Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cracklin' Rosie...a new pattern!

I love this pattern!  I know I say that about all of them, but this one is particularly adorable.  

This pattern is based on the basic Friendship Block.  With the right color placement, and some creative piecing in the sashings, a wonderful quilt design will emerge!!

The blocks are easy to assemble and turn out slightly oversized--you will cut them down to 12.5" x 12.5" squares in the final step.  Though accurate piecing is recommended, the pattern construction is very forgiving--even for beginner quilters.

Several different sizes are given in the quilt pattern:  baby, small lap, large lap, and queen size.

Also included in the quilt pattern is a coloring diagram for adventurous quilters who may want to make one completely scrappy!!

Cracklin' Rosie is available for PDF download on Etsy and Craftsy.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Unblocked....go rainbow....

When in doubt, go rainbow!!  I pulled some fabric, then some more, then I went full Skittles rainbow!!  And all from my stash...including some gray background fabric....

And some ironing and cutting....and Under the Dome and Suits....

So I'm working on a new pattern...but maybe it will be a quilt along.  Not that I have a big following or anything, but why not??  Right??  ;-)

Anyhow, I'm sewing a bit, working on the house, cooking, cleaning and being a stay-at-home Mom to a teenager who'd rather I went somewhere else...LOL.  Summer!!

Happy Quilting to you...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Quilter's Block....

So I'm usually rolling along, a million quilty ideas in my head, and not enough time to get it all done...but not lately.  I've had a bad case of "quilter's block"...the inability to find the right fabrics or get the motivation to get anything done.  But it is the "right fabrics" part that I find so disturbing...

In the last few years I've taken to writing quilt patterns.  It is fascinating to see what you can make from a jelly roll, or fat quarter, etc.  I love scrappy quilts and precuts help achieve a scrappy look without spending a ton of money and grossly enlarging my fabric stash.

With that in mind, I have a binder full of quilt ideas, sketches, quilty math, etc.  I first make a small baby quilt to make sure that everything works out OK.  I don't fret over the colors because it is just a trial run.  But then I need to make another version, possibly a pattern cover quilt, and that is where I've fallen down I make what I want, or what will sell the pattern, or something gender neutral, or something flowery (my preference)....what about solids??  OMG...never ending decisions.

Lately I've become nervous over making an ugly quilt--this happened on the last one.  Here is a preview of the next quilt pattern...super cute, done in Pam Kitty fabric I had stashed a few years ago....

But then I tried to make it in a cute, beachy fabric and I ended up with muddied blocks... total crap.  No the fabric's fault, just not the right fabric for the block... darn it!

Anyhow, I'm finishing up this pattern and working on another--if I can only settle on my fabric choices.  Maybe I have a combo, or a hot mess, who knows??

Happy Quilting!