26 June 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap - Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the Moda Summer Charm Swap! 6 of us Moda designers swapped charm packs to see what we could come up with using collections outside of our typical color palette. Each week, we're sharing free patterns created from the challenge. To make our patterns, you'll need 1 Charm Pack + 1.5 yards of coordinating prints from the collection. (Each pattern varies with how the 1.5 yards breaks down.)
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Today's pattern comes from Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles. She was given my Lollipop Garden collection. (Mini charm sampling of the group below.)
Lollipop Garden fabric
Visit her blog here to see what Lynne came up with and snag your free copy of the pattern! Here's an overview of the the complete schedule:

19 June 2019

Moda Summer Charm Swap

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Are you always working in the same color palette and need a change? Are you in a color rut? You're in for a treat!
6 Moda designers are trading charm packs this summer and working with colors they don't usually work with and coming up with a free project for you.
The rules were simple...  we sent each designer 1 charm pack + 1.5 yards of coordinating fabrics to help with binding/background etc. The challenge was to come up with a pattern and make that project using at least 80 percent of the fabrics given.
The swapping fun starts June 26 and runs through August 7th. Each week you'll need to visit the featured designer to download their free charm pattern. Here's the schedule:
The wrap party will be August 7th so visit ALL the designers to see them usings their quilts on a summer outing! See you June 26th--can't wait to show you what happens!

16 June 2019

The Home Stretch

Time to start stitching those blocks into a quilt-top for the #ButterflyPatchQAL. There's a beautiful, collective kaleioscope of butterflies coming together, have you taken a look under the hashtag? It's glorious. I hope you've had as much fun as I have.
Butterfly Patch 
Before I left on vacation, I got my top back from my wonderful friend and quilter, Allison Black at AB Quilting Studio. She used this beautiful pantograph from Leisha Farnsworth called Squareception. Such a cool design Allison is sponsoring our prize for this final stage of the contest--free longarm quilting of the winner's Butterfly Patch quilt. Make sure you are following her acct @abquiltingstudio on Instagram and Facebook to be eligible.
Butterfly Patch quilt 
For this part of the quilt along, you don't have to finish your quilt--just post a photo of the quilt-top coming together and don't forget to use the hashtag #ButterflyPatchQAL. Here's my assembly photo, and as you may notice, I deviated quite a bit from my original pattern instructions. I made 44 extra patchwork blocks (using 2 Layer Cakes instead of 1) for a scrappy patchwork border. It doesn't complicate the quilt-top assembly at all! Sew extra blocks at the top/bottom of each column, then make two extra columns (13 blocks each) for the sides.
butterflypatchlayout
Have you spotted the layout mistake in this picture? Don't worry, I did eventually figure it out, after the columns were sewn together, of course. Thank heavens for seam rippers! So yes, please double check your layout before you sew it together. 

11 June 2019

Summer Vacay

butterflypatch blocks
I'm headed out of town for a couple of weeks and just wanted to updated you a few housekeeping items.
First off, all PDF patterns are 10% off (discount applied automatically at checkout). If you're in a hurry to get started on a project, this is the best method to access my patterns.
Otherwise, paper pattern orders will resume shipping 6/25/19. Shipped orders over $25 will include a Moda mini charm pack. 
Lollipop Garden Mini Charms 
I will not have access to internet/email so I appreciate your patience with any inquiries. 
If you're participating in the #ButterflyPatchQAL on Instagram or Facebook, you have until 6/15/19 to post progress of your quilt blocks. Just be sure to use the hashtag so I can find your post--the winner will receive a ginormous 90'' x 25 yard roll of Fairfield's Toasty Cotton batting ($226.99 value). This is what I use and I love love love it. To be qualified to win the prize, make sure you are following @FairfieldWorld on Instagram or Facebook. Big thanks to them for donating such a great prize.
batting