Friday, December 2, 2016

Quilters DNA

It's no secret that I love designing quilt patterns and I especially love paper piecing. If I can't paper piece it, I better really love the pattern or design in order to make the quilt. Often I start designing my patterns by doodling on a piece of paper and move to the computer to see how it would look as a real quilt. That's how this quilt came about. I just started sketching and throwing lines on a piece of paper and fell in love. Introducing Quilters DNA!

I love this quilt. The colors, the jewel tones, are so me. Teal is my absolute favorite color. Add some purples, lime and orange and this quilt just screams me. The geometric design and paper pieced elements also scream me. Combined, I'm pretty sure this quilt is a depiction of my own, personal DNA.

It took me a while to figure out how to quilt this. I did some "point-to-point" style quilting in the "DNA Strands" to keep things simple. I didn't want to overwhelm the design. For the vanilla background, I emphasizing the diamond shape inside the strands while adding a ton of straight lines in the background.

And while it was next to impossible to photograph, I did extend the orange strands into the background, adding a fun quilting motif to break up the negative space. I love this design feature and think it gives this quilt just a little something extra that it needs.

If interested, I created a pattern for this and posted it in my Craftsy shop. Check it out today!

Fabric: Michael Miller Cotton Couture
Thread: Pieced using Aurifil #50 2024. Quilted using So Fine! #50 505
Batting: Quilters Dream Cotton Select
Finished Size: 68.5" x 62"

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 12

Well, this is it! We've reached the final month in our Kaleidoscope BOM. It's bittersweet for me. I've really enjoyed designing and making all of these blocks, but I'm also excited to complete this quilt and think about another project.

I like to call this block the "pinwheel trifecta." I love how the lime, teal and orange color combos create three fun pinwheels. I'd love to see this block repeated in a quilt. Imagine the movement!

This block has such a fun circular feel to it. Can you imagine a quilt with, say, four or five of these, offset, in some different color combos. I bet it would be super fun.

Download the pattern now on Craftsy and don't forget to check out all of the other blocks below. Be sure to share your creations on Instagram using #KaliedoscopeBOM too. And stay tuned for the finished quilt with all of the blocks combined.

Check out the previous months too:
Month 11
Month 10
Month 9
Month 8
Month 7
Month 6
Month 5
Month 4
Month 3
Month 2
Month 1
Fabric Selection

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 11

This is it, we're on the home stretch here with the Kaleidoscope BOM. I can't believe we're almost done. In a way, it makes me a little sad, but I'm also excited to see how everything comes together.
I love this block, mainly because every time I look at it, my eye goes to a different feature... the purple pinwheel, the orange star or the 3-D teal. This block has so many possibilities. I just love it.

And cam we talk about how fun this block is. I love the deep contrast between the purple and lime green here. It just gives this block such definition. It's proof that the right fabric placement can do wonders.

Download the pattern now on Craftsy and don't forget to check out all of the other blocks below. Be sure to share your creations on Instagram using #KaliedoscopeBOM too.

Check out the previous months too:
Month 10
Month 9
Month 8
Month 7
Month 6
Month 5
Month 4
Month 3
Month 2
Month 1
Fabric Selection

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dancing At Dusk

I'm constantly doodling and coming up with new quilt designs. Lately, a lot of them have been a little more complex. Throw in my desire to do some more custom machine quilting and I've found myself with a lot of in-progress quilts that I'm spending a lot of time finishing. Don't get me wrong, I love those projects, but sometimes there's something satisfying about finishing something in a short period of time.


Introducing Dancing At Dusk, my latest quilt and newest pattern. This, like most of my quilts is a paper pieced quilt that is super easy to make. I made each block in probably an hour, making it the perfect after-work project. I could make one block a night and then I added the outer fabric to make the stars stand out. Bam... a finished quilt top in a week. But like most projects of mine, I sit on them for a little while as I contemplate quilting options. I eventually quilted this by drawing a square in the center and continuously echoing around the square out to the edge using some 50wt Aurifil thread.

As I was designing this, I fell in love with the colors that I mocked up in my design program and just HAD to use the same colors. Fortunately for me, I have an extensive stash of Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids and had enough (1/2 yard) of each color and a couple yards of the fog on hand to get started immediately on this.

I absolutely love the movement that the blocks create. It's amazing what happens when you simply twist a block slightly. It just goes to show you that if you play with your designs, great things can happen.

The batting is a piece of Warm and Natural that was left over from another project. It finishes at 36" x 36" square.

The pattern is now available in my Craftsy shop. If you make one, I'd love to see a picture of it. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 10

Why hello there October, you sure snuck up on me. September was a crazy insane month at work as my company was part of the largest technology merger in history. Fortunately, we're onto the next stage, so I have a little more time to quilt. That means I can oogle over this month's blocks in the Kaleidoscope BOM.

I'm absolutely in love with this block. I don't know what it is about it, but the colors in this block sing to me, maybe more than any other block to this point. They just go together so well and create such a dynamic block. I might have to make a whole quilt using this color way.

Could you imagine an entire quilt using this block? It would just scream for some continuous circle quilting. The movement is so fun. It's the color placement, with the green on one side and purple on another that really gives it movement.

Download the pattern now on Craftsy and don't forget to check out all of the other blocks below. Be sure to share your creations on Instagram using #KaliedoscopeBOM too.

Check out the previous months too:
Month 9
Month 8
Month 7
Month 6
Month 5
Month 4
Month 3
Month 2
Month 1
Fabric Selection