Icicle Star Free Block Pattern

Happy almost holidays everyone! I just wanted to tell you about a new free paper-piecing block pattern you can download from me over at Sew Mama Sew. The Icicle Star is a great block to adorn a pouch or pillow or as the center of your own medallion quilt, and the download includes 6" and 12" block templates so you can go big or small! Check it out right here!


Happy holidays!

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

Exploding Star and interview in MQU!

Good morning everyone, happy Monday to you! I hope you had a great weekend. I must say, I did indeed have a great weekend, capped off my some super happy mail that was delivered to me on Saturday - the summer 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited with my name on the cover. Seriously?! Yep, that's my name all right. Wow. Granted, that's not my quilt, but gosh, to see my name on a magazine cover is just beyond astounding to me.


The summer 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited features an interview with me, which was a lot of fun to do, as well as several photos of some of my favorite quilts, and one of my favorite photos of the munchkin, working away in EQ on a sick day a few months ago. He was super excited when I showed him the picture of him in a real, live magazine.



There's also a pattern from me in the magazine, called Exploding Star. Exploding Star is (shocker) a paper-pieced star pattern that uses several different templates to create the exploding effect. I sewed this one up in assorted solids from Modern Solids II by Alissa Haight Carlton, and I love the sparkling effect they give to the piecing.



The quilting on this mini is done in several different coordinating shades of 50 wt Aurifil, my go-to free-motion quilting thread. There's several different styles of fmq throughout the quilt, in the different areas, which was a lot of fun to do. I also did some "faux" straight line quilting, where I use my free-motion foot and outline certain areas of the quilt. My relationship with my walking foot is a bit lackluster, so I rarely use it - instead I do straight-ish line quilting with the free-motion foot, which is way more comfortable for me.



This issue should be hitting your local Barnes & Nobles and Jo-Anns and such in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for it. There's some really fun patterns inside, including a fun pixelated guitar pattern by Penny Barnes. Have a great day!


Quilt Stats
name: Exploding Star
pattern: by yours truly, available in the Summer 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited
fabrics: assorted solids from In the Beginning's Modern Solids II
quilting: linear L's, zig zags, pulleys, wishbones, and faux straight-line quilting all in assorted coordinating shades of Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread


Tribal Chain - Featured in Modern Quilts Unlimited

This quilt was something I sketched out nearly two years ago and it languished in my design notebook until I pulled into EQ a little over a year ago and shared it with the lovely folks at Modern Quilts Unlimited. I had a crazy idea of using the Riley Blake neon solids that had just come out at the time, and thought it would make a really bold quilt...bold is quite possibly a giant understatement with this quilt!


Photographs cannot possibly show you how bright this quilt is. I literally felt like I needed to put sunglasses on just to be in the same room with those neon fabrics when I was working on this quilt. It was really comical when I unfolded the quilt to show to a friend before I sent it off and she shielded her eyes. That being said, I really love the design of this quilt, and I think the neon solids make it even more unforgettable.



Quilt Stats
name: Tribal Chain
size: 59" square
pattern: Tribal Chain, in the Spring 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited
fabrics: Neon PinkNeon Green with White by Riley Blake
quilting: all-over woodgrain quilting in white #2024 Aurifil 50 wt thread
binding: Medium Neon Chevon in Pink by Riley Blake


You'll find this quilt pattern featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited, alongside some other beautiful quilts from Jacquie Gering and Heather Bailey plus a profile on Heather with loads of beautiful photographs from her sewing space! You can usually find Modern Quilts Unlimited at Jo-Ann Crafts stores and Barnes & Noble. It's one of my favorite quilting magazines these days, so I definitely recommend you check it out!

Wheels in the Sky quilt in the new issue of Quilty!

Good morning! I've got another fun magazine feature to share with you this morning - the latest issue of Quilty magazine features a new paper piecing pattern from yours truly, called Wheels in the Sky.

Wheels in the Sky - pattern in Mar/Apr 2014 issue of Quilty

This quilt was a labor of love, designed around Jeni Baker's Nordika collection. I was really attracted to Nordika when I first saw it at Quilt Market last spring, but I wasn't sure how I'd use it. It was one of those collections that I felt like needed just the right pattern to show it off. I decided to challenge myself to experiment with the Flowerfall in Jade print as a background fabric. I loved the organic lines in the print, but I had a feeling that with paper piecing that it might get a little too busy, so I alternated a simple Pure Elements Snow white with the Flowerfall print, and I love the effect that it brings to the finished quilt.

