Thursday, April 28, 2016

Intentional Piecing: Tell Me A Story

My adaptation of the Tell Me A Story quilt from Intentional Piecing

I have to tell you about a new book that I absolutely love. It is Intentional Piecing: From Fussy Cutting to Foundation Piecing by Amy Friend. You probably know who Amy is from her blog During Quiet Time and her many publications and patterns. The premise of the book is to use fussy cut fabric in clever ways. There are so many great foundation paper pieced blocks, but I also have some of the other projects on my list like the cute little clutch. I had the good fortune to be able to help with the book production at Lucky Spool too and it was so hard not to drop everything and make something from the book! I have been waiting to finally dive in and be able to share it!

Tell Me A Story Quilt Stitched Storytelling Event

Amy has a Tell Me A Story quilt stitched storytelling event going on right now. For every block you make and post to Instagram until June 1, you are entered to win a lovely bundle of fabric. The full details on it are here. The instagram tag #TellMeAStoryQuilt is fun to follow!

That stack of fabric on the left is the prize! Lots of good fussy-cut options there!

I dove right in and couldn't stop. These things are like block crack! They go together quickly and easily and it was fun to find a use for some novelty prints I've had stashed away. I seriously thought that I didn't have that many novelty fabrics before I started putting these together. I guess I have more than I thought. My theme is loosely fairy tales and childhood stories. That was an easy one to have on my mind since I have to small kids that I read to on a daily basis. I was impressed that when my daughter saw the blocks, she exclaimed "Mommy, these are all like story blocks!" I see some fun times looking at the little details and making up our own stories together.

Here are some of my favorite blocks out of the bunch I made:

I had so much fun making this beautiful, fun project and making it my own! I didn't use any background fabric in my blocks like in the gorgeous original and made up a little complimentary border. I've been in scrap busting mode so I figured I'd use up some odds and ends from my scrap bin.  The projects in this book are awesome for that! Now it is time to get it quilted but until then, the top is hanging up in my family room play corner already.

I used the same foundation pattern for the block to make the border.
It is a block with only the corners pieced in and then cut in half. Easy peasy modification!

Next up!

My next project from the book is the Stash Happy Tote. It will make a great teacher gift!


Lucky Spool is offering a 30% discount on the book on their site! Use the code: FRIEND30

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the copy of Scraps, Inc. Volume 2 is Lee, lucky #44! I really hope you love the book! It was a lot of fun hearing about what all of you like for background fabric choices. They are a lot of the same fabrics I like to use!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Scraps, Inc., Vol. 2 & Giveaway!

I am so pleased to share You + Me + Us, a new quilt I designed for Scraps, Inc., Vol. 2 from Lucky Spool Media. This is the second book in the Scraps, Inc. series and they are both full of such wonderful quilts. I want to make every single one—from both books. Volume 2 has 15 quilt projects, each from a different designer. The projects are fresh and new, and anyone who has quilted for even a short while knows how great it is to find projects you love that make use of those precious scraps that accumulate. The photography from Nydia Kehnle is gorgeous. I had the unique privilege of not only contributing a quilt design, I also did the assembly illustrations and page layout. It was a labor of love and I'm so grateful to Lucky Spool.

In addition to making great use of scrap strips, this quilt has extra meaning to me. It is a bed quilt and represents the intertwining of the two lives of a couple, sort of a modern-day version of a wedding quilt. It's also a fun one to put together. I pulled scraps from all kinds of projects for a colorful, bohemian assortment. It's kind of like life, with all sorts of bits and pieces held together and made into a beautiful whole.
My friend Christine Perrigo did the amazing quilting. She suggested using Dream Orient batting with the chambray and it is the most dreamy combination. The quilt has such drape and softness.

The quilt even has a scrappy binding!


For a limited time, you can order this book from Taunton for 30% off using the code Scraps30.  The discount is good through Tuesday, February 16th.


I also have a copy to give away! I'll draw a winner on February 14 to give someone a nice Valentine's Day present! To be entered, please leave a comment telling me about one of your favorite fabrics to use for a background.

