Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families! I'm excited to finally share a secret project I've been working on over the last month. See, my husband has tried for the last many years to convince our now almost eight-year-old son that he is indeed Batman - long before we heard of Batdad (who is quite hilarious in his own right), and this year, I got the crazy idea to make him a pixelated Batman quilt to go with his obsession. Naturally, the idea didn't dawn on me until just before Thanksgiving, so it's been a feverish kind of project that I've worked on in my spare moments whenever I could, and somehow I managed to pull it off.

Batman pixels everywhere by Elizabeth Dackson

I posted a few photos as I worked on Instagram, since my husband is one of the few people I know who isn't constantly scrolling Instagram. I chose to work in strictly white, black, and shades of gray, much like how Batman in The Lego Movie professes that he only works in "black and sometimes very dark gray."

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Batman in progress by Elizabeth Dackson
Batman Quilt in Progress - by Elizabeth Dackson

For the quilting, I kept it super simple, sticking with a stitch I can do in my sleep, a simple stipple in lovely gray Aurifil #2615. Free-motion quilting while nine months pregnant is definitely not an enviable task, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. In fact, I was able to quilt with very few modifications to my usual work setup, so it went pretty smoothly.

Finished Batman quilt by Elizabeth Dackson

I sure hope that the husband is pleased with his new quilt - I know I'm super pleased with how it turned out and the fact that I managed to keep it secret all this time, which will make the surprise when he opens it all the more special :)

A festive label by Elizabeth Dackson

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays again to you all, I hope you have a wonderful day with your families!
Monday, December 21, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Twenty

Holy wow, a finished top! Let me just say, I don't recommend trying to assemble a quilt top and take pictures of it while nine months pregnant. It's just a bit uncomfortable. But I was motivated to get this baby (ha, no pun intended!) done, so I kept on plugging away at it, all the while having to make weird little adjustments to get comfortable. I had to sit a little shorter than I usually like to, to try to get my bump under the lip of my table so I could get close enough to the machine, but it was worth it. I strongly suspect basting and quilting is going to have to wait until after the little lady makes her appearance in two short weeks, but in the meantime, I'm going to bask in the glory of having finished this top.

39 Blocks Before Baby - It's a quilt top! by Elizabeth Dackson

Don't forget, if you love these blocks, you can get all the patterns for the blocks I've made in this project by subscribing to the Epic Sampler BOM Club, where you receive 3 new block patterns per month. All of the blocks from my 39 Blocks for Baby project are included in your subscription. You can find out more about the club right here. Have a great week everyone!
Monday, December 14, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Nineteen

Well, it's a quilt top in progress! It's not done yet, but I'm getting there. Slowly. But at least it's pretty!

Plugging away at my 39 Blocks Before Baby top

Speaking of pretty, I have been making decent progress on my hand sewing project at night, when I can manage to stay awake. I've got piles and piles of these little stars, and I think I'm nearing the finish line of the star-making, at the very least. I'm excited to maybe finish up this pillow before baby makes her appearance in three short weeks for the couch in our bedroom.

Loads of ombre stars by Elizabeth Dackson


Don't forget, if you love these blocks, you can get all the patterns for the blocks I've made in this project by subscribing to the Epic Sampler BOM Club, where you receive 3 new block patterns per month. All of the blocks from my 39 Blocks for Baby project are included in your subscription. You can find out more about the club right here. Have a great week everyone!
Monday, December 7, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Eighteen

Oh my goodness, I can hardly believe it. I've officially made the last two blocks! That means I've got some serious row sewing to work through this week, which is often my least favorite part of the quilting process, so we'll have to see how far I get. I suspect there will be some heel dragging. That and my very-pregnant belly is really starting to get in the way of sewing - I bump into my sewing table a lot, trying to get a good view of what I'm doing, ha!

Just need to sew all the blocks together!


Isosceles Strip
While I have totally made this block, it's nearly impossible to photograph, so I'll show you how the whole thing's looking altogether instead. Oh my goodness, this sampler is quite possibly my favorite thing I've ever made!

