Who wants a free Ice Cream, You Scream Quilt Pattern? Well today is your lucky day!!!
You have to check out this adorable fabric line Michael Miller Fabrics just released. The line is called Ice Cream, You Scream and the colors are everything! Also, there’s this border print that is just dying to be put in a quilt (or made into a little girl’s skirt!!), and nearly makes me swoon! I got a chance to get my hands on this fabric to design a quilt for the release, and I’m not gonna lie…I spent a few hours just playing with the fabric and coordinating Cotton Couture. It features sweet ice cream cones, sundaes, and the best stripes. It reminded me of the 4th of July and ice cream socials and everything pure in the world. The best part is, Michael Miller Fabrics is offering this pattern as a freebie–you can get your own PDF pattern download from their website.
The pattern is for “confident beginners”, which just means you need a general knowledge of foundation paper piecing and fussy cutting. I fussy cut the border pieces so the ice cream sundaes were centered along the center of the borders, and the cornerstones in the border were fussy cut to showcase the cute little ice cream phrases on the fabric.
I had a blast designing and piecing the quilt. I had even more fun quilting it! I used Glide thread (from Hab+Dash) and Quilter’s Dream batting in the quilt. I used a few different colors of thread and matched them to the different fabrics. Most of the quilting was handguided free motion quilting, with the assistance of straight rulers for the grids.
I’d love to see what you do with the pattern–the foundation paper piecing blocks are pretty quick to sew up. Just remember to shorten your stitch length (I like to use 1.5) so the paper is perforated enough to tear away easily and print your paper piecing templates at 100%. Then add your sashing and borders and voila! Don’t forget to grab your free copy, and check out the pattern (pictured below). Happy sewing!!!
Man, oh man! I had the honor of quilting this awesome Kaffe Fassett quilt by Leslie Tucker Jenison. Leslie pieced her quilt based on Kaffe Fassett’s quilt pattern from the book Quilts in Sweden (pictured below-photo from amazon.com), using his fabric. Leslie also pieced the backing using some awesome linen and polka dots.
Leslie had requested some straight line quilting to follow the lines of the fabric pattern–I loved that idea. Quilting a quilt like this using a concentric design can be a challenge on the longarm, and you sometimes end up advancing and rolling back the quilt on the frame back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, (did I say back and forth already?) etc. To avoid doing that ONE MILLION times, I connected some of the lines, and I really liked the outcome of the quilting look.
The lines of this fabric are so amazingly deceptive and provide the illusion that this was painstakingly pieced. I love the wonky look of the finished quilt and really found the design brilliant! I have been wanting to do a stripe study (kind of like how some people do color or quilt block studies) for so long, and this made me move that up my priority list. Someday soon I’ll start that project.
The thread used was Magnifico in black and batting was Quilter’s Dream Orient with Quilter’s Dream Wool layered beneath the quilt top. This was quilted using electric channel locks on my Innova longarm (hand guided), and those electric channel locks make all the difference. I recently upgraded and had those installed from the basic manual channel locks that come on the machine.
The difference is this:
Manual channel locks:
walk to the back of the machine and engage the channel lock
quilt a straight line
stop the machine
walk to the back of the machine and disengage the channel lock
walk to the front of the machine and move to new point
repeat 1-5 over and again
Electric channel locks:
Push remote button from front of machine to engage channel lock
Quilt a straight line
stop the machine
push remote button from front of machine to disengage channel lock
move needle to new point
repeat 1-5 as needed (and your legs are breathing a huge sigh of relief from all that walking you just saved yourself)
I digress. Here’s some more amazing eye candy from Leslie’s quilt.
If you’re interested in purchasing the book, you can check it out here on Amazon.
Hi! I’m Joanna Marsh from Kustom Kwilts. I live in the Texas Hill Country with my husband and baby girl. I have been so captivated by all of the #whatshadeareyou projects and the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids, and I’m so excited to share mine with you on the RJR blog today–The Dreamer’s Star Quilt! You can check out my instagram @kustomkwilts to see what I’m up to. I’m so excited to be featured on the RJR blog today with their amazing cotton supreme solids! Check out the What Shade Are You? posts for some amazing inspiration here.
