Dandy Drive QAL · Electric Quilt · Uncategorized

Dandy Flowers Quilt Along

Are you ready for a fun, FREE quilt-along? Pat Sloan and I (and some other friends) have teamed up to bring you a fun event beginning April 7.

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Over the last several months, I’ve been working on designs using my Dandy Days fabrics. The prints remind me of carefree, summer days and I wanted a quilt to capture that feeling.

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Once I settled on a quilt design, I wanted to see how it looked in other fabrics—playing with colors and fabrics is one of my favorite parts of the quilt process so I started trying out other color combinations in Electric Quilt. During that time, I noticed that Pat Sloan’s fun line of bright florals and batiks, Sunday Drive, similarly called to mind lazy, sunny days and relaxing times. I tried those fabrics out in the design & they looked great too.

I wanted to share my idea with all of you, so, the idea for the Dandy Flowers quilt along was born.

Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of the blocks using Dandy Days.

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You can see a sneak peek of a block using Pat’s Sunday Drive here.

The quiltalong will run from April 7 to May 12. The patterns will be FREE, and available for download every other week starting April 7 here on my blog. You can follow my blog using one of the sign up buttons on the right side bar or  sign up for my email list and receive reminders when patterns are posted. The quilt finishes at 75″ x 90″.

We’ve coordinated with Homestead Hearth to offer kits in 4 colorways if you want to make a version like Pat’s or Sarah’s. Order a kit now & it should arrive before the April 7 launch date. Be sure to add your backing and coordinating Aurifil thread kit from Sarah or Pat to make your sewing a breeze!

If you want to use your own fabrics, you can download a Yardage Chart and get organized.

Grab the button at the top of this post & share it with friends to show everyone you are quilting along with us.

Use the hashtag #DandyDriveQAL on your posts so we can find your blocks.

Some of my friends will be joining in, sharing their fabric choices and ideas for the blocks. Be sure to follow them for encouragement & to see what fabrics they pick.

To recap:

Patterns will be FREE and available only as a download from my blog. 

See what my friends are doing at these links:

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

And follow me:

Sarah: Facebook/Instagram/Website

I’ll have some fun giveaways throughout the QAL so be sure you’re following me everywhere for the most chances to win!

Quilt Books · Quilting

A Book Worth Buying

Any time I hear there is a new pattern or book coming from Carrie Nelson, I add it to my “must-have” list. Carrie’s approach to quilting seems really similar to mine  . . . why use one fabric when you can use 100? Her latest book,  Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites, brings together some of her favorite designs from the past in one easy-to-use resource.

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Some of the quilts may look familiar–they’ve been available as stand-alone patterns at one time or another. Several of the designs have been updated with new fabrics and color options. If you’re like me, having patterns gathered together in a single volume has the potential of saving lots of hours searching for that pattern I know I have put somewhere “safe” until I need it. So I was glad to add this book to my library even though I have a few of these patterns safely tucked away somewhere.

Many of Carrie’s designs are on my lifetime bucket list, carefully saved for that day when I have endless hours to sew for myself (that day is coming, right?) I’ve added a couple more, thanks to this book.

One of my favorites is Opening Day–I loved the original version but I love it even more now in this crisp, blue & white combo:

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My version might have to be purple & white though.

Wayne & Gordie somehow looks both modern & 1930s-chic at the same time, recolored with Jen Kingwell’s fabrics and a gray chambray.

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I always enjoy Carrie’s books because her writing style is so friendly & conversational–I feel like she’s just chatting with me about her pattern. This book is no exception. If you want to add it to your library, check your local quilt shop or order it here.

#DandyDays · #Studio37Fabrics · Aurifil Thread · Dandy Days · Quilting

Aurifil thread to match Dream at Dawn

Hello!

Are you following my blog yet? I’m ramping up the number of posts I’ll do each month & this will be a great platform to get detail about my fabric lines, patterns and more.

If you’re going to make Dream at Dawn over the next year, be sure to pick up my coordinating Aurifil thread collections for your piecing and machine quilting.

My small box has 7 small spools of 50 wt cotton thread perfectly matched to the Dandy Days prints and 3 spools of the fabulous 80 wt thread in shades of grey, perfect for English paper piecing or applique.

My large box has 10 large spools of 50 wt thread and 2 spools of 28 wt variegated thread for your machine quilting needs.

You can buy both boxes here!

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Dream at Dawn

My Dream at Dawn quilt has debuted in McCall’s Quick Quilts.

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The quilt will be presented as a year-long series, you’ll need to pick up the magazine each time it comes out over the next year. You can subscribe here.

The quilt features my Dandy Days fabric line. It’s 72″ x 96″ and is perfect for a confident beginner.

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My friend, Dolores, helped with piecing this quilt and Sarabeth Rebe worked her quilting magic on it.

You can purchase a kit to make your own Dream at Dawn here.

The quilt features easy rotary cutting and machine piecing techniques. If you’re looking for a cheery, colorful project that you can work on a little at time, Dream at Dawn is perfect!

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Uncategorized

Splendid Sampler Anniversary Giveaway!

Can you believe it’s been a year since the Splendid Sampler journey began?

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To celebrate, of course, there are giveaways. Look at the main page above for details about all of the awesome chances to win.

I’m giving away a fat quarter bundle of my current fabric line, Dandy Days.

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To enter, leave a comment below and tell me which of the Splendid Sampler blocks you found the most challenging.

 

Receive an additional entry by liking my Facebook page and commenting there.

And, receive a third entry by following me on Instagram and tagging a friend.

The giveaway is open until 11:59 pm on February 20, 2017.

 

Midsummer Memories

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When I first saw these two Moda lines, I knew they would blend beautifully in a quilt.

I designed Midsummer Memories to showcase the prints.

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I’ve finished the center medallion of the Midsummer Memories quilt. The fabrics blend together even better than I had hoped.

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If you want to make your own Midsummer Memories, there are still a few spots left in the monthly program. Join in here!

Stay tuned for photos of fabric combos I’ll be using for the first round of star blocks!

#AllPeopleQuilt · #DandyDays · #Studio37Fabrics · APQ Quiltalong · Dandy Days · Quilting · Uncategorized

APQ Block Party!

Have you seen the latest issue of Quilts and More?

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It features the annual APQ Quilt-along and you’re going to want to make one of these quilts!

I’m excited to be sewing along this year. Right now, I’m focused on selecting fabrics.

Here’s my initial pull:

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Pick up your own copy of the magazine & join me in making this fun, easy quilt!

If you’re already in the planning stages, what fabrics do you plan to use?