Wheels in the Sky - alt view

I kept the quilting fairly simple, doing a large orange peel repeating design throughout, really letting the piecing be the star of the finished quilt. I used my trusty orange cone of white (#2024) 50 wt Aurifil, my old standby that works for everything when I'm too lazy to change out my spool :)

Wheels in the Sky - FMQ Detail

Quilt Stats
name: Wheels in the Sky
size: 48" square
fabrics: Nordika by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics and coordinating Art Gallery Pure Elements solids
pattern: Wheels in the Sky by yours truly in the March/April 2014 edition of Quilty
quilting: Orange peels in white 50 wt Aurifil thread

Wheels in the Sky - Mar/Apr issue of Quilty
photo from Quilty magazine, March/April 2014 issue

If you love this quilt exactly the way I made it, you can pick up a kit with all the fabrics you'll need for the quilt top at Fons & Porter. Also over at Fons & Porter, you can check out a nifty video they made about how to foundation paper piece this block!

You can still find Nordika in stock at:
Intrepid Thread
Stash Fabrics
Hawthorne Threads

Found in the pages...

It's been a good mail week thus far - I got two great new magazines to read and it's only Wednesday! It's always fun to find quilting magazines in my mailbox - don't get me wrong, I love my subscriptions to a few other magazines, but the quilty ones are always the most fun to read, so I get real excited when I see them in my mailbox. This week's mail included the new issue of

Modern Quilts Unlimited

and

Love of Quilting

I was super excited to see a quilt I haven't seen in a while in the pages of

Modern Quilts Unlimited

- my Dark Star quilt. I love this quilt to pieces, quite literally. It's sewn up in Modern Solids from In the Beginning, and I love how vibrant this quilt is, with the rich reds. It's a very simple quilt to piece, with just 12 blocks in the quilt, but I think it's super striking in its simplicity.

The new issue of MQU - Winter 2014

I must tell you about a bit of behind-the-pages drama with this quilt - I made a cutting error thanks to my chicken scratch quilt math and wound up wasting some fabric, and naturally, I was running out of time, so I needed the right fabric pronto, so I called the trusty staff at 

Pink Chalk Fabrics

, who went above and beyond to get the fabric to me in time to meet my deadline, so thank you ladies! You're the best! 

Pink Chalk

 has a great selection of the In the Beginning solids, if you haven't tried them before. They have a beautiful sheen to them, with a bit of a cross-weave type quality to them, and the hand is so super soft!

Dark Star quilt - in the new MQU issue

I'm also really excited about some the photography I did with this quilt, back in September before I sent it off to 

Modern Quilts Unlimited

. The full shot of the quilt in front of houses was certainly not my finest moment as a photographer, but it was a make-it-work kind of moment, trust me! On the other hand, I love this giant wheel I found in a field to take pictures with - but I'm sad to say that it's been removed from the field since, so I won't be able to use it again. Oh well. These are some of my favorite quilt photos in the history of ever, so at least I got these great pictures!

Dark Star quilt - detail shot - in the new MQU issue

Quilt Stats

name

: Dark Star

size

: 69" x 81"

pattern

: Dark Star by yours truly, in the Winter 2014 issue of

Modern Quilts Unlimited

fabrics: Modern Solids solid fabrics by

In The Beginning

quilting: all-over stipple in red (#2270) Aurifil 50 wt thread throughout negative space, and white wiggle stitches in white (#2024) Aurifil 50 wt thread

Love of Quilting magazine - February 2014 issue

In flipping through

Love of Quilting

, I spotted my book in their Book Reviews section, which was a great thrill. I still get tickled when I see a mention of my book somewhere, so if you ever see one, by all means let me know in case I haven't seen it!! There's lots of great patterns in this particular issue, too, and I love the quilt on the cover - so pretty!

Aww, that's my book!

Have a great Wednesday, and if you haven't yet entered the

Quilt Improv giveaway

, hurry up and do so! The giveaway ends tomorrow :)

My Chain + Link quilt - featured in Quilty Sept/Oct 2013 issue

I'm excited to share another quilty finish, Chain + Link, featuring V & Co's gorgeous Simply Style fabrics. This quilt and pattern are featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Quilty magazine, available now. You can find copies at your local craft and quilt shops, as well as at Fat Quarter Shop and Quilty.

