Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Rose - Quilt Pattern - Jelly Roll or Yardage Option



With the new movie Beauty and the Beast out, I thought it would be perfect to make a quilt in honor of the iconic rose! This rose has a nice traditional feel and look. The Rose Quilt Pattern is also made using ONE block! How cool is that? Since I designed this quilt for two colors, I also made it a yardage option too. If you have a favorite solid jelly roll as well, that would work too!
 
Today's Free Pattern will be given in the size for Crib. Finished Size is 40" x 40".  This pattern is available in 5 quilt sizes; Crib, Throw, Twin, Full/Queen, and King which is available on my website as a PDF download   

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Aurifil Giveaway!

Hello!

It would be wonderful if you could do me a quick favor and vote for my quilt in the Aurifil Giveaway. BUT of course if you see a different quilt that you love more then please vote for that quilt. =) Vote on the AuriBuzz page.

Here are some quick photos of my quilt entry. Also tomorrow I will have a lovely quilt in honor of the new movie Beauty and The Beast, be sure to check it out!

Thank You!






Thursday, March 23, 2017

Whole Circle Stuido and Aurifil Giveaway!

Hello everyone! This month has been crazy!! So many things have been going on and today I would like to share one thing with you.

So if you haven't heard Whole Circle Studios made a LOVELY Aurifil quilt that featured all 270 colors for Aurifil's USA 10th anniversary while also using Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons. The quilt was on display on Aurifil's booth at QuiltCon East in Savannah, GA, and will travel with them to both Spring & Fall Quilt Markets this year. So if you haven't seen this quilt, you need too! If you have a chance to view it in person, I would recommend it. Very beautiful! Go here to check it out on Auribuzz.


Since so many quilters asked for a quilt pattern, Whole Circle Studios created "Sew Many Colors" as a free download. Whole Circle Studios has some amazing quilt patterns as well and wonderful paper piecing patterns! Check them out here and you'll also find the "Sew Many Colors" quilt pattern under the free pattern section.

ALSO there is a giveaway! Now I just entered mine and the deadline is March 31st 2017. Then a voting will being on April 1st. So if you have some time whip this up and enter your mini quilt! The top 3 Minis will be showcased on Aurifil's blog. Winners will receive a fabulous prize package including goodies from Aurifil, Robert Kaufman, The Warm Company and Whole Circle Studio, and will be given the opportunity to showcase their mini in the Aurifil booth at Spring Market. How cool is that.

So here is mine below. I love cool colorways and I had some scraps left over from the Fat Quarter bundle Robert Kaufman made in Winter Palette back in 2014. Background is Charcoal and I choose to have green spools, which I used Kona Chartreuse (this was the closet color I had available for Aurifils Green) since I love 40wt Aurifil Threads. Binding is also Kona Chartreuse. Side secret... this was my first paper piece pattern. I've always been timid with paper piece patterns so it took me a couple of try's before I was happy with my results. =P Another thing is I've been dabbling a little bit in making my own Digital Long Arm Quilting Patterns so I designed to make the Aurifil logo to have quilted all over. This was super fun to make and amazing to see it quilt out. Here are some photos below and I hope you all enjoy!









Here is a photo of the back! 


AND some close ups.


 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Guest Blogger!




Hello Let’s Quilt Something Readers!

This is Krista from FaveQuilts.com and today Krystal is allowing me to share some of our best “Back to Basics” Quilting Tips for Beginners. Whether you have never quilted, just started quilting, or know what you’re doing but would like a simple refresher for some quilting techniques, we think you will appreciate this set of tips and tricks.

I know when I was first starting out, I wasn’t sure what tools I would need, how to choose my fabric, or what all the terms I was seeing meant. With this guide, it’s all in one spot, which can be pinned or printed out to keep on hand. I still find myself referring back to this article often even though I think I know it all.

That is why this Quilting Tips for Beginners cheat sheet for quilting is perfect for anyone who has always dreamed of making a gorgeous quilt but has some questions. We have made sure to include common types of quilting fabric, must-have beginner quilting tools, and the parts of a quilt sandwich, so that you are completely covered when you dive into the world of quilting for the first or hundredth time.











Quilting 101: Quilting for Beginners
School is back in session with this guide for quilting beginners! If you've always wanted to make your own quilt, then our how-to guide is exactly what you need. From understanding quilting acronyms to learning the different parts of a quilt, you can't go wrong with this beginner guide to quilting.

Basic Tools for Quilting Beginners
If you have no clue where to start with your first quilt, then you'll love our list of must-have quilting equipment. These quilting necessities are key for accurate measurements and perfectly formed quilt blocks.


  • A long ruler, 24" or longe
  • A square ruler, which is used to square up quilt blocks
  • Good quality thread
  • Rotary cutter 
  •   Self-healing mat, used for cutting fabric. These mats are a great way to prevent scratching up your work table. 
  •  Seam ripper
  • Extra long tape measure
  • Plastic bags to store cut fabric or quilt block pieces


The Quilt Sandwich - Parts of a Quilt
What are the ingredients in a quilt sandwich? From the top of your quilt to the backing, this quick list of the essential parts of a quilt is a must-read for beginners! 

