Monday, October 6, 2014

A wee bit of travel

So if you follow me on Instagram, this won't be news to you, but I know not everyone is an Instagram addict like I am :) I was a lucky girl a few weeks ago - I got to spend a week in beautiful Denver, Colorado mixing a little business with pleasure. The munchkin and I got to spend time with my immediate family that happens to live in Denver, providing him with tons of quality time with his cousins, and I also got to head back to a place I enjoy immensely - the Craftsy studios.

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I had a great time working on set for my new Craftsy class. I'm always bowled over by how much fun it is to work on these classes. Don't get me wrong, I love teaching in person as well, but it's just oodles of fun for me to get to spend a week feeling like my college degree in television production is actually getting some use! I had a great team working with me again this time, and I got to head back to beautiful Studio E for this shoot, which I was really happy about. Thank you so much to my wonderful on-set team, J.C., Tony, Jeff, Tiffany and John - you guys made this past week fly by and you made it feel like fun instead of work!!

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We did get some tourist-y time as well, and checked out the newly renovated Union Station, which was just gorgeous at night. I wish we'd gotten a chance to stop by Fancy Tiger again, but time wasn't on our side. Much to do, and a limited amount of daylight after a long day of shooting, I suppose! Maybe next time?

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I can't wait to share more from the class with you! This was a great class and I can't wait to tell you more about it :) Have a super Monday!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club: October's Galactic Star

Oh my goodness, we're getting to the end of the calendar! The first of the month is here again, this time to ring in October. This month's Lucky Star block of the month is the Galactic Star, a supremely dimensional block with lots of attitude.
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This block is pieced using irregular triangle templates, which is a good bit different than the majority of the Lucky Stars blocks thus far, but not to worry - it's definitely not rocket science :) In fact, I think you'll really enjoy the simplicity of this block and the different looks you can create! Don't forget to tag your photos if you share them on Instagram or Facebook with #luckystarsbom so I can see what you create! As always, you can join in the block of the month club at any time by visiting my Pattern Shop, and you won't miss a single pattern from the series!
Monday, September 29, 2014

Introducing the Eternity Ring Quilt Pattern!

Do you remember the big craze around the Single Girl quilt a few years ago? There was a great quilt-along hosted by Katy Jones focused around the beautiful pattern by Denyse Schmidt, and it was my first foray into curves. I even managed to make a king-sized Single Girl quilt top through it all, but it was a painstaking experience for me, to say the least. I have always loved the concept of wedding ring quilts and the beauty in the piecing, but curves and I have yet to really become good friends. I've been kicking around the idea of a twist on a double wedding ring quilt for a while now, and I thought more specifically about the idea of making a ring-style quilt using angled pieces that create the illusion of curves, which led to my Chain + Link pattern last year. It was a satisfying finish, but I didn't feel "done" with the idea of an angular ring, so I kept fiddling, and that's where my newest pattern, Eternity Ring, comes from.

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This foundation paper-pieced quilt pattern is now available through my Pattern Shop as well as through Craftsy, yay!! The pattern comes with detailed instructions accompanied by photographs to for visual learners, which is great if you'e never paper pieced before, a complete cutting list and fabric yardage instructions for four different quilt sizes: baby, lap, twin, and queen. I've taken the liberty of putting together some fun color story choices for this quilt below to give you some other great ideas on how you can use this pattern and make it your own!

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rainbow scrappy Eternity Ring
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low volume lime and fuchsia Eternity Ring
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festive holiday Eternity Ring
My Eternity Ring quilt is sewn up in gorgeous, rich Kona solids in shades of emerald and fuchsia, with one singular block sewn together in grayscale. I love the contrast the one gray block brings to the whole quilt. The blocks alternate to create a faux double wedding ring look, which is created through four paper piecing templates, which come together to create the quarter-block units for completing the blocks. In the grand scheme of my paper piecing projects, this one comes together fairly easily and quite straight-forwardly.

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Thanks as always to my fantastic testers, who did a great job helping to clarify this pattern and make it wonderful. Katie sewed up the example on the left and Michelle sewed up the example on the right.  It's so fun to see what other people do with a pattern, so I love having testers who put fabrics together that I wouldn't necessarily think of!

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Katie's Eternity Ring mini

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Michelle's Eternity Ring block

Quilt Stats
name: Eternity Ring
size: 60" x 72"
pattern: Eternity Ring by Elizabeth Dackson, available now through my Pattern Shop and Craftsy
fabrics: Kona Kale, Pond, Maize, Lemon, Cerise, Dark Violet, White, Iron, Charcoal, and Black
quilting: meandering stipple by me in white (#2024) Aurifil 50 wt thread
binding: Kona Dark Violet

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Whirling Dervish quilt - in Quilt Now, Issue 2!

Good morning! Monday, Monday again. Bring on the coffee! And bring on the new issue of Quilt Now, it's so bright and cheery - just the perfect thing to accompany my morning coffee. Have you checked out Quilt Now yet? It's a lovely new publication, with uber-talented editor Katy Jones, and issue two is available now, from Pink Castle Fabrics. And I'm super excited to share with you my first quilt pattern for Quilt Now, the Whirling Dervish quilt, a paper pieced extravaganza of a quilt!

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Whirling Dervish is a crazy paper-pieced wonder - one that I initially designed with both y-seams and paper piecing, but since I decided that was beyond evil, I reworked the templates to create the block using strictly paper piecing. That being said, this block isn't for the faint of heart, it's intense, but gorgeous, and giant too - the block finishes at 18",

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Because the piecing is so intense, I knew the blocks needed some negative space to float on in order to really appreciate all the crazy piecing, so there's only four blocks in the quilt, floated on a boatload of negative space to yield a nice lap-sized quilt.

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Issue three is coming out really soon, and I have to say, I've really enjoyed the first two thus far and can't wait to see what's in the next issue! Hope you all have a wonderful Monday :)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

All work and hardly any sewing

Oh my, it's been over two weeks since my last post! Yikes, so sorry about the inadvertent blog break, work's been crazy as of late! I'm working on getting caught up on all things bloggy and quilty, so there's definitely some blog posts in the works over the next few weeks. I do have a new adorable distraction at home right now - this handsome little puppy, who we've named Maximus.

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Maximus is a nine-week-old goldendoodle who is just a love. He's super sweet and we're so overjoyed to have him as a new part of our family. Especially Mr. Goofy Smile here - he checked out a boatload of dog training for kids books at the local library yesterday!

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In between puppy care and regular old life, I've been working on sorting out my selvages for a big selvage project, which has been a whole lot like going through my own personal quilting scrapbook. It's reminded me of old projects long gifted to others, and fabrics that I've run out of eons ago, which was really enjoyable. I finished the sorting positively covered in thread, but with a big smile on my face.

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Now the selvages are all rainbow sorted, in baggies for each color of the rainbow, all ready to get to sewing with. I'll try to share some sneak peeks as I work through this project, but I won't be able to share the full reveal for a while yet.

Oh my goodness, I nearly forgot! I owe you guys a winner as well! The winner of the fabulous Quick Curve giveaway is: Nancy Sumner. Congratulations to you! Have a wonderful day everyone :)

Welcome! I'm Elizabeth, mom to a very busy six year old boy and I sew for my sanity. Let's get to quilting, shall we?

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