Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Rub-a-Dub-Dub Baby Wash Cloth from Shannon Fabrics
Made for Shannon Fabrics by Veronica from sewVery, this wash cloth is super easy to whip up! It’s made with terry cloth and Cuddle fabrics for an oh-so-soft finish.Go back to their blogs to see a tutorial for a matching burp cloth and baby bib!
Sunnyside Diamond Zig-Zag Quilt from Moda Bake Shop
We’re in love with the chevron look in the office, and this quilt is perfect for whetting our appetite! Made by Janice Ryan from Better Off Thread using Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics, this quilt is breezy and beautiful!
Zipped Up Selvage Pouch from Bernina’s We All Sew
We’re all for using up our scraps! Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. sewed her selvages together for the most fun zippered pouch we’ve seen in awhile–perfect for holding extra thread and needles or to make as a back-to-school gift for the kids!
Disappearing Nine-Patch Table Runner Tutorial from Fabri-Quilt
Using a modern fall color scheme from Marblehead by Ro Gregg for Fabri-Quilt, this table runner will last the entire season! They show you how to make the one required block for this runner, but give you four different ways to arrange them. Choose the one you like best!
Back-to-School Nap Mat from Timeless Treasures designer Samarra Khaja
Primary colors and simple shapes are perfect for a kid’s quilt featuring Samarra’s school-inspired fabric lines. We may be big dorks in the office, but we’re dying to make this quilt as a standout wall hanging.
Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
Vanessa Christenson is a Moda Fabrics designer, an author, and owner of her own design and pattern company. She’s the mom of four beautiful children (and yes, they show up in the cutest pictures on her blog!) She’s also been blogging a lot lately about two of our favorite things: hexagons and Dresden plates. Her blog showcases colorful pictures of her latest projects, step-by-step instructions for some creative techniques, interesting stories of her day-to-day life, and even an occasional recipe! She has a hip and trendy style with such an eye for color, that her blog is total eye candy!
This blog is a creative outlet for Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio. She’s an author, teacher, and fabric and pattern designer. She’s also quite the world traveler. Her and her husband Bill travel around the country teaching inspiring classes (trust us, they’ve given us quite a few “Aha!” moments). Weeks writes fascinating posts showcasing where they’re traveling, the amazing sights they’re experiencing, and how quilting and the creative process is being shared among their friends and followers.
Carrie Nelson from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. has been quilting for more than 25 years. She’s accomplished so much in her time in the industry: as an author, teacher, fabric and pattern designer. She’s still designing the most beautiful quilts (we have featured several in our magazines!) and her use of scraps is both mesmerizing and inspiring. Her blog is a mix of her current projects, everyday musings, and tips and tricks that she’s learned through the years, Whether you’re just starting to sew or you’ve been quilting as long as Carrie, her blog is entertaining and educational!
My quilt is back from machine quilter Nancy Sharr. She used King Tut Jewel of the Nile thread by Superior Threads on the front and in the bobbin. Unlike some people in the office, (you know who you are…), binding is NOT my favorite thing to do. However, using the Wonder Clips from Clover make it a much more enjoyable task.
The quilting design is a stylized tulip called Bellflower. I think the softer curves complement the hard edges of the rectangles. (View of the back).
The quilt is bed-size, so it’ll take me couple nights in front of the TV to get the binding turned and tacked down.
Since there are 24 weeks left in the year, I’m going to start another project. I have selected the pattern and started pulling circa 1890 blue and white shirtings from my stash. Check back in August to see the progress on my Passion 48/2013 Quilt #2.
I have finished piecing together the last rows.
And completed pressing and clipping threads.
All fourteen rows have been sewn together!
Next week I’ll piece the backing and binding and then it’s off to the machine quilter. It’s always good to discuss expectations with your machine-quilter. Telling them, “Do whatever you want” isn’t always the best solution. You may not be happy with the result. If you are unsure of how you would like something quilted ask your quilter for suggestions on design and thread options. Let the quilter know if you want the thread color to blend in or be the main attraction. Evaluate the intended use. Will the quilt be used and laundered frequently? If so, an allover design may be more economical than custom quilting.
When it came time to select a project for my Passion 48 challenge, I had two goals that were really important to me. First, I wanted to challenge myself to use mostly fabrics from my stash. Second, I wanted to select a quilt that would help me perfect quarter inch seams. Oh, and one more thing…I had to love this pattern since I would be spending one hour a week working on it for the entirety of 2013!
The pattern I finally decided on was Fabric Fusion by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio that was featured in the February 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (see original quilt below). What intrigues me most about this quilt is the wide the eclectic combination of floral, traditional and modern prints that somehow work seamlessly together. I also love the clean lines and use of the skinny white sashing.
As a somewhat beginner/intermediate quilter, my fabric collection is not very eclectic (yet!). However, my stash did manage to surprise me! Ask anyone that knows me fairly well, and they will tell you that my favorite color palette is a combination of aqua, turquoise, and green. What I found when I started sorting through my stash was a large collection of prints in shades of pink, purple and eggplant. Has your fabric stash ever surprised you when you actually stand back and look at it?
I decided to start with one of my favorite prints from Tula Pink’s “Parisville” fabric line to help with my fabric selection. This print uses a red/pink and eggplant background, but I used the center dots in the eye drop shape to pull more colors from. Notice how I still managed to include some turquoise and green?! So far, the only fabric I will need to purchase will be the white sashing.
I can’t wait to start playing around with the placement of color and scale, but first will be lots of cutting, chain piecing and practicing my quarter inch seams. More on that to come!