Pennant Star - Epic Sampler BOM by Elizabeth Dackson

Pennant Star
This star was designed eons ago - at least three or four years ago - and it sat around in my design notebooks because it's a five-gridded block. Five gridded blocks are great for blocks that would fit in a five times table, like a 10" finished block, or a 15", but more often than not, I like to make 12" finished blocks. That's exactly what this one turns out to be, thanks to the beauty of paper piecing. Paper piecing is a great cheat when you're working with a grid that just does not quite work for the block size you want!

Don't forget, if you love these blocks, you can get the patterns by subscribing to the Epic Sampler BOM Club, where you receive 3 new block patterns per month. All of the blocks from my 39 Blocks for Baby project are included in your subscription. You can find out more about the club right here. Have a great week everyone!
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Epic Sampler BOM Month #3

Epic Sampler BOM Subscribers, it's that time again! This month's pattern kit is winging its way through the interwebs to your inbox, with three new block patterns for the Epic Sampler quilt project. This month's blocks are: the Churn Dash, Exploding Star, and X Plus.

Block 1 - Churn Dash 6"

Block 2 - Exploding Star 6"

Block 3 - X Plus 6"

Dec2015 - Epic Sampler BOM photo

Have fun with these blocks, and don't forget to share your progress with me through social media - you can tag me on Instagram by using #epicsamplerbom or #dontcallmebetsy

If you haven't joined in the Epic Sampler Block of the Month fun just yet, no worries, you can still join in! You'll receive all of the past block pattern kits within 48 hours of purchase, as well as the current month that we're on regardless of when you purchase. You can purchase your subscription right here in my Pattern Shop or on Craftsy. Have a great day!!
Monday, November 30, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Seventeen

How is it December tomorrow? Where has this year gone?!?! I saw a sign at Target or Walmart a few days ago, telling me that it's less than 30 days until Christmas, which absolutely sent me into a tizzy. I don't know how this year has gotten away from me, but it absolutely has. Then again, I think most years I feel this way in December. It's been a good year, and I'm thankful for all of the wonderful things that have happened this year, but wow, it seems like each year passes faster than the previous these days.

Enough of that! I'm really nearing the end of my 39 Blocks Before Baby project, which is astounding to me. It felt so big, like it wasn't really possible, but I'm in the home stretch for sure at this point, with just a few more blocks to go after this week's two.

Ribbon Star
This star just screamed out for the use of a directional fabric, and the Joel Dewberry woodgrain print worked perfectly to frame this star up nicely. This star is another paper-pieced one, but it's fairly straightforward and forgiving, using four templates to create the ribbon effect around the star.

Ribbon Star - Epic Sampler BOM by Elizabeth Dackson

Basketweave Star
This paper-pieced star has been on my quilty bucket list pretty much since I started sewing, so I'm glad to finally tackle it. It was great to save toward the end of the project as well, because all I had to cut fresh were the background pieces - I had plenty of stringy scraps for the rest of the block! I really love this block, and definitely want to make more of them. Eventually. You know, when I don't have a newborn or something :)

Basketweave Star - Epic Sampler BOM by Elizabeth Dackson

Don't forget, if you love these blocks, you can get the patterns by subscribing to the Epic Sampler BOM Club, where you receive 3 new block patterns per month. All of the blocks from my 39 Blocks for Baby project are included in your subscription. You can find out more about the club right here. Have a great week everyone!
Monday, November 23, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Sixteen

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, my American friends! Do you have big plans? I know I do, but I also know that being this pregnant sure is changing the way I'm going to be able to execute said plans. I love cooking Thanksgiving, it's one of my favorite days of the year, but I know I'm going to need to be a bit more willing than usual to ask for help. Not my strong suit, but I know that turkey is not going to get in the oven this year from my two hands, that's for sure! I did manage to get through two more blocks this week, in spite of the impending holiday craziness, here's hoping I can keep up this pace and manage to get the rest of these blocks done throughout the busy holiday season!

HRT Star by Elizabeth Dackson - Epic Sampler BOM photo

HRT Star
This block I feel a little bit ambivalent about - I think I'm not loving the placement of the light teal, looking at the block critically and trying to understand what I'm not digging. Maybe I'd like it a bit better if the light gray were also a shade of teal, so it felt like those sections came together a little bit better? I'm not sure, but I do know that this gray pindot from Brigitte Heitland's Modern Background Paper collection is the kind of perfect pindot that you want in every color and in large amounts!