My Chain + Link pattern in the Sept/Oct issue of Quilty

This one-block quilt was inspired by some tilework I spotted last year and drew in my sketchbook. Once I paired it with Vanessa's gorgeous prints, it was exactly the quilt I hoped it would be. Vanessa seriously has a gift for creating great stash building fabrics that look great when used together, and look awesome when mixed with other collections as well.

Chain + Link quilt - front view

I love the way the blocks interact with each other and come together. This quilt is probably the closest I've ever come to making an optical illusion! I love it!

Chain + Link Close Up - The Way the Blocks Come Together

I quilted it with 50 wt white Aurifil thread color number 2024, my personal favorite. I had thought about doing some thread matching and specialized quilting, but in the end, I didn't have the colors I needed, and I decided that I wanted more of an all-over design, so I stuck with good old white. I stitched a simple orange peel design on the quilt top, which really works nicely with the patchwork in this quilt, I think.

Chain + Link quilt - side view

And if you'd like to make this exact quilt, you can pick up a quilt kit with the magazine as well as all the fabrics you'll need to sew up the top at Fons & Porter's online shop. The kit is on backorder at the moment, but is expected to be in stock soon. You can find Simply Style fabrics in stock at The Intrepid Thread, I Don't Do Dishes, and Stash Modern Fabrics.

Quilty magazine - Sept/Oct 2013 issue

Quilt Stats
name: Chain + Link
size: 63" x 78 1/2"
pattern: Chain + Link, in the September/October 2013 issue of Quilty magazine
fabrics: Simply Style by V & Co for Moda Fabrics
quilting: all-over orange peel quilting, with white 50 wt Aurifil thread

Color My World PDF Pattern Now Available!

I know as quilters that we're all partial to our quilts, and we love them (most of the time, except when they're driving us crazy) unconditionally, but I have to tell you - this really is one of my personal favorites. I love bright colors, and this quilt not only uses great fun bright colors, but I love this block. Say hello to my newest PDF quilt pattern, Color My World!

Color My World - front

Originally featured in Quiltmaker late last year, this quilt was sewn up in Vanessa Christensen's first fabric collection for Moda, Simply Color. I still have a lot of these prints in my stash, because they are such great stash staples! I just love tonal prints like these, they go with everything. The PDF pattern is nine pages long, chock full of tips to help you plan out and sew up your quilt. There's even a coloring page to give you the opportunity to plan out your colors and fabrics before sewing a stitch!

Color My World - detail 2

This quilt is a block-based quilt, with a block that is centered around a classic snowball block. Using some simple squares placed methodically, a connection is created throughout the blocks. An additional connection is made by the way I staggered the blocks by color - and I just love the hexagons that are created where the blocks meet!

Color My World - detail

I had some great pattern testers run through this pattern and create some beautiful quilt tops of their own. Kelie, Jill and Tsoniki, thank you all so much! I really appreciate your help, and I love the quilt tops you guys made :)

Kelie's Color My World
Kelie's lap size Color My World quilt top

Jill's Color My World
Jill's baby size Color My World quilt top

Tsoniki's Color My World
Tsoniki's baby size Color My World quilt top 

Through the long holiday weekend (which is perfect for putting together a new quilt top, by the way!), you can pick up this pattern on sale for $6. The pattern sale will end next Tuesday, September 3rd. You can purchase this pattern through my Pattern Shop or Craftsy, whichever you prefer. As always, I'd love to see your creations with this pattern in my Flickr group, Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy. Have a great day everyone!

New pattern available today! Color My World

Sew Positive quilt pattern, now available!

I'm excited to share the first of three new pattern releases that I've got coming over the next month or so, as the summer winds down and fall creeps up on us. Hello Sew Positive!

patternshop---sewpositive

This quilt was originally featured in the spring 2013 issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, in Alison Glass's fabulous Lucky Penny bike path prints. It was a fun quilt to work on, but I knew I wanted to make another, both to run through the pattern again and to show a completely different color story.

