterns.


Giveaway!

Photograph by Yvonne Fuchs


How about a 15 piece neutrals Michael Miller fat quarter bundle and 4 yards of Cotton Couture in Marine?  

There is more than enough fabric to make your own Up the Ladder.  Thanks so much to Yvonne for arranging all of the wonderful prizes we have for this hop.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below (if you are reading this post via e-mail, you may need to click on the link below to enter the giveaway).


The giveaway ends Friday, October 27th, at 8 pm eastern time and a random number generator will select the winner. Giveaway open to participants 18 years or older in the United States (due to shipping costs, other blogs during the hop are having Aurifil giveaways that are open to world wide participants).

Be sure to visit the rest of the Quilt Theory designers this week during our blog hop!

Quilt Theory Release Blog Hop Schedule

Friday 10/13 – Quilt Theory
Saturday 10/14 – Michelle Bartholomew
Monday 10/16 – Lorinda from Laurel Poppy and Pine
Tuesday 10/17 – Kitty from Night Quilter
Wednesday 10/18 – Stephanie from Late Night Quilter
Thursday 10/19 – Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl
Friday 10/20 – Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs  ← me!
Saturday 10/21 – Quilt Theory

I am linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew





Friday, October 13, 2017

Sparkling Stars in Quilts from 100 Blocks

Photo by Quiltmaker

I am super excited to have quilt called Sparkling Stars in the Quilts from 100 Blocks Fall 2017 magazine :)


Back in the spring I had a block called Sizzle Star in the 100 Blocks Magazine Volume 15.  Sizzle Star was a paper pieced block design with some unusual angles and shapes that finished at 12" x 12".  Here is the original block from the 100 Blocks Vol 15 magazine.  



I was so excited when Quiltmaker contacted me and asked I wanted to make a quilt using Sizzle Star  for their special issue Quilts from 100 Blocks!   I was busy at the time making the quilts for my upcoming book, so I designed the quilt, Eileen Fowler pieced the quilt top, and Kim Waite quilted the quilt.

For this design, I increased the block size to 15" square (finished) and set the blocks on point as I think that the stars really pop rotated 45 degrees.  I like how this creates a nice 57" x 72" lap sized quilt using only 7 blocks (as each block is pretty complex and time-consuming to piece).


Photo by Quiltmaker

Sparkling Stars is one of 16 beautiful quilts in the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Fall 2017 magazine.  Magazine copies are now available in both print and digital formats. The Sparking Stars quilt pattern is also available as a stand alone digital quilt pattern.

Thank you so much Quiltmaker for allowing me to be part of your wonderful publication!!  I am linking up to Finish up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ My Half Geese Units


I am so excited to see all of the half geese units for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt popping up in our Facebook group and on social media #MagnoliaMysteryQuilt.

If you want to join in it is not too late!  You can find all of the information about the mystery quilt here (including the instructions, fabric requirements, quilt sizes, Facebook group, sneak peek, etc).

Here are some of my half geese units:


I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt ++ Half Geese Units


Welcome to the October Instructions for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt, this month we are sewing some half geese units.

You can find all of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt information and posts can be found here
We are just getting started so please join us!

To download the half geese units instructions in an easy to print pdf format, click the text below:


The Magnolia Mystery Quilt contains instructions for both Lap and Queen sizes which are both included in this post:



Half Geese Units

If using pre-cuts for Fabric B:
      -  Make an even number of left and right facing geese units from each pre-cut (layer cake slice/jelly roll strip/fat quarter) and keep the right and left half geese units from each pre-cut together.


Combine the following fabric squares to form Left and Right Facing Half Geese Units using the method outlined below:

LAP:
36 Fabric B rectangles (2 ½” x 4 ½”) and 36 Fabric D squares (2 ½” x 2 ½”) to make 36 left facing half geese units (2 ½” x 4 ½”).

36 Fabric B rectangles (2 ½” x 4 ½”) and 36 Fabric D squares (2 ½” x 2 ½”) to make 36 right facing half geese units (2 ½” x 4 ½”).

QUEEN:
36 Fabric B rectangles (3 ½” x 6 ½”) and 36 Fabric D squares (3 ½” x 3 ½”) to make 36 left facing half geese units (3 ½” x 6 ½”).

36 Fabric B rectangles (3 ½” x 6 ½”) and 36 Fabric D squares (3 ½” x 3 ½”) to make 36 right facing half geese units (3 ½” x 6 ½”).

      1. Place a Fabric D square on the short side of a Fabric B rectangle right sides together. Draw a diagonal line using a removable marking device on the back of the Fabric D square (shown as the solid line).

The left facing and right facing half geese units are mirror images of each other so be sure to double
check the orientation of the marked line.

      2. Sew along the marked line.

      3. Trim ¼” from the seam line and press open or towards the Fabric D.

      4. Repeat to make a total of 36 left facing half geese units and 36 right facing half geese units.




Thursday, September 28, 2017

Five Year Blogiversary, Sale, and Giveaway!


Five years today!  I can't believe that I started this blog half a decade ago.

Back in 2012 when I started this blog Flickr was one of the main ways of connecting with other quilters online, Instagram was still in its infancy (I had did not have a smart phone and had not even heard of it), and I had a toddler and a kindergartner.  I began blogging to have more engagement in the online quilting community and to be able to take part in all of the fun linky parties that were happening around the web.

Fast forward to today, I now have a 2nd and 5th grader and am approaching the big 40.  I now have so many wonderful quilters that I am lucky enough to call friends.  I have published just about 500 posts, have over 2 dozen free tutorials, and posted close to 100 finishes.  I am now hosting my fourth annual mystery quilt and have a book coming out in February.  I look forward to the next 5 years!

I have a bunch of stuff planned to celebrate my 5 year blogiversary...



Five Year Blogiversary Pattern Sale
Meadow Mist Designs Etsy Shop

FREE SHIPPING All printed patterns in my Etsy shop have free shipping.  No coupon code needed, I have set all shipping costs to $0 for 1 week (until midnight Oct 5th).

COUPON CODE Use the coupon code 5YEARS for $10 off your purchase price of $35 or more in my Etsy shop (this will work out to be similar to buying 3 patterns and getting 1 free).  This coupon code will be valid until midnight Oct 5th.  

Want an even better discount?  Subscribers to my Meadow Mist Designs Pattern are getting an even better special coupon code (will be sent out at 7am EST on 9/28), you can sign up here for the newsletter and the coupon code.


(Note: When the launch of the pattern newsletter was sent out last week, the embedded form did not work well with some mail services, I am very sorry for this.  If you tried to sign up but did not receive an e-mail to confirm your desire to sign up or if you did not get a newsletter this morning (about 7am EST) you can resign up right by clicking this link.  Please let me know if you have any problems.)





Giveaway



How about a giveaway to celebrate too?  I am giving away one complete set of my printed patterns, 15 of my best selling patterns! ($150 value). The giveaway is open worldwide, but if the winner is outside the US I will substitute digital patterns due to shipping costs.

To enter, simply use the rafflecopter entry below: (if you are reading this post via e-mail, you may need to click over to the blog for the rafflecopter box to appear below).  To enter the giveaway, you must be a follower (new or existing) of my blog (e-mail, bloglovin, feedly, etc).  For a bonus entry, you can name your favorite Meadow Mist Designs pattern.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**Giveaway now closed, congrats Sandra W!***

Thank you all so much for your support and friendship over the last half a decade!!!