Star of Awesome by Elizabeth Dackson - Epic Sampler BOM

Star of Awesome 
You know you're running out of block names when you come up with one like this ;) I've been working mostly without a dark fuchsia in my blocks, because I didn't love the dark fuchsia I had shopped my stash and found, so when I was going through a pile of fabrics that needed to be bolted and put away and came across this gorgeous Yuwa print, I figured it was a sign that I needed to use it in this great block. I'm so glad I did, I think it plays so well against the medium fuchsia Denyse Schmidt Ladder Dot print in the center, not to mention the beautiful teals. This block is definitely going in the favorites column.

Don't forget, if you love these blocks, you can get the patterns by subscribing to the Epic Sampler BOM Club, where you receive 3 new block patterns per month. All of the blocks from my 39 Blocks for Baby project are included in your subscription. You can find out more about the club right here. Have a great week everyone!
Monday, November 16, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Fifteen

Getting ever closer to my goal, this week's two new blocks bring me to a total of 33! I've officially made more blocks than the number of weeks pregnant I am, so the end is in sight! Yay!

Kapow Star by Elizabeth Dackson - Epic Sampler BOM

Kapow Star
This star first made its debut in the summer 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited, in beautiful Modern Solids. It's one of my favorite minis in the history of ever, and lives in my sewing room where I love to look up at it. I resized it for the Epic Sampler Block of the Month Club (it was initially a 24" star, and for the club it's an 18" star), and got right to it with my pile of scraps and remaining fabric for my quilt. While this star looks crazy intense, it's broken down into templates that really make it a lot easier than it seams. And without a single Y seam to boot, in spite of some of the tricky shapes you create! Definitely a great block, and a personal favorite of mine.

Cat Corners by Elizabeth Dackson - Epic Sampler BOM

Cat Corners
Funny story. When you're paper piecing, you often can do some interesting and different things with your pattern pieces to yield completely different blocks than perhaps the pattern you're following. Even when it's your own pattern. So this block is actually the same pieces at the Cat Corners block in the Epic Sampler Block of the Month Club, but I sewed the quarter-units together in the reverse, so I wound up with a completely different block. I didn't realize it until after I'd pressed the whole thing and removed all the papers, so I decided that was a sign to just stick with it as is, so that's the plan for now. Just goes to show you, "mistakes" really can be just "design choices" ;) You can check out the "original" plan for this block on the Epic Sampler BOM page, about halfway down. It's on the left side of the quilt.

Don't forget, if you love these blocks, you can get the patterns by subscribing to the Epic Sampler BOM Club, where you receive 3 new block patterns per month. All of the blocks from my 39 Blocks for Baby project are included in your subscription. You can find out more about the club right here. Have a great week everyone!
Monday, November 9, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Fourteen

Another week of making blocks brings me even closer to my goal of all 39 blocks before baby arrives. I think at this point in my pregnancy, I feel pretty ready - stuff-wise and mentally, at least - so making these blocks in my free time really helps the time pass by a little bit faster. This week brings two more stars to the sampler, the Faceted Star (previously seen as my Dark Star quilt in the Winter 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited) and the Love Wins Star.

Faceted Star by Elizabeth Dackson - Epic Sampler BOM photo

Faceted Star
When I first made this block for Modern Quilts Unlimited, I used strictly solids, and really loved the results, so it was fun to get to remake this block using strictly prints and see what a different vibe it had. I love the crazy haywire yellow print, which sadly is missing a selvage, and my pregnancy brain is keeping me from recalling what collection it came from (Riley Blake something or another I think), but I really love the way that the crazy stripe brings added movement to the frame around the center star.


Love Wins Star by Elizabeth Dackson - Epic Sampler BOM photo

Love Wins Star
This festive star was one I initially made for the Love Wins Bee over the summer, and it was so interesting to sew this up in a more limited color scheme. Speaking of stars with different vibes, it just goes to show how much the color and fabric selection can absolutely change a block! I love this color combo, of the fresh teal and yellow, so I'm really pleased with how this one came together.

