Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Camden Road QAL Prizes!

In one week we'll be kicking off of the Camden Road Quilt Along!  It's a fun quilt to make and I hope you'll be joining Cheryl and I!  You can find out all about the quilt along here and you may want to join the Facebook group.

Now is the time to get the pattern and you can still get it for 25% off through January 28th using the code CAMDENROAD. The code will only work on the Camden Road pattern and only in the shop (not on Etsy).

It's also a good time to be thinking about what fabric to use to make your quilt as we'll start cutting next week. I've decided to make a charity quilt for the Greenville MQG's Quilts for Kids program. I'll be making 6 blocks and adding borders that compliment the design. Stay tuned for more info on that!

I've chosen fabrics from my stash and intend to use a variety fabrics and make it a bit more scrappy than the original. Here is what I've pulled in navy, green, aqua and white. Here's a tip: You want to be sure that your colors and fabrics contrast well with both of your background fabrics.

And here is the mock-up of what I'm going for...

And now for the prizes!!

We have some wonderful and very generous sponsors lined up.  All prizes will be given out randomly to those who enter the reveal parade link party at the end of the quilt along.

Without further ado, here are the sponsors in random order...

Prize: Two winners of 2 pdf patterns each

Yvonne blogs at Quilting Jetgirl and is an awesome pattern designer, quilter, and technical editor. She has been quilting for 20+ years and credits quilting with helping her feel balanced and connected to both her local hometown community and a larger global community. Her patterns are available through her shop.

Needle & Foot
Prize: $25 gift certificate

While Needle & Foot has been around since 2014, Bernie began stocking fabric in January of 2017. She strives to carry a wide variety of quilting cottons.  In her Etsy shop, you will find a large selection of small fat quarter bundles, an affordable way to have a collection of pieces from one line without having to buy the entire fat quarter bundle.  Also, Bernie has recently expanded and now carries a selection of voiles and stretch knit fabrics for sewing garments. Providing individual help is a pleasure for Bernie so don’t hesitate to contact her with questions or concerns when selecting fabrics.

Needle & Foot created some super fun quilt kits for the Camden Road QAL which make up a baby or lap sized quilt.

Prize: $25 gift certificate

The Bear Creek Quilting Company started in 2011 as a family business based out of Lebanon Oregon. Over the years they have grown and the online shop now has thousands of yards of fabric available. Bear Creek Quilting Company offers a flat shipping fee, quick shipping, and every order includes a surprise gift; everyone loves something exciting and free.

The Bear Creek Quilting Company created some beautiful quilt kits for the Camden Road QAL which make up to a twin size.

Prize: Printable fabric (US addresses only)

The Electric Quilt Company makes EQ8, the premier quilt design software.  EQ8 makes designing your next quilt quick, easy, and fun.  Play with the design on the computer until you love it without having to cut a bit of fabric!

Prize: collection of 12 large spools of thread

Aurifil is a favorite of quilters for their high quality, wonderful colors, variety of thread weights. I love Aurifil's thread colors and weights (and my machine loves Aurifil thread)! Aurifil thread is made from the finest cottons grown in the Mako region of Egypt and manufactured in Milano, Italy.

Prize: Two winners of 2 pdf patterns each

Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs focuses on producing innovative patterns with clear instructions by combining her technical writing and math skills with her love of quilting. She loves teaching computer aided quilt design and basic quilting skills to others. You can find all of her patterns in her shop.

See you next Tuesday as we start with cutting and preparing to sew!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Blue Diamonds

I'm calling this quilt "Blue Diamonds" and it was one of my last 2 quilts made in 2019.

The design evolved when I was playing in the quilt design program EQ8. I've been interested in creating some designs with half-rectangle shapes and was actually working on a Christmas Tree design with the blocks.

As I colored the patches this design started to emerge and of course I had to change it from green to blue. I loved how the diamond shapes were created simply by the play of light and dark. At that point, I abandoned the Christmas Tree quilt and made this one :)

I quilted it with straight lines that emerged from the upper right third of the quilt. I started with 1" spaced lines and went back and quilted again between each one, creating lines that are spaced 1/2" apart. I find I get much better results doing it that way.

The quilt is 48" x 48" making a nice size wall quilt.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Camden road Quilt Along!

How about Quilt Along to start the new year?  Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs  has a new pattern and I was immediately excited to make the Camden Road. It was my last quilt of 2019 and you can read all about it here.

We decided to join forces and host a Quilt Along to start the year! It's such a fun block based quilt and perfect for a bundle of fat quarters or stash fabrics that you have on hand.

The Camden Road Quilt Along will run from January 28th - March 24th, 2020.  The pattern contains instructions for baby, lap, and twin sizes and you can make any size you would like during the QAL.

Post on social media with #CamdenRoadQAL to share your progress with the other quilters.

How many blocks you should aim to complete each week depends on the quilt size you are making. We will have 5 weeks of block making, followed by 3 weeks to catch up on blocks and sew the quilt top together.

