Monday, February 23, 2015

Bright and Happy Floor Pillows for Ann Kelle

These bright and happy floor pillows were sewn with Ann Kelle's Remix fabrics and Robert Kaufman's Kona Cotton Solids. Though I first met Kelle at Houston Quilt Market, she actually lives down the street from me. Isn't it a small world?

Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

When Kelle asked if I would sew some assorted floor pillows for a photo shoot, I had all kinds of ideas. We talked over some shapes, fabric combos and sizes, and I let the fabric do the work.

My friend Veronica helped me with all of the sewing and planning (and distracting Elliot while we sewed), so I definitely could not have done it without her help!

Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

Pie Pillow

I drafted a pattern for this pillow, which we called the "pie pillow." I started from this basic idea, which has 12 sections, and changed it to 8 sections. This pillow is really huge, and I was worried about fitting it in Kelle's car!

Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

Patchwork Muffin

For this pillow, I used a tutorial from Living with Punks, and adjusted the side panel to this funky patchwork version. Love the pink covered button!

Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

Patchwork Cushion

This pillow pattern is self drafted, using some dense foam for the pillow form. The patchwork pieces are almost charm-square sized, but a little longer. I LOVE how this one turned out, especially with the crisp, white piping Veronica sewed on.

Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

Heart Pillow

The heart pillow was Kelle's idea, and Veronica drafted the pattern and stitched on the piping again. I cut the fabric pieces, so it was a collaboration. Love how this one turned out. The back is an envelope closure.

 Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

Happy Hourglass Cushion

Finally, this half-square triangle pillow was another collaborative effort! Veronica and her daughter helped me cut and arrange the triangles, and we had a little assembly line to sew and press. We really improvised on this one, and I think it turned out so cute!

Special thanks to our friends at Fairfield 
for providing ALL of the Poly-Fil NU-Foam® 
and Poly-Fil® to make these amazing throw pillows.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Glass Half Full II: Pattern Release + Giveaway!

Glass Half Full II Quilt

Late last year, I got the invitation to design a quilt with the new 2015 Cotton + Steel fabrics. The invite came from none other than . . . Craftsy! Of course, I said "Yes!" I received the fabric for this quilt around the holidays and stitched it up the first couple weeks of January. Now that the quilt kit is LIVE on Craftsy, I am happy to show it off!

Glass Half Full II Quilt Detail

I stitched up this quilt top on my Baby Lock Melody and and quilted it on my Tiara II (with my favorite free-motion rectangles pattern). It is completely luxurious to have so much room to move my quilt around without rolling it into a tightly wound burrito.

Photo via Craftsy

Glass Half Full II (a 65" x 89" twin-sized quilt), is available as a kit from Craftsy. I chose my favorite prints from the early 2015 Cotton + Steel collections. This was, of course, excruciating to narrow it down to just 15 prints. Because C+S fabrics play so well together, everything looked good. The kit features my faves from:
- Melody Miller's Playful collection
- Rashida Coleman-Hale's Mochi collection
- Alexia Abegg's Mesa collection
- Kim Kight's Cookie Book collection
- Sarah Watts's Tokyo Train Ride collection
Isn't is so cool how well these fabrics from 5 different collections work together? The binding is a navy blue text print. If you'd like, you can even pick up 5 1/2 yards of gorgeous, navy-blue C+S backing fabric to go with this quilt kit!

Treat yo' self to the Cotton + Steel Glass Half Full Quilt Kit here.

I resized and modified my crib-sized quilt of the same name and completely revamped the instructions to make it more straight-forward and to make the best use of the materials. It comes with full-size templates, assembly diagrams, and tutorial-style color photos to guide you step by step. My friend Mary designed the cover, templates and pattern, so it looks really fabulous.

See the Glass Half Full II pattern on Craftsy here.


I'm giving away 3 PDF copies of the new Glass Half Full II quilt pattern. Good luck!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Baby Jacks Quilt from 'Paper Pieced Modern'

Baby Jacks quilt (close up)

I'm so happy to share this recent finish! This quilt was a gift for a new baby in the family, and it's also my first quilt that is made entirely from paper piecing.

I've made a mini quilt or single block using this method of piecing, but never considered making a whole quilt until I picked up my friend's new book "Paper Pieced Modern: 13 Stunning Quilts - Step-by-Step Visual Guide" by Amy Garro (Stash Books).

When you see this book and the stunning quilts in it, you'll realize that there's something awesome about the design possibilities you can get by sewing on paper templates. I didn't find it all that hard, and I actually feel like my technique has improved by sewing the same paper pieced block several times!

Baby Jacks quilt

This quilt features a scrappy background of low-volume fabrics (crosshatch, dots, white, grey, woodgrain) and the colorful bits are mostly Kona solids and Ann Kelle Remix prints. The binding is Carolyn Friedlander, and though you can't see it, I used Ann Kelle flannel Flotologie for the back.

I used my Tiara II and quilted a meandering free-motion pattern for all of the quilting except for the yellow and orange sections, which I filled in with radiating lines.

Wanna See Amy's version from the book?

Of course you do! I thought it would be fun to ask Amy about the inspiration behind this pattern, so read on for what she has to say.

Baby Jacks flat shot 2

Photo via C&T Publishing

"I wish I could say I have this great, inspired design process for every quilt, but the truth is, that's not always the case! I came up with this design after fiddling with a pinwheel-star shape. I wanted a way to "cheat" a little bit, to make it easier to match all of the points, and came up with the little bow tie shapes. It makes it a little quicker to put this quilt together, while still keeping the fun look of the pinwheels, which remind me of jacks, hence the name!" - Amy Garro

baby jacks 3

I thought this was a really fun photo of the quilt that Amy took before shipping it off to be photographed for the book. I love how Amy's piecing looks next to this reflective glass installation. It reminds me of her cover quilt (seen below), which has a glacial, shards of glass feel. I love it! 

Baby Jacks flat shot 1

Photo via C&T Publishing

Baby Jacks is a 36" x 36"crib-sized quilt made from 9 paper-pieced blocks. Each block is formed in two different sections (so I copied 18 total pattern pieces). The patterns in the book are full-size, so no need to scale them. This pattern is perfect for using large scraps, fat eighths or fat quarters (you'll have leftovers)!

"Paper Pieced Modern" is an outstanding value, with 13 patterns and full-size paper piecing templates. If you are nervous to give foundation piecing a try, don't be! The quilts look complex, but Amy's clear instructions make it easy and fun to learn. I highly recommend this book.

Blog Hop copy

Feb 5th - Lindsay @ Lindsay Sews
Feb 6th - Charlotte @ Displacement Activity
Feb 7th - Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Feb 8th - Elise @ Lovelea Designs
Feb 9th - Amy guest posting @ C&T Publishing
Feb 10th - Darcie @ The Seam Allowance
Feb 11th - Christa @ Christa Quilts
Feb 12th - Amy guest posting @ Craft Buds
Feb 13th - Amy @ 13 Spools
Feb 14th - Chelsea @ Patch the Giraffe
Feb 15th - Amy @ During Quiet Time
Feb 16th - Wrap-up post back at 13 Spools


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