06 May 2015

Made with Love {and Gooseberry}

I've been busy as a bee for the last several months plotting, writing, and sewing using my new line, Gooseberry. (It ships in October and will be available for order at Quilt Market next week.) But for those of you who won't be at Quilt Market, here is a look at the new patterns--all of which are now available in the shop in PDF or paper:

Before we take a closer look, I just want to say thank you to all my amazing quilters. I feel so blessed to know such talented ladies who make my designs really come to life. You are the best. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 
Here we go. First up is Shuffle. It's a fun twist (literally) on a traditional pinwheel quilt and can be made using two charm packs OR seven fat quarters. Then, choose a colorful background to really make those pinwheels pop, or go for a more traditional white background to keep it simple.
The blue background--Bella solid 9900 85 "Robins Egg Blue"--is a perfect match to GooseberryAbby Latimer quilted this one with a Bread Basket pattern and it is just beautiful. (It's not the first time I have had Abby do this pattern. It's one of my favorites.)  Thanks, Abby!
The white (fat quarter) version shows off a more boyish side of Gooseberry.The wavy quilting sure makes me dream about a day at the beach and was quilted by Kaitlyn at Quilted Works

Next, come spend the afternoon on the Tea Party quilt. Make it scrappy with a layer cake, or make the two-tone pink version--both are real sweet.
Because the design is simple (and square), I really wanted the quilting to be a little more ornate and feminine. Abby Latimer quilted this one and came up with the perfect meandering flower pattern. You may notice I have used Abby's services a LOT and that's because she is amazing! She specializes in edge-to-edge designs and has a really quick turnaround. I sure do love the special touch she brings to my quilts.

Tea Party is quite a large quilt--a very generous twin-size. But can we talk about the two-tone pink version for a second? It never ceases to amaze me how playing with color makes things look so different. I could totally see this one living on a bed with lots of colorful pillows. (My mom disagrees and has claimed it for her living room.) I quilted this one with lots of freemotion swirls.

Are you ready to be mesmerized by the Kaleidoscope quilt? Make the scrappy version with a jelly roll--or make a solid version with your favorite Gooseberry print. Believe it or not, this one was the quickest for me to piece this time around.
This one really brightens up my day with its cheerful mix of colors. Jenn Thurston quilted it with a simple loop pattern and I love the how whimsical and sweet all the elements look together. Oh and Jenn also bound this quilt for me and I cannot begin to tell you how that literally saved me in these last couple days of madness before market!

The solid version is in the works and will hopefully be ready in time for market. Wish me luck on that one.
Now for one of my favorite quilts ever--Social Butterfly. It is made with 18 fat quarters and makes a really great block of the month or class project. One of the things I love most about Social Butterfly is that it's not actually a difficult pattern. The trick with this pattern is just keeping things organized. (I highly recommend using Fat Quarter Shop's Alphabitties labels.)
Social Butterfly RGB
This one is so much fun to make. My favorite part is choosing which prints to use for each butterfly.

And I'm kind of obsessed with the custom quilting! I have never had anything custom-quilted but had it in my mind that Social Butterfly NEEDED custom quilting. Around the same time, I discovered that the Natalia Bonner lives up the street from me. Kismet, people. Kismet. I'm so glad she added her magic on this one. (Duh.) I'm dying over the antennae made out of feathers. 

The back itself is a masterpiece. If you are at quilt market, come on over to my booth and drool over Natalia's handiwork with me.

Finally, I made my very first mini pattern and isn't she cute?! (I now understand why everyone is so addicted to the minis.) Welcome, Social Butterfly Mini.

Now I'm really thinking crazy thoughts like making a million of these into a lap quilt. 
Well I wish I could say I'm all ready for quilt market and that I'm just going to relax for the next couple of days... Not likely! I've got a few more things to wrap up--so back to the lair it is for me. But I'd love to hear your thoughts on all the new patterns. Favorites?


  1. Like I posted on IG - I had to quit lounging in bed and come to my computer to see these FULL SIZE! WOWSERS! Love the patterns, love the fabric, when can I get started? Which one first??

  2. I love them all! I know I want Shuffle and Tea For Two! Then to really challenge myself I will try the Mini Butterfly! Wow, it's pretty exciting. I think I will need a layer cake, jelly roll and fabric for the butterfly! I am so excited. Please post some pictures at quilt market for us

  3. The mini quilt is darling! All the quilt are great.

  4. I love them all so much, but Shuffle is wonderful. I was immediately drawn to that one! Your quilts are just fantastic!

  5. Hi Melissa, lovely new designs! My favorite is Shuffle with the white background. A close 2nd is Tea for Two. I stop and say HI at quilt market and order some patterns. Terri Staats from Sweet Treasures.

  6. Congratulations on this fabulous new fabric line and on the gorgeous patterns. Adorable!

  7. I love your new line of fabric. The Social Butterfly Quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! Congratulations on your new lines.

  8. The new patterns are great! I can hardly wait for them to be on sale!!

  9. You have done such a fantastic job Vanessa!! I love your new patterns. They are so cute and your fabric is so fun! :)

  10. So Beautiful! I adore EVERYTHING!

  11. These are so very pretty! I love seeing more of your fabric. You have done a beautiful job!

  12. What a pretty line of fabric and the name is so fun. I am totally smitten with Social Butterfly and can't wait to make a lap quilt that I intend on keeping for myself!

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  14. Hi
    I've just tried to order kaleidoscope and it says you don't ship to the uk, is that right? Best, sarah

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  17. I love Socil butterfly and am making it for my Grandaughter in shades of purples. I love your new line but can't wait till it is released, so I m substituting purples, because that is her favorite color. Thanks so much!

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