The “Indigo Cottage” collection by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs is like a leisurely stroll through the English countryside. Designs in the collection provide a variety of size and spacing. The panel evokes a sense of romance. The artistry includes thatched roof cottages and flowered hearts. Perfect for a little embroidery in your project. They mix, match and blend to create beautiful quilted creations. The Palette blends together with hues of indigo, royal, chambray, and white. Additionally, there are two FREE quilt projects (Quilt #1 and Quilt # 2). IN QUILT SHOPS NOW!
Monday, June 10, 2019
Week 5 of the Simple Friendships II stitch along has arrived, and it’s time to gather your blocks together and stitch them into a sweet little mini!
For this final week, stitchers can use this link to access free downloadable instructions for stitching the last bits of patchwork (shown in the photos below) and for assembling everything into the quilt.
Please be sure to share your finished mystery sampler this coming week using the hashtag #SimpleFriendships2QAL, which will also enter you in an AWESOME drawing at the end of this stitch along - some amazing goodies are awaiting four lucky participants!
Kim chose to hand quilt her project with an edge-to-edge clamshell design in the big-stitch style, which was fun and easy for this mini. If you’d like to give this method of finishing a try, please check Kim's May 31st post to see how she prepares her projects for hand quilting. And here’s a great tip for auditioning your thread colors: use scissors to snip the choices you’re considering into small lengths and place them on the mini to view the effect (Kim ultimately chose Valdani’s no. 12 variegated Perle cotton in brown color H212). Unlike laying a solid strand of thread on the quilt top, which would look heavy by comparison to a stitched line, this little trick duplicates the look of hand quilting and makes it easy to choose your best option!
Monday, June 3, 2019
Week 4 of the Simple Friendships II Stitch-Along is here, and the finish line is in sight! The blocks Kim has been seeing are crazy gorgeous, we all thank you so much for joining in.
Homework for Week 4 is to stitch four over-the-top-adorable Churn Dash blocks measuring 3 1/2” square (beginning at Kindle location 86). This is the week that Kim's been extra excited to share because she loves these blocks! You can see by looking at her's that she had a grand time choosing print combinations, even reversing the light and dark values. Kim encourages you to do the same and just have fun.
To access this week’s instructions go to ShopMartingale.com/SimpleFriendships2QAL.
Please continue sharing your weekly progress using the #SimpleFriendships2QAL label to enter yourself in the drawing at the end of this stitch along, and also to sprinkle a little eye candy around.
Here’s a great finishing tip for this week’s patchwork: Lay a pieced block WRONG side up on a clean pressing surface and give it a light misting of Best Press (plain water in a spray bottle will also work nicely); while the cloth is still damp, press the seams from the BACK of the block, ensuring they’re resting in the intended direction. Repeat with the remaining blocks. This step will set the seams firmly in place for blocks that look crisp and lay beautifully flat, without adding shine to the cloth from the front.
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"Berries and Blossoms" by Janet Rae Nesbitt of One Sister Designs is a 19-SKU collection featuring florals, stars, polka dots, the alphabet, and more, tossed across hues of reds and whites. Features two FREE quilt projects (Quilt #1 and Quilt #2) This collection is IN QUILT SHOPS NOW!
Friday, May 31, 2019
Meet Brandy Pettit- She took on the challenge of using "Jolly Ole Soul” by Barb Tourtillotte in the month of May 2019.
Hello everyone! My name is Brandy Pettit, and I am so glad to meet you! I live in Walla Walla, WA with my husband John and our cats, Thomas and Belle. John and I are both hands-on crafty people, he likes to work on his motorcycles (he has 5, 2 of them are works in progress and one is a race-only motorcycle) and I like to fiddle around in my garden when I am not quilting. We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary two weeks ago and went out to one of our favorite local restaurants, Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse. We knew it might take a little time for our food to come out so we took our travel cribbage set and played a couple rounds before eating, which made the couple who was a few tables away laugh. I taught John how to play cribbage when we were first getting to know each other, so we have been playing each other for over 10 years now! It makes the game pretty special for us.
I have been quilting for 7 years now and just love it. The desire to create a quilt just came to me one day, so I took my grandma's advice and took a beginner quilting class and was pretty much hooked. I started blogging a year later in order to participate in a blog hop and in the hopes that it would keep me more on task (I am a victim of the "Ooh shiny!" syndrome...) and it helped, for a while anyway!
