My good friend (and fellow Moda designer) Amy does a fabulous online quilt festival called “Bloggers Quilt Festival.”
So much fun! Here’s my entry into her ROYGBIV category.
This is my quilt called Dahlia.
This quilt was inspired by a panel quilt that my mother in law hand quilted for me and my husband when we got married back in the day.
I remember looking that the Dahlia design on the panel and trying to figure out how to recreate the design through piecing–without Y seams.
Finally, this year, I had a chance! It has been a quilt design I’ve wanted to make for a very long time.
I figured, the perfect opportunity to make my Dahlia quilt was with my very first fabric line! So, when I got my sample yardage of Best. Day. EVER!, I was SO excited to make this quilt. (By the way, Best. Day. Ever! is in shops now!)
Sadly, I was also in the middle of a book deadline, and I wasn’t able to do much of the piecing.
Amanda of Westwood Acres bailed me out big time and pieced the blooms for me, and I did the appliqué work and the quilting and finish work.
This quilt pattern is also in my shop, along with templates, if you’d like to make your own.
I adore this quilt, and I hope you do too. Thanks for stopping by!
Look at this darling version of Summer Crush that Karen made! I love how she used patriotic fabrics–it’s so classic and festive. Thanks for sending me the picture, Karen, I love it!
PS I’d love to see pictures of quilts you’ve made from my patterns–it makes my day!
My friend Kathy made this quilt for her baby girl, using my Grammy’s Scrap Basket pattern, and Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda. It turned out totally darling, don’t you think?
I got to machine quilt it, and it was pretty darn fun. Plus, we did a little cheating on the raw edge applique–Kathy just glue sticked the letters on, and I sewed them on while I was quilting! So quick and easy! I did little bitty loop-de-loops in the white borders.
Some fun swirly flowers in the outer borders.
I traced each of the strips with wavy lines to emphasize the woven pattern.
Thanks for letting me quilt your sweet quilt, Kathy!
PS Did you enter the giveaway? We’re still not at 100 entries yet, so I’m starting to think I might get to keep that Marmalade! (In other words, go tell your friends to enter. If they don’t like fabric, I’m sure they could give it to you. :)
I first sketched out Sweetie Pie after seeing some retro brickwork at a home near mine. You know the kind.
Once I got started on the pattern I realized not only how simple and sweet the design is, but also how versatile those petals are!
There are 9 different layout ideas in the pattern, and dozens more just waiting to be discovered.
I made two versions of the cover quilt using Sarah Jane’s Children at Play, and then, another version using Out to Sea (her newest line for Michael Miller, which ships late summer. (Ignore the weirdly colored pictures, they’re from Sarah’s booth at market, and lighting is always such a party there.)
I love that this pattern explains a technique and lets the quilter run with it, make it their own, and rearrange and redesign to their heart’s content! Plus–all that white space means room for some really fun quilting.
This is a perfect pattern for anyone new to applique, and a really fast pattern for anyone who already has some applique under their belt. And if you want to take it a step closer to heirloom status, you’re always welcome to hand stitch around each petal with some pretty thread.
I seriously love it.
This week only, get Sweetie Pie for $6 using the code SWEETIE. Code expires Sunday at 11pm MST. If you choose PDF download, you will have it in your hot little hands immediately. If you want the paper version, well, those should ship Wednesday. A little delay at the printers has me shipping a little later than I had hoped on printed patterns, but if you’ve placed an order, fear not! It’s coming your way ASAP, I swear.
Have a lovely Tuesday, sweet friends!
PS I just barely unpacked my bags from market this afternoon. I know, slacker. I have a stack of fun goodies I want to share with you. Just as soon as I get a decent picture taken. :)
PPS Notice anything different around here? What do you think? Still some tweaking to be done, but hey, isn’t there always?