14 November 2018

Moda Blockheads: {Block 31} Interstellar

Good morning, fellow Blockheads!
Things have been pretty hectic lately with new fabric and new quilt patterns--I hope you'll check them out in previous posts!
 Lollipop Garden fabricDiamond Dust quilt
Today I have a new block for you called Interstellar. If you are new to curved piecing, this is a great way to get your feet wet. It's not as difficult as you think and is very forgiving. Here's my mockup for the block using my Garden Variety fabric--just arriving in shops!
Interstellar finished block 
You can download the free pattern here. Please note there is a correction--Square H should be 1 3/4'' x 1 3/4''. Thanks for stopping by!

30 October 2018

Lollipop Garden {The Projects}

Lollipop Garden quilts
Time for a new batch of quilts using Lollipop Garden fabric. But first--I'm offering a discount--get 20% off in my shop using promo code LOLLIPOP20 now through 11.10.18 at checkout. Now for the quilts!
BLING
LB174 BLING Cover
This pattern came about because of Moda Blockheads-- a fun block-of-the-week program featuring free blocks from Moda designers such as myself. This is a modified version of my Impact block from that. Make this quilt with fat eighths or fat quarters, then set it on point with side/corner triangles in your favorite accent color. (I've used an aqua print from the collection.)
Bling quilt
Marion Bott quilted everything this time around and she did a fabulous job. She has an amazing eye for picking out the perfect pantograph and scaling it densely--just how I like it! 
MINI OPEN HEART PIN CUSHION
This is my first pattern using mini charm packs... about time! If you're like me, I've collected oodles of those sweet little mini charm packs over the years, but never really knew what to use them for. This 4'' version of my Open Heart block really fit the bill. One of my favorite things about this project is that 1 mini charm pack will make 3 pin cushions (including a scrappy patchwork back!). It's also fun to challenge yourself and make something with teeny pieces like this. Gives one bragging rights, don't you think?
Mini Open Heart Pin Cushion
LB176 Butterfly Patch COVER
This one was inspired by my Social Butterfly pattern--still one of my bestselling pattern since its release back in early 2015. This time around, I've enlarged that sweet butterfly shape and filled it in with beginner-level blocks for a sampler-sort of feel. This one was very quick to put together and is made with 1 Layer Cake of Lollipop Garden fabric. Moda will be offering this in a special boxed kit. 
Butterfly Patch quilt
LB177 Diamond Dust COVER
Lately, I have been absolutely smitten with teeny tiny pieces. There is something just wonderful about the feeling you get after making something with small pieces.  This is my favorite quilt of the bunch, and the smallest of squares in this finish at 1/2''. They key with this one is paying attention to the seam allowance (for consistency) and pressing the seams carefully. (I use a lot of steam so I took care to handle it minimally so it wouldn't warp.) But just look at that quilting! I'm smitten.
Diamond Dust quilt
This one can be made with 2 charm packs. Or 6 mini charm packs. Or 9 fat eighths. Or scraps. Choose anything you'd like really. Your precuts don't even need to be of the same collection as this design does not rely on that. You can also choose to do an all-white background like I did, or opt for a fun checkerboard design using a favorite print. I haven't made a checkerboard one yet, but it's definitely in the plan. I'm thinking it could be a super cute boy quilt if I stick to just boyish colors. What do you think?
diamond dust
SQUARE DANCE
LB178 Square Dance COVER
This one makes me think of the scrappy quilts I used to see at Grandma's house when I was young.  It's funny how quilting has changed--we buy yardage now, but Grandma's quilts would carry bits of old aprons or dresses. Whatever they could find, really. Square Dance has a similar hodgepodge sort of charm and is made with 1 Jelly Roll.
Square Dance quilt
What do you think? Do you have a favorite? All the pattern are available now in PDF or paper and the fabric collection will ship to shops April 2019.
Lollipop Garden fabric

26 October 2018

Lollipop Garden

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever." -Alfred Lord Tennyson
The highlight of my childhood summers was visiting my grandmother's ranch in the Colorado mountains. A walk through her rustic yard was to know her heart.  A profusion of flowers and raspberry bushes laden with sweet fruit drew butterflies, filling the garden with color.  In the evening, we would fall asleep watching a tangerine sky go dark, then awaken to diamond-dust sunbeams dancing across the room.  
Lollipop Garden is a scrapbook of those lovely days.
Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics is showing at International Quilt Market in Houston, TX Nov 3-5 2018 and will ship to shops April 2019.

12 September 2018

Moda Blockheads: Round 2 [Block 18]

Good morning, Blockheads!
I haven't gotten around to piecing no. 18 yet, but here is my mock-up. This is another one of my designs called MishMash. Find the link to the block here. Can't wait to see yours.
MishMash finished block
I've been busy teaching this month, and if you happen to be at Missouri Star Quilt Co's 10 year birthday bash next week, come say hi and pick up a goodie! I'll be doing demos in the main shop, and thanks to Moda, bringing lots and lots to give away.
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Because I'm a little behind on my blocks, check out the bottom of my original post here where you can get Basic Instructions, as well as a listing of all the blocks released so far. Happy quilting!

15 August 2018

Moda Blockheads: Round 2 {Block 11}

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Good morning! The newbie block, block no. 11 is Direction by Sherri McConnell. Grab the free instructions on her block here.
To access the Basic Instructions and an archive of all the blocks released so far by visiting my original Moda Blockheads post here and scrolling to the bottom. Happy quilting! 

08 August 2018

Moda Blockheads: Round 2 {Block 10}

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 Block no. 10 is Ducks and Ducklings by Jo Morton. Get the free instructions for the block here.
To access the Basic Instructions and an archive of all the blocks released so far by visiting my original Moda Blockheads post here and scrolling to the bottom. Happy quilting! 

01 August 2018

Moda Blockheads: Round 2 {Block 9}

Simple and sweet! Block no. 9 for Moda Blockheads is "With a Plus" by Laurie Simpson. To access the free pattern, head over to her blog here. 
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As always, you can access the Basic Instructions and an archive of all the blocks released so far by visiting my original Moda Blockheads post here and scrolling to the bottom. Happy quilting! 

25 July 2018

Moda Blockheads: Round 2 {Block 8}

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Okay I did a pretty major deviation this week. Block number 8 is "Pineapple" by the lovely Jan Patek. It is an adorable applique block--make sure you go check it out on her website here. I'm hoping to get that appliqued block made when I got more time to figure out how to do applique :)
In the meantime, Corey Yoder has designed an alternate (pieced) version, so I whipped this cute little pink pineapple as a placeholder using her instructions. It sure is cute! Get free instructions for Corey's pieced alternative here. 
Fabrics are Little Miss Sunshine (navy background), Sugar Pie (green), and Garden Variety (pink) for Moda Fabrics. 
As always, you can access the Basic Instructions and an archive of all the blocks released so far by visiting my original Moda Blockheads post here and scrolling to the bottom. Happy quilting!