Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Modern Sewciety Podcast #69 - Featuring Me!

Hi everyone!

Check it out!  I'm on the Modern Sewciety podcast!  I was lucky enough to meet Stephanie at Quilt Market last year and we got to talking about everything I have going on. I apparently talk a lot because I'm the only one on this episode!  So you can hop over to her blog and hear me talk for an hour about me, my fabric line Pie Making Day, Pink Castle Fabrics, Sew Pro, and Camp Stitchlaot and just quilting in general.  

This is the first time that I've really talked about Sew Pro.  I will have a post soon with a lot more details but I spill the beans about this new venture that Sara from Sew Sweetness and I are putting together.

Anyway, go over and listen to me chat with Stephanie!  Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bento Box Quilt for Modern Patchwork Summer 2015

 Modern Patchwork Magazine

I can finally show off a quilt that I have been holding onto a while!  The new Summer edition of Modern Patchwork is on newsstands now.  I have my new Bento Box quilt pattern in this issue!  This finishes at lap size and is a great way to use up your scraps if you wanted.  

I really love the way this quilt turned out!  Teal is one of my favorite colors and I love the texty-low volume prints too.  This quilt incorporates both!  This is a beginner friendly quilt and it has a unique way to put the blocks together.

We have some magazines for sale at Pink Castle if you can't find it locally.  This will look great using the Word Up bundles and Low Volume bundles that we have in stock as well.  And of course we have all the aqua and teal stash builders in stock that will work with this pattern too.

I'm glad to finally be able to hang this quilt up in the shop!  It's nice and bright hanging up on the wall.  I've been so busy lately at Pink Castle.  We are participating in the Row by Row this summer.  I've been really pleased with the turnout so far!  It's fun having folks stop in from other states while they are on vacation.  And so many women have been telling me that their husbands have been mapping out all the quilt shops to stop at on their road trips...what great husbands!  If you find yourself in Ann Arbor, MI this summer make sure to stop in at Pink Castle!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pie Making Day! My very first fabric collection!

 Pie Making Day Fabric

Some of you may already be aware of this but I now am able to add "Fabric Designer" to my CV!  I'm happy to start telling everyone about my very first fabric line!  I've been working with RJR Fabrics for a few years now with their Cotton Supreme Solids collection and working on the Color Inspirations Club.  And now I have a line of vintage inspired prints!

We have called the line Pie Making Day.  It's inspired by fabrics from the 30s, 40s and 50s with an updated color palette.  For me, making pies and eating with my family has always been a fun tradition.  Now I'm always the one in charge of pie at Thanksgiving and picnics but I really learned from the best!  My pies are nowhere near as perfect as my mom's though.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be showing you projects made with my collection and pictures from our booth at Quilt Market.  The Pie Making Day collection is shipping to shops in July (just a few more weeks)!  We have it on pre-order at Pink Castle Fabrics now.  I'm very excited!  Make sure to tell your local quilt shop that you like my line!  They can contact their RJR representative or RJR directly Phone: (800) 422-5426 Email:

 My brother Matthew J Ratliff is an awesome pastry chef! He studied pastry at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and now works at a resort in West Palm Beach, FL. He has been on the Food Network Challenge three times and also on the show Sweet Genius! I'm really happy to share with you some pie recipes that he came up with to go along with my new line!

Everything he makes is really great!  I'm excited to try making these this summer!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sunset Strips - Alison Glass Handcrafted Lap Quilt

I'm really pleased with the way this quilt turned out!  I was so excited when I first saw the Alison Glass Handcrafted line at Quilt Market a year ago.  Alison does such a great job with color.  It's all handmade (like a batik) so you get small variations in the print.  The line is really great to work with!

I started this quilt last Fall at Camp Stitchalot.  All the Campers were oohing and ahhing over the colors in this project.  I decided to use my Sunset Strips pattern and break up the bold colors with some bars of Cotton Supreme Solids in French Vanilla.

This quilt is lap sized (54" x 66").  I used the French Vanilla as the binding as well and it's all hand sewn to the back.

This pattern is quick and easy to put together.  It was nice to have a project to take to the sewing retreat that I could actually finish in the weekend!  It would be even easier if you have a jelly roll sitting around.  I ended up using the Accuquilt strip die to cut these out and it took no time at all!  

My quilter Kathy (Threadbear Quilting) used this really cool plus pattern with this big meander in it.  I think it looks perfect with the plus pattern in the Alison Glass fabrics.  

I'm looking forward to see what the next Alison Glass handcrafted line looks like!!!  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dorie's Diamonds! Quilt in the QuiltCon Magazine!

I know, I know, QuiltCon is everywhere.  We all went and had an amazing time and it's all over social media and blogs too.  Well, here's another blog for you.  

I had an awesome time at QuiltCon.  I love seeing all my friends in one place and I met A LOT of new and really cool people too.  The show was amazing this year.  There were SO many great quilts.  I really loved it.  Heather and all the ladies and gents that helped put this event on did a wonderful job.  I didn't vend this year and I'm really glad I didn't.  I got a chance to take a break from work (sort of) and really enjoy the show.  And now I'm home and back to work.  Luckily, the snow is starting to melt.  After that taste of warm weather in Austin I really became done with winter.  

If you haven't already picked up a copy of the new QuiltCon special edition magazine it's available on newsstands now!

I'm pretty excited about it!  Three quilts in this issue are from our Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild! See the awesome cover quilt?  That is a new pattern by my friend Debbie of Esch House Quilts!  Also, my friend Rossie has a quilt in there.  AND me ! I have a quilt in there too!  

Here's my quilt that has a pattern in the magazine.  It's named Dorie's Diamonds after another guild member Dorie who blogs at Tumbling Blocks.  I drew Dorie's name last year in our guild's Secret Stalker Swap.  I was so excited that I got her name.  I really love Dorie's style and color choices so I was glad that I had a chance to make something that I thought matched her style.  I came up with this little mini quilt for her (photo from tumblingblocks Instagram).

I really liked the way it came together so I thought I would send the pattern in to the magazine.  And now you can go get the magazine and make your own too.  I used low volume fabrics for the background and chose a bold solid for the diamonds.  I really wanted them to stand out.  

If you have never worked with low volume fabrics before but really like the look, you should check out Cheryl Arkison's blog.  She has a whole online class with CreativeLive that teaches you all about low volume and how to use them.  

If you add photos of your own to Instagram use #doriesdiamonds please so I can see what you make!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Everyday Quilts Gifted!

I want to show off a few quilt finishes!  I wanted to make some cute and easy every day quilts for my niece and nephew.  The photos were taken a few months ago when it was much warmer here in the Midwest.

I made both of these quilts using the Accuquilt.  Really, if you haven't tried the Accuquilt, you really should.  These were really quick and easy to cut and put together!

I used the 6.5" tumbler die for the quilt for my niece.  The whole top from cutting to completed top took me about 2.5 hours.  I love the way the block looks too.  It gives more interest than squares without a whole lot of extra work.  The Accuquilt  die notches the edges too which makes it easy to line up and sew together.  I had some really great floral backing that I found years ago on sale and a gingham binding.  I just love gingham for a binding!  I had Kathy (my longarm quilter) quilt some daisies on it!  I love the way this turned out!

I used the 4.5" square die for the quilt for my nephew.  I had gone through the scraps at the shop to look for "boy" scraps.  I love this navy, green and gray palette.  This was perfect for Leaders & Enders!  I got this one done while I was making other projects.  I backed this one in flannel.  I love quilts backed in flannel, they are just so warm!  Kathy also quilted this one for me,  She really does a great job!

These are both away to their new home, making my family warm and happy!

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!