Thursday, November 24, 2022

Quilt Market: Riley Blake

Riley Blake had quite possibly the most formidable booth at Quilt Market. It's my pleasure to share some of the many projects featured. Orchard by Jill Finley of Jillily Studio comes to shops in April 2023.

This vibrant wall of quilts included (left to right): Majorelle II by Raija Salomaa of Quilters' Treasure Chest; Dino-Roar by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts; unknown but I'd wager a Quiltworx pattern; Joujou, Colors of the Wind II and Magic Potion by Jaija Salomaa.

Lost at Sea by Natalia Juan Abello was made up into the You, Me and the Sea Panel Quilt by RBD Designers.

Jillily Studios patterns including the Knitted Row-Along, Trellis, and A Walk in the Park were made up using the Fable collection by Jill Finley.

White As Snow is a holiday collection by J. Wecker Frisch. On the right is a quilt from the Wintery Project Booklet.

This sunny corner of the booth showed off the Summer Solstice Quilt by Bradley and Judel Niemeyer of Quiltworx, and Party Pop and Exploding Heart by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts.

Vintage Christmas II by Erica Made is very cute made up in Twas.

If you're into flying insects, you'll love Harmony & Fortune by Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop and Flutterfly by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts.

I'll be back soon with more fun from Quilt Market.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Scrappiness is Happiness: Weeks 1-3

It's Week 3 of the 32 week Scrappiness is Happiness Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop using Lori Holt's book. The free finishing pattern provides fabric allotments and the setting instructions. Check out #ScrappinessIsHappinessQAL on Instagram to see everyone's blocks.

Scrappy Sampler Quilt Digital Image for the Scrappiness is Happiness QAL
Scrappiness is Happiness QAL Graphic Banner

Today I'll be sharing the blocks I've created so far. I'm using an assortment of Alison Glass fabrics. Kimberly of FQS is sewing with Prairie by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs, including the Prairie Fat Quarter BundleTeal Fiddle for background and borders, Coral Homespun for binding, and Coral Dress Heirloom for backing.

Week 1 was Buzzy Bee. I organized my pieces with Alphabitties and tiny clothespins from the dollar store.

For the Buzz Bee block, check page 14 of Scrappiness is Happiness and viewLori's video below.

Week 2 featured the Large and Small Calico Mushroom Blocks on page 20. Here are my cut pieces.

Week 3 brought forth the Chex Mix block. Not in a mood to cut and reassemble 25 1.5" squares, I constructed the block using strip sets. I cut five 1.5" by 5"+ rectangles of each color (A&B). I made ABABA and BABAB strip sets. Those were crosscut at 1.5". I took the 2 strips of one set and 3 strips of the other, alternated them, and sewed the checkerboard pattern together. 

Fat Quarter Shop is offering prizes at the conclusion of the QAL so remember to follow @fatquartershop and @beelori1on Instagram and tag your blocks with #ScrappinessIsHappinessQAL. Add the button to your social media if you are joining in the fun.

Scrappiness is Happiness Quilt Along Graphic Badge
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Saturday, November 12, 2022

FYI November 2022

Ever wanted to be a fabric brand ambassador? Benartex has their application open.

 Sew It Yourself Blog has tons of free project patterns. As an added bonus, they host monthly giveaways. Here's how to enter: 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!We’re challenging YOU to #siysewityourself for a chance to WIN a mystery fabric bundle from one of our Jaftex brands.Here’s how it works 👇:⁠⭐1. Make ANY of the projects listed on or the SIYblog.⭐2. Share a photo of your completed project to your Instagram feed tagging @siysewityourself and #siysewityourself.⁠⭐3. We will randomly select the winner and DM you as well as announce in the next SIY email.⁠⭐4. Multiple projects count for multiple entries. ⁠We can’t wait to see what you can #SIY! ⁠(Eligible countries: US and Canada)

Art Gallery Fabrics Quilterpreneurs are offering free block patterns. Check out the post on the AGF blog.

You have until the 14th to join the Passport to Quilting Holiday Edition. It's free, so hurry and get all the fantastic patterns.

UNM Continuing Education is hosting the first annual Arts & Crafts Festival November 19. I'm teaching a free-motion class, so register if you're an ABQ local.

That else should quilters know about?