Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September Culcita Box Unboxing

I have a rule for myself when I receive my Culcita Box: I can't open it until I have completed everything on my To Do List. But I had no idea what was going to be in this box so I cheated and took a peak.
September Culcita Box Unboxing
Yay, I was so excited!  The collection is Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton + Steel. I have been really wanting to pick up this collection.  It is so PRETTY.  I wouldn't say that "pretty" is the number one thing I look for in fabric (bright! happy! bold!), but this collection is pretty along with all of those other things.
September Culcita Box Unboxing
And it has tigers.
September Culcita Box Unboxing
The box had almost all of the prints in the collection and a good range of darker and lighter value prints.
September Culcita Box Unboxing
I am looking forward to making something with these . . . I'm just not sure what it will be.

If you would like to pick up this month's box, or subscribe to a monthly Culcita box delivery, check out the options on their website.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Eliza Quilt Pattern

I am so excited to share The Eliza Quilt pattern with you today!  I have had the idea for this quilt since I made my Betty Quilt pattern, but it took me a little while to figure out how to write out the instructions in a simple way.  Here are a few things that I think are great about this pattern:
  • There are no y-seams or partial seams.
  • The only fabric in the pattern that uses more than 1/2 yard is the background fabric (and the backing of course), so it is a great project for working from your fabric stash.
  • It comes together quickly and is a great way to highlight larger scale prints.
  • Even though it might look like it's complicated to make, it is great for an experienced beginner!  Each step has an illustration, so just take the steps one at a time.
Like my other patterns, I gave it a woman's name and the story behind this one is a little more personal. Before I had my youngest child, I had a miscarriage at about 12 weeks along. I never found out if that baby was a boy or a girl, but if the baby had been a girl, I wanted to name her Eliza. I hesitated to explain the background behind the name, but I think these experiences are important to talk about and I wanted to share the significance of the name.
The Eliza Quilt Pattern
The pattern makes a lap quilt and the finished size is 57" x 71". I had four AMAZING pattern testers test this one and they gave it a thorough test. They each made their own version of the pattern and I am excited to share those with you!

Miranda has tested a few of my patterns and she does a fabulous job.  She used an older Michael Miller collection on this one, and I love how the pink pops against the dark background.
Miranda's Eliza Quilt
I am so grateful to Michele for getting this photo to me. She lives in part of Florida that was heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma.  She had finished her quilt top before the hurricane hit, but is currently without power.  Michele used golf fabrics and is going to give the quilt to her son.
Michele's Eliza Quilt
Donna used a variety of pretty, happy colors in her quilt. And she sent me the most encouraging emails which I so appreciated because writing quilt patterns is hard work ;)
Donna's Eliza Quilt
I love the color scheme that Isabelle used on her quilt and the background color is perfect.
Isabelle's Eliza Quilt

Thank you to all of my testers for doing such a wonderful job!  They each had great suggestions that I think really helped make this pattern as easy to understand as possible.  

The pattern is now available on Craftsy and Etsy.  I hope you enjoy the pattern!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Lagoon HST Quilt (with tutorial)

I have been meaning to write up a tutorial for this quilt for a while, and thought these Lagoon prints from the August Culcita Box would be perfect opportunity to write up some quick instructions.
Lagoon HST Quilt
It's pretty simple to put together since it is just squares and half square triangles (HSTs), so if you want to make something similar this should take care of the math for you.  

Lagoon HST Quilt
  1. Draw a diagonal line onto the wrong side of each of the 5"background squares (if you aren't familiar with making HSTs, check out this link for illustrations).
  2. Place each print (or colored solid) 5" square right sides together with a 5" background square and sew along each side of your diagonal line.
  3. Cut along the diagonal line and press each HST open. Trim each HST down to 4.5" x 4.5".
  4. Arrange the HSTs and 4.5" background squares randomly as desired (or use the sample layout below as a guide).  This takes a little bit of work, getting things to look random is harder than you might think!
  5. Piece the squares into rows, then piece the rows together.

And that's all there is to it.  This quilt is a great way to use up scraps or it works for prints or solids. To back my quilt I used this awesome Melody Miller Viewfinder print and did some big stitches to sew down the binding,
Lagoon HST Quilt
Finished size: 56" x 64"
Fabric collection: Lagoon by Rashida Coleman Hale from Culcita, mixed in with a few solids

Previous Culcita Box Quilts

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mingled Quilt

A few months ago I designed a quilt using Tanya Whelan's new Charlotte collection.  The pattern is called Mingled.
Her fabrics are beautiful, but a little out of my comfort zone which was actually one of my favorite things about working with them.  I would really like to try this design using some bright colors to see how it turns out.

The pattern is available (for free!) on Freespirit's website.

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