Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Greek Crossing - Free Quilt Pattern for Olfa Designer Spotlight Series

Do you ever have a pattern that just sticks in your head?  Like, "Man, I really like this!  I need to make it!"  That's what happened to me with this Greek Cross block.  I really like it.  I think it's simple in design but still interesting.  I just HAD to make something out of it.  And I REALLY wanted to make something with all my Cotton+Steel fabric.  I bought the whole first collection for myself.  I love that it will all match with future collections and that it all worked together.  It's kind of like an instant stash.  

But anyway, I supersized the Greek Cross block to 18" for this quilt.  I wanted to show off some of the feature prints from Cotton+Steel and this gave me a big place in the center of the block to do just that.  This is a quick quilt to put together because of the block size.  It's also really great for fat eighth bundles sitting in your stash.  

I sent this to my longarm quilter Kathy from Threadbear Quilting.  I realllllly like the honeycomb pattern she did for me.  I don't know if you can see it in the photos I took but there are bees scattered in the quilting too!  And my friend Whitney helped me take some photos.  Our new shop is next to this abandoned car wash.  It's a little creepy but it looks cool in photos.  There's a lot of graffiti.  I think it would also make an excellent place for an 80's music video.

Pretty cool isn't it!?  I'm hoping to have more projects for this backdrop in the future.  I bound my quilt with the same color solid (Cotton Supreme solid in Kerchief) and used a dot from Michael Miller on the back.  

I created a pattern for you and it's featured on the Olfa blog (and of course I did use Olfa rulers, mats and cutters to make this) for their Designer Spotlight series!  I'm hoping to make more of these in the future!  Click over to their blog here to get the free pattern!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#IGMINISWAP Completed! Spools Mini Quilt

I don't usually do swaps anymore.  It's not that I don't like swaps, I do.  It's just time.  It seems like I am quilting more and more for work these days.  But I really like mini quilts.  And my new office has nothing on the walls except a few post-it notes.  

So, when Sandy over in the UK asked for signups for a mini quilt swap on Instagram I jumped on the chance!  Check out the #IGminiswap on Instagram.  There are SO many cute minis !  

My partner said she liked Bonnie and Camille.  ME TOO!  I've been wanting to make one of Camille's adorable mini quilts so I took this opportunity to make her Spools pattern!  I used up all stash builder scraps.  Most of these are leftovers from my Stash Stack Club bundles from Pink Castle.  I'm happy that these are bundles that I'm actually using.  And this pattern is great for using up the little pieces I have in my scrap boxes!  I tried to stick with Bonnie and Camille style colors too (and some scraps of their fabrics, of course).

It's all sent away!  I hope my partner likes it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Color Inspirations Club for 2015!

This morning I finally listed all my patterns on Craftsy!  I have 6 new patterns to coordinate with next year's Color Inspirations Club with RJR's Cotton Supreme Solids.   

For those of you who don't know, I created a solids club for RJR fabrics called the Color Inspirations Club.  Each month I choose 10 coordinating solids based on an inspiration.  There are NO REPEATS throughout the year.  So you aren't stuck with 4 of the same blue fabric.  This is a great way to increase your solids stash!  By the end of the year you will have 120 different solids!  Hopefully, you are using them up as the year goes on.  

 Loose Change Quilt Pattern

 Moroccan Lattice Quilt Pattern

 Patches Plus Quilt Pattern

 Sunset Strips Quilt Pattern
 Fair Isle Quilt Pattern

 Big & Bright Quilt Pattern

All six of the new patterns use 10 fat quarters and then some amount of background fabric to create the quilt top.  This means you can use ANY Color Inspirations Club month to make whichever pattern you choose!  There are varying sizes from small to Queen in the patterns so there's something for everyone.  

I had a lot of fun coming up with these patterns and creating the solids bundles for Color Inspirations Club!  Here is a preview of all the bundles for 2015!  I'm really happy with they way they turned out.  You can join the club and get a fat quarter bundle of Cotton Supreme Solids sent to you each month at Pink Castle Fabrics or ask your local quilt shop if they will be running the club!  

Along with the bundles, I have created 13 new Cotton Supreme Solids!  As soon as those are ready I will post a photo of them.  They are all mixed into the bundles for next year.  As well as the 12 new colors that I introduced this year.  

 New Colors 2014 - Cotton Supreme Solids

I have been using these colors so much already!  I hope you love the color combinations and patterns as much as I do.  Remember to ask your local quilt shop if they are going to be carrying the Club!  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

318 Patchwork Patterns - Ice Cream Pillow!

Want to see an adorable pillow!?!

318 Patchwork Patterns Pillow

 I am so excited about how this pillow has turned out.  First of all, I have to apologize for this post being late.  I have a crazy busy the last few weeks!  We had Quilt Market and then we had to move our entire shop!  I wasn't planning on the move to be that week but it just worked out that way.

Anyway!  I was asked by Allegory from A Thousand Needles to be a part of the 318 Patchwork Patterns quilt along (#pp318qal).  I'm really excited about this book.  Written by Kumiko Fujita (designer of the popular First of Infinity fabric for Lecien), this book was originally only offered in Japanese.  Like the title implies, it has 318 patterns for paper pieced and appliqued blocks.  Really really cute ones!  