I joined the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Guild two years after I started quilting so that I could be around like-minded people and have made some really wonderful friends. I have been in charge of sew-ins for the last two years and was nominated for vice-presidency this year. That means I'm in charge next year, woohoo!
In October of 2017, we purchased a Handi Quilter Infinity and I started my longarm business, Blue Spool Sewing Room. I have had so much fun getting to work on all the different quilts my customers bring me! I tend to share photos on Instagram the most, as well as on my business Facebook page and occasionally on the blog.
Another thing I have loved with being part of the quilting community is the opportunity to test patterns for some designers and I really enjoy that process. Proofreading runs in my family from my mom's side so I love being able to help get a pattern all ready for release! I also really enjoy getting to make something no one else has yet, it's kind of thrilling. Except for the part where you can't share it with anyone until the pattern writer is ready, sometimes that is months of waiting!
If I had to choose a favorite part of the quilting process I would say the part of piecing when the blocks start coming together and you really see the progress you are making, followed closely by those last couple stitches of quilting, when you know you are very nearly finished with the project.
So a little explanation on my Jolly Ole Soul projects: First of all, I am so happy that I had the good fortune of being chosen as May's Desire to Inspire Challenger. First of all, I am pretty obsessed with Christmas fabric, and second, Barb, the designer of Jolly Ole Soul, is from Washington State too! How awesome is that? I hope I get to meet her someday! :) When I first saw the Santa Blocks I knew I wanted to make a Walk About quilt (pattern by Ann Lauer for Grizzly Gulch Gallery) since it would give me the opportunity to show off some of those great prints. I was originally planning to make a double-sided quilt using the large Santa panel as the "back" for the WalkAbout that I put together as the "front". But when I got the panel side put together with those adorable present blocks, I couldn't part with it! My sister (Jen) had claimed the quilt before I even received the fabric, so I said I would back her quilt with some snuggle fabric and she was actually pretty excited about that. I chose a fancy edge-to-edge design with holly and berries for her quilt and gave her the quilt a couple days ago, along with a matching pillow, and you can see she is pretty happy. I had a BLAST custom quilting the Santa pillow, I hope you can see the swirls in his beard! The pillow was made using the leftover Santa block that I added 3-inch borders to (those were cut off the edges of the Repeat Santa Panel), making it finish about 16 inches square.
I backed it with two pieces that were 16.5" x 10.5", which gave a nice overlap for the pillow sham. I have not yet quilted the other top, I am waiting for John to decide whether or not I need to increase it to being bed sized or leave it as a lap quilt. I also have to point out, two of the present blocks use fabric from the Desire to Inspire line I got to play with last year called Just Beachy, and they make me so happy! Then I used the super cute cookies and letters to Santa fabric to make a cookie plate! I used Mod Podge to glue it on the back side of the plate and it turned out so good! I think I will have to make up some more, I still have a bit of fabric left and they will make excellent gifts for Christmas. Especially when I fill them with cookies and candy!
I had a really lovely time working with this line from Henry Glass and I sure hope you feel inspired to get some Christmas gifts going! I hope you will come to visit me on my blog (www.pamperedpettit.blogspot.com), on Instagram (@bluespoolsewingroom), or on Facebook! You can even check out my quilting on my website, www.bluespoolsewingroom.com. Happy Quilting!
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
We are giving away the yarn dyes portion of "Helping Hands" by Kim Diehl which is IN QUILT SHOPS NOW! Additionally, there are two FREE quilt projects available for download.
Monday, May 27, 2019
"Snow Days" by Barb Tourtillotte ships in June 2019! This 14-SKU collection will make you want to go play in the snow! This line features faded stars, swirling snowflakes, pine cones, and cardinals, as well as red berry wreaths. Two panels are included, a 24" repeat block panel and a 24" snowman panel. PLUS there are two FREE quilt projects available for download.
In this month's Desire to Inspire Challenge, the winner will receive this collection to make something great. The caveat is... it MUST BE made in the month of June, and pictures of your finished project(s) must be provided to us by the end of the month. Along with your picture and bio, too, of course.
Are you ready to take on this challenge?