Sunday, November 8, 2020

Marian Barn Quilt: Harvest Road


When designing Marian Barn Quilt I mocked it up with several fabric lines. The second version of this quilt pattern I made just had to be Harvest Road. I can hardly believe it took me this long to make with this fabric line by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics, but I'm so glad to finally have a quilt made with it. 

I think Marian Barn Quilt pattern really shines with Harvest Road fabric.

The center absolutely has my heart! The pinwheel within the star is just perfect!!

The straight-line quilting makes a bit of hashtag quilting in the corners and in the center.

I thought about doing hashtag quilting overall but settled for corners and centers to keep a bit of softness in the quilt. I've learned that wallhangings hang better if they aren't too stiff. (in my opinion, any who : )

Really wish my photography skills were better so that I could capture the beauty of this quilted wallhanging. The greens and blues are just wonderful, especially on gray days.

This Marian Barn Quilt using Harvest Road fabrics by Lella Boutique has a warm coziness that I just love. It fits perfectly in our dining room.

Happy quilting, everyone : )

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! : )

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

NEW QUILT PATTERN: Garden Path Quilt Pattern

Garden Path Quilt Pattern
This sweet, simple quilted table runner has been in the works for a long time and I'm so thrilled that it is finished and able to be enjoyed this summer.

With just a charm pack or scraps you can make up one or two of the three Garden Path Quilt Pattern sizes. 

Why does it take so long sometimes to make with your absolutely favorite fabric?
Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics is one of my all-time favorites, circa 2017. The orange and yellow are the perfect summertime hues! 

Simple, classic-to-me straight line quilting keeping the pattern simple to let the fabric shine.

Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co quilt

I made the Runner and the XL table runner sizes from Garden Path Quilt Pattern and will probably be keeping both. (Yes, I like the pattern and fabric that much : )

Sweet orange quilt roll - love it! The binding and background are Moda Bella Solids.

Happy quilting, everyone! : )

Thursday, June 11, 2020

NEW QUILT PATTERN: Positive Charm - uses charm pack, layer cake, fat quarters/eighths, or cut yardage

Thrilled to introduce Positive Charm Quilt Pattern. This pattern finally worked it's way up the list to completion. Yay! One of the reasons I love this pattern is it combines my love of charm packs and a plus sign/cross quilt. Quilty perfection, in my humble opinion : )

With a couple of my favorite charm packs (Ella & Ollie by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics) and some Riley Blake Designs Chocolate Basic Shades I made up the throw size, four other sizes to choose.

To be honest, I was a bit nervous making a quilt with such a dark background but I love it! It adds warmth and coziness to the quilt yet it remains cheerful and bright. And isn't the little check binding just darling?! It is a print from Catalina by Fig Tree & Co.

Positive Charm quilt pattern offers five sizes to choose from (lap to king) and five fabric options  (charm squares (5"), layer cake (10"), fat quarters, fat eights, and cut yardage). So many options!

One of my sons suggested a green print for the backing so I went with a favorite Ella & Ollie floral. I usually like small prints best, but there is something about these large Fig Tree florals that pulls me.

On Positive Charm I tried vertical straight-line quilting. Not sure if I prefer horizontal over vertical quilting. Verdict is still out on that one. Vertical means less quilt rolled up under the machine throat but it also means longer lines to quilt. Pros and cons either way.

If you are looking for a quick, fun quilt finish, look no further. This pattern has very little matching and nesting seams.

Happy quilting!

Editing to add a couple of fun versions of Positive Charm Quilt Pattern:

Faded beachy patriotic version of Positive Charm Quilt featuring 
Sweet Tea by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

NEW QUILT PATTERN: Prairie Barn Quilt

Introducing Prairie Barn Quilt: This pattern has been on my mind for years (ever since seeing it made of wood hanging on a real barn : )  I just knew I had to design and make it with fabric.

I'm thrilled with how this pattern turned out. The colors of my sample inspired the name Prairie Barn Quilt. They recall to my mind the colors of late summer grasses and blue, blue wide open skies.

Prairie Barn Quilt is another versatile quilt pattern featuring two sizes and four different color options to choose from. You can make this quilt pattern with yardage, a charm pack, a layer cake, fat quarters, or even go all scrappy.

I just might have two or three or five different versions of this quilt I'd like to make : ) I think it would look so neat in the one-color option reversed, think navy and white or red and white or any favorite color.

Happy quilting!

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Burlap Solids by Benartex - Pewter and Sea Blue
Background: Moda Bella Solid 9900-98
Batting: Heirloom Hobbs wool.
Size: 40" x 40"