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Introducing New Fall Patterns: Somewhere Under, Cantilevers & Studio Stitches!

October 23, 2013

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It’s time to share the three new patterns for Fall 2013! I’ll be back next week to share more about each of these individually, so check back for many more images of the different samples made. As soon as they are in stock out there in the world, I’ll share some store links for you.

The first two patterns are quilts from Jessica Levitt, an Empty Bobbin Designer. You may recognize these if you attended QuiltCon this year! Each includes three different size options and Jessica’s detailed instructions and diagrams.

Somewhere Under can be pieced either wonky or straight and includes instructions for the optional flange binding and pieced backing, which uses scraps left from piecing the quilt top.

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Cantilevers is such a great design if you’re looking for something that can be made in masculine colors/fabrics. And do you see the pieces of orange in the binding? I love that little detail Jessica worked in and she’s included very detailed instructions for placing them just so in your own binding for some added zing. The design on this pattern is scaled, so no matter if you make the quilt in the lap size or the queen size, it’ll have the exact same look!

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And rounding out the slate of new patterns is an embroidery design from Lauren Hunt, another Empty Bobbin Designer. Studio Stitches marks the first in a line of embroidery patterns we will publish featuring Lauren’s art in her awesome trademark style. We’re calling the embroidery line “Stitchcraft” and you can expect some new designs in the coming year!

Studio Stitches is perfect for anyone who wants to show their love of all things sewing. Four different sewing machines, two spools of thread, scissors, a bobbin and needle and the “I am a maker” phrase. (More on the origins of that phrase next week!) All designs included for both an iron-on heat transfer and a traceable transfer.

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There you have it! Three new designs that have us very excited over here (and stalking the UPS man!).

If you’d like a copy of one of these patterns, 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.

Care for a giveaway! Help me pass the time waiting for the final boxes of patterns to show up. Which has you most excited? Leave a quick comment (and be sure I have a way to reach you!) I’ll pick three winners a week from today to receive their favorite!

 

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!

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