Friday, July 1, 2016

Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 7

It's summer here in New England and I'm loving every minute of it. One of my favorite things about it is that I get to not only spend time at the beach, but spend time in my sewing studio, sewing away with the windows open. With this month's blocks in the Kaleidoscope Block of the Month, I was taken to a beautiful hill town with windmills in the distance and the sweet smell of flowers.

I know, just like a mother isn't supposed to have a favorite child, a pattern designer isn't supposed to have a favorite block or pattern. But I just can't help it. I think this block might be my absolute favorite so far. I just love it. I think I need to go see what this would look like repeated in a single quilt.

But oh how fun this block is as well. There's so much going on here that I love. Every time I look at this block I see it in a different way, which is what makes it so 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.

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Filled with Love Quilt Block

With lots of amazing chatter in the quilting world around Quilts for Pulse, I wanted to do my part and design a fun heart block. I decided to create a heart within a heart to show how we can be consumed by love and not hate. Download the pattern for free here!


This block should compliment some of the other blocks that are being made for the Quilts for Pulse effort (hence the reason I made these 10" square).


Here are four blocks together to show what they look like as a group. Each block finishes at 10" square and is paper pieced. If you're not familiar with paper piecing, I recommend checking out this free tutorial.

A special thank you to everyone making blocks and quilts for Orlando. As a Boston MQG member, I know how the quilting community can react during times of crisis and it is heartwarming to know how much we all care. Much love!

Download the pattern for free here

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 6

Here we are, at the halfway point in the Kaleidoscope Block of the Month! I get so excited every time I finish another block and add it to my collection of finished blocks. That feeling grew when I placed the two blocks from month 6 up on my design wall. I can't wait to finish all of them and play with the layout a bit.

This first block is fun because of the super narrow pinwheel formed in this block. I can't help but love the thin orange lines outlining the pinwheel. I love adding thin lines around elements to really emphasize a feature and make it stand out.

The color combo in the second block this month is really fun and cheery to me. You could have a lot of fun with depth here, using the darkest fabric where the plum is and working out to the lightest fabric to create a 3-D effect.

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 5Month 4
Month 3
Month 2
Month 1
Fabric Selection

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 5

Welcome to month five of the Kaleidoscope Block of the Month! I have to say, I'm loving how quick all of these blocks are coming together. An hour or so in my studio and I can have a block done. I love projects like that where I can spend a short amount of time sewing and see great results. With work being extremely busy right now, I need more of those projects in my life.


The first block this month is really fun and different than some of the other blocks we've done. It definitely has a more geometric feel to it than other blocks. Those of you that know my style know that I love some good geometric elements.


The second block for month five is super simple yet dramatic. I'd love to see someone use a great fussy cut print in the dark teal here. It's a larger piece compared to many of the other blocks we've made, so it's perfect for showcasing a fun print. Or, if there's one color that you love and want to highlight, this is the place to do it. There's no coincidence that teal is my favorite color and it's highlighted the most here.

Download the block on Craftsy today to join along. Don't forget to use the hashtag, #kaleidoscopeBOM and share your creations!

Check out the previous months too:
Month 4
Month 3
Month 2
Month 1
Fabric Selection

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Picchu Boo

Almost a year ago I took a trip of a lifetime to Peru to celebrate graduating from graduate school. One of the most memorable parts of the trip was when I visited Machu Picchu. I took thousands of photos during the ten day trip, but this photo was one of my favorites.
I knew it had to be turned into a quilt, so when we announced the solids challenge in the Boston Modern Quilt Guild, I decided this was my opportunity to make this into a quilt.

Not wanting to do an exact interpretation or make an art quilt, I started cutting a ton of 1" strips out of five different brown fabrics and sewed them together. I ended up making three different groups of these brown strips, one with the strips horizontal, one vertical and one on the diagonal. I varied the width and length of all three as part of my interpretation of the photo.

I decided on a teal background instead of a more natural green that's found in nature. Again, this was my way of modernizing the quilt and avoid looking too much like an art quilt. When it came time to quilt it, I knew I wanted to quilt straight lines opposite the direction of the brown strips. It took me a little while to settle on echoing the brown sections, which ended up giving the quilt a 3-D look.

I used an Art Gallery print from my stash on the backing that I thought went well with the top. I quilted it using gold and teal Aurifil threads. The batting is Quilters Dream Cotton Select. The solids are Michael Miller Cotton Couture.

Overall, I'm pleased with this quilt and it will definitely remind me of my trip to Peru every time I look at it.