More Gorgeous Inspiration!

You really have to check out the other quilters on this blog hop if you haven't already. Their quilts are gorgeous! I have a hard time picking which one is my favorite.

Monday, February 8
Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter
Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design + Photography

Tuesday, February 9
Amy Friend, During Quiet Time
Alexandra Ledgerwood, Teaginny Designs

Wednesday, February 10
April Rosenthal, April Rosenthal - The {Studio} Blog
Dorie Schwarz, Tumbling Blocks

Thursday, February 11
Erin Harris, House on Hill Road
Janice Ryan, Better Off Thread

Friday, February 12
John Adams, Quilt Dad
Kari Vojtechovsky, that's me!

Saturday, February 13
Katie Blakesley, Swim Bike Quilt
Kati Spencer, From the Blue Chair

Sunday, February 14
Melissa Lunden, Lunden Designs
Allison Harris, Cluck Cluck Sew
Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Color Play Class at Fancy Tiger

I had the privilege of teaching a couple of classes at the awesome shop Fancy Tiger in the past few weeks. It was so much fun!

The first one was Color Play. (Color Play is the quilt I designed for Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making.) Each and every student did an amazing job of creating their quilt using their own intuition and preferences, honing those things down to a workable palette and applying it to the quilt design. I taught them about some basic color principles and how to use color theory as a framework to make a successful quilt. I was really impressed with what they came up with. They had to work hard and I know especially the first class was pretty exhausting but they were up for the challenge.

Here is Lynn Marie with her basted quilt top. She came in wanting to use the palette of neutrals and mustard colors that were already good together but she made the colors just sing when she added the dark teal.

Can you believe Emily is a new quilter with this top? She did an amazing job of putting it together! The background gray was a little stretchy but she made it through. The way those stripes in the background make diamond shapes is lovely. She fussy cut the flowers and navy checks, too. She's got a bright future of quilt making ahead of her.

I also taught a class on my Slopeside quilt. No photos of those just yet but I'm hoping to see a couple tops done soon. Believe me, they were gorgeous.

I'll be teaching Color Play again this spring. I can't wait! You can sign up here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June Bee Sewcial block

I made these two blocks for Debbie for June's Bee Sewcial bee blocks. She requested mid-century modern and provided some great ideas on her Pinterest board. I know I had a bit of Alexander Calder on my mind when I made these, even though I think that is sort of a subtle influence. I chose to keep the color palette restrained for each block, but with some carryover of color from one to the other. I think they'll play nicely with some of the other blocks I've seen too.

Speaking of the other blocks, I am amazed by what my bee mates come up with every month. You can see all their brilliant work on the Flickr group. I'm lucky to be a part of this!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Bee Sewcial block

I really enjoyed seeing this on my design wall!

May was Marci's month for Bee Sewcial and I really enjoyed her assignment. It involved listening to music for inspiration which was a first for me. I thought the tune kind of bopped along so I wanted my block to mimic that feeling. She also had a lot of Sherri Lynn Wood's work on her inspiration board and wanted it to feel--even if abstractly--like scenery and houses. It also needed to be improv. (Plus there was more but this is the summary of what she was asking for.) This is what I came up with. I see houses, meadows, mountains and sky but it is up to your imagination to make them out.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Fun HST quilt for a recent grad

I made this quilt as a gift to the daughter of some of our closest friends. She just graduated high school so I sized this to fit on a twin xl dorm bed, if she likes it enough to want it for her bed.

I took a layer cake I was given at Christmas (thanks Mom and Dad!) plus some extras from my stash and made a bunch of HST. I added a few random solids instead of the green for a few of them to liven it up. I'm glad I went with that itty bitty printed green instead of a solid because it adds a nice texture.

It was quilted in a baptist fan design by Susan Santistevan. She did a great job and it works well with the kind of funky vintage mod vibe of the fabrics.

Fabric: most of a layer cake of Felicity by Robert Kaufman, random stuff from my stash and the green is Patrick Lose Mixmasters Dot-to-Dot.

Quilted by: Susan Santistevan

Size: 63'' x 90''