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Busy City Sewing

September 6, 2013

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Carla, a MQG friend here in Kansas City, has sewn up some Busy City blocks. Did you see them on her blog?

Seeing her blocks inspires me to make some more. I’ve made the quilts and pillow for the pattern but am now thinking about making a couple of larger pillows for our boys. If you’re in the mood for similar sewing, be sure to check out the informal quilt along on Instagram (use the hashtag #busycityquilt in your caption) and Flickr. We’ll get started in a couple of weeks and I think it will be a great way to see how others choose to use all of the different blocks!

I love how Alex used her design to create the girly ice cream truck pillow above.

One bit of housekeeping… Lisa is the winner of the Pixel Pop giveaway! I’ve sent and e-mail, Lisa, so be on the lookout.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to play with Graham and one of his neighbor buddies. No big sisters allowed! I think there are a lot of cars, trucks and Legos in my future today.

Pixel Pop: A Quilt Pattern in Two Sizes!

August 20, 2013

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Today I’m sharing photos and info about Pixel Pop, one of the new patterns available now.

Pixel Pop, designed by Jessica Levitt, comes in two size options. It is a fantastic way to show off treasured scraps as the pops of color. You can  cut those from a charm pack, too! Jessica’s original version was part of the QuiltCon quilt show, so if you attended, perhaps you remember her quilt.

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Paula, a tester, made the large size in shades of pink. She loved this design so much that she made another version in purples, too!

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The version I made is from Carrie Bloomston’s Collage line of fabric for Windham. I love how the newsprint works with this design and Jessica’s careful placement of the pops of color.

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I think Jessica’s design for the pieced backing option is fantastic!

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Pixel Pop has shipped to stores and distributors, so if you’re on the hunt for it ask for it at your favorite shop. If you’d like a copy of one of this pattern, you can find a digital copy in my PDF pattern shop or a paper copy at many of the stores listed on the Patterns page under “Where to Buy.” If you’re looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line of patterns.

How about another giveaway? Leave a comment telling me what color scheme you’d use for this quilt. I’m curious! I’ll select one winner a week from today who will receive a free copy of the pattern.

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The winner of the previous Busy City pattern giveaway is Hannah T . I’ve sent an e-mail, Hannah, so be on the lookout!

Busy City: A Quilt and Pillow Pattern for BOYS!

August 7, 2013

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Want to see and hear more about the Busy City pattern set? And perhaps have a giveaway? Fine. Twist my arm.

Finding quilt and pillow patterns for boys isn’t exactly easy. Alex Ledgerwood of Teaginny Designs knew that when she designed and made this quilt for her son a couple of years ago. Having my own trucks/bulldozer/construction crazed boy now, I can only imagine how thrilled her son was with his quilt. For her original quilt, Alex pieced the blocks in an improvisational way. But for Busy City, she very cleverly designed paper piecing templates to create each block. The pattern includes a CD of each of the 35 templates. Full sized and ready for printing!

Never paper pieced before? Have no fear! We’ve included step by step photos to guide you.

Busy City includes instructions for the main quilt, which you see here on the cover:

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….and a baby quilt, which features five blocks of your choice:

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…. and a pillow cover, which showcases one block. Check out Alex’s cute girly ice cream truck, made for her niece:

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If that wasn’t enough bang for your buck, we decided to include templates on the CD for a larger size for each of the 35 blocks! The CD includes instructions for the main quilt, baby quilt and pillow using the larger sizes. You can see the difference below by comparing the tow truck in the pillow to the tow truck just above it in the quilt. There are so many options! I could see someone using the larger blocks and skipping the sashing to make a baby quilt full of construction fun. Or a few of the smaller blocks without sashing as a larger pillow cover.

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I’m sewing up two pillow covers for a friend’s set of twins who are turning two this weekend! A backhoe and a cement truck.

Uou can find a digital copy in my PDF pattern shop or a paper copy at many of the stores listed on the Patterns page under “Where to Buy.” If you’re looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line of patterns. If you’re a store, orders may be placed with me or with your favorite distributor!

Now for a giveaway! Tell me what you’d make with these blocks… one of the six patterns included? Or a design of your own using the blocks? I’ll pick one comment this Saturday and mail you a copy of the pattern!

Introducing: Busy City & Pixel Pop!

August 5, 2013

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Today I am sharing the two newest patterns in the Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio lineup: Busy City & Pixel Pop! I’ll be sharing more in detail about each of these later this week, too. Both patterns are crisscrossing the country headed to stores now. You can find them right now at Pink Chalk Fabrics, Superbuzzy, Hyggeligt Fabrics in Canada and here in Kansas City at Bernina on Metcalf. If you are a store, both are available for wholesale order directly from me (shea@emptybobbinsewing.com) or from your favorite distributor.

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First up, Busy City.

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Busy City is designed by Alex Ledgerwood of Teaginny Designs. If you’ve ever hunted for the perfect thing to sew for a young boy, look no more! Busy City is based on Alex’s popular quilt from a couple of years ago. She pieced that one using improv piecing but, since she is a clever one, she turned this one into paper piecing templates for the pattern. All 35 of the templates come as full sized printable templates on a CD included in the pattern!

As an added bonus, we gave an additional block size option for a larger block and included the enlarged blocks on the CD, too! You can see the difference in the block sizes by comparing the tow truck on the pillow to the tow truck just above it on the quilt.

The pattern booklet includes instructions to make the main quilt, a baby quilt that features five blocks and a pillow featuring one block. Throw in the option for the enlarged blocks and this is like getting six patterns in one! Look for more detail about this quilt Wednesday.

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Now, Pixel Pop!

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Pixel Pop is designed by Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits. You may know of Jessica’s excellent book Modern Mix or her fabric lines with Windham Fabrics. She designed Pixel Pop to showcase snippets of precious fabrics. We’ve all got those, right? Charm packs can also be used for the pops of color.

Jessica designed this quilt to be made in two sizes and I’ll share photographs of the test samples and tell more about this pattern on Friday! You’ll love the pieced backing option Jessica designed for this quilt, too.

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Can’t wait to get your hands on one of these? Click on over to Pink Chalk… Kathy has them in stock right now!

On behalf of Jessica and Alex, we are thrilled to publish these quilt designs for you. We hope you’ll enjoy crafting something for a little boy with Busy City or showcasing your favorite scraps in Pixel Pop!

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