Sew Positive - lap

I went with much softer fabrics for this baby size Sew Positive quilt, with a boatload of Free Spirit fabrics from Tula Pink and Joel Dewberry. The background fabric is a great tweed-y textured fabric from Jenn Ski's Mod Century line for Moda. I first fell in love with this fabric at Stash Bash when I spied Marla working on her Happy Pills quilt, and I"m so glad I hunted it down! I like how much softer this version of the quilt is - and I would wager to guess that this pattern would be stunning in low-volume prints as well.

Sew Positive - baby

I also had some great pattern testers work through the pattern, and make gorgeous interpretations of the quilt. They were not only full of great feedback, but great quilts of their own!

Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting used gorgeous Kaffe Fassett shot cottons for the pluses on her mini-sized version, which I just love.

sew positive wall hanging

Kelsey from Everyday Fray has inspired me to try hand quilting again! I love the hand quilting she did around the large pluses, and the tonal fabrics she used in the small plus blocks.

Sew Positive Baby Quilt

Marla from Sew Hungry was really creative with her fabric selection. The lime surprise pluses here and there totally make the quilt, don't they?! I also really like how Marla varied the background she used, I think that gives the quilt more depth.

Marla's Sew Positive

The Sew Positive quilt pattern includes thorough step-by-step instructions and fabric requirements for making a mini, baby, lap, queen, and king size quilt. There's also lots of notes and tips on planning your quilt. Truly, Sew Positive is a simple quilt to make but it can make such a powerful visual impact with the right fabrics!

Sew Positive - Mini


You can pick up Sew Positive, in PDF format, this week on sale for just $6. Next week, it will go up to the regular price of $8. You'll find Sew Positive both in my Pattern Shop as well as on Craftsy. Don't forget to share your finished quilt in my Flickr group, I love seeing all of the different interpretations of my patterns! Have a great Monday :)

Easy peasy new quilt pattern and a new look!

Good morning, and happy Friday to you! If you're reading this morning over in Bloglovin' or Feedly or something like that, please take a moment and pop on over to the real blog - I've just finished going through a major blog makeover, thanks to the help of super blog designer Noor Alquanti. I highly recommend her if you're looking to spruce up your blog. I'm really happy with everything she put together, and I think the blog practically sparkles now, with all the beautiful white space, not to mention the great new logo. I'd love to hear what you think of the new look!

new logo for the blog! come check it out!

I've also got an easy peasy new free quilt pattern to share with you today, using some old stash favorites as well as some great prints from Modern Yardage. I fell in love with a fun deconstructed chevron that Heather Dutton designed for them, and found a few other prints of hers that I enjoyed, then pulled some stash basics to round out my selection. Then I pondered what to make. And pondered some more. And then I moved, and well, everything went to pot, so to speak!

The fabrics

I wanted to make something easy, but something that would be enjoyable to sew, and most importantly, pretty. And I'd been doodling an easier, less triangle focused, way to make a zig-zag look in a quilt, so I thought why not? So, I did. And here we are...

Easy Peasy Faux Zig Zag Free Quilt Pattern

Introducing....the Easy Peasy Faux Zig Zag quilt pattern! A free pattern download, available right here on Craftsy. The pattern includes four quilt sizes: mini (like mine), baby, throw, and queen size, with all of the information you've come to expect from my patterns. And this is seriously an easy quilt to put together - you can easily put one of these together in a day or even a weekend, if you're working on the queen size.

Easy Peasy Faux Zig Zag in Waterfront Park
queen size Easy Peasy Zig Zag in Waterfront Park

Stay tuned next week for my next pattern release, Sew Positive! I'm really excited to show you what my pattern testers have sewn up and to finally put this pattern up for sale. Have a wonderful weekend :)

Introducing: Color My World, my new quilt pattern!

Color My World - detail

I love color, I don't think that should surprise anyone who's read more than a post of two of my blog. That's why I got super excited about working with V & Co's amazing Simply Color collection for Moda for the latest issue of Quiltmaker magazine. I worked up a fun twist on a snowball block for the magazine, found in the January/February issue of Quiltmaker, available online at Fat Quarter Shop and other retailers, and shipping to stores as I type.

Color My World - Quiltmaker Jan/Feb

This quilt is a block-based quilt, with a block that is centered around a classic snowball block. Using some simple squares placed methodically, a connection is created throughout the blocks. An additional connection is made by the way I staggered the blocks by color.And I just love the hexagons that are created where the blocks meet!

