23 December 2015

Juniper Berry [by Basic Grey]

A close up of Juniper Berry by @official_basicgrey. This is pretty stuff! 😍❤️💚 #juniperberryfabric #basicgrey #showmethemoda
It's official. Next year, I am determined to have Christmas quilts on every single bed in my house. Every time I peruse through the Pottery Barn catalog and see all of the Christmas-y bedrooms, I just drool and drool. Well it's happening next year! Mark my word. 
To help get myself toward that goal, I've been designing some new Christmas quilts using this gorgeous fabric called Juniper Berry--it's Basic Grey's new Christmas line for Moda. I believe it ships in June 2016. I absolutely love the black mixed in with the traditional reds, greens, and blues.
Checkmate quilt pattern 
The first new quilt pattern is called Checkmate. The idea was to figure out a way to piece a design that had a checker/plaid sort of look to it. To make this quilt, just choose 16 of your favorite fat quarters and you'll be finished before you know it. Hopefully I'll finish piecing it soon--I've had way too much on my plate lately and I keep getting sidetracked. 
The next new quilt is called By the Chimney. For this one you'll need 15 fat eighths for the stocking body fabric and 4 fat eighths for the stocking cuffs. I have been so swamped lately that my friend Chris is going to piece this one for me after Christmas. I hope you'll follow her along on IG @stitchingrevival. I can't wait to see it, Chris!
By the Chimney quilt
The patterns are available in my shop right away. PDF patterns are available instantly and the paper patterns should arrive any day now. Just use promo code JUNIPERBERRY at checkout to get 10% off your order for the rest of December.
LB144 Checkmate Cover     LB145 By the Chimney COVER
Merry Christmas!

09 December 2015

Crossroads Quilt-Along with FQS

Photo courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop
Have you heard about Fat Quarter Shop's Crossroads Quilt-Along? This is such an amazing project that Fat Quarter Shop has generously put it together to benefit the March of Dimes. Every month from February to August 2016, there will be a free pattern posted so you can make this gorgeous quilt! All we are being asked to do is make a small donation for the use of each free pattern and of course all proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes.
Photo courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop 
Fat Quarter Shop has invited me, along with several other designers to participate in this amazing project and today we are sharing a little about the crossroads of our own lives. 
The most important crossroad I have faced was during my parents' divorce. I was 10 years old and really concerned about my lack of control in the matter. I spent several weeks crying and worrying about what was in store for my life. One afternoon something changed; I had an epiphany of sorts. It may sound obvious, but I realized that if I wanted to be successful and happy, it was all up to me. What a glorious revelation! From that day forward, I decided to choose happiness and love always. It has governed my life.. 
Olive is thrilled but Lorenzo decided to snooze. 
My bright outlook on life has been such a boon to me in times of turmoil. I have been pretty quiet about it, but this year has actually been a really tough one for me as I went through a divorce. In my darkest moments, I have been buoyed up by a choice to be grateful for all the wonderful things that I do have in my life. We all endure difficult situations in life but we have a choice about what we will do next.
 (That's the real story behind my inspiration for Little Miss Sunshine by the way. "She always look on the bright side.")
 
Thanks for reading! I hope you'll follow along and join us in such a great cause. Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for putting this together!