A little background on what brought me to quilting: In my previous career, I was a high school agriculture science teacher. My principal’s secretary was a quilter, and I mentioned to her that I was interested in starting to sew. I remember her telling me the secret to quilting was a consistent quarter inch seam allowance–and that as long as I remembered that, I’d be okay! I found a beginner’s quilting book in my teacher mailbox one morning with a sweet note of encouragement from Donna Jo (principal’s secretary), and that was how my sewing journey began. Both of my grandmothers were amazing seamstresses, but I had never learned to sew from them. One thing I’ve learned about the sewing community is that it’s full of people who want to share their love of the craft with others, and I love being part of such a giving community!
In 2016, I left my teaching job and committed to sewing and quilting full time. At my 9-5 job (really more like 5-9), I would find myself thinking about sewing in spare moments. The Dreamer’s Star Quilt is a quilt I drew while dreaming of doing the thing I love as a career, and I knew I wanted to use my favorite pattern for the What shade are you project. The design reminds me of the toy kaleidoscopes that produce different images just by turning the end, and how the images can be so bold and impactful. I love quilts that have a large central design and aren’t necessarily block based. I also remembered that when I started quilting, I struggled with selecting lots of fabrics to coordinate within a quilt, and I wanted a design that would look great with a two-color scheme, but could also make a big impact with lots of colors. This is the original quilt that I used Michael Miller’s painter’s canvas with.
I knew that the Dreamer’s Star Quilt would just glow with RJR Cotton Supreme Solids, and wanted to use colors that would reflect the gorgeous sunsets that we sometimes see out in the Texas Hill Country.
There are so many amazing colors to choose from and I went with 11 of my absolute favorites:
292-Turks and Caicos
While I was browsing through the color card, I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself about the clever names of the colors. Some of my color selections might tell you that I’m ready to take a vacation 😉
Piecing the quilt together was a breeze with lots of simple half-square triangles and chain piecing.
I love to use several shades of similar colors to create a little depth and dimensions to a quilt. For the backing I used Bougainvillea with a strip of Bora Bora down the middle, and Turks and Caicos for the binding. I loved seeing all the colors melt together, but still be distinctly different, just as in a sunset.
Once the top was completed, I loaded it on my longarm and quilted some simple straight lines with rulers and added some free motion accents in coordinating Glide threads.
I love using Quilter’s Dream Wool to keep the quilt lightweight–remember, I live in Texas–but still let the quilting pop. I had a lot of fun getting some pictures at the Cibolo Wilderness Trail in Boerne, Texas. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and my husband and mom were my professional quilt holders.
Check out other versions of the Dreamer’s Star on Instagram with #dreamersstarquilt and you can pick up your copy of the pattern here. The pattern comes with three different size options, and the color combinations you could choose are limitless! I had so much fun making this quilt and drooling over the Cotton Supreme Solids. Thanks for joining me in this quilting adventure, and a huge thank you to RJR for allowing me to participate and for the inspiration they bring with the #whatshadeareyou blog hop!
Who doesn’t love a little churn dash quilt? I know I can’t seem to get enough of the traditional block that basically represents butter being churned! Have you peeked in issue 54 to check it out? I’ll tell you a little bit about the design…
I’m so excited to share my most recent quilt with you from the Love Patchwork and Quilting Issue 54. I’m inspired by bright, saturated colors–and that’s typically the palette I use. But for this quilt, I opt for a more subtle palette. The cheery sherbet colors and hints of greys that are sure to make you swoon! This quilt- “Sorbet Shades” in the mag, is inspired by one of my favorite traditional quilt blocks–the churn dash. This block is so rich in history and I love that it can be interpreted in a modern way. I have a great appreciation for the traditional quilt blocks and the colors they typically have. I also love seeing them updated in a more modern way.
One of the first quilts I made when I was learning to sew was a traditional churn dash quilt. My mother and I gave this special quilt to my grandmother prior to her passing. The churn dash block represents so much more to me than just a traditional quilting block. The simplicity of the block lends itself to being altered in construction in so many ways. The possibilities for this block are limitless! I quilted this quilt with swirls on the white background and simple straight lines on the colored blocks.