Color My World - front

I love this quilt. The colors are very me, and the mix of solids and prints is just the kind of thing I enjoy in quilts these days. It is a generous twin size, perfect for cuddling up with, and I just adore all the colors. They're so fun! I really, really love the prints Vanessa came up with for this line, and I adore how tonal most of them are. These are the kind of prints that you can use time and time again in projects, mixing matching with other collections and prints. Awesome stash builders, and awesome in their own right as well.

Color My World - detail 2

And speaking of fantastic prints from this collection, Vanessa also designed some beautiful ombre solids to coordinate with her prints. I used all of the colors available in the ombre solids to create the backing for this quilt. It's too bad that Quiltmaker didn't take any pictures of the back (though I completely understand the space constarints), because it's quite possibly my favorite part about the whole quilt!

Color My World - back

For those of you who have emailed me this weekend about a kit  for this quilt, I'm happy to say that Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics is working on one as we speak, and as soon as it's available for sale, I will post about it and share a link.

Color My World - FMQ detail

Quilt Stats
name: Color My World
size: 68" x 88"
pattern: Color My World, by yours truly, available in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Quiltmaker
fabrics: Various prints from Simply Color by V & Co for Moda Fabrics and coordinating Bella solids
quilting: Echo and concentric square free-motion quilting in Aurifil 50 wt thread (color #2024), done by yours truly
binding: Gray ikat diamonds print from Simply Color by V & Co for Moda Fabrics


Have a great Monday everyone!

Introducing: Sea of Stars, my newest pattern

I am so excited to share with you about my newest quilt pattern, Sea of Stars. Sea of Stars is now available in my pattern shop as well as my Craftsy shop!

Sea of Stars Pattern available today!

This quilt comes with five size options for your convenience: baby, lap, twin, queen, and king. This quilt pattern was inspired by a tile layout I saw once in a restaurant, and I love the way it looks in fabric.

Sea of Stars - detail 3

For the pattern sample, I made a lap sized quilt, using some gorgeous Liberty of London Bloomsbury Gardens prints as the centers for all of my stars. I used some beautiful Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids to pair with the Liberty prints, and I just adore working with the Cotton Couture fabrics!

Sea of Stars - front 2

The quilty photoshoot for this pattern was a bit of a mess - it was the windiest day I've seen in a long time, and I nearly lost the quilt to a retention pond, but thankfully I grabbed a corner of it before it flew away!

Sea of Stars - nearly lost it!

Quilt Details
name: Sea of Stars
size: 60" x 72"
pattern: Sea of Stars by yours truly, available here
fabrics: Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Soft White, Fog, Grey, Malibu and Aqua, paired with several Liberty of London Bloomsbury Gardens prints
quilting: wiggle free-motion stitch in grey 50 wt Aurifil and a stipple free-motion stitch in white 50 wt Aurifil thread
binding: Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Fog

Sea of Stars - detail 2

I hope you enjoy this pattern, and if you buy one, you'll be pleased to hear that I'll be hosting a quilt-along here on my blog to encourage you to make your very own Sea of Stars quilt! The quilt-along will kick off on November 19th, where I'll share some tips for planning out your fabrics for your quilt, and I'll continue to share tips and tricks on making the pattern for a few weeks, in a leisurely way. Feel free to join in whenever and please don't feel pressured to "keep up" - it's not a race, I'll just be posting regularly to keep myself on track :)

If you have a moment today, pop on over to Amy's Creative Side, where voting has opened up for Bloggers Quilt Festival. My mariner's compass mini is nominated for Best Mini/Doll Quilt, and I'm so honored, I'm in such great company! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Fall Market 2012

While I am super bummed that I wasn't able to go to Fall Market in Houston, I was really excited to have some quilts of mine representing for me :) I was lucky enough to work with Westminster/Free Spirit Fabrics on a few quilt designs for their free patterns site, and also made up one quilt for a booth.

The quilt that I actually made for Market was for Ty Pennington's latest Impressions line, called Tribal Impressions. The design is actually based on a tribal tattoo that I saw and sketched a while back, and I think it works really well with Ty's fabrics, which often feel a bit tribal to me. The block is made up of forty half-square triangles. Seriously. I had some quality trimming time on my hands with this quilt ;) Working on this quilt led to a couple of really long nights, trying to finish it up and get it in the mail before leaving for Sewing Summit, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.

