Thursday, October 31, 2013

Scrappy 9 Patch Swap! Sign Ups Full!

Sign ups are full for Round 1 !  Thanks everyone!

Hello everyone!  How about a little swap?  I thought it would be really fun to put together this quilt with scrappy nine-patches.  Nine patches take a lot less time to make when you strip piece them. And when you swap with 41 of your favorite friends, you get a little bit of everyone's stash in your quilt.  

Here's how this works:
  •  You will need two awesome 1 yard cuts of fabric (36" x 42") (modern quilt store quality fabrics, no solids this round)
  •  You will need to be able to complete and send your 41 nine patches (6.5" x 6.5") by November 10th, 2013.
  •  You will need a self addressed stamped envelope (a USPS flat rate envelope works well) to send with your blocks so I can send them back. It's best to add tracking!
Pretty fun, huh?  I will swap everyone's blocks once they all arrive and ship you back 41 different blocks!  Super scrappy nine patchy fun!

Here are the instructions on how to turn your two 1 yard cuts of fabric into 42 nine patches.  You will KEEP ONE nine patch and send the other 41 to me by the deadline.  

Ready to join in?  

Fill in your name and email address and I will send out an email to everyone with more instructions!  Check out #scrappy9patchswap on Instagram to see everyone's progress!  The quilt at the top uses all 42 nine patches with 3" finished sashing!

~ Brenda

Friday, October 18, 2013

Purse Palooza! Green Bee Patterns Vera Bag Pattern Review!

Hello everyone!  Today I'm guest blogging over at Sew Sweetness for her Purse Palooza!
Sew Sweetness

Click on over to to see my review of the Vera Bag by Green Bee Patterns!  I really like the way this bag has turned out, don't you?

I used an old Echino print that I had been saving for just the right project.  I'm happy that I used it in this bag, I love the colors.  I recommend this pattern for a nice medium sized bag.  It's quick to make (one day) and looks super cute. 

Shout out to my other Ann Arbor peeps who also had Purse Palooza reviews this week!  Nice bags Rossie and Emily!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Announcing the 12th St Quilt Pattern!

Ta Da!  Today I am proud to announce my very first quilt pattern!

I'm pretty excited about writing quilt patterns.  I have owned Pink Castle Fabrics now for almost 3 years.  I really enjoy owning a quilt shop and now even more that we are open to the public and I get to help customers in person.  I love when customers come in and ask for advice and we find just the right fabric for their project.  It's so very satisfying.  My quilts hang out on the shop's couch and customers come by and get a chance to see them and touch them and ask questions.  They say, "how did you make that?"  "Oh, it's easy!" I say and then I blab on and on about how to make it.  It occurred to me that it may just be easier to have a pattern to show them.  

So here is my very first quilt pattern!  The 12th Street quilt is a great pattern to start things off with.  This pattern looks pretty scrappy and complicated but it's really quick and easy.  I don't have a lot of extra time in my life these days and I try to find the most efficient way to make a quilt.  12th Street uses 15 - 1/3 yard cuts or if you are like me and have LOTS of scraps, you can easily just cut from your scrap bins.  The pattern will let you know the number of each size piece you need.  

I finished my top in about 3 days.  One for cutting and 2 for piecing the top.  All my testers (new quilters and seasoned) finished in just a few days as well.  This is a great pattern when you need a quick and beautiful quilt for a gift (hint hint!  Holiday Quilts)!  It also looks great in many different color combinations.  Here are a few of the quilt tops that my testers completed:

quick modern quilt pattern
1. Donna Lynes   2. Elaina Gearhart   3. Nicole Ford
4. Heleen Groot   5. Heidi Gwinn   6. Jennifer Topp
7. Leslie Morrell   8. Stephanie Cole   9. Tonya Kuhn

You can see all of the quilts by the testers (and add your quilts too!) by searching the tag #12thstquilt on Instagram.  It's a lot of fun to tag photos on Instagram and see how other quilters made the pattern their own.

Big thanks to all my pattern testers, Kathy for an awesome quilting job as usual, and Emily for the cover photo on the pattern.  And, of course, Jason for laying out the pattern and making the PDF and diagrams!

Make sure to upload your photos of the 12th Street Quilt to our Flickr group!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Work in Progress - Botanics Quilt

Hello everyone from Work in Progress Wednesday!

I have to say, I'm pretty excited about this WIP!  I was lucky enough to get an advance bundle of the new Botanics line by Carolyn Friedlander.  Seriously excited!  Look at this bundle.

 And it's even better in person.  The succulent print from the line even has metallic ink on it.  Check it out:

I decided to cut my fat quarters up into 2" strips and make them into courthouse steps.  There are so many "low volume" prints in this line that the pattern that the blocks make looks pretty cool.

Botanics Fabric

I'm going to be busy all weekend so I'm not going to get much time to sew but hopefully in a few weeks this top will be all done!

~ Brenda