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!

14 August 2014

Figgy Pudding {Free Pattern}

Figgy Pudding quilt pattern
I have been meaning to make a Christmas quilt ever since I got my hands on Into the Woods yardage clear back in March. Five months later...
The Figgy Pudding fat quarter pattern is here at last and the good news is 1) it's free, 2) there is still plenty of time to make it before Christmas, and 3) Into the Woods is on its way to shops right now!
Maybe this was perfect timing after all.
Figgy Pudding
This is a free pattern, and there are a couple different ways to access it. First, you can visit the Moda Bake Shop and view it in tutorial form OR you can access the PDF download here. I think this quilt would make a really great class!
Abby Latimer quilted Figgy Pudding with a cable design and I can't stop swooning over it. You cannot go wrong with the cable design! 
Figgy Pudding