Monday, September 28, 2020

NEW QUILT PATTERN: Lakehouse Steps {Runner}


Today it gives me great pleasure to introduce my latest pattern - Lakehouse Steps {Runner}. This super easy quilting pattern is written to use 2 1/2" strips (jelly roll strips) or cut yardage. It finishes at 12" x 72", but it can be easily shortened or lengthened. 

My sample quilt features Scarlet & Sage by Fig Tree & Co for Moda with accent squares from Honeysweet also by Fig Tree & Co. The accent squares can be cut from yardage or trimmed down from charm pack squares.

I wasn't feeling the love for this quilted table runner until I switched out one of the simpler prints for that lovely floral print you see. Now, it's a simply lovely runner : )

For the straight-line quilting I just used the edge of my walking foot as guide to get roughly 1/2" spaced lines. I really enjoy straight-line quilting on an extra long runner. It's nice to just sit and quilt for a while and not run out of length to quilt.

Extra-long quilted table runners make the best quilt rolls. Makes me smile : )

If you would care to share on Instagram, would love to see your quilt at #lakehousestepsquilt.

Happy quilting, everyone!

Monday, September 21, 2020

NEW QUILT PATTERN: Marian Barn Quilt


Introducing Marian Barn Quilt, a new quilt pattern drawing its design inspiration from the traditional barn quilts. 

Marian Barn Quilt pattern combines simple squares and half-square trains (HSTs) to create a simple yet striking quilt design. The simple border frames it out.

The center that almost wasn't.  All summer I have looked at this pattern, and finally with only a few days of summer left I started it and finished the top. And I looked at it some more.  Something wasn't quite right. It needed something different, something to take it up a notch. The center was initially four simple squares, nice but a bit "flat". Playing in EQ8 one day, I exchanged the squares for HST and voila! I absolutely love how the center is now and how it makes the entire quilt seem complete. Yes, I unstitched the center and replaced the squares with HSTs. I couldn't be more pleased with the result; it was worth the slightly frustrating efforts of unstitching and restitching into the center of a finished quilt top. Sometimes you do just have to take your time, step back, pause, and try something different.

Although finished at the end of summer, I had a lot of fun sewing up Marian Barn Quilt with Summer Sweet by Sheri & Chelsi for Moda Fabric. The colors, the prints, what's not to enjoy? I will leave this quilted wallhanging up for a couple weeks then it will be put away ready for next summer. It was so hard to get this quilt finished this year. Other priorities kept taking my time. It got so late in the summer I couldn't decide whether or not to go for it. My husband told me that if I liked the charm pack and wanted to make with it, then I should. So I did. And I'm so very glad I did. It's cheerfulness makes my heart smile.

Simple straight line quilting with a touch of cross hatch in the corners. All done with a walking foot. 

Marian Barn Quilt pattern is available with charm pack, mini charm pack, and layer cake options so you can make a quilted table topper, wall hanging, baby quilt, mini quilt or large bed quilt.

The Marian Barn Quilt Pattern can be found here in my Etsy shop.

Happy quilting, everyone : )

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Windermere Irish Change


Recently finished up dear daughter #3's  quilt. She wanted something with an Irish chain quilt feel and this layer cake of Windermere from Moda Fabrics.

I followed the Irish Change tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Co. Once I had all the chain blocks made it pieced together very quickly as there is minimally seams to match. The fewer seams to match, the better, I always say : )

This picture represents the colors best. Found the perfect blue for the chain blocks - Quilter's Linen in Paris Blue. Have I ever shared my love for Quilter's Linen by Robert Kaufman? Well, I love them! They are the perfect linen weave look in a regular quilter's cotton fabric. They read like a solid but with a lot of texture. 

Quilt stats:
Finished size - 66" x 85".
Fabric - Windermere from Moda Fabrics
Accent fabric - Quilter's Linen Paris Blue
Batting - Heirloom wool
Backing - flannel sheet from Target

Garden Path - shorter version

Enjoying this shorter size of the #gardenpathquiltpattern. As the Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co for Moda  charms were leftover from the longer runner (see previous post) and already cut in half, it was a very quick finish.

I used a print from Summer Sweet by Sherry & Chelsi for Moda for the binding. It is such a pretty, summery orange, and I really like how it adds a slightly brighter touch than on the longer Garden Path Quilt Pattern that I did first.

The basketweave binding is darling!

Not sure where I got this gray dot but I think it is neutral enough to work as backing, and I'm thinking if I need to I can switch the runner over quick for a different look.

For a bit of fun I did wavy quilting  using my walking foot. I love doing wavy quilting! So fun and doesn't take as much focus as straight line quilting. Usually I do random wavy lines, but this time I followed the same pattern across, roughly : )

And, yes, you have read correctly - you can get both sizes of quilted table runners from one charm pack of 5" squares, or you can get one runner and one square quilted table topper. All three options are included in the pattern.

Happy quilting, everyone! : )