 318 Patchwork Patterns

This book has been out of print and hard to find for years.  Copies in Japanese are selling for $150!  The lovely ladies at World Book Media have translated it into English and it's back in print again!  For the more reasonable price of $21.99.  I have been wanting this book for years now so I was REALLY excited to get my hands on it.  

Some of the amazing applique blocks!

Wouldn't these make a cute Halloween table runner???
I chose to make block #5 Ice Cream for the quilt along.  Allegory has a really nice tutorial on her blog on how to use freezer paper for paper piecing.  I made my block 6" finished and I love it so much I made it into an awesome pillow.  

The colors match my logo...!

This was my first time binding a quilted pillow.  It was really easy to do.  Just like binding a quilt.  I hand stitched it to the back too!  I like the way this looks.  It gives a nice frame to the pillow as well.  There's a tutorial on how to do this at Sew Mama Sew.

I also added a zipper closure on the back with a little flap to hide it.  I love the way this looks.  It is NOT hard to do.  Do not be afraid of zippers!  There are great tutorials at Esch House Quilts and Sotak Handmade.  I will never make another envelope closure again.  All the raw edges are enclosed binding it and adding the zipper finish and it makes it look very professional.  

I hope this inspires you to try some cute paper piecing patterns and to get a copy of the 318 Patchwork Patterns book!  I'm already planning a little Cake pillow to match!  


Friday, July 18, 2014

Drawstring Laundry Bags! Jeni Baker's Awesome Pattern

Have you made one of Jeni Baker's (In Color Order) Lined Drawstring Bags yet?  I've made a bunch of these drawstring bags now in several sizes.  I just keep thinking of more uses for them.  My favorite is the laundry size bag.  It's perfect for packing into your suitcase on trips and tossing in all your dirty clothes.  It's much nicer than carrying a plastic bag and you can wash it if it gets stinky.

I whipped up  two more for Jason and David since one bag is too small for the whole family when we go away together.  Jason chose an Alison Glass print for his bag and I added the Joel Dewberry wood grain for the lining.  I chose an adorable print from Trans-Pacific Textiles with little bears at the beach for David's bag.  I love the orange Spot On dots and the Tattersall lining too.

Lined Drawstring Bags by Just a Bit Frayed

The smaller bag I made into a kit for Pink Castle Fabrics!  I have thing for Little Red and this Tasha Noel print needed to be something cute!  It's lined with a matching aqua mushroom print!

Lined Drawstring Bag Kit from Pink Castle Fabrics

I highly recommend the Lined Drawstring Bag pattern.  And I think I might make some as gifts for Christmas this year.  I can wrap presents in them and then they can keep the bag to use for laundry!

Jeni Baker's Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Color Inspirations Club - Me on the Quilt Show !


Here's a good laugh for you!  Rob Appell (who makes some seriously amazing quilts, by the way) interviewed me at Quilt Market this past May about my Color Inspirations Club that I put together for RJR Fabrics for their Cotton Supreme Solids.

Color Inspirations Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

The club is a great way for shop owners to start adding solids to their inventory without a giant financial investment.  It's also a great way to start your solids stash!  Each month I chose 10 solids in an inspired bundle.  There are NO REPEATS throughout the year!  At the end of 12 months, you will have 120 new solids in your stash!  And they are all nicely bundled up for you in color coordinated sets and ready to turn into a project or you can mix them up any way you like!

I'm putting together the Color Inspirations Club again for 2015!  Make sure your local quilt shop knows to order it from their RJR representative!  I'm also picking 13 NEW colors that RJR is adding to their already awesome line up!   I'm really excited to show you but I can't until Fall :D  For now you will have to check out this year's bundles!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NEW Quilt Pattern - Off the Air!

 Remember back in the day when television stations weren't 24/7?  We used to have a black and white TV with a dial.  I would act as my parent's "remote" and go turn the dials for them until we found something to watch.  I'm not sure if the fuzzy TV was the inspiration or the final quilt just looks like it to me.  But anyway, that is my two cents about the name Off the Air.

I've made a few versions of this quilt pattern already.  I had the idea first to use some Architextures charm packs.  I really love the way it turned out!  I started it at the very first Camp Stitchalot a few years ago.  Jeni Baker helped me arrange all the blocks at like 2 a.m.  We may have also eaten a whole ton of Chicago Mix popcorn that night.

Off the Air - Pattern by Just a Bit Frayed !  Love this for scraps or charms!

My long arm quilter Kathy Koch created this awesome topographic quilting pattern to match the fabric!  I love it!  

This pattern will also work as a good Leaders and Enders project too.  I have a third quilt using this pattern in my leaders and enders box.  I cut up a lot of  my "low volume"-ish prints for number three.

I created this version with all RJR Cotton Supreme solids.  This is the pattern for my December bundle of Color Inspirations Club.  Kathy Koch also quilted this version.  You can't see it very well in the photo but there are winter related words in the middle section.  And I love the snowflakes on the outside!

Off the Air - Quilt Pattern from Just a Bit Frayed

This pattern is now available in my shop for purchase!  I have PDF downloads and also printed versions available and wholesale for shop owners (email me -

Off the Air - Quilt Pattern by Just a Bit Frayed
Don't forget to tag your quilt photos with #offtheairquilt on Instagram or Twitter!  You can also add photos to my Flickr group!

Can't wait to see you make it!