Don't forget, if you love these blocks, you can get the patterns by subscribing to the Epic Sampler BOM Club, where you receive 3 new block patterns per month. All of the blocks from my 39 Blocks for Baby project are included in your subscription. You can find out more about the club right here. Have a great week everyone!
Monday, November 2, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Thirteen

It's been a crazy week, both with work and family stuff, so I didn't get quite as much sewing time as I would've liked, but this week's block was a cinch to put together, so I'm still right on track to get this sampler done right on time, thankfully! I even managed to get a snap of all the blocks together, which was no easy feat, given how hard my design wall is to photograph these days, but seeing all the blocks together sure does put a grin on my face! I've set them up on my design wall just the way all 29 blocks will be in the finished quilt, and it sure makes my heart happy to see this quilt truly starting to come to life!

39 Blocks Before Baby Project - by Elizabeth Dackson
Echo Star - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson

Echo Star
The Echo Star block is a simple quarter-block based paper pieced block. Color choice can make a lot of different things happen in this block. My color choices bring more of an "X" shape out in the block in the echoes around the center star, but you can do a lot of different things here - think gradients with the deepest, most saturated color in the center, with lighter colors radiating around it, for example!

Have a fab week friends!
Sunday, November 1, 2015

Epic Sampler Month #2

Epic Sampler BOM Subscribers, it's that time again! This month's pattern kit is winging its way through the interwebs to your inbox, with three new block patterns for the Epic Sampler quilt project. This month's blocks are: Economy, Framed Friendship Star, and Bear Paw.

November Epic Sampler BOM Cover by Elizabeth Dackson

Block 1 - Economy

Economy Block for Epic Sampler BOM - by Elizabeth Dackson


Block 2 - Framed Friendship Star

Framed Friendship Star Block by Elizabeth Dackson #39blocksbeforebaby

Block 3 - Bear Paw

Bear Paw block by Elizabeth Dackson

Have fun with these blocks, and don't forget to share your progress with me through social media - you can tag me on Instagram by using #epicsamplerbom or #dontcallmebetsy

If you haven't joined in the Epic Sampler Block of the Month fun just yet, no worries, you can still join in! You'll receive all of the past block pattern kits within 48 hours of purchase, as well as the current month that we're on regardless of when you purchase. You can purchase your subscription right here in my Pattern Shop or on Craftsy. Have a great day!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A fun little hand sewing project

By the time night falls these days, I'm pretty much pooped. All I want to do is put my feet up on the couch (hopefully for a footrub) and veg out in front of the television for a little bit before I eventually fall asleep. Lately, though, I've been doing a bit of hand sewing on the couch that's been really, really enjoyable.

Vanessa Christenson of V + Co has such a great eye for color. I've been working with her fabrics for years now, since her first line for Moda, Simply Color, came out, and I've been a bit fan of the ombre solids she frequently includes in her collections. Her next collection is actually ALL ombre solids, and it's a beautiful rainbow of gorgeousness! I'm working on two different projects with these beauties, but only one of them can see the light of day at the moment, and that's my EPP project.

I made an EPP starflower pillow a few years ago, using text prints and scraps, and to this day, it's one of my favorite things I've ever made. So I've decided to make another, using Vanessa's gorgeous new ombre solids and my new favorite text print, Newsprint in Graphite by Brigitte Heitland (of Zen Chic) for Moda, available at Stash Fabrics and Pink Castle Fabrics. Sidetone: I adore this new line of Brigitte's, Modern Background, it's full of gorgeous text prints that I want bolts and bolts of!

Ombre Starflowers in progress - by Elizabeth Dackson

These little starflowers are super easy to sew together, with just one EPP shape required, the 6 point diamond. So simple, and yet so fun to put together! I'm not entirely positive what this will turn into just yet - maybe another pillow? Maybe a mini? Regardless of the end result, I'm enjoying the process thoroughly right now. Just need to be careful to not fall asleep with a needle in my hand :)

More Ombre Starflowers in progress - by Elizabeth Dackson
Monday, October 26, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Twelve

This past week, I got to make one of my most favorite quilt blocks of all time - the spiderweb :) I've made quite a few spiderweb blocks over the years, and while it's a super tedious block to make, it's by far one of my favorites because of the sparkling effect you can create with them! I also made another block I've made a few times, the Crown of Thorns block, which is another great classic block that has so much vibrance to it.

