It’s here! The Parallels quilt pattern book has officially arrived from the printer and I’m so thrilled to get to share this book with you!
Parallels is designed by Elizabeth Ancell and published with my pattern company, Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio. It’s a 28 page, 8.5″ x 11″ book and features instructions and layouts for six different quilts in SIX sizes each. Do the math and you’ll see that 36 quilts are packed into this book!
Elizabeth is, in my opinion, completely brilliant. She was thoughtful about fabric cutting, layout, illustrations and included some great tips for getting those angled points to match up perfectly. Her clean lines are so striking! Paired with the photography of Lauren Hunt, who took all of these images, it’s one awesome pattern book if you ask me.
Let’s take a tour around the pattern!
Each quilt design includes instructions for baby, lap, twin, full, queen and king (Phew!) and we had testers make up samples of each design, in a variety of sizes. Full size template pieces are included and are super easy to work with. And the piecing goes SO quickly!
The Wishbone design might be my favorite. Elizabeth pieced and quilted this king sized sample. Those curved corners appear often in her quilts and she included instructions for that option in the pattern! Her sample is made from In The Beginning Modern Solids (Cream and Slate and bound in Lead)
You might recall my previous post where I shared a sample I made for Carrie Bloomston’s booth at Market. I used her new Paint Collection for Windham. Looks so fun in those prints, I think!
The Stadium Seating design was tested by Kristin Marciniak in the twin size and quilted by Jessica Toye. This sample is also made from In The Beginning Modern Solids (Sea and Chartreuse and bound in Robin’s Egg).
Paula Leber, a long-time tester for my patterns, pieced and quilted the twin size of the Portal Doors design. It’s made from Robert Kaufman Kona Solids (Graphite, Lagoon, Amber and bound in Cedar).
The Slingshots design was tested and quilted by my mom! (My go-to tester!) She made the full size in Robert Kaufman Kona Solids (Blue, Valentine, Salmon, Shale and bound in Berry). I’m not sure I’ll want to return it to her. Eleanor loves it!
The Zigzag Arrows design was tested and quilted by Marilyn Butler in the lap size. She used Moda Bella Solids (in Etchings Stone, Steel, Etchings Slate and bound in Horizon Blue).
(I realllly love that image above! Lauren did such a great job with the styling and photos. Can I say, again, how much I love working with her?!)
I tested the baby size of the Checkered Lightning design and Jessica Toye quilted it. It’s made from more Kona Solids (Teal Blue, Fog and bound in Bonsai).
Phew! That’s a LOT of quilt photos!
If you’d like your own copy of the Parallels pattern, be sure to ask for it at your local quilt shop. It’s shipping to my distributors now. I see that Pink Chalk Fabrics, who carries all of my patterns, has some in stock right now. If you’re local here in Kansas City, the Bernina store on Metcalf has a supply, too! The PDF version of the pattern is also available here. But that printed version is totally my favorite. Check it out:
I’d LOVE to know what colors and design you’d pick. Leave a comment and tell me, will you? Sophisticated and sleek like Elizabeth’s? Or maybe in some school or favorite team colors? Be sure to share images on Instagram and other social media sites with the hashtag #parallelsquilt so I can follow along and see what you’re up to!
I can’t wait to see what you make with this one!
Working with beautiful, vibrant fabrics is such a joy. Working with fabrics that have a clear handmade feel to them is even better. That’s the case with Carrie Bloomston’s upcoming line of fabric for Windham. It’s called Paint, and you’re going to love it! Read on for a chance to win a charm pack of the whole line! Paint arrives in stores in July/August.
If we’ve not met before…. Hi! I’m Carrie’s friend Shea. Pattern designer, author, wife, mom to three, and lover of all things sewing. Carrie and I met back in 2011 and became fast “pattern friends”. I just wish she lived closer so I could soak up her ability to get messy with kid art. Ha! In a digital world, where everything seems to be computer generated, Carrie’s painterly fabrics are such a welcome bit of fresh air.
This quilt is from a soon-to-be released Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio pattern, called Parallels. Parallels will be printed as a pattern book, full of six different quilt designs (each in sizes baby to king!) based on parallelograms. It was designed by Elizabeth Ancell (who is brilliant, by the way) and will be published with my pattern company. Keep your eyes out for it, as it will show up here and in shops all around shortly after Market in May. It was quite possibly the speediest-to-assemble quilt I’ve ever had the chance to make. (Thank you, mom, for the quick long arm quilting, too!) I can’t wait to share more about Elizabeth’s Parallels quilt designs. Soon!
What makes so many of Carrie’s Paint prints so great is that there are so many non-directional prints. When seams on a quilt match up with an identical piece of fabric, directional prints give those seams away too easily. Carrie’s fabric flows smoothly through Elizabeth’s clean, graphic design. And that red and newsprint stripe was screaming to be used as a binding!
If you want to see more of Carrie’s collection, check out the Lookbook here. Her awesome newsprint fabric is back (and even expanded), people!
Visit the other stops on the Paint Party, too:
April 9 April Rhodes
April 10 Sally Keller + Julie Goldin
April 11 Shea Henderson (that’s me!)
April 12 Ramona Burke + Jenny Kelly
April 13 Sam Hunter + A Vintage Fairytale (Staci Barrett)
April 14 Rachael Gander + Erica Sage
April 15 Karen LePage + Tia Curtis
April 16 Shelly Figueroa + Fabrications2b (Bonnie Bobman)
Want to win some Paint fabric early?
Leave a comment, telling me your favorite shape to see in a quilt. Squares? Parallelograms? Triangles? Circles? I’ll select a winner on April 21st! The giveaway is now closed. The winner is Margo!
Thanks for stopping by!
If starting a business is something you’ve ever considered, check out the upcoming webinar hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild. I’ll be part of the panel and I’m looking forward to sharing with others (and learning from my fellow panelists!).
The webinar is free to members of the MQG, so head over to the MQG to sign up!
Big news to share today! My first book, School of Sewing: Learn it. Teach it. Sew Together. will come out in September!
Published by Lucky Spool Media, it is a book for the true beginner or those looking to teach a true beginner. There is machine buying advice, the what and why of sewing supplies, a detailed troubleshooting section and it’s filled quotes from actual beginners and I think that is my favorite part. It includes the storyline of my group of eight students who have been learning over the course of the last year!
My greatest hope is that not only will beginners pick up this book, but also experienced sewists looking to teach a friend, neighbor or co-worker to love our craft. The book is designed to tackle one project a month with each building on the skills learned in the previous lesson. The projects are functional, gift-able, and (with the exception of one project) can be made in one class!
This book is packed with info and is beautifully photographed by the ever so talented Lauren Hunt. It’s sophisticated and crazy informative and I can’t wait to show and share more!
I feel like celebrating! So let’s do just that. Now thru March 9th, all PDF patterns are 20% off in the shop with the code CELEBRATE.
And, start thinking about whom you want to teach come September! Have I got the resource for you!