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It was so wild to see photos popping up on Twitter of Ty Pennington and various quilt shop owners and bloggers in front of my quilt in his booth. Totally made me feel super proud. :) Thanks so much, Kim, for taking a great picture of the quilt in the booth for me!

photo by Kim of My Go-Go Life

I also wrote patterns for Felicity Miller's new Charleston Farmhouse line and Denyse Schmidt's upcoming Shelburne Falls collection, both of which are really lovely. I'm especially excited about Shelburne Falls, I love the color palette. The Charleston Farmhouse quilt did get made up for Market by someone else (thank you!!), and was really stunning. You can find the Charleston Farmhouse pattern right here and the Shelburne Falls has not yet been released. I'll update this post once it's out!

Charleston Farmhouse quilt design by yours truly

Felicity Miller booth at Fall Market 2012
photo by Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics


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Shelburne Falls quilt design by yours truly

My Simply Squared quilt also hung at Market, in the Interweave booth, along with a large posterboard of Quilt Scene magazine. I'm excited to get this quilt home again soon, I'm planning to give it as a holiday gift to someone who will really appreciate it.

Interweave's booth

Have a great day!

Introducing...the Photo Corners quilt pattern

I am super excited to share my newest quilt pattern with you guys this morning.  Introducing...Photo Corners!    It's now available in my pattern shop, right alongside my other two patterns, Fabricland and Xs and Os.


The PDF pattern provides instructions for both a baby size quilt as well as a lap size quilt, perfectly for snuggling under.  The 10-page full-color PDF pattern takes you step-by-step through the complete creation of this quilt and is perfect beginner and advanced quilters alike.  The pattern is both fat-eighth and fat-quarter friendly, and I'm also working on a special fat quarter quilt kit over at Pink Castle Fabrics, so stay tuned for more on that!


Have you ever fallen in love with a print so much that you couldn't bring yourself to cut it up for a quilt?  Then this is the perfect pattern for you!  This pattern is just right for large-scale prints as well as fun novelty prints.  The blocks for this quilt are inspired by the traditional square snowball block and create a fun way to show off some of your favorite prints, much like the photo corners that are so popular with scrapbookers.


This was the first quilt that I've really taken out to shoot with my new camera.  It just happened to be the coldest day we've seen in Florida in a very long time, but I braved the cold to get some good photos since the sun was so fantastic.  Most of these photos were pure luck, because I'm definitely still learning how to use the darned thing!


One of my good blog friends, Dana, tested this pattern for me and used Aneela Hoey's gorgeous upcoming line, A Walk in the Woods.  Unfortunately, her computer is acting up at the moment, but as soon as it is, I'll be sharing her quilt as well!




There's only room for so many quilts in my house, so my Photo Corners quilt is busy getting used to a much colder climate out in Salt Lake City, with my dear friend Amy, who's gearing up for a new quilt-along.  She has a December birthday just like me, and sent me some yummy fabric for my birthday, so naturally, I sent her a quilt to say thank you :)  She took some great photos of the quilt in the snow.

Terrain quilt fr Don't Call Me Betsy! actionshot#3

The Photo Corners PDF quilt pattern includes all of the information you'll need to make this quilt, including color photos and complete piecing diagrams to follow, as well as requirements for batting and binding.  Two finished sizes are available for you to choose form in the pattern, baby size 47" x 51 1/2" and lap size 62" x 71".


Quilt Stats
Name: Photo Corners
Fabrics: Kate Spain's Terrain collection along with Kona Spring Green
Pattern: Photo Corners quilt pattern, by yours truly
Quilting: All-over meandering stipple in hot pink Gutermann thread
Binding: Kate Spain's Aster Stream Bloom print from her Terrain collection for Moda
Size: 62" x 71"

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  This is going to be a fun week on the blog, I'm working on a block tutorial to share with you all on Friday, so stay tuned :)

Introducing: The Xs and Os Quilt

I was so excited to finally finish off my Xs and Os quilt this weekend.  Not only was I *finally* starting to get over this dreadful cold I've had, but I really adore the bright colors in this quilt.  They make me smile :)

X and O quilt - front view

This quilt grew from some simple sketches I made, trying to think of what I wanted to do with a lovely stack of Peacock Lane by Violet Craft for a little boy debuting early next year.  I fell in love with a sketch of Xs and Os, symbolizing hugs and kisses, and got right to work.