Spiderweb - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson

Spiderweb
I adore this block. This is the first 12" spiderweb block I've made - and if you're an Epic Sampler BOM subscriber, you'll find out how exactly I managed to pull that off in a few months when this block pops up for the club - and I'm so glad I tackled that, because I think it's going to add so much to the finished quilt. It's also great for all those leftover bits and bobs from previous blocks!


Crown of Thorns - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson

Crown of Thorns
Loads and loads of HSTs aren't always my favorite thing in the world, but I do really love them in this block. They're worth the effort here, for sure. I especially love the mix of the blues with the yellow/gold center of the block - it's a color combo that I'm often drawn to, actually.

Have a wonderful week everyone, and a happy Halloween this weekend!
Monday, October 19, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Eleven

Just sixteen more blocks to go after this! So exciting!!!! I love adding more blocks each week to the design wall for this project, it feels like such an accomplishment every time I get through one and put it up on the wall. This week, I made two more paper-pieced blocks, Sunburst and Good Morning Starshine.

Sunburst - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_4823rt_zpsaosf2kcd.jpg

Sunburst
I adore the colors in this block. These darker blues mixed with the yellow and teal just make my heart happy. I think this block would also be super striking in warm colors, it'd be like a sunset almost.

Good Morning Starshine - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_4831rt_zpsdzkrozdp.jpg

Good Morning Starshine
The first of two 18" blocks in the quilt, this block is a boatload of triangles. Triangles, triangles, and more triangles! In spite of all of the pieces in this block, it's quite monotonous, with the same angles repeated over and over again, so it's really not as hard as it looks. The number of pieces is really the only time-consuming part about the block, but it comes together fairly quickly when you employ some handy-dandy chain-piecing.

Maybe next week I can manage to get a decent picture of all of the blocks together, because it's really starting to look like a quilt up there, which is super exciting. Have a great week!
Monday, October 12, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Ten

Ten weeks into this project, and I've officially more than halfway through! This week's two blocks bring the total number of blocks made up to 21, leaving me just another 18 more to make over the next two and a half months before baby arrives, so I'm feeling really good about wrapping up at least the blocks for this project right on time.

This week's two new blocks are the final 6" block, Color My World, and a 12" block, the Spunky Pinwheel Star.

Color My World - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_4834rt_zpsmaurvlof.jpg

Color My World
This block was originally a 10" block that appeared in a pattern of mine, but I've always loved the simplicity of it. This block is an awesome block to do over and over again, too, but in this quilt, there's just the one. It was mighty tempting to make a few extras for a mini or something, but since I'm really trying to stay focused on this project, I managed to restrain myself.

Spunky Pinwheel Star - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_4825rt_zpsgzej2fnb.jpg

Spunky Pinwheel Star
I love a good star block - always have, always will - and this is no exception. I love the fun pinwheel in the center, especially with the pop of color the fuchsia XO fabric brings. This 12" beauty is indeed paper-pieced, and it was really nice to get back into the paper piecing groove this week. Call me crazy, but once you get the hang of paper piecing, it can be just so enjoyable!

So that's my progress for the week - I'm going to tackle one of the two 18" blocks in the quilt next week, so that should be fun. More paper piecing for the win! Have a great week :)
Monday, October 5, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Nine

Two more 12" blocks this week for my 39 Blocks Before Baby Sampler, to bring the tally of 12" blocks up to a nice round 5, of 22. Nice!

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Pinwheel Star
A twirling, whirling kind of star is often the best kind. This paper-pieced star features a sample of each of the four focal colors I'm using in this quilt, swirling around a simple friendship star at the center. This one is paper pieced, but because the shapes are fairly large in the block, it's a quick block to sew up. I love the Cotton + Steel XO print in the background, I think it just makes the block sing!

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Radiant Ring
This block uses a mix of paper piecing and patchwork to bring together this ring-effect block. I've made this block several times over the years, but I'm especially liking this one, with that loud pop of fuchsia in the center. I love a good pop of contrast :)

Next week, I get to make the last 6" block for the whole quilt, which I'm excited about - then all I'll have left to tackle are the 12" and 18" blocks. Have a wonderful week everyone!
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Epic Sampler BOM Kick Off!!

