Saturday, January 25, 2020

Quilt Market: Tula Pink

If it's wrong to need a unicorn head USB, then I don't want to be right. I present to you Tula Pink's HomeMade from FreeSpirit Fabrics, and the aforementioned accessory.

Homemade pays tribute to the motivating force that energizes makers to create with their hands.

The Decorative Stitches quilt designed by Stacey Day takes the fancy stitches made by a Bernina sewing machine to a grand scale.

The Happy Together quilt from Sew Kind of Wonderful, makers of the Quick Curve Ruler, looks really nice in HomeMade.

The "all things unicorn" trend is alive and well. Tula's doing her part with vibrant pink pins and USB drives in 4 different colors

The Spool for Love Quilt is a pattern for any sewist. (Turns out, use of the word "sewist" is highly controversial. Some don't like that sewer is where the Ninja Turtles live. Some don't identify with being a "seamstress"or "tailor", which makes me think you'd be likely to get numerous pant hemming requests. Some think "sewist" is a crime against grammar. As for my spell check, it wants me to write "sexist", which is perhaps even more controversial. Share your thoughts in the comments.) It is offered as a kit.

Tula offers pre-made zipper bags in three different sizes.

Will you be making something "HomeMade"?

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Jelly Belly Bars Quilt

Have you ever made up a quilt pattern that was so quick and easy that you started pulling stacks of fabric to make versions 2 and 3? That's how the Jelly Belly Bars Quilt was for me. I'm joining in on the #jellybellybars Quilt Along highlighted on the Jolly Jabber Fat Quarter Shop blog.

First off, I wouldn't want you to miss out on the fun, so you'll be needing to pick up the free pattern.

The great thing about Fat Quarter Shop quilt alongs is that there's always a YouTube videoCheck out their channel, or better yet, subscribe.

To make things easier, Fat Quarter Shop offers a Jelly Belly Bars Quilt Kit and Backing Set featuring Fiddle Dee Dee by Me and My Sister Designs.


The Jelly Belly Bar Quilt is made with a Jelly Roll (2 1/2" x width of fabric strips) and a Jolly Bar. Jolly Bars are an exclusive Fat Quarter Shop 5" x 10" precut that includes a coordinating pattern. Fat Quarter Shop even has a wide selection of Jolly Bar kits.

My rendition features Zuma by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics.

I purchased some additional yardage so I would be able to fussy but some 5" x 10" rectangles for the centers.

A layer cake cut in half could also be used.

It would be fun to inset blocks within the 5" x 10" sections. It looks like I'm not the only one who had this thought cross their mind. Check out this version employing Flying Geese. I have a holiday version in mind with paper-pieced centers.

The pattern is well-written, but I do have a little pointer. In the final step before quilt assembly, 6 3/4" is trimmed from six blocks. Since this portion is discarded, there's no need to add the final 2 1/2" x 9" side to six of the blocks.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Quilt Market: Moda & Giveaway

Moda is a mogul of the fabric industry. The Moda booth at Quilt Market sprawls, filled with a variety of designers for every style. Let me show you a few of my personal favorites.

Sherri & Chelsi are debuting Summer Sweet, a sorbet array of cheerfulness.

Minick & Simpson merge pretty and patriotic in Mackinac Island. The quilt shown is the Derby House Block of the Month.

Jen Kingwell is a darling, delightful person.

Fine & Sunny is her upcoming collection.


Bonnie of Cotton Way and Camille of Thimble Blossoms have toned town their standard primary-colored brights for more subdued, vintage-esque shades of red, green, and grey.


Vanessa of Lella Boutique, who also authored Jelly Filled (on Amazon), shared her upcoming Bloomington fabric line.

The gorgeous quit behind her is Cathedral.

Modern Halloween fabric collections are hot this season. April Rosenthal joined the Market crowd to share her Midnight Magic line. The quilt on the far right is called Boo Quilt (simple enough), and there's a kit.

As a mom, I can't resist Stacy Iest Hsu's fabrics. (I'm being totally serious here. There are multiple 13" cubical bins to contain my obsession.) Goodness gracious, now there are frogs having a picnic! I can't be helped. If you need some Sunday Picnic too, let me enable you.

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