·        Top - The top of the quilt is typically made of quilt blocks, although modern quilts tend to shy away from traditional square blocks. Most traditional quilt blocks are made using half-square triangles (HST).
·        Sashing - Sashing is part of the top of the quilt. It goes in between quilt blocks to create an inner border of the quilt. Sashing is often used but is an optional part of the quilt.
·        Borders - Borders frame the outer edge of the quilt top.
·        Binding - Binding uses mitering to bind the quilt together.
·        Batting - Batting is the inner portion of the quilt.
·        Backing - Backing is the back of the quilt.

Popular Fabric Choices for Quilting
While the possibilities for fabric choices are endless, we've narrowed down the most common fabrics popular with quilters. That way, you can head into your fabric store and confidently choose the perfect fabric for your first quilt!
·        Cotton - Cotton is the most popular fabric with quilters. Most quilters use 100% cotton.
·        Denim - Perfect for stashbusting, denim is a great sturdy fabric for scrap quilts.
·        Flannel - Flannel is a wonderful choice for warm, winter quilts, as well as snuggly rag quilts.
·        Wool - Similar to flannel, wool quilts are heavier and are great for frosty, winter weather.
·        Batik - Batik is a fabric dyeing technique that originated from Indonesia.





Popular Quilting Acronyms
If you've never understood what a BOM or HST is, then you've come to the right place. Let FaveQuilts break down some of the most popular quilting terminology for you!
·        BOM - Block of the Month. Quilt guilds and quilt bloggers often participate in BOMs. This way, you have a completely unique quilt by the end of the year!
·        FQ - Fat Quarter. Fat quarters are one of the most popular types of precut fabric among quilters.
·        HST - Half-Square Triangle. Half-square triangles are used fairly often in traditional quilt blocks and can be used to create many popular patterns, such as flying geese, star blocks, or pinwheels.
·        LAQ - Long Arm Quilting/Quilter. Long arm quilting machines are often used in free motion quilting.
·        RST - Right Sides Together. A common quilting instruction.
·        UFO - Unfinished Object

Tips and Tricks for Quilting Beginners
Still stumped on where to start? Here's some helpful quilting advice for quilting beginners, from advice for buying fabric to where to find fellow quilters.
·        Quilt guilds often meet at quilt shops and are excellent groups for beginner quilters. There are also several online forums for quilters as well. Check out our Facebook page for our most recent and popular quilt patterns, chat in the comments, and leave visitor posts!
·        Always buy slightly more fabric than you need.
·        Use a machine that you feel comfortable with and keep your sewing machine manual handy.
·        Patterns often use a ¼” seam allowance, so make sure your machine has a true ¼” seam allowance when quilting. You can attach machine guides or even use masking tape to mark this.
·        Color value of quilts is incredibly important and should be considered when choosing fabrics.
o   Choose your fabric colors and stand back 6ft to see if the colors blend together or are clearly discern-able.
o   You can also take a black and white photo with your phone to see the contrast between your color choices.
·        If you run out of a fabric you love, the selvedge edge typically has the company and fabric information printed on it.
·        You do not have to prewash your fabric. Vintage-inspired quilts can be washed after the quilt is completed, so that the batting and fabric shrink together.

Now that you know where to start, you can find some of the best quilt ideas in our collection of 35 Free Star Quilt Patterns: Free Block Designs and Quilt Ideas!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Joys Star - Free Quilt Pattern - Jelly Roll


Joys star is a quilt I've designed for my Husband's mom. Her name is Joyce. Sadly I have never made her a quilt and told myself I needed to do so now! When I designed this I wanted her first quilt from me to be very special. I wanted to do a twist on a Friendship star for the meaning of our family's joining together threw her son's and I wedding. My husband pick out the same fabric bundle that was used in our wedding quilt and we also choose turtles for the quilting since she LOOVES turtles. 

Today's Free Pattern will be given in the size for Crib. Finished Size is 40" x 48".  This pattern is available in 5 quilt sizes; Crib, Throw, Twin, Full/Queen, and King which is available on my website as a PDF download. Joys Star is also a beginner friendly quilt pattern that you can finish in no time.



Friday, February 24, 2017

Bargello! Free Pattern Plus tips on How to Tackle one!

Hello everyone!

My Rainbow Bargello has always been the biggest hit on my blog! I've received tones of emails asking for a little more depth into how to make one as far as cutting the strips, what is the tube, how do I know how much material to use and much more!

FaveQuilts has asked me to write a article for their website on a Beginners guide as well as make a quilt pattern.

https://www.favequilts.com/Techniques-and-Videos/How-to-Make-a-Bargello-Quilt-Pattern
 (Lovely Imaged Made by FaveQuilts)

The beginners guide will help you understand just about everything and how a Bargello works. It explains color palettes and how to choose fabrics for a Bargello, what the tube is, how to determine the movement by knowing what smaller and wider strips will do/look within your quilt! Lastly I explain how to put it all together!  After reading this article, you will see that there are wonderful tips and tricks to make a Bargello quilt fast and easy. Click here to see it.


Now if you understand how to make a Bargello and you would also like a FREE BARGELLO quilt pattern then click here to view the Blue Bargello that I have designed as well for FaveQuilts!