Good morning everyone! If you are already an Epic Sampler BOM subscriber, check your inbox! You should have your very first pattern kit for the Epic Sampler BOM series. Each pattern kit monthly will contain a total of three patterns, and this month's three patterns are...

Patchwork Wheel


Patchwork Wheel - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_4830rt_zpslsvqzfhl.jpg

Pineapple

Pineapple - 39 Blocks Before Baby photo IMG_4486rt_zpsgs8zyoj9.jpg

Less is More

Less is More - Epic Sampler BOM

If you haven't already joined in the BOM fun, not to worry, you can still join! Within 48 hours of your order, you'll receive your first pattern kit and will be able to get started. You can join through my Pattern Shop or Craftsy, whichever you prefer. All subscribers will receive their next pattern on November 1, 2015, with three new blocks to work on for the month. Fun times! I can't wait to start seeing these blocks showing up as you all start working through them! Have a wonderful day everyone!
Monday, September 28, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Eight

Another week, another couple of blocks added to my design wall for my Epic Sampler project. I cannot tell you how fun it is to be marking the weeks of my pregnancy with these blocks - it makes the time pass by so much faster. At this point, I feel pretty ready for the baby, at least in terms of stuff. We've got the baby's room mostly ready, we've got clothes and diapers and other necessities...but we're just about three months away from her arrival, so having a little regular sewing to do every week really helps my mind from just going crazy. It gives my mind something to do, which I so desperately need in my down time.

And we've got just a few days to go before the Epic Sampler BOM kicks off, hooray! Just a few more days to subscribe at the discounted pre-sale rate!

This week, I made two 6" blocks, the Patchwork Wheel, which you may recognize from a 12" block tutorial that's been on my site for quite a while, and Baby Paw, which is a super simple yet adorable block. Two non-paper piecing blocks in one week! It was nice to give my printer a rest and stick with some super simple piecing, but next week, I'll definitely be craving some paper piecing.

Patchwork Wheel

Patchwork Wheel - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_4830rt_zpslsvqzfhl.jpg

Baby Paw

Baby Paw - 39 Blocks Before Baby by Elizabeth Dackson photo IMG_4833rt_zpswcf8abqx.jpg

So, that brings the official tally of blocks for this quilt up to 17, which means that next week, I could quite possibly hit the halfway point, hooray!!! In the meantime, though, this week happens to be the last few days that you can purchase a subscription to the Epic Sampler Block of the Month Club at the discounted pre-sale price, so if you haven't joined in yet, hop to it! The club kicks off on October 1st, and the pre-sale ends at that time, so act fast! You can find out all the details for the club right here. Have a super week everyone!
Monday, September 21, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Seven

Just one block to add to the sampler this week - I unfortunately didn't get quite as much sewing time as I would have liked, but I can always try to make up for it next week! This week's additional block is the Bowtie Mania block.

Bowtie Mania by Elizabeth Dackson

Bowtie Mania
This simple half-square triangle based block absolutely makes me think of Batman and the Bat-Signal. It almost looks like it could be the Bat-Mobile or something like that, in quilt-form. I went with a medium blue sketch print for the background, and created both light yellow and dark yellow/gold half-square triangles to set around the block. There's a touch of navy in the center with the gold, to give the block a bit more depth. I'm really liking how this one works with the others I've made thus far, which I gathered for a lovely group photo...


15 blocks in! by Elizabeth Dackson

Fifteen blocks down, another twenty-four to go! Have a great week everyone!
Monday, September 14, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Six

Six weeks in, and there's definitely lots of progress to show here for my Epic Sampler. I finally dug into the 12" blocks this week, which was quite fun. I tackled two blocks this week, the Bear Paw and one I'm calling the Ninth Frame. I'm really loving these shades of teal and fuchsia and the way they work so beautifully with the royal blue and yellow. I cannot wait to get more of these blocks done and see how they look together!!

Bear Paw
This is a super traditional block, but it was the first paw I've ever made. I enjoyed it, and can see why it's such a classic block. I went ahead and brought four of the colors from my color palette to play in this block, which I think works really nicely and is all tied together with that center dark gray square, which adds a sense of calm to the block that I really like.