You do not have to follow the number of blocks per week, if you prefer you could make all of the flying geese one week, the corner units another week, etc.  The only link-up for prizes will be at the end of the quilt along with the quilt top and/or finished quilt 

Baby size - 9 blocks - aim for 2 blocks/week
Lap size - 20 blocks - aim for 4 blocks/week
Twin size - 30 blocks - aim for 6 blocks/week


The Camden Road pattern is available in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop for 25% through January 28th using the code CAMDENROAD.  The code will only work on the Camden Road pattern and only in the shop (not on Etsy).

QAL Schedule

You can find all of the quilt along related posts on the Camden Road QAL page.

Tuesday January 7th (today) - QAL Announcement and Fabric Requirements
January 14th or 21st - Prizes Announced
Tuesday January 28th - Official QAL kick-off
Tuesday February 4th - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday February 11th - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday February 18th - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday February 25th - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday March 3rd - Weekly in-progress post
Tuesday March 24th - Parade and Prizes


We will have a bunch of great prizes announced within the next week to win if you link up with the parade with a quilt top or finished quilt for the March 24th reveal.

Fabric Requirements


Bear Creek Quilting Company and Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics have come up with some wonderful quilt kits options.

The Bear Creek Quilting Company has put together two quilt kits:

Rosewood Kit (this kit will make up to the twin size)

Amethyst Garden Kit (this kit will make up to the twin size)

Quilt Kit 1 - baby & lap sizes

Quilt Kit 2 - baby & lap sizes

Quilt Kit 3 - baby & lap sizes

I hope you decide to join in!!  If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comment section below or e-mail Cheryl at MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Camden Road

Camden Road is a new pattern by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. I got an early look at the pattern and I knew immediately that it was the perfect quilt for a stack of fabric that had been sitting on my shelf waiting to be sewn up!

I started with this great print from one of my favorite fabric designers, Leah Duncan. It was easy to pull colors from the print and I found blacks, greens, yellows and coral-y oranges in my stash to compliment the print. I used Kona Ash and Snow for the backgrounds.

This is a block based quilt, so it was simply a matter of finding great fabric combos and stitching up the blocks.

For the quilting, I sewed straight lines vertically and horizontally through the center of the blocks. I framed the gray "pluses" with some ruler quilting and free motion quilted within the frames.

I splurged on a backing and used this great Leah Duncan print from the same line.

It's really a pretty Fall quilt - so I guess I'll have to wait until next Fall to appreciate it!

And some fun news! Cheryl and I will be hosting a Quilt Along for Camden Road starting in January. It would be  a fun quilt to start off your year of sewing and I can envision it in so many color combinations. Stay tuned for more details and see Cheryl's version here!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Garden Fence Variation

Garden Fence is a block I originally shared here on the blog and then provided the full pattern in my book, Simply Modern Christmas.

I thought it might be fun to play around in EQ with the quilt design and this is what I came up with.

Here is the book version...

And my original...

I used the method, Subtracting for Minimalism that I learned in a workshop from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. By using the paintbrush tool in EQ I "erased" portions of the quilt.

It's quilted with straight lines that radiate from the offset center block.

I'm pretty pleased with the experiment!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Plot Twist Quilt

Plot Twist, a pattern by Anna Maria Horner is my first appliqué quilt in quite a while! I thoroughly enjoyed getting back to the slow process of hand stitching - this quilt has been in the works since January. All the shapes were appliquéd by turning under the edges with starch and freezer paper, then stitched with matching 80 weight Aurifil thread.

I modified the pattern a bit, to create the size I wanted to work with. Several sizes are included in the pattern and I created my version combining elements from several options.

The background is Essex Linen in white and gray and quilted with straight horizontal lines. After the machine quilting was completed, I hand quilted the appliqué shapes with 12 weight Aurifil thread.

It's been such a fun project and I think there is more handwork in my future!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

2019 Quilter's Planner Sampler Quilt

First of all - thank you for supporting my quilt sale and fund raiser last week. I raised $965 for Fostering Great Ideas. Quilts doing good again!

I recently finished quilting and binding the Sampler Block of the Month Quilt that was featured in this year's Quilter's Planner. This is a block-of-the-month that is included in the quilt pattern magazine that comes with each planner. The quilt was designed by my friend, Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs. She created a very interesting setting for the sampler blocks, but of course, I had to do something different.

I used 5 of the blocks from the Sampler Quilt and set them diagonally, adding some negative space to square it up.

The fabrics are all blues and blue-greens, mostly prints from various Alison Glass lines.

The center block section is quilted with a grid, with diagonal lines in the striped and solid white areas. In the white, I spaced my quilting lines to mimic the spacing of the quilting in the striped sections.

The backing is a white with gray Alison Glass print and the binding is the same solid used in the stripes.

I've been waiting for the perfect quilt to photograph in front of this beautiful mural in my home city of Greenville. It was done by local artist Joseph Bradley. My friend noticed the cute bird peeking around the quilt on the right. I wish I was clever enough to have planned that, but I got lucky!

It's quite large and makes such a statement! I think I need to make another quilt to photograph here :)