For this project, I use some delightful Kona Cotton Solids and create a coordinating pillow to go with the quilt. The colors in these projects really make me want some ice cream and macaroons–or really any other cute little pastel dessert! I hope you’ll checkout the issue (digital issues are available here). Don’t be afraid to try your hand at breaking out of the traditional box to create a modern spin on traditional. (photos above provided by Love Patchwork and Quilting).
photo provided by Love Patchwork and Quilting fabric for quilt provided by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Have any of you ever made a goal so outrageous that you don’t ever really even consider it to be a possibility? You might still work towards that goal, but the hopes that it will come to fruition aren’t there. That’s exactly how I feel about this post. I always looked at the quilts and projects in this magazine and was blown away by the talent and variety. I’m BEYOND excited (so excited I’m yelling in all caps!) to say that this quilt I submitted to Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine made the cover! When I started sewing a few years ago, I joined the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild, and someone mentioned that LP& Q was the only magazine they bought. So I jumped on that train. I had never heard of it, because I was very new to quilting, let alone sewing. I was tired of the traditional color palettes that are represented in other quilting magazines. It was definitely love at first sight, and I subscribed to it immediately. (And ask for it for Christmas every year!)
photo provided by Love Patchwork and Quilting fabric for quilt provided by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
I’m super excited about the photography of this quilt! I’ve never had a quilt professionally “shot” before, so it is thrilling to see the results (and know that I have a lot to learn when it comes to my own quilt photography 😉
This quilt is something I worked really hard on, and for a long time. I am so thankful to the amazing people at Robert Kaufman Fabrics for providing the Kona Cotton Solids that were used to make the cover quilt, and for the opportunity from LP&Q to share my quilt!
I did some custom quilting and a little bit of ruler work on the longarm to finish off the quilt. I hope you’ll check out the quilt in issue 48 of Love Patchwork and Quilting! Thanks for letting me share my happy news with you 🙂
I recently had the privilege of quilting this gorgeous quilt for one of my clients. The piecing is just gorgeous and the quilt was donated to a charity event/fundraiser. I quilted the quilt with free motion hearts all over the top.
Quilt Pieced by Debra B.
This was such a joy to quilt–check out the close up of the free motion hearts 🙂
I know I already posted about attending the Karlee Porter workshop that SAMQG hosted a few months ago–but I really need to post about this as well! Karlee has some really awesome panels that she designed, and if you haven’t felt them in person, they are buttery soft. This one is called “Explosion” (picture is from Karlee Porter’s website), and if you want one, click HERE to order your own! And FYI, this one is ginormous!
“Explosion” printed tapestry designed by Karlee Porter (picture from Karlee’s website)
I love sewing and piecing and constructing quilt tops as much as the next person, but seriously…it is so awesome to load a quilt top and not worry about the hours, days, weeks it took to piece it. Especially when you get to skip that part entirely. There’s nothing better that just mindlessly losing yourself in a quilt while quilting. This is my ultimate stress reliever.
The back of the quilt (Tula Pink wide back)
I haven’t hung this one yet, as I haven’t bound the edges, but I will update this blog post once it’s finally finished.
So I guess this is part 2 of my Quilt Market preparations posts…The quilting edition!
I had the opportunity to quilt a couple of quilts for my friend Leslie’s quilt market booth. I’m going to be brief here…
The first one was an awesome quilt designed by Liberty Worth. It’s pretty modern and gave me tons of inspiration with the quilting. Below are pictures:
Putting the binding on…
Quilt designed by Liberty Worth with Urban Artifacts by Leslie Tucker Jenison
Quilt designed by Liberty Worth with Urban Artifacts fabrics by Leslie Tucker Jenison
The next quilt was designed by Allison Chambers of the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild and was inspired by mid-century modern style. I love this quilt! I was aiming to keep the quilting modern but understated and used a blending thread instead of a highly contrasting one. I did some geometric ruler work with stitch in the ditch on this one.
Quilt designed by Allison Chambers using Urban Artifacts Fabric by Leslie Tucker Jenison
Quilt designed by Allison Chambers using Urban Artifacts Fabric by Leslie Tucker Jenison
I got to quilt 2 other amazing quilts that were designed by Leslie, but those are patterns that are not yet released, so no pictures of those yet! I am so blown away by the talent and creativity. I really wish I could have attended Quilt Market this year, but like I said…life happens. There’s always next year!
Let’s talk a little bit about quilt designs. Of the quilting variety. Not the piecing variety. How many of us struggle with keeping our quilting plans fresh and unique? If you’re anything like me, you might be constantly on Instagram or Pinterest searching through “free motion quilting” posts or “custom quilting” or “longarm quilting”, or any other search request you can think of. And while I don’t ever want to copy someone else’s work, I’m always trying to find my own voice through things I like in other quilters’ work.
