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.


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. 

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.




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
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!


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",


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.



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 :)
Monday, September 1, 2014

September's Lucky Star: The Echo Star

September's Lucky Star Block of the Month is the Echo Star, and if you're a subscriber, it's sitting in your inbox right now, ready for you to have some paper piecing fun this Labor Day. If you aren't, you can join in the fun any time right here! This is a simple A/B template block, perfect for some simple chain piecing, with just 8 pieces used to create the finished block. The block uses a little log-cabin-esque piecing method to create the different layers of the star. As always, you've got all the cutting information you need in the pattern, as well a fun coloring sheet so you can experiment with your coloration for the block. I think this block would be just gorgeous in a warm/cool rainbow effect!


The Echo Star technically made its debut back at Spring Market in the Robert Kaufman booth with two other Lucky Star minis and somehow I never got around to sharing about them! The booth was just gorgeous, with loads of beautiful quilts done up in solids, and I was super excited to have a few Lucky Stars featured in the booth. These three little minis now travel with Robert Kaufman to shows and such, as they feature beautiful solids from Elizabeth Hartman's Designer Palette of Kona colors. Happy Labor Day to those of you who celebrate!






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