29 August 2014

Mixing it Up

I can still picture the day in third grade when the recorders were handed out (I remember them being called flutaphones?). One of the first songs we learned to play was "Hot Cross Buns". It's one of those little ditties everyone knows, right? One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross buns. (Do kids learn this anymore?)
For some reason I've had "Hot Cross Buns" on my mind lately and it has made its way into my quilting. So without further ado, meet one of my newest patterns:
LB130 Hot Cross Buns
I used a Jelly Roll® and coordinating solids from a fabulous new line of fabric called Mixologie by Studio M for Moda. It is a great modern collection and releases in just a few days! (That's right, I'm giving you a little sneaky peek.) The pattern is available in my shop in PDF or paper format--paper will ship sometime next week.
Hot Cross Buns1
I quilted it with a million squiggly lines--a fun method I learned from Camille's craftsy class! It took a lot longer to do this (and used a lot of thread) but was so worth it. 
Hot Cross Buns3
Definitely the craziest batch of hot cross buns I've ever seen. 
Hot Cross Buns2
But that's not all--I've got another new pattern for you. (A few of you may remember the original I made a year ago after moving to Texas.) It's called The North Wind after one of my all-time favorite bedtime stories. This pattern is also now listed in the shop in PDF or paper format.
LB129 The North Wind
I made this one with two charm packs, along with more coordinating solids. I love the way the navy corner/side triangles really make all the colors really pop. 
I must admit that I used to be totally afraid of on-point quilts. Then I actually made one and realized it was a fear of the unknown holding me back. So glad to be over that! It's really a lot of fun.
The North Wind 2
The quilt felt very whimsical to me so I let the freemotion quilting reflect that with lots of swirlies.
The North Wind 1
I'll be sending these off soon so they can pay a visit to quilt market in Houston! Wish I was going!


  1. How adorable! Bought Hot Cross Buns right away and will most likely get the other new one. Great job! I have a pile of navy, greens, peachy oranges, lemon yellows and greys that I have been playing with for a couple of weeks (including the coordinating solids!). Apparently they were just waiting for this post.

  2. Vanessa, I love them both!!! This new Moda line is fantastic and can't wait to get my hands on some...all of my favorite colors together :) Kudos on both new patterns, really outstanding.

  3. These are fabulous. You managed, despite the senility of your aunt the writer, to come up with great written copy for the patterns, I'm sure (for Moda). More to the point, though, your quilts and quilt patterns are both just gorgeous. Such fun fabric! I am sure its designer(s) must be thrilled. Way to make things come to life. Really cute stuff.

  4. Hi Vanessa,
    I've been retired from teaching for about five years and we taught "Hotcross Buns" in flutophone and I'm quite certain it will continue to be taught. It works!
    I quilt as much as I can and certainly enjoyed finding your website via a mention in Southern Fabric.
    Your patterns are great.

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