I’m often blown away by tedious, tiny, overthought, quilted to death quilts. I know I don’t charge nearly enough to compensate me for my time if I were to quilt every quilt that way. To be honest, I wouldn’t even be able to pay the electric bill! Don’t get me wrong, this is not a post to get on my soap box about charging what you’re worth. I just want to discuss simplicity in quilt design. I chose one of the quilts I quilted this year, that honestly, isn’t a show quilt–it isn’t a mind blowing quilt design, but it is thoughtful enough to look good (in my opinion).
Isn’t the purpose of a good quilter to make the designer/piecer’s work shine? To make the block or the quilt look it’s absolute best?
I chose two motifs do be used on this quilt. One was a continuous loop that was stitched throughout the green pieces on the quilt to give uniformity to the design.
The other motif was simple double wavy lines with curved lines connecting them on the larger pieced blocks. While these two designs won’t be winning any ribbons at quilting shows, I’m sure, it does enough to simply enhance the quilt without drawing so much attention to the quilting that you can’t even see the actual quilt or blocks anymore. I know this is nothing special, but I just want to point out that not every quilt has to be QTD. (Quilted to death)
I recently saw a quilt on Instagram from a quilter I follow on a log cabin quilt. The quilter is extremely talented and really takes quilting to a new level. The log cabin quilt was QTD. Quilted. To. Death. It looks good. But the actual quilt is lost in the quilting. What purpose does this serve? I almost feel like it is just to inflate the ego of the quilter, and maybe the piecer requested this…but I wouldn’t think so. Shouldn’t the piecing and quilting work together to make the quilt balanced overall? I would really like to post a picture of what I’m talking about, but I don’t want to demean anyone’s work.
Also, keep in mind that I’ve only been sewing and quilting since about 2011. So really, in the grand scheme of things, what do I know? 🙂 Just something to chew on and think about when it comes to quilt design…does more sometimes equal less?
A couple of months ago, I had the awesome opportunity to quilt one of my customer’s “Letters from Home” quilt (pattern by Heather Givens/Crimson Tate). Now, I have to preface this post by saying that I’m barely wetting my toes in the waters of custom quilting. But I am super-duper proud of the quilting on this quilt. I’m going to take you through the process.
I like Glide’s thread for a little pop of sheen on a quilt. Plus, it quilts like a DREAM. I selected a few different thread colors for the quilting on this quilt. Mainly, I changed thread colors to help them blend with the fabrics they were quilting on for a more subtle pop. I used Quilter’s Dream batting for this quilt, as I do with most of my client quilts.
Glide Threads selected
Some people might have you believe that once the quilt was loaded and the threads picked out that the quilting just magically happened with a wave of their wand. Here’s my dirty little secret: This quilt sat on my frame for a week. An entire WEEK. I had sketched out at least a dozen ideas for quilting, and each morning I would go out to my studio, ready to attack. But then I would end up standing there, staring at the quilt top. I changed my mind so many times, and then decided on the most difficult (or most time consuming) design I had drawn up.
Beginning to mark and quilt the borders
So I broke out my water soluble marking pen and trusty ruler and started marking some guidelines for the quilting. I did some straight line quilting on the borders after marking them, and then marked the rest of the quilt as I went. Each pass on the longarm took me about an hour to mark with the ruler and pen.
More markings, filled in with some quilting
The thing about the design being quilted, is that it isn’t complicated. It’s just a bunch of straight lines and loops, but the way they are put together really leaves you with a huge impact.
I have a black light on my longarm and seriously think it is SO cool. This shows the texture a little better.
I really wanted to focus on the texture on this quilt, and so I chose to stitch in the ditch around the envelopes and the focal fabrics so they would pop out more. My client selected Japanese import fabrics from Bunny Designs (out of Austin, TX), with a backing out of an adorable cupcake pattern (see the first photo in the post). The attention to detail and her impeccable piecing made this quilt one of my all time favorites to quilt. The quilt pattern by Crimson Tate is SO cute, and an ingenious way to showcase focal fabrics.
So, aside from me just talking about how much I loved this quilt, my other point is that sometimes it isn’t second nature to just come up with quilting designs out of thin air. And it’s okay if the quilt has to sit on your frame for a week while you change your mind a hundred times about the quilting design (as long as your client has allowed you to do so!). And while it is my favorite thing ever for a client to say–I want custom quilting, and the design is up to you–it can also be the most challenging (and rewarding) part of my job. I think this is a great way to grow your skill set and think about how many different ways there are to quilt a quilt. (Quilt construction and fabric selection by Debra Barnes)