Quilting · The Splendid Sampler

Splendid Sampler book party (and a winner from the last post)

At long last, the Splendid Sampler book is here! I was so honored to be included in this fun event and can’t wait to SEW THE BOOK! Here’s a peek at my block.

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To celebrate the release, Martingale is hosting a fun Q&A with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Hop on over to their blog to read all about it & for a chance to win  some amazing prizes.

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

We have a winner!

Pat & I are blown away by the response to our Dandy Drive quiltalong.

There’s still plenty of time to join in. Get the first free pattern via the download on my previous post.

You can still order a kit here.

We just restocked thread kits too. Sarah’s Dandy Days Aurifil kit even has 2 spools of 40 wt variegated thread perfect for machine quilting your project.

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Order your thread kit here.

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for. The winner of her very own Dandy Drive quilt kit is: “SewinColorJean” who posted:

I love the dark backgrounds especially the dark pink, which looks purple to me!

Email me your address, Jean and I’ll get your kit on the way!

#DandyDays · #Studio37Fabrics · Dandy Drive QAL · Quilting

Dandy Drive quiltalong, part one!

It’s finally here  . . . the first installment of the Dandy Drive quiltalong.

If you missed the yardage requirements last week, here it is again.

To motivate you to dive in, we’ve got a great prize this week. Read on for details!

To start, I’ve put together an overall cutting chart. I know some of you love to work ahead & cut everything out for a quilt at the very start. So, if that’s how you roll, then here you go.

Download the overall cutting information here!

Once you’ve taken a look at the overall cutting, let’s get started on the blocks.

Here’s the first FREE PATTERN!

With the first 2 installments, we’ll focus on making the flower blocks. To keep things super easy, I’ve broken the flower block down into 2 parts. The center of each flower is the traditional nine patch–not much easier than that, right?

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The quilt has 11 flowers. So from your fabrics, select 11 combos and construct your nine patches.

Remember, the fabric you select for the outer corner of the nine patch will continue on into the outer petals of the flower–so it will be the focus of each block. I want my flowers to stand out from my background so I’m putting the fabrics that contrast with my background the most in the outer corners of my nine patches.

It’s no secret that my favorite part of the quilt process just might be playing with fabric. Auditioning combinations, trying out all the “what ifs”. . . some days all I get done is arranging and rearranging possible choices. So, pairing up fabrics to find the perfect flowers was no exception. Here’s a few of the options I tried:

These are all prints from my Dandy Days line.

If you follow me, you know I’m definitely a “why use one, when you can use twenty?” kind of gal. So it was inevitable I would start thinking about what else I could pair with my Dandy Days fabrics. Solids are always an easy way to add a pop of color to a project so I cut some solid squares for some of flowers. Here are my first pairs for my nine patches.

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Check back in to see more of my combinations in a couple of days! As you start working on your nine patches, share your combinations with me  on Instagram & tag me (@sjmax105) and use our hashtag #dandydriveqal or share them on my Facebook page.

We’re all excited so many of you are sewing along and can’t wait to see everyone’s work. (Pat will be sharing details about more ways to share your blocks with us soon.)

We’ve partnered with Homestead Hearth for kits to make four versions of the Dandy Drive quilt.

So the prize. . . we want to give one lucky participant a kit to make the Dandy Drive quilt. Enter by commenting below and telling us which of the 4 colorways is your favorite. We’ll randomly pick a winner to receive that kit. The giveaway is open until Sunday, April 9 at 12 noon, CST.

Can’t wait to win? BUY NOW and if you do win, I’ll send you a different prize of comparable value!

Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

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

#DandyDays · #Studio37Fabrics · Dandy Drive QAL · Quilting

Are you ready for the quiltalong?

We’re getting to close to kicking off the Dandy Drive quiltalong. Here’s a close-up of a flower from two of the available versions:

You can order a kit in one of 4 available colorways here!

We have lots of GREAT prizes planned for participants. Check back Friday for the first pattern.

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

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.