X and O quilt - the textured view


First, I tackled all of the necessary quilty math, and then I got to cutting.  Sometimes I find myself really enjoying the ironing and cutting phase of quiltmaking.  This was one of those times, and it's because these fabrics are just so gorgeous.  This is seriously one of my favorite collections right now, it's so fresh and fun and the artwork is so beautiful.  I tried my best to fussy cut some of my favorite pieces of these gorgeous fabrics, and I think I succeeded most with my elephant X.  That's quite possibly my favorite block in this little quilt.

My favorite block

This quilt pattern is now available in my Pattern Shop, and I will also be making a girlie version of this quilt at some point for the shop as well.  The Xs and Os quilt PDF pattern includes all of the information you'll need to make this quilt, including color photos and complete piecing diagrams to follow, as well as requirements for batting and binding.  Two finished sizes are offered in this pattern: a 48" square baby quilt and a 72" x 96" twin size quilt.


Coming up later this week, I'll be sharing a simple quilt tutorial for my sweet girlie quilt and there will also be a giveaway some time this week, too!!  Hope you all had a wonderful stitchy weekend!

BQF: Welcome to Fabricland

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I can hardly find the words to tell you about the quilt I'm sharing for Bloggers Quilt Festival this time around.  I am so excited to share this quilt with you all for a zillion reasons, but here's the top 3:

1. This is my first real quilt pattern.  I have written a full PDF pattern, available here, so you can make your very own Fabricland!
2. This quilt is based on some doodles my late father used to draw.  It reminds me of him, and makes me feel close to him, even though he's been gone for several years now.
3. I am really loving solids these days, and the solids I used here are Free Spirit Solids, which are super buttery soft!!  I really enjoyed working with these solids, I will definitely use them again!

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My dad was a really big part of my life.  He died in my early 20's, and as an adult, I often think of him and wonder what he would think of what I'm doing.  When it comes to my quilting, I know he'd be super proud of me for finding something I enjoy so much.  And he would be super proud of this quilt, I know it would make him smile.  My dad worked two jobs for most of my childhood and both involved a lot of time on the phone.  One job was in sales and the other in the telephone survey industry.  My dad was the kind of guy who liked to use his hands...all the time.  If you went into his office, more often than not, if was on the phone, he'd have a pen in hand with a notepad, and would be doodling a pattern similar to this quilt.  I've found myself doing the same thing in the last year or so, and that was my inspiration for this quilt.

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I started with a bunch of quilty math and diagrams, talked to the lovely Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics about my fabric needs, and thus, a quilt was born.  This quilt is comprised of 1,420 little squares, placed just so to create a fabulous repeating pattern.  I chose a light, medium, and dark value variation for each of the colors I was working with, which creates a neat, sparkling kind of effect to the quilt.

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And now for the shameless self-promotion...you can purchase my e-pattern at my new pattern shop or you can purchase a kit for this quilt right here at Pink Castle Fabrics.   The Fabricland PDF pattern includes all of the information you'll need to make this quilt, including color photos and complete piecing diagrams to follow, as well as requirements for batting and binding.  The finished size of this quilt is 70" x 80".  The kit includes all of the fabric you'll need to complete the quilt top, as well as the e-pattern.


Quilt Stats
Name: Fabricland
Fabrics: Various Free Spirit Designer Solids, available in a custom bundle here
Pattern: Original design by me, available for purchase here!
Binding: Free Spirit Designer Solid Pastel Gray
Size: 70" x 80"

I hope you are enjoying Bloggers Quilt Festival!   Last fall was my first Bloggers Quilt Festival.  I was a fairly new blogger, but I was positively smitten with the quilting community online, and BQF really sealed the for me.  Not only did I love the opportunity to share this hobby that I was quickly falling in love with, but it was really clear to me that this community is so open and giving and welcoming.  I know I'll be checking Amy's BQF linky post frequently over the next week so I can see all of the other amazing quilts that will be shared there.  If you haven't written a post and shared a quilt yet, do it.  Even if it's not a quilt you just finished, share it.  I know I'd love to see it!

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