Sunday, August 25, 2019

Layer Cake Links

Welcome! I'm pleased to introduce you to Layer Cake Links, Fat Quarter Shop's latest in the Shortcut Quilt Series.

Ever one to shake things up, I chose fabrics from yardage. Fat Quarter Shop patterns are so easy to follow and well-diagramed, it's very easy to use them to fit any fabric flavors. If you diverge from the quick solution of purchasing a layer cake, you can cut your yardage down to 10" strips, and crosscut those into a handmade layer cake. A 10" ruler is certainly helpful for that.

To expedite the preparations even further, Fat Quarter Shop has a beautiful quilt kit featuring Finnegan by Brenda Riddle

Anyhow, enough talk about their pretty fabrics. Let's talk my fabric selection because I like it an awful lot. My selection is as follows (left to right in the pic below):
Mint Floral from Little Red in the Woods by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake Designs
Conifer Path from Sunprint 2019 by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
Aqua 1/4" Stripes from Stripes by Riley Blake Designs
Lime Acorns from Lucky Charms by Figo
Strawberry Sunspots from Sunkissed by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics
Cinnamon Mushrooms from Berry Season by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman
I chose Essex Yarn Dyed Lilac by Robert Kaufman for my background. I wanted to push myself beyond the typical neutral hues and went with an unexpected subtle purple. To segregate prints from background, it's really more about value than color. Also new to me, I jumped on board with the growing trend of incorporating wovens. Compared with the quilting cottons, I found the Essex to have a looser, coarser texture, with a more organically inconsistent feel. To help the melding of fabric types go more smoothly, I oversized the pieces slightly and trimmed down. I also checked after stitching one of each section to determine if my sizes were as expected, and adjusted my seam allowance to bring them closer to the anticipated measurements.

As I didn't take advantage of the convenience of a layer cake, I decided to use strip sets to expedite the first step of the block assembly. For each set, I cut two 2 1/4" strips from one fabric, and one 4 1/2" strip from the other. I sewed a 2 1/4" strip to either side of the wider strip, and crosscut at 4 1/2".

Then, I cut two more 2 1/4" strips from the same fabric as the previous 2 1/4" strips. These were cut into 8" rectangles with my new OLFA True Blue supplies. Aren't they beautiful?

After adding the strips to the remaining two sides, I used a rotating mat to square up the blocks and then cut them into quarters.

As I pieced the quarters back together in their new arrangement, I gave my new The Gypsy Quilter felted wool pressing mat I received in the June Sew Sampler box a try. I was impressed with how well the heat-absorbent surface tamed my seams and flatted my blocks.

The Layer Cake Links pattern came together quickly and was a fun way to use an assortment of fabric favorites.

The pattern is great scrappy, or would work with a more minimal palette consisting of as little as two fabrics.

Seeing how well the green and reds show in my quilt, I'm strongly considering a Christmas-themed second edition with green for the larger colored sections and red for the isolated squares. It'd mimic holly and berries so well!

I'm pleased with how my experiment with a woven in an unconventional background color turned out.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Quilt Market: FreeSpirit

Hey, hey we're the monkeys.
And people say we monkey around.

Tula Pink has gone bananas! 

"Monkey Wrench tells the story of a mischievous monkey named Bananas...Bananas has a simple mission, and that is to distract you from the mundane and introduce a little spontaneity into your life whether you like it or not."

"The moral of the story is choose fun, give in to happiness, keep your eyes peeled, and DON'T SLIP on the bananas!"

It's quite certain last year's potential division closure by Coats & Clark, and last minute redemption by Jaftex certainly made for a wrench in the lives of the Free Spirit designers. However, come Market, they were glowing with a vivacious glimpse of the future.

The Monkey Wrench collection, coming this September, has 19 prints, 3 wide backs, and precuts.

Anna Maria showed off her booth full of moody, deep hues in a spectrum of hues.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sewing Room Solutions Sale

For today only, Target has decor items 30% off! I love their 13" fabric cubes for storing fabric. Take my word for it, these babies store a ton of fabric pretty inconspicuously. I like to them the bin style to the fabric inside. For example, I have a southwestern bin for my fabrics of that type, a cutesy floral for my Stacy Iest Hsu

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Quilt Market: Blend Fabrics

Blend Fabrics revealed some fun upcoming collections at the Kanas City Quilt Market.

Maude Asbury's Snugly Sweaters is holiday festive.

Floral Pets and Junglemania by Mia Charro are animal-filled fun.

Stacy Peterson is is bringing forth the llama party in Fiesta.

Piccadilly and Dino-Mite are Maude Ashbury's latest collections.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Quilt Market: Pattern Designers

Today I'd like to give you a tour around a few of my favorite independent designer booths at the Kansas City Quilt Market. First up is Jodie of Ric Rac. She's an Australian, and her hand-sewn animal patterns are pretty much the most darling things ever.

Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew's booth was rife with inspirational new pattern releases.

Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane Designs had a barrage of cheerful animals to welcome shop owners.

With what is quite possibly the most epic use of Cuddle fabric ever, Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts wowed the industry crowd with her creativity. 

Dory Cary of Orange Dot Quilts had a plethora of fun projects to share.

Kori Turner-Goodhart of Olive Grace Studios, author of Stitched from the Heart - Quilts and More to Give with Love, had a very sweet and sentimental booth.

Anneliese and Brenda of Eye Candy Quilts had an astounding amount of beautiful quilts on display. check out their offerings for some very innovative choices. On the top right is the Conifer Quilt Pattern. Fat Quarter Shop has a kit available featuring Ruby Star Society Speckled fabrics.

Sweeties is on the far right. I'm also envisioning it as an excellent option for a Harry Potter quidditch snitch.

On the far left is Yonder.

I enjoyed seeing all the wonderful originality on display at Quilt Market thanks to independent pattern designers. Who's your favorite pattern designer lately?

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