Thursday, September 1, 2016

Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 9

It's September, so that means back to school (at least here in Massachusetts), slightly shorter and cooler days and the emergence of fall colors and foods. While most people I know can't wait for fall, I'm hoping Summer lasts well into October and beyond. I love the heat, the summer foods and the long days. I'm not quite ready for fall, but I am ready for two more blocks in the Kaleidoscope BOM series. Let's check these out. 
 As you can tell, these blocks are starting to become a little more detailed. With a few more pieces to each block, there are more and more possibilities in terms of fabric placement and ways to emphasize different elements. In this block above, I was just thinking how cool it would look if I replaced the orange with the white background. Wouldn't that look neat?

This next block reminds me of a bouquet of roses all wrapped up tight and ready to give to a special someone. I bet this would be great with some reds and yellows where the purple is here. 

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 8
Month 7
Month 6
Month 5
Month 4
Month 3
Month 2
Month 1
Fabric Selection

Monday, August 15, 2016

Filled With Love

This quilt has been a long time in the making. I began this sometime in the summer of 2014, while I was in graduate school, so my quilting was limited at that time. I finished the top last spring (spring 2015) and it sat around for a while as I contemplated how to quilt it. I was in love with the quilt top and wanted to make sure the quilting was just as awesome.


After sitting around for a while, I threw the quilt on my longarm and just went for it. As Angela Walters says, "finished is better than perfect." The quilting isn't perfect, but I just love it. I definitely need to practice my stitch in the ditch skills, but I know that will get better with time.
I started quilting the white background first and then moved onto the gray diamonds followed by the colorful stars last. I didn't know what I was going to do, but each step of the way, with the desire to get the quilt finished, I just picked something and went with it.

The best thing? I don't regret any of my quilting designs and can't pick a favorite. People often ask me how I pick a quilting design, and I always let people know that my goal is always to pick a quilting motif that compliments the quilt top. Every quilting decision should be intentional.

The pattern I used for this quilt is my free Prism Dust quilt block pattern. I used primarily Michael Miller Cotton Couture with a couple of Art Gallery Pure Elements mixed in. The thread is So Fine #50, and yes I changed thread for each gray and each colored star. The batting is Quilters Dream Cotton Select. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Kaleidoscope BOM - Month 8

Ah, August - with your glorious heat, chatter of back to school and the reveal of yet another set of Kaleidoscope BOM blocks! I love the heat and warm weather, so the thought of fall coming is a bit of a disappointment, but to many, it's a welcome season. These two blocks channel fall with their colorings. We're starting to get into some slightly more detailed blocks, with more pieces, but that doesn't mean they're any more difficult than the other blocks.

I love the possibility that this block has. If we repeat this block in one quilt, the lime background could create an interesting grid pattern with its straight lines. The bold use of purple in this block really makes the star stand to here.

The second block this month has some fantastic elements to it as well that can be emphasized depending on the fabric placement. Emphasize the purple or green stars, or both, should you choose. The possibilities are endless.

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 7Month 6
Month 5
Month 4
Month 3
Month 2
Month 1
Fabric Selection

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