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!