Friday, December 14, 2018

Quilt Market: Lucky Spools

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Lucky Spool is one of my favorite quilting publishers -- beautiful books and the nicest management. Their booth was like a great quilt; the more you looked, the more intricate treasures you found. The quilt below is from Inspiring Improv by Nicholas Ball (on Amazon). Gemology and Stitch Your Story are on the horizon.

The little cubical displays were picture perfect.

The pickle is from 50 Little Gifts by Susanne Woods.

Other featured projects were from Boho Embroidery: The Pattern Collection by Nichole Vogelsinger (on Amazon).

Do you own any Lucky Spool titles?

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Quilt Market: Tula Pink

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I'm all about Tula Pink's detailed prints and vibrant colors.

Her Quilt Market booth was a pleasure for the senses, as always. P.S. I spy Elizabeth Harthman's Lisa the Unicorn pattern to the right.

Pinkerville is Tula's next line, which she describes as a state of mind, an imaginary world of my own creation, and a place of total surreal escapism where all things are possible.

A new 108" marbled water backing called Blind Faith will be released. Practical Dazzle splendidly quilted this as a whole cloth.

There will be free patterns too!

Marketing genius, Tula, has a special ByAnnie bag pattern, Running with Scissors, that holds her hardware collection perfectly. Take a Stand is the companion project pictured underneath.

Leave it to Tula to create a frenzy. This time she succeeded with limited edition unicorn patches that are no where to be found already.

Aside from the every popular Creature of the Year (unicorn), sea serpents make an appearance.

Ahem, I meant in the Pinkerville collection.

Coordinating dots, stripes, and solids round out the rainbow bright array.

Prints include Gate Keeper with swans, a floral called Delight, water marbled Blind Faith, Enlightenment with butterflies, fanned Serenity, unicorn feature print Imaginarium, and confetti-speckled Fairy Dust.

Let's zoom in!

Are you going to add this to your Tula stash? I know I'll succumb to the temptation.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Quilt Market: Lori Holt

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There's something irresistible about the enduring cuteness of Lori Holt's designs. At Market, I made a couple sightings. There's an upcoming Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along project.

Now, if I can just remember where I put the book...

Next up was the Vintage Christmas Quilt using Cozy Christmas fabrics.

I honestly don't know how she comes up with so many adorable things.

Have you made any of her patterns? I used one of the blocks from Farm Girl Vintage to make a friend's baby quilt. There are so many block patterns per book that there are really limitless possibilities.

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Quilt Market: Trixie by Heather Ross for Windham

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Heather Ross, who designs for Windham, has a tremendous fan following, and there's much demand for her out-of-print designs. Windham re-released Mendocino in 2016. In 2019, adorable mice will return with Trixie.

The collection features a panel to make Trixie and her counterpart Thomas, as well as a mouse tent. Additionally, there are strawberries, ginghams, florals, and a rustic-looking diamond patchwork print.

The collection will come to stores in February, 2019.

This cat reminds me of the Manhattan Toy softie. If I gifted this quilt to a baby, I'd definitely need both. I'm a sucker for coordinating sets; just ask my kids' wardrobes.

So are you a Heather Ross junkie? Admittedly, I am. I was just a little late to the game, so I appreciate the throw-backs.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wonderland Quilt Along: Finishing and Giveaway

If you're participating in the Wonderland Quilt Along, it's time to get things quilted up. To get in on the prizes, you need to be quilted and bound. Perhaps you're into quilting by paycheck; that's fine. An allover design or walking foot pattern will do beautifully too. However, in case you want to do some custom work, I'll show you what I did. My last version had different free-motions designs, so you may want to check that out post first. I also went into detail about how I created the free-motion machine embroidery words on my original quilt.

I used large spools of Aurifil 50 wt thread. While I started with an Aurifil Designer Collection, I added spools from my color rack as I went to match the fabrics in the top. The final selections include 2620, 5007, 2615 2024, black, 2784, 2783, 2805, 5006, 2884, 1114, 2860, 5015, 2214, 2420, and 6729. 

The bobbin contained cream to match the backing.

The entire background is a curling ribbon and bows. For the Cheshire, I used radiating curves for the ears and nose, pebbles for the main body, and a star meander to match the print on the head.

The teapot and cup feature lines with pebbles, rows of brackets, and radiating curves.

Some matchstick quilting, oval pebbles, and curvy lines appear on the bottle. The cake has ribbon candy, pebbles, and rows of square spirals.

The rabbit has a fur/flame pattern and a branchy meander. (Yep, that's the proper term I just invented.)

The hookah has overlapping arches, a wishbone on the navy and radiating curves.

I learned my lesson from last time, and committed to few words. I did a paraphrase of a line from the last page of Alice in Wonderland.

The flamingo has feathers (of course) ;and some angled straight lines. Flowers have scallops and veins for the leaves.

The suites were treated to a loop de loop or a curved grid. Mine's off, but this is me being okay with that. The intention was for them to cross in an arch.

Spirals, curvy lines, and a back and forth meander fills the mushroom.

Jan. 1 one random grand prize winner who tags their finished quilt with #wonderlandquiltalong will win a #createyourownaurifilcollection of 12 large spools in 50 wt generously donated by the best thread makers anywhere @aurifilthread, a fat 1/8 bundle of @riflepaperco @cottonandsteel and a couple enamel pins. (Retail value over $150!) 

Threads included in the prize are #2785, #2715, #2692, #4644, #2890, #2730, #2395, #2150, #1154, #6723, #2479, and #2606. These are also the thread matches I recommend if you are using Rifle Paper Company's Wonderland collection and want to match your threads to your top.

Another random winner who finishes and shares gets a fat quarter bundle and an enamel pin. International winners must pay their own shipping. Good luck ! 🐇♠️♣️♥️♦️

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