Bear Paw photo IMG_4621rt_zpsx2n491sp.jpg

Ninth Frame
Did you get the bowling reference? Ha, this is a simple twist on a nine patch block, simply turning it on point and adding setting triangles to it, but I do love a good nine patch block. For this one, I went ahead and went tonal for all three rows of the block, but in the center, to do something different, I only used two fabrics, rather than three, and I really like that draws your eye to the center of the block. I think this block would make a fantastic scrap buster. Mental note!!

Ninth Frame photo IMG_4620rt_zps2venltwj.jpg

So I'm now fourteen blocks into this quilt, nearing the halfway point here pretty soon, which is super exciting as I've passed the halfway point of my pregnancy at this point so the clock is ticking! The clock is also ticking on the special pre-sale price for the Epic Sampler BOM Club, which will kick off with the first kit of patterns sent to all subscribers on October 1st, so if you're on the fence, time is running out to save! Sign up today in my Pattern Shop or over on Craftsy if you're so inclined, and have a wonderful week!
Monday, September 7, 2015

39 Blocks Before Baby: Week Five

Happy Labor Day! I'm hoping to get some quality time in my sewing room today, as I'm nearly done with the 6" blocks now, and I think I might just sew up a 12" block or two for next week, just to try something a little different. Not that I'm getting bored with my 6" blocks, they're super fun and quick to put together, but I've got a total of twenty 12" blocks to make for this quilt, so I'm going to have to start on them at some point. This week's new additions are two more stars, bringing our grand total of stars up to 5, but I promise this isn't going to turn into a star sampler, but I can't resist a small handful of stars :)

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Star Quest
This another block I'm going to have to make more of one of these days. This paper pieced beauty is my new favorite block for sure. I think it's the combination of the colors together that I'm just loving. It's blocks like this one that really solidify my fabric choices and make me feel happy :) Super simple, yes, but super striking, too, I think.

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Polaris
This is another block that stems back from my first book, Becoming a Confident Quilter (signed copies available in my shop!). The Polaris quilt was one of my favorites from the book, so I was excited to downsize it and make it a part of this quilt.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Baby Girl's First Girlie Quilt

And I say "first girlie quilt" because I suspect there will be more at some point. I have to say, finding out that the new baby is going to be a girl was really exciting for a number of reasons, one of which was thinking of all of the adorable fabrics that I've hoarded over the years that just haven't been right for the numerous quilts I've made for the munchkin over the years. It was fun to pull out loads of Heather Ross and Sarah Jane and Aneela Hoey fabrics to make the first girlie cutesy quilt for my daughter-to-be.

Deciding what exactly I wanted to make was hard, but I knew I wanted some simple patchwork. Don't get me wrong, or worry that the pregnancy hormones have somehow broken my love for paper piecing, I still love it! I just knew that for this quilt I really wanted the fabrics to be the stars, rather than the piecing, so I kept it simple and cut a boatload of isosceles triangles and started throwing them onto my design wall.

 Baby's Girlie Quilt in Progress by Elizabeth Dackson

I stuck with the concept of keeping it simple for the quilting, opting for a simple meandering stipple in my trusty white Aurifil (#2024), and then bound it in a super sweet, soft print from Sarah Jane's Wee Wander collection, called Meandering in Petal. It had just the right amount of softness to bind the whole thing together, no pun intended!

Baby's Girlie Quilt - Full photo by Elizabeth Dackson

Quilt Stats
name: Baby Girl's First Girlie Quilt
size: 40" x 48"
fabrics: assorted girlie fabrics, including Heather Ross, Sarah Jane, Aneela Hoey, and Lizzy House, as well as others
quilting: meandering stipple in white (#2024) 50 wt Aurifil thread
binding: Sarah Jane Meandering in Petal from Wee Wander

A super simple, but sweet finish, and I can't wait to give her some tummy time on this beauty in the new year! Hope you have a wonderful Monday, and I'll be back to my regular project, the Epic Sampler BOM, next week!

Baby's Girlie Quilt - Detail